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Smarty Pants Editor
New York
Fashion and Home Decor on a Kick
Interests: fashion, home decor, snacking, and reading
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My shimasana, my mother's mother passed away recently. She was born to the Tsinaajinii Dine’é, the Black-Streaked People of the Forest and born for the Haltsooí Dine’é, the Meadow People, northeast of Tohatchi, New Mexico. We estimated that she was 94 years old, but she had no birth certificate and she never went to school. Her other siblings drifted away to boarding schools, the military, or life off the reservation, but Shimasana chose the path of her ancestors. Her mother's land was high desert, bordered on the west by the Chuskas and here my grandparents herded sheep, raised eight children,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2014 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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I spent the past Saturday at the Sussex County Powwow in New Jersey surveying potential customers, building a direct marketing campaign email list, and talking with Native American vendors and powwow participants. It's been almost 20 years since I last attended a powwow. In college, I used to go because it was the only opportunity to see other natives on the East Coast. Even though I grew up in Indian country in Oklahoma and New Mexico, I've alway felt alone because no one around me was Navajo and only a few people were native. You would think it doesn't matter,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2014 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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I've lived in my new apartment for a year without sharing photos of my bedroom because I didn't like my curtains and I missed my previous wallpapered bedroom terribly. My old drapes I had in this room were blackout and made the room unbearably dark and heavy despite the flood of super saturated color (Benjamin Moore Razzle Dazzle), so I spent most of my waking hours in my bright yellow kitchen or my dark blue living room cocoon. The new fresh curtains that saved my bedroom are light beige with red flocked leaves and turquoise birds from Pier One and... Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2014 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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Happy New Year! I am happy to turn my back on 2013. It was a terrible year, but I am feeling much more optimistic about 2014 for the following reasons: 1. I am officially certified as a project manager! I can now follow up my MBA with more letters, PMP. 2. I installed two websites, a Moodle site and a Drupal site. I'm still messing around with the Drupal site and I plan on moving my blog and other stuff to that site as soon as I can make it look awesome. 3. I started running last year and I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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I wandered into the Kate Spade store yesterday and tried on coats and remembered the photos from the Madison Avenue store opening that I went to in June. I had a chance to speak with Deborah Lloyd, Kate Spade's mastermind who confessed to dressing up for work everyday as if she were attending a wedding. I am afflicted with the same overwrought style, although I asked her if she could tone down Kate's style slightly so that I could go to work looking more like a grown-up than a gift-wrapped gamine. I think the conclusion she drew from our conversation... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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I took a bit of a mini-break from my tech classes to take in the James Turrell exhibit at the Guggenheim. Apparently the rest of New York decided that Saturday pay-what-you-like was a great time to visit as well because the line was around the block. Accompanied by a Swiss friend with some kind of special tourist card, we were able to bypass the crowds and line up to pay our $2.50 for Turrell. While my wait was not really worthy of being called a pilgrimage, I have been known to go bananas over lighting. Turrell's installations are magic and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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A few weeks ago I took a class called Programming for Non-Programmers at General Assembly. A young man in his early 20s sat next to me so I struck up a conversation with him about his background. He said he was interested in robotics, artificial intelligence, and space exploration and that's why he was taking this class. I think I must have spluttered something about how interesting that endeavor was thinking that someone on that kind of trajectory would have started out building robots in elementary or middle school, would probably by this point be well-versed in multiple programming languages,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2013 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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I recently underwent sinus surgery because my sinus were severely comprised by mold from the last apartment I lived in. Has sinus surgery been the answer to my problems--read on to discover the surprising conclusion! As can be expected, I am slowly recovering, but pretty much all I want to do these days is sit and sketch. If you correspond with me on gmail, you may have noticed that I posted a new "photo" of myself. I also had some high expectations of this sinus surgery. I thought I was going to come out looking like Disney's Pocohontas with a... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2013 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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I'm trying to turn my new apartment into an art gallery. Considering how much blank wall space I have, this is going to be a challenge, but I'm determined. I started out first with a small expanse of chalkboard paint in my bedroom for notes and reminders to myself, but I'm liking the effect so much I think I'm going to paint the walls of the entry hall and try my hand at some temporary murals in the style of Diego Rivera. If I don't like them, I can wipe the wall down and start over again. The blank walls... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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I signed up for a Threadflip account recently because I've decided to downsize my closet and let go of all the items that I no longer fit or no longer wear. While I'm new to Threadflip, none of my items have sold and there is barely have any indication that anyone has even viewed my items. When you scroll through the endless amounts of second-hand fashion, you realize why the market is sluggish. Most of the items are priced slightly lower than they were purchased at, but considering that for $20 more you can buy something brand-new at many of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2013 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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When I was very young, probably around the age of 8 or 9, my Mother and Papa started buying me power tools. They were both survivors of the Great Depression, so the power tools, a well-stocked hope chest with handmade quilts and Corningware, and a Sears sewing machine must have seemed like gifts of plenty and insurance against another era of poverty. As you might expect, making furniture isn't something that comes naturally to children. I didn't have the patience to put in the long hours sanding surfaces to perfection. I tended to hammer corners together with nails rather than... