Saturday, October 31, 2009

this made me laugh for hours!

by barton

This is just for you, Emily.

love you, mean it. 

Friday, October 30, 2009


Karl Lagermouse.

Even a stuffed mouse can't make this man look happy.

Love you, mean it


photo borrowed from here.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I was in New York

by barton

Now i'm back and here is the song i would have written if i could write a song. 

love you, mean it. 


Before and after.

Donnatella Versace circa 1990 and current.

Damn, girlfriend... Damn.

Love you, mean it


Monday, October 26, 2009


Okay. So if you were meandering around New York City yesterday, you may have seen vans driving around with the name "Olsenboye" on them. Hopefully you ran up to the van like the swag-hoarder you are and got some FREE cupcakes, buttons and balloons. Or maybe you just ran the other way because you are afraid of big pink vans...

This caravan was in hopes of creating a little hype for a new teen clothing line at JC Penney's. Behind Olsenboye is America's favorite fashion twins, Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. The Olsens, who recently joined the CFDA, are making the line exclusive to Penney's. Further excitement is hoping to be caused by veiled clothing racks in stores brandishing the Olsenboye logo.

Women's Wear Daily says "the clothes will be keeping a casual yet 'full house' of jeans, bottoms, tops, dresses, skirts, shorts, jackets, bags and shoes, all in the $20 to $50 range and meant to be mixed and matched." But you don't have to take their word for it, here are some pages from the lookbook:

Cute right? I was excited about this up until I saw the video below. It can only be described as a nonesensical-tween-mento-commercial:

The frigging song gets in your head though... This line is set to debut online November 6th and in-store in February.

The SF Gate said it best: "Why is a line for teenage girls called Olsenboye?"

Love you, mean it


Saturday, October 24, 2009

cat at first site

If you know Emily (+) Barton, you know we love cats. Like this one time, or this time, orrr this time. The list goes on and on. So when I stumbled across this blog. I kinda felt like I won the lotto.

Ihatemyacne (if you go there and figure out how to get past this awesome art please let me know) has a section called Gatopoder. Which, for those of you who don't know the español, is about cats.

This is the image that drew me in. I was all: "WHERE CAN I GET THIS TSHIRT! Oh yeah, I just click on this link" and BA Dow! Instant cat porn. Here are a few of the images that particularly relate to CAG.. and some that don't.

I particularly enjoyed the t-shirts made by the French record label le Cool Cats called: Girls and Cats.

There is something about a naked girl and a cat that is really sexy. I'm sorry! It's true!

Love you, mean it


p.s. thank you to gatopoder, ihatemyacne, maiko takeda, logan white, edie sedgwick, dusdin condrin, LE GUN, cute&cuter, deanne cheuk, united bamboo and cool cats for being so kind as to let us use your images. you rule.

p.p.s. this blog is dedicated to boxcar. we gave your favorite sleeping spot away buddy. i'm sorry. can you forgive me?

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


If you live in New York City you may also want to check this out.

Currently at American Museum of Natural History they are exhibiting a giant rug. Why is this rug so special you ask? Oh, because it's made from spider silk!

That's right ladies and gentlemen more than a million (not so little) female Golden Orb spiders graciously donated their silk for this textile. French Missionary, Jacob Paul Camboué created a hand-driven machine that would accommodate 24 spiders at once. It withdrew 2.4 lbs. of spider silk without harming a single little lady (aww).

It took over 4 years, 12 people and over a million spiders to produce this rug.

Check this thing out while it's still there - it's pretty amazing.

Love you, mean it


no spiders were harmed in the making of this blog


by Barton

No Tempo.

If you're in New York...or Brooklyn...

love you (and him), mean it.

p.s. i'll be on the east coast this weekend...SO EXCITED. 

this is not a music blog.

by barton

i swear. 

love you, mean it. 

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Flapjacks? Hot cakes? Pancakes?

by barton
Whatever they are they sure are yummy. Its a rare occasion when I get the chance to eat anything thats fluffy. But these little suckers are awesome. Easy to make, not too many flours to make it happen (as most gluten free morsels take) and my non gluten-free roommates liked them too.

I used the recipe I found on Gluten Free Mommy. I modified the recipe a bit to serve my dietary needs. Don't forget that if you are substituting buttermilk for anything else you need to add a tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice to make the construction of the baked good correct. (more info here)

I started with this cornmeal I found on the shelf of the pantry in my kitchen.

I loved the box, but it was filled with bugs. Ew. 

So I took myself to the corner store and bought some good 'ol Bob's Redmill Cornmeal. The thing about this and other cornmeal is that most are made in facilities that manufacture wheat and other allergens. Be careful if you are very very sensitive. 


2 cups stoneground yellow cornmeal, medium grain
1/2 cup brown rice flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups goat milk
1 tablespoon vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 large egg

Directions (with help from Gluten Free Mommy):
Heat the oven to 200 degrees so you can put the made pancakes in there to keep warm. 

In a large bowl, combine the cornmeal, rice flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a medium bowl, beat the buttermilk, water, oil and egg with a fork until blended. Add to the cornmeal mixture and mix until lumps are eliminated.

Lightly oil a griddle and heat over medium heat. For each pancake, the recipe recommends pouring about a 1/4 cup of the batter onto the griddle. 

Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until brown. Turn the pancakes and cook for about 2 minutes longer, or until browned on the second side. 

Love you, Mean it.

