Friday, July 24, 2009

Glass Candy

This is the brilliance of white light.
You should check this out.

Photography: Man vs. Nature

Ever since I heard about the website a few weeks ago i've already spent hours perusing hundreds of inspiring photographs and digital designs, some completely bizarre, some hilarious, all beautiful. I'm completely mesmerized by this photograph above. My mother once told me that a good photograph, or work of art for that matter, was one you wanted to look at for more than 15 seconds. Just looking at this photograph provokes so many ideas and memories within my mind. It's almost as if i've seen this place in a dream, or Italy, or Los Angeles, or another era entirely.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Fashion: Christopher Kane

How gorgeous are these dresses from designer Christopher Kane's Spring '09 line? My love for scalloped edges has transcended the printed page and re-emerged in fabric form. I'm really a fan of the long sleeved mini-dress lately, as it's currently on my "to-buy" list.

Inspiration: Arielle De Pinto

Speaking of inspiration, ever since I discovered Arielle De Pinto's jewelry I haven't been able to stop thinking about her delicately crocheted chains of gold and silver. They remind me of dewy cobwebs and tangles of gold thread - so beautiful.

Culinary Creations: Olallieberry Pie

Behold! My very first hand-picked home-made olallieberry pie! June marks the beginning of Olallieberry season, and there's nothing I love more than the tarte-sweet taste of what I consider to be a cross between a red-raspberry and a blackberry. Fen and I drove down to Santa Cruz to visit the fam, with our friends Greta and Chris in tow, and headed down to Watsonville for some good ole' fashioned berry pickin', "pik-yor-sef" to be exact, at Gizdich Ranch. It was a huge success and we ended up with four massive zip lock bags full of olallieberries in our freezer. My new friend and co-worker at HEAT, Sarah's birthday picnic was the perfect occasion to bust out my new found culinary skillz, along with the help of Mumsy's famous recipe for olallieberry pie. Needless to say, it was deeelish!

Design: Jill of all Trades

I just finished designing the 2009 Jill of all Trades Call for Entries flyer for my friends Kenny and Chris who run the Presidio Motel in Santa Barbara. Jill of all Trades, now in it's third year, is Kenny's creation and the only annual faire that features the handiwares of talented artesiane. Art, fashion, jewelry, culinary creations, DJ's, live bands, you name it, if it's progressive and chic it's featured here. This year's Jill of all Trades will be held on Saturday, September 26th and the entry deadline is September 10th, so if you're a creative lady and you've got the goods, be there or be square.

Design: San Francisco Drawings

I thought I'd start the new "inspiration" blog by showcasing some of my favorite digital drawings of the city that inspires me on a daily basis, San Francisco. One of my favorite things about the foggy city by the bay is it's unique and characteristically San Franciscan architecture. I pass the morning and evening commute from Lower Pacific Heights to Pier 33 by gazing from the bus windows as I pass block upon block of century old apartments admiring the linear silhouettes, ornate moldings, sunny bay windows made of poured glass, and the pastel palate that composes my urban backdrop.