Friday, March 16th, 2012



In the summer of 2011, photographer and dear friend Takahiro Kaneyama ventured to the distant shores of northeastern Japan to visit and photograph Mt. Osore. Literally translated as “Mount Fear,” this active volcano is one of the holiest destinations in all of Japan, believed to be the final passageway as one journeys to hell. This spiritual site often attracts visitors to console and remember the many lost souls. It is believed by some that here you will be able to spiritually connect with lost ancestors. A visitor himself, Taka was able to capture the essence of both fearful and tranquil elements of this holy land through his gift of photography.

Taka’s hauntingly beautiful images are currently being featured in an exhibit at Miyako Yoshinaga art prospects entitled Shades of the Departed. So many thought-provoking themes and ideas are addressed throughout this series of images, yet their understated manner still provides a pure beauty that we may not necessarily expect alongside a representation of the underworld. Truly magnificent! The photographs perfectly combine darkness with inspiration, despair with reflection, and life with death.

The exhibit will run through April 21 and I highly recommend taking your own journey to these riveting landscapes of Japan through images, which delicately yet powerfully evoke emotions of all sorts. Taka’s talent is spectacular and this is absolutely a show worth seeing! Perhaps I should add Mt. Osore to the list for my next Japanese adventures…

Toast of the town.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Contrary to popular belief, summer is a time for leather. Not the icy black or gray or white variety that ensconces us during winter, but the warm, broken-in caramel of basic brown. Found on the beaded belts that snake through the loops of cut-off denim shorts; on braided huarache sandals that camouflage the chips of your two-week old pedicure, and on leather cords that suspend shells, bones, horns, antlers, and other natural ephemera acquired on camping trips, hikes, and coastal ventures. The hue can also be found on the new Castor & Pollux wallet that arrived in the store today, in the beautiful, rich, long-awaited shade that falls somewhere between walnut and coffee with just the right amount of milk in it.

We don’t have any photos yet, but we created a mood board of sorts. Enjoy.

5 PM on a spring afternoon

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

I will never cease to reap the joy of daylight savings. You’d think after 27 years of being exposed to the elements and the passage of time, one would become accustomed to the extended sunny hours of the spring and summer months, but no. You can find me standing on West 10th Street, transfixed, basking in the sunlight like someone new to Earth.

The store looks beautiful right now, illuminated by the afternoon glow and the keen motor skills of our wonder-merchandiser, Becky. I feel compelled to share. (Excuse the less-than-stellar photos!)

The bell jar houses mysterious scents from Coqui-Coqui.

The Easter tree! The Tucker butterfly-print dress!

Gabriela Artigas Swarovski-crystal necklaces look best when exorbitantly piled.

The turban’d horse.

Get thee to a funnery!

Oxalis, the wonder plant.

Hyacinths and tulips courtesy of our neighbor, Madame Matovu.

More beauty

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

I know I’m biased because he’s my husband but he really does make magic with his camera. He took these after the hail storm the other night – I was lazing around on the couch and he was outside capturing the beauty.

You can read more about it here.


Sunday, July 25th, 2010

I don’t think I’ve ever seen a better face than this girl’s. Thanks to our friend Zoe Wolff over at Nowness Magazine this collection is being made up for us right now and I’m beyond excited to get the package.

Thanks for the tip, Zoe!


Saturday, July 24th, 2010

There are so many LA haters but in reality this is what LA can be like – not bad at all in my opinion. This great image is from Jeana’s blog that I peruse daily to get inspired about an alternate life in LA.


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