Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Map It Out

This Wednesday, just in time for our favorite patriotic holiday, Maptote's new USA bag will be available on Target's Red Hot Shop website. The double-sided tote features the East Coast on one side and the West Coast on the other, with graphic, screen-printed drawings of major cities and landmarks in between (Las Vegas, for example, is denoted by a slot machine and Georgia is a ripe peach). The bag, the newest in the Maptote series, is made by Brooklyn-based designers Rachel Rheingold and Michael Berick, who have combined their love of fashion and cartography. The dark-denim-and-red-ink combo has a summery-cool look, and the tote is a great replacement for those bland beige bags you've been using for groceries.

Available starting July 1 for $24.99 at Target.com.
(Via New York Magazine)

Absolutely Awesome Baby Announcements

The announcement was designed by the parents, Tosh and Victoria Brown, and letterpress printed in four spot colors on Crane Lettra paper by The Mandate Press. The overall design kind of reminds me of The Royal Tennenbaums, don't you think? Either way, I just love the simple, yet completely non-traditional and unique, design of this baby announcement.

Check out more photos over on The Mandate Press flickr stream - the good folks over at The Mandate Press also recently launched a new website where you can find a lot more of their fabulous work, check it out right here! (Via Oh So Beautiful Paper)

Christopher Deane

Cute dresses from Christopher Deane.

Le Smoking

If I promoted smoking... (Via ar+iculate)

Cover Inspiration

Gorgeous vintage patterned covers from Insel Verlag.
(Via Design Work Life)


Love this... wire storage collection at West Elm. The little pencil pail is $10, the waste bin is $29, and the magazine basket is $49.
(Via Design Sponge)

Quote of the Week

There are two things on my mind. First, the unexpected and sudden death of Michael Jackson. As a little girl I loved Michael Jackson. My parents can attest to this. My mom says I'd run to the TV whenever M.J. was on. To me he was magic. When I was old enough to have my own stereo, my dad who is a music aficionado, purchased my first cd, which was "Bad". To be honest, I don't care one bit about his controversial life. To me it's all speculation. "Before you judge me, try hard to love me" are lyrics from a song called "Childhood". I think this is something everyone wants. He had a difficult life. Let's let him rest in peace.

Second, today is my dad's birthday. He is probably one of this most selfless people I know. I like this quote for him. "The really important kind of freedom involves attention, and awareness, and discipline, and effort, and being able truly to care about other people and to sacrifice for them, over and over, in myriad petty little unsexy ways, every day." —David Foster Wallace

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sonia Delaunay

Right now I'm inspired by Sonia Delaunay's textile designs. See more at At Swim-Two-Birds.

Little Gold Letter

I usually not into monogram jewelry, but I absolutely love these initial and number necklaces by Albeit. Made of 14K gold, each piece is delicate and subtle and perfect for wearing everyday. (Via Oh Joy)

Currently Listening To: Taylor Swift

I love her reaction at the end... endearing.

For 2009, Idea Subscription

This is a great concept. For all of 2009 David Horvitz will send out small texts of simple instructional ideas through a mailing list to which you can subscribe. He will also post screenshots of them on his tumblr page. He will does not do this everyday, only when he feels like it and has access to the internet. But he wil attempt to do them everyday. You can also receive these in the postal mail.

This post is from Vic. I relate so much:
I am feeling a little lost for inspiration at the moment. Or maybe a little lost in general. Things are changing, always changing. I am about to turn 28 and I have no idea where I’m going or what I’m doing. And this is fine, of course. In fact, sometimes it’s great and I wouldn’t want it any other way. But there are moments when I think about the strange order in which I do things, in which I’ve done things, and I wonder how it got like this. How did we get here? And I don’t mean just you and I, I mean everyone. How did you get here? What are you doing?
But then I look at this photo of Oprah and I realise that everything is going to be ok. It has to be. After all, this is all there is.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Sigh. This is so me. Jewelry from Bumblesea. (Via Mint)

Scrapbook Style

These beautiful pages by Kelly make me want to start scrapbooking. (Via SeeSaw Designs)

Seersucker Fabric and Letterpressed Invites

I just cannot stop staring at these gorgeous letterpress wedding invitations, designed by the ladies at Ice Cream Social.
(Via Oh So Beautiful Paper)

J'Adore California

I heart this t-shirt from Wildfox.

