Thursday, December 25, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
australia's youth group, "forever young" is a cover of, alphaville. i have preferred the version that 'youth group' has to offer ever since hearing it on an episode of, the oc. and now, i love it even more after discovering the "music video" which is really just footage from a 1975 skateboarding championship. i'm not sure what my fascination is with home movies and excellent music playing in the background, such as the last "song of the week" post. i just find it all so nostalgic, although none of the "home movies" pertain to me. the footage from the skateboarding championship is very, lords of dogtown...and that is just incredible.
Friday, December 12, 2008
anne-marie van dijk, photography by: kayt jones
Friday, December 5, 2008
stella mccartney and ed ruscha photo via: sundance channel.
"iconoclasts" is a genius original series that features creative innovators who meet and discuss their passions and love for the career in which they acquire. i'd always wanted to experience the series for myself, since i have heard great reviews, but it just seemed to slip my mind everytime a new pair of iconoclasts were featured. i was surprised and glad to hear that robert redford is an executive producer. recently, stella mccartney and ed ruscha were featured in the riveting show.
fashion designer, stella mccartney and artist, ed ruscha exchanged ideas of fashion and art and how the two meet at a certain point. many know stella mccartney as a visionary of fine clothing, while maintaining an organic and fur-free fashion line. not to mention that she's the off-spring of a famous beatle. although, i hadn't a clue of who ed ruscha was before watching iconoclasts, i was able to appreciate him as the creative pop artist he is. ruscha was apart of the pop art movement in the 1960's alongside andy warhol. ruscha's sarcastic sense of humor shows through most of his pieces.
throughout the hour-long episode i was most inspired by the possible collaboration both mccartney and ruscha had discussed. stella mccartney pitched an idea to ed ruscha for clothing she would designed that featured his own art. to see each in their own environment and explaining their own line of work is just as incredible as seeing them outside of their elements, learning the creative process of the other. after seeing the ideas and color keys that both mccartney and ruscha had in mind, there is no doubt that they could make a beautiful collaboration.
Monday, November 17, 2008
"beirut" may possibly be one of the last great talents of the past decade, in my opinion..of course. 'postcards from italy' is a truly exceptional song off of the album, gulag orkestar. the plucking of the ukelele and the voice of, beirut's 'zack condon' is absolute perfection. the feeling that director, 'almaharel' has raided a few different families of their home videos is the perfect balance of private, intimate moments. i can rave about this song until the sun rises and sets again, but just listening to the first thirty seconds anyone can realize just how i fell in love with this song.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Monday, November 10, 2008
i first witnessed 'anathallo' when they opened for 'the format' in early 2006. never had i heard them before, but i was in complete awe during their entire set. their sound is enchanting and enthralling. i was most impressed by the arrangement of various instruments, almost if that alone was art on display. their stage presence will put any person into a trance, yet will allow them to interact as well. hanasakajiijii four(a great wind, more ash) is based on a japanese fairytale from their debut album, "floating world." and this month of this year seem to be an exciting time for anathallo as they have released their sophomore album, "canopy glow." also, on the 12th of this month, they will embark on their european/parts of asia tour.
and just a side note: former lead vocals, nate ruess of 'the format' and andrew dost formerly with anathallo have formed their own project, "fun." 'fun' will tour north america with jack's mannequin starting this month.
Monday, November 3, 2008
i would probably list, the format as one of my favorite musicians. their music video, 'she doesn't get it' seems innocent because of the replacement of adults with children. it does seem to mask the actuality of the song about an "almost one-night stand" according to the format's lead singer, nate. i'm still crossing my fingers for the reunion of the format after their decision to take different paths. although nate has started his new project "fun," i will never forget both of the experiences i had when i saw 'the format,' live.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
i've been a bit under the weather for the past two days. usually i would dismiss the thought of being ill, but i've needed this time to relax. i tend to run myself down, so this has been somewhat of a vacation. a vacation before my upcoming weekend getaway. so while on this little hiatus, i've been indulging in sarabeth's spreadable fruit. it's more delicious than any other jam or jelly that i've tasted. it's been the topping on english muffins and buttermilk biscuits; while i sip tea with a spoonful of honey. i first sampled the spreadable fruit when a family friend brought a case of different mixtures back from a trip to new york. it must be understood that it is ten dollars a jar, but it is quite decadent. i've had: mixed berry, blueberry cherry, and orange apricot. there are 14 different varieties, and i'm determined to try every single spreadable fruit that ms. sarabeth has concocted.
