Sunday, December 29, 2013

cute and straight

Jimmy Bonez flickr via flickrhivemind






















Straight Edge Hello Kitty Tattoo

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Eva Franco Stripe Swing Dress in Blue Motif


Eva Franco Stripe Swing Dress in Blue Motif sold at Anthropologie.




Description from the website:

Inspired by her world travels and flea market finds, Los Angeles-based designer Eva Franco is known for her combination of whimsical details and timeless silhouettes that flatter the feminine figure. The full skirt of substantial jersery A-line is begging to be spun on the dance floor.



  • By Eva Franco
  • Back zip
  • Polyester, cotton, nylon; polyester, spandex lining
  • Dry clean
  • Regular: 35"L
  • Petite: 33.25"L
  • USA

Suzette Shift Dress by Maeve

Suzette Shift Dress by Maeve sold at Anthropologie


































Description from the website:

The name "Maeve" references a purple flower, a Greek goddess and a¿famously beautiful Irish warrior queen. In light of these inspirations, it's no surprise that the Maeve brand is both feminine and playful, a representation of beauty and strength at once. With just a kiss of glinted thread, this hopelessly romantic jacquard shift is the quintessential date-night frock.


Rosette Skirt by Yoana Baraschi

Rosette Skirt sold at Anthropologie


































Description from the website:

Curve-hugging and universally flattering, pencil skirts have more than earned their reputation as timeless wardrobe staples. We love this romantic one from Yoana Baraschi with a lace peplum top and peep-toe pumps.

Bess Top sold at Anthropologie

Bess Top sold at Anthropologie






















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Old Havana Mug in Mint from Anthropologie

Old Havana Mug in Mint from Anthropologie.






















Mint is my favorite color so I was thrilled to see this.

Description from the website:

Finished with a crackled mint glaze, these stoneware pieces seem culled from a forgotten china cabinet on Calle Obispo.






















The mug comes in other colors. To view click, here.

Pop-Print Measuring Spoons from Anthropologie

Pop-Print Measuring Spoons from Anthropologie


Cupcake Dress at Modcloth

My Sweet Art Dress sold at Modcloth.






















Cupcake print dress by Bea & Dot.


KBBK Kombucha Home Brew Kit

Not sure how I feel about i this. Kombucha Kit sold at ANTHROPOLOGIE?

KBBK Kombucha Home Brew Kit


Care for a Kettle? Tea Pot from Modcloth

Cupcake Kettle or Teapot at Modcloth.






















The spout looks like a pig nose and the top is definitely resembles a peppermint candy. I don't care forth either, however, overall this kettle is pretty enough to be added to my humble collection.


Monday, November 4, 2013

Brilliance. This is Brilliance. This is Brilliance. This is Brilliance. Oh to shine.


Rocco Deluca - Swing Low - Nov, 18th 2010 - Philadelphia

Thanks to YouTube user Doug Seymour  for posting.

Official Rocco Deluca Facebook

Official Rocco Deluca Website

Who Inspires You?

Those who are more dedicated than a tattoo.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Friday, October 25, 2013

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros Big Top Featuring "In The Lion" Official Fan Made Video


Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Big Top Featuring "In The Lion"
Official Fan Made Video
- 10/2013

Created By: Sarah Moumblow (http://sarahmoumblow.wordpress.com/)

http://edwardsharpebigtop.com/

we choose our interactions


tokidoki x Ju.Ju.Be HoBoBe Handbag Unikiki

New Tokidoki purse series launched on 10/24/13! Introducing Tokidoki x Ju.Ju.Be.






















This purse is the HoBoBe Handbag Unikiki.Visit Tokidoki to see others with this pattern.


































































Product Description From the Website:

Details:
- Mommy Pocket … get organized!
- 2 exterior insulated beverage pockets … with Thinsulate by 3M. Keep it warm? Keep it cold? Sure!
- Plenty of zippers and pockets for excellent organization.
- Adjustable strap includes a top-notch shoulder pad with memory foam and a grippy textile underneath … no more straps sliding off your shoulders.
- Teflon ... so stains don't stick.
- AgION Antimicrobial Linings ... kills germs, mold, mildew, fungus, bacteria, and other bad stuff.
- Metal Hardware ... we don't trust any of the cheap plastic stuff.
- Light Colored Linings ... you can actually see what's inside, it's not just a big black hole in there.
- Machine Washable ... air dry. 13.5 x 9.5 x 5.5 inches (width x height x depth) 1 lb


Visit Tokidoki.

