Monday, October 27, 2008

Snag It! Atsuko Cowl in purple and gray

I recently finished the Atsuko Cowl, a super soft and cozy cowl neckwarmer made of gray mohair (ridiculously soft) and a super soft eggplant-colored acrylic. The mohair makes it a little fuzzy, while the purple acrylic yarn gives it body. It's in perfect fall colors, and is just in time for the sudden cold. The Atsuko Cowl reminds me of high collars, and there's very little that I love more than high collars. As always, this Explosive Kiwi item is hand knit.

Check out my Etsy shop for more images, and to snag it for yourself!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Site to follow: lookbook.nu


Lookbook.nu: go to this site if you want to fall in love. Fall in love with penniless art students from Oslo, fashion designers from Northern Ireland, and plushboys from Germany. You'll fall in love because they're good looking, because they're adorably pretentious, and because they put together the cookiest outfits that you want to steal off their bodies. Lookbook.nu is a collection of photographs of allegedly everyday people from Nordic countries (and sometimes the US) in ridiculously indie gear. And I'll repeat, I want to steal the clothing off all of them.

Today I discovered that you can follow those links to get a list of where each piece of clothing in that image came from. Things I've noticed: lots of cute things come from H&M and Target, which means I need to be hanging out there more, particularly as I've never been good at maintaining a warm winter wardrobe. Long live the winter and lookbook.nu!

Monday, October 13, 2008

Banksy sets up shop in NYC

I'm a fan of anything satirical and tongue-in-cheek, and I especially love when that thing comments on society, or at least points out our foibles. So thank you, Banksy, for doing that again.

For those who don't know, Banksy is an artist most known for his street art, usually stenciled and featuring rats. Though based out of England, he's like a bandit in the night, tagging buildings across the world with his distinctive style. Only recently did I find out he also puts together exhibits, and one of those just happens to be in New York City.

Through October 31st, The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill is open (and free) to the public, a makeshift pet store offering a witty observation on the way we consume media, food, and luxury products. A small space, Banksy has converted it into something that makes you laugh in a "Modest Proposal"-by-Jonathan-Swift sort of way. Walking by the window you think you see little chicks feeding in a pen with their mother hen, but a closer look shows you those ain't no chicks, them be some chicken nuggets! And they move!

If you're in New York City before October 31st, I would highly suggest stopping by and checking it out! If you can't, check out my pictures from my own journey a few nights ago.

The Village Pet Store and Charcoal Grill
#89, 7th Ave. South (Greenwhich Village, btwn. W4th and Bleeker)
10am-12am (midnight, you hear that?)

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Custom Item


New custom item for thegirlriot on etsy.com! It fills me with such joy when people request items, because it implies a belief in the product and trust that it will turn out the way the customer hopes it will. This little Antoinette Bow Choker called for a visit to Purl Patchwork, a store I've talked about before, and a visit to Brooklyn to pick up the right rhinestone. I hope she likes it!

The full listing for this item can be seen at explosivekiwi.etsy.com, so visit and check out extra pics!

Friday, October 03, 2008

Punchy Cross Stitching


I'm always a fan of irony, so I was super stoked when I stumbled upon Subversive Cross Stitch, a site with kits and tutorials on saucy sampler-style cross stitches. I was particularly delighted when I saw a pattern for "Babies suck," a phrase I hold dear to my heart. So when I discovered a boss of mine with a fantastic sense of humor was having a baby, all the pieces fit together, and it's like God was telling me to make it. I would, indeed, have this particular cross-stitch in my life, and it would be my gift to him. So to the left you will see the final product, my first of hopefully few "Babies suck" cross stitches.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Site to follow: notcot.org


I'm not adept at scouring the internet for things, like subjects of interest or where to find 1.5mm beads for a dress I perhaps borrowed a year ago and also perhaps on which I busted some strung beads. Considering my internet-sleuthing ineptitude, I WOULD say, "Forget about keeping up with anything even remotely cool. Resign yourself to a life of hand-me-down awesomeness." I get to NOT say that, however, thanks to a fantastic site called notcot.org.

Notcot is a collection of random postings on all around awesome stuff, from interesting architecture to great viral videos, from sleek new products to damn sexy accessories. I mean, really, did you ever, in your wildest dreams, imagine you'd find links to the video for the James Bond theme by Alicia Keys and Jack White, along with "A compilation of embarrassing celebrity endorsements from Japanese commercials"? They've also got offshoot sites, like notcouture.com for fashion, and liqurious.com with newly invented cocktails.

People are constantly adding content to all the notcot.org related sites, and you're never at the same page twice. There's a randomize tool that pulls a featured item from their database of eighty bajillion posts, which provides hours of fun. Check it out to keep on top of random cool shit, or just check it out to confirm your suspicions that Arnold Schwarzenegger can make a fool of himself in more than just this country.
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