before the month's end, i decided it would be the perfect time to show the editorial of kate moss in this month's vogue uk. not only is this an exquisite shoot because of the lovely ms. moss, but also because of the photos alone. the clouded blue and green wall is the first object to take stage followed by the beautiful clothing. there is a perfect balance of fur, hardware, and delicate pieces. kate moss' effortless beauty pulls it altogether like a beautiful bow atop the most precious gift.
kate moss, photography: mario testino
Monday, October 27, 2008
the infadels 'free things for poor people' video has a definite "o, brother where art thou" vibe to it (minus george clooney and that ridiculous accent of his). the song itself may be repetitive, but there is no doubt that it is catchy..in a calming sort of way.
i love the hint of sunlight in each shot. the last few seconds gives a blow to reality; the entire video features beautiful landscapes, but the mirage is interrupted by a smog infested city. it's very unexpected.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
photos via: elle.com
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
mystery jet's, 'two doors down' is the epitome of an 80's style music video. everything from the clothing to the dance moves. just listening to their music anyone could imagine their songs topping the U.K charts in the mid-eighties. not to mention 'two doors down' as the ultimate childhood sweetheart song.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
while perusing through venice's san marco plaza i came across the most charming cafe. caffe florian is known as venice's first cafe and has been around since 1720. just walking by the open doors one can imagine all of the talent that has graced the infamous place. anna sui has even named this luxurious spot as her "favorite place to have a drink." although i was not able to experience the tasteful decor this past summer, i plan on dropping in when i do visit venice once again. before then, i do plan on watching 'the talented mr. ripley' for caffe florian makes a cameo.
caffe florian photo credit:thebostonfoodie.blogspot.com
the one secret i did learn during my three week stay in italy, is that of coffee sans milk after breakfast hours. when first hearing this, i thought it was some type of tourist myth, but i quickly discovered it to be true. while dining out one night, i decided to have a, caffe latte (coffee with milk) with my dessert. as i ordered this i was shocked at the disgust of the waiter, although he did serve the caffe latte with a smile. for some reason, any coffee beverage with milk after 10 am is looked down upon in italian society. this must be the reason i have learned to drink coffee a la espresso, or just plain black.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
francis ford coppola, sofia coppola photography: annie leibovitz
it is no surprise that filmmaker sophia coppola is a muse for marc jacobs. as the creative director of louis vuitton, marc and sophia are set to collaborate on a collection of shoes and handbags. the collection will be launched in japan and will also be available worldwide. the launch of the collection is not yet known, but it is something that we'll all be awaiting for in anticipation.
Monday, October 13, 2008
sigur ros', "gobbledigook" can be described as light and carefree. even if you can't understand the hopelandish language that sigur ros' lead singer, jon thor birgisson sings; you can most likely appreciate the beautiful sound of their tunes.
nudity may be something that is shunned upon in our society, and i myself am not looking to join a nudist colony anytime soon, but the way it is portrayed in "gobbledigook" is innocent and carefree. this is a video that shows beautiful, open souls enjoying all that nature has to offer.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
for as long as i can remember i have wanted to own a fragrance from the oh-so-elegant, tocca. i have never actually seen a bottle in person, nor have i had the chance to try it out, but i have this feeling that it will be love at first sight..whenever that may be. tocca has been receiving some great press for their new "brigitte" fragrance; inspired by brigitte bardot, herself. but, as i scan tocca's website; "florence" seems to be the eau de parfum for me. it has a combination of italian bergamot and crushed violet petals. blue iris and notes of blondewood complete this "sophisticated and feminine" scent. the charming little bottle just gives the right touch to old world charm.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
sofia coppola, photographed by: juergen teller
(marc jacobs fragance ad, circa 2002)
"she is young and sweet and beautiful." marc jacobs has said. "the epitome of this girl i fantasize of."
