Last night, my parents had another fantastic ghoulish bash and we were able to attend. (yay!) Aren't those different costumes a hoot? V had a hard time (freaked out, actually) about grandpa 'blue man' but she loved everyone else... including the big bad wolf. It was hilarious to see her reaction to things.
Have you seen J. Crew's creative director Jenna Lyons' house tour in Domino? I am swooning and smiling over pretty much every inch. See the video clip showcasing a wee bit more. I love her advice of never letting your home be "finished", but constantly evolving.
So, I know that Banana Republic is ubiquitous, but it's also a super easy choice when you need modern work basics. Right now they are having an AMAZING sale. Like, suit jackets that were $150 are now $39.99. Run, do not walk, to this sale, either at the store or online at bananarepublic.com.
Seriously, the suit pants are like $60. They are usually over $100.
All hail recession pricing and retailer desperation.
Hot Tip #1: Leggings are not pants. In an effort to save cash, many women are wearing their leggings as pants. If you tell me that it's for a reason other than budget, I will be ill. If I see one more woman's arse in her leggings, I am going to lose my shit. Treat all leggings as tights and wear them under your skirts and dresses, as god intended.
Hot Tip #2: If it doesn't button across your chest, it doesn't fit. I know, I know- you found such a great deal on that crisp white button down and you can't wait to wear it with everything you own. It fits your shoulders, your waist, and only pulls a LITTLE across your bust. I sympathize but I still don't want to see your middle button pop open at work. Do everyone a favor and 1) buy a shirt that fits, 2) buy one that fits your bust and get it tailored for your shoulders and waist, or 3) stop buying button downs. I don't wear them for this very reason and I have never once had a problem finding appropriate clothes for work.
Hot Tip #3: Shoe Pavilion is going out of business. If you have one near you, go already.
Hot Tip #4: Sigerson Morrison is designing (cute!) shoes for Target. Anya Hindmarch is designing (really cool) handbags for Target. And Issac Mizrahi has some (great) dresses at Target. Converse One Stars are (rockin' it) at Target. Do I really need to say more?
Hot Tip #5: Smart Bargains has some amazing deals on some really lovely designer handbags and clutches right now. Like Via Spiga, Cole Haan, and Charles David.
Hot Tip #6: If you need to buy yourself a little happy, Overstock has hundreds of rings for under $100. Woo hoo!
I can't believe our baby girl turned 2 yesterday! My sister-in-law helped plan the french-themed party and she did such an amazing job. We had crepes, quiche, and check out the cool cake she made. Thanks a million Melissa. (I am bummed these aren't the best photos.)
I love the serene modern nature of this nursery over at ohdeedoh. It is hard to believe that a lot of the items including some furniture is from Walmart?! Also, have you popped by to see their children's color contest? There are lots of fun kid's rooms to vote on. Check it out!
I love the simplicity and photography of these messages by Jessica Williams, especially the last one. Say aloud, "Everything will be okay" and for some reason whatever is going on in life, it just seems to help a little. (via Bees Knees)
Wow... thanks Micah for sharing with us your wonderful posts last week! It is always fun to see what a friend/and former classmate is up to, and it looks like you are up to a lot of impressive creative goodness. I especially loved the "Stuff you Do" post (totally not unqualified) and those outrageously cool costumes. I am anxious to see shots of the handmade little fish costume for Simon (his son) this year. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to share with us all!! Check out some of Micah's other projects here.
We heart red, black and gray. Not only is it a classic color combo, it is seasonally appropriate and flattering on a lot of people.
This outfit is on a fabulous woman who graciously allowed me to post her image.
Outfit details: the dress and shoes are from Chadwicks, I didn't get the details on all of the rest...
Why is works: the red near her face draws the eye upward; the line where the red meets the gray is well placed to emphasize a small waist; the length is modest but still shows off her legs and the fabulous shoes. The tights ground the outfit and keep is seasonal. LOVE the shoes- they are suede if you couldn't tell...
What it needs: it doesn't need much...I might switch the short necklace for something longer.
Dress is up: a large cocktail ring and chandelier earrings would be fab.
Dress is down: lose the tights and swap the shoes for wedges or flats.
In my humble opinion Halloween is by far the best non-denominational holiday that we have. It is the only day of the year when you can turn yourself into whatever you want and still be accepted by your friends, family and society. At least as much as you were before.
