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Whorange & the Homies!

Apartment therapy homies

hi kittens!

my hair rollers are spinning with olympic figure skater excitement. i am honored to report that WHORANGE has been nominated in round one of apartment therapy's 2014 Homies Awards! 

if you feel so compelled, please slip on your dancing shoes and vote for little ol' me by clicking here along with all of your other favorite blogs.

of course, i'm up against some of the most fabulous blogs in town (many of which are on my blogroll), but since i was nominated, i figured, why not give it a shot, right?

thank you, darlings! and if i make it into the top five, i promise to go for the gold, just like elizabeth taylor would do.

Elizabeth Taylor gold

xoxo & xoxo,


ps - and THANK YOU to the lovely charles for nominating me!

calder and abstraction (and fabulousness!)

Calder and Abstraction LACMA exhibit

something special is going on in los angeles, kittens. if you're a local denizen, or plan to visit our humble city, you, too, may participate in this marvelous wonder.

alexander calder, darlings. alexander calder.

a WHORANGE hero. at LACMA. now.

Alexander Calder Blue feather at LACMA

experience this!

Alexander Calder stabiles and mobile at LACMA

and this!

Alexander Calder Little Face mobile at LACMA

and this! it's called "little face." see the face?

Alexander Calder Laocoon mobile and stabiles at LACMA

calder mobiles = instant joy.

with their slow and subtle movement, abstract shapes, and delicate balancing act, it is easy to feel like a little kid marveling at a gigantic, magical toy. hopefully, calder would be happy with that comparision considering that he once built a mini circus out of cardboard, pipe cleaners, and bottle caps.

Alexander Calder mobile at LACMA

oh, and frank gehry designed the exhibition space. inspired by a calder show he experienced at the guggenheim museum, gehry designed guggenheim-esque wall curvature. yes, he went there. behold the curves...

Alexander Calder and Abstraction at LACMA

Frank Gehry designed Alexander Calder exhibit at LACMA

WARNING: photography is not allowed in the exhibit, so no instagraming yourself replicating these mobile poses side-by-side, okay? don't say i didn't warn you!

name your color contest

Whorange phone vote

hello, darlings!

a few years ago, steve found this groovy old payphone at a garage sale and had it painted orange for my birthday! now, the whorange phone sits lovingly in my office, longing for the days when payphones were the "it girls" of on-the-go communication.

i wanted to give our whorange phone a little lovin', so i entered it in modernica's "name your color" contest. you can read all about the contest here.

our whorange phone just needs some sweet "like"-ing from you! simply CLICK ON OVER to facebook and "like" and/or "share" the photo. that's it!

thank you so much! and, if i haven't told you lately, your hair looks fabulous today!




stanley kubrick exhibit at LACMA

Stanley Kubrick exhibit LACMA camera

over the weekend, i boogied on down to the los angeles county museum of art with steve and our friend denise to experience the closing weekend of LACMA's stanley kubrick exhibition.

i confess, i have been obsessed with kubrick since childhood. sure, his dark, controversial, and sexually charged films are not, um, appropriate elementary and jr. high viewing, but i simply could not get enough of the groovy '60s space costumes and decor in 2001: a space odyssey. i was also fascinated by malcolm mcdowell's false eyelash in a clockwork orange.

the true complexity and subversiveness of kubrick's films didn't kick in until i was much older. i studied his films in college and collected his screenplays when i landed a job in development at a film production company.

kubrick's characters are simply iconic. they make an impact emotionally and visually. they are the darkest of antiheroes and even manage to make us laugh (uncomfortably) when they do very, very, very bad things. it's impossible to go to a halloween party and not see at least one kubrick-inspired costume -- from alex's jaunty white jumpsuit and codpiece, to the grady twins' blue baby doll dresses and black mary janes. 

Film posters Lolita Stanley Kubrick exhibit LACMA

Kubrick camera lens exhibit LACMA

{above: kubrick's many, many, many camera lenses.}

Dr Strangelove top secret doc Kubrick exhibit LACMA

War Room production sketch Dr Strangelove by Ken Adam Kubrick LACMA

Dr Strangelove war room miniature Kubrick exhibit LACMA

{above: "dr. strangelove" props; the war room sketch by production designer ken adam; the war room miniature model on display.}

Stanley Kubrick exhibit LACMA camera from Barry Lyndon camera

{above: steve peeks through kubrick's camera for barry lyndon. NASA zeiss lenses were used to capture the candlelit film.}

The shining slate kubrick LACMA

The Shining Alder typewriter Kubrick LACMA exhibit

The Shining Alder typewriter All Work and No Play Kubrick LACMA

Danny Apollo sweater The Shining Kubrick

Danny Apollo sweater The Shining Kubrick exhibit LACMA

Grady girl twins The Shining

Grady girl twins The Shining Kubrick exhibit LACMA

{above: props and costumes from "the shining."}

Jack nicholson and stanley kubrick on the set of the shining

Kubrick exhibit LACMA The Shining maze model production

{above: on the set of "the shining."}

Kubrick exhibit LACMAThe Shining rejected poster

Saul Bass letter to Kubrick The Shining

{above: saul bass's letter to kubrick regarding five sketches he submitted for the shining's poster; kubrick's handwritten note states that bass's eye maze is "too abstract." by the way, how much do we love saul bass's signature?}

Alex A Clockwork Orange codpiece costume Stanley Kubrick exhibit LACMA

A Clockwork Orange Korova Milk Bar Kubrick exhibit LACMA

{above: "a clockwork orange." alex's infamous white jumpsuit and codpiece; porn statue from the korova milk bar.}

2001 A Space Odyssey pink groovy furniture Kubrick LACMA

Arne Jacobsen cutlery 2001 A Space Odyssey Kubrick LACMA exhibit

{above: "2001: a space odyssey" hot pink lounge furniture; arne jacobsen's cutlery featured in the film.}

Costume design 2001 A Space Odyssey baby Kubrick exhibit LACMA hardy amies

Hardy Amies costume design 2001 a space odyssey

{above: "2001: a space odyssey" costume sketches and design by hardy amies.}

2001 A Space Odyssey baby Kubrick exhibit LACMA

{above: 2001: a space odyssey's giant baby.}

{all exhibition photography by me. hope you enjoyed it!}

a wall of chair drawings

Ronan and erwan bouroullec chair drawings album exhibition

Ronan and erwan bouroullec chair drawings album exhibition close up

Q: what is better than a wall of magnificent chair drawings?