Saturday, October 17, 2009


You can have your shoes,

and eat them too...

pictures borrowed from here.

Love you, mean it


Karl Lagerfeld Hates You

The angry fashionable man strikes again...

"Curvy women have no place on the catwalk, iconic German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld was quoted as saying, after a fashion magazine said it was banning skinny models in favour of 'real women.' 'No one wants to see curvy women,' Lagerfeld was quoted as saying on the website of news magazine Focus on Sunday. 'You’ve got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly,' he added" (Shoeblogs).

He may design for Chanel but the man hates potato chips. Therefore he hates potatoes. Someone who hates potatoes must also hate me. Karl Lagerfeld hates me?!?

Hate you, mean it

Karl (hater of Emily)

reposted from Shoeblogs

Friday, October 16, 2009

This Week.

by barton

As a long week of cold rain and gloom come to a close, the sun is shining with promise of wonderful weekend. I've got couch shopping on the mind and some clothing selling to be done. 

The blogs were filled with wishes for cold weather, wishes for hot weather, oranges, browns, and tea kettles... among other things.

Some of my favorites that I think you'll enjoy:
  • A beautiful movie not about TOAST

  • Last but certainly not least:

love you, mean it.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Reaching for the...planets

by barton

It takes a lot for me to be impressed by someone. Not that I don't think everyone is beautiful in their own right, but when I am at work and I see hundreds of people a day, it takes a real outfit to make me snap out of my work focus. 

It would take something like....

The beaver! It wants to recycle. i love it. 

I couldn't help it. I stopped what I was doing and inquired about the cool vintage sweater that this customer was wearing with the cowboy print.

Stella Neptune.

"Obsessive simplicity, half-cocked humor, and individual style are the driving forces that reflect the Stella Neptune label. The name Stella Neptune is the DJ name of the principal designer, Eva Kisevalter. For more than 15 years, Eva's alter ego-- "Intergalactic Soul Sister" Stella Neptune has DJ'd the world over, forging that same individual style into her DJ persona.

Music and fashion go hand and hand, so it was only a matter of time until Eva set out into the world of fashion. Her history of vintage retail and love of graphics have given her the knowledge and skills to transcend her DJing style into her design style."

I love the idea of screen printing on vintage things, and her designs are cute and simple which are ideal for any T-shirt lovin' folks with a bit 'o flare.

love you, mean it. 

Vegan Dinner Party

Vegan dinner parties are rad!

Even when there is homework to be done...

Love you, mean it


Willy's Kale, Quinoa Soup

As the weather gets cooler and rainier I crave comforting, warm foods. What could be more comforting than soup?

I used to work with this dude named Willy who was a food artisan of sorts. He knew I was vegan so anytime he had any vegan recipes he would tap me with an awesome sample. He usually made vegan soups. My favorite soup he made was a soup with quinoa. This recipe is based on that soup with some of my own variations of course ;)

Willy's Kale, Quinoa Soup

• 1/2 onion (chopped)
• 2 carrots (chopped)
• 1/2 quinoa
• 48 oz. vegetable broth (I used 1 & 1/2 boxes of 365 Vegetable Broth from Whole Foods)
• 2 tbsp grated ginger
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 2 potatoes (cut into 1" cubes)(I never skin my potatoes but be sure to use organic potatoes if you don't skin yours)
• 1/2 bunch curly kale (I used purple kale ;)
• 1-2 bay leaves
• fresh herbs (I used rosemary, basil, oregano and thyme)
• salt and pepper to taste

Boil vegetable broth. Add potatoes, carrots, bay leaves and quinoa. Turn pot down to a simmer and cover. Sauté onions and ginger in olive oil until edges start to brown. Add onions & ginger to vegetable broth. Then add herbs. Chop and de-stem kale. Cook until potatoes are just about cooked (easy to stick with a fork), then add the kale. Stir kale into soup then cover for 4-5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve!

For a little thicker texture use less broth for a soupier texture use more!

Love you, mean it


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

How to Be Fashionable on Halloween

Nearing one of my favorite holidays (New Years Eve being my first favorite) it is important to remember how to be fashionable while still pulling off a scary ghoulish costume. This year vampires will most certainly be in vogue - but do you want to show up to the party with the same faux fangs as some ghoul who shops at Abercrombie & Fitch? Hailll nooo! Be a Buffy not a Bella. Slay em ghouls.

Here are some of my suggestions:

01. Vague Pop Culture References - Think three-hole punch Jim or a characture Pop Star like Anna Wintour (skerry!). Avoid Sarah Palin or Michael Jackson. You WANT people to say "Wait, who are you suppose to be? Itzhak Perlman?"

02. A Cute Animal - Avoid cats or bunnies (hold for the playboy joke) try something like a turtle, deer or lemur. You can totally still be sixy while avoiding the typical Spirit-animal costumes (pun intended).

03. Really Weird Runway Looks - One of my favorite examples of this is Junya Watanabe's F/W 2010 show (below)

If you do this PLEASE send pictures. I would suggest buying a $3 black n' white makeup kit from whatever Halloween store thats popped up in what used to be your favorite Shoe Pavillion. Then throw on a few trash bags to complete the ensemble. There, you're totes couture.
Other suggestions include ANYthing that Alexander McQueen has ever done or mercibeaucoup F/W 2010 reenactments (disassemble and combine 4 old gramma sweaters).

Write back and tell me your great ideas!

Love you, mean it


Wednesday, October 7, 2009