Monday, March 31, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Rants by Bex at 12:10 AM
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Can't seem to find fire engine red opaque tights anywhere. I went to Forever 21, Charlotte Rousse, Filene's Basement, Wet Seal and Macy's but I couldn't find anything that wasn't black, grey, white or beige. Huh. I was planning to wear the red tights with this mini dress thing to Jay's art show on Friday. Exactly like the dress below, but in black and without the sleeves.
I could go online but I need it by Friday and and I don't want to pay for shipping (cheapo). Psh!!!
Rants by Bex at 11:10 PM
Monday, March 24, 2008
So I had to get up pretty much earlier than usual this morning, as my landlord told us that he's bringing an appraiser over to the flat to take photos of fittings and what-nots which apparently he does every five years. Unfortunately he and this appraiser has yet to be seen anywhere in the building, so I suppose I have to stick around and be up until he gets here. (I hope not at 3pm when I'm in the middle of my shower, getting ready for work.)
Anyway, I'm trolling around on the Net while waiting, and come across a few interesting blogs which I thought I'd share with whoever's reading mine, which is pretty much just Jay, Kev, Erin, Danny and Ivan.
I work in the restaurant industry so when I came across this blog, I simply had to go over it post by post, and am still going through it (it's been up since April 2004). While I am not a waiter nor do I want to be employed as one, most of my co-workers are waiters and I do understand their frustrations in dealing with the general public. This blog, Waiter Rant reads like fiction!! With loads of insights into the restaurant biz, serving and annoying guests. I love this blog!! Also, Waiter Rant- the book- will be published in August 2008. Look for it!
Fashion Robot I've looked at before and never occurred to me to link her to my list, but how she's there to stay.
(At this point I stopped for some much-needed nourishment, i.e. coffee and breakfast consisting of eggs and hashbrowns.)
Which brings me to the next blog, The London Review Of Breakfasts, I love food and descriptions of food, and since breakfast is the most important meal of the day...
Who doesn't like poking fun at celebs? I do. And these gurls do. Their brilliant blog Go Fug Yourself is funny and scathing and clever. And they also have a book out.
(My landlord still hasn't shown up. I could've gotten another 2 hours of sleep...grrrr....)
Rants by Bex at 12:43 PM
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
"The most popular cameos today are carved in sea shells, a tradition that began in the fifteenth or sixteenth century and was popularized by Queen Victoria of England. Since that time, cameos have predominately showcased women's profiles, and been worn by women who enjoy the beauty and craftsmanship of hand-carved cameos.
Yet cameos have not always been decorative jewelry for women. In fact, at different points in history they have been worn as frequently by men. While the birthplace of the cameo was nearly 300 years before the birth of Christ in Alexandria, Egypt, cameos owe their origins to ancient carving traditions. As far back as 15,000 BC, petroglyphs — figures carved into rock — were used to record significant events and communicate information. In ancient times people used cameos to depict an ethic or moral, or to make a statement about their faith or loyalties."
-From Cameos Old & New by Anna M. Miller
I love the look of vintage cameos. Unfortunately I do not have the means to actually own an antique since they run from several hundred dollars to several thousand, like this lovely Italian cameo which costs close to a thousand dollars:
But there's a lovely site which sells antique reproduction Victorian style faux cameos at really, really affordable prices called Jewelrymine.com as well as other reproduction jewelery. I especially love this pin:
Not bad-looking for less than $20!
Or how about this necklace, also for less than $20:
And I really like this contemporary-looking pin from Puchimaiko.
Great way to dress up an outfit!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Thank you to all who turned out for "Face Lift: The Portrait Show" last night. It started out slowly but gained momentum a couple of hours after opening at 6pm. Also thanks for the owners of The Mustache Gallery for the show, the space was awesome!
Artwork by Brooks Golden:
Artwork by Deuce Seven:
Artwork by Pancho:
Artwork by Ted Boggs:
The turnout was great, and people kept turning up even after the show was supposed to end at 10pm:
A good night overall, and a huge success for the artist Brooks Golden, who was bombarded with questions, comments and generally very good critique from adoring fans (hehehe)..it can only get better from here...
