Urban Alchemy

by bronxelf

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These are random moments in the life of an indecent designer and the city she loves.

To read my grudging babblings about design, click the button.



And can we really measure
If we think we're any better
than that skyline that goes on and on
forever, on and on...."

- Less Than Jake: Is This Thing On?

Everybody in this world wants the same damned thing-
just not at the same time.


-Chris Orbach: Jane


I could be condemned to hell for every sin but littering."

- Soul Coughing: Idiot Kings



I am a female, carbon based lifeform.
I am a New York City Native.
I am a Design Professional.
I take photographs.
I also sculpt, paint, create mosaics, and play with weapons.

And sometimes, I even dance about Architecture.

What I see, is what you get.

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16th Sep 2005, 02:23   | tags:,,

yourhermione says:

I very much like your shirt.

16th Sep 2005, 02:29

bronxelf,on boingo says:

I love this shirt. it's got corset hooks. :)

16th Sep 2005, 02:36

yourhermione says:

oooh...even better!

16th Sep 2005, 03:23

bronxelf says:

Yeah there's a Penn Jilette story regarding this shirt somewhere...

(no not like THAT you perverts.)

16th Sep 2005, 03:23

Euphro says:

Ahead you see a series of twisty little passages... :)

16th Sep 2005, 08:26

Joe says:

but who took the picture!?

16th Sep 2005, 08:35

Dhamaka says:

that's what I was going to ask.

16th Sep 2005, 09:07

kostika says:

What a cute tummy.

16th Sep 2005, 10:33

AnguisetteOwner says:

Good looking as always B-elf. Especially, now that you are back in YOUR city.

16th Sep 2005, 13:51

bronxelf says:

Kostika- I won the genetic lotto on stomach muscles. I have no idea from *where*, considering my family, but I did win it, pretty much bigtime. Even with no excercise at all my stomach muscles are always easily defined and when I do excercise I get those stomach muscle cuts you see in advertisements fairly easily.

Totally random genetics, dude.

Quentin Coyote took the photo, btw.

16th Sep 2005, 14:49

kostika says:

well the genetic lottery has done a damn fine job.

I like tummys.

16th Sep 2005, 14:58

bronxelf says:

I'm thinking about finally just biting the bullet and going in to have my hair done. trimmed, layered out and striped chunky.

Thoughts?

16th Sep 2005, 15:01

kostika says:

I'd say no to layers, but that's jsut me. Colour for the stripes?

16th Sep 2005, 15:10

bronxelf says:

purple, as always.

I dont know. it needs a small trim at the bottom (I always get paranoid about this) and I'm a bit tired of it I guess. It's not very interesting.

16th Sep 2005, 15:12

kostika says:

I don't like layers cause they're a pain to grow out. Up to you really. Trim is always helpful though.

Stripes would be kool though.

16th Sep 2005, 15:14

bronxelf says:

I don't really know what to do with it. Just throwing out options.

16th Sep 2005, 15:16

kostika says:

You could always cut it short and dye it all bright purple.

16th Sep 2005, 15:26

bronxelf says:

Uh, no thanks.

16th Sep 2005, 15:32

kostika says:

okay well there's one option out of the way. :o)

16th Sep 2005, 15:39

bronxelf says:

Forget it. The whole thing is probably stupid. I mean. in the end I'm still the same person, so really, nothing changes.

Never mind.

16th Sep 2005, 15:40

kostika says:

Naw I completely understand the need for change. Especially when it comes to one's hair.

Can't hurt to go in and have it trimmed and ask what the stylist thinks about layers.

16th Sep 2005, 15:42

bronxelf says:

I don't have the money for it right now anyway.

And it's not important. I dont have anyone I feel the need to impress.

16th Sep 2005, 15:45

ladislav says:

*looks down at increasingly fat tummy*

Right, I'm /definitely/ going running tonight.

16th Sep 2005, 16:49

bronxelf says:

Running wont help the tummy in the short term, if that's specifically what youre looking to deal with. But you probably know that.

16th Sep 2005, 17:07

Dhamaka says:

You've got gorgeous thick hair, why not think about doing something to accentuate it even more. Agree with kostika re layers, but you could get some interesting effects with stripes/ streaks or even ends..

Anyway, it's not about being the same person, it's more like an experiment in clothing or cosmetics...

16th Sep 2005, 18:27

bronxelf says:

I don't know what Im going to do with it yet. If anything. No real money to invest in such a project right now anyway, so it's all mere speculation.

16th Sep 2005, 18:41

Dhamaka says:

I know that feeling..

But tomorrow is another day, and we can plan...

16th Sep 2005, 18:43

Dhamaka says:

think body, fluffy or even 70s

16th Sep 2005, 18:47

bronxelf says:

Dh- It's not that. I mean it is that. I really *dont* have the money to invest in this right now. My hair would require a double process of the first order to stripe it, not including the cut/style.

But it's just everything.

