GIRLS I KNOW
BARNEYS NEW YORK x GIRLS I KNOW

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Catch us on The Window. xx

Come see about Issue 001…

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AVAILABLE AT AMERICAN TWO SHOT & URBAN OUTFITTERS – WILLIAMSBURG

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PERFECT HOSTS, ANNA GRAY AND TESSA MATTHIAS @ THE JANE ROOFTOP BAR

hi girl // Zine Launch

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TODAY – NOV. 14TH, 2014

OUR ZINE IS HERE. MORE SOON. SEE YOU TONITE. x

Open Letter Topic: Feminism

October 24th, 2014

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Hey. We’re curious. With heated celebrity conversations about “lite” vs. “heavy” forms of feminism, young girls dropping “F-bombs” for feminist shock-value, and new #girlpower forms of literature hitting shelves, what do you think of feminism and what does the word feminist mean to you?’

jen@girlsiknownyc.com

NEW FROM ITG

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Emily Weiss, creator and editor of INTO THE GLOSS, launches GLOSSIER.COM, home of her new product line and girl blog. Streamline your cosmetics bag, medicine cabinet, and relationship with skin – start by reading her editor’s note!

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GIRL SERIES 13 – ISABELLA

‘Blue eyed baby queen, prettiest girl I’ve ever seen’

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Where are you from? “Ha, I never know how to answer that question anymore. I didn’t really grow up in one place. My family and I have always been nomadic, but I was born in Manhattan and have spent the most time here, so I guess I will go with that.”

Who and what do you love? Go in any direction with this, even tell me what you think of love?  “I think love is the best feeling in the world. I love my family, my close friends, my “THE ROW” team. I think being “in love” is very different and hard to find, and though I have had immense love for people, I have yet to be in love with someone. Oh, and I love music, beaches and sloths.”

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What do you do for fun, work, when you’re sad? “For fun, I like to explore; see new places or meet new people. For work, I manage the press department at THE ROW. When I am sad, I like to go on long walks in Manhattan, most likely listening to Tyler the Creator or Yann Tiersen.

Where do you call home, or tell me about the idea of home?  “I think home is that place that provides comfort and safety. I just moved from the East Village, where I lived with my awesome roommate Gia, to live on my own in the Lower East Side. It’s not home yet, but it’s getting there!”

How do you dance, tell me what kind of music makes you dance no matter what?  “It depends on how much I’ve had to drink!”

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What do you think it means to be a friend? “I think a friend is someone you can confide in no matter what. Someone that you can trust, adventure with, just be happy to be in their company. They won’t judge you, even when you tell them the most revealing, vulnerable details of yourself.”

Tell me your most recent dream, asleep and awake! “Oh man, I am notorious for having the strangest dreams. I think it’s because I usually watch Law and Order SVU or Game of Thrones before I go to bed. My most recent dream asleep was an anxiety dream about work, and awake was being back in the sun in Puerto Rico!”

xx

Palm Tree

April 1st, 2014

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Horse + Nail at the Ace Hotel

February 17th, 2014

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Cactus Valentine

February 15th, 2014

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Much Ado About Nothing. Happy belated Valentine’s Day. Are we over it? Not because anyone feels lonely (which can be a bummer) but because maybe the one-hit-wonder holiday thing is over, no longer, let’s say “in fashion”. Love is in the air nearly every day. Here’s a cactus to remember your love. x

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GIRLS I KNOW – 1 YEAR

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Thank you for celebrating GIRLS I KNOW! We are 1 year old.

* Studio Visit – Electric Love *

February 3rd, 2014

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Electric Love NYC

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Hitomi Matarese and Charlie Walker are a beautiful married couple who work as a team to design and build one-of-a-kind dreamcatchers – they are the artists who create the heart-bomb goodness known as Electric Love. Their studio in Brooklyn is filled with washed light and is organized by feather, rock, and crystal. These photographs remind me of the simplicity of a strong idea, figuratively built brick by brick within the imagination.

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A dreamcatcher is meant to block bad dreams and allow good ones to come through.

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Every feather has purpose, quality. Any stone or crystal added to the piece is pure, cleansed. While visiting the studio, Hitomi handed me a crystal dark in color. Black tourmaline. Under the shade of my layered hair I felt my eyes fill up, for some reason I was moved by the weight of the crystal in my hand. You might think I’m a nut… that’s fine. Hitomi then explained that black tourmaline is known as a stone of protection, a stone to block negative energy and destructive force. It’s also used to ground and purify those near it, aiding in the healing process.

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Thoughtful craftsmanship is an obvious trademark of an Electric Love dreamcatcher. The pair, Hitomi and Charlie are as interesting to speak to as their creations are to look at.

One wall of the studio is layered with inspiration, photographs and memories, rock and roll music vibrates through speakers in the corner and the smell of sage and smoke rest in the air. I left the studio visit with a gift, a tiny feather.

You can see and learn more about Electric Love here.

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Anna’s Eyes – Queen B

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February 3rd, 2014

By incorporating the writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s definition of the subject in her song “***Flawless”, Beyoncé has officially taken a post in the public conversation about feminism. Taken from Adichie’s 2012 TEDxEuston lecture, the snippet has pushed the pop star’s new album into a space before unoccupied by Queen Bey. Clap clap clap!

With her hyper sexy Grammy performance and amazingly scantily clad butt in almost all of her sixteen new videos there has been a lot of talk about whether or not Beyoncé actually knows what feminism is. First, I think it’s important to note that feminism does not have a hard set of specifications. Rule number one doesn’t say “you can’t be sexy.” Actually, if there was one manifesto that all feminists rallied behind the first rule would probably be “believe in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes.” Feminism is a malleable space once everyone agrees on that line which is from Chimamanda’s speech FYI! . Second, feminists telling women what to do with their bodies especially after they’ve clearly considered the implications is a bit hypocritical. Of course there are women who don’t know that dressing in too small clothing is a choice not a necessity but those women aren’t making albums quoting critically acclaimed authors on the subject. Bey has done research!

You can argue that Beyoncé is dancing for the male gaze but you can also argue that regardless of whom she’s dancing for she’s absolutely definitely getting them to pay attention. Look: she’s a pop star. She needs to cater to the mainstream – it’s by doing this that she has a net worth of $350 million. She’s a game changer for sure (secret album, creative control, very private, etc) but within certain boundaries that allow her to still be loved by everyone. The album Beyoncé sold 1.3 million copies in three weeks. If even half of those people now think that feminism is something to actively consider this is huge. The movement is no longer for activists on the fringe. Beyoncé has pushed the conversation into the hottest middle space of the limelight and is asking her audience (which is the whole world) to consider their own understanding of gender equality. Again, applause!

