to introduce Kerry Irvine. She’s an abstract expressionist artist and fashion stylist who is based in the West Village of Manhattan. She has worked in the industry for over 17 years, and has a roster of clients including Ralph Lauren, Hugo Boss, Nautica, FAO Schwartz and many more. Kerry’s mother was an artist who encouraged her to look deeply into the world around her and put to canvas whatever she saw. As an accomplished painter, Kerry so eloquently states that “I strongly believe that my love of fashion and clothing inspires my paintings. Dressing is like creating a painting. With each layer or piece of color and texture you add to your look, the more it evolves becoming a piece of living, breathing fine art.”
She’s talented AND intriguing, so continue reading to see what she has to share with us as this week’s Guest Hunter.
As an artist living in NYC, I often find myself fantasizing about owning a giant sunny loft with big white walls. Most artists share this dream, but like myself are confined to smaller spaces and just make it work. Large bodies of work magically emerge from the most unlikely spaces and now you can get a glimpse at
some of them.
1) Studio Visit, MoMA PS1’s web initiative offers virtual presentations of artists’ studios. Emerging artists working in the five boroughs and greater New York area are invited to upload video or still images of their studios and work
Studio Visit serves as an online artistic hub and provides viewers with a look at the varied artistic practices located within one city.
More and more I find myself reaching for green alternatives. I was thrilled to discover this Twisted Vine Coat Rack at Viva Terra, a website dedicated to all aspects of green living. Crafted in the U.S. by a talented woodworker who reclaims fallen cedars, this coat rack doubles as sculptural art. Solidly constructed, it supports heavy winter wear and combines natural beauty with functional convenience.
I also love the work of Natural Edge Slab Bench by iNg Furniture
This Etsy artist works out of a small studio in the heart of Brooklyn. All handcrafted items are made using mainly reclaimed local wood. If you live in the tri state area you can pick up piece your self and save on shipping.
Some of the first pieces of jewelry my sisters and I received as young girls were the gold bangles we still wear today. I remember how my mother would artistically stack her bangles of all sizes and designs up her arm and the musical jingle they would make when she moved. Over the years I have added color and texture to my collection and especially love the combination of turquoise and gold.
Even though gold has become incredibly expensive, if you shop wisely building a bangle collection can be done. Keeping three budgets in mind, here are my suggestions:
Big Budget: Ippolita
These bangles are made from the highest quality gold and precious stones. If I had unlimited funds I would buy one from each collection and stack them up each arm until I ran out of room. Here are some of my favorites:
Mid Budget: Satya Jewelry has been a favorite destination of mine for gold bangles for a long time. Gold plated over sterling silver and brass, they are a much more affordable way to build your bangle collection. This yoga inspired jewelry is not only beautiful but also has great spiritual powers and meaning behind it. They can be found in four different NYC locations as well online. Two times a year they have sample sales with drastically reduced prices.
Budget friendly: Etsy is a great place to go to find affordable and handcrafted bangles. You not only get a great deal, but you are also supporting the arts when you shop there.
These gold filled hammered bangles by Lucky Staar are delicate and only $15.95 each.
14K Gold Fill Bangles Set of 3-Rustic Gypsy Bangles by Decadence2Jewelry.
You can purchase a few of these turquoise beaded bracelets and wear them all together. Turquoise Bead Bracelet Gold Bar Bracelet by NauticalWheeler on Etsy.
I am a sucker for a guy in a well-fitting khaki chino suit. Nothing says warm weather casual Fridays like it. The different ways to wear and style your khaki chino suit are endless. Finding a good quality and inexpensive one is easy too.
J. Crew always makes great, well priced suit separates. The Ludlow two-button jacket in chino can be matched up to your favorite cut and style of chino pant. Dress it up with a crisp colored button down, tie and pocket square.
