Thursday, June 30, 2011

Thursday Morning Blues

I love Dunkin Donuts coffee and I need about 10 cups to get me going today. It's just one of those kind of days. Really looking forward to the long holiday weekend filled with friends, family, and some R&R! The countdown begins!

(Photo taken from Intern Lauren)

Thursday, June 23, 2011

2011 Rock Odyssey

This was the best possible thing to start my Thursday morning. The awkward tension between Jack and Colbert is so funny. I can't wait for the next part to air. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie

Check out this vintage image of the first modern bikini to hit the market. Making its French debut in 1946, the revealing swimwear was advertised as the world's "smallest bathing suit". The tiny box in the shot indicates just how mini the bikini becomes.

A lot of famous bikini shots have appeared in the media over the decades. Farrah Fawcett and Bridget Bardot are considered top fan favorites. In my opinion, the most notable bikini shot is featured on Raquel Welch in One Million Years B.C. You might also remember this image as the classic "cupcake" that Andy Dufresne used to cover up his escape route in the 1994 hit, The Shawshank Redemption. Raquel Welch just rocks this primitive bikini style so naturally!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hello Summer

It's hard to imagine that this lobster delicacy was once considered to be only fit for low members of society. It was not until well into the twentieth century that the delicious crustacean was thought as more than a low-priced peasant dish.

The photos above were snapped at The Black Pearl, one of New England's top restaurants. Situated on the Newport Harbor, The Black Pearl serves up the best fresh New England clam chowder and steamed 2 1/2 lb lobsters. Grab a seat inside or out and enjoy the beautiful views and salty aromas of Bannister's Wharf. It's the perfect recipe for a sunny afternoon!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Great Movie Moments...

Jennings: Don't write this down, but I find Milton probably as boring as you find Milton. Mrs. Milton found him boring too. He's a little bit long-winded, he doesn't translate very well into our generation, and his jokes are terrible.

[Bell rings, students rise to leave]

Jennings: But that doesn't relieve you of your responsibility for this material. Now I'm waiting for reports from some of you... Listen, I'm not joking. This is my job!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Hello Leo

Meet Leo, a vintage prison laundry truck turned Hot Rod Thread Sled for local retailer DetroitGT. Owner Chris Gorski found the rare 1979 Chevy P10 Step Van through an Indiana CraigsList ad and rolled the dice on the purchase when he skipped a test drive. After making the trek down to pick it up, Leo was given 2 months of restoration love - including his notable black and red paint job.

I had the pleasure of purchasing a vintage style Hamtramck tee from Leo this weekend at the Berkley Art Fair. Printed on an alternative apparel shirt, I'm predicting it will become my favorite top by the end of summer. If you see Leo at art fairs, city events, and Eastern Market this summer - don't be shy, the truck (and owner) are super nice. Make sure to stop over a say "hi"!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

A Classic Summer Thriller

If you're looking for a good throwback film for a Friday night, consider Shadow of a Doubt. This Hitchcock thriller staring Teresa Newton and Joseph Cotten debuted in 1943. Classified as film-noir, Shadow of A Doubt tells the story of a young, humble girl, "Young Charlie" who is visited by her sophisticated and esteemed "Uncle Charlie".

The plot takes a twist when two detectives arrive to ask Young Charlie some questions about the possibility of her uncle being a serial killer known as the "Merry Widow Murderer". Refusing to believe the accusations, she keeps the visit a secret but begins to notice strange behavior. Like any Hitchcock thriller, a suspenseful ending ties up all loose ends.

Pay close attention to at the beginning of the movie. Hitchcock, who himself appears in more Hitchcock films than any actor, makes a cameo about 15 minutes into the feature.

Shadow of a Doubt received unanimously positive reviews. New York Times critic Bosley Crowther loved the film, stating that "Hitchcock could raise more goose pimples to the square inch of a customer's flesh than any other director in Hollywood". I couldn't agree more.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Super Score at the Record Store

Scotty Karate picked up this used gem at the record store over the weekend. The Motown Story features 5 albums filled with the greatest hits born in the Motor City. Each song includes a mini intro from a famous song writer and/or producer - think Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves, and Marvin Gaye. It's really fantastic to hear such famous voices casually detailing how each classic was born.

The best part? When Scotty told me about this find, I responded with a comment on how underrated the song Shotgun by Jr. Walker and the All Stars is. He opened his phone to show me a text that he sent to his dad the previous day that detailed the same thought. Out of all of the hits, we both praised the same jam. I guess great minds really do think alike.

Friday, June 3, 2011

National Donut Day

A big coffee "Cheers" to the fine staff at Krispy Kreme and Dunkin Donuts. You brighten our office Fridays by filling our stomachs with goodness. I salute you on this fine National Day of recognition and wish you many more years of success because, let's be honest, not everyone wants a healthy alternative.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Great Piece of Art

Zakk always finds the best images on tumblr. This zinc board is like a little wish list for bliss. I tried to pick out my favorite line but I think they are all fantastic. Maybe the last one is the most powerful. What if goodbyes were only until tomorrow? Would people still invest so much emotion or would they just be a bit happier during the whole event?

If you aren't familiar with tumblr, it's a viral social media site that allows users to share passions through text, photos, quotes, links, music, and more. Short and to the point, its a great way to pass along a good find. Check out this great tumblr on animals in the wild, the colors are really spectacular.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Chop the Locks!

How seductively amazing is this new look on W's Heath and Beauty editor, Christina Han?! I love that she traded in all of her length for a sassy summer do. Celeb stylist Garren worked his magic to take off more than a foot of luscious locks. The article gives a nice play-by-play for the motivation behind the decision.

If you watch the video, you can totally sense the nervous tension in the room! But, the delighted expression at the end delivers a new, confident look. I just love it!