Tuesday, June 30, 2009

FIRST LOOK: Anna Sui for Target

The look book of designer Anna Sui's Target line has been leaked...and here are some of the new looks that will be available.

The new line consists of 19 looks inspired by the popular television show Gossip Girl. ...And to make things a bit more fun for us, they'v based the designs on the type of looks worn by the Gossip Girl characters themselves. Blair's dresses have high collars, two affixed with bows. Vanessa's dresses are strangely all orange and brown, Jenny's dresses are a confused mix of bohemian schoolgirl social climber, and Serena's outfits, while cute, could be a bit more daring.

We're not sure we're loving most of the pieces, but we did manage to pull some that we think we'd buy...You can decide for yourself.

The line will be available in stores and online September 13 through October 17.

Will YOU be buying it?

...photos courtesy of Target

Monday, June 29, 2009

Give-a-way...LUCKY YOU!

Lucky YOU!

Mikiep is giving away what he is calling "The MOTHER of All Give-a-ways" to one very lucky winner...and honestly this IS a big one with a very generous prize worth approximately $150-$200!

"The prize is something so cool that you might want sit down...But, first. close the doors and the windows because you may not want anyone else to hear about this."

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As a prize, illustrator Mikiep is giving away a CUSTOM illustration featuring YOU
as your most favourite super hero in a childhood memory that you treasure most!
Wow, right??
Oh, and if you choose, you can also include yer significant other, mabie one of yer kids, the family pet and pretty much anyone else you'd like to have in it, within reason...

Go to his blog HERE to find out all the details and enter...

Contest ends July 11th and you can enter DAILY, so why are you still here reading?...Go now!
But, come back here when yer done entering and let me know that you did ...and I'll see to it that you get an extra 3 entries in the contest.

Good luck!!

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Michael Jackson is Over Capacity

I wasn't going to post a 'tribute' to Michael Jackson since I
still can't believe that he's actually gone, but this illustration is just too cute, so I decided to just reminisce a little bit.

Have you seen this version of Twitter's "Fail Whale" featuring Michael Jackson?

Michael Jackson is Over Capacity

...and I just came across this. Who remembers when Madonna sampled Michael Jackson's song "Billie Jean" during her 'Like a Virgin' Tour back in 1985? {The "Billie Jean" sample is around 2:36 in the video.}

It all brings back so many memories of being a child growing up in the 70s and 80's. I got to experience the Jackson5 as well as Michael Jackson. I personally feel so fortunate to have grown up in the 80's since it was a decade of such individuality, unlike now.

"Billie Jean" {the MJ version} was the first video that I actually
remember from when Mtv first came on air. ...And who could ever forget when he first did the 'moonwalk'? We were all just in awe!

Obviously, I'm affected that an icon from my childhood has passed...as everyone is. I think it's because it's a reality check...reminding us of our own mortality. Michael was a talent who kept us all entertained, whether it was with his talent or his personal drama. It all seems too unreal that his talent is gone. *sniff sniff*
p.s. Mikiep is still convinced that this is part of a what will be the largest publicity stunt ever and that MJ will be with us again in about a week or two.

We doubt it, but we can only hope...


Saturday, June 27, 2009

Feature: The Red Reckoning

Graphic prints and pops of red catch your eye in this stunning collection of treasures entitled "The Red Reckoning" by Etsy artist KATE8085. Included is my print "I Will Know When I Get There".

{ { The Red Reckoning } }click to enlarge...

...and check out the KATE8085 shop for tattoo-inspired original watercolours an prints.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Pretty Things...Madonna for Louis Vuitton

Apparently a new image from the Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2009-10 campaign has been leaked online...and we LOVE it!

Although not yet confirmed as part of the new campaign, this image featuring Madonna wearing a pair of the sweet bunny ears she rocked at last month's MET Gala, is said to be one of several taken by photographer Steven Meisel for the company's newest advertisements.

These images have a different vibe from their previous Spring campaign, with soft,
colourful photographs that have been digitally enhanced with colorizing effects and photoshopped to perfection!

New images will be released for the upcoming August 2009 fashion magazines worldwide...on newsstands next month.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Every Picture Tells a Story

I was out and about shopping on beautiful Montana Avenue in Santa Monica {California} yesterday and came across the most delightful discovery...an art gallery specializing in the art of illustration called Every Picture Tells A Story Gallery. It carries original artwork from some of our most loved childhood stories. I was totally in heaven since they have priceless originals, numbered prints and classic artwork from Disney, Charles Schulz, Dr. Seuss, Tim Burton and more!