How I'd Wear It

I love this idea... Roberta Jane of Camp Comfort asked several bloggers to create outfits based on a pair of denim shorts. The series is called "How I'd Wear It". It's interesting to see how each person interpreted the same item of clothing. The top image is from Amy of An Apple A Day! and the bottom is from Afton of Freckle Farm.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

RIP Michael Jackson

My first ever CD was Michael Jackson's Bad. It's hard to believe that he's really passed. Here's a post from January 22, 2009 that I wrote:
Last night I started making a mixed CD. I kinda went a little overboard on Limewire... I started with Alicia Keys, then Lauren Hill, which lead to some oldies like Otis Redding and Tina Turner. Of course my brother had to join in and we started looking at vintage video footage like James Brown circa 1976. (Did you know that James Brown is my grandmother's half brother? Of course they were never close. My grandmother says she couldn't stand him.) My first CD ever was Michael Jackson's Bad. What can I say? Who didn't love Michael? I remember he had a concert and my parents wouldn't let me stay up to watch. I must've been like 4. I did sneak out of bed and they eventually gave in and let me watch. This link takes you to the Motown 25 concert, I don't think I saw this one because I would've been only 1 years old, but for some reason this performance sticks out.


I am loving everything about Madewell's website. It is clean and simple with wonderfully styled photographs. Be sure to check out the denim fit guide and the calendar jam-packed with tips, events and facts for every day of the month.

Succulent Love Designs

Kelly just launched a new business, Succulent Love Designs. I was never crazy about succulents, but now I am.

Nivea Made Chic

I love these Nieva ads from Italian Vogue. Who knew a face cream could be so glamourous? (Via The English Muse)

Land and Sea

I really want these prints from the Aperture Foundation. The first print is "Reservoir, 2007" (from the series Limbo) by Hector Mata. The second is "On The Beach" photographed by Richard Misrach, but alas it's sold out.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Created by Ed Nacional. "Display typeface constructed from a personal tie collection. A large amount of the collection was acquired from my dad, the rest bought at flea markets, thrift stores with a few brand new purchases sprinkled throughout. I hope to soon extend this project to add alternates, numbers and ligatures as the collection grows."

Monday, June 22, 2009

The Girl Effect

An amazing use of animated sans serif type! Also (and more importantly) a thought-provoking piece about the profound impact that modest investments in the lives of girls and women can have on world hunger, poverty, social injustice, war, etc. Check it out!


I really like these prints by Gregory from Venice, CA. Check out the yeti! He uses xylene transfers to make his prints, which is “like a screenprint, but without the screen, and the artwork is hand-transferred inch by inch over a long hour.”

You can check out his etsy shop here to buy one for me! (Via OK Great)

Yellow and Khaki

I've been enjoying this color combination lately.
1. Rifferaff
2. Up in the air somewhere
3. Carta, Inc.
(Via Rifferaff)

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Danish Modern

Dansk's teak-handled stainless steel flatware, introduced in the '50s, anticipated today's fondness for simple lines and natural materials. It's back, as understated as ever. (From O magazine)


This floral scalloped-suede checkbook cover is danity, sweet, and completely appealing. I so want one.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hansel & Gretel Ad

I saw this AT&T ad with Hansel and Gretel the other day and thought it was adorable, it made me smile. Created by BBDO. (Via Black*Eiffel)


This set of photographs called "Things Worth Knowing" by Sivan Lewin reminds me of that scene in Amélie when she opens the little tin of treasures found behind the tile in the bathroom. Enchanting.
(Via English Muse)

New from ban.do!

Check out these yummy corsages from Ban.do. They also have an adorable new line of collars! (Via Frolic)

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Home Inspiration: Gallery Wall

I really like this idea.

I've always wanted to create a gallery wall at home, but I get overwhelmed by the prospect of picking out all the frames. Jorey Hurley had a genius idea: She made a simple grid of 4" x 6" Ikea clip frames featuring all her favorite family snapshots. I can do that!
(Via A Cup of Jo)

Jill and Matt Invite

My friend emailed this invite to me. Heart! (Via Design*Sponge)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Quote of the Week

I am not a patient person. I want to do and know everything right now. And the hustle and bustle lifestyle of New York doesn't help. The rhythm and fast pace becomes second nature. I realize this every time I go home to Chattanooga. There, no one is in a hurry. My mom always complains that I walk too fast. It's funny, isn't it. But, for the first time in a long time, I didn't do anything, I don't even think I changed out of my pajamas. Sometimes we need those days to regroup and gather ourselves.

"Be patient. You'll know when it's time for you to wake up and move ahead." —Ram Dass

"You do not need to leave your room. Remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be quite still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you to be unmasked, it has no choice, it will roll in ecstasy at your feet." —Franz Kafka

Photograph by Cameron Gardner via The Photographic Dictionary.