Thursday, July 31, 2014

Why I Gave Up on (Most) Print Magazines

I have a confession.  I don’t buy print magazines.  Sure, this only started a few days ago and excludes specialty magazines and compelling issues like Michelle Obama’s first Vogue cover in March 2009 or Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s April 2014 Vogue cover, but I swear my print days are (mostly) over.

Image via The New Yorker
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weekly (WEDNESDAY) Web Roundup


You may have noticed the title weekly web roundup hasn't been quite accurate. Instead, I post links haphazardly, either when I'm too lazy to concoct an original story of my own or more likely, because I have recently read something that I feel like I just can't keep to myself. In the interest of holding myself accountable, I have retitled the series Weekly (Wednesday) Web Roundups, so you can expect your weekly dose of the best of the Internet. Happy reading!


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Hip-Hop x Fine Art = EVERYTHING


There are two constants in my life: art and hip-hop.  Indoctrinated into the "art world" from birth via my parents who collect --and not just cool looking $40 prints like the lot I have amassed-- I myself have grown fond of art, whether it be gallery hopping in Chelsea, minoring in Art History in college or more recently hoarding art supplies from Michaels for my own projects.  And hip-hop, don't get me started.  First, there was the throwback hip-hop playlist with classics like "Holidae Inn" and "Right Thurr."  Then there was the admission to my religious watching of 106 & Park in middle school (read about both here).  And today it was reaffirmed when with "Money Baby" by KCamp playing in the background, my mom said, "You are just a ratchet girl at heart," referencing my penchant for the likes of YG and Sage the Gemini.

Well, they say if you can't beat em, join 'em, which is exactly what Fly Art and Carter Family Portraits have managed to do -combine my two loves, art and hip-hop, masterfully.  They have reworked works from the art historical canon with contemporary figures and lyrics from hip hop, thereby making the old feel new again.  For the non art history buffs, I have included the original work details.

But the best news of all? You can purchase these works as prints, T-shirts, sweatshirts, iPhone cases and more here and here (and follow them on Insta here). You know I have four T-shirts en route. Thank God for online shopping!

The Old Guitarist (1903), Pablo Picasso
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

How the Bachelorette Sets You Up To Be a Delusional Dater


Watching the Bachelorette last night (yes, I watch that Bachelorette –previously documented here), I started to feel for Nick despite wanting Josh to win.  Here’s why: The premise of the Bachelor is that you enter a “journey to find love.”  It occurs in a vacuum that entails international jet setting with dates that end in literal fireworks and serenades at personal concerts.  But beyond the logistics, each Bachelor or Bachelorette continues to urge that you open up to let the process work.  Make sure you tell him or her that you’re falling in love, albeit two weeks in and with no verbal reciprocation. It’s the process, Chris Harrison reminds you.  But for whom?

Image via Andi's Twitter
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

#WCW: Joan Smalls



As far as girl crushes go, Joan Smalls is it.  She's the tits. The cat's meow. The bee's knees. The business.  Bottom line, girlfriend kills it.  The face of Gucci and Estée Lauder, featured in Givenchy ad campaigns and nearly outshining Beyonce in her music video no less, Joan Smalls can do no wrong.  She's the Queen B of the fashion industry, counting designers and insiders like Ricardo Tisci, Alexander Wang and Derek Blasberg among her closest friends, and currently ranked the #1 model in the world according to models.com since September 2012.  Further, I respect her determination for pursuing her dreams in an industry notorious for relegating black models to token status.
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

How to Score the Best Deals


The sales associate is the fashion equivalent to your SAT tutor.  Lurking in the background, he or she provides the assistance you need to knock your score (or your footwear) out of the park.  While the workings of a sales associate often go unnoticed, calling you first when the Chanel boots go on sale in your size for $300 (yes, it happened to my mom at the Neiman Outlet), immediately shipping you a box of clothes to pick from and send back all the way from Los Angeles (again, my mom with Elaine Kim), or literally hiding merchandise behind the counter until you get first dibs, they’re the essential part of scoring the best wardrobe and often at the utmost convenience.  Why bother venturing into the store when you could just call your sales associate first to see if they have what you’re looking for?

Image via Vogue
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Monday, July 14, 2014

The Delicate Art of the Movie Trailer

So, I have this problem.  No, it’s not what you’re thinking.  Get your mind out of the gutter!  Just kidding, what were you thinking…? Anyway, I have this problem with movie trailers.  Each two-minute clip is a teaser, a narrow window into the full-length feature, that attempts to pique your interest just enough that you succumb to watching the entire film.  But, here’s the rub.  It rarely ever does.  Instead, two hours and endless trailers later, I throw my hands up and resign myself to bed because either the trailer aficionados have revealed too much and I’m convinced that I’ve already digested the entirety of the film (hello, weekly previews for the Bachelor and Bachelorette) or it’s just off.  What do I mean by off?  I mean, it’s an Academy Award winning film but because the trailer guy didn’t do his job correctly, I’m put off.  Not put off as in “Oh, this looks bad, but I’ve heard such great things, so I’ll watch it anyway,” but rather, “Wow, this is not what I thought I was in for, so I’m abandoning ship before it even leaves the dock.”  Yeah, that bad.

