although it has been available for download for a few weeks now, today is the official release date of radiohead’s 8th studio album titled “the king of limbs.” i of course downloaded it the moment it was available, but i held off on writing about it till now because to be quite honest i needed more time to digest it.
it has always been my opinion that the best bands are the ones who make albums that you listen to from start to finish without skipping a track… and if you were to take one song away, the album wouldn’t feel complete. like reading a book – if you skip a chapter, or cut straight to the ending, the whole thing is ruined.
there are some bands that excel at this, and radiohead is at the top of that pack. i have all eight of their studio albums, and i love every minute of every one of them. to this day, when i hear the song “high and dry” on the radio, my brain expects “fake plastic trees” to come next.
with “the king of limbs” they have created another album where the sum is better than its parts. this album needs to be listened to in its entirety. and also true to form, this record sounds different from anything they’ve done, with a more abstract and electronic sound that snaps you up from the start in a whirlwind of beats with “bloom,” tosses you around with “morning mr. magpie” and “little by little” and then soothes you with gorgeous piano and lyrics on songs like “codex” and “give up the ghost.” the last song, “separator,” is my favorite on the album.
and just like that, it’s over. 37 minutes. or is it? according to rumors, this is only part one, and i sure as hell hope so. but if thom yorke is sending a message in the lyrics of “separator,” there could be truth to those rumors.
p.s. to celebrate the release, radiohead has produced a special newspaper that will be available today only (in the US and Canada; it was available yesterday elsewhere)! more info on where to find it here.
This week I’m fortunate enough to be in London, my old home town!!! I’m so excited that I get the opportunity to come and visit this vibrant, electric city full of character, old world charm and WOW fashion.
I wanted to give everyone a bit of insight into my trip oversees, so I’ll be updating on my shopping, eating, and general perusing of the city. Prior to my flight I stopped off in NYC to stay with my sister and her lovely cat poppy. She recently moved into an apartment in Williamsburg. It’s such an airy, inspiring place – a perfect stay before my long haul flight to heathrow.
my flight was a night flight from JFK, the most uncomfortable flight I have ever had, I could NOT sleep, so I indulged in the new release movies that were on offer.
After 6 hours we finally came close to touching down. I slid open the window shutter and was greeted with a thick cushion of clouds – typical British weather!
What excites me about London is the eccentric fashion. Oxford street comes alive with high street brands throwing must-have trends into a visionary display. With that in mind I headed straight there to get a little bit of a fashion fix. I must warn you though it’s pretty tiring, afterwards you will sure need a cup of coffee in Costa Coffee perhaps?!
we’ve posted some of dutch artist tord boontje’s work before, but i was checking out his website recently and i had to share these photos of some of his pieces. the integration of such unique, bizarre-looking furniture in natural outdoor settings has a feel that’s very alice in wonderland. they also kinda remind me of really rare animals being photographed on a safari or something, if that makes any sense…
I’m addicted to street style sites; I find them ever so inspiring when it comes to putting together
fresh new looks.
Lately I have been seeing a lot of brogues on girls adopting that Annie Hall
sophisticated tomboy vibe. I like this look going into spring but I’m not sure which way I’d
prefer to take it – do I give my feminine outfit that little bit of attitude or do I go for the full blown tomboy
look, teaming it with denim skinny jeans and shirts?! Either way I think it rocks!
i grew up in the city for the earlier part of my childhood, and i’ve always felt really fortunate to have that experience. we lived at the end of a quaint, tree-lined street where everyone knew each other, us kids all played together, and block parties were a common occurrence. i took art classes (and went sledding) at the museum of art, loved riding what i called “accordion buses” and playing at cherry street park, and regularly went shopping at reading terminal. i can’t say that i always loved going there, as it was typically a crowded weekend day, but it always seemed so full of activity and excitement, and of course, delicious food.
it was recently named one of the top ten public markets in all of the united states, so i thought i’d take a trip down memory lane and visit for the first time in years to take some photos.
reading terminal is located on 12th street between market and arch in philadelphia – check out the website here.
marais USA was founded in 2007 by two parsons school of design students named catherine chen and haley boyd. while in school they both worked as waitresses around new york city and throughout their college years of shoe shopping in the city, found a need for simple but fashionable shoe styles that were still affordable. from this discovery their company was born, and they now work in brooklyn designing “essential” shoes for girls like them, who want to be stylish but don’t want to break the bank. their inspiration comes from a summer spent in le marais, the eclectic paris neighborhood known for its shopping, where there is “literally something for everyone” – a philosophy that holds true for their company as well.
le marais, paris
it’s fitting that the three shoe styles we’re carrying right now from marais are each completely different, too. i took some inspiration from their website, where they feature four very different “marais girls,” and found three very different gals here at our office who each loved a different pair of their shoes!
i made a collage for each one of them using images they keep around their desks as inspiration –you can see how different their styles are just looking at these images…