Sunday, December 22, 2013

ckparis and wynwood road trip

salutations and happy holidays.
may all your dreams come true.
if you don't believe in yourself, no one else will. so give it your best shot.
barbato distressed cowboy boots at wynwood central.
panther coffee et al. 
see you on the astral plane.
xo chauss

Thursday, December 12, 2013

ckparis and vintage elka

hey all, happy holidays!
art basel was great.
vintage LBD and vintage gray mesh bag with tortoise shell handle being used as a clutch and
isabel marant black pony hair and leather scarlet boots.
make it a FABULOUS day.
it is just as easy to be positive as it is to be negative.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

ckparis, ugo cacciatori, kieselstein-cord and james perse

salutations. what's going on? it's scorpio season.
ugo cacciatori sterling silver scorpion necklace,
kieselstein-cord alligator belt, vintage turquoise cuff, panerai with turquoise croc band, et al.
james perse sweatshirt and typical scorpio 'tude.
see you on the astral plane.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

ckparis and the 2square chronicles part 4

 hey all, how are you all? below is the next installment of the continuing 2square chronicles as 2square's foreign correspondent while the boys are winding thru their current European street art tour.
above top picture is from Prague, their current location at time of this entry, and the rest are from Poland. 

Q  ckparis: If you could have dinner with one person in this universe, who would that be and where would it happen?
A  Jeremiah: Andre 3000, it's time I meet this guy. 
A  Justin:  This is a tough question. I think my answer would change depending on the day. Today I'm in Prague and I look out and see a castle off in a distance with a beautiful sunset. I would love for my mom or dad to see this. It would blow their minds. 
Q  ckparis: Describe yourself in 3 words:
A  Justin: determined, capable, authentic
A  Jeremiah: curious, adventurous, passionate

Q ckparis: Jeremiah, what is the most memorable moment you have of being an uncle? 
A: There are so many best moments. Just being around them. They are so full of wonder. The hardest thing about traveling is not being able to see them. Family in general.
I love their energy.

Q ckparis: Justin, How did you discover you could paint with your left hand?
A: I had a landscaping company for a number of years in my 20's. I try to work my body equally through the day. After I started throwing a brush around with both hands juggling, but not. Then something made me start, I can't put my finger on it. Now Lefty paints, writes, and does his own sketch books.

Q ckparis: What was the last dream you had that you remember?
A Jeremiah: I remember a few nights ago I dreamed somebody was breaking into the van while I was sleeping. That dream sucked!
A Justin: I dreamt I was alone with a lover I hadn't seen in awhile, the moment was beautiful.

Q ckparis:  What city has been the most surprising for you on this current European street art tour and why?
A Jeremiah: Poland. I had never been there. So to experience the culture was an experience. The walls of the buildings were a dream canvas.
A: Justin: I think every city is a surprise. I never know what to expect and people always surprise you.
Q ckparis:   Any recent epiphanies?  
A Jeremiah: when you fall off a ladder from high up, it's best to roll out of that fall.
A Justin: I'm seeing a new side of people now that the cameras are following us.

Q ckparis:   What is the biggest misconception people have about you?
A Jeremiah: Do people even know me?
A Justin:  everything......

Friday, September 20, 2013

ckparis and dior id bracelet and tom binns

hey all, what's gonna on? tom binns time is money wanna-be-panerai-watch-but-really-cheeky-bracelet that doesn't tell time, but makes perfect sense avec
a vintage dior gourmette silver bracelet et
the usual chauss-elets.
make it a FABULOUS day.
it is just as easy to be happy as it is to be miserable.
see you on the astral palne.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

ckparis and isabel marant scarlet boots

hey all, hanging out on the stairs. (you all know i love to run /walk zillions of high rise stairs...)
isabel marant scarlet black leather/black pony hair wedge boots
avec celine black leather cabas, and krelwear quickie couture black knit mini.
natalia brilli black leather wrapped whistle.
see you on the astral plane.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

ckparis and vintage dior lock and key necklace

hey all, what's going on? hanging out with my latest vintage find, a dior lock and key silver chain moment. any one know which exact season and year this necklace is from. 199?....
anyway, non sequitur and all, but true blood was amaazing this season. season finale last sunday...  withdrawal already. 
i would say season six was the perfect season.
see you on the astral plane.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

ckparis and the 2square chronicles part 3

 hey all, ckparis here with the next Q and A installment with 2square.
 the j boys are still in Portugal as this goes to print, but they are headed on the road in the not too distant future. stay tuned for the future adventures of 2square as reported by ckparis, overseas foreign correspondent reporter for 2square.
oh, and if you have a specific question for 2square, comment below or email me.

