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Mixology (22)

Painting:  The Corn Poppy, 1919, Oil Painting by Kees van Dongen. Check out those stunning red hat and black eyes! Kees van Dongen, was a Dutch painter and one of the Fauves. He gained a reputation for his sensuous, at times garish, colorful portraits. In 1897, Van Dongen arrived in Paris where he would share a studio with the famous Picasso. / Rug: Just Poppy in Doormat by ModCloth. There’s nothing more inviting than a bouquet of fresh flowers in your foyer! Now you can cultivate the same charming feel on your porch by welcoming guests with this poppy-covered doormat. Crafted from natural coir fiber with a convenient non-slip backing, this fresh addition to your decor features a hand-screened floral pattern in sweet shades of cranberry, persimmon, and clementine.

Painting: Travelers by Tatsuro Kiuchi from 20×  Kiuchi was born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1966 and began his art career as a children’s book illustrator.  Kiuchi has been commissioned by such clients as Royal Mail, to do the Christmas Stamp Collection in 2006, and Starbucks, for the Worldwide Holiday Promotion “Pass the Cheer” in 2007. / Rug: InterDesign Abstract Rug- Aqua/White from Target. Lines, the color of pools treated with chlorine, ripple across this tufted rug and give a modern and geometric edge to your space. The contract between the intermingled spiderwebs of the robin’s egg hue and the white is a gentle yet stark.

Painting:  Beat Bop by Jean-Michel Basquiat. A dark black canvas featuring graffiti influenced and rough sketches of bones, what appears to be a crown, an explosion (and within it, the word “bang!” in capital letters), and Roman numerals. Basquiat got his start in SAMO, a graffiti collective in Manhattan’s early-’80s downtown scene, and became a notorious painter before his death at 27. Rammellzee and K-Rob, American rappers originally released their hiphop single Beat Bop in 1983 on the record label Tartown with cover artwork commissioned to the artist. / Rug: Abyss & Habidecor Rug, Script from Bloomingdales. A bold, modern design in striking black and white, crafted in plush, super soft cotton. The scribbles are irreverent and uneven, paralleling the chaos of a Basquiat painting.

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Gobble Gobble

Happy Thanksgiving! Here’s a compendium of Turkey Day items that remind me of the US (and sometimes Canadian) holiday. In the USA, the modern Thanksgiving holiday tradition is commonly traced to a (poorly documented) 1621 celebration at Plymouth, Massachusetts for the Autumn harvest with the local Wampanoag Tribe (53 colonists and 90 American Indians joined). This first celebration featured clams, mussels, lobster, eel, goose, swan, duck, pumpkins and ground nuts. Today, I am heading from NYC to Boston, Massachusetts – and although my celebration will be close to the original geographically, the cuisine will include potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, and turkey. In the end, both celebrations will probably feature pumpkin and corn.

Gobble Gobble - Celebrate Turkey Day With These Finds

  1. Set of 2 Safavieh Calycopis Moroccan Accent Pillows. Although the pillows are based on a North African, Arabic design – if you look objectively, the pillows actually look like birds flying through the sky in the wind. Abstract expressionist turkeys!
  2. Torey Wahlstrom – Wild Turkey Feathers. These feathers were abandoned by some wild turkeys whom the roam the woods near my mother’s house in Connecticut. The wild turkeys there are large, beautiful birds who can often be spotted foraging for acorns on the forest floor. “Courageous” turkeys were Benjamin Franklin’s top choice for the national bird of America, but alas a bird of “bad moral character”, the bald eagle, won out in the end.
  3. Prepara® Collapsible Potato Masher. Chefs love this masher’s patented design, which folds for fast and easy storage. I love that it’s eco-friendly and that the color pops with a lime green handle!
  4. Meat and Potatoes Plate. TV dinner from CB2. New York artist Dan Golden maps out the all-American meal on white porcelain round. Simple black sketch outlines mashed potatoes, corn and supersized salisbury steak.
  5. Wild Turkey Bourbon is America’s best-selling, super-premium bourbon produced by Master Distiller Jimmy Russell. Produced in extremely limited quantities as a super-premium bourbon, the 100-proof, 15-year-old hooch will come in a distinctive smart bottle, complete with strip stamp seal and commemorative box.
  6. Cranberry Candle. The DESICO candles are created by hand in Finland of the stearin and paraffin. Paraffin is used to make the candles burn smoothly and evenly. Stearin created bright, vibrant colors that are rich in tones.
  7. Metallic Purple Buckled Pilgrim Loafers by Marc Jacobs. Inspired by the first settlers? Maybe. Although I doubt those ultra conservative immigrants would have had leather from italy or ostentatious crystal embellishments. Either way, awesome.

Celebrate Turkey Day with products that go with the theme!

  1. 12 turkey & pie invites ( Thanksgiving Invitation) designed by Stacie Humpherys on Etsy. There’s nothing better than turkey followed by homemade pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. Well, maybe except for turkey, then football, then pumpkin pie.Autumn
  2. Acorn Necklace on bronze chain by Modern Bijou via Etsy. Just in time for the season a beautiful autumn inspired acorn necklace. Made from a copper ox over brass metal bead cap, gold colored glass pearl bead accompanied with a brass ox over brass pendants leaf charm. Strung on a Antiqued Brass Iron Chain 3.3×6.6mm open link.
  3. Pure Country Weavers Massachusetts State Pillow. This nostalgic replica of a state pillow is reminiscent of needlework done by ladies in the 1940’s. The vibrant colors of these state maps would be a fine addition to any home decor.
  4. Pumpkin Party Flat from ModCloth. Tonight’s laid-back bash is all about pumpkins – from gourd-themed decor to pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, this party is a cornucopia of your favorite piece of autumnal produce!
  5. BareMinerals – The Elements – satin taupe/ autumn leaf/ soft slate/ teal smoke. A Thanksgiving inspired color palette for the eyes.
  6. Vintage Football Helmet by Fossil. Made in the USA, this red and tan leather football helmet has seen its fair share of tackles. Place it on your favorite shelf—it’s a must-have piece. What says Thanksgiving more than a dose of tossing (or watching) the pigskin.
  7. Fox Run Corn Holders, Set of 6. Nothing reminds me of corn on the cob (or my mother) quite like these classic “Good Housekeeping” holders. Hold on to your buttered corn cobs while avoiding greasy fingers with Fox Run’s corn holders. Simply press the metal skewers into the cob and you’re ready to eat.
  8. Stoneware TV Dinner Trays from Uncommon Goods. Gather your whole clan on the couch for a big helping of food, a side of entertainment, and a dash of nostalgia. Switch on a sitcom and start your own laugh track with friends and family members as you serve up a home-cooked version of the TV dinner in this set of two stoneware trays coated in a food-safe glaze. Picky eaters of all ages will cheer for separated servings of meats, starches, veggies and desserts, with no need for multiple takes and extra plates. Love is a dish best served warm.

What reminds YOU of this American holiday?


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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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