Friday, December 30, 2011

Beautiful Thing of the Day: Happy New Year! And Todd Oldham Embellished Tank Dress


 This beautifully lit tree, at the Camden Harbour Inn in Camden, Maine, seems the appropriate picture for a post wishing all of you readers a happy new year. May 2012 be big, bright, shining and wild for you and your loved ones. And in the spirit of sparkles and lights, I thought this Todd Oldham dress Via Moda Operandi would make a celebretory last BTotD for 2011. 

I love the sequins, the bold design, the black outlines. Sometimes, you've gotta go big or go home, and in this dress you certainly can't go home. It's sort of like a great, tacky, beautiful Christmas light display: sure, you could use classy white lights like the picture above, but why would you when you could have a blow-up Santa in a trailer with colored bulbs surrounding him, like the one below on Gould Street in Camden?

Think about it. 

Wishing you all the best from The Wilder Things. 
Until next year,
xx Charlotte

Wilder Style: 2 New Years Eve Looks, Menswear Edition



Soooo I did the NYE post for women and one of my guy friends asked me if he should wear a full suit or jeans with a blazer. And my answer was, "I guess I have to do a men's NYE outfit post, then." But as to the actual question, it depends, of course, where you're going (more after the jump).

Wilder Beatz: The Best Party Song of All Time

It's almost the new year, and what better way to welcome in the new than with the old. So I present to you one of my all time favorite songs (more after the jump).

Wilder Style: 3 Complete New Year's Eve Looks

Disclaimer: this is not a post about champagne, but since it's New Year's Eve tomorrow, you should drink some. Any of the ones above will do, as well as the cheap Andre stuff that you probably drank all through college (sorry about my reflection in the bottles--photos can be tough to take, you know?).

Anyways, for New Year's Eve I seem to have fallen into a "wear a black dress" rut. This year what I'm planning to wear is no different. And to be honest, I kind of like it. It feels appropriate for winter festivities, and since I want to show a little skin, I figure it's more okay to do so in the cold if the dress is black. I know that makes very little sense, but it makes me feel warmer, somehow, so I go for it (more after the jump).

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Wilder Pictures: Pretty Photos of Phlowers (Longwood Gardens)

While I was in Philly over Christmas I went to visit the DuPont Estate, now Longwood Gardens. Pierre DuPont built a huge greenhouse and indoor space for elaborate installations of plants and flowers, and left it to become a museum in his will. The flowers and displays were absolutely stunning (more + photos after the jump).

Wilder Beatz: "Dreaming" by Adam and the Amethysts

I found "Dreaming" on my iTunes, realized I'd downloaded it without listening to it. I double-clicked it and waited for the sound to filter through my newly bought-at-the-airport headphones and into my ears (more after the jump).

5 Beautiful Thing(s) of the Day: 2012 Calendar Edition

So remember those Lust Lists I used to do? Well they don't really fit the way I want the blog to run anymore, but I loved the idea of a collection of similar beautiful things. So I figured that instead of 1 BTotD everyday, sometimes I'll switch it up and do a series of 5. Here's the first installment that I think is pretty timely: 2012 Caldendars (after the jump)!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Beautiful Thing of the Day: Fjallraven Woods Sweater

I realize that to some of you the title of this post looks like I just randomly swept my hand across the keyboard, but Fjallraven is a real brand; Swedish, if that explains anything. Started in 1950 by a Swede who couldn't find a backpack he liked, the brand doesn't mess around: their stuff is high quality, durable, and beautiful (more after the jump).

Wilder Pictures: Wharton Esherick House

While I was in PA for Christmas I visited the Wharton Esherick Museum, the studio where Wharton Esherick, artist and sculptor, lived and worked. Esherick carved every detail of the interior building, down to the railing along the staircase (and the staircase itself), out of wood. Each aspect is thoroughly thought-out, from the angle of the drawers in his dresser to the height of the bed so he could see out the windows perfectly as he lay there. His personal life seemed a bit fraught, even though our tour guide, a lovely, knowledgable, older gentleman, did his best to make the man into a myth. I'd really like to read a biography of Wharton--his involvement in Philadelphia society was extensive, and I think he had several lovers while his wife lived in the farmhouse down the hill from his studio. Soap-opera-city (more after the jump).

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Wilder Beatz: "One Week of Danger" by The Virgins

My cousin Alison made me a mix CD before my sophomore year of college, and this song was on it. I fell in love with it immediately, and was disapointed when The Virgins got big and were featured on Gossip Girl because it meant I was no longer as cool for knowing about them. But I was happy for the band, of course (more after the jump).

