Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Seeing Stripes at the Met

We have all seen the red carpet images of the Fashion Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But did you see any images of the inside? There is a spread in this month's Vogue with some great pictures of the decor designed by production designer John Myhre and art decorator Raul Avilas. The theme was inspired by former NYC nightclub, El Morocco.

What do you think of the zebra stripes? It's very bold, especially considering the venue. For even more shots, go HERE.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Goodbye Cruel World

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!! Infomercial product guru Billy Mays has gone on to the OxyClean Heavens in the sky. I cannot imagine a world without the cleaning products that Mays brought to us with such spirit and vivaciousness. I will do some laundry tonight and pour out a little OxyClean for my homie.

Happy Birthday Lindsey!

Lindsey is one of the best gals you could know. Happy Birthday doll face!

Hot Mess Monday

Dear Viktor & Rolf,

This outfit is a hot ass mess, honeychild. I am not only about to have a seizure, I am almost certain the Black Eyed Peas is missing a back up dancer.

I Want To Go There

Anybody with me? It's Monday, I am sunburned from the beach yesterday, I forgot a project I need to turn in so I have to go home at lunch and get it instead of eating, and it's Monday. Image by Becky Luigart-Stayner for Southern Accents.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Nike Gets Specific

Nike. Is there anything they cannot do? Above is a picture of their latest breakthrough in sports performance technology. Flywire webbing and Lunar Foam padding are just a couple of the new design expertise to help make these kicks sports specific. Weighing only 5.5 ounces, the LunaRacer has flex grooves along the compression-molded foam outsole to aid in evenly distributing impact. Liquid crystal polymer thread and an improbable hole in the heel reduce the weight of the Zoom Victory Spike coming in at only 3.4 ounces. The Hyperdunk also boasts flex grooves on it's outer sole to improve stability. At 13 ounces, the Hyperdunk is the lightest basketball shoe made to date. Pretty impressive, not to mention the design of the shoe wasn't all the team was thinking about....

LIT Workshop was commissioned by Nike Basketball to design a run of 24 two-way mirrored plexiglass boxes to house the Kobe Bryant Hyper Dunks. Any guess for how much these would go for on ebay? Photos from I.D. Magazine.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Sound of Death

As news of Michael Jackson's death travels faster than a speeding bullet, I cannot help but let you know what it is like working three blocks down from the hospital in which he died. There are probably 30-40 helicopters in the sky, constant police cars and fire trucks rushing down the streets with sirens blaring. People on the street are crying and there is a news correspondent on every corner. I am sort of scared for what it will be like trying to drive out of Westwood Village tonight. I feel kind of like how Henry Hill felt during that dinner scene in Goodfella's when he thought the copters were following him all day and he was driving around trying to trade silencers for coke and guns. The King of Pop is dead.

Claw Money Pop Up at Fred Segal

Tonight is the opening of Claw Money's pop-up shop at Fred Segal in Santa Monica featuring her SS09 line. Belvedere is sponsoring the event and the shop will stay up until July 9th. Fred Segal is located at 500 Broadway Santa Monica and the event is from 4pm - 9pm.

Happy Birthday Tara!

Always good for a laugh, cheers to you Tara!

Age Is just A Number

Ceramicist Eva Zeisel doesn't let the fact that she is 102 years old get in the way of what she loves doing, designing. Her recent collaboration with The Rug Company has re-produced three of her ceramic pieces into hand-knotted carpets. Her famous 1952 belly-button inspired room divider, Dimple Spindle, in rug form is shown behind Zeisel. The Hungarian born designer began throwing pottery as a teenager, worked as an apprentice in Germany and Russia and came to the U.S. in 1938 to teach ceramics at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. She rose to fame in the 1940's when she was asked to create a collection for Castleton China in partnership with the Museum of Modern Art. Image from Metropolitan Home.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Chic Hostess Gift

These colorful ice buckets from the Regency Collection by Mr. Ice Bucket couldn't be any cuter. At $20-$24 each, they also make the perfect hostess gift. Made of insulated vinyl with an acrylic lid and handles. Photo from Elle Decor.

Irish Traveller Update

A stunning Traveller wedding from Donegal town, Ireland.


This seems to be a popular color for the bridal party.





Simply breathtaking! And many thanks to my new bestie in Ireland, Gaven!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

This Vase is Bananas! B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

Could you just die right now? Jonathan Adler has done it again with this adorable Banana Bud Vase.

And only $48! I'm bananas for this bargain.

