the new girl in town

The City

Posted in fashion, more by Dani on January 31, 2010

Hi, doll faces! I hope that your week is going amazingly well! Guess what? Chinese fashion label, Me & City (Adorable name, right? Would make a super fun website handle. Haha.) has just launched an ad campaign with It Brits, Orlando Bloom and Agyness Deyn for their Spring/Summer 2010 line. Similar to the mocha mogul & Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, Me & City is not merely interested in selling their fresh and fun clothing but also a lifestyle to match. Smart, eh? Now that’s what I call public relations.  Haha. Just see for yourselves, muffins.

The cool color scheme along with the blazer (formal) and jean (casual) contrast worn by Orlando is simply splendid.

Very La-La Land.

Very cool yet edgy scene. I love how Agyness's dark clothing contrast the playfulness of the ice cream truck.

I love how this scene evokes a casual yet chic vibe.

Are those fruits organic? Yum! Haha.

Aww... din-din at home! How cute! Haha.

This scene just brims with fun and flair.

Love Agyness's edgy haircut.

Fabulous, right?  Have a bright & sunny day, cupcakes!

Paz,

Dani

Photos from StyleInTake.com.

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Trail Blazers

Posted in art, fashion by Dani on January 29, 2010

A wintry yet lovely morning, muffins! Noticing decades worth of fashion trends, it is safe to say that blazers [and broad shoulders, for that matter] are not leaving the runways nor the sidewalks any time soon. Seeing women rock this timeless jacket for what seems like forever, I thought about the origin’s of these pop tops just a few hours ago: Menswear.  Along with the blazer, the leather bomber, baggy pants, and pea coat also seem to be gracing the shoulders of both men and women alike. Speaking of menswear,  just feast your eyes on the attire from this season’s fashion week.

What’s your favorite classic clothing article? Do tell!

Have a fabulous weekend, lovies!

Bright & shiny,

Dani

P.S. A little random, but just an FYI: I. love. these. shoes. These Elizabeth & James pairs of prettiness [ …discovered them while searching Polyvore for blazers] are both chic and works of [sculptural] art.

Bella!

Golden

Posted in art, fashion by Dani on January 23, 2010

Good afternoon, cupcakes! Two summers ago, I visited the Textile Museum while exploring the District in search of an ideal venue for an upcoming event. While there, a friend of mine was kind of enough to buy me two exquisite Nigerian woven banglesfrom their gift shop in exchange for my vintage store plastics. It was a done deal. My newest TeMu darling? Vere Tyvek bags. In addition to being recycable, these stellar sacks are rather hardy, holding up to 20 lbs. of goodies. 

Ooh... pretty. Haha.

Another  fabulous feature? The sharp colors are so cool and cutting edge! I have come to realize that I am pretty much a sap for anything metallic these days, owing to my pet Christmas present last year.

I practically wear this bracelet everyday.

Have a super duper Saturday!

Optimistically,

Dani

P.S. I think if my Nigerian bracelets were to ever be converted into a purse, the following would be the end result […and it would be uh-mazing! Haha.]:

So cute. Summer ready, much? Haha.

As always, in order to visit the source of any of the photos above, please click on the photo.

Hello, Cupcake.

Posted in fashion, more by Dani on January 20, 2010

Cupcakes, anyone?

A very good night, sweeties! As spring begins to loom amongst us, pastels and candy colors are in full bloom, putting me in the mood for something light and sweet in the kitchen. Since it is not yet time to retire your peacoat to the closet, fruit-flavored cold treats will have to wait awhile. Cupcakes seem just right. My three reasons for loving these bite-sized babies?

1) They are teeny tiny and tidy. Who can say no to miniature anything? It just makes everything better [… and they are mess-free due to their small size. Yay!].

2) They are plain dee down delightful. Because these cutie pies are itsy bitsy, they are also too adorable for words. It is safe to say that they are literally the “babies” (= wee and darling) of the dessert world.

3) They are versatile. Cupcakes are capable of anything! Case in point: the super cute cookbook: Hello, Cupcake! I never knew the sheer and utter adaptibility of these precious puppies until I glanced through its photographs. Amazing, much? Yeah! The “Hello, Cupcake!” blog is pixel proof. So creative. Makes me want to take up vegan cupcaking, which is definitely a possibility, especially over the summer months.  Thank you tons, Hello Cupcake: You’re the best!

As I surfed the Internet this afternoon, I stumbled across a series of high fashion cupcakes. Photographed by Therese Aldgard and styled by Lisa Edsalv, these Swedish talents created a divine photo shoot of whimsical desserts. Take a look for yourself, muffins!

