ten things...

Friday, August 31, 2012

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I've been wanting to try that retro hair style (victory rolls?) for a while, so I was super excited when this post showed up on Delightfully Tacky. Insta-pin! (Can that be a thing now? Insta-pin? It's like the ultimate hipster app! Tee hee.)

I must own this tailored female version of Professor Snape's jacket. Because... well really, I'm just a huge Snape fan. And also, the jacket looks ridiculously classy and cute.

I already absolutely loved this song... 
and then the music video blew me away. 
On another note.... does anyone else kinda despise Vevo?

This beautiful photoshoot put dancers in a black room with white powder. How could that not be amazing?

I'm buying these for my boyfriend to thank him for coming to the concert with me. Shhh, don't tell. :]

That's it for today! I hope you have a great day! And if you have some time on this rainy weekend, you should really pick up the Night Circus. I read it over vacation, and it instantly became a favorite.
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inspire me... Nina Lindgren

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

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Today I want to show you guys the artist Nina Lindgren, who is from Stockholm, Sweden. She works with many different mediums, but my favorite (by far) is her cardboard cities. These fantastical spaces are so calming that I think I could live there quite happily, even if my house was not safely built directly above the one below me.

You can view Nina's profile here: ninalindgren.se.

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sketchy outfit twenty-one... and some Linkin Park

Saturday, August 25, 2012

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I love Linkin Park. I have since I first heard In the End in junior high. They were on tour when I was in high school, but me and my best friend couldn't go. So we put on my Live in Texas dvd and "moshed" in the living room (it was really more of a pillow fight). When I heard that they were going to be in my area again, I decided I was going to that concert, come hell or high water.

I know these pictures are horrible, but hopefully you at least get a feel for the concert. There was a giant screen behind the band, and they had AMAZING graphics intermingled with live footage. I love the whole artistic feel of Linkin Park. They played tons of stuff off of Hybrid Theory, which made me really happy. And today, like after any good rock show, I'm horse and my neck hurts like crazy. Completely worth it.

Then there's this gorgeous thing. Apparently Linkin Park teamed up with Known Gallery for a project called LP50. The gallery website says that it is "50 screen print posters at 50 venues by 50 different artists from around the world."  Seriously, could I love this band any more? Tinley Park's poster was by Manny Sayes, and I was lucky enough to get the last one. The VERY last, I took the one that was on the display.

And I have to thank my amazing boyfriend, who doesn't even like Linkin Park, but still drove all the way to Chicago to see them with me. I am one lucky girl.

Zombie advice: If there's a zombie apocalypse, and you decide you want to go to a concert... don't. Seriously, if you're still considering it, play the Dark Carnival campaign in L4D2. :]
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Color Run St. Louis

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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I walk/ran in the Color Run this last weekend. It was AMAZING. If my skin could be rainbow-y all the time, life would be amazing. Maybe skin color wouldn't even matter if we were all incredibly colorful. This should be a thing. (Very Capitol-like, yeah?)
Anyway! The Color Run is a 5k where they throw colorful powder at you at every kilometer mark. This run is seriously something everyone should do. They don't time it, so there's no pressure to push yourself harder than is safe. It IS a lot of powder everywhere, so you need to be careful about breathing. I hear breathing is important...
And then there's a huge party at the finish. Everyone gets to throw their own powder packet. People sing along to "Call Me Maybe." You get very rainbow-y. Apparently I am very eloquent today.

So yeah, Color Run. It's amazing. I love it, I want to go again next year. Would you run/walk with me?
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inpsire me...Matthew Cusick

Monday, August 20, 2012

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I have always loved maps. Beyond being aesthetically beautiful, for me they hold a promise of adventure. That's why, when I stumbled upon Matthew Cusick's map pieces, my jaw fell to the floor.
Matthew's gallery has a blend of beautifully collaged scenes and portraits in which he uses maps in layers to create scenes that are semi-realistic. The colors that you get from collaging with maps are muted and soothing, and although the use of a material with that many lines and details should be chaotic, the overall effect is soft and balanced.

As always, this is just one piece of many inspiring works that can be found in Cusick's gallery. If you enjoyed this piece, please take the time to look at his other works.

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inspire me... Carolina Fontoura

Monday, August 13, 2012

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Okay, blogger isn't working with me today SO the preview image is going to be at the top. This one day late artist is named Carolina Fontoura. And as you can see... her works are a beautiful blend of elegant and industrial, and perfect for any modern space. Bicycle chains are draped in a gorgeous way that mimics the chandeliers you would find hanging in a ballroom in an estate. Just another example of juxtaposition at its finest, so of course I love it.

