Monday, January 30, 2012

See Ya January

Are you guys on instagram? It's safe to say I'm addicted. Since I started using it, I've noticed that I appreciate little things (like a view of the skyline after a late night at the library) that I might not have otherwise taken the time to enjoy. Any app that promotes slowing down and taking time to savor the simple joys in life is worthy of an addiction in my eyes. Here are a few of my favorite snapshots from the past month. Can you believe February is almost here? We've still got one more day left of January, though, so make it count! :)

Outdoor Envy

Now this is my kind of campsite. 
styled by Katrine Martenson-Larsen photography by Stuart McIntyre

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Alexandra's Kitchen

I recently discovered Alexandra's Kitchen via pinterest and can't get enough of her unexpected flavor combinations (nectarine pizza? yes please!), the beautiful photography, and most of all her commitment to sustainability. She has inspired me to join a CSA Program (something I have long been meaning to do) and I can't wait to pick up my first box next week! If you live in the U.S. and are interested in joining a program, visit Local Harvest. And be sure to check out Alexandra's Kitchen for some new recipes to add to your arsenal.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Her and There

Drama. Intrigue. Glamour. 

That's just a little commercial concept I created for the color black. Think he'll hire me? 
Seriously, though, how gorgeous is that photo of Kate B? and that bathroom has been on my mind for weeks...

Monday, January 23, 2012

Music For Your Ears 2.0

And a few tunes to gently shake you out of your mid-Monday slumber...

Hit List #2: 1. Norah Jones - Chasing Pirates 2. The Decemberists - Calamity Song 3. Fitz & the Tantrums - MoneyGrabber  4. Bombay Bicycle Club - Shuffle 5. Ray LaMontagne - You Are The Best Thing 6. The Heavy - How You Like Me Now 7. Phish - Ghost 8. My Morning Jacket - Holdin on to Black Metal 9. Of Monsters and Men - Little Talks 10. Graffiti6 - Free 11. Van Morrison - Everyone 12. David Bowie - Modern Love 13. The Shins - Simple Song 14. Foster the People - Call It What You Want 

Outdoor Envy

Some well-decorated porches to brighten up your Monday morning...Have a good week!

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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Favorite Things

A few favorite things I've found on Etsy this week - a handmade kilim pillow case from Istanbul ($69.95) from this shop that is full of all sorts of kilim goodness, this chic Claire White Modern Art Print ($18) from new favorite shop Bergen House, a silver oversize leather tote bag ($159) from Smadar Shani Leather Shop and last but not least this cozy california bear pullover from Zen Threads ($26). Definitely check out each of these shops for more fun finds!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Perk Up!

One way to combat the gray days of winter (and the gloomy mood that often comes with them): Tote one of these bright babies! You'll be able to carry them through spring and summer and they're sure to put some pep in your step.

From top left: Proenza Schouler PS1 Medium Leather, ASOS slot through portfolio clutch, Jimmy Choo rivera crocodile effect leather envelope clutch, MARC by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier Hobo, Tory Burch robinson mini leather shoulder bag, J.Crew Edie Purse

This and That

I saw these images on tumblr a few weeks ago and am glad to have finally found the source: the exceptionally creative Filippo Minelli. Turns out these poofs of color are homemade smoke bombs and the effect is no less than awesome. via but does it float
For the Thoreau inside of all of us: Cabin Porn
Loving the work of Kelly Behun via Desire to Inspire
Teddy bear skin rugs by Agustina Woodgate via My Modern Met
As a huge fan of the movie of Drive and also of creative graphic design, this poster by Mike Horowitz hits the spot
Have you checked out the lastest issue of Rue? If not, you should!
Emily Henderson's 99 cent DIY projects (and the lovely, talented, hilarious Emily Henderson in general)
How to Work Better and Rules of a Creator's Life
RIP sweet Etta James

Monday, January 16, 2012

Outdoor Envy

Anyone down for an Andalucian getaway? I'm ready to go to The Olive Grove after coming across this lovely feature via Design Tripper. Obviously the natural surroundings make this place so beautiful and unique, but I also love how owners Alan Hazel and Marc Wils have created sumptuous outdoor living areas that don't impose on the natural beauty of the landscape, but serve to accentuate it. Be sure to check out the rest here!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Nancy Ramirez

How cool are these prints by Nancy Ramirez? All available for purchase (and quite affordable) right here

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Music for your Ears

 Hit List #1: 1) Lykke Li - Get Some 2) Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse - Valerie 3) M83 - Midnight City 4) Lady Gaga - Summerboy 5) Cee Lo Green - No One's Gonna Love You 6) Talking Heads - Once in a Lifetime 7) Kanye West ft. Lupe Fiasco - Electric Touch 8) Cults - Go Outside 9) SebastiAn ft. Mayer Hawthorne - Love in Motion 10) Neon Indian - Polish Girl 11) College ft. Electric Youth - Real Hero 12) The Black Keys - Lonely Boy

image via

Jenny Bowers

Jenny Bowers's illustrations put me in the best mood. Check out more of her work here and here.