Monday, November 30, 2009

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

December 2009 Russian Vogue: Alexa Yudina, Photo: Terry Tsiolis

Terry Tsiolis photographed Alexa Yudina for the December 2009 Russian Vogue on May 19, 2009 with stylist Simon Robins.

December 2009 Russian Vogue editorial
Model: Alexa Yudina
Photographer: Terry Tsiolis
Stylist: Simon Robins
Hair: Esther Langham
Makeup: Petros Petrohilos

Planet Awesome Kid on

Suri. Shiloh. Violet. Apple. Don’t be embarrassed—I love ‘em, too. I may not be ready for a kid of my own, but today’s baby craze—crazy as it is—has me totally enthralled. We see pictures of these kids all the time on blogs and in magazines; I get press releases about the designers they’re wearing; heck, even in the recession, the billion-dollar baby industry is reported to be thriving. So it was only a matter of time before the little bambinos got their own Sartorialist-esque site, Planet Awesome Kid, devoted to the chicest of the chic.

Wait a sec. Do kids really need their own Sartorialist? Well, maybe not. But when the site’s founders, casting director Julia Samersova Adler and Women Model Management booker Christiana Tran, saw the hip threads the prepubescent set rocks these days, they decided to pay their tribute. “The idea for the site came to me one afternoon while chilling in the park with my baby daughter. I noticed all the fierce, cool, awesome kids all around,” Samersova Adler explains. She and Tran take most of the pictures themselves, but they do accept submissions as well. Their only rule: “We do not discriminate. Every child is a star—if they’re in the right outfit!” (To wit, many photos are accompanied by fashion credits.) And before the frivolity brigade charges in, let’s note that PAK helps to raise awareness for a very good cause: Global Action for Children. Its U.S. chairwoman? Shiloh’s mom.
—Derek Blasberg

Monday, November 23, 2009

girl you're so young and pretty

"We Gotta Get out of This Place", occasionally written "We've Gotta Get out of This Place", is a rock song written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil and recorded as a 1965 hit single by The Animals. It has become an iconic song of its type and was immensely popular among United States Armed Forces during the Vietnam War.

In The Animals' rendition, the lyrics were slightly reordered and reworded from the demo, and opened with what seemed to be a reference to their industrial, working class Northern England origins:

In this dirty old heart of the city
Where the sun refused to shine
People tell me, there ain't no use in tryin'

Next comes a verse about the singer's father at the end of his life with little to show for it, followed by one of The Animals' call-and-response buildups, finally leading through delayed tension to the well-known chorus:

We gotta get out of this place!
If it's the last thing we ever do ...
We gotta get out of this place,
'cause girl, there's a better life ... for me and you

At the time, the title and simple emotional appeal of "We Gotta Get out of This Place" lent itself to some obvious self-identifications. More notably, the song was very popular with United States Armed Forces members stationed in South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was frequently requested of, and played by, American Forces Vietnam Network disc jockeys. During 2006 two University of Wisconsin–Madison employees, one a Vietnam veteran, began an in-depth survey of hundreds of Vietnam veterans, and found that "We Gotta Get out of This Place" had resonated the strongest among all the music popular then: "We had absolute unanimity is this song being the touchstone. This was the Vietnam anthem. Every bad band that ever played in an armed forces club had to play this song." In America it was used as the title credits song in some episodes of the Vietnam-war-set television series China Beach.

"We Gotta Get Out Of This Place"

In this dirty old part of the city
Where the sun refused to shine
People tell me there ain't no use in tryin'

Now my girl you're so young and pretty
And one thing I know is true
You'll be dead before your time is due, I know

Watch my daddy in bed a-dyin'
Watched his hair been turnin' grey
He's been workin' and slavin' his life away
Oh yes I know it

He's been workin' so hard, yeah
I've been workin' too, baby, yeah
Every night and day, yeah

We gotta get out of this place
If it's the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
Cause girl, there's a better life for me and you

Now my girl you're so young and pretty
And one thing I know is true, yeah
You'll be dead before your time is due, I know it

Watch my daddy in bed a-dyin'
Watched his hair been turnin' grey, yeah
He's been workin' and slavin' his life away
I know he's been workin' so hard

I've been workin' too, baby, yeah
Every day baby, yeah
Wow, yeah...

We gotta get out of this place
If it's the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
Girl, there's a better life for me and you
Somewhere baby, somehow I know it

We gotta get out of this place
If it's the last thing we ever do
We gotta get out of this place
Girl, there's a better life for me and you

Believe me baby, I know it baby
You know it too

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Veterans Day

In the USA, today is Veterans Day. My father is a veteran of the Vietnam War and my brother is a veteran of the Iraq War. They served our country and deserve respect all year long. Because of their sacrifice and hard work I have the freedom to pursue my dreams. Their service inspires me to be a better man every day.

