Monday, April 26, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
And if there's anything cool, it's rockets and robots. What's better than cool? Cheap cool. You can get House of Mongrel wear for 50% through Thursday at www.zulily.com.
Now your only problem? Picking a color.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
- Storm Thorgerson is - the man behind all the cover art for Pink Floyd - is "like a mustache-less Salvador Dali of the modern design world" (NPR)
- The Future of Fashion (Style.com)
- Mylar balloons. Louis Vuitton. Window Display. ::Squee!:: (Oh Joy!)
- Patterned tea towel “to dry for” (hehe!) (Design*Sponge)
Monday, April 12, 2010
In the intro to the book, Death Cab for Cutie's Nicholas Harmer writes, "I still marvel at his sense of what isn't needed. His work is not overstuffed, crowded or noisy. And I identify with his humble lack of showiness."
Munn's designs are extremely simple, yet brilliant. In design, editing is key. What you choose to omit is as essential an element as what you choose to include.
Update: Grain Edit has a great "ambush" interview they did with Jason Munn several years back. Check it out here. Also, they are preparing an upcoming interview with him on his new book, and they are asking their blog readers for questions! Email them a question by 2pm this Friday, May 7th to be considered - Jason will pick questions to answer from the emails.
Solution: How about an inexpensive, but beautiful, print ? (via Design *Sponge)
Problem: I can’t make my kids eat their vegetables? (Yeah, me neither).
Solution: Try adding some – ok, lots – of color to their plate with this “Rainbow Corn Salad.” Yum!
Problem: I don’t know what to do with all those family recipes collecting dust inside a shoebox and/or How do gussy up my kitchen cabinets.
Solution: Bam! Two for one! (via Dinner. A love Story - check out her recipe for oven fried chicken while you’re there!)
Friday, April 9, 2010
I heavily debated whether to post about this skirt. In general, I'm not a fan of the mini. I have neither the legs, nor the inclination, to show so much skin (see my Shabby Apple post). But it was too gorgeous not to share.
When I talk about fashion as art, this is what I'm talking about people.
But sweatpants at work? No. Or at a cocktail party? Unforgivable. And have you ever seen a garbage bag - yes, a garbage bag - used as a purse on a night out?
You will soon, apparently. A garbage bag made by Louis Vuitton, no less.
The Wall Street Journal just posted an article on the new "low-end" high price fashion that's become trendy. Among the must have items: "upscale" sweatpants made of high-end fabrics like cashmere, meant to be worn with heels. According to a Senior VP in Miami who purchased a few pairs of Alexander Wang sweatpants (price tag: around $110), the heels take it "to a whole new level." Hmm.
The trend just doesn't stop at sweatpants. The new "it" bag from Louis Vuitton this season is the "Raindrop Besace" - essentially a plastic bag attached to a strap. And sold for $1,960.
Read that again.
A plastic garbage bag. For nearly $2,000.
Still, I've always had a bit of a guilt issue when it comes to high-end fashion. As much as I love it, should I really even think about spending hundreds of dollars on a bag or a dress when there are folks lined up at food banks around the country?
At the end of the day, for me, it all comes down to the artistic element. We may "need' that dress as much as we "need" a painting, but arguing that it’s useless or unnecessary is simply saying that art is not important at all. Which is obviously not the case, or the Louvre would not exist.
But there is also the matter of taste, and of responsible art. Marc Jacobs argues that people will buy anything Louis Vuitton makes just as long as it’s exclusive. Well, just because you can take a crap, wrap it in tin foil, put a couple of fishhooks on it and sell it as earrings… doesn’t mean you should.
What do you think? Is this just yet another ridiculous fashion trend in a long line of ridiculous trends (read: hammer pants), or have we as a society stooped to an entirely different level? Is it irresponsible to be “inspired” by the recession and the homeless to put garbage bags and sweats on the runway…only to sell them for thousands of dollars? Have we finally become "Derelicte!"?
Despite having so many colors, he doesn't clash. He "goes" as Stacy London would say. In case you wondering, only the male ducks have this fantastic coloring. My hours of watching Discovery Channel tell me it's probably a tactic they employ to lure in a mate. Dirty birds.
You might wonder why this birdie "makes it work", despite having so many contrasting colors. Let's examine, shall we? It's time for color theory 101!
(Yes, this excites me. Don't judge.)
There are really two types of color palettes going on: analogous and complementary. Analogous color palettes are comprised of colors all in the same "family". So the oranges/yellow/reds that all just seem a few shades apart? That's one analogous palette. The other is the deep blue and purple, and even the pink of birdie's beak.
In addition, those two separate, analogous color palettes - orange/yellows vs purple/blues - are complementary to one another (shame on Tory Burch for suggesting otherwise). Meaning, if you look at a color wheel, those colors would be opposite each other. The visual contrast is pleasing to the eye.
I debated whether or not to include the mini-color theory lesson, or just let you bask in the beauty of the duck, but I couldn't help myself. :)
Thursday, April 8, 2010
"After years of not being able to find stylish dresses that covered enough skin to make you really feel comfortable (without wearing a tank top, cardigan or long slip), owners Emily and CK decided to do something about it. "
Love it, right? As a mom and woman turning (ahem) 30 this year, let me tell you, certain skin should just not be shown any m
As usual, I couldn't pick just one, but their "Tuxedo" dress seemed to have it all: a little black dress that's casual enough for the weekend, cute enough for date night, and chic enough for work. Check out my suggestions for the three different looks below:
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Because really, how could you choose? Target has pages upon pages of chairs, loungers, and setees in fabulous upholstered prints. Get a set in a more muted palette to spice up your dining room table, or use one of their more bold prints (like the cherry Gerber pictured top left) to add a punch of color to a neutral living area. I'm redesigning my house as I write this...
Check them out here!
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
* I love it, boob bow and all (too bad it's vintage)! (via The Coveted)
* Coolest building ever (Design Boom)
* Behind the scenes of the Chanel Fall/Winter 2010 Campaign!! (The Greyest Ghost, via the Coveted).
* Cool post on the pop artist Takashi Murakami (read: the Japanese guy behind those sellout LV bags): Colour Lovers
* Nail polish with mix n' match texture effects!
* The big business of global color cosmetics is supposed to reach $41 BILLION by 2015!
PS: The full report costs $3950. Thank you in advance for sending it my way when you buy it. (PR Web)
* Make your own color palettes online! (Color Scheme Designer)
Clockwise, from top left:
iPod Nano in Yellow
Golden Sunrise, by Jennifer Vranes (shout out to my cousin!)
Bandoline "Girlee" Espadrille @ PiperLime
Mixit Yellow Statement Necklace @ JCPenney
Summer Lemons/Lemonade Glasses @ Crate and Barrel
Yellow Tulips @ the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival (via Seattle.net)
Nine West "Neves" Large Shopper Handbag, (via Macys)
Background: Blossoms White on Yellow Wallpaper (via Decoratetogo)
(Note: Please forgive the rough edges. No access to Photoshop so had to do with Microsoft Publisher).
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Coolest. Table. Ever. Can you imagine brainstorming around this? Oh the possibilities...
My husband would probably build it for me... if I ever let him buy 22, 742 legos.
Besides the eye candy, it features a fantastic interview and spread with Gwen Stefani. The makeup, the hair, the styling... all on point. I highly recommend.
For more style tips from Gwen, you can check out the behind-the-scenes video here.
PS: Before I forget, check out Gwen's deep aubergine nails! It's Lippmann Collection "Dark Side of the Moon".