Friday, January 30, 2009

MGMT


... my new favorite band.

Beautiful Type




Love this type/design from French design firm My Beautiful for L'Épicerie... (via Oh Joy).

Thursday, January 29, 2009

I Heart Independent Booksellers


One day I think I would like to own my own little bookstore. I would only sell art, design, and architecture books. In the meantime I will enjoy independent booksellers like McNally Jackson Books in Soho and Spoonbill & Sugertown in Williamsburg. With self-publishing and digital printing on the rise, small and independent sellers need our support.

Latina Magazine


I love this spread from Latina.

Lucky Strike


Last night I went with my friend, Jen to Lucky Strike, a downtown casual/intimate French bistro. I highly recommend the happy hour specials, specifically the Calimari and the not-so mini burgers.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Black Models in Print




I have noticed more black models in magazines and advertisements. The latest installment of Banana Republic ads caught my attention. Beautiful Somalian model Yasmin Warsame is the sole brown face in the campaign. In them she's paired with a white male model, which marks the first time I can recall seeing an interracial romance themed ad from BR. Also, Liya Kebede & Jourdan Dunn are featured in February 2009 issue of Vogue. I do think the "all black" issue of Italian Vogue helped surge the appearance of black models or maybe it's because we finally have a black president. Go into any newsstand and Obama is the leading cover boy. Regardless, this topic is always up for discussion. PROGRESS.

The Domino Effect


Today, I heard the news that Domino magazine is folding. I am truly heartbroken. Not only was it one of the best places I've ever worked, but it's also my favorite magazine (I have every single issue and March 2009 will be the last). I am shocked! And I am fearful of what's happening to my industry, it's disappearing right in front of my eyes. :(

Recent Find


I can't believe I'm just now hearing this song (Tell Me Why from Will Smith's album "Lost and Found") for the first time. Here Will and Mary J. perform. Brilliant.

Body: A Non-Dilemma


So, I've been on a healthy kick. It started with food (of course) and this week I had my first yoga class, which I loved. I'm currently readingThe Omnivore's Dilemma (a gift from a friend). I'm just on the first section about corn. It's amazing how much corn we actually consume. Overall, I am more aware of what I put into my body and where it comes from. BTW: I'm not giving up meat. And I love the book cover. Now I just have to get this sleeping thing down.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Tevin Campbell


Lately I've been thinking a lot about music and how it has influenced my life. I'm sure most of you don't know R&B singer Tevin Campbell, but his first CD was my second CD (right after Michael Jackson's Bad) and probably my first crush ever. I still remember the episode when he made a guest appearance on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, playing fictional teen idol, "Little T", a celebrity crush and date of Ashley's first season in the episode "Just Infatuation". He sang "Happy Birthday" and I desperately wanted him to sing me. Oh well.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Praia Piquinia


A photographer friend showed this photograph by Christian Chaize to me yesterday. I'm sold. The print comes in three different sizes with prices for each budget. Click here to purchase, they're selling fast.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

I'm Sharing Paula Scher Too


The video clip of rock star designer Paula Scher speaking at the TED conference has been going around, so I thought I'd share as well. FYI: Paula will be speaking in NYC at SPD on 02/10/09.

Remembering Michael


Last night I started making a mixed CD. I kinda went a little overboard on Limewire... I started with Alicia Keys, then Lauren Hill, which lead to some oldies like Otis Redding and Tina Turner. Of course my brother had to join in and we started looking at vintage video footage like James Brown circa 1976. (Did you know that James Brown is my grandmother's half brother? Of course they were never close. My grandmother says she couldn't stand him.) My first CD ever was Michael Jackson's Bad. What can I say? Who didn't love Michael? I remember he had a concert and my parents wouldn't let me stay up to watch. I must've been like 4. I did sneak out of bed and they eventually gave in and let me watch. This link takes you to the Motown 25 concert, I don't think I saw this one because I would've been only 1 years old, but for some reason this performance sticks out.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Andrew Wyeth


From the NYT: Andrew Wyeth, one of the most popular and also most lambasted artists in the history of American art, a reclusive linchpin in a colorful family dynasty of artists whose precise realist views of hardscrabble rural life became icons of national culture and sparked endless debates about the nature of modern art, died Friday at his home in Chadds Ford, Pa. He was 91.

Above is one of my favorite paintings, Christina's World. It is currently on view at the MoMA. Here is text from the gallery label: The woman crawling through the tawny grass was the artist's neighbor in Maine, who, crippled by polio, "was limited physically but by no means spiritually." Wyeth further explained, "The challenge to me was to do justice to her extraordinary conquest of a life which most people would consider hopeless." He recorded the arid landscape, rural house, and shacks with great detail, painting minute blades of grass, individual strands of hair, and nuances of light and shadow. In this style of painting, known as magic realism, everyday scenes are imbued with poetic mystery.

