Monthly Archives: March 2011

Link Love: 3.31.11

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link love

Richard Burbridge for Harper’s Bazaar, April 2011.


Photo retouching tips and tricks in Photoshop.

NYC Type features found typography gathered from all over the city.

• I can definitely get behind The Five Vignelli-isms, especially “If you do it right, it will last forever.”

• Gala and I just got a shout-out from Iceland. I laughed when I read, “They are both very glamorous, and have big ears.”

• What are your all time favorite logos?

• I love Frank Chimero’s Classroom Rules.

• I Shot Madonna features a photo shoot of the pop icon in New York in the early 80s before she hit it big. (via gala darling)

• You know you want to check out Awkward Stock Photos.

• Penguin Luggage tags are way cool.

• Who says that everything has to be perfectly symmetrical? I’m loving angled nesting shelves.


Reykjavik, Iceland

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Last month, I had the chance to visit Iceland for the first time ever — here’s my experience!

I’d heard so many rave reviews about Reykjavik but in reality, I barely knew anything about the place. When Gala began excitedly emailing me about our annual Virgo getaway late last year, we’d initially agreed on Vegas. But, within a week, that plan had quickly morphed into a doubled-up doozy of Paris AND Reykjavik. What a shift! But, I’m usually game for pretty much anything and decided that it was worth it to give up the sun for shivering European city-hopping instead.


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After stays in both New York and Paris, I was glad that we had the chance to come down off of the visual overload before heading home. The first thing that stands out when you arrive in Iceland is the environment; everything is very rocky and has the appearance of a volcanic moonscape. It really is otherworldly and unlike anyplace I’ve ever seen.

After a $130.00 USD cab ride (yes, seriously) from the airport into town, we arrived at the minimal, modern 101 Hotel in downtown Reykjavik.

I’d mistakenly assumed that the architecture throughout Reykjavik would be much older but was surprised at how thoroughly modern the city was. A huge Scandinavian design influence is intertwined throughout the overall aesthetic. The downtown area is small and super easy to navigate.


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The view from our room at 101 Hotel


Gala and I wandered about Reykjavik through shop-lined streets and visited boutiques, grocery stores and coffee shops. Everyone was polite and the women were gorgeous with their blonde hair and stylish outfits. I soon discovered my favorite coffee shop in Reykjavik, Kaffitar, just a block from our hotel. It featured the best hot chocolate as well as homemade veggie-friendly snacks.

What really surprised me about Reykjavik is how Americanized it was. I’d hoped to get away from any American influences while visiting European cities but it was impossible. We flipped on the TV in our hotel room and there was American Idol, in English. A few channels later, we fell upon the NBA All-Star game. American brands were readily available and everyone we encountered spoke perfect English. The world really is much smaller than I realized.


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Downtown Reykjavik.


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Our favorite coffee shop, Kaffitar.


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Grocery shopping.


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Our favorite sign.


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Gala fit right in…at the gay bar.


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A newspaper worth reading!


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Various Signs.

The 101 Hotel: Modern Perfection


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While in Paris, Gala and I had stayed in the visually stimulating Hotel du Petit Moulin, our room complete with lime green walls and a massive Christian Lacroix wall mural. I think that we were both secretly relieved to have a chance just chill out and have a few days of quiet time before heading back to New York.


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Enjoying the claw foot tub.


The 101 Hotel was the perfect place to unwind and conveniently located near the best shopping area in Reykjavik. The hotel itself is a calculated study in modern perfection. I think that Gala compared it to the equivalent of a fluffy white cloud. The palette of the entire hotel is white with a dash of black. The rooms feature a claw foot tub, a glass-walled shower, comfy beds and a beautiful view of the city below. The restaurant / bar has a fantastic breakfast spread in the morning and if you’re feeling inept, room service can deliver your favorite hot chocolate to your door.

Other small details that I loved about the hotel: the toiletries are all Aveda, the modern furniture throughout is amazing, the hotel is pristinely clean, the desk area inside of the rooms is spacious and there are iPod docks so you can play your own tunes.


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Views from around the hotel including the restaurant and bar area.


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Ahhhh, the furniture. I wanted it ALL.


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In our free time, we engaged in culturally enriching activities such as watching Mickey Rourke acceptance speeches.

The Blue Lagoon: Bikinis, Ice Cream and Blizzards.


