“Don’t be afraid of the white canvas.”
I’m sitting in the Nashville community art center for my first art class in almost a decade. My art teacher is standing at the front of the room repeating this phrase over and over in her sweet, calm voice. She brought homemade cupcakes to class and brewed a pot of coffee. Maroon 5 is inexplicably blaring from a paint-spattered boombox in the corner. I’m surrounded by easels and a small group of mostly middle-aged women who have signed up to spend their next eight Monday evenings learning abstract painting. I’m nervous.
“Experiment,” my teacher urges us. “Don’t be afraid.”
I dip a fat brush in water and coat it with acrylic paint. Deep breath. I drag an exuberant wash of magenta across the smooth canvas. It immediately starts dripping. I’m surprised to find that I don’t care at all. The color is so joyful. I want more of it. I stipple the edges of the canvas with the same lively pink, then rinse my brush and switch to yellow. I use quick, diagonal strokes. It overlaps with the magenta and creates a fiery orange. This is awesome, I think. I want to do this every day! Keep reading »
Did you know today is National Candy Corn Day? This means roughly half the people reading this are all, “Woohoooo! Finally the world’s greatest seasonal candy gets the respect it deserves! I’m gonna eat nothing but candy corn today to celebrate!” And the other half is like, “Blecchhhh why would we celebrate that triangular plastic-flavored snack of the devil?!” Just out of curiosity, we wanted to conduct a little poll to see where Frisky readers stand. Please share your opinion on this very important issue in the poll below! [For those who are wondering -- i.e. none of you, really -- I am verrrrrry PRO candy corn. Candy corn 4 Eva. -- Amelia] [Photo of candy corn via Shutterstock]
When I was growing up, my family had a tradition called “Noodle Night,” which involved my mom ordering every noodle dish on the menu from a local Thai restaurant while my brothers and I bounced around the living room screaming, “NOODLE NIGHT! NOODLE NIIIIIIGHT!” When the noodles arrived, we would dig into the to-go boxes like monsters, slurping and laughing madly while continuing to scream “NOODLE NIGHT!” with noodles hanging out of our mouths.
Now that I’m an adult, I still feel very strongly that noodles are something to get excited about. That’s why I rounded up 10 mouthwatering noodle recipes to help you cook up your own noodle night. Click through to check ‘em out…
One of my favorite fall looks is a breezy summer dress paired with black tights, as modeled here by the lovely Taylor Swift, whom I saw in concert a few weeks ago and was totally blown away by both her musical talent and the sheer perfection of her bangs. But anyway, I rounded up everything you’ll need to recreate Tay-Tay’s fabulous outfit — just add black tights (and a guitar case if you want to be really literal) and you’re good to go! Read on for shopping details… Keep reading »
I know I’m pretty much the only one who still cares about Chavril LaKroeger, AKA Chad Kroeger and Avril Lavigne, and every time I post stuff about them I get kind of nervous that Amelia is going to take me aside and be like, “Winona, it’s time to chill out about Chavril.” But since she hasn’t said anything yet, here is a super romantic photo of Chavril on the set of the video for their duet, “Let Me Go.” In related news, I just discovered I have THREE different photos saved on my computer titled “super romantic chavril pic.” Sigh. It might be time for me to chill out about Chavril… [Instagram]
Tradlands is a new fashion company based in San Francisco with a simple mission: “Our intention is to make the best clothing for our customer, the woman who drifts towards the men’s section and thinks, ‘I wish they made this for me.’” Using fabrics and materials from the US, Tradlands designs and manufactures all of their timeless, tomboy-inspired shirts in downtown San Francisco.
I just got one of their henley shirts (pictured on the right), and I was completely blown away by the quality. After spending so many years filling my closet with flimsy Forever 21 blouses, it’s refreshing to feel fabric with a bit of weight to it, and strong seams that won’t disintegrate after two wearings. Tradlands makes the kind of shirts you’ll own and love for years, which, combined with the ethical sourcing and attention to detail, easily justifies the price.
The other thing I love about Tradlands is that even though the brand’s aesthetic is very tomboy-ish, these shirts would look just as good with a pencil skirt and high heels as they would with slouchy jeans and sneakers. So cute and versatile. Want to give Tradlands a try? Click through to check out some of their awesome options…
Does your love for books rival your love for cats wearing costumes? Have you been yearning for a way to combine these two interests while also keeping track of important dates? Then you definitely need to order a Puss In Books wall calendar, which features an adorable cat dressed up in adorable costumes corresponding to 12 different quotes from classic literature. From Alice in Wonderland to Pride and Prejudice to Hamlet, there’s a quote (and a cat costume) for everyone. Calendars are $19 each, with $1 from each sale donated to Feline Rescue, a no-kill shelter. I’m planning to just buy a dozen of these and be done with my holiday shopping, because I can’t think of a single one of my friends who wouldn’t appreciate the sight of a cat dressed like a pig next to a quote from Animal Farm. Magical. [Puss In Books Calendar]
Paris Hilton recently popped into a Beverly Hills Chanel store wearing these crazy X-ray leggings, because she’s Paris Hilton. I’m actually slightly obsessed with these leggings on their own merit (look how cool they are!), but do have some concerns about leggings (no matter how cool they are) being worn as pants, and also didn’t Paris Hilton kind of disappear for a few years? Is she back now? I’m seeing tons of pictures of her again and I’m not sure what’s going on. But anyway, what do you guys think of this look? Vote below!
Long distance relationships are hard. Moving away from someone you love (whether it’s your partner or your sister or your best friend) is super hard. Why not give yourself — and them — a little reminder that your hearts might be farther away now, but you’re always connected? These awesome state silhouette key chains from Etsy seller Nelliebead are personalized with your specific locations and a dotted line connecting the two. Not only are they a cute addition to your key ring, they’ll make you think of each other and smile every time you dig your keys out of the bottom of your purse. Perfect. [$26 for 2 states, Nelliebead]
A conceptual art group called “Bodies in Urban Spaces” have taken their unique form of contortionist street art to Paris, Seoul, and New York, but their recent demonstrations in Bangor, Wales really caught my eye. I especially love seeing the contrast of their bright, modern workout gear and bendy bodies with Bangor’s heavy, ancient architecture. Check out a few more photos of their antics (including one that is sure to cause a few claustrophobic panic attacks) after the jump! Keep reading »