Saturday, November 29, 2008

Kylie Minogue: In My Arms

While on the treadmill this morning, Kylie Minogue's In My Arms music video caught my eye. Neon colors and bold shapes all coming together on this retro/electronic plane. Her make-up and shoes are pretty sweet. I don't really care for her music but she is an interesting artist nonetheless, having done work with people like Michel Gondry. Below are a few stills of my favorite parts.

Sleigh bells ring, are you listenin'? / In the lane, snow is glistenin'

If you can't already tell, I am a huge fan of the NY Times. I attribute that to my high school English teacher, Ms. D'Agostino. I remember reading Op-Ed pieces by people like Maureen Dowd, who still remains my favorite.

Anyways, I came across a really creative article about how the writer, Alex Williams, hires event planner, David Monn to throw together a party with a tight budget (perfect in today's economic climate). Mr. Monn--though accustomed to celeberty's budgets--skillfully and resourcefully composes a pretty magical atmosphere! He claims that a budgetary constraints are actually opportunities. I agree with that. Oftentimes, the best and most creative things come as a result of limitations.

Here is the article for your reading pleasure.

Friday, November 28, 2008

NY Times: Pictures of the Day, 11.28.08

I don't think I will ever get used to the stark disparity around the world. It always kind of shakes me, but apparently not enough to do something about it. Some photos from the NY Times Pictures of the Day collection for November 28, 2008:

Mumbai, India: The Nariman House where a rabbi, his wife, and four others were found dead after being held hostage.

Bangkok, Thailand: Hajj pilgrims from Southern Thailand, stranded at Bangkok's airport due to massive anti-government protests.

Miami, Florida: "She shopped until she dropped." Black Friday sale at Dadeland Mall.

Secret Passageways and Colored Paper Nuts

Just stumbled across this delightful but puzzling site. It is the official site of Jonathan Safran Foer, the husband of the author of The History of Love as mentioned in the last post. Not sure what it's for, but the idea that there is a hidden legend and passageway in those stinky NY subways is appealing. There are some nice and poetic films on the Moving Image Line.

Some cool and interesting work by Jen Stark. Apparently her site has been updated. Some crazy sculptures all made with seemingly hundreds, maybe thousands of colored sheets.

Notable Books

So, I came across this article in the NY Times called 100 Notable Books of 2008. In scanning it over some titles and authors rang a bell, but I haven't read a single one on the list. As I was added to my list of books to read, I started to thinking about Liz's Notable Books of 2008. To be honest though, I feel like I never have time to read anymore and I blame it on the fact that I don't take public transportation anymore. I used to read a bunch on those New York subways. Something like 10 books in one summer! Anyways, here are a few that I have read this past year that I feel are worth reading.

The History of Love by Nicole Krauss: I love books by Nicole Krauss and her husband, Jonathan Safran Foer. They can be thought of as NY's hottest young authors duo. Beautiful and skillful rendering of three distinct stories colliding into one. Thanks to Nobu for lending me this.

Mind Your X's and Y's by Lisa Johnson: A really fascinating book on the psyche of generations X and Y, particularly from a marketing standpoint. Drawing examples from everything from Facebook to the Toyota Scion marketing strategy to Relevant, a Christian magazine, Johnson unpacks the needs and wants of this new generation of consumers. Props to Moody Radio here in Chicago for interviewing this woman.

Sex and the Soul of a Woman by Paula Rinehart: A candid look at the repercussions of casual sex in the individual lives of women and society as a whole. Written from a Christian perspective, Rinehart offers current, practical, and Biblical insight on how to navigate in the world we live in today. Kudos to my lady Jin on picking this one out.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: One woman's search for herself and God over the course of a year spent in Italy, India, and Indonesia. It is poignant, real, and earnest. Though she is not Christian, her determination challenges me as a Christian to look at myself and ask, "Am I seeking God as earnestly as she is and if I was, how would it change my life?" Much love to Jane for your insights on this one.

Lots more I want to get into: Obama books, vampire books (yes, I saw Twilight), books on business and marketing (I surprise myself sometimes), and Classic literature. Got any recommendations? Send them my way!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Understated Elegance

Liz freakin' loves the whole Loeffler Randall look: simple, elegant, and lady-like. But she especially loves the quiet but sexy statement their shoes make.

Food Lovin'

Happy Thanksgiving! In light of the holiday that celebrates giving thanks and eating, here are some images from Chicago's Alinea. Owned by Chef Grant Achatz, it is one of the best restaurants in the world, famous for it's moleculargastronomic angle on food.

Chef Achatz is described as "an alchemist in his lab, reinterpreting caramel corn as a liquid served in a shot glass, manipulating shrimp cocktail with a wine press to present it via plastic atomizer, encasing a peeled grape in peanut brittle and brioche in a strange (but delicious) take on the PB&J. His meals often consist of 25 courses, take hours to complete, and employ custom-built service pieces--an evening of sensory overload that dazzles Alinea's 75 diners each night. But despite all the pyrotechnics, flavor remains the ultimate goal." (Josh Schollmeyer, The Real Iron Chef, Maxim) Whew! Pretty crazy stuff.

Liz has yet to visit this Chicago landmark, but hopes to do so while she is still a resident here. With the tasting menu at $145 per person, she's not sure how soon that will be though.

Alinea: Interior

Alinea: Sweet potato

Alinea: Crab

Alinea: Guava

Hungry for more? Check out the Alinea website or plan a visit:
1723 North Halstead | Chicago, IL 60614 | 312 867 0110

Gobble gobble.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Coke Side of Christmas

Here is a fun site by S&V for Coca Cola. Type in an address and decorate friends' houses! This is Liz's decoration of the house she lived in while she was studying abroad in Rome. Address: Piazza Cenci 56, Roma, Italia 00186.


There have been many firsts in Liz's life: first bike ride, first best friend, first violin lesson, first time coming home at midnight to angry parents waiting up for her, first solo plane ride, first time living away from home, first job. Now that Liz has written "first" so many times, it doesn't look like a real word anymore.

And now, a new first for Liz: this blog. Liz has contributed to and read other blogs, but has never kept her own. Liz is very excited! Liz figured she should start one since she is always posting links and collecting miscellanea that she likes or finds interesting.

So for post numero uno, here are some super sexy and beautiful shots of lounging ladies by photographer Rasmus Mogensen. Check out the rest of the portfolio here.