Monthly Archives: May 2011
I’d been wanting this little jacket for months and months and after doing some design work for a dear friend, she gifted me with it. It’s not a color I’d normally be drawn to but when paired with black and white, it pops in a major way. I think I love it so much because the back has a slight tail and well, the whole thing reminds me of 90s-era Prince. And that’s something that I can get behind.
Weekend gear: this is what I wore around town this morning to run a few errands. Dimepiece t-shirt dress, H&M knit dress (underneath), H&M tights and Chloe booties.
As I was digging through the flat files in my office last night, I found a huge stash of print-outs from last year’s projects. Catalogs, lookbooks and a prototype of my personal media kit were in the mix. The colors and textures got me inspired to move forward with some new personal designs.
Over the weekend, Joey helped me with some Trippen ads for Solestruck. My interest in Trippen began last year when Bianca sent me a street fashion shot of a lady wearing the oddest soled shoes I’d ever seen. Since I worked at shoe stores all through college, I consider myself pretty knowledgeable at recognizing brands…but I couldn’t place these. She eventually figured it out and we both fell in love with their medieval / modern styling. Of course, Solestruck picked up the line and I finally have a pair of my own.
I’m going to take full advantage of my holiday weekend working on little projects around the house. See you Tuesday! xoxo
• The early 20th century home page: Long before the internet, news outlets like the Boston Globe would hold up handwritten signs in highly trafficked areas to relay important news stories.
• A little history of red soled shoes.
• Roseanne Barr talks to New York Magazine about the slippery slope of fame. Quite memorably, she says, “During the recent and overly publicized breakdown of Charlie Sheen, I was repeatedly contacted by the media and asked to comment, as it was assumed that I know a thing or two about starring on a sitcom, fighting with producers, nasty divorces, public meltdowns, and bombing through a live comedy tour.”
• A list of words that you shouldn’t use.
• Carine Roitfeld sits down and opens up about her life post-Vogue Paris over a three hour lunch at a Russian restaurant.
• Gala fills us in on fold-up bikes and riding through the madness that is Manhattan.
• Was Back To The Future meant to be a period piece?
• A fascinating look inside the life of Huguette Clark: she was born into one of the richest New York families and could have easily taken the path of a socialite but instead died at 104 years old after decades in seclusion. Since the 1980s, she’d chosen to live in a hospital instead of one of her massive residences.
• These days, calling your granny ‘Grandma’ just won’t do. Um, try referring to her as GlamMa instead.
• Alicia from Sea of Ghosts just received the GHST RDR skirt and it looks awesome!
• Just in case you’ve ever wondered what an autopsy on a mermaid looks like.
• Iceland really wants you to pay it a visit.
• Though Oprah’s style has changed quite often over the last 25 years, Stedman has remained pretty much the same.
So many of you have been writing in with questions lately so I wanted to use this week to answer as many of the shorter ones as possible. Enjoy!
I’m almost 20, and even though I adore how they look, I don’t know how to walk in high heels. Really. I own a pair and I ‘practice’ walking in them around the house every now and then, but I don’t know if I’m doing it right.
As with anything, get comfortable and then work your way up! Start with a one to two inch chunky heel or wedge and wear them as much as possible until you feel like walking around in them is second nature. Your stride should look as natural as possible though it will take some time to get used to walking at a normal pace. I don’t think that any woman is born walking perfectly in heels!
I’ll let you in on a little secret — if you go through my photos, almost always, you’ll notice that I stick to wearing wedges. They are great because they give you that bit of extra height with a huge dose of stability. Nobody wants to hobble all around town! In truth, I own one pair of actual stilettos. Everything else in my shoe arsenal is mainly a wedge or a super chunky heel. My all-time favorite wedges are my patent gray Dries Van Notens and my most easy to wear heels are also by Dries Van Noten. Both pairs have really great non-slippery rubber soles. When it comes to shoes, aim for quality over quantity — take care of your feet!
I’m about to graduate high school next month and I’ve applied to a college for a two year diploma in graphic design. When I’m done with the two year diploma, I can upgrade for another year (it’s advanced graphic design). After those three years of studying, I get a one year transfer credit to a university towards a BFA degree. I could’ve applied for a BFA degree at the university now, but I didn’t, because their GD program is more studio art and art history. What would you say are the ups and downs of the choices I made?
