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The Inspiration Behind "Just The Way You Are"…

25 Oct

Pretty much every morning I “Jump Start” my day with VH1… so its no surprise when their top favorites become my favorites.  One of my current ones being “Just the way you are” by Bruno Mars. First of all its such a simple, beautiful song, how could any girl not love it.  We all at one point or another wished that some guy would come along and write us a song about how beautiful we are (we’ll at least I do) and then sing it to us while creating a portrait of us out of the tape from an old cassette… ? Huh?  a cassette tape.  How did that fall into the fantasy?  Well, if you have seen the video then you would know exactly what I am talking about.  Song aside, the images created from the cassette table are my FAVORITE part of the video.  I was in awe watching them come to life each time it came on.  So much in awe that I HAD to find out more.  So I did.


The video was inspired by an extremely talented young artist, Erika Iris Simmons from St. Louis. She creates these amazing pieces of art from recycle cassette tape and 8mm film. A true visionary!  Her website describes her art a blend between conceptual art, craft making and pop culture.  Straight from her ‘about me’ on her site… “there is always a hidden world to be found seemingly mundane”.  I couldn’t of said it better myself.  It seems that me and Ericka have a thing in common. Below are some of my favorites from her flickr stream

Ghost in the Machine – Fred and Ginger
8mm Recycled Film with Kodak reel
Erika Iris Simmons

Ghost in the Machine – Fred and Adele
8mm Recycled film on white canvas
Erika Iris Simmons

Ghost in the Machine- Michael Jackson
Tribute to Michael Jackson, cassette tape on canvas, 2009
Erika Iris SImmons

Ghost in the Machine: Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe coming out of old 8mm film reel, recycled film on canvas, 2009. Happy Birthday Mr. President.

Erika Iris Simmons
Check out the video below in case you haven’t seen it, of if your like me and love watching it over and over again.   This time hopefully you will pay a little more attention to the inspiration behind it and be thankful that you now know where is came from…Enjoy!
Bruno MarsNew Music – More Music Videos

Love for Haiti

17 Jan

Love Cloud Print
by: claudiagpearson
12″ x 9″

Purchase HERE

*25% of sales will be donated to Yele Haiti, an organization raising relief money for the earthquake tragedy in Haiti.

Inspiration For Years to Come

29 Jun

Be it fashion, art, design or music everything these days seems to be inspired from something in the past. I am sure you are all familiar with YSL’s famous 1960’s Mondrian inspired dress. Well now in 2009 Caitlin Williams Freeman, a pastry chef for the Blue Bottle Coffee Bar located on the roof top of SF MOMA, has created an amazing cake also inspired by Piet Mondrian’s 1930’s painting “Composition with red, yellow + blue”. Her job is to create deserts inspired by artist currently featured in the museum, which as you can see below, shes pretty good at it. IN my opinion the best part of her job is the that she gets to slips away into the museum with just a sketchbook in order to gather inspiration. Check out her sketch’s below as well as the lovely outcome. What a perfect and Im sure tasty homage to Piet Mondrian.

The next time I’m in San Francisco I will have to stop by and see what lovely creations Freeman is currently offering at the Blue Bottle Coffee Bar.

YSL “Mondrian” Dress 1965

Caitlen Freeman, Inspiration
I so wish my sketchbook looked like this… note to self: sketch more often!

Mondrian Inspired Cake by: Caltin Freeman
For Blue Bottle Coffee Bar

photo credit: Met Museum & SFGate

Inspiration: Daily Fashion Illustration

15 Jun

I came across a very lovely illustration as a part of Rachel’s Weeks Best feature over at Design Lovely (who she found via. Where the Lovely Things Are) and was completely smitten. The artist, Nancy Zhang is a wonderful illustrator who shares her daily wardrobe over on via charming photos and illustrations. Be sure to also check out her blog for more inspiring illustrations. I am now a huge fan!!!

Below are a few of my favorites:

Photo’s/Illustration credit: Nancy Zhang

A Stylish Little World

7 Jun

A few weeks ago a close friend of mine came to me and said she wanted to start a children’s clothing line and wanted me to be a part of it. She wants to start with an online store carrying various other vendors and let it grow from there. Since then I have found myself researching different children’s clothing sites, but I haven’t really come across anything that caught my eye… until now.

Welcome to the world of Bonpoint!

I absolutely love how they merchandise their boutiques, creating a very whimsical, fun atmosphere. The details are amazing, especially the use of wire hangers and wire mannequins.

Check out the Vespa below!


Not to mention their photography is amazing!!! Below is a few shots from their collection.

I absolutely love how they display their clothing on their website. Very Anthropologie!

Bonpoint was the very first Parisian children’s Clothing House, created in 1975. The offer everything from Infants to young boys and girls. Very smart, sophisticated, chic fashions for the little ones in your life. Check out Bonpoint for yourself, I promise you don]t have to be shopping for a child to enjoy the site, the photography and overall design are appealing to all ages.


Fashionable Art

11 May
Stella McCartney for Net-a-porter: Poem

Stella McCartney for Net-a-porter: Magnolia Tree

Stella McCartney for Net-a-porter: Kites

Stella McCartney for Net-a-porter: Island

I absolutely fell in love with this videos and wanted to share them all with you. More designers should take this approach to grow their fan base. I think it makes them more original, more artistic and a little less mainstream. *swoon*

Click here to check out the Stella McCartney Spring 2009 Fashion Show.


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Once upon a time, In a far away land…

28 Nov

Welcome to my own “Fairytale Wishes & Dreams”. I created this blog to share with the world the magically, whimsical world that I live in… or at least “think” I live in. I will share with you my love of fashion, art, design, music, culture and all things lovely. This world is a crazy place, but I am a firm believer in the saying that life is what you make it and that everything really does happen for a reason.

I am a very creative person who thinks that life is just not worth living with out wishes and dreams. Anything is possible and don’t every let anyone tell you otherwise. There is nothing wrong with creating a little fantasy in your life… after all, you never know, your Fairytale Prince just MIGHT show up one day and sweep you off your feet… but regardless as long as you’re creating the fantasy you’ll never be too far from a “Happily Ever After”