A: a wall of magnificent chair drawings...in france.

{the works of ronan & erwan bouroullec displayed in their "album" exhibition at arc en rêve.} {via designboom.}


Obama rainbows and unicorn

kittens, last night was a good night! i'm functioning on three hours of sleep, but it feels good.

president obama was re-elected, marriage equality won in maine, maryland, and washington (legalized) and minnesota (wasn't constitutionally banned), an historic number of badass women were elected to the senate, and oh...you can now recreationally smoke and grown pot in colorado (UPDATE: and washington!).

and another big winner...nerds! congratulations, nate silver. you are a golden, brilliant god.


{image: obama on a unicorn - reposted from my marriage equality post on may '12.}

forward together

President Obama Repealed Don't Ask Don't Tell

President Obama Reformed Our Health Care

President Obama Made College more affordable for Millions of Students

"It is so important for people to understand, to know that people suffered, struggled. Some people bled, and some died, for the right to participate. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool that we have in a democratic society. It’s precious. It’s almost sacred. We have to use it. If not, we will lose it." -- Georgia congressman John Lewis

if you follow me on twitter or are friends with me on facebook, you know how nervous and passionate i am about this election. i support a woman's right to choose, marriage equality, equal pay for equal work, student loan reform and increased pell grant funding, and affordable heath care for all. in the past four years, president obama has proven to me that hope can lead to real change. it's not just a slogan, but an action. i'm inspired. i want to continue the progress.

so kittens, let's move forward together. i'd be honored to walk with you.

please vote! click here to find your polling location.


{illustrations via barack obama.}

welcome to my birthday party!

Vintage costume party toast

Vintage costume party dancing

Vintage costume party pyramid

Vintage costume party wire cubes

Vintage costume party mushroom column

Vintage costume party fishnets

Vintage costume party outhouses

Vintage costume party cavemen

kittens, i am one year older today!

please, pour yourself to a cocktail and mingle amongst the mushrooms and menfolk. party favors are on the ceiling -- do with them as you wish (and be creative!).

and most of all, THANK YOU for the best gift of all -- you! i've had the pleasure of making so many amazing friends through this little blog. it's enough to make this birthday scorpio swoon!


{party pix via chateau thombeau.}

whoranging with peeps

Matte Stephens A Party

kittens, this post is rearing it's sleepy head a bit late today because i was at a dinner party last night with a fine group of fellow bloggers, gadget stalkers, design mavens, pinning junkies, and all around hotties. the cosmos brought us together to be a part of an exciting new project which i'll be able to share with you soon!

in the meantime, pour yourself a cocktail, remove your hot rollers, and get to know them, too. not only do they have ridiculously amazing blogs, but they are ridiculously amazing people.

happy mundane

gregory han

the brick house

satsuki shibuya

at home at home

beach bungalow 8

trust your style

oh...and for an added bonus, check out their instagram, pinterest, and twitter accounts, too. i promise, you will feel pretty on the inside and sparkly on the outside.


{illustration: "the party" by matte stephens.}

adventures in video blogshop

Poketo Video Blogshop Los Angeles

a few weeks ago, i grabbed my iPhone and canon DSLR and boogied downtown to cross a lingering item off of my to-do list: "learn how to shoot and edit video."

sure, i've fooled around with iMovie, but the most i ever did was set music to a 10-second video of a baby otter. needless to say, formal training was in order.

the first day of class was held at the land of all things awesome -- poketo. the instructors were the lovely and creative bri of blogshop and her talented (and patient) videographer boyfriend, arian of modshift. we learned how to pan, zoom and track (and more) using handheld camera techniques and a lot of "what would wes anderson do?" thought processes. 

we shot everything from facial expressions to sidewalk splatters, keeping in mind we would assemble our digital madness into an award-winning edited video the following day.

Notice of filming Los Angeles

IPhone video Blogshop

Poketo Orange bike bells

Blogshop Los Angeles Balloons Bri and Arian

the next day was a photoshop wonderland of video editing.

yes, the latest version of photoshop CS6 has video editing capabilities! being the photoshop groupie that i am, i knew this would be right up my alley.

bri and angela skillfully guided us through the steps and tricks to lay out video tracks, add music, use overlays, add fades, and use good ol' photoshop adjustment layers, masks, and effects. they even used videos they had created as examples and provided us with extremely helpful exercise files.

Video Blogshop class Los Angeles

and of course, there was a fabulous photo booth. behold, our glorious instructors!

Blogshop Los Angeles Photo Booth

and last, but not least, MY FIRST VIDEO!

cobbled together using the footage shot during our workshop at poketo, it's pretty silly, but was very fun to make. oh, and blogshop is holding a little contest, so if my video gets picked, i score a shiny new copy of CS6! i am currently on a trial version that expires in 12 days, so wish me luck.

finally, a big thank you to video blogshop, all of the other students, and poketo. new skills, new friends, and new inspiration -- who could ask for anything more?

photography by whorange.
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