Saturdays At The Tate Britain

When it comes to London museums, the Tate Modern seems to be the go-to place for tourists.

And that makes sense. After all, it is conveniently located along the Thames, between Tower Bridge and Westminster Bridge, across the river from St. Paul's. It's also flashy, housed in a giant old power station that demands your attention, and it contains the larger exhibits (Damien Hirst, anyone?).

Personally, I'm a Tate Britain gal. I visited for the first time last year and could not believe I hadn't been on my many previous trips to London. 

The Tate Britain doesn't host as many big shows, it's not as centrally located, not as popular or modern. But really, that's just the way I like it.

We made a trip to the Tate Britain for my birthday a couple of weekends ago, and it was perfect. The crowds were few, leaving us room to stroll amongst the galleries as we please, and of course we finished our trip with a stop by Brunswick House afterwards.

Here are a few quick snaps from our trip, and you can see a few more over on Steller (though I'm still not confident on Steller, so don't judge).

What'd you get up to this weekend?

Henry Moore

Rose Finn-Kelcey

David Hockney

Lindsay Ryden's Celebrity Zombies

How talented is my friend Lindsay Ryden?

We went to the Savannah College of Art and Design together, and while we were friendly friends at school, we've reconnected over the past few months thanks to a shared admiration of each other's Instagram accounts. The internet can be really great sometimes.

David Sedaris

David Sedaris

Aside from her gorgeous paintings and portraits, Lindsay has a series called "Celebrity Zombies" which consists of incredible depictions of well, celebrities as zombies. 

Above is my favorite – a celebrity zombie portrait of David Sedaris.

Fun side note: Lindsay recently gave David a copy of this very illustration at a book signing for "Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls", and David Sedaris himself sent her a handwritten thank you postcard. Now if that isn't a reason to take up illustrating, I don't know what is.

Here are a few more of my favorites:

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Paula Deen

Paula Deen

Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

Amazing, right?

You can see all of Lindsay's work on her web site, and follow along with her Celebrity Zombies series on Instagram (@celebrityzombies). 

Good Reads: The Best Links This Week

Well, well, well. If it isn't Friday.

This weekend, I'd like to get domestic. (Maybe) try cooking something - vegetarian lasagna, anyone? - and maybe do some cleaning. Our flat has gotten out of control, and I'd like to get it to looking a little something like this Scandinavian-esque treat. 

Here are some nice things to read this weekend from around the web in case you missed them. Enjoy! 

All I want right now are red nails

CanIkissyou? Now & Then is now 20 years old! (Buzzfeed)

Another great piece from former expat  / New York Times London Correspondent Sarah Lyall. 

I'd like to be this girl. (The Sartorialist)

Hello, Country Bumpkin.  

The beautiful work of Australian photographer Rebecca Newman. (found via thisispaper)

Work on the internet? This video explains how to use the Google keyword planner, and the guy is awesome

This New York store features the work of British accessory and fashion designers. Perfect if you're looking for a UK-fix. (Flat 128)

I just love me some Tavi. (The Monthly)

This collaboration between two of my favorite accessory designers in Brooklyn is the cat's meow.  

Amazing scene and song from the 1965 Bollywood movie Gumnaam. (SHK Magazine )

You might be surprised by this secret to having a successful day. My sister and I both SWEAR by it. (The Happiness Project)