Happy New Year

Yo 2010, what's happening? A friend of mine recently had a f@%k 2009 party since we all agreed that 2009 was exceptionally dreadful and we needed to dance it off. This year will be different. And I can't help but embrace the optimism bubbling up when I think of the year ahead. Wishing everyone the best for 2010! Here are some amazing Fred Butler creations for some New Year inspiration. High fives!


Party Girls

What are you doing New Year's Eve? There is a saying that what you are doing when the clock strikes midnight is what you'll be doing for the rest of the year. A few years ago I remember shovelling in a spoon full of buttery mashed potatoes into my mouth while singing Hockey Night in Canada's theme song. I guess that was the year of carbs and ice. But this year I'm looking to put my fancy foot forward and kick 2009 to the curb. See you later sucka.

If you're in the mood to look relive The Great Gatsby with a rock edge, may I suggest you try a little Wren for your New Year's Eve outfit. All you need is something shiny and short with a flute of Champagne. Besides how cute do Alexa Chung and Tennessee Thomas look in the holiday collection? Pretty cute.


V for Voluptuous

This post is for Sir Mix-a-lot. Have you noticed that as we get closer to January 1st the advertisements for diet plans increase? Okay so we ate a shit load over the holidays and yes we have New Year's resolutions to loose weight but thank god for V magazine's latest fashion editorial One Size Fits All. Because if it was up to me, I'd rather look at the lovely Crystal Renn on the right (and eat full fat cheese) than worry about my waistline. I don't know if it's just me but does she look way hotter? Um yes.

The first time I saw Miss Renn was in a stunning photo shoot by the Montreal duo Leda & St.Jacques. I remember thinking, yes! Finally! Not that I would even consider her a plus size. Hell no. The girl is a size 10 people. A beautiful, perfect 10. It's a start. We still have a long way to go.

Check out V when it hits the stands January 14th. Baby got back.

+ Photography by Terry Richardson


It's Personal

It is the time of year when you may be thankful for a bunch of things – like mom's homemade ginger snap cookies or friends who also share your love for good Champagne. Better put it in a note and let them know. But if you're like me, you may want something personal and cute other than some hideous floral note cards from the dollar store. Unless that's your thing. I came across rifle paper co a while ago while searching for the perfect Christmas card. And man do they have some awesome personalized note cards. You can commission them to hand draw your stationery with a little portrait of yourself, your pooch or a regal monogram. Isn't that just grand?


Island Life

A flight across the country and a boat ride later and I am finally in what appears to be a west coast version of Stella McCartney's Bambi Campaign. Deers and bunnies are everywhere and not a speck of snow, wind chill or parka to be had. I can't stop humming Grace Jones – it's Island Life here. It's hard to imagine that just 2 days ago I was in Siberia. And now I am in an enchanted green forest spending Christmas by the ocean exploring the woods and taking a few simple photos. Here are a few I'd like to share. Happy holidays everyone. xo


Yo. It's Reanna reporting from Siberia... posts will be a light over the next few days as make my way to the west coast and out of the snow and chill. Keep calm and carry on. More Reanna Time is on it's way. Get ready!


Crystal Lite

How about a little mid-week crystal action? I love all things shiny – disco balls included. Here are a few intriguing crystal inspired images to bring some lustrous love to you all.

IMAGES: Phillip Low, Unknown (via we heart it), Andreia Chaves, Leslie David + La Marr


Unknown Pleasures

These days it's all about online shopping simply because I've never been busier and can't seem to move away from my computer. "Hello, Geek Squad please". So, I found this lovely print studio on Etsy selling cute geometric designs on calendars, cards, gift tags and totes. I smell holiday gifts people. Their simple line drawings remind me of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures. I think that's why I like it so much. Less is more. She's lost control.


Light Years

I have a photo crush on K
imm Whiskie. Her site is a secret hideaway of simple poetic photos paired with a soothing soundtrack reminiscent of Brian Eno. Somehow this makes easing into Monday that much easier. Inhale. Exhale.

