March 27 2017

Manhattan’s Stunningly Streaky Skyscrapers by Alexandra Pacula

Artist Alexandra Pacula just sent word that she’s opening a new show on April 20th. Called Vertical City, it will be held at Gallery Henoch, in New York City, until May 13th. For this show, the Polish-born, New York-based artist was inspired by the grandeur of Manhattan’s shimmering towers. A total of 12 large-scale paintings will be on display, which will all capture the city at night.

Doesn’t this almost look like a manipulated photo? I asked Alexandra about that and she replied, “It is a 100% oil painting on canvas no tricks.”

The moment I saw this painting, I fell in love with it! Particularly I love the vertical streaks and the rainbow of colors. Wish I could see this in person. (New Yorkers, do your part and check this show out.)

March 27 2017

Celestial Rug Resembles an Impressionist Painting

I’m a sucker for anything that resembles art, or in this case, an impressionist painting. (Maybe even watercolor?) I guess that’s why I fell in love with this rug. Houzz is having a major sale on it right now, it was $879.00 and now it’s $280.24 (you save: $598.76, that’s 68% off). What a steal!

Got to love the name and description. It’s called Nourison Celestial Area Rug. And here’s the description: “Cosmic consciousness inspires the Celestial Collection by Nourison. These heavenly area rugs possess a dramatic beauty, with rich, saturated colors that swirl together in unique and vivid designs. Each stunning area rug conveys a sense of movement and energy that verges on divine.”

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I like this one too but it makes me feel a little bit queasy.

Houzz website

March 27 2017

Gorgeous Customizable Lighting System of Glass Spheres

Think of all the fun you can have with this! Spanish lighting brand Vibia has just launched its latest customizable lighting system, which features blown-glass spheres supported by a metal matrix. The light globes can be suspended at different heights.

“The intention was not to design a completely defined and finished product, but a tool which allows any customer to create his own lighting lamp, in relation with the architecture space, the area to light and the desired kind of graphic pattern,” said designer Toan Nguyen.

“These individual parts constitute the kit of tools that designers can mould and adapt to individual commissions, a system of multiple modules that allows the specifics of each project to dictate the optimum lighting solution.”

Reminds me of Bocci lights.

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via [Dezeen]

March 24 2017

Fun Links of the Week

How was your week? We celebrated our friend Sonny’s birthday yesterday. It was great hanging out with old friends. This weekend we’ll be going to a resort in Dana Point to celebrate my niece’s birthday. Remember our past family trips like to Terrenea and Pelican Hill? I miss taking pictures so I’m going to lug the camera around with me. Next week, I hope I’ll be able to share with you some fun family pics.

Now, let’s get into the fun links of the week.

I love the look of paint splatter but I have never seen it on heels!

Buzzwords change daily; today’s it’s microinfluencer.

Good reminder.

Daniel Arsham’s new exhibition looks amazing..and trippy.

I want to fly to Chicago just to see this.

Society6 just started selling cool leggings with art on them. I’m loving Frida Kahlo.

Stephen Wilkes’ day to night in France photo is stunning.

I love all things pink. (Hence the hair!)

An interesting read about Instagram. (Cool podcast on the company at NPR.)

This cloud house receives a rain shower when occupied.

I love reading about strong women who are successful at their jobs.

For photography newbies – this 5 minute animated video describes aperture pretty well.

March 23 2017

Adorable Stick Figure Comics About Everyday Life by Dana Zemack

Artist Dana Zemack just reached out to me to tell me that her new book just came out! How I Feel Today: Comics About Everything is “a collection of comics that explore the things we feel, from the glorious highs to the garbage-y lows to the endless and unruly in-betweens.”

Why? “Because we have feelings, and it’s super gratifying to see them brought to life via a surprisingly expressive, eternally resilient stick figure girl who’s both super cute and extremely real. And then we can be like, ‘bhahahaha, yep that’s familiar.'”

The book was a successfully funded Kickstarter project. You can buy it now for $16.50 on Dana’s website.

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You can also follow Dana on Instagram here.

March 23 2017

Christian Louboutin’s Hottest Shoe

From what I can gather, these shoes are so “hot” they’re (almost) sold out everywhere! Called the ‘Victorina’ Flame Topline Pointy Toe Pump, they feature red hot flames towards the top of the shoe. As Nordstrom describes: “A cutout topline evokes fiery flames on one of Christian Louboutin’s finest stiletto heels, set near-vertical to dramatically shape your gait into a jaw-dropping stride. The iconic red sole—born from a brush with red nail color—pops beneath the graceful curves.” Victoria Beckham donned the black version last October. Love!

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Nordstrom’s website

March 23 2017

Fun Prints and Bright Colors by Mara Hoffman

I’m loving these bright and playful clothes by Mara Hoffman. The designer, who graduated from New York’s Parsons The New School for Design, started her own label in 2000.

As her website states: “Historically known for her signature prints and silhouettes, Hoffman’s compass today points toward simpler, textural pieces that accentuate the human form, highlighting powerful feminine aesthetics. Hoffman, both the company’s President and Creative Director, is a true, living embodiment of her designs, taking inspiration from her own travels around the world as well as the beauty in everyday experiences. Headquartered in New York City with her close-knit team, Hoffman strongly believes in mindful and conscious practices, which are at the crux of the company’s ethos.”

These clothes are from her Spring 2017 collection. The clothes are noticeably softer-looking than the vibrant prints and body conscious dresses she’s known for. As she told Vogue, “The root of the collection is still there. It’s still about celebrating joy and happiness and color, but it’s just reinterpreted and a little more refined.”

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Vogue’s website

March 21 2017

What Makes You Happy?

In the Mindfulness Manual, under the article Find Your Purpose, it describes four simple techniques that we can do to make room for happiness. Under the first technique, which is called Meet Your Actual Needs, it asks you to try this quick exercise. On a blank piece of paper write, “What makes me happy?” This sounds a lot like the gratefulness post I put up awhile back but instead of just people, she adds activities, emotions, and places. Don’t overthink it.

Here are some of mine:
Traveling to new places and breathing in the fresh air
Eating delicious, mouth-watering food
Thinking about my deceased grandma (RIP halmuni)
Taking the top down of my car and driving around with the wind whipping through my hair
Seeing art that takes my breath away
Being completely submerged under water
Sharing a good hearty laugh
Tickling my kids
Kissing my kids on their lips
Sharing a mountain of candy bars with Sam
Noticing a patch of colorful flowers on a hike
Downing a double espresso and feeling the surge of energy right after
Seeing a new artist’s interpretation of The Starry Night
Catching up with my siblings
Having a fun texting conversation with a friend

What makes you happy?

The four simple techniques to make room for happiness are:
1. Meet your actual needs
2. Say no, often
3. Identify whom you take for granted–then stop
4. Soothe your inner jerk

Photo of Parker and Logan.

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