Month: July 2014

“Your Body Is My Canvas”

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I wasn’t planning on posting anything today, as my post about “Roots” went out on the UPLO Blog (which is also a must see!).  But once I saw this (via aplus) I JUST HAD TO SHARE!  This artist, Alexa Meade, has blown me away.

“Los Angeles-based artist has made a name for herself by turning real people into walking, talking works of art.  Using acrylic paints, she paints on the skin of human subjects in a way that optically flattens them into two-dimensional paintings.  Her work has been displayed at the Saatchi Gallery in London, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in DC, Postmasters Gallery in New York City, Galerie Ivo Kamm in Switzerland, and Ingo Seufert Gallery for Contemporary Photography in Germany. She’s also been featured on CNN, NPR, and in WIRED, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Guardian.  Scroll down to see some of her mind-blowing creations.  And keep in mind that every one of these is an actual live person.”

Here are some of my favorites.  Some of these photos look like final painted pieces, or showcase the artist herself with her subjects, or the subject in a real life environment.  Either way, AMAZING!!!

 

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Cake Cake Cake

I love cake, fact.  Since it happens to be peak wedding season and I happen to be heading to Quebec next week for my best friend/older sister’s wedding, in the spirit of things I thought it would be fun to share this …

Photos of the 13 best celebrity wedding cakes in history (via Harper’s Bazaar). And we’re NOT talking Kardashian “celebrity.”  No no, in fact all but one of these photos are black & white and NOT the Instagram kind.  A welcomed combination that’s actually refreshing to see!  So let’s get to it.  And then let me know which one is your favorite!!

I personally love:

1) The Kennedy’s for elegance (why NOT throw a bouquet of roses on it?).

2) Rita Hayworth’s stylish cutting technique.  (Yes, please.  Let me cut thy cake with a Prince’s sword!)

3) And the fact that Elvis liked it so he let her put her name on it.

 

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Prince Rainier III of Monaco and Princess of Monaco Grace Kelly

 

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Elizabeth Taylor and Nicky Hilton

 

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John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy (<–PS, read my previous blog post on Jackie’s birthday and iconic styling tips.)

 

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Elvis and Priscilla Presley

 

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Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow

 

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Gloria Vanderbilt and Pasquale John Di Cicco

 

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Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach

 

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Rita Hayworth and Prince Aly Khan

 

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 Joanne Woodward and Paul Newman
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Ronald and Nancy Reagan

 

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Christina Onassis and Thierry Roussel

 

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Zsa Zsa Gabor and her sixth husband Jack Ryan

 

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Jenna Bush and Henry Hager

 

 

I can’t wait to celebrate my sister’s (and new brother-in-law YAY!) special day. A much needed break from the NYC grind hanging with the fam:).

#MakeItGraphic | Series 2 – Vector Vibes

I am VERY excited about this next #MakeItGraphic theme, “Vector Vibes.”  Before we get into it, I want to thank all those who checked out #MakeItGraphic | Series 1 – iPhoneography.

All (digital) illustrators know a lot can be achieved with the mighty little pen tool.  I admit when I first learned how to use it way back when I was not the most elegant.  But now I really enjoy the creative problem solving that comes with the technique — the more you use it the more fun results it yields.  When I first typed the word ‘Vibes’ I automatically thought of surfing.  I then knew I wanted to design prints on a surfboard but the main question was what.  The first thing that popped into mind was a gun, but because I don’t promote negative implications linked to them I went the cheeky route.  Yes, I know I can be slightly weird, sometimes mistaken for quirky?,  but I’m definitely nuts, and I am totally OK with that.  Life’s more fun with a sense of humor spliced with ridiculousness.  Having said that, I hope you like this series!

 

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“Bubble Gun”

All artwork copyright © Kristin Aytona

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“With My Surfboard” (Yes, a la Bey’s “Drunk In Love.”)

All artwork copyright © Kristin Aytona

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“Sweet Pillage” (A spoonful of sugar does help the medicine go down.)

All artwork copyright © Kristin Aytona

"Ice Ice Baby"

“Ice Ice Baby”

All artwork copyright © Kristin Aytona

 

(Skyler’s take)

Vector?
I get asked this question a lot. The way I explain it is, make this $hit as $&@ %#*^ big as you want because it’s like the fricking energizer bunny.

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in MakeItGraphic 2.0

 

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Check out UPLO’s blog post on the series with an additional surfboard design.  Much more to come.

Stay tuned for #MakeItGraphic | Series 3 – What The Font…Coming soon…

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

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85 years ago today, on July 28, 1929, Jacqueline Lee (Bouvier) was born.  “Jackie” is well-known as arguably one of the biggest style icons ever and indefinitely known as her role as First Lady of the United States, wife and widow to the late John F. Kennedy.  She is without a doubt admired by many still to date, and (this is probably the first time I am putting this in writing although not surprising) I too have a mild obsession with her.  I remember exactly where I was sitting, what I was doing, and who I was with the first time I heard she had passed.  As I’m sure many remember the day her husband, while serving as the President of the United States, passed.  Over the years I have quietly tucked away tears, swipe, and photos of Jackie (again, I know I am not alone).  And in honor of her birthday, I want to share some, although most are not scanned, so I am resorting to the trusty internet.  (It’s been a long Monday.)  I also found a fun article with great images and list of “12 Unforgettable Style Lessons From Jackie Kennedy” (via Huffington Post – thank you Huffington!)  Scroll all the way to the bottom to view.