What do you think of B’s newfound ideology? Do you wish she stuck to songs about love and dancing?

x Anna

Jessica Velez

Jan. 14th, 2014

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Introducing Jessica Velez, designer of Jessica Velez Knitwear.  

Where are you from? 

“I was raised in a small town in southern New Jersey called Glassboro. Growing up with my younger sister, Jenn in a Colombian/American household made life rich in culture & cuisine. Thanks to my parents, Cielo & Roberto for infusing our roots into our daily lives. Recently, there was an addition to our family. His name is Bronx, our spunky Cockapoo.”
What do you think your collection represents?
“My collection is rooted off of the craftsmanship of traditional knitting and exploring those techniques in an unorthodox approach. They inspire a fascination with culture & hand craftsmanship as it echoes a sensibility to design & practicality. My Spring 2014 collection is a kick off to fostering artisanal talent in rural Colombia. Collaborating with artisans from Colombia creates a personal connection & accessibility of rare & unique handwork to my clients as they purchase a JVK  item. I also am very keen to utilizing U.S.A manufactured yarns. There is a sense of empowerment to the wearer and to the curator as each item is a reflection of artisanal revival  and social responsibility.’
WHO WHAT WEAR – THE GLOBES

Jan. 13th, 2014

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One of our faves! Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung.

Who What Wear’s Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr are consistently on point with all fashion editorials and coverage they post – see their favorite looks from last night’s Golden Globes at WhoWhatWear.com.

 

The Row / Pre-Fall 2014

Jan. 9th, 2013

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Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen chose beauty, Linda Rodin to model their 2014 Pre – Fall collection, The Row. Rodin, at 65 is a business woman in beauty and also a former model. Find her famous and secret Rodin Face Oil here. In person Rodin is as graceful and sharp as she is here in look 18.

NEW MAG

Jan. 8th, 2014

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by Anna Wolf and Mike Perry

Anna’s Eyes – Fantasy Bras

Jan. 2, 2014

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A reflection from 2013 on Fantasy Bras by Anna Gray -

Guys, the Victoria’s Secret fashion show is really weird. This slideshow of the event “through the years” looks like a catalog for cheap generic Halloween costumes. When I think fashion show I think of the apex of a designer/brand’s labor intensive collection. Is VS even selling these bras? More than 50% of each outfit is either an exclusive-to-angels set of wings or some other weird shit that isn’t for sale (see above). Of course they “sell” the multi million dollar bra they send down the runway but you definitely can’t find that in your neighborhood mall. In 1995 the show was first broadcast on television and has subsequently become their biggest marketing tool using “a combination of self-assured strutting for women and voyeuristic pleasures for men— [making] lingerie [sic] mainstream entertainment” (says Newsweek). It’s an expensive enterprise to promote “sexy fun.” The company spent $12 million on last year’s show.

Superfluous is great – I mean, the world would be a boring place if everything in it was strictly utilitarian – but who is the brand targeting? Is it a guilt-free platform for men to watch scantily clad women because it’s a women’s clothing store? Is it to provide body image reference for a female audience? Is it offensive? Is it pornographic? Is it empowering? I don’t know! Whose fantasy is this?

xx Anna

** Happy Holidays **

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TAJ / Dreams

December 9th, 2013

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Where are you from?

“Oh god, I’m bit of a gypsy really (a bit all over). I’m from Los Angeles and Vancouver (Canada) for the most part.”

What do you do?

“Publicist”

What was your last dream, asleep or awake?!                                                                                                                                

“Well…I’ve been experiencing a recurring dream where I’m on a road trip to a nearby hot spring with friends. When we finally get to the hot springs resort, we end up losing each other (only to reunite at the end of the weekend trip). I, of course, still find a way to enjoy the trip in solitude:) Growing up in Vancouver, one of my family’s favorite pastime used to be going to the Harrison Hot Springs (less than 2hr drive from Vancouver). Pretty sure I’ve been having these ‘hot spring dreams’ because I’m missing my family and anxious to see them during the holidays. Is it Christmas yet?!?”

Valentine @ Art Basel

December 4th,  2013

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The brilliant women of VALENTINE NYC are in Miami. Go see about them and the goods they sell. DEC. 4TH – POP UP SHOP @ The Freehand Miami.

On the Fringe

December 4th,  2013

Natalie wears fringe for GIRLS I KNOW.

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ADULT

November 22nd, 2013

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Photo by Henrik Purienne for Adult Magazine

Please welcome Adult to the IRL publishing world. In issue number one, Editor Sarah Nicole Prickett and Creative Director Berkeley Poole have created a great multidisciplinary magazine flush with pictures/words about sex and discovery. You can find it on the Internet and someday soon in select newsstands. Published quarterly!

I wish the collective reaction to Fifty Shades of Grey was instead bestowed on Adult Magazine. Adult is beautiful but weird enough to deserve the loud whispering that accompanies stuff verging on the fringe of the taboo. Of course I am asking too much of the mass’s consciousness to admire something so far from mainstream, but it’s a nice idea. Front to back, Adult is first good looking, then funny and then hits you with full-on well-done literotica (an excerpt below*). Cunt as a word makes many appearances, as an organ a few, almost every imaginable fetish is uncovered and the writing itself is truly brilliant. If magazines are ways to spy on the future (as aptly noted in the editor’s letter) then my fingers are crossed that this newcomer is a true indication of what porn** will be in a few years.

*From Dodie Bellamy’s “Cunt Ashbery” (an homage or something to John Ashbery’s “The Painter”):

I love fucking you so much in this sullen careless world,
ignorant though it be of me and your cunt.
I love the controlled urgency of your flesh,
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No other maid has welcome my cock with
her cunt languages. From Gibraltar to Cape Horn
our flashing keeps the ship from sinking.”

**Porn is currently a complicated word but if we’re future-speaking let’s picture it as a medium for honest sexuality and exploration.

x Anna

- LET’S TALK ABOUT MERCURY –

Nov. 14th, 2013

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Photo via REFORMATION NYC

In honor of BaronVonFancy and REFORMATION having a baby,  (SEE ABOUT IT HERE) we ask ourselves…

What is Mercury Retrograde?

