Friday, December 24, 2010

i'm a giver

So I have to give credit inspiration to my friend Lauren. She sent me a beautiful and thoughtful present through the mail which consisted of a "disposable" flask and a hand made ring. The ring had a picture oh how it was supposed to be worn, and then the flask came with a quote by Walter Scott.

Thank you Lauren, you made it possible to be able to still furnish gifts to the ones you love, even though you have to work with what little you got. I mean I have thought about her present each day..thinking wow....that was f-ing genius and thoughtful at the same time. Gonna COPY CAT!



So for about $25 for the actual gifts (sans jameson bottle), and then another $15 for packaging I was able to buy presents for 5 people. THANKS IKEA AND TARGET!

It's interesting how much harder and more outside the box and time you have to spend giving something with literally very little...but in the end result, creativity flourishes and thoughtfulness (hopefully) ensues. I have to say, these will probably be the most thoughtful presents I have ever given. For reasons 1) I literally have spent everything that I have. 2) These gifts are catered to these specific people in my life.

1 inspiration for 1 gift idea was the WHISKEY SET. I wanted to get this for my best friend..which was a $60 set from teraforma.

I recently just got laid off from work..so funds were tight..but I still thought it was a cool idea..so I decided to make my own.

Couldn't find decent ice cube trays..or whatever...so I opted to make little bottles of Jameson 1 cups.

step 1: Find images via wherever..aka the web

Step 2: To make the cards a little personalized, I typed their name...found a relevant whiskey quote from our good old drunkard poet Charles Bukowski and called it a day. I put an image of a proper whiskey glass on the back side so they got the idea.

Step 3. Pour, duh.


Step 4: Prettify


Onto the next. I can write about this one, seeing as I already gave this present to my friend Cory. Obviously...I bought some random shit...but this was all stuff I knew he needed...so things like an F-ing carrot peeler..could be a cool gift too!

Cory needed a little help in the home and gardens department..so I got him a couple wine glasses and the vegetable peeler...put pictures, etc. I forgot to take a picture of the quote i put on the wine glass card but it read:

(i'm just telling you what i put just for ideas)

"Wine cheers the sad, revives the old, and inspires the YOU."

I couldn't help but make that goddamn peeler sexy. So I threw a little humor in there for good measure.

Last, but not least...his french press died a painful death...so decided to get him a vietnamese filter instead. I got a whole coffee cup set and of course packaged some fresh vietnamese roasted coffee, along with a can of condensed milk... and on the card I placed instructions on how to make a proper Vietnamese coffee: CAFE SUA DA!


Gift for my Ma.

Mom is a bad ass cook. I just discovered this insane asian market in my neighborhood, it is an asian foodie's wet dream. Sorry for the terrible analogy, but you get it. Mom is a cook, but she hates driving and venturing out to get ingredients..so I got together some interesting things to try along with recipes on how to use things like "crab paste." Wow. I also got some items that reminded me of her growing up like almond jello. Loved when she made me that. So here Mom, here is some fun stuff. Now make me some thing.

Mom has a dope sense of humor. Don't worry.



Well. I think this was the longest, most tedious post I have written in a while. Think what you will of this...bad, good, whatever. It's not the best or the grandest of gifts...but they were all made with very little, sprinkled with some love.

Merry x-mas lovers!

an ode to musical decadence



delacroix et ramos

photo by my buddy ol' pal Christopher Soltis

Hello all,

I started a separate blog for music with my friend ramos:

http://themixtapefiles.tumblr.com/

Visit me! I will be operating as "delacroix"

I will still be using bbla for fashion and misc posts...but didn't want my blog to be a schizophrenic mess with food, music, fashion, design, etc.

Now just need to create another one to house my 500+ pictures of food pornography...ugh.

The music will be all over the place and I promise to keep it eclectic..although I am guilty for opting chill wave tunes as of late...but not to worry, i like it all. From disco deliciousness, to chill wave, to synth pop, to jazz tunes, to awesome renditions of your favorite songs from other artists...just as long as it's tasty and obscure, I promise it will be a fun ride.


