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Archive for March, 2014

Tea for two.

Friday, March 28th, 2014


One of the most innovative early vehicles, the Vespa, and design that’s as relevant today as it was.

Shot on an iPhone by Clare Whitaker.

Are you a narcissist?

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Cancer Research UK has raised over ‘8 million ‘ more than $13 million ‘ in the past week. The campaign strategy: Take a picture of yourself make-up free, post it on social media with a call to action for donations, and raise awareness for cancer. Women across the UK have been populating their social media platforms with images their faces sans make-up and have encouraged their friends to do the same. This initiative was organized independently from Cancer Research UK and is an example of new and effective fundraising tactics. The no-making up selfie spread throughout the UK and into the United States, had significant celebrity support, and raised an unprecedented amount of funds.

With the advent of Instagram and Snapchat, selfies have become an of-the moment and expression; with the the term was just added to the Oxford English Dictionary last year. The growing trend has not come without its fair share of concerns. International Business Times reported that scientific research has found that selfies are linked to mental conditions that focus on a person’s obsession with looks such as narcissism, addiction, and other forms of mental illness. However, there are a growing number of selfie supporters arguing that this is good for girls. Feminists see the self-promotion as a beneficial way to encourage pride and self-confidence amongst young girls. But while there are advocates and foes around the phenomenon, do selfies really help fight cancer?

Although the selfie campaign has generated vast attention and financial support, was it for the right reasons? Many have problems with the campaign message, fearing the initiative had more motivation in vanity than charity. Are you really connecting more with cancer patients or survivors when you show the world what you look like without make-up? While it’s perhaps unfair to harshly judge the motives of so many women, one can’t help but wonder why it was necessary for this to be the campaign motivator. It’s not uncommon for women to go make-up free on a daily basis, and it seems a little patronizing to assume that women who do wear makeup have any less perspective or awareness of world events.

Putting aside the selfie quotient, how effective is this for a long-term and sustainable promotion? Most of the selfies did share a #beatcancer message, but there wasn’t a link of details to instruct viewers to make a donation. In fact, almost ‘20,000 was donated to the wrong charities, primarily UNICEF and the World Wildlife Federation. Although’ fund adjustments have been made, the lack of both charity and clarity amongst the bare-faced promoters is a little worrisome.

Ultimately, Cancer Research UK raised enough money to fund 10 clinical trials. Although the selfie tactic might not have been the most intellectually evolved method, did the ends justify the means? This will probably be up for debate as long as phones have front-facing cameras. In the meantime, the conversation around charitable giving and mobilizing advocates on social media is always worth having.

Caramel richness.

Friday, March 21st, 2014


Whether you love it or despise it, Maker’s mark possesses a sumptuous, beautiful color that’s theirs alone.
Shot by Ashley Youkilis on an iPhone with an Instagram filter.

The Best of Fashion

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Fashion month is a globe-trotting whirlwind. The world’s best dressed, the connoisseurs of the craft, and the reigning artisan kings and queens are at the top of their game; and this past month was no different. Fashion month is an extravagant creative wanderlust, with breaks only for industry icons to fly from one destination to the next. London, Milan, Paris, and New York are the host cities of the fashion world’s biennial reunion. While the attendees and itinerary often remain the same, each destination offers its own variation. New York is commercial, London is the place for up-and-coming designers, and Milan is where trends are already established. And Paris, well Paris is the ultimate party.

New York focused on creating the trends and designers aim for every woman to wear their clothes. Conversely, London tends to be remembered for creating fantasies; instead seeing how their dream world can make its way to reality. Milan embraces an older and more classic look. Hosting traditional European big house ‘ primarily Italian labels, Milan Fashion Week provides a taste of the quintessential elegance, sophistication, and culture with storied lines like Fendi, Etro, Armani, Versace, Pucci, and Ferragamo.

While the trio leading up to Paris is divine, ‘the City of Light‘ is the reigning champion. Paris Fashion Week is the mecca of fashion weeks with top designers, elaborate shows, amazing fashion; everyone who is anyone is in attendance. Paris evokes luxury, perfection, and expertise. The masterful display goes beyond the runway collections and extends to stunning invitations, spell-binding runway show entertainment, and world-class venues. The epicenter for high fashion and high drama; when you show in Paris,’ you’ve become a legend.

Legend himself, the ultimate show man, Karl Lagerfeld, once again stole the show in Paris. Chanel elaborately transformed its runway into a supermarket. Custom produce, chocolates, beverage, and shopping carts were among the featured products available to fashion show attendees. Although Chanel’s display might have held most of the Fashion Week press spots, Paris was not short of other spectacular displays.

The spectacle and grandeur of Paris Fashion Week has made it the number one destination during the fashion week circuit. Over the past few years many of the shows have lost their luster due to the influx of social media. Blogs, Twitter, and Instagram have taken away the runway experience, in effort of trying to preserve it. Paris’ 2014 Fall/Winter show reinvigorated the austerity and amazement of fashion. By standing apart and exemplifying it’s greatness, supports and benefits the entire fashion world. The Parisian standard encourages the boundless creativity and masterpiece style, the magic combination that keeps Paris on-top and fashion an iconic industry. The world needs a little more Paris’…

French. Countryside.

Friday, March 14th, 2014


Crusty bread. ‘Rustic meats and cheeses. ‘A great Bordeaux. ‘Hungry for lunch ?

Shot on an iPhone by Clare Whitaker.