The first person to consult is Susan Miller. She is an astrological genius. Every month via her website Astrology Zone, Susan Miller describes the planetary action surrounding each zodiac sign. We trust her.

When Mercury goes retrograde it spins in the opposite direction or backwards rather, basically messing up your day-to-day life, interactions, and decision making (Do I or don’t I follow the yellow brick road?).

Don’t worry, it’s not in retrograde now… it ended on the 10th! You’re free to make all the wild decisions you want. For a full understanding of Mercury Retrograde, go to Susan… here.

FASHION STORY 1 – TESSA IN FILM

November 4th, 2013

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MILLY JACKET & SKIRT, AMERICAN APPAREL BODYSUIT,

ALEXIS BITTAR RING, MIU MIU BAG.

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RICHARD CHAI SUIT, WILDFOX SWEATER & SUNGLASSES,

ALEXIS BITTAR NECKLACE & RING.

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NANUSHKA JACKET & SKIRT, BEC & BRIDGE TEE, WILDFOX SUNGLASSES.

MODEL – TESSA MATTHIAS

PHOTOGRAPHS AND STYLING BY JEN

Anna’s Eyes: Urban Virgins

October 31st, 2013

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Do you remember the first time you went to New York without your parents? It was one of the sparkliest moments of my life. You’re young, free, terrified and ecstatic at the center of the world.

Last week, I was on a plane from Heathrow to JFK that was full of fourteen-year-old French kids on a field trip to the big apple. I don’t speak French, think teenagers are intimidating and prefer making up my own stories about strangers so I don’t know the real details BUT I was so excited for all of them!  This pack of kids was with only two young teachers who were probably the hip History/Science dudes that listened to cool music and let you blow stuff up or drop things off the roof. They were coming to NYC and staying in some shit midtown hotel we’d never drink in to see Times Square and Central Park and revel at how many beautiful people and things can exist in one city. I was and am getting goosebumps thinking about their eyeballs popping out of their heads in amazement and the snapchats they’d take of the skyline as they took a bus from JFK over the bridge. When the wheels hit the runway they all cheered! From excitement too not because they were glad to be done with a seven hour flight.

New York is my favorite city in the world (can you tell?) but I have a deep appreciation for all urban areas that build themselves up to be huge, beautiful and ultimately irrationally challenging places to live. Even if you prefer suburbia, the countryside, or hermitage (I get it) your first city experience is undeniably jarring. It takes a layer of skin off your youth and reminds you that you’re an ant at the bottom of a huge tree on a very big planet. I hope I run into this school group (I’ll lurk around the entrance to MoMA) so I can take pictures of their jaw dropped awe. Will post here as a reminder to not be so jaded.

x Anna Gray

Magic Spells

Oct. 28th, 2013

Just when you think your ship has sailed…

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NEWS: Women in politics – Michelle Obama to support women running for office.

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Fruitful Moves

Oct. 15th, 2013

Apple hires current Burberry CEO, Angela Ahrendts to become their new Retail Chief. #boom

More from the WSJ here.

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Oct. 15th, 2013

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Image via French Vogue

Challenge by definition:

A call to engage in a contest, fight, or competition. An act or statement of defiance; a call to confrontation. A demand for explanation or justification; a calling into question. A sentry’s call to an unknown party for proper identification. A test of one’s abilities or resources in a demanding but stimulating undertaking.

How do you overcome a challenge? girl@girlsiknownyc.com

When Thinking about Sun, Consider WILDFOX.

Oct. 15th, 2013

Don’t look straight into the sun!

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Model is Helena Vestergaard

International Day of the Girl

October 11th, 2013

 

Today marks the second year we celebrate International Day of the Girl.

Via http://www.un.org/en/events/girlchild/:

Last year on December 19th the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 66/170 to declare 11 October as the International Day of the Girl Child, to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world. This year’s Day will focus on “Innovating for Girls’ Education”.

Education for girls = girl power. Resources to understand more about raising consciousness, supporting #dayofthegirl, what you can do and what today means, go here >>>

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THE UNITED NATIONS – ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

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GIRL SERIES 12 – LULU & CARA

Oct. 8th, 2013

This is Lulu and Cara. They are twins, living in New York, working in Fashion.  #blondehairdon’tcare

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Where are you from?

Lulu: “I’m a small town girl from the great state of Maine.”

Cara: “The Pine Tree State/Vacationland/The Way Life Should Be AKA Maine.”

What do you do for fun, for work, when you’re scared?

Lulu: “Let’s see. For fun you can find me on most weekends exploring local thrift stores, antiques shops or flea markets. I love taking daytrips and discovering new places to find antiques. I am an avid collector of vintage jewelry-probably too much jewelry but I can’t get enough! I am currently on a quest for the prefect Fred Harvey concho bracelet.

For work, I am a designer of children’s clothes at a luxury fashion brand here in New York. I love that I have a job that lets me be creative every day.

When I am sad I think the best thing for me to do is to exercise-go for a nice long run around Brooklyn or take a yoga class. Also anything chocolate or even coffee can cheer me right up.”

Cara: “For fun, I love to travel, whether it’s an eight hour flight or a two hour car ride. I need to travel. New places, new people clear my mind and give me needed perspective.

I’m a digital publicist (yes, it exists) for a top luxury fashion brand, so I have the privilege to work with many inspiring and creative people. It’s a job where you learn a lot about yourself and realize how important communication is. And the space is always changing, which makes it most rewarding. I’m constantly reading to keep up in the latest and greatest blogs, websites, etc. It keeps me on my toes.

I hate even thinking about being sad, but when I am sad, I just have to find a way to mentally escape. I listen to lots and lots of music. I overdose on music.”

How do you dance? What kind of music makes you dance no matter what?

Lulu: “I dance like no one is watching! I just move to the beat of the music and try to always have a lot of fun dancing by never taking myself too seriously. Whenever I hear any Pulp or Morrissey song I get very excited! Anything ’80′s (especially Hall and Oats, Tears for Fears or Journey) gets me feeling very nostalgic which really makes me want to dance.”

Cara: “I’m a girl that likes to move her hair. It is hard to explain, but I guess I sort of whip it back in forth, but not like Willow Smith. My close friends know how I dance very well and make fun of me at given chance, which I don’t mind. It is a dance all my own and I’m proud of it (I think…). Music has always had a big effect on me, so most anything can make me dance, but of course I have my favorites…The Jam, Morrissey, Twin Shadow and Beach House.”

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When did a recent dream come true?

