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culturedchaos

10-Year-Old Toes

I painted my toes today for the first time since I was about 10 years old. And to be perfectly honest it kinda looks like a 10 year old did it. But that’s okay, because at least they’re painted and with the summer weather slowly creeping up and the humidity upon us, open toe season has officially begun. Normally, I don’t care about painting my toenails and only ever get a pedicure when I can afford it. I currently can’t really afford a good pedicure, so I figured why not just do it myself? Usually…

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6 years ago
jane

Pour Boy

.. please? At Pourboy Espresso I was. Quite a new one, full of potential. Friendly banter among the staff, a casual atmosphere was set. Really simple deco all within the small space, but what really caught my eye was this. Not some freaky Science experiment, it oozed specialty coffee goodness. Wished I had a bigger stomach that day. A Cinnamon Brioche I ordered. The much-anticipated cup. Mecca beans used, I actually liked it. Good coffee, promising menu, friendly feel, I would return…

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6 years ago
Ryan David Ian Houston

Dance Pop & INNA

Meet 24 year-old Romanian, INNA – Europe’s latest dance-pop sensation. While you may not know her name already, you will certainly have heard her chart-topping club anthems “Amazing,” “€˜Hot”€™ and current UK top 20 single “Sun Is Up”€™. The past year has seen INNA notch up an impressive list of stats. With an astonishing 150 million+ views on You Tube and 2.1 million Facebook friends…

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6 years ago
Daniel Falconer

“Hero,” In Print

Thom Creed is not your average teenager. Sure, he has family issues. His mother walked out on his family years ago, and his father, Hal, is famous for all the wrong reasons. However, there is something weighing more heavily on Thom’s shoulders. He is confused about his sexuality. This is something he feels he has to come to terms with, but, whilst doing so, he finds himself in the middle of carnage. Someone is stalking The League, a group of the world’s superheroes, and picking them off, one by one…

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6 years ago
m

(S)watch in a Can

The design collective Viveusbio, based in Lisbon, is launching a special edition for Swatch: two models, inspired by the typical tile patterns of the portuguese sidewalks (maybe you also recognize them from Rio de Janeiro). The wonderful packaging (and concept) is inspired by the traditional portuguese tinned sardine cans. Launching event in Travessa da Ermida…

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6 years ago
Junli Kato

Tea Time

My sisters and I are planning a little tea party for ourselves, mainly for our younger sister since we haven’t had a chance to really hang out with her these past two weeks. So today we went “shopping” for a few things for the event and planned for what food we’ll make. We’re thinking of making cucumber and butter sandwiches like these for our afternoon tea (a traditional tea time sandwich). And of course, because I have to add design to my post and I’m talking about tea, here are some neat tea packagings…

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6 years ago
christel42

Satisfying Your Inner Math Geek

I’ve been on a kick lately with NUMB3RS. Yes, the TV show. I’m not much of a TV fanatic. Actually, I think it kills your brain, but I adore crime dramas. I watch them. I read them. I dream them. I am so happy that there are about a bazillion crime drama shows on the boob-tube these days. I just don’t bother to wait until a specific time every week to watch said programs. And I hate commercials. We watch everything on DVD at our house. It works well with my obsessive-compulsi…

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6 years ago
kraftedbykelly

Blackberry Deliciousness

When Sur La Table is selling a Cuisinart ice cream machine for $37 (including tax, which is now 10.25% in Santa Monica, by the way) one is not allowed to say no. Los Angeles’ hot, humid weather and the fact that we had just finished a gallon of Dreyer’s vanilla ice cream recently assured me that my decision to buy yet another appliance would only bring me true, everlasting happiness. When blackberries are 2 boxes for $4 at Ralphs, one has no excuse to not eat antioxidant and flavanoid-rich fruit. Clearly,…

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6 years ago
Yaffa Fredrick

What We Learn Watching Home Movies (of Ourselves)

For the final movie of my collegiate career, I am required to “insert” myself into the cinematic equation. My professor demands that at least ten percent of the film be autobiographical. And so, taking my cue from an old Nick at Nite sitcom, I responded, “Your wish is my command, Master.” (Sadly my professor is Italian and my I Dream of Jeannie reference was lost on him.) Upon my return to New York, I collected family home videos documenting my life between ages 0-4, and Moses was I a hand full. Development…

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6 years ago
Njuul

Music: An Addiction?

Music is a pretty big part of every culture. In our Western culture, music is a very central part of it. Everywhere we go, there’s music playing. In bars, cafe’s, iPods, classrooms, movie theaters, plays, houses, rooms, concerts. So it’s no wonder that the youth, my generation, are “all about the music.” A lot of people make their own music, both in the shape of classic musicians, but especially as DJ’s and “mixers” of sorts. That’s all great and all, but one thing this phenomenon has created, which I’d…

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6 years ago