Beautiful Thing of the Day: Cage Studs from In God We Trust

I first heard about In God We Trust from my hip, beautiful, talented actress friend Amanda Jane Cooper (who just finished playing Glinda in the first national tour of the musical Wicked). She told me about the brand because she thought their women's stuff was somewhat menswear inspired, and she knows how much I love my menswear. And she was right (more after the jump).

Monday, December 26, 2011

Wilder Pictures: A Very Merry PA Christmas

 I spent Christmas this year with my boyfriend and his family at their home outside of Philadelphia. Even though I'm a good (more or less) little Jewish girl, my dad isn't Jewish, and we usually celebrate with his side of the family. It's a pretty secular tradition, and of course I love it, but it was a nice change to experience a Christmas with a spiritual component (and it turns out I love singing carols in church). And, because Channukah and Christmas overlapped this year, I got to light the candles and meld my family's tradition with theirs (more after the jump).

Wilder Beatz: "I Want It All" from Rich Kid Sound System

Today's song is a great new one from Rich Kid Sound System, the rock/rap/awesome hybrid out of Miami (song after the jump).

Friday, December 23, 2011

Beautiful Thing of the Day: Happy Holidays!

Happy, happy holidays to you and yours. I'll be celebrating Chrismakkah, but will be back in full force the Tuesday after Christmas. Until then, much love, and may the food, family, and friends warm your tummy and your soul. 

Wilder Beatz: "Wood" by Rostam of Vampire Weekend and Discovery

In the interest of full disclosure, Rostam Batmanglij, of Vampire Weekend and Discovery, is close friends with my cousins (he grew up with them and roomed with one of them at Columbia). So when I was a little ninth grader, I got to hear some pretty sick early renditions of "Oxford Comma" (more after the jump).

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Wilder Style: 10 Questions for Jamie Rupp of Relwen

Lately I've been featuring people who make products that are not only beautiful, but hearty; goods that can hold up to wear and tear and only look the better for it. I don't think fashion should be about buying something because it's hot and then tossing it next season. Well, Relwen (a BTotD in November), a menswear line based in Ohio, embodies my feelings about lasting, good, beautiful product, because founder Jamie Rupp designs with the conviction that the best stuff doesn't go out of style and should survive at least a hundred years. Relwen's logo is the Barn Swallow, a bird that, according to the Relwen site, represents "free blue sky and eternal happiness. The Barn Swallow reinforces our connection to all things lasting and real." Amen (oh, and I lied, this "10 Questions" only has 9).

1. What initially drove you to become a designer and then to start your business?
I was always around great quality product when I was growing-up both in and outside the business. After college I went on to become a buyer at Bergdorf and then a merchandiser at Abercrombie, and I always had product ideas for what I wanted to wear and how I wanted to see goods merchandised. Eventually I began to develop some of my ideas with factories and realized that this is what really excited me about the business. Learning about textiles directly from mills and how to construct and communicate design with factories were the building blocks that allowed me to see that I could one day do this on my own. I had already been exposed to some of the best people and brands in the industry and knew that the time had come for me to make the next step (more after the jump).

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wilder Pictures: My 1st "Behind The Design" for Boston Magazine

I'm prettttty excited about this (if you follow my twitter feed, you'll already know that)...the first post for a series I'm doing for Boston Magazine went up yesterday! The series is called "Behind the Design," where I write about and take photos of different design concepts in restaurants. The first one was about the menus and business cards that Albertine Press designed and made for Backbar, an offshoot of Journeyman in Somerville, MA. You can read the whole post on Boston Magazine's restaurant blog, Chowder. After the jump I've put up some shots that didn't make it into the story.

Wilder Beatz: 2 Artists That Are All Over the Interwebs

That would be Lana Del Ray and The Weeknd. When I first listened to Lana's "Born to Die," wasn't that into it, but then I caught a glimpse of the video, and it had tigers in it, so I watched it. And then I listened to the song again. And again. And slowly, I've come to realize that I'm addicted to it. And I think at this point, it's safe to say I actually love the song (find out the second ubiquitous artist after the jump).

Wilder Pictures: Piano in B+W for First Night of Channukah

As I wrote about in yesterday's BTotD post, my family's Chanukah tradition centers around music. I took a few photos last night after we sang, while my dad was messing around on the piano and the dog was all riled up from the singing (see her back there?). I went for black and white, since I seem to have been in a color phase recently (more b+w after the jump).

