The Strut of The Tribe

“In 2010 I asked a group of artists whose work I admired, mostly my friends, to submit a piece based on their interpretation of the idea of a feral child. I used “kid” instead of “child” in the title as an homage to the character in Mad Max because he was a cool character, it is an awesome movie and I love motorcycles. There are no interviews in Feral Kid because an interview is a record of someone’s thoughts, opinions and ideas at one moment in time and that person may not necessarily have those same beliefs in the future. Rather I have tried to allow the work in the zine to speak for itself. In essence, Feral Kid is more of a salon. A real feral kid often never learns a language because they have been secluded from society. But art to me was always a language that I understood. And then discovering an artist whose work I connected with was like finding out they spoke that same language. Each one of the artists who contributed to Feral Kid issue 1 is an inspiration to me.” – Caroline Snow

Please purchase her awesome zine HERE and support the furthering of this great project!

*Featuring works by Ryan Foerster, Terence Koh, Harmony Korine, Tuomas Korpijaako, Grear Patterson, Christopher Snow, Dash Snow, Max Snow, Peter Sutherland and others

Speaking of Peter Sutherland, these are a few shots by him that I absolutely love.

One of my favorite design teams, threeASFOUR, has a new opening at The Jewish Museum in New York City. The exhibition is entitled MER KA BA and includes pieces from their SS2014 collection, featuring 3D-printed textiles made in collaboration with the architect Bradley Rothenberg. The inspiration for both the fashion and the museum’s environment is taken from sacred geometry and tile patterns found in synagogues, churches, and mosques around the world- a sort of unification through religions. Their work will remain on view through February 2, 2014.

The installation features a “temple” designed in collaboration with Studio Christian Wassmann, video projections by 3D animation designer Alex Czetwertynski, and sound by composer Raz Mesinai.

MER KA BA includes several spiritual concepts: Merkaba is a mystical form of Judaism; ka ba alludes to the Kaaba, one of the holiest sites in Islam and the focal point of the Mecca pilgrimage; Muraqaba is a Sufi meditation practice. But the phrase has even older roots. In ancient Egypt the hieroglyphs mer (rotating light), ka (spirit), and ba (body), placed together, describe the energy field through which the soul enters the body and ascends to higher planes. In contemporary New Age belief, merkaba is a vehicle of transcendence.

Designers Gabriel Asfour, Adi Gil, and Angela Donhauser were born in Lebanon, Israel, and Tajikistan. Their diverse backgrounds have influenced their poetic and socially-conscious approach to fashion. For them, haute couture is about more than beautiful clothes; it is both wearable art and a platform for their free-spirited philosophy.

Christianity, Islam and Judaism “share an undying belief that the universe was built according to a specific mathematical plan,” threeASFOUR says. “It is impossible to ignore the similarities prevalent in the details adorning every surface” of their religious structures.

*Some article excerpts via Broadwayworld.com

One of my favorite poets, Danielle Pafunda, has a new book called Natural History Rape Museum on its way, and in celebration I ordered 3 of her 4 books in the middle of the night. You probably should too if you’re into literature.

“Danielle Pafunda is a sick twist. I read her for seer and scar. She sees and scars, most especially my insides. Always, Pafunda finds-me-with something. I’m always ashamed. And always, always I’m smiling.” — Kirsten Kaschock

Here’s an example of one of her writings. It’ll cut you like a raw blood diamond.

