Thought on a Friday // 1.30.2009

It feels like I'm waiting on a lot of things right now.
= much to be excited about?
I hope so.


Greed—The new faux fragrance!

This concept is so interesting to me...In a series of fabricated campaigns, Francesco Vezzoli is releasing a short film directed by Roman Polanski, starring Natalie Portman & Michelle Williams (love!). The clip features a perfume, Greed, and it pokes fun at the hype around perfume advertising.

The actual short film will be released online at the Gagosian Gallery on February 6th. In the mean time, check out the teaser clip and more info on the project here.

R.I.P. Domino Magazine

The rumors are true. March is slated to be the last issue hitting newsstands, according to Mediaweek.

The Domino website will also be discontinued, so be sure to save your Deco Files!


D.I.Y. Pom Pom Garland

Pamela Garrison had a feature on her blog in which she replicats an Anthropologie display with coffee filters, music sheets, and tissue paper.

The finished garland is truly beautiful! For full instructions on how to make your own, visit Pam's blog!

Stover Nuptials Featured in Juice!

Wayde & I were a featured couple in this week's "Tying the Knot" issue of Juice Magazine. It truly was "a group effort with personal touches"! Read all about our economically efficient ceremony here.


Best of the Week Vol. 14

1. Globamarama. Enough said.
2. One of my new goals in life is to stay at the Madonna Inn (no association with the or any other self-proclaimed Madonna). Each suite is entirely unique and overly styled — the pefect place for a weekend Holga shoot! Someday...
3. Minnie Mouse reimagined.
4. This bubblicious editorial is pure eye candy!
5. If I had these shoes, I would wear them every day.
6. One of many beautiful images on the Lolita blog.


soZealous @ MSMF

Market Street Media Foundry is a new collaborative art and media studio located in Des Moines' East downtown at 118 SE 4th Street. Today was their open house and I had a few pieces on display to help warm the place.

It really is a privilege to have my projects hanging alongside the work of such talented local artists. Thanks to Cat & Scott for including me in their launch!

Check out more photos from the event on Rock Iowa's Flickr.


Thought on a Friday* // 1.23.2009

*is back. Showcasing my love for typography, design, and inspiration in general.

Most likely not the first (or last) time you have seen this image, but I wanted to feature it on my blog. A beautiful typographic paper illustration by Yulia Brodskaya.

MSMF Open House

Please join the artists, industrialists and entreprenuers of Market Street Media Foundry for a grand opening reception on January the 24th from noon until four in the afternoon. Refreshments will be served. The MSMF artists will be presenting an exhibition of works-in-progress to give you a taste of what the year 2009 holds for art in the grand city of Des Moines.

I'll have a few soZealous pieces on display, most of which are for sale on Etsy.

For more information, visit the Market Street Media Foundry's website.


D.I.Y. Ruffle Garments

Whoever thought to use shower loofahs as fashion ruffles, I salute you. Featured in the latest online edition of NEET Magazine, click the below image for further instructions.

And expect to see me in some version of this at some point. GENIUS.

I'd also like to start reserving Wednesdays as a D.I.Y. treasury on the blog. Thoughts? Comments? Your feedback is always appreciated (and even more so if it's good)!


New items in the Etsy shop!

Including this mixed media original masterpiece by yours truly.

These postings are long overdue, yet my work is highly influenced by weather/ lighting conditions. Also, I've got a small batch of goodies to replenish Vitae Design Collective with, so watch for updates on that.

Just expect an increase in everything as Midwest temperatures begin to rise!

Best of the Week Vol. 13

1. Creations from the Lanvin 2009 pre-Fall collection.
2. This dress was once a phone book.
3. Puella has the most fabulous accessories (and photography to match)!
4. Check out this "cool decorating trick" on the Poppytalk blog.
5. I am so addicted to image bookmarking right now. Simple, yet stunning balloon sculpture on FFFFound.
6. Essential French curated by the editors of Domino Magazine.


1st D.I.Y. Night @ Mars Cafe

Despite blizzard-like conditions, the first ever DIY night at Mars was a nice little success! Leslie of Urbanestics organized some fun projects to get our creative juices flowing.

In addition to making wall pockets from album covers, there was an activity where we extracted interesting words from old books and jumbled them up to create unique phrases. We also assembled collages to tie in with our impromptu poetry.

This was my final project:

My favorite and innocent, extraordinary diamond lingered with virulent friz and it was astonishing.

The next DIY Night will be on Tuesday, January 27th. Same bat time. Same bat channel.


Love Lula

Created for people of the world who love fashion, music, art, & make believe. Lula is gentle, whimsical and ethereal in tone, mixing high fashion to fall in love with and interviews that feel like late night chats with people you wish you knew.

If you don't have the extra $56.27 for a one year subscription, you may peruse through the virtual pages of Lula Magazine here. SHEER eye-candy.

And if that's not enough for you, there is the Lula Magazine Facebook group that includes more pictures than what's just on the website. Which I will have to resort to for now...


Best of the Week Vol. 12**

1. Feisty & adorable Peaches Geldof's apartment featured on The Selby.
2. Fashionary—"The world's first fashion designer handbook". Take advantage of the downloadable PDF templates!
3. Delightful photos by the Cherry Blossom Girl.
4. Make a statement with this inexpensive Classic Chair Back decals from Blik.
5. Miss Lulu & The Teaspoon Shortage's self-portrait album on Flickr is phenomenal.
6. Series of British Design Classics stamps from Britain's Royal Mail.

**Other working titles: "Best of 2009, Thus Far.." or "Everything since Best of the Week Vol.11"


Urbanestics D.I.Y. Night @ Mars Cafe

Leslie (of Urbanestics) is teaming up with Mars Cafe to present "Urbanestics D.I.Y. Night"!

This will be a recurring Tuesday night event from 7-9pm. So come on down, meet fellow crafty people, and make some cool, handmade stuff for yourself!


Happy 2009!

Photo featured on DesignBoom blog.

Sure, I'm a few days late. I've been putting off my first blog of the year for lack of knowing what to post...a Best of Year? Resolutions for 2009?

This blustery Iowa winter has kept me from being ultra productive in the re-vamped vintage home decor department, but I'll have loads of new items available as the snow gradually melts.

Until then, the Etsy Shop is OPEN with merch also available at Vitae Design Collective in downtown Des Moines.
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