Now That It's December, This Is Acceptable.

by Anna Neary

I love the holidays.  So when signs they have started to arrive, I'm usually pretty jazzed about it all.  And I wouldn't say that I am one of those who has a STRONG opinion on the Christmas commercials on TV before Halloween and stores opening their doors for Black Friday days before Black Friday actually begins...but I do think it's pretty silly.  Let's all just slow our rolls a bit and not worry about being first out of the gate.

Anyway...Halloween is over.  Thanksgiving is over.  We have just stepped into December.  And so I felt like I would be well within my bounds to share some of my favorite holiday decor inspiration without it seeming out of place.

This year will not just be different but VERY different for my family and I, and though I plan on telling you all about it soon, it's just a note that I won't be around my normal surroundings for it.  I have a lovely little apartment now with room and the right kind of energy for a tree, but this year, there will be no seasonal decor going up for us.  We will be on an adventure.  Together.  

But that doesn't mean I am not excited at the ideas swirling around and taking notes for a time when I will be home and want to really go balls out.  (Sorry, Santa.)

(All images c/o Pinterest.  Click on image to go direct to link.)

Am I French Yet?

by Anna Neary

I don't have a ton to say about this collaboration.  Other than I appreciate its subject matter and its ability to be light-hearted.  I also am now really obsessed with the term 'boob pocket'.  

Ladies and gents, The Man Repeller for Etre Cecile.

Shop the entire collection here.  

(Images c/o Man Repeller)

Handmade Neon Sign = More Feelings Than I Was Expecting.

by Anna Neary

I initially started to watch this video because I was like 'oh cool, a neon skull...let's see where this goes'.  But this video ended up making me feel all the feelings and not just about a cool sign that was being produced.  The artist, Mike Heist, is something incredible.  Obviously in the sense of creating this kind of thing, but his story...I dunno, that's what really struck me.  He doesn't ever talk about his passion for the craft.  Nor does he really talk much about the business itself.  It's really about how this is just what he does.  It's why he does it.  It's ignoring the impact he may have made in his city and in the art world because...that's just not him.  It's something personal and painful and beautiful all at once.  

That being said.  I still want that neon skull.  

Certificate Of Awesomeness. Because You Are.

by Anna Neary

I'm not even sure what to say about this one.  It's awesome.  Awesome celebrating awesome.  This is the kind of thing you come across and first think 'why didn't I come up with this genius idea', which is swiftly followed by 'who can I give this to but secretly who can I find to get me one'. 

I love artist Jessica Hische by default because she uses the term 'Saved By The Bell-esque'.  But then you add in rainbows and silver foil and basically everything she was clever enough to put on these Certificates of Awesomeness, and it's game over.  She's my best friend.  At some point, maybe she'll know that too.

So go.  Get one.  Gift it.  Let someone know that they are the tits.  

(Images c/o Jessica Hische)

Emma Roberts x Bauble Bar For The Win.

by Anna Neary

I don't have tons to say about Emma Roberts.  Not for any reason other than I don't know much about her and haven't seen much that she's been in.  Must be super cool to be related to Julia Roberts...she seems like a nice lady.  I'm really into American Horror Story, as it speaks to my super weirdo side.  And Emma appears to be quite a fashionable girl.  The end.

So when I saw that she was partnering up with Bauble Bar as a 'guest bartender', I wasn't sure how interested I would be.  Turns out, SUPER INTERESTED.  Her curation was pretty spot on and I'm currently trying to manage my feelings on how I get my paws on most, if not all, of the collection.

With some punky elements, a delicate touch and a celebration modern embellishments, if this is the story that Emma Roberts tells, I'm happy to listen.  

Here are some of my favorite pieces from the curation:

See the entire collection at BaubleBar.

(Images c/o BaubleBar)

John Malkovich, You Beautiful Weirdo.

by Anna Neary

John Malkovich is a legend.  We all know that.  But, to me at least, he's always been a bit of a quiet one.  He sneaks in and out of visibility, making a massive impact as he does, but then fading out of sight until he crashes back in for a moment.  And he's done just that with a new photo exhibit by Sandro Miller, featuring this loose cannon of a silver screen star.

In an exhibition that runs from the 7th of November through the end of January at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago, Miller and Malkovich (bad ass name combo) recreated some of the most famous portraits ever shot.  There's an element of extreme silliness but balanced by touches of affection and respect for some of the serious subject matters captured in the original images.  

It's genius.  It's bizarre.  And of course it's in Chicago because everything awesome happens there.

And just because it's my personal favorite...Malkovich as John Freakin' Paul Gaultier.