Hot Buttered Toddy
By February 18, 2011

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Today’s elixir of the week is a warm winter favorite: the Hot Buttered Toddy.

1/4 cup of bourbon
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
boiling-hot water
a small pat of butter

Combine the bourbon and lemon juice, then and add boiling water and stir in a spoonful of honey. Finally float the pat of butter on top, and enjoy!

Los Angeles insider tip: Ladyface Alehouse and Brasserie in Agoura Hills serves up a fabulous Hot Buttered Toddy that goes down nicely with their equally delicious soft pretzel starter, which comes with multiple gourmet dipping mustards.

[ photo via Ireland Whiskey Trail ]

Interview with Costume Designer Gwen van den Eijnde
By February 16, 2011

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Gwen van den Eijnde is a genius costume designer whose intricately designed garments reflect his immeasurable creative capacity. His costumes evoke a charming spirit of dark romanticism that borders on the bizarre, while remaining gracefully enchanting and ever-innovative. Gwen’s costumes all have a unique contemporary twist that juxtaposes classically-inspired touches like crowns made from wooden piano keys, and abundant Renaissance period embellishments.

Through precise attention to detail, including make-up and styling, Gwen’s costumes seem to take on theatrical lives of their own—a sheer reflection of his talent. Culture Vixen’s Gayle Wheatley had a chance to chat with Gwen about his art:

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Gayle: Where do you find inspiration for your costumes?
Gwen: The inspiration for my costumes mixes historical and contemporary. I’m using forms and elements especially from the baroque times and I try to interpret them in a modern way. I’m also very inspired by costume in films: I grew up watching Peter Greenaway’s movies and Jacques Demy’s film “Donkey Skin.”

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Gayle: What first drew you to costume design, and how did you get your start?
Gwen: I started to make costumes when I was still a student in Strasbourg at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs (2000-2005). Originally I wanted to be an illustrator and I also studied Animated Cinema. By means of my costumes I create characters that I bring to life by turning into fantasy beings during performances.

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I Heart Sunglasses
By February 14, 2011

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Put your heart into Valentine’s day with these lovely heart-shaped sunglasses that come in red, pink, white, and black from FredFlare.com.

Sweden’s Treehotel
By February 9, 2011
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Imagine slumbering way up high in a tree amid a soundtrack of birds and windows that show off sky. Well you can do just that at the Treehotel, located near the arctic circle in the tiny Swedish village of Harads. A town with a population of only 600, this is the perfect place to reconnect with nature in a truly unique way.

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Steve Kim
By February 7, 2011

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Steve Kim was born in Seoul, but now lives in Los Angeles. His oil paintings skillfully vacillate between playful abstraction and traditionally rendered precision. I love the way each painting appears to be in process, as Kim deliberately uses white space to give them an unfinished quality.
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[ via SteveKim.net ]

Interactive Music Video by Arcade Fire
By February 4, 2011

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For something a little different, go to the following site and put in your home address to view your own custom music video created using google satellite imagery and your own computer drawn messages…

www.thewildernessdowntown.com

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100 logos, 100 days
By February 3, 2011

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Croatian graphic designer Robert Butkovic created 100 logos in 100 days. Yes, 100 days! How, you may wonder? Well his only rule was that each logo was completed in under 100 minutes. He completed his goal this January and you can see the logos HERE.

The Google Art Project: Centuries of the World’s Masterpieces at your Fingertips
By February 1, 2011

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This is so exciting I am buzzing just writing about it! As of today you can visit some of the world’s very best art museums right from home, using the Google Art Project. Complete with audio tours produced by the museums themselves, you can now virtually wander through famous galleries, zooming in to see high resolution images up close—so close you can see the brushstrokes and paint cracks! You can read about the art, find more works by specific artists, watch related YouTube videos, and even create your own artwork collection and share it on social networking sites. Featured museums include the Smithsonian in Washington DC, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and MoMA, Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid, London’s National Gallery, France’s Palace of Versailles, The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg, the Tate Britain, and my two personal favorites: the Uffizi Gallery in Florence and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

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A virtual view of Botticelli’s Birth of Venus in the Uffizi

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Here’s a video that demonstrates the amazing capabilities of this project:

Charlotte Mann
By January 31, 2011

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Usually we seek out great art to decorate our walls, but British artist Charlotte Mann takes white walls and transforms them into incredible living art. Hand-drawn with a thick black marker, Charlotte’s installations showcase unique sketched worlds that can be seen in homes, offices, and even on the runway. Collaborating on several occasions with fashion designer Peter Jensen, Charlotte has created fancy illustrated rooms complete with chandeliers to serve as fashion show backdrops. So Culture Vixens, pick up your pens and take to your walls!

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View more of Charlotte’s work at CharlotteMann.co.uk

Gypsy Caravan Hotels in France
By January 29, 2011

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Looking for a unique travel experience? Try staying in a gypsy caravan! Romantic, fun, and all the rage right now, gypsy caravans, also known as roulottes in French, come decked out in full bohemian chic, creating a dreamy ambiance that global nomads are sure to appreciate.

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Check out a couple caravan hotels here. Gypsy caravans can also be rented out to tour around in. What a fantastic way to experience the French countryside! And for those who fall in love with les roulottes, you can buy your very own dream wagon from the Gypsy Caravan Company.

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[ photos via lesroulottes ]

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