Proenza Schouler is always doing something amazing in the textile department. The patterns, colors, and textures are above and beyond, every season. I will freely admit to owning both the wallet and tote with the poppiest yellow/blue fish print ever, and more embarrassingly: carrying them together. They were a fraction of the price of normal PS and so I jumped at the chance! Anyway - I love this satiny, chevron, peacock sweatshirt (it is a sweatshirt construction right? look at the triangle at the neck!), the bambi purse - though I do hope it is not actually a deer, and that skirt is just fantastic despite the fact I can't even tell what's really going on with the fabric. I wasn't enamored with the whole collection but I truly loved this look.
Isn't Miroslava a bit of a modern Cinderella here: Stopped on the steps of the palace in her S/S 2012 Jason Wu? I was obsessed with this dress when I first saw it in September and it seems that my enthusiasm hasn't dulled a bit in the passing months. It fulfills all of my childhood princess-dress fantasies, but while also indulging my current weakness for anything neon!
Radiolab is one of my favorite shows on NPR. It all started with their episode "Animal Minds," in which they talk about if animals have feelings - or at least feelings like humans. The last part of this episode was my favorite. They talk with Paul Nicklen, a contributing photographer for National Geographic, about his encounter with a female leopard seal. They're vicious predators but I also think they're beautiful and, having never met one in the wild, very cute. Anyway, he talks about how this female leopard seal seemed to have fallen a little bit in love with him and tried to woo and feed him for several days. His story struck a chord within me and I haven't been able to forget it since.
Which finally brings me around to the point of this post: the fanciful video below about what happens to a whale after it dies. The video was inspired by the Loops episode of Radiolab that included a section on the after life of a whale. I have not yet listened to the show, but I am sure it is just as informative and fun as this video. On a side note, Radiolab does not exclusively do shows about sea life, though this post sure makes it seem that way. I've also listened to shows about cities, games and so much more. I just happen to have a soft spot for sea life.
I love everything about this video: the combination of the artistic and the scientific, the music, the storytelling, the fact that a whale's body can sustain a community of organisms for 50-75 years! Thanks to Sweet Fern Productions for their inspirational creativity.
and at the time I also remember thinking that I didn't really understand how it was art, that it mostly seemed like these Cuisenaire rods (see below) that I had learned how to do math with when I was about 7 and 8.
So fast forward to college when I started learning more about art and delving into what really interested me and lo and behold I became something of a Conceptual Art Enthusiast. Still am today, for better or for worse. I love Lewitt's Drawing Series... at Dia Beacon, his installation at the Columbus Circle subway stop, and also his Sentences on Conceptual Art, as sung below by John Baldessari, who is also a lovely conceptual artist. What a quirky combo!
At this moment, I'm literally signing up for one social media platform (Twitter) to sign up for another social media platform (Pinterest) to avoid another social media platform (Facebook Timeline). What has the world come to?
I don't believe that irises come in this color in Nature but they sure do in Givenchy. I think that if I had an extra $1500 lying around I would find something better to do with it, but if I had an extra $30,000 I just might spend a small chunk of it on this shirt.
"She shows up at the bar wearing a Mexican blanket thing and carrying a Borges book, wagging her finger in your face for still being out at 4 AM on a Tuesday. And what do you do? Follow her home like a puppy while your friends belittle you. Because look at her."
These are illustrations from a German children's book published in 1910, Wer kommt?, or Who's coming? in English. The entire book can be found online at the State Library of Berlin. In case you can't tell: I really like children's literature. I really like illustrations. These have a wonderful wobbly line quality that's really swell. Also, the perspective isn't quite right, but it's there. You're not exactly standing on the same plane as the picture, but you're not that far away either? The point is that I love these and want prints of them for my future home. I think they'd look splendid in a big white kitchen with a rustic table and some jars for glasses, filled with warm tea.
Federico Pietrella makes these "paintings" using only a date stamp - like the ones they used to use for the library cards in the pocket on the front or back cover, letting you know when you had to return the book. Actually I was recently reminded about those funny slips (since I rarely go to the library anymore because of my Kindle, which makes me pretty sad when I think about it, but this has just turned into a tangent of a tangent, so I'll stop) when I read Rebecca Makkai's fabulousbook The Borrower. If you loved the library and devoured books of all types as a child, then this is just the quirky, sweet weekend read that you are looking for!
Anyway, I love stamps. I love dates. I love date stamps. I even have a date stamp like the one that it looks like he may have used to make these. It's leftover from my final thesis as a "Visual Arts" major in college, and I spent hours sitting in my studio stamping it for the final product (more on that some other time). These are pretty crazy amazing though, a new pointillism, no? It looks like they are different dates - how does he decide? He doesn't use the same date for the whole painting. Does he rotate, have different stamps? I'm so curious and so very impressed. They're beautiful to boot.
Recently I've been wanting a pair of vintage Red Wings but with my tiny elf feet I don't know if I'll ever be able to find a pair! This look would be so much less without them. The whole style it's oversize for sure, there's masculinity in the color palette and details, but still feminine as well with the long pleated skirt, that halo of ringlets. I'll be trying to capture this essence in the way I dress for a while yet. I almost did it once in Cape Code last year with a red pleated skirt, brown Bean boots, and a navy coat, but something wasn't right. Next time...
It's February: the worst month ever. Global Warming is FOR REALZ y'all and so far it has been a remarkably mild winter. Take yesterday for example: a 58 degree January 31st. But I'm not fooled! Maira knows what's up, and it is that February on the East Coast kills your spirit, makes you feel rotten, and is one big "uggh." Don't pack up those scarfs, mittens, hats, long underwear, snowboots, parkas, and gloomy faces yet. I'm sure we'll have our own Misery Day Parade yet.