// Spotted on TSA.


Wendy Marchbanks

Meet Wendy Marchbanks – making illustrations, fabrics and ceramics that float. I like it. It's pretty. And simple.

Not So Dead Poets Society

Popshot magazine wants you to know that poetry is not just for tweed jackets. Each issue sticks to a theme and showcases "the poetry of today and tomorrow with the whimsical arms of illustration wrapped tightly round it". It's a simple idea, but I find it interesting to see how the poems live in both verse and in illustration. Get your haiku on.


Tumble Weeds

Tonight I spent what seemed like an eternity scrolling through tumblr sites. I think I may have turned into an internet zombie. I swear tumblrs are like the Pringles of the web. Once you pop, you can't stop. Here are some of my favorite photos pinched from these 3 lovely sites. Spend some time diving into their pages of photos and inspiration. But don't get lost. I highly recommend you leave a bread crumb trail.


Noah Kalina: Party of One

I'm on a plane headed for Vancouver sitting in the back row next to photographer Noah Kalina. We're chatting about the Time Traveler's Wife, contemporary photography and our mutual love for authentic Mexican food (which can only be enjoyed in Mexico, naturally). This is the first time I've met Noah in person but I've already seen his face at least 2356 times from his time-lapse video, Everyday. Viewed over 11 million times on YouTube, Everyday is a series a self-portraits taken deligently for a period of 6 years. Yes, 6 years. It's all about control, Janet Jackson styles.

The next time we meet is online to talk about the Puerto Rico project he just finished for enRoute magazine's December issue. It's a Sunday night, right before American Thanksgiving. I'm dreaming about turkey and Noah about Chili's. And it goes a little something like this:


Noah: Is it Reanna Time?
Reanna: It is.
Reanna: Okay so now what? I feel the pressure already.
Noah: Good question.
Reanna: The magazine will be out in December but we recieved them in the office Friday. So far everyone's reaction to your work has been awesome.
Noah: Oh yeah? That makes me feel good.
Reanna: I showed it to some friends. Pretty much everyone laughed out loud but were shocked to find it in enRoute... I mean it's very different for us.
Noah: Wait I get it, this is the interview.
Reanna: Um, yeah... I'm all “journalist like” now, can't you tell? I'm not using my usual vocabulary like, dude and word up.
Noah: Well then continuing on, I love that the response has been so good. I thought the article by Jonathan Goldstein was really funny, so I am glad I was given the opportunity to illustrate it .
Reanna: It is a hysterical article, but would you have done it if the article was bland?
Noah: Yeah for sure, I’ll do anything for money. Plus a trip is always good. I actually prefer cooler climates, but for a story about not having fun, sending me to Puerto Rico was pretty right on.
Reanna: Yes, we sent Corey Arnold to wintery Norway. But that story was about crabs and this one was about a guy alone in the Caribbean retracing the steps of this parent's honeymoon.
Noah: Haha yeah, Corey is a crab expert. If someone asked me to shoot crabs I’d tell then they had the wrong guy and tell them to hire Corey.
Reanna: Hilarious! Corey is the man. So we sent you to Puerto Rico 6 full days.
Noah: I know, that was a long time. And the food was terrible. We ate at Chili’s a couple times because it was the best we could find.
Reanna: Chili's wasn't what it is cracked up to be?
Noah: Every place people said was "the best food" we went to and thought it was gross. Chili’s was our best option!

