Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Looking For June - Gary Higgins

"I just do what I want to do" - Kate Moss

From time to time, I enjoy watching this video of a rare interview with Kate Moss. It paints Moss as a person instead a face, despite her best efforts to avoid the spotlight. Someone who can be insecure, humorous, and matter-of-factly about things. And it sounds like the fashion world hasn't always been kind to her either, for all of us daydreamers that think life would be a little easier if we were 5'8 and waif-ish. This interview reminds me why I liked her so much in the first place. Because in conclusion everyone should just do what makes themselves happiest. Easier said that done. But I truly do think Kate Moss does exactly that.

Lord Kill The Pain - Red House Painters

As some point, within a weak moment, I made a promise to myself that come this winter, I would be a girl who wears eh . . . (sneer of the lip and long exaggerated sigh) . . . comfortable shoes. Don't get me wrong, I'm comfortable in all my shoes. They're fabulous and I feel wonderful in them and as soon as I get to my place of work, I take those suckers off and cram my feet under my desk out of sight. So really I'm fine. But being that work has been slow and infrequent I think I'll be doing some couch surfing this winter.

But let's not get carried away. That doesn't mean I won't be whispering sweet nothings of shoe wonders to you, my friends. These Lanvin platform cut out wedges are pretty majestic, eh?

From: Barneys

Monday, September 26, 2011

Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire - Joni Mithcell

When I think winter, all I can think is "cold". "Depressing" and "grey" also comes to mind. But sometimes when I see knits like this from Pringle of Scotland, I occasionally think "Maybe it won't be so bad this year." It always is, but I haven't given up on the power of positive thought.

(From: The Outnet)

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Circles - Soul Coughing

Artist Sookyung Bae creates these incredible pictures by repeatedly taking photographs of significant members of his personal life. His work forces me to think about my own every day actions. How much do I stand and how much do I sit? When I stand, I tend to bend one knee and lean in to whoever I am speaking to. I really love any artwork of repetition. It seems so simple, but yet it never is.

Source: Brass and Butter
Photos: Richard Heller Gallery

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Turquoise - Rubies

One of the little joys of living with two professional photographers is that the learning curve is fast and furious. Two months in, I have managed to pick up a few new photo editing skills and assist on one excellent shoot. Kristen and Greg are getting married in two weeks. Not only are Kristen and Greg super down-to-earth but they're also tons of boisterous fun. By the time we got to the end of shoot, we were all taking pictures and jumping around.

Photos by Flutter Photo.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Cannons - Little Scream

As I was debating whether or not refer back to Levi's as my default denim of choice, I came across this stunningly beautiful ad, which reminds us why we are free and why we should never take it for granted. Sometimes I feel indifferent about ads because their sole existence is to sell you a product. (If we want to get all Media Criticism, Communication 320 about it, I'll tell you that product consumption is the sole purpose of television . . . but that's for another blog). However you cannot deny when something moves you in a way which stays with you, for days.

I've been contemplating these Levi's for a few days now. I think they've finally won my hard earned cash.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Hands In The Sky - Here We Go Magic

If you've hung around here long enough you may already know how much I love the work of Yoshimoto Nara. While there is a void of information about Nara on the internet, I still collect his books, postcards and whatever else I can get my hands on. These illustrations of the little girl floating in a dreamlike state have always been among my favorites and suddenly, I see them with new clarity.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Comptine D'un Autre Été: L'après Midi - Yann Tiersen

Were you looking for a reason to feel inadequate this week? I can provide. You don't own a kickass apartment in Paris.
There. Better now?
I googled Tom to see what he had been up to lately. I knew he was in Paris but I didn't know it was like this. My fondest memories of my ex roommate include him biking up to me in London Fields with one hand on his BMX handlebar, the other holding a can of lager and calling "woot woot," from the distance. I also enjoyed that time when he chased away a potential suitor by telling them stories of my drunken awesomeness on summer vacation. And don't get me started on summer vacation. He and his siblings are very dear to me.

"i bet they're assholes."

I laughed aloud when I came across this comment thread which proved that I wasn't the only one who was jealous. I know random stranger, I know. I too would be most inclined to have this be my first thought. It only feels right. But I regret to inform you that Tom is one of the most kindest, funniest and creative people I've ever met.

No, it isn't fair.

(Photos from: The New York Times)

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Call - Michael Naura

I called my family home today to get the name of a product I was looking for from my sister. After two rings, I was connected with two pleasant phone voices.

"Hello", answered sweet lithe of my mother.
"Hello", was the polite but business like voice of my sister.
"Ahhh, just the person I was looking to speak with," I answered relieved.


"Hello? Anybody?"
I smiled, shook my head and hit redial.

(Photo: Etsy)

Hagrids Dream - Julius Affleck

Selling like hotcakes, so fast we'll never see them, go these gorgeous dresses from Zero + Maria Cornejo. Season after season her aesthetics capture my fancy. Once upon a time I was strolling down the streets of Manhattan when I paused in front of a store window, mouth agape, mesmerized. I had no idea until later what boutique I had stopped at. I must have looked like a child with my nose in the window because my date at the time said jokingly, "anything you want, baby . . . anything at all". He had no idea . . .