Black Fish






















Black Fish: a doc from the perspective of former Sea World trainers speak about the deaths of whale trainers killed by the animals. The film was playing in select theaters only, but CNN debuted it last night, followed by 2 hour discussions by 2 panels. They debated as to whether Sea World & other sea parks should exist. I say NO. Surprised that even Jack Hanna believes that Sea World is safe for trainers, & healthy for whales. In the end $/entertainment wins. The trainers discuss whether a relationship exists with the whales or if they simply respond to food. They discuss separation of whales, mistreatment of whales, and realizing that the whales aren't theirs. They are owned.
  

Official Black Fish Trailer - 2013

Circus? No. Zoo? No. Sea World? NO! We would lose a historical staple of entertainment, & $ would be lost. So what? There are other ways to learn about whales, & it is soulless to think that whales should have to sing for their supper. The park uses the word "behaviors", but they are in fact tricks. There is no part of these parks that benefit the whales. What's in it for them? Nothing. 


Black Fish Looks at Whales in Captivity

To pre-order the film visit Amazon, here.

Edward Sharpe Big Top Poster


















via Edward Sharpe Shop
I was here and it was grand.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Buy SOIYL Shoes! I Did!

Just recently I posted SOIYL Shoes and Edward Sharpe Big Top which speaks to my experience at the recent Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros shows at the Los Angeles Historic State Park which took place under a circus big top on Oct 17th – 20th.

It was there that I met a vendor named Doloros Melgoza creator of SOIYL  shoes. In making a purchase you are donating to Raincatcher organization which assists in harvesting rainwater into drinking water for children in Africa. Water in some parts of the world are contaminated and will cause sickness.















FUSHIA SUNSET

and





















SAMARA

The shoes are handmade by Doloros herself. Only recently has she obtained some help.

Rain Catcher has partnered with Shakeology by Beach Body. Beach Body sells the superfoods drink as well as P90X. A friend who happened to be Beach Body coach sold me on the goodness of Shakeology, so this was an extra treat for me.













Buy from the Rain Catcher website and you are contributing to their cause.















Here is the lovely lady herself. Doloros Melgoza, straight out of Venice Beach. She's a very kind women and it will be your pleasure doing business with her.






















Here she is on the Big Top park grounds with Mr. Alex Ebert sitting behind her.






















He later became a customer and purchased some SOIYL.






















Here magnificently skilled folks on stilts stop by the SOIYL tent. Inside is Doloros' dog Romeo. All images are from Doloros' facebook or official SOIYL website.

Visit Doloros' pages and make a purchase. As Doloros would say; Touch the SOIYL beneath your feet.
  




Tuesday, October 22, 2013

If I If I Were Free | Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros -- Edward Sharpe BIG TOP Shows


If I Were Free | Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros  -- Edward Sharpe BIG TOP - October 2013 --The Los Angeles Historic State Park October 17th-20th.

Show was under a circus big top. The event included a farmer’s market, and performances by various musicians, vaudeville comedy, contortionists, acrobats, puppet masters, and more. Sunday held a matinee for children an family as well as a full bodied show after. 

From Youtube:

Published on Oct 21, 2013
Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros performed an acoustic version of, "If I Were Free," before opening night of their Big Top Festival in Los Angeles.

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

SOIYL Shoes and Edward Sharpe Big Top


"A UNIQUE MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE ART FESTIVAL FOUNDED AND CURATED BY THE BAND TO TAKE PLACE UNDER A BIG TOP CIRCUS TENT OCTOBER 17TH – 20TH AT LOS ANGELES HISTORIC STATE PARK 

'The festivities will take place under a traditional Big Top and include an intimate headlining performance in the round by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, a unique farmer’s market, beer gardens, late night happenings, and performances by an eclectic mix of musicians, vaudeville comedy, contortionists, acrobats, puppetry, and interactive performance art"
--Edward Sharpe Big Top facebook 

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Touch the SOIYL beneath your feet. That is the slogan for SOIYL shoes. As the Edward Sharpe Big Top show was approaching the facebook page began posting images from some of the vendors who would be selling. When I saw this image I was immediately curious.






















