Wednesday, April 28, 2010

the good kind of down hill

the senior thesis and accompanying project (see few posts down) = COMPLETE! it's basically all down hill from here, but the good kind of down hill. like the "weeeeee i now get to spend the finale of my senior semester acting stupid and college and i am also ON A WATER SLIDE" kind of down hill. it looks like this:

Dorian Leigh

first two photos by richard avedon

Monday, April 26, 2010

i slept for two hours last night! and i still look fantastic!!


jk. i actually look like a dying porcupine at the moment.

photo via refinery by way of fashion copious who got it from her momma...or t mag. same diff.

Friday, April 23, 2010

1940s inspiration

i'm (attempting) to write a roman à clef for my senior thesis project. i'll spare you the details if you don't already know-- and by know, i mean you are one of the poor individuals who have had to hear me agonize over this project for the past semester-- but the general gist is it begins in the early 40s when my grandparents meet. they fall in love, they get married, they move to paris. etc. it's almost 2 a.m. so eloquence is beyond me at this point, but i wanted to share some pictures from my story's inspiration board.

Tommy Dorsey (left) and Frank Sinatra (right)
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra was a popular band when my grandparents first met. Their song Polka Dots and Moonbeams reportedly launched Frank Sinatra's career, and has always held a special place in my heart. My grandma used to sing it to me as a lullaby.

My grandparents, January 1948.
This is taken in New York, where they had an apartment on West End & 72nd.

My grandmother,22, with her first child in Paris.

I've always thought my grandma looks like Elizabeth Taylor, circa 1944
Elizabeth Taylor and "The Pie," in probably my favorite movie of all time, National Velvet. (When I was in fourth grade, I could recite the entire movie from memory--verbatim.)

Paris, 1949. Dress by Christian Dior, Photograph by Lillian Bassman
Isn't this gorgeous?

My deadline is Monday by 5:30. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

procrastination at its finest

i have a huge senior thesis project to finish. should i be doing a post right now? absolutely not.

anywho... i have a new favorite blog. i think it's a weekly thing for me. last week (though i didn't tell you about it) i was obsessed with the woman who illustrates "missed connections."

this week it's Hyperbole and a Half. i found about it while browsing on R29 (am i getting any work done around here? no.), and fell instantly in love. and how could i not? with blog posts like this one, titled:

"I'll Sell The Shit Out of Your Tacos"

not falling in love was made further impossible when they did an entire post on how to cope with poor grammar. TRUTH: my daily vernacular is often flawed. i say "like" far too often, and i have an awful habit of saying "on accident" instead of "by accident." ok and i can't spell without spellcheck but STILL-- i would never write such travesties and i HATE to read them.

an excerpt:

...But there is one grammatical mistake that I particularly enjoy encountering. It has become almost fun for me to come across people who take the phrase "a lot" and condense it down into one word, because when someone says "alot," this is what I imagine:

*the picture was cut off when i re-posted it. it said "alot," not, "alo"

The Alot is an imaginary creature that I made up to help me deal with my compulsive need to correct other people's grammar. It kind of looks like a cross between a bear, a yak and a pug, and it has provided hours of entertainment for me in a situation where I'd normally be left feeling angry and disillusioned with the world...

Read the rest of this hilarious post here. I promise it will brighten you're day.



one more thing: i want these topshop fants-pants-make-me-wanna-dants shoes.

just go with me one this one. i'll make them look cool, promise.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

garance doré illustrates demi moore for elle uk cover

"...I just want to say that the most important thing is to always be moving toward your desire. Just do the things that make you smile and you’ll always end up somewhere. Even if that place is not anywhere you’d imagined you’d be at the start." - Garance, on taking the road less traveled as a fashion illustrator.
view her blog here

i mean how seriously cool is that? i need this issue immediately- chop chop, minions. on my desk by 8 am.

um, ameliaaaaa? your delusion is setting in again....

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Monday, April 12, 2010

pretty young thing

my fem favorites from shumaq's fall 2010 line

i may be biased since she's one of my closest friends, but no one does pretty like shumaq designer vanessa barrantes. view the full line here

(i also love vanessa's post about cedric rivrain for maison michel paris. lookie here for the beautiful illustrations)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

visiting annabel in amherst

this is annabel. we met in preschool and she's been my sister ever since. annabel has the most amazing personal style, sense of aesthetics and an astoundingly refreshing outlook on life.

she drives a stick and still uses a tape deck.
she makes collages out of richard scarry illustrations

and paints/collages on broken skateboards

four serene days enjoying the simple things in life have left me relaxed about the future for the meantime. but still...with only 25 days until graduation i may or may not (MOMN) just be surpressing panic...

where'd all the time go? by dr. dog (couldn't have said it better myself.)
go paint a skateboard and listen to this song with me.