New York Fashion Week 2014

riza-manalo2014Tonight I walked by the red carpet in front of a SOHO venue hosting the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue party… Flashlights flash with every car door opening as skinny models and their dates are rushed inside from the 20 degree cold. (Check the photos of the cover models in front of a classic background of sewer drenched snow and steel barricades)

Aside from the daily walk around NYC’s best out door mall, and occasionally listening in to the wife’s Fashion Police replays, I don’t pay much attention to fashion and the above experience is the closest I would get to live action.

Last week I was fortunate to attend my friend Riza Manalo’s runway showing at the Nolcha Fashion Fall/Winter 2014 presented by RUSK.

I still know nothing about fashion but I will always support my friends and those that are in the know should take a deeper look.


Franklin’s Thirteen Subjects

1. TEMPERENCE : Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

2. SILENCE : Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation.

3. ORDER : Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time.

4. RESOLUTION : Resolve to perform what you ought, perform without fail what you resolve.

5. FRUGALITY : Make to expense but to do good to others or yourself ie waste nothing.

6. INDUSTRY : Lose no time; be always employed in something useful.

7. SINCERITY : Use no hurtfull deceit; think innocently and justly and if you speak, speak accordingly.

8. JUSTICE : Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

9. MODERATION : Avoid extremes, forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

10. CLEANLINESS : Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes or habitation.

11. TRANQUILITY : Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

12. CHASTITY : Rarely use venery but for health or offspring. Never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or anothers peace or reputation.

13. HUMILITY : Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Note: Franklin concentrated on each subject for a week at a time striving to get better at each. After the thirteenth week he would start again at number one.


People of Wal-Mart! Don’t come to NYC

The last time I shopped here was for Christmas in 2008, I bought headphones for the iPod. They broke several times and I had the worst time trying to get them returned or replaced. I’ve given up on this store and now this comes out that they’ve been heavily lobbying Albany, NY to get a store in NYC – they had labor Union issues and their PR woes continue. Do you really want this coming to YOUR neighborhood:


A Salt and Battery

In response to the Health Department’s new salt reduction initiative, the Times ordered some food from local restaurants and sent it off to a Long Island lab for sodium testing. What they found may not shock you: A Double ShackBurger, fries and a peanut butter shake from Shake Shack contain 1,980 milligrams of sodium. Two slices of Cajun bacon-cheeseburger pizza from Two Boots clock in at 2,240 milligrams. But the saltiest of them all is the corned beef sandwich from Katz’s Deli, which contains 4,490 milligrams of sodium. Considering that the FDA recommends a maximum of 2,400 milligrams of sodium per day, “having what she’s having” might just leave you with hypertension.


Just the Daily in NYC

Construction in the city is a daily obstacle you just have to expect living here. Unfortunately the city has been getting brazen with their drilling as repeatedly I’m hearing the jack hammers hitting the pavements around the block after 10, 11 and even at midnight. I’m either sleeping less soundly, or getting old as I realize my 311 reporting has been going up year over year.

Chromeo – Night By Night

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New LumberJack City

I doubt there’s much work in NYC for lumberjacks, but these guys were just chilling outside a Union office while I was on my way to DC one day.

Gang Star – Work

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The Glamer of NY Holiday Window Shopping

I took these just before I left for California. I never got a chance to process them and update the site so here’s just a few from the 5th Avenue store window displays for the 2009 Holidays:











Of course all these stores are not spots I shopped this season… I’ll have to stick to my local young designers markets and thriftshops:

Voodoo Glow Skulls – Thrift Shop Junkie

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Let’s Get Physical

I haven’t written many blog posts for the last few months of the end of ’09. Mostly because I’ve been traveling and visiting with with family and friends I haven’t seen in over 6 months. When I travel my primary way to interact with people is in-person. I check email, social sites and twitter less frequently as I fill my time with meeting people for personal or business reasons. I’ve become aware in both my work and personal life, one of the few problems I have with so much reliance on [social] technologies is it separates people from the in-person nature of relationships.

We write an email, chat and even phone in a call to catch up but I and many psychologists agree that this can never equal the chemical, emotional and physical bonds created when people are engaged at a close proximity or in-personal relationship.

There are five human senses (hearing, sight, touch, smell and taste) and of those, social technologies only cover one, if you count reading someone’s thoughts put down in text some kind of hybrid of sight and sound. Of course video conferencing will bridge some of the sensory intake, but you can’t shake someone’s hand to get a sense of their confidence, smell their sweat if they might be nervous or… well I don’t recommend trying to taste your business partners and friend but there are reasons you may want to taste someone.

The integration of all these senses along with a mysterious 6th, intuition (which can be just as important in nurturing relationships with people), have the ability to create robust profiles of in-person interactions that singular communication via text, web and even video chat can’t substantiate.

Realistically, social networks and internet content services like Twitter are hear to stay (interesting article by David Carr NY Times on reasons why Twitter is hear for good) but we should all keep in mind that these services are still tools to be used to improve information exchange, facilitate personal or business relationships and transactions. However, eventually we’ll all have to step outside the house/apt and have a few pints with friends, catch up with the family over dinner or engage with your mate for some…. carnal knowledge.

Here’s to getting out in public more in 2010.

Shot at one of many street fairs in New York – most likely between the sock guy and the grilled corn

Yelloman – Physical

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