Dear Mom and Dad,

In the culvert there are the bruised faces of elderberries and actual bruised faces and I have slipped from a limb wet and greased and fallen, hard along my left side. I have, you know, hit a man in the head with a rock when he was still a boy and bent so sickeningly I myself looked away. I have ridden a broken man up the sixty-foot banks, I have looped my bad tail around him. At the top we found some hair and condoms. We found some of your handwriting, or maybe it was boys’. We found her name scratched into the rocks if her name was indeed you sweet bitch. Or maybe, you sweat bitch. You bitch in the scuzzed out camp fire. You bitch seeing things projected over the fat, lank skin of trees. Oh. We bitches. Oh we see certain things. We trace over everything with a charred stick and in the morning and in the morning and in what passes for morning on an overcast day too cold to be an actual summer day, we see that all the tracings are of bodies and all the bodies fashionably contorted around one or the other of us. My long scarf gets caught in the mulberry tree. Mulberry, actually. There’s no such thing as the past, here. There aren’t any old-fashioned recipes, or any ideas about the hymen. We piss into a little china cup with England carved in the bottom. A little bluebell of a cup, tipped up, like so. I am tipped up, cupped, concave in places where there used to be someone—someone used to be in this place. What an empty pretty bag. What a pack of something used to be in there. And a bottle of. And an efficient blade. You cannot blame me for lying about the route we took. We took off our shoes when it got very slick and scuttled into the future. Oh, here we are. Oh, we are only one of us here, it’s getting dark, in the wrong time zone, it snowed today before the sun went down. I talked to your proxies. I talked myself bluing the rain of flies on my forearms as I hitched the screen, as the storm window tipped out in slow motion I saw it falling several stories and then I was on the street, the whole frame threatening to take me to saw, threatening to scratch and dust me. And then it didn’t, so on I walked,

Your Ugly Little,
Scab

(poem via The Awl)

Going to Grandma’s

Traveling in style isn’t only about what’s on your body- it’s also what you’re carrying! I just love vintage-style suitcases, even though they’re not the most practical. But then again my mentality is not exactly based on practicality…

Isn’t he just the fairest of them all? It’s the tofu man by one of my favorite Japanese design teams Devilrobots.

Found these oldschool “going to grandma’s” suitcases which make great weekenders or even a fabulous home accessory

I loved when people decorated their travel gear with stickers from their destinations

A really cool idea is to decoupage your own vintage suitcase and turn it into something personal

I also like sleek, trunk-style Samsonite luggage in fun colors- this dusty blue is very 1960′s, I could totally see Joan Holloway carrying it

A little flower power never hurt anyone! I used to have a retro floral weekender which I used as a handbag, but it broke :(

I also made a “road rage” playlist on Spotify for hanging out of car windows, wind-torn hair, blasting rock n’ roll, smoking unfiltered cigarettes and throwing your phone number at hot guys

Summertime Companions

1. “Vampires in the Lemon Grove” – magical short stories by Karen Russell

2. TOPICS- a new podcast by comedians Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter where they get real serious about things like outerspace and God

3. The Big Dream, upcoming album from David Lynch featuring collaborations with Lykke Li

4. Cute handbag friends from Modcloth

5. GUP magazine (Guide to Unique Photography) hails from the Netherlands- I AM OBSESSED

6. Tshirt by illustrator David Guerrero Fernandez

7. Hologram Swing bag by Cheap Monday from Nasty Gal

8. Smiley shades by Jeremy Scott x Linda Farrow from Nasty Gal

Also obsessed with Tavi’s shelf decorum here. Because I am forever 16.

Channel Your Inner Freak

DO the military jacket like Lindsay Weir!

I’ve been having a Freaks and Geeks Marathon, which is what inspired this post. (PS how weird is it watching Linda Cardelleni as Don Draper’s sultry mistrees on Mad Men? I didn’t realize how long ago 1999 was.)

BOOK CLUB! 1) I Await The Devil’s Coming by Mary MacLane: My friend Jason recommended this book to me- it’s a diary of a 19-year-old girl living in Butte, Montana in 1902. Written in potent, raw prose that propelled the author to celebrity upon publication, the book has become almost completely forgotten. In the early 20th century, MacLane’s name was synonymous with sexuality; she is widely hailed as being one of the earliest American feminist authors, and critics at the time praised her work for its daringly open and confessional style.   2) I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp by Richard Hell: The sharp, lyrical, and no-holds-barred autobiography of the iconoclastic writer and musician Richard Hell, charting the childhood, coming of age, and misadventures of an artist in an indelible era of rock and roll.

More Richard Hell snapshots

Electric Youth backpack via Nasty Gal

Photographs by Ren-Hang. WARNING: NSFW by any means!

In a Storm

I’ve been a bit off the map because I’ve been really sick with some mono virus for like 6 weeks and I’ve mostly been asleep during that time. It really sucks! But at least I’ve had some great entertainment to keep me company, which is what I am posting about.

