Monday, October 31, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
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Monday, October 24, 2011
With mass media and many business industries talking about green, eco-friendly, and organic, then why not for my nails?
So then, how does Tierra Mia serve their customers? They have coconut mani and pedicure service and soy hair removal service. Their nail lacquers are water based with many different organic materials. Customers say after they get their nails done, they look good and there was no bad chemical odor. Looking pretty is important, and that is the number one reason why people get their nails done, but now it is the time to think about the inside of your body getting prettier.
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Jeremy Scott x Longchamp
Pill Le Pliage Bag, $322
Collaborating with French bag brand, Longchamp, American designer Jeremy Scott used the pill print from his spring/summer 2011 collection and had it printed on Longchamp’s oversized travel bag. The result is a literal pill bag that may set airport security on edge when you place it on the belt to be x-rayed. Once you manage to get through security checkpoints and land in London, the cheeky humor of the bag will score many glances from shoppers on Old Bond Street and maybe even a smirk or two.
Cast of Vices
Oxycontin Necklace & Coming and Going Hospital Bracelet, $198 each
Cast of Vices aims to celebrate the design aesthetic of substance abuse while recognizing pop culture’s obsession with self-medication and addiction. The result of this effort is a line of addictive jewelry that has a poison for every abuser. Pictured is an Oxycontin necklace in silver that may cause some questioning of your health from your friends and coworkers. Also shown in the silver Coming and Going bracelet that has eternalized every hospital check-in that you may or may not have had in silver rather than plastic and paper. Show your frequent-flyer-status by tightening the bracelet to the perfect fit and being proud of your addictions, whether it is pills or fashion.
Bobby Berk Home
Plank Pills Yoga Mat, $85
Who said that a druggy couldn’t appreciate Sunday yoga in the park? With this yoga mat by Bobby Berk Home, you can take your drug cocktail to yoga, even if they did fall all over the faux bathroom tiles. Bobby Berk acknowledges that not every person that takes a yoga class likes pink butterflies and blossoming lotus flowers. Downward dog becomes infinitely more fun when you get to stare at your addiction beneath you.
Penny Poison Ring, $375
New York based jewelry designer Eddie Borgo has developed his line of sharp, edgy pieces that are darkly beautiful. His Penny Poison ring allows you to lift up a decorative silver penny to reveal a small container that can hold some powder if you need to take it on the go. No need to deal with tiny plastic bags when you can hold your substance in a beautiful Borgo ring that certainly makes your drugs feel more expensive than the price paid.
The public voice has spoken. Confronting what they believe to be the cause of the downward economic slope that steepened in 2008 and has continued to plague our nation ever since. In mid July the Adbusters group released a civic summon for a peaceful occupation of lower Manhattan, beginning on the 17th of September. The call was greeted with widespread support.
Teachers, college students, labor members, unemployed workers, and the other 99% are coming together at the intersection of Broad and Market Street to express their discontent and disgust for corporate America and politics. The gathering at City Hall is an extension of the current Wall Street protest.
Occupy Wall Street is a horizontally organized resistance movement employing the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to restore democracy in America. The origin of the name transpires from the wave of Middle Eastern demonstrations beginning in December of 2010. The protests consist of civil resistance in sustained campaigns involving strikes, demonstrations, marches and rallies, with an emphasis on social media. The efforts behind Occupy Wall Street can be accessed through an array of different outlets. Countless images, forums, LiveStream, chats, Twitter, Facebook and Reddit are all enabling a wild fire-like spread of the protest.
Clearly stated on the website promoting this event is the mission statement claiming, “Our nation, our species and our world are in crisis. The US has an important role to play in the solution, but we can no longer afford to let corporate greed and corrupt politics set the policies if our nation.” The points of attack, although vague, are strong in the fact that they deeply resonate with a vast majority of frustrated citizens.
An undeniable energy permeates the atmosphere, whether an onlooker or active participant. The clusters of haphazard and colorful tents set against the intimidating backdrop of City Hall create a juxtaposition that borders on comical, yet comforting. Powerful signage and obvious camaraderie between activists almost gives the laidback air of a 1970’s hippy rally. Almost.
