Archive for the ‘off-topic’ Category

is this suddenly a movie blog?!

September 19, 2011

It’s more than a movie… That’s the tag line Sports Illustrated is using to justify putting Brad Pitt on its cover. Pitt is playing Billy Beane, the Oakland A’s general manager in Moneyball, which is due out this week and has received rave reviews.

Pitt-as-Bean has also taken over the homepage at NYTimes.com, though in a more traditional sense: with a giant banner ad.

(SI cover; nyt screen grab)

(ot) oki-ni styled by mark mcmahon

September 8, 2011

The latest lookbook for oki-ni, styled by Mark McMahon, shows off lots of outerwear in a range of textures — cords, wool, and neoprene (!) — paired with clashing prints and colors. (We’re all about it these days.) Sadly, the garments are too thick for our blood and for SoCal winters, so we’ll enjoy it from the comfort of our computer.

(image via oki-ni)

want: plaid and stripes (and maybe andrew garfield)

September 7, 2011

We can’t put our finger on what we like about Andrew Garfield‘s disheveled look. The plaid/stripes/backpack combo, perhaps? That wild, Wolverine hair? The silver backpack?

The actor (and perfect Andy Murray stand-in) attended the screening of Meatballs held at the Hollywood Forever cemetery a few weeks ago. Next to him in that photo is Band of Outsider’s Scott Sternberg.

(Photo by John Shearer/WireImage via Refinery29)

(ot) 30 rock’s ‘muffin top’

August 31, 2011

I was looking up the full video to 30 Rock‘s “Tennis Night in America” promo — I realized that I’d never seen the full version — and I stumbled upon this slow (the first half, at least) version of Jenna Maroney’s “Muffin Top” song. Adding this to my playlist!

Lyrics here.

(ot) shirtless: caleb halstead for armani exchange

May 6, 2011

As if any of these “shirtless” posts are off-topic!

Wilhemina model Caleb Halstead shot by Matthew Scrivens for Armani Exchange‘s summer 2011 campaign.

(photo by Matthew Scrivens via Chic Report)

vman’s hot flashes: alex pettyfer + mister softee = summer 2011

April 29, 2011

Community service: VMAN‘s Summer 2011 issue has coverboy Alex Pettyfer all prettied up (or maybe that’s just how he rolls out of bed?). To save us all a trip to the ER, the mag’s handing out softserve for those who nab their copy either tonight or tomorrow night in in SoHo.

See it all: Rest of the photos here.

(image via vman.com)

(ot) anders sølvsten thomsen for oki-ni

April 14, 2011

Danish stylist Anders Sølvsten Thomsen rummages through online retailer oki-ni‘s current closet and comes up with a few looks with lots of bright colors, loud prints, and this wonderful necklace from J.W. Anderson‘s current collection, “The Devoured and I.” Browse: See it all here.

(ot) julian gaino for oki-ni

March 21, 2011

A parka paired with shorts? How very SoCal. Stylist Julian Gaino plays with oki-ni‘s current inventory of goods — including pieces from Folk, Band Of Outsiders, E. Tautz, Thom Browne, and New Balance — to create a lookbook for Spring ’11. View the goods (and buy away!) here.

(image via oki-ni)

(ot) ‘zines on display

October 14, 2010

My dear friend Darin Klein is heading up to San Francisco next weekend to open his show “We ride them and Tingel-Tangel” at Baer Ridgway Exhibitions. The exhibit will highlight the many ‘zines and chapbooks that he’s produced and collaborated on in his two decades of bookmaking.

Bonus: On Oct. 23 (Saturday), Klein will also fete the release of the second and third issues of the ‘zine 21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves, one of his newest projects. A sketch by yours truly is included in one of the issues (not sure which). Can’t wait to get a copy!

More: “We ride them and Tingel-Tangel” runs October 21- December 4, 2010. Find out more details — including publications for sale and related events — by visiting Darin’s site.

(photo of Darin Klein by Jeaneen Lund)

“things will get easier. people’s minds will change. you should be alive to see it.”

October 1, 2010

At the very least, you’ll wanna be around to see what Venus Williams will wear at the US Open next year!

But seriously, a lot of us have been through this. I know plenty of people who’ve felt ridiculed, shunned, bullied, and tormented for being gay — and felt like they had no other choice but to end their lives. It’s a tough situation to be in, but you really have to believe that things will get better. And like Ellen says, there’s help out there.

Resources: At least for LGBTQ youth who feel like they’ve got nowhere to turn, you can check out these orgs.

[...Which makes me wonder what we have in place for older people who are dealing with coming out (like, anyone older than a teenager all the way through the 65+ set) . I'm not saying there's nothing out there; I just realized I don't know who/what those services are. If you know of any, I'm all ears!]