I found the tent and met SOIYL creator Doloros Melgoza. Sweet gal. She makes the shoes which I find to be quite impressive.

I enjoyed meeting the vendors of various products as I was able to learn the stories behind them. I asked about the herstory of her wondrous shoes and she tells me that she makes them herself. Only recently has she found some help. It takes her 5-8 hours to make a shoe. She explained that she's quite the extroverted woman but she would rather spend time making shoes.













These are the shoes I hope to purchase. The shoes on her site typically cost $172. At the show she sold them for $120. I didn't buy any shoes that day as she didn't put out the ones I wanted. She told me that if I emailed her later, she'd still give me the $120. How incredibly kind and generous is that? So lovely of her.
















If she doesn't have the Flamingo shoe, these Sunset Fushia are next in line.

Here are some others samples of her line.



























(source)


















The soles of the shoes are made with real hard black rubber. The shoes have no arch so I will be placing arch supports inside. According to Doloros the shoes will be broken into even if you find them a bit stiff.


















Guess who? Here's the pretty and talented lady with what's his name behind her. Alex Ebert.





















The next day...

I imagine all this happened before and after crowds had left the park. As shy as I am, it would have been nice to shake his hand, extend a hello, and then turn on a heel and leave him be.

Now let's really talk shoes. The genesis of Doloros story comes from Venice Beach, CA. Venice is about an hour from my neck of the strategically placed palm treed stretch.

Here is the story direct from the website.
Touch the SOIYL beneath your feet, feel the wind in your hair, and reconnect with the Earth and with each other. The SOIYL collection is passionately hand crafted from the finest materials, with Love, from Venice, California. SOIYL was founded in the pursuit of dreams and the vision to create a better, more compassionate world. Sure we make shoes, but we are driven by a sense of deeper purpose: Love, Passion, Art, Beauty, Community, Stewardship of the Earth, and reminding people to live and breath and help each other when we can. We think we make some pretty cool shoes too! Every shoe is lovingly hand-woven and handcrafted by artisans in Los Angeles, California. We hope the products we create reflect the embodiment of the Love, Truth, Freedom and Creative Expression that we want to share with the world and the honesty and integrity of our people. A portion of the proceeds from every shoe we sell is donated to RainCatcher,  a non-profit organization committed to providing clean water to impoverished regions around the world. - See more at: http://www.soiyl.com/about/#sthash.6z7i4w2K.dpuf
Touch the SOIYL beneath your feet, feel the wind in your hair, and reconnect with the Earth and with each other. The SOIYL collection is passionately hand crafted from the finest materials, with Love, from Venice, California. SOIYL was founded in the pursuit of dreams and the vision to create a better, more compassionate world. Sure we make shoes, but we are driven by a sense of deeper purpose: Love, Passion, Art, Beauty, Community, Stewardship of the Earth, and reminding people to live and breath and help each other when we can. We think we make some pretty cool shoes too! Every shoe is lovingly hand-woven and handcrafted by artisans in Los Angeles, California. We hope the products we create reflect the embodiment of the Love, Truth, Freedom and Creative Expression that we want to share with the world and the honesty and integrity of our people. A portion of the proceeds from every shoe we sell is donated to RainCatcher,  a non-profit organization committed to providing clean water to impoverished regions around the world. - See more at: http://www.soiyl.com/about/#sthash.6z7i4w2K.dpuf
SOIYL… it’s the earth beneath our feet. It’s where we grow the food that nourishes us. It encompasses our journey.
That’s what Venice based artist and designer Dolores Melgoza had in mind when she dreamed of what we wear on our feet as we make our journey across the Earth’s Soiyl. She went on to create a vibrant brand that reflects her spirit and beliefs and the colors, sounds, and lifestyle of her Venice, California neighborhood.  A shoe that symbolizes history, art, compassion, and serving others.
Inspired by all of nature’s elements and the beauty of the ancient lands of her ancestry in Mexico, as well as her travels throughout Latin America and Asia, she was moved by the simplicity and authenticity with which people live.
Now through SOIYL, Dolores can share her vision and the connection one feels to something that is lovingly handmade with positive vibes and energy.
- See more at: http://www.soiyl.com/about/#sthash.6z7i4w2K.dpuf

SOIYL… it’s the earth beneath our feet. It’s where we grow the food that nourishes us. It encompasses our journey.


