Monthly Archives: March 2012

Avedon Fashion

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I first locked eyes on the Avedon Fashion 1944-2000 book earlier this year because it featured my favorite Avedon photo of all time, Jean Shrimpton from the cover of the April 1965 issue of Bazaar. But beyond that, I couldn’t put this book down. Avedon is considered one of the top fashion photographers of all time but I was curious to know more about the stories behind his most iconic images and how he got his start. I learned that Avedon was a merchant marine in World War II, where he was assigned with taking identity photographs of fellow sailors. This book does a meticulous job of showcasing some of his more rare, early work from the 1940s mixed in alongside his most famous photos and ad campaigns.


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Avedon was at Harper’s Bazaar (1944 – 1965), then Vogue (1966 – 1990) and finally, at The New Yorker (1992 – 2004) and this book covers all those stints as well as work he produced for other clients including some of his most memorable Versace campaigns, which he shot for two decades. At over 350 pages long, I had a hard time choosing just a handful of images to share. If you get the chance, check this book out, winking holographic eye cover and all.


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The Latest & Greatest #3: Spring-Inspired Brights

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latest and greatest


Happy first day of Spring! This month I’ve been drawn to a palette of juicy hues including tangerine, coral and purple. In the photo above, I paired a BITNB SUMI tee with a tangerine J.Crew cardigan I picked up at Buffalo Exchange.


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1. Supernova Suspension Lamp, 2. Fang Jun Zi Xu by Pelagio Armenta, 3. Brighten The Corners Poster, 4. Opening Ceremony Glastonbury, 5. Source Unknown, 6. Heidi Merrick Huntington Dress and 7. Hermes Marcelina Scarf (this color is no longer available).

Readers, what’s inspiring you this week?


It’s Not How Good You Are…

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One of my all-time favorite books that I’ve been referring back to lately is It’s Not How Good You Are, Its How Good You Want to Be by Paul Arden. The book opens with, “Nearly all rich and powerful people are not notably talented, educated, charming or good-looking. They become rich and powerful by wanting to be rich and powerful.” That statement sets tone for the rest of the book which uses the principles of good advertising as a metaphor for running a successful business.

The beauty of It’s Not How Good You Are… is that it’s smart and clever in its execution but not brimming with business jargon. This book makes you think of that one boss who guided you through the jungle of corporate America by day and then took you out for a stiff drink and an inspirational pep talk at night. It leaves you feeling empowered, motivated and ready to take on the world.


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Early in the book, Arden sets forth his first challenge: “So how good do you want to be?” Most of us usually set a goal of wanting to be good, or, if we’re really confident, perhaps the best in our field. But why not aim higher? A few years back, I was talking to another designer, saying that I wanted to be a really good at what I did. I was naming off the people I really admired. The designer thought for a second and said, “You’re comparing your work to the top 10% of designers in the world. That’s why you feel like you’re never good enough.” They had a point but if you want to improve in an area of your life, aim high. Push yourself harder to get to that level. Otherwise, it’s too easy to settle for just being ‘good.’

On this subject, Arden says that, “Talent helps but it won’t take you as far as ambition. Everybody wants to be good but not many are willing to make the sacrifices it takes to be great. You will become whoever you want to be.” It’s a simple statement yet consider the power of what he’s saying. What you put forth in effort is what you will get back.

One point that really hit home for me personally is, “Don’t look for the next opportunity. The one you have in hand is the opportunity.” We are always waiting for that perfect project. That perfect collaboration. I’ve been on design teams where we loathe the client to the point that we just give in to mediocracy to get the project out the door. It’s easy to lose sight of the potential when you’re full of disdain (and sometimes, rightly so!) But, back up. Arden says, “Whatever is on your desk right now, that’s the one. Make it the best you possibly can. It may not be great, but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing you did the best you possibly could, and you may learn something from it.” I love this.


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I’ve kept this page in mind ever since I first saw it when designing business cards for both myself and clients. Often, less really is more. “The person in the left column is the same as the one in the right column. But we regard them very differently,” Arden says. The person in the left column is saying what he is. The person in the right column is more ambitious. It’s how he wants others to perceive him. How you perceive yourself is how others will perceive you.”

Another powerful sentiment that seems to evaporate as we get older is, “When it can’t be done, do it. If you don’t do it, it doesn’t exist.” Follow through on that crazy idea. Arden says, “A new idea can be either unfamiliar, or silly, or both. It can’t be judged by description. It needs to be done (made) to exist.” The next time you have that brilliant idea that pops into your head at 2 am, write it down, run with it and make it happen.


