Do you guys likeID Magazine? We get the magazine free at work and I flick through it but I do not ingest it religiously like other magazines. However, what I have recently discovered is how wonderful their online home is. The content is diverse and extensive covering all the modern lifestyle fashion and arts sectors; and what I personally love is their video archive of different shorts ranging from interviews, behind the scenes and ID specifically created content like this series: Model Mother Tongue. The video edit is quirky, humorous and stylish featuring different models teaching phrases from their homelands! Obvi I love Liu Wen so I have added her's below to get an insight to some Mandarin mouthfuls. Included in the series is Russian, Danish and even AUSSIE, haha. Their More than a model series is cool too, you should peek!
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Check out this cool video for Nasty Gal clothing by Tracy Antonopoulos and Asli Baykal. I love the clothes, the vibe and the accents. Go Brits! Have you guys seen Drop Dead Gorgeous with Kirsten Dunst? It kind or reminds me of that, but more ambient. I love cool girl vids!!! Would love to be involved in Art Directing something like this in the future.
Have you guys and girls ever watched Well Dunn with Jourdan Dunn before? It is already in it's third season and is part of the roster of mini productions for Jay-Z's lifestyle site Life+Times. If you do not know the premise it is basically an online Cooking show with the British model hosting a special guest (usually from the modelling or hip hop industry) while cooking up a dish. Just in case some foodie snobs be hatin, nothing about this show tries to insinuate that Jourdan is some culinary genius, but apparently she loves food, and from the few episodes I have watched really likes to try different and easy cuisines. I have posted about this particular episode as she has the rest of her Yonce model chums Chanel Iman and Joan Smalls join her, and I freakin loved that video! They talk about Queen Beyonce and their parts in the video, and basically have good time. These models are working jobs for high fashion designers to and well known commercial brands and it's really sweet to see them having a good old casual time, plus I just love Jourdan's London accent! Have a look at the video below and learn how to make some Vegan chilli!
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Happy Friday!!! We at The Bamboo District love Wes Anderson and his films, we even blogged about his collaboration with Prada to make the Candy ads before. So how happy does the release of the official trailer of his new film The Grand Budapest Hotel make us. The cast is a mixture of old favourites like Bill Murray, Adrien Brody and Owen Wilson, and new such as Ralph Fiennes and Saoirse Ronan. Even the trailer shows the promise of Anderson's fast paced, quirky comedy and amazing set design, let the countdown begin! Also as a side note, if you are a fan too I have added his book to my Christmas list, maybe you might like to add it to yours too. :)
I have never been shy about my adoration of this woman! Solange Knowles has knocked it out again with this beautifully funky video for her latest single Lovers in the Parking lot. THe fashion, the location...THE DANCE MOVES. Ugh, PERFECT!
My sister showed me this video this weekend and it made me feel spooked but also I laughed so hard! I mean...this is so brutal, just for garms! Mind you, if I went there and some cheeky moo nabbed things from my pile, then...who knows! eeeeek. What do think it??
I loveVimeo staff picks. They really highlight and showcase some real talent, not just from the film malkers themselves but within the subject content too. The wonderful video The Pixel Painter is about 97 year old retired Graphic Designer Hal Lasko, who once given a Computer from his Grandchildren learnt how to paint wonderful pieces of Art on Microsoft Paint. What an inspiration showing that talent and passion for your craft never leaves you, no matter how old you get. It also shows that you are never too old to learn something wonderful that could change your life immensely. Go Grandpa!
Video and Photo viaRefinery29
There is no doubt whatsoever when it concerns my adoration of this woman's music and style presence. Solange Knowles has teamed up with cool trend led site Refinery29 to create this video of her donning her amazing outfits, showcasing the cute haunts of South Brooklyn all to the soundtrack of her own song "Locked in the Closets". This video will make you like her even more and for me, to add to my outfit love for her...her freakin home looks envious too. The Queen of prints and colour! Ugh. She. Is. Perfect.
What does a girl do when she comes across a Fashion Film directed by Wes Anderson! Yelp in happiness of course. The King
of quirky cinema and delicious visuals has teamed up with Roman Coppola to make these short films for Prada and their new
scent CANDY. The basis of the story-lines centers on 'Candy' played by French Actress/Model Léa Seydoux and her two male
suitors. The three films showcases the beginning of their relationships, a week later and then a month later. This french new
wave style of cinema really suits the aesthetic of Wes Anderson and begs to think what gorgeousness he could produce if he
chose to work on a full length project in this direction. However, for now I will just continue to press play, and watch this repeatedly.
Pretty neato still above, isn't it? This particular shot is from a video I was in to promote Harvest time for the charity Stewardship; it always makes me smile, as it captures a moment of inspiration. This still inspires me to keep doing what I love. Whether professionally or as a hobby. Last Monday night I attended a lecture held by Johnny Cupcakes founder Johnny Earle. He was discussing the story of the growth of his brand and the tough decisions he had to make for his business to reach where it currently is (hello, Multi Million dollar company). He is 30, own shops internationally and has a loyal and still growing fan base; this is all fruit of him sticking to the truth of his brand and designs, staying independent and mostly staying positive and having fun.
He mentioned the sacrifices you will have to make to really pursue your dream. Do you want to invest your money into your dream or buy nice things and treats consistently? Would you rather hang out with your peoples or use your time alone, at your desk building your products and nurturing your talents? This balance of big sacrifices birthing big joyous results versus wanting a little bit of everything, staying in the comfortable zone reminds me of the John Keats poem, an Ode on Indolence (hence the blog title):
The blissful cloud of summer-indolence
I remembered this because the same drugged up induced bliss the poet experiences in the poem is like my life...kinda, sans drugs. He is happy, but dopey. He does not want to experience the sting of pain, but in that he does not experience the beauty of the flowers. I know many people around me including myself are chasing dreams but we also want safety. This is sad to see as the fear of failing is so embedded in us that we miss opportunities because success is not guaranteed. However, what keeps me optimistic is when I am presented with examples of people enjoying the 'beauty of the flower' after their sacrifices and moving on from their failures. The power of failure is diminished when you see that it is only a mere stepping stone to try and move on from, knowing not to step there again, and that it is not your final destination. Minus losing your home, going to jail or dying what other failures are there that can really stop us in life? (even losing your home and jail is not the end of the world) that the circumstance will never change for the better at some point? I equally have many friends who show this and I admire them so much for doing so. The ultimate joy I see them have diminishes the little setbacks they have here and there. Ultimately it is hard but I think it is the only way to really feel that full joy. I am not limiting this to just career and work, it can even be relationships too.
Turning this all back to how it affects me is to basically remind myself that creating clothes/visuals is what makes me happy, and I should give more time to it. It does not feel like work when I am in the zone, even if it is time consuming. The effort to really produce something fantastic can be hard, testing and requires a lot of work which tests me as naturally I am quite complacent and indolent. But in reality I never feel as much fulfillment or joy as when I have completed a project I am proud o,f and that I can't argue. So I hope in all you do, take this is mind, success come with time and investment. And though everything in life is a balance a wise person told me once, 'You can have it all, just not all at once'.
Mama to Maya.
Daughter of Filipinos.
Wife of a Mexican'ish.
Urban heart + Island soul.
Right brained. Left brained.
Likes to see & likes to do.
THIS BLOG WILL SHOW ALL OF THE ABOVE IN SOME SHAPE AND FORM