Well folks, that’s it for 2011. The H/H team is taking a much-needed break until January the second, when we’ll be back to our usual posts and plaudits. To celebrate the occasion, we’re leaving you with the viral video sensation of the season – a drunk re-telling of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” resplendent with celebrity cameos. Have a safe and joyful Holidays!
Archive for December, 2011
This year for the holidays, the Saatchi global network teamed up to create a massive and (dare we say?) awesome album of songs inspired by love and hope called the Saatchi LoveMix. Sure it might sound a little cheesey, but sentimentality and joy is part of what the holiday season is all about – so we’re reveling in it!
From a selfish perspective though, we’re very proud of the two NYC contributions, which came from John Wolff (Track name “Dance forever”) and Jeremy Yuricek (Love Chemistry). Head over to the Saatchi WW site, where you can stream both tracks, as well as many other soon-to-be hits. Happy Holidays!
Danni Mohammed is an Integrated Planning Director at Saatchi NY. In today’s edition of 375 Style we examine what happens when London meets NYC, breaking down two distinct layers.
What are you wearing (brands)?
White shirt blouse – A staple from American Apparel
Black Boots – A hard negotiation in Arts & Teas Vintage Flea, Williamsburg
Gold belt – Impulse buy in Zara
Necklace – 1930′s vintage compass from a boutique jewelry stall at a festival
Navy trench coat – Early Christmas present from my mum
Orange hat – 1970′s hat I got from a vintage market in Brooklyn
Black purse – 1960′s bag from the Manhattan vintage fair that comes to Chelsea three times a year
What’s your favorite piece and is there a story/good deal behind it?
I’ve become really bored of shopping lately, and seem drawn to individual pieces that catch my eye. I picked up this 1930′s compass necklace from a festival I went to this summer in South Hampton, called Escape2NY.
I was just browsing the stalls when I came across it. I never buy jewelry for myself but felt particularly drawn to this so instantly made a case for it there and then. It ended up being quite an expensive weekend getaway
What/who inspires your style?
People. On the street. I’m not a fan of celebrities, never follow them. I love seeing girls in chic outfits that they’ve probably just thrown on that morning – girls that just look comfortable in what they’re wearing. If there’s an opportune moment, I’ll ask the girl where she got something from. It always tends to be from a market or from another country (!), so I end up trying to memorize the look
How would you describe your style? Hipster-chic? Dumpster-prep? (kidding on that one… sort of)
Err . . . I don’t know, how would you describe it? It kind of changes each day depending how I feel when I get up.
Any good deal behind anything you wore in the shoot?
My leggings that I can’t live without – £3.99 from a high street store in London!
We hope everyone had as much fun at the annual Saatchi NY holiday party as we did. To celebrate, we thought it would be fun to share some photos of the festivities. Photos taken by Gina Tintle. In no particular order:
This week we’re profiling SaatchiNY Copywriter Lindsay Coomes. As one might expect, she’s good with words. And funny. Also, she makes a convincing/frightening Bamm-Bamm (see above photo for proof).
WHAT DO YOU DO AT SAATCHI & SAATCHI?
Also – answer Anitha’s phone calls, tell Craig to be quiet, make Peter giggle, and creatively get some s#*t done.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?
Detecting under and over pronation, basically looking at old people’s feet at Omega Sports. The last stop in sporting goods.
WHAT LED YOU ON THE PATH YOU’RE ON TODAY?
Expense reports and travel arrangements.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AD (ALL TIME OR CURRENTLY)?
I’m still working on it.
IF YOU NEVER HAD TO WORK AGAIN, WHAT WOULD YOU WANT TO DO?
Hang out on beach and write fan fiction for Game of Thrones. Ned lives.
Or open a franchise of cat tea rooms a la Japan.
FAVORITE PLACE YOU’VE BEEN TO?
Barcelona – good food, gorgeous city, great times.
WHAT’S YOUR MOST PRIZED POSSESSION?
Friends and family
WHAT’S SOMETHING YOU MAKE REALLY WELL?
Interpretive dance routines to Celine Dion’s “It’s All Coming Back to Me”…and deviled eggs.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE COLD-WEATHER NYC ACTIVITY?
Popping in Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas and enjoying some nice mulled wine.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE LUNCHTIME SPOT NEAR THE OFFICE?
WHAT’S YOUR GO TO KARAOKE SONG? (COME ON, WE KNOW YOU HAVE ONE).
I have three. All of equal importance. When I’m feeling earnest, sassy, or fancy.
WHAT’S THE BEST MEAL YOU’VE EVER HAD?
Sunday dinner at my Nonnie’s with all the fixins.
IF YOU COULD BE THE WORLD RECORD HOLDER OF ANYTHING, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Most aluminum cans broken with a whip in three minutes.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CREATIVE PURSUIT?
Writing words and dancing dances.
WHAT’S THE LAST GREAT EVENT YOU WENT TO?
Saatchi’s Holiday party – you people be crazy!
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED?
Everything in moderation, including moderation.
WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE STORY?
Getting that one way plane ticket to New York and never looking back.
SAATCHI EATS is a casual insider’s guide to cool food finds around the neighborhood. This week –Bleecker St. Indian Fast Food joint Indian Creperie. It’s a relatively new spot, perfect for lunch and cheap to boot. We sent a few H/H food enthusiasts to sample the menu – here’s our take. (Above Photo from Village Voice’s ‘Fork in the Road’)
This particular stretch of Bleecker has popped up with a number of tasty Indian street-food inspired places in recent years, including the Kati Roll Company, Thelewala, and Masala Times. Masala is actually owned by the same gentleman as Creperie, and we had the chance to meet him after lunch. Super nice guy, which is always great to see at a place that’s food is so good they could probably get away with lackluster service. The space is small, with a handful of tables and order-at-the counter set-up, but our cashier was both knowledgeable about the menu and happy to suggest the best stuff to try.
So let’s cut to the chase – If there is one reason to make the short walk over to Indian Creperie (190 Bleecker Street) for lunch, it’s the dosa’s. Our table split four different varieties. The chicken, shrimp and vegetarian options were all great, but the spicy beef dosa was easily one of the best things you’ll find for less than $10 in the neighborhood.
Other highlights of the meal included the Vada (fried rice doughnuts) and the masala idli (steamed rice cakes with chili’s and curry leaves). The menu is small, which in this case is a good thing. Try just about anything on the board and you’re likely to walk away satisfied . . . if not a little over-stuffed.
THE FINAL VERDICT
If you like Indian food, you’ll probably love Indian Creperie. It’s fast, it’s close and it’s delicious. Plus, the spice is perfect for the upcoming winter months. Be sure to drop by when you’ve got time to eat somewhere other than your desk. If you don’t see that happening anytime soon, they also take orders online.