Super Bowl XLIV may be complete, but excitement over The Saints' win isn't dimming anytime soon. That's especially true if you've got a Who Dat chandelier hanging in your home! In a fit of "Geaux Saints" spirit last week, New Orleans-based lighting designer Julie Neill cooked up these two chandeliers in honor of her beloved Saints team. Bearing the boys' signature black and gold colors, with dangling Mardi Gras beads and fleur-de-lys, she says, "They were meant to embody the spirit of New Orleans, which is beauty with a sense of fun, and some Mardi Gras thrown in, too!"Most sports-inspired décor or "memorabilia" tends to be tacky, but Neill's chandeliers are quite sophisticated, and a great compromise for a "man cave" that meets a lady's standards, too. In fact, Julie tells me that one customer ordered one for his TV room where he and his friends watch all the Saints games "religiously." Of course, it works in the Saints favor that their logo bears a symbol as pretty as the fleur-de-lys. I'd love to have the black chandelier even if I weren't a Saints fan — how glam! If you're interested in ordering one, contact Julie here. To see some other "Who Dat" inspired artwork, check out this post.
Our recent Artist of the Day Amanda Stone Talley, who gave us a tour of her New Orleans carriage house, was inspired by The Saints to create a black and gold painting, just in time for the Super Bowl. Considering the big ole Who Dat sign she's hung in her studio window, her inspiration is no secret. But since her pieces are abstract, it would make just a subtle nod to the team in your home. Meanwhile, George Rodrigue's Blue Dog and Drew Brees Print is a much more obvious declaration of fan loyalty. Tell me, would you buy artwork inspired by your favorite team?
Last week, art blogger Tyler Green tried to arrange a Super Bowl art loan bet between the Indianapolis Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art via Twitter. The museum directors stepped up pretty quickly and wagered to loan their competitors a beloved art work for a three-month period, if their city's respective football team lost the Super Bowl. After some very competitive back and forth banter via Twitter and emails concerning which pieces would be loaned, the two arrived at a deal: if the Saints win (Geaux Saints!), the IMA will loan The Fifth Plague of Egypt (1800, left) by Joseph Turner to the NOMA for three months, and if the Colts win, NOMA will loan Ideal View of Tivoli (1644, right) by Claude Lorrain to IMA. Who knew landscape paintings could be so cutthroat?
If you haven't heard, Paula Abdul was part of the Superbowl festivities this past Sunday. The ex-princess of pop gave a pre-game comeback show and debuted her new single, "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow." The whole shebang was typical Paula — nothing new — but the real question is: what did Simon Scowl think? Could girlfriend be the next American Idol?
Another week down, eh ladies? There were highs, there were certainly lows and, of course, there was ::jazz hands::fashion::jazz hands::. So what went down? Heeere we go:
- Anna Nicole Smith passed away. We have a feeling this story, which is already incredibly complicated and shady, is just getting started.
- Fashion week came, and went and while we were more interested in the front rows and catfights and cute Bilsons, our fancy sister was around to talk shop.
- We had a breakthrough with Fergie. Though Carmen should probably start getting angry about appearance copyright infringement.
- OMG Ryan Phillippe is dating A CHILD! Or, you know, not.
- Mischa and Cisco broke up, but he was the last to know. Something about an overexposed bag.
- Head in Hands. Oh, Britney.
- Celebrities were sighted. Have you seen any?
Folks, I bring you the 2007 Puppy Bowl and it's practically the real deal--only better. There's the grassy field, the referee, the tackling- while one team of dogs is pitted against another. The only real difference is that these athletes have no qualms with a little post-game cuddle time. And that makes all the difference.
For all of you who are avid football fans, the National Football League will be making highlights from the Super Bowl available for purchase online the following day. Catch all the highlights for $1.99 through iTunes as each video will be viewable on your computer or iPod. And if you just happen to miss all the action on Sunday, you can download the full 90-minute video from iTunes as well.
Just buying chips and dip and a 12-pack of beer doesn't cut it for Super Bowl parties any more, according to USA Today. Apparently, if you want your friends to pick your place for the big game, you may have to pony up for a flat-screen TV, digital tuner and surround-sound speakers so they can spectate with quality.
To be honest, my fella and I always watch the big game at my best friend's because she and her boyfriend have the coolest TV ever AND they make the best bean dip you can imagine, but I can't see myself ever running out to get a new set just to draw the crowd to my place.