Saturday, June 30, 2012

Collar Me Mine

above 3 images from gary pepper vintage

The following look reminds me of back in 6th grade, when everyone was obsessed with those Abercrombie & Fitch polos and would wear them under normal shirts, too, 
just to have the collar stick out.

But I would wear this gladly:

Too cool. This is what I want to wear on a Saturday morning on a quick errand:
(How does she wear the khakis so well?)

And of course, the Peter Pan Collar craze:

I don't know if it's just the instagram effects, but these photos make me so happy!

above 3 via ihearthmong

Friday, June 29, 2012

Worlds Away

from A D

life in a fireplace

always classy

life in a cheese

Architect Michael Lehrer

frozen cool

the house with eyes

a lair on a cliff

the following are from Grassroots Modern...

SoCal SoFly


Thursday, June 21, 2012

We Found a Zoo

On one of the Sundays this month, we visited the Elmwood Zoo in Norristown, PA.
It's kind of small (especially compared to Philly's) but there was a lot of charm to it and I appreciated taking that trip.

The first thing that made me really happy were the bisons. They were HUGE! And so majestic, and so beautiful.
They were my favorite animals to see there.

Don't be fooled by the photos: They were huge.

 The zoo recreated a tipi that we could walk into. 
It was so big and I could imagine the people who would have lived there.

Since the fences were all pretty low, most of the birds, like these vultures, here easily flew in and out of the zoo into the nearby neighborhood woods and lakes.

A swan! Though it never looked my way...

From the picture here, it looks like this turtle is fighting against the world.

But in reality, the water was just really dirty and the turtle was chilling on a cool rock in the heat.

The leopard in the back sleeps with its eyes open. Creepy but cool.

This monkey looks like it has some serious dandruff to deal with, but I think that's its natural coat.

 These two monkeys were the most photogenic animals ever! 
They always looked at us and the sun followed them like a spotlight.

This owl squinted at us for the longest time and rose its right foot every time we took a photograph of him. 
Well coordinated, owl.

Batty. They look so cool.

I really liked this illustration of the wolf and the dreamcatcher outline.

Bahahaa, I mean, it's beautiful.

The rooftop of this building had plants growing on it. But the irrigation had water dripping all over edges of the roof as you tried to walk into the building.

The small neighborhood Elmwood Zoo has few visitors but it has a great community of animals and is worth a visit!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Taped and All Packed Up

On one of my last babysitting stints of the summer, I made a duct tape cross-body pouch.
It was the color combination that initially excited me, and after 20 short minutes, I was quite pleased:

Although I wouldn't trust it to hold anything too important!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Painting 1: Dawn [夜明け]

This was my first painting. Yeah, it sucks, but I've never had painting lessons and I'm happy with my job because even now, I understand what I felt then but also see new meaning in the work.
 It was done for my dad as his Christmas present 3 years ago. It is the twin companion to the painting of the grassy prairie I made for my mother. 
You see, my mom was born in the city and always wanted to grow old in the countryside.

But my dad was born in the countryside and always wanted to live in the city (specifically, above a small bookstore where he could come downstairs on lazy Sunday mornings and relax with a magazine and coffee). 
So of course we end up in the lousy suburbs.
That's why I painted what they dreamt of in my paintings.
 I imagined the quietness of the scenery that would express the satisfaction and content my parents would feel from reaching their destinations, their homes. 

Friday, June 15, 2012

I Chase Tails

This was from while I was still in school, but on Fridays I didn't have class til noon so I always tried to dress up even though I was supposed to wear my sorority letters (whoops!). 

I paired a thrifted cropped crocheted sweater with a oversized denim collared shirt that I took from my dad before I left for school. The second picture kind of shows the collar peaking out from the sweater which was my favorite part (aside form the huge-ass denim tail). 

The wedged boots are from Simply Vera by Vera Wang (my parents swear by Kohl's). And so should I, frankly, because they were $20 and the jeans (which are also from there) were $8.