I was lucky enough to meet Emily King at last year's Evo Conference. She is super cool and an extremely talented artist who creates these amazing cut paper images. I am especially drawn to this one because I cannot believe that my little baby is almost 10 months old! Having two kids has been a bit of an adjustment, making life even more busy, but I also love it in every way. I can hardly remember what life was like without our little girls. I also really dig her snow series. See more of her work here and check out her etsy shop too.
I'm excited to see the Pioneers of American Industrial Design forever stamps coming out, they would look fantastic on an envelope. They come out tomorrow at USPS and big props to the stamp designers lately.
I hope to be back to posting regularly next week, we've had a doozy of a week with strep revisiting our house, me and the little Miss have been under the weather. I don't believe I've ever been sick in the summer, it really stinks. Both doctors we visited said there is a big outbreak and they've never seen so many cases lately, weird huh? We are on the mends and I hope that you all will have a great and relaxing weekend!
Have you heard about the award winning Seed Cathedral created by Heatherwick Studio for the Shanghai Expo in 2010? I came across it recently and it blew my mind along with all of the other work from Thomas Heatherwick's Studio.
For the Seed Cathedral they showed off thousands and thousands of seeds collected by the Royal Botanical Gardens in these stunning transparent acrylic rods that glowed and moved with the elements. How breathtaking and what an undertaking! Since the Expo, the sculpture has been dismantled but it is remarkable to look back at the shots and video clips. It is truly inspiring work.
The home renovation of Bob Williams from Traditional Home is really great, although I am especially drawn to the kitchen. The floor and pops of unexpected color and materials are wonderful -- and that stove, yes please!
...so sayeth my snarky li'l sis. And she is right.
Because where I live now? Is HOT. Not warm, not balmy, not yay-I-don't-need-a-jacket. HOT. AS BALLS.
Enter: The Great Shorts Debate.
Since leaving Florida, I have been a staunch Shorts Opponent. They are flattering on few, can be replaced with a skirt or dress easily, they look like you are on safari, blah blah blah. Li'l sis, also a Shorts Opponent, understands the issue and flatly refuses to wear them, even in the Chicago summer. Speaking of hot.
But it's hot here. And I running errands and unpacking and wandering around the garden and breaking down boxes. I have been doing all of these things in a dress. And that just isn't practical or decent, considering I almost flashed the Comcast guys like 8 times yesterday.
So, I found myself reaching for shorts this AM. I scrounged up an old school pair- faded navy blue from Banana. They look exactly how I expected them to look: hideous, bland, and suburban soccer mom (apologies to actual soccer moms who are much more stylish than the world gives you credit for).
The shorts landscape has changed, however. If you have eyes, you have seen them all over the place, in more cuts and patterns than ever before. You have seen shorts with tights and boots (still HATING IT). You have seen sweet little lacy numbers. You have seen scalloped edges. With all of this variety, couldn't I find at ONE acceptable pair?
The short (ha!) answer is yes. I won't bore you with the details of the extensive searching I have done, and continue today. These are what I ordered today from Anthro, with hopes high that I might find 1 or 2 pairs elsewhere to round out a summer collection:
Have you hear of 10 x 10? It is my new favorite way to follow the news. Every hour, they scan the RSS feeds of several leading international news sources and a sophisticated algorithm identifies the most important words of the hour mentioned along with corresponding images. What I really like about it, is that it is more than just the news, but a historical timeline record. Want to go back to a certain date? You can click history (up till November of 2004) and see what went down.
I also really dig the part that it is compiled without human input so there isn't any hidden agenda in who is delivering the information. The website has also won numerous awards for great web design.
What do you think? What is your favorite news source?
Do you ever have cardboard boxes that you don't know what to do with? How about build an awesome fort or kid's cardboard boat! A long time ago a sweet reader from Japan sent me this photo of what they made for their son Hugo and while going through some files today I came upon it again! Isn't it rad?! Next time we have some boxes lying around I know what we'll will be making. Thanks Ruth for sharing.
Crossing design and food Marije Vogelzang looks at food through a very creative perspective. Her long list of accomplishments include designing dinner parties and eating experiences, a product line full of quirky cool edibles, social projects for hospitals and restaurants, a couple books that I hope to someday get my hands on, and a restaurant with two locations in Amsterdam called Proef! I am very happy to come across Marije and her team's work, it is phenomenal eye candy that is conceptually inspiring.
I pre-ordered these Brass Number clips from Baum-kuchen (cool shop!) and am anxious to use them because I am using the most random things to keep my places in multiple books lately. What do you use as a bookmark?
I've been seeing these fun looks from I Owe You pop up all over. Go plaid! The IOU Project makes unique, handmade and traceable apparel from fabric created in India. The story of how each article of clothing made is also shared. What a really cool concept! Learn more here.
