Friday, October 21, 2005

Kawaii Las Vegas

The fashion in LV is, perhaps because it thinks it has to be, excentric and huge. Granted there are many Fendi stores, Gucci boutiques, and Chanel a-plenty but some how at the end of the day all you want in a small slutty dress covered in rhinestones.
Every since the Japanese area Harajuku was opened up to traffic in 2002, the expressive form of clothing I've come to adore has quickly and quietly diminished into the sloppu chic of the Olsen twins. Now sites like show more bag ladies then fairies and punk princesses- a true disgrace.
But how does this all tie back into Las Vegas?
Well all it took was trying on a $4,000 dress (that Paris Hilton also happens to own) to remind me why I loved Harajuku in the first place. Before Gwen attacked it and made 4 Japanese girls into her yorkie dogs, before the street opened up and individual style fell victim to a hit and run- there was the love of clothing. The feeling that putting something obscene on (be it sparkly, short, or 10 feet long) could transform you into the person and world you wished you lived in. All it took was slipping into that dress, tacking in some boob pads and I felt like I could own a room. I seriously contemplated spending 4 grand on a dress- no joke- to the point it made me sick to my stomach. Fashion should do that! It should move your soul till it's breaking point- force the real you out and make everyone deal with it. Perhaps Vegas is the untapped Kawaii capital of the world- the last place an adult can dress however they please and still be held up and cheered.
LV the new Harajuku?
What a thought!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005


I have decided after much thinking I have my priorities in order. Other people may not always agree with that statement- BUT I sure as heck do. My trip to Vegas was great, awkward, and depressing, in that order. Great in that Vegas is like a playground for adults and super fun if you go with a great dude like my friend Kris, but awkward when everyone thinks you're married or dating and just straight depressing when he then up and leaves for Iraq when your Vegas hurrah is over. I saw my cousin Nessa and her boyfriend Jay. They are super gross cute together which makes being single kinda suck all the more. I also saw George Carlin (great, but darker then usual) and The Amazing Johnathan (a let down). After a plane delay because people in Vegas think the sky is falling when it rains I ended up back in NYC and promptly running late to my nephew Leeum's bris. At least I think that is how you spell it. How pimp is that? Leeum? I am one proud auntie! Viva life!

Thursday, October 13, 2005

Spidey Gomberg

Today I held my nephew in my arms for the first time and it was pretty damn cool. Dad made a big stink about taking pictures on Yom Kippur but Yonina was cool with it- so I got two pics on my digital camera and my step mom Judy snapped the one above. You can not get over how big this baby is- and what's more my sister-in-law is so small, I have no idea where that thing could have been hiding in her!

Starving and praying isn't exactly my idea of fun, but I do it once a year anyway because I'm about as religious as a reform jew gets. But after gorging myself at my grandmother's tonight I intend on excercising tomorrow (do the crime gotta do the crime)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Gee, you don't blog for a few days and everything happens! For starters I'm now an auntie- can you believe? My sister in law Yonina gave birth to a 7lb 13oz boy- but because they're all religious they aren't naming the kid for 8 days. WHAAA? I am so glad I am a reform Jew. When that kid comes out it's gonna have a name and everything. Anyways I still haven't met him because of work but up above is his pic with my dad (who is now a grandpa can you believe?)- I think the baby looks like my big bro.

In other news the "Truth" commercials I've been PAing on have been hard work- mainly because it's been pouring rain here in Manhattan. I took some cool shots though and I'll post those soon.

Friday, October 07, 2005


Elevator Etiquette

After spending the better part of this week in some of the slowest elevators in Manhattan (a guy with a crank could do better) I have decided to put online some of the most deplorable things people do in elevators.

1: Taking the elevator to the 2nd floor and/or taking it up or down one flight. You LAZY BASTARDS! TAKE THE DAMN STAIRS!
2: Seeing the elevator is full of people waiting to go up/down and holding the door open while you talk to some co-worker. If you want to talk to someone then talk to them- don't hold everyone up because you feel you're conversation is more important then my time!
3: This is more of a pet peeve- don't you hate it when someone gets on the elevator with you and presses the button for the floor below you? Petty I know, but those few extra seconds I have to wait drive me mad.

good ideas- gotta get a gimmick!

Post secrets blog, found objects, urban myths, celebrity gossip- all simple creative ideas that have gotten people a solid 15 minutes of fame and leave me asking: is it possible to put something online people will actually pass around and read? Kawaii is the japanese word for "cool"- and my fascination with Japan and harajuku lead to me picking it as the title for this blog. But is it a good enough gimmick? I think not! A successful gimmick is "iki", not "kawaii"- iki meaning something so cool it's trend setting- not mearly trendy.

So while my fascination with JPop culture will remain here at Kawaii NYC, it must take a back seat to a truly iki concept that will bring in the fans.
And what will it be?
I'd say write in suggestions but no one ever does- so I'm just gonna ponder a theme that doesn't involve bashing my superiors or talking about whether Nick and Jessica are still together.
Till then さようなら (Sayonara)!

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Here goes nothing

I have no idea how this is supposed to work- but since it's the latest thing far be it for me to turn up my nose at it!

I'll probably post some juicy gossip when I hear it. I can be all Page Six and blab but keep the names concealed (i.e. "What upstanding member of the community keeps obscene pics on his cell phone?")

This could be fun.