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2010: Fav Self Twit Pics

By Roni Brunn | December 20, 2010 | From, News

Been reflecting on this year: where I’ve been, what I learned, and the people who made both meaningful.  Clearly, those emo subjects are not that great for this blog.  I’ll recap my fav self twit pics instead.  I’ve been trying for more JPG content on my Twitter stream, and I def have some room for improvement on that goal.  This year saw some emerging premises for self twit pics.  I think the dressing room self twit pic and mirror+flash twit pics show a lot of promise.

One of the first dressing room twit pics, taken at Barneys.  I’m wearing the same dress that’s on the One Spring Away album art.  I hung my classic bag – let’s not bother naming it, that’ll just ruin the moment – onto a strap from an H&M cotton tote.  High x low forever!

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Announcing Thursday Friday

By Roni Brunn | November 29, 2010 | From, News

Big news – today, my friend Olena Sholomytska & I are launching our label Thursday Friday.  The first item from t/f is the Together bag, a basic canvas shopping tote printed with the images of a coveted luxury bag.  On all sides:

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Tel Aviv: Gallery + Old Railway Station

By Roni Brunn | October 29, 2010 | From, News

Met with a friend last night at my hotel around sunset.  It’s all really fun and exciting and surprising.  Turns out the most miserable time in my life were his fav school years etc.

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Playlist From my Rowing Class Last Night

By Roni Brunn | August 10, 2010 | From, News

Took rowing for the first time last night.  Before that, my rowing experience consisted of dating a rowbro.  I was prepared for ab work, but this particular class didn’t really work much of anything besides the areas under the four new blisters I got on my hands.

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Clean but Messy Hair: Chanel vs. From

By Roni Brunn | July 12, 2010 | From, News

The Chanel couture fall 2010 collection is one of my recent favorites.  It’s definitely one of the top couture shows for me of all time/forever, since couture shows tend to be too theatrical for my taste.

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From: Rebranded Concert T-shirts

By Roni Brunn | May 14, 2010 | From, News

Band T-shirts used to be an important part of the concert experience. You’d wear them the next day to school and wouldn’t need to explain why your eyes are too puffy to open.

But I dunno that people wear them now. They seem too obvious, like cupcake tattoos or name dropping obscure bands to intimidate people who don’t read blogs. We wanna wear clothes. We don’t want to look like we’re trying to curate music festivals in our T-shirt shelves.

I mean, everyone’s onto hipsters. The bored attitude, the self-righteousness, the hypocrisy – they’ve all been jokes for so long that even douches are over it. You could well have a Ke$ha fan call you on a Pitchfork rant. It’s beyond undesirable to be mistaken for a hipster or someone who just discovered hipster jokes.

Concert Ts still get bought, I think. Maybe people buy them if they wanna support independent music, since nobody pays for CDs anymore. That’s fair but doesn’t mean the shirts get worn.

Here are some concert T-shirts that might say what I just wrote. They’re made from existing concert Ts, so we’ve got a limited edition, re-use, waste rescue, found art series. They’re not a blatant statement about music/your taste in music. They’re from concerts you might not have been to. They’re from bands you might like/dislike. They’re one of a kind/mass manufactured. They’re meant to be worn/stored. They support/rape the arts.

Regardless, they’re From’s first shirts, and they look good.

See more at the shop.

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“One Spring Away” on How I Met Your Mother

By Roni Brunn | May 11, 2010 | From, News

Last night, two From songs were featured on How I Met Your Mother.  YAY!!!

“Tell Me Why” was in the first bar scene, and “One Spring Away” was at a flashback fantasy scene showing what the previous tenant at Ted and Marshall’s apartment was like.  It’s so cute.  Even though I’m kind of biased, I have to say that the song is a super good match for the scene.

A less excited person might feel a bit overshadowed by the Ratatat video ft that bird – mine has a bird too!  (You have to watch the clip to get this tenuous reference).  But it’s all good.

Get “One Spring Away” on iTunes or Amazon

Get “Tell Me Why” on iTunes or Amazon

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From: Zionism 90210 on Walla!

By Roni Brunn | April 20, 2010 | From, News

The Israeli online portal Walla! just ran a story on me for its Project Birthright series about bringing back Israeli minds.  You can read it in Hebrew here or in Google-translated English here.  Better yet, read the Google-translated English and compare to my translation:

She’s a relative of S.Y. Agnon, grew up in Israel till age 10, and loves Israeli culture. So why does the musician Roni Brunn actually live in Beverly Hills? Because it’s necessary to have someone to protect us in the U.S.

"It's hard to shift to a different scale once you're used to living in a big American city." Roni Brunn

Brunn continues in his legacy, but in English. S.Y. Agnon, the great uncle of Brunn, with Nelly Sachs at the Nobel prize ceremony.

One of the songs of Roni Brunn, lead singer of the band From, is called “American Girl.”  Indeed, Brunn is nowadays American by any measure and a resident of Beverly Hills.  But as would suit someone who grew up in Israel till age 10 and who boasts a familial tie to S.Y. Agnon, her great uncle, Brunn declares that she’s very attached to Israeli culture and doesn’t forget to express gratitude to the country that granted her, as she says, an amazing childhood.

