State of the Move: Dos and Don’ts

It’s been almost a year since I moved to Los Angeles. My decision to relocate was primarily motivated by a dwindling faith in New York’s bright and shining sparkle and a desire to live a little “less”. I was only… READ MORE

January 11, 2017 / 4 Comments

When Everyone is a Capricorn

December is a hefty month for the Joos family. At least it used to be, when my sister and I still lived with our parents in Belgium. On December 6th we would celebrate St. Nicks, Europe’s slightly archaic ancestor of Santa Claus…. READ MORE

December 13, 2016

A Girl is a Gun

Shelly’s parties are notorious in Venice. The overwhelming consensus usually supports an exasperating infatuation with the indulgent amount of male eye candy, the magnificent human spill into the parking lot behind the building, and the fact that no one ever gets arrested. Most commonly… READ MORE

May 12, 2016 / 7 Comments

Move the FCUK on!

The last episode in our dating street surveys deals with the next step. When and how do you move on from a break-up? What’s in store when you’re back in that saddle? Do you abstain and then wait for the casserole… READ MORE

April 8, 2016

What Not To Do

Funny story…  When I separated from my husband, a long long time ago, and had cried/tossed/turned/agonized through the first few weeks of heartache, my friends encouraged me to get back in the saddle and start dating again, or at least find some hottie… READ MORE

April 6, 2016 / 1 Comment

The Sexiest Way to Say FCUK You!

It wasn’t such a far leap for the British retailer to knock on my door. After all, the new Creative Director at French Connection, Maria Chen, is the very reason I moved to the States in 1997. She recruited me… READ MORE

March 16, 2016 / 5 Comments

Are you a Polite Woman?

Relax. I’m not asking you to dissect your character. Or do I? Because if you are the type of woman that wears the designs of Carlos Polite, one might assume a lot… Maybe you remember the post I did last year… READ MORE

January 29, 2016

Marble & Missoni

I always wanted to shoot in a marble factory, but someone beat me to it. Damn you, Missoni!! Watch the new campaign and video. Photography: Viviane Sassen Marble Plates: Mathias Augustyniak Creative Direction: M/M (Paris) Stylist: Vanessa Reid Stylist: Stephen Mann… READ MORE

July 23, 2015 / 1 Comment

Return by HH

For the moment the duo just wants to be known as HH. They co-wrote and co-directed the music and video for their first single, Return, from their home in Los Angeles. It’s the wretched story of impending love and its… READ MORE

April 24, 2015 / 3 Comments

Secrets & Ghosts

I mentioned on Instagram how Ra Paulette has devoted his life to carving out caves in the hillsides of Northern New Mexico. They call them the Secret Caves because they’re not meant to be visited. And in fact, they are so… READ MORE

April 21, 2015 / 4 Comments

Until Being Strong is the Only Choice You Have

When perfect strangers start buying and sporting T-shirts with your head on it, you know you’re onto something. And when that head is unapologetically bald and raised high, the people’s intent is undeniably collateral. Tara Papanicolas launched her t-shirt campaign last winter,… READ MORE

April 9, 2015 / 1 Comment

Makes Me Want to Picnic

There’s this cool little clique in LA. When you look at one Instagram account you will find exactly one degree of separation with the next. You can get lost for hours in this pretty-young-things network, jumping between all these groovy profiles of girls and… READ MORE

March 31, 2015 / 5 Comments

Australia’s Oldest Man Knits Penguin Sweaters

About a year ago the Phillip Island’s Penguin Foundation made a plea to all knitting aficionados to make and donate small sweaters for the little penguins they are trying to save. The receptionist at the Foundation told ABC News that they… READ MORE

February 12, 2015 / 9 Comments

Little Moments of Fuck You

Seven girls, five bottles of wine, three sheepskin rugs, a sleeping dog and a crackling fire. It’s the stuff chick flicks are made of. But this gathering has all the trappings of a sorcerer’s circle, with philosophical, spiritual and herbal banter bouncing around the room… READ MORE

January 22, 2015 / 6 Comments


I warned the lady from the get-go. I said, “Lady, the first and last time I went camping I was 17-years old. For two weeks straight, I was confined to a medium-sized bungalow tent on a camping ground in Biarritz with four… READ MORE

December 23, 2014 / 1 Comment