Saturday, January 30, 2010

SelleckWaterfallSandwich, Where Have You Been All My Life?


If you haven't seen it, go! Go now!

Check it out before it reaches the awesomeness equivalent of critical mass, explodes, and destroys our universe.


Ladies and Gentlemen, Our President


Anyone who doubts that our president has serious balls should check out his Q+A at Friday's Republican Retreat. It was a take-all-comers intellectual ass-whupping, on live TV. We need more honest encounters like this - in which politicians from both sides call each other on their bullshit until they're having an actual conversation. We have so many problems to tackle right now, and spouting talking points at press conferences isn't going to get us anywhere.

Irony: Sometimes it manifests itself retroactively

The now-disgraced John Edwards, at the 2007 Father of the Year Awards.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

DIY:

Looking for some V-Day DIY? The Martha Stewart website has a TON of ideas. I don't know if I'd do any of these exactly the way they're designed, but the techniques are useful. Change up the colors, the motifs, and away you go.


Victorian Paper-Cut Card, from Martha Stewart

You could go straight-up geometric with this one.




DIY:



I'd like these in a different color palette, maybe grey and gold, or taupe and silver. And with a more geometric, less froufrou pattern.

DIY:


Felt Fortune Cookies, from Martha Stewart

These fortune cookies are great as is.

DIY:


Knot Bracelets, from Martha Stewart

Soft "chains" have been a trend lately - there are some nylon ones available at jewelry supply stores that look a bit like this, but some of them are held together with some pretty unsightly glue. This could be a good alternative.

DIY:


Lacy votive holders, from Martha Stewart

Cool technique -- lace and fabric stiffener, molded on a balloon. Play around with the colors, the materials, and the shape, and you could have something interesting.


ART:


Laurie Lipton

Amazingly intricate pencil and charcoal drawings.
Plenty of mechanical details and gothic elements -- there's definitely some steampunk influence here, but it's not tiresome. Of course, I'm also a sucker for art that recalls iconography, as a number of her pieces do.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Jewelry:

A customizable Valentine's Day gift pick that's reminiscent of Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree. (I can barely think about that book without crying.) While I'm not sure that The Giving Tree is the best model for a romantic relationship - one person giving all of their self to another, until there's nothing left to give, is probably more appropriate in a parent-child relationship - this ring is certainly sweet, and different. (via Refinery 29, who has another Valentine's gift story here)



I also like their Lost Love Compass Necklace - although if I gave it to someone, I would frame it as a "Love Compass, for finding you, my beloved, etc, etc."

Andre Bauer is Not Nice

In South Carolina, Lieutenant Governor Andre Bauer's campaign for the Republican nomination for Governor is getting some unwanted attention from the media, after a speech in which he compared people receiving government assistance to stray animals.

"My grandmother was not a highly educated woman, but she told me as a small child to quit feeding stray animals. You know why? Because they breed. You're facilitating the problem if you give an animal or a person ample food supply. They will reproduce, especially ones that don't think too much further than that. And so what you've got to do is you've got to curtail that type of behavior. They don't know any better," he said.

His opponents have claimed that his remarks are un-Christian, but I think maybe Bauer has just been reading from the "Compassionate Conservative" version of the Bible. You know, the one where Jesus says, "I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink; and I would like to thank you, because otherwise how would I have ever learned my lesson?"

See? Andre Bauer is trying to help people -- BY NOT HELPING THEM AT ALL.

Maybe I've just fed way too many stray cats in my life, but I think that Andre Bauer might be a terrible person.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Guilty Pleasures:













Today's guilty pleasure -
Perusing the fairy tale-related art at artsycraftsy.

And also eating cheddar cheese corn muffins. Thankfully, there are no pics of that.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Fashion Rickets

Fashion Rickets continues to strike the model community. Will no one help these beautiful, limp women?

Here, a model for mothlove, a Portland, Oregon-based company that uses cruelty-free silk, made without killing the silk worms. But will no one think of the models? All this one can do is lie on a rug. Please, someone give her some milk.


Le sigh. It's the same story over at Lanvin. Sure, Alber said he wanted "movement," so they tried their best, the brave things.


It's even struck the usually vital Miranda Kerr, shown here in Vogue Russia. So close to standing! Don't give up, Miranda!

Art / Fashion Blogs:


PROD

art + commerce production












Here, Karlie Kloss, shot by Patrick Demarchalier for Vogue (Feb 2010 US)

So pretty! But I was unaware that the nascent grey hair trend had morphed into a craze for grey skin.


Fashion Blogs:


Fashion Copious

Good stories, and lots of editorial scans. Without the usual ripped edges! Here, Miranda Kerr for Vogue Russia.


Friday, January 22, 2010

ART:




P. Williams

Oh, city, look out! The angry mail box is coming for you!



Tip from my lovely friend Anna at sub-studio blog.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Karen Nicol is Amazing, cont.






LOVE.