Monday, October 6, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
these heels from chanel's '09 cruise collection must be inspired by anyone who has ever used the exaggerated "i would kill for those shoes" phrase.
this bright idea of a shoe comes from the '08 pre-fall collection. the sequined goat skin sandal has a lightbulb in the heel that can actually give off light. i much rather prefer the black and gold version. the lightbulb set in the gold heel is just beautiful. unfortunately, i could not find this version.
Neither of these pair of heels are practical, but they sure are fascinating to gaze at. They would make for wonderful displays. they could be a smart investment.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
just like the collaboration with robert lee morris for jewelry; mary-kate and ashley's 'elizabeth and james' are collaborating with steve madden for what else; shoes of course. the line is expected to debut at high end global retails mid-2009. mka seem to be hitting all the right targets when it comes to expanding their "more affordable" line.
"we are excited to partner with steve madden to create the new elizabeth and james footwear line. with their proven experience in all aspects of design, production and distribution, we intend to take the contemporary shoe market to a new level," mary-kate stated.
and a new level you will take it, ms. olsen.
alexa chung, british television presenter
"i don't set out to be particularly rude, i'm just not very good at being subtle. do i patronize certain bands? it's possible, yes, and i'm sure they don't always deserve it, the poor souls."
and this is just another example of alexa chung's raw, get-to-the-real-point attitude.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
cold war kids (as well as kings of leon, only by the night) had their new cd released yesterday. and of course, i had to purchase both cd's. i was merely impressed with both musical talents. their sounds may be different, but are impeccable. the video below is of the cold war kids single, "something is not right with me" from their sophomore album, loyalty to loyalty.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
charlotte ronson is teaming up with uber chic travel god's, globe-trotter. together, they have designed a limited-edition suitcase for the fall. while globe-trotter will be sticking to their signature style; ronson will add a few stickers to the statement piece. the suitcase will have a i've-traveled-around-the-globe-and-back feel to it.
Monday, September 15, 2008
I just watched, "the darjeeling limited." I am aware that the film has been out for over a year now, but i never got around to actually renting it let alone seeing it in theatres. i'm incredibly glad that i was finally able to free myself so i could enjoy it. the wes anderson film did not dissappoint. in fact, it kept me on the edge of my seat, contrary to what others might think.
the leads in the film are: adrien brody, jason schwartzman, and owen wilson whom all play brothers who are on a spiritual quest to reconnect after not speaking to one another after a year. This is all done while traveling through india. what may surprise people is the "first part" to the darjeeling limited. 'hotel chevalier' serves as a 13 minute prologue to the film featuring a love story between jason schwartzman and natalie portman. although natalie portman does not reappear in the "second part" of the film, she does make a lovely impact. I was completely enamored by the 'first part' of the film as i saw it as a charmingly, seductive piece. The 'second part' of the film does give a few laughs and surprises. it's definitely worth seeing.
directed by:sofia coppola
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
for the past two days i have been craving cupcakes, but not just any cupcakes. sprinkles cupcakes has to be the most decadent of them all. oh, what i would do for the red velvet version, or lemon, or chocolate...or any other flavor for that matter (except coconut). although, i would prefer to have my glass filled with soy milk or ice cold water.
just minutes ago i pre ordered mary-kate and ashley olsen's coffee table book, influence. i have been beyond words of excitement for the release of this book since it was introduced to the public at the beginning of the year. this book includes interviews of people that inspired mk and ash to break into the fashion industry. there are also exclusive interviews and never-before-seen photographs of the mogul twins. because my obsession with the olsen twins (mainly mary-kate) is profound i am likely to wait by my front door for the next month or so to await whatever shipping service that delivers the special package.
Monday, September 8, 2008
bats for lashes is signed with parlophone records. along with a few more favorites such as: coldplay, the verve, babyshambles, hot chip, lcd soundsystem, sigur ros, and the beatles.
fashion week (new york): sept.5-sept.12
alexander wang, spring 2009 show.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
this is one of my favourite scenes from one of my favourite movies. the following scene is from marie antoinette, showing the title character celebrating her 18th birthday. to me, the celebration would be the ultimate way to spend a birthday. watching the sunrise with a few close friends is just icing on the cake.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
even if you aren't a highschool musical fan, you can not deny how great the photo shoot is. it's soft and romantic with an edge. i can't get enough of it.
elle, september 2008