As if narcissism needed another vehicle. But, God! this is addicting fun. And if your not vain — as if, with this day and age of MySpace and Facebook and blogging in general — you most definitely will be after playing with this generator. Meet Fun Photo Box.
So, basically you pick the photo effect of your choice, upload a photo of your goofy mug, save it, and post it all over every web avenue you can think of. Go wild, Fun Photo Box it.
Design a Vagina is the third in a series of works by artist Jamie McCartney that explores our relationship with our genitals. As of October 2008 he had completed this panel of 40 casts of the vagina (featuring the vulva), arranged in a grid. The final piece will have 5 of these panels.
McCartney’s reason for making this vagina model-logue? As he explains:
“Well, vaginas are as different as a faces, many people, particularly women, don’t seem to know that. Men tend to have seen more vaginas than women, who have often only seen their own and many have never looked that closely. Hence the exposure of so many, showing the variety of shapes is endlessly fascinating, empowering and comforting. For many women their vagina is a source of shame rather than pride and this piece seeks to redress the balance, showing that everyone is different, everyone is normal, and everyone is beautiful.”
Awww…Gilding’s pussy would be all a flutter with the compliment if she weren’t a narcissistic bitch already.
The title, Design a Vagina, is a play on words, creating a social commentary on the recent trend for surgery to create the ‘perfect’ vagina. As McCartney very accurately points out, “This modern day equivalent of female genital mutilation is a bizarre practice which suggests that one is better than another.”
Link: Brighton Body Casting
My vagina is coming!
Have you seen my vagina of late?
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It is the crucible of paradoxes:
It is both weak and strong
Soft and hard
It builds and destroys
It makes and breaks
It is sometimes the conqueror, sometimes
Men crave for it, but turn around and
My vagina is coming
In fact, it is already here
Here to sing a canticle to the world
Here to remind the world of its
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Charles Allen Gilbert created his famous All is Vanity illustration in 1892 at a mere 18 years old. The painting remained unsold for nearly a decade until Gilbert finally sold the original to LIFE Publishing Co., a then tiny cartoon tabloid sold in railroad stations for a nickel. Vanity latered appeared in LIFE in 1902 and was an instant success. The illustration was soon mass produced and sold to an enthusiastic American public.
The painting/illustration is an ambigious illusion with an allegorical theme. It can be seen as either a beautiful girl gazing at her reflection in a large mirror, or image can be realized as a grinning human skull. The girl’s two heads make up the eye sockets of the skull, her vanity items and an embroidered vanity runner form the teeth and jaws.
The artwork’s popularity stems from its stunning realism, to highly detailed aspects, and its illusory aspect.
After so many mass printings, a variety of printing styles, quality, age, and color, has taken its own artistic tole in reproducing as well as changing the original image of Gilbert’s Vanity. Like an old copier spitting out duplicates of a document, details are often lost as a copy becomes a copy of a copy, of a copy, of a copy, etc. Over time, many of the oringial prints of Vanity have been passed down or purchased in garage and estate sales. But there is a simple test that one can do to determine the age and quality of their print. Studying the skull’s forehead, in the very earliest prints, there are several vertical artifacts which look like smudges. They are, in fact, not smudges but intentionally put there by the artist to indicate a chandelier that is reflected in the mirror.
Just finished reading the erotic romance novel The Vampire Queen’s Servant by Joey W. Hill. True that the story lines she usually writes often meet the inconsequential so sent to be forgotten section of Gilding’s brain plus they oftentimes build from a paranormal phenomena or mythology that has been exploited to death — this particular erotica would be so described as Blade meets Underworld: Rise of the Lycan’s, plus or minus a few of made up twists of her own to suit the plot she herself is writing. Oh, and substitute werewolves with human servants. But Gilding reads this author for her love play. At least once in her books Hill comes up with a prop, a toy, a position that intrigues the hell out of Gilding.