Hung out with friends until after 2 am, and scrambling to get to bed as I was supposed to be at work at noon the next day...gosh I'm getting old, can't even stay up past 2am....
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
...an unusually high number of drunk people coming into my work this weekend. And they will all be drunk by 8am on Saturday. Thank effing God I don't have to deal with them Saturday night!!!
Come out and support your local artists on March 15 @ The Mustache Gallery, 718 W. 18th St., Chicago, IL 60608. 6pm to 10 pm. There will be drinks and shit.
Rants by Bex at 10:54 PM
Love this dress from Pinup Girl Clothing (Click on photo for a bigger image).
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Almost missed the show tonight, but caught it 10 minutes in. Great stuff!!
- New 60-Minute Documentary Chronicles Live Performances From the Iconic Punk Pioneers at the Peak of Their Popularity -
THE CLASH LIVE: REVOLUTION ROCK is an electrifying new performance documentary film, compiling an extraordinary range of peak live concert and live studio performances and more from the Clash, the groundbreaking British band that defined and expanded the power of punk rock in the 1970s, 1980s and beyond. The program airs as part of the March 2008 pledge drive (check local listings) on PBS.
THE CLASH LIVE: REVOLUTION ROCK follows the transformation of the band, incorporating footage from all phases of the Clash's meteoric career, beginning with live-in-the-studio clips from 1979, crescendoing with triumphant concerts from clubland (London's The Music Machine, 1978) and theatres (the Lyceum, 1978, 1980) and climaxing with a transcendent blow-out performance at New York's Shea Stadium in 1982.
Formed in London during the first wave of punk-rock in 1976, the Clash, known by fans at the time as "The Only Band That Matters," became the most progressive and visionary rock band of its era, releasing five albums in six years, each a brave step into uncharted territory. Joe Strummer (guitar, vocals), Mick Jones (guitar, vocals), Paul Simonon (bass) and Topper Headon (drums) embraced the energy and confrontational attitude of punk. Refusing the limitations of any musical genre, the Clash incorporated elements of reggae, funk, dub, rap, hard rock and roots rockabilly into a continually evolving and challenging sound. Taking its name from the headlines of the day, the Clash wrote songs addressing the issues of class and race confronting the UK in the 1970s.
The Clash was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in January 2003, a month after the untimely passing of Joe Strummer, age 50, in December 2002.
Legacy Recordings will release a deluxe DVD edition of THE CLASH LIVE: REVOLUTION ROCK in March 2008.
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
When I was little, I used to read a lot of Enid Blyton (b. August 11, 1897). She was my most favorite author and is most probably responsible for me wanting to be a writer. I remember getting an expectionally good grade at school when I was 11, and my dad promising to buy me books for a whole year (Thanks to my dad for encouraging me to read). I read Blyton voraciously; her talent for writing and her imagination was limitless. Stories like St. Clare and Malory Towers made me go to boarding school, The Secret Seven and Famous Five Series made me want to play detectives, and who can forget about fairies and elves and pixies and the strange and colorful characters in the Faraway Tree series and The Wishing Chair stories?
I have a collection of her books but my lifelong dream is to collect every single Enid Blyton book ever published. I wish I could attend the Enid Blyton Day celebrations (May 10), but alas, it wayyyy over in England.....Are there any Americans out there familiar with her work? Come and be my friend... :)
In the meantime you can check out these sites on information regarding Enid Blyton.
The Enid Blyton Society
The Secret Blog
I stumbled across a really brilliant website while trolling the web a couple of days ago, of the artist and designer Shayla Su. At first glance it looked like she designed handbags but upon closer inspection, it turned out that those gorgeous handbags are actually vases! How cool! Her collections are described as:
"Simple, elegant and functional, Shayla's work strives to convey a modern experience, where form and function meet in sleek new designs where subtlety is the key ingredient."
Gorgeous! But she doesn't only do vases, her ceramic collections for the dinner table is amazing as well, simple, colorful, elegant.
I'm fawning over the light sculptures..Oh to own one of these!
Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant!!!