Monday, December 25, 2006
For the past year or so, my favorite shade of blue has been Moroccan blue. But that's old news. In with the new! And for this coming year, no color is more amazing than International Klein Blue, as in the shade made popular by the infamous Yves Klein. Hopefully, this color will be everywhere, because it's sinuous and bright, silky and strong. It's the perfect shade of blue for everything from dresses to running shoes to cars to anything else you could imagine. Merci Monsieur Klein!
Sunday, December 24, 2006
John Krasinski! Not only is he the insanely witty Jim from 'The Office', but his voice can be heard everywhere from Ask.com commericials to 'American Dad' guest spots. Extremely hilarious, and who doesn't want him to end up with Pam?
Andy Samberg! This Lonely Island alum along with comedy cohorts Jorma and Akiva, joined Saturday Night Live last year and instantly hit it big with a bunch of digital shorts that I'm sure everybody on the face of the earth has seen, namely "Lazy Sunday". He'll soon be seen on the big screen in Hot Rod with Isla Fisher, and it seems he's come quite far from his roots in no-budget online comedy skecthes and unloved Fox sketch show pilots. Dan Savage (of Savage Love) surely agrees that he's definitely someone to look out for...
Hilary Rhoda! It's a little crazy to think that she's my age, considering how many times you can see her while flipping through nearly any magazine. She's the prettiest thing to come out of Maryland (well, maybe even America for that matter) in ages. Google her. She's incredibly gorgeous.
Monday, December 18, 2006
Simbang Gabi 2006, with my dad and I in our barongs and my mom and Jeanette in something cultural, and Yvette in something not cultural. Either way, it's good to be home.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Ryan J.B. Taylor. Or is it in lust with? Well, whatever. Because everybody's talking about him. He's the next big thing. Blah blah blah, that's all fine and all. Well, while everybody's falling in love with him, most people are forgetting the fact that he's 16. He sparks debates. He's absolutely gorgeous. All that aside, I was struck by how closely he matched my mental picture of Jon-Michael Barthé/Metro from Melvin Dixon's Vanishing Rooms. Eerie!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
What better gift to give your budding shutterbug than a Leica? In particular, the new, beautiful, well-reviewed Leica M8 Digital. It has all the control you could ever want, thanks to those legendary Leica lenses. This isn't one of the silly, rebadged versions of some cheaper camera. It's genuinely Leica, through and through. The digital screen isn't for viewfinding. That wouldn't be Leica! It's only used to reviewing photos taken through the old, hold-the-camera-to-my-eye-and-pray-I-don't-run-into-anything viewfinder. The only hitch? It costs around $4500, which doesn't include the myriad of lenses and accessories you'll be sure to want. A Leica M7 is about $1000, so consider how much you might save on film and developing maybe? Haha. Well, someday, maybe...
Less expensive is the Holga camera, which comes with a bunch of extras, padding the initial $15 or so price. Either way, the results of the camera seem kinda surreal, because I guess the camera is super-cheaply constructed and leaks light, making it kind of a cult favorite among those who like their work "dreamy". Or "steamy," I suppose. Check out some of the prints here.
Paroxysm - a sudden uncontrollable attack; "a paroxysm of giggling"
Monday, December 11, 2006
So, apparently, after getting cut from the Louis Vuitton ads, Lindsay Lohan is set to star in the spring/summer ads for Miu Miu. Taking over Lohan's spot at Vuitton is Scarlett Johansson, which is shot by Mert & Marcus (I'm pretty sure, correct me if I'm wrong...). Those ads look gorgeous, keeping the airy spirit of the Marc Jacob's nymphs and translating it into something the whole accessory-loving world can enjoy and desire. The creepiest of the season's ads? Marc Jacobs, hands down. Dakota Fanning was shot by Juergen Teller in what I have to say may be the creepiest ads for Jacobs yet. And that's saying a lot.
I'm just gonna finish off the list for now, because I feel like it. I was reading about the Seattle Premium Outlets and I just couldn't stand it. The Seattle Premium Outlets stand as the shiniest and newest outlet mall, although it's nearly 45 minutes or more north of city limits (which could be several hours when there's traffic...and there's always traffic) and half the time it's rather full of Canadian tourists getting helped at stores by silly hicks that dress horrifically and don't really know what's going on, but still feel the need to be snotty because they work at an "upscale outlet". God forbid. But they do have Burberry, Cole Haan, Polo Ralph Lauren, Movado, and all that good stuff. None of it is really amazing, nor a very good deal.
My favorite places to shop are:
- Blackbird, although it's in Ballard, about 10 minutes from downtown, has a great selection of everything from A.P.C. to Filippa K to Trovata to Cheap Monday to whatever slick brand might want.