For a more relaxed look, the Chino Newbury Jacket from Rugby by Ralph Lauren matched with a rolled cuff Vintage Chino University Pant looks comfortable and stylish. Try switching up your dress shirts with color and pattern like gingham check in pink or red.
Following the green trend, I have a favorite watch that is not only stylish but eco-friendly too. Sprout Watches are made of things like corn resin, organic cotton, mineral crystal, and mercury free batteries. An added bonus is their cool packaging, which is made from at least 80% post consumer fibers. It is both recycled and recyclable. The women’s and children’s lines are equally as awesome.
Finding a photographer to shoot your kids can be a difficult task. Aside from being talented they need to be able to work well with children. Long Island photographer, Patricia McDuffee, has the rare gift of not only finding and shooting the innocent beauty of children, but discovering their inner uniqueness too. Relaxed and fun, her young subjects rarely realize what she is doing as she clicks away with her camera. The result is a collection of beautiful, timeless
photographs of your kids you will cherish forever.
As the child of an artist, I rarely saw a coloring book in our house. We were urged to make our own coloring books and absolutely “No coloring in the lines” was allowed. Depending on your personality it was either emancipation or incarceration. To this day, I have a hard time staying “in the lines” be it a form I am filling out or just life in general. I was overjoyed to discover a line of books called “The Anti Coloring Books” by Susan Striker. The exercises are imaginative and promote creativity. At last, all kids can be saved from the mundane world of coloring books!
Maybe it’s just my family, but what kid doesn’t like a mustache? Now, thanks too Squidoo, you can have a mustache themed party for your young son or daughter!
This web site has everything you will need to plan your bash – from mustache friendly cup cakes to a mustache party sound track. Choose from an array of facial hair personalities and party on!
Like a lot of people in this city, I don’t cook so I am always excited to meet people who do. I keep their info close in case I ever need something catered or want to impress someone with my ordering skills.
Long Island based chef Janet French (even her name is chef like!) owner of catering company Preston Street Gourmet is one of those people I turn to. Along with catering parties and her dinners of the week for busy families, she is best known for her decadent and sinfully delicious bread pudding. My favorite is the chocolate with chocolate chunks. You can order by the tray directly from her, or pop by Grace’s Trattoria (which is part of Grace’s Market on the upper east side) for a taste. It takes sheer willpower to stop at just one bite.
Another rock star in the culinary world of catering is Chef Sarah O’Keefe owner of OKeefeOrganics. A former private chef, Sarah draws inspiration for her recipes from her extensive travels in Europe and the US. Her menus are designed around the seasons and are created with only the finest hand selected
ingredients. Not only is dining with her a delicious experience, it is healthy and organic too. While residing in Concord, Massachusetts, she frequently caters to an array of clients in the New York area, offers family meals of the week and private cooking lessons.
If you love scent as much as I do, but hate that you are possibly putting harsh chemicals into your system as well as the environment, check out Lurk Fragrances. The creation of two creative and environmentally minded girls, Kristi Head and Anne Sanford, Lurk is a refreshing change from what is currently being sprayed at the local counter.
Lurk perfume oils are hand blended using pure essentials in a base of organic jojoba. In order to maintain purity, no synthetics or preservatives are used. As a result, the life of the fragrance is short, but you’ll find you wear it so often that a refill will be needed before it expires.
My favorite one is TBP V1. Its sultry florals blend seamlessly into a base of resinous black pepper. As they say “It’s an antidote for the fragrance jaded”.
There are plenty of things we wish we could say and actually get away with, but since most of us follow proper social standards, we don’t. However, there is a solution and it’s called Bluntcard.
Bluntcard is a website that creates online greeting cards to send to all your family, friends, exes and enemies. Not your average greeting cards, they take retro artwork from the 50s, and add captions that are blunt, rude and just plain hilarious. There is also a shopping area where you can purchase post cards, magnets, cell phone covers, mugs, t-shirts, etc. Your snarky message can now be delivered in more ways than you ever imagined.