Where to begin. Let’s just say that if you haven’t heard of Gray Malin, you’ll be glad to read this blogpost. Although he’s based out of Los Angeles, photographer Gray Malin travels the world capturing the unique, quirky, often colorful and always beautiful scenes that comprise his portfolio. His website reads: “Whether helicoptering over the beaches of Brazil or sending balloons high above the mystical plains of Joshua Tree National Park, Malin’s visions are more than just artistic images, they are but one small piece of inspiration calling to a jet-set lifestyle and the belief that every day can be a getaway.”
It’s true. His works are mini vacations in and of themselves, a slice of exoticism in the middle of mundane days, and constant reminder of the intriguing vastness of our world.
And just when you think you’ve got a grasp on what exactly encompasses Malin’s aesthetic, he’ll throw a curveball and keep you glued to his website, blog, or Instagram, always wanting more.
Trust me, now that you know his name, you’ll see his breathtaking work pop up just about everywhere. Featured on One Kings Lane? Check. Prominently placed in Harbinger, one of Los Angeles’s loveliest home interior stores? Check. Chosen to deck out J.Crew’s first international store on London’s Regent Street? Check. His iconic beach scenes even inspired a line of men’s swim trunks.
As for Malin himself, his adventures have most recently taken him to Antarctica where he has traveled by way of the National Geographic Explorer, a massive ship able to navigate the extreme conditions. Lucky for those of us in the comfort of our own homes, he posts regular updates and previews of the series to come.
Personally, I think this will be Malin’s sharpest work to date. The series entitled, “The Great Expedition” is certainly something to look forward to, as he brings his signature whimsy to the arctic tundra with lively juxtapositions: Beverly Hills Hotel pool chairs perched on icy terrain, playful beach balls floating amidst glaciers, and plastic, bright lawn flamingos joining the ranks of a penguin colony. In the meantime, prints from his collections “Far Far Away,” “A La Plage, A La Piscine,” and “A La Montagne” are available online and may just skyrocket to the top of your next wish list after you take a peek.
Update: since this original post was written, Gray has ventured down under to Sydney, Australia. His teaser Instagram posts of the iconic Sydney Opera House and alluring Bondi beach promise yet another exciting series to come.
Tune into to the action-packed, glamor-filled world of Gray Malin. It seems 2014 will be his year.
Post by Sarah Catherine
We try to do something new and different every weekend. We get pretty stuck in routine and doing “normal” and unexciting things (like cleaning out the linen closet) and commit Sunday’s to Fun! I know everyone doesn’t live in LA - but try find new and fun things to do in your area that take you away from the stress, normality and the mundane tasks of life - even just for a few hours.
LA doesn’t get that real “Autumn” feeling so we took a little road trip to Glen Oak to go apple picking. Unfortunately we were about 2 months late for the picking part - but got to enjoy all the joys that apples and fall foliage have to offer.
Two caramel apples, a slice of apple pie, apple cider and a piece of apple cake later…we got our much needed “fall fix” - and are apple’d out until next year…checkout our little adventure below:
The typical “car selfie”
The road leading to the apple farm - oh, the colors of fall!
Some of our “apple haul” we brought home…
Photo-op…I have four hands…oops!
Two inspiring and kind fans we met!
A little pumpkin amongst the pumpkins…which one to choose…
Perfect scenery and weather…for a photo shoot…
These tasty little things…we got three!
Not apple pies…apple mountains…
Didn’t see any bears…but saw farm animals…
This gal was crazy…
She wanted the hat…
I almost stole this little guy….thats Thelma and there was also Louise…how fitting :)
We were two seconds away from buying this little guy…but we didn’t…he needs a farm, not a house…
I don’t think this pig moved an inch…
A little ode to Shay’s star sign - an Aries otherwise known as a Ram, who was rather persistent I must say…ahem…
This cookie did not make it home with us…thank god…would have probably had to of put it on the roof rack haha
Oak Glen Village…
The sunset driving home…a perfect Sunday!
Stay tuned for a Healthy Apple Recipe to follow!!!!
Shay and I love to end our weekends watching a thought provoking documentary that gives us a greater outlook on society, food or religion. We are so consumed by reality shows, crime shows and sitcoms that we can easily forget about the bigger picture. Don’t get me wrong, we love getting into a great series (ahem, Pretty Little Liars, ahem) but it is always good to spend time watching something educational that will open and exercise your mind.
The documentary we watched most recently was called ‘Miss Representation’ by Jennifer Siebel Newsom that premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The film is centralized around how women in power and influence are misrepresented and underrepresented in media and the world today. The basis of the film was shocking and the statistics floored us. It focuses on how women are placed in society, still to this day, and how all of us as a whole let it happen and let it shape Hollywood, Politics and Culture.
I wouldn’t classify myself as a “feminist” as there is such an evil and incorrect stigma that surrounds that word - but I am. The women in my life, be it my mother, aunt, best friend or sister are my army - and we have a sense of camaraderie that shapes us into the women we want to be.
This film is an enlightening and truthful reality of the “feminine” leaders in the world today and how we still struggle as a population to obtain and maintain the power we deserve. We are judged by how we look and dress and not by our intelligence and drive. Let’s face it…we are all made different, and we should celebrate our differences and what makes us special. We are ALL special, and we should embrace who we are and not let the media and magazines tell us differently. I mean, we have a picture of Frieda framed on our wall and appreciate her beauty on the inside…not judge her on the fact that she has an “uni-brow”.
Love yourself…and the world will love you back.
Post by Michaela