Lulu: “I don’t believe that I have ever had a dream that actually happened in real life. Wish I had some sort of psychic ability!”

Cara: “Sadly, nothing! Although, I wholeheartedly believe in dreams coming true.”

Tell me about the last time you were surprised.

Lulu: “The last time I was really surprised was earlier this year. A dear friend of mine (Harah) who lives in Hong Kong was coming to New York on a last minute business trip. My friend reached out to my sister and told her not to say anything. My sister casually came over to my apartment one night and was like, “Oh, is it okay if my boyfriend stops by?” The knock on the door ended up being my friend! I hadn’t seen her in almost two years. I was completely shocked!”

Cara: “About a month ago when my boyfriend – or I should now say fiancé – proposed to me. Naturally, my sister Lulu was involved, but I had no idea. There are so few surprises one can have in life – I didn’t want to talk about it beforehand or pick out the ring. He did an amazing job, and there were a lot of tears involved of course. It has been the best surprise of my life thus far.”

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Photos and interview by Jen

NY Fashion Week – Photos

Oct. 7th, 2013

Favorite images from Spring 2014 -  NY FW. xx

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A Forever Boot

Oct. 7th, 2013

A good boot lasts a long time.

Loeffler Randall is New York based shoe collection that launched in 2005. The designer, Jessie Randall’s inspiration for the line was bore out hew quest to find shoes she wanted to wear but couldn’t find. Respect!

Below is our favorite, the Emerson bootie. Boom.

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Dear Miley, it’s me Sinead.

Oct. 2nd, 2013

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Guess what? Sinead O’Connor wrote Miley Cyrus a letter and it’s amazing. Miley has repeatedly and publicly referenced Sinead as a role model and the influence to her work. Sinead, in response to Miley’s musings decided a letter explaining industry truths was the best route to offer an incredibly honest dose of tough love.

“Dear Miley,

I wasn’t going to write this letter, but today i’ve been dodging phone calls from various newspapers who wished me to remark upon your having said in Rolling Stone your Wrecking Ball video was designed to be similar to the one for Nothing Compares… So this is what I need to say… And it is said in the spirit of motherliness and with love.

I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way ‘cool’ to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos. It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether its the music business or yourself doing the pimping.

Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.

I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you.”

Read her full letter at ourstage.com.

Mia says, “Maybe it was Frank”

Oct. 2nd, 2013

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GIK is not particularly interested in gossip but we do love this photo of Mia Farrow and we do like when people speak up about abuse and truth. Read more in Vanity Fair’s exclusive.

And also! Farrow suggests the father of her son could be Frank Sinatra… read.

Anna’s Eyes – Glitter

Oct. 1st, 2013

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Style should be ever evolving as we’re ever growing, learning etc but the mid twenties age range seems to be about establishing a schism between your childhood fancies and the adult you’re looking to look like. Personally, I am having a really hard time cutting the wacky stuff out of my wardrobe to make room for the slick lines of “adulthood.” Being a firm believer of style as outward self expression and also “faking it until you make it,” I want to wear things that look like Calvin Klein and Jil Sander (or the new Zara fall collection) but sometimes I have the urge to look like a weird disco ball. So, I’ve made a pact with myself. Glitter is chill as long as it’s worn neatly. Maybe you saw my purple silk pants in Girl Series 11? Though not glittery they’re definitely shiny bright but their sleek middle pleat and perfect ankle crop make them neat by all definitions of the word.

 Whatever about season transitionals – I’m too busy to overthink layers – but life transitionals are major (and you have to think about them less often). Glitter will guide you from gangly Juicy Couture youth to your dream job interview with ease. I hesitate to call it “fun” because that’s boring but its inherent association with 8-year-old girls keeps it definitively light. Disco will never die.

x Anna

Gloria talks Tips

Oct. 1st, 2013

In a press release we received this weekend:

Feminist leader and activist, Gloria Steinem, helps launch “LIVING OFF TIPS,” a new online campaign from Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United), with a video testimonial detailing what it was like to “live off tips” as a server.

LIVING OFF TIPS is a platform tipped restaurant workers — servers, bartenders, bussers, runners, and more — to share their stories, counter industry-backed myths, and increase momentum for raising the tipped minimum wage (stuck at $2.13 an hour at the federal level for the last 22 years).

Gloria speaks of her time spent as waitress and specifically about her moment as a Playboy Bunny/Undercover Journalist. Watch her video here.

BEST OF BY TESSA

Oct. 1st, 2013

Designer and good friend, Tessa Matthais picks her favorite looks (SO FAR) from Spring 2014 shows. NYC – LONDON – MILAN.

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balance. color. j’amze. stunning. smart. so fresh. print. gorgeous. aspiration. hopes and dreams.

office love. punch. class. woman. modern. New York. dreamy. craft. shapes.

Selects and descriptions by Tessa

GIRL SERIES 11 – ANNA GRAY

September 25th, 2013

I think you know Anna?

Anna Gray is a writer and very pretty young thing. She is more than contributor to GIRLS I KNOW, she is an advocate and has been instrumental in it’s development. Anna is an important kind of girl in New York because she is curious, ambitious and smart – the kind of girl who keeps the wheels turning. We shot these photos at the start of Spring 2013.

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Where are you from?
2/3 of my childhood was spend in Alexandria VA.
Princeton, NJ; Paris, France; and Mullingar, Ireland collectively housed the other third.
Who and what do you love? Go in any direction with this, even tell me what you think of love.
Thinking about a good, true answer to this question makes me nervous but probably because of how I love. Which is to excess.
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What do you do for fun, work, when you’re sad?
The difference between a good night and a bad night is dancing.
I moonlight as a writer, daylight as a Media Strategists’s executive assistant, and sometimes sit in front of camera lights as a model.
Where do you call home? Tell me about your idea of home. 
Home is at the top of a five floor walk up in the East Village. It’s quiet, tiny and full of books and shoes.
How do you dance? What music makes you dance no matter what?
The more tequila I drink the closer to the floor I get. Laura Branigan’s “Gloria” makes me jump!
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What do you think it means to be a good friend?
Withholding judgement and holding hands when needed. Great friends just listen.
What was your last dream, asleep or awake?

I just had a dream my coffee shop lady asked me to be on Girls I Know, no joke!

Please look out for “Anna Eyes” her weekly column of findings.

Photos and Interview by Jen

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Found party flyer on Record Label Duo, Neon Gold’s fridge.

