Robert Motherwell

February 1, 2011 § Leave a comment

I have been really into Robert Motherwell these days. I try to visit this painting (the one in the very center, in the other room) as often as I can. His work compels me & I can’t articulate why.

Who are some of your favorite artists?

Hello Seahorse!

January 24, 2011 § 7 Comments

If anyone is my “friend” on last.fm, you will know this was coming. I cannot cannot absolutely will never stop to their album, “Bestia”. I saw them not too long ago at El Rey (Pilar Diaz opened, she is way cute!) & was hooked! I danced my little heart out that night & the creativity & love was so contagious, that I couldn’t wait to get home & do something, anything! Of course I wanted to sleep first. But anyway, I just got so much energy from being there & it was great, & I really think you should give them a listen!

Bootie

January 9, 2011 § 2 Comments

I don’t know if I have ever mentioned Bootie Mashups before. At any rate, I love a good mashup! A lot of the music I listen to is very folksy & slow, but sometimes when you are getting dressed for a night out, doing something active, wanting to dance, or whatever, that kind of music just doesn’t suit the mood.

I am particularly fond of Bootie Mashups because the DJs do a fantastic job, while I don’t love every track, there are several that I adore! While I generally am unfamiliar with current popular songs (or don’t like some of them), they are almost always mashed with something familiar & loved. I download their “best of” mix every year so if you haven’t gotten a copy of the 2010 mix, go get it!

I’ll share one of the tracks that I adore mostly because it makes me laugh really hard every time.

Warning: This is Unrelated to Everything Ever

December 28, 2010 § 4 Comments

So I’m not really the type of girl who is really into makeup. Perhaps it is some leftover trait from growing up as a bit of a tomboy, but I am the type to poke myself in the eye with eyeliner, sneeze while applying mascara, get lipstick on my teeth, & otherwise make big messes. As a result, I keep things simple, I pretty much try to use as close to nothing as possible.

But every now & again I do like to make an effort & the magical Sephora coupon in my inbox has made that so much easier! I picked up an eyeshadow from Makeup Forever, one of the aqua cream colors in number 11. It is so ridiculously amazing! Seriously, I can’t even imagine how nice this would work for someone who actually knows how to apply makeup properly.

I want to use this shadow always & forever for nights out. If you’re into makeup, you probably already know about these shadows, but if you are kind of inept like I am, I really recommend giving them a go. If I were to get another one, I’d pick up the silver & pretend to be Audrey Hepburn in How to Steal a Million.

Sometimes it’s Good to be a Student

December 6, 2010 § 2 Comments

One thing that’s amazing about being a student is of course, the student discount! Even better when the student discount makes your ticket price $0!

The other night, I got to see, “The Illusionist” & “Triplets of Belleville” which were screened by the film & television archive of my university. I’d already seen “Triplets of Belleville”, but watching it again & in a theater (I’ve only watched it on televisions & computers) reminded me of how much I love that movie! “The Illusionist” was so so so so so so so wonderful as well although it did give me a bit of a problem with watery eyes toward the end.

So yes, I am recommending these two Sylvain Chomet movies, but I am also, more importantly recommending that if you are associated with a college in any way, find out what the school offers you! I’m really impressed by the student discounts and free admissions available just by waving that trusty student ID card around. Also keep in mind, that if you’re a student, it’s your fees that are funding these programs so you might as well take advantage!

Salvador Plascencia’s, “The People of Paper”

November 7, 2010 § 2 Comments

Time to go off topic again, because today I feel like talking about books, not crafts.

I read this book not too long ago, but it has been following me around since then. I can’t even properly mention what it’s about as I feel it’s about a lot of things & none of those things follow a linear plot very well, nor did they need to. There is a story of a surgeon who makes origami organs from paper. There is an immigrant story. There is a story about a saint who decides to live the life of a luchador instead of something more holy. There are so many stories about failed relationships.

Mostly it is a book about incredible sadness which is probably why the feelings from reading linger much longer than the details of the various plots. This book may not break your heart, but it will make you feel that way regardless. The book also makes you fully aware that you are only reading a book, which in a way made me feel silly for being so invested. It reminds you that there is an author, that the characters, to you, exist only on those pages. It makes you aware of how you are holding the book as you read.

Pieces

October 17, 2010 § 2 Comments

Ever since I made that afghan, I’ve been way into the idea of making things that consist of a bunch of separate pieces that are joined together somewhere along the way. This was actually finished quite some time ago, but I never got around to posting about it. Anyway, I found a very beautiful pattern online for a cowl here, but I didn’t actually follow it. Not because I didn’t like it, but because sometimes I get weird about things on my neck & wanted something quite a bit looser & a bit more casual since I tend to dress so fussy already. So basically, I studied the pattern & ended up with something following the gist of it, but a bit different. Anyway, if you do choose to follow the pattern, I think it’ll look wonderful & be a fun project as the pattern is very clear & easy to keep up with! Plus there are other really cute patterns on that site, I kind of want to make this, not for bridal purposes, but just because I think it would be fun to wear a garter.

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