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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Q&A: with NYC interior designer Blair Harris

My good friend Blair Harris and I sat down this week for a little Q&A to discuss her recent accomplishment-her 1 year old business of Blair Harris Interior Design. The girl not only has an amazing eye for interior design but knows how to find amazing pieces at her downtown regular shopping spots. Check out what this classic modernist decorator had to say about owning her own business and what she we do if she ever had the opportunity to design Audrey Hepburn's home. Check out her website at

After college you got your first job at Noel Jeffrey Designs who is a pretty well established interior decorator in the city. What made you decide to go out on your own and start Blair Harris Designs?

I loved working for a high-end designer and learned so much but felt ready and anxious to execute my own designs. I had a couple future clients lined up before I left my job so I felt more confident in leaving when I did.

What’s the first thing you do in the morning?

Read my emails on my phone in bed, and then make coffee.

How would describe your design style?

I would describe myself as a classic modernist, although I work a lot of different styles into the designs for my clients. I find myself shopping for my clients downtown a lot more than uptown these days, although I am at the D&D building at least once a week! I love the new 1stdibs showroom at 200 Lexington also!

When working with a client how do you know what their vision is?

Most people have a pretty clear idea of things or colors they like, they just don't know how to channel their thoughts to create a cohesive space. I am pretty familiar with the design market since I shop almost every day so I can help people find things that fit what they are looking for and fit all the parts together to produce great rooms.

Who are your favorite interior designers at the moment?

I appreciate so many designers work but I love Katie Ridder's use of color and Kelly Wearstler use of pattern. I also love Steven Harris's work for a more minimalist look. His work is closer to my personal style.

What’s your favorite thing about owning your own business?

Freedom! I can make my own schedule and decisions without having to report to anyone else.

What are you looking forward to most this winter?

I am going to Paris in late January to do a little shopping for work (and pleasure of course) with my sister and mom.

How would you describe your fashion style?

I like classic designs with a twist. Mostly, I am a tee shirt and jeans kind of girl but try to wear interesting accessories like scarves, blazers and jewelry to dress things up a bit.

Where can we find you shopping for clothes/accessories?

I shop in and around my neighborhood the most. I love this new store called JF & Sons on University. They only carry one-of-a-kind pieces. I've shopped there too much lately! I also love the jewelry and accessories at Castor & Pollux in the West Village.

If you had the option to pick anyone to design their home who would it be and why?

I actually have never thought about that...Maybe Audrey Hepburn and do something very tailored yet glamorous. I also can't wait to design a home of my own some day...I'd be the perfect client. Ha!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

winter coat must haves

carven tweed cape coat $1350
double breasted coat
Zara $129
ASOS oversized quilted lining parka $134
ASOS long faux fur coat $152.75 now $106.92
Veda max classic $825
Boy. By Band of Outsiders alpaca blend and rabbit fur $2240
Karl Donoghue shearling biker coat $2420

Arizona Muse and Freja Beha outside of Chateau Marmont in Chloe

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

11.15.11 Must have outfit

Boy. By Band of Outsiders rabbit jacket $1550
Splendid long-sleeved top $65
Joseph leather and stretch leggings $885
Alexander Wang leather hobo bag $895
Alexander McQueen charm Necklace $795
Eddie Borgo turquoise stud earrings $165
Ralph Lauren shoes $595

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Q&A: Adam Cohen talks music, boxing, and NYC

Adam Cohen a long time friend and a music insider did a little one on one Q&A with littlesecrets. The man probably has the best job ever going to the best concerts, chilling VIP, and getting amazing seats to the sickest events. Check out what this cool New York City born and raised guy had to say. To keep up with Adam's latest moves find him on twitter @adamcny.

1. what made you want to get into marketing/pr?

It was a natural transition from the music business. After working at Bad Boy and Island Def Jam, I knew I wanted to continue working in the music industry but wasn't sure to what capacity. While at Island Def Jam, I worked on a project with someone from Cornerstone and immediately realized this was the company for me - working with brands and with artists/music. After emailing that person about a job for months, I finally got my foot in the door... 5 years later, I'm still going strong here.

2. who are you favorite clients to work with?

Crown Royal, Microsoft and Pepsi are great. Good people and great visions.

Mr. MEF and Adam

(some of Adam's pictures from last nights Jay-Z and Kanye concert at MSG)

3. You go to a lot of amazing shows, concerts, sporting events, etc. What's been the best so far?

For music, Bonnaroo is by far the best festival in the states. Saw Stevie Wonder and Jay-Z on stage back to back in 2010 - really can't beat that. SXSW is always a great time, its a bit more industry but just as fun. Best concert was Jay-Z and Eminem at Yankee Stadium. For sports, sitting ringside at Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto fight in Vegas was surreal. Next level.

4. What's the last amazing event you attended?

Just did an amazing event with Lipton Brisk Iced Tea (under the Pepsi helm) in September. We recreated a bodega as a one-day pop up experience in the Village. It was open during the day for the public and a private event at night with performances by Shady Record artists.On display was the Shady Museum, which exhibited exclusive items from Eminem's past, including his Grammy and outfits from his music videos.

5. How would you describe your style?

New York.

6. What's your go-to brunch spot on a hungover Saturday afternoon?

My kitchen.

7. What’s on your i-pod at the moment that people should check out?

New Drake album is next level. It's not out yet but is some cutting edge music ( Little Dragon ( is amazing - Big Boi put me onto them.If you want to lose your mind, listen to ARAABMUZIK's Electronic Dream mixtape ( Also GHE20 G0TH1K is some weird shit but real dope - just saw them spin at Westway recently ( Have to give it up to my boy Zack for the tip on them (

Adam and Big Boi

8.what are you looking forward to the most this fall?

The weather.

9. Any big trips planned this winter?

Sundance... maybe. Trying to make that happen.


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