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Video: You Are What You Ride

cyclemon you are what you ride

I came across a series of bicycle images and video called Cyclemon on Fubiz and had to share. Basically, designers Thomas Romain and Bourdieux Pomarelle defined the type of person that rides different bikes. I love this series because one of my favorite things to do. Apparently, I’m a freestyler because my bicycle of choice is a BMX bike. And no, it’s not because I do tricks, I just like low-riding. What bicycle personality are you??

Cyclemon from Thomas Pom on Vimeo.

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Hello Kitty Makes Her Comic Con Debut

hello kitty comic con 2013Hello Kitty will be making her Comic Con debut, in San Diego on July 18th -21st ,with the Hello Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland, an interactive experience bringing Japan’s vibrant pop culture to life.  The exhibit will introduce a graphic novel of the same name – Hello Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland –  and will feature giveaways, appearances by Hello Kitty herself, as well as limited edition Japanimation-themed products.  And the best part?  There will be a nail artist from Tokyo doing nails on Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th giving fans a free Sanrio nail art application with any $25 purchase from the pop-up shop.

Be sure to visit Kitty-chan at Comic Con in San Diego.  Say “Hi!” to her for me!

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Love Hurts Break Up Survival Kit

Love Hurts Break Up Survival Kit

They say that before summer lots of couples break-up so they can experience the summer in it’s full flirtatious glory. I don’t have any statistical evidence to back this up but if this rumor is remotely true, then the Love Hurts survival kit couldn’t have come at a better time. Containing everything one would need to mend a broken heart, the Love Hurts survival kit includes vodka, tissues, a candle with matches, bubble bath, a mixtape, “painkillers” (heart candy with funny sayings on them) and most importantly, dark chocolate.

Love Hurts Break Up Survival Kit

I’m hoping you won’t need this – Melanie Chernock created this kit as an assignment and the kit is not currently in production.  I’m hoping someone will produce this clever kit – the packaging alone makes me happy!

Love Hurts Break Up Survival Kit

Love Hurts Break Up Survival Kit

Love Hurts Break Up Survival Kit

LOVE HURTS from Melanie Chernock on Vimeo.

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Nails Did: Introducing MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

Metallic Kisses Camo MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

“Metallic Kisses Camo” MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

Nail art is all the rage now but the true MISS CREW knows that MISS has been down with nail art long before it was mainstream. Since 2004, I’ve been a proponent of nail art whether it was through ad campaigns for my clothing line Mama, custom color nail polish to match your kicks or a nail art calendar. Now, nine years later I’m excited to announce that MISS has teamed up with MINX to produce 7 sets of nail wraps. It was truly an honor to work with MINX because they are the first company to introduce nail wraps to the market. Not only were they the first, but they have the leading technology for nail wraps which results in nail wraps that are of the highest quality.

It’s been a while since I’ve designed so once I got started on this project, I couldn’t stop. The result is seven prints that have imagery that I’ve always wanted on my nails but that are very difficult to achieve by hand. For those of you familiar with my designs, you’ll see imagery and themes that I’ve worked with before. The “Kisses Camo” and “Color Block” are t-shirt graphics that I made for Mama. “Mi Vida Loca” is the theme that inspired my first and last Mama collections, I am after all an Italian Chola at heart. “Coco” was inspired by my love of the double C’s and “Like, Totally” was inspired by the patterns on my stationary collection from the 80s. Lastly, my favorite of the bunch is the “80s Airbrush Paradise”. Back in 2008 when we did the first MISS Calendar, Liz and I drove around San Francisco for three hours and stopped at no less than 10 nail salons that supposedly did airbrush designs. When we asked them to create a sunset theme with palm trees they all turned us away – no matter how much money we offered. Hand-painting a sunset just doesn’t give the same effect (and yes, I even bought an airbrush machine to try and do it myself) so I’m happy to say that I five years later, I finally have my sunset manicure.

You can find the MISS x MINX nail wraps in the MINX Tasting Room. I hope you enjoy them all as much as I do!

Finally, a big hug and thank you to the wonderful ladies that helped me put this shoot together:
Photography: Amanda Lopez
Model: Mayra Ramirez
Nail Tech: Lila Robles

80s pattern miss x minx nail wraps

“Like, Totally” MISS x MINX

Chanel Inspired MISS x MINX nail wraps

“Coco” MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

Airbrush Sunset MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

“80s Airbrush Paradise” MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

Mi Vida Loca MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

“Mi Vida Loca” MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

Color Block mondrian MISS x MINX nail wraps

“Color Block” MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

Neon Kisses Camo MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

“Neon Kisses Camo” MISS x MINX Nail Wraps

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The ABC of Architects Video

In case you fell asleep during one of your Art History lectures, here’s a quick review of some of the most ground-breaking architecture (pun intended)…

The ABC of Architects from fedelpeye on Vimeo.

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