The Sunday Best: Abstract Expressionism Meets Fried Pickle Chips

The Sunday Best is a weekly wrap-up of the greatest things that happened this week in art, entertainment, fashion, food, the interwebs, and sustainability. Church clothes optional.

Here’s a sneak peek of what we have in store for you this week: gorgeous abstract expressionist paintings, Mindy Kaling’s new pilot, and fried pickle chips.

The Best in Art & Culture

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Misery Guts by Abbie Stephens

Here’s the story of a pouty little girl whose constant displeasure earned her the nickname Misery Guts and caused her to sink into the ground. (Booooooom)

Honorable Mentions

  • DIY cork animals: they’re even cuter than you think. (designboom)
  • London-based photographer John Rankin’s work focuses on the eye. Look for breath-taking photos ahead. (designboom)
  • Gorgeous abstract expressionist paintings by Yago Hortal. (Trendland)
  • Who knew collages made of garbage could be so attractive and, err, intergalactic? (designboom)
  • So, this is what a bullet soaring through a drop of water looks like. (Telegraph)
The Best in Entertainment

Kristen Bell’s Sloth-Related Breakdown

While a guest on “Ellen,” Kristen Bell shares an account and a video of her sloth-related breakdown on her birthday. (Ellen)

Honorable Mention

  • Mindy Kaling of “The Office” fame is set to write, executive produce, and star in a new pilot for FOX. Cross your fingers that it gets picked up! (Hollywood Reporter)
  • See what one writer says about the new recession-era man and changing gender roles in “New Girl.” (Good)
  • A wide-eyed Nicki Minaj covers Wonderland magazine. (Design Scene)
  • The cast of “Cougar Town” comes up with new titles for its poorly-named show. (Funny or Die)

The Best in Fashion

Meet Nasty Gal’s Founder Sophia Amoruso and Her Team

Nasty Gal’s founder Sophia Amoruso and her team have created a short video giving you a peek inside the funky-cool clothing retailer. (Nasty Gal)

Honorable Mentions

  • In case you missed it, here’s Vogue Italia‘s take on mechanical dolls from their October 2011 issue. (Trendland)
  • Ethical Fashion: the triple bottom line defined in terms of the fashion industry. (Good)
  • Lana Del Rey covers British Vogue. (Design Scene)
  • M.I.A.’s latest video for “Bad Girls” features impeccably mixed prints, as you’d expect. (Booooooom)

The Best in Food

Fried Pickle Chips

The gals at Spoon Fork Bacon have shared a recipe for fried pickle chips with a blue cheese dipping sauce. Yum. (Spoon Fork Bacon)

Honorable Mentions

  • Call him the Jackson Pollock of composting: artist Frédéric Delangle photographs layers of waste in compost bins. (Beautiful/Decay)
  • Claire of The Kitchy Kitchen has shared a recipe for the cutest ice cream sandwiches ever. (The Kitchy Kitchen)
  • Mm, mmm… kimchi pancakes. (Bap Story)
  • This chocolate bar looks delicious… oh wait, it’s a smartphone. (designboom)
  • The review you’ve been waiting for: Jack in the Box’s bacon shake. (SFist)

The Best of the Interwebs

I Am Packed

Stumped on what to bring to Cabo? Here’s a glimpse into what other people pack for trips across the globe. (I Am Packed)

Honorable Mentions

  • Here are 30 Tumblrs you should start following… like now. (TIME)
  • Unless humans develop wings soon, this may be the closest we get to flying on our own. (Colossal)

The Best in Sustainability

Mixed Media Art by Dolan Geiman

Chicago-based artist Dolan Geiman uses salvaged materials to make his mixed media works. (Unconsumption)

Honorable Mentions

  • T-shirt company Naked Hippie sells fair trade, organic, and sustainable clothing with all profits going to support micro-loans for small businesses abroad. (Springwise)
  • This man does everything — and I mean everything — on his bike, including showering, cooking, and sleeping. Best or worst idea ever? (Grist)
  • A new use for your old iMac: a community trash bin. (Unconsumption)

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