The work of Jim Bachor is truly special because it's not only creative but it also serves a practical purpose. Did you know that there were around 600,000 potholes in Chicago last winter?
In response to that staggering number Jim Bachor took a common nuisance and made it art. Not only did he help solve some of the city's pothole problems, but he also made it aesthetically pleasing. Instead of crossing the street and stepping into a pothole, you walk or drive, over a beautiful mosaic.
My favorite from this series are those mosaics that mock what they are covering, with the word, "pothole" written across the surface. I particularly love that the works can be found on an ordinary street and not in the galleries of a museum.
Interactive art, that makes you think and consider what it signifies, is my absolute favorite type of art.
World War 2 fiction and I are reunited once again in the form of the novel, All the Light We Cannot See. This book was an interesting read because you get to see the war from two points of view - through the eyes of a young German soldier and, ironically, through those of a blind girl in France. Their stories end up crossing paths later on in the book and that intersection is beautiful but fleeting.
I think being able to read about the war through two very unique perspectives was my favorite part of the book. I was particularly taken with the German soldier's view on the war. It is hard for World War 2 novels to paint Germans in any other light but a horrible one, however, I found myself feeling sympathetic for this novel's protagonist. That feeling came as a surprise to me but also made me re-think my preconceived assumptions about that time.
I think this novel is not only for the World War 2 buffs out there but for everyone.
The conclusion of this book review is pretty simple - read it.
My fall accessories wishlist has no rhyme or reason. If I'm speaking truthfully, I really don't need anything - but that's no fun! This season I'm particularly drawn to studs (big shocker there) and fun animal prints.
I've also come to the executive decision that if I buy a bag it's going to be an investment piece - no more faux leather for this girl! My mom recently purchased the Kate Spade Lola bag in hunter green and I fell in love with it's shape and large buckle. I realized I have no white handbags, so I purchased the Lola in the horchata color. I happened to get the bag on a flash sale for $199.00, plus an extra 15% off - it was quite a steal.
I am always on the hunt for great sneakers. Vans is one of my favorite sneaker brands, and to no surprise, they have some awesome options for fall. I find that a good pair of sneakers goes a long way in NYC, as I do a ton of walking.
Lastly, I'm looking to purchase whimsical and western-inspired jewelry. Ever since my trip to Santa Fe I cannot stop lusting after western jewels. One of my favorite jewelry designers, Vanessa Mooney, has a great selection of unique pieces. I'm particularly drawn to her dreamer necklace that is reminiscent of the Native American squash blossom necklace.
I have already stocked up on a few of my favorite accessories from the list above. You should expect to see me wearing some on the blog in the near future!