Monday, July 20, 2009


Two great things are happening today.

1) It's the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. You need to have been living in a moon cave to not have heard this, as it's been plastered all over the Earth print and the web and TV for the past few days. A highly fantastic anniversary. Sadly, we still don't travel by jetpack these days, but we do have this book to compensate.

2) In a nutty homage to #1, Google's Street View's typical little yellow man has turned into an astronaut. Also newsworthy is the fact that Street View has now become much more streamlined; I've noticed it's moving faster and more smoothly with the zoom-in feature.

Another Street View Easter egg, for those interested, is the picture of the Google (Street View?) team along the headquarters at Charleston Rd in Mountain View, CA.

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One of my favorites is a Googler dressed up as Link at 1650 Charleston.

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Right next to Link is a homemade astronaut poster in honor of today. But what is up with the Canadian and French flags? 'Xplain yourself, you international lunar kniggit.

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And what would a Google Team pic be without a marriage proposal (at 1644 Charleston)? It just wouldn't be the same, I tell you. Not the same at all. Goofy Googlers.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Current Loves: Janelle Monae's "Many Moons" Official Short Film

Thanks to a imabrazenhussy, I came across this fabulous "Many Moons" video by Janelle Monae. My ignorance of pop culture has kept me from her music, and my jury is still out on her as a musician. BUT the art & style direction of this video is top notch. Whoever crafted this fine little jewel are mastsers of the craft. I love the crazy retro hairdos the singer is stylin' (reminiscent of Little Richard, IMHO, see below) and the weird plasticky look the androids have, complete with consumerist price tags popping up during the auction. The video is rife with modern cuts of retro fashions, and Monae cops a perfectly kooky Lucille Ball wide-eyed look aimed directly at the viewer. It's fun to watch; check it out for yourself!

Little Richard & James Brown. Payin' some tribute.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Free salon treatment Wed!

Kerastase is inviting folks to come in for a complimentary treatment and blow dry service this Wed. May 20th, 2009 at participating salons across America. Most require an appointment - for Bay Area-ites, there are many local salons listed. You can find the details here. (scroll down for salons)

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Fabulous Finds - Narwhal Co. Wrist Wear

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Here is a great fashion find, first spotted by the WebUrbanist (thanks): wrist wear made from the skinny end of ties, by Narwhal Co in San Diego, CA. A little bit East Coast and a little West, this playful design turns conservative dress on its ear by transforming the highlight of a good business suit into a colorful accessory any fashionista/hipster would be proud to wear. Sure, it's a little gimmicky, but I totally love it. At $9.97 a pop, these lil' cuffs are totally affordable.

Each cuff is unique, made from a vintage (re-purposed) tie, so they warn that if you like something on the site, you should put it in your cart or risk it selling out. Some of the wrist wear they had for sale reminded me of ties in my father's closet - bold striped patterns from the 1970s, and small conservative rosette patterns from I don't-know-what-decade. I secretly love conservative suits and adore bold patterns, so imagine my delight when I found out this wrist wear existed. You can have both elements in one accessory, yet still be fashionable and not have to deal with the heat of a navy blazer in the hot CA sun. It's definitely an accessory that people will look at twice. Narwhal also offers tie-silk wallets and passport covers, plus organic tees, in their online store.

Last I checked, they had a good range of colors and patterns, ranging from lights to darks and bold to subtle prints. I imagine their stock changes year round, so it'd be wise to check back in a few weeks if nothing strikes your fancy immediately. Also, they do custom orders of any of their offered products, so if none of the coloring seems quite right you can contact them and for a few more bucks have something truly unique. I ordered my two ready-made cuffs yesterday and can't wait for them to come. Check 'em out for yourself at Narwhal Co.