Saturday, November 9, 2013

Object Typography

Holy shit I've never been so busy! I am halfway through my first semester/quarter of FIU and Miami Ad School. At any given moment, I am in the middle of 3-4 (mainly group) projects. But I am LOVING it. Besides the sleep deprivation, it's super fun and creative and great. The classes I am taking right now are Creative Strategy and Research Methods (at FIU) and Thinking Strategically and Type Journey (at Miami Ad School). I'll be sharing a lot of the work I do at school here!

This is a project I did in my Type Journey class. We were supposed to create 6 frames featuring words out of objects. I decided to take items that were collected in the '90s and use them to form '90s slang words. 







 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Ad-ventures in Advertising



Here we have a commercial for Lay's Potato Chips. It appears to be directed at women aged 20-40 (aka me). What were they thinking?! It's more of a horror commercial than a light-hearted commercial for chips. The close-up of the chip crumbs all over her ruined nails sends a shiver down my spine! I think a lot of women will back me up on this judging from the huge market for unchippable gel polish, anti-chip and long-lasting nail top coats, fast dry sprays, etc etc etc. So the obvious message here is Lay's chips are so good, the woman in the ad would gladly ruin her fresh mani to eat them RIGHT NOW. Just no. Not even in a "haha funny" way. And why is the first girl eating the chips suspiciously looking around and creepily eating the chips? This ad is way off the mark for me.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Beauty is Embarassing


Beauty is Embarrassing was ALLLL kinds of amazing. If you have Netflix, you should probably stop reading right now and go watch it. Wayne White's career is so vast and enviable. He's made puppets, paintings, sets, sculptures. I wasn't familiar (or so I thought) with Wayne White's work before watching, until I found out that Wayne was one of the founding creative guys of PEE WEE'S PLAYHOUSE, of which I own every season on DVD. The movie poster shows a puppet head of Lyndon B. Johnson he made for fun with his son. Wayne, please teach me your ways

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Interweb Link Love


 My exact plans for this weekend.

Really refreshing article about what a father wants for his daughter.

Cartoons voiced by celebrities.

Super interesting insight into chemo as a cancer drug.

This is a swamp booger. Please also look at this.

Colbert's best segment ever.

Glad to see I wasn't the only one annoyed by this.

A weight loss consultant's apology. (Best thing I've read in a while.)

Some weird ass Coca-Cola advertising.

Awesome body image and feminism blog.

Hilda is my new favorite pin-up girl!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

What I want to eat versus what I eat


Sometimes I wish I was one of those people who eats to live. Who sees food as fuel for the body. But no. I live to eat. I love the taste of food. Good food is one of life's pleasures that I embrace with gusto. And let's be honest, the tastiest food is usually the worst food for you. Pizza, fries, Taco Bell. Not the best. (Is Taco Bell legally allowed to be called "food" anymore? It's mainly chemicals). I know what you may be thinking, all of those things can be good for you! In moderation. Let me stop you right there. I will never be able to eat just one slice of pizza, as is recommended. IT'S NOT ENOUGH PIZZA.

I have done the healthy eating route, the "lifestyle" change. I lost weight and felt great! But that lifestyle is hard as hell to maintain. Eating is such a social experience. For date night, we go out to a restaurant. Meeting up with friends, we grab a bite to eat. Going to the movies, we have to bring our apple slices, or worse, raw carrots so we're not tempted by the large tub of popcorn that our boyfriend has to get EVERY. TIME. I felt like I was missing out on life with the constantly healthy lifestyle. So I slowly reverted to eating whatever I wanted, and gained the weight back. It sucks, but I prefer fully partaking in life. And for me, eating is a big part of life!

My problem is finding the balancing between enjoyment and overindulgence. Full disclosure, last weekend I ate a fried item every day (fried pickles, onion rings, fries) and for dinner one night I had a soft pretzel (with mustard SO GOOD) and cookies n' cream Dippin Dots. Seriously. That is not a meal, people! And, surprise surprise, I felt awful afterwards. Eat crap and feel like crap. The two seconds that we're eating it, it's awesome. But after that, it's over. And we're left with how our bodies feel. When I eat clean, I feel light and energized. Eating processed, greasy food I feel heavy and bloated.

So now, I'm trying to find balance. I want to enjoy everything that life has to offer because it's short and I'd rather be a little chubby than sit in the corner crying and eating celery (aka the worst food ever). My goals are to make more healthy choices when I can, so I can enjoy the unhealthy choices, too.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Books on books on books


I love reading. I also love buying books. I used to love libraries, but that has changed since moving to Miami. The libraries here never have new release, or even semi new release books available. How long ago did Eat, Pray, Love come out? And there is still a wait list for it. I'm not about to wait a month to read a book!

But you know what's better than a free, borrowed book? A 50 cent book you can keep! The four books above were all collectively about $2, purchased at thrift stores. I highly recommend scouring your local thrift stores for books if you have the time. And you really have to have the time, because there is usually no order to a thrift store book rack.

I saw the film adaptation of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly years ago. It was incredible. I have since wanted to read the book but somehow never got my hands on it, until I saw it today at the Bargain Barn. Super excited to read it! I also stumbled upon The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, which seemed like a steal at 50 cents, so I snatched it up.

I found the two short story collections at the Wynwood Salvation Army. I got hooked on short stories in college, where I had to read them by the dozen. They are great for discovering authors you've never read before.

So now I have about 15+ books on my bookshelf waiting to be read. There are worse things.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Happy World Cat Day!

As you may or may not know, I am a cat mama. I have two cat sons, Alfie (4) and Percival (3). They shadow me all day when I'm home. In honor of World Cat Day, here are some pics of my sons!

One of Alfie's favorite spots is next to on top of my keyboard. I will slide him off of it at least 20 times a day, and he slowly creeps right back on top of it. He loves to enable "caret browsing" (no one uses this) by pressing the F7 key. Or to exit Firefox by pressing F5. We have fun.
 
Alfie needed to be near me while I was cooking, so he posted up on top of this old pizza box.


Percival's choice seat on my desk while I organized.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Interweb Link Love


The above picture was taken on a beach in Maui. Reminiscing about our awesome family trip there after I graduated from college in 2011. And now, please enjoy this collection of internet gems.

This guy knows how to move.

Hermit crabs with sweet digs.

BIG DOGS.

Going to Hawaii? This looks like SO much fun.

Jennifer Lawrence is awesome.

Good article on the (occasional) need for buffer phrases, like the dreaded "Just e-mailing to touch base."

Oatmeal fan? This one looks heavenly. And this one.

How Taco Bell Cinnamon Twists are made. MIND BLOWN.

Realllly need to see Before Midnight already. Have you seen it?