Oh yes, merry x-mas eve everyone!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Word is Bond





Loving Zana Bayne's leather work. The skinnier width makes for a more feminine and minimal look vs. the usual leather/Gothic renaissance look that other designers tend to go over board on.

Available for purchase 1/1/11: HERE

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

M I X T A P E: UNO

me and red cup school lunch breaks


"Never stop thinking. This is important. If someone ever says to you ‘You need to stop thinking so much,’ call them ignorant in your head and keep thinking deeper. It is this mentality that breeds stupidity and sheeple. Your mind is the most important tool you have, if you stop using it, it will atrophy. Question everything."

-viastillirise


( last 2 images generously supplied from brokeyounginspired.tumblr.com)


...yea...yea...sure sure...you don't want to hear it..but it's mercury retrograde...and what turned out to be a "simple" playlist...turned out to be a huge ordeal. In the process of curating a playlist...my itunes just now decided to take a huge technical difficulty dump on me, by erasing all my files...and having to reconfigure everything...uploading my own files onto the server...and now having to re-import every file one by one....etc...Geezzuzz...

Anyway...sorry, i had a huge bowl of bitchflakes just right now..and i need to get cranking on my 10 page term paper that is sadly due tomorrow. i am on page one.

with that being said...this is my FIRST mixtape that i have put together for you....i haven't been able to write, work, etc...so my creative outlet has been non-existent and i can't handle life right now. so in turn...i decided to devote 3 hours of time (that i should spend on this god-forsaken paper)...on composing what i hope to be a thoughtful playlist for you.

the tip is chill wave...artists range from toro y moi..washed out...a radiohead edit, houses...nicolas jarr....some are old..some are new...but most of all these are on my all time favorites on my heavy rotation list...if you have any questions about the list feel to holler at me. this is not primarily the only thing i listen to...my music is all over the place..but decided to put together something that goes with my mood, the state i am in, the weather today, and something easy on the ears...as i myself need to have as little distraction as possible....although it is some what the sound track to dreamsville...or maybe snoozeville...depends on your take..

i hope you like it, i made this just for YOU.

I'll be off break next week, so pictures, updates are soon to come! weee!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

the hunt for red october

French: rouge

Icelandic: rauður

Portuguese: vermelho

Saw this car today and literally almost died. I am not a crazy car enthusiast whatsoever...let's get that straight. I'm kind of an idiot when it comes to stuff like this, but I have a good eye and I can't help love the beauty that is in this car. The BMW 635csi was first introduced in July 1978 as the more powerful variant and was introduced as a special close-ratio 5-speed gearbox and a black rear spoiler. All I know is that it's a damn sexy car in person. Geeezzzuuuzzz....

German: Rot


Swedish: röd


The new Tube by the god father of all knocker off-r's

I've been unintentionally in a red mood color, which is weird as I don't usually like color, but I am welcoming the nice warmth that it is lending to me this winter. I gave in and bought the red tube shoes. I was over it and then saw it in person on someone else, and the obsession to have them rekindled shortly after. I am glad I got them, they really are such a fun shoe. The only con I have with them is that they're noisy like a mother humper. Clonk..clonk...clonk....
Other than that I welcome any shoe that can comfortably add 5 1/2 inches to my wee tiny little sELF.

Life has kind of been on hold...as far as work...I will leave it at that. School is finishing up..and I am debating on what the next move will be. I have gotten several requests to maybe go and do the eBay thing on the side...

Maybe.....maybe you will see some stuff for near future..til next time, I bid you adieu.


Friday, December 3, 2010

kisses


took this picture last night in the ladies bathroom stall of some lipstick smeared against the wall. No these are not my lips.

i also found this rad quote by coco chanel.
so i married the two. bisous

Thursday, December 2, 2010

in case you have lost you















Images all generously stolen from my new favorite thought provoking blog:

brokeyounginspired.tumblr.com



I can get lost on ruth's blog for hours...which i already have done...too much. Images and thoughts are absolutely breath taking...

some of my picks, but there is honestly just too many.