Aug 31, 2009

Throught the Rabbit Hole With Leandro Erlich

I'd seen blog posts about the Swimming Pool before, but I just discovered the other brain-bending, perception-distorting works of Argentine artist Leandro Erlich. I would love to see them in person, but I'm not sure when there will be another exhibit of his work in New York. Still, click through the gallery. His work is confounding yet playful. Very intriguing.

Aug 28, 2009

Good Shoes for Kicking Ass

I have to say that I am a big fan of both of these shoe designs (both by Jeffrey Campbell). When you're going for the punk princess look, here's the Mel, all studs and stones:

If your look is a little more high-end whips 'n' chains, you might opt for the Posh 2, which keeps Mel's crystals but swaps the studs for chain:

And no, I can't fathom why both designs are named after Spice Girls. Seems a bit late for that, no?

Aug 27, 2009

Your Daily Dose of Cute

Well, it's that time again. Time for the release of the next year's Cute Overload calendar. But guess what? They've released it as both the usual page-a-day desk calendar and a wall calendar! Color me excited—every year I say I'm going to treat myself to the unadulterated preciosity of a Cute Overload calendar, but I never do because my desk space is always at a premium. Wall calendar, you have just solved my problem. Cuteologists everywhere, rejoice!

Aug 26, 2009

Styles by Stiles

Julia Stiles, eco-friendly fashion designer? For a peek at some of her creations, including such ensembles as 10 Shirts I Love About You, watch the following:

Aug 25, 2009

Dirty Rock

Honestly, not too many things are on my must-see list when it comes to porn. There was Pirates, of course, and Re-Penetrator sounds hilarious, though I haven't yet seen it...but 30 Rock: An XXX Parody has just made the list.

Sure, it doesn't actually star Tina Fey and the hairpieces on the characters based on Pete and Frank are appalling, but the Tracy Jordan character (renamed "Trey Jordan") is spot-on. I foresee hilarity.

And nudity. Lots of that.

Aug 24, 2009

Here Comes the Sun in Wearable Form

Mixko is always coming up with whimsical, wondrous new baubles. First there was the delicate, airy English Summer necklace, which won me over in a heartbeat. I bought it...then my mom saw mine and wanted it, so I bought her one of her own...then my grandmother saw my mom's and wanted it, so my mom and I bought her one.

Well, their new necklace, Here Comes the Sun, is equally charming. Naturally, I want it.

And best of all, I just discovered (via NOTCOT) that Mixko has an Etsy shop, which is a much more convenient and cost-effective option than ordering from their UK website as I've done in the past. Absolutely everything about the Here Comes the Sun necklace—the overall design, the title, the sweet little details—is darling. I want to order it immediately! And it's quite reasonably priced at $30, too.

Aug 21, 2009

Perfect for a Summer Afternoon

Well, now I know what I'll be craving for the rest of the weekend. Came across the recipe for an elderflower Champagne cocktail that looks divinely light and refreshing. I wish I had one right now. Hey, it's after noon.

Via Liqurious.

Aug 20, 2009

Sita Sings the Blues (But You Won't)

Sita Sings the Blues is a brilliant film; it's a clever concept (an animated, musical retelling of the Ramayana), visually stunning, and beautifully scored. It's also free. Animator Nina Paley created this remarkable movie, setting a pastiche of animation styles against the vocals of 1920s-era singer Annette Hanshaw, and released it under a Creative Commons Share Alike license...which landed her in a world o' trouble. Seems that there were still copyrights on the Annette Hanshaw songs, and the copyright holders wanted an average of $20,000 per song. Well, Paley and the copyright holders negotiated a flat fee of $50,000, Paley borrowed the money, and the film is out of copyright jail. So download it (it's allowed!) or buy the dvd. It's a must. Here's a glimpse (but don't watch the whole thing on YouTube—you need a big screen and high resolution to fully appreciate it):

And then, once you've been won over, as you inevitably will be, buy some merchandise! (I love the tees and camis.)

