While exploring the Internet the other day I stumbled upon what may become one of my new favorite daily blog stops, The Sartorialist- http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/. This blog is written by Scott Schuman the former director of mens fashion at Bergdorf Goodman. After leaving Bergdorf to care of his daughter, Scott decided to start carrying his camera around and take pictures of fashion that is inspiring to him. His photos are mostly taken of people in New York, but he has also posted photos from around the world.
Although such a simple idea, the photos and comments on The Sartorialist are extremely inspiring. Scott shows that regular people can have fabulous style, and through his comments also shows us his personal fashion philosophy and views of the world. His photos show that inspiration can be drawn from everywhere and you can shop at anywhere from Saks to Salvation Army and still have fantastic style.
One day while expressing my frustration regarding downloading music and finding new artists to listen to an in-the-know friend of mine recommended a website to me, The Hype Machine- http://hypem.com/. Initially skeptical due to previous negative experiences related to online music sharing, I was hesitant to check out his recommendation. Once I did though, I was pleasantly surprised by the results. The Hype Machine is unlike other music site I have ever been to. It is a website that follows the music blogs and in which you can search and listen to posted MP3’s of different artists. Aside from simply searching the artisits you are interested in the website also lists the current most blogged artists, the most popular blogs and gives you search advice.
Since learning about this website I find myself frequenting it more and more, not only for the artists I am interested in finding, but also for new recommendations I had never heard before and simply for reading the discussions people post and what they have to say about the current music scene. This website is a great tool for anyone who is interested in music or finding new artists or remixes out there and if you are at all interested I suggest you check it out because yes, all the hype is true.
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No matter who you are, you are aware of or are personally affected by thefinancial crisis that is occurring here in America. I currently am blessed to still have a job and to not be largely affected by the dropping stock prices, but it is still something that is on my mind each and every day. The worst part about this situation in the fact of how helpless we feel. We tune in every day to see the stocks getting lower, more companies going bankrupt and yet there is very little we can each do to help this downward spiral. Well now one person is attempting to help change that silence. Geoffrey Raymond, an artist from Brooklyn has now given the people a voice, one canvas at a time.
I first learned of Geoffrey Raymond when he was featured on the Today show for the controversial work he has been producing. Geoffrey paints financial big-shots on canvas and then go to the streets of Wall Street, canvas and sharpie marker in hand, and gives passersby the opportunity to write on his paintings their thoughts and feelings regarding the current situation. His works include paintings of large financial figures such as Eliot Spitzer, James Cayne and Richard Fuld. I have since become intrigued by this man and his paintings, because although he is only one man with few paintings and a sharpie, his voice and the voice of those who comment on his paintings is being heard. Geoffery Raymond is a great example of the affect one person can have. It is amazing the voices he has been able to share through his paintings and shows us that it is not impossible to make our voices heard during this crisis.
At Anthropologie, to help foster our creativity and inspire our merchandising efforts our visual manager requires each department to keep an inspiration binder. Since I am part of the Home Department our binder is filled with anything that could inspire our work, but most of it is related to or could be applied to home products. Kristen’s requirement of keeping this binder though has inspired me to create one on my own to foster creativity in my everyday life. I have decided since this blog is a place for my work and thoughts it would also be a great place for my inspirations as well. Therefore as I find inspirations online or that I can scan onto my computer I will post them to share. They may not inspire you as well, but perhaps it will help lead you to some inspirations of your own.
So that time we have all been waiting for is finally here. Election day. It’s hard to believe that soon the yard signs will be coming down, the endless string of commercials will be pulled from the air, and no longer will every conversation surround the battle between Obama and McCain. I thought I would be ecstatic for this day to arrive but I find that the end of this battle is actually bittersweet. On the one hand the end to the constant name calling, politically-driven commercials and discussions regarding who is more qualified will be a pleasant change but on the other the time before election day I find to be exciting. During this time is one of the rare times in which everyone in America has a common agenda and can relate with everyone else. Living in one of the biggest battle grounds in the U.S. makes this time all the more exciting. Just this past week we have had the opportunity to hear Jay-Z and LeBron James state their support of Obama, Bruce Springsteen and Obama himself host a rally bringing in 80,000 people, as well as Rudy Giuliani hosting a rally in my very own home town. This election I find to be unique in that in seems that everyone is involved. More people than ever are out and registered especially in the category I find myself in- the youth. We have found our voice and today are able to share our views and show that are opinions do count and that we are not as apathetic as we were once thought to be. Today is history in the making.
Barack Obama. I never got the opportunity to post my pre-election blog on November 4th so instead of deleting it I decided to just add my post-election comments to the same post. November 4th is now a day that will be forever remembered. Whether or not you helped elect Barack Obama to the Presidency you are still witnessing the amazing steps America has made as a nation. We, the United States of America, now have a black President. This amazing turn of events shows how far we have come and that we are still the tolerant and accepting nation we were founded as. I was sadly not at Grant Park or in New York City with the masses when this monumental event occurred but even from my couch in Chagrin Falls I could feel the emotion and significance felt by those people. This is the first step into a new chapter for our country and I myself am excited to see where it will lead.