Friday, May 29, 2009

Books On Pop Surrealism I Want...

Here's my list of Pop Surrealism books that I'm dying for. So beautiful....but so expensive...

The Upset: Young Contemporary Art

Mark Ryden: The Tree Show

Juxtapoz Illustration

The Garden of Eye Candy

FolkLife '09 & Boe Oddisey

Well FolkLife was again a success this year. It's changed a lot since I first started going about 7 years ago but I still enjoy going if I lay in the grass instead of trying to fight my way through the crowds. 
The most joyful part of FolkLife as those of you from Seattle know, is Boe Oddisey who I wrote about after last years festival here. He's always a sight for sore eyes. Below is a polaroid of he and I dancing with the aid of his signature scarves. Thanks Boe!

Thanks to FolkLife I'm now just able dying for summer to start. I graduate college in 16 days!!! And then hopefully....after I find a job....I can relax and start planning out those festivals! So in case you'll be in the Seattle area this summer here are a list of the upcoming TO-DO's:





Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Little Dizzle Premiered This Weekend

The film that I assisted with costume design on The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle had its premier this past weekend at SIFF and I had no idea! I'm so bummed that I missed it! Anyways I've talked about my experience before...but here's the updated trailer that's much better. Hope you all go to see it when it's finally in theaters. 

Oh and p.s. it seems that I'm still left out of the credits....ugh...after all the time I spent working on it!

Saturday, May 16, 2009

The Newest Miyazaki Film

I'm sooo excited! Miyasaki, who directed two of my favorites films My Neighbor Totoro and Spirited Away, is now out with his newest feature film Ponyo On The Cliff By The Sea! Hurray it looks like it will be reverting back to Totoro style anime, which although isn't quite as stunning as the style of Spirited Away it does have a certain sentimentality about it. So check it out! If you can't see the subtitles just click on the CC button after the up arrow button on bottom right of player. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

My Ever Expanding Etsy Cart: Enchanted Theme

Moonelighte: Midnight Fantasyland Druzy Strand $32

Whichgoose: Cocoon comb (when i get married I'll definitely be buying one of her crowns)

Beasley's Wonders: Egyptian Empress Circlet $24.99

Blue Planet Creations: Skeleton Key Necklace $14.95

The Honeycomb: Woodland Headband $28

DIY: Faux Feather Wreath

I want to start on making one of these gorgeous Faux Feather Wreaths IMMEDIATELY! How fantastic to have hanging on my door? Although I probably should laminate it as I do live in rainy Seattle. 
Visit the above link to the Etsy tutorial and make sure to check out Tiny Bazaar for a variety of feather cut outs. Plus I love the idea for using them as gift wrap decor like below!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Saturday, May 9, 2009

I Wish I Had...

One of these designs by Chair Couture! How amazing are they? Bringing all the best parts of being outside inside.

Inspiration of the Day: Back to Belly Dance

Yesterday I was looking at some beautiful hip scarves on eBay and I felt a renewed desire to take belly dancing back up after about 4 years of losing all that stomach muscle unfortunately. Ugh it's so much harder now! I started back up watching those Shakira (she's really is an amazing belly dancer) videos that had inspired me so long ago and I got lost browsing all the wonderful costume shops that are online. So maybe this will inspire you too. It's really great exercise and lots of fun (especially wearing the costumes)!


Costume Online Shops: 

Bellydancing Videos & Instructional DVD's: 

The first choreography I learned haha (below)

More Druzy Jewelry! And This Time Their Cheap!

For those of you who have been following for a while now you know that I LOVE druzy and geode jewelry...a lot. Here and here are older posts with more. And thanks to Bleach Black I've discovered some that are actually all under $40. So check out the Earth Relics Jewelry Company to find one that suits your own unique tastes. There are beyond amazing selections....and honestly I'm still not over the are a few of my favorites...Enjoy!

The one below is a fossilized dinosaur egg! How cool is that?

The Essence of Light: Que Houxo

Que Houxo creates these incredibly unique and stimulating graffiti installations with florescent paints and black light. He's been featured a lot lately in art magazines and seems to have moved on from "up and coming" to "already here". Check out his Flickr account and you'll be lost forever!


If you're looking for something to brighten up your day when you're stuck at work on a wonderfully sunny I NEED to check out Awkward Family Photos. It's pretty self explanatory. I know you've all walked into someone's house and tried to hold back the laughter when you see something similar to these beauties...

Friday, May 8, 2009

Wildfox By Whitehorse Couture

Why does Wildfox By Whitehorse Couture have to be so expensive?! So cuteeee

Swimsuit FOUND

Hurray I'm way ahead of the summer season this year because I just found two great bathing suits! The first is the Betsey Johnson "Rockin' Robin" suit and the second is the one from Victoria Secret which I got an sale for a total of $30! Which is even cheaper than it is online AND it was the last one! SO excited to find such a great deal because my swimsuit that's lasted for me for the past 4 years finally wore itself out and I have the hardest time finding suits that fit. When I wear it I feel like I should be shakin' my hips to "Beach Blanket Bingo". Victoria's is really having an amazing sale right now on their suits so if you're looking for one that's
 definitely my suggestion. Good luck! 

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Anemic? Try Blackstrap Molasses

I've always known that I had a tendency towards anemia but after taking a blood test recently I realized that my iron stores are becoming increasingly low. Being a vegetarian doesn't help things much either and after taking iron supplements regularly and realizing that they made a pretty insignificant difference, I've decided to really research some healthy choices I can start to make. 

The reason I'm posting about this for all you to read is that most of my readers are women and women have an especially high risk of anemia because of menstruation blah blah blah. Even if you aren't anemic, increasing your iron intake can help lighten cramps and give you more energy. And who doesn't want that?

What I wanted to share in particular was an old fashioned remedy...Blackstrap Molasses.
Blackstrap Molasses (best unsulphured) is created on the 3rd boiling of sugar syrup. It's basically a step up from regular molasses. Supposedly by taking 1 Tbl. first thing in the morning blackstrap molasses has been said to help cure acne, cancerous tumors, anxiety and tons of other health issues. Whether this is true or not the fact is that just 1 Tbl. has 20% of your daily iron intake! And if you're looking for calcium, it also contains 200 mg of it!

You can take a spoonful plain or mix it with your morning coffee, tea, or milk. Plus there are tons of other recipes for other uses all over the place online. Well I'm going to start trying this right now and if you decide to try it let me know what you think! Enjoy!

Here are a few sites I found helpful: 

Saturday, May 2, 2009

I Never Want To Leave The World of Michael Parkes

Alright...get ready for a long post of images. I've fallen in love with the world of Michael Parkes. I really don't even know what to say about his art besides that I kept saving image after image to prepare for this post and pretty much ended up saving every other illustration I found...I assume that's all you really need to know.
If you love the Art Deco and Surrealism movements or mythology he's your guy.

Camilla d'Errico's Painted Ladies

Camilla d'Errico's pieces capture a such a strange juxtaposition between naivete and corruption, innocence and intrigue, plus a touch of cutesy kawaii. Pretty compelling in my opinion. Look for yourself!