Friday, August 26, 2011

happy friday!

via Not Your Fine Art Photography

two sweet photos of a bride & groom: 1 and 2
how very East-coast
the Olsens have still got the cool factor
very much enjoying A well traveled woman
Tomboy Style: I love a stick shift and I love this photo
I've been reading Peter Pan for the first time, and I love all the exaggerated, imagined Native Americans. this photo kind of takes me there.
remember the puppy cam? here's a new one, and this time, I know the puppy mama, Byrdie— these dogs are Chelsea's!
if ever you need a boost, remember the honey badger

Thursday, August 25, 2011

kulula airlines

Have you heard of Kulula Airlines? I got this in a chain email and I just had to post. How cute are these airplanes? If I bought stock in an airline, it would have to be one whose planes had such clever design.

Kulula is a South African budget airline which totally shows American budget airlines who's boss regarding sense of humor. In addition to their sweet aircraft designs, they also are known for their sassy flight attendants. Here are some of the quips they've been reported to make:

"In the event of a sudden loss of cabin pressure, masks will descend from the ceiling. Stop screaming, grab the mask, and pull it over your face. If you have a small child travelling with you, secure your mask before assisting with theirs. If you are travelling with more than one small child, pick your favorite."

"As you exit the plane, make sure to gather all of your belongings. Anything left behind will be distributed evenly among the flight attendants. Please do not leave children or spouses."

After a real crusher of a landing in Johannesburg: "Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Captain Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we will open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal."

As the plane landed and was coming to a stop at Durban Airport , a lone voice came over the loudspeaker: "Whoa, big fella. WHOA!"

On another flight with a very "senior" flight attendant crew, the pilot said, "Ladies and gentlemen, we've reached cruising altitude and will be turning down the cabin lights. This is for your comfort and to enhance the appearance of your flight attendants."

Upon landing: "Please be sure to take all of your belongings.. If you're going to leave anything, please make sure it's something we'd like to have."

"Thank you for flying Kulula. We hope you enjoyed giving us the business as much as we enjoyed taking you for a ride."

"Ladies and gentlemen, if you wish to smoke, the smoking section on this airplane is on the wing.. If you can light 'em, you can smoke 'em."

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Friday, August 19, 2011

happy friday!

Photo by my friend, photographer Josh Boucher

This week has been a fast-paced and very busy one! So I'm looking forward to relaxing and catching up with friends and with my life. Sunday morning I'm taking a canoe trip with my parents and some friends! Here's my round-up...

I'm cr-azy about Lady Gaga's new single, "You and I." (I listened to it four times consecutively on Tuesday night.) Not surprising, since I love all of her music, but... this one has a different flavor. It feels just like that woodsy, Midwestern bar I imagine she's talking about in the lyrics, infused with the familiar "Bad Romance" dance club sounds. With all that raw, sweet passion and this eyebrow-raisingly conventional ensemble, I think we might be seeing a new side of Gaga. I love her costumes and creativity, but it's refreshing to see her showing that there is a part of her that really is just a mega-rich 25-year-old woman who's looking for a life partner.

Totally into this blog I just stumbled upon called "Wide Open Spaces." Great inspiration materials and a nice escape. I particularly enjoyed this post.

Sweet "Help Japan" posters.

I think I love this "naming personality." I've been on the edge of my seat this week, waiting for Katie to give birth so I can hear her new son's name!

Prints showing children around the world in major cities

newly intrigued with Andrej Pejic

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


photo courtesy of

Oops! I've been MIA on Starshine again. I'm wrapped up in a couple of freelance projects that are occupying a lot of time, but I have some great posts coming up!

Friday, August 12, 2011

happy friday!

Nothing like a storm cloud to make you feel really, really small.

via The Steward

Jane Austen-esque wedding portrait

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

katie at 8 1/2 months

Katie and Brandon are expecting their second son... any day now =) Here are some maternity portraits I took for them this past weekend. Doesn't Katie look lovely? She's wearing a dress her mom bought for her on a recent trip to Paris.

Friday, August 5, 2011

happy friday!

I hope I someday get to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. I find Christ the Redeemer so haunting and beautiful.

romantic rainy-day wedding portrait
beautiful photos merging past and present in the always-romantic Paris
the economy explained in 135 seconds
legalized gay marriage in New York

Thursday, August 4, 2011

happy birthday, mr president

Our president turns 50 today! Happy birthday to him. And cheers to his accomplishments.

Photo courtesy of

P.S. Here's a flashback to 1962, when Marilyn Monroe wished JFK a very sexy 45th.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

"study" abroad

Some of my classmates on a very early subway ride home after a night of karaoke... we didn't do this every night.

Upon my recent return from a month in Japan, I'm recalling this hilarious story about what people really do on "study" abroad programs from The Onion. While I had a lot of fantastically fun times, my intense photography program was far from this leisurely, and it's a little crude, but it's still worth a giggle. (And really, oftentimes, not far from accurate.)

a go-anywhere hairstyle

Leighton Meester shows us how it's done.

Monday, August 1, 2011

summer in the city

Yeah, Norah Jones. Don't this images just feel chill and urban? Almost from a different time. Maybe the 80s.

via Star Pulse

via Now I've Heard Everything

Also, a few of my favorite Norah Jones songs:
"Thinking About You"
"The Nearness of You"
"Be Here to Love Me"
"Creepin' In" (featuring the great Dolly Parton)
"The Prettiest Thing"
"Rosie's Lullaby"