16th Sep 2005, 18:49

Dhamaka says:

B'elf, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to sound insensitive. The beginning of this year I was lurching from bill to bill and only just avoiding getting stuff cut off. Believe me it WILL get better

16th Sep 2005, 18:53

Dhamaka says:

that's important services, not pieces of my anatomy...

16th Sep 2005, 18:54

bronxelf says:

No I get that. It's not even that. Its just ever since I've been back things have gotten *really*, *really* bad. Im just entirely exhausted right now, I think.

16th Sep 2005, 18:59

Dhamaka says:

From what you said you've been doing I'm not surprised. I'm sorry. You know you've got friends here rooting for you

16th Sep 2005, 19:03

bronxelf says:

Euphro- I knew I could count on you to throw in the twisty little passages line.

z.

Time passes.

16th Sep 2005, 20:23

onceupon says:

I'm a big fan of layers, but I'd only do it if you anticipated keeping that kind of cut up -- though layers on long hair don't really require all THAT much upkeep. If my hair were all one length, I'd die from the weight and the heat of it.

17th Sep 2005, 01:10

bronxelf says:

Mine is mostly one length. as you can see it's well past my natural waist and actually, at its longest point it's at the bottom of my jeans pockets.

17th Sep 2005, 01:12

onceupon says:

My hair, at its longest point, is at the top of my butt, but because it'scurly, it draws up a couple of inches from there. The shortest layers, at the moment, still come down past my breasts. Long layers are a marvel. It means I use remarkably less shampoo/conditioner, and it just behaves better in general. It looks, from the picture, that your hair has some curl as well, or at least wave, and layers can help with that sort of thing as well.

17th Sep 2005, 01:16

bronxelf says:

Yeah, my hair isnt straight by any means-- it's just the sheer weight of it that's making it lie flat. It's very thick, as anyone who's ever seen The Mop in person can attest to. Weighs a TON.

17th Sep 2005, 01:20

onceupon says:

Oh yes. I feel the Ton O Hair pain, trust me.

Layers, layers, layers. It'll bring out the curl AND get rid of some of the weight.

I'm also a firm believer in styling product, but that's a whole 'nother discussion and some people are anti-product....

Brushes are the devil though, because they disrupt the curl pattern.

17th Sep 2005, 01:26

bronxelf says:

The only thing I use in my hair religiously is BioSilk and no power on earth could get me to stop. It's like magic.

However, I always use a brush.

17th Sep 2005, 01:27

onceupon says:

Bio Silk is a thing of beauty. But the brush will prevent the curl from forming.... *handtoforehead* When will the curly-haired people LEARN?

*grin*

17th Sep 2005, 01:31

bronxelf says:

well my hair isnt really curly either. it's just got a good wave in it, even at this length.

And sometimes I blow it out pin-straight.

17th Sep 2005, 01:32

onceupon says:

Brushing will destroy the wave, too. *grin* The hair shaft is actually shaped differently from straight hair (the curlier one's hair is, the more ovoid it gets, instead of cylindrical) and so responds differently to being brushed.

You have MAD patience if you blow out your own hair -- I barely have the patience (and I don't actually have a blow dryer.... need to remedy that) to blow mine dry with a defuser. Plus, I am befuddled by the whole round brush phenomenon.

17th Sep 2005, 01:35

bronxelf says:

I don;t dso it often, In fact, I usually dont brush it while it's wet at all. I just let it dry and then brush it out..

I don't use a round brush-- my hair is too long for that. I use a flat-backed wooden brush with rubber tipped bristles.

17th Sep 2005, 01:39

onceupon says:

*grin*

Check out the Ouidad site for really cool tips on dealing with non-straight hair.

Simple recipe for hair that behaves:
Step 1: Layers!
Step 2: Throw away your brush! Comb through hair when wet with a wide toothed comb.
Step 3: Apply product of choice.
Step 4: Leave it alone!

*grin*

17th Sep 2005, 01:48

bronxelf says:

I dont think my hair is as curly as any of the ones shown on that site, though.

17th Sep 2005, 01:55

onceupon says:

Yeah, she really only shows curly hair, as opposed to wavy, but the principle is the same!

*grin*

Her theory is sound, but her products are WAY overpriced.

17th Sep 2005, 01:58

ladislav says:

About four years ago I bought a set of clippers, and haven't paid for a haircut since :-) This is only a good idea if you like having hair 3/8" long. My hair is sufficiently curly that if it gets more than about 3/4 of an inch long it becomes a hideous torture device, coiling its points into my scalp, itching like crazy, and roasting my head. So I scratch till I bleed, which hurts in a different way. I am /much/ more comfortable now I can just cut my own hair whenever I want.

Running: yeah, I know it won't help the tummy much. But it will help with the general unfitness. I need to get a sensible exercise regime going. I didn't go running yesterday, in the end - it got dark unexpectedly soon. So I went running this morning instead. Got in just as the rain was starting up :-)

17th Sep 2005, 17:31