Wardrobe Wednesdays: Daya @ 90th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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It must have been pretty chilly out on the morning of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade this year, because Daya was dressed to brave the winter about the NHL float.

She wore a long tan wool coat and black insulated gloves with a wide gray head warmer. I love the color combo she chose, mixing up the neutral color scheme.

See below for some items inspired by this look!

Head Warmer:

1. ASOS, $9.50

2. World Market, $9.99

Gloves:

3. L.L. Bean, $49.95 

4. REI, $34.73

Coat:

5. Nordstrom, $1,299.90

6. Missguided, $54.00

Gallery Mondays: On Ripeness and Rot

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Is it still hunting season?

I saw this rather interesting piece of art last month at Last Rites Gallery in Midtown. The piece is part of Kimberly Witham’s On Ripeness and Rot series, which contrasts fresh fruits with dead animal carcasses.

How’s that for morbid?

It’s crazy how she combines the two so gracefully, almost as they appear in nature. Take away the bowl and you have an innocent deer against a white background with berries dangling from a branch above her.

See more of Witham’s work at www.kimberlywitham.com.

 

Temporary Hiatus 

As you may have noticed, Wardrobe Wednesdays took a little break yesterday. Fan Art Fridays will also take a break tomorrow so that I can enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday (and my food coma) with my family.

I’ll be back on Monday! 

Have a Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

Gallery Mondays: A Bird’s Life by Elizabeth Grajales

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Time for some art from New York City’s underground!

On the way to the gym last month, I saw these gorgeous tiled art pieces by Elizabeth Grajales called A Bird’s Life on the platform of the 1 train at Penn Station.

I was drawn to it immediately because of the soft green color. I then noticed the black birds, which, in any other context, would have scared the daylights out of me. For some reason, this depiction of black birds with their young made them seem less frightful.

Learn more about A Bird’s Life here.

Fan Art Fridays: Lola Bunny

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As if I needed another reminder as to how old I’m getting, Space Jam turned 20 this week.

How has it been 20 years already?!

In celebration, I’ve selected a piece of fan art I found on DeviantArt of Lola Bunny, the film’s sassiest character (in my opinion).

Called “Take It To the Hole,” Jessie J. Barboza (jbwarner) puts Lola Bunny in an underwater scene for his Underwater Babes of Toontown series. The expression on Lola Bunny’s face in the cartoon definitely makes this an intriguing piece of fan art. Why does she look so unimpressed while making this shot?

View the original fan art here, and reminisce with the Space Jam trailer.

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Nina Dobrev @ ‘XXX: Return of Xander Cage’ LA Screening

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Nina Dobrev made an appearance at the Los Angeles screening of XXX: Return of Xander Cage on Saturday wearing the most eye-catching Versace sweater I’ve seen this fall.

The middle and arms of the sweater have light pink and blue knitted patterns, the latter of which is brought out by the blue suede clutch bag that the Bulgarian-Canadian actress carried.

She took the opportunity to show off some leg with a faux leather mini skirt. If this doesn’t prove that pleather is the way to go then I don’t know what will.

See below for some of the original pieces (marked by *) and alternatives inspired by the look!

Sweater:

1. mytheresa.com, $2,295.00 *

2. American Eagle Outfitters, $49.95

Bag:

3. Farfetch, $665.15

4. Macy’s, $148.00

Skirt:

5. The Outnet, $102.00

6. Selfriges and Co., £490.00 ($609.37 USD) *

Gallery Mondays: ‘Untitled’ by Brittany Mangar

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I visited the Studio Museum in Harlem last month during Open House New York 2016 where I found an exhibit full of photography by emerging high school artists who participated in the museum’s Expanding the Walls program.

It’s not surprising that I found this exhibit, Color in Shadow, intriguing. Most of the photographers are around my age range and I love seeing the creativity of millennials like myself.

This untitled photograph by 18-year-old Brittany Mangar grabbed my attention as soon as I walked into the exhibit. At first I was thinking, when did Barbie graduate from looking out of doll house windows to real ones?

After reading the artist’s statement on the label below the photograph and doing some research, I realized there might be a connection between Mangar’s Untitled and Gordon Park’s Outside Looking In. Mangar mentions she was inspired by Park’s work, and if you think about it long enough, her photo could pretty much be named the opposite of his: Inside Looking Out.

Learn more about Color in Shadow.

Fan Art Fridays: Happy Birthday, Leo DiCaprio!

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Leonardo DiCaprio turned 42 today, so I thought it would be fun to feature a piece of fan art I found of the actor in his younger years for this week’s Fan Art Fridays.

This digital fan art of 90s Leo was created by Kristin (kgpencil.tumblr.com) using SAI. It’s so realistic that I can feel his green eyes staring into my soul even more so than the original photo it was inspired by!

See the original fan art on Tumblr.

Wardrobe Wednesdays: Taylor Swift at the Polls

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Yesterday, Taylor Swift posted an awesome picture to Instagram of herself in line at her polling place.

I’m not shocked that she got the most likes of all the celebrity Election Day Instagrams, because she definitely knows how to show up to the polls looking super stylish and laid back.

She wore a charcoal gray top with shoulder cutouts and a black croc-embossed shoulder bag with a pair of dark jeans. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a really cool top with cutouts, so this put a smile on my face.

Below are the original top and bag Taylor Swift is wearing (marked with *) along with an alternative in case they sell out.

Top:

1. Splendid, $88.00 *

2. Macy’s, $20.99

Bag:

3. Shopbop, $445.00 *

4. Fayrouzy, $29.99

October Favorites: Locker Room Talk Parody, Mowmen & Elliott Morgan’s Poem

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Behold, Election Day is upon us.

I’m so glad October is over and we can get ready to move passed all of this!

I can’t lie, October was a pretty good month for music and YouTube. The news articles weren’t too shabby either.

Enjoy my faves for the month of October 2016:

Favorite News Articles

1. The Locker Room Talk parody. Who doesn’t love a good parody (esp. when NY Mag is involved)?

2. Mowmen. Officially the best typo the year. What even.

3. There’s going to be a Taylor Swift exhibit in NYC. In November. My year is has been MADE.

Favorite Music

1. “Parhelia” by REFLEX. I was unaware that they were making new music. Such a lovely unexpected surprise for me!

2. “There’s No Need” by Empire of the Sun. This song is very Daft Punk, and I like that.

3. “Control Myself” by LEISURE. What is it going to take to get these guys to come to NYC within the next month or so?

Favorite Celeb Instagrams

1. Hilary Duff is back as Wendy? Hellz YES.

2. Gabby Lindley looking fierce. Flower crowns rule.

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Favorite TV Episodes

1. Lucifer, “Liar Liar Slutty Dress on Fire.” I can’t stop laughing at the part where she’s dancing at Lux and Lucifer loses his mind.

2. How to Get Away with Murder, “Is Somebody Really Dead.” Three words: Cotton. Eye. Joe.

Favorite YouTube Videos

1. Elliott Morgan’s poem. This took some turns. Awkward ones.

2. Zoella and Alfie do yoga. Animated yoga. Isn’t this the cutest thing ever?!

3. Mike Falzone’s boohooMAN fashion show. I don’t get why his friends are so mean to him. I really like his fashion photo poses.

4. Ryan Abe’s dog is a bad boy. Like, how could he?! Nice save though.

 

Happy November!