I have been reading about Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl for about 5 months now and only just found it in paperback (I have an aversion to bulky hard covers, what can I say?). What I thought was just going to be kind of a cheesey chick-lit mystery, is turning out to be a cleverly written story about Blue Van Meer and her traveling professor father who end up in a sleepy town in North Carolina for her senior year of high school. Blue's interesting upbringing (not to mention her constant referencing to her father's suggested readings) and eccentric teacher chuck her into a bizarro elite click where things are not what they seem. Odd happenings and death are waking me up at 3 AM so I can continue to get my fix.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
While I swore they are were NYC band on an English label, turns out it's just the heavy influence of New York punk scene during the 70's. THEY ARE HOT! With leading female vocals so cute and electro-tough you wanna wear pretty leather dresses and guzzle whiskey! OW! Check out "Ice Cream" and "Tight Fit". I hope they come visit us in NYC soon.
And we're on LAMB WATCH.
"No name as of yet, mum still thinks she is going to eat it, so she says she cant name it. She does talk to it when she is on the phone to me though, and she calls it ‘poppet’. I only found out yesterday that in the first set of photos I sent you it was only three days old! Its chewing everything in the house and according to mum it could ‘wee for england’."
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
Friday, April 13, 2007
Trending again today, but online. I ran into this. All I have to say is, Built By Wendy Fall Collection 2004, YOU RULE. Yea, it has nothing to do with what I am doing, but what the hell it's Friday! It's Amy Sedaris!
My friend from Cheddar (Bath), England's mother just bought a country farm which she plans to bulldoze and have her 2 architect sons design her a new home. In the meantime, she's collecting livestock and has vowed not to name the animals or become attached. Stay tuned.
"My mum got the first load of her ‘farmyard’ animals today. Guess what she did..."
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
This bag is good. It's reversible, will be nice for the summer when it FINALLY gets warm in NYC and it's for a very good cause. I would also like to point out that it's a nice rival to the Anya Hindmarch bag that can be found no where.
(The FEED bag is designed to raise awareness and funds for hungry children and to help them get into school and out of hunger. Each FEED bag sold will provide a school year of meals for one child in need and give them the hope of an education and a regular meal. Order through Amazon to help the UN World Food Programme.)
I get to shop for my job. I went out yesterday to see what I could see and get a little graphical inspiration. Here are my some of my favorite picks from the shops of chaotic midtown in NYC. (Zara by far had the best in graphics and prints and patterns, especially in the nice frilly sundress department and there seems to be a whole Holly Hobby-esque portrait trend going on. Who knew?) I generally design for girls and womens, so that was my primary outlook for this trip. I usually get a little edgier in my choices, but it's always good to see whats around the corner, no matter how thick the tourists.
Monday, April 9, 2007
I am completely obsessed with Simon Pegg after several jaunts to London and getting familiar with his hilarious short series "Spaced" about 20 somethings in London and Shaun of the Dead, a modern day slasher zombie flick. I am pleased that his new movie Hot Fuzz will be hitting theaters in New York City Friday the 13th. Nice.
Over the weekend I celebrated Bonbon Oiseau's birthday! Her husband organized a surprise party at Williamsburg's Spuyten Duyvil. We got her good after brushing her off the night before, although she knew something was up. I designed these commemorative stickers just for the occasion. Joyeux Anniversaire Bonbon!
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
I can't decide on this. I am a bag whore, so as soon as I saw this in the UK's weekly Grazia magazine, as the current $10 Eco-Friendly "IT" bag, I scoured the internet. ALL SOLD OUT and going for about $300 on eBay, uh what? While I HATE this bag because I can't get it, don't even think I don't have my London peeps on the look-out for my very own. (From 25th April the bag will be available from Sainsbury’s stores in the UK).
Monday, April 2, 2007
I was never keen on advertising & graphic design, because I didn't feel that is was a strong area of mine as a designer. I also feared I would end up doing ads for Cadillacs or female products. Laurie Rosenwald changed my opinion on advertising forever. With clients such as IKEA, Coca-Cola and Ogilvy, she made my impossible possible. She has a clever sense of color, placement, type design and a very clean and organized touch to even her most chaotic works. Laurie currently resides in NYC and teaches at the coveted School of Visual Arts where she continues to inspire and have an attitude.
I was very excited to see this film after extensive Wikipedia research on the life of Marie Antoinette - The Royal Boozy Fun Floozy. Off with her head! The costumes, the scenery are glorious, the dialogue is unnervingly awful. Mute this film, pop the champers and play the soundtrack (there is a great orchestral version of Souixsie & the Banshees' Hong Kong Garden and New Order's Ceremony). While this film is a pile of Bullsh*t, it is yet another good reason to have an adult beverage.