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»January 29th, 2012 by andi

My recent obsession; linen dress forms. I’m on the hunt for the perfect one. One that’s supple, but not creepy. One that’s headless with a metal crown over the headless neck. One that has words written across it, maybe French words, thou I suppose I could DIY that part.

My journey to find said linen form has taken me to some weird websites. Very weird websites. It seems as though most dress forms are sold alongside of mannequins. And, well, mannequins are a whole different thing entirely. They’re plastic and have arms. Their finger nails are usually the same color as their plastic skin and they often have heads – sometimes faces. Let’s face it; they usually look like Boy George – downright creepy.

Why do I think this, though? What I’m looking for really isn’t that far away from its mannequin counterpart. They both are human body shaped. They both were probably manufactured similarly. They both can wear clothes … like me. So, is what I’m looking for really that different than [gulp] a mannequin? Why am I trying to differentiate myself from those hunting for mannequins? Why do I feel guilty when coworkers see me looking at mannequins but not dress forms? Will “The Mannequin” ever become a real girl? Not sure what the answers are, but here is some tantalizing mannequin eye candy, and a sign that all dress form prejudice – including mannequins – may be ending.

a. modern50| vintage dress form photo
b. etsy| leas vintage doll dress form
c. etsy| autumn lady 18 bridal dress form
d. Rob Pippin| art dress form
e. Blue Green Arts| small art dress form
f. Margaret Conte | art mannequin
g. | Vintage Dress Form
h. Timeless Settings | Paris Vintage Style Mannequin Jewelry Holder
i. Jesse Watson | dress form

»November 16th, 2011 by andi

In light of my current city’s decision to pass amendment 300 – the result, shutting 22 medical marijuana businesses down –I thought I’d do the newly unemployed some honor and show them signs of support.

Dear amendment 300 lovers & voters,
Just ‘cause you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s non-existent. Unless, of course, you’re talking about a band aid to our economy. That really is non-existent, because you voted against it.


a. etsy| stash bag
b. etsy| stash jar
c. Bytepack| cannabis cover
d. etsy| thc molecule necklace
e. Epier| Think Green t-shirt
f. etsy| Big Lebowski coaster set

»March 13th, 2011 by andi


Soul. What a strange concept. Who has one, who doesn’t, where they’re housed, where they go when our bodies stop working – it’s all so arbitrary. Read more

»February 7th, 2011 by andi

There’s this thing I have called a cat. That may sound insensitive, but anyone who knows Phoenix would agree – he’s mighty furry, and horribly un-purry. Read more

»January 17th, 2011 by andi


How many people loved school? Better yet, how many people even liked school? When we think of school, lots of words come to mind, but first and foremost for me? Dun, dun, dun, the dreaded caste system. Yes, like the one in India. Read more

»January 2nd, 2011 by andi


I always wanted to be a ballet dancer. The costumes. The elegance. The physical poetry. It’s all so romantic. I took ballet for several years when I was young, but before long, ballon became triple jumps, pirouettes only happened in paintbrush strokes and fouettés converted to toe touches. I always wished I would’ve continued on my way to busting out arabesques on polished wood floors at parties.

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»December 27th, 2010 by andi


In honor of Wikileaks revealing what’s causing our little pollinating friends to permanently buzz off – a pesticide called clothianidin – we’re paying homage to bees, their honeycomb havens and their contribution to design.

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»December 12th, 2010 by andi

Ever fantasize about pulling an Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat, Pray, Love) and ditching all commitments in your life? Of course you do – everything from candid friends with benefits relationships to REI’s return policy is whispering sweet non-committal nothings in our ears. And art is the mac-daddy player.

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»December 5th, 2010 by andi

On a recent trip to Europe, I learned a lot of humbling lessons. I went thinking I had been there once, so things should’ve been simple. After all, Europe is a set of Western countries, right? Read more