Karen Nicol is Amazing












If you like Karen Nicol's creations, you're in good company -- she's done work for Marc Jacobs, Matthew Williamson, Givenchy, etc, etc.


Jewelry:



Pretty necklaces from Lemon Grove, at Fey Handmade.


Monday, January 18, 2010

Frank Rich on Michael Steele: "Clownish Like a Fox"


As Frank Rich points out in the NYTimes, conservatives like Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, and Michael Steele are making serious money off of the "Tea Party" movement. Palin is reportedly being paid $120,000 to speak at the Tea Party convention, Beck uses his viewers' apocalyptic fears to sell them gold coins, and Steele is using his status as the Republican Party's appointed Obama-fighter to sell his book and "speaking skills" to the largely Obama-hating Tea Partiers. For Steele, this is another example of his taking advantage of his unique position as by far the most well-known African American in the Republican party. He's been calling out others for "displaying racism" and "playing the race card" while gleefully doing both himself. He offered Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal "slum love," claimed that he would use "fried chicken" to attract minority voters, and, my personal favorite, used the phrase "honest Injun" in a television interview.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Love, From War


Jewelry by Yassai 7. Take a close look at the letters that spell out L-O-V-E, and you'll see that they're actually weapons of war. Clever.

Sarah + Bristol Palin: "We're Glad We Chose Life"



Chose being the operative word there, ladies. CHOSE. Please admit that it's important that you had a choice.



Spring Steals



Forever21 "Silk Blended Applique Top" - $15.80

This is actually "reverse applique," and I'm totally gonna try to make something with it for spring. (See the Alabama Chanin collection for lovely examples of the technique.)

Spring Steals


Forever21 "Native Habit Skirt" - $8.50

Graphic African print - a big thing this spring.

Spring Steals


STRIPED RUGBY LS TOP
$12.80

Two big spring trends - sportiness and a grey + bright color combo.



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Spring Steals


Heritage 1981 "floral blossom tunic" - $19.90

There are two ways that Americana is manifesting itself in spring fashion - one is sweet, with faded florals, like this Depression-era type print.

The other is tougher - denim, plaid, Grunge-influenced.


Spring 2010 Trends, According to WhoWhatWear


WhoWhatWear's predictions for Spring 2010: Extreme wedges, all-weather leather, accessory overkill, lingerie galore, pretty pastels, mid-blue hues, manicured ruffles, digital prints, cut-out dresses, khaki craze.

I agree overall, but think they missed this season's over-riding "African" theme - the khaki is really safari/military, and the most interesting graphic prints are tribal - as are some of the shapes, which are less "cut-out" than wrapped. And I'm all for "mid-blue hues," but I'm hoping, Chloe et al. not withstanding, that it won't take the form of the double denim "Canadian tuxedo."


Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Lovely Not-Just-Skin-and-Bones



Model Crystal Renn is always described as "plus-sized," but she's just plain HOT. She's been front and central in fashion's latest "size wars," releasing her memoir, Hungry, and starring in the much-talked-about "size issue" of V Magazine. But according to her New York Times interview, she doesn't believe her recent popularity is necessarily a big victory for size acceptance. "When designers and editors choose one fat girl to salivate over, and revel in her avoirdupois, I'm not sure how much it advances the cause of using girls of all sizes in a magazine," she wrote in her book.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Things That Make Me Happy

Electropolis! Excellent and hilarious. Nice work, Sheridan College 3rd year Animation students.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Come On . . . Windfall Tax!



Democrats need to implement some strategic populism if they want to escape the November 2010 anti-incumbent wave, and bashing big banks could be the solution. And there's reason to hope that they'll implement practical actions, rather than just rhetoric. The NY Times reports that President Obama will attempt to recoup as much as $120 billion of the $700 billion financial bailout. How he'll do it is uncertain, but a windfall tax on profits, such as the British are considering, could be just what taxpayers and voters need.

Friday, January 8, 2010

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Hallelujah, Kinda


Schwarzenegger Seeks Shift From Prisons to Schools






Governor Schwarzenegger wants to shift California's money out of prisons and into schools, a move that could thrill those concerned with social justice. California spends $10.6 billion a year on its 33 prisons and 12 community correctional facilities. 30 years ago, 10 percent of the general fund went to higher education, and 3 percent to prisons. Now, 11 percent goes to prisons, and just 7.5 percent to higher education. Unfortunately, he wants to accomplish this liberal goal in a conservative way - by privatizing prisons. The system would be better served by releasing low-level offenders. The state's prison system is vastly overcrowded, and a panel of federal judges gave it two years to reduce its current number of 170,000 inmates to 130,000. But the governor has refused to allow prisoners to be released early, and the correction officers union is not cooperating.

Important Political Stances

Some prominent conservatives would like Americans to know where they stand - against the insanely popular movie Avatar. Also against the environment, certain religions, and hot human-on-humanoid sex. But for the Iraq war and clear-cutting. Read all about it!