Photo by Emma Tempest for Vogue Russia
• When it comes to a career in the Great Recession, maybe it’s time for Plan C.
• 5 rules for a creative culture.
• The world’s first transparent car was built in 1939!
• Earlier this year, Joey & I collaborated to shoot a series of book cover options for Elf Girl, a memoir by Rev Jen. My friend Anna who’s an amazing book cover designer just shared some of her favorite mockups!
• Yes, Hipster Ipsum now exists.
• An nice overview of the evolution of the London Underground map, completed with vintage maps dating back to 1908!
• I’m in love with Jane’s vintage baby necklace.
• Have you seen the Instagram-ispired Photoshop actions?
• I’m so glad that a blogger brought this up: Assume positive intent.
• A very sobering look at what happens when reality-TV fame runs dry.
• Always good to practice! Mastering Photoshop Techniques: Layer Styles.
• How to get out of a creativity rut.
• Apparently, there’s a definite difference: New York Skinny vs. Paris Skinny.
• Free vintage Desktop Wallpapers, courtesy of Maraid Design.
During a few day stopover in New York back in February, I found this Sweetweart shirt on an impromptu raid of Forever 21 with Gala. Since then, I’ve been wearing it every chance I get, including an ill-conceived adventure to the annual brewfest along Portland’s waterfront a few weeks back where drunk patrons yelled “sweetheart” in my general direction on and off for a few hours straight. Lesson learned: never ever wear anything covered with big, bold type to public areas where a few thousand drunk people will be huddled!
On the days that I just don’t feel like dressing up, I reach for black jeans and a t-shirt. I have five pairs of these exact pants and with good reason; they have an ample amount of zippers. Both the ankles and pockets are equipped, adding a sense of sleekness to an everyday staple.
Sweetheart Shirt, Forever 21
Jeans, Silence + Noise
Headband, c/o ModCloth
Heels, Dries van Noten
Bag, Miu Miu
I forgot to mention….the reverse side of the shirt reads BAD GIRL. Funny! Thanks as always to Joey for taking the photos.
When my friend sent me a link to I Need Nice Things, it was love at first sight. The site was created to make contemporary art collectible and yes, affordable. With an emphasis on simple, graphic prints, many of which feature type and brightly hued shapes, I Need Nice Things has the tastes of most designophiles covered. Now, I just need some more blank walls…
My collection Moleskine planners including monthly and yearly formats
For the last few years, I’ve relied heavily on Moleskine planners to keep me organized. Let’s face it — staying on track can be especially difficult when you’re forgetting half of what needs to get done. Every day, I make a to-do list and cross it out as I go. If something doesn’t get finished, it gets carried over until I complete it. This method is super basic but I find that it keeps me accountable. Having a hard copy of my list to carry around makes it much more real compared to an online list that I can turn off and forget about. I know that there are fancier planner solutions out there but having everything compiled in one list in one place is foolproof. My Moleskine planners have been a security blanket of sorts since I was in college and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
What’s your preferred method for keeping track of daily tasks? Any tips or tricks that you’d like to share?
Leather Peter Pan collar, Asos. Cities tee, Forever 21.
Working on new art means that scraps are everywhere! It’s both exciting and a little scary after taking a few years off.
One of my favorite type specimens from Interview Magazine (still inspiring me a year later) paired with my favorite perfume, Vanillary from LUSH.
In a weird twist of miscommunications, I ended up at a bar next to a golf course at Edgefield last Saturday with my dad and grandparents while my brother dined at the Spaghetti Factory across town with my mom. When my dad asked my grandma what she wanted to drink, without pause, she replied “a bourbon on the rocks.” Haha. If you’re ever in town, Edgefield is a must-see and worth the 25 minute drive from Portland.
My current desktop.
Loving this makeup layout that I just found in Marie Claire. I find inspiration in how something so potentially messy still retains a sense of structure. And with that, I’m off to make some art, work on freelance and spend some time with Joey & Rocky. xoxo
Image: Harpers Bazaar Australia
• Art Of The Menu is a new site dedicated to showcasing the best of well-designed menus.
• Have you tried out the Plastic Bullet iPhone camera app? The photos it takes are pretty stunning.
• Swissmiss weighs in on the one decision she’d change if she could go back in life. Very insightful.
• Keeping perspective and avoiding jealously as a blogger while remaining thankful.
• Wikipedia entries for every situation! You have to check out this list, it’s hilarious!
• 5 tips for better self portraits!
• Fauxgo is a site that features fake logos that were created to represent a fictional company or organization only on film.
• Gala Darling gives us a sneak peek at her wedding photos and they’re so adorable!
• Kris Atomic just got the uber cool Fuji X100 which, while digital, resembles an old school camera.
• Hedi Slimane’s photoshoot of Frances Bean Cobain is gorgeous! It’s hard to believe that she’s 18 now.
When it comes to vintage clothing, I am firmly in the 60s mod camp. I like my dresses streamlined, angular and above the knee. Whenever we’re together, I tend to leave the 50s glamour girl looks to Gala. With her platinum blond hair and a few inches of extra height, the 50s silhouettes suit her perfectly.
All that changed though while visiting Hidden Treasures in LA this Spring. My friend Mary Bee had set aside a slew of dresses that she’d been stockpiling for me to try. On the hanger, I didn’t think I’d like this dress. It was a size or two too big and on the long side as well. But once I tried it on and cinched up the extra fabric with a belt, I decided that it was time to give this silhouette a spin. I love how easy this dress is to wear — just add a belt and shoes and you’re ready to go!
Vintage Dress, Hidden Treasures
Patent Wedges, Dries Van Noten
Before digital type, there was Photo-Lettering Inc. Unfortunately, it became another casualty of the digital publishing revolution and its collection of amazing type specimens languished, untouched for decades. Thankfully, House Industries has come to the rescue and is now offering some of the most unique Photo-Lettering alphabets in a new service. Simply go here, pick an alphabet style, type a word or phrase, customize it and finally, purchase and download. I just received the Photo-Lettering catalog and wanted to share a handful of pages with you. It was hard to choose just a few because they’re all so good!
P.S. Get ahold of your very own PLINC catalog here!