Veterans Day History, from wikipedia:
U.S. President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed an Armistice Day for November 11, 1919. The United States Congress passed a concurrent resolution seven years later on June 4, 1926, requesting the President issue another proclamation to observe November 11 with appropriate ceremonies. An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U.S. Code, Sec. 87a) approved May 13, 1938, made the 11th of November in each year a legal holiday; "a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day'."

In 1953, an Emporia, Kansas shoe store owner named Al King had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who served in World War I. King had been actively involved with the American War Dads during World War II. He began a campaign to turn Armistice Day into "All" Veterans Day. The Emporia Chamber of Commerce took up the cause after determining that 90% of Emporia merchants as well as the Board of Education supported closing their doors on November 11, 1953, to honor veterans. With the help of then-U.S. Rep. Ed Rees, also from Emporia, a bill for the holiday was pushed through Congress. President Dwight Eisenhower signed it into law on May 26, 1954.

Congress amended this act on November 8, 1954, replacing "Armistice" with Veterans, and it has been known as Veterans Day since.

Although originally scheduled for celebration on November 11 of every year, starting in 1971 in accordance with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. In 1978 it was moved back to its original celebration on November 11 (with the exceptions described above). Since this change, there has been a trend against being closed on the holiday. It began with businesses (excluding banks) and in recent years some schools and local governments have also chosen to remain open.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Diva Emanuel Ungaro fragrance campaign: Katarina Ivanovska, ph: Azim Haidaryan

Azim Haidaryan photographed Katarina Ivanovska for the Emanuel Ungaro Diva fragrance campaign on March 23, 2009 in Paris.

Model: Katarina Ivanovska
Photographer: Azim Haidaryan

Rosie Huntington Whitely - new Victoria's Secret Miraculous Push-Up Bra Commercial

November 2009 Italian Vogue cover + editorial - Rianne ten Haken, Photo: Steven Meisel

Steven Meisel photographed Rianne ten Haken for the Italian Vogue November 2009 cover + editorial on July 16-17, 2009 with stylist Marie Amelie Sauve.

Italian Vogue November 2009 cover + editorial
Model: Rianne ten Haken
Photographer: Steven Meisel
Stylist: Marie Amelie Sauve
Hair: Guido Palau
Makeup: Pat McGrath
Hair Color: Laurie Foley of L’Atelier de Laurie

music from safe

Safe (sometimes written as [safe] or [SAFE]) is a 1995 drama/thriller film written and directed by Todd Haynes, and produced by Christine Vachon.

Set in an affluent neighbourhood of the San Fernando Valley in 1987, the film recounts the life of a seemingly unremarkable homemaker, Carol White (Julianne Moore) who develops multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS, also known as "Twentieth-Century Disease"). MCS is a medically controversial diagnosis in which a person develops allergic reactions to the visible and invisible toxins found in everyday household and industrial chemicals.

Carol passes her days with activities such as gardening, taking clothes to the dry cleaners, and attending aerobics classes. Her marriage is stable but devoid of emotional intimacy, and her son is actually a stepson from her husband's previous marriage. Similarly, her friendships are polite but distant.

As she goes about her routine, she slowly begins to develop unpredictable and strange bodily reactions, such as persistent exhaustion, uncontrollable coughing (when surrounded by truck exhaust while driving), asthma-like symptoms (at a baby shower), nose bleeds (when getting a perm at a hair salon), vomiting, and eventually convulsions (at the dry cleaners).

Doctors are able to isolate only one chemical she reacts to after she undergoes an allergen test; milk, which she drinks frequently in the movie without incident. Doctors are at a loss of how to help her cope or cure her. She attends some psychotherapy sessions but does not gain any insight into her condition.

After seeing an ad at her community centre, she eventually resorts to moving to the New Age/religious retreat in the desert called Wrenwood, which is designed to help people suffering from MCS recover.

"Lucky Star"
Performed by Madonna
Written by Madonna (as Madonna Ciccone)

"Turn Your Love Around"
Performed by George Benson
Written by Jay Graydon, Steve Lukather and Bill Champlin

"Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car"
Performed by Billy Ocean
Written by Billy Ocean and Robert John Lange

"Heaven Is a Place On Earth"
Performed by Belinda Carlisle
Written by Ellen Shipley and Rick Nowels

"Whenever I Call You Friend"
Performed by Kenny Loggins
Written by Kenny Loggins and Melissa Manchester

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