- Nordstrom Downtown, which surprisingly has an amazing range of designer clothing for men. The selection rotates, but the men's designer section this month has Marc Jacobs Collection, Mason's, Neil Barrett, Marni (for men! yay!), dsquared2, and the like. As for more traditional wear, they have all that, from Armani Collezioni to Zegna. The Bellevue one is good too.
- Made-to-measure Giorgio Armani, Vestimenta and Ermenegildo Zegna is available at Butch Blum on 5th, next door to Barneys. Butch Blum also has a bunch of really great clothes for someone who wants to be very understated, including Ann Demeulemeester, Jil Sander, Nicole Farhi, Yohji Yamamoto, and the like.
- Barneys New York is extremely small, but they have a decently edited collection of everything from Trovata to Costume National to Dries van Noten.
- Anyone looking for something loud and proud can find it at David Lawrence on 4th, which has everything colorful and unsubtle, along the lines of Cavalli, Versace, D&G, dsquared2, Moschino and all that.
- Oslo's on Queen Anne is notable for the incredibly charming feel of the shop. They have what any guy can expect to wear on the weekends, from Earnest Sewn jeans to well-cut jackets. I love how they have a barber on Fridays and Saturdays. He seems to give a lot of hot shaves. And Oslo is the name of the lovely ginormous golden retriever that the owners keep around the store.
- Mario's on 6th feels like a cross between Barneys and Nordstrom. They have a ton of Prada, plus plenty of Kiton, Brioni, Loro Piana, Etro, Paul Smith, Dolce & Gabbana, and anything too expensive for my blood. Surprisingly nice people for the most part.
- Ian also has a location downtown on 2nd, which also has Trovata, Loomstate, Rogan, Duarte, rag & bone, and all that.
What movies will I be watching in the next month? Well, if I have anything to say about it, I will be watching The Pursuit of Happyness, Old Joy, and Pan's Labyrinth. Sounds good, eh?
I've been listening to Bishop Allen pretty much all year. Not only was their debut LP, Charm School, about as charming a record as any I could ever imagine, but they've also taken on the immensely ambitious task of creating an EP for every month this year. Each one is named after the month it was made, starting with January, up through to December. Each one has an entirely different charm and mood, but the same Bishop Allen thread runs through each and every song. That takes skill. And they've definitely got it. Yay! Don't miss "Corazon", "Things Are What You Make of Them", "Busted Heart", "The Monitor" and "Eve of Destruction", among many others.
Eva Green! As far as Bond girls go, she was definitely a major upgrade from Denise Richards. She actually appears intelligent enough to make it work. Besides being in the new Bond film, she was also in Bertolucci's The Dreamers and Ridley Scott's (horrifically terrible) Kingdom of Heaven. She could be the next big thing (in France, at the very least).
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Just about the coolest coffee-table book ever, Flip the Script is filled with old movie posters re-imagined by some amazing graphic designer, painters, and other crazy artists. My favorites are the ones for 'Cinderella', 'A Clockwork Orange', 'Suite Habana', 'Captain Harlock', 'The Dark Crystal', 'Le Monde Sans Soleil' and 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'. Two small problems: the book is actually as large as a movie poster, and it costs $1,250. Yeesh!
Saturday, December 02, 2006
Give Paolo Nutini a listen. He's really quite good, and it's amazing that he's only 19. Although his vocal inexperience sometimes shows through, resulting in an almost nasal Adam Levinesque type of wail that doesn't exactly work. But for the most part, very enchanting.
After work, I had the sudden urge to run home, get my camera, and take pictures of the frigid wonderland that was cast upon the trees and sidewalks by the absurdly blinding sun. Unfortunately, running home, I saw ten or twelve people doing exactly that, and it sort of killed the mood for me. Go figure.
People in love just glow. It's exceedingly obvious. Just walking into the 12 degree air, they look as luminous and resilient as a winter rose.
Unfortunately, being awkwardly hit on by a bizarre and overly drunk harlot named Vader does not lead to the same phenomenon.
Friday, December 01, 2006
My favorite comics right now are 'Brevity' and 'Pearls Before Swine'. Why? Because they're actually funny. Simple as that. 'Pearls' simply has all the surface cutesy charm and quick wit of several other comics, but it also has a surprisingly sharp tongue that all the best comics are made of. Sometime it can get a little too confusing, especially with the meta-comic idea of adventuring outside the boundaries of the strip, acknowledging its creation, and so on. But it's all good. Check it out here.
Right now, I'm listening to Augustana's 2005 CD All The Stars And Boulevards, which only seems to be getting recognition right now. Some songs, especially "Hotel Roosevelt," are reminiscent of Our Lady Peace, except a little lighter, brighter, and, that most damning of words, dare I say it, commercial. But that's in no way an insult. In fact, lead singer Dan Layus makes the sometimes pointlessly angry reposes of OLP's Raine Maida seem so much more appropriate and approachable, in a way that still doesn't entirely cater to adolescent girls. Just give it a listen.