I’ve been dabbling in the idea of dedicating time to running Quiet Tiger. I think of this as a creative outlet for my writing. As a counter-balance to design. But like all things, it takes a lot of time, patience, and hard work. I have every intention of branding Quiet Tiger. And this week, I came closer to narrowing down what exactly it will be and what it will do. I felt like what happened over summer when I started Quiet Tiger was that I was taking a shot in the dark. I didn’t know what I was doing or what I wanted. And unfortunately, that resulted in the failure that is The Fabrication Dept. But now I feel like I’m finally on track. I need Quiet Tiger as much as I need becausemaybe. And with that, I’m going to commit a portion of my time to making this work out.
Caan Architecten also designed buildings ranging from dental offices to residential homes.
I’ve been listening to Lana Del Rey – “Video Games” for a couple of weeks now and I can’t stop listening to it. I decided to give a listen to some of her other songs hoping I would like them just the same…NOPE!!! I’ve managed to listen to about 30 seconds of her other songs before I just can’t take it and skip them over. With titles such as “Diet Mtn Dew” “Kinda Outta Luck” “Blue Jeans”, it doesn’t get anymore superficial than that! Some people have described her music as “Hollywood Sad Core” or “Old Hollywood Glamour meets Macabre”. I call it the “epitome of shallow music”. Upon listening to her, you want to like her because she has an amazing voice. Her voice reminds me of Stevie Nicks. BUT the lyrics are all about meaningless dribble and she knows it. I feel tricked into listening to her. It’s like… Oh, I like “Video Games”. I’ll probably like some other songs by her…then I listen to them and feel completely repulsed by them. Half the time, she’s just singing about objects like she’s listing the contents of her shopping bag. The whole package just feels so fake like you’re being sold something by a record company. But the saddest part is…I think that’s really how her personality is.
Here’s “Video Games” vs. “Diet Mtn Dew”…give them a listen and see if you feel the same.
Well, that show is finally here! I stopped by Gallery Nucleus yesterday, and all the pieces look amazing. You’ll just have to see for yourself in person.
The Opening Reception is tonight from 7PM–10PM
Timed with the release of illustrator Joey Chou’s latest children’s book from Disney Press, a select group of talent will contribute work paying homage to this beloved and enduring theme of global peace. The book features Chou’s illustrations interpreting the Sherman Brothers classic song written for the popular Disney park attraction.
7pm-8:30pm: Joey Chou Book Signing
8pm: First Raffle Drawing – Signed copy of Joey’s book and a new print from Seb Mesnard!
8:30pm: Patrick Awa, Israel Sanchez and Joey Chou start live painting demos.
9pm: Second Raffle Drawing – Signed copy of Joey’s book and 2 signed Joey Chou prints!
10pm: Final Raffle Drawing – Finished live demo artwork by Joey Chou, Patrick Awa and Israel Sanchez!
Exhibiting Artists Include:
I was reading Poketo‘s recent blog post about how they’re enjoying their Labor Day at Catalina when I saw this new addition to their accessories…
It’s the Sol Watch, a solar-powered digital watch by London-based Japanese designer Shin Azumi. They’re part minimal/part futuristic and totally fun! I absolutely love them!
I’ve recently been listening to The Civil Wars a lot. And coincidentally, I’ve been hearing them EVERYWHERE and in the most unsuspecting places. They were played in the background of an episode of Pretty Little Liars on ABC Family (yeah, that show is kinda a guilty pleasure). And yesterday as I was leaving a karaoke studio, it was being played on the 2nd floor of the Little Tokyo Shopping Center.
Last week I received a catalog in the mail from Madewell. I almost entirely forgot that I had requested one in the first place. But upon first sight, I was instantly in love. From the typeface choices to the styling, I knew that this was a brand I can stand behind. And then, I found out that they were part of J. Crew. I don’t necessarily hate J. Crew. I just remember some of the animal rights controversy they were involved with in the past. But Madewell is a very different brand and demographic than J. Crew. It has a very uniform and utilitarian feel to it. And I’d like to give them the benefit of the doubt since it was just PETA that gave them hell in the past for where they got their fur and wool. (Sure as a cat owner and animal lover, I’m not cool with animal cruelty. But PETA hasn’t exactly exercised favorable behavior either.)
Over the weekend, I met up with my bff Nisa who currently works at American Apparel at the corporate level. Nisa and I have been wearing American Apparel since our high school years and we remember when they used to only have 5 products. And whether or not a shirt was printed on American Apparel used to be the deciding factor in which online stores we would support. Well fast forward about a decade, and American Apparel is now this huge ever-expanding thing that just doesn’t know when to stop (even when they’re in financial trouble). Vintage watches & eyewear? Beauty products? WHAT?! We went from owning just a few American Apparel tees to wearing American Apparel every day. I wear at least 1 article of clothing from them every day. Nisa, for obvious reasons, wears American Apparel head-to-toe every day, but she was wearing them long before she got the job.
But what we laughed about over lunch was how we’re still stuck on uniforms. We both attended Catholic school for 12 years of our lives where we had to wear uniforms every day. And every since we graduated from high school, we’ve managed to create our own uniform from pieces of different brands. Nisa has a rule about wearing mostly oxford shirts and cardigans. I have a specific color rule: I own mostly white, greys, black. With the exception of darks. So I can have color, but they have to be the dark shades of colors. So colors like navy, forest green, deep purple, burgundy, etc. Sure, some people think our wardrobe is boring, but it suits us just fine. The case we make for it is that everything in our closets will always match. We never have to worry about getting dressed and having our clothes not match. We can seriously be blindfolded and pick stuff from our closet and everything will match.
So what does Madewell have anything to do with this? Well Madewell looks like the next logical wardrobe upgrade. This year I’ll be turning 25. I’m starting to hit that late 20s/early 30s age where I’m starting to transition out of young adulthood. And as comfy as an American Apparel V-neck is, it’s not always going to be the appropriate choice. I’ve been looking to upgrade my everyday uniform from V-necks and jeans to casual button-ups with jeans. It’s only been a matter of finding something I really like.
Here are some of my favorite looks:
So I decided that I was going to stick with Canon after all and got the S90 today on eBay. It was totally a good deal. It was going for $100 less than Amazon and included a sweet leather case.
I’m expecting this little beauty in the mail sometime this week:
I’ve been looking into getting a new point-and-shoot digital camera lately. For years, I trusted my little Canon SD450 to do the job but I’ve been having a lot of battery problems with it over the years. I bought it in fall of 2005 before I was leaving for Minneapolis. I used to take it with me everywhere to document my day. The last time I took it with me anywhere was maybe 2008. I got new batteries for it several times over the years and every time, I have the same problem. A fully charged battery just doesn’t last me as long as it once did.
I’ve recently been trying to get back into the habit of taking a camera with me. I feel like my life has gotten much more dull since I stopped documenting it. So I’m seriously considering getting a Panasonic Lumix LX5 to replace my little Canon. It’s essentially a Leica without the Leica price. Part of me is hesitant to switch camera brands. But I think a little change once in a while is good.
For the last month or so, I’ve been helping out at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland in Eagle Rock. It’s a cute little boutique that carries jewelry from local designers as well as a fine selection of vintage housewares. Upon the first day of working there, I noticed she had a green Moshi Moshi POP Phone handset. The Moshi Moshi POP Phone Series is made to look like retro phones but in super bright colors. I used to think those handsets were totally ridiculous and unnecessary. But then I thought about how I miss the feel of a good old phone in my hand. So I decided to pop in next door at Letters from LA, and pick up a purple one for myself.