Who can resist these pretty, pastel pieces? Yum!

So chic. Just like Chanel.

Maraschino cherries make everything sweeter.

These cupcakes look so rich and chocolate-y. Haha.

Until next post,

Dani

Lights, Camera, Action!

Posted in art, fashion by Dani on January 19, 2010

A late morning hello, precious readers! Due a plethora of assignments that I need to finish, I cannot blog as long as I would like to today.

 As I looked at Asian Cajuns (These darling doubles are uh-mazing.  Their chic, clean blog is definitely a must-read for any fashion blogger. I love them!) former blog location the other day, I began to realize how essential lighting is to fabulous photography while perusing through a photo shoot that they styled awhile back. Whether warm and low-key or bold and bright, lighting is key to setting the mood.

Below are several of my favorite photos styled by this superb sister act. Enjoy, loves! (I know I did! Haha.)

I love the warm glow of the lights in the dim bathtub.

So prom-esque. I love it.

Simply lovely.

Have a beautiful day, muffins!

Hastily,

Dani

Lions & Tigers & Bears! Oh My!

Posted in art by Dani on January 15, 2010

Aren't these doll babies simply delightful? (Source: lotushaus.typepad.com)

Art is not a thing; it is a way. –Elbert Hubbard

A [bright and sunny] good afternoon to my digital darlings! Because the second semester is in full swing with two fabulous art classes in tow [Sculpture & Drawing. Yay!] , I am more determined than ever to blog daily. Yesterday afternoon, my sculpture professor asked us to bring in at least a couple of stuffed animals for next week’s class. I am super excited and curious to see what we, as a class, are going to do with them. Looking at the website of the ultra quaint Brooklyn boutique, Bird‘s current “baby bird” page, made me think of my upcoming art assignment. While perusing the site, I stumbled upon these absolutely adorable stuffed animals called, Arrow Kuma Bears. With their bold patterns and vivid color schemes, these bears burst at the seams with panache and originality. Certainly not your average bear, if you ask me. Haha. Constructed by Manhattan mastermind, Ross Menuez, these organic cotton cuties are hand silk-screened employing green […environmental, that is], soy-based dyes. Want a Kuma cuddly companion of your own? AREAWARE has got you covered.

In an incredibly interesting Spanish Literature class that I sat in on yesterday, the class discussed what constituted as art and what did not. What is the difference between “[re]crear” and “[re]producir“? Gosh, what a tough question!

When looking at the ArKu bears and pondering those questions, I asked myself if toys could be considered art. In my humble opinion, I would say so. To me, art evokes emotion and so do these, giving the classic Teddy Bear a fresh twist.

So the question[s] is are: What is art? Can it be something that can defined? I would love to hear read your thoughts!

Happy Birthday to ya, Dr. King [Me? A shameless Stevie Wonder fan? That I am. Haha.],

Dani

P.S. Have a wonderful weekend, lovies!

True Blue

Posted in music by Dani on January 5, 2010

Bluey Robinson, preparing for his new music video shoot, "I Know." (Source: blueyrobinson.com)

OMgosh! Mammoth apologies are in order for the week five-day two-week hiatus, muffins! Recently, I have been on the lookout for good music to tally to my collection, including loads of funk as well as eighties R&B/pop/reggae/ska. (Stevie Wonder‘s “Master Blaster” (Jammin’)? Hotter than July. Haha.) In addition to the aforementioned genres, I cannot get enough of British soul. Amy, Duffy, & ADELE? Love, love, love their music.

Another musical artist to add to my list of It Brits? Bluey Robinson. I just knew this vocalist was super cool when I saw the extensive variety of influences on his MySpace music page. (Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Jamiroquai, Andre 3000, David Bowie, Marvin Gaye, Gnarls Barkley, N.E.R.D., the Black Eyed Peas, ABBA, Kanye West, [and] Coldplay, just to name a few.) There is no denying that his voice brims with both warmth and conviction. Soul and funk. The best of both worlds. I haven’t heard of him crossing over the Atlantic to perform in the States, but with his talent it shouldn’t be long until he does. Below is a music video that he features in. Enjoy, loves!

Wasn’t he terrific?

Hasta pronto,

Dani

P.S. It seems that Mr. Robinson has a tendency to jam in undergrounds in various hot spots, including London, New York, and Paris. Here are several videos of him singing live in the Parisian subway. The second vid is my favorite. Too hilarious. I love the reactions of the onlookers–especially towards the end.

No. 1

No. 2