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Finally, the book ends with a list of famous quotes. My personal favorite?

“It’s better to fail in originality, than succeed in imitation.” -Herman Melville

I distinctly remember picking this book up on a lunch break in 2004 when I was working at a shoe store in the mall. I was looking for guidance for my next big move and I remember this book being a breath of fresh air. Arden proclaims that, “Your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have. Without having a goal it’s difficult to score.” It’s Not How Good You Are… is there to help you make the most of yourself. Are you ready for the challenge?


Link Love: 3.15.12

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link love

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Welcome to Link Love, a weekly roundup of my favorite discoveries from around the web.


• When you do work for friends, what’s the proper etiquette? Should you charge them?

• If you’re looking for editorial design inspiration, Magspiration is your place.

• Sadly, not much has changed in America’s food consumption ten years after Fast Food Nation was released.

• I love this post about etiquette (or lack thereof) on the internet.

• The History of Graphic Design is now available for iPad!

• In The New York Times: How India Became America is a look at the dark side of sudden economic prosperity.

• I love the packaging and collateral for Hillard’s Beer by Mint Design.

• It’s pretty obvious that Americans don’t have time for slow websites.

• Companies, listen up! Without the right message, Twitter is no better for your brand than a fax machine.

• Wayfare Magazine is beautifully designed. Get inspired for your next journey.

• You might be surprised by what the person sitting next to you on the train is perusing on their e-reader!

• 3 blogging rules you should break.


Sequins and Smoke Bombs: Nelson, Nevada

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As the sun began to set in Nelson, Nevada, we weren’t quite ready to hit the road. For our final look, photographer Lisa Devlin knew just how to perk us up when she pulled out a few packs of colored smoke bombs. As Kat lamented, “Turns out Nevada state law is slightly cray-cray about fireworks. In fact, Lisa and Amy had to add an hour to their drive up from LA to visit a town called Pahrump —apparently one of the only towns in Southwest America where you can legally buy them!”


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las vegas 2012

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las vegas 2012


Smoke bombs from a distance look super rad but when they’re being let off in multiples in front of you, a good amount of watery eyes, smoke inhalation and in turn, lack of composure are bound to happen! Kat and Gala’s smoke bombs went off without a hitch but mine fizzled out every time. Sad!


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Shortly after this shot, I jumped out of the frame with tears streaming down my face.


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I Wore:

Silver dress, Camilla & Marc
Sequin mouse ears, Disneyland
Tights, H&M
Boots, Ai for Matiko


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Kat Wore:

Custom-made Gown, Charlotte Balbier Tutti Frutti

Melissa Lady Dragon shoes, Vivienne Westwood
Skull Ring, Butler & Wilson


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Gala Wore:

Shirt, Betsey Johnson
Feather Dress, Betsey Johnson

Bedazzled glasses, Tequila Star
Star headband, Janine Basil
Shoes, Chinese Laundry


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If Kat was an ice skater, this would be her drama-filled finale.


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Obviously, one of Elton John’s backup singers got dropped in the desert on her way to Disneyland! I sure wouldn’t pick that creep up. ;)


Credits:

Photography: David McNeil Photography & Lisa Devlin Photography
Assisted by: Amy Bartlam
Hair & Make Up: Your Beauty Call 
Florals: Enchanted Florists
Location: Nelson, Nevada


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As the sun went down, we got some final group shots on the road out of town. Desert sunsets are the best. I think we were all a little sad for such an epic day to end. Refreshingly, our best time in Vegas was nowhere near The Strip or a shopping mall or the internet. I think we’re all a little obsessed with ghost towns now.


The Week In Pictures: 3.9.12

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week in pictures

week in pictures


One of my least favorite things to deal with ever are taxes. You agree? Really, what’s worse than taxes? Going to the dentist? It’s always a roll of the dice…hope for the best and expect the worst!


week in pictures

week in pictures


Over the weekend, I took a break from tax hell to take my favorite little friend, Rocky to Laurelhurst Park. Of course he had to terrorize a few dogs twice his size and get filthier than I’ve ever seen him!


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One of my favorite hangouts is the Badgad Theatre. I joined my dad there Friday night to catch up and share my Vegas adventures. I’ve been struggling lately with the work / life balance and am trying to fit in family time whenever I can.


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My mess of a desk featuring one of my favorite books of all time, which I’ve been revisiting a lot as of late.


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Yesterday on a leisurely walk I popped into a vintage furniture store and spotted this absolutely amazing and completely immaculate couch. Anyone have a ladies’ lounge in need of some rad furniture? And with that, I’m off to finish my taxes and wrap up some projects. Have a great weekend!


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