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what color my hair is nowadays and some other pictures

Friday, August 10, 2012

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Long post title is long.

This week has been nice. I'm finally getting into the groove of things at work. My hair makes me happy every time I look down, kitten is being cute, and I've bought myself a few new (blue) things. All in all... very nice.  And I'm officially on vacation now, so hopefully my vacation week will be just as nice as this one was. :)

Like the gorgeous geek wall me made for work? It's sci-fi month(s) at our library, and we're taking advantage of it with lots of Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, and even a little Firefly. And I've been taking advantage of the summer by hanging out down at the river and watching movies at the drive in.
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ten things...

Thursday, August 9, 2012

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The colors in this living room are amazing.

This tutorial for glow in the dark cupcakes just made my day 10 times better.

This log bowl is so cute. I want one in blue.

I pretty much fell in love with the A+R store, which was linked on lovedesignfest. Besides the fishbowl in the picture, I would also like to own this chair, and this bowl.

Okay, if I say TARDIS dress, you'll probably roll your eyes. I've seen some really cheesy ones. This one by Black Milk is amazing, though. Like, I would wear this to... anywhere.

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It's still summer!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

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More than once this summer, I've found myself complaining about the heat, and wishing for it to be cooler. Now, I never went as far as to wish for an early winter, but I still feel that I have not been giving summer the respect it deserves. So I made a list activities to do when I've got free time, and maybe now I can do more than just suffer through what's left of the wonderful summer.

I'm going on vacation with my family next week, but hopefully I'll have a few posts already lined up. I've got something planned, something exciting. Whether it actually happens or not is a completely different matter. Wish me luck?
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inspire me... Sara Applebaum

Monday, August 6, 2012

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Sometimes people do art that just makes you happy. Sara Applebaum is one of those artists. Her colorful installations instantly bring a smile to my face. Mixes of fiber and paper arts, geometric and organic shapes, vivid colors and sparse white backgrounds, these works are textbook examples of juxtaposition (and we all know I have a huge soft spot for works playing with that).

The star of her show, though, is definitely her crocheted pieces. While the picture that I'm sharing with you doesn't have a huge amount of crochet in it, many of her instalations do. They're always beautiful and inspiring works. And they are usually so colorful they make your eyes hurt... in an awesome way.

If you would like to see more of these awesome colorful pieces, please check out her website. www.sarahapplebaum.com

And, btw, how awesome would crocheted armor look? Maybe not very good for defense against zombies, but at least you'd be warm... and look cool.

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Friday, August 3, 2012

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This week we went to Ikea, because we're still trying to furnish my boyfriends house. We got some shelves, a bed, and an as-is dresser that was the display model (which was already on sale.. so it was like $80 off. Score!) I have learned that my boyfriend actually doesn't mind going thrifting. So we've been doin that whenever I can convince him to. 

I've also been sketching out and thinking about one of the ideas that has been lodged in my brain for a long time... and I mean loooong time. I don't know if anything will come of it, but it's nice to be productive.

That's the newspaper from Design*Sponge that I mentioned in my last ten things. It is so very very inspiring... I've been keeping it in my bag, and whenever I get a look at it I get so motivated.

 And at night I sit on my boyfriend's new awesome couch, listening to an old records, which is my current favorite way to pass time. :)

So that's what's up with me. How is your week going?
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ten things...

Thursday, August 2, 2012

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This Venom photoshoot really sets the standard for all Venom costumes from here on.  The pics are a little not safe for work though, because the model is covered in liquid latex to achieve the Venom-ized look.

This paint-by-numbers pilliow tutorial on A Beautiful Mess. Ruby from Cakies always comes up with the cutest ideas!

How wonderful is this hair? One of my friends was jokingly said that I had died my hair plaid, and that got me curious. My google search turned up this gem. I love pretty much everything about it.

My Design*Sponge newspaper came this week. It was kind of a surprise, because I had forgotten I ordered it. I'm so glad I did, though. It's full of inspirational projects and beautiful pictures. I wish bloggers would unite and put out a newspaper every month.

Another awesome photoshoot, this one involving Legos and hair. It's about as weird as it sounds, but it's  definitely worth checking out.
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sketchy outfit twenty

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I've kinda been in a punky mood today. Shirts got cut, jeans got torn, and knock-off docs got worn.

Also, this happened...
Oh my. What color is under there? :]

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