Sunday, December 14, 2014

[Street Art Sundays] Goin

This work by Goin is spectacularly brilliant. As always, it is socially and politically charged, which puts a smile on my face.

Bad Apple – In Lyon, France.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Super Intense Portraits

Sorry, that was the best title that I could come up with.

Hopefully you'll understand after being awestruck by these photos below from Andrey Zharov. There are SO MANY MORE amazing photos on his website, so please click his name to check them out.

He might be my new favourite portrait photographer. Seriously incredible... don't you agree?

And he's Russian. Swoon.



Thursday, December 11, 2014

"Birds of a Feather" portraits by Claire Rosen

Claire Rosen's whimsical photography is picture-perfect to me. I really loved these bird portraits because they are so simple of an idea, but were executed so well. It's something I could see myself having done. Beautiful photography, Claire!



Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Inspirational Bike Path in the Netherlands

This has been going around the inter webs (I'm sorry, I like that word) lately, but it deserves a place on this blog too! It's a gorgeous idea, no?


It is an LED-lighted bike path created by Studio Roosegaarde in the Netherlands. The lights are solar powered and the design firm also used glow-in-the-dark paint to enhance the effects.

SO COOL!!



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Going to Miss Oscar de la Renta

With a heavy heart, I am bidding farewell to Oscar de la Renta, one of my most favourite designers and a truly fantastic gentleman. Oscar passed away peacefully on Monday October 20th after a long battle with cancer.

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I LOVED this sweet piece from Anna Wintour. She was a close friend of Oscar's for many decades.

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This video documentary from the Clinton Global Initiative brings back beautiful memories of the special man too.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

[Street Art Sundays] Urban Forms Gallery

This mayor of Łódź, Poland is the coolest. And it's a woman - Hanna Zdanowska! She is funding a project on behalf of the city "to create a permanent exhibition of street art in the public space in the city centre of Lodz." 
Here are my favorites so far from the 30 murals:
ARYZ (Spain)

Sunday, October 12, 2014

[Street Art Sundays] Hopare

This kind of art blows me away. Intricate layers upon layers to create an astounding effect. Hopare knows what he's doing and the Frenchman working in Paris doesn't fail to disappoint.

Urban Safari

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Time Slice Photography by Dan Marker-Moore

I love love love Dan Marker-Moore's eye for photography. His newest project "Time Slice" is really cool. Check out my favorite images below and see more on his website here: http://danorst.tumblr.com/tagged/timeslice.

Chicago: 39 Photos spanning 1 hour 18 minutes

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Fantasy Digital Artwork by Peter From

Check out these stunning digitally enhanced photographs by Peter From, of Sweden. This guy is just plain nuts. In a good way!! 

He completely masters the use of reflection and saturated colours. Absolutely love his work. Definitely check out his 500px profile for more amazing photos: https://500px.com/peter_from

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

[Tuesday Tattoos] Gene Coffey

These delicate water-color tattoos by Gene Coffey are really beautiful. I am surprised at how many men receive floral tattoos! Right on. :)

Gene's based out of Brooklyn, NY so if you are looking for a unique tattoo, hit him up! http://tattooculture.net

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

So you might be wondering...

Twiggy at Disneyland during her first visit to the U.S., 1967.

Read more: Twiggy: Rare Photos of a Swinging Sixties Icon | LIFE.com http://life.time.com/culture/twiggy-rare-photos-of-a-sixties-icon/#ixzz3FIRR4IIW

...where have I been?

Well, since this blog is just something I keep up with in my spare time, sometimes life just doesn't give us any spare time. Am I right? Phew. It's been a busy month or two.

I'm not writing to say, "I'm back to posting multiple times per week!" But in case you do kinda sorta follow me semi-regularly, I want you to know that I haven't fallen off the blog-o-sphere. I'm starting to get  my spare time back and will continue contributing here when possible. 

Hope you stick around! Or not, actually, since I really could care less how many "followers" this blog has. I post things for me, so that I have a journal that I can look back on to see what was important to me at different times of my life. I have a terrible memory, so I gotta keep up with this all somehow... but I'm so happy if you want to join in on the fun too! The stuff I share is pretty cool, if you ask me. :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Tiny Paintings by Lorraine Loots

"How?" I ask myself.

These tiny drawings by Cape Town artist Lorraine Loots are super detailed and incredibly beautiful.