Q   ckparis:  What's the next stop on your European street art tour after Portugal?
A:  Justin: That's tricky, we have some projects we are working on if we drive soon. We will hit some more cities on the way east. 
      Jeremiah: We really don't know, we are waiting on some things to develop. However, we do know that we are heading east real soon. We have got some big projects lined up.

Q   ckparis:  Justin, what's the latest update on your relationship with your woman/muse from Portugal?
A:   I have seen her 2 times. It's funny she loaned us her apartment and we've been here almost a month leaving for a few days to Comporta for a shoot/painting. We stayed in 2 different places here that were magical. Think 130 year old cottages in a town by the ocean. So far our stay has been top notch, treated great and experienced the city and met a variety of people. We feel at home. I'm wandering some. My muse is absent, but i have many muses around the world that move my can. I'm enjoying my time here and our 2square murals are going all over the place. We have tons of ideas for upcoming murals that we can't wait to find places for. There are no romantic interests. I'm focused on my arts and the results are great. 
 Q    ckparis:  Jeremiah, what's the status with the girl you met and fell in love with in Miami?
 A:  Well… I miss her food she cooked. Her messages everyday for sure. I miss her spoiling and I miss her voice. I could really feel she loved me. That's a special thing to feel. I thought I would talk to her more, but we are both working hard. She is working on very big projects of her own, as well as I am. We are giving space and letting each other grow. It's a beautiful thing regardless of any outcome.

 Q    ckparis:  What is your favorite snack food?  sweet or salty or both?
 A:   Justin: I love sweet things. I really enjoy chocolate. My favorite ice cream is mint chocolate chip. I just got some today :)
        Jeremiah: I love to snack. sour patches mmmmm . potato chips are my sin.

 Q   ckparis:  Boxers or briefs? Or commando?
 A:  Jeremiah: Ha! you're asking all the right questions, ha! It depends on the fabric of the pants. It all calls for different situations.
       Justin: Nothing or boxer briefs, it depends on my mood. You keep your form with boxer briefs. I feel more comfortable and a little sexy.
Q    ckparis:  You mentioned that when you have money, it would surprise and impress others with what you would do with it. Possibilities? 
 A:  Justin: We would love to go to some places around the world that will change us. Do things to help humanity on a bigger scale. Paint walls at orphanages or walls in refugee camps, sides of huts in outlandish countries, maybe bring food, clothes we design, nice things, medical attention. Have people we respect travel with us, friends and colleges do joint ventures. Start collectives in cities to help young traveling artists around the world.
       Jeremiah: Giving back is a must. A lot of people have helped us, and treated us very good. We can't wait to gift those people. We talk about it often. We are going to grow our company and brand, and venture down a lot of avenues.
 Q     ckparis:   What projects are next on the horizon for 2square besides street art?
 A:    Justin: We are working on a a number of avenues I'm drawing in 4 sketchbooks and starting 2 that will be difficult. A small book called Lefty attention 2 detail drawn with my left and a children's type of story I'm writing in my head now. At various cities we have meets with some awesome people later to be revealed. We are in an evolution and new renaissance in our career and we intend to push ourselves to depths you have yet to see. Ummmmmm, we are doing a book together in which we are picking out writings and poems we've done over time and telling side stories about what was going on in our lives  and what it means to us in our words. It's crazy going back and reading your old stuff after you've evolved. Anyone that knows me would tell you my writing has come far from where it started and I really enjoy doing it. So, think this with pictures behind the scenes, art whatever, presented in a beautiful little box. We have a ton of ideas and they will present themselves in due time.
        Jeremiah: Too many to list, just stay tuned in.

Q      ckparis:     Have you ever encountered a ghost, entity or spirit guide from the fourth dimension?
A:     Justin: I don't know about that, but I've had some crazy experiences they changed me. I'm more in tune with the world and people's energies. That has always been a keen instinct. Reading people,  I'm a reader. Jeremiah would agree with that.
         Jeremiah: Yes. Does God count? I have a sacred relationship with the most high. He reveals things to me in the many different ways and forms. I believe this strongly because I have seen and felt it. I've experienced the power and love thru God.

photo credit for portugal pix: 2square
photo credit for miami pix: erwin georgi

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

ckpais and isabel marant manly black suede fringe boots

salutations.  gotta love black boots. gotta love isabel marant boots.
these are isabel marant black suede fringe boots from fall/winter 2011.
oh yeah, and that's wynwood in the background. right next to panther coffee. it will spoil you for life. starbucks who?
see you on the astral plane.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

ckparis and the 2square chronicles part 2

salutations . the j boys of 2square have finally crossed the pond after a slight delay. no worries, they've got about three months left before Art Basel and their return to the banana republic city of Miami in the southern most portion of the U.S., affectionately referred to as "the 'nana".
hot off the internet rails of communication with ckparis, the 2square U.S. foreign correspondent, is 2square's latest Q and A session. and this one is the real deal, everything you wanted to know about 2square...

