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Earth Day

I happen to love the planet upon which we live. I even like it’s color scheme: 70% ocean blue, 25% gritty caramel crust, and a sundry 5% beautiful sulfurs, gems and other colorful carbons and chemicals.

Whole Earth CatalogThe Last Whole Earth Catalog: Access to Tools (1971)  The WHOLE EARTH CATALOG functioned as an evaluation and access device. With it, the user should know better what is worth getting and where and how to do the getting. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. Published regularly from 1968 to 1972, this tome led the counterculture back-to-the-land eschewing industrialism. 
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Although the Earth has seemingly been around for 4.54 billion years (but who’s counting?), Earth Day was only first celebrated in 1970, and is now coordinated globally by more than 192 countries each year. We humans were a little late to the game of terrestrial appreciation.

Earth Day 2014 from The Walkup featuring Aesop, West Elm, Great Dane and more!

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Chevron

A chevron, in decoration is an inverted V-shaped pattern or insignia. It was traditionally used in architecture, pottery or military uniforms. Archaoelogists have found the  motif as early as 1800 BCE in Crete, in modern-day Greece. Taking a cue from the classics, Burberry rules the runway with butter toffee accents, distinctive chevron stripes, cashmere jacquard and oversized geometry.

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CHEVRON WOOL CASHMERE SCARF in BRIGHT TOFFEE

Fun fact -when shown as a smaller size than standard, it is a diminutive called a chevronel.

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Chevron from Anthropologie, Hermes, Etsy, House of Harlow and more. The Cherie Chevron DressChevron Wide Legs in Brown by Anthropologie are right on trend with burnt hues and geometric patterns.

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It’s the economy, stupid.

Candy nostalgia reigns supreme in the Lower East Side’s Economy Candy store. This circa-1937 Lower East Side staple is filled from floor to ceiling with retro and international confections, including innumerable  brands you never knew were still in production, or even existed from the get-go. Remember wanting to ‘smoke’ candy cigarettes at the corner drugstore like the big kids? Want a piece of Big League Chew after Sunday’s pick-up game? Imagine a rainbow colored array of chocolates, candy button, lollipops, taffies, collectible Pez dispensers, rock candies, gum-balls and every treat that’s meant to upset your dentist. New York Magazine’s review writes, “Rivington Street’s Economy Candy is pure over-the-top New York, a font of variety and abundance that would leave Willy Wonka weeping in his cocoa.”

That’s me, Keren, posing like Economy Candy’s mascot, below! See the resemblance?

Want an Economy Candy Tote for your finds?

Candies by the box

Zagnut bar? Here. Charleston Chews? You bet baby! You want thingamabobs? They’ve got twenty…It is literally impossible to feel depressed in this sucrose, dextrose neon colored dream. In usual NYC fashion, the store is three times smaller than it should be, almost like a Hoarders episode meets an encyclopedic, library-esque sweets store. The space can feel cramped pretty quickly, and lines of by-the-pound shoppers can get daunting during (sugar) rush hour but, don’t let that dismay you!

Baseball Cards and Candy Buttons

Kitsch Galore with Piggy Bank Tins

Fox’s U-bet Chocolate & Flavored Syrups are an original, Brooklyn-bred treat from the era of the soda jerk! Created in 1895, this liquid is rumored to be the only way to make a perfect New York Chocolate Egg Cream.

I will let Economy Candy explain the history of this institution, straight from the horse’s mouth, “Since 1937, on the Lower East Side Economy Candy is an old-fashioned, family-owned candy store that sells hundreds of kinds of chocolates, candies, nuts, dried fruits; including halvah, sugar free candy and of course all the old time candy you had when you were a kid.

When Jerry Cohen’s father opened Economy Candy in 1937, it was a typical corner candy store of its day. Bulk bins full of colorful hard candies enticed youngsters with their panorama of choices. Guys could buy their dolls a heart-shaped box of chocolates when they had trouble expressing themselves in words. Barrels in the back yielded a geography lesson of nuts from around the world. The hard times of the Depression were easing up, the grim specter of war-to-come wasn’t yet hovering over American shores, and television was a scientific marvel that was unlikely to have any practical commercial application.

Years later, the Dow Jones is soaring to previously unimagined heights, military actions are measured in days, and computer-literate three-year-olds are unnervingly common. And the former youngsters of 1937 still visit Economy Candy for a scoop of goodies, a bag of pistachios, or a slice of halvah like you can’t get anywhere else. And their children and their children’s children shop there, too. This old-fashioned candy store offers SOLID DISCOUNTS on everything from sour balls to upscale chocolates.”

Lollipop, Lollipop, Oh Lolly Lolly Pop!

My coffee cup is resting precariously on Old Fashioned Candy Sticks and Candy Canes so I could get this shot of the M&M wall. The confectionary utopia has common candies as well (and sometimes ever color coded), however its strength lies in the products of yore!  The whole space reads like a Pop Art painting.

My friend, Jeffrey J., exploring the endless possibilities in this parlor of sweets.

The Candy Man Can

Feel like a “Kid in a candy store”, yet? If buying in bulk is not your forte, trying living with these pastel, saccharine soaked products:

Candy is Dandy but Liquor is Quicker

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