That’s what Venice based artist and designer Dolores Melgoza had in mind when she dreamed of what we wear on our feet as we make our journey across the Earth’s Soiyl. She went on to create a vibrant brand that reflects her spirit and beliefs and the colors, sounds, and lifestyle of her Venice, California neighborhood.  A shoe that symbolizes history, art, compassion, and serving others.

Inspired by all of nature’s elements and the beauty of the ancient lands of her ancestry in Mexico, as well as her travels throughout Latin America and Asia, she was moved by the simplicity and authenticity with which people live.

Now through SOIYL, Dolores can share her vision and the connection one feels to something that is lovingly handmade with positive vibes and energy.

PHILOSOPHY
Touch the SOIYL beneath your feet, feel the wind in your hair, and reconnect with the Earth and with each other. The SOIYL collection is passionately hand crafted from the finest materials, with Love, from Venice, California. SOIYL was founded in the pursuit of dreams and the vision to create a better, more compassionate world. Sure we make shoes, but we are driven by a sense of deeper purpose: Love, Passion, Art, Beauty, Community, Stewardship of the Earth, and reminding people to live and breath and help each other when we can. We think we make some pretty cool shoes too! Every shoe is lovingly hand-woven and handcrafted by artisans in Los Angeles, California. We hope the products we create reflect the embodiment of the Love, Truth, Freedom and Creative Expression that we want to share with the world and the honesty and integrity of our people. A portion of the proceeds from every shoe we sell is donated to RainCatcher,  a non-profit organization committed to providing clean water to impoverished regions around the world.

Now onto Raincatcher. I am so glad that I learned about this organization.  It assists in harvesting rainwater into drinking water for children in Africa. Water in some parts of the world are contaminated and will cause sickness.

Clean water is something that many of us, especially in the states, take for granted. I can tell you with honesty that I feel grateful whenever I drink water. We are 75% water and I make the conscious decision to drink it daily. I am aware that water is needed to replenish, to lubricate joints, to flush our systems, to live.  Each day I pick a liter bottle of Aquafina. That's a lot agua. H2O.

Visit the website to see how they do it!


















Learn more and find out how you can help.

RainCatcher Clean Water Video 2012 from RainCatcher on Vimeo.

Official Rain Catcher facebook.
Official Rain Catcher website

I was also delighted to learn that Rain Catcher has also partnered with Shakeology by Beach Body. Beach Body sells the superfoods drink as well as P90X.














A friend of mine is a very invested Beach Body coach and I drink Shakeology so I was pleased to learn that purchasing Shakeology from the Rain Catcher site will provide a portion of my payment to the cause. Buy here!

Tonight is Sunday the 20th. The Edward Sharpe Big Top show began Thursday the 17th. I attended the Friday show. Saturday was sold out and if I didn't have the responsibility of work--which often gets in the way--then I would have purchased tickets for tonight's show.

It was a magical experience with some amazing people. A glorious feeling to know that so many people were under one tent for the same uniting reason. THAT is community.






















Night time shot of vendor tents. Posted by Edward Sharpe Big Top facebook






















Folks on stilts. I watched these guys trot around with fear, fascination, and nervousness. Here they stop by the SOIYL tent. Inside is Doloros' dog Romeo. This photo also posted by Doloros on her SOIYL facebook page.

All photos are from their rightful owners/websites.

Thank you to the Edward Sharpe troup, thank you to the various acts, thank you to the food vendors and material vendors who filled the night air with DIY. If only I could run away with the circus. If only I could tag along with the music makers.

Here are some links to great inspiration. Take a look at these sites and become involved!