Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Dear Reader(s) of this blog:

I have been itching to tell you a story. A story so epic, you might forget your name once heard.

Speaking of hearing, I have heard so many horrific stories about Craigslist. I mean, there's even a movie about it called, "The Craigslist Killer". With all this danger, I couldn't help myself but check out what all the hype is all about.

15 minutes later, I found a pair of the ugliest chairs you have ever seen in your entire life. They are gold plated chrome cantilever style chairs upholstered in a dusty rose rayon fabric.

The seller was only asking for five dollars for the pair, FIVE DOLLARS!!! I was so excited, I couldn't fall asleep that night, kinda like, the day before the first day of school. So I texted her at 1:53 in the A.M. saying I was interested.

long-story-short, the next day my sister-in-law came with me to get the chairs. Not going to lie, but we were a little nervous. So we came prepare in case of danger, she insisted that we take a pocket knife and a hammer(don't ask). We arrive at the address the seller gave me and we were welcomed with smiling faces. So we immediately grabbed our lethal weapons! Just kidding!

At the end, I got my chairs and the seller got her 5 dollars. During the drive home, all I could think about is how stupid I was that I risked my life just for some chairs (also how bad they smell in my car).

So, you might be asking "Why did he buy a pair of dirty repulsive chairs!?" well, I can turn my disgusting chairs into something amazing

I can see the chairs being reupholstered in a cream leather (faux leather off course, I'm too poor to get the real stuff). Also,  have the shape less bulky and super thin, just to make it feel more contemporary and clean, like the photo above.

Or maybe I can have it reupholstered in a dark navy velvet like this photo (not velvet but the color is right)! Imagine how soft it would be. I am getting so anxious just thinking about it. I can't decide which look to choose.

Oh! I got carried away and forgot to tell you about that EPIC story. Don't have time, I need to go to the fabric store!


P.S. Stay tuned for the chair makeover. I'm super excited!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Orange & Lime Sherbert

What I'm Wearing:
  • green chambray button up
  • cream chunky sweater
  • orange chino carrot pants
  • Steve Madden brown wingtip brogues
  • Gap brown leather belt

Monday, December 12, 2011

Two Worlds Collide (Adele Portrait)


Leather Vest and Self-Made Bowtie

What I'm Wearing:
  • 1$ thrifted brown leather vest
  • Self-made fish bow-tie
  • H&M gray chunky shall cardifan
  • Michel Kors White button-up
  • Steve Madden Brown buckled loafers
  • Bullhead dark skinny jeans

Sunday, December 4, 2011

God Only Knows What We're Fighting For

 What I'm Wearing:
  • Asos light gray skinny blazer
  • Hot topic sparkle tie
  • Micheal Kors White button-up
  • Converse olive green cardigan
  • Bullhead dark skinny jeans
  • Asos black patent leather oxfords
  • Calvin Klein black leather belt
  • black fedora

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too

     The former French Queen, Maria Antoinette was rumored to have said “Let them eat cake” when her peasants was starving because they had no bread. Now cake is serve on birthdays, weddings, and many other special occasions. Which gives you all the more reasons why you should have one of Elizabeth Collings Jackson Pollock inspired triple chocolate cake.
    Jackson Pollock is an abstract expressionist American painter from Wyoming. In 1947, he perfected his drip technique which made him famous. Unlike traditional painters who used easels, Pollock laid his canvas on the floor. Instead of using brushes, he poured paint directly from the can and used stick to drip them. Pollock moved freely through his huge canvas, almost as if he was dancing, he called this technique, action painting. Even though his paintings have no meaning, they are filled with movement, energy, and passion.
    Elizabeth Colling modeled her triple chocolate wedding cake after Pollock’s drip technique. She first took a panel of milk chocolate  and drizzled melted white and dark chocolate with a spoon. Lastly, Colling attached the panels of chocolate art onto her rich triple chocolate cake covered in smooth fondant. Viola, a cake inspired by Jackson Pollock’s masterpiece ready in minutes.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


     Louis Daguerre recently celebrated his 224th birthday on November 18th. Daguerre was a French physicist, and invented the daguerreotype in 1839. The daguerreotype was the first successful form of permanent photography. This process allowed the camera to take the image, then the light transfers the image on a silver coated metallic plate. It is safe to say that he was the first photographer. We have come a long way from using silver plates, to film, and now, digital photography.
    Photographer Silvia Comporesi take inspiration from a Pre-Raphaelites painter, Sir John Everett Millais. Millais was a child prodigy at the age of eleven. He was the youngest to ever attend the national art school in London in 1768 called The Royal Academy Schools. Millais then help form a group with six other male artists called the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848. They wanted to recapture the beauty and the idealization of the early Italian painters who had been known before Raphael. The Pre-Raphaelites often painted scenes from literature by Shakespeare and other great writers from that time period. 
    One of Millais’s masterpiece is an iconic painting called Ophelia. It is a scene from Shakespeare’s play called Hamlet, where Ophelia is drowning right after she falls off a willow tree and is incapable of her own distress. Millais painstakingly painted every detail on each leaf, flower, and blade of grass to stay true to Shakespeare’s play. On the center is a beautiful Ophelia helpless while holding a bouquet of flowers. She is floating away peacefully as she accepts her fate. Even though she is slowly dieing, it is such a beautiful sight to look at. Millais did an impeccable job capturing such a scene from Shakespeare’s play.
    The painting Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais is just so exquisite. It is no wonder that Silvia Comporesi’s photograph looks almost identical to it. Comporesi imitates every single detail from Millais’s masterpiece to her own photograph. The mood has that same disturbing but romantic feel as you look at more and more. The model is posed exactly the same way as Ophelia in Millais‘s work while floating away in the stream of water. To make the photograph more modernized, Comporesi does make some minor changes. For example, the dress the model is wearing looks contemporary and wearable compared to the Medieval attire Ophelia is wearing in the painting. Also, she chose to eliminate the broken willow tree branch off of her composition.
     Silvia Comporesi is not the only photographer to take inspiration from Sir John Everett Millais’s Ophelia. In the 2011 December issue of American Vogue, world renowned photographer Steven Meisel also mimics Millais’s brilliant painting. Meisel’s take on the painting is obviously more fashion forward and avant-garde. Instead of Ophelia floating away with the water, Meisel’s flawless model is on top of a blue squared brick pathway surrounded by long crawling vines and tree branches while a black and white komodo dragon watches over her. Of course, she is wearing a vintage 1966 shimmering, mermaid-like dress from Balenciaga’s archives.
    Sir John Everett  Millais wanted to tell the story of Ophelia drowning peacefully in a way that was stunning and at the same time gruesome. The two very different photograph versions of Ophelia by Silvia Comporesi and Steven Meisel captured exactly that.