So I’ve been thinking about the style direction I want to take for our home. There are a lot of great styles out there, but none of them really encapsulate the look and feel that best illustrates our personality and the things we love. So I’ve come up with the term Baja Modern. It’s an eclectic mix of mid century, surf culture, the desert, industrial chic, color, stripped down, and raw materials. So what do you think? Check out a lot more mood boards after the jump: Continue reading…
Howdy from the mile-high city! We’ve got plenty of pics from our Denver adventures coming down the pipeline, but in the meantime, here’s a little gem that’s much closer to home. We checked out Westwood newcomer Fundamental on one of our recent Sandwich Saturday outings, and it did not disappoint these two sandwich snobs. First of all, can we talk about how this place looks? It’s beautiful. Minimalist and clean, like an art gallery. Except the art comes nestled between two slices of bread. Continue reading…
Man-o-man. I can’t believe its been over a month since the last mix. Where is this summer going? Where is this year going? Well this one is a banger. An extended 90+ minute mix for all y’all. As usual, this eclectic mix is pretty much fueled by things I’ve heard or listened to since the last mix. Some of them are just songs I heard once, others are on repeat. Either way they make for a swell hodgepodge. That’s pretty much what we do here at GBM, pull together things that we like and hope others think so too. Checkout the 25 song track list after the jump: Continue reading…
I treated myself to a new pair of shoes this week since I got promoted at work. Yeah that’s pretty chicky, but whatev. I like my shoes! Anyway, I’ve been hurting for a new pair of Vans. I love Vans. Clean. Classic. Californian. I wanted something simple and understated with subtle details. I scored those gray Authentic One Piece lopros up top there from my favorite kicks spot: Undefeated. These babies are part of Vans’ Fall (ugh, I don’t even want to think about fall) California Collection, only released to a few select footwear retailers with sneakerhead cred. I was diggin’ the cream soles over the usual stark white. Despite their limited availability they still aren’t that expensive, $60 vs. the usual $45. The CA collection uses nicer materials than your typical Vans and includes incredible OrthoLite insoles that make you feel like you’re walking on memory foam. They also keep your feet extra cool and dry. It’s legit. Well worth the premium. I also included a few other pairs from the fall line that were close seconds.
*images from High Snobiety and Vans
We here at GBM have been fans of Ryan Berkley‘s prints for years. Animals in suits. You gotta love it. So when we saw these portraits over on Danger is Everywhere (which is an awesome site btw), it was kinda like seeing the grade-school versions of Ryan’s animal subjects. Watch! Just fast forward ten years, and….
Voilà! Grown up, bad ass animals in suits. Pretty cool. I just wish I knew the artist responsible for the kid versions… I even tried using Google Goggles but I can’t find the source anywhere! Anyone recognize it?
First we covered Flipboard. Second up is one of the better iPad magazines out there for guys – Where Is The Cool? WITC is a mens lifestyle mag designed specifically for the iPad in the slightly chauvinistic “lad-mag” vein of QG, Maxim, and Details, but with less sleazy chicks and more cool boutique brands. It’s a monthly mag into its third issue. It’s not heavy reading, but it’s a great casual Saturday read once I’m burnt out on reading stuff from Umair Haque and over saturated with design.
For me, one of the real benefits of a digital mag over a hardcopy is, as the industry calls it, “integrated commerce” where many of the products featured come with embedded links to the actual seller’s site. That, plus the ability to weave in videos and audio clips make it a richer experience than print. See more screenshots after the jump: Continue reading…
Did you all have a nice weekend? Ours was super lazy and relaxing. We survived Carmaggedon, which turned out to be not such a big deal… it seems like everyone left town for the weekend or stayed home. Even downtown Santa Monica, which is usually swarming with people all summer, was relatively calm. It was so nice to stay local and have absolutely no weekend agenda!
We thought we’d share two pretty treats we’ve made recently. On the left is a cranberry margarita– we swear by Dr. Swami & Bone Daddy’s Top Shelf Margarita Mix. It’s a long, silly name, but it’s the best! On the right is some homemade strawberry chocolate chip ice cream. We got these delicious (and huge!) organic strawberries from Whole Foods, and we mixed them with sugar, cream, vanilla, and a little lemon juice… it made the. best. ice cream. ever.
I think I’ll try making peach ice cream next. We’ve been eating tons of sweet juicy peaches lately. Summer fruit is the best!
So we’re starting a new series featuring cool iPad apps. As a perk of the job, my company generously gave all its employees iPads back in February. It’s a pretty rad toy, but I’ve yet to be able to give up my Macbook or office PC for the heavy lifting. However, the iPad is a great consumption device and there are some really cool apps out there that make browsing the web more fun.
As part of my day job, I’ve been doing research on app usability, particularly around social media and news. Meaning I’ve spent a lot of time combing the app store looking for interesting and unique apps. Browsing top rated apps will only get you so far in an app store of half a million apps and counting, so I figured I’d pass along some of the cool things I’ve found.
Flipboard. This will probably be the most popular app I’ll be featuring and that’s for a reason. It’s dope. Flipboard is a highly customizable news and social media “aggregator” that delivers content in a magazine-esque layout and interface. It’s really a vessel to display any RSS feed you can imagine, or link your Google Reader, Facebook, and Twitter. This app’s signature “flip” page turn is unparalleled in ease of use and fun – meaning you literally flip digital pages on the iPad. Rad. But my favorite part is how the app repackages Twitter. Flipboard pulls in everyone you’re following on Twitter and builds a dynamic magazine that makes reading through your feed a thousand times more enjoyable. Flipboard pulls up all the images and articles from the tweets so you never have to click out to launch a browser. With the slide of a finger you’re reading the whole article without leaving the app. I really can’t read tweets any other way now.
If you’ve got an iPad, check out Flipboard for yourself. Download via app store. Enjoy!
If you appreciate artisanal ingredients and culinary surprises, get thee to The Market. This place is amazing. AMAZING, I tell you. Want a tasty gourmet sandwich on a freshly-baked pretzel roll? DONE. How about some small-batch organic ice cream? You betcha. Continue reading…
We saw this preview before Horrible Bosses and knew it needed to be shared. Horrible Bosses is hilarious BTW. Charlie Day rocks it. But back to Attack the Block. It’s from the same gang that produced some of GBM’s favorite movies: Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. Attack the Block is an action comedy about a tough South London street gang defending their block from an furry, neon-mouthed alien invasion. Plus the movie features an original score by Basement Jaxx.
Attack the Block has been doing the festival circuit and was released in the UK back in May. It’s going to get a limited release in the US on July 29.