Julia Frakes – Art History and Journalism student at The New School, bunny BISOUS blogger, Paper Magazine fashion contributor and all-round absolute sweetheart. On my most recent trip to NY we took a chilly stroll around Chelsea, the Manhattan neighborhood she calls home, snapped a few photos and chatted about what she is up to at the moment.
I'm listening to FM Belfast, Roland Kirk, Jim Noir, Vashti Bunyan, The Chap, Hercules and Love Affair, Detektivbyrån, and James Pants.
I'm buying cozy items to stay warm like Bernhard Willhelm scarves, cruelty-free Marni rainboots, Lindsey Thornburg cloaks, Stephen Jones hats, Hansel from Basel socks, and Luella's Eastwick-witchy Ingals trapeze coat.
I'm reading Buckminster Fuller, Jane Austen, David Wolfe, Joan Didion.
I'm excited about my editor Kim Hastreiter's new Geoffrey Beane tome [Assouline] and a jaunt home to the country next month with Pure Food & Wine's Thanksgiving take-away in tow!
I'm spending time reading foreign fashion magazines with my adorably plump Ragdoll kitten, Daisy; working at Paper Magazine; perusing Chelsea's art galleries to prepare for my favorite course at The New School; blogging for bunny BISOUS and papermag.com's "Fashion Schmashion"; raising funds with Mr. Mickey for the extraordinary charity: water foundation to build desperately needed wells in developing nations.
I'm wishing for an Obama-Biden victory, an end to the Chinese occupation of Tibet, and – on a far more frivolous note – Sonia Rykiel's bunny rabbit intarsia dress.
I'm eating frozen Durian pudding from Bonobo's, Pure Food & Wine's chili lime tortilla wraps with avocado and cashew sour "cream", One Lucky Duck's gingersnap "ice cream", and tucked upstairs at LifeThyme Market's live foods buffet with a good book.
I'm drinking Pure Juice & Takeaway's Hawaiian Breeze norwalk juice, raw cashew "mylk" with agave and cinnamon, GT's Organic Trilogy Kombucha, the green juice with added ginger from Quintessence.
I'm traveling to Paris come January for the Spring/Summer 2009 Haute Couture collections.
I'm making hand-dipped candles, raw vegan pumpkin pie, and weekly escapes to the charmingly quaint Angel Feet Reflexology in Greenwich Village (if I'm lucky)!
I'm inspired by Lynn Yaeger, Rachel Maddow, Leith Clark, Beatrix Potter, Kate & Laura Mulleavy, Sarah Lerfel, Joanna Schlenzka, Iris Apfel, Cecilia Dean, Kinga Rajzak, Marie Chaix, Jacob K., Alber Elbaz, and Charles Anastase.
In these photos Julia wears:
Moschino F/W 2008-2009 dressVPL by Victoria Bartlett braette topcruelty-free Elizabeth & James coatAmerican Apparel bi-colored tightsvintage Miu Miu "Alice in Wonderland" shoesLanvin vegan F/W 2008-2009 "ribbon collection" bagAlexandre de Paris hairband
— By Maya