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I know I wrote about Mad Men about two months ago, but now that the show is officially over, I think one more final farewell is in order.  To the show that brought me so much joy these last few years.  The only one that I have bothered to watch live since moving out of my parents’ house eight years ago and the only one I’m excited to watch again.  The show that made me laugh, cry, and every emotion in between in the way that only Toy Story 3 ever could.

Mad Men

 So Long, friend.  You will be missed.  

2007 – 2015

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All behind the scene photos by Alex Majoli for TIME

Photography

Discovering VSCO

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It took me a long time to fall in love with VSCO.  After multiple attempts at downloading and trying, I kept finding myself seeing the icon on my phone and realizing that I hadn’t opened it in months.  My go to editing app has always been Afterlight, and it seemed like VSCO didn’t have much more to offer to me that Afterlight didn’t already provide.  I was a one app girl, and that one app for me wasn’t VSCO.

About a week ago, though, everything changed.  Something compelled me to try it again and this time, something was different.  This time, there was The Grid.

The Grid is a clean, beautiful photography showcase similar to Tumblr or Flickr without all of the extra imagery you might not want to see when looking at photos.  It’s as if someone curated my Pinterest board and cut out its tongue.  That’s right – cut out its tongue!  And what I mean by that is that what the Grid does that other social media platforms don’t do is that it doesn’t have any text other than the user’s name, maybe a small profile and a caption that you can only see if you click into the photo.  No comments, no likes, no follower counts, nothing.  Only beautiful photos without the nonsense.

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I know that VSCO’s Grid serves a different purpose than other platforms.  I still like looking at pictures my friends share from their lives, and sharing mine too.  What I don’t like doing though, is how some photos I take that I love, may not be ones my friends care to see.  Call me insecure, but it’s hard for me to not be hung up on someone laughing at a photo of my drizzled sriracha omelet.  VSCO has held my hand in this.  VSCO doesn’t judge.  VSCO lets me be me.  I don’t care if anyone sees them, and with VSCO I can’t find out if they do.  It’s like pasting photos into a photo album for you to look at and maybe someone finds one day.  That being said, here’s my link.  Look or don’t look, but I’ll still be making it either way.

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parklife

 

I wasn’t the only one out this weekend, enjoying the warm weather after what seemed like an endless winter.  For the first time in a long time, I visited Prospect Park and just like seeing an old friend, it wasn’t hard to pick up right where we left off.  For a few hours, we filled up on sunshine, bread, and cheese while most of the other park visitors did the same.

I’ve been sitting on these songs for a while.  Most of which I play regularly.  Some are sad, some happy, but all are definitely worthy of listening to when you’re feeling low energy, good attitude.  At a park or otherwise.

 

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I could look at cinemagraphs all day long and honestly, up until I saw Moscow-based Daria Khoroshavina and Olga Kolesnikova’s Kitchen Ghosts images, I had forgotten all about them.  These beautifully styled and eerie cinemagraphs have made me stop and take a long stare at the artists’ work in this vast museum of the internet.

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I’m not going to lie, these images make me feel weird.  Maybe it’s the facelessness.  Maybe it’s the slow and deliberate use of kitchen tools that look oddly violent.  Maybe it’s that glass of sangria I drank with dinner.  Despite the reason, I can’t help but want more.  More please!

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All images found on the artists’ tumblr, Buttery Planet.  Can’t wait to see what these two friends and collaborators have for us in the future.

Television

Mad Style

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I started watching Mad Men in 2012, splitting half of my screen with a streaming episode while the other half held some personal project.  My personal projects may have changed a lot since then, but my love for Mad Men has not.  Last season, I started doing a little more work after each week’s viewing, having recommendations from a couple friends who are much better at tv than I am.  Two of my favorites recaps are: Molly Lambert’s on Grantland and Tom and Lorenzo’s Mad Style.  Before this season’s premiere (!!!) I started geeking out on these promo shots to prepare and came across these photobooth pictures by Frank Ockenfels.  Ockenfels does a ton of television advertising campaigns and movie posters, and even though I see one of his photos every day on my commute, these are definitely my favorite.  (Although these are pretty good too.)

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Film

Oscar Picks

This year for the first time ever, I managed to watch every Oscar Nomination for Best Picture, and most of the Actor/Actress contenders with the exception of Foxcatcher and Two Days, One Night.   Next year I am determined not to punk out and watch them all.  Anyway,  I’m no critic, but here are my thoughts on this Sunday’s results.

BEST PICTURE

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Boyhood is my first choice, as well as the first film I saw on the list last summer.  Being a big fan of Linklater’s other work, specifically the Before trilogy, I knew I’d be in for some wonderful writing and performances that would make my jaw drop with their accuracy.  Some of the scenes in Before Sunset, phoof… I remember some wide eyed exclamations coming out of me on that one.  Boyhood wasn’t much different, this time focusing more on growing up and family life than on pretty much the best on screen couple of all time… Obviously, I’m a little biased.

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I went into Birdman without much prior knowledge and I was blown away by the crazy artistry of director, Alejandro González Iñárritu.  The performances were wonderful, Edward Norton and Zach Galifianakis surprised me in the best way and the peek inside of the theatre world was awesome to see.  Bravo.

