I am truly obsessed with the prints from The Wheatfield. I’ve added at least a few of these to my “favorites” list today, including the ones you see below. The bright colors & lovely messages are so contagious. One of these babies framed would make a great gift, don’t you think?
It’s been eons since I’ve watched a new episode of The Simpsons, but I saw all the activity buzzing on Twitter about Banksy’s directing the opening credits for last night’s episode and I had to check it out. Lurv. At first it didn’t seem all that great, but by the end I was loving it. It’s so…. well, Banksy. Socially aware. Envelope-pushing. Clever. With a little edge of humor. I love that Matt Groening & co had enough of an open mind to allow them to use the series to make a point about commercialism and consumerism. And I am equally shocked that it made it through the FOX system and was aired.
Check it out:
Ready for something totally cute and just a little bit weird? Marcel is a shell with shoes and a face and a completely adorable little personality created by Jenny Slate + Dean Fleischer-Camp. “Guess what wear for a hat? A lentil.” Check it out:
In another world, I think I would have made an excellent ballerina. Had I not been so hell-bent on trying to be a gymnast as a kid, I might have spent more time taking ballet classes and probably been much more successful (turns out long skinny arms aren’t great for back-handsprings). But I have no regrets. Still, I love dancing so much. And there is no dancer more magical than a ballerina – ask any 5 (or 25) year old girl, they are truly magnificent.
The Ballerina Project is a NYC-based photography project capturing the elegance and beauty of ballerinas paired with harsh, rough cityscapes and nature. I LOVE them. You must check them out. Here are just a few.
The team at Johnny Cupcakes always seems to be up to something cool. Their latest venture, a cupcake cannon, is awesome. Apparently the Phanton HD Gold camera they used to film it goes for about $120,000 – sorry Julian, but you won’t be getting that anytime soon.
Check out the video of the slow-motion cupcake-launching action below. I’d like to catch one of these in my mouth, but maybe not with a 120 psi cannon!
Oh, and just so you know, Johnny Cupcakes is a brand of tee shirts. This just goes to show you how powerful viral advertising can be – you don’t see a single one of his products in the video!
When one thinks about the benefits of living in Hollywood, access to the great outdoors isn’t usually a chart topper. But it is. One of my favorite things about living where we live (don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that this is my ideal place to live), is the fact that we have so many great hiking trails nearby. One in particular is within walking distance from our apartment – Runyon Canyon. It isn’t as heavy in wilderness as say, Griffith Park or some of the Palisades/Malibu hiking trails, but it gets the job done and like I said before – IT’S WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE.
This weekend Julian and I took a leisurely stroll up the easier side of the trail and I was reminded of a few of my favorite things about Runyon.
1. The dogs. This is a popular hike for people with dogs, because Runyon Canyon is a notorious “leash-free” zone. Oogling the cute dogs and petting the friendly-looking ones is half the fun for me when we come up.
2. You will always see someone you know. Without fail, I see someone I know at Runyon every single time I go there. This time, we saw two couples we know – Alex and Dawn and Joe and Christie (and their energetic pup, LV). I worked with Alex and Joe at SocialVibe and hadn’t seen them in months. It was awesome, even if we were kind of sweaty.
3. Free stuff. You can get all kinds of free stuff at Runyon and I’m not just talking about fliers. Take for example the free yoga classes in the grassy, shaded part of the hills. I’ve never done it before, and from what I’ve heard it is pretty much what you’d expect from free yoga, but hey – IT’S FREE, and compared to the $16 a class rates in LA, that is amazing. Yesterday, O.N.E. reps were handing out free coconut water. Mmm – I’ll take it!
4. The view from the top. When we started our hike, it was cloudy and cold. By the time we reached the top, we had passed the fog line and it was bright, sunny, breezy and gorgeous. The view of LA from the top is hardly the best you can get in LA, but it is still nice to look down on all the madness (and smog) from a peaceful, quiet vantage point.
5. The way you feel afterward. As painful as it can be to climb those stairs in the blazing sun, there is no denying it is absolutely worth it once you’re on your way down and feeling the breeze coming up the hill. The hard part is over and you can really enjoy numbers 1-4. Plus, you’ve got that awesome “just-worked-out” glow/energy going on, one of my favorite things in life.
The way Runyon is laid out is perfect too, there are two trails, one that is a bit more hardcore than the other. Either way, you get about 5 minutes of warm up walking, 10 to 15 minutes of grueling climbing (depending on how slow you go), and 10-15 minutes of downhill walking (which is more of a workout than you’d think). There are also a ton of celebrities that walk their dogs up in Runyon – if you’re into that sort of thing. And sometimes, there is art.
If there is one thing I am sure about, it’s that I don’t get outside and work out enough. Next time I hear myself coming up with excuses why I shouldn’t take the time to walk up to Runyon and bust a move up the hill, I’m gonna read this post.
“Consider what you want people to remember of you and live accordingly.”
Generous, daring, innovative, free, compassionate, brave, loving – what do you want to be?
- Abraham Lincoln
Amen, brotha Abe! I feel like we could all use this quote as a daily reminder to take control of our own happiness. Life is wonderful, after all, and might I add SHORT. What could you be doing to improve your overall mood/situation?
Wednesdays usually aren’t that noteworthy, but this morning was different. It’s not everyday you are woken from a deep slumber to see the most magestic and outstanding piece of art ever created. I beg you, feast your eyes upon.. the beached whale:
One of Julian’s fans drew this realistic interpretation of my darling Scout, made famous by her Papa’s video “Beached Whale.” It really looks like her! In the face, anyway. Her tail is much less like a seal’s, and more like a racoon, with rings. Still….. I can’t believe my eyes. I’m thinking of framing it and hanging it in the hallway.
Ahhh, four day weekends. There is nothing better in life. Don’t harp on me about how I just got back from my honeymoon – this new Mrs. is tired from all the action! Just zip it and enjoy these little gems I found for your entertainment. Xoxo, Sarah
Body scans of two women, both different weights – pretty eye opening when you see it from the inside!
TIME posted a list of the 50 Worst Inventions – among them, FarmVille. Can’t argue with that! Crinoline, however… I quite like it.
What the BLEEP is on Sarah Jessica Parker’s head?
Who wants breakfast? O…. M… G…
Short slideshow of some of the oldest “jumping photos.” The photographer, Phillipe Halsman, was the first to use this popular method, and used it on people like Richard Nixon, Marilyn Monroe, Salvidor Dali, and Audrey Hepburn (shown below).
Cute collection of handwritten thank you notes about everyday stuff. Gets me in the mood to write all my own thank you notes!
How to make a 46,000 calorie Kit-Kat bar – Ohhh my. Is it wrong that it makes me want a Kit-Kat?
Interview with Molly Rogers, partner in crime of Patricia Field’s – the brilliant lady behind the fashion in Sex and the City – about the second movie (which I’m going to see tonight, despite terrible reviews! It’s gonna be great!)
Really interesting piece on Hidden LA about the hidden, underground oil rigs in shopping malls and hollowed out office buildings in LA. Watch the video! It’s part of VBS.tv’s series “Uneven Terrain,” devoted to “urban exploration and uncovering the hidden, underground and forgotten corners of the world’s leading metropolises.” So hard to believe this is going on all around us.
Bicycle rush hour in the Netherlands. How cool is this?! Ooooh I really really need a bike! Driving 3 miles to work is a disgrace.