Back in the day (before everything went digital) dropping your film off at the developer meant someone else saw your photos before you did. Well, what if you’d never seen your photos, because you weren’t the one who took them? The Camera From Athens is a disposable camera that contains 27 undeveloped photos from Greece, each shot by an up-and-coming artist. Every camera is different, and you purchase it not knowing which photographer you’ll get. I’d really like to know who shot my pics ahead of time, but I still love it. The $40 price tag may seem a bit steep, but with 27 chances to get a beautiful piece of original art, I think it’s well worth it. Pick one up online at Up To You Toronto. — Erica P.
I have a friend who once lived in a hallway. It was so hard to find affordable housing, he ended up paying for a loft bed in the hall of an apartment, sleeping above the comings-and-goings of his roommates. Yes, you guessed it, this was in Manhattan, but I’m sure that there are other odd stories out there. Anyone had an extreme living situation you’d like to share? –Mary T.
Photo by Sachin Ghodke
I haven’t been to Brooklyn Fare (yet) but I’m already in love with the store. It’s a market, cafe, hang-out, caterer, and cooking school in one. Judging by the website and the humorous packaging by Mucca Design, the folks behind Brooklyn Fare don’t take themselves too seriously (except when it comes to their products, of course). Maybe this weekend I’ll make it out to 200 Schermerhorn Street and check it out in person. –Erica P.
What’s Deborah Needleman been up to since Domino folded? Well, in part, creating a fun way to figure out your personal home style for HomeGoods. The HomeGoods StyleScope is a fun quiz that helps you narrow what will make you happier in your living space. What’s more, you can get registered to win a daily gift card giveway and a weekly giveaway of a $5,000 shopping spree — wow! At HomeGoods, that will go a long way. See the StyleScope here.
“Mom, this is the friend I told you about…” We’ve all been there, right? HidenSeek, also known as UK artist Hidden Eloise, re-imagines bringing home a new best friend with her print of a little girl with a not-quite-foreboding bear. Her Etsy shop is filled with such beautiful prints of boys and girls befriending animals of the forest and sea, each ready to inspire new fairy tales. If you’re as enchanted with them as I am, act now — HidenSeek is selling off her Etsy wares at greatly reduced prices so she can “hibernate” beginning September 15 due to health issues. We wish her a speedy recovery and many sales to help her health. See everything at HidenSeek here. –Mary T.