art studio: leigh viner.

The illustrations of freelance artist and photographer Leigh Viner are obviously inspired by fashion, but the subjects aren't necessarily consumed by the idea of an ideal. There is an intentional absence of that inner conflict between runway and reality. Leigh has managed to capture strength and substance under the guise of subtle beauty seized by dramatic color. My interview with the artist follows…


NAME: Leigh Viner | HOME GROWN: Denver, Colorado | DAY JOB: Full time Freelance artist/Photographer | DREAM JOB: I am living my dream working as an artist.



Q & A.

JRL:  Your fashion illustrations depict subjects that seem aware of their beauty but not defined by it. If your illustrations could serve as either a reference or a reflection of how women see themselves, which one is more important to you? Why? 

LV:  I think you described it so well on how I create. Especially when I use editorial fashion as a reference, the images can be so perfected and with my art I want to portray and create a version of those images by taking that apart and pulling emotions and a vision of something I and the viewer can relate to. I had an art show in San Francisco called "Fashion Unraveled", that title alone is a good description of how I portray my work. I think reference and reflection can be both seen in my pieces and find they are both relevant to importance.  

JRL:  Your photography focuses on travel in the most intimate settings. Since your lens often reads like private journal entries, whose journal would you be interested in reading? Why? 

LV:  Thank you. As far as reading someone else's journal, there are quite a few. But on the top of my list would be those of the past, starting with Theodora, the Empress of the Byzantine Empire. I am referencing her as I am currently using that period as inspiration for some work and find her interesting. I wish I could dive into the story of her life as an actress and seductive performer before becoming the empress of Constantinople. Others would include the Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel, Rembrandt, Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel and a few currents, David Lynch, David Downton and Diane von Furstenberg.  

JRL:  The art of photography is unique in that it not only offers each of us significant connections to people and events, but it also finds beauty in the most unlikely spaces. What specific spaces do you visually identify with joy? Sorrow?

LV:  I find sorrow easier to identify with strangely, or it is possible that I am finding the beauty in the sorrow. For example, a black and white photo of a dying flower say on a cobbled stone street would be more beautiful to me then a bouquet of fresh flowers sitting on a table. I think the dying flower has more of a history to tell.  

JRL:  Imagine there are no cameras or canvases; your self portrait is a statement. Define yourself.

LV:  A dreamer, a person that loves for those I care about to feel loved and happy. I over think and over analyze far too often. If I could read all day with coffee I would. My love for my daughter and giving her the best life I can drives me to do my best every day.

JRL:  What's more important to you as an artist – if the audience connects with your work or if they actually understand your point of view?

LV:  I think it is more important that they connect with my work; I hope it relates to them in some way. If something I create can affect them in that way and they can then enjoy my work in their home to make it their own, that makes me happy.

Leigh's illustrations are available at her Etsy shop. Illustrations shown: Reign | Rumi | Draw the Line | 3.1 Phillip Lim inspired | Fragmentary | Hence | Envie | Lune | Maddelina

Illustrations + photography created by and provided courtesy of Leigh Viner.


style profile: ashley, grace, and romeo.

the germany based sibling trio of ashley [5], grace [4], and romeo [3] have an unassuming appreciation of the good life – frohawks, graphic prints, and oreo cookies. these tiny trendsetters display a subtle confidence in their stance and somehow turn every sidewalk into a runway. each fashion forward moment is captured by their mom/photographer. for daily doses of this cute clique follow their hipster blueprint via the ChiChiRomeo+Me blog, facebook, and instagram pages.

[photography provided courtesy of ChiChiRomeo+Me.]


dime defined: tanekeya word.


NAME: Tanekeya Word | HOME GROWN: Milwaukee, WI | DAY JOB: Artist/Creative Director/Scholar | DREAM JOB: I'm living it, I dream of it expanding and adding educator to my day job.


MEAL: Hard shell tacos, Spanish rice and black beans. | SOUND: My family's laughter. | POEM: "I want to do with you what spring does with the cherry trees." – Pablo Neruda, Twenty Love Poems and a Song of Despair | SCENT: Tom Ford Lavender Palm  | ART STYLE/PERIOD: Afrofuturism

q & a.

Q:  Who would portray you in the movie version of your life? Feature film, straight to DVD, or Lifetime Movie?
A:  Shanola Hampton, feature film.

Q:  What artists or songs would contribute to the film's soundtrack?
A:  Janelle Monae, André 3000, Pharrell, Alex Isley, Parlet, Brides of Funkenstein, Funkadelic, Daft Punk, Santigold, Little Dragon, SBTRKT, Chaka Khan.

Q:  What one thing would your friends and family be surprised to learn about you?
A:  I cry at the end of Undercover Boss, something about paying it forward gets me ever time. I'm not really a crier, so they'll be shocked!

Q:  If your beauty routine had to be condensed, what three products make the cut?
A:  I don't like beauty products on my face daily, except for vitamin E + Nivea Creme; I prefer a natural look. Yet, when I want to take it up a notch these three items are a must: Benefit They're Real! Mascara, M.A.C. Eye Kohl, and M.A.C. Chai Lipglass.

Q:  Are you the woman your ten year old self wanted to be?
A:  I've actually retained quite a bit of the ten year old's dreams, I'm an artist, bibliophile and I am still writing. The nine children and the husband have yet to be attained, but I'm elated that they're on hold--especially the nine children--I may get to one child, after the husband of course!

Q:  What is your alter ego's name? Describe her in one word.
A:  Lioness. Fire.

Q:  Food, water, and _____? What else do you need to survive?
A:  Creativity.

Q:  Would you rather have no regrets or no fears?
A:  No Fears. I believe that you learn more from failure than you can learn from success, failure leads to mastery. If you learn from it, you will eventually find the best practices. If you are fearful, you cannot do anything. 

Q:  What's your definition of dime? 
A:  This term is so nostalgic; I would define a perfect ten as a woman who sees herself as whole. 

Q:  What words do you live by? 
A:  Faith without works is dead. – James 2:14-26


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Photography provided courtesy of Tanekeya Word.


loft space: light show.

i can certainly appreciate lighting's basic function of illumination, especially when i'm home alone in the midst of a citywide blackout. light has this specific subtle effect that provides comfort in the darkness. there never has to be an overwhelming amount of light or an arresting brightness. it just has to be just enough – to find your way. let there be light…

mr. maria:

mr. maria – :01 miffy dream lamp | :02 anana lamp | :03 nanuk lamp | :04 kokeshi lamp | miffy lamp XL [photography provided courtesy of mr. maria]

thinkk studio:

thinkk studio – :01 CementWood lamp
[photography provided courtesy of thinkk studio]


FARO // this project is a collaboration between rui pereira and ryosuke fukusada – :01 faro mini fireplace [photography provided courtesy of rui pereira]

marz designs:

marz designs – :01 bright beads 3 cluster | :02 bright beads 4 cluster
[photography provided courtesy of marz designs]


PELLE – :01 12k white gold bubble chandelier upgrade | :02 24k gold bubble chandelier upgrade
[photography provided courtesy of PELLE]


by the book: lolli-pop by massimo gammacurta.

still life conceptual photographer and multimedia artist massimo gammacurta clearly has a sweet tooth. gammacurta's lolli-pop project is an edible homage to brand association. a handcrafted candy coated documentary on social consumption and materialism. this sculptural sugar rush is a literal appreciation and a dynamic interpretation of what defines good taste.

lolli-pops shown: apple | the new york times | bugatti | chanel | mercedes-benz | adidas | dior

[photography provided courtesy of BIS Publishers.]

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