Easy Like Sunday Morning
Sunday is one of the most fun days of the week, especially Summertime when all the cute girls bust out their short shorts and colored raybans. So if you’re in Los Angeles this weekend, swing by our cool pool party at The Standard, Downtown LA. The DJ set will be something worth appreciating. RSVP to email@example.com
Secret Travel Item: Lisa Fernandez
Bathing suit designer Lisa Fernandez insists that she cannot travel without her special Dupont lighter. Apparently, her husband gave the sentimental piece to Lisa after the couple fought in St. Tropez so he can um… accelerate the makeup. “I was being a jerk” he confessed with a grin as we all admired the sturdy lighter in The Standard, Miami hotel room during Swim Week. ...
Mina Gough Spa Director, The Standard Spa, Miami Beach Cancer The Standard: Tell us a bit about your background, and what made you decide to enter this field of wellness? Mina: Growing up in Stockholm, Sweden, I naturally love the ocean/water and have a total affinity for bathing - relaxing (lowering my pulse is part of my dna), spa rituals, skin care head to toe, healthy food, yoga and...
Graphic of the Day: 500 Worst Passwords
By Obsessive Consumption. Edition of 30. Signed and Numbered. Artist’s Etsy Store
Our Hamam Last night
Meet Karelle Levy, the designer for KRELwear, a sassy knitwear line unlike any you’ve seen. Karelle is also the ringleader of a traveling Burlesque party which she happened to host last night during Miami’s swim week. The party was held inside our spa at The Standard, Miami, after closing hours. Guests were told to wear as little as possible. We decided to grab a hold of this busy...
Graphic of the Day: Blue State
Todays graphic of the day is actually available to purchase. Michael Leon Blue State 2009 Silkscreen on archival paper 36 x 24 inches Edition of 100 Signed and numbered by the artist Price $100. From the art website called Iconoclast. Don’t you love affordable art?
Summer Straw Shoes
It seems these shoes are poppin’ up on the feet of the most stylish ladies. Behold the Robert Clergerie straw shoes, as seen in Olivier Zahm’s Purple Diary website on the feet of Annabelle Dexter Jones at the Hotel Amour, Paris. (Annabelle Dexter Jones, Paris) Another pair was spotted on the feet of Mara Hoffman’s assistant during Miami’s Swim shows last week. Stay...
Mina Singing Bang Bang, 1967
From our friends at Purple Diary
Graphic of the Day: Joy Division Flipped
Here’s a graphic by Christopher Wright entitled Known Pleasures. According to the retail website, the design is “a Tribute to Joy Division’s most famous record and tossing off in the morning” explains the clothier African Apparel. We love a good concept flipped on its head. To purchase the T-shirt, go to African Apparel
This band is somewhat of a cross between Crosby Stills & Nash mixed with Simon & Garfunkle… with a whole lot of soul of their own too. Read more on the band at Fleet Foxes. The wonderfully eerie video for “White Winter Hymnal” is directed by Sean Pecknold. It has sort of a hypnotizing effect. See for yourself. Definitely a band to keep your eyes on… ...
We can’t stop thinking of the mirrors at the Top of The Standard at The Standard, New York when looking at Orson Welles’ Lady from Shanghai. The film’s tagline reads: “One who keeps his nature keeps his original nature in the end”….. Just a beautiful moment of inspiration. (Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth in Lady from Shanghai, 1947)
Graphic of the Day: Swearing Table
Today’s graphic is a Periodic Table of Swearing… breaking down cussing to a science. These signed Giclee prints are a limited edition of 100 — Dimensions: 42 cm x 59.4cm — but this particular series is sold out by now… sorry. To read all the fine details in this graphic, click into the Modern Toss website, and then click into the poster itself to enlarge the...
The Morning Benders
Big jam sessions are awesome. They are so pure and honest, unable to hide behind the slick graphics and special effects of a high budget music video. The band is called Morning Benders, and they assembled their closest friends in San Francisco to sing this tune. Please watch the video all the way to the very last second where lead singer, Chris, discusses reconciling love in all degrees —...
Haunting Sweet Little Tune
It’s lovely to hear a song so raw. Antony & The Johnsons is one of the rare poets of our day. This song, “Epilespy is Dancing” is one that grabs a hold of us, tickles our curiosity, and cuts us somewhere inside. You’ll hear this little heartbreaking tune score the melancholic Miami sunset at The Standard Spa, Miami Beach. Epilepsy is dancing Shes the Christ now...
Harry Benson lived a charmed life. In his 70’s now, Harry photographed a broad range of topics from politicians to celebrities. Today he lives and works out of New York. His body of work spans 50 years. To see more images, go to Harry Benson on EscapeIntoLife.com
Purple Diary Came To Our Party
How many times have you walked into a party and seen this sight? Glamourous woman sprawled on a balcony?… Worldly man, open chested, standing regally beside her?… Epic view of New York City landscape? These were the images experienced at the opening of our rooftop at The Standard, New York last week… sorta like walking inside a Fellini film. The following photos were taken for...
The Summer Jam
Somehow we want to build a beach fire and dance in circles to this tune. The drums are tribal, tight, and powerful enough to summon some spirits. Toss in a Malawian singer named Esau Mwamwaya with MIA spitting rhymes over it, and now you have an anthem song for Summer nights. The story behind this band is quite serendipitous. Esau strolled into a second hand furniture store one day and...
Costa Rica Journal
Renaissance woman Cheryl Dunn is a photographer, filmmaker, documentarian and all around mentor to todays young pioneering artists. Watch Beautiful Losers to see for yourself the creative world she inhabits and nurtures. This particular project was conceived with a deep love for ocean culture by Cheryl and friend Claire Darrow. Together the women packed their bags, consolidated their closest...
Aiko Bombs our Staircase
We like Aiko. That’s the reason we assigned her the creative task of bombing our stairwell in The Standard, New York and The Standard, Hollywood. Earning her stripes on the streets with the creative collective FAILE, Aiko went solo and began concocting her own alchemy on large walls. When asked about the thrill of graffiti itself, Aiko admits that there is a “high risk of danger,...