Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Echocell "Babylon" Music Video

If you've followed my blog for a bit then you know how much I love the clothing line, Bel Kazan.  The designer of that line, and my good friend Belinda Kazanci, is also the lead singer of a band called Echocell.  I've had the pleasure of seeing them perform live and I am a huge fan!  Recently, they released a video for their new single, "Babylon."  Not only do I love the song, BUT I'm obsessed with the incredible wardrobe!

Here are a few still shots of the unique styling and amazing headdresses.  (Scroll down all the way to hear the song and see the video.)

And here is the final video, enjoy!

Bad Joan

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

How do you hold your camera?

Love this!  I need to start doing more Risk Taker shots.... What is your favorite way to take pictures?

Bad Joan

Image source: Tocofi

Monday, February 25, 2013

Why fit in?

Stand out this week!

Happy Monday!

Bad Joan

Friday, February 22, 2013


I love tea time in the afternoon.  A cup of hot tea and a bite of something sweet always makes my day!  My absolute favorite tea is from LAMILL.  They really make the most delicious loose teas and  I have not found anything else as good.  You don't need any extra flavor, no sugar, no honey, no milk.  As you can see above their ingredients are incredible.  These teas are almost too beautiful to drink... almost!

LAMILL is located in Silverlake, CA but you can also order their teas online HERE.

Bad Joan

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Photography: Gregory Colbert

Since it's Throwback Thursday I felt inspired to relive one of my favorite photography exhibitions from my absolute favorite photographer... Ashes and Snow by Gregory Colbert.  This body of work is one of the most moving and inspirational that I have ever seen!  I had the pleasure of viewing the exhibit when it came to Santa Monica in 2006.  I have a book and DVD that I bought at the time, and that I have treasured ever since.  I often flip through the pages and get lost in the images as well as the memory of standing among the larger than life originals.

Here are a few of my favorite images from Ashes and Snow....

For more info on Gregory Colbert you can visit his website HERE.  Apparently, he is currently off the grid and working on a new exhibit.  I can't wait for his next body of work!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Melissa Shoes Discount Code

If you have been following my blog and other social media outlets then you know that I'm obsessed with Melissa Shoes!  In case you haven't heard of them, Melissa Shoes (aka Melissa Plastic Dreams) are vegan shoes made from plastic, and they are recyclable!  Melissa partners up with incredible designers all the time, like Jason Wu, Vivienne Westwood and Karl Lagerfeld, just to name a few!  The shoes come in so many fun colors and styles that I just can't get enough!

Check out my latest pair that just got delivered...

Okay, now that I've made you jealous, I have a treat for you!  I have some connections on the inside over at Melissa Shoes and they have given me a discount code that you can use on their exclusive site, Shop601! The code is SH25iL, enter it at checkout to receive 20% off your purchase!  There are so many great styles available right now including these...

... and sooooo many more!  So what are you waiting for?  Go check them out!

Happy Shopping!

Bad Joan

Monday, February 18, 2013


This is my favorite picture from the weekend.  I came across this AMAZING tree in my neighborhood and I just had to share it.  I just couldn't get over how intense the roots are!  It made me understand the desire to actually hug trees, I really wanted to hug this guy...

Bad Joan

Friday, February 15, 2013

Behind The Scenes: Passion Pit "Carried Away" Featuring Michael Angelakos and Sophia Bush

A few weeks ago I got to take some Behind The Scenes / Still Photography for the music video of "Carried Away" by Passion Pit! It was such a treat to take pictures of the gorgeous Sophia Bush and the handsome Michael Angelakos.  Take a look at a few of my favorite shots from set which are posted below....  And scroll all the way down to see the video (which is the cutest video ever, you MUST watch it, I promise you'll love it!)

Ladies, how cute is he?

The beautiful Sophia Bush...

On the run...

Action shot...

Michael messing around between takes...

Sophia looking into the camera...

Michael looking like a GQ model...

The red room...

We were going for a Norman Rockwell vibe...

Who can relate?  Or rather, who can't?!

Here's the video!  Watch it, you won't regret it!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Looking Back: Wilen Knitwear Spring '08

Before I got into Social Media and Photography work I designed a line of knitwear called Wilen!  I was just looking through some of my old look book pictures and found these great shots from the Spring '08 Collection.  I think I might have to get out my old samples...

I'm going to dig up some more of my favorites from past collections.  Stay tuned...

Bad Joan

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mexican Quinoa Bowl

I'm obsessed with Quinoa Bowls lately. It's my new go-to meal at home. My current favorite is quinoa with a Mexican twist! I make some fresh salsa, fresh guacamole, chicken breast, and plain quinoa and store them all in separate containers. Then when I want a bowl it only takes a minute to prepare it! Check it out...

Plus, the great thing about making all the ingredients ahead of time and then storing them this way is that you can make other meals and snacks from them as well! When there is leftover chicken I will often add it to a salad or make a chicken sandwich. I'll snack on the guacamole and salsa with some Ak-Mak Crackers.  And I'll use the quinoa for a different style bowl... like eggplant and yam (I'll work on taking images of that one!).

How to make the ingredients seen above...

QUINOA  (Just follow the directions on the packet)

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water

Rinse the quinoa, add the water, bring to a boil, let simmer for 15 to 20 minutes (until the water is gone).


2 breasts with bones and skin (it's much juicier if you cook it on the bone with the skin on)
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice
handful fresh, chopped cilantro
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a plastic bag and let marinate for anywhere from half hour to 2 hours.
Heat the oven to 400.
Place contents of the plastic bag into an oven safe baking dish, cover tightly with foil.
Bake for 50 minutes.
Remove skin and cut chicken off the bone.  Shred into small bite-size pieces.


4 or 5 ripe avocados
1/4 finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
Small handful fresh chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste

Mix all ingredients in a bowl until the avocados are the texture that you desire.


4 to 5 medium size tomatoes (Roma or Vine Tomatoes), chopped

1/4 finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
Small handful fresh chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste


Simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and  you're done! (This is a great low calorie way to add flavor to a lot of dishes. You can always add more lime juice, cilantro, or onion to add flavor without having to add sodium!)

NOTE: When I eat at home I like to keep it fresh and use natural flavors instead of a lot of sodium or pre-packaged sauces. So, when I make a bowl out of the ingredients above I just use them as you see them here, I don't add any salt or other flavoring.  But if this tastes too bland for you then you can easily add flavor in a healthy way... put the quinoa in the bowl first, add as much fresh squeezed lime juice as you want and a splash of extra virgin olive oil and mix.  Then add the other ingredients on top.  This will give a bit more flavor to the overall dish without having to add anything that's bad for you!


Bad Joan

Monday, February 11, 2013

Remeber What You Have

Such an important thing to remember and a great thought to start off the week!  Always take time to appreciate what you have!

Bad Joan

Friday, February 8, 2013

Cuteness Overload: Ladys & Gents Kids Fashion Blog

I mean....

I'm DYING over this new fashion blog... for kids!  It's called Ladys & Gents and it was created by celeb stylist Estee Stanley and fashion designer Jenni Kayne.  They feature the most adorable children in even more adorable outfits (and you get a breakdown of each piece of clothing featured)!  This takes street style to a whole new level!

I wonder if the gingham bikini and matching head wrap comes in my size...

Bad Joan

PS - You can submit images of your own kids, click HERE for instructions.