WANT WANT WANT: a scarf, a hoodie, and a journal

September 22, 2010

Rags are riches: The folks at Recession Rags are focusing just on their button scarves for now, moving their non-scarf items — tailored pants, shorts, etc. — to a different brand that’ll appear soon. In the meantime, they’ve churned out some solid neckwear for Fall 2010 (now priced at $29 a pop, down from $50). And in case you need to be enticed, RR’s running a 4-for-$100 special, an offer we’re taking them up on. Check out the goods here.

Moleskine by Marc Jacobs: A limited-edition Moleskine designed by Marc Jacobs to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Barneys CO-OP stores. (via Refinery29)

Not that it’s stopped us before: We ran across these clothes from Airwalk during our US Open trip to NYC and have been jonesing for them ever since. (Native American print’s been done and done, but the fabric’s super-comfy and the price points aren’t bad.) Of course, we didn’t know at the time that these were women’s offerings — an important detail which we’re willing to overlook. Buy: Airwalk Southwest Hoodie, $40; Streak V-Neck, $26; airwalk.com.

(screengrabs via recessionrags.com and airwalk.com)

playing catch-up

September 18, 2010

There was so much to do and take in while we were out in NYC for the US Open. And couple that with our day job, it was really hard to get all the material up and on the blog before the tournament was over (and already there’s Davis Cup stuff to cover!)

So I’ll be putting up a few “flashback” posts that’ll cover the clothes/gear from the year’s final major. In case you’re ready to just look forward, I’ll be marking them in the title so you can just skip over.

I’m off to my friend Robert’s to soak in some sun (poolside!) before summer disappears. In the meantime. I’ll leave you with this fun Levi’s billboard that was up near Lafayette and Houston. There are moving parts!

(video by TSF)

(ot) murakami at versailles

September 16, 2010


Takashi Murakami — an accomplice in one of TSF’s last known splurges — is showing at Versailles. Twenty two works (including 11 new pieces) will be up through December 12, 2010.

(via flavorwire; image by Cedric Delsaux)

a date with muzz, lacoste jewelry, and off-topic galore!

July 23, 2010

Meeting Murray: Andy Murray might be back with girlfriend Kim Sears, but that shouldn’t stop you from working on getting up close to the top ATP Brit. adidas has started a raffle that could win you a meet-up with Andy in Miami (plus some Barricade-themed goods). It’s another part of their recent campaign (remember the adizine?) to toast this tennis shoe. Raffle: Enter here.

Street ping pong: From July 24 through August 22, Londoners can look out for 100 ping pong tables that will pop up across all across the city (including firehouses, apparently), all to be used for pick-up games. More info at ping.etta.tv/.

Updates for L.A.: The Bryan Brothers are playing two venues on the eve of their appearance at next week’s Farmers Classic in L.A. They’ll be at Air Conditioned Lounge in Venice and at Molly Malone’s on Fairfax. No word yet on where Nole will perform his burlesque act.

Lacoste jewelry: Lacoste will debut a line of jewelry at the same time it shows the Spring/Summer 2011 show this September. Expect to see necklaces, bracelets, and charms for bags and mobile phones. (via styelist)

Turn your two cents into $100k: From now until July 26, vote for the Best Tennis Town in the U.S.. The finalists are Beaverton, Ore., Atlanta, Ga., Charleston, S.C., Clearwater, Fla., Delray Beach, Fla., Manchester Center, Vt., Richmond, Va., Rome, Ga., Rosemount, Minn., and Snow Hill, N.C. With $100,000 up for grabs, everyone means business: Delray Beach temporarily renamed itself Tennis Beach, Fla., to get folks in the spirit. Vote: Place your vote in this USTA-sponsored contest at www.besttennistown.com.

(ot) Lego my buildings: The National Building Museum is currently showing Towering Ambition, the work of LEGO Certified professional Adam Reed Tucker. He’s built 15 large-scale replicas of famous structures, including the Empire State Building, St. Louis’ Gateway Arch, and Fallingwater.

(ot) we want — CDG: We’re on a year-long shopping diet that ends March 1, 2011, so consider this our version of chewing and then spitting it out. We love the Gossamer-esque Comme des Garçons v-neck sweater in black (via Tobi)

(ot) Is that a bone in your briefs…? The skeletal theme of Alexander McQueen‘s branding has now made its way to underwear — one of the British designers final projects. Bonus round: See a teaser ad for the line here). (via oki-ni)

(ot) etsy on our mind: Oakland, Calif.-based artist John Carling is busy dreaming up the cutest monsters this side of Where The Wild Things Are. We love this whale print, “Everything is Vibrating“. (via Thrillist SF)

(ot) CFDA homework: This year’s finalists for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund are Joseph Altuzarra (Altuzarra), Christian Cota, Prabal Gurung, Robert Geller, Eddie Borgo, Oliver Helden and Paul Marlow (Loden Dager), Pamela Love ( Pamela Love Jewelry), Moss Lipow, Gregory Parkinson, and Billy Reid. Bone up with this cheatsheet from the just-turned-five Refinery29. (Happy anniversary!)

