Category Archives: July 2012

The Rise and Rise of the Lazy Dresser-Retail Offers, 13th July 2012

Lazy DressingThe rise and rise of the lazy dresser.

From fancy pyjamas to uggs and leggings why do people waste their wardrobes?

Is it just me, or are the general populace gradually becoming lazy in their routines of daily dressing?  Once upon a time women would rise before dawn to carefully lace themselves into a corset, slip, hoops and dress, then follow with a few hours at the mirror primping, preening, hair curling and face painting.  In fact, you are far more likely to catch well-groomed bloke than you are a lady (case in point: Zac Efron and his perfectly primped coif).

Nowadays you would be unlikely to find many bothering to put a brush through their hair, preferring to master the ‘bed-head look’.  Ok so maybe I myself have succumbed, just once or twice to the bedhead hair.  SO SUE ME.  However, when it comes to clothing there is simply no excuse.

Case in point-leggings as pants.  People, unless you are in a pilates class or off for a run, this is simply unacceptable!  Yes we appreciate you have lovely legs, but covering them in nothing more than latex does not a proper outfit make.

Secondly, ugg boots should not be worn outside the home, EVER.  Yes they are a fabulous garment, that will keep your tootsies oh-so-toasty and certainly a shoe that should be celebrated.  However, uggs are to be teemed with tracksuit pants and a comfy couch.  End of story.

And finally, the most recent abomination in the genre of lazy dressing-pyjamawear.  OMG and WTF.  These are perfectly appropriate for inside your abode but donning them for a movie premiere? Not OK.

I don’t know how or why this trend has started but lets band together to stop the madness!  Next time you find yourself venturing out amongst the general populace, ditch your inner slob and pull on some jeans. Because when you look good, you feel good and really isn’t that the real beauty of fashion?

The rise and rise of the lazy dresser-Retail Offers, 13th July 2012

Dogs Can Bark-Four, 11th July 2012

FourMagazine_365Project_01Artwork by Anja Zaharanski

One dog at the time

Anja Zaharanski is a very, very busy lady. The talented artist has spent January ‘til June illustrating one beloved pup of friends, family or strangers each and every day, and intends to continue to do so until her 365 Project halts on December 31st. The aim of the game is to achieve this goal not for money (although submitters can order a print post completion), but for love. A love of dogs and art of all kinds, and a desire to reach her target whilst delighting others in the process.

Originally born in Poland, Zaharanski moved as a baby to Germany, and currently resides in the South, near Munich and close to the Alps. There are several dogs in the area whom she loves to watch interacting, saying “their behaviour is really interesting to me and I’m hoping to learn more about them in future”. Daily admiration for these dogs grew, and her website Dogs Can Bark was born.

A fan of all types of mediums, the self-taught artist has no desire to study art, preferring the journey of self-discovery.  She says, “I have always felt very connected to art however, I would not like to study it. Art for me is a part of my personality, and I’m fine with learning it by trial and error, even if that means that I have to fail more often. I’m very excited and curious about what I can create with different kinds of ‘tools’, and I enjoy having the freedom of developing the way that I think is the right one.”

Regardless of the medium however, Zaharanski’s sense of humour and fondness for dogs carries through in everything she does, particularly her love for her Border Collie Sui, who also inherits an amalgamation of ideas. Says Zaharanski “She loves to go to the vet and she actually can paint. I have a painting by her hanging on my wall, right next to a print of Van Gogh’s Field of Poppies. Her work is definitely very impressionistic so it fits perfectly next to it!”

Dogs Can Bark originally began as a showcase for her dog photography and stop motion videos. Zaharanski would draw then scan her subject then play with colours, textures and paintbrushes, ensuring no two pieces are alike. People began to catch on, and would send through pics of their own pooches to be illustrated, a habit which eventually inspired the 365 Project.

Anyone can take part in the project by simply sending through a pic of their pup. However, at the tender age of 22, Zaharanski has already garnered a cult following, and has had to halt all submissions to the project temporarily, due to overwhelming demand.

Despite the impressive workload, Zaharanski still has many more ideas up her sleeve, from studying communication design and graphic design to typography and photography work. She even has a secret new vision for Dogs Can Bark planned. We will be keeping our eyes peeled.

To see more illustrations from the 365 Project, visit the site

Dogs Can Bark-Four, 11th July 2012