I am a firm believer that clothing does not need to be from a big name or cost a fortune to be credible. There are a lot of designer items that I have discovered are produced very poorly, and similarly, small no-name labels with exquisite craftsmanship and unique forms. The important thing is to always be on the look-out for that next lovely object, with a discerning but unobscured eye.
Archive for September, 2010
Like many of you, one of my guilty pleasures is puttering endlessly on the internet. I know I have about a million other productive things I could be doing, but it’s like my wrist has been taken over by some belligerent foreign entity that wants nothing more than to CLICK! CLICK! CLICK!
And you know what? That’s fine, because I’ve discovered a website that actually REWARDS you for wasting time on the internet. Meet Lockerz.
Here’s how it works: you go to the Lockerz site, and do all the things you would do on the rest of the web, except the difference here is you are rewarded with points. The more things you do on Lockerz, the more Lockerz points you accrue, which can then be spent on discounts in one of the site’s many fabulous rotating brand boutiques.
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I like that it transports me. No matter where I am, or how I am feeling, that I can rely on it to lift me from my present landscape, and transport me into a new, better place. I have found remarkable places in music; places in myself that I did not know existed until I hit “play.” To me, that ability is the true magic of sound.
There are a few pieces of music that so utterly transport me when I hear them that it feels almost like I am no longer a part of myself, but a latent aspect of this greater movement that is the sound. When I find albums like this, I have a tendency to utterly destroy them, to return to them so many times and with such frequency that I learn each piece by heart. This process is always bittersweet, each culminating to a distinct moment which passes that takes the sound from a place of mystery into one of understanding. At that moment, the music remains powerful, but its power transmutes into one of knowledge and familiarity. The past magic is gone.
I think it’s not just important to have an active imagination, but a unique one. Far too often, you find those with remarkable creativity vetting it through cliche, established outlets. And that bothers me. To me, that feels like laziness on the part of one’s imagination. Why play in the box, when you could create a shape that doesn’t even exist yet? Creation isn’t about coloring within the lines.”
That’s one of the things I respect most about Bjork Guðmundsdóttir — throughout her entire career, she has been creating a new landscape to work in, rather than settling for the prescribed singer-songwriter course. Whether it is creating an album with only voice-instruments, or starring in a movie-musical, or making 3-D short films about mythical buffalo-creatures, you know that Bjork has no concept of the box. She threw it away along with any and all instructions ages ago, and the results have been wonderful.