franco fontana

Friday, January 31, 2014

Photographer Franco Fontana was born in Modena, Italy in 1933 - his first solo show, exhibiting his technicolor landscapes, was held there some years later in 1968. I am so in love and impressed with Fontana's technicolor images - the fantastic array of primary colors found in Italy's natural landscapes - rolling hills against bright blue skies, fields of flowers, a lonesome tree - and his studies of American urban landscapes - the harshly geometric color blocking created by buildings and walls and oh yes, pink rooftops, too. They're so modern! So now! (They remind me so of the color palettes present in Amanda Jasnowski aka @hokaytokay's photographs). See more of Franco Fontana's work here. Happy Friday!


Thursday, January 30, 2014

Overgrowth is an collaborative project between photographer Parker Fitzgerald and floral designer Riley Messina. I am so enchanted by the underwater images particularly. They feel to me like old master paintings of bathing gods and goddesses.
"Inspired by a pursuit of beauty, Riley combines classically thoughtful botanical designs with Parker's carefully considered film images in an expression of the multifaceted relationship between humankind and nature. The two artists contrast anonymous portraiture with sweeping landscapes in an attempt to capture both the malleable and untamed aspects of the natural world" (Overgrowth).
Browse the collection here.

charm list // kat george

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

I met Aussie-babe Kat George about three years ago when I was still living in New York interning with Refinery29. She had just moved to the States from London, and it did not take long for me to form a serious friend crush. Me and a few other interns thought she was just the coolest. And well, she is. GOOD THING, GEORGE. And because Kat is the best, she started organizing weekly intern hangs, and when I packed up my bags for California, we swapped those for Memorial Day Weekend jaunts to Vegas and Palm Springs instead (let's never stop). Kat is one of the most inspiring people I know - she holds a graduate degree in law, is a prolific writer (Thought Catalog, Vice, XOJane, and on and on), is the creator of a new webseries called The Big Gulp, and is the author of Pink Bits, a book that explores bein' a lady in these modern times, sexuality, and more. She also has zero ego, is unapologetic about her girlier proclivities, and is endlessly generous with her good advice and encouragement. She is a friend I feel so stupid lucky to have.

And now, for Kat's CHARM LIST, full of all things fierce and feminine, jus' like the woman herself. Enjoy!

01. Eyeballs // "Maybe it's because I'm Greek that I'm naturally attracted to the whole evil eye thing, but I'm sort of obsessed with eyes right now. This tee combines stripes with eyeballs.... I might need it."

02. Vagina Art // "I have wanted this piece of art ('The Female Anatomy Drawn Entirely from Memory' by Zacq Rosen) for my bathroom for so long. I think it's a really beautiful and interesting interpretation of the female anatomy. A solid symbol for the whizz palace."

03. The Color Pink // "Pink is my favorite color. Sometimes people say things to me like "That's an awful lot of pink shit you have there." And they're right--my purse, sunglasses case, pouch for cosmetics, ear buds--if they make it in pink I own it in pink. I am a 28 year old woman and not ashamed that I love the color of princesses."

04. Leopard Print // "Caitlin Moran, one of my favorite feminists, says leopard print is a neutral, and I subscribe, somewhat zealously, to the same school of thought. Leopard print EVERYTHING, please."

05. Black Ankle Boots // "It's insanely cold in NYC and that means toes need to be toasty, and I want to spend all my dollars on cute boots. Boots on boots on boots. And then some."

06. Surfboard Crewneck Sweatshirt // "Beyoncé. Grindin' on dat wood."

proud mary

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Loving the new merchandise over at Proud Mary. I met the Charleston-based beauty behind this cool company, Harper Poe, while in Austin some months back, and was so inspired by her mission to bring sustainable work and development to talented artisans around the globe. Super badass lady. Super lovely creations. Win-win.

sophie bille brahe

Monday, January 27, 2014

My goodness. ALL HAIL THE RETURN OF THE PEARL. Amiright? Sophie Bille Brahe is at the forefront of this movement, and she is killing it - never has a pearl looked so distinctly the opposite of prim, and yet so quietly, so modernly so. I'm onboard.

synchronous rotation

It seems that I've become kinda, sorta, quite into moons lately. Truthfully I've loved space for as long as I can remember, stargazing in front of my house with my Dad, asking hungrily which constellations were which, squinting skyward and always, always ending up dizzy. I still keep track of things happening in the sky, trying my best to catch eclipses and meteor activities, to stare up into the still darkness and smile at the beauty, the wildness, the sheer wacky awesomeness of it. Sometimes it's easy to forget! But truly we'd be foolish to allow that.

The moon is currently waning after a knockout "wolf moon" on the 15th of January (so bright!), but still, we can appreciate some selenic (ooh) goodness, no? Below, a few of my favorite moon-y items from around the web to aid in surrounding yourself with this most wondrous presence as we continue, as always, to rotate alongside it, synchronously. And now onto the STUFF, before I get too carried away...

ps // If you're with me on this, I'd recommend reading artist and all around rad lady Lauren Spencer King's blog, The Sphinx and the Milky Way - not only does she offer little peaks into her amazing universe of inspirations (art, music, writings), but she also composes these really thoughtful Full Moon readings each month that are lovely to read and ponder. Her 2014 moon calendar is below!

Minimalist Moon Posts // CorrellCorrell Velvet Circle T-shirt

Brook&Lyn Medallion Trio Necklace // Kelly Lamb Moon Pendant

Moon Phase Poster Print // Lotfi Moon Phases Clutch

Formasetti Theme and Variations Plate // Lauren Spencer King 2014 Moon Calendar

The Adventures Of Phases of the Moon Print // Small Spells Moon Phases Plate

color story // red 'n pink 'n blue

Friday, January 24, 2014

A most perfect pairing. Sometimes it's just nice to look at some nice colors together to exercise our eyeballs a bit. There is something magic about these milky shades of pink and blue, tempered with a touch of radioactive fluorescence. Happy Friday loves. 
l-r: How Hao, Felicity JonesDo-Ho Sun, brubeck loafers by Good GuysJimmy Marble 'Rosies' series.

beautiful dreamers

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Photographer Anna Palma's images for Williamsburg-based shop Beautiful Dreamers look lifted from a hazy dreamscape, and I'm in love. These are definitely some of the most lovely product shots I've ever seen, which is really no surprise knowing Beautiful Dreamers... If you're ever in New York, this treasure-filled shop must be on your list - it's a gem.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Mega sweet gift guide from perennial favorite e-retailer and causer of much heartache and lust, La Garçonne. All of these pieces are a dream; especially falling for the dreamy pearl details of the Sophie Bille Brahe jewelry and Tsumori Chisato blouse.

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