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Jacqueline Bouvier (future Jackie Kennedy) and her sister Caroline Lee Bouvier (Lee Radziwill) in Venice, 1951

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(unknown if anyone can tell me that would be great!)

 

To read the entire list of 12 Unforgettable Style Lessons From Jackie Kennedy click here.

National Dance Day

Yesterday was National Dance Day.  Although it technically “passed” I still want to honor the art of dance and all the dancers (past and present) who have influenced the world bringing joy, excitement, stories, and just pure entertainment.  I think it is one of the most physically, emotionally, and mentally demanding professions, and also one of the straight up coolest.  I love watching dancers express themselves through their individual movement, it’s like witnessing their soul create with the most fascinating of canvases.

One of my favorite dance photographers is Jordan Matter.  His imagination captures dancers in fun, dramatic, and sometimes just simply poetic moments in every day life in a series he calls, “Dancers Among Us.”  I kid you not, the images I’ve pulled have “NOT been digitally altered.  The performers are just that good!”  Some of which are dear friends on mine, so I can vouch for that statement, they are just that damn good (pardon my French).  🙂

 

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Michael McBride

 

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Marcella Guarino (One of my all-time favorites!)

 

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Parisa Khobdeh

 

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Allison Holker and Twitch

 

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Claire Conaty

 

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Emily Bowen, Katelyn May, Elise Elliott Houston

 

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Kristin DeCesare (Isn’t she a beauty???!!  One of my favorite dancers, period.)

 

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Marissa Quimby

 

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Parsons Dancers

 

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Tyrell Witherspoon

 

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(Kristin DeCesare) and Jessica Press (You can catch Jess in her new movie “My Man Is A Loser” starring John Stamos.  Yeah, she rocks.)

 

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Miles Yeung

 

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Katherine Scarnechi

 

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Barthel and Kaitlyn Ebert

 

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Louise Layman

 

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Arianna Bickle

 

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The man himself, Jordan.

 

Images courtesy dancersamongus.com

 

So what are you waiting for?  Smile and dance like no ones watching.  I did this morning, and even had my dog join in on the action.  True story.

“Prince” By Manuela Rana

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Last week I posted this (AMAZING!) pic on instagram in honor of “National Nude Day” (yes, that’s a real holiday, I can’t make this stuff up).  I begged my friend Manuela Rana, who happens to be the photog behind this gorgeous shot, to send me more pics…which I am so happy to be able to share with you!

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These flicks — taken in La Romana, Dominican Republic — feature Prince Riley, a dance choreographer who has been in music videos for John Legend, Jazmine Sullivan, and Fergie to name a few and has graced the stage with artists like Rihanna and Thalia.

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Stunning.

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These colors are gorgeous.  Wishing I could go back to the Dominican Republic right about now.

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Above images courtesy © Manuela Rana

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The above image, courtesy © Dilia Jelen, is of Manuela and Prince taking a break during their recent volunteer trip with Arteamor & The Orphaned Starfish Foundation.  Both INCREDIBLE organizations are dedicated to changing the lives of children by either helping them develop vocational skills or providing quality arts workshops.  Manuela and Prince spent time teaching their craft to a wonderful group of children in La Romana.  If you are interested in volunteering check out the Arteamor Teaching Artist Application and How To Become a Starfish Advocate.

If I have anything to do with it, you’ll be seeing A LOT more of Insolita Manu (as we like to call her).  I promised not to say too much, but Manuela is also working on an exhibition, which I may or may not be helping her art direct 😉  Aside from being a freelance NYC Photographer (by way of Italy), assisting the well respected Antoine Verglas, and volunteering for Arteamor & The Orphaned Starfish Foundation, she is also the Creative Director and Photographer for Feminine Weapon, an incredible community that is beyond worth watching, supporting, and being a part of!!  And most of all, she is a creative spirit who embodies the best balance of laser focus drive and carefree energy.  An infectious combination.  Oh, and she’s fluent in like 4 different languages……..just sayin.

 

 

BRVTVS | Pronunciation: \ˈbrü-təs\

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I am just in love with EVERYTHING this jewelry brand encompasses. From the product design to the branding story, the essence of BRVTVS is perfectly understated. “Brvtvs (Pronunciation: \ˈbrü-təs\) is a New York based jewelry collection created by Caroline Ventura. Inspired by her love for menswear tailoring, Brvtvs mixes masculine and feminine touches to create pieces that are restrained and delicate. Each Brvtvs piece is handmade in Ventura’s NYC studio, using reclaimed materials whenever available.”

I was introduced to the designer via her (now) husband, Michael, who is a  Founder/CEO/Creative Director that I’ve had the pleasure of working with once upon a time. These 2 are seriously creative powerhouses and dynamic entrepreneurs. I still often look to them as muses, tipping my hat from afar at every endeavor (no matter how big or small) they’ve created, endured, and accomplished, including BRVTVS’s recent debut in J.Crew’s fine jewelry collection.

If you don’t already own a piece of BRVTVS jewelry, I highly encourage you to check it out. I’ve pulled some of my favorite pieces including the Cleopatra Ring which I just purchased myself.  Can’t wait to wear it!

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Lookbook and product images courtesy BRVTVS.com

 

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