The downside to Halloween, though, is that almost all of the design that accompanies it is really bad and kitschy. Kids dress up in prefab, plastic costumes and march past yards full of prefab, plastic pumpkins, inflatable witches and orange Christmas lights. There must be a universal law correlating the quality of a holiday with the amount of depressing design that represents it.
This is why I believe in taking Halloween back to the good old days of homemade costumes, self-carved jack-o-lanterns and Sugar Daddies. In a good year I start my costume planning around June or July, mull it over for a month or two and then spend a leisurely month or so followed by an all-nighter on construction. Here are some of the fruits of my labors.
I believe this is the costume that Rachel was referring to in my introduction. I had lots of fun with this one and even won a cake!
My wife and I had a great time with these. We had broomsticks inside which allowed us to stretch up to 9 feet tall.
This was a costume that we had planned long before we even thought of having a kid. We saw a baby porcupine (a porcupette) at a nature preserve in Alaska and it was settled.
So, Happy Halloween to all! I really enjoyed guest blogging this week and I want to thank Rachel for inviting me. Also, thanks to all of the nice people who posted positive comments. It’s nice to get a good ego boost now and again.
I am really enjoying the work of artists Caia Koopman and Julia Kuo these days. Caia Koopman is a true born and raised California girl with blonde hair and a sunny disposition. I can’t say I have ever had any personal contact with her, but I am told from a reliable source that she is as cheerful, bright and friendly as she is talented. I mention this only because it adds a great backdrop for her work which I will let speak for itself.
I can’t say that I know anything about Julia Kuo that I didn’t learn from her website. I recently stumbled across her work through one of my many blog feeds and I was immediately glad I did. I enjoy how she is able to create illustrations and sketches that would feel right at home in a children’s book while holding a message for everyone. I feel like she is saying something really profound, but in a way that is subtly absorbed rather than explicitly stated. Of course, that could just be me trying to sounds all deep when, in fact, I just like the pretty colors.
If you are in the Salt Lake Area / Utah County area, check out an amazing sale going on that I talked abouthere. Yesterday, I met up with thesegals who called to let me know about it, muchas gracias!! If you know of any other sweet local stuff going down, drop me a line.
One of the best parts of living in New York is being able to associate regularly with extremely talented people.
It is always a thrill when I meet somebody and later find out that they are a famous illustrator or own their own highly successful design studio. For instance, it turns out that Brett Helquist has a daughter that attends the same Sunday nursery as my son. He is a really nice guy and very down to earth. I was quite surprised when one of my designer friends introduced him to me and said that he does all of the illustration work for the Lemony Snicket books (which I am not embarrassed to say I haven’t read).
As much fun as run-ins like that are, it is almost better to meet people who are on their way up. I have a few friends who I think are really going places.
Amy John, a designer living in Brooklyn, has a background in fashion and is quite handy with a sewing machine. After her first daughter was born she decided to make her own stroller blanket to battle the cold Brooklyn winters. Everywhere she went people stopped to ask her about it and where they could get one. Amy knew she was on to something and started her company, Chic Demure Baby.
These blankets are nice on many levels. They are made with organic Vermont raised wool and thus are water resistant and gentle on babies’ skin. And Amy has, in my opinion, a great business plan. She currently hand sews everything from home on her vintage Singer while raising two daughters. But when things start to take off, as they are bound to do, rather than building her company full-time she plans on recruiting other stay-at-home moms to do the same thing she is doing. I just love the idea of a bunch of ladies putting their kids down for a nap and sitting down to make a good quality, well designed product like this.
Another person I look forward to tracking throughout the years is a young photographer named Mark Weinberg. Mark did his internship in 2007 with the company that I work for and came back to NYC this last summer to freelance. He’s the kind of guy who makes professionals look bad while he’s still in school. He surely has a bright future ahead of him after he graduates next year.
This last week I had the privilege of working with Mark again when our company photographer took a much needed vacation and she hired Mark to run the studio in her absence. He took a week off class, flew back to New York and did an fantastic job. When we came into the the office on Monday morning we each had a professionally designed and printed envelope on our desks. Inside were some amazing promo prints of Mark’s work. I got numbers 13-15 from his Hong Kong trip. I definitely learned a couple of things about presentation from him.