Yesterday I signed up for my google voice account. I am not sure if it's something I need, but this YouTube video explains it all.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Sarah decided to leave the corporate world behind her and has set up shop in her own home. Her home, round the corner from Portobello Market where she has a stall, is now overflowing with treasures and delights and she welcomes visitors with tea and cakes. Supermarketsarah.com
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
ART & COPY is a powerful new film about advertising and inspiration. Directed by Doug Pray (SURFWISE, SCRATCH, HYPE!), it reveals the work and wisdom of some of the most influential advertising creatives of our time — people who've profoundly impacted our culture, yet are virtually unknown outside their industry. Exploding forth from advertising's "creative revolution" of the 1960s, these artists and writers all brought a surprisingly rebellious spirit to their work in a business more often associated with mediocrity or manipulation: George Lois, Mary Wells, Dan Wieden, Lee Clow, Hal Riney and others featured in ART & COPY were responsible for "Just Do It," "I Love NY," "Where's the Beef?," "Got Milk," "Think Different," and brilliant campaigns for everything from cars to presidents. They managed to grab the attention of millions and truly move them. Visually interwoven with their stories, TV satellites are launched, billboards are erected, and the social and cultural impact of their ads are brought to light in this dynamic exploration of art, commerce, and human emotion. Visit artandcopyfilm.org for more information and screenings.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Sølve Sundsbø's lush, otherworldly images aren’t intended for T-shirts. Nonetheless, it works. In what is one of the season’s most interesting collaborations, Mr. Sundsbo, the Norwegian photographer, who has shot ads for Yves Saint Laurent and Dolce & Gabbana and fashion features for Harper’s Bazaar and W, has paired with the creative studio-clothing label Surface to Air on a line of silk tops, dresses and oversize satchels, printed with three of his works. (Via NYT)
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Do you remember what it was like to be a child? To have not a care in the world? To be taken care of? Every time I visit my family in New Haven, CT I remember what it's like to be a kid again. I remember playing with all the kids in my neighborhood. We'd all gather early in the morning and play until the street lights came on. Our days were filled with kickball, dodge ball, tag football, baseball, swimming, and manhunt (our version of hide and go seek which lasted for hours on end).
During the summer months I enjoyed visiting with my cousins. We all lived in different cities, so we could only see each other during the summer and on holidays. We'd come up with a master plan so that we could spend the entire summer together. Our parents would drive us from city to city. How fun! I miss those days.
Oh, and money, our primary and only goal for money was to buy candy. We'd all pull our money together to buy as much candy as we could and make a trip to our local drugstore.
One thing I loved most as a child was jigsaw puzzles. Yes, I was(/am) a nerd. I think I want to get back to that. Now, I just have to find a good puzzle.
“The things which the child loves remain in the domain of the heart until old age. The most beautiful thing in life is that our souls remaining over the places where we once enjoyed ourselves” —Kahlil Gibran
“The essence of childhood, of course, is play, which my friends and I did endlessly on streets that we reluctantly shared with traffic.” —Bill Cosby
“Childhood is that wonderful time of life when all you need to do to lose weight is take a bath.” —Richard Zera
Photo from Cookie magazine.
Last November, Bryn, was faced with the challenge of choosing a birthday present for her man. Since he’s been hers for a long time, she tried most of the possible gift categories on him before. What would make him truly happy?
She thought of all the little to-do’s, house annoyances, tasks and errands that pile up and nag him every time they come to mind. She decided to make a list of all those things — and do them. Thereby giving him: Peace Of Mind.
Wonderful! See all the images here.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Based on the Short Stories of Etgar Keret, and adapted for the screen by Etgar Keret and Director Tatia Rosenthal, $9.99 is a stop motion animated feature which offers slightly less than $10 worth about the meaning of life.
Have you ever wondered "What is the meaning of life? Why do we exist?" The answer to this vexing question is now within your reach! You'll find it in a small yet amazing booklet, which will explain, in easy to follow, simple terms your reason for being! The booklet, printed on the finest paper, contains illuminating, exquisite color pictures, and could be yours for a mere $9.99.