I don’t really watch SNL nowadays, but I AM sad that the Stefon skits have come to their finality due to the departure of super-babe/ideal husband Bill Hader. He was basically the only reason I still had any interest in the show, so now I have none!

Also in the world of television entertainment, Mindy Kaling’s show “The Mindy Project” wrapped its first season and will be back for a second. She is an absolute RIOT- seriously makes me almost pee a new body of water with each episode- and the writing team is full of talent. Also, what girl doesn’t want to be best friends with Mindy K? I daydream about us shoe shopping together (mostly her buying me shoes because we probably can’t afford the same stores). I need to read her book Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

My friend Maitejosune Urrechaga had her art show opening at Swampspace in Miami, and she based the above painting on some of the photos I shot of her band Pocket of Lollipops. I love it and I love this girl!

One of the photos she drew inspiration from (photo by moi)

REAL EXCITED that my photographer friend Noa Azoulay mailed me this print of hers, which I’ve wanted since before we got to know each other. I’m honored to have a piece of work from that piece of work. Hehe!

Also, how cool is Noa’s STUNNING bungalow that was featured on Apartment Therapy?

Excited to read this book by one of my favorite authors Tom Robbins!

Soundtrack of the day.

Full of Fire

Listen up: Nico- Live in Tokyo/The Knife- Shaking the Habitual

A scene from British Style writer and interior designer Rita Konig apt via The Selby: Art by Stefan Zsaitsits

Instant photos by Shannon Wolf

Rainbow Gathering photos by Benoit Paillé

2 beautiful photographs by one of my favorite bloggers Sandra Juto

And… the greatest comedy show to ever exist will be premiering its all-new season SOON!

Happy Friday, y’all.

Like a Mermaid of the Soil

Lately, I have been a fleamarket fiend. Browsing fleamarkets with antiques and vintage collectibles- treasures from lives of our past- has been a huge love of mine for many years; it’s just about my favorite thing to do in a social setting. Below are some recent finds!

Books I am super excited to read:

And albums I am psyched for:

Band shirt expansion happening in my wardrobe:

One of the best films I’ve seen in a long time- Silver Linings Playbook: It certainly has Hollywood blockbuster elements, but it’s a fine balance; the performances were exquisite (are we not all obsessed with Jennifer Lawrence at this point?) and the direction/writing/cinematography was totally astounding. I loved it much more than I had expected to.

Need to see this documentary about fashion editor Diana Vreeland STAT!

The scenery at Kenzo: La Samaritaine (photo by @susiebubble on instagram)

Every time Comme des Garcons blows my mind past Jupiter and I think it can’t go any farther, it does (photo by @susiebubble on instagram)

Obsessed with the hair at Haider Ackermann (and the entire collection, OBVIOUSLY). But in serious lust with that hairstyling.

“We have the choice to be true to the gifts we are given.”

My “Better Late Than Never” Holiday Gift Guide

Worst blogger= me. I haven’t been keeping up. My mind has been preoccupied by: Art Basel, editing photos, deciding where I want to go and what I want to do in the coming year, contemplating corporate life vs freelance, a trip to Orlando, the Connecticut shooting, gun laws, the way women are treated in our society, confusion about celebrity glamourism, cupcake recipes from my friend Francesca,  the cuteness of my orange cats, how to shape my photography business this year so as not to be taken advantage of, and researching poets. Plus about 6.3 billion other thoughts that come and go through the passageway of my psyche.

I wanted to make a holiday gift guide concentrating on creations by friends, collaborators and people I’ve met or admired this past year. There are enough “look how cute this is, buy it!” posts on blogs and pinterest boards to satisfy shop-hungry girls in hair bows, etc and I really want to veer away from mass product consumption and focus on something more personal. In general.

I hope you enjoy, and if you have any questions, please ask!

