This week was spent in Phoenix visiting my mom, feeling the sun on my skin, walking around the mall absorbing the piped in Christmas tunes, drinking one too many Caramel Bruleé Lattes, finding presents for Rocky’s Christmas stocking, (sort of) catching up on work and emails, teaching my mom how to tie scarves, watching trashy reality TV shows, taking long walks down perfectly paved roads leading to nowhere, mentally compiling a list of 2011 goals and enjoying some much needed quiet time.
Wandering through Barney’s (my mom’s in the background!) Wearing an A is for Arsenic tank, Plastique necklace, Silence & Noise jeans and Darcie boots.
Nothing beats long walks in the sun (in December!)
As much as I love visiting Phoenix, it’s nice to be back home with the rest of my family. Thanks for coming along on my mini visual adventure! Have a happy, festive & productive weekend and I’ll see you Monday!
Natalia Vodianova by Steven Klein for i-D, April 2002.
• What’s your take on Comedy Central’s new identity? Their previous logo, while visually interesting, felt very 90s to me. Maybe people are reacting badly to their new one because it’s a few years ahead of the curve?
• Smashing Magazine’s What Font Should I Use? is worth a read.
• I love this photo, a snapshot of The Beatles right before they crossed the street for Abbey Road.
• Steve Pavlina just released all of his copyrights. What do you think about this? I’m blown away but in a sense, it must be a very freeing feeling.
• My favorite shoe store in Portland, Halo, has just opened their new boutique in the Pearl.
• I love taking a peek into vintage logo books. American Trademark Designs is full of retro gems!
• Even the Statue of Liberty has been exposed. This magazine cover is a sign of the times.
• Perhaps the classiest condom packaging in the universe!
As December speeds by at an ever frantic pace, setting new goals for 2011 has been on my mind over the last few days. I’ve always been big on setting goals because that affirmation of what you want is the first step towards making your dreams a reality.
As you compile your list of goals, it’s important to stop making excuses. What is keeping you from doing what you want to do? A feeling of not being good enough? Anxiety? A lack of money? A fear of the unknown?
There are people who always talk about what they’re going to do and then there are those who do it. Do you want to be a talker or would you rather put that energy towards making your dream a reality? Reaching your goals isn’t supposed to be easy. It’s that journey that builds character and life experience.
How do you get from point A to point B? Usually, it’s a series of very small steps. Very rarely does overnight success happen — ask almost any successful person and (if they’re telling the truth) they’ll admit that it took them years to reach their goal. Some people go out of their way to make it look effortless but get them one-on-one and you may actually glimpse what goes on behind the scenes!
The secret of reaching your goals comes down to knowing exactly what you want. Because, if you know what you want, you can formulate a plan and set the wheels in motion. Without that vision, it’s easy to lose focus and to become discouraged. It’s okay if your goals grow and change with time but having that initial goal fuels action.
Though a library’s worth of books have been written about achieving goals, I don’t think that it’s as complicated and drawn out as they would like you to believe. If you truly believe that you’re capable of achieving your goals and you’re exceptionally determined, you will somehow find a way, no matter what. It’s been proven time and again. The power of the mind and positive thought should never be underestimated.
Dream big. Put your plan into action. Make it happen.
Sometimes the most simple collages, free of the clutter of multiple layers and colors are my favorites. View the full Fashion Notebook set on Flickr.
Last week, I shared some of my current interior decor inspirations and this week, I thought I’d share some fashion-related inspiration (old and new) that’s been on my mind as of late.