Maybe also as a result of this childhood, Brunn is graced with a supremely creative mind. Primarily, she’s the founder and singer of the indie band From, whose two songs will soon be featured on the season finale of “How I Met Your Mother.”  She’s now working on a new EP with the band.  Apart from that, on her resume are an economics degree from Harvard, a handbag line that was featured in Vogue magazine, the development of websites fom Ringo Starr and Justin Timberlake, and many more creative activities.

So, unsurprisingly, Brunn doesn’t see herself leaving her many endeavors in the city of angels, even though she’d definitely be glad to visit her birthplace.  “When my parents decided to move to the U.S., I was devastated, but it’s hard to shift to a different scale once you’re used to living in a big American city,” she says to Walla! Culture.  “Besides, with all due respect to Twitter, you can’t compare indie musicians’ chances at exposure when they live in Israel to the opportunities they might have in the US.  Plus it’s very hard for me to deal with the sun and humidity in Israel, and there isn’t enough parking.”

"I get lots of chances to refute ridiculous assumptions about Israel." Roni Brunn with the band From

Why go back to Israel when you can stay in the US and build him a website. Justin Timberlake

But even if you don’t see Brunn in the next Birthright Israel, she definitely sees herself as a representative of the country.  “To some extent, it’s good that Israeli natives like me live abroad, so that there’s someone to refute the ridiculous assumptions about the country, and I get to do a lot of that,” she recounts.  When she spent time in Stockholm, her national identity played a role in her daily life, and she found herself dealing with more than a bit of hostility from those around her.  It didn’t stop her from reading books in Hebrew while riding the subways.

Besides reading Hebrew literature, Brunn also follows the Israeli indie music scene: “I was proud that Israel sent the more bands to SXSW this year than the UK and Sweden.”

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At the Academy Awards Main Event Red Carpet Lounge

By Roni Brunn | March 5, 2010 | From, News

Yesterday I went to the Debbie Durkin’s Eco-Oscars at the Main Event Red Carpet Lounge, an Oscars gifting tradition.  It was a fun, surreal afternoon.  The event had more of a green/philanthropic angle than the pure promotional consumerist gifting suites we read about in gossip mags, not that it lacked cupcakes or bedazzled Ed Hardy-esque clothes.  I’ll hopefully have better images soon – I’m not trying to be incognito, I swear.

I was photographed for a book whose proceeds will benefit Red Cross efforts in Haiti.  Photographer Scott Nathan shot some celebrities in attendance, and we (omg, what?) also wrote messages for the book.  I was proud to participate but was not prepared with anything that meaningful to write.  I did, however, have orange lipstick on, which is at least as inspiring as a written expression of hope.

Here I am getting touched up by a stylist from Juan Florentino:

Lights, gray seamless, action:

I learned about the P.S. I Love You Foundation, which organizes educational outreach programs for at-risk kids.  Looks like a really great organization that makes it easy to get involved.  They work with schools, sure, but they also put on pizza & ice cream socials and surf lessons at the beach.

The company that makes soap for Fresh presented its private label soaps, under the La Belle Vie brand.  They’re made in France and smell amazing:

They’re also a lot cheaper than Fresh.  I still love Fresh, though, no use talking me out of that habit, at least till I find out who makes their brown sugar scrubs.

Pure Heat brought its hair styling tools made from 50% recycled materials.  That line seems great for white people with hair that just needs drying, the hair that responds well to Kiehl’s grooming creme and tips you see in fashion magazines.  My Mediterranean hair demands full force, full heat pro blow drying that only the Elchim 2001 can deliver.  I’m excited to try their brushes, though; I was told they can hold up to my blow dryer without melting.

On the way out, I was asked to pose with a car.  I hope the pics ended up tasteful.  The car was pretty big.  I was standing by the tire, not the hood, so I think it’s all right.  I don’t know that it’s appropriate to do product shots for objects I am/am not endorsing.  One might be better than the other, not sure which.  I was not promoting the car but was okay with the event the car company supported.  Should probably draw this line ‘with a bolder stroke’ or else I risk diluting my JPGs’ resonance.

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My Doppelgänger is on The Sartorialist

By Roni Brunn | March 2, 2010 | From, News

A friend of mine sent me the link to this Sartorialist post featuring my doppelgänger.  It even had me confused; I have a very similar jacket, and I recently ran around the Upper East Side.  Thing is, I don’t wear jeans tucked in boots, and I don’t have tough-chic buckled boots.

It’s about time I see some evidence of lookalikes roaming around, because one in 10 people I meet claims to know someone who “looks exactly” like me, and she “sounds like you, too.”  That sentiment was really hard to take when I was growing up since I’ve considered myself very opinionated and specific – how can anyone duplicate that?  And what for?  But I’ve come to realize that I’m also a thin, pale blond, and we do all look alike.

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