cool stuff to share: architecture, art, fashion, furniture, etc.

Charleston Fashion Week

I just happened to be in Charleston at the end of Charleston Fashion Week. It may not be quite as grandiose as NYC’s Fashion Week, but it certainly is very cool and growing every year! Since I am here for Wined & Designed work, I decided it would be appropriate to attend the Bridal Show this past Saturday. Here are a few snap shots of the amazing event!


We just happened to have tickets behind one of our favorite wedding planning teams, Pure Luxe Bride! The tent was decked out with impeccable design elements and vignettes, and the Editor In Chief of Charleston Weddings Mag had a hard time hiding her excitement!


The show was chalk full of beautiful bead work, interesting neck lines and sexed up with open backs everywhere (my favorite!!)

Designers featured included: Liz White, The Fresh Stitch, Suite 33, One Love, Treats for Tresses, Birdsong Designs, Brooke Ray, White Couture, Modern Trousseau, Anne Barge


Great Surf Art By Vanessa Janss

I wrote a paper nearly 5 years ago for my grad school art history class on the impact of surf culture on graphic design. One of the artists I discovered while researching was Vanessa Janss. Today, I am still attracted to her work, specifically a few of the original paintings I saw years back.

The color, compositions, unique design elements and the way she has played with textures and patterns is what I really admire. And, of course that they are all some sort of ocean-scape. Her style has evolved since then, but you should check out what she is doing now, on her website!


Paint In Motion

I found this awesome photography here, and felt like passing it along. It throws me right back into the motion graphics design mind set and makes me want to work on a cool project right now! Maybe I’ll set up some stop motion projects for fun…Check out the photographs below and watch the video of how it’s done here. The video seems like it would make some wicked film titles!





RGB :: Carnovsky Exhibit

Oh, how I would love to go and see this exhibit! The work of this power duo, Carnovsky, is amazing and the concepts behind it are even more amazing. Visually, it is so stimulating, I can’t stop looking at these striking images. Now, how do I get to Portland!!



2ND LOOK. // 6—BCS

Anyone that knows me, knows I am a sucker for college football (Go Gators!) So when I read this morning about the big news within the BCS, I just had to share!

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A four-team playoff for college football has been formally approved by a presidential oversight committee, a dramatic change for the sport that will begin in 2014 and continue through the 2025 season. The four teams will be chosen by a selection committee, the semifinals will be held at current bowl sites and the national championship game will be awarded to the highest bidder.

The 11 conference commissioners watched on Tuesday afternoon as Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick presented their proposal to a board of 12 university presidents at the Dupont Circle Hotel. In less than three hours, the group agreed upon a postseason that college football fans have been clamoring for years.

The group of presidents also endorsed a rotation of the semifinal games among six bowl sites and a rotation of the championship game among neutral sites. The semifinals either will be played on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, and the national title game will be played on “Championship Monday,” the first Monday in January that is six or more days after the final semifinal game is played.

“A four-team playoff doesn’t go too far; it goes just the right amount,” said Virginia Tech president Charles Sterger, chair of the presidential oversight committee. “We are very pleased with this arrangement even though some issues & remain to be finalized.”

There will be three contract bowls — the Champions Bowl, which is a partnership between the Big 12 and SEC, the Rose Bowl, which has a longstanding tradition between the Big Ten and Pac 12, and a bowl to be determined for the ACC, which is likely to continue its partnership with the Orange Bowl.

“In terms of our contract bowl, and our New Year’s Day tie-in, we expect to have an announcement on that jointly in the very near future,” Swofford said.

The three other bowls, called “access bowls,” have yet to be determined, but the decision will force the Sugar Bowl and Fiesta Bowl to become bidders.

Tuesday’s decision possibly could squeeze the Big East out of the postseason, as its champion is no longer guaranteed a spot in one of the six major bowls. The “automatic qualifiers” label also will disappear in the new system and those programs will have no guaranteed access to the new structure. Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby called it an “open marketplace for all schools.”

Also not involved in the automatic postseason picture is the Mountain West Conference, which did not receive a waiver to automatically qualify for the next two years.

Football Bowl Association executive director Wright Waters said in a statement: “Today is the beginning of an exciting time in the future of college football and we are committed to continuing the rich tradition of the bowls.”

The championship game will be managed by the conferences and will not be branded as a bowl game. The presidents also announced the creation of a selection committee that will rank the teams to play in the playoff, “giving all the teams an equal opportunity to participate.” The committee will consider win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head results and whether a team is a conference champion.

The two main topics that still need further discussion are how teams will be selected and how revenue will be distributed. The commissioners have agreed in principle as to how the revenue will be divided, according to Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, but that has not been made public yet. The commissioners also still need to decide a name for the playoff.

The decision is subject to passage of appropriate legislation by the NCAA Board of Directors to permit the two semifinal winners to play an additional postseason game.

ACC commissioner John Swofford called it “a milestone” for college football.

“The access for conferences throughout the FBS is going to be better in this system than the current system,” he said. “That’s an important part of this. But you have to play your way in. That’s a plus.”

Watch the broadcast HERE.


Mitch Dobrowner :: Storm Photography

These amazing photographs reminded me of my middle brother. As a meteorologist, we always ask him what the weather is going to be like. Like the smarty-pants that he is, he consistently told us to “look outside.” I believe these  photographs bring that to a whole new meaning!

Thanks, Mitch Dobrowner, for the fantastic work!



Cool Wall Decals

I normally think these sorts of things can be very cheesy and can be so improperly used, but here are a couple of well done examples. What a great, graphic way to add some pizzaz to an office! You can find them HERE.



If I were going to use them in my home, I may choose something like this or this…Much easier than painting a pattern!


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