A while back I did a post about entering the Lilla Rogers Studio Global Talent Search. The first round challenge was to create a piece of art with the theme "terrariums". It could be in any medium, style, color and composition. I immediately knew that I wanted to do a desert themed terrarium. I love the desert and the variety of shapes, textures, colors and animals you can find there. This past year I went to Joshua Tree for the first time and have been obsessed with it ever since.
999 people entered the contest and 50 were selected for the next round. I was super inspired and in awe of all of the submissions. There are so many amazingly talented artists out there! You can check out all of the entries here. I did not move on to the next round, but participating in the contest did inspire me to work on a collection based around the desert landscape. I can't wait to share it with you soon.
The Swedish Chef and Camilla the chicken
There are few events I look forward to more than Halloween! It is the perfect opportunity to flex my creative muscles and come up with a fun and memorable costume. Pedar and I have tried for the last few years to come up with clever couples costumes. Our number one criteria is not that the costumes have never been done before, but that the characters mean something to us personally. I am of the mindset that costumes do not have to be elaborate to be fun to wear. With that said I do truly appreciate complex costume and creature design, in fact, I am quite obsessed with the SyFy Network special effects makeup competition show Face/Off. The show is incredibly inspiring and perhaps will help guide me towards pushing my creative boundaries for this years Halloween costumes. Here are a few of our creations from the last few years. We have a big Halloween party to attend together this year... brainstorming commence!
E.T. and Elliott
hand holding sea otters
We based this costume on this YouTube video that we both love!
Even though I live in New York City, home to Kleinfeld's and other pillars of the wedding dress industry, I decided not to go wedding dress shopping there. I wanted to visit my parents in Ohio and I thought that we might have better luck finding a good deal on something fabulous in the Midwest. To prepare for shopping I compiled a list of adjectives I knew I wanted my dress to exemplify: elegant, simple, classic, natural, with an interesting focal point. As far as silhouette goes I was pretty open, because I had no clue what different styles would look like on my figure. So, I planned a trip to Ann Arbor, Michigan with my Mom to check out a couple stores.
First, I got an appointment at The Brides Project, they sell gently used wedding dresses at discounted prices. All of the people who work in the store are volunteers, and all of the proceeds go towards the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor. I love the idea of recycling a dress that was worn once and donating to a good cause as well, so this was an ideal opportunity. The store was stocked from wall to wall with wedding dresses and my Mom and I with the help of two kind volunteers got to flip through the racks of dresses. I had never tried on a wedding dress in my life and this was a wonderful introduction into the fantasies and foibles of the bridal world. I must have tried on 10 dresses each one of them teaching me a little bit about what I like and don't like on my figure. We didn't end up finding anything quite right at this store, but I will certainly consider donating my dress to them after our wedding and I would absolutely recommend that people check this place out. The prices and the mission can't be beat!
The second store where we had an appointment was The Gown Shop in downtown Ann Arbor. Ariel and I actually went to high school with the owner, Stacy Fork, a fun little connection! The shop was very private, contemporary and chic. It was quite a different experience at The Gown Shop we did not do any hands on browsing, in fact the dresses were hanging guarded in a separate room tantalizing us from afar. We sat down in an elegant private dressing room with our dress expert and she asked me a series of questions about what I was looking for in a dress. This boutique features dresses from the trendiest designers, with one of a kind looks that are expertly constructed and made from very lux fabrics. Our incredibly knowledgeable consultant grabbed us four dresses that she felt best met all of my criteria. In the end, much to our surprise, we ended up buying a dress! The dress was made by Magdalena Gmyr a Toronto based designer known for her figure flattering, architectural designs. The Gown Shop is the only store in the United States that carries her gowns and the dress we found is a retired design, so those two facts make if feel like an extra special find. But just wait I haven't told you the best part...The dress was a SAMPLE, so we got a great deal too! HOORAY!!!