Monthly Archives: April 2010

Imaginary photoshoot


My brain feels kind of mushy at the moment, allergies and tiredness from wandering around and whatnot. But, I did spot some fun and lovely little things yesterday as I wandered and I couldn’t help but imagine them all together in some fun little photoshoot.

I saw this super rad couch first. It’s such a fabulous color! It would immediately bring heaps of character to any room.

Then I saw this fabulous little show-girl-esque ditty over at Patricia Field where I was hunting (to no avail) for some darling little hair snoods for my growing ‘do. This piece is hilariously wonderful, and I immediately thought of  the burlesque scenes from Gypsy.

We did the play when I was in high school, and though I eagerly did the costumes, I secretly longed to play Louise (aka Gypsy)((unfortunately, I couldn’t even think about auditioning as I was committed to a different sort of performance art and show dates conflicted… so instead, I went to war battling over costumes with some kids who didn’t know 1920’s from the 1950’s. Oy)).

I imagined lounging on the previous couch in this dress like a retro glamazon. What fun!

Then I stumbled past this door. Which is awesome. Posing in front of this in a heavily beading vintage showgirl dress. Curtains up!

Then! I could perch on top of this swoon-worthy Moroccan-y whatever-it-is (that I’d kill to have in my apartment along with that couch, ahem) and sing sing sing. Maybe.

And then. Then! Here. Because I’m really pale. And I’m in a old school burlesque get-up. Maybe I’m just a ghost….. wooooo. Are you scared? I’ll sneak into some room and be a shimmy-ing, bead jangling ghost. You’re shaking in your boots, I know.

(bah. No one who has the video will allow it to be embedded. Apologies. It’s adorable, I recommend watching it anyway.)

What a fun little trip, ey? Mutimedia posts are a grand old time! And if not. Well, blame it on the mushy-head, because allergies suck.

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Spring in your step


Oh springtime. That time we all yearn for, but when it comes to those first few days of warmth you find yourself struggling with what on earth to wear. What do you mean I don’t need twenty layers? My boots are too hot? Oh. Well then.

What DO I wear on my feet?

Spotted these handmade guillerminas from Le pied léger the other day, and think they’d be perfect for spring and summertime adventures. The super exciting thing about them is that they’re entirely custom made to your feet, and you can even request your own color combinations – and how is that not thrilling(!). I’m sort of partial to the ones that you can wrap around your ankles. Could be cute in a ballet-y pinky, peach for a quirky bohemian twist on ballet shoes. My little twinkle-toes fancy is tickled at the thought.

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Rock that rainy day: Pare*Umbrellas


Spring has arrived, sunshine, rain showers, and… allergies. Oh, heavens, how the allergies are killing me. I’m usually not a huge fan of rainy days (save for yesterday ((and from the looks of it a little later on today, too)) when the rain put a damper on the pollen-fest that’s been rampant) what with all of the walking I do here in the city, what with all of the people crammed into small spaces, and well… I can go on and on. The problem with spring and the coming summer is, of course, the blaring sun which I commented on last year while I pondered the possible joys of carrying around a lady-like parasol. Some of the examples even happened to be umbrellas! Double duty! Yeah! And it’s true that a pretty umbrella adds a little bit of pep to a gray day. And just today I spotted pare*umbrella‘s awesomely lovely umbrellas meant to protect you from gray, wet days as well as super sunshine-y ones.

The Seattle based company was inspired by the fashionable nature of umbrellas in Japan, which happens to be where the artist I’m featuring along-side the umbrellas is from. Jun lives in Tokyo and I’ve admired her work for some time. When I saw the pare*umbrellas, I remembered seeing a lot of umbrellas in Jun’s work, and then was doubly delighted once I read pare’s background info and learned they were inspired by Japan’s fashionable rain gear.

Lovely, aren’t they (both the umbrellas and the art)? If you happen to want to get your hands on one of the pare*umbrellas, hurry on over to their site: the umbrellas being sold only between April 15th – May 18th! (also, I didn’t feature them all, and a few come in different colorways, so check them out).

(Throw on a pretty fluffy skirt, pull on a pair of rain boots, grab your nice big umbrella and dance in the rain!)

And if you want to see more of Jun’s work click right here. (heads up, the site is all in Japanese).

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Daily Pixels


Stumbled upon Jacob Zanella‘s project My Daily Color Palette the other day and just had to share because it’s such a lovely concept. It’s like a personal Kris’s Color-Stripes & Wear Palettes with a touch of science and pixel-ly goodness tossed in. It certainly makes for an interesting presentation! Jacob describes his method as:

I’m divided into 100 parts (100 little squares), each representing a color I’m wearing (skin included). So it goes from bottom to top (bottom being shoes and top being hair, hat, etc). If you see a large block of one color (which is common because my clothes are mainly one color only) it means I was wearing a solid-color sweater or a solid-color jacket, for instance…[I] reproduce that observation digitally, through RGB combinations. No software or programming is involved in the making of the graphs.

