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Fall Cuddly with Wolves| Samantha Pleet
August 31, 2009, 08:05
Filed under: féminin, wardrobe

Recently acquired: Samantha Pleet Wolf Romper.

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My fall is sure to be filled with warm fuzzy days and nights.  I’m anticipating the first crisp day so I can throw this on over black tights and be merry.   It’s going to make the transition much easier from hot to cold.  The fabric reminds me of all the wolf posters and calendars I kept around in junior high – thank you Sierra Club!  I’m forseeing that some Duran Duran will also be in heavy rotation when I’m wearin this.

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf?  Not I.

I suppose deep down I relate more to the Wolf than Little Red Riding Hood.

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Bio:

New York Designer Samantha Pleet debuted her namesake collection for the Fall 2006 season, intertwining elements of the dark, mysterious and fantastical — dandies and rogues of centuries past and lands afar — with a sense of modernity that is distinctly Pleet. Her signature rompers, jackets and chic day dresses are now best sellers at boutiques across the US and abroad, and she has developed a specialty in dressing indie bands such as Au Revoir Simone, Chairlift, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Apache Beat. For Fall 2008, she introduced Patrick Pleet, a menswear line co-designed with her husband, architect Patrick McGovern. Since October 2008, she has designed an exclusive collection called Rapscallion, which led to curating an Urban Outfitters pop-up store in Los Angeles in November 2008.  The 27-year-old Philadelphia native also paints, acts, makes films, and plans to start a band if she ever has the time.

Check out more of the fall/winter line:

http://www.samanthapleet.com/

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Sunday Morning
August 30, 2009, 13:09
Filed under: cupcakes, flowers and unicorns

“Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.”

~G.K. Chesterton

 

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Crystal Life of Sewage
August 28, 2009, 08:40
Filed under: natural wonders, photography

This just blows my mind.  The sewage system in Moscow is growing crystals.  I’d love to know why this environment is fit to grow crystals.  Something undesirable spun into something beautiful.  Nature, the lady is pretty badass.

more images at English Russia.

the sewage itself is a moving conglomerate of the organic remains of different kind, consisting of the different color stalagmites or roots of the on-surface trees finding their way through the concrete walls.”

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ffffffffffffffffound via Viva Vena Cava.



CALLING ALL SMALL DOG OWNERS
August 27, 2009, 11:46
Filed under: costumes, Kittehs

I’m dying to add a Boston Terrier or a French Bulldog to my family, however for now, my two kittehs hold reign.

If I did have a little doggie, she would surely be fashioned in the brilliant and hip Beantown Handmade sweaters and hand knitted collars.

The skull and crossbones and Robot sweaters kill.

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WANTING…
August 27, 2009, 08:21
Filed under: COVETABLE, wardrobe

Wishing I could wear this as my everyday uniform.

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Chandi Kelley|TIMELINES
August 26, 2009, 08:28
Filed under: cupcakes, flowers and unicorns, féminin, photography

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I recently fell upon a flyer for Chandi kelley’s current exhibition {at the Vivid Solutions Gallery here in Washington, DC} while at the Corcoran College of Art and Design.  Chandi’s work caught my eye immediately.  for one, the unicorn bookends (have mercy!) and two, the books and pretty wallpaper.  It was a fun surprise to find out the story behind these bookend photographs.  I love them all.  Her other works are equally magical – Family Stories and More Than Words.  You can see the rest on her website. Her work is whimsical and reminds me of my childhood days.  Her work has inspired me to put together a cute book timeline of my own.

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ARTIST STATEMENT:

The inspiration for this work began when I happened upon a diary while cleaning out my mother’s things. The diary, once belonging to my maternal grandfather, had not been opened since his death. With the afterimage of his eyes still on the pages, the diary had remained closed in my mother’s bedside drawer for over 30 years. I had a choice to open it and possibly have my image of this man shattered or altered or glorified. But the mystery of his life, and his death, remained stronger for me than anything that I might find on those pages. I chose to photograph the diary, rather than read it. After doing so I began to photograph other books, using objects to tell stories on the pages. These stories became possibilities of what the pages may contain or what the words underneath might say. They allowed me to explore the endless combinations of letters, which may or may not exist, on those pages that hold more mystery than words.

From there I began photographing the spines of books, arranged to function as a timeline when read from left to right. In this series, the books become the basis for visual narratives that explore how we record our lives and personal histories. Everything from the shelf to the bookends to the wallpaper lends to the stories that the books are telling. In these reconstructed versions of timelines, I show the defining moments and leave the rest to be questioned by the viewer. The spines of the books give suggestions, but the full story lies on the pages in between – the unseen.

When I first began this project, I thought I would have more control of the stories I was telling, and I started writing outlines for the narratives in my mind. But what I discovered as I searched for the right titles was that the books I found were often not the ones I set out looking for. I remained open to these new directions and found in letting go, the narratives became stronger. The act of looking for the right book, the next mark on the timeline, became an integral part of the process. Once I found the right books, everything else followed.

Memory and mystery are common themes throughout my work. By using antique books and wallpapers reminiscent of vintage patterns, I hope to reinforce a sense of nostalgia. I have chosen to display stacks of books on the floor in keeping with this theme, but by showing only the pages I offer the question of what those pages say and what stories are written there. I feel the unknown is what strengthens the work, by allowing the viewer to fill in the blanks and let their personal narratives intertwine with the stories on the wall.

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Have you ever put anybody in a headlock?
August 25, 2009, 10:42
Filed under: Iconic, wardrobe

I can’t wait go behind the scenes of the flurry that is putting together a

4 pound, 9 ounce magazine

with the mythical ‘devil’ herself.