29.2.12

TUG-O-WAR

lazy blogger post.  images via Lyla&Blu










SOPHIA GRACE & ROSIE

I love how Rosie's microphone is just for show.  Love these girls.

25.2.12

VIOLA

http://carolinesmode.com/stockholmstreetstyle/

24.2.12

JUST LIKE HONEY

JEANNE

Every time I envy french women I picture them looking like this: Jeanne Damas. . . check out her blog http://jeannedamas.blogspot.com if you want to feel tres uncool.












23.2.12

RACKK AND RUIN X VOLCOMUNITY // GRRRL MUGSHOTS


Originally written for Volcomunity

When I checked in on Jezebel yesterday a post on female criminals from the 1870s, and their subsequent mugshots, immediately caught my eye.  The vintage photos shown were from the Newcastle City Gaol and House of Correction in England and were taken between 1871 and 1873.  These women weren't serial killers or arsonists, they were mostly petty criminals caught for shoplifting.  The article was of extra interest to me because a couple of years ago I bought three such vintage mugshots at Brimfield (the world's largest open air flea market).  The mugshots I found (shown below) were of women arrested in Chicago, IL at the turn of the 20th century (a pretty rough time for a poor woman in Chicago I'd imagine). The criminal cards I bought have a front and profile view of the woman and on the back their stats/crime are hand-penned, quite detailed in one case . . . I absolutely love them.  What were these womens' lives like? Did they get arrested again or did they end up getting a job in the labor force? Did they ever get married and have children or did they die of cholera? I'm always on the hunt for more vintage mugshots of female criminals to add to my small collection. 



 On a related side-note: I read Erik Larson's The Devil in the White City a few years ago and was completely fascinated with his historically accurate descriptions of Chicago in the 1890s during the difficult construction of the Chicago World's Fair. . . The book also has a completely true, creepy-yet-fascinating sub-plot about serial killer Dr. H. H. Holmes.  Holmes used the fair to lure his victims to their deaths. He built his "World's Fair Hotel" with money he made from scams and constructed a gas chamber in the basement as well as a dissection table and crematorium to dispose of his victims' bodies.   I totally and completely recommend this book, just don't read the Holmes chapters right before bed! 



** I thought I'd also include my own mugshot for this post. . . . I created it a few years ago using Photoshop and Anna Nicole's 1989 mugshot for the background.

20.2.12

RACKK AND RUIN X VOLCOMUNITY // PINTEREST


I’m the kind of person who obsessively drags images from my favorite blogs and websites to my poor, overrun, computer’s desktop. Only once I can no longer see my background image, I file these dragged jpgs into folders for later viewing/referencing. Basically, my computer hates me.
This has all changed recently though . . . Enter Pinterest.
Pinterest is this fantastic site that lets you store, and beautifully organize, all of the images that would otherwise be dragged to your desktop (and most likely forgotten). I really fancy Pinterest because it’s like a Tumblr that encourages cataloguing, and you can follow other Pinners like on Tumbler too. I’ve only been a member for a month and so far I have created 14 “Boards” (aka folders) and “Pinned” almost 400 images (yes, I spend too much time online).
I wanted to share some of my favorite Pins from a few of my Boards with you guys, hopefully it will entice you to jump on board and start Pinning!
 **and nope, i’m not getting paid by Pinterest for this post.
Visual Stimulation Board


Food Glorious Food


Style



DIY



Hello Handsome


Originally written posted on Volcomunity 2/7/12

16.2.12

AX KICKER

Woodchuck jaws, ax swinging, and old farm implements.  








14.2.12

WHAT AGE IS "UNDERAGE" IN RUNWAY?

The CFDA wants designers to stop using models who are under 16 in their runway shows.  This is obviously a contentious issue in the modeling/fashion world.  Marc Jacobs has flatly stated that he'll use young models if he damn well pleases, and he does. 

“There are children actors and children models for catalogs and stuff, so I guess if a parent thinks it’s O.K. and a kid wants to do it, it’s fine,” Jacobs said.

 Below are models Ondria Hardin and Thairine Garcia who walked in Jacobs' show yesterday. . .  both girls are 15 (Thairine just barely).  

Honestly, I think making sure that the runway models are healthy (ie: not starving themselves) is way more important than their ages.  

What do you guys think about 14/15 year olds walking runway shows? 


Above: Ondria in Jacobs' show


Below is Thairine. . . I just don't believe that this girl just BARELY turned 15. . . how is that possible? She looks like a grown woman. . . well, at least 20.