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September 24th, 2013

 Theory – $1,195 The Adashi Jacket

MONDAY LOOKS PRETTY

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Grace Coddington by John Donald Vogue 1971

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September 23rd, 2013

In honor of your lips.. a rotating go of perfect balms, sticks and glosses. 1st up >>>>

MAYBELLINE – BABY LIPS

Get the unscented sunscreen version. $3.29

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FASHION’S FIRSTS

September 13th, 2013

I sent an email out to few friends I knew were making the NYFW rounds, and well.. have been for years. The questions was:

DO YOU REMEMBER YOUR FIRST FASHION SHOW?

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Jen: Mine was VERA WANG, NYFW FALL 2006. I was given a front row seat. This was a ticket Atoosa Rubenstein graciously gave me. I was wearing all brown for some reason.. I had no clue what was going on nor did I realize until after that I was seated next to Anna Wintour. The tents at Bryant Park mystified me.

Gina Kelly – Fashion Director, Seventeen Magazine.

“My first show was Todd Oldham. He had all the super models: Naomi, Linda,  Christy… He also played the best music. I was in the last row, with all the drag queens. I loved the energy!!”

Gillian Tozer – Content director at Sous Style and co-owner of Truss

“Three words: Melbourne Fashion Festival– only the chicest fashion festival in the world! It was back in 2001, while I was still in high school. I managed to scrounge together some cash (no Bacardi Breezers for me that weekend!) and purchased, yes BOUGHT, myself a ticket to one of the shows. I can’t even remember which show it was, Buddhist Punk or maybe Shakuhachi? I do, however and unfortunately, remember my superrrr chic outfit that included Sass & Bide jeans, a crucifix, and a bowler hat that was too small for my head and subsequently rested atop my head like a FEZ. Ugh, LOL. I also remember my gals and I cooly mulling over the semantics over the show while leaving, “Oh yes, *nods knowingly* very derivative but it’s definitely gonna sell…” Killed it.”

Marissa Rosenblum - Director of Programing, Refinery29.com.

“I can’t exactly remember my very first fashion show but I do know whatever it was, the ticket was generously given to me by an editor I was interning for. I sketched some of the looks in a mini notepad as they went by as I was a fashion illustration student of Steven Stipelman’s at the time and it seemed like the type of thing I ought to do at a fashion show.”

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“It was exactly around this time of year, back in 2007, my best friend moved to NY and I came to visit her during Fashion Week.  We planned to go to the Mark Jacob’s show (biggest show of the season, especially at that time) , and I put on my favorite nude dress and black heels. I was super pumped to see my first Fashion Show.

My bestie arrived there earlier than I did, and with all of the hubbub, was rushed into the venue. She had begged the people at the front to please usher in her friend (me) upon arrival and gave instructions on what I looked like, my name etc. When I arrived a few minutes later, they had no idea who I was or what I was talking about when I told them they should be expecting me. And after some banter back and forth, they ushered me down the steps and released me to the world.  I was crushed. This was NOT my town at the time. All dolled up with nowhere to go.
Ladies, I’m sure this is a version of a story we’ve all experienced at one time or another in NY, am I right?  But still, forever <3 NY.”
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<3 TAYLOR

September 9th, 2013

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NOTES: For Mayor – Christine Quinn

September 5th, 2013

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Brooklyn – End of Summer

September 4th,2013

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Riot Grrrl

September 3rd, 2013

Singer, Kathleen Hanna returns from illness with a new plan. The New York Times published an article yesterday explaining her battle against lyme disease and her new affection for just playing music again, “When I would practice and I would feel O.K., I saw me again,” she said. Read more about her new project here.

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FUTURE FEMME

August 27th, 2013

The one-of-a-kind dick pick… so many dicks flying around lately and then gotcha, a crew know as Future Femme put together a show featuring the penises of 300 unknowing men. Future Femme is a Brooklyn based 4-some of female artists interested in feminism and the way of the world right now related to porn and female identity. They took a few liberties…

Their event, “Show Me More: A Collection of DickPix,” was held over the weekend at the Bushwick art gallery, Morgan Underground.

And that’s all we got…

Studio Visit: N O V A

August 26th, 2013 – NOVA STUDIO

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n. pl. no·vae (-v) or no·vas

A star that suddenly becomes much brighter and then gradually returns to its original brightness over a period of weeks to years.

This is also how Julia Zangrilli describes the word nova. NOVA is the name of her one-of-a-kind, custom fragrance company she launched in 2012. Julia builds each NOVA fragrance, start to finish based on her clients attraction to certain materials, influences, and scents.

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Based in Williamsburg, Brooklyn in a simple studio with great light, Julia masters each individual bottle to express a certain level of quality and proportion. Know more about NOVA here.

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CLEOBELLA + NICE THINGS

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Clarins, oui oui!

August 5th, 2013

Hello Clarins Beauty Flash Balm, you really do what you say you do. (A balm that instantly moisturizes, brightens, and tightens facial contours so skin looks rested and relaxed.) Bang, bang. In the interest of knowing more about the brand I asked my friend Faran Krentcil, writer for Clarins Beauty Flash Blog.

Faran sent her list of favorites, including sunscreen. See below!

Beauty Flash Balm + Broad Spectrum Sunscreen + Passion Red Rouge Eclat lipstick + Instant Eyeliner

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THE NEW – W A V E

July 26th, 2013

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Get to know Bumble and bumble’s new product, Thickening Dryspun Finishing spray. If you are a beach-girl, a city-girl or a girl with long and wild hair, this new Bumble jam is pretty great for keeping a style that looks purposelyfully undone (and for a few days!). Enjoy your weekend! x

* magazine tears *

July 24th, 2013

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Beautiful Extras #9

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Girls & Summer by Jen Miller

July 17th, 2013

Jen Miller is a Photography Director. She’s my kind of hero with a good eye. Jane, Cosmopolitan and New York Magazine are a few of the big guns she’s worked for and with. I asked Jen to curate something special for GIRLS I KNOW and she sent over some of her favorite summer girls. Enjoy!

 

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SLIM AARONS

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S K Y L A

June 12th, 2013

Skyla Stover wears Keds, Venessa Arizaga and LSF.

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GIRL SERIES 6 – Melissa + Britta

Bumble and bumble: July 8th, 2013

In New York habits are created then perpetuated because for whatever reason, “it” feels right.  For me, what remains consistent are the streets I walk on from point A to B and Tzipi, my Bumble and bumble stylist. Apartments, jobs, boyfriends and favorite places change but a few things don’t.

