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Classy pizza joint

It sounds like an oxy-moron, because most pizza joints are in fact not meant to be classy. This particular pizzeria is located in Rome, designed by Noses Architects, is a space that balances minimalist aesthetic with old-world charm. Almost resembling a modern living space, or interesting details like the glass encased olive tree, this pizza joint is definitely one of a kind.  

Coachella

My first full weekend at Coachella, it took me about a week to recover but definitely worth it. My favorite act was Two Door Cinema Club, and others that topped the list: Divine Fits, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lumineers, RHCP, Vampire Wkd, Postal Service, Metric, Hot Chip, Of Monsters and Men, Violent Femmes and Passion Pit.

Instagram camera

Don't get too excited yet, it doesn't come out til 2014. I'm a user of Instagram- I go in spurts of posting but when I do feel inspired, I click away and use the cool retro filters to make them look badass. I'll have to admit I love the convenience of just having a camera on my iphone which I can upload to their app right away, along with other socia media sites. The canon digital camera that I bought years ago has been collecting dust in my desk for a while now. Why bring another device with you when you have everything on your phone? I have to admit though, the design of the camera looks just like the app icon, which looks pretty sweet. So why spend $350 on this when you can easily snap photos on your phone? The one thing your phone can't do is instantly print out these filtered photos, like old school polaroids used to do (in fact Polaroid is producing this). And if you're like me, I never print my photos anymore. They are just stored on my phone. No more costco pickups, ink cartridge orders, etc. Every lazy hipster will be ecstatic for this.

Where Chefs Eat

Being a foodie and a designer, I was pleasantly surprised to find this new book published, "Where Chefs Eat". Now I know the new trend is reading books on nooks, ipads, and tablets, but sometimes nothing replaces the authenticity of a real, live book you can hold. For designer Kobi Benezri, the book’s hyperbolic scope was an invitation to experiment with graphic identity. The former I.D. art director found an unlikely precedent in British phone books from the 1950s and '60s, where space was sold at a premium and font variation stood in for images. “Every square inch of the books were covered with paid advertising,” Benezri explains. There are at least 10 individual typefaces and text boxes on the front cover alone, plus printing on the spine and the page edges. The cover is exhaustively typographic and just awesome.

Terra Cibus

Stumbled upon some photographs in a new exhibit by Caren Alpert. Can you guess what they are?


These images were taken by a scanning electron microscope (SEM) which can magnifies up to over 30,000 times. These items are actually edible and things we put into our bodies every day. The images are: 1. pop tart 2. pineapple leaf 3. cake sprinkles. The more natural the food is, the more complex the texture is. Notice how smooth the cake sprinkles look at a microscopic level, compared to the leaf. His gallery compares natural foods to processed foods, and the vibrant colorful photos almost look abstract in their texture and form. It's pretty amazing how they look, and makes you second think about what we put into our bodies on a daily basis. His exhibit can be seen at: http://carenalpertfineart.com

Skintone guide – what shade are you?

Pantone has come out with a skintone guide, over 100 colors of real human flesh. Your skin color tones (red, olive, yellow, etc) will determine where you fall in the skin spectrum. Great use for beauty/makeup and medical industries. For me, it will depend on what season of the year to determine my color. Since I love summers at the beach I'm always on the darker side. "Are you sure you're not philipino?" And winter I turn back to the pasty color, and use my bronzer to darken me up!

Air France Lounge

Air France designed a new lounge at the Paris Charles de Gaulle airport.Designed by the French rising star Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance in conjunction with Brandimage, the sprawling 32,000-square-foot interior is delineated by pathways that cut across the expanse to create distinctive spaces. At least when your flight gets delayed you're in a delightful modern space.

3 Day Cleanse

Well it has been five days since I finished my 3 day cleanse from BluePrintCleanse. Based out of New York, they also have pickup locations in LA that I can conveniently get after work (of course dealing with typical LA traffic... bleh). Let me tell you, the first day was a little rough to give up solid food, whenever I felt the hunger pangs I just filled myself with more liquids. Either the juices or water in between. You are suppose to drink the juices every two hours so your belly is bascially full of liquids ALL the time. And yes, that means frequent trips to the restroom to clear your bladder. So as a beginner I chose the Renovation cleanse juices which contain two green juices, a beet ginger juice, P.A.M. (pineapple, apple, mint), spicy lemonade, and an almond milk. The green juice is suppose to be ubber healthy for you, but I have to say I was not a big fan of the taste. Although I don't mind eating celery, the taste of it in the juice was a little overwhelming for me. That and the red juice were not my faves. Again the red juice contained ginger, which I only eat so much of and tasted strong. Now onto the tasty juices. The PAM was delicious: the mix of sweet and refreshing was so great to drink after the green juice. It reminded me of a mojito, which is something I order a lot, with the refreshing mint taste. The spicy lemonade had a kick since it contained cayenne pepper, which helped my hunger cravings, and was also tasty to drink too. The last final drink of the evening (#6) was the cashew milk, which by far was the most yummy of them all. Containing about 19 grams of fat and about 300 calories, it was the most filling juice and is pretty much your dinner. Besides cashew milk, it had cinnamon and vanilla bean and mmmmm it was really yummy. My mouth waters when I think about it! I would definitely buy that if it were available at the market. During the cleanse I did light exercise, but didn't want to burn too many calories. And since I had to pee so much I couldn't last too long anyway! Throughout the days I actually had a lot of energy (probably from the sugars of the juices), felt light and really great. I was kind of sad that it had ended, next time I do this I can probably go for longer like five days. Now I am definitely more aware of what foods I put into my body. I no longer have hunger cravings like I did before, and my appetite has been suppressed so I'm only eating when I really am hungry. I did lose a couple pounds but I'm sure I'll gain it back when I'm eating regularly again. I did this main because I felt I was so indulgent in food and was putting all this crap into my body. It would make me feel full and sluggish, and hated the way it was so hard for me to say no when a cake or cookie was put in front of me. I want to say I do have healthier eating habits now, but we'll see how long that lasts!

Pantone Hotel

PMS is a term designers are familiar with (not to be confused with pre-menstrual syndrome), which stands for Pantone Matching System. PMS is used for printing and other color identifying uses for paints, fabrics, etc. Look what I stumbled upon today, a Pantone Hotel exists in Brussels, Belgium! Color can definitely affect your mood, just imagine staying in a room painted in black versus a yellow painted room. As seen in the photos, there's a lot of white to offset the brightness of the color used and thus it pops out and is not too overwhelming.