28 November 2010

"something picasso"

In an ode to over indulgences that exist in tandem with the great holiday of Thanksgiving, I must say that this outfit was solely inspired by a line from my favorite movie of all time - Titanic. Yes, I bought it on VHS the day it came out, yes I have the widescreen and regular edition as well as a dvd copy, yes I have a 3 foot poster, the teeshirt, the soundtrack, and yes, every time it is on TNT/TBS/Oxygen I have to drop what I'm doing and watch it. This past Friday it was playing on Oxygen, and after watching it 1.5 times in one night - I couldn't help but feel the movie really seeping in to my day to day life. There is a moment in the first half of the film when Rose is unpacking the artwork she has purchased on her stay in Europe, among them several Monet water lily paintings, some Degas ballerinas, and a copy of Les Demoiselle's D'Avignon by "something Picasso" - whom Cal thinks will amount to nothing. Don't worry, none of these works went down with the ship - and my love of Picasso / nerding out of art historical moments in contemporary films was well preserved.

Picasso Top & High Shorts: F21; Cardigan: AA; Tights; Thrifted, Booties: SantokiVintage Etsy; Necklace & Earrings: Found; My Melody Watch: McDonald's Happy Meal!!

I really like how this look came together, it's playful, funny, and so easy to wear. It's interesting how a goofy poppy accessory like the SanRio watch can add just the right amount of color and goofiness to any outfit!

23 November 2010

Fashion Consultation: Wedding Guest Attire

I was recently invited as someone's plus one to a wedding at Salvage One, and I'm having quite a difficult time picking out what to wear! The guests are going to be late 20's and up, and I'm honestly trying to put together a look that masks the fact that I'm 22, just getting to know my date, and don't know the bride or the groom. I cruised around Modcloth looking for some good looks, and I've narrowed it down to my top three choices. I want to look chic, sophisticated, and not like a 22-year-old recent college graduate. Your opinion counts!!!

Diner Jukebox Dress

Au Pair in Paris Dress

Gallop with Glamour Dress

22 November 2010

Naughty Must-Have Purchase of the Day

One thing I'm loving about the blogs I've been reading are the great Etsy recommendations people have been sharing. One of my favorites has been Santoki Vintage, a shop stationed in Austin, TX full of great vintage leather shoes and bags that I swear I can smell through the computer monitor. I saw this pair of boots that reminded me of the Beatles with a Southwestern edge, and after mulling it over all weekend, I simply couldn't resist - because you can never have too many pairs of beautiful ankle boots.

WANT: L.L. Bean Signature Saltwash Canvas Backpack

With my beloved thrifted leather backpack nearly in tatters from love and use, I'm thinking the only way to go is up. And by up, I mean this fantastic, classic, vintage inspired signature look from L.L. Bean. 

18 November 2010

Duck, Duck, Goose!

Currently Listening to: A mix CD for Carly!

This week has been all sorts of busy running around the city, cleaning my room, finishing my scarf [!!], getting my hair cut, and starting a new book! It's hard to keep track of all of the random stuff I'm up to these days, but my googlecal is perpetually booked with work, dates, gallery hopping, and eating delicious food all over the city. Oh, and running into celebrities. Barbara Streisand was at the museum last week, snuck a peek at Michael Shannon from Revolutionary Road on Monday, and almost walked smack dab into Ed Begley Jr. of Arrested Development/ Christopher Guest fame. 

Anyways, this outfit post is a testament to the fact that being business casual can also be comfy/cozers. I found this dress for $10 in the sale rack at F21, and it's so simple and easy to wear that I kind of feel like I'm wearing a big tee-shirt. Dressed it up with these brogues, and this fantastic novelty sweater that I simply couldn't leave on the sale rack, threw on my cowl neck (that I'm currently living in), and voila! I have the comfiest and cutest outfit ever.

SECRET NOTE: I recently splurged and bought a bottle of Jo Malone Orange Blossom perfume, and to keep this delicious smell near my nose all day, I spray a bit into my cowl neck and keep the good scents coming all day. I am such a weirdo.