Soooo, when Anna and I threw the first GIRLS I KNOW party in Spring we curated a gift-bag, an idyllic little bag. 100 Bumble and bumble surf sprays arrived at my apartment – all waves for all girls. The party was a good time that led to great hair. Introduce now, Melissa and Britta from Bumble’s media team who made that happen.

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Where are you from?

Melissa -  I’m from San Diego, CA.

Britta – I’m from Santa Barbara, California.

What do you do? (for fun, work, when you’re sad?)

Melissa -  I work for Bumble and bumble. I handle stylist relations and production as a part of our PR team. Someday I want to have an organizing business because I think I’m pretty good at it and find it so satisfying. I organize my friend’s closets for fun.

I love going on mini adventures during the weekend, even it’s just to a different borough or part of the city. Last weekend, my guy and I ventured to Coney Island for the afternoon to watch the Mermaid parade and eat pizza. So, so many wonderful outfits.

Britta – I work for Bumble and bumble where I’m a social media / PR / project manager jack-of-all-trades. For fun, I like to travel and hang out with my boyfriend (my best friend). When I’m sad, I have a three pronged approach that pretty much guarantees a brighter outlook: 1) read The Onion, 2) “make outfits” – this is what I call going through my closet and trying things on to make new combinations. This gives me so much satisfaction I probably should have been a stylist. And 3) follow as many Japanese dog Instagram accounts as possible – you’re guaranteed a steady stream of dog pics and now videos of the most precious pups.

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Where do you live? Tell me about your idea of home.

M- I currently live in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Home is a safe place…a place where you can be yourself, relax and escape a bit from the city around you.

B- I live in Williamsburg with my boyfriend and our two fish. For me, home is a sacred shelter. We spend a lot of time at home, cooking, gardening (on our balcony – I wish we had a yard), tanning, whatever. We eat dinner outside when weather permits. An entire wall of our apartment is floor to ceiling windows and doors onto our balcony. We look out at the sky and can watch the weather change. Before we lived here, I lived in the West Village for five years. My view was directly into a townhouse which seemed charming when I moved in. But after five years it drove me insane. I’m from California, I need to see the sky. And I have that now.

What music makes you dance no matter what?

M- 90s hip-hop! And Hall & Oates.

B- I never thought I would say this but… One Direction. I was the biggest hater ever, I laughed at my coworkers who were fans, dissed their music, etc. I thought it was a total joke. But via a series of work related connections, I ended up at a One Direction concert in New Jersey, delivering hair product to the darling Lou Teasdale (1D’s hairdresser). I wasn’t expecting to meet any of the boys but Harry Styles popped out of the hair suite, introduced himself, kissed me on the cheek, stared into my eyes and talked to me for like an entire minute. I was a total goner. We had 6th row floor seats for the show which was incredible. I’m 27 but I screamed and danced like a tween the entire time. It was amazing. I’m a Harry Styles and One Direction devotee for life now.

When has a recent dream come true?

M- I’ve always dreamed of getting married in Palm Springs on a golf course and that dream will come true next year.

B- My boyfriend and I went to Tulum this May. Most people think of the beach when they think of Tulum but I couldn’t wait to swim in the cenotes. It was one of the most magical experiences of my life. We ended up going to three of them because we loved them so much.

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Who do you love (go in any direction here!)

M- I love my family and my new fiancé who will soon be a part of that.

B- Smart, talented women. I’ve had a huge girl crush on Brit Marling for over a year, since watching Another Earth. She’s the thinking woman’s celebrity or actress. That she’s totally gorgeous is just the icing on the cake. Without her brains, I’d be a lot less wowed by her beauty.

 How did the two of you meet?

M- I met Britta on the elevator when she was interviewing for her job at Bumble. It was love at first sight. We like taking long walks at lunch and eating potato chips.

B – Melissa and I bonded very soon after I started working at Bumble and bumble. I could tell early on she’s a pure heart and that’s a rare thing to find.

Photos and Interview by Jen

BIKE GIRL

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What does your bike look like? girl@girlsiknownyc.com

WILDFOX + LOVESHACKFANCY

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Happy 4th of July

 July 3rd, 2013

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+ Beach Crew +

July 2, 2013

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Uncertain of everyone’s name and identity:

Tommy, Johnny, Mo, Ringo, Ivan, Mason, Diego, Remy, Tessa, Ben and Ricky.

THE FILIBUSTERER

June 28th, 2013

Wendy Davis

Wendy Davis is a no bullshit. A single mother raised by a single mother, a Harvard Law graduate. A storm trooper!

On Tuesday evening Wendy Davis led a 13-hour filibuster to begin the fight against Texas’ anti-choice law. SB 5 is a bill that if passed, would ban all abortions after 20 weeks. In the link below watch as her supporters urge the Texas State Legislature to “Let her speak.”

So much more will happen.

“Let her speak”

Bedrooms

June 25th, 2013

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What does your bedroom look like? girl@girlsiknownyc.com

 

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THE LiTTLE RAMONAS

June 21st, 2013

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Camila Saldarriga – L.A.

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Mariana Puerta – Bogota

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Paula Beltran – New York and DC

In 2009 under a tree in McCarren Park I meet the LiTTLE RAMONAS. The girls were selling vintage clothes and braiding each others hair. A pair of cerebellum blue high-waisted shorts later I befriended Paula, the resident leader of the pack.

Since this encounter the team has built a strong online vintage resale business. Each LiTTLE RAMONA lives in a different city and covers their respective vintage market in a rather gorilla fashion.

They’ve just launched their new website, see it here and keep coming back.  x

Beautiful Extras #8

June 20, 2013

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Rebecca in Costa Rica

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 Jae Choon Ahn and Tessa on Broome Street

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Kristom’s June Mix

June 19, 2013

Playlist courtesy of Kristom Parson.  Photo courtesy of Kate Neckel‘s blog.

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Read Me – Gina Kelly
June 18, 2013
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“I actually just Instagrammed a pic of the best chapter name from David Sadaris’ new book, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls. Obviously “differenter” is not a word, but it seems like it should be.
It just made me chuckle.”
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Milestone

June 17, 2013

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Congratulations graduates! Whether you’re going to middle school, high school, college, grad school or life we hope you’re excited about what’s coming next. Here are some wise words from Dolly Parton’s  2009 commencement speech to the University of Tennessee grads.

Another milestone of many. Cheers to you, Oscar, and Dolly.