Q ckparis: How did you pick the tag 2square?
A jeremiah: It means so many things to each of us, but I'd say 2square is the opposite of what we are. It's a mind game. Some people say "2 square equals 4. In fact, those are your real squares.

A justin: The name was one of the first we thought of and it worked. We are anything but normal and square, we have no box. That's why we put ourselves inside it. I guess it's a joke. There are several meanings this is one.

Q ckparis: I understand you are starting a 4 month tour in Europe. what is your first stop and why? Friends, lovers and/or work?
A jeremiah: Portugal.  It's one of our favorite countries in Europe. We have connections here who are helping us to get walls to paint and a vehicle to travel  in thru Europe.

A justin:  We are in Lisbon, Portugal right now. As of this interview, we have painted 2 murals and we head to our next city tomorrow. We love Portugal and during our last street art tour I fell in love with a girl here. We've had a strange relationship, she's visited me in Miami, and now we are back. I didn't come here expecting anything because I could tell things had changed. She was one of my first real strong muses. We have a strong network here and that helped with our decision. We have a week or so left in this country before we push off to the next.

Q ckparis: Are you coming back to Miami for Art Basel?
A jeremiah: For sure! Miami in December is the best place to be in the world. We don't miss Art Basel. We've got big walls to paint.

A justin: We fly back November 7th and we intend to take back what belongs to us and paintpaintpaint.

Q ckparis :What is your favorite color to work with? why?
A jeremiah: I have a fascination with black,white and grey. It comes from my long love affair with black and white photography. Aaaaand because its cheap. I can mix 2 of my favorite colors, and have a range of in betweens. The lack of money depicts how many colors I can buy. However, I'm doing more color in my work now. I'm always moving, I'm always changing.  My style changes a little with each project.

A justin: I don't know that I have a favorite color to work with. Sometimes it's easier to keep it simple with black. When you paint murals everyday like us, it gets very expensive, imagine not having a job, but painting 6 days of the week. On a light day, I would spend $30 on paint, but that's not the norm. Luckily,  we have worked hard and now we are being sought out and paid.

Q ckparis:What has been your most memorable experience down here in the 305?
A jeremiah: I can't answer that with just one thing. It's been a very fun ride to say the least.  I'm very proud of my time in Miami. I fell in love with a girl  with whom I have many great memories, and who taught me a lot. I painted some of the best paintings of my career and I've met some people that have impacted my life forever. People are very open in Miami, and that's hard to forget.

A justin: I can't limit my time to one memory. There were many occasions that stick out to me. I feel like we took our time in Wynwood and worked wisely at an accelerated pace. It was a hard chapter for us to end Wynwood became it was our home. We fell in love with the city and people. We worked in the hottest of temperatures when others weren't on the streets, in the rain, in the dark, we poured our love into the walls and city. I know when we go back nothing will be the same, but this is something you learn from traveling. Time moves on, as does life and people. I hope that one day the people of Miami can look back and see what we accomplished. We had our time, the time of 2square and no one can ever take that away. Now whomever tries to fill our shoes will have to work very hard. 
 Q ckparis: It's august 2018, where are you?  (not a typo!) 
 A jeremiah:  I could be globe trotting still, could be co-managing our brand. Maybe I'm in architecture school, maybe I'm living in a secluded area of nature married to my piano. Maybe I'm on a book signing tour. I never plan too far ahead. I just try to make the best decision in the moment and trust that those actions will lead me down the right path of the future.
A justin: I would like to be traveling but we will have expanded our duo to a small tribe. We have a number of goals and ideas, but more than anything we want to share some of our travels with friends and some family. I'm not worried about money because I know there will be plenty of opportunities to make tons. I think it's what we do with the money when we have it that will surprise and impress others. 

Q ckparis: jeremiah, how do you take your coffee?
A jeremiah: I like it dark and not tasty. I try not to drink a lot of coffee. I prefer tea.