In a speech from October 9th, Slavoj Zizek declares, “The only thing I’m afraid of is that we will someday just go home and then we will meet once a year, drinking beer, and nostalgically remember what a nice time we had here. Promise ourselves that this will not be the case. We know that people often desire something but do not really want it. Don’t be afraid to really want what you desire.”Take a few minutes out of your shopping trip on Walnut and venture over two streets to see for yourself.
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Working backstage at the Charlotte Ronson Spring 2012 fashion show was by far the most amazing experience during my co-op. I’ve volunteered backstage at small shows before, but nothing could compare to working behind the scenes at Charlotte Ronson. Fashion shows are definitely not all glitz and glamour. Preparing for the show took long hours and hard work. We received multiple shipments of the clothing samples for the runway and our showrooms that had to be sorted, labeled, and checked off on our inventory sheets. As interns, it was our job to help with all the last minute changes. We sourced buttons in the garment district, switched and sewed the buttons, cut lining out of tops and dresses, and dyed various pairs of shoes. We created an emergency runway kit full of matching thread, needles, scissors, tide to go pens, shoe inserts, and lint rollers. At this point, things were just getting started.
The model castings began about two weeks prior to the show with help from Natalie Joos, a well-known casting agent in New York City. We had a schedule of models coming to the office everyday to try on specific looks and be photographed. Charlotte and our stylist, Natasha Royt, looked at each model’s book, which contained all of their information and photographs to decide who had the right look for the show. After they narrowed it down, it was time to confirm if they were available for the day of the show. Two of the confirmed girls were chosen to come in to meet with Natasha to try on different outfits and decide what exactly was going to be shown down the runway. Each look was photographed and posted on boards for the design team to narrow down. We ended up with a total of 39 looks.
Once the models were confirmed, they came into the office to try on some of the outfits, so Natasha and Charlotte could decide who would be wearing what. These were the days that I helped dress the models, took pictures, and made the model cards. Every model received a poster stating their name and showing the pictures of the exact look that they would be wearing on the runway. The cards explained exactly how to put on the entire outfit including shoes and accessories. These model cards were extremely helpful on the day of the show because they made sure everyone who was backstage was on the same page in regards to dressing each model.
The day of the show was extremely stressful. About fifteen minutes after everyone met at the office, there was a power outage and a water leak. In a panic, the employees and interns packed up the entire collection and had everything ready to go the venue in a matter of minutes. We all headed straight to the Lincoln Center and had hours of down time before we could head backstage. Once the clothes arrived, everyone headed backstage where we separated the garment bags on racks. There were two to three models assigned to each rack, and the dressers spread out their looks and made sure everything was ready to be put on quickly. All of the interns helped dress the models and lined them up according to their look. In a matter of ten minutes, the show was over and we were all finally able to breathe! Although the Charlotte Ronson fashion show was stressful, I loved every minute of it.
View the complete collection online at http://www.style.com/fashionshows/complete/S2012RTW-CRONSON
Friday, October 7, 2011
The start of October not only reminded us of the official end of the summer with the chilly weather that has been brought upon us, but it also marks the start of the Mural Arts Month. With the city of Philadelphia having the largest, and in my opinion the most influential, public art programs in the United States, this special month dedicated that very program will be full of activities and things to do.
Since its beginning in 1984 as a part of the Philadelphia Anti-Graffiti Network, the Mural Arts Program has created over 3,000 murals as a way to create and promote community involvement, education, and creativity. The Mural Arts Program challenges youth to inspirer peers through art and reduce violence with alternate means of expression. The program also has been a leader in bringing the arts into the national prison systems providing inmates with stipends to create parts of murals seen throughout the city.Throughout the month of October, The Mural Arts Program will be hosting the month long celebration titled, “31 Days / 31 Ways Art Ignites Change”. The program selected a group of community members, artists, and other important figures in Philadelphia to explain how “art has ignited change” in each of their lives. There will be sponsored events throughout the city all month long including free trolley tours, egg hunts, and mural dedications. More information is available on Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program website at http://muralarts.org/