Nature, 1; humans, 0: The Horton Plains slender loris, a tiny Sri Lankan mammal thought to be extinct, was recently captured on film. Nature, 0; humans, 1: The last female rhino at South Africa’s Krugersdorp National Park died after poachers took her horn. R.I.P.

(OT) <3: gucci spring 2010

July 6, 2010

While no one can possibly think about layering in this sweltering heat, we’re still gonna show you what we liked from Gucci‘s Spring 2010 runway shows. Click on the images above to see the slideshows from style.com.

Posts about the men’s stuff from Paris (plus this week’s couture) coming soon!

(images via style.com)

let’s celebrate america the way we know best

July 2, 2010

While we’ve got visions of sugar plums dancing in our heads (and by “sugar plums” we mean “the abs of Sergey Demekhine“), don’t think that TSF’s forgotten about Independence Day. We plan to take in some Breakfast at Wimbledon (live blogging!), catch some rays, and beef up our closets. And to whet the appetite, a little patriotic window shoppin':

ASOS: Paul Smith Jeans Curved Buckle Belt, $91.31; Bill Amberg White Canvas Rucksack, $211.36; ASOS Overdyed Slim Jeans, $47.35.

Tobi: Nixon The Time Teller P Watch, $60; Alex & Chloe Bermuda Triangle necklace, $48; incase Perforated Snap iPhone Case, $29.

UO: Night and Day Sofa, $499.99; Henry the Boxer Bank, $9.99; Giraffe Duvet, $39.99.

short balls 2.0: like a train, we’re still going

July 1, 2010

Who knew today would be such a busy tennis news day?! And here we were thinking all we’d have to do is count how many times John McEnroe used “she” in his commentary instead of identifying Zvonareva, Pironkova or Kvitova by name. We think it was somewhere in the ball park of 2,000 or so.

My first-person account of trying out to be a US Open ballperson is up on the New York Times Straight Sets tennis blog. No, I haven’t heard back yet, but I can assure my tryout wasn’t quite as entertaining as Jimmy Fallon’s from last year’s Open. Hilarity.

In case you haven’t heard yet, Justine Henin has sustained an elbow injury at Wimbledon and has already stated she’s likely not to play the US Open. So much for that comeback, eh? Oh, and remember the 35,000-seat stadium that was going to host the Justine versus Kimmy exhibition? 34,999 people are breathing a sigh of relief that Serena signed on to take her place.

(OT) The Target Corp. is opening a new store in Manhattan’s Spanish Harlem nabe, on 116th and Pleasant Avenue. The company is going all out with advertising, including buying and entire 6 Train (which runs on the east side through Spanish Harlem) – inside and out – for brand advertising. Click the image above to see video.

Pardon our forgetfulness, but we had somehow lost track of the kennethinthe212 blog, a witty and well-written corner of the web that dedicates a good deal of virtual ink to the world of tennis. Or, more importantly, the catfights of tennis. Most recently, Kenneth made sure to post Sandra Bernhard‘s angry Tweets scolding Pam Shriver for existing… er, we mean, for ridiculing Venus Williams. You tell ‘em honey!

And in a not-so-surprising move, the Huffington Post has selected Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as the top two male hotties at Wimbledon. #3? John Isner. We’re not so sure about that one…

(OT) get a whiff of wiffle gear from no mas

June 24, 2010

Every sport needs its uniform, and wiffle ball is no exception. No Mas has restocked its line of Wiffle tees and come out with a pair of ten-ball shorts and three snap back hats (made in conjuction with Starter) — all to get you properly outfitted for some perforated plastic ball fun.

In case you need swayin’ you can enter the code “WIFFLE” at checkout to get 25% off on the goods. You’re welcome!

(image via No Mas NYC)

(ot) the guys we’d be bomber girls for

March 29, 2010

The 2010 spring men’s collection from Balmain has taken our love for the military motif to the next level with an homage to the air force. They throw in a few other looks — motorcycle jackets, graphic tees (tigers!), requisite skinny pants, and some softer sweatshirts — to round out the rugged season.

View: The lookbook is available here; and you can pick up some of the goods here.

(images via balmain)

(ot) what’s been on our mind

March 17, 2010

Judging by the pics we saw via Refinery29 of photographer Ryan McGinley‘s latest exhibit, we’re all about his refreshing move away from landscapes and towards raw portraits. Visit: “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”, Team Gallery, New York City; through April 17, 2010.

And over at Recession Rags, they’re mining the nooks and crannies of clothing manufacturers all over the city for scrabs of fabrics then turned into shorts, pants, scarves, and suspenders. Look at the fun patterns they’re using for neckwear. Browse: Wrap your head around the goods here. (via Thrillist)


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