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NYC (BROOKLYN): THE BEST COOL KID YOGA MATS

By Nora Zelevansky / February 9th, 2009

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(Jill Malek's Limited Edition Yoga Mats: Aphrodite, Maidenhair, Sleeping Briar Rose)

You've all heard the one about the jewelry designer cum bag designer; publicist cum boutique owner; journalist cum blogger (ahem)?

Well, here's a new one for you: wallpaper innovator, Jill Malek, is now designing special limited edition yoga mats for Yogamatic.  I feel like I should have turned that into a knock, knock joke or something, but whatever. Two wallpaper designers and a rabbi walk into a bar . . . something about wall flowers? Eh, I give up.

Anyway, I'm psyched because, while I sadly own nothing to wallpaper (my laptop? my fridge? my cat Mina?), I can definitely use a pretty mat, as it can only make me more motivated to yogi out in downward facing dog.  That sort of invites a joke too, I think, but again I got nothin'.  Or at least nothing appropriate.

The fantastical patterns–with evocative names like Sleeping Briar Rose and Resurrection–are directly inspired by the wallpaper that Jill lovingly creates in her Brooklyn studio.  And, while Jill's mats are only available online via her own website or the Yogamatic site, her paper can be perused at shops like Brooklyn's design collective/gallery boutique Urban Alchemist and LA's Walnut. ( BTW–What is with the wallpaper/Walnut theme in the last two days?  Eh. Why fight it?)

You never know what you may find amidst the lint, you know?

xo – N.

LA: CRUMPLED TWENTY

By Nora Zelevansky / February 5th, 2009

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(Walnut on Beverly Blvd–can you see the pattern?  It's subtle, so you have to be really attuned–feel the wallpaper, know the wallpaper, desire the wallpaper . . . This is getting a little frightening, even for me).

The Best Link Today:

So wallpaper can be a tough nut to crack, meaning–well, sort of nothing–but it sounded good right? No, but seriously, blogger Rachel Leonard introduces readers to adorable little design/wallpaper shop on LA's Beverly Blvd, Walnut, and offers up a link to expert Julia Rothman's tips on how to make your own.

Personally, I love to draw, but I'm not always so good with the paper mache and macaroni art, you know?  But for all you craftsy bitties (yeah, I said bitties) like Rach out there in the BK lounge (I dunno), seems like a pretty cool thing, no?  Me?  Let's be honest: I'll go buy the stuff at Walnut.

xo – N.