Image via Vogue
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Juicing Demystified


I’m no doctor, but six $12 green juices per day (price being zip code dependent) seems like a rather stunning marketing ploy than a prescription for health.  Yes, I’m talking about juice cleanses.  As the former employee of a cold-pressed juicery, one might expect that I would revere juice cleanses as the Holy Grail, the utmost necessity to detoxify and reset your system.  But honestly, that’s what your liver is for, and if I say so myself has been doing a pretty decent job thus far.

What’s wrong with juice, you ask?  Well nothing except for the fact that the most popular juices tend not to be the low-calorie alkalizing green juices chock full of essential vitamins and minerals but the calorie-laden fruit juices loaded with upwards of 40+ grams of sugar, a whopping 15 grams more than the daily recommended value for an average adult.  But it’s natural!  And here’s where I must interject.  Sugars in whole fruit, a-okay because the fiber helps slow the absorption of sugar; however, juice eliminates said fiber, therefore delivering a shock to your system eerily reminiscent of a candy bar.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

#TBT: An Ode to Gossip Girl


Gossip Girl, here.  Your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite.


And boy was it ever.  Even prior to the debut of the television series in 2007, I was what you’d call a fangirl.  My middle school friends and I would each buy a copy of the series, share it and immediately discuss how we wish we could rendezvous in St. Barths with our own real-life Nate Archibald, thus creating an infantile version of a book club. 
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Formatives Moments in Fashion History: The Prom Dress


There are not many occasions more momentous than prom.  Maybe it’s the prom-themed Seventeen Magazine issue on how to do the perfect cat-eye, the racks of low-cut rhinestone pastel dresses lining the Macy’s junior section or the endless buildup by Hollywood producers: Regina George in a neck brace in Mean Girls, Drew Barrymore’s emotional breakdown after being named Prom Queen in Never Been Kissed or Brittany Snow escaping an ax-murderer in Prom Night.  It tops Homecoming, the Sadie Hawkins dance, even Halloween.

No, my brother was not my prom date -just a cool junior. Yes, his hand does look amputated.

And it all begins with the search for the perfect dress (three months in advance, mind you).
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Hey, It's Okay


If you’ve ever read Glamour magazine, you’re well aware of their monthly “Hey, It’s Okay” feature, which highlights those rituals we do that may not be the most logical but nonetheless are human.  And hey, it’s okay.  You shouldn’t feel bad about your quirks.  I’ve compiled a list of those traits that I’m ready to publicly justify.

  1. To be reminded of Bring it On every time you brush your teeth next to someone
  2. To cry over a leather jacket
  3. To religiously follow someone’s Twitter or Instagram but refuse to validate their existence with an official “follow” (and subsequently be heartbroken when they decide to make their account private)
  4. To be more concerned with working out before a family vacation than for spring break
  5. To have a list of future baby names on the Notes app in your iPhone
  6. To have a secret Wedding board on Pinterest
  7. To keep setting that morning alarm to go on a run.  Someday?
  8. To use an $8 cold pressed juice as a chaser
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Weekly Web Roundup



1. Even when I don't buy anything from Intermix, I always leave feeling inspired by their styling.  They put together the most unique outfit combinations and this menswear inspired post is no different. (Style 3 Ways: Modern Menswear, Intermix)
2. Simply because it's about my alma matter. (To Young Minds of Today, Harvard is the Stanford of the East, New York Times)
3. A reverse bucket list?  Now that's new.  My reverse NYC bucket list would have to include watching the ball drop in Times Square for New Year's Eve, really doing anything in Times Square; drive -I've done it once, and that was enough; and lose power while living on the 32nd floor -it happened to my brother. Yikes. (What's on Your New York City Reverse Bucket List? New York Times)
4. Moving to a new city for someone, dating bicoastally, neither of which are attractive propositions but Mr. Right...The Cut investigates the modern relationship milestone. (Moving for Love, The Cut)
5. Talk about a good read from the perennial fixture on these weekly web roundups.  Not one to judge but if you're still sleeping together after two years, you're probably a delusional dater and just need to cut it off. (The Post-Relationship Crutch: When Sleeping With Your Ex Becomes a Cock Block, Vogue)
6. If the similarity attraction theory of psychology rings true and birds of a feather in fact do flock together, I should want a male version of me.  I envision someone who rocks Public School, subscribes to GQ and scours the inter-webs for the best restaurants every time he visits a new city.  But sometimes I think that could be exhausting, not to mention confining.  I foresee something of a warped reality in which we're completely unaware of opposing viewpoints, interests, a cave of sorts.  Now, that's no fun.  But someone who appreciates seeing Neiman Marcus on the credit card statement...that's hard to pass up.  (The Pros and Cons of Dating a Fashion Conscious Man, Vogue)

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What You Should Have Learned at Cotillion: Modern Manners


Cotillion.  For many, it probably brings back awkward memories of trying to flirt with boys who were simultaneously tripping over your feet whilst trying to perfect their foxtrot.  Remember when “if he’s mean to you, that means he likes you” was the mantra? Or still is...funny how that works.  Middle school flirtation strategies aside, cotillion sought to instill in us manners and social grace: which knife to use first, how to confidently introduce yourself to adults and how to properly write a thank you note.

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