Wilder Beatz: Two Songs from Neon Indian

I've loved Neon Indian since "Deadbeat Summer" came out in 2009. It was such a languid, lolling, appropriate song for driving around with the windows down on hot, hot days (more, as always, after le jump).

Beautiful Thing of the Day: North Face Purple Label Floral Collection (And My Fave Barbour)


By now you've probably realized that I love backpacks. The North Face Purple Label bags, released in May, are definitely up there with some of the best I've seen recently (more after the jump).

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Beauitful Thing of the Day: CHAPPY CHANUKAH!

The beautiful thing of the day is a menorah made in 1893 by Jan Pogorzelski's firm in Warsaw, Poland, via The Jewish Museum in New York. Because, honestly, what kind of Jew would I be if I didn't wish you all a happy, healthy, and latke filled Chanukah (more after the jump)?

Wilder Pictures: Island Creek Oyster Bar's Bakery (for Boston Magazine)

[Announcement that has nothing to do with this post: check out my guest post, 5 Forgotten Songs from 2005-2007 that I wrote for my favorite music blog, Sunset in the Rearview! And now, your post about bread.]  

I recently took the photos for a post about Island Creek Oyster Bar's bread bakery for Boston Magazine's restaurant blog, Chowder. Leah Mennies, Associate Food Editor at Boston Mag, wrote the article, a close look at the in-house bakery that produces the bread for ICOB, Eastern Standard, and the Hawthorne. It was pretty inspiring to see the amount of bread made every day and the care with which Sean Connolly, head baker, makes it, was pretty inspring. It's an art, but with an edible end result (more after the jump).

Wilder Beatz: A Classic Ruckus from the Stones, and I Have A Crush on Wes Anderson

I couldn't help myself with this one. I know it's The Rolling Stones, I know most everyone in the world has heard it, and I know that it's not anywhere near new. But I don't care, because this is rock at it's finest (song after the jump).

Monday, December 19, 2011

Wilder Style: 10 Questions For / A Conversation With Eric Heins of Corter Leather

Eric Heins, the one-man show behind CorterLeather, personally designs, makes, and ships every item that bears the Corter name. I recently visited him at his studio in Brighton, which is a photographer's dream. The walls are decorated with vintage signs, the light streamed in through the windows, and leather goods in various stages of completion lay on his worktable. We talked about many things from the Mayflower to Garth Brooks to the AOL Screen names of our youths. Read on to find out what inspires Eric and check out my photos of his pieces; once you see how beautiful they are, you won't be surprised that for the past few weeks Eric's been up until 4am making wallets and addressing packages. 

The Folded Card Wallet, a new Corter design not yet available for sale. 

(Interview after the jump)

Wilder Beatz: Having to do with Longboarding on Campus

I often post songs here that I once loved and have recently rediscovered. The goal is great music, and I think a lot of blogs who focus on getting the newest and hottest music limit themselves by not digging around in the archives a bit more. Hopefully, even if you already know the song I post, you'll be happy to be reminded of it. And if you haven't heard it before, all the better (song after the jump).

A Wilder Guest: 5 Things Your Boyfriend Wants for Christmas (or Chanukah!)

I'm thrilled to present the newest Wilder Guests, Yang-Yi Goh and Jeremy Wolf, the geniuses (genii? 6 years of Latin and I can't pluralize?) behind Handlebar Magazine. They wrote up a men's gift guide to help out girlfriends scrambling to put something under the tree or menorah (also helpful for sisters, mothers, and friends of guys). The items they picked are classic, practical, and beautiful, all traits of which I am a huge fan. And be sure to check out the women's gift guide I wrote for them (boyfriends, pay attention) here.
There are few things as stressful and nerve-wracking as trying to find the perfect gift for your better half. And trust us, ladies—we know how difficult and picky we guys can be when it comes to our possessions, whether it’s the clothes we wear or the video games we play. But don’t hyperventilate just yet; we’re here to help. Below, you’ll find a foolproof gift guide for dudes, chockfull of things we own and love that your man will be ecstatic to unwrap come Christmas morning (gifts after the jump).  

Wilder Pictures: Winter Berries and Veggies

There are few things better than fresh berries in winter. I couldn't resist snapping a few photos of these from a dinner party the other night. I also took some pictures of the potatoes and brussel sprouts with fennel before they went in the oven. I just love close-ups of produce--the vibrant colors, the organic's all so good. And they tasted pretty fabulous, too (photos after the jump).