Aug 19, 2009


Oh, I sat on a little piece of heaven yesterday. I saw through a shop window the chair I have lusted after for so many years—the Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair. Well, even though they were selling it for a comparatively reasonable price ($1,100 for the chair, plus another $500 for the stand—and I've seen it for upward of $4,000), it's still sadly out of my price range. However, I did have a chance to sit in the display model. I swung gently, isolated from the outside world by my protective bubble. Can merely sitting in a chair be a transcendent experience? I think so.

Aug 18, 2009

Two Girls, One Up

This shirt is an adorable, geeky take on an otherwise disgusting meme. (Which I'm not linking to and have never watched; reading a synopsis was bad enough, thank you.) It's sort of the sartorial equivalent of taking lemons and making lemonade. Or taking poo and making lemonade.

Via Tcritic

Aug 17, 2009

I Want You, My Pretties!

While we're on the subject of The Wizard of Oz (not that that subject's ever terribly far from my mind), it seems that Tarina Tarantino has recently released a capsule collection of Oz-themed jewelery and accessories to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the classic film's release. (1939 was a great year for movies—The Wizard of Oz, Gone With the Wind, The Women, Gunga Din, and so forth.)

The collection includes My Pretty, a coffee table book of that reimagines The Wizard of Oz in a modern, Tarina Tarantino-influenced setting. Debi Mazar stars as the Wicked Witch of the West and—it's an odd choice, but I'm okay with it—Kelly Osbourne is Glinda.

It's a little trickier to find the jewelry in the collection for sale; I believe it's only available here and at Tarina Tarantino stores. May have to take a swing by the Soho store and take a look for myself.

Aug 16, 2009

Ruby Replicas

Do you know how exciting this is? Speaking as someone who has wanted—and tried to acquire—ruby slippers ever since I began wearing shoes, I cannot overstate my excitement at discovering that some brilliant and talented seller on Etsy called Cybertosh is handmaking and selling wearable replica ruby slippers. Now, throughout the years I've managed to amass an assortment of ruby slipper-like shoes (red glitter flats, red glitter platforms, red sequined mary janes, red sequined pumps, etc.), but these beauties are nearly exact replicas of the originals worn by Judy Garland in the film. Oh, and she'll make them in whatever size you want. And, if red isn't your thing, she also makes the same shoe in other colors like pink, silver, blue, and green. All pretty awesome. And only $99, which isn't bad considering they're handmade and fabulous!

Maybe I could wrangle a pair for my birthday or Christmas this year. Yeah, that's thinking ahead!

Via Shoewawa.

Aug 15, 2009

Little Red

I love this print so much. It's not just a clever reimagining of an old tale, but a beautiful artwork on its own merits. I was enraptured the first time I saw it, and have had it hanging on my wall ever since my last birthday (thanks honey!). I love watching people's faces when they realize what the subject matter is. It always takes a couple minutes.

Aug 14, 2009

Threadcakes: Decorative and Delicious

In case you haven't yet heard, the winners of the 2009 Threadcakes competition were announced a couple of days ago. Check them out here. Not just the winners, but many of the submissions were awesome. (The full gallery is here.) I was planning on entering, but you won't find my cake in the gallery. Nope, I scrapped it the last night of the contest upon discovering that I really don't know how the hell to handle fondant. It wound up being a tasty disaster. Regardless, take a look at the work of some people with real fondant skills.

Aug 13, 2009

Tough Chic for Tough Chicks

I've had a major longing for some Tom Binns baubles for a few years now, so I suppose it's no surprise that I'm smitten with one of his newest creations, the Tough Chic Zipper Necklace. Naturally, it's already sold out. At $770 a pop. 'Cuz I would have bought at least two of them otherwise. You know, with my pocket change. *snort*

I wonder if our First Lady bought one...?

Aug 12, 2009

I'm Baack!

The Pinup is dead; long live the Pinup!

Self-aggrandizing aside, the blog is back, redesigned, refocused—revamped, if you will. Politics and anecdotes are moving to my personal blog. Design, fashion, food, tech, those gift guides you all know and love (you know you love them)—those stay here.

We now return to our regularly scheduled programming. Stay tuned.