So here’s the toy that intrigued Gilding the most this erotica. As she describes:
…she had something in her hand that looked like the double-looped wire harness put on the neck of a bottle of wine to hold the cork securely…
Oh, if only the poor bastard understood what she was about to strap to him. But he will soon enough:
…It had three circles in progressive sizes…
So, obviously its a cock ring — nothing quite so special there. But it gets better:
…The widest one was made of chain and threaded with pewter beads. The middle circle was a silver cuff, and the smallest of the loops has a decorative convex made of bronze. On the concave side of the cap there was a two-inch-long thin rod of surgical steel, slightly wider than pencil loud, except it flared to a bulb-shaped end similar to a Q-tip.
And now you see it. Poor guy. He’s strapped up by wrists and ankles (oops…this whole thing is one big spoiler; guess I should have mentioned that earlier), and no way to stop the invasion of his mistress’s toy. Of course, Gilding thoroughly enjoyed that.
But did one such toy exist. Certainly one had to. And, oh, it does. Hey! No flinching guys. The shit us girls have to deal with to fullfill your fantasies, you can deal a little with this. Meet the Penis Head Crown with Urethral Insert (though…aren’t sex toys supposed to have fun names. This one kinda sucks). It’s not a full cock ring such as Hill describes, this one only having the smaller loop which fits around the head of the penis, but it was the prettier of the ones Gilding found and it suited the more jewelry-like design of Hill’s.
See, how could anyone not want to read Hill’s eroticas when she promises to totally fuck somebody’s world…teehee, literally and figuratively. Ahhh, good times. So, while its mindless reading, its entertaining. The push and pull, dominance and submission, love-play Hill writes is intriguing. It’s guarenteed to ruffle both her character’s feathers as well as her reader’s. Less sexually open-minded and/or less experienced readers will probably be morbidly fascinated, some even disturbed, both by the pictures she paints as well as their reaction to them. So read easy or read open-minded.
Gilding is feeling apartment inspired…though that seems to be the only thing she is feeling inspired by these days. She could be — and should be — writing the second installment to her fantasy/horror series, but guess what…she’s not. Instead she is here blogging away for you. Such dedication, eh…just of the wrong kind, probably.
But if she’s going to be unproductive, let her at least steal it a little of your time with these…
This beauty is a suitcase vanity, and is but one of a series of designs from Vanitycase.
Designed by Lisa Bengtsson, Famile Wallpaper features a collage of black and white frames that are precisely placed and add an unexpected visual to your room. You can leave the paper as is, or you can personalize it by framing your own photos, as Bodie and Fou did, or as two deminsional framings for your three dimensional fineries, such as jewelry or architectural elements.
Eugene’s Cozy Banquette here is apartment therapy’s newest IKEA Hack. Kitchen cozy banquettes are undeniably adorable and for those of us in apartment living adds much needed seating space for guests. Eugene used AKURIUM IKEA kitchen cabinets combined with custome vinyl cushions made by an upholsterer. The kitchen cabinets themselves aren’t just pretty or sturdy, they add much needed storage. But the piece, though simple wasn’t as all easy as that — wood wall supports were put behind the cabinets to make the surface wide enough for seating. In addition, for the cabinets to function properly, he built the entire bench on risers.
And last but not least…
Kim from Desire to Inspire must have been having a daisy of a time finding the perfect couch that didn’t make her pocketbook weep as Gilding is for she went off and built her own — crafty bitch. So this is how she did it…
“Since I wanted something low and loungey, I figured the easiest way to get what I wanted would be to get some cushions, and basically build boxes for them. Instead of buying foam for the cushions, I went to Ikea and bought cushions from one of their sofas where they were sold separately from the frame. There were 4 cushions – 2 for the base and 2 narrower ones for the back. So working with that we built one main base that houses the 2 larger cushions and an individual base for each of the narrower ones.
We used rounded fence post toppers for the feet of the main section (I have pieces of furniture pads underneath them in the photos because it weighs a ton and I’m worried it’s going to dent the floor), and casters for the feet of the 2 smaller sections. This way the smaller pieces could be wheeled around the living room to accommodate different seating arrangements. Because I wanted a pile of pillows along the back of the main section and I was concerned they would take up too much space, we built a ledge along the back to house the majority of the pillows, leaving ample room for sprawling.” (Source)
Ahhh….sprawling. That’s what a couch is made for. That, and porntastic gymnastics.