Looking Forward

June 17, 2013

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Photo by Stephen Shore

THE KEY TO HAPPINESS SOMEONE SAID, IS LOOKING FORWARD TO SOMETHING: DISCUSS GIRL@GIRLSIKNOWNYC.COM

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June 13th, 2013

Happy 27th birthday to Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen. In honor of their elegant emergence into fashion designers, here are our favorite looks from The Row over the years.

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Refinery29′s 30 Under 30

June 12, 2013

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Photo courtesy of Kava Gorna/Refinery29

Refinery29 has named Christelle de Castro  one of it’s “30 Under 30!” Read her full interview here but in the off-chance that you’re saving the reading for later, here’s a perfect little bit:

“What’s the best professional lesson you ever learned?
‘Musician Malcolm Cecil told me, ‘There are three people who don’t succeed: People who can’t give direction, people who won’t take direction, and people with no direction.’ I interpret this as three rules to live by: One, be assertive; two, remain humble; three, know your voice. In other words, it’s important to be a boss bitch and know exactly what you want, but if you aren’t open to criticism or new ideas, you will stunt your potential for creative growth.’”

Check out who else is on the list and pick up some inspiration for the rest of your week (or life!).

Joan’s Travel List

June 11th, 2013

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In Joan Didion’s, The White Album on page 34 she references her packing list for traveling and says, “This is a list which was taped inside my closet door in Hollywood during those years when I was reporting more or less steadily. This list enabled me to pack, without thinking, for any piece I was likely to do.”

TO PACK AND WEAR:                          TO CARRY:

2 skirts                                                        mohair throw

2 jerseys or leotards                                  typewriter

1 pullover sweater                                      2 legal pads and pens

2 pair shoes                                                files

stockings                                                     house key

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nightgown, robe, slippers

cigarettes

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bag with: shampoo, toothbrush and paste, Basis soap, razor, deodorant, aspirin, prescriptions, Tampax, face cream, powder, baby oil

What do you pack? girl@girlsiknownyc.com

Your Hair Tie and MacGyver

June 11th, 2013

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Hello, do you have a hair tie on your wrist? Is it black? Well, here’s what else you can use it for in case you should ever need.

1. Motion sickness

2. A keychain

3. Hold your photos, flowers, wholefoods container, bag of nuts, pens, and/or money together

4. Flick a guy with it

5. Wrap your long skirt up in a knot so you can bike

6. Wake yourself up with a snap

7. Keep a sock from falling down

8. Tye dye your clothes (shout out here to Lyz of Obesity + Speed)

9. Um, use it in your hair?

10. Lend to a friend

Read Me – Chelsea Schuchman

June 10, 2013

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Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann. My favorite character is Helen and my favorite quote from her is,

‘No it’s not out of the blue I thought of him you know what that means… It means he’s thinking of me… Whenever someone pops in your head like that it means they’re thinking of you. Now give me the goddamn phone. I’m callin’ him.’

Such A good pool read loving it so far!!”
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LSF + Spencer

 

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That dress is here: loveshackfancy.com

 

Read Me – Clancy McCarty

June 6, 2013

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“Paul Farmer’s, To Repair the World. That unbelievably inspirational man reminds us that the world is currently a place of social inequity and injustice and it’s our duty to contribute in any which way we can to make sure all people have access to quality health care. The world won’t improve or progress otherwise. He also reflects on Haiti, where’s he’s spent the past 30 years working and to where I’ve been traveling throughout the year for my own work with EMC.

Paul emphasizes accompaniment as necessary to this progress , “To accompany someone is to go somewhere with him or her, to break bread together, to be present on a journey with a beginning and an end… We’re not sure exactly where the beginning might be, and we’re almost never sure about the end. There’s an element of mystery, of openness, in accompaniment: I’ll go with you and support you on your journey wherever it leads. I’ll keep you company and share your fate for a while. And by “a while,” I don’t mean a little while. Accompaniment is much more often about sticking with a task until it’s deemed completed by the person or people being accompanied, rather than by the accompagnateur.””

Beautiful Extras #6

June 6th, 2013

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Zoe in Tulum

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Lanvin in DC

Book Bag #2

June 6, 2013

 This is what DeerDana’s Dana Veraldi carries in her leather Theory backpack!

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What kind of camera is that?  Fuji 6×9 Medium Format Camera – each roll takes only 8 precious pictures (editors note: was owned by Nan Goldin AND Annie Leibovitz!)
And the two notebooks?  Squares – Astier de Villatte 2013 Agenda from John Derian / Blue with Stars – Sketchpad from Ron Herman
Tie Dye leather pouch?  Is from RTH my most favorite store in LA
The sunglassesWestward Leaning, a gift from my friend Yale Breslin
The necklace – from a Mexican children’s store they are Day of the Dead paper mache skull beads!
And the incense pouch?  Japanese cedar incense from Tortoise in LA
Read Me – Marya Spence
June 5, 2013
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“I’d suggest A Guide to Being Born. It’s written by a gorgeous mind wrapped in a gorgeous woman, Ramona Ausubel. It’s a quirky, profound collection of short stories divided into the phases of life: birth, gestation, conception, and love. It’s all about the body, the corporeal manifestations of love and sadness, the magic of being human. It’s about mortality and timelessness. It’s about togetherness and solitude. It’s about everything. And it’s fun!
There are too many favorite lines for me to count, but here’s one that’s typically Ausubel: “Her hair picks up the light in the usual way, but it is her body that receives it in waves, like she is the surface of the ocean and all the water inside is angling for a peek at the great open space of the sky.” In addition, the cover is far and away my favorite book cover of the year: an illustration adapted by the artist and surrealist writer Lou Beach.”
Debbie’s Advice

June 5, 2013

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Debbie Reynolds has a new interview in The Sun and it’s amazing.

“I WISH I had enjoyed more sex. I have only ever slept with my three husbands and one friend — and he was my one and only good lover. I was a virgin when I married my first husband, Eddie Fisher, and I was stupid and innocent. You did not get pregnant, you did not scr*w anyone, you did not have affairs. I was raised to think that if you behaved badly with men, you went to hell. I realize now it is puritanical and not very adult.”

Don’t forget to have a good time!

April, May + Vic

June 5th, 2013

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April, May meet Victoria. We shot her in two of their best Summer 2013 collection pieces. One silver and one orange leather jacket.

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Hot fun in the Summertime.

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Queen like Kate for a day.

