Sunday, February 24, 2013

The Nu Project

Minneapolis photographer Matt Blum is the genius behind the Nu Project, a collection of photographs featuring the female body in all of its unretouched glory. The photographs are taken strictly on a volunteering basis with absolutely no monetary gains and will ultimately grace the pages of Blum's upcoming book.

However, I've noticed that most of the women are predominantly Caucasian, which is wonderful but as a woman of color, I would love to see a more diverse group of volunteers. Fortunately, Blum is currently working on retrieving women from all walks of life to be featured on his website, which I think is simply extraordinary.

Friday, February 22, 2013

The Mad Hatter: Giles Fall 2013

Fashion week is streamlined with A-line garments and architecturally sleek styles but I so love designers like Giles Deacon, who marches to his own drummer. These over-sized beanies are so whimsical, how fun! This Brit has a wicked sense of humor.
 (Photographs via Honestly WTF)

Fear

Fear has a way of shaking you to your very core. It molds itself into your flesh, your very being and if you're not careful -- becomes a part of who you are. I recently went through a medical scare, it turned out to be a false alarm, thanks be to God. But during the ordeal, I found myself consumed with unadulterated fear. What if I have this or that? What if this happens? It was a never-ending round of questions with an equal round of indefinite answers, and none of them good.
 
I tend to go from 0 to 360, there's no middle ground with me -- it's either good or bad. These last couple of weeks, I had to pull myself back from these two extremes and inhabit a happy middle. If only for my sanity. I guarded my faith in God and knew whatever those test results revealed, he would walk with me through the most perilous terrain.
 
It's not until something threatens to derail your journey through this wonderful, often chaotic thing called life that you truly learn what you're made of, what you're capable of and what truly matters.
 
Here's to life! and may we cherish all its little treasures while we still can. Was that a bit morose?
(Photograph via Clever Nettle)

Finger Lickin' Good

Is there anything more comforting than chicken? Not just any chicken but the kind your mother or granny makes. You know what I mean, chicken with character --steeped in tradition -- made with love -- and oozing with flavored juices from a different land or era.

My mother makes the best chicken as I'm certain yours does. It brings her so much joy when everyone gathers together and savagely tear into her hard work. It makes all the time she spends in the kitchen worthwhile. The pleasure only intensifies when rivulets of salty, spicy poultry goodness starts dripping from every available appendage and flying to and fro. To any mom, there's no better scene.

Do you get a warm and fuzzy feeling at the first bite of your mom's chicken? I know I do.
(Photographs via What Katie Ate)

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Fairytale Inspired Collection By RED Valentino

One of the great joys of adulthood is when something seizes your imagination and transports you into a realm of childlike whimsy, RED Valentino (sister line of  fashion powerhouse Valentino) has done just that with its Fall/Winter 2013-2014 collection. Inspired by the Brothers Grimm fairytale "Hansel and Gretel," the line is threaded with charming bubble skirts, flared embroidered dresses, knitted sweaters, feminine capes, peplum and ribbon details. Furthermore, the gingerbread motif and pastel colors in the background makes the collection even more dreamy.
(Photographs via Vogue)

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Vera Wang 2013 Spring Bridal Collection

Flushed with rich crimson, dahlia and vermilion hues, Vera Wang's 2013 Spring Collection is sublimely enchanting and slightly sinister. I can almost imagine an evil queen from a far away land making a dramatic entrance in one of the stunningly vivid bridal ball gowns featured below.

I simply love Wang's ability to unveil airy, classic wedding dresses but also turn around to showcase a collection that is dark and a little off kilter.
(Photographs via Vera Wang)
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