Creative Envy

Thursday, August 13, 2009, 11:23 pm
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So not only have I not posted one time this month, I completely missed my one year anniversary on the third! Oops! Happy birthday? Hoot and holler? Man, this is horrible. I should have done some extraordinary topical entry about what I’ve learned over the last year and how grateful I am for those of you who continue to check out my little corner of the interwebs, but instead here is my slap-dash, put together wee post.

I was inspired tonight because I just got home from seeing Julie & Julia and watching the scrolling type on Amy Adams’ computer screen had me jonesing to get home and post something again. I have had this entire week off. A stay-cation, if you will, to get some things done around my place (ahem, catching up on blogging is still not crossed off the list…shocking). So there you have it. I can’t even use “no time” as an excuse anymore!

Enough whining. I give you my latest favorites because, after all, it is Thursday night.


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1. Dina Goldstein’s Fallen Princesses photo series for JPG Magazine is pretty brilliant. “These works place Fairy Tale characters in modern day scenarios. In all of the images the Princess is placed in an environment that articulates her conflict. The ‘…happily ever after’ is replaced with a realistic outcome and addresses current issues.” (via How About Orange)

2. I had been waiting for months to go see (500) Days of Summer and it definitely delivered. Zooey Deschanel is one of my favorite people, both in acting and singing, so I figured I would be smitten with this movie. It’s smart, charming, heartwarming (and breaking at the same time), witty and creative. I have the soundtrack basically on repeat in my car. I can’t get enough of it and every time Hall & Oates comes on, I remember that scene in the movie and I want to break out into spontaneous song and dance. When Sweet Disposition comes on, my heart jumps out of my chest. Go see it.

3. Going hand in hand with going to see movies, comes (and the mobile application for your iPhone). RunPee tells you when it’s “safe” to go to the restroom during a movie’s duller moments and let’s you know what you missed while you were gone. For example, for tonight’s Julie & Julia movie, I had four opportunities, four minutes allotted for each one. I did use one of them and it worked out perfectly! I didn’t miss any crucial info. It will give you either situational or verbal cues so you know when you need to run (and pee).

4. This week I took two days to do a thorough clean sweep of my place, purging items I haven’t touched in the last year. This meant tackling my clothes closet, which meant trying on endless articles of clothing to see if they still fit or if I liked them on me anymore. Basically, I ended up shopping in my own closet. I uncovered so many forgotten gems and I have put a self-imposed halt on any new wardrobe acquisitions for the foreseeable future. In fact, I want to challenge myself to not wear the same top for the next 30 days since I’m pretty positive I could pull it off.

5. Toronto’s the workroom is equipped with everything a crafter or sewer might need to get their project done, and it’s all available for their use for an hourly fee. I think this is an amazing resource that would be unbelievably valuable to most cities. Even though I have a lot of supplies, it’s always such a pain to haul them out and put them away with each project I tackle. I would love to have a space where I could spread out and work more efficiently (and most likely on higher quality sewing machines than what I have). The workroom offers independent studio time, classes, fabric for purchase, and serves as a venue for various crafty events. (via Uppercase)


Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 7:34 pm
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What is with me this month?!!! My intentions are good but for some reason I have been absolutely terrible about posting regularly. I guess I’m still trying to balance this new healthy regimen I’ve imposed on myself along with finishing up projects (yes, I’m this close to crossing something off my monumental list). The other piece of the puzzle is that I haven’t had time to keep up with my favorite blogs, which always provide me with so much inspiration and, in turn, keep me posting. Anyway, thanks for hanging in there with me. I will get back into the groove of things soon. Promise.

Monday, July 13, 2009, 9:22 pm
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Would you pay $140 for shampoo if it guaranteed you amazing hair everyday? This question is asked in the August issue of Lucky magazine in regard to Philip B’s Russian Amber Imperial Shampoo. Beauty editor Jean Godfrey-June claims that the shampoo makes her hair look as if it was styled by a $700/hr stylist and the look can last for up to three days. Sounds pretty great, but then there’s the price point of this miracle shampoo.


After I got over my initial audible “guffaw”, I started to think about it. $140 is definitely a lot of money, but what about other disposable products people spend money on that are considered totally acceptable? Designer perfume? An expensive bottle of champagne or wine? One night out at a 5-star restaurant? Jean says this little tub of beauty magic lasts a mysteriously long time. Probably much longer than a bottle of Dom Perignon. I would love to try it, but I have a feeling that samples of this gem don’t come free. Can anyone out there vouch for what Lucky is claiming?

Tuesday, July 7, 2009, 11:08 pm
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I’m still here, just busy with work and still coming down from the long holiday weekend. Will post soon once I get motivated.


Picture via moleitau on Flickr.

Sunday, June 28, 2009, 3:51 pm
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Beck turns 8 years young tomorrow. Love ya, bud.


Monday, June 15, 2009, 7:59 pm
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For the final part of my Brooklyn series, I wanted to share a list of all the places I ate. Every bite of food I consumed the entire weekend was amazing. Thankfully I also walked about 30 miles so I don’t feel guilty for gorging. Kind of.



The Treats Truck: One chocolate chipper to go at Renegade and I was set until lunch. Delicious and I love their identity work and collateral.

Taco Truck at Union Pool: We stopped here for some afternoon Mexicalis and some tacos from the taco truck on the back patio (I strongly recommend the shrimp taco). This bar used to be a pool supply store and it has retained that vintage feel. Very charming and I hear they have a photo booth.

The Brooklyn Star: Serving up Southern style comfort food, The Brooklyn Star was a cozy little haunt. I ordered the mac ‘n’ cheese (bacon added please) and it came in a sizzling mini skillet. Really good and, yeah, I ate the whole thing. Drinks were served in mason jars which is always a hit with me.



Urban Rustic: I didn’t have anything fancy here; just a bagel with cream cheese and a strawberry smoothie. But the inside of the place is worth checking out. Old wood shelves line the giant walls from floor to ceiling with a ladder to access the out of reach stuff. Urban Rustic is both a cafĂ© and a market, specializing in organic, sustainable food.

Caracas Arepa Bar: Wow, I had never had an arepa before but now that I know what one is, I’m in love. This little flavor-filled pocket was small enough to hold in my hands but so satisfying. I had a La PelĂșa, which is shredded beef with cheddar cheese. For my drink I ordered a Camburada, which is a banana milk shake with a touch of cinnamon. Soooo good.

Roberta’s: This place is responsible for serving me my best meal of the year (so far but I will be shocked if it gets topped). I’ve never experienced such flavorful food and because we had a large party and because my hosts knew the chefs, we got to try a lot of different things. Although Roberta’s is called a pizza place, they serve way more than that (and are great at it too). We had two kinds of salads, a cheese plate, a meat plate, pizzas, calzones, pastas, fried chicken, pork chops, mushrooms, pork TONGUE (yes, I had tongue and it was tasty), and plenty of red wine to wash it all down. I couldn’t recommend this place more if you’re ever in Brooklyn. The produce they use is grown up on the roof. Talk about knowing where your food is coming from! I also hear they have a great brunch… time.



Almondine: A charming little bakery located in DUMBO, I picked up an almond croissant and an iced chai latte on Monday morning. Yeah, I realize that I basically had dessert for breakfast. Hey, I was on vacation!

Foragers Market: What a great carry-out market. It reminded me of a micro neighborhood version of Whole Foods. I picked up one of their premade sandwiches and a bag of dill pickle potato chips and both delivered on flavor and satisfaction.

Sunday, June 14, 2009, 10:39 pm
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I just uploaded the rest of my photos from my trip to my Flickr photostream, but here’s a sampling.



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