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Designer Cheung Lik: Wear and Tear Collection April 30, 2009

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Excerpted from iFashion Network

Designer Cheung Lik: Wear and Tear Collection – By Catherine Shen

Apr 29

Yes, Jack Nicholson told it to our face that we can’t handle the truth. But lets all be honest here. The truth is, who truly likes a closet that’s sparkly clean? No clothes on the ground? Necklaces all lying perfectly upon tiny cushions? Maybe that’s how we all dream it to be, and designer Cheung Lik seems to know exactly what we are all thinking about.


After graduating from Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Lik explored many different materials and ways to create the perfect accessory. And looks to me she found it through her new collection, “Wear and Tear”. By experimenting with new materials and forms, she created a modern design with a touch of messiness that doesn’t get your mom screaming after you. (Which is a good change). It is edgy, new and completely original.

Check out the Squeezed Chains collection, scrunched up flashy chains with leather straps winding across your wrist as gun mental bracelets. Or check out the Weaved Tape, which is black leather weaved with gold chains perfect around your neck to impress.

Each style is the perfect ice breaker between strangers, so why not begin breaking the ice?





Accessories available at


Schon! magazine: Desperately seeking fashionable contributors April 28, 2009

schonAs some of you may already know, Schön! magazine is scouting for young creative people to contribute; from fashion designers, modelling agencies, stylists [fashion, hair and make-up] to photographers, graphic designers, illustrators and journalists. So, if you think you got what it takes, please create a FREE profile on, join the project “ Schön! magazine”, read the instructions and send copies of your relevant work. Kind and Schön!


Domestic Goddess Reads: Home Cooking April 27, 2009

homecooking_By Julia Pantoga


The other day I took my favorite book off my cookbook shelf to show to someone. This book is my favorite book—not just my favorite food memoir. The book is Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin, who died suddenly and completely unexpectedly at age 48 in 1992. Of course, I’ve read the chapters with recipes that I use all the time often enough to have memorized them, but when I showed the book to my friend, I realized that I hadn’t read the entire book in about a decade. So, I’ve been reading my favorite book again. If you read this book now, I have no doubt that you will say to yourself, “Aha! The original Domestic Goddess!” It is uncanny for me to realize how much my life has turned out to be modeled after hers. I’m a writer who likes to hang out in the kitchen, too. I prefer to stay home vs. travel, too. Like Colwin, I’m always looking for the easiest way to get the most credit for the domestic skills that I have .

When Colwin advises the novice cook to call an experienced cook, take his or her advice about a dish that works, then stick with that dish, I hope that you will say to yourself, “Where have I heard that before?” If you cook, or have ever tried to cook, I dare you to try not to laugh out loud when you take the two hours it takes to read this book. Her recipes are introduced with statements such as, “Here’s an amazing dish that you will never want to serve to your cardiologist …” When I reread her chapter on cooking disasters, after wiping the tears of laughter from my cheek, I thought, “Clearly, I do not take enough risks in the kitchen …” More later, I have a lot stored in my head for you. These days I am thinking about cheesecloth and pastry bags.


Folk Artist Wendy Presseisen April 26, 2009

dogirlsmFolk Artist Wendy Presseisen has a delightful style and sensibility that extends through her many works. From animals (cats and dogs included) to children to children with animals to landscapes, her prints have a quality of another era while still smacking of today. I met Wendy on Twitter, and she’s one of the most delightful Tweeters around. Visit Wendy’s site here.


What do I want to look like? April 25, 2009

styleBy Ruth Johnston

I did some unplanned shopping this evening when I had a mundane errand at Target. I rarely find clothes I like there, but they have electric carts—I’m disabled from walking much, so the mall is almost impossible—and a few times a year, I look. The price suits my budget. I pulled some things off the racks, and started trying them on.

I’m not easy to dress, although being thin helps. I have fly-away hair, I can’t wear heels, and I have to plan everything for how it will look sitting down, because more and more, I have to use a wheelchair. Moreover, for many years I was buried in a township with a hundred times more trees than people, and I was so busy raising kids that I couldn’t form a sense of fashion.  As the kids got older, I began to ask, what did I want to look like? I really wasn’t sure. I wanted to look nice, of course, but I also wanted somehow to look like myself. I didn’t want to dress like the people around me, who wore polar fleece to church. But who did I want to look like? Me. But who was I? Nothing for it but to start trying to find out. I made some bad purchases, and gradually worked out a few principles.

So I stood in the Target dressing room, seeing look after look that wasn’t just wrong, but horribly wrong. The last item on the knob broke one of my top rules: don’t wear extremely bright colors. This little top was the shrillest fuschia I could imagine, and I expected the usual horrors when I tried it on. To my surprise, it looked like me. Not only that, its graceful, short drape would look nice even sitting in a wheelchair: nothing stiff to bunch up, nothing long to fold or sit on. Three-quarter sleeves to look right sitting or standing, and to keep the chill off in air conditioning. I was still surprised, though. Why did this top that broke my rules still look like me?

When I was two years old, I fell in love with the machine-woven decorative strips that were in fashion on blue jeans a few years ago. I persuaded my mother to sew scraps of them all around my blanky, and I was sure I had the prettiest blanky in the world. I still like scrolly, complicated designs: the Book of Kells, Swedish embroidery, Norwegian knitting, Oriental carpets, and fancy iron lattices. If I had my way, I’d wear a Romanian embroidered shirt as everyday street wear.

As I seek the intersection between this season’s fashion, my disability, and my personality, I guess the compromise I’ve come to is that anything I truly love must always have some little decorative detail. It can be smocking, or lace, or fancy buttons. Best of all when it’s embroidery: I am still a sucker for flowers and leaves. Target’s fuschia top has two large, scrolly buttons. The design isn’t stamped; it’s cast into the plastic so that light can shine through the slits and holes between the edges of the beautiful design.

It’s a simple way of making a statement of individuality that overcomes not only the universals of this year’s fashion, but also the stereotyping power of sitting in a wheelchair. You don’t have to pity me, it says: just look at my buttons. I’m still myself.

See the sweater I bought here.


Musical collaboration April 24, 2009

Filed under: Goddess-Sanctioned Pastimes,Music for Beautiful People,The Artists — rebmas03 @ 10:28 am

musicA place for audio collaboration for anyone with ideas in sound.

1. Post links to your audio idea files UNDER THE LINKS SECTION – traffic noise, guitar riffs, rants, appliance recordings, birdsongs, unfinished compositions, old orphaned unfinished projects from your hard drive… If you don’t have anyplace to store files online you can link to, just do a search on “online file storage.” It’s pretty simple to upload sound files to share. *

2. Visit frequently to see what others have posted – take what you want from what you find. You can record or download files that are unmodified by other members, or you can add something additional to a modified project.

3. Modify what you’ve taken in some way – add, subtract, collapse, digest, excrete….

4. Post a link to the result of your modification.

* Current group members have used, and, and and may be able to answer questions.



Celebrate International “Buy Indie” Day on May 1 April 23, 2009

indieHere’s a great way to give back to your local independent bookstore. On May 1, 2009, go buy one book–paperback, hardcover, audiobook–at an independent bookstore near you. Find yours here.