May 15, 2009 - Leave a Response

I made the swtich to Blogspot. http://danahashim.blogspot.com. It’s a lot easier to edit my posts, add tags, and I can even alter the HTML of the layout if I wanted. All the entries are transferred onto there.

I know, I know, so many switches you say. It takes a gal a while to settle into a new home though. :}


Fortune cookie

May 14, 2009 - Leave a Response

Photo: Ellen von Unwerth

TODAY I got a fortune cookie with my Buddha’s Delight. It said “How can you have a beautiful ending without making beautiful mistakes?”

On a related note, I set up my tripod today in an attempt to get a decent fashion shot. I realized I needed more photography practice!

The commute…

May 12, 2009 - Leave a Response

How long is your morning commute? If it’s less than 30 minutes, you’re one of the lucky ones. The average New Yorker has 38.4 minutes of commute per day, surpassing every other major American city. That’s about an hour and fifteen minutes of your life…trying to go from one place to another.

During my college and medical school years, I had about a two hour commute to and from the hospital. At the time, I thought it was nuts, but according to Business Week, supercommuters are becoming more and more common.

Here are a couple of things I’ve learned along the way:

star Relax: Think about it. You’re underground/on a bus/on the train. Who is going to be able to get through to call you here? No one. Work is probably either behind or ahead of you. Your family at home are miles away. This is your time and yours alone. Turn up the music and enjoy the moment while it’s present.

star Don’t go with the flow: Because if you live in New York City, “the flow” is generally rushing, pushiness, stair-skipping, shoving nonsense. Who needs that? Unless you have a subsequent appointment to make, what are you rushing for? If you miss your next train, there will always be another one after it. Rushing will only cause unnecessary stress. As long as you’ve left your house on time, everything else is beyond your control.

star Bring entertainment in a bag: I’m surprised by how much reading I’m able to get done during my commute. I often have a book or two with me to keep me company and sometimes I’ll even take a sketchpad or journal. Some people swear by printable logic puzzles and sudoku. The best thing is to do something non-work related but mind-stimulating.

star Meditate: Mentally prepare yourself for the work day or reflect on what you have accomplished and where you’re headed. When surveyed, professional athletes admit that visualizing the event beforehand helps them make the win.

star Grab a coffee: Coffee tastes so much better in the morning and when I go to the hospital, I’m already pumped up and ready to dive in. I don’t need to dwaddle around and schlump through rounds. Keep a small, healthy snack in your bag to eat on the afternoon commute. Why go hungry and make a nose dive for the junk food when you get home? Nourish yourself now! The commute will be a lot more bearable.

Bottom line: On the commute, you are virtually off the radar. It’s an opportunity for reflection that we may not have readily given ourselves had it not been forced by habitation circumstances.


May 11, 2009 - Leave a Response

IF YOU’RE LIKE ME, you love the edgy-ness and Victorian nostalgia of goth-inspired clothing, but wish it was a bit more practical for outside the NYC clubbing arena. After all, going shopping in platform boots gets tiring after a while and capes tend to get caught on the most dreadful things. Ouch.

I put together a short list of some traditionally “goth” items and how to make them a bit more wearable for the day time, or even at work:

1.) Fishnet stockings: The key is keeping it more Dita von Teese than hard-core fettish photography: Pair them with: knee-length pencil skirts in any solid color, kitten heels, and a pretty ribbon in your ponytail. For something more conservative, try them with tailored black trousers and an open toed stilleto.

2.) Corsets: The key here is wearable, wearable, wearable. Save the authentic hand-crafted whalebone stuff for Dances of Vice. For the day time, you want to keep it comfy without losing your delicate femininity ~faints!~:
Work: Club Monaco or Express sometimes makes stretchy solid-color corsets to throw over a boring white buttoned-down collared blouse.
Weekend: Try pairing a Victoria’s secret floral non-opaque bustier with a long cardigan. Shh…no one has to know it’s really underwear…
Evening: Over an opaque or lace top. For extra credit, Charlotte Russe also makes more structured corsets with lacing in the back (as pictured above).

3.) Latex: Fortunately, since the new rubber leggings craze, the best way to wear latex without getting scolded for work-inappropriate dress, is on your legs, preferably under flowy dresses or skirts to soften that pattened leather shine (bonus points if you chose an innocent white prairie skirt!). Contrary to popular belief, latex thigh-high stockings are a lot more comfortable and form-flattering than bothersome rubber leggings.

4.) Patent platforms: Keep the platforms as high-end as you can. Dolce & Gabana, Channel, and Christian Dior are coming out with some great designs. I promise that the better the name, the more flattering the cut and the more wear you’ll get out of them. If you have to invest in one item of clothing, I’d say go for the shoes. Your feet will thank you.

5.) Post-modern biker boots: Most ladies tend to pair these with combat pants or micro-minis. However, these can go well with almost any understated outfit, including an airy skirt, lace- lined camisole, and a huge antique locket. Someone who did boots quite well was Rumi on Fashion Toast.

6.) Leather: Go as crazy as you want with this one! From dresses to long jackets to skirts pair with white flowy blouses.

The key to making any of these pieces work for everyday is to make sure that the piece you wear is the focus of the outfit.

READERS:Are there any chaotic pieces you have that don’t seem to fit with your everyday wardrobe?

Things I like

May 11, 2009 - Leave a Response
New loves May 09
New loves May 09 by heidiheidi0 on Polyvore.com

Yesterday while shopping, I discovered wonderfully delicate goth inspired shoes by Camilla Skovgaard. They would go great with the asymmetrical Helmut Lang skirt or, dare I say, tailored trousers?

Just use the Givenchy mace-shaped mascara wand to give the lashes a patent shine, and it’s all set!

Happy Mother’s Day to you…and 5th Avenue.

May 10, 2009 - Leave a Response

FOR MOTHER’S DAY my family and I met up at Saks Fifth Avenue to have a small brunch with a lovely view of the rooftop gardens.

Happiest countries in the world

May 10, 2009 - One Response

Top 10 Happiest Countries

What do you all think of this? Do you think it’s true or not? Do you think the U.S. should be up there in Happiness Land? Do you think Denmark should not be up there?