Monday, December 21, 2009

Rollin' with the homies

We'll miss you, B-Murph! Thank you for all the joy & laughter.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Buy Shoes. Save Lives.

Oh hey there, super cute white shoes.
Whaaaaaaa, all the proceeds over costs fund heart surgeries for Iraqi kids??!
Whaaaaaaa, you're only $99?!
Whaaaaaaa, you're eco friendly??!

We love you, Klash shoes.

16 Names You Call Him When He's Not Around

View article here.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Goodbye, Sarah Jane

A dear friend of mine is leaving T City and in the process of making a memory book for her, I came across possibly some of the best shots of the T I've ever seen. It made me feel all New York inside. negzZz is the eye behind all of these photos - see the entire Flickr set here.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Dear Thursday


Masataka Nakano spent 11 years taking photographs of locations around Tokyo that usually would have a high traffic density, waiting until they reached quieter moments. The result is a collection called Tokyo Nobody, which can be viewed in more depth here.

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American photographer Matt Logue had a similar idea with LA. A four year project, Empty LA can be viewed here.


I thought, what better way to introduce myself to the lovely BDJJ readers than by posting a video that I neither created, nor starred in!

The reason why I posted this video is three-fold:
1. Blogothèque is a wicked, wicked website that you should all frequent.
2. It takes place in Paris, the sweet homeland of my ancestors.
3. I love Phoenix, this song is gorgeous, and if I'm ever in a foul mood, watching this makes me a happy clam.

(also, the unimpressed guy at 2:57 makes me giggle uncontrollably)

Lets all go to the neon boneyard

more here


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

12 Dates of Christmas

The super cute authors of Things to do for Two [a blog on fun, affordable things to do with your partner] have come up with the 12 Dates of Christmas. Guaranteed warm fuzzies and recession-proof. Check it out here.

It's a Girl!

There's a new Jane in town, and her name is Katie. We love her long time... she's also a kick ass writer. Big welcomes to you, KJ!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Pretty dresses and plenty of tea

I had an amazing time a couple of Sundays ago doing something I've always wanted to try: dress making. We arrived at the Papered Parlour in Clapham and boy was I jealous. A lovely little studio decked out in all things vintage, they were living my dream! It was a long day but with lots of help and even more tea, this is what I made. Thanks to the girls at Papered Parlour, I now have the sewing bug!

Best of British

I've always thought that being a window dresser would be an amazing job. These great displays for Topshop Aus are a great example of why. see a few more here

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Eating In Bed

I've got a mind crush on Asia Wong. I sort of want to be her, with her random crazy ideas. The same girl who brought you 300 Love Letters also brings you Eating in Bed. Check out the entire collection with recipe ideas here.

300 Love Letters

What do these squares mean to you?
a) a badly done bathroom tile mosaic
b) a frightening math program developed for Nintendo DS
c) hundreds of love letters categorized by colour

I guess I shouldn't give away the answer in the blog title.

If you're a fan of Other People's Love Letters, you're going to love this site.

Our creative protagonist here is Asia Wong, brilliant visionary force extraordinaire who does random projects such as these. One day she decided to write 300 love letters to people she knew and then send them to strangers. Why?

"At the start I had one very simple goal: by the end of this project I wanted to be able to write a love letter to anyone, a stranger on the street, or someone that I have nothing but scorn for. I wanted to be able to pull out and vocalize the small thread connecting me to them, them to me, the something in them that I found beautiful or real and the something between us that existed beneath everything, acknowledged or unacknowledged, forgotten gestures and moments, strange and rare affinities. In the same way that part of art school training is training your eye to take in and process the world around you, to stop and notice things, to learn how to really see, I wanted to train my heart to really feel. Some romantics are wincing now: how can you train your heart? It's a lot like training your eye: there was always that crack in the sidewalk, you just never noticed before the way that the lines trace like lightning bolts, the starkness of the light grey concrete, and the blackness of the crevices, the perfect intricacies of it all. There are always connections between people, things to admire in people, trust that goes unnoticed, small kindnesses, shared silences. There is always so much to see, and there is always so much to feel.

There is so much we don't talk about, so much we have trouble believing in."

The letters are posted on this site with a colour guide so that you can follow for whom and what type of relationship they were written for.

Props go out to Asia for the idea & execution, but also the ability to put her heart out there and actually post her letters.

View it all here.

Collage Talk, and Ida Pearle

These are very cute custom name prints by New York artist Ida Pearle for that little person in your life. Upon placing an order, all you have to do is provide the child's name, their skin tone and hair color and you receive a 13" x 13" name print unique to them. More info here.

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Recession Progression Tip: if you're feeling craft-ay and have some spare time, try making one yourself! Ida Pearle uses collages to make her prints. Start collecting scraps of material / wallpaper / bits from magazines.

Some collages to inspire you:

by Takashi Iwasaki

by dailypoetics on Flickr