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The Imitation Game didn’t initially interest me when I watched the trailer but after watching it I was shocked at how wrong I was!  This movie was the most surprising of all for me – thinking I would hate it and ended up loving it so much.  I’m so torn between Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne for Best Actor.  I loved both of their performances so much.  I’m getting weepy just thinking of it.

BEST ACTOR

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Redmayne’s performance of Stephen Hawking was out of this world.  I know I just said I’m torn but.. Holy shit. Wow.

BEST ACTRESS

stillaliceI’ll be honest, this moving terrified the hell out of me.  The thought of losing your memory is one of the scariest things in the world, truly brought to light (and brought to tears) to me in 2004’s The Notebook.  This fear is expected by me as most great Oscar nominated films make you feel something and like Redmayne, oh boy, did Julianne Moore’s depiction of a woman with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease make me feel something.  The movie itself I think could have used a little more character development, but Moore was great and deserving of the award.

BEST SHORT – ANIMATED

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While I can’t make judgement on most of the other categories, missing some or all of the nominees,  last week I had the pleasure of watching the Best Animated Shorts at the IFC Center.  The Dam Keeper is a beautiful animation about a pig dealing with bullying, friendship, and society getting him down.  I went through the gamut of emotions with this one.  I laughed! I cried! I was both angry and afraid.  That being said, please seek this out.  Also, the soundtrack is quite lovely, which I didn’t notice at the time but am enjoying at this very moment.  Reminds me a little of the To The Moon game soundtrack which is wonderful, but also gives me some anxiety after playing that game through in one sitting and FEELING SO MUCH.

Who do you think is going to win this year?  I can’t wait to see!

New Home

Just Peachy

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In the next couple of weeks I’ll be moving into a new space and am thrilled to have the opportunity to start fresh with some new design ideas.  I have a history of moving around and it’s always difficult to get fully into what your bedroom looks like when you know you might not stay long.  Investing in decor options are tough on your wallet and tough on your back when you’ve gotta lug all of it up and down stairs.  (And maybe even have to ditch some of it behind!)  This time I’m trying to do it a little more smartly.  Choosing lighter furniture options and downsizing to the best of my ability.  And a bonus – I get to paint!  The room I’m moving into is bright green, and although it isn’t the worst, it’s just not me.  So, I’m thinking white white white and a light peach accent wall for a pop of color.  I’ve been perusing Pinterest and found that this color is fairly neutral and will match great with the black and white I surround myself with, like this quilt I made about a year ago.

In the past, I’ve been stuck with painting limitations, mainly making it work with darker color schemes and minimal decor like here and here.  But now, times have changed and this girl wants something cheery to come home to!  What do you think?

Yellow Backpack | Green Chair | Gallery Wall

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The holiday season has come and gone.  Another Christmas and another New Year.  2014 really has been something.  Something great!  People tend to say that time goes by faster and faster as you get older, but I have to say this year felt like a lifetime in the best way.

To explain the photo above: Every year, my hometown has this Christmas display that the fire department puts up.  It’s pretty silly and I’ve always wanted to photograph it but only had my phone which wasn’t quite able to capture it.  It’s been a staple of the town for so many years and I hope and hope that they’ll never update it.  It has wooden hand-painted cutouts, animatronics, old stuffed animals on rides, homemade buildings, and a strange amount of Disney references.  I posted a short slideshow on my Instagram the other day.  It’s weird as hell and I love it.

Here are some other weird things I’ve enjoyed this year:

Mac DeMarco, “Chamber of Reflection” (music video)

Ariel Pink, “Picture Me Gone” (music video)

Freddie Mercury, “Living On my Own” (music video)

Fabrice Fabrice’s Marsupial Poem (comedy)

Manly (animation)

Front Yard (comedy)

SNL’s Bad Boys (comedy)

To a weird and wonderful 2015.

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A lot has been going on personally for me lately: a change in city, a change in job, and some much needed time to recharge.  While that doesn’t make very interesting blogging (at least not yet), I’ve had some time to think, pick up some winter projects, and hopefully post more frequently than I have been in the last couple of months.

That being said, I first came across Storm Tharp when I visited the 2010 Whitney Biennial back when I was still in college.  I don’t remember most of the work that I saw there, which doesn’t surprise me much as my memory is pretty bad but it’s been over four years and I still think of Tharp from time to time.  He and Aurel Schmidt  for some reason really stuck with me.  Impeccable rendering skills have always impressed me.  Damn, if only!  I recently watched a studio visit with him and although he’s ending “his love affair” with ink portraits, it’s this particular work that I enjoy most.

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New York in Nine Coffees

Based off of this NY Times article, with coffee in hand, I illustrated this map outlining the nine coffees featured.  It was a fun way to kick off the weekend while binge watching some Netflix and listening to café jams.

Now that it’s officially the fall time, I’ve made the transition to hot coffee from my beloved iced. What is it about the fall that makes this time of year so nostalgic?  Is it our memories of going back to school and the lead up to the holiday season?  The drastic change in clothing and the slow come down off of the summer?  Who knows.  Anyway, I like it.  Keep it comin’ fall.  Boots on.  Swimsuit off.