December 27, 2012

malika favre

As a journalism student that graduated college in 3.5 years, I never took the opportunity to enroll in art history lectures, drawing classes or music courses. I wanted to get a degree and get out of town as soon as possible.

Although I may not be an expert on the subject, I do appreciate talent in the visual arts, particularly after graduation. Over the years, I've managed to discern that I have an inclination towards modern art that doesn't shy away from its use of color. Whether it's abstract expressionism (like Willem de Kooning) or pop art (Warhol, of course), my eye tends to wander towards pieces with a bit of whimsy.

Naturally, when I stumbled across Malika Favre, an incredibly talented French illustrator based out of London, I was immediately intrigued. Her work is minimalistic and bold, as she tries to pare down the subjects to as few lines and colors as possible to portray the idea. While her pieces certainly have the "pop" I love so much, there's an underlying edginess in her work. I am particularly drawn to the Hide&Seek series, though I know her more sexually-charged illustrations get a lot of attention on the internet (naturally). I'm not the only one to have noticed her, of course -- she's been commissioned by the New Yorker and VH1, in addition to collaborating with Volcom on a limited-edition collection of clothing that I can't seem to get my hands on.

For more information on Malika, check out this interview with the artist.

December 21, 2012

basic flats

Besides hassle-free hair, I'm currently interested in not-so-fancy footwear. Just snapped up these nude patent slippers and black leather ballerinas in the Zara sale for $19.99/each. 

December 20, 2012

hassle-free holiday hair

thrifted blouse, loft earrings

The quickest, easiest version of "holiday hair" -- ever.
(You can purchase the rhinestone chain from the last photo, but I just took mine off an old necklace I didn't wear anymore.)

For the full step-by-step tutorial, go here!

November 28, 2012

instinct of color

Obsessed with this short film from OPI. The song featured in it -- "Down the Road" by the French DJs C2C -- has also been on repeat. 

November 9, 2012

winter white

colin stuart pumps/"how music works" by david byrne/forever 21 bag

I don't know if it's me trying to fill the void left by the complete lack of snow here in Nebraska, but I can't get enough of anything in a sleek in a shade of white. This white leather moto jacket is making me seriously question the important of groceries and rent.

All shots are taken from my Instagram: @thealteration.

July 17, 2012

there is a winery in nebraska

photo cr.: lindsay zautke & paige stark

Old Navy polka dot tank, high-waisted Gap shorts, Target boots, vintage bag. 

Spent a completely magical weekend at a local winery + lakefront campsite with all of my favorite females. From stumbling upon a pair of llamas to consuming more smores than I'll ever care to admit, I have to say it'll be hard to top this trip.

July 8, 2012

to the point

images via shop sweet things

Keds brought back this vintage style for summer and I am pretty sure I need it in my life. 
Available in white, chambray, navy & black. 

April 19, 2012

glamour shots

Vogue Germany
April 2012
via whowhatwear

Barbara Palvin is stunning in one of the best beauty editorials I've seen in a while. The over-the-top accessorizing is perfectly complemented by a range of simple, easy-to-obtain makeup looks.