For New Year’s Eve, The Party Hat In Art. 40 Festive Examples.

Party Hats in Art

With New Year’s Eve tonight and a new year of birthdays coming up, I was inspired by the notion of ‘Party Hats’ and wanted to see what was out there in terms of fine art that incorporated the classic pointed hat. I was not disappointed and I hope you won’t be either. Read more

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Stunning Print Advertising for the World Wildlife Fund by Contrapunto BBDO.

above: detail from World Wildlife Fund print ad, “Elephant”

Ads of the World, a fast growing site which features advertising from… yes, that’s right, all over the world, makes monthly picks for what they consider the best advertising in film (tv), print, ambient, outdoor, online and direct mail. Read more

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Vintage Looking Photos Are Actually Miniature Pencil Drawings by Paul Chiappe.

Miniature Pencil drawings by Paul Chaippe

I came across Paul Chiappe’s unusual and frankly, astonishing, work while reading this wonderful 5 part series of 100 artists to watch at ArtInfo. Read more

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A Picture Is Worth A Couple Hundred Thousand Sales. Or Not. The Best and Worst Selling Magazine Covers of 2011.

Ordinarily I try to write original content for the blog and do not reprint an article by another source. However, this article by John Koblin for WWD is a nice informative wrap up (albeit lacking for other variables) on what magazine covers were hits and which were bombs in 2011. Read more

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Luxury Igloo Pods and Private Skiing At Switzerland’s New Whitepod Resort & Spa.

Brand new, Switzerland’s Whitepod resort has just opened (on the 20th of December 2011) featuring 15 private geodesic pods that resemble igloos anchored on wooden platforms, a recently built spa, a central chalet and private skiing for the guests.

The 15 Luxury Igloo Pods

Inside the pods:

Each pod has a large double bed for 2 people. Five of the pods are equipped with mezzanines that can hold 2 extra beds. However, the mezzanine beds are not intended for adults, they are more appropriate for children from 8 to 16 years old.


All pods are equipped electricity, a floor lamp, wood-burning stoves and organic luxury bedding. The bathrooms are heated with an electric heater and equipped with fully fitted bathrooms; shower, sink, toilet, hairdryer, towels and amenities. And each pod has two pairs of Crocs™ (plastic clogs) at your disposal, lol!

The Central Chalet (chalet Les Cerniers)

At the center of the 15 pods, stands a charming early 1800s wooden chalet where guests meet for breakfast in the morning or gather in the evening around its central fireplace for evening drinks and socializing.

Note: The pods are not equipped with WiFi but there is free Wi-Fi in the Pod-house and in the chalet Les Cerniers.

Pampering and wellness:
Whitepod offers two different wellness areas…

The Relaxation area, which is inside the Pod-house, at the center of the pods, has:
– One Finnish sauna
– One Japanese bath
– Changing rooms
– Showers
Open every day from 15:00 to 20:00 or on request

The Treatment area, which is on the first floor of the chalet Les Cerniers, holds:
– Two massage rooms
– One massage room with a double bath


The Whitepod ski estate is made of 7 km of ski pistes with 700m altitude difference and caters for beginner and intermediate levels.

The two private lift installations can be opened from 11 am to 3 pm upon demand and ensure the guests benefit from a perfectly maintained and safe skiing experience.

The domain also has excellent snow conditions from December through to March.

The Whitepod Welcome kit:

Whitepod is located in Switzerland, in the canton of Valais, in the village of Les Cerniers, at the foot of the Dents-du-Midi mountain range (the beginning of the Swiss Alps), and faces the international ski resort Villars.

Winter 2011/2012, Price per night:
WEEKNIGHTS (Sunday to Thursday) WEEKEND NIGHTS (Friday or Saturday)
POD (single or double occupancy): CHF 400 / EUR 325 CHF 590 / EUR 480
Extra bed: CHF 50 / EUR 40 CHF 80 / EUR 65
Baby cot: FREE /FREE

Included in the price:
Buffet breakfast at the Pod-house
Access to the relaxation area
All equipment necessary for the stay – back bag, headlights, snowshoes, sledge
Access to our private ski slopes
Free WIFI at the Pod-house
Tea-Time – afternoon tea & pastries served everyday
All taxes

images courtesy of Whitepod, Photographer: Vincent Hofer | Jean-Marc Palisse – Designer: Angelique Buisson

Whitepod Concept SA
Les Cerniers | CP 681
CH-1871 Les Giettes – Switzerland

T +41 (0)24 471 38 38 | F +41 (0)24 471 39 55

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Alcohol Infused Whipped Cream in 11 Flavors. Whipped Lightning aka Whipahol.