Degree titles aside, you really have to focus on the program and route that you feel is the best match for your goals. Have you already taken the time to meet with advisors at both schools?
When you’re finished with college and applying for design jobs in particular, it doesn’t necessarily matter what your diploma says or what your exact path has been to earn that degree if your portfolio isn’t solid. In my personal experience, a great internship along with a solid portfolio and client list have gotten me further than what a piece of paper says I acomplished. I had my own reasons for seeking out a two year degree in design versus a four year degree. The most important reason was that I already had a four year degree in another major and I didn’t see any benefit in wasting the time and money to have two. Plus, my community college program was focused on preparing us for the real world as quickly as possible with the end goal of us having jobs by the time we graduated. I put in the time and effort and that held true.
Which program best fits your focus and budget? The less money you have to pay back when you finish, the better (thanks to the affordability of community college, my loans are almost gone). It sounds like you’ve already given your route some serious thought and who knows, after earn your two year diploma, you might be ready to work professionally and not need to transfer after all. Quite a few students in my two year program were.
Do you ever get tired or bored with what you do?
Tired, yes. We all get tired. Bored? Never. There’s always an opportunity to learn something new, even when you’re working on the most mundane projects. Realistically, this comes down to adopting a positive mindset and choosing to find value in every new experience. They say that practice makes perfect and I agree — you should always strive to find ways to improve your skill set and to become more rounded as a designer. For example, while I don’t find production work to be the most thrilling, I often work on projects with huge amounts of it because I want to sharpen what I already know. I chose my career because I loved it. If I didn’t love it, wouldn’t every day feel like torture? You’re only going to live once so you might as well do what you love. Of course you don’t have to love every little experience or project but you should strive to enjoy your overall path.
I have a question about time/energy. Young female entrepreneurs work insane hours, right? I want to launch myself as a freelance art writer. However, I get tired and sick pretty easily and am dealing with some tough personal stuff, so am having to learn to pace myself with how much work I take on at any one time. Do you have any advice on managing workload? Do you have to work a 60 hour week to be successful?
I am probably the wrong person to ask about this because I genuinely enjoy working; it provides me with both structure and purpose. Everyone is different though and it’s really important that you adopt a plan that’s best for your health and lifestyle, not just your career. Unfortunately, while freelancing provides some huge perks, the lack of structured hours and often intense deadlines can weigh you down. We all require varying amounts of sleep and downtime — if a job, self-imposed or otherwise starts taking a toll on your health, it’s definitely time to reconsider!
I have to stay super organized because I freelance at agencies as well as working with my own clients so there is a constant rotation of projects and deadlines. I keep a fairly simple routine for staying organized — I am a die-hard list maker. Every single day, I open up my Moleskine planner and write down everything that needs to be done. If something doesn’t get done, I carry it over to the next. Crossing items off my list makes me feel accountable for my time and that I’m not letting anything from emails, client work, appointments or household chores slip through the cracks.
Additionally, I try to keep a routine. Since everything around me can be crazy, I try to wake up at around the same time every morning, answer emails, re-write my to-do list and then unwind at night my catching up on my favorite blogs in Google Reader before starting any freelance work.
Success is a bit open-ended. Once you pinpoint what exactly you’d like to achieve with your freelance career and when, you can form a plan that will help you move forward in a way that works with your lifestyle. If your plan starts to not seem worthwhile, ask yourself why and reformulate your goals. Remember, your goals for you career don’t have to be all or nothing. Nobody reaches a level of huge success overnight.
Nothing is cheerier than glossy, cherry red. View more pages from the Decor Notebook set on Flickr.
Custom made Clothing? These days? Who can afford such luxury? I think I’ve had one item custom made in my entire life. Usually, my clothing is strictly off the rack or it’s a no-go. It’s true that you’ll most commonly find me alongside a pack of 16 years olds in Forever 21 or placing a late night order on the Urban Outfitters site. Or, perhaps scoring something really unique on Ebay. But custom sized? No way. First of all, where do you go for such a thing? Secondly, I hate trying on clothes (U.S. sizing is a mess). Usually, I check out what the mannequin in the store display is wearing and grab the same thing.
