Thursday, March 31, 2011

Opening Ceremony x Pendleton

Guess what? Two of my favorites, Opening Ceremony and Pendleton, do it again for Spring/Summer 2011. Their partnership rides on with an array of vivid patterns and fanciful fits. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the PENDLETON ROUND-UP, the iconic Navajo pattern is revamped, incorporating super OC tones like mint, yellow, and coral. Introducing subtle snakeskin, horseshoe emblems, and printed silks, too, this season feels as new as it does nostalgic.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


You may have seen this already, but it's too funny to not post. Kind of reminds me of this other crazy one, but not as scary.

Thanks to Laurens for this!

What would Audrey Hepburn do?

She would feed a fawn in her living room of course.

Kotori Kawashima

As seen on Miss Moss: hands down the best toddler in Japan, photographed by mom Kotori Kawashima.

All photographs by Kotori Kawashima.

Fun Stuff


via dirtyprettything

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Toy Stories

This fun little project by Aled Lewis made me chuckle.

Cavalier Essentials

Saw this cool project on Wit + Delight and just had to share, as this must be any guy's wet dream.

'Cavalier Essentials is a line of vintage products designed for the rugged, yet sophisticated gentleman. Cavalier was always briefly explained as--"If Steve McQueen carried a beat-up leather duffle bag on the back of his motorcycle; what would be in it and how would the products look?" This simple idea married an appreciation for lifestyle design and vintage accessories. All of the products possess a hand-made quality while responding to the modern influences of today's culture."

This idea is at the center of Cavalier Essentials, a project initiated by Taylor Pemberton, a Minneapolis-based designer. I love everything about the idea behind this product line. Taylor describes Cavalier Essentials “as a line of vintage products designed for the rugged, yet sophisticated gentleman.

Cavalier Essentials is not currently available for purchase, but I’m looking forward to the impending launch.'

Monday, March 28, 2011

Bill Cunningham

New York Times photographer, Schwinn rider and caractère extraordinaire Bill Cunningham has been captured in a documentary. The thing has been out since March 16th in NYC, but since I am somewhat technologically challenged when it comes to downloads (not to mention how terribly illegal that would even be) I haven't seen it yet. For some odd reason it will only premiere in Seattle on April 29th! Can't wait to see it though. Here is the trailer.

Here are the movie times around the country, if you are much like me.

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Meet me at the center of the earth

Thanks to my friend G. and her handy SAM membership, I went to see Meet Me at the Center of the Earth in the Seattle Art Museum. I was blown away by the creations from the hands of Chicago-based artist Nick Cave (no, not that one... it's the other Nick Cave).

This awesome exhibition is an invitation to meet the amazing creations that spring out of Nick Cave's imagination. Cave calls his wearable sculptures Soundsuits. I just call them a colorful and exuberant opportunity to see something different on a rainy day in Seattle. The exhibition runs through June 5th.

Traveller's joy

Aside from one capable of shooting a bear, making a fire and playing the guitar, there is not much as sexy as a man that can grow a beard. Thank god there is now a Tumblr dedicated to rugged and manly facial hair. Check out The Bearded here.



Oh Nico...

I love The Velvet Underground, and I love Nico even more. Her sad and oh-so-bored-with-it-all rendition of Jackson Browne's 'These Days' is possibly one of my all time favorite rainy day songs (and on the soundtrack of one of my all time favorite movies). With the Seattle weather keeping me inside today, searching for the end of the internet, I found this quote from Andy Warhol about Nico which made me even more smitten:

"She [Nico] called us from a Mexican restaurant and we went right over to meet her. She was sitting at a table with a pitcher in front of her, dipping her long beautiful fingers into the sangria, lifting out slices of wine-soaked oranges. When she saw us, she tilted her head to the side and brushed her hair back with her other hand and said very slowly, 'I only like the fooood that flooooats in the wiiine.'"

This was the beginning of Nico as a 'Warhol Superstar', and Andy proposing her to be a 'chanteuse' for The Velvet Underground. The boys in the band only reluctantly consented, as they agreed that Nico was pretty much tone deaf. But as we all know, the rest is history.

Ok, well... let's listen to it one more time...

Friday, March 25, 2011

Jerome Dreyfuss

Want one!

Jerome Dreyfuss did it... he caused me to lust over his pretty yet practical handbags. This designer, who happens to have worked for John Galliano before he became somewhat of a persona non grata, and is married to Isabel Marant, creates uber cool and practical designs. His bags are most famous for their soft and supple leather and their male names that are adorably exclamated by a kid (his kid?) when you click on them on his website.

Here are some of my favorites. Santa can you hear me?

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Justin Blyth + Them Thangs

If you haven't heard of this guy yet you should check him out right now. Not only is he rather awesome to drink Jameson with, he is also a talented graphic designer, art director and motion graphics guy. And somehow on top of that he managed to create the raddest picture blog out there these days: Them Thangs

On Them Thangs you can find hot naked chicks, guns, tattoos and other awesome stuff that makes you want to look, all passionately curated for your inspiration.

An interview with the man himself by Blend Magazine is available here


If you want a piece of all that is awesome, now you can. Justin is now also designing tees for Blood is the New Black. Get 'em while they're hot!

Spell & The Gypsy Collective

The girls from Spell & The Gypsy Collective photographed their friend in vintage jewelry, making her look like a Rajasthani princess. Don't you just love these images? Makes me want to wear more vintage jewelry and move to India.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

What's for dinner?

Back when I was working more than fulltime I was happy when there was anything at all but limes and mixers in my fridge. But now that I have all the time in the world to figure out what's for dinner I will share with you some of my favorite recipes. This one is a classic Italian dish called Spaghetti alle Vongole. It should be made with small clams, but after my razor clam digging experience a few days ago, I will make it with chopped razor clams and see how that goes. Here's the recipe for you! It makes enough for two to three people as a main course.


N.B. I'm Dutch, so all amounts are metric. Americans should convert to cups and pounds.
  • 1kilo of small clams, scrubbed clean
  • a small bunch of fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 10 cherry tomatoes (optional, but I like it)
  • 250ml dry white wine
  • 400g dried spaghetti
  • sea salt and freshly ground
  • black pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1–2 dried red chillies

And then what?

Put a pan of water on to boil. Finely slice the parsley stalks, then put them to one side and roughly chop the leaves. Peel and chop the garlic, quarter the cherry tomatoes and get your wine out and start sipping on it to make cooking this dish even more enjoyable. Remember to save 250 ml for your pasta!

Add the pasta to the boiling water with a good pinch of salt and cook until al dente (so not too soggy, it still should have some bite). About 5 minutes before your pasta is ready, get ready to start cooking – you'll have to be quick about this, or else it's all ruined! Send everyone out of the kitchen and focus. Put a generous amount (really, don't hold back) of olive oil into the hot pan and add the garlic, parsley stalks and a good pinch of salt and pepper. Crumble in the dried chilli and add the quartered cherry tomatoes. Stir everything around constantly and just as the garlic starts to colour (be careful not to burn it because that tastes bitter), throw in the clams and splash in the wine. It will splutter and steam, so give everything a good shake and put the lid on the pan. After about 3 to 4 minutes the clams will start to open, so keep shuffling the pan around until all of them have opened. Take the pan off the heat . Get rid of any clams that haven't opened.

By now your pasta should be just about perfect. Check it. When 'al dente', drain and add to the pan of clams along with the parsley leaves and an extra drizzle of extra virgin olive oil if needed. Toss for a further minute or two into the hot clam mixture to let the flavors from the clams, garlic and wine be absorbed into the pasta. Serve right away. Enjoy!