This is the ad that alters the life of the unemployed 28 year old who still lives at home, Dave Peck. In his struggle to share his find with the world, Dave's surreal path crosses with those of his unusual neighbors: an old man and his disgruntled guardian angel, a magician in debt, a bewitching woman who likes her men extra smooth, a broken hearted man who befriends a group of hard partying two inch tall students, and a little boy who sets his piggy bank free. Their stories are woven together, examining the post-modern meaning of hope. Visit www.9dollars99movie.com.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
More than 70,000 advertising professionals have lost their jobs in this “Great Recession.” Lemonade is about what happens when people who were once paid to be creative in advertising are forced to be creative with their own lives. I can't wait to see this. I take that back. I need to see this. (Via SwissMiss)
Monday, August 10, 2009
While I am not a dancer, I consider dance to be one of my passions in life. I love to watch dance. I always seem to gravitate toward dancers. All my high school friends where dancers and now I have a completely new group of friends that are dancers. I did take a ballet class in high school, I had the shoes, leotard and all (lol). Unfortunately, the class was canceled, but I did complete one course at our local city college that summer. It is a medium of art that I am innately curious about. When I'm out dancing or being silly in the privacy of my own home I find it to be a complete form of inhibition and self expression. Sometimes I'd wish I'd found this passion earlier in life, maybe I'd be a professional dancer. But maybe this is just right for me because I can love it without pressure and boundaries and criticism. Recently, cooking has become a new passion and I'm getting back to the basics as to why I fell in love with art in the first place. I'm thinking about a new project. More details to come. In the meantime, I'll be taking a salsa or hip hop or ballet class in the fall. I can't wait!
“On with the dance! Let joy be unconfined” —Lord Byron
“Dance for yourself, if someone understands good. If not then no matter, go right on doing what you love.” —Anonymous
“To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful. This is power, it is glory on earth and it is yours for the taking.”
“While I dance I cannot judge, I cannot hate, I cannot separate myself from life. I can only be joyful and whole. That is why I dance.”
“When you do dance, I wish you a wave o' the sea, that you might ever do nothing but that” —William Shakespeare
And here's a YouTube video. (you may have already seen it) that I find charming and funny.
Photo of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater: rehearsal for “Revelations”.
This past Friday night I went to a friend's going away party at The Diamond bar in Brooklyn. There was a photograph I fell in love with. Turns out the photographer was Vincent Laforet, whose work I'd seen in New York magazine. Check out his website. Amazing stuff!
Friday, August 7, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Hey baby... what's your sign? Your "colorstrology" sign, that is?...
Don't know. Click on your birth month, and then birth day, to find out!
YOUR ability to see things that others often can't is quite extraordinary. You are a builder and an architect. Whether you are designing a floor plan or brainstorming conceptual ideas, you are capable of envisioning things before they even exist. Colorful and unique, you like to do things your way. There are times, however, that you need to leave room for the opinions of others. Your personal color encourages you to build your dreams. Wearing, meditating or surrounding yourself with the color Cognac helps you connect with the seemingly impossible and partake in the creation of beauty. (Via The Scoop)
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Recently, I was asked, "What do I enjoy about being a woman?" I think women have the luxury to express emotion. We can be nurturing, caring, intimate, sensitive, rational and even irrational. We can be strong and independent, but also needy and questionable. We can enjoy fashion, wear heels, and play with makeup. But, I guess the best attribute is being able to have children.
In my personal experience being a girl was a blessing and a curse coming from my African American-Christian-Southern family. Plus, I was the only girl: my father's only daughter, my grandfather's only granddaughter, the only niece... I had no one the share that weight with. Yes, I was spoiled, but with that came expectations and double standards. In my early years, I thought that the only way to be a woman was to be a lady. To me, to be lady means being respectful, polite and nice (I'm sure I could use more of those qualities). But also never to question authority or society. To sit quietly in a dainty, pretty floral dress. And to have long, flowing hair. Yes, there was a saying, "Your hair is your crowning glory." Now, you know why I have short, curly hair and why you've probably never seen me in floral anything. Don't get me wrong, I had a great childhood and I love my family and that I'm from the South. I guess I am just a work in progress. I'm finally figuring out this makeup thing and have discovered the wonderful world of hair accessories. Maybe that just makes me a late-bloomer, which I kind of like. Maybe it just means that I need to do things in my own time. Isn't that the same for all of us? Then why (as women) do we give each other such a hard time (at work and in social settings)? And I have been on both sides of the spectrum. I now know that there are many ways to be woman and that's for each of us to decide for ourselves and for our friends and relatives to accept those definitions. Thanks for reading.
"To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment."
—Ralph Waldo Emerson
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
—Oscar Wilde (Lady Windermere's Fan)
"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman." —Virginia Woolf
"If a woman is sufficiently ambitious, determined and gifted –there is practically nothing she can't do." —Helen Law
The desktop wallerpaper (above) by Deanne Cheuk is available for download via Design*Sponge.