Interview Series: Jen Stark
BY Vivianne Lapointe 22 Jan 2013 @ 6:00 pm | Categorized: Featured, Interview Series, Live_Art>
Having initially developed her craft with paper and razor blades because it was all she could afford, Miami-born Jen Stark has taken paper art to new heights of popularity. A rising star on the global contemporary arts scene, her unique technique and her mastery of color and geometry fascinate. No wonder her intricate sculptural work – so hypnotic and colorful – has caught the attention of critics and collectors alike. You have to see it to believe it. We were thrilled to meet up with this talented young lady for a studio visit in her new L.A. abode. Welcome to the vortex… Photography by Kimberly Genevieve.
Lookbook Lust: Hayden-Harnett SS13 Fantastic Voyage
BY Vivianne Lapointe 22 Jan 2013 @ 11:16 am | Categorized: Live_Fashion>, Lookbook Lust
Our love affair with Hayden-Harnett started years ago, back when Ben Harnett and Toni Hacker, partners in life, crime and business, were still creating their signature leather goods out of their tiny apartment in Brooklyn. It’s been a thrill watching the brand grow into the successful business it is now, while keeping the original craftsmanship and edge of its humble beginnings. We talked to Toni about this season’s colorful bags, her new metaphysical lookbook and the future of the brand. Enjoy these quirky collages!
Design Crush: Galaxy Rugs by Schonstaub
BY Vivianne Lapointe 21 Jan 2013 @ 8:59 am | Categorized: Art Crush, Live_Art>
My first and only rule when it comes to office feng shui is to make the room I work in a place where every element of decor allows me to dream of faraway places without having to close my eyes. It inspires me as a writer and allows me to spend as many hours as I do in front of the computer. These beautiful, high-tech designer carpets by Swiss design team Schönstaub are taking my wanderlust to a whole new level – hello Virgin Galactic!?
Here are the three Galaxy patterns available… How trippy! But kind of a bummer they’re priced at $2100… Quite a splurge!
Lingerie Guide: La Perla SS13
BY Vivianne Lapointe 21 Jan 2013 @ 8:30 am | Categorized: Featured, Lingerie Guide, Live_Sex>
“A woman in her splendor like iconic Italian actress Monica Bellucci, who is – in a way – an ambassador of Italian sensuality…” is what inspires creative director Giovanni Bianchi to create La Perla‘s haute couture lingerie and to keep seducing us with luxurious underthings, season after season.
This SS13 collection is particularly exquisite and frilly; with fabulous ruffles, romantic lace, delicate embroideries and geometric details. The new campaign, shot by the talented Mary Rozzi and styled by Elisa Nalin, channels Baroque glamour and features Brazilian supermodel Jeisa Chiminazzo. We’re loving the soft colors and the innovative shapes! Shop the new arrivals here.
Everybody Goes To The Hollywood Sign
BY Vivianne Lapointe 14 Jan 2013 @ 4:55 pm | Categorized: Live_Travel>, Scrapbook
Everyday, tourists from around the world drive all the way up Beachwood Canyon to see the country’s most famous, larger than life letters in person. The most adventurous of them will try to go off road and hike the hills towards the Hollywood Sign until the sound of a police helicopter or a rattle snake alerts them it’s time to tumble down. Others will book a guided trail ride at Sunset Ranch - so cool.
Lookbook Lust: Bona Drag’s “Dark Side Of The Moon”
BY Vivianne Lapointe 14 Jan 2013 @ 11:57 am | Categorized: Featured, Live_Fashion>, Lookbook Lust
Power babes Olivia Malone and Janell Shirtcliff teamed up to create a delightfully witchy, 1960′s inspired new lookbook for Bona Drag. Shot in Joshua Tree, the editorial introduces resortwear by Mara Hoffman and Shakuhachi and new jewels by Suzannah Wainhouse and Iosselliani, now available on the site.
Wanderlust: Snapshots From India By Adrian Morris
BY Vivianne Lapointe 14 Jan 2013 @ 10:28 am | Categorized: Live_Travel>, Wanderlust
I can’t stop looking at this series of analog photographs from India by New York based artist Adrian Morris. Shot in early 2011 with a Pentax ME Super, “these pictures document my journey from the beaches of the South up the coast through the dirty city of Delhi to the holy desert cities of Rajasthan, up into the Lush green mountains of Himmachal Pradesh,” he explains.
Laura Austin x Lomography Photo Print Giveaway [Closed]
BY Vivianne Lapointe 11 Jan 2013 @ 8:11 am | Categorized: CONTESTS_GIVEAWAYS, Live_Art>, Photography
Back in November our friend and contributor Laura Austin participated in Lomography‘s “Win Your Dream Space Competition” and was invited to curate a month-long exhibition of analog photography for which she shot a rad series in Orange County using the Lubitel 166+ camera. This is our favorite shot from the show, and we’re giving away a 12 x 12 framed matte high quality print (a $200 value).
