Weekly Photo Challenge: Create

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Dream House

November 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

          I grew up in the city so I have this fantasy that one day, I will be living in a suburban house with a white picket fence. Aaah the American dream! Minor flaw: I’m not American. Haha! And I recently realized that I’m more of an urban loft-ish kind of person. Open and airy. Killer city view. Minimal and modern furnishings. Neutral and chic colors. Oh, and clever design elements. Ahhhh!
       There’s this warehouse in Spain, which was converted into a loft by two architects. This had me drooling ever since I first read about it. The warehouse was originally used as stables, then as a bomb shelter, and followed by its most recent incarnation as a print shop, this expansive warehouse space located in Barcelona, Spain, has withstood the test of time and numerous transformations. Now the designers Benito Escat and Alberto Rovira have given the space yet another purpose by recreating it into a handsome urban loft that is everything modern and hip. AND AHHH! I FELL IN LOVE!
          The 8,600-square-foot space has an open layout with beautiful exposed-brick walls, high ceilings, and poured concrete floors.
          With two floors, the main level features the living area, which is outfitted with an extra long sofa, leather-upholstered wooden armchairs, and a sleek low cocktail table. Just behind the living area, a colorful floral glass chandelier hangs over a stainless-steel dining table while an edgy light fixture is suspended over a steel island in the kitchen where a wall of lacquer cabinets has been installed. A corner on the main floor functions as the library/office and contains stacks of books, art, vintage globes, and a towering grandfather clock.
          Contrastingly, the lower level of the loft resembles a city apartment and houses the light-filled master bedroom and bath. The walls are painted stark white and the floors are of polished wood. A luxuriously upholstered bed is placed in front of a wall of shelves that serve as an open closet, and a freestanding bathtub along with a mirror-walled shower closet with sleek shower fittings.
         Another warehouse converted into my dream loft is located in the South Beach neighborhood of San Francisco. The striking Oriental Warehouse Loft by Edmonds + Lee Architects. This home’s design is a renovation of an existing apartment loft. To maximize the space inside the residence, the designers chose to abandon the general rules of maintaining privacy with regard to windows and transparency. Instead, the home opens up to nature with large expanses of glass to blend the inside and outside world.

Inside the rusted timber and brick structural shell, you will find a contemporary interior design with modern furniture, fixtures and finishes. There is also millwork detailing and the insertion of a steel cantilever stair that connects the ground floor living areas with the private sleeping quarters upstairs. The home is definitely a great rehabilitation project and the results are amazing!

So there you have it. Those are my dream houses…………errr…………..lofts. I know, I know, a bit unrealistic. But it is, after all, a DREAM house, yes?

So…tomorrow the challenge continues!








XOXO,

30-Day Blog Challenge ACCEPTED!

November 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

       This blog is not dead yet…..NO! I should say I’m pretty much here but I have not taken much time and effort to blog after class started again. Ahhhh! I forgot how good it feels to sit down and just write.

        “Do something regularly over a period of 30 days and you will create a habit”.
That being said, I decided that it’s time to kick start my blogging again! I challenged myself to write a blog post every day for the next 30 days. But I couldn’t wait to start on the first of the month! So today I’m starting this 30-day blog challenge I picked up from My Maria. I thought it would be fun and would spice up my blog a little! =)

A Photo That Makes Me Happy

November 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

DAY 1: A PHOTO THAT MAKES YOU HAPPY

        This is my mini pin, Chibby. I’ve had her for 2 years now. She’s really active! Really really makulit! This is my favorite photo of her. When I look at this, I go “Awwwwww you cute bastard!”. Haha! She always gets her way with me, with her uber cute puppy eyes. When she begs for another treat, I find myself always giving in to that ball of cuteness. She makes me go gigiiiiiiiiil over her! When I’m sick, she cuddles with me. When I’m lonely, she plays with me. She’s my stress reliever. I can’t imagine life without her! I love her to bits!






So…..tomorrow the challenge continues!





>Project 365; We Are Good To Go!

