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Beer Barns and Violence, Brighton Beach


Last weekend, my boyfriend and I walked down the Brighton Beach Boardwalk towards Coney Island to meet some friends and check out the new Luna Park. Along the way, we stopped for a late lunch at Le Soleil Draft Barn, a German inspired beer garden type of restaurant right on the boardwalk and overlooking the beach. The restaurant had an extensive, three page menu of beers. I settled on some Bitburger, memories of my trip to Germany a few weeks ago flooding back. My boyfriend got a Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier which we agreed wasn’t very good. We also ordered some Calamari and potato pancakes with goat cheese, both were delicious with the calamari especially hitting that fried foods summer boardwalk spot. We took our time; talking, laughing, taking pictures and looking at the ocean waves and passerby.

That was last week though. Yesterday, as the boardwalk was filled with teenagers celebrating Brooklyn-Queens day, an unidentified gunman opened fire. Killing a 17 year old girl and injuring 4 others (including one critically) the boardwalk erupted with violence. Some speculate that the incident was gang related, however, no one is in custody.

One week earlier I was in the same spot, at the same time of day, eating right near where someone else was shot yesterday. It’s surreal. Having worked for 4 summers on that very boardwalk when I was younger, it really hits close to home. The boardwalk has always had tragic summers but most of the time they can be attributed to drownings, something that, although tragic, happens at every beach. This was different, this happened because evil people exist and because guns are way too easy to get. If you want to read more about what happened, check out Sheepshead Bites, they’ve got some good coverage of the events that transpired.

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Baroque Eyes, Moo Piyasombatkul

Moo Piyasombatkul’s debut collection of sunglasses, “Baroque Eyes” mixes modern frames with ornate details. The porcelain embellished collection is the first from Moo, a graduate of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, located in London. Hailing from Bangkok, Thailand, Moo lists Marcel Wanders’s idea of “New Antique” as her inspiration to create from the past. The collection debuted almost a year ago, but has recently arrived in stores in the US. At an average price of $500, these pretty little frames will never have the pleasure of sitting atop my nose. Their loss…am I right?

Via Opening Ceremony and Browns

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Scotch and Soda, Amsterdam

In my last post, I included a snapshot of the window display at Amsterdam based clothing store  Scotch and Soda. The brand, which has been around since the 80’s but relaunched in 2001 under three new owners, create clothing for men, women, and kids (under Scotch Shrunk). In addition to clothing, the brand also produces a high profile denim collection and fragrance line. They also have something called “home alone” under their collections, although I can’t decipher if that’s just an editorial, connected to their men’s collection, or something else entirely. Either way, any collection that references a movie Macaulay Culkin made is fine by me.

The collections are made up of well-made basics (think chambray shirts, plaid, jeans, etc). The store sort of reminds me of like a Hollister or Abercrombie, except, everything is cooler in Amsterdam. Where as Hollister and Abercrombie market to a certain type of customer with campaigns and editorials focusing on California surfer cool, Scotch and Soda has more of a hipster-eque aesthetic, marketing to the festival going, leather jacket and flower print dress wearing chick. The cutest stuff on the site?  The kids clothing. Any five year old boy wearing a blue blazer emblazoned with gold buttons is too cute and should probably get on a boat asap (and get me on a boat too, it’s hot as hell in nyc today).

Check out Scotch and Soda here