Reanna: When we first commissioned you to do the piece, we didn't intend on doing self-portraits. It's interesting that it ended up that way. But once I got your selects I couldn't resist. I think the work would have been so different if we didn't go that way. In the end, did you think we would only publish your portraits?
Noah: Yes, that is true, the initial assignment called for portraits of couples around the resort.
Reanna: But then it just turned into Noah Time.
Noah: I was making those portrait shots, or a few of them, as well as shots around the resort. You know, like "travel" photos, since I was like, “oh I am shooting for a travel magazine". But when you guys mentioned how much you loved my Vegas series and how it was the reason why you wanted to work with me, I really just wanted to do self-portraits.
Reanna: This is what most people think of when they work with us, "I’m shooting for a travel magazine. Must be predicatble." But really, when we have a piece like yours, it's the most successful when we push it. Or it ends up like a Club Med advertisement.
Noah: I think you have a Club Med ad from my outtakes! So the first day I went into old San Juan and I noticed all these ridiculous Puerto Rico tourist shirts. I was like, these are retarded. I have to buy a ton of them and take photos of myself wearing them not having fun.
Reanna: Ah ha! So that's how the magic happened.
Noah: Yeah pretty much. You could buy like 2 shirts for 10 bucks. The problem was I didn't buy enough and I felt like I didn't have enough variety. So I ended up buying more at the shop across from the hotel and they were like 25 bucks a piece. I think I paid their rent for the month.
Reanna: I'm lucky to have one of those t-shirts.
Noah: I didn't wear a Puerto Rico shirt in the casino though, I wanted those shots to be more classy.
Reanna: Stay classy Puerto Rico! Random question, Are you listening to music right now?
Noah: I was, I was listening to the "Girls" record, but I turned it off and am watching Storm Chasers on discovery. I love tornados. This show excites me!
Reanna: Maybe you can do a self-portrait storm series: Noah in the rain. Noah in a lightning storm. Noah with snow. (P.S. I get 10% for that idea).

Noah: Okay deal. Have you ever seen self-portrait on roller coaster?
Reanna: It's Hilarious! I love it. So besides enRoute, what other magazines have you shot for?
Noah: Good question. Recently I did a shoot for I.D. I also shoot a lot for ALARM which is a music magazine out of Chicago. I do a lot of portraits of Architects for a magazine called Architect, which is a lot of fun.
Reanna: All lovely magazines. Do you ever worry what will happen to your photos once they are in the hands of an art director? I only ask because sometimes your favorite photos don't always end up in the piece. And sometimes my favorite photos don't end up in the piece....
Noah: I mean, not really. I am like an actor who can't watch their own performance. I do what I can to make my stuff as good as I possibly can. Then once you take it, it is out of my hands. I don't really even like to look when it is published. But with magazines I really like, and like the art direction, I trust they will do what is best. I don't think my photos are so precious you can't touch them.
Reanna: I really love going through the images and seeing how it all fits together. That’s one of the best parts of the job. Sometimes it's like getting little birthday gifts when you open up files… Or a shit sandwich
Noah: Hahaha! Shit sandwiches must suck.
Reanna: Yes, yes they do! But it’s rare. So, did you think the youtube video, Noah Kalina Everyday would be seen by so many? It really put you on the map, yeah?
Noah: Yeah it sorta did and no I didn't.
Reanna: You're like Chocolate Rain but much better!
Noah: Hahaha. I thought like 50 people would watch. Having a viral video is really like having a virus. You never intended to get it and then you are stuck with it for the rest of your life.
Reanna: Ah yes, for sure. I feel like I should do a quick fire of questions. Satrting now! In the Puerto Rico photos are you wearing real ray bans or fake ones from Urban Outfitters?
Noah: Those are the real ones!
Reanna: Did you eat the fruit plate after you shot it?
Noah: Yes. It wasn't that bad. The pineapple was good. I just wanted a plain pineapple. But they chef sent that up the other fruit was tasteless just to add to the crappy food.
Reanna: Do you put your camera on a timer?
Noah: There is the 10-second thing, but Christina helped out.
Reanna: Did you cut your jeans to make shorts or were they already like that when you got there?
Noah: They were already like that they are called jorts.
Reanna: I am a big fan or the jort.

For more Noah time check out his website, Flickr page and blog. Noah Kalina is represented by Red Eye. To read the article in enRoute magazine, go online or jump on an Air Canada flight this December.