1. Super Chunky Knits. This version by AF Vandevorst is pretty much perfect. 2. Smooth and Sleek Hair. Black and shiny; I love this aesthetic. 3. Leather Shorts. I’ve been wanting some forever and they are a definite for next summer (source unknown). 4. Studded Accessories. I’m still kicking myself for not picking these Givenchy heels up off the Barney’s sale rack last year. 5. Corsets + Muti-buckled Belts. As usual, Ann Demeulemeester was ahead of the curve. 6. Acne Admire Wedges. I actually tried these on a few months back in New York and wow, they are awesome in part because of the mismatched zippers (one’s on the outside, one’s on the inside). 7. Proenza Schouler PS11 Quilted Bag. The hardware on this bag is gorgeous (and it shows in the price!) 8. Newspaper Leggings. By BlackMilk Clothing. 9. Sheer Black & Edgy Evening Wear. This dress has been out for a few seasons now and I think it was by Alexander Wang. I love the back as much as the front. 10. Black & Gold. I still love this image from Dolce & Gabbana. Regal, edgy and modern.
1. Ungaro Branch Heels. Not particularly practical or wearable but who cares? They’re art. 2. Futuristic Ruffles. I tend to like overtly feminine trends to be a bit harder edged and Christopher Kane manages to nail this aesthetic. 3. Cropped Chunky Knits. I’ve loved this look ever since I spotted it on Elle.com. 4. Glam Safety Pins. Just what you need to hold your chunky knits in place! Also via Elle.com. 5. Perfectly Smokey Eyes. Agyness on i-D is the ideal look I’d like to aim for. 6. Sleek Stripes. I’m digging stripes on more dressy silhouettes these days. 7. White Dr. Martens. After a 10 year break, I am happy to have a white pair of Dr. Martens back on my feet again. Tough, comfy and perfect for winter.
Readers: What’s inspiring your style at the moment?
Extra Credit Reading: Style Direction: Fall / Winter 2010.
I’m on my way to Phoenix but thought I’d get a quick Week in Pictures up before I get on the plane. I think that last time I had a pair of Docs was when I was in high school in the late 90s and they were 14 eye black boots. I wore them nearly every day. Over 10 years later, I just picked up a pair of heeled white boots to start breaking in before Paris. I’m loving having sturdy footwear during these long, rainy months here in Portland.
A few things sitting on my desk at the moment: my Moleskine December planner, Stabilo pen in gray, Nubby square card, favorite H&M scarf, a necklace from Aroha Silhouettes and a Liquid business card.
Rocky says hello. As you can imagine, he is quite popular in our neighborhood, especially with the elderly ladies. At this rate, he’s going to need his own fan club.
Since we moved in, we’d had a 50s era cracked glass light in our bedroom. It was a bit of an eyesore but it took me awhile to decide what I wanted to replace it with. We finally found a reproduction of the Le Klint 172B Pendant Light on Ebay and it worked out great.
Last Saturday at 10 pm, my brother decided he wanted to paint our black living room white. Just like that, we got to work. It took four coats but we worked steadily and finally finished last night. We are loving the brighter look — it’s nice to walk in and not feel like we’re in a haunted house!
Time to sign off — I’m off to the desert! I hope you have a happy and productive weekend!
Photos (above and below) by Patrick Demarchelier.
• When ModCloth asked me to do a little tour of Downtown Portland for their blog, I couldn’t resist!
• Graphic design through the decades: the 90s!
• Find out what it’s like to be a hand model. This is such a weird video!
• Preparing art for screen printing in Adobe Illustrator.
A bohemian in the Cheesecake Factory: If you’re going undercover and pretending to be normal, don’t try too hard or you’ll be found out!
• Six ways to optimize Photoshop performance.
• Pretty much one of the best kitchens I’ve ever seen. If you had a kitchen like this, why would you ever leave the room?
• I’d never heard of the Paris-based company Vente Privee before but wow, you must check out their headquarters!
• Proof that great style comes in all shapes and sizes. (via already pretty)
• Have you ever wondered what goes into creating a suitable Playboy Centerfold? Jezebel got ahold of some copies of centerfolds marked up by the editors and art department (NSFW). Apparently, perfect still isn’t good enough.
• Advice for young / new graduate artists. (via rachel hills)