Tuesday, May 26, 2009

The Outdoor Series...

How do you make any party better? By doing it outside in nice weather. Obvs you don't want to have a party in the rain outside.

But anyway, we had a very special 30th Birthday party for our friend Dana. We combined her favorite things (the color red, wine, cheese, pampering, and daytime fun) and threw her a special booze-y brunch.

The key to this party was definitely the backyard, courtesy of Audrey, but if you can't have a backyard, you can always simulate the outdoors by taping a sun and clouds on the ceiling, putting plants around the dining room table, putting a blanket down and serving out of a picnic basket.

Or you can go to your local park or look into reserving space at a bar or restaurant. The only tips I have if you are doing it at a park is to bring weights in case there is wind (nearby rocks will due), and tupperware to cover the food.

It's true that I love New York immensely, but I would not be able to survive it without some outdoor excursions with trees and grass. Coming up later this week--an Amagansett-mazing good time.


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Snapshot Wednesday

So not only is my life a party, so is my job!

McCann Erickson, one of the biggest and best ad agencies in the world, always has fun concerts and events going on. Because people want us to hire them for stuff.

At any rate, Universal Music Group or someone like that, brought their recording artist Kate Voegele to play for us in our "blackbox" conference room last Thursday.

If you don't know her, she's on One Tree Hill. Not my type of music (angsty sugary girl pop), but I love my OTH. So here's me (looking like a hung over mess) and her (looking like a pretty 19 year old).

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Billy Motion Birthday Mania!!

Well this post won't be too long because the link should speak for itself.

This past Friday was my best friend's 30th Birthday. But we couldn't throw her some sort of ginormous crazy surprise party, but she had a wedding this weekend.

So I came up with an alternative--an awesome, amazing, ridiculously funny present that was a surprise!!

So I gathered my talented friends and we made a Billy Motion Behind the Music video. Special shout outs to Greg, the writer, Pete, the director and Mike, the editor.

Check it out here.

Agmac is back with more posts later this week!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Fine Art Friday

First and foremost, Happy 30th Birthday to my BFF Lo.

Secondy, today's post is dedicated to an artist with a great name and a great body of work, My Dead Pony.

It's like illustration/water-color/collage/graffiti... In other words, awesome.

I suppose it's in line with some of my past fine art fridays, subject matter: women, check. Something subversive or shocking, check. Gorgeous technique and color, check.

If I had to characterize his work, it's fashion illustration. But it has more thought and edge behind it. Definitely check it out and maybe buy something!

About My Dead Pony:
Hello, my name is Raphaƫl and I am a self-taught illustrator. I live in Brussels, Belgium.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Summer in the City

One of my favorite things about NYC in the Summer is street fairs!! (The other favorite thing is FREE outings, but I'll get to that in another post).

This weekend was one of the first ones of the season--a street fair in the West Village on Greenwich Ave, and the nearby Perry Street Flea Market, in which peops take over Perry Street (where they filmed SJP's home scenes in SATC) and sell their "junk"--otherwise known as "treasure."

I was lucky enough to know one of the proprietors at Perry St and I got a great deal on some awesome jewelry.

At any rate, there's a street fair almost every weekend in NYC during the summer. Check them out!!

Because really, there ain't nothing better than cheap goods and STREET FOOD.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Fine Art Friday

I really like Aleks Sennwald's work...I think he's a guy, but I'm not sure.

It's caricuture-y, yet flowery and "perty." Just the way I like it.

There's an element of psychadelic 60s concert posters to his work, combined with a tiny bit of darkness/weirdness. He takes everyday people and turns their portraits into something surreal--as if creating an entirely new persona for the person. Specifically, I like the portrait of Chloe Sevigny as creepy, manipulative Nicki on Big Love, and the portrait of Cat Power.

Check out his website here. He's repp'ed by The Loud Cloud, which also has a lot of other kick ass illustrators.

Happy Fine Art Friday, fellow Friday Art Lovers...

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Snapshot Wednesday

This is one of my favorite photos from my Spain trip. I think it's razor clams, but I'm not entirely sure. Either way, it's slimy and cool. Taken at La Boqueria...

Friday, May 1, 2009

Fine Art Friday

Welcome to Fine Art Friday/ Spain Edition.

Today's artist is fashion/apparel designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada.

I discovered a designer with my name whilst in Madrid! She has my name which automatically makes her cool. Apparently she's very well known over there, but was new to me!

She's a quirky lady with outlandishly bright and colorful designs, a theme I noticed and LOVE about Spanish clothes and accessories. I got a notebook and some pens while at her store, because they didn't have my size in the dresses I liked.

She uses a lot of hearts, stars, butterflies, and other "kiddy" designs, giving her adult line an air of playfulness and levity. Some of it is a little too much for me, but I like the quirk of it. I can see Bubble from Ab Fab wearing her designs!

A perfect post for the start of Summer in NY. Enjoy!