Read Me – Carly Mark

June 4, 2013

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“I’m reading Even Cowgirls Get The Blues by Tom Robbins. My favorite character so far is Sissy Hankshaw because I love a girl with drive, free will, a love of hitchhiking, and big powerful thumbs.”

HGB

June 4th, 2013

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FOUND – AT THE HEARST TOWER

Have a good Monday

June 3, 2013

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Emily VanCamp in Venice Beach wearing Rag and Bone, 2011.

Girl Crush

 

May 31, 2013

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Wendy’s favorite pictures + Anna’s exacto = Girls I Know x Girl Crush

Credits: Butterfly girl by Marina Weigl, Smiling flower crown girl by  Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello, Radio City Rockettes, Everything else taken by Wendy

 

 

GIRL SERIES 5 – Whitney + Paloma

May 31, 2013

Whitney and Paloma are two very beautiful, very driven young women and – I bet just like you and me – they like sexy girls.  Their website Valentine NYC is a blog roll of pretty young things and the personal musings of each subject’s affections. The blog is just the beginning for Valentine – the lingerie collection will launch later this Summer. x

Meet Whitney Brown and Paloma Jones.

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Where are you from?

Whitney: Louisville, Kentucky

Paloma: I’m Australian born – But my blood is a combo of Caribbean & New Zealand. Ain’t got the Aussie blood, just the accent.

Valentine is sexy! And you have many beautiful and sexy women and men on your blog. What do you think of sexuality and the general portrayal of women today (lots of babes out there, serious statement making- I’m curious both your take)?

W: I think a persons sexuality is a vital part of life which affects how we act, look and feel. In general I think sexuality is a feeling which we have no control over. I think this feeling is different for everyone and should be explored freely. But honestly… I think were all animals trying to conform to a tamed version of ourselves which society deems acceptable.

I feel women today are portrayed as smart and strong individuals who use their sexuality in favor of what they’re trying to accomplish. Women make a choice to be “sexy” or not based on what they want in return. Because a woman can use her sexuality in a way most men cannot, I think a lot of women loose respect when they are overtly sexy.

P: To me sexiness comes from an honesty. The whole point of VALENTINE NYC was to shoot people that we find interesting and unique. Everyone has their own sexuality and display it in different ways. To say, “Hey be sexy,” never works,  its always more like do your thing and let me catch that MOMENT.

We try and be as true to each person we shoot as we can. Desperation is the most unsexy thing, trying too hard or using your sexuality for attention bores me.  Being truthful and honest and vulnerable is a big thumbs up in the sexuality department in my book. We just try to shoot everyone as if they are a beautiful person, let the sexy come natural.

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Who and what do you love right now (go in any direction with this!)?

W: love my boyfriend/roomate/bestfriend/soulmate Carlos and these dope orthopedic sandals from Arche which I’ve been walking around the city in all day!

 P: I’ve got a great man that I can’t quit loving, he’s what they call “a keeper”…
I’m also obsessed with gardening and my flowers, maybe its a SPRING FLING THING…
The house is looking more and more like a terrarium…. But it makes me so happy and man do I love waking up to the smell of fresh-cut flora.

What’s coming up for Valentine and how does your creative process go down?

W: After doing so many sexy shoots for Valentine, Paloma and I have been inspired by a lot. We feel that Valentine can turn into a brand which sells everything from lingerie to body oil to bed sheets but at a fair price. Although lingerie is our focus right now we have lots of other products in the works. Our creative process usually starts with a coffee and about an hour of exchanging concepts that we think will help promote Valentine and the lingerie. Then we go down the checklist of where were at with production, PR, marketing, finances and legal matters. This list is never ending. But we really try to focus on one thing when we work so were not scatter brained. We are both constantly living and breathing Valentine wether were at a party or at the gym, the wheels are always turning.

P: We are in our second year of Blogging and loving it. Our weekly posts will continue.
We have some very exciting new things brewing though.. Lingerie is coming soon, which we are most excited about & a lil collab scent along with some other to die for things… It’s all evolving in an organic way…
We always start with,  ”what do I want but can’t find” or “that’s so Valentine…” It starts there and the rest is wild fire.

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I love when people go for an idea. Who inspires you or what inspired You to create Valentine?

W: A sweet girl named Anna helped Paloma and I dream up Valentine 2 years ago. The second time we ever hung out with her we met for a drink/brainstorm session in Nolita and sparks started flying. Initially we were just gonna re-post other peoples photos on Valentine but once we started talking about creating original, sexy content and promoting our friends we knew we had to do it. It was one of those moments where we were all like “Okay…THIS is an awesome idea and something I want to be a part of”. Anna helped us produce a few of our first interviews then she returned to Stockholm to work on her own project www.http://ikigai11.tumblr.com/. Paloma and I adore her and think of her as our little Valentine unicorn (well at least I do). Anna Ahren if youre reading this, we love and miss you.

P: Valentine sprung from a seed of ideas that we planted while brain storming about ways to create a brand identity. It began as a way to show the other side of people. Maybe a girl you’ve see at your local coffee shop or the guy who’s a bit of a mystery that you’ve spotted at a few parties. What’s his place like? What does she do? We thought it would be a cool way of connecting the dots with all our people.  The romantic/sexy and always intimate side. We have this incredible crew of friends that are always INSPIRING and contacts that are all kind of crazy/wild and wonderful people, plus its NEW YORK. Inspirations popping from every corner.

 Photos and interview by Jen

Beautiful Extras #5

May 29, 2013

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YOUR HANDS

May 29, 2013

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‘Blue is the Warmest Color’

May 28th, 2013

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‘Blue is the Warmest Color: Life of Adele’ wins Cannes Film Festival’s highest honor, Palme d’Or.  Stars of the film, actresses Lea Seydoux and Adele Exarchopoulos were also recognized for their talent and contribution, a moment usually offered only to the director.

An explicit depiction of a girls journey through sexuality, desire and love. Read more about it here.

Run!

May 24, 2013

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Photo Courtesy of Vogue.com

GIK babe Clancy McCarty’s exercise playlist is posted on Vogue.com. Check out what she runs marathons to here.

SOLANGE

May 23, 2013

solange

Solange has  carved out an amazing space for herself as a confident, fashionable, fun, and interesting musician. And now she has a blog! www.MyDamnBlog.com. Appropriately forward, there are pictures of her and her friends, links to her music, and a new announcement that she’s started started her own label – Saint Records! Solange’s damn blog is an excellent addition to your bookmark bar.