Lorraine started this project in 2013 and the objective was to make a tiny painting every single day of the year. She sold all of those paintings and started the project again this year. She's already sold out every day of this year too (though there are still postcards available, of which she makes 5 every day)! So if you are in love with her work, you can reserve a future painting or postcard here: http://lorraineloots.com/paintings/september

African Wood Owl | Strix Woodfordii (you can cuddle these at Eagle Encounters at Spier Wine Farm). 16 x 25 mm. (at Spier Eagle Encounters)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

[Street Art Sundays] Leon Keer

This guy is AMAZING. Leon Keer is Dutch, but truly works internationally now. His specialty is in 3-D street work, which is just incredible.



Sunday, August 24, 2014

[Street Art Sundays] Guache

Finally an artist from the "region" where I live! Guache is Colombian but has worked recently in Europe. I love his colorful animalistic/humanistic street art. They really make you stop and take them in. 


Sunday, August 17, 2014

[Street Art Sundays] eL Seed

I love lettering and typography, so calligraphy being a form of that, I immediately take notice. 

Arabic is such a unique beautifully written language. eL Seed (French-Tunisian) has created something called calligraffiti to describe his street art, which is a mix of calligraphic Arabic lettering with a geometric touch. 

To me, it's outstanding.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

Creative Faces by Junior Fritz Jacquet

Creativity blooms in Junior Fritz Jacquet, of France. Look at these amazing faces he creates with the cardboard from toilet paper rolls! Magnificent!



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Mind-Blowing Iranian Architecture

These photos need no description. They are INCREDIBLE. I will see them in person one day. ¡Me lo prometo!

The photographer, Mohammad Reza, has a phenomenal website - http://gravity.ir/. All photos below are his copyright.

Enjoy!

sheikh lotfollah mosque in isfahan, esfahan, iran

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Beautiful Yarn Weaving by Jay Mohler

I've realized recently that I'm really drawn to geometrical designs. I like order, math, rhyme and reason.

Jay Mohler, from Asheville, North Carolina, makes beautiful Ojos de Dios (Eyes of God). These woven works are made with simple materials, but the results are very striking. Check out Jay's Etsy page if you are interested in purchasing!


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

[Tuesday Tattoos] Rodrigo Tas

Entrancing tattoos are the best way to describe Rodrigo Tas' work. Hailing from Sao Paulo, Brasil, this new master creatively uses negative space to make the design shine. I am in awe.


Sunday, August 10, 2014

[Street Art Sunday] Irony & Boe

We all need more animals in our lives!

I just started reading Cesar's Way by Cesar Millan, so I've definitely got animals on the brain. :)

This is a fun collaboration between Whoam Irony and Placee Boe in London. It would definitely brighten my day to pass by it in person!


Friday, August 8, 2014

[Fashion Fridays] Stone Cold Fox Fall 2014

Stone Cold Fox is a Los Angeles indie clothing store (860 South Los Angeles Street Suite 525, shop online here). Their Fall 2014 Collection 'Ladies and Gentlemen' is stunning. No surprise there since I love lace designs. 

How sad that women have to cover up their chests while men can roam free. I love the freedom of these dresses and the 'daring' notion that you could go without a bra or coverup. Let's hope that society continues to open up to natural ways of expressing oneself. 



Thursday, August 7, 2014

Eric Standley's 'Stained Glass' Paper Windows

Some things just make you stop and say, "woah." This is one of those things.

Eric Standley is an art innovator in the sense that he is using technology to push the boundaries of traditional art. To say I'm impressed with his work would be an understatement. I am utterly blown away by the intricacy.

Eric laser cuts heavy paper and layers them together to create phenomenal designs, usually borrowed from gothic or islamic structures.

Check out this short video first and then see more of his work below. He has a huge collection, which you can see here.

Either/Or Arch 3.6
cut paper, 18"x24", 2014

Sunday, August 3, 2014

[Street Art Sunday] NeSpoon

NeSpoon is a Poland artist who creates street art through graffiti and installations. Her work is typically based around beautiful lace designs, giving a royal, jeweled look to the cities where she works. Love it!


Friday, July 25, 2014

[Fashion Fridays] Jenny Packham Resort 2015

Oh what a dreamy royal collection from Jenny Packham for Resort 2015. I think she had Princess Kate Middleton in mind because all of these gowns just scream Kate!


Monday, July 21, 2014

[Monday Models] Anna Selezneva

I have a mildly strange obsession with Russian models. I first featured Anna Selezneva in February of this year. But it doesn't hurt to catch up with her again! :)

Anna is 23 and started modeling professionally in 2007. Russian models frequently have strong facial features and Anna is no exception! Her jaw and cheeks bones are quite striking.

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Anna has a degree in Psychology and plans to work in the field when her modeling career slows down. Check out what she has been up to recently...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

[Street Art Sundays] Sam3

Today's artist is Sam3 from Spain. His artwork is quite intelectual and is frequently about community and society. I love his black stenciled people. What do you think? 


