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Zanna Like: Ben Newman, bold geometry and wine

1 Oct

via designworklife

This illustration by Ben Newman, a UK-based artist, caught my eye today. Though I found his work on a design site, designworklife, this particular image is actually the landing page for Rockus Bockus’s website. Even without knowing anything about the establishment it was designed for–which is a wine-makin’ one–this piece is so captivating in its colors (fall colors, yay!) and its sharp geometric imagery. It’s awesome and I would love to hang a framed version in my apartment.

Does it get you in the mood for the fall and wine too? Mmmmm.

Also check out how cool this looks on the wine bottle itself. Great art and great packaging combined makes me tingle!

I’d like to get my hands on some of this!


Marie’s Crisis: Sing it Loud and Proud

30 Sep

Yet another iPhone photo. Try not to get bored, here. I really love this one. Do I say that about all of them? Well I ain’t lying, k?

This picture was taken during a birthday celebration for my good friend, Jim. We even got the whole bar to serenade him with The Birthday Song. He totally loved it/wanted to kill us.

The colors here are really vibrant and I love how the lights bleed slightly. If you’ve ever been to Marie’s Crisis you will probably have had the time of your life. That is, unless you loathe show tunes…then you likely wanted to die. I, however, happen to love singing at the top of my lungs with a bar-full of others and I think this pictures captures the warm, jovial atmosphere of the place.

What say you?

Atlantic Antic and Brooklyn Flea: A day looking at things I didn’t buy

29 Sep

On Sunday I spent a loverly day with my besty, Bree, and her ex-roommates and still-friends who moved down the block, Dana and Jon. Much to my street-fair-loving surprise, the Atlantic Antic, an annual event, was taking place a block from Bree’s apartment! “The Antic” as it was so lovingly called by the ex-roomies is full of food, Brooklyn beer and people who don’t want their picture taken (see pissed off woman above). The original plan, as in, what I had written in my calendar, was to attend the Brooklyn Flea Market, an altogether separate event that just happened to take place on the same day! Conveniently the antics at The Antic (see what I did there?) were on the way. Oh, sometimes life is so good to me!

I partook in a few transactions, but mostly I just snooped and took pictures of items I had no intention of purchasing.

This particular ring I actually bought at The Antic. Uh thank you, uh thank you. I love it. It looks so dandy with my nail polish (Chinchilly by essie). The band is stretchy so I can fit any one of my fat fingers into it. I prefer the middle one, though. You like?

Dana (or should I say Jon who handed $20 to Dana, who handed the $20 to the merchant) bought this adorable hat. Doesn’t she look just ecstatic to be wearing it in this photo?

Also at The Antic, I found these really cool prints that were done on wood, if I remember correctly. I love the vibrant colors and I think a big mishmash of these would look amazing on a wall.

Once at the Flea Market, I began to snap photos like a wild woman.

Check out this fantastic bag. It’s sort of a bowling bag with a 70’s vibe.

Bree likes records. Look how sad Ella looks in the crate. It’s a shame we didn’t take her home.

How cute is this little row of vintage boxes? I would totally use these as decor somewhere in my apartment. I love the colorful one and how it stands out amongst the others.

Bree looked adorable in this vintage houndstooth dress. It fit her perfectly. See how that guy in the mirror is checking out her ass? He agrees. This look could be for work, going out, street-walking (not in the prostitution sense) and so many other events. Shame on you Briana for not buying it! Shame!

Another adorable cropped jacket that Bree tried on. I think this look borders on ugly, but could totally be pulled off if done right.

I adored this pair of shoes and they were so cheap too! Too bad my feet are about double this size. I made Bree squeeze her little toesies into them but they were too tight on her too. Boo, to shoes running small! These could seriously go with anything.

So, I fell in love with the below coat. It was heavy wool and would have been so great for winter. Doesn’t it just have that elegant Mad Men feel to it? Jebus knows I love Mad Men. Mmmm, I’m still dreaming about this one.

I take special pride in the below picture. I got yelled at right after taking it by the pretentious boutique owner. I’m not exactly sure what damage could have been done to her business by a simple photo, but  maybe she is of the Amish belief that pictures steal the souls of handbags. In that case, I understand her little smug outburst because let’s face it: This vintage Bottega Veneta bag is freakin’ gorgeous. And it can be yours for the low, low price of $450! Which is why I only walked away with its image and subsequently it’s soul, not the bag itself.

On the way out of the Flea Market these prints were chilling in the corner. I love the colorful backgrounds set behind all-black images. The use of pop culture icons is pretty cool, too.

I did end up buying two cute items that I have not photographed. So…sorry. Anyway, I thought the Antic and the Flea Market were awesome. The Flea Market is going on until November 21st so check it out if you haven’t yet. The Antic only happens once a year so you missed it. Too bad for you.

View from Velvet Couch

27 Sep

I took the above photo using my iPhone and you guessed it, the hipstamatic app. On Friday, I was at a little place called Madame X — AKA “the sexiest bar and lounge” according to the bar itself. It was my first visit there and I was with some friends, having a grand old time, and just thought I’d take some photos of the lounge. I love the way it turned out, all abstract-like and dramatic!

What do you think?

Ads and Artwork: Eric Van Den Boom is superb

15 Sep

I saw these Ray Ban ads a while back on the street and actually stopped to look at them. As marketing and advertising teachers/professionals will tell, that is an accomplishment in itself. “We see so many ads these days, blah blah.” You know how it goes. But I did. I stopped and stared. Because I thought they were awesome. I think I even said something like, “Those are very designy.” I’m sure people who overheard me were stunned by my astute observation, though they didn’t show it. I really love when art and branding are combined in such a way that the art isn’t compromised and I think these Ray-Ban ads are a fantastic example of such balance.

The other day I was surfing on one of my fav art and design blogs, The Best Part, and I came across some other work by the artist who created the above, Eric Van Den Boom. His other illustrations are awesome, just like the Ray-Ban ads and I thought I’d show you some. All of the below are via The Best Part.

Check out Van Den Boom’s website for more amazing stuff. I’m kind of obsessed.

Have I obsessed you too?

Zanna Like: Street Art by Sandrine Estrade Boulet

7 Sep

collection via by Sandrine Estrade Boulet

Here are some pictures from a collection by Sandrine Estrade Boulet that I really like. I prefer the pieces that look like they are actually created at the location, like first three above photos. That would make me just giggle with delight if I came across that cute little cheerleader or the stormtrooper. Teehee.

Do you like?