Sunday, February 28, 2010

the last february 2010 post!

and i finished my base model.

nice scale models, huh?

btw, the weird perspective would be because i used photobooth, and not a real camera haha.

very clever

Saturday, February 27, 2010

anne and gilbert forever

i've been listening to the anne of green gables that's free on itunes (iTunesU, part of university of south florida's literacy program or something like that) of my favorites!  i've read the entire series before, but it's nice just being able to close my eyes and picture scenes from the movie.

too bad they don't have the audio version of anne of avonlea or anything for free :(

because the anne/gilbert plot is sooooo romantic.

"i don't want diamond sunbursts or marble halls.  i just want you."


Friday, February 26, 2010

how to build a simple model

number 1 rule: make sure your mind is all there so you cut things out to scale.  instead of realizing, halfway through, that all those pieces looked wrong because you cut them twice as tall as they should have been.

...and then having to rip apart pieces of fome-core and board.  thank goodness it's just elmer's glue.

rule 2: bring food.  preferably gross health bars, since you'll be busy and more inclined to have a nice feeling in your stomach than a nice taste in your mouth, and the stuff is good for you anyway.

halfway there!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

beautiful (skating) couples part 2

tessa virtue and scott moir won gold last night!
i am so in love with their cute-ness together.

admittedly, davis/white looked really good together last night as well.

Monday, February 22, 2010


note to self: new spring break project

alexander mcqueen, fall 2002

Sunday, February 21, 2010


four posters from london's west end production of the lord of the rings hang on the walls of my otherwise rather depressing dorm room, but this one is by far my favorite.

oh the serenity of galadriel as she hangs above my desk, staring into the unknown distance.

(alas, bad quality pictures because the posters are so shiny!)

Friday, February 19, 2010

beautiful (skating) couples

are they always canadian?

tessa virtue and scott moir, ice dancing

jessica dube and bryce davison, pairs figure skating

just saying.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

a quick note.

i find myself, once again, watching the bank dance (free as a podcast on itunes US!).

romantic fairy tale movies are always nice but (500) Days of Summer is refreshing, especially on a day like valentines day!  this is in no way meant to to discredit valentines day, the movie, which was, in fact VERY good (well worth the eleven bucks plus subway fare).

still, zooey deschanel is just awesome (and joseph gordon-levitt too...)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

why i love colleen atwood

when it comes to costume designers, colleen atwood is definitely up there on my list of favorites.

there is, of course, sleepy hollow, with all of that intense black/white stuff going on.

katrina's dress

lady van tassel's "knotwork" dress

and i can't wait to see tim burton's alice in wonderland!

for the red queen

alice - a newly released promo picture!

all pictures taken from

Friday, February 12, 2010


alexander mcqueen, from spring 2006

Thursday, February 11, 2010

as the romans did.

reading livy for ancient roman history class is definitely bringing to my mind images of paintings that i learned about in "culture and values" class last year.  i'm not sure if this is a good thing or not, particularly when the images recalled are as static as jacques-louis david could have possibly painted.

the intervention of the sabine women

the oath of the horatii

not saying that i'm a big david fan, but i do much prefer his death of marat painting.

maybe that's just because it inspired eugenio recuenco (yes, i mention him yet again) to photograph his own version.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

how to string a bow

first day of P.E. classes for the new quarter!  the topic for me - stringing a bow - in archery, that is.  i'm not sure learning how to string a violin bow, for example, is a great way to spend a class that is supposed to be focused on physical education.  so anyway, for half an hour i got to string and un-string my bow with a handy little, um, bow-stringer, contraption, something that fascinated me quite a bit.  and then came the harder part - doing it without the stringer thing.  which means doing strange things involving sort of stepping into the bow and putting pressure on it with your legs, while using your hands and arm strength to try to put the darn string into the notch thing and hoping that it doesn't snap back...well, anyway, i survived and hopefully i will remember what i learned on wednesday!

i have a feeling i'll be thinking about robin hood quite a bit this quarter.

unfortunately the probability of being cool like robin hood is just as low as being able to shoot two arrows at the same time, like...(wait for it!)...legolas.

on the ladies side, though, keira knightley is, uh, WOMANNNN!!!!

warning: buff-ness is kind of required for something like this (and therefore "something like this" is most definitely out of the question for me).  i will go instead for the ladylike grace of gwyneth paltrow's emma.

but for now (and a very long time, probably), i shall probably be tending more towards the theme of anne hathaway and her bad aim in princess diaries (before the hot guy comes along).

let's just hope it never gets as bad as, well, that unfortunate incident concerning bianca's misdirected arrow in ten things i hate about you.

Monday, February 8, 2010

valentino ballet

one of the ballet costumes created by valentino for vienna's 2010 new year's concert.  they were all AMAZING, but i can't find any more pictures online!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

let them wear saab.

i've been having lots of fun thumbing through all the hello magazines that my mom brought back for me from england - which brought to my attention (along with the latest WAG gossip) elie saab's spring 2010 collection - with a fairy tale theme. and i love love love LOVE the dresses.

i haven't always been such a fan of the giant slits in the dress, but, well, the model can certainly pull it off even if some celebrities cannot, and this certainly caught my eye.

loving the asymmetrical straps (do these even qualify for straps?  they are far too lovely to deserve such a commonplace name).  it's more like...non-drapey drapery.

and this one...i love how these dresses can be long, yet so flowy and elegant at the same time.

saab has managed to do what cavalli could not in virgin territory - create long, romantic-inspired gowns with a modern twist (without making them look too trampy).

Saturday, February 6, 2010

seeing red.

after a horrendous week of scheduling issues, things seem to be smoothing out a bit.  plus, i watched project runway on thursday, and that just makes everything better.

i'm so glad amy won!

so this brings me to the subject of red dresses that i like quite a bit.

there is, of course, the vera wang dress that keira knightley wore to the 2006 oscars.  it's not exactly red, but somewhat it that range, so i'll make it count.  i admit, this dress was not love at first sight, but it definitely grew on me.  and vera wang is just awesome like that.  however, i'm still not seeing the complete relation between the dress and john singer sargent's infamous painting of madame x.

i think the red bustle dress from bram stoker's dracula makes it up there, too.  i have yet to see the movie, and do not particularly wish to see it (except for the morbid curiosity in a little part of me), but the detail on this dress is exquisite.  i can't believe women used to wear dresses like this.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

distraction, distraction.

exploring the bbc homepage is a good way to put off doing work.  because you can always claim that reading it will make you learn new things!  i am having a lot of fun taking their quizzes.  my faves so far are the art and personality one and the spot the fake smile one.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

reflections on a water bottle.

first day of intro to architectural design studio!  i. am. so. freaking. excited.  well, maybe i'm a little bit freaking out, too.  it's gonna be so intense.  but i guess with great intensity comes great perks...getting our own desks, for example.  and these are really legit architecture studio desks, too.

soooo, as i contemplate the complexities of architectural design, my mind returns to something a little less architecturally-related but design related, anyway.  the wonders of the Ty Nant water bottle.  i actually have one sitting on my desk, right now. (i only have one).  it's supposed to resemble a melting piece of ice, and it feels so nice and smooth to the hand, as well.  quite a pleasant change from the old ribbed kind by crystal geyser and such.  we have Ross Lovegrove to thank for that (the same guy who designed the apple imac).

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

if only, if only.

fairytale-themed photographs by eugenio recuenco. (vogue espana).