How was it that Gilding’s mother once put it? Oh, that’s right — that Gilding should have been born a Tommy not a Tami. Now, don’t go conjuring images of a tomboy Gilding; she was and is far from that. Huge breasts and a lack of desire to wear guys pants thrawted that design. Rather, Mommy Gilding has never quite been able to cope with her daughter’s rather open, at times detached, view on sex. Couple that with her ideology that there are just as many girls as there are guys on the list of “Do Not Leave in the Room Alone with Her”. Gilding is quite faithfully a devoted and loyal wife, but given an open ticket — Brittney Spears wouldn’t be safe. Wait, check that. She’s been with K-Fed; who knows what’s coming home with that one. Anyhoo, you get the picture.
But somewhere deep inside, even the jaded Gilding can admit that are a few (very few) little girl things that she would love to have — just this side of frufru minus the urge to puke. Dutch designer Tineke Beunders When I Was Small is one of those things. Presenting this month at the Design Academy Eindenhoven graduate show is a suite of scaled-up doll house furniture and objects. The range includes a coathanger made of a giant paperclip and a dressing table with hinges resembling oversized nails. The dressing table is a full-size scale in the formal idiom of a doll’s house, with rounded forms, unusual proportions, and a green shalacked coating. A plethoric design meant to exude fantasy and whimsy as much as reverie and revelry.
And the fork ran away with the spoon. Er…make that melted into the spoon. Sorry, Gilding’s ass is just that hot .^_~.
A chair to serve up that heaping helping of a fat ass of yours while the fork tines around your hair like spaghetti noodles. If this chair doesn’t convince you to run a mile on that eliptical machine every day, then… join the club. Gilding rather likes sitting her plump ass on a pedestal so why not go ahead and offer it up as the meal that it is. The pedastal needed back support anyways.
Link: Spellbound Statues
Ever caught from the corner of your eye a splendid bit of wonder that a melted down candle’s form had turned to. You have stared at it every day even as you burned it but only in that moment did you see what had become of its melted self and thought that that is the way you would like keep it forever and ever. Or, for a little less romanticism, ever see that candle that you’ve been burning on your kitchen counter and praying that your pain in the ass cat doesn’t decided to go skittering across to knock it over and set your home ablaze and thought that its dripping melted wax had managed to create something that looked cool as shit and wished you could keep it just like that forever. And then you figure what’s the point since you can’t use it for anything else other than burning — or collecting dust.
Well, Ted Muehling’s Vesuvious Candlestick has captured that melty moment in unglazed white porcelain. And for a mere $300 you can now hold dear that dust collecting object forever and quite possibly find some use for it. So go ahead and burn that candle.
Link: Moss Daily New
“You know that period at the end of the night, when that girl you’ve been eyeing at the end of the bar, gets up and stumbles to the door to leave, without saying goodbye to you, even though you made eye contact with her like twice, and she just heads out, and you have no choice but to follow her, and rape her and then leave her on the side of the road, bloodied, or in a river, if you accidentally killed her, while you were forcing your 300 pounds of man on top of her.
Wrangler knows that period. And they’ve made the perfect jeans for it.
Good job Wrangler for attempting to make dead women seem fashionable.” ~Daniel Saynt
Nothing like showing up to a funeral in fantastic mourning jewelry. Designer Gisele Ganne has created a range of jewellery that explores the social symbolisms of death, mourning, and divorce.
Having shown her pieces in the Royal College of Art Show (One) in June, the collection exhibited the jewellery of widows to wear in remembrance of their partner as well as a range of Divorce Rings, symbolising the end of marriage.
Ganne describes: “My mourning jewellery illustrates different forms of death…Each piece tells a story about the deceased and their widow. The widow of the deceased can wear the jewellery in his memory, or in memory of the manner in which he died.”
The divorce rings are a macabre take on the French tradition of the bride’s globe, an object usually given to a bride on her wedding day to hold her crown and bouquet.