'Very Hungry Caterpillar' 40th Anniversary Print signed by Eric Carle {right}

One of my favourite stories when I was a kid {and yours too, I'm sure since it's sold something like 29 MILLION copies} was The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The Every Picture Tells a Story Gallery is the only gallery with the “40th Anniversary Very Hungry Caterpillar” giclee print, in a limited edition to 200 honouring the classic...and each print is personally signed and numbered by Eric Carle himself...Yay! They told me that only 100 prints remain and priced at only $450, I'm sure they won't last. I'm in discussions now with the hubs as to whether we can get one. The image is just too cute for words and I just have to have one to add to my slowly growing art collection. :)

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Below are just some of the other limited edition signed and numbered prints I loved that were available at the gallery. Celebrities and fellow art collectors alike are sure to grab these quickly. In fact, Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz bought this $5,300 extremely limited 'Nightmare Before Christmas' Print by Tim Burton for their gothic nursery when they were getting ready for baby Bronx to arrive...How sweet!

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'Nightmare Before Christmas' Print signed by Tim Burton

'Counting the Days' Harry Potter Print signed by Mary GrandPre

'Bad Case of Stripes' and 'Settle Down!' Prints signed by David Shannon

'Sandman' & 'Mad Hatter's Table' Prints signed by Lisbeth Zwerger

'Vroom-Vroom' & 'Leonardo' Prints signed by Mo Willems

'Terrific' Print & Charlotte's Web Cover Art Lithograph by Garth Williams

Clockwise, R to L:'Three Cats' 'Cat Reads' 'They Call Him Pat' & 'Horton' Original Sketches by Dr. Seuss

Clockwise, R to L: 'Snow White Study3' 'Snow White Study' 'On Ice' & 'Snow White Witch2' Original Production Art from the 30s by Walt Disney

Renowned authors and artists like Eric Carle, Jamie Lee Curtis, James A. Owen, David Shannon, and Cornelia Funke appear at the gallery on a monthly basis to demonstrate their craft or read from their latest best seller, so be sure to check it out. I just know you'll love it there as much as I did!

Every Picture Tells a Story Gallery

Address: 1311-C Montana Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90403

Phone: 310.451.2700

Email: web@everypicture.com

Sweet Treats: Alice in Wonderland

Young Alice is returning to Wonderland soon, under the direction of Tim Burton and we can't wait!


Alice, now 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. She runs off, following the white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn't remember. Wonderland was a peaceful kingdom until the Red Queen overthrew her sister. The creatures of Wonderland, ready to revolt, wait for Alice to help them.

Of course she'll
encounter the White Rabbit, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat, the Red Queen, and the other absurd and amazing characters from Lewis Carroll's books...and just like any other Tim Burton film, you'll find Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter.

Helena Bonham-Carter as the Red Queen

Here are some shots just released as promos for the film tentatively scheduled to be in theatres in March 2010.

Matt Lucas as Tweedledee & Tweedledum

Anne Hathaway as the White Queen

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter

Mia Wasikowska as Alice

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What We're Loving this Week...

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from top, left to right...
1 } Curiouser Print by Junker Jane 2 } Little Rose Earrings by Les Things 3 } English Rose Ruffle Dress by Lirola 4 }Seldom Do I Listen Print by Christina Romeo 5 } Nats Memo Notebook by ruNats2 6}'Watering' Slider Pendant by Mujoyas 7 }The Cotton Bunny Print by The Poppy Tree 8 } Lotus Blossom by Fanciful Form 9 } Cat Girl Print by Mikiep 10 } Bat Boy Print by Mikiep 11 } Wonderland Magnet Set by Dirty Pretty Things 12 } There's No Place Like Home Greeting Card by Dirty Pretty Things

* If you'd like to recommend an item for "What We're Loving This Week", please let us know by contacting us HERE.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Pretty Things Fashion Inspiration...

Fashion and trend inspiration from the European and American streets...

What are you wearing today?

Sasha, 24...Toronto

Ninja, 24...Mexico

Andrew, 16...USA

Kate, 18...Sydney

Gregory, 15...England

Ericke, 19...Anywhere

Clement Louis, 19...France

Ophelie, 17...Paris