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Let’s be clear : Miroslav Tichý is a creep. The artist-turned-photographer spent much of his life wandering the streets of Kyjov, Czech Republic shooting covert photos of unsuspecting women. It’s why he was frequently arrested, and as a woman, I give thanks the local police for doing so.

However, I find it fascinating that all of Tichý’s photos were shot with a homemade camera. An outsider for much of his life, Tichý lived off a disability pension and spent his days constructing cameras—including telephoto lenses—out of toothpaste, ash, cardboard toilet paper tubes, elastic, plywood, tin cans and old camera parts. In an era of crazy advanced technology, it’s a humbling reminder that art nor photography require fancy DSLR cameras or the latest version of Photoshop. Just an eye to see the beauty in the day to day, and perhaps, a voyeuristic streak.

While Tichy’s work has been shown in art galleries + museums around the world, he once said, “If you want to be famous, you must do something more badly than anybody in the entire world.” He died in 2011 at the age of 85.

[ Pictures courtesy of here ]

0 comments   //   photography, pop culture



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I can’t quite put my finger on it, but today was totally bleurgh. I didn’t even know what that word meant until I looked it up on Urban Dictionary, which says kids these days use it to “express total disgust at something,” so I am going with it. If I can’t be a merry ray of Monday sunshine, I figure I might as well keep tabs on the vernacular of today’s youth.

To assuage today’s case of the grumps, I decided to quit work a bit early to indulge in some calligraphy practice. If you follow me on the Instagrams, you’ll know I am newly obsessed with my Laura Hooper calligraphy starter kit and have been working on my skills. Tonight, I laid on my dirty apartment floor, brought out the pen + nibs and wrote the first things that came to mind : over it and fuck that shit. #NSFW #sorrynotsorry

Let me tell you, calligraphy practice can be very therapeutic. I’m already feeling better, although that may have something to do with the blood orange sorbet I’m currently eating.

Either way, I’ll take it.

5 comments   //   hand-lettering, typography


Apparently, 2014 is the year of closet minimalism. Since I posted about my minimal wardrobe quest, I’ve heard from / seen / read / pinned / discovered countless others who are also looking to reduce their closets to a high-quality, functional and trés cute wardrobe. I believe owning less stuff is a good thing, so I am totally jazzed about this trend ( and hope it sticks around ).

After getting rid of more than half my clothes, I’ve been slowly rebuilding my wardrobe this year with the help of a few key sources: Wide Eyed LeglessInto Mind + Unfancy. While I’ve been far from perfect, these blogs, along with a hefty dose of self-analyzation, have been helping me create a wardrobe that feels like ME. It began with defining what I wear ( besides yoga pants + my “chos before hoes” t-shirt ), what my clothing needs are + what my personal style is.

Doing this, however, is much harder than just talking about it. That’s why I started the process by breaking it down into the three steps that my minimalist fashion gurus all agreed upon :

01.     CULL

This is the hardest part. Don’t think too hard about it or overthink it. Just get rid of anything that doesn’t fit, is damaged / stained or you haven’t worn in six months. Trust me, you won’t miss it.


Take a look at what’s left in your closet. Chances are, patterns have emerged that will give you insight into your personal style. For me, I found myself with a collection of denim, stripes, dresses and tees in mostly neutral colors along with pops of mustard yellow + red. It helped me realize that my style is casual, slightly graphic and simple….with a bit of quirk.


The beginning of any wardrobe requires a basic set of essentials that will pair with most other pieces in your wardrobe. This part takes a little research. After scouring Pinterest and one-too-many “Dress Like A French Woman” guides, I channeled my inner Tim Gunn and began with the basics. Luckily, I already had a few LBDs, a good spring / winter coat, pants + shoes. What I lacked were sweaters, tops + dresses—both casual and dressy. In addition, I needed statement accessories that would bring my wardrobe together, including a signature lip color ( because the French women say so ) + gold jewelry.

So that’s what I’ve been working on lately, my friends. And so far…so good. I’ve nailed down that sig lip color—a cheap yet long-lasting matte orangey-red from Tarjay—as well as a few new sweaters, a striped dress + a credit card that desperately needs to be paid.

skinnies  /  tee  /  scarf  /  top  /  flats  /  dress  /  chambray  /  jeans  /  lip  /  sweater  /  boots

2 comments   //   fashion