Beautiful Thing of the Day: The Oversize Shirt

You know how I wrote about rib-cage songs, the ones that get up under my chest and make me want to move around in my seat or get up and groove? That's how I feel about this shirt from MiH Jeans . It's visually perfect--the aesthetic of the length balanced by the tab sleeves and the lightness of the material actually make me want to dance. And that adorable logo that MiH has, the little bird, just completes the lovely curved hemline.

Can you tell I like this?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Wilder Beatz: Sweet Syncopated Jams for your Weekend

In honor of the holiday parties that are taking place all over the world this weekend, I'm posting three songs with great beats and syncopated rhythms that I think would be good backdrops for gatherings of celebratory nature (after the jump).

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Wilder Style: 10 Quesitons for Designer Carl Cunow of Onia NY

Carl Cunow, designer of Onia, a men's swimwear line, answers The Wilder Things' 10 Questions. Carl, who used to manage operations at Steven Alan, designs timeless pieces that are perfect for any beach, be it in Montauk, Miami, or Maui.

1. What initially drove you to become a designer and start your business?
I saw a void in the market for well made swimwear—I never thought I’d be a clothing designer because I studied finance. I was running Steven [Alan]’s operations before I started the brand about 18 months ago, in May 2010. 60 [retail] stores picked up the brand at a trade show and then I just kept going, kept designing new deliveries and lines. I eventually got into Barneys and Saks and Bloomingdales. It happened very fast. [more after the jump!]

Beautiful Thing of the Day: Oji Masanori Kami Mug

Oji Masanori Kami Mug from Mjolk (there should be an umlaut above the "o" but I can't figure out how to do that online; it means milk in Sweedish). The store is online, based in Toronto (more after the jump).

Beautiful Thing(s) of the Day: Etsy Finds for Holiday Giving

Bear plate from jimbobart, self-proclaimed "drawer of things on things." This plate makes a great gift for the person who gets way too possessive of their food. Or who likes to hang plates on walls (more after the jump).

[Also, check out my post for Boston Magazine on Backbar, now open in Union Sq in Somerville!]

Wilder Pictures: Boarded-Up and Painted on Comm Ave

Yesterday after I wrapped a photo-shoot I walked down Comm Ave in Kenmore Square. I saw this building and immediately got out my camera again (more and photos after the jump).

Wilder Happenings: Jack Spade Holiday Party and What I Wore

Last night I went to a holiday party that Shawna Plummer, Jon Gaffney, and Andy Ray put on at Jack Spade's Newbury Street store. It was a great time--plenty of spiked hot cider, good folks, and beautiful things to pick up and admire (more after the jump). 

Wilder Beatz: "When You Were Mine," Prince

In honor of all you students going through the hell that is Finals Week, I made a little quiz just to add to the stress.

Top grade gets a high five. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Beautiful Thing of the Day: Haider Ackerman Mohair Short Cardigan

I seem to be cold recently when writing my BTotD posts, because everything I look at is warm and cozy. This is a lovely sweater from Haider Ackerman--the different, sort of flattened knit appeals to me. I love the weight of it, it looks so heavy. Mmm.

Wilder Pictures: From the iPhone, A November Medley

So I'm a little late with this November batch, but here they are. Enjoy, mes amis. 

A Wilder Guest: Deborah Weisgall on Siegfried, and What One Wears to the Movies

Deborah Weisgall (also known as my mother) has covered arts and culture for many major publications such as The Atlantic, Esquire, Fortune, The New Yorker, and extensively for The New York Times. She is the author of three books, Still Point, A Joyful Noise, and The World Before Her, and she's got the best writing and clothing style, work ethic, and culinary abilities of anyone I know. 

Last year the Metropolitan Opera staged the first two operas of Wagner’s Ring of the Niebelung, Das Rheingold and Die Walkyre, directed by Robert LePage; this fall and winter, they’re adding Siegfried and Gotterdamerung, then doing the whole cycle in the spring.  The set for all four operas is an enormous electronic seesaw with slats that rotate, rise and fall, and serve as the screen for intricate three-dimensional projections.  It cost millions of dollars, it experiences technical difficulties, it’s noisy, and it’s a sublime computer game. I saw Rheingold in New York on opening night last year, when the failsafe mechanism caused the slats to freeze, and Wotan, the chief of the gods, and his wife, Fricka,  had no driveway up to Valhalla, their new house.  A bit confusing at the end, but, really, it didn’t matter; by then the music had taken over.  I saw Walkyreat the movies, the Met’s HD broadcast, and it was even better. [continued after the jump]