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After two full days in Iceland, I was still unsure what to think — it was so different from Paris that Gala and I were having a difficult time adjusting. But, there was still one big to-do on our list that we were sure would be a game changer: The Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is exactly what it sounds like: a lagoon of the most intensely bright water imaginable. It’s legendary.

We woke up on our last full day in Iceland, ready for an adventure. But, there was one little issue: a snow storm. Alas, when the clock is ticking, you just have to go with the flow.


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When I’d first seen ads for The Blue Lagoon a few days before, I was a bit of a pessimist. I kept thinking, “There’s no way in HELL that the water could naturally be this blue. They must’ve Photoshopped it.” I am happy to report that I was so so so wrong. When our Mercedes bus pulled up, my jaw dropped. This place was the real deal!

We excitedly hopped out of the bus and ran along the pathway to the Blue Lagoon’s entrance, followed by a pack of foreigners from every country imaginable. When we entered the main building, we were led to the locker rooms where it’s necessary to shower before and after you enter the lagoon. I didn’t have a swimsuit so Gala loaned me one of her Forever 21 bikinis. We stood out as I spun around and noticed all the other women wearing very smart, standard one-pieces. Practicality doesn’t seem to rate high for us most of the time!


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As we wandered out to the lagoon, it was snowing pretty hard. Freezing cold + snow + bikinis = not ideal. We self-conciously ran and slipped into the water. The water is amazing — an intense, milky blue that is instantaneously soothing. You basically float around in water that is about 100 degrees throughout with different pockets of the lagoon that feel toastier than others.


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As you wander about, your feet sludge through silica on the base of the lagoon and it feels soft and malleable. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can pick up handfuls of the silica and smear it on your face. We spent at least an hour just floating around, soaking up the atmosphere. I can totally see why people come to Iceland specifically for this — it was the best experience of my entire visit. The Blue Lagoon is so thoughtful; on your way out, there’s an eating area. We’d already floated though the lagoon in bikinis while it was snowing so we thought we’d top the ridiculousness by indulging in ice cream cones. Delicious.

Goodbye, Iceland.


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Our chill-out time in Iceland was wonderful and left Gala and I feeling refreshed — which is what vacations are for! Iceland is very expensive but worth visiting at least once for the Blue Lagoon. If you’re a nature lover, there are tons of other things to do as well. Iceland truly is magical — it’s one of those places that you have to see in person to believe.


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B Store for Solestruck Landing Pages

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I hadn’t heard of the brand B Store until Solestruck asked me to design some landing pages for them a few weeks back. Once I got to see the styles and craftsmanship up-close, I was more than impressed. These babies are solid. The Janis 5 is my favorite of the styles — it just screams Spring!


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We shot the landing pages on location at Wolfgang Manor…while I stood on top of my dining room table. Convenient, huh?


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solestruck design b store

solestruck design b store


P.S. To all of you who have been ever-so-patient, expect a massive Iceland post coming up on Wednesday! xoxo

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The Week in Pictures: 3.27.11

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week in pictures


This is my current desktop…all 27 inches of it sucked up by the most gorgeous eye I’ve ever seen.


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I’m a little late posting because after getting my taxes done yesterday, I was informed that my grandparents were bar hopping a few blocks from my house. Sure enough, I showed up at the punk rock bar down the street and grandpa & grandma were sitting in a booth across from my dad and his girlfriend, sharing a hamburger and mix drinks. They spent a few more hours hitting a few more bars where more drinks (and gambling) ensued while I sat in the corner. My grandma started doing a little jig when she hit a jackpot. I can’t keep up with these party animals!

Last year, my grandpa was hospitalized for the first time ever (!!) at 83 with a brain aneurysm. We were so worried about him but less than a day after surgery, he was propped up in his hospital bed, drinking a beer and watching the baseball game on TV. Any time they’re in town, I drop everything and pay them a visit — how could I turn down an invite from such characters??


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I’ve been in need of some solid black sandals for Spring and Summer and in the back of my mind, I kept thinking about the Dolce Vita Jade. When I shot these for a set of landing pages a few months ago, I was super impressed with the quality and of course, the jumbo tassels only added to their charm. These will work great dressed down with skinny black jeans or dressed up with dresses and tights. I love the clean lines — there aren’t a bunch of distracting seams everywhere.


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Last week, I mentioned that my new favorite color of nail polish was Mint Sprint by Sally Hansen Insta-Dri but it was hard to see in the photo. Well, here it is in all its minty glory. Yum!


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A certain little someone blends into his surroundings a little too well! First came the house, then came Rocky — I couldn’t have asked for a better match!


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