Thursday, July 17, 2014

Marc Jacobs' Fall 2014 Campaign

What a fantastic idea from Marc Jacobs (no surprise there)! He held an open casting for his Fall 2014 campaign, hoping to find everyday people to be his models. The group that he put together did an amazing job on the campaign! Check out the short video below.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Amazing Digital Artwork by Pawel Nolbert

I don't post much digital artwork because I find few artists who I truly believe make worthy, passionate art through the software that they use. Those programs are so advanced that they can turn anyone into an artist with a click of a few buttons.

Of course, there are some people who so master these programs and have a creative artistic mind that they really can produce amazing work. Pawel Nolbert is one of those special persons.

He is now a super famous Pole and has worked on creative projects with dozens of large and small companies (many well-known).

Here is one of his recent projects that really struck a note with me. It's called "Atypical" and it's a series of letters, numbers and symbols "painted" digitally. I love typography so this was especially interesting to me.

Take a look...


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

[Tuesday Tattoos] Sergio Sanchez

I am in awe of tattoo artists whose work is so detailed that it looks like it could be framed. Sergio Sanchez, of Los Angeles, does really superb work. Check him out here: http://sergiosanchezart.com

Here is some of his work...

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Monday, July 14, 2014

[Monday Models] Ine Neefs

I love Ine Neefs' style, outlook, and relaxed take on her job. Modelling is not a career for her, though she could certainly make it one! This 18 year old Belgium model prefers to be at home with her family and friends, studying to become an elementary school teacher. :)

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She first signed with Dominique Models at age 16, but decided it wasn't for her and that she wanted to finish school. She was approached again last year and decided to give it a run. She says she feels uncomfortable in front of the camera, but she likes runway shows. 

You may not see a lot of Ine in the future, but if she does appear, you won't regret seeing her!

Here's what she has been up to lately...


Sunday, July 13, 2014

[Street Art Sundays] Mogul

Mogul is a Swedish artist and is very private. He has a very distinct style, always using stencils and mainly black, white and red paints.

I like how he creates witty message for society... Which is your favorite?

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Friday, July 11, 2014

[Fashion Fridays] Honor Resort 2015

Lace may be one of my favorite fabrics/patterns to play with. Needless to say, I am in LOVE with Honor's Resort 2015 collection. The collection had a very Victorian, vintage feel, which is my one of my favorites.

Giovanna Randall, lead designer, went all out and risky with high waisted shorts. I'm digging it! Though I have to say that I am not a fan of the flower pattern that she choose. [UGLY in all caps]

I also thought this photoshoot was gorgeous. The models (Dani Witt and Dasha Gold) with their vibrant hair and red lips against a simple building outside in the white sand (which also looks a little like snow because of the cool lighting). It came across very natural and poetic...


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Photorealistic Drawings by Monica Lee

Monica Lee's work is super incredible and detailed. She started out in digital art and just recently switched over to illustrating. She works a lot with graphite to create photorealistic drawings.

Are you blown away by her work, too?

Find her on Instagram and Facebook.



Tuesday, July 8, 2014

[Tuesday Tattoos] Ka Ta

This girl has a really awesome style! Ka Ta is a German tattoo artist currently working in Germany and France. She mixes fine art with a modern vibe... it's so cool!

Check out her Facebook page here.

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Friday, July 4, 2014

[Fashion Fridays] Hervé Léger Resort 2015

If you can get over the cheesy false background in this photo shoot, the Hervé Léger Resort 2015 collection is actually really beautiful. I'm a big fan of batik patterns, which to me are traditional and cultural, and there was a good amount of that here.

This collection is also all about tight and sexy. I love it! What's your view?


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Jeweled Installations by Suzan Drummen

I am really a girly girl at heart. These jeweled installations by Suzan Drummen are super FUN. I wish I could be paid to design like this... congratulations Suzan!

She has done some amazing work all over the world, but I've listed my favorites here. Check out all of her work at Suzan's website: http://www.suzandrummen.nl.

2014 Installation The Hague

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Photorealistic Artist Heather Rooney

This is a young artist to watch out for! At only 20 years old, Heather Rooney makes incredible photorealistic drawings. I'll let the drawing speak for themselves...

You can find her on Facebook and YouTube, where she uploads videos of the drawing process.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

[Tuesday Tattoos] Roxx

You know someone is a good tattoo artist when their book is FULL until 2016...

Roxx makes some incredible tribal-looking tattoos. This is taken from her bio:

"Roxx’s inimitable style embraces natures greatest creation, the human form. Her inspiration comes from marking the inner warrior on the outside and her visionary design work celebrates the strength of the human spirit. Indigenous art, architecture, ritual, and the divine forms of sacred geometry act to galvanize her designs."


