New Feature: Friday Flakes

Photo from the Italian blog; Blonde Suite
In case you have not noticed, we no longer do “Web Snob Fridays.” It sorta died. So we decided to share some links outside the US. In fact, we have become quite obsessed with WebFlakes which a site dedicated to translating popular European blogs into English. Every Friday we will share with you some of our favorite posts from around the world. They won’t all be fashion either. Oh no. Since we love our food and wine…and well, a lot more than we realized, we will not limited ourselves. Take a look at what we loved this week: I love seeing what styles are popular in other countries. So when Italian blog Blonde Suite posted Pointed Shoulders and Bermudas: Style and Comfort for Summer Fashion (photo above), I took notice. Mostly because I have not seen much of either trend here in NYC this summer. I rally thought Bermuda shorts would take off, but alas it seems we like our shorts a little shorter. Here we are! The summer sales season is upon us, and we are getting ready! The stars of the summer, as seen on the catwalk, are jackets and dresses with “pointed” shoulders. We had actually proposed an outfit for fashion week in February that had a star as the pointed shoulder. Different stylists are reinventing it, even with dresses for the beautiful summer, so what do you think? Read more Pointed Shoulders and Bermudas: Style and Comfort for Summer Fashion here. hatsumi-food-analystFood porn! Why didn’t I become a food blogger? After all, as much as I love fashion, I come from a long bloodline of foodies! I mean if I could eat and drink amazing food for a living….what was I thinking? Oh yes, that I’d weigh 300 pounds! I have no off button. So if I can look at pictures of amazing food, it’s almost as good right? Take for example, this meal Hatsumi, The Food Analyst covered? I know New York has fantastic food, but sushi and sake in Japan? I can only dream. Checkout this post called, “Soregashi Bar, Where the Sake is Handpicked.” Pure jealously! I went drinking with some people that I have a long-term working relationship with; we went to Soregashi Bar in Gotanda, Tokyo. It’s popular, so we could hardly get a reservation, but after talking to the owner we were able to make a reservation. For those who are great fans of Japanese sake, you have the Soregashi course. It’s a course of ten kinds of sake, with food, for around $50. The bar is very strict in the sake they choose for their customers. That day, we started with this sake. We shared a “Go” (which is approximately 5.5 fl. oz) between three people, but I have a feeling I drank most of it… Read more Soregashi Bar, Where the Sake is Handpicked here.


I always thought Syrah was French for Shit Wine. At least that’s what my father told me. So I pretended I didn’t really like it, but truth is, I do. So when I read this article by the French blog Liquid and Solid Ideas entitled “50 Shades of Syrah,” I didn’t fell so alone. Hell, if someone French can harbor a modicum of admiration for some of the vintages, then I should! So should you.
A part of the wine world, because of developments I won’t get into today, is quite enamored of this unadorned frigidity.
At the close of the 1990s, it was hip to trash talk Syrah. I weighed in with an entry in the book ‘D’Amour et de vin’*, which mixed sexual sensations (let’s call a spade a spade) with those of the drink. The item in question had for a heroine a syrah emblematic of the South of France, Sylla de Borie de Maurel, a wine whose opulence in its younger years, bolstered by the effects of carbonic maceration, was a happy surprise to all. And quite rightly, after a good ten years this ‘vin de terroir’ shows a different face, precisely where the ‘cru’ overtakes the human process in the winemaking method. I remember a bottle of ’95 served blindly, two or three years ago at a winemaker’s dinner, and Maxime Magnon’s stupefaction admitting that he had, the same afternoon, shunned Syrah and that sometimes it was better to drink nothing at all. Read more of 50 Shades of Syrah here.
I personally don’t care for this modern of architecture, but I was drawn to the spaciousness because, well, I live in NYC and we just don’t have that here. Then the photos from the Spanish blog Arkinetia just blew me away.
This is a house located in an urban area, built with the goal of maximizing the feeling of spaciousness.
To accomplish this goal, the largest possible surface in the center of the lot was liberated, allowing the residents to enjoy a private space with unmeasurable height and volume. The perimeter of the house was built in a way that the plot of land and the house are one continuous structure. Continue to read A Feeling of Spaciousness – Atrium House here. – Lauren Dimet Waters Source & Photos: WebFlakes

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