No one knows what it means, but it’s provocative…


Soo, what’s with the handcuffs? For some, the handcuff’s in the collection immediately evoke notions of bondage and S&M-esque activity. That is definitely SPICY. Or maybe it elicits memories of an unlucky night in the slammer? (whoops.) Either way, the handcuffs are physical symbols of restraint . We are all held back by obstacles in our lives that can leave us feeling bound by chains; we become physically and mentally immobile. Some obstacles we cannot control, as they are forced upon us by outside factors. The sad, yet simultaneously uplifting fact, is that we are often responsible for fastening our own restraints. It is nothing but our own minds that hold us back–our self imposed fears, insecurities and laziness. We all have the power to set ourselves free. Break the chains and fight for your freedom.


mediumspicy chicken soup

homemade, from scratch, and mediumspiced to perfection. I don’t like recipes and refuse to follow them–even though i know there are quite a few good ones out there. I like to think of cooking as art. I know the flavors I like, and I know what I like paired together. The rest is  a mysterious experiment with an often sumptuous outcome. I can’t give you the recipe for mediumspicy chicken soup, since there isn’t one. But if you feel like making your own, which i highly suggest in these cold winter months, here is the jist:

low sodium chicken or vegetable broth, half a roasted chicken (with skin, mmm), garlic, cilantro, cayenne pepper, sliced JALAPENOS (de-seeded unless you want extra spicy), carrots, potatoes, and lime at the end. Throw in some salt as needed and whatever else suits your pallet. Keep it fresh, use the real deal, straight out the produce aisle ingredients. CrockPot highly recommended.

Taking back the TUTU

From the Ballet barre, to dress up parties with the little gay bro-ski, and now… back to the bar. The Tutu has come full circle and its arrival is not to be missed. I personally welcome her redefined style–her innocence, peeled away by wit and irony one ruffle at a time. The trophy of an art form known for discipline and impeccable movements and structure, will take a run on the wild side. I will not only hold her hand, but I will wear her tightly around my waiste. And whether I am asked to ‘plié’ or pop-a-squat over a grimy dive bar toilet, I will say “thank you” to ballet, for giving me this tutu and these thighs.


This Russian Red and Cream Tutu created by Marika Shishido of Shishido is now an integral part of the Mediumspicy design and production process.

making it mediumspicy circa The Golden Era

NOT spicy

Seventeen Magazine cover 1946






EXTRA spicy

One of my favorite movies of all time. You will love if: you dig impeccable 40’s vintage paraphernelia, crazy bitches, and Maine.

Leave Her to Heaven won the Oscar for Best Cinematography in 1945. Also, Martin Scorsese was quoted saying that this is one of his favorite films of all time and that Gene Tierney is one of the most underrated actresses of the Golden Era. Truth.