Monthly Archives: November 2009

Gotta Have It…Handmade Porcelain Rings

I found these really whimsical porcelain rings while browsing Etsy the other day. When I learned that they are cut, sanded, and set by hand, I knew I just had to have one. I know I always see lots of pretty china and so much of it could be so much more if it was used as more than just a plate. These rings can be found at StudioNumberTwo’s Etsy site. I may buy a few…and you should too!

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Ah yes, it’s Turkey Day and though that means lots of food, football, family, and napping, it is also the day of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Started in 1924, the Parade has been a Thanksgiving tradition for years and includes everything from high school/college marching bands, popular performers and musicians, floats, and of course, the balloons. An interesting fact is that the parade began with live animals, but those were replaced by the balloons in 1927. I’ve always enjoyed watching the parade as the first thing to do on Thanksgiving morning, so I thought I’d share some of my favorite balloons over the years.

Mr. Potato Head!

Nifty fact – The parade was suspended from 1942-1944 because of the helium shortage cause by WWII

Hello Kitty

Nifty Fact – The balloons are inflated the day before on both sides of the American Museum of Natural History in NYC

Spiderman

Nifty Fact – The parade was first televised in 1939.

Fish (a vintage balloon from 1941)

Nifty Fact – From the beginning of the parade until 1933, the balloons were released into the air at the end of the parade. People would get reward money if they found the deflated balloons.

Buzz Lightyear

Nifty Fact – The worse place to view the parade is from Columbus Circle. The winds are high there, so the balloon crews rush through to avoid damaging the balloons.

Arthur

Nifty Fact – The largest balloon ever is Superman. He was over 80 feet tall and debuted in 1939.

Aren’t they fun! Happy Thanksgiving all!!!!

Flavored Ice-Like Sculptures

Here’s some awesome sculptures by Philip Low:

I’m not sure what they’re made of, but they are pretty damn cool. They remind me of when I used to make ice ut of juice as a kid.

Just Because…Lil Wayne/Lauren “England” Parody

This has to be the funniest Lil’ Wayne parody ever….Just Because

Ha!

The Realness that is PostSecret

Every Sunday morning (around midnight if I’m awake), I check out the postcards of the week at PostSecret. What is PostSecret you ask? It is an art project started by Frank Warren in which people from all around the world, mail in postcards that have a secret of theirs. The post cards are usually artistic, but what I love about this idea is the realness of the secrets that are sent in. Topics include love, hate, death, sex, friendship…pretty much everything pertaining to life. I read the secrets because it’s almost heart-warming (for lack of a better term) to see that at the end of the day, we’re all human beings with the same struggles, hopes, fears, and desires. I’ve mailed in a few secrets of my own…maybe one day they’ll make it on the site.

Here’s some of my favorite secrets that were on the site the last few weeks:

Gotta Have It…The “Katrina Pump” by Tory Burch

Why oh why do I have an unbreakable attraction to glimmer and sparkle?! That is exactly what drew me to these beauties: the Katrina Pump by Tory Burch. And at $495, they aren’t that bad…perhaps a splurge is in my near future???

…wait a minute, in the process of obtaining the above photo, I found out that these pumps are now $297…Oh, it’s SO on now…

Designer of the Day…Hussein Chalayan

To me fashion is art. Art made with fabric (or sometimes not even that!) and the human body. That is what I was thinking about when I choose Hussein Chalayan for the designer of the day. This man has an amazing way of using art, fashion, and technology to create extremely unique and awe-inspiring garments. I mean look at “Bubble Dress” above. If that isn’t crazy amazing, then I don’t know what is. He’s also done art installations and exhibits pertaining to fashion, art, life, and culture.  Feast your eyes on more uniqueness from Chalayan:

Some RTW from Chalayan:

I want to leave you with a video of Chalayan’s work in motion. Literally….(the fun begins around the 2 min mark)

See what I’m talking about!? Cool.

Just Because…”Make Me” – Janet Jackson

Regular readers of this blog are probably aware that I’m a huge Jackson fan. Michael for the musical genius and personality and Janet for the personality and awesome dancing. So I thought I’d post her new video for her new song “Make Me”. The song is very fun and classic Janet. The video is turning out to be a favorite of mine due to the style and look. So here’s “Make Me”…Just Because

Those metal accents on the shoulders of her jacket have to be the coolest thing I’ve seen on clothes in a long time. Janet is so cool. Love Her!

X-ray Photography

I don’t know about you, but I get a little bit nervous any time I have to get x-rays done. I think its something about that lead vest…anyway, even though I don’t think the x-ray process is cool, I most definitely think the result (an x-ray photo) is. I do find it fascinating to see what’s behind the outer apperance of something and x-rays certainly entertain this curiosity.

Photographer Nick Veasy agrees… 

 

See what I mean? Veasey is a British photographer that specializes in X-ray imaging. He’s x-rayed everything from Coke cans to shoes.

Neat-o!

Designer of the Day…Chandi

 During my morning commute today while reveling in my Nylon Magazine, I pleasantly came across some really festive designs by Brooklyn based designer Candi Lancaster. Chandi describes her line (Chandi) as something the Fly Girls (from In Living Color) would love. Judging from her description and the accompaning photographs, that obviously means a mean mix of spandex, bright colors, and mini -everything…which is definitely cool with me!