Pinterest is one of my favorite online past-times. I discovered it over a year ago and only lurked around for the first several months before I joined and started pinning away. It’s a great online idea factory of thoughts, likes, recipes and hobbies and has gained quite the following. It can be hard to sum it up to the unfamiliar but Inc.com explained it perfectly in a recent article:
❛❛To educate those still unfamiliar with Pinterest, one only has to recall high school days of yore, when high school locker doors were decorated with full-color clippings of favorite things: teen idols, sports figures, fashion looks, candy bar wrappers and tropical environs. Take that notion, sort by category, post online and voilà, you have Pinterest!❜❜
It’s only two years old but attracts millions of new users (mostly women) with its eye-candy photos of do-it-yourself crafts and dream homes, not to mention thousands of dream wedding albums (seriously, the dream wedding album must be the most popular of all pins). P-town is just so full of inspirations and sooo darn easy to use. anyone can create their own set of virtual display boards, “pin” photos of whatever inspires them and share it with friends and followers. for me, it’s the amazing creativity and inspiration that sets it apart from Twitter or FB. I’ve discovered hundreds of new blogs and sites I had no idea existed, not to mention the crafts! and I’m not even the crafty type but I find myself so inspired by other people’s ideas that I’m seriously considering purchasing a hot glue gun and some modge podge.
It’s hard to believe that its popularity was slow-moving and still is sorta kinda, I mean compared to the giant known as FB and its husky sibling, Twitter. Pinterest launched in ’09 and went unnoticed till 2011 when membership jumped from 418,000 to 7.5 million in seven months! just imagine your bank account growing that fast – hmph, one can dream right….
I noticed my followership increased dramatically just last month, with my most popular pin receiving over 700 repins within a few hours… who knew OPI’s Jade Is The New Black held such power?
as you know, I love art & photography. so of course I created a board dedicated to the topic… here are a few pins from my art & photography board on pinterest. and if you haven’t joined yet, you should really check it out, it’s not just fun but enlightening, eye-opening and pretty useful too.
James Dean and his striking good looks…rebel indeed.
This photo speaks for itself. A boy receiving the American flag at the funeral of his father. His attempt to be strong when his heart is breaking is heartbreaking in itself. Just wanna give him a hug.
I don’t know the story behind this pic but I wish I did. Looks like a little laugh was found in the midst of terror. Wherever beauty and peace are found, no matter how short the experience, relish its stay.
anyone that knows me, knows how I love classic hollywood – the movies, the style, the actors and singers. when all the other kids were outside playing, I could be found watching AMC (American Movie Classics), before it got all modernized. during the 80′s & 90′s, AMC played only classic movies from the golden age of television and great little tidbits of info and stories preceded and followed each showing. I was obsessed, so this pic makes me happy. Sidney, Tony, Sammy and Jack.. back when movie stars were genuine triple threats and had talent oozing through their finger tips!
my parents had this album when I was a kid. I recall picking it up & looking at the cover thinking how happy she looks & that sundress is timeless. this pic was taken in the 70′s but the dress would definitely still work today.
It’s hard to put into words my affinity for Marilyn Monroe. I’d have to dedicate a separate post to chronicle where it all began. There’s never been anyone like her, a ton of copy-cats but no one comes close. Many viewed her as just sex but she was far too smart to be that dumb. She manipulated the world’s perception of her into box-office gold and ultimately, the highest-paid actress under contract at a major studio. Naturally sexy and shapely, she was quite knowledgeable of the fact that a giggle and a wiggle would take her further than spewing her love of Freud or Tolstoy, both of whom she was quite fond. Marilyn was the ice-breaker for my brother-in-law, the reason I gave Elton John a second listen and some of the best damn Christmas presents I received as a kid.
Josephine Baker performing after a 25-year absence in New York City, 1950. Photo by Eve Arnold.
I didn’t discover her until she was Alexis Carrington, but Joan Collins was causing a sensation long before those days.
mommy dearest. all day. every day.
Fans of the show “24″ will appreciate this darling photo of a sleepy lil Jack Bauer aka Keifer Sutherland here with his father Donald in the 1970s.
I don’t know the story of this pic but to me, it implies something bigger than the actions display. kids don’t see differences until an adult teaches them. they just know whether someone’s nice or not. clearly, these kids found something in common. everybody gets hurt at some point. It’s the healing that matters.
this brings tears to my eyes. Lily, (left) being guided while walking with Madison (right). The pair have been inseparable since Lily lost her sight.
this makes me laugh, definitely a “caption this” moment. Sophia Loren giving Jayne Mansfield the classic *side eye*…. while Jayne’s dress is surely revealing, why is Sophia surprised… its Jayne Mansfield…what else did she expect? lol
the ultimate castle staircase. so breathtaking. faintly reminds me of the Lyric Opera House in Chicago. I haven’t been since I was a kid but I recall the dramatic regal feel reminiscent of past centuries. beautiful.
I love this painting because it reminds me of Aldo Luongo’s work. The title of this painting is ”Running Towards Love” by Leonid Afremov.
Aretha Franklin, showcasing her sassy style in a classic coat & leather gloves. Timeless.
Yellow Ginko Tree Leaves in Washington DC by Paul Frederiksen. I’ve been on a yellow kick lately so this speaks to me at the moment.
I thought the amazing story behind this photo known as the “The Rescuing Hug” was false but after researching it, I found it’s actually true. This darling photo captures the first week of life for newborn twins, originally kept in their separate incubators as one of them was not expected to live. A concerned nurse fought hospital rules and ultimately received ‘the okay’ to place the babies in one incubator. Once they were together, the healthier twin embraced her weaker sibling (as captured above) and within minutes her heart stabilized & temperature rose to normal. Astonishing!
read more about this incredible photo – here
Labs are the best, they melt your heart every time..
Women of song: Erykah. Chaka. Sade. Aretha. India. Jill. I love this piece!