Enter this giveaway and make it yours!
Giveaway details here!
Studio Visit: Danny Minnick
BY Vivianne Lapointe 09 Jan 2013 @ 2:43 pm | Categorized: Interview Series, Live_Art>, Studio Visit
Los Angeles expressionist Danny Minnick is your living proof that one can never wear too many hats. Actor, painter, skater, director, stuntman – he excels at it all. I’ve been watching him evolve as an artist in the past few years and work with a real, rare passion. We stopped by his studio in DTLA to snap a few pics of his latest pieces and to get some intel on his vision, ideas and current projects. Photography by Kimberly Genevieve.
Babe Talk: Hanna Beth
BY Vivianne Lapointe 08 Jan 2013 @ 10:30 pm | Categorized: Babes, Featured, Live_Sex>
The exquisite Hanna Beth Merjos channels her inner sex kitten in this glamorous new series of photographs by Danielle DeFoe. Beth is part of that lucky breed of entertainers who got their first big break on MySpace and have made the right business moves ever since. She grew up very fast in the craziness of Hollywood juggling blogging, modeling, hosting and glittering all over town. We had a chance to sit down with her for a quick interview.
Hotel Tour: Hotel Shangrila
BY Vivianne Lapointe 07 Jan 2013 @ 5:28 pm | Categorized: Featured, Hotel Tour, Live_Travel>
People who don’t live in L.A. have a hard time understanding that when you have a spot in Hollywood, you’re most likely never going to drive all the way to the beach unless there’s a special occasion. Every neighborhood is its own little scene and we like to keep it local – but sometimes, a girl needs a stay-cation. Take me to the Shangrila… Photos by Kimberly Genevieve.
In Focus: Arto Saari (Video)
BY Vivianne Lapointe 02 Jan 2013 @ 7:48 pm | Categorized: Interview Series, Live_Art>, Photography
Skate legend and photographer Arto Saari has been on our watch list forever and it’s nice to finally get a full look at his outstanding body of work in this recently updated online portfolio.
Photo Daniel Covarrubias
Beauty Radar: Zweena Argan Beauty Elixirs
BY Vivianne Lapointe 02 Jan 2013 @ 6:32 pm | Categorized: Body & Beauty, Live_Fashion>
Zweena Argan Beauty Elixirs founders Jayme Barrett and Zouhir Yakoubi captured the spirit of Morocco in a pretty little bottle of precious oil. This is not the first time we’ve exercised wanderlust to this fascinating corner of the world, but this time, it doubles up with a beautiful love story that melted my heart. In the interview below, Barrett shares the life changing events that occurred from the moment she touched African soil until the day she launched her wholesome beauty brand.
Toy Story: HUF X Tenga Original Vacuum Cup
BY Vivianne Lapointe 02 Jan 2013 @ 9:10 am | Categorized: Live_Sex>, Toy Story
HUF, the 10 year-old streetwear brand founded by skateboarder Keith Hufnagel, is all about pleasure lately… safe pleasure that is. And although I don’t need a lubricated device to give a good hand job, I’m not mad at this charitable collab with Japanese sex toy manufacturer TENGA for Respect Project 2012, a fundraiser for AIDS charities that promotes education and a controlled sexual appetite to prevent HIV.
No doubt that this is perfect as part of a Valentine’s Day care package for globetrotting lovebirds… $10 on HUFWorldwide.com.
Interview Series: Chad Muska
BY Vivianne Lapointe 01 Jan 2013 @ 9:46 am | Categorized: Featured, Interview Series, Live_Art>, Studio Visit
Chad Muska sparked an intense underground art scene in Hollywood this past summer with the opening of pop-up exhibition and creative hub FLAT425. Shortly after moving back to LA, Chad resurrected his New York studio in a large empty space on Fairfax. Breaking down years worth of accumulated, unsorted pieces and materials, he started experimenting with a fresh new eye, reinventing his style and challenging his technique without any real commercial pressure or artistic boundaries besides a 3-month ticking clock.
Photo by 2wenty
PangeaSeed’s Sea of Change: The Year of Living Dangerously
BY Vivianne Lapointe 21 Dec 2012 @ 1:25 pm | Categorized: Live_Art>
The “Year of Living Dangerously” is PangeaSeed’s newest twist to the typical print suite. In collaboration with some of today’s most talented and sought-after global artists such as Ken Taylor, Dave Kinsey, Tatiana Suarez, Brad Klausen, Kozyndan, Emek, Rhys Cooper, Frank Kozik, Caia Koopman, Tim Doyle, Greg Craola Simkins, and Jeff Soto, we have created a simple yet beautiful concept: 12 fine art prints focusing on 12 endangered ocean animals. A new print featuring a specific marine species threatened with extinction will be released each month over the course of 2013.