Q ckparis: et tu, justin? how do you take yours?
A justin: I generally have a little sugar and milk. Traveling you get adjusted to not necessarily having everything your way. I can drink just about any type of coffee and be okay. I'm not much of a complainer.

stay tuned kids,  the 2square chronicles 2 be continued with 2square overseas and it's gonna get personal....

photo credit for  good bye miami pix nicolas guillen
photo credit for portugal pix 2square

p.s.  August 9th is jeremiah's birthday so give him a shout out. and while you are at it, wish justin a belated birthday. his birthday was August 2nd. leos... hmmm...

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

ckparis and lobster a porter

it was near the end of july. on of those sticky hot and humid days on long island that rivaled miami summer weather. the sky turned black with dark clouds and then the torrential rain came .
not a great night to go out. so, order maine lobster a porter.
it's oyster bay baby, not biscayne bay.
hope you all are having a fabulous summer.
see you on the astral plane.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

ckparis and the 2square chronicles part 1

once upon a time, in a place below the mason dixon line, lived 2 guys named justin vallee and jeremiah taylor. their destiny was to become 2square.

you know when you meet someone that just fits with you? yeah, that instant feeling of familiarity and how they just get you. these two guys work it together like an ice cream swirl. the flavors look and taste great together, but each part is also distinctly different from the other.

i had a chance to catch up the boys at their wynwood exhibiton and goodbye party before their 4 month european tour. 2square was to leave town on july 2, but the seductive nature of wynwood and its surrounding parts have kept them grounded just a little bit longer.
and on the subject of wynwood, 2square has painted amazing murals all over town.

 2square's current goals include traveling and painting the globe. 2square has covered a decent bit of territory already and intend to continue their sojourn to new and familiar places.
 Q: so why is 2square still in wynwood?
a) too many new options to continue to paint down here and make $$$ for european tour
b) Justin forgot to renew his passport
c) Jeremiah's passport got stolen and was being used by some dude who was trying to smuggle illegal counterfeit goods from asia
d) 2square just got signed for a hush-hush tv deal

so, which one is it?
next installment is a Q and A with 2square on the real deal.
stay tuned.
see you on the astral plane.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

ckparis and vintage giorgio beverly hills dress

hey all, what's going on?
this is one of my favorite dresses. it is vintage from giorio beverly hills. the beaded charms are really amazing.
check out the back. good excuse to put your hair in a pony tail.
make it a FABULOUS day.
see you on the astral plane.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

ckparis and wynwood street art

hey all, gotta love wynwood street art. these murals are amaaaazing.
basic black and gray for me with rayban flash blue aviators and
isabel marant black suede fringe boots.
so, whose planning a trip down to the 305 for art basel?
make it a FABULOUS day. ok?
it is just as easy to be happy as it is to be miserable.
see you on the astral plane.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ckparis and chanel vintage whistle and chain


bon matin,
it's uber hot and humid in tropical paradise.
top pix is a paparazzi shot in the  'vator with my Chanel vintage whistle. totally fun piece from a 1990's  Chanel collection.
what are you all going this summer?
tell me...
have FABULOUS day.
gotta love True Blood this season!
see you on the astral plane.

Monday, June 17, 2013

ckparis, essie and modern lovers

hey all, moi and my iphone avec modern lovers cover.
essie ave maintain polish which i insist on calling ave montaigne.
makes sense, n'est pas?
it is so hot down here in the southern most portion of the continental US. of course, it hasn't stopped me from wearing boots.
and True Blood is back! amaazing six season opener. did you all catch it?
(game of thrones who?)
see you on the astral plane.

Monday, June 10, 2013

ckparis and miami wynwood graffiti wars part 2 freehumanity v. lister v. miami locals

mister lister was not satisfied with destroying omen514's wynwood mural. on the other side of panther coffee, there was a beautiful Audrey mural. Audrey was painted by an LA graffiti artist, freehumanity.
ironically, freehumanity instagrammed me when he saw i had photographed his work for my instagram account. freehumanity wanted high pixel photos of his wynwood Audrey for his records. Hmmmm, did freehumanity have a premonition about what was to occur?
a few weeks later,  the wynwoood Audrey was painted over by another graffiti artist. yup, lister.
this time. the homies buffed lister's painting. the wall is still in that state as of today. see pictures below. click on last pix to see both before and after.
and lister still has his legitimate solo exhibition right across the street at the robert fontaine gallery.
hey lister, didn't your mom teach you to share?
i really hope freehumanity takes a trip down to tropical paradise and paints another wynwood piece.
that wall is just not the same without Audrey.
which brings us to the miami wynwood graffiti wars part 3...
who painted over lister's paint jobs?
and what do you all think about lister destroying amaaaazing wynwood work done by other artists?
see you on the astral plane and
please leave comments below.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

ckparis and miami wynwood graffiti street wars part 1 omen514 v. lister. v. miami locals

hey all, i recently started hanging out at panther coffee wynwood on a regular basis because the coffee is outrageously amazing, seriously. i am the ultimate adrenaline junkie and this stuff coupled with a square or two of dark chocolate will set you zooming.