In truth, immortalizing and remembering the dead were synonymous with the burial of a loved one and mourning or memorial jewellery has been worn for these events for centuries. This was especially so for the Victorian era, where common symbols used in mourning jewellery included forget-me-nots and other some such sentimental flowers, hair of a loved one, hearts, crosses, ivy leaves, and even more macabre symbols such as skulls, coffins, and gravestones. Oh, common’, you didn’t think your emo self came up with that did you.
Ganne not only refers to these but expounds upon them, glamourizing death to the level of Haute Couture. Wait…that’s not such a bizarre notion. Most haute couture models look dead anyhow.
Anyhoo, Gannes not only refers to the well known customs of mourning jewellery, but that of exotic and other old world or ethnic customs such as the Andaman — a little community in Bengal where the widow takes the skull of their husband after burial to wear it as a necklace). And urban legends were not free from her exploitation. Such legends as the Black Widow, who kills her husbands for their money, and historical events, such as crimes, serial killers, and suicides served as her inspiration.
But mourning isn’t
just about dead people. Its also about mourning the dead relationships, the decaying marriages. Gannes divorce jewellery refers to old and contemporary wedding customs to illustrate this sort of mourning. Being French, most of the customs come from French tradition, such as the Bride Globe. But nothing about Gannes pieces are idle flaunter as each decoration inside the original inpsiration that symbolizes the union and give luck to the marriage, are therefore subverted in Gannes pieces to show the inevitability of the breakup. But Gannes isn’t all doom-n-gloom. Her pieces also show that from these ashes may raise a new life.
Even the materials used in creating this collection serve a symbolic purpose. Interested in the symbolic and mythical function associated with leather, sequins, foam, human hair, and silver (all materials used in Gannes pieces), and combined with mixture that forms with the celebrities or models that will wear them, Gannes seeks to create a “sort of pop voodoo, or decadent curse.” And as if our world isn’t obsessed enough with celebrity icons, Gannes now offers us the ability that when wearing this jewelry we can mourn the death of celebrity icons we love as they pass on.
Well, you can take the girl out of the trailer park, but you can’t take the trailer park out of the girl. Gilding can’t help herself; these would so be the dishes she served on at a swanky get together and dare the person who tries to make her feel shameful of her trailer park roots for doing so. But it’s a testament to how far you’ve risen above when you can move from the paper plates to affording porcelain made “paper plates.” Especially when they range from $35-$85 a pop.
From artist Virginia Sin, who quotes Einstein as a personal manifesto: “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
Made of porcelain, the plates were molded from paper plates which were then shredded off after being used. Each plate in the collection will, therefore, be a little different, a little wonky in its own unique way, just like motled paper plates are by nature. Available @ Show.
And how’s this for a mind-fuck. Remember swanky party? Yeah, get served dinner on porcelain “paper” plates and be served desert on porcelain “pillow” plates.
“Pillow Plates” were a commissioned design from artist Jono Pandolfi for Chef Daniel Humm’s restaurant, Eleven Madison Park.
Two fabulous pairs of heels just begging to be posh on Gilding’s feet. Left, is from Alender McQueen’s Fall/Winter 07/08 Collection. This Court shoe is gilded with moulded heel in plexi. Right, is Miu Miu’s pink patent leather pump with Cup of Tea heel from their Spring/Summer 08 Collection.
Both fabulous and both just itching to break Gilding’s bank book. Hmmm…save money for her upcoming move to University…or fabulous, sumptuous, gloriously gilded heels.
Customize your own duvet. Sure you could learn how to sew and embroider to make your own duvet, but why go through that hassle when you could customize a duvet through inmod Design Studio. Simply choose the fabric of your choice, from cotton to silk dupioni and a few other options in between, select from one of several modern design patterns, take a peek at their recommended congifurations if you need inspiration, and then tinker away. Choose from a variety of colors for your duvet’s base and embroidery colors, and if the mood so strikes you, add a splash of that color to your virtual room just to see how great your newly created, expensive, duvet will look on your bed.
Actually, each pattern contains various levels of detail, each level available in the unique color of your choosing. The price of a custom created duvet is dependent upon the size of your particular duvet, the fabric you have it made from, and the amount of embroidery required to create it. Prices range between $125-$900.
Link: inmod Design Studio