My heart goes out to the families of Sandy Hook victims and the people effected by Hurricane Sandy. Sandy is not a fond name to look back on this year…

I wish you, your families, your friends and of course your PETS the happiest of holidays.

from top to bottom, left to right: 1. throw pillows by artist and great friend Duane Hosein for Deny Designs,  2. French photographer Aëla Labbé photo bundle,   3. “Skasers” poetry book by John Coletti and Anselm Berrigan on Flowers & Cream Press,  4. “You’re Not Doing it Right” book by Michael Ian Black,  5. An Extraordinary Theory of Objects: A Memoir from an Outsider in Paris by Stephanie Lacava,  6. jewelry by Nina Mantra,  7. Postalpix app: they’ll print your iphone photos beautifully and deliver them to your door,  8. woodwork by goodwoodstuf,  9. Point & Line wool duffle bag (designed by good friend Marissa Gilbert) from the shop Milly & Earl in Brooklyn,  10. peter pan collar made of red and mint colored leather by meyburg

Love Me or Leave Me

Soho Beach House is a private members’ club for those in film, media and creative industries. I visited the Miami location a few days ago with a friend of mine that is a talented artist (as well as a member) and we wanted to be fancy pantsy for the evening. Visually, it’s everything I love in a modern hotel- the walls are covered in art by working Miami creatives, the interior is chic, simple and sexy, the lighting is just dim enough, there’s a cool screening room for movies, and the luxury pool/private beach are exquisite! We had dinner in the bar area because it was outdoors and right next to the beach, and my meal consisted of lemon/rosemary potatoes, red snapper + tres leches! SO SO DELICIOUS YUM YUM MMM. The atmosphere was classy, peaceful and elegant and I loved spending the evening there!

Over the weekend I went to The Whale’s Rib Raw Bar in Deerfield Beach- totally different dining experience and loads of fun. We sat at the raw bar and indulged in half a pound of oysters (hellooo aphrodisiacs), king crab legs and rock shrimp. The staff took care of us as if we were royalty tending to our every need (and simultaneously provided great entertainment) and the food was mouthwateringly fresh; also, it’s super affordable. My friend and I had such a fantastic meal and time, and it reminded me of an old-school Florida Keys hangout. Love.

New manicure project even though I’m a compulsive picker of nail polish. Photo via Cupcakes and Cashmere.

Since I am a perpetual teenage girl, I had to support the girls over at Rookie (which is one of my favorite publications). The printed book is a 352 page collection of articles, interviews, photo editorials, and illustrations from Rookie’s first year adventures. Also included: the cutest stickers ever designed by Rookie illustrators, a paper crown created by Meadham Kirchoff, and a flexidisc with songs by Supercute! and Dum Dum Girls: The Meadham Kirchhoff photos are to die for.

When I was first getting into mod fashion, I was introduced to the fashion photography of Melvin Sokolsky. Since that time, he’s been crowned as an all-time favorite. I need this book of his works and I WILL have it one day when I’m not a starving artist. He’s best known for his editorial fashion photographs in Harper’s Bazaar (namely the 1963 “Bubble” series of photographs depicting fashion models “floating” in giant clear plastic bubbles suspended in midair above the River Seine in Paris.)

AWESOME CHICK ALERT: I can’t stop listening to Holly Golightly! I think I have all of her albums now because… well, I’m slightly obsessive about things. How am I just hearing her music for the first time?? Shame on me! (Actually I probably avoided it because of the Breakfast At Tiffany’s association and I’m kinda over that phase.; the internet has played out my fill of Audrey). Long story short… her music is totally different than I expected and I should probably stop being a judgmental asshole. Her solo sound is a blend of pre-rock electric blues and folk-rock; some of it sounds really garagey and raw. Each album is really different from the next, but she has a fluid distinction throughout all of her songs. Yum!
Articles that inspire the mind, help your lifestyle and provide tangible hope:
2. When my brain is boggled, I head to Untemplater: What Do You Do When You Don’t Know What You Want To Do With Your Life?

Inspiration in Pictures and Words

The Polaroid Z2300 – A digital camera that makes sticky backed instant prints at the push of a button! $160

Valentino loafers! I love the color combo.

Prada SS13 glasses (so terribly cute.)

Lately I’ve been loving head jewelry. Why not adorn… everything?

Totally doing this. My love for candy corn and Halloween is relentless.

A great way to display prints (+ the lovely work of Lisa Congdon)

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