anyway, wynwood is filled with high quality street graffiti on any given wall. what i did not realize was that the streets are considered an open canvas to paint and repaint and then repaint again and again by various artists over other artists' works. not always a good choice, but accepted if it is done with respect.

omen514 painted a fabulous mural across the way from panther coffee. see pix below. it was my favorite in the district. omen514 usually hangs out in montreal.
on one of my frequent trips to panther, i was shocked to see that lister, another grafitti artist from australia/nyc with a legitimate show going on at the robert fontaine gallery across the street, had buffed omen514's beautiful mural with his own work and signed it "omen" in a yellow band of paint. see pix below.

 not many graffiti artists can handle a spray paint can and make portraits like omen514. omen is not a homie so we do not know when he will be in the 305 again to work his magic. and it is magic. the mural had a lot to say on the few occasions we were able to have a chat tete to tete.
omen514 was ok with the situation  because it was done with respect and not just buffing.

 me? i was in tears. omen514 tweeted to me that "bad things happened." i loved that omen514 mural and was happy i got to document it on my blog before it was destroyed.
so people, is it ok for a street graffiti artist with a legitimate gallery show on the same wynwood block to paint over another artist's uber street creation?
yup, apparently so. well, at least for some. others did not think so, and repainted lister's creation. see silver miami pix below. i do not know the artist, but if you know, please leave a comment below and i will include it in this story.
this is part 1 of the wynwood graffiti street wars.

next up is part 2 of the wynwood graffiti street wars. stay tuned for how streethumanity's wynwood audrey painting got repainted by lister which then got buffed by the locals. yes!
some people do not respect exceptional street art work. and some people will seek justice on those who destroy exceptional street art work.
what do you all think?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

ckparis, u penn, hermes and panther coffee wynwood

salutations. sitting in one of my favorite pensive spots in the southern most portion of the continental USA.
panther coffee. wynwood.
the original. the place where they roast their own beans every day.
yeah. #panthercoffee
vintage destroyed U Penn sweatshirt
( i'm a smart chick) customized by karelle of krelwear avec usual chauss-elets, shelter serra, hermes cdc in ebene leather and natalia brilli necklace.
scorpio gaze, bien sur.
see you on the astral plane.
p.s. and like pret a porter p says, some one is always watching...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ckparis and krelwear miami

  hey all, how are you?
why do i have a such a fascination with having conversations with objects from another world?
hmmmm.... #alien #astral plane #fourth dimension #whatever
i have on a krel quickie couture black (whatothercolor) shredded knit mini skirt and one of my favorite aden gavilane skull pieces in the top pix.
middle pix is le lapin armand. his french mommy, karelle levy, gave me custody of armand who i immediately tricked out with a krelwear bracelet and buttons.
bottom pix is me avec a krelwear custom knit hat chatting up a bodacious model in the krelwear studio on lincoln road.
see you on the astral plane
follow me on intstagram, ckparischauss , leave me a comment and i will follow back.
xo chauss
p.s you can get your own krelwear quickie couture made this weekend in the hamptons. if you are gonna be on the the east end of long island this weekend, contact me for details.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

ckparis and elevator paparazzi with barbato boots

basic basics. tropical humidity and heat. but always boots.
not your typical miami chick.
american apparel crop t shirt and krelwear quickie couture black mini avec gianni barbato boots.
see you on the astral plane.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

ckparis and captain america in wynwood

hey all, what's going on? it's cartoon day at je ne sais quoi.
ahhhh, just another day in paradise. get high on life.
make it a FABULOUS day.
see you on the astral plane.
xo ckparis
p.s. follow me on my new instagram, ckparischauss, leave a comment and i will follow you back.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

ckparis and wynwood graffiti

hey all, what's going on?
hanging out in wynwood again.
gotta love all the graffiti art.
i don't really wear bright colors so it is kinda fun to pose with the
graffiti art.
distressed gray t, krelwear knit skirt and isabel marant fringe boots.
make it a FABULOUS day.
follow my new instagram, ckparischauss.
leave a comment on my instagram and i will follow you back.
see you on the astral plane.