CAN & DID



Opening on the Inauguration Day of our 44th President, "CAN & DID - Graphics, Art, and Photography from the Obama Campaign" looks at numerous and varied examples of the inspired visual work that appeared during the 2008 presidential election. From the original Barack Obama "O" mark – a campaign identity designed by Sol Sender, Andy Keene, and Amanda Gentry, to the photojournalistic work of Pulitzer Prize winning photographer David Turnley (subsequently used as source material by the artist Shepard Fairey) the visuals connected to the Obama campaign seemed on a higher level than the political norm. Clearly the candidate and his message motivated artists and designers to do inspired work. On view at Danziger Projects until Feb. 28, 2009.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Great Project: I Love You More Than _______



I just saw this on Swiss Miss. How fun is this?
I love you more than ______ is an exploration into the wonderful world of love. Paperwhite studio wants to depart from the cliche valentines sentiment and find out the real things we are willing to put in second place for love.
Some highlights:
- i love you more than guacamole
- i love you more than a coconut popsicles on a hot summer day
- i love you more than the G train when it's on time (or the L when it's not stopping every 5 min!)
- i love you more than a good hair day
- i love you more than pms 412 U

Help fill in the blank "i love you more than________" by sharing your own personal feelings. Abstract, funny or literal - the choice is yours. Send your answers to: love@paperwhite-studio.com

Surprise



Check out the intro to Visionaire's latest collector's publication, Visionaire 55 Surprise. The holiday issue presents intricate pop-ups by various artists including Steven Meisel and Mario Testino. Executed by renowned paper engineer Bruce Foster, the issue features moveable images, 3D scenes, and surprise reveals. The pop-up folios are housed in a dark purple cloth-covered case with a magnetized closure and engraved numbered metal plaque. Plus, I love the "Rock With Me" mix.

Je Veux Apprendre le Français



So, I've had a lot of free time lately. And I've been wanting to learn French forever, why not just start. Yesterday, I started with learning the French alphabet, (I'm still a bit confused about the U sound). I think I want to get A French Alphabet Book of 1814, which was published by Rizzoli. It is a charming collection of watercolor illustrations of French country life, along with lovely examples of hand lettering. Everyday I plan to learn a new French word and make flash cards. I also figured I could watch movies in French with English subtitles (and vice versa). I know I have a long way to go, but baby steps first. Tonight, I'm watching Bee movie in French.

Poster Love


I love these prints by Christopher David Ryan.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Heart in Pieces


I saw this in Cookie magazine. I love puzzles. Why not in the shape of a heart? Write a message on the back of the puzzle, pull the pieces apart, and seal them in an envelope. The valentine will reassemble it to discover a secret admirer. Purchase 12 for $5 at orientaltrading.com.

Monday, January 12, 2009

LA (1) vs NY (0)



I can't say enough how much I hate winter, especially winter in New York. There's never any sun and I need the sun. It always cloudy and gray. How depressing! I was looking at the weather in LA and guess what? It's freaking 80˚! Warm enough to go to the beach.

New Discoveries in Culinary Adventures



So, lately I've been into eating and cooking healthy foods. Key word: cooking. This weekend I went to a little market and bought fresh herbs (basil, parsley, oregano) for the first time! I've learned that love the smell of fresh basil. And I'm loving mint tea with a spoonful of honey. Yum. I'm so proud of myself, I made homemade vegetable soup for the week and Sunday night I made tilapia and sweet potatoes. What's the between sweet potatoes and yams? I'm also DVR'ing Top Chef and have picked up the latest issues of Bon Appetit. Hopefully, I can keep this up throughout the year. Wish me luck.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Night



Love this catalog by Kristen Lee!

Alvin Ailey @ 50



This year marks the 50th anniversary national celebration commemorating the first appearance of the company that came to be known as the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. It was on March 30, 1958, that a group of black performers calling themselves Alvin Ailey and Dancers took the stage together for the first time, in a performance at the 92nd Street Y. The response to Ailey’s “Blues Suite,” (above image) an instant classic, was frenetic. I got to see this performance this past Sunday on my birthday.

There will also be an anniversary Ailey Barbie doll, designed by Judith Jamison, who will step down as the artistic director of the Ailey company in 2011. “There wasn’t a doll that looked like me back then,” she said of her years as a young ballet student in Philadelphia.

“I chose her skin tone, my color, and her features,” Ms. Jamison said of the doll, which will be available in November and dressed in a “Revelations” costume. “I wanted her to look as black people look, a mixture of many, many things. She is a beautiful African queen.”

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Sky Watch


One of my favorite pieces to read in the NYT besides "Modern Love," is now "Sky Watch." I'm weirdly intrigued with the happenings of the moon and the stars. Who knew?