Here's one for Music Monday from a new to me electro-pop band The Kill Van Kulls out of Manchester called 'Lost and Found'. It has a little bit of an '80 edge and I like the modern dancing in the clip and the surprise pops of color at the end.
What's the diff besides the colors? Well, the Coco mat is made from 100% natural coir fiber and the Wal-Mart version...is, too. They are both 18"x30". Both have a non-slip backing. Soooo, it looks like aside from the aesthetics, they are pretty damn similar.
Except that, for an extra $15.02 + shipping, I don't have to support Wal-Mart. And that's enough for me!
Moving day is fast approaching. Up to this point, S and I have been bringing over the smaller, breakable stuff on our own. Which means multiple trips up and down the stairs, across the bay, and into the new place. And so I have to contemplate what to wear for each day of moving, all while knowing I could run into new neighbors at any time.
Here are a few things I keep in mind when moving:
1. Sleeveless is my friend. Just because it's cool in one place doesn't mean it's not hot as hell in the other.
2. Ditto dark jeans. After pulling, pushing, and dragging two 8x11 rugs up from the backyard and into the new house (which includes some stairs), I no longer believe my light wash trouser jeans were my best choice.
3. Not my friend? Low rise jeans. Too much bending down to ensure I'm not flashing a neighbor at all times.
4. Ditto my giant handbag. I love her, but damn, she's annoying to carry everywhere when my hands are full of 20 other things.
5. Since I refuse to wear sneakers when not deliberately exercising, flats are a no-brainer. Have you ever tried to haul stuff in (even very low) wedges? Don't.
6. Make up isn't even kind of an option when I am all gross, so I can at least have my hair not look insane. It takes less time (for me, at least) to deal with my hair than make up, anyway.
7. No jewelry that could even possibly get in the way! I learned this the hard way by wearing a giant cocktail ring while trying to drag a rug in. Never. Again.
Emera has fantastic camera bags, and they recently came out with a new line that is their best yet. They have more compact selections, and water resistant coating along with great new designs. I love the green but the circle print is cool too. See more here and they even have video clips to see how much they can hold.
Emera would love to give a camera bag away (up to a $169 value) to one of you lucky readers. Everyone could use a chic new camera bag, right? To enter leave a comment below and a winner will be randomly selected on Monday.
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*WINNER randomly selected through random.org is : #14 : Melissa Chao.
I love it when Google plays around with their logo -- today has been my favorite by far. It is interactive and in honor of Les Paul. You can even record a little strum. What an awesome tribute, go Google!
I am a bit behind on going through my magazine stack, but I dig Keri Russell's home as shown in Elle Decor. The combo of wood, metal and neutrals are lovely and it feels rather French to me. Love it, what do you think?
The secret I think is the white whole wheat flour. I love that stuff, because you get all of the nutritional benefits yet it isn't as heavy as the normal stuff. Speaking of flour, other ones I like are whole wheat pastry flour, and buckwheat flour and I haven't tried it yet, but I have some whole wheat spelt flour in my pantry.
Have you tried a variety of different flours? What is your favorite? Oh and do you have a favorite pancake recipe? I'm all ears....
One of the many things that pinterest has taught me is that I have a slight ... wait, major thing for stripes (well, and also polka dots). I find myself drawn to them again and again, I have for quite a long time. Today I'm feeling extra stripey. What about you, anything you find yourself repeatedly drawn to even if it is in style or not?
These works of art in nature from the environmental artist Stuart Frost are remarkable. Can you believe seagull feathers make up that first work?
Also, I can't remember where I first came across this amazing video clip about nature below, but it pretty much knocked my socks off, maybe even made my eyes water a smidge. I am in constant awe at the mysteries and wonders of nature!
"Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." ~Kahlil Gibran
This clip is stunning too! I hope you will have an extraordinary weekend, we hope to get out in nature and go on a long bike ride!
My May Shopping Ban was a success! Not only did I BARELY cheat (for the -too-good-to-pass-up Kate Spade wallet; for 3 pink tees from Old Navy for the Susan G. Komen 3 Day; and a sweet little belt for $15.50), but I started to think a lot more rationally about what I was buying and why. Before I added anything to my virtual cart, I was forced to stop and think. Which apparently I wasn't doing much before.
And no, I am not counting my Stella & Dot jewelry because I earned all my pieces for free by hosting a trunk show and the two things I did purchase were for someone else.
Because the May ban was such a success for me, I am continuing the ban in June. Same rules, one guilt-free cheat item. This time, I most likely will actually get the red patent leather pointy toed flats I have been eyeing.
My clothes/shoes/bags/jewelry shopping ban is in part because I am trying to cut back my unnecessary spending and be more conscientious about what I buy, but also because I am officially a homeowner now. And yes, I want to buy house stuff. Lots of it. I hope you'll pardon me when a decorating item or six sneaks into my posts now and then, like the What's The Diff post from yesterday...
Did you do the May ban? How was it for you? Would you consider doing it again?