October 14, 2016
September 9, 2016
Just a mini collection of boots I would like to bring home * drools *
|Dries van Noten, Fall 2016|
|Dior, Spring 2015|
|Valentino, Fall 2016|
|Dries van Noten, Fall 2015|
|Saint Laurent, Spring 2016|
May 31, 2016
I woke up early & could't go back to sleep, so I ended up wandering around the internet.
Here are my favorite pictures from this morning's Pinterest session.
May 26, 2016
April 16, 2016
As a child, I was rarely seen without blunt bangs and a bob (or sometimes a lob - I hate mashup words!). A few times a year, my aunt would cut the whole family's hair: bobs for the girls, bowl cuts for the boys, bringing all of us dangerously close to mushroom cap territory. Hu hu hu.
Thus, getting a similar haircut as a grown-up has always been out of the question... but Pinterest is trying to convince me otherwise. I must resist!
|Zlata Mangafic By Lena C. Emery For Open Lab Magazine|
|Chantal Goya in Masculin féminin|
April 3, 2016
I'm starting an amazing new job tomorrow, so I made a megamix of my favorite tunes to create stuff to. New wave, yéyé, fuzz, bollywood, post-punk, experimental... and more. I won't be bringing my laptop (and iTunes library!) to work, so I grabbed a bit of everything - just in case! ;)
Click here to enjoy the mix.
P.S. - As I'm writing this, Pet Shop Boys' Opportunities is playing in the background and I can totally hear Gainsbourg whispering "I've got the brains, you've got the looks, let's make lots of money" to Anna Karina. Ha!
February 21, 2016
Currently coveting: a pair of
old lady metal glasses, a new bottle of seaberry oil (my ultimate skin saver!), some illuminating blush to become the queen of strobing, a few tubes of Paul & Joe lipstick and this amazing pepper-y fragrance I smelled in a magazine.
My bank account is giving me the stink eye...
February 13, 2016
Today, I'm staying in to work on a pretty big design project. It's my first major client work since I emerged from my (too long) hiatus and I was extra stressed out when I accepted it. I'm gaining my confidence back, though. They loved the ideas I presented in my first pitch, so I'm very optimistic about the next steps!
Over the last year, I realized that my biggest flaw as a designer is my lack of confidence. I mean, I know I have some talent, otherwise I would have picked a different career. But I have this frustrating tendency to doubt my skills and ideas, which makes me censor potentially interesting concepts. I fear that an idea is too obvious, too twisted, that I won't be able to execute it... and so on. Then, I find the outcome deceiving (to me) and anxiously start comparing myself to other designers or artists, wondering why I can't come up with fun, daring ideas like theirs. That's where my inner Jimini Cricket starts blabbing: "Are you in the right field? Is your creative brain functioning properly? I think you're an impostor. Why did you drink so much coffee? Why am I talking to myself? Argh!" I finally had an illumination and opened my eyes to the fact that I do have awesome ideas, but I kill most of them before they get a chance to hatch and grow into bigger, bolder visual concepts. Hell, my right brain is slowly turning into a dusty cemetery of those ideas.
My only goal for this year is to open myself to my own ideas and develop my ability to brainstorm without any self-imposed censorship. So far, I'm doing great! I've been experimenting different strategies, like mind mapping, post-it notes, timeboxing... Combining all of these while working on the big project I mentioned earlier has been very effective. I came up with a lot more ideas than I used to. Good ones, bad ones, bizarre ones... It was refreshing to feel so many of them flow in my head! I'm going to keep using these brainstorming methods for my next projects. Hopefully, embracing every single idea in the early stages of creation will become an automatism over time.
Do you struggle with confidence like I do? What strategies do you use to get past your insecurity?
Turtleneck: thrifted • Kimono: H&M (old) • Skirt and shoes: vintage • Cube studs: Forever21
Here are some gratuitous cat pictures for your viewing pleasure! Guy was chilling on his favorite chair and Brigitte had just rolled off the doormat, which explains why she's covered in dust and tiny rocks. Tsk, tsk.
February 11, 2016
Last weekend, I embroidered a few Bert Grimm speed skulls while watching the Super Bowl (which I didn't really cared for anyway). I like this design a lot, so I decided to make a little stop motion animation to showcase the final patches. I shot the pictures with my iPhone, edited them with the VSCO app and animated the whole thing in Photoshop. I should do this more often! I used to make tons of GIFs back in the days (*cough cough* like, a decade ago *cough * ), so it was fun to rediscover the great joys of creating animated pictures.
I hope you like the result as much as I do!
I hope you like the result as much as I do!
January 31, 2016
January 22, 2016
Do you enjoy going through old files and looking at all the funny/questionable/cringe-worthy creations you made in school? I sure do! I accidentally stumbled upon those delightfully bad animations from my glorious college years. I think I made #2 and #3 a few hours before they were due. Silly, silly 18-year-old me.
1. Winnebago + Arizona (exploring movement in Flash CS5, 2012)
Actually, I like this one! I was obsessed with motorhomes and Arizona. I have yet to visit this orange-y paradise... Sigh.
2. You're a Frog (exploring presets in After Effects, 2013)
I'm not good with rhythm.
3. Awesome (exploring camera movements in After Effects, 2013)
I think this was the very last assignment of the year. Apparently, I had given up on pretty much everything.
Do you keep your old school assignments for laughing purposes? Should bisons be prohibited from wearing sunglasses? Should I be prohibited from animating stuff?
January 11, 2016
January 4, 2016
Hey kids! Here's a new mixtape to brighten your Monday with disco deliciousness. Press play here, then grab those dusty skates & boogie boogie like it's the seventies!
Full track list after the jump.
January 2, 2016
Ah, if only I could teleport all those shiny boots & suits into my wardrobe... Well, I'd prefer some modester versions of the latter. BTW, happy 2016 to you, dear readers! May this new year be filled with tons of kittens, glitter & cheese. xo