Thursday, April 28, 2011

fundamental fashion

i love this 70s revivala classic midi with a button through front, and extra points for pockets: (1) madewell, sightseer skirt, $125; (2) tibi, chestnut lillian skirt, $242; (3) asos, vera moda, full chambray skirt, $50.20; (4) rebecca taylor, red pin dot skirt, $350; (5) topshop, navy floral skirt, $76; (6) D&G, floral skirt, $429; (7) zara, blue skirt with pockets, $59.90

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

love + abandonment

in photographer andrea diefenbach's series “country without parents—labor migration from moldova,” she captures the heartbreaking reality of the lives of moldovan parents who immigrated to italy for work, to support their families, and the children they left behind.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

coming naturally

artist anna-wili highfield creates her beautiful paper sculptures through a process of tearing, transforming, painting, and sewing archival paper. the daughter of a puppeteer, anna was exposed the art of crafting materials into living creatures from an early age, giving each piece their own unique movement and life.

Monday, April 25, 2011

identity through costume

beautiful lithograph prints done by artist lepage-medvey in 1939. these two traditional costumes, with their lovely lace collars, were worn in the uherský brod region of the czech republic.all 40 prints are from the book costumes nationaux: autriche, hongrie, pologne, tcheco-slovaquie, editions hyperion.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

a chance to listen

through his images, photographer eric weeks creates a narrative, exploring nature close up and the inherent qualities of human relationships. as an outlet of expression for both the photographer and the subject,weeks believes “photographs are little pieces of paper that have an opinion.”

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2011 vs 2010

i woke up monday morning with an inch of snow already covering the ground. luckily, most of it has melted off today, but i can't help but reminisce about how my backyard looked exactly one year ago today. come on spring!

(photos by: erin)

Monday, April 18, 2011

appearance and disappearance

artist lou mingjun left her home in china in 1987 and moved to switzerland. with a longing for her previous life and a curiosity in her future, lou began combining a western technique of working with oils, with qualities of chinese water color and ink in her paintings of past and present.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

hot sun + cool grass

i have this undeniable urge to spread a blanket on the grass in my yard or in the park and read a book, face in the sun, digging my feet in the grass. the park blanket is a tough one. it needs to be durable, washable, and comfortable. here are some of my picks for the perfect outdoor blanket (some are tableclothsa genius idea from my sister), and a few spring essentials: (1) ethiopian striped throw, $123; (2) le specs, joplin tortoise shell sunglasses, $63; (3) john robshaw textiles, granite tablecloth, $70; (4) linen avignon tablecloth, $115; (5) calypso, beach blanket, $48; (6) orange stripe turkish bath towel, $24.50; (7) calypso, wood bead sun hat, $95; (8) on my reading list: tin house – summer reading, $10.36, david bowie: starman, by paul trynka (july 2011), the pale king, by david foster wallace (april 2011); (9) tarpaulin picnic mat, $70; (10) woman by common projects, strap sandal, $390.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

grand plié

beautiful, dreamlike pieces from lover’s new ss/aw 2011 collection “a dance for one” by designers and creative couple susien chong and nic briand. lover recently released a video featuring amber scott, senior artist with the australian ballet, that captures the mood and essence of the collection. see the video here.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


through her images, photographer angela strassheim shows us the melancholy of midwest normalcy in intimate and unsettling moments of adolescence and family life.

Monday, April 11, 2011

innocent recollection

artist guo hongwei recreates childhood photographs and simple, everyday objects with blurry uncertainty in his oil + canvas and watercolor + paper pieces, in a way that all memories and recollections fade and dilute with time.

Friday, April 8, 2011

happy hour

while compiling this last night, i decided to focus on what was really on my mind. . . the end to a long week. thinking of happy hour and only one place comes to mind—ye rustic inn. a cozy little dive bar on the corner of hillhurst and russell in los angeles where i would go with my co-workers/carpoolers after a 2+ hour commute back to the city. have any of you lovely la readers been? i can’t believe 3 years have passed since we left. perfect outfit for a strip-mall bar in sunny cali: (1) steven alan, spring utility poncho. $325; (2) rag and bone, jane button down silk shirt, $325; (3) marrakesh mid-rise flared jeans, $185; (4) biar, a piece treaty carved cuff, $220; (5) madewell, canvas fieldhouse belt, $42; (6) clare vivier, foldover clutch, $149; (7) no. 6, huarache woven clog, $275; (8) ohh la la zine. see more get dressed collages here.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

a steady incline

i love the new summer 2011 collection by marais usa—especially these three beautiful wedges: (1) camel slingback, $115; (2) tomato espadrille, $105; (3) navy peep-toe bootie, $130.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

c'est parfait

beautiful, beautiful ba&sh. if i could wear one collection this spring, this could possibly be it. luckily, they just opened an e-shop. . . not that a trip to paris wouldn't be nice.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

almost instant

in a world where digital photography has taken over the practice of processing, there will always be something special about a polaroid. because of the cost of film, you need to think before you shoot. since receiving her first camera from her parents, photographer katja sonnewend has been fascinated with the ritual of capturing moments in life on a small piece of paper.

Monday, April 4, 2011

under the surface

new york artist, dan halm, uses his friends and loved ones as models for the delicate graphite silhouettes in each of his pieces, covered in a thin sheet of color dripping down the canvas.