Sharing Is Caring

February 26, 2009

I had to share what I am working on with all of you, because I am quite proud of it! I’ve been working on concepts for Mother’s Day posters this week, and I was inspired by the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.

I didn’t bother pulling Pantone chips for the color, so it’s fairly bright as I just worked with a basic palette. I decided to split out the warmer and cooler palettes into either poster, and I created the art and elements of the type myself, which is quite something considering that I am awful at Illustrator. Our graphic designer will make it look A LOT better.

I am really hoping we’ll move forward with this concept, as I think it will read well for Spring. Magazine cover inspiration and mock-ups below!


Net-A-Porter Asks Me To “Shop The New 80’s” – I Say, “If You Insist”

February 26, 2009

I have a love-hate thing for Net-a-Porter, that evil luxury web retailer who lures me in with beautiful designer clothes and teases me with fantastic sales. For the record, I HAVE shopped the site before (I’m in debt for a reason, after all) and, if you can afford it, I highly recommend their sales.

I received an email this morning asking me to “shop the new 80’s.” The 80’s were bad enough for fashion the first time around. Granted, I was age 1-10 during the 80’s, but I’ve seen enough photographs and movies to make this claim with complete confidence. That said, I enjoyed some of the 80’s revivals seen on the spring and fall runways, and I figured I could pull a few pieces worthy of 2009.

From the site’s edited picks:

I’m blazer-obsessed, and I would love a white blazer. I know, it’s a bit Miami Vice, but I like it. And McCartney is known for her brilliant tailoring when it comes to suiting. Stella McCartney blazer, $1,795.

I love heels, I love them high, and I love them loud. These super bright stilettos would be awesome with jeans and a white tee-shirt, or paired with a great black dress. I WANT THEM. Alexander McQueen patent platform pumps, $860.

I’m loving the floaty skirt paired with the leather bodice. I also love that it’s short. Kova & T one-shoulder dress, $510.

I adored this dress on the runway and when Gwyneth wore it. This is one of the few sweetheart necklines, a huge trend for spring, that I actually liked. Stella McCartney dress, $2,595.

I decided to pick a few items of my own that I felt represented the “new 80’s.” Items that I would wear, that is.

A skinny pair of jeans that hit at the ankle are a must, and the zipper adds a screaming 80’s element. Stella McCartney ankle zip jeans, $325.

I am loving this metallic-treated bomber jacket; it’s totally updated Top Gun. Rick Owens jacket, $2,500.

Throwing some neon into the mix, this Marni suede bag is HOT. Marni suede frame bag, $1,090.

The cork sole on this shoe made me think of a updated Candie’s mule. Pedro Garcia leather sandals, $475.

Normally I would not be attracted to this dress (too loud), but I found myself oddly drawn to it. I love the color, it hints at neutral red/navy blue and it would be cute alone or paired with jeans. MCQ dress, $415.

I tend to like my jewelry big or dainty – kind of how I like my shoes flat or sky-high. This necklace feels bad-ass, I love it. ACB tiered fringe necklace, $300.

Another McCartney blazer, this one extra long with cool, elongated lapels. Stella McCartney silk blazer, $2.055.

This reminded me of a Lite-Brite. Remember those? See by Chloé bag, $640.

All Images: Net-a-Porter

For Your Consideration – Some Awesome (And Some Sexist) Art Direction

February 25, 2009

Confession time.  I am not an AD by profession but I sometimes think that I’d like to be.  I’ve had some opportunities to art direct a bit at work, and I love it.  As my boss and I like to say, “we have ideas.”

He and I spent hours today buried in stacks of Communication Arts issues, and I pulled a few things to share with all of you.

First up, PSAs.


Print Ad

Penny: In case any of us do, in fact, forget that the majority of women forced into prostitution are not women at all.

Art Directors: Héctor Buscaglia, Margie Canales; Creative Director: Jamie Rosado; Photographer: Pascal Fontana

Client: Amnesty  International

Print Ad

Copy: Nutrition Facts, Obesity will soon replace, smoking as Canada’s, number one problem.  Think before you eat.

Art Directors: Brad Connell, Kelsey Horne; Writer/Creative Director: Mike Meadus; Photographer: Ken Woo

Client: Dietitians of Canada

Television Ad

Penny: Brilliant, haunting.


