If These Shoes Could Talk

Have you ever seen an accessory or garment on the rack and thought, 'That looks like something so-and-so would wear"?  In this series by Federico Mauro, you should be able to guess almost immediately which famous shoe belongs to whom. As Trendland discusses, so much is said with so little in this minimalist series of Iconic Shoes.

AKA Cinderella

" There's no place like home! " 

"Where we're going, we don't need roads." 


Any famous footwear Mauro is missing?

And if you liked Iconic Shoes, you may also enjoy the Italian photog's Famous Eyeglasses or Famous Guitars.


Canines & Couture

A fun Vogue fashion spread is like candy for me. Add dogs to the mix and I'm in heaven! So I had to share this photo story featuring model Lindsey Wixson in this month's issue of Vogue Brazil. Woof Woof :

Clothes and accessories by Brazilian labels, photography by Jacques Dequeker
Images from SOURCE


Night & Day Vacay

Although I haven't taken any exotic vacations this summer, my mind is ever wandering in foreign locales. Our Santa Cruz summer has been a chilly, foggy one. And unlike the rest of the country exhausted by the heat wave, I sometimes long for the hot Texas weather I am fond of.

So I styled two outfits fit for resort travel using pieces from some of my favorite designers and stores. One look for day time, and one look for evening:

A. Straw Sun Hat by Lanvin  |  B. Cotton Cropped Tee by Boutique  |  C. Palazzo Trousers by Mango
D. Drop Earrings by Kate Spade  |  E, F. Classic Bangles by J.Crew 
G. Link Tortoise Bracelet by J.Crew  |  H. Lora Gold Ring by Kendra Scott 
I. 'On the Beach' nail polish by Deborah Lippmann  |  J. 1946 Newport Leather Sandal by Bernardo

A. Allison Earrings by Kendra Scott  |  B. 'On Par' Grass Print Bangle by Kate Spade |  C. Cigar Band Ring from Nordstrom 
D. 'As Gold As It Gets' nail polish by Essie  |  E. Cam II Heels by Sigerson Morrison  |  F. Floral Print Top by Mango 
G. Mesh Panel Pencil Skirt from TopShop  |  H. Crab Continental Wallet by Jonathan Adler 

"We wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment." - Hilaire Belloc


Whale Watching : Part 2

Happy Shark Week, everyone!  If you read my post about the surprise whale watching experience I got Hubby for his birthday last month, you may recall that we saw no whales. Recently however, our contact with the whale watching charters called me and said the whales were out in full force. So we jumped at the chance to see whales again, along with any other animals Mother Nature wanted to show us!

My photos from our follow-up whale watching excursion:

 You first see the white misty spout of breath above the blue of the ocean.

 The mist in this pic is from a baby Humpback whale. On the right you can see the mother whale's blowholes. Their breath actually smells like fish!

These Humpbacks were moving pretty quickly. We didn't see them breach, but what a treat to spend a few moments with the massive and majestic mammals!

And just when we were satisfied with our multi-whale spotting success, along came several large pods of dolphins.

These aren't your average Flipper-friendly dolphin. These are a big, husky 'don't mess with us' species called Risso's Dolphin. Normally, these dolphins don't come near boats, but this particular pod was rather accommodating.

 It is tough to see how animated these Risso's were being simply from photos. They were jumping high into the air and smacking their tails on the water. I'll try and upload some great video I captured of the dolphins playing.
And of course, the sea otters are always cute and photogenic:

Experience courtesy of Whale Watching Tours by Stagnaro Charters in Santa Cruz, CA


Painting Sans Paintbrush

I love coming across artists who do things a little differently, especially rising stars like Hong Yi AKA 'Red'. She is a self described artist-architect from Malaysia who "likes to paint, but not with a paintbrush". Red started a series called 31 Days of Creativity with Food - art that is confined to a white dinner plate; the surface is her canvas, and food is her medium.

A few of her photographed works from the series:

See 'The Scream' by Edvard Munch

You are what you eat! Carnivore vs Herbivore


Remind you of Hokusai's 'The Great Wave'?

Created with squid and squid ink
 Red keeps a lovely blog of her art, showcasing this plate series as well as many other amazing works. Check it out. Thanks for the inspiration, Red!
Images from SOURCE and SOURCE