What pray tell are these gorgeous vistas pictured above and what traveling/environmental/photographic whiz is responsible for such awesome photographs?
These mountainous shots are of Patagonia and were taken by my amazing friend Annie. She's been traveling all over South America for the last several months and has some great photos (here) and cool stories (here) to show for it. I can pretty much guarantee your enjoyment (and possibly some added awe/travel jealousy).
Just in case you were worried about the status of the reproduction of polaroid film . . . the Impossible Project has tons of details of their ongoing polaroid-savior process including a countdown until film is finally available again.
I am thinking about starting to keep a binder full of design ideas . . . amongst these inspirational pages will be one dedicated to vintage cameras. I think it would be really cool to have a shelf chock full of these vintage Etsy finds--all priced between $15 and $35! Since I already have an S-60 polaroid and two 35 mm cameras I think my collection is already started off on the right foot!
There were some rather hideous dresses on the runway last night (cough Miley Cyrus, cough cough Sophia Lauren) but the ladies above looked both elegant and stunning. If I had my choice, I steal Marisa Tomei's pleated gown (top, second from the left). Check out more at the New York Times here.
My roommate is a big cupcake fan so I am always on the look out for cool confectionary decor. Bake It Pretty has such awesome stuff that I am tempted to through a cupcake party. Wouldn't it be fun to have a cupcake decorating birthday party? I know it sounds like something for a five year old, but I am pretty sure you could come up with some really awesome designs . . .
This is a really addicting "memory" game where you flip over and match Switzerland themed cards. I look the graphic look of the chosen icons; it is also funny to see what the designer thinks is characteristically "swiss" (like is wrestling a big swiss thing? Or archery? Clearly I am out of the loop).
Found via swissmiss (of course), it is designed for the iPhone/iTouch and is free!
In case you are still interested in the Sherpard Fairey-Boston arrest boondoggle, check out a very detailed story of his police encounter, the subsequent ICA event, and a general conspiracy about the arrest's underlying reasoning here, at Wooster Collective.
It seems that the famous graffiti artist Shepard Fairey (his claims to fame of late: designing the infamous Obama Hope poster, being featured on the tv network USA as a "Character to Watch" and being the feature artist of a large ICA show in Boston) is rubbing the Boston bourgeois the wrong way. Remembering tags created nearly ten years ago, it seems that so many Boston residents complained about the welcome this "criminal" (since graffiti is still a crime) was receiving in accordance with the opening of his ICA show. It apparently was so overwhelming that the Boston police arrested Fairey for an outstanding warrant from 2000 for a graffiti crime that carried a fine of all of $100.
So what do you think? Should he been held accountable for his tags or should the boston police be spending more time solving violent crimes, stopping drunk drivers and avoiding the Boston snobbery in Back Bay and Brookline? Drop me a comment or read more about the issue at the boston.com article here.
For all of you facebook users out in the working world, check out this very helpful site. It details 10 different ways to ensure your privacy so that your employers/parents/neighbors don't see some of your more revealing moments (cough, Phelps, cough cough). Seriously, there are a bunch of things I had never even heard of before--did you know you can make separate friend lists to parcel out who sees what information?
In case you are still looking for a little something something for your partner in crime (or love rather), here are three really adorable/funny handmade projects:
1. "I'm Sorry I Stabbed You" extra-large valentine. Blogger Oh Happy Day thought this up for your "funny valentine" --print out a zany message and take it to a copy center, blow it up and fold it into a little bundle. See more here.
2. Oh Hello Friend made a really sweet book for her husband when he was having a tough week. It would totally make a lovely valentine. Check it out here.
3. Martha Stewart has a cute template for a valentine wheel where amorous sentiments line up in surprising ways. Find the printable .pdf template here.
The public artist JR has just completed an amazing project: posting roofs and trains in the slums of Kibera, Kenya with beautiful black and white portraits of eyes. Can you imagine how happy it would make people to walk by these photo murals everyday? Gorgeous!