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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Apparently the design gods must be crazy, because somehow I ended up getting invited to a trade show at the New York Design Center "What's New, What's Next Show" in September. Even without the free Veuve Clicquot or likewise in every showroom, I would have been impressed. There are 16 stories with 100 design showrooms and I only made it a few layers up by the end of the evening. Whichever way you looked, everything was bright and twinkly and completely delicious including the men. Outside of Gossip Girl, I don't think I often to get to see this many... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2012 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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In 2010, I spent the night in a sleep clinic. Verdict: They really couldn't tell me why I wasn't sleeping well except that I had some slight nasal airflow issues which they didn't think required a sleep mask. My sleep was such a problem that for several years I couldn't remember dreaming, probably because I never fell into a deep sleep. My disrupted sleep finally got to the point where I would wake up in the middle of the night choking and unable to breathe. It's pretty scary to wake up instantly, gasping for air, essentially dying for air, and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2012 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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A Cupboard Full of Coats is a disturbing story from a first-time novelist that seems so real, it almost transcends fiction. Jinx opens the door one day to find a ghost from the past, Lemon, her mother's friend on the doorstep. Fourteen years have passed since Jinx's mother was killed and both Jinx and Lemon have been carrying the burden of her death since that night. Bottled up with anger and sorrow, Jinx is divorced with a son she cannot relate to and a job as an embalmer at a funeral home, preferring to work with the dead than interact... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2012 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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Paris seems to bring out the best memoirs, perhaps because everything in Paris is designed for the senses--the food, the art, the architecture, the furniture, the fashion, the cafe conversations--they are designed to embrace and appreciate life. It is a vastly different aesthetic and philosophical ideology than exists in America and as a result, I have a habit of reading too many French-inspired autobiographies, some of them good and some simply fluffy, but still like the best macaroon (or madeleine?) ever. Paris, My Sweet: A Year in the City of Light (and Dark Chocolate) falls into the latter although tasty... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2012 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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I like to call them "thumb-sucking novels," because reading them makes the reader feel so comforted and safe in a great, big lonely world. Yesterday one of the great practitioners of this genre, Maeve Binchy, died at the age of 72. Reading her books about the push and the pull between the urban and the rural, being Irish in England, and somehow not quite fitting in was so satisfying because you know that somehow despite all the plots twists and turns, in the end, everything would be all right. Writing about yearning outsiders seemed to give Maeve the perfect canvas... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2012 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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Donna's chaise lounge was one dirty lady in need of a fresh frock. The decades had not been kind to the purple-mauve cabbage floral, selected for its efficiency in hiding stains, but it was now stiff with built-up layers of dirt and grime. Even if I had a chance to see it when it was brand-new, I still think it might have looked like an ancient dinosaur, its curved back rest arching like the neck of a dusty stuffed plesiosaurus at the Museum of Natural History. Like any archaeologist on the dig, I initially wore a face mask to avoid... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2012 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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As a teenager, I used to collect TV guide. It wasn't a particularly useful hobby and mostly dedicated to planning out my television viewing or pining about cable shows that my family didn't have a subscription to such as Disney or HBO. One day I saw a listing--I read the entire thing cover to cover--and I was dying to see it. I couldn't explain why a 16-year-old girl thought Nora Ephron's Heartburn which debuted on HBO would be a compelling marital drama or why I spent years trying to find the book or watch the movie. I'm pretty sure it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2012 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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I've unpinned myself from Facebook on Friday, but now I'm tethered to Twitter and Pinterest. In lieu of putting off sewing projects until I get a proper fit dummy, I've purchased an iPad stylus and I'm having a blast learning how to draw all over again. The iPad is such a wonderful device! I've been tracking everything on it, from my finances to my weight to personal writing to what I've accomplished in a day. I think iPad is becoming my brain on data crack and I'm loving it. Since Friday, I've managed to churn out these images. The first... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2012 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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It is time that I invested in a dressmaker's dummy. I spent the last weekend whipping up this little top combining elements of a dress pattern and a skirt pattern that I had. However, fitting it on yourself is never a good idea, especially if you're paying $30 a yard for the two yards required for this top. On the hanger, I think this top looks adorable. When it's on my body, I wish it were slightly more tailored with a flatter fit and the only way to achieve this, since it's lined, is to fit the lining first, then... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2012 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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After a friend helpfully pointed that my living room had poor feng shui, I thought it was time to make a drastic change. I had purchased a white wool chair from Macy's with the intention of re-covering it and never gotten around to it. I also needed new curtains that weren't sheer, so I found myself trolling online fabric shops like some men cruise the bridge between Jackson Heights and Woodside. When I received the 23-yard bolt of fabric at my office, my co-workers politely asked me if I intended to "carry that home on the subway?" I once had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2012 at Smarty Pants Fashion and Home Decor
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