Wednesday, February 29, 2012

read a good poem: travelling

"secret spot," versailles park



This is the spot:—how mildly does the sun
Shine in between the fading leaves! the air
In the habitual silence of this wood
Is more than silent: and this bed of heath,
Where shall we find so sweet a resting-place?
Come!—let me see thee sink into a dream
Of quiet thoughts,—protracted till thine eye
Be calm as water when the winds are gone
And no one can tell whither.—my sweet friend!
We two have had such happy hours together
That my heart melts in me to think of it.

--William Wordsworth via

photo op: shabby chic

lafayette street, nyc
© anita aguilar

Thursday, February 23, 2012

read a good poem: what we want

i liked everything about her: the pose, the patterns...

union square, nyc.
feb 23, 2012
© anita aguilar


and: i hope you like this poem (it took a lot of reading to find this one tonight)


What We Want

What we want
is never simple.
We move among the things
we thought we wanted:
a face, a room, an open book
and these things bear our names--
now they want us.
But what we want appears
in dreams, wearing disguises.
We fall past,
holding out our arms
and in the morning
our arms ache.
We don't remember the dream,
but the dream remembers us.
It is there all day
as an animal is there
under the table,
as the stars are there
even in full sun.

-by Linda Pastan, via the poem hunter

Monday, February 20, 2012

fashion week 2012: on display

one of my favorite things about fashion week at lincoln center is the use of alice tully hall as a staging area. its open facade--a 3-story glass wall--effectively "pulls back" the curtain, so we can see the models wearing the collection, the artists, stylists and designers working on finishing touches before the "performance" and the cluster of lucky photographers and reporters who are assigned to capture it all.

but for me there's also an interesting interaction with street life, as shown in some of the reflections: the surrounding architecture, the pedestrians and observers, cars and cabs, "meet" the action inside in a random but dynamic way. i wanted to try to capture that energy or that idea; these were all taken before the rachel roy show. i think a few of these are better than others, but it was a fun experiment.

i hope you like them.

all photos © anita aguilar

fashion week 2012: blue perennial

here is a street-style look that i've seen again this year during fashion week.

blues, 2012.

layers of blue tones, wide-leg jeans, and strong-heeled shoes...always stylish

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

fashion week 2012: reflection

before the rachel roy show. lincoln center, nyc
©anita aguilar

fashion week 2012: a little night-stalking

the flash and mob
the curious and cool

the weirdly exciting energy around pretty things and people...


the larger set, if you are so inclined:

i hope you like them...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

fashion week 2012: style icon

...and who I consider the "IT" woman of the week (the fashion industry?), and probably the only person i personally wanted a photo of:

kate lanphear

(i snapped her outside the mark jacobs show last night)

ms. lanphear, feb 13, 2012, nyc.
both photos © anita aguilar

hooray! that's all i need from fashion week 2012!

(but i've actually got more fun ones of "the scene" to post, which i'll hope to share soon)

vintage valentines

thank you to the cowgirl seahorse for bringing these silly, silly cards back to life:

"i ain't been caught yet!"
"i'm angling for you, valentine..."

"kissy fishy"

happy valentine's day...

Monday, February 13, 2012

valentines gift shop: tinsel trading company

on sunday, i ventured down to the thompson warehouse in south street seaport for the valentine's gift shop and soda fountain, a special weekend event that's affiliated with the new amsterdam market.

i know valentine's day inspires a lot of mixed feelings, but this event, rather the usual bombardment with hearts and flowers and romance, was more a celebration of the affinities for art and craft, the goodness of hand made things...sweet and special things, if you will, that shouldn't be only for a valentine or a valentine's day--but, i guess, why not use v-day as an excuse to celebrate?

anyway, i've started to write a bit about the food over at sweetsaltythings, but want to show here snapshots from tinsel trading co.

this is about as aggressive as things got, with hearts and glitter and the other lovey-stuff. i thought it was charming, especially the letter press tags and cards. and i appreciated things even more after speaking with sarah, who was representing tinsel trading. i don't know much about crafts and craft supply, but i can believe what she said-- there are very few stores in the garment center that carry exactly what tinsel trading does: the range of ribbons and trim, and beads and vintage buttons, and cards and stamps. i can envision a new york where stores like that once were a dime a dozen and now there are only one or two left. and i think there probably are some precious, hard-to-find items at the store. i don't know it, but i believe it. in any case, i like the idea that this one is still around, and they are doing things, like commissioning artists-in-residence, to help set them apart from the others.

even if i'm not so "crafty," i'm looking forward to visiting the store-- i'm sure i'll pick up a few cards and trinkets, just as i did on sunday.

tinsel trading company is located at:
1 west 37th street
new york, ny 10018
(between 5th & 6th ave., 2 blocks from macy's)
phone: 212-730-1030


photos © anita aguilar