Pieced together just so-so with great accessories, off-the-rack clothes are great. On an average of three days a week, when I’m in a hurry, you’ll probably find me wearing one of five pairs of the perfect black skinny jeans I picked up at Urban Outfitters on sale for $20.00 a piece. But sometimes, all those basics need to be taken up a notch. And that’s where my friend Zoetica Ebb’s collaboration with Plastik Wrap comes in. Hello, GHST RDR jacket!
I placed my order with three simple measurements (comically measured early one morning with a standard tape measure by Joey) and less than two weeks later, this beauty showed up on my doorstep. I threw it on, zipped it up and…it fit to a tee. No bunching, no gaps. Perfectly form fitting.
This jacket looks fairly basic when dressed down with jeans but gives you major curves in all the right places. I love the knife pleats, the built-in thumbholes and the two-way zipper. I have a few other lightweight black jackets but I wanted something a little more fitted and dressy. Done and done. This fits the bill perfectly. Now, if only I could afford an entire closet of custom made clothing…ooh GHST RDR, look what you’ve started!
For a long time, our dining room has felt like it was missing something. In general, all white rooms can feel cold and empty without some design details that add a sense of depth and texture. Over the weekend, Joey and I wallpapered one of the walls with Woods by Cole & Son. Neither of us had wallpapered before but one Youtube video later combined with a stop at Home Depot to get wallpaper paste, a drop cloth and one very spongy roller and we were ready to go. We cut all the pieces first and lined them up on the floor which actually took longer than the hanging process. All in all, the whole job took maybe three hours and was pretty easy. If you’re thinking about wallpapering, it’s definitely a two-person job and requires someone who’s very patient and detail oriented! We’re so happy with the outcome that we’ve decided to do a wall in the living room (which has all white walls combined with all black furniture and a black floor) in the opposite color combination — black with white trees.
Our upstairs bedroom is a little odd considering that it has a total of four full-size doorways. Four! Two lead to big attic spaces. When Joey moved in, the unused space behind the door facing the front of our house was bare rafters, drafty and very dark. Over the past six months, he’s slowly transformed it into his work studio, complete with freshly painted walls, wood trim and IKEA white flooring. It’s really difficult to photograph because while the space is large, there’s a ton of odd angles (can you imagine the work it took for him to drywall?! Luckily he’s a pro at geometry). He still has some more work to do but we’re getting close! More photos to come once we’re completely finished.
Ah, life! Earlier in the week, Joey fractured his ankle while skateboarding and has to go in for surgery on Tuesday. I won’t go into the gory details — that x-ray says it all. It’s going to be at least six weeks before things begin to go back to normal. Poor guy! At least we’re looking forward to a nice night out with my dad tonight and then taking it easy this weekend.
• Have you visited the Lost Type Co-op? You can buy fonts based on the pay-what-you-want model and and the designers get 100% of the donations their font receives!
• Strive to remain authentic. How to build a thriving blog by being yourself.
• I love this little snippet: a logo doesn’t need to say what a company does.
• Super awesome type inspiration from the 1899 Hamilton Wood Type catalog.
• Anna of D16 just posted about Lipstick Queen Chinatown Glossy Pencils and I love everything I’m seeing from the color to the jumbo sharpener to the great packaging — must try immediately!
• How cool is the SLR camera simulator?!
• Did you know that Michael Jackson liked to place his own order at the fast food drive-through?
• If you’re wondering how to get people motivated, read this snippet from Dale Carnegie’s classic How to Win Friends and Influence People.
• A 42 year old woman who has seemingly accomplished everything writes Cary Tennis and wonders why she never got married.
• I love the type and hilarious photos in this French Letraset typeface catalog from 1977.
• I don’t condone smoking but YSL is making some pretty chic cigarettes.
• Setting personal and professional boundaries for your blog.
• I’m inspired by the Health is Wealth post over at Verhext about striving to make better choices with our food and eating habits. We can all use a reminder sometimes and it’s super helpful to see how other people are doing it.
• Why creative people need to be eccentric.