Brooke Shaden, my new favorite artist

by Brooke Shaden
by Brooke Shaden

As I riffled through posts on Flavorwire this morning, I came across one that features images by Brooke Shaden. The post’s title, “Surreal Photos of Women Dressed in Books, Butterflies, and Paper Planes,” made me curious. What could Flavorwire mean by women dressed in books and paper planes? I clicked on the link and was immediately fascinated by its contents. The post contained amazing photos by Brooke Shaden, an art photographer who’s based in Los Angeles. I fell in love with Shaden’s style as I clicked through the photos. Some are dark and seem to be a still from a scary movie but others I found to be dreamy. Either way, I love her stuff.

This piqued my interest so I googled her and discovered her website. Even more of her work is posted there so I advise all who read this to visit it. Her photos will sweep you away and make you want to visit the places that the women are in. The women seem to exist on a plane that is between reality and the imaginary. According to Shaden’s website, she is a self-portrait artists and “she attempts to place herself within worlds she wishes we could live in, where secrets float out in the open, where the impossible becomes possible.”

The photo above is one of my favorites from the Flavorwire post. It is of a woman in a dress made of books. Visit both websites and enjoy!

Hobbit Inspired Houses — io9

This one is from io9‘s post “Real-life House That Look Like They Belong in the Shire.” The picture above is of one of my favorite houses in the post. Apparently, it is a low-impact Hobbit house in West Wales. I think it’s the best of all the houses in capturing what the Hobbit house should look like. The inside is great as well and it seems very cozy. Click here to visit i09 to see more Hobbit inspired houses.

Sharing My Instagram Pics: Transportation and Travel

pirate ship, train, horse...
pirate ship, train, horse…

I saw these wrought iron sculptures while travelling yesterday. I’ve never paid them much attention before, thinking they were just some iron bars that were supporting the beams at the bus stop. But since I had some time, my eyes drifted around and stared at them until I realized that they were sculptures. They portray different modes of transportation and travel.

See them individually on my Instagram.

Sharing My Instagram Pics: Random Pic of Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. (Zezee's Pics)
Washington, D.C. (Zezee’s Pics)

I’m looking forward to touring cities now that the weather is swinging to the temperatures that I like. I love walking around cities and taking pictures of buildings and whatever else that catches my eye…when it’s warm outside. The picture above was taken last year in Washington, D.C. I was newly introduced to Instagram and was playing with its features on my phone. I love this pic. It dazzles my eyes.

The Sword as an Umbrella

If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you should check out Flavorwire’s post, The Absolute Geekiest ‘Game of Thrones’ Merchandise. It went up today. The merchandise listed ranges from shot glasses to book ends to refrigerator magnets to the Irone Throne itself.

My favorite is the umbrella that looks like a sword. Sooo cool!! I’ve always wanted a sword! If I get that umbrella, I would carry it everywhere with me. And I dare anyone to try robbing me. It would’t work. No siree! I would defeat the robber with my umbrella.

The sword that's an umbrella.
The sword that’s an umbrella.

 

Fiction to Fashion, my new favorite website

I discovered a new blog to love called Fiction to Fashion. The creator, Julie, posts outfits inspired by various books. And the great part is that she includes links to the websites where you can purchase them! It’s totally great for book nerds who love fashion, such as myself. My mantra is “boots & books!”

My favorite outfits are below but click here to check out the rest.

Inspired by Yann Martel's Life of Pi.
Inspired by Yann Martel’s Life of Pi.

I can see myself wearing this outfit in the spring or summer. My favorite item is the trousers.

Inspired by Rachel Hartman's Seraphina.
Inspired by Rachel Hartman’s Seraphina.

I read Hartman’s Seraphina last year and this outfit fits the novel. I could see Eskar wearing this outfit. The colors and the leather vest gives it a Steampunk look, which fits the nature of the novel.

Sharing My Instagram Pics: At the Capitol, Washington, DC

"Peering between the lamp posts at the beauty across the way."Washington, DC
“Peering between the lamp posts at the beauty across the way.”
Washington, DC

As I sit in my room shivering slightly due to the random drop in temperature, I reflect on my summer excursions with my cousin. We acted like tourists for a day and toured the city. One of the places we visited was the Capitol, where I took this picture. Though I know nothing about architecture, I do admire the craft and design of buildings. This one is beautiful.

“Literary Graffiti From All Over the World” — Flavorwire

For those, like me, who are lovers of both literature and art, here is a post that you’ll enjoy. Flavorwire fused both into a list of graffiti inspired by literature. Some are artistically great and others are hilarious. These two are my favorites:

Friedrich Nietzsche
Friedrich Nietzsche

Totally hilarious!

J.G. Ballard
J.G. Ballard

Some talent here. Love the detail.

Click here to see the others.

“Literary Fashions for Serious Book Nerds” — Flavorwire

For those of us who are fashionable book-nerds, here is one for you. Flavorwire has compiled a list of outfits inspired by books and/or made from them. My favorites are below:

By Carrie Ann Schumacher
by Carrie Ann Schumacher

This beautiful dress was made by Carrie Ann Schumacher from 50 romance novels. It’s very lovely and represents well what it is made from.

by Tata Christiane

by Tata Christiane

This outfit, designed by Tata Christiane, is based on Gabriel García Márquez’s, 100 Years of Solitude. It is made to represent magical realism, an important element in  Márquez’s novel; though, I must agree with Flavorwire here that the outfit is more magical than realistic. I like it because it is whimsical.

 

“9 Fun Etsy Items Inspired By THE HOBBIT” — Book Riot

So while perusing Book Riot, I came across this post 9 Fun Etsy Items Inspired By THE HOBBIT. They have some cool stuff listed. My favorites are below.

Directions to Middle Earth (The Hobbit) wall art
Directions to Middle Earth (The Hobbit) wall art

This wall art is so cool. I plan to get it soon to hang in the hallway.

 

"You have excellent manners for a thief and a liar" - Smaug (the dragon from The Hobbit
“You have excellent manners for a thief and a liar” – Smaug (the dragon from The Hobbit)

I like this print as well. I would hang it in my dining room.