(Photos: Net-A-Porter)

Friday, September 16, 2011

Oh, La Brea - Man Man

Tis the season to be scarfy, fa la la la la la la la la.
Lem Lem makes my favorite scarves and a couple of years ago, I stocked up when they went on sale online at J Crew. Every season I look forward to layering and putting thought into how I do things. And then the cold arrives and suddenly it's "oh eff it, just put it on". I'm going to try and do better this fall. I have all the components to dress well, I'm just a lazy shit when it comes down to it.

(Photos from: Because I'm Addicted and Modern Hepburn)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Suite III Overture - Janelle Monáe

I must say I'm a tad bit disappointed that Tibi decided to only make this shoe up to a size 40. It is pretty perfect, in my humble opinion. Let's start with the fact that it's a mary jane, the most perfect shoe. The sleek black leather looks supple and classy and the bow adds the perfect little touch of Janelle Monáe, who always looks like a million bucks. Why no love for the big footed girl, Tibi?

Yayo - Lana Del Rey

I am so pleased to see that J. Crew is keeping strong for S/S 12, with this summer's nice brights (especially in the case of the trousers). I missed out on their orange Maddie trouser earlier this summer and man was I annoyed about it. The spoiled brat in me, hates when I can't get what I want in regard to material items . . . love and life is a whole 'nother cup of tea and I have fully accepted that I may never get what I want there. Ha.

How beautiful is that mint top and pink dress? Spring collections always give you something to look forward to through the long winter.

(Photos: Style, of course)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Cannons - Little Scream

2011/08 Anna Rascouët-Paz | Gathering the Dots from San Francisco Creative Mornings on Vimeo.

I have been feeling completely uninspired lately. A bit like I was failing at life. Obviously I am not only one feeling this way. I watched my roommate's dog bark aimlessly out the window at any living thing which passed our house yesterday afternoon. It felt a bit like a metaphor for my life. Barking at no one in particular and afraid to let myself out.

This video lecture given by Anna Rascouët-Paz about curiousity had a lot of great points. No, I'm not curious enough. (Though I did know why there is upset in Chile). I tend to hold my own opinion with much higher regard than I probably should. And I don't argue with people because often I end up annoyed or upset. It leads me to conclude that I need to refocus and change my way of thinking. And only I have the power to change those things. Because as the annoying quote goes "today is the first day of the rest of your life".

Friday, September 9, 2011

Like Up - Slowdive

Holy mother of color Yigal Azrouël! Every season there's a show which I think demonstrates the best use of bold color. We might have a winner early on, folks.

(Photos: . . . you know it)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fantasia Upon A Ground For Three Violins - Henry Purcell

As I'm currently reading a lot of historical non fiction, I came across this wonderful photo project of the DC area then . . . and now. It's really interesting how much people influence the historical reference. Buildings are great. But without the humans, these photos might not have quite the same effect. Either way, I thought I'd share.

(Photos: from here)

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Video Dept. - The Radio Dept.

Tomorrow Luvies, I have work again through the weekend.
(Cue the cassette of "Hallelujah, Hallelujah").
How do you prepare for a busy day? The older I get, the more I believe in prepping the night before. Mostly because I'm fairly mentally incapable in the morning:

1. Lay out your clothes (even the undergarments). Come up with a few different options for the rest of the week in case you are prone to indecisiveness in the morning, like I am.

2. Prepare your breakfast options. If you're anything like me, you need to eat to start your day. I just pulled a casserole dish of rosemary potatoes out of the oven. They're easy to make and hit the spot when you need something hot. I also put my yoghurt at the front of the fridge and fill the kettle. Coffee gets taken out of the cupboard and placed on the counter.

3. Pack your bag. This sounds like a no brainer, but you would not believe how many hours I've wasted dashing around looking for my car keys, ipod, etc. Plus, I always have little extras (ballet clothes, a notebook, etc.)

These little hints help me get out the door without looking like a hot mess and chop 15+ minutes off my morning. Think about all the stupid shit you could do with that extra 15 minutes! Exactly.

(Photo above from: Wit + Delight)

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Scorn Nothing - HIM

As expected I am completely run down from this busy week. Last night I camped out on the sofa with my roommates and felt sickness setting in while we watched the film Cracks. I'm disappointed in the netflix community. Three point five stars? Really? Why not just four? If only for the brilliant costume design (though I'm not knocking the plot and cinematography). Eva Green gave a great performance as well. She played magical, creepy and crazy to a t.

(Photos: from Glamour Magazine UK)

All My Friends - LCD Soundsytem

To anyone who has ever read this blog, felt the urge to comment, became my friend through it, sent well wishes on the birth of my niece, made me smile on a regular basis . . . thank you. You have no idea, how much you all means to me.