Lovely, no? Makes me wonder what my daily color palettes would look like, since I’m so often super colorful. Hmm.

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The Grey Area


This portion of The Grey Area choreographed by David Dawson captured my attention a good few years ago and mesmerized me completely. I’d saved it as a favorite, but at some point in time it mysteriously disappeared and I’ve hunted for it here and there ever since. So I was relieved to have finally found it again, so that I could watch it and become drawn into the dancers incredibly fluid and organic movements once more. And it was just as enchanting as I remembered, this dialogue between two people who just happen to be classically trained ballet dancers. What I love about this piece is the way that it sort of strips away the hardcore, fine-tuned, precise sort of technique of classical ballet and turns it into a modern, incredibly organic, and emotive sort of piece. It’s almost as if a relationship was taken and it’s conversations were stripped of words so that there was only the movement to express yourself. As though you are watching a conversation/interaction between lovers.. the agreements, the arguments, the familiarity, the making up, the indecision, the soft words with the mute button on. And I love how they keep dancing as the curtains slowly descend, reminding that though we’re usually given an “end” to a story, it still goes on (somewhere).

If you enjoyed this, and even if you just enjoy ballet/dance and/or are curious about it and the process behind the creation of a dance, I would highly recommend the video on the making of the 3 part ballet. I watched all three portions (each 10 minutes) of the documentary and enjoyed it immensely. It’s very well done. Portions one, two, and three. Go!

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I’d get a giggle


If my coffee shop handed me my coffee and muffin in this. Seriously. adorable.

Or any of the other colors:

Yesiree, being served in any of these cups from Psycho Studio would be most charming and I’d pretty likely become an immediate frequent customer. They’re such a nice, amusing, slightly more grown up and/or less retro incarnation of the smiley face mug of my pre-adolescence when I went through a major, major 70’s style smiley face phase. You can get the yellow or blue version here.

Okay, these are pretty cute, too:

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Searching for a pea in a clothes-stack


Jarod Charzewski:

I came across Jarod Charzewski and Derick Melander‘s work recently, and was at first stuck by the array of colors and textures produced from all of the layers and layers of second hand clothing compiled into art. Both artist’s work intends to call to mind how clothes are a part of our life stories, a part of our personal landscape; and also how much waste we produce. These are all second hand and donated clothes, and it’s very easy to see just by walking into any thrift store just much unwanted and unused clothing there is out there. You can see it just by looking into your own closet. I know I personally have a ton of clothes I no longer wear for a number of reasons.

They start to create mountains in my own room, start to creep into corners and crevices. I don’t know what to do with them all sometimes. Yet, I know I still wouldn’t hate new things (or new to me). These clothes I don’t wear, some are just not “me” anymore. Wearing them feels like masquerading as a past version of myself. At the same time I’m wary both of buying more, and of my role as a designer, when I think about all those clothes that go unsold and end up in the trash. We’re consumers, but so much is often produced by the glut of clothing manufacturers that there are no homes for them all. No real use (unless, maybe, more people ship them to countries where people don’t have enough – which already happens to an extent). They take over. They take up space. Clothes are a part of our personal history, but they also create waste. They become a part of a physical landscape.

Derick Melander:

They also, more whimsically, remind me a bit of the fairy-tale of The Princess and the Pea, where a young woman arrives on a prince’s doorstep soaked from a storm and claims to be princess (with no on-hand proof) seeking a place to stay for the night is put to a test (unbeknownst to her) by being required to sleep atop 20 mattresses under which a single pea rests. The idea being that only a princess would be sensitive enough to feel a tiny little pea from underneath so many layers and therefore experience a terrible night’s sleep.

Perhaps someone should create a new fairy-tale of sorts… a kind of merging and melding of The Princess and the Pea and the early 90’s quest to save a rain forest fairy tale (with literal fairies) Fern Gully. Maybe it would be about something like a world after we’ve become so overcome with trash…but in this world the trash and excess has been merged artfully “beautifully” into the landscape… eventually overtaking it. Clothes mountains….newspaper buildings, etc. They’ve replaced the real thing, and it’s interesting to look at, and people forget the real trees and nature and so on and just accept this pseudo man-made nature. But maybe there’s a girl so sensitive she can feel a lone (some kind of) plant seed buried beneath…maybe she digs it up and has no idea what it is… and goes on some sort of quest to find out. But the world has covered our past of natural trees and mountains and etc up. So it’s quite a task. Quite a task indeed.

I shall have to think more about this possible story. Hmm.

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