Monday, May 31, 2010

Day Three: Leanne Marshall/Petals & Waves

Petals & Waves (Leanne Marshall Blog)

Where to go:

Why I think it's mind-blowing:
Project Runway has been a television obsession of mine for years now. Watching it helps fulfill my (somewhat unrealistic) dream of making my own clothing. Unfortunately for me, when the battle is me vs. a sewing machine, I don't stand a chance. Someday I'll win that war, but for now I'll settle for Bravo's reality tv.

Leanne Marshall was the winner of Project Runway's 5th season. Her garments are innovative and constructed impeccably. I admire the whimsical, yet wearable pieces and her fresh use of color. To get a feel for her aesthetic, I recommend checking out her Fall 2010 lookbook. If you are interested in purchasing one of her gorgeous dresses, check out her etsy shop here.

Image above is borrowed from Leanne's site.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Day Two: Summer of Dresses

Summer of Dresses Blog

Where to go:

Why I think it's mind-blowing:
Unlike yesterday's site, this one is purely for fun and entertainment. This participation site encourages people to send in pictures of themselves in dresses. It promotes personal style and is a showcase for fashion and local trends. Want to contribute? Awesome. Just send in a picture of your lovely self in a dress. Click here for participation guidelines.

Friday, May 28, 2010

10 days, 10 mind-blowing sites

I really think I should be honest with myself. I think I'm addicted to surfing the internet. Finding a fabulous new blog to follow is exciting for me. Another designer portfolio to view? Excellent. I'd love it if you'd join me. For the next 10 days I will be posting a new site that has dragged me in. Come over to the dark side – you know you want to. 

Let's start today!


David Lynch Presents: The Interview Project

Where to go: CLICK HERE

Why I think it's mind-blowing: 
I love David Lynch, primarily because Mulholland Drive still confuses the hell out of me. Do I like to be confused? Yes, sometimes. Lynch has a particular way of allowing you to interpret his works. It's almost as if you feel like a contributor to the art he has created.

The Interview Project aired a new episode every three days, but has finally come to a conclusion. Every episode consists of a brief interview that reveals a snippet of a common person's life. Traveling around the country, they aimed to hit nearly every state. So much emphasis is placed upon celebrity interviews that we lose sight of the stories our neighbors have to tell. Click on "route" on the homepage to view the interviews in your state. 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Diary Project

I can't help but share the experience I had yesterday. My aunt Rose Ann visited me, bringing along photo albums that held photographs from her childhood. For years now she has been encouraging my grandma to document the story of her life. After recording several years worth of experiences, my grandma gave Rose Ann permission to summarize the writings from her diaries. I remember watching her write pensively in that red book when I was a child, sometimes writing two pages worth if she had been too tired to go through her routine the previous night. She would fill the entire page with information about the weather, the grain prices and the day's activities and adventures. Her cursive handwriting curled around the edge of the page when she inevitably ran out of space.

The finished draft is now in my hands to design. Yesterday we attempted to pick out photos that will serve as visual references to complement the written words. Photos capture something pure, something hypnotic. Looking through the gorgeous black and white prints yesterday was a captivating experience. It put me in a hypnotic state of mind, placing me in a time and place I never experienced. I thought I would share a few of the discovered treasures with you.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

More than a sparkling vampire? Yes, I think so.

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I must make an embarrassing admission. Yes, I read the Twilight series. After watching the hilarious movies where awful acting and goofy graphics seemed to be the prominent themes, I decided I should give the books a try. The movie's plot was slightly intriguing, so some vampire reading should be harmless, right? To make a long story short, the books were very entertaining though slightly bothersome in their messages regarding love and sexism. I could go on forever, but that's not the purpose of this post.

Where am I going with this? Oh, right.

The other night I dragged an unwilling Don to see a late night showing of Remember Me at a dollar theatre. I had quickly come to the conclusion that the movie would be sappy, and that Robert Pattinson (from Twilight) would provide eye candy but wouldn't contribute much in the acting department.

I am here to say that I was COMPLETELY wrong about my preconceived judgments. This film was provocative, emotionally engaging and beautifully acted. The cast, including Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Pierce Brosnan and Chris Cooper had amazing chemistry. The themes of death, remorse and anger within a family unit were reminiscent of Garden State. I had been told before entering the movie that the end provided a twist, and it definitely did not disappoint. The movie went from being powerful to hitting home in a mere two minutes. If you want the full effect, don't read about it ahead of time. Knowing the twist will make you less emotionally vulnerable. While the critics were not impressed by this film, viewer reviews have been much more promising. Really, rent this one when it is released on DVD.

To see the theatrical trailer (which I warn you is misleading) click here.