(Filmed against a black background, in a very sensual ambiance, a number of couples, both homosexual and heterosexual, are making love.  Cut to a woman in a free fall crosses the screen from top to bottom.  Cut to the couples making love.  Cut to a man’s inanimated body fall heavily upon a pile of motionless bodies.  Cut to group shots of all the couples making love.  They are all making love in the same space, crammed up against one another.  The camera gradually zooms out to reveal that the couples are all squeezed into a giant hourglass, the couples are making love, while underneath, the others are all dead.  One of the people then passes through the funnel of the hourglass, and falls dead upon the other bodies.  Followed by another body, and then another…)

Super: Every ten seconds, someone in the world dies of AIDS.  Time is running out, please send your donations today.  Sidaction: United against AIDS.

Art Directors: Edward Capelle, Stephane Santana; Creative Director: Stephan Ferens; Editor: Vincent Merchand; Director: Dimitri Daniloff

Client: Sidaction



Penny: I love this concept!

Creative Director: Dino Paul

Client: Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center


Print Ad

Penny: One of the best ads I have seen in a long time.

Art Directors: Chris Chiu, Alex Lim Thye Aun

Client: Procter & Gamble, Singapore

Print Ad

Creative Director: Carol Henderson; Writer: Eric Sorenson

Client: Fizzy Lizzy

Print Ad

Penny: Trees are a HUGE source of inspiration for me, and I absolutely love these ads.

Art Director: Jennifer Perry

Client: Reckitt Benckiser

Print Ads

Penny: Being a Northern Californian, and being a woman….I love these.

Art Directors: Philip Borchardt, Phil Covitz, Amy Ferguson, Jason Stefanik, Megan Williams, Matthew Woodhams-Roberts

Client: Absolut


Editorial Photography

“Something Funny Down on the Pharm”

This story had to do with the growing of crops specifically for use for making medicines.  To assemble the pill cob, I had to find  hundreds of prescription pills, all of which were expired and left in the medicine cabinets of family and friends.”

Art Director: Hylah Hill; Design Director: Dirk Barnett

Client: Popular Science


I am constantly overcome by how often and readily women’s bodies are objectified in consumer advertising, so much more so than male bodies.  Of note, both the examples I chose were art directed by men.  This is not uncommon, at all.


Penny: I love Target, and I usually like their advertising, but could you see this corkscrew reversed and used to depict a man’s balls?  I thought not.

Print Ad

Penny: This is a print ad for a Canadian gourmet market, called Porky’s.  I know…..

All Images: Communicaton Arts

Baked Fries (To Go With Those Baked Chicken Strips)

February 25, 2009

I saw a recipe for baked fries over at Lottie + Doof, one of my favorite cooking blogs, and I had to share it with you guys.  Especially because they would be great with my baked chicken strips!

Photo: Lottie + Doof

The Adventures Of Penny Plastic Has Reached ANOTHER Milestone

February 25, 2009

For the longest time, my busiest day was December 13th, with 1500-some-odd views.  But today I finally passed it, with 2000+ views.  Horray!

Debt Rally & Money Talk

February 25, 2009

It’s been awhile since I’ve talked about money. This is probably because I somehow spent $400 of my hard-earned eBay money on God-knows-what.

For shame.

The next 4 months are going to SUCK because I am aggressively paying back a 401K loan and I’ve received a pay cut, so my paychecks have shrunk considerably.

Following is a status of my debt:

Lending Club – $16,324.27

Citibank – $1,515.00

AMEX – $3,391.50

Total = $21,230.77

Note, the Lending Club total includes all future accrued interest and fees.

I’m going to be left with just $185 every two weeks for the next 8 paychecks.  I have $200 in my ING savings account, which is the seed of my emergency savings account.  During the next 4 months I will only be able to pay $400 toward my AMEX card and $120 toward my Citibank card.

As I’ve said, this is when things really start to get challenging.  No big windfalls, no large payments on cards, just trudging along, paying what I can.

I hope I do okay.

The Adventures Of Penny Plastic Has Reached A Milestone!

February 25, 2009

This morning the number of comments pushed over 1000!

Thanks everyone, for contributing to the blog :-)


February 25, 2009

So, you know when you’re SUPER hungry and someone puts pizza in front of you and you shove too much down your gullet?

I feel sick this morning.

I Get Pizza!

February 24, 2009

Okay, you know when you’re expecting someone and an hour and a half later they still haven’t arrived and you start to think about whether they got in a horrific car accident or held up at the bank?

That’s me.  Plus, I am HUNGRY.

Thankfully, I just called David, who finally picked up.  And he’s waiting for the pizza he ordered us.

Thank god.  And, yum.

Penny & Harper, Sittin’ In A Tree

February 24, 2009

Penny, the Kit Cat & Photobooth.  Doesn’t she look thrilled?

Also, I am very tired and desperately in need of food, so forgive the unflattering photos.