Monday, June 30, 2014

[Monday Models] Daria Strokous

Daria Strokous has a seriously Twiggy thing going on. But it's working for her since she's currently ranked #6 on the Models.com Top 50 Models List!

This blue-eyed blonde Russian model is a favorite for top fashion houses, such as Dior, where she has participated in several campaigns since 2013.

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She got her start modeling professionally in 2007 at age 16, so she's had plenty of time to work her way up the ladder. 

A fun fact about Daria is that she moved to Benin as an infant and lived there with her family until age 5, when she moved back to her native Russia.

Check out what Daris has been up to recently...

Sunday, June 29, 2014

[Street Art Sundays] Pejac

Pejac is a fantastic artist from Spain who also dedicates some time to street art. His work is intelligent and usually has societal meaning behind it. I am utterly impressed with the details and depth, even though it really is just simple stenciling.

You can find more of his work on his website: http://pejac.es.

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Paper Artwork by Cheong-ah Hwang

I have a strange fascination with paper artwork. Because it is a simple, every day material, I find it to be so incredible what artists can make from it.

Cheong-ah Hwang was born in Korea and moved to the United States in 1992. She studied fine art at Ohio State University and started working with paper sculptures in 2000.

Her work, to me, is perfection. She has a large collection, so I highly recommend that you check out her website here: http://www.papernoodle.com

Here are my favorites...


Friday, June 27, 2014

[Fashion Fridays] Halston Heritage Resort 2015

This Halston Heritage Resort 2015 collection created by Marie Mazelis and Ben Malka is full of beautiful fabrics. 

For being a typical Halston Heritage conservative collection, you won't find anything mind-blowing. However, I think the twist on the classics and the excellent use of fabrics made for a very nice collection.

What's your take?


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

[Tuesday Tattoos] Chaim Machlev

I am obsessed with these tattoos from Chaim Machlev of Germany (specifically, Berlin). The geometry, the symmetry, the pattern. It's amazing.

You can see more of his work on his website here.


Monday, June 23, 2014

[Monday Models] Fei Fei Sun

Yay for asian models! Fei Fei Sun is a Chinese model who has been professionally modeling since 2009. Now at 25 years old she is currently ranked #12 on the Top 50 Models List.

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Fei Fei is also studying fashion design in Shanghai at Suzhou University.

Her personality is super sweet and a bit shy, but don't let her fool you. Her walk and photos are full of personality and sass!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

[Street Art Sundays] Globepainter

Julien "Seth" Malland is a fascinating street artist from France. His work is very intellectual, critical, and gives us a new way to look at the world.

He frequently uses similar images of children to reflect the culture in the country where he is working. Some of his images are flat-out strange and weird, but so is the mind of a true artist. :)

Cambodia (source)

Friday, June 20, 2014

[Fashion Fridays] Diane von Furstenberg Resort 2015

Although these photos are way more airbrushed/photoshopped/bad contrast than I would prefer (possibly on purpose, since it's so obvious?), Diane von Furstenberg still put out a great collection for Resort 2015.

I love the nod back to the 1970's!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Zaria Forman's Incredible Pastel Drawings

I am enamored by Zaria Forman's vibrant pastel drawings of landscapes and water. Pastels are my personal favorite medium and Zaria's work shows the dynamism of the tool.

She has an amazing portfolio which invites you to fall into the deepness of her art. I've included photos below from her two most recent projects in Greenland (2012) and The Maldives (2013). For more info on Zaria, check out Artsy's page on her here, which is chock-full of good information: Artsy’s Zaria Forman page

Zaria is incredibly gifted and I'm excited to see what her next project will be!

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

[Tuesday Tattoos] Michelle Madison

I will admit, I can't understand why anyone would ask for some of these designs from Michelle Madison. They certainly aren't on my "favorites" list, BUT Michelle is an amazing artist and pays attention to the tiniest of details.

At least the quality of the artwork is spectacular, even if the design itself is a bit strange (in my opinion)...

Michelle is located in the UK, so give her a shout if you like her work!


Monday, June 16, 2014

[Monday Models] Bette Franke

Bette Franke was born to model. Her Dutch genes lined up perfectly for her to be a star on the catwalk and in our advertising-obsessed world. Need I say more?


She was discovered by a modelling agent while shopping with her mom at age 14. She debuted in the Spring 2006 season (age 17) and since then has walked in all the top shows and has gained numerous top fashion advertising contracts as well.

One of the special things about Bette is how down to earth, "real", and natural she is. She also just got married in the fall of 2013 to her beau of over 3 years. :)

Check out what Bette has been up to recently...

S Modea for El Pais cover April 2014