Saturday, February 20, 2010

Dans la Mémoire

To one of the most iconic rockstars -- the man of Grunge, flannel, and teen spirit...

Happy 43rd birthday. You will always be one of my favorite icons. Your artistry and songs will remain forever.

Friday, February 19, 2010

All aboard to chalkboard!

Art and fashion enthusiasts and even simple homemakers would definitely want exquisite paintings and photographs on their wall. But everyone knows that artworks are way too expensive. The solution? Do your own art and personalize your walls with your own creations with one of the cheapest medium: CHALK.

It's not a surprise that blackboards don't just belong to classrooms or conference halls anymore. Thanks to creativity and imagination, they can be found inside your own home. A new trend in interior decoration presents the use of blackboard paint, which gives an interactive touch to your interior.

Aside from that, this can be a very good tool to enhance your artistic prowess. Or you can consider this as a canvas to create some ever-changing masterpieces that express your mood.

Now, you don't have to worry if your children would draw all over your white-washed walls and floors. Yet, with chalkboards around them, you'll probably worry about the hazard of chalk dust.

source: Cyanatrendland

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Sun and Moon Power

An advertising billboard of Adelaide United Football Club in Australia decided to play with the moon. Yes, you read it right -- the MOON.

Carrying the line, "One night games come alive", the interactive billboard is designed to utilize the presence of full moon. The outdoor ad is probably located exactly where the full moon rises.

Of course, if the moon is not present, a fake one is said to be mounted on a pole that extends above the outdoor display. So in that case, I guess the billboard utilizes the night sky more than the heavenly body, isn't?

McDonald's once had this outdoor advertising that utilizes the sunlight. Made by Leo Burnett, the McSundial billboard features a real sundial where in the shadow aligns with a Mcdonald's item each hour until noon. The billboard has been put up in Wrigleville, Chicago.

sources: Trendhunter and ReadbetweenthePS

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Because it's February 14

Clementine: Joely?
Joel: Yeah Tangerine?
Clementine: Am I ugly?
Joel: Uh-uh.
Clementine: When I was a kid, I thought I was. I can't believe I'm crying already. Sometimes I think people don't understand how lonely it is to be a kid, like you don't matter. So, I'm eight, and I have these toys, these dolls. My favorite is this ugly girl doll who I call Clementine, and I keep yelling at her, "You can't be ugly! Be pretty!" It's weird, like if I can transform her, I would magically change, too.
Joel: [kisses Clementine] You're pretty.
Clementine: Joely, don't ever leave me.
Joel: You're pretty... you're pretty... pretty...

Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind (2004)
Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)

"A timeless story of innocence lost and humanity found."

The mystery why the title wears Pyjamas maybe quite predictable yet, it doesn’t change the fact that this movie lands to my list of movies that have a huge impact on me (and that doesn’t just mean that I cried over this film).

Originally a novel by John Boyne and directed by Mark Herman, the story is set during World War II in Germany. And yes, this is a Nazi-related movie that dauntlessly presented the conflict of interests and the involvement of innocence. In spite of the controlled punches of this film, the horrifying truth of the holocaust during this era can’t be concealed.

The tragedy is a heavy burden but taking your eyes off the film (if you choose to watch this) is surely a mistake.
And by the way, kudos to late Miramax for bringing one of the best movies of the decade.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Of Colors and Layers

Craig McDean perhaps really loves colors and undefined patterns. Here are some of the stunning whimsical watercolor editorials featuring Karen Elson, which are truly majestic and inspirational.

According to the site Trendhunter, this set from Mcdean reflects a fairytale world of some sort. Well, I find it quite more magical than that since the vibrant colors and the plethora of elements would surely make things harder for Cinderella to runaway from his prince or would make Belle heavier than Beast. It's more like Lady Gaga meets a make-over fairy godmother, eh?

I love the set. More photos here.

McQueen exits the world of fashion

Who would ever forget these fluffy, hard-to-tame, eccentric ensembles? The first time I saw his work was in an old magazine from my mother. Apparently, the pages of that fashion magazine were now all over my wall.

Autumn/Winter 2006
Fall 2009

Who wouldn't recognize who's the mastermind behind this shoes? My friend Joanarc once posted a photo of this in her tumblr and I couldn't help but wonder how on earth could a woman walk with these shoes (which you probably spotted in Lady Gaga's videos):

Hair Spring 2010
Spring/Summer 2008

The 40-year old designer was found dead in his apartment in London, Thursday morning (February 11). Learned about the news here: NYTIMES.

Sadly, the suicide issue is all over the internet. The website MailOnline even mentioned suicide in its headline.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

A Beautiful Mess

Splattered paint, shredded paper, rough doodles -- not exactly the perfect ingredients to produce a stunning photo. But Craig Mcdean was able to mix and match the seemingly annoying mess to make Sasha Pivovarova's photos ecstatically beautiful.

Stumbled upon Kelly Smith's Blog. More photos at her blog.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Your Kind of Tropical Winter

They say it’s a Baguio-meets-Galera kind of beach . Being in Anawangin is like spending your summer in a winter scene in a tropical island. Surrounded by towering pine trees and a shore covered with fine ashes, this place is one of the hottest spots in Zambales. The beaches in this province are well-known for water sports like wakeboarding, yet Anawangin Cove introduces camping as part of the relaxation.

No electricity. No decent source of drinking water. No bars where you can party.

This secluded haven only provides a peaceful beach -- a place that you need whenever you wanted to get away from the noise and pollution in the city.

The long stretch of fine ashes is a breathtaking scenery from the top:

The travel's worth it. It is seldom to see a clear blue water like this:

Catch the the shoreline during low-tide:

Take a short walk and see the lagoon and stretch of pine trees:

Wake up early to see a comely daybreak by the beach:

Behold the magnificent sunset:

You can relax and enjoy the waves by the shore:

Or get loose and play with waves:

This is the kind of boat that will take you to this paradise:

And this is your home:

All photos were taken by yours truly.
January 23-24, 2009
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