Dress: F21; Tights: Zara; Cardigan: Anthropologie; Brogues: Lenny & Me [Chicago];
Cowl Neck Scarf: HANDMADE BY ME!

14 November 2010

"I'll Fly Away Oh Glory, I'll Fly Away"

Currently Listening to: Punk Goes Pop Pt. 3 

It has been crazy unseasonably warm here in the Windy City, and after scoring a slew of these Tucker for Target shirts at a very discounted rate (75% off!!), I couldn't resist dressing in a playful springy mood before the long haul of winter rolls on in. 

This look was initially inspired by one of the guests on the Rachel Maddow show about a week ago. She had the most darling little outfit put together similar to this, with a funky girly button up paired with a simple jumper creating a flirty yet sophisticated almost 1970's inspired look. And she had a great little pageboy bob haircut, which is what i would up getting done yesterday (pictures soon!). I was initially going to style this outfit with dark blue tights, but upon opening my new pair, I found a massive hole. So I improvised and went with bright pink. Such fun! It really makes the pink in the butterfly pattern pop!

Alright, I have to get ready for the Salon Series dinner at Bluebird. HOPE YOU ALL HAD A FANTASTIC WEEKEND! 
Button Up: Tucker for Target; Jumper: Ann Taylor outlet; Shoes: Thrifted; Tights: N/A

10 November 2010

"Cuz girl you're amazing, just the way you are"

Currently Listening To: As of late, Just The Way You Are [Bruno Mars]; Runaway [Kanye West]

So work has been pretty great lately. Been busy taking care of odd jobs. Yesterday I had to run around making sure lights were on, including the ones illuminating the beautiful Chagall America Windows. And today I was asked to photograph a Feliz Gonzalez-Torres installation in the Modern Wing for a report I'm working on. It's days when I'm running around the museum that remind of why I worked so hard to be where I am right now. Oh, and today we had a lovely celeb siting, which you can read a tidbit about over at Archives!

This outfit is a variation that I've been running with for the last couple of weeks after i picked up this gorgeous vintage goldenrod skirt from Village Thrift. I've been mixing it up working with pattern, tucked in shirts and belts, as well as loose fitting tops. And I've also been living in this scarf and cardigan. Ben Scott actually made fun of me for wearing so much of the same color last week at SOFA. Whatever, I love mustard/marigold/goldenrod. Deal with it.

Cardigan: J. Crew; Shoes, Skirt & Bangle: Thrifted; Shirt: Anthropologie;
Belt: Urban Outfitters; Scarf: San Lorenzo Market [a Firenze];
Ring: Chatuchak Market [Bangkok, Thailand]; Necklace: Found Object

09 November 2010

my morning commute

I am extremely fortunate to be a mile and a half from where I work, and I have been loving my daily walks to and from the museum. The colors have been outstanding, and the light before daylight savings time was really spectacular. I snapped these about a month ago, and I'm happy I did. It's getting chilly, dark, and the color is quickly fading. 

This is the view that makes my heart flutter with excitement. And makes me think, "I can't believe I work here".

07 November 2010

Chicago Artists Month

October was Chicago Artists Month here in the Windy City, and I have to say I'm really impressed with some of the work that's being produced and curated around this city. Whether it's public art, Pop Up Galleries in the Loop, or established galleries around the Chicagoland area, I find that I'm falling more and more in love with the community or artists around this midwestern town.

Last Thursday I had the opportunity to work a bus tour organized around Chicago Artists in conjunction with AIC and Chicago Artists Month. We visited four different studios, and one gallery - but the breadth and style of work varied so greatly! And each artist we met with was so welcoming, so inviting, and so ready to participate in an open dialogue about their work and our relationship with it as viewers.