I recently wrote about Smirnoff’s new flavored vodkas, one of which is said to taste like whipped cream. This got me thinking…. what if there were an actual whipped cream that tasted like vodka instead of the other way around? So, I did a little googling and found something even better…. Whipped Lighting – Alcohol Infused Whipped Cream in a can in 11 delicious sounding flavors.

Whipped Lightning (which I prefer referring to as its urban slang nickname and their url… Whipahol) contains 18.25% alcohol (36.5 proof) with the exception of four flavors (Caramel Pecan, Chocolate Mint, German Chocolate and Hazelnut Espresso) which contain 16.75% alcohol (or 33.5 proof).

Whipped Lightning can dress up many a drink (and a dessert). Whether you prefer a martini, shot or shooter, cocktail, frozen drink, coffee, pie, ice cream or just straight from the can, Whipahol is one of a kind. Okay, not really one of a kind since a competitive product named Cream with 6 flavors, 15% alcohol content and much better designed packaging has recently hit the market.

above: Cream, another recently introduced Alcohol-infused whipped cream

As you would expect, many college campuses, concerned parents and special interest groups are up in arms over this product because of its obvious appeal to underage drinkers who are likely to abuse the product. Ingesting one full can will give you an effect equal to about three beers – and probably a stomachache.

Below are some answers from the folks behind Whipahol you’re bound to have about this creamy booze in a can.

Do I have to refrigerate Whipped Lightning?
No, Whipped Lightning does not need to be refrigerated, ever. As a matter of fact refrigeration will cause the alcohol to separate from the cream and Whipahol will serve rather muddy. Don’t worry though, refrigeration won’t hurt it; just let it return to room temperature and all will be fine. Whipahol is infused with grain alcohol and pressurized inside a sterile environment. Although it will not go bad sitting out on a hot summer day we recommend trying to keep it somewhere around 70 degrees.

Should I shake the can?
You should shake Whipped Lightning vigorously before serving. This will help to mix up all the tasty ingredients.

There is still product in the can but why is nothing coming out?
Whipped Lightning is under pressure, if the can is relieved of pressure the product will not dispense. Do NOT spray Whipahol while the can is pointing up or sideways because the gas will be used up before all the Whipahol is dispensed from the can. Be sure to shake well, point the can downwards and spray.

Can I leave Whipahol in my car on a hot summer day?
No, you should not leave Whipahol in a hot car. Any aerosol product can become over pressurized by the heat in a parked car. This will cause the valve to fail and Whipahol will end up all over your upholstery rather than where it belongs, in your mouth.

How many calories are in a serving?
We’ve never had Whipped Lightning tested to determine how many calories are in a serving. Whipahol is not a food product and is not subject to FDA labeling requirements; it is an alcoholic beverage. You should consume Whipahol in moderation, please enjoy it responsibly.

Do you have to be 21 years old to purchase Whipped Lightning?
Yes, Whipped Lightning is an alcoholic beverage so you must be 21 years old to purchase and consume in the United States.

What is the shelf life of Whipped Lightning?
Whipped Lightning is best used within 12 months of being made. Please see the label for either a born on or expiration date. We make Whipahol to order so your can of Whipped Lightning is fresh and has not sat in a warehouse for months after production.

Why is Whipped Lightning not available in my state?
If Whipped Lightning is not currently available in your state, more than likely we are working on finding a distributor. You can help us by asking for Whipped Lightning at your local liquor store.

Click here to find where to purchase Whipped Lightning and some recipes as to how to serve it.

By the way, that fabulous image of the girl covered in whipped cream at the top of this post is from the photo shoot of Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass 1965 album cover for Whipped Cream & Other Delights(courtesy of Esquire magazine’s archives and composited by yours truly)

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Vintage Eames Lounge Chairs and Ottomans Get Maharam Makeovers for Moss.

eames lounge chairs upholstered by Hella Jongerius

Three unique vintage Eames lounge chairs and ottomans are being offered as one-offs by New York’s Moss Gallery (now Moss Bureau). Read more

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An Artist Who Nails It. The Work of Marcus Levine.

Marcus levine art

UK artist Marcus Levine creates figurative and abstract images by driving common black and silver nails into an aluminum panel or wood boards. Nudes, portraits, eyes and abstracts are depicted as a combination of pointillism and sculpture. Read more

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