December 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

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People will often say that their whole lives flashed before their eyes after they experienced a traumatic event. Perhaps it’s a bit morbid, but I think that sounds pretty incredible. =p
Taking a photo a day is a big undertaking with big payoffs. Imagine being able to look back at any day of your year and recall what you did or what you learned. Often we find it hard to remember what we did just yesterday or even last night, let alone A WHOLE YEAR AGO!
That’s where Project 365 comes in. This project would not only serve as a way to remember a year, but also help you understand what was important to you in your life. Whether it was your relationships, career, or fashion sense. Recording a photo a day for a whole year will leave you with a rich visual history of your life. And it’ll make you a better photographer to boot! =p
Your year-long photo album will be an amazing way to document your travels and accomplishments, your haircuts and relationships. Time moves surprisingly fast.
Taking a photo a day will also make you a better photographer. Using your camera every day will help you learn its limits. You will get better at composing your shots, you’ll start to care about lighting, and you’ll become more creative with your photography when you’re forced to come up with something new every single day.
I’ve been wanting to do Project 365 for 2 years now. But I just can’t seem to find the determination(LOL) and time. So I decided to use my cellphone camera and upload straight to the net without editting instead. I think this is the best option for me right now. =)
At first I was a bit skeptical, if I should push through with it or not, cause I’d be plugging my phone to the computer everyday and edit then upload manually. It’s too much of a hassle for me. So I did a little research. I googled “Project 365 on the go” and I found a link to iTunes. It’s a good thing I clicked it, I found the PERFECT app for me. *giggles*
The app’s name is Project 365. It’s basically a calendar which shows your daily pictures. You can choose to use the camera or pick a photo from your photo library. It’s perfect for me cause it does everything! All I need to do is snap a picture then write a little description, and viola! It uploads the picture to the net directly, it won’t save in my phone’s library. I can choose to download the image if I want to save it to my library though. Plus I don’t have to plug my phone to the computer. Saves space and time! Its perfect for on-the-go bloggers like me. =)
Here are six tips from Mr. Taylor McKnight on how to create your own Project 365:
Bring Your Camera Everywhere
Yes, everywhere. Get in the habit. Grocery stores, restaurants, parties, work, and school. Going to a movie theatre? Snap a pic of the flick with your phone–there are photo-ops everywhere. If you have one of those tiny tiny cameras, you have no excuse not to have it in your pocket all the time. And if you don’t? Camera phones are a great substitute.
Make Posting Easy
You can install blog software like Movable Type or WordPress on your own site and create an entry for each photo, but for true ease of use, try a photo sharing site. Flickr will let you post a week’s worth of photos in 2 minutes flat, and fotolog and Photoblog.com are geared toward a photo-a-day workflow. Making it fast and easy means you’re much more likely to do it.
Vary Your Themes
Try to capture the day’s events in a single photo. Perform photographic experiments. Take a photo of someone new you meet, something you ate for the first time, or something you just learned how to do. Take a photo of something that made you smile. And don’t forget to take a photo of yourself at least once a month so you can remember how you’ve changed, too.
Tell a Story
Use your blog entry, or your photo description, to explain what’s going on in each day’s photograph. How good did that dinner taste? What made you want to take a photo of that stranger? It’ll help you remember down the road, and it gives friends following along a better appreciation of why you took the photo you did. You don’t need to write a lot, just enough to add some color.
Don’t Stop, No Matter What
This is perhaps the most important tip of all. You will get tired of taking a photo every single day. Some days, you will consider giving up. Don’t. The end result is worth the effort. Remind yourself why you wanted to do it in first place.
There will be times you’ll think there’s nothing interesting left to take a photo of, and times you’ll think you didn’t do anything exciting enough to take a photo of. There’s always a great photo to be made.
Get out of the house and take a walk. Or stay inside and look around. Take a photo of something important to you. Take a photo of the inside of your house so you can see how your taste has changed over the years. Take a photo of anything, just don’t stop.
N.b. It helps if you’ve told your friends about the project and asked them to follow along. Their encouragement will keep you going!
Post early, post often
Plan on going through and posting your photos at least once a week so you don’t get backlogged and feel overwhelmed. Ideally, post every day or two. Again, spend the time up front to make sure it’s quick and easy to post. It’ll make all the difference.
There you go! I hope this inspired you to do your very own Project 365. Enjoy! =)
XOXO
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>The Epitome of Timeless Style

November 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

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          Last night I was out clubbing and I saw this girl with an orange Kelly Hermès bag. My initial reaction was to drool over it’s gorgeousness. But then I thought to myself, who the hell brings a GIANT bag at a club? Lmao
          Like any other girl, I go gaga over bags. And seeing an actual Hermès bag last night made me want, no sorry the correct term would be need, to have one. When I got home, though intoxicated, I immediately googled about Hermès bags. I came across the Hermès Spring 2011 collection at the Paris Fashion Week. I simply adore this collection! The Spring 2011 collection accurately reflected the essence of the Gaultier-Hermès collaboration: bondage meets horseback riding, provocation meets tradition and as always, admirable tailoring, JPG style.

