Alan Reid

Alan Reid is an artist based in NYC who works with colour pencils. reading up about him i discovered,

his representational images of heiresses, bored fashionistas and aquiline beauties that have been called provocatively light, with coloring as delicate as his women are elegant. The work invites reasoning, provocation and negotiation of absurdist scenarios involving majestic women in insipid situations.

well, i don’t know about all THAT – but i do love his portraits, and would gladly hang one of his bored heiresses in my home. you can find out more about him, and see more of his work, at Lisa Cooley and Artsy.

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The Silence of Dogs in Cars

The Silence of Dogs in Cars is a project by photographer Martin Usborne. it is as beautiful and striking as it is sad and upsetting… and sometimes, oddly amusing. i have picked my ten favourites below out of the 41 amazing photographs he took for the series. of course no one can describe the project better than Martin himself,

I was once left in a car at a young age. I don’t know when or where or for how long, possibly at the age of four, perhaps outside a supermarket, probably for fifteen minutes only. The details don’t matter. The point is that I wondered if anyone would come back. The fear I felt was strong: in a child’s mind it is possible to be alone forever.

Around the same age I began to feel a deep affinity with animals – in particular their plight at the hands of humans. I saw a TV documentary that included footage of a dog being put in a plastic bag and being kicked. What appalled me most was that the dog could not speak back.

I should say that I was a well-loved child and never abandoned and yet it is clear that both these experiences arose from the same place deep inside me: a fear of being alone and unheard.

When I started this project I knew the photos would be dark. In a sense, I was attempting to go back inside my car, to re-experience what I couldn’t bear as a child. What I didn’t expect was to see so many subtle reactions by the dogs: some sad, some expectant, some angry, some dejected. It was as if upon opening up a box of grey-coloured pencils I was surprised to see so many shades inside.

There is life in the darkest places inside us.

Martin is currently spending a year to see how many animals he can save in 365 days. Read the ongoing blog here. He hopes for this to become his next book.

thanks to Thisispaper for introducing me to his work.

all photos by Martin Usborne

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Everything In Its Right Place

Need Supply Co has been doing some amazing lookbooks lately, a particular favourite of mine was It’s In The Bag which featured those rad Falconwright pouches. they have just collaborated with Jennifer Hagler of A Merry Mishap who, if you don’t follow already, has incredible taste & such a beautiful aesthetic – be sure to follow her blog, pinterest and instagram. she is also a talented jewellery maker.

Jennifer shot Need Supply Co’s home goods collection in her own home, and her clean and monochromatic aesthetic is a natural pairing to showcase products from Fort Standard, Fredericks & Mae, Cold Picnic, and more.

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Karen Walker sunnies, Fort Standard bottle openers, JujuMade x Brook&Lyn hair accessories, LHOOQ undies, ANN-YA marbled leather cat coasters.

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Willow Knows scarf; Cold Picnic tote; Illesteva sunnies; Anywhere beach blanket

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Ria Menorca sandals;  Human Being Journal Volume 2

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Fredericks & Mae dominos set

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring:  Academy marbled pinch pot; MCMC love candle; Human Being Journal Volume 2

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Baggu drawstring purse; Cold Picnic tote; Apolis candle; Apartamento No.11; Diner Journal Issue 24; Cherry Bombe #1; Helmut Newton World Without Men; Jeffrey Campbell Isidora heels; Fredericks & Mae travel checkers

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Montreal Tee; Venice Top; Rena Dress; Someday Tank; Pini Jumpsuit by Top Shop; Illusions Shift Dress; Ed Wood Tank; Dina brogues by Dieppa Restrepo

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Pyramid Bead Plant Hanger by Cold Picnic

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

featuring: Anywhere beach blanket

Jennifer Hagler x Need Supply Co.

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Resort 2014

i used to be quite into following the shows as they were coming out, but somewhere along the way i just got tired of keeping up with them and instead relied on one or two images from one or two collections to pop up in my reader or pinterest feed to keep me abreast of what was happening (and what was beautiful).

the latest resort 2014 season has caught my eye more than a few times actually, so i decided to delve into all the shows (and i mean ALL the shows) and pick my favourites. i ended up with a top 30 – which means that i have done all the work for you, and you don’t have to even go and look at them yourself. yay? and now you can pretend you know what is going on in the fashion world, too.

also through all of this i realised that having 200 tabs open does not help with my computer’s performance, at all, so if you’re a constant new tab opener like me – try OneTab. it is a life saver.

i have only picked one image from each collection (bar two collections, who i simply couldn’t choose only one from – you’ll see who they are). all images are from style.com.

let’s kick off with Louis Vuitton, whose collection truly seduced me. i am not an LV fan by any stretch of the imagination, but this collection  is so fun and the model is so breezy. yes please, LV!

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These Things No.50

i’ve been slipping a bit on the post front this week – sorry. have been quite busy, and felt kind of chained to my desk to be honest. which always makes me worry about my health… all that sitting cannot be good for you. when i’m done with work i just want to dramatically push my chair away from my desk and not even look at the screen anymore (in a metaphorical way of course, my office chair doesn’t have wheels so i can’t do a real push and twirl).

i’m also suffering from severe cabin fever, as i’ve been working from home for the past 2 weeks due to renovations at our office. and let me tell you – working at home SUCKS. for me, anyway. it has been quite essential for me to get out of the house every once in a while, especially for walks on the promenade. in an ideal world i’d have my own little studio somewhere… one day, one day.

anyway! it’s time for a friday these things. oh hey, 50 seems like a big number! but i guess everything on this here blog is sort of a these things, so let’s not get too excited.

i have to start with this coat from the Chloe Resort 2014 collection which is just amazing:

these shoes by Alpha60 are cool:

cute leather hair accessories by Canoe:

love this french label Homecore discovered via Cath:

foldable vase covers by snugstudio:

Lauren Manoogian & Bryan Purcell photographed by Backyard Bill:

the Nina Ricci Resort 2014 collection is just exquisite:

this identity design by Anagrama for dry cleaners Nordic House is wonderful:

the new collection by Serax is rad:

Debra’s film photos of The Table really capture how great it is:

i would like these leather sandals from Everlane, please:

i don’t know what i’d put in this golden leather bag (fancy lunch?) but i want it:

A Kind of Guise is an awesome looking shop in Munich:

one of my favourite local labels Selfi has just launched their online shop:

these hanging plants are ideal for sprucing up a lonely ceiling:

very much into woven storage baskets these days. left: connected goods; right: wabi sabi:

Cuyana has some beautiful totes (and a lovely new design thanks to Jessica Comingore & Shilpa Shah):

Vegetarian Ventures is a great new-to-me food blog:

i hope that i run into the Van Leeuwen ice-cream truck when we’re in New York:

Naftul is a lovely Israeli label:

i like the idea of roller wallpaper:

stackable rings are everywhere, aren’t they? these ones by Hannah Naomi are affordable & rad:

such a bright & happy collection by Sarah Leslie Richards:

two style blogs that i’m enjoying right now, left: Polienne & right: Jazzabelle’s Diary:

and, Nelson Mandela is still in hospital. i dug up this photo to remind us of his greatness:

photograph by George Hallet.

have a happy weekend, everybody.

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