Friday, October 28, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
- Sally fitzgibbons shares her photo diary with Refinery 29. My favorite is the one of the hotel room filled with all the sweet Roxy beach balls!
- This silky look by Sandra from 5 Inch and Up is so chic and so awesome.
- Sole struck never fails me with their amazing shoes. I love these in the first photo and what girl doesn't love neon? These neon wedges must get into my closet somehow.
- Again, Solestruck makes me gaga over these beautiful light colored outfits with nets over them... they would totally make me feel like a mermaid!
- I don't like to him, but this CD package design for Ol' Dirty Bastard is sick.
- Did Nicki Minaj rip off this pom-pom dress designer? I don't know how much credibility this has (since there really is nothing new under the sun IMHO...) but it's rather unbelievable.
- Beyonce's new video for "Countdown" is STELLAR.
- Steve Jobs' passing this past Wednesday (October 5th) was a death that was touched by many. Above is his 2005 commencement address to Stanford University. Click on the link at the beginning of this bullet to send condolences, thoughts, and prayers for Jobs.
- Annie Vought has some amazing cut paperwork -- like, SERIOUSLY intricate.
- Need some Halloween-inspired date ideas? Have fun!
- Nils & Sven Volker created a Jiffy-Pop like art installation... I wanna jump/pop every since thing in it.
- Things that make me wish I could have a garden. Crop swaps are popping up all over the country and what a swap essentially entails is people sharing and swapping their surplus garden fruits and vegetables -- sounds awesome.
- Everything is freaking happening the weekend that I am gone! If you're around Del Mar this weekend, the Sacred Craft Surfboard Expo is in full swing. Check out new boards, talk to shapers, see art, & support charity!
- BAHAHA -- these photos of the Nightmare Fear Factory attendees being SERIOUSLY scared is priceless. I mean, the last photo? Holy shit.
- Refinery 29 has some awesome slideshows I can spend all day looking at (sometimes, the loser who stays on the computer a long time totally does... ahem) Ones such a the lookbook for BellJar is awesome (and makes me want to get a record player like... tres bad!), the three hairstyles to replace ombre hair (Uh, never), and Halloween nail art (yes, some art marvelously tacky!)!!
- And last but not least, BWG magazine finally launched this week! AH! check out some photos of mine that have been publish on the site.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
“Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” - Steve JobsI admit I wasn't going to write anything for Steve Job's passing this past Wednesday. There are people that risk their lives in horrible dangerous situations for human rights and freedoms every day -- that it is sometimes difficult to think about mourning the loss of a (former) CEO of a multi-billion dollar company. Regardless, everyone has been touched by the innovator's works at some point in their lives. For some Apple has made their lives more leisurely, for others it's created productivity, and for a growing number -- a whole new perspective on life and how possible things really can be. And if you love Pixar movies -- you may also have experienced some joy with that area.
Technology constantly is changing and it would be a foolish thing to say that Apple hasn't headed a lot of new ideas. Jobs was a visionary. I've never experienced any personal contact with him nor did I ever really think I would -- but his company still has had a personal effect on me. I write to you all from a Macbook Pro -- without my laptop, getting my voice out would be a lot more difficult. I use my iPhone 4 every day to take photos, answer emails, and keep in touch with my family that is so far away from me. Through the App Store, the way I shop has been revolutionized -- the way I check swells in the water and surf forecasts has been changed -- the ability to keep up with all my social media has provided me with crazy opportunities and has cultivated new relationships.
I was hired by Apple retail in 2007 and I had some amazing experiences. Sometimes retail is retail and you start rolling your eyes with boredom and completely surprise with the types of people you encounter. But then there are those gems that make you realize you're part of something bigger. I remember helping a woman set up her new iPad. What else was special about this experience? She never had an email, she lost her job six months ago, and never owned a computer before. She cried saying she can now communicate with her children better, she can start looking for new jobs to replace the one she lost, and she didn't feel ostracized from the world around her anymore. She was connected again.
Jobs helped create a culture -- one that I have been able to be a part of and one that most if not all my friends are a part of as well. I don't think a vast majority of people can say that they have those lasting relationships in their current job. Jobs was a drop-out, a fired executive, and a past failed business man. Jobs still ended up on top, showing us that life is trail and error. You cannot have success without failure.
Steve Jobs, thank you for creating culture, being a visionary, and showing us a different way of life for the better.
Monday, October 3, 2011
I admit, I have a total girl crush on Kassia Meador. She is the epitome of cool to me. She is talented in every way -- her style is dead-on perfect, she's one of the most graceful people to watch surf, and she has enough artistic talent to fill a museum. Although I appreciate everything that the current stars of women's surfing are showing the world (that girls kick as much ass in surfing as men do, basically... y'know NBD), something about Meador's style just attracts me and suites me. Meador started surfing at age 14 or 15, and after doing that, did everything she could to be by the water. In 1997, only two years later, Meador was picked up by Roxy to be a sponsored athlete.
Everyone that surfs remembers their first 'real' wave. Mine was this summer (finally) and I remember realizing.... "Wh-what?! Oh my God! I'm riding the wave! It's amazing!" Nothing felt better than to get out of the whitewater and really ride a wave. I really love that Kassia had a similar experience with that as well.
I remember my first green wave, when I stood up on a real wave and not just whitewater. I can remember seeing the sand through the clear water and it was like I was flying! Even thinking of it now, I still get that fluttering feeling in my heart about it. - Kassia Meador (Credit: Liquid Salt Magazine)Kassia found exactly what she was meant to do -- and everyone should be wanting to know her secret. But it's really that simple and we all already know the answer. Find what you love and just do everything you can to pursue it. To me, she has the confidence to go forth in her photography and designs and if people like it, they like it. If they do not -- then whatever. Kassia just does things effortlessly -- which is something I think we should strive for.
If you are interested in more info about Kassia, check out her website and also her Roxy profile.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
If you're a girl in the boarding world, you may have heard of a little website called Boardworld Girls. Well, they finally launch on October 2nd! Take some time and check out their website and their tumblr for some beautiful inspiration. My personal favorite section is BWGTV -- I can totally see it being filled with crazy beautiful and creative videos. They are also holding a Launch Contest (you betcha I'm entering) where you can win a package worth $500 from companies like Lifetime Collective, Vans, Brixton, Herschel Supply & Penny Skateboards. All you have to do is register on their website!
I can't wait to see what happens!