Archive for December, 2012

December 20, 2012

For Love of City Life

 Ground level looking into the sunrise in the meat packing district in NYC

Photo of the Meatpacking district  by Mike Richard

I have many great loves and one is bustling city life. I like to take a trip into the city as much as possible, to get lost, soak up the culture, the life, the buzz, the pace, everything a city has to offer. Here are some of my favorite city works and when the time that has elapsed has been too long, these bring me back to that place.

Boy in Park

Boy in Park- by Tim Gardner

Waiting – by Casey Childs – Principle Gallery

Bryant Park – Charles Jarboe – Principle Gallery

Emma Haworth

The Fox is Black illustrations

Paper Metropolis by Kiel Johnson

A photo essay of the city in the blizzard of 2010 click to see the rest…

 

December 17, 2012

Free People: Light hearted chic comfort

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I love wearing white and cream in the winter. It feels so feminine and chic. This is one of my favorite dresses because of the dainty pink lace detail and  light free flow of the sleeves and skirt. Great Holiday look.

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Free People light heart

free peopleFree People Light Hearted Dress // Campus Frye Boots // Sanctuary Faux Fur Vest // Blue stone bracelet

December 16, 2012

Sculptural gifts under $100

 

Paper Art - Sculpture - kusudama - Yellow, Orange

Paper Art – Sculpture – kusudama – Yellow, Orange

Stoneware Sculpture "Two Suspicious Chickens", Handmade Ceramic Animal Figure

 Stoneware Sculpture “Two Suspicious Chickens”, Handmade Ceramic Animal Figure by MURTIGA

Mom, Dad, me and the world - Paper cut and paper sculpture - reproduction art card

Mom, Dad and Me  Daniel MAR 

peonies vase

Chrysanthemum Vase by Anthropologie

 

24" Sphere Garden Metal Sculpture

24″ Sphere Garden Metal Sculpture by Brett Cleveland

Pinned Image

Recycled Mats by Plumo

Artisan Paper Snowflakes

Paper Snowflakes by Olive and Cocoa

Teak Ladder 

Banded wool pouf 

No. 2 Dahlia Wall Sculpture

Dahlia wall sculpture by Dillypad

December 13, 2012

Black & Metallics: What I wore

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We all head for black in the winter, but this time, go metallic heels for the Holidays and mix it up with a Cape instead of a Coat. Easy way to feel chic.

Black Sweater Cape // gold sequined black tulle skirt (similar) // black hue tights // Pewter  Pour la Victoire Platforms // black leather belt

December 12, 2012

Found Object Art and Design: Torlarp Larpjaroensook

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This is a spotlight on one Torlarp larpjaroensook, nicknamed Hern, an amazing Artist whose house is in fact, a canvas/workshop/ livable space/creative zone. The Artist and owner of Gallery See Scape has talent radiating out of the ends of his long dreadlocks. He turns found objects into treasure and uses elements in his environment to create 2D paintings of Oil and Acrylic. When he speaks of his art and his home, he comments,

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My art is crazy because my mind is crazy- I put everything in my head into my art and feel peaceful for a moment, until the noise starts again. It helps me get creative.  ~Hern

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I look at everyday objects and think about how I use them differently, giving them a new or special function. I get inspiration from all around me.  ~Hern

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Torlarp larpjaroensook III

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Art is a part of our everyday life – I want to show art in everyday life. I believe everything around us is art.  ~Hern

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images and quotes via Habitus.

December 11, 2012

Gift Topper Ideas: Paper art

 

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I have a serious obsession with paper art. L-O-V-E it! I love the way the paper feels, smells, the way it cuts and folds. I can get lost in paperchase for hours on end. Moreover, I love artist designs with paper and this year I’ve decided to make paperart flowers to top my gifts instead of regular foil bows. I’m not really a traditional girl when it comes to the holidays (I have a white tree with rainbow colored ornaments). I wanted to incorporate a handmade gift along with my standard awesome present.

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To get the rich, less manufactured colors I like to add a further personal touch with watercolours. I paint the paper before folding and cutting and use an Ombre technique to create a gradient. You don’t neccessarily have to use watercolour paper. I like using heavy card stock because it holds the structure far better. Any old brush will do. This technique displays more of the color than the detail in brushstrokes. For a detailed D.I.Y instructions on how to make different types of flowers visit the sites below. As D.I.Y. is not my specialty, I’ll leave it to the pros.

Jones Design Company

 

Folio Love

Tip Nut

December 9, 2012

Red: On the hunt for Winterberries

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Happy Weekend. If your lucky enough to have 60 degree weather in December (so strange for here), spend it outside. We went on the hunt for Winterberries with great success!

Gap Jeans // tall brown boots (similar) // diesel Sweatshirt jacket similar (here , here and here)// J.crew pinstripe button down

photographs by Hayden Rust

December 7, 2012

Gift ideas: Stocking stuffers

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Looftlighter $79.00 // pave tassel earrings $58.oo// laundry totes $80.00//Keep Calm Carry On Bandages $8.00  //Horchow Initial Embosser $54.00 //  Mittens $6.00 // Kiehls Creme de Crops $48.00 // Gap pom pom Isle Hat & Knee Socks $24.00 (3 pack)

For More trends and gifts ideas visit my Currently Obsessed page

December 5, 2012

Walk by the lake: What I wore

This was one of those days that was horrible to photograph, but too perfect to miss. I visited the lake where I grew up over Thanksgiving and it was as beautiful as I remember. It was beyond the sunniest day I’ve seen in a long time and the air was perfect. What more appropriate than a blazer and sweatshirt with Oxford’s.

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julep blue nails

oxfords and khaki

oxfords ITo get this look or purchase any of the pieces, click on the item. 

Polka-dot Blazer splurge and steal // Grey sweatshirt, also like this one // Khaki pants // Steve Madden Oxfords // Julep Blue Nailpolish

Preppy Oxy look
Oxfords and Jeans
December 3, 2012

Creative Gift Guide: $34 to $800


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December is here and the countdown to the Holidays is official. If you’re struggling for some inspiration, let these ideas be your guide. There ideas from $34 to $800. Enjoy!

Wilsonart Laminate Countertops // Emily Rosendahl bags // Pinhole Press Bottle Labels // Kelly Wearstler: Rhapsody Design Book // To Bee Seated Consignment  and Black Dog Salvage consignment// Olive and Cocoa gilded nightstand bowls // Bombay Box Honey // Magazine subscriptions (easy win) Elle Decor, Vogue, Garden and Gun //Gift Certificate to Fab.com or OneKindsLane.com

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