It is the end of an era at Hermès with their fearless leader Jean-Paul Gaultier, a man who`s never shied from keeping it risqué over there in Paris, leaving after 7 years as creative director. This fellow is legendary, and of course Hermès is one of the strongest icons in fashion, so it seems a shame….like some sort of celebrity wedding separation. But everyone seems to say it`s an amicable split. – Sophia

          I was especially impressed by the see through Crocodile skin Kelly bag. I would love love loooove to add this one to my collection of bags! This is a must have, I am telling you. I’ve never before encountered crocodile skin that I could see through. I heard this was the highlight of the collection. I couldn’t agree more. A real crowd pleaser, she was.
           Next is the very risky Kelly fanny pack. JPG’s big risk was in attempting to prove that the fanny pack, even if it’s gorgeous Hermès leather, can be at all hip. In all honesty, I think the fanny pack is hardly practical or even that attractive. But of course, Hermès took it to new extremes. Really liking the wear flexibility that comes with the design that allows for hip attachment. The softness that wraps around the body makes it seem like its a part of the body. Small, stylish with the capability to be out of the way allowing for hand free movement. Very nice!
          And finally my last choice from the Hermès Spring 2011 collection, the Suri Cruise-approved mini Birkin wrist bag. Amazing. This is just so cute it kills me. I like the idea of using it perhaps not worn as a bracelet but as a change purse within your purse though. Or as a night out bag. If there is one bag that will be on a wait list, this is the one. I love the new black metal hardware. Oh! Le petit Birkin, you are just too cute! I can’t wait to wrap you around my arms, or wrist, for that matter.
          What can I say? I love Hermès beyond all brands. This is just proof of what true talent, artistry, class and beauty are all about. This is purely wonderful stuff. It’s so Hermès! So Jean-Paul Gaultier! It seems as though Gaultier had a fine time with his last trip through the Hermès accessory archives. I love the class, the style, the look, the perfection!
          Hermès is the creme de la cremethe epitome of timeless style and the ultimate in luxe statements. It’s a shame JPG will be leaving Hermès though. Christophe Lemaire has A LOT to live up to.

The Epitome of Timeless Style

November 21, 2010 § 2 Comments

Last night I was out clubbing and I saw this girl with an orange Kelly Hermès bag. My initial reaction was to drool over it’s gorgeousness. But then I thought to myself, who the hell brings a GIANT bag at a club? Lmao

Like any other girl, I go gaga over bags. And seeing an actual Hermès bag last night made me want, no sorry the correct term would be need, to have one. When I got home, though intoxicated, I immediately googled about Hermès bags. I came across the Hermès Spring 2011 collection at the Paris Fashion Week. I simply adore this collection! The Spring 2011 collection accurately reflected the essence of the Gaultier-Hermès collaboration: bondage meets horseback riding, provocation meets tradition and as always, admirable tailoring, JPG style.

It is the end of an era at Hermès with their fearless leader Jean-Paul Gaultier, a man who`s never shied from keeping it risqué over there in Paris, leaving after 7 years as creative director. This fellow is legendary, and of course Hermès is one of the strongest icons in fashion, so it seems a shame….like some sort of celebrity wedding separation. But everyone seems to say it`s an amicable split. – Sophia

I was especially impressed by the see through Crocodile skin Kelly bag. I would love love loooove to add this one to my collection of bags! This is a must have, I am telling you. I’ve never before encountered crocodile skin that I could see through. I heard this was the highlight of the collection. I couldn’t agree more. A real crowd pleaser, she was.

Next is the very risky Kelly fanny pack. JPG’s big risk was in attempting to prove that the fanny pack, even if it’s gorgeous Hermès leather, can be at all hip. In all honesty, I think the fanny pack is hardly practical or even that attractive. But of course, Hermès took it to new extremes. Really liking the wear flexibility that comes with the design that allows for hip attachment. The softness that wraps around the body makes it seem like its a part of the body. Small, stylish with the capability to be out of the way allowing for hand free movement. Very nice!

And finally my last choice from the Hermès Spring 2011 collection, the Suri Cruise-approved mini Birkin wrist bag. Amazing. This is just so cute it kills me. I like the idea of using it perhaps not worn as a bracelet but as a change purse within your purse though. Or as a night out bag. If there is one bag that will be on a wait list, this is the one. I love the new black metal hardware. Oh! Le petit Birkin, you are just too cute! I can’t wait to wrap you around my arms, or wrist, for that matter.

What can I say? I love Hermès beyond all brands. This is just proof of what true talent, artistry, class and beauty are all about. This is purely wonderful stuff. It’s so Hermès! So Jean-Paul Gaultier! It seems as though Gaultier had a fine time with his last trip through the Hermès accessory archives. I love the class, the style, the look, the perfection!

Hermès is the creme de la cremethe epitome of timeless style and the ultimate in luxe statements. It’s a shame JPG will be leaving Hermès though. Christophe Lemaire has A LOT to live up to.

XOXO

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