The Least Visited Capital City

When I ran across this spread in an old Wallpaper, I was really intrigued. Most of us will never visit the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) capital city of Pyongyang as the state of our foreign relations with the country is looking pretty bleak these days. So what are we missing out on? Well, this photo shoot in cooperation with the Korea International Travel Company was made possible in 2002 and I was blown away by some of the architecture and monuments of the city. Above is a Party Foundation Monument. Erected in 1995, this monument celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Worker's Party of Korea, also 50m tall. Very reminiscent of that hammer and sickle of the old U.S.S.R., which I did have the opportunity to visit in the 80's before Communism fell. Now home to over two million people, North Korea's socialist city is somewhat subdued and picturesque.

A city with no traffic? It's true. Inhabitants of the capital city enjoy a bucolic comfort that most city dwellers can only dream of. Completely rebuilt in rapid time after the end of the Korean War, Pyongyang still resembles a model of 1950's planning. There are over 200 garden spaces and endless tree lined roads along the River Taedong. In fact, 58 sq m of green space per citizen is their claim. Jerusalem has only 2.5 sq m and Paris on 12 sq m. It's almost unbelievable. The Arch of Triumph above was shot on a normal day. Constructed of white granite, the structure was dedicated to to the Great Leader Comrade Kim IL Sung. Specifically, it celebrates his liberation from Japanese colonialism. There are in fact dozens of rooms located inside the arch but no one is prepared to say what purpose they serve.

There is little visual pollution as well as no product advertising. Neon is only used for revolutionary slogans and photography is practically forbidden along with Americans. About 1000 tourists pass through the city every year and among those westerners are mostly students wanting to study their brand of socialism and steam train buffs. Above clockwise from the top: East Pyongyang Grand Theatre, Tower of Juche Idea, Athletics Stadium, and Mansudae Arts Theatre. The Tower of Juche Idea is 170m high including a 20m real fire-flame which flickers at night.

I really love the concrete detail of this Combat Sports Gymnasium. This type of wall work is seen on many of their buildings, demonstrating both the popularity of this type of work at the time (1950's) and a slight nod to propaganda for permanence.

Another commonality with the former U.S.S.R. is the amount of monuments. Even though many of the Soviet Union's monuments were brought down in shame, there were still several standing of great stature on my visit. We don't have so many of these in the U.S., maybe in D.C. and other older cities but definitely not on the level that you see in other countries. Monument to Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War.

You can get a sense of scale just by looking at that high-rise in the near background. This one is massive! Above, the Chollima Statue of a fabled winged horse was built as a testament to the speed of the post-war reconstruction of Pyongyang.

Also built with great detail and decoration are schools and restaurants. Above is the interior of the Yanggakdo Hotel which hosts a revolving restaurant on the top floor and a casino in the basement.

Left, the Puhung (Revival) Metro Station is equally elaborate. Huge chandeliers light even bigger mosaics depicting heroic citizens. Not to mention that the stations double as nuclear bunkers. Located more than 100m underground, they were built with steel shutters that can be closed in an attack. Surprising? Not really. Right, a chandelier at the Mansudae Schoolchildren's Palace.

Clockwise from top left: Mangyongdae Schoolchildren's Palace, Okryu Restaurant, Yonggwang (Glory) Metro Station, and Chongryu Restaurant. The Schoolchildren's Palace is like our Fame, built for extra-curricular activities of gifted students in 1989. More than 103,000 sq m, the Palace includes teaching rooms, a swimming pool, an indoor stadium, and a 2,000 seat theatre. Unreal, right?

The Carriage of Happiness is a sculpture in a series outside the Mansudae Schoolchildren's Palace. These sculptures are based on folk tales told to children by none other than Kim IL Song and Kim Jong IL. Charming.

The Mansudae Art Theatre (left) was completed in 1976 with a total floor space of 60,000sq m and a 40m high revolving stage. The interior is lavishly decorated in local marble. You can catch performances like, "Sea of Blood" and the favorite heartwarming classic, "A True Daughter of the Party". Right, another monument titled The Monument to Victory in the Fatherland Liberation War, erected in 1993 on the 40th anniversary of the war victory.

The two sculptural memorials flanking the statue of Kim IL Song in the Grand Monument on Mansu Hill, consists of 228 bronze figures. Representing the anti-Japanese struggle against Japanese occupation of 1910-1945, another imposing monument of colossal size. See the little people on the lower left side of the steps?

These are some great buildings. Clockwise from top left: May Day Stadium, Three Revolution Exhibition, Electronic Industrial Hall, and Three Revolution Exhibition Saturn Planetarium. The May Day Stadium is situated on Rungna Island. completed in 1989, it has a seating capacity of 150,000 (highest in the world), 80 exits, and underground facilities including training rooms, swimming pools and saunas. The Three Revolution Exhibition is home to products made in the DPRK. Various halls host ideological, technological and cultural exhibits.

The Ice Rink is located at the foot of Moran Hill where Kim IL Sung made a famous speech at the end of Japanese occupation in 1945. It is used for various athletic events and can seat over 100,000.

