Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Featured Artist::: Nikki Rosato

Nikki Rosato is another Boston based artist who works with some very intriguing materials. She cuts silhouettes out of road maps!

She also has made a few sculptures out of the maps that never stop to amaze me. Think about the hours she spends cutting paper by hand!

If you are in the Cape Anne area this month you can see a couple of her pieces in person at the Rockport Art Association. She did some exquisite silhouettes of Bob and Jill Armstrong, the founders of iartcolony and the curators of the Out of Bounds show on display.

Often times, as in the case with the Bob and Jill pieces, Rosato uses maps of the area. So Bob and Jill are made from maps of Cape Anne. It brings to mind the questions of landscape and how we as humans make marks throughout.

I cannot help but think of the roads as a vascular system for the bodies she displays. My thoughts go to ideas of connection, especially when the piece displays more than one person. Why are the two above connected at by the mouth? 

Her work is very powerful and speaks volumes about how we interact with each other and how landscapes and environments form who we are.

Check out her website and the source of all of these images and more: Source


Monday, September 1, 2014

Fall Fashion Group Giveaway

Hello Friends!

Its' time for another fantastic giveaway brought to you by myself in collaboration with an amazing group of beautiful women.

I am beyond excited for fall. Fall fashion is my absolute favorite. What's the best thing about fall fashion? Buying new clothes of course! Boots, sweaters, scarves, jackets.... 

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So I thought, what better way to share my love of Fall than to help one of you our beloved readers fortify your wardrobe with a $450 gift card to the clothier of your choice {provided they offer gift cards}. Sounds like a good plan to me. I hope none of you will object.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Welcome to the future my friends.

I've reviewed other hair products here before and I enjoyed those products just fine. But I've never used anything like R+Co.

R+Co was created by hair legends Howard McLaren, Thom Priano and Garren in collaboration with a team of very talented hairstylists. These geniuses have invented a new line of hair care that is unlike anything ever created before. I'm being 100% serious. I really believe that.

"All of our products are treatment-oriented, with the health of the hair and scalp always top-of-mind. We use unique ingredients and complexes to make sure that each product delivers true benefits.

And everything is formulated without parabens, sulfates (SLS or SLES), mineral oil and petrolatum. They are all vegetarian, cruelty-free, gluten-free and color-safe.

R+Co is about an experience. The packaging and fragrances were designed to enhance that experience and evoke a feeling, place, style or attitude. You’ll know just by looking at a bottle or tube what a product is meant to do, and the subtle yet sophisticated fragrances—meant for both men and women—are as individual as the members of our collective." - About {read more here}

Two of my favorite products are Tinsel and Aircraft.

Aircraft is a pomade mousse, yep, it's exactly what it sounds like. It's brilliant. It comes out like a mousse and dries like a pomade. It doesn't make your hair sticky or crunchy like mousse does, neither does it make your hair greasy or limp like pomade can. I've been using aircraft for 3 weeks now and I'm basically addicted to it. It even has similar, although obviously different, benefits to dry shampoo. It produces separated look and messy feel while still adding a touch of body.

Which actually reminds me, on of my favorite things about R+Co products is that they truly do exactly what they claim. There are plenty of products that sort of do whatever they advertise, or even do it well enough to get by with out complaints, but these products really live up to their functions. If you need proof you can ask Brandon. He was a little apprehensive about R+Co living up to all the hype but now that he's tested them I've heard him say he's amazed at how well they perform.

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The other product I can't stop using is Tinsel. "A light oil that leaves hair impossibly shiny and frizz-free." {source} If you're hair is anything like mine, it always ends up looking really dull and lifeless after putting product in it. So I've been mixing a squirt of tinsel in my hand with the aircraft and my hair stays shiny all day. It also makes a surprising difference when it comes to taming fly-aways.

Here are the ingredients in tinsel just to give you an idea of how much goodness is going on here::: Argan Oil {grown in Egypt}, Vitamin E, and Jojoba Oil.

In all honesty I've loved every single product from R+Co I've used. Which includes, aircraft, tinsel, one {prep spray}, mannequin {styling paste}, outer space {flexible hairspray}, death valley {dry shampoo}, jackpot {styling cream}, conformist {hair paste} and gemstone {shampoo/conditioner}. If you have colored hair, no matter what color, gemstone is ah-mazing. It literally gives new life to your color.