GEOFFREY TODD SMITH [Represented by Western Exhibitions]

Inspired by 80's video games, sticker collections of his childhood, insanely detailed Halloween costumes, and Gelly Roll pens used by every teenage girl in the 90's, Geoffrey Todd Smith makes these intricate and dizzying works on paper that require patience, concentration, and a real appreciation of detail and craftsmanship. He spends close to 40 hours on each drawing, and did I mention that they are no bigger than the size of an LP? Oh, and his titles are usually funny play on words about robots and 80's love songs.

DEB SOKOLOW [Represented by Western Exhibitions]

Raised in Washington, DC by a political scientist father in the 80's, Deb Sokolow encounters the world through a slightly paranoid detective mystery birds eye view. At the early age of 9 or 10, she was witness to a mysterious briefcase exchange in the bathroom of a DC McDonald's and has forever looked at the world in a curious manner. She spends lots of time peering out of her window on the west side of Chicago watching the post office, seeing strange cars go by, and observing the "characters" that appear throughout the story of her day-to-day life. Whatever Happened To the Pentagon (restaurant)? (fragment pictured below) is a work dealing with a mysterious restaurant named The Pentagon that "is obviously a front for something". Her work is a mix of book making, storytelling, illustration, painting, and collage. She's funny, sharp as a tack, and totally great. Oh and she has a solo exhibition opening on November 19, and you should go if you are in the Chicagoland area!

CURTIS MANN [Represented by Kavi Gupta Gallery]

An engineer turned photographic artist, Curtis Mann is in to the technical processes of tampering with the chemical reaction that occurs when a color photograph is printed on various papers and with different inks - and then how all this can be altered. His current show at Kavi Gupta in the West Loop is a collection of images of war torn affected areas in the Middle East, which he appropriated from Flickr, then printed and bleach burned different chaotic patterns and colors into, creating a visceral commentary on these regions using a destructive yet beautiful and random method of permanently changing these images. He's also working on a time limit, given that some of the photographic papers and materials he tends to use will no longer be in production in the very near future.

ROBERT DAVIS & MICHAEL LANGLOIS  [Represented by Monique Meloche Gallery]

Two young artists who met at SAIC in the 90's interested in doing very different things in paint came together for a collaboration 13 years ago, and having been working side by side ever since. Having devised a hyper photorealistic large scale salon style unique to the contemporary art scene, these two artists have found something very unique in the way in which they work together to create purely perfect and beautiful paintings. Inspired by classical salon paintings of Gericault, David, and Ingres, as well as colonial bald-eagled furniture, beautiful soft core porn stars, and punk rock manifestos and lyrics, these two artists have something very special going for them. They also have wheelchairs you can roll around on in their studio. And they are part of a group opening at Monique Meloche Gallery this coming Friday.

RICHARD HULL [Represented by Western Exhibitions]

Who knew that a game of Exquisite Corpse dealing with the motif of the Trojan Horse could be so prolific for an artist? Working as a printmaker, painter, and illustrator in Chicago for over 30 years, Richard Hull a student and friend of the Harry Who collective in Chicago in the 70's has been doing works with ink, crayon, wood block and lithographic prints repeating this curving highway like closeup of a horse's ass, but in a way that is both funny and very refined. He also works in a live/work/space. An amazing live-in gallery studio space with some of the best interior decor I have ever seen. I wouldn't expect any less from someone who has so many great artist friends to barter and trade work for. 

So this is just a taste of some of the amazing things I've been doing with myself in the Chicago art scene. I'll have more posts like this soon. Maybe it will be another regular feature? Maybe something about Chicago culture? ALSO IF YOU HAVEN'T COME OUT TO SEE THE CHAGALL WINDOWS AT THE ART INSTITUTE, PLEASE DO SO. THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!!!

04 November 2010

Chris Ware and Charles Burns at Unity Temple

On Tuesday night I went to a discussion on the work of illustrators/graphic novelists Chris Ware (left) and Charles Burns (right) at the beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright Unity Temple in Oak Park. It was super nerdy, but I had fun geeking out. And it was pretty cool to put a face to the works I know an love from This American Life, The New Yorker, and Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth.

HINT: If you're looking to get me a good holiday gift, I would love a book by either one of these artists.