How Well The Internet Knows You

On one hand, it’s a little (or a lot) frightening what the Internet knows.  Fortunately I’m not a celeb so I’m not really worried about anyone looking up my “dirt” and coming after me.  (That said, I’m not sure they would once they saw my preferences…)

Pinterest

Pinterest

(Pinterest, for one, is always sending samurai my way for one – they clearly keep track!)

amazon.com

amazon.com

amazon.com

amazon.com

And then there’s Amazon and their recommendations…

Even though data is being gathered, it’s nice (on the other hand) that a a monstrous retail site can suggest things you may like.  Double edged sword (no pun intended!) in that I might spend more, true. . .

Swords: An Artist's Devotion, Illustration (C) Ben Boos (Author, Illustrator)

Swords: An Artist’s Devotion, Illustration (C) Ben Boos (Author, Illustrator)

Swords: An Artist's Devotion, Illustration (C) Ben Boos (Author, Illustrator)

Swords: An Artist’s Devotion, Illustration (C) Ben Boos (Author, Illustrator)

BUT…I’d rather have the option to skip the fluff and go to the “good stuff” (or at least what I consider the good stuff) even if it means seeing The Art Of War, 5000 Spells, or Sherlock Holmes again (which already grace my bookcase.)

amazon.com

amazon.com

So – at least for now – I’m okay with the gods of the ether picking up on my search habits.  At least then I won’t have to look at Justin Bieber cds or a princess coloring book to get to the badassery.

Nutrition (And Martial Arts?!) Humor – Choose To Live Healthy, by Oscar Ramos

I stumbled across this artwork, “Choose To Live Healthy,” by Oscar Ramos completely by accident (Behance, by the way, has a TON of badassery (and info about artists who create it.))

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anyone so vehemently illustrate the idea of sticking to a healthy diet. . . 

(C) Oscar Ramos (Behance - https://www.behance.net/piensapositivo)

(C) Oscar Ramos (Behance – https://www.behance.net/piensapositivo)

Or, maybe I should say, illustrate healthy foods so unapologetically leveling poorer nutritional choices with what appears to be a mix of Ninjutsu-esqu Martial Arts techniques… (I’ll admit, the body slam *is* a little WWE.)

(C) Oscar Ramos (Behance - https://www.behance.net/piensapositivo)

(C) Oscar Ramos (Behance – https://www.behance.net/piensapositivo)

I’ll tell you, I wouldn’t want to go head to head with that banana, see that corncob in a dark alley…or…heaven forbid…make the mistake of purchasing those sneakers. 

(C) Oscar Ramos (Behance - https://www.behance.net/piensapositivo)

(C) Oscar Ramos (Behance – https://www.behance.net/piensapositivo)

I mean…I don’t know… It makes ME (AND my popcorn) think twice.

Wildly humorous, a wee bit terrifying, and gorgeously rendered!

 

Disney, Tim Burton Style

So this has nothing to do with…well, nothing…BUT…I can’t help but share this awesome article about artist Andrew Tarusov and his newest series.

My inner Goth vampiness about burst at the seams when I saw these Tim Burton-esque renditions of traditional Disney characters (Tarusov has done saucy versions too – also pretty fabulous, albeit in more of a Betty Page kind of way!)

Andrew Tarusov

Andrew Tarusov

In my mind, this is more the way Disney should be…but then that bean bag bat with glowing, ruby, rhinestone eyes WAS my favorite toy at age 5. . .

Andrew Tarusov

Andrew Tarusov

At 4, my favorite “movie” as Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”. . .so I guess that also lends a clue to my, er, eccentricity?  Who’s to say – just knowing someone took the time to do all this is fair indication that I’m not alone, oddity or not! 

Andrew Tarusov

Andrew Tarusov

I’d like to follow that with a resounding “HA!”

Creep on, Mr. Burton.  Creep on.

 

 

Etudehouse Dreaming Swan

There are a whole bunch of blogs covering Etudehouse’s new Collection, Dreaming Swan, but in case you haven’t seen them, here is some info...

I LOVE Asian skincare and color brands, and as I mentioned in earlier posts…I always have.  I prefer their aesthetic to the one I grew up around, so I kind of naturally gravitated!

The Dreaming Swan Collection caught my eye because, though I can’t say I’m girlie girl, I was a dancer for much of my Life.  There is something to the gentle, dance-ie pinks that evokes memories of flushed childhood cheeks – and looking “younger” is always a GOOD thing (I’m nearing 37 here, so I love the idea of “baby face.” 😉 ) I noticed that there were images of ballet slippers and tutus, so I’m not making this up! 

Etudehouse.com photo

Etudehouse.com photo

The Collection is very light-hearted, featuring pastel and popsicle-stain shades, delicate shimmers, and precious packaging (example, the pleated and floral tulle covering for the brush!  Look at the tiny bows!)

Etudehouse.com photo

Etudehouse.com photo

Etudehouse.com photo

Etudehouse.com photo

Etudehouse.com photo

Etudehouse.com photo

The Collection is in collaboration with Kerrie Hess, an Australian illustrator who has worked for the likes of Vuitton, Chanel, Kate Spade, Lancome and Printemps Paris, among others.  Sweet, feminine, and young in feeling, the Collection is fresh and perfect for Spring.

Etudehouse.com photo

Etudehouse.com photo

One of my favorite blogs, by Isabella Muse, has a post about Dreaming Swan here.

Aegyoprincess also has one!