Monday, June 22, 2009

And the Winner Is....

The Townhouse Lady! Congrats on winning this cute little rug from CSN! Random.org generated #9 on the comments for the win. Thanks to everyone who participated, hopefully we'll have another great giveaway like this again soon.

To Tribute or Not to Tribute?

I know the YSL Tribute has been around for a minute but I have yet to invest in a pair (most around $900). I see them sometimes in the glossies and think they look great and other times think they look kind of strange, I am torn. What do you think? I like a sky high heel, but are these platforms overdoing it?

I am strongly considering purchasing this gold pair. I have four weddings to attend this summer and I think I would use them for at least half. What do you think? Tell me everything....

Only a Few Hours Left to Win

I will be using Random.org to generate a winner of this adorable CSN Trans-Ocean rug at 5pm today. Please leave a comment on the original post HERE for your chance to win. Leave as many comments as you like and don't forget to leave your contact info so CSN can get in touch with you. It's completely free and CSN will ship it to you are no charge if you live in the U.S. or Canada. What are you waiting for, go levae a comment! Good Luck!

Hot Mess Monday

Don't get me wrong, I love me some Gucci but what is going on in this picture? This poor woman seems to be caught in a tornado of fabric. The sky looks as if The Rapture is about to begin and this dress seems to have some sort of axe to grind. The model is most definitely not smiling with her eyes and her hand gestures are making me want to bust out some Thriller moves. I am confused, scared, and ready to hide under my desk. Photo from Lucky.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Summer Starts with Free Stuff!

My first giveaway! Help me celebrate the official arrival of summer and enter to win this bright and cheery Amalfi Collection CSN Stores area rugs from Trans-Ocean. It's completely free and CSN will even ship it to you at no cost if you're located in the U.S. or Canada. All you have to do is leave a comment in the post thread and I will use Random.org to choose a winner. You have all weekend to leave comments, comment as many times as you like. I will post the winner on Monday. Be sure to leave your contact information (name, address, email and phone number) if you do not have a link to your blogger account where all of that is provided or if you are commenting anonymously. Some more info about the product:
  • Hand-tufted in China using 50% acrylic, 50% olefin(polypropylene)
  • Contemporary patterns designed by Liora Manne
  • Broad range of colors in a soft, yet durable rug

About Trans-Ocean

Established in 1921, Trans-Ocean is one of America's oldest area rug importing companies. Long recognized for its innovative marketing and state-of-the-art management systems, Trans-Ocean has established itself as a market leader in color and design with the introduction of the Liora Manne, Winterthur, Lillian August and newest Trans-Ocean collections.

There were so many rugs to choose from on CSN, it was hard to pick just one. Good luck everyone and have a nice weekend!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Spotted...

Flipping Out's Jeff Lewis at Panda Express. I wonder at what temperature he prefers his Kung Pao Chicken?

Beauty at Bergdorf's

The department store aka gift from the God's Bergdorf Goodman recently unveiled this storage piece from Tse & Tse featuring vintage drawer pulls from reclaimed desks. The Astier drawers open on both sides making it a partner's desk of sorts. Swoon. Price? $10,500. Photo from Metropolitan Home.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Thank You and Good Night

Last night was the finale to a far too short series of Bravo's Real Housewives of New Jersey. Instead of a recap, I feel like a big thank you is order.

Dear Beverly/Danielle, Thank You for showing me the later effects of Botox on once normal eyebrows.
Thank you for showing me that a 26 year old man can look older than a 45 year old woman.
Thank you for saying pussy on basic cable and making the world cringe.

Thank you for putting Cop Without A Badge on the dinner table/my summer reading list.

Dear Dina, You are more or less awesome and I truly mean that. Your the mother of Lexi who seems like a good kid and not a spoiled brat. Lexi may hoard stuffed animals under her bed and a candy factory in her drawer, but you have the good sense to say things like, "That's Gross" when she told you she was going to wear a bikini top and shorts while in Greece. More importantly, you are the owner of Grandma Wrinkle the cat and that makes you a star in my book.

Thank you for bringing the phrase, "I Cannot Stomach You" into my life.

Dear Jacqueline, Thank you for "staying out of it". YEAH RIGHT!
But seriously, I like that your husband Chris told everyone they were acting like a bunch of fools. I couldn't disagree more but at least he had the balls to say it.

Dear Teresa, You are pretty much like every girl I grew up with and that's a good thing. Thank you for teaching your kids to say, "Fabulous!" when they pose for pictures and thank you for showing the world what happens when someone is out of line at a dinner party you are hosting.

Thank you for flipping that table while screaming, "Prostitution Whore!" at the same time. You are not only a beacon of class and elegance, you are my hero.

Dear Caroline, There are no words. Thank you for EVERYTHING!