Monday, October 31, 2011


Unbelievable stop-motion video of Arizona and Utah vistas from landscape photog and stop motion expert, Dustin Farrell. Shot on his Canon 5D Mark II (my dream camera) and using a combination of RAW still image sequences and motion control stacked to create high dynamic range or HDR pictures - they give a stunning view of the west.

Half of the imagery are the recognizable wide-open landscapes of my childhood, and the rest are almost extra-terrestrial. 

Makes me long for a road trip -- with a fancy camera. For more of Dustin's work, check out his Vimeo page.

Friday, October 28, 2011

halloween skeleton roundup

Via Anatomy House
 I happen to be part of the minority that thinks skeletons make perfectly acceptable decor year round. I love them and can't help myself - maybe it's my New Mexican roots and all the Dia de los Muertos imagery floating around my trips there as a kid, but oh man, I adore them. Using the impending holiday as an excuse, here's a round up of some of the coolest skeleton themed gear I've spotted this season. 

 Skeleton servers from World Market

Glitter skulls from West Elm

Awesome (and pricey) cufflinks. Love that one has his mouth open. From Betteridge.

A more playful day of the dead take on an owl on a pillow - by Liw Banks on Etsy.

Skull stein - from Urban Outfitters.

Dancing skeleton tote bag  - from Bon Matin

Teeny tiny skull stud earrings - also from Urban Outfitters.

Slightly subtle sugar skull clutch wallet - from Loungefly on Amazon.

A more nautical take - another from Urban Outfitters.

The coolest dish towel every - from Bon Matin.

A little more dramatic (and dangly) earring choice - from Paulette Avila on Etsy.

Anatomical china - from Austin Modern on Etsy.

A slightly sweeter skull ring -  from Alvina Abramova, cute earrings too!

An incredible vintage French anatomy poster from the famed Parisian Deyrolles

wild animals

Some serious animal makeup from Markus Lupfer's spring show - some additional inspiration for your Halloween weekend? The zebra is pretty rad. 

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Why do sandwiches taste better when someone else makes them?

Via Grilled Cheese Social

Daniel Kahlman from the NY Times says it's because: 

"When you make your own sandwich, you anticipate its taste as you're working on it. And when you think of a particular food for a while, you become less hungry for it later. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, for example, found that imagining eating M&Ms makes you eat fewer of them. It's a kind of specific satiation, just as most people find room for dessert when they couldn't have another bite of their steak. The sandwich that another person prepares is not "preconsumed" in the same way."

With the rain hitting the east coast - and the snow hitting my home in CO - I'm thinking a grilled cheese sandwich is probably the best kind of sandwich to force someone else to make for you right now.

For mind-blowing, ooey-gooey-melting inspiration, check out the ever delicious Grilled Cheese Social where MacKenzie Smith riffs on the classic cheese + bread + heat equation in more ways than you ever thought possible.

Ready for lunch?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011


If you haven't yet seen the work of photographer Natsumi Hayashi over on her blog yowayowa camera woman diary, it's time to check it out. These images keep popping up in my reader and I'm blown away by them. Shot without the help of rigging or photoshop, Hayashi creates self-portraits of effortless levitation just with just a  ten second camera timer and tripod. Amazing - right?

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

sexy halloween

Snickering at this illustration by Jillian Tamaki spotted on The Hairpin. What are you going to be for Halloween? Something sexy??

Monday, October 17, 2011

ficus lyrata

Via Elle Decor

I'm desperate to find a spot in my house for one of these gorgeous indoor trees. Feeling inspired by some well-placed greenery in a friend's apartment in Charlotte, I would love to bring some outside in as the weather changes this fall.

This tree is a ficus lyrata or fiddle leaf fig - once I figure out where to put one, I need to figure out where to buy one (help internets!) and then the ultimate challenge; figure out how to keep one alive!!

Via Elle Decor
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Friday, October 14, 2011

post it love

Animation made ​​with 350,000 sheets of Post-it notes in front of Melissa Gallery in Sao Paulo, for the launch of the collection "Melissa Power of Love." Photographed step by step and by 25 animators in five months.

How much do you love the little girl writing a message?

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Being Elmo, which will open across the country next week, chronicles puppeteer, Kevin Clash's life from childhood aspirations to the most famous character on Sesame Street. The documentary looks charming, and after having the opportunity to work with Kevin a few times, I do feel that his work really is something special.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Tea- bot

How much do I love this little tea making robot? He is awesome and unfortunately sold out at mod cloth, but I couldn't resist posting anyways.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

flower pedal

For just a few more weeks (until Oct. 29) visitors to London's W Hotel have the opportunity to try out designer, Ron Arad's literal reinvention of the wheel. The 18 individual strips of sprung steel supposedly create a pretty smooth ride, the faster you go. Art in motion.

Monday, October 10, 2011

new gypsies

Totally taken with this beautiful photo series by Iain McKell of modern day gypsies or horse-drawn travelers. These portraits titled, "The New Gypsies" are the culmination of a ten year project during which McKell followed the travelers across The UK observing their lifestyle. A much more nuanced story than that of my big fat gypsy wedding.