I won't even get started on how much I love their packaging design.

But my favorite thing of all about R+Co is their fragrances. Designed by one of the world's leading perfumers all R+Co scents are made for both men and women. A few of the scents are Love Bite, Serious Gaze and Relative Paradise. So exotic right? For me, they really complete the experience. I've had several people ask me if I'm wearing a new perfume they smell so good. All the fragrances have a hint of citrus to them so that way when you use multiple products at the same time the scents don't conflict with each other. So yeah, I'll be over here in the corner with my mirror smelling bottles of hair products if you need me.

Visit R+Co ::: Site | Instagram | Twitter | Facebook | YouTube

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wear::: No Rest For Bridget | Laid Back

What a crazy week this has been! I've essentially given up on sleep. We can sleep when we're dead right? What have you guys been up to?

I've got another round of fabulous pieces from No Rest For Bridget for you. If you didn't make it into one of their stores after my last post, you really must go now. After wearing both this outfit and the one from last week I'm extremely pleased with the versatility and quality of their clothes and accessories. I especially love the detailing on this white blouse!

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Top ... Jeans ... Necklace ... Kimono ... Purse : No Rest For Bridget | Shoes : Unknown Boutique {very old}
Earrings : H&M | V knuckle ring : Fifth & Mae | Drop Ring : Boutique Minimaliste

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Featured Artist::: Aki Inomata

Aki Inomata is a multimedia artist from Tokyo that I just discovered this week. Her work explores different types of relationships between living beings.

The body of work that introduced me to her was a collection of 3D printed shells that she gave to hermit crabs for them to inhabit while they grew. The title of the project is: Why Not Hand Over A "Shelter" To Hermit Crabs?

Beyond the amazing idea there is also an element of human architecture included on the backs of all of these shells. This element is particularly fascinating. In one sense it could be interpreted as a sort of nationalistic claim of ownership, but, the hermit crabs shed their shells as they grow and often younger hermit crabs take up the discarded shells.

The artist writes that she started this project in response to a piece of land in Japan that was given to the French then later given back to the Japanese and then again given to the French.

She has also worked on some other interesting projects that explore how different species live together. Below is a piece titled: I Wear the Dog's Hair, and the Dog Wears My Hair.

The artist collected her hair and a dogs hair for several years until she was able to make two garments, one of her hair for the dog and one of the dog's hair for herself.

Check out her website for more fascinating projects that speak to the relationships between people and animals.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Etsy Exposé + Storenvy Select


... 1... Kimberley's Kitchen

... 2... Katie K's Unique Boutique

... 3... Gotta Crave Cakes

... 4... LUNA Patisserie

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Featured Artist(s)::: Megan and Murray McMillan

This week's featured artists are some dear friends and artistic mentors of mine. Megan and Murray McMillan are a collaborative duo working in New England and exhibiting around the world. I worked closely with Megan throughout my MFA program at the Museum School in Boston. 

Luckily, if you are in Boston this weekend, you can see a new free to the public installation at The Lawn on D. The artists have put together a new installation from one of their performance/video works, What We Loved and Forgot.

What We Loved and Forgot: Photograph | 2010 | 93.5” x 40”

Above is an image from the original set for the video which focuses on the ten foot tall lilies that fill their studio! If you are around on Saturday and head down to the lawn you will see a new iteration of the piece that is presented as a sculpture to walk around.

The McMillan's work often involves large sculptural sets that set the stage for highly choreographed performances under the artists direction. They work as directors/designers/fabricators/architects/and stage hands while realizing their elaborate visions.

The McMillan's usually finish their different projects with a final video installation. The piece below is titled When We Didn't Touch The Ground. The first image is a still from the video, the second is a shot of the exhibition which includes the video as a projection.


Check out some excerpts of their work at their website! Source of all the images.


Monday, August 11, 2014

DeCordova 8.13.2013

Here's another post from what is now a series of photos taken last year and never posted. These are from the DeCordova Sculpture Park in Northern Mass. We've been there several times and I can't get over how gorgeous the grounds are. There are SO many sculptures to be discovered in the trees it's amazing. I especially love the child size suits of armor. Armour Boys reminds me so much of playing in the forest when I was a kid. Plus they're quite haunting and mysterious. I love just about anything that falls in those categories.


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Saturday, August 9, 2014