In Progress Art: Wood Red Cross, 18 x 18 inches.
My inspiration of the week comes in the form of a burst of color that I pulled from a recent Boden catalog. I especially love the British spelling of color!
My favorite little mythical creature Rocky HATES having his photo taken. But, when we’re shooting anything but him, he walks through every single one! Half of the shoe photos we took for a set of ads the other night had an ear or tail lurking in the background.
I have nearly ten pieces of new art done but haven’t had a chance to pour resin yet. Soon, very soon I will start sharing these in more detail!
Solestruck just sent me a pair of the All Caps Dahlias and oh boy are they good. And, they don’t slip off my narrow heels. I can quickly see these becoming a Fall favorite.
Today I indulged in some Stark Naked Pizza. Which, I am sure you will agree, is the best name for a pizza place in all the land. And with that, it’s time to get the weekend started! See you bright and early Monday. Ahhhh, October! Already?!!
Photo: Mariacarla Boscono in Dazed & Confused.
• Screen shots from the early world wide web: see what some of today’s most popular websites looked like when they first launched!
• As part of their research for their Top 20 Logos Issue, Creative Review asked designers and writers to pick their favorites.
• A great compilation of photos that document the recent candy colored hair trend.
• Codeacademy is a site that features an interactive guide to coding for beginners!
• Brigitte Bardot just turned 77 and LIFE magazine has a great 44-slide gallery documenting her at her prime.
• A really cool logo made of tools!
• How to make a fancy grilled cheese sandwich in 9 different variations.
• Jadeite was bright green dishware that was super popular in the 1930s. So much prettier than Tupperware!
• Watch Fred Rogers sing the opening theme from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood from 1967 to 2000!
Am I in need of business cards? Not particularly. I probably have close to ten different designs on hand that I’ve designed over the years. Though I have a lot of cards, I’ve never done a letterpress version, in part because they are very expensive to produce.
This year, I finally took the plunge. I’ve done a number of letterpress card designs for my clients and every time they’d sent me samples, I’d wish that I had my own. I knew that it was time to make the commitment and to finally make it happen. Since they’re so expensive to produce, my design strategy was to keep the information contained on the card very basic so that they’d never become outdated (there’s nothing worse than being stuck with hundreds of leftover cards when personal information changes!)
Blind embossing the red crosses added the tactile element that I was looking for. I’ve been drawn to the symbolism of the red cross since high school and I love its simplicity.
Since I was doing an all white card with just one color of ink, I knew I wanted one colorful touch and decided to do colored edges on my card (PMS 185 U). I’ve always admired colored edges from afar because to me, they’re that final detail that shows that someone really thought the design through on all surfaces.
The final decision with these cards was which printer to choose. I’ve followed the work of Studio On Fire for a long time and have seen their work firsthand from clients I’ve referred there and the overall reviews about their services are glowing. Yes, they’re very expensive but I knew that I wanted every last detail on my first letterpress adventure to be perfect and they’re known for producing exquisite work. Was it worth it? At this point in my career, yes. I’ve gone through the trial and error of designing a lot of sets of cards for myself in the three and a half years since I finished school and I wanted to step it up. It was time for me to commit to a more premium look for my brand.
I wouldn’t recommend letterpress cards as your first card. My advice is to design a few inexpensive sets first and experiment to see what works best for you. When you’re first starting out, your style is constantly changing so making a huge monetary commitment is not a great idea. For the first three years, I ordered all my cards through Overnight Prints because the quantities were small and I could change them constantly. But, once you’re comfortable with your branding and feel like you’re grown into an aesthetic, take the plunge. The results are totally worth it.
On September 16th, my last morning in New York, I woke up bright and early to catch a cab over to Gala’s apartment in the East Village. We had a shoot with Lydia Hudgens booked for 8 a.m. (this meant that the streets were very empty) and when I showed up five minutes early, in true Virgo fashion, they were both ready to roll.
I really wanted to get some photos in my special birthday dress, a vintage Marimekko number that I’d worn to my party a few days earlier. I paired it with a Kate Spade newspaper clutch that I’d spotted in Gala’s office (the print is of a vintage New York paper!) I’d really like to find one of my own and I know that a number of brands have produced these in the past; do you have any suggestions?
My streamlined look was balanced out by Gala’s punch of pink and yes, a petticoat. Needless to say, we were slightly overdressed compared to the locals.
Leather Jacket, Rick Owens
Vintage Marimekko dress, Etsy
Headband, Forever 21
Wedges, Camilla Skovgaard
Kate Spade Newspaper clutch, borrowed from Gala
Nail Polish, Pop Nail Glam in Yellow
Vintage pink bowler hat
218W Perfecto leather jacket by Schott
Diamond necklace (a wedding gift from my mother — I haven’t taken it off since)
Angora heart sweater from ASOS
Betsey Johnson belt
Vintage pink crinoline (I also wore this under my wedding dress!)
Betsey Johnson over-the-knee socks
Matiko Ai For Ai boots (so comfortable, & I love the suede/patent leather/perforated leather combo!)
It just seemed appropriate to try jumping. In five inch wedges. At 9 AM.
Once the shoot ended, we weren’t quite done. There was one more outfit change still in store…but you’ll have to wait a little longer for that one. Thank you to Lydia Hudgens for shooting the photos! We had such an awesome time!
Anniversary photos, September 17, 2011.
My print portfolio is finished and bound and I’ve taken it out for a spin quite a few times already…I just need to set aside the time to photograph it and show you! After years of reworking my portfolio, this is the first version that I’m totally happy with. Finally!
In honor of their recent online store launch, Zara let me pick out a few items. At the top of my list? Their shirts printed with newspaper logos. To be completely honest, I never understood the allure of Zara. A lot of retailers specializing in nice quality basics just don’t appeal to me. I want excitement, I want the avant garde, I want to feel inspired to get dressed up! But what I’ve since realized is that I have plenty of clothes. What my wardrobe is sorely lacking is good everyday basics. And what do I reach for first before adding other layers? Those basics.
Yes, still neon obsessed. It’s quite comical at this point. I found these nail polishes at the new Duane Reade on Wall Street. Seriously, it’s like a department store. So many good brands of cosmetics I’ve never seen in person!
Skirt c/o Zara, H&M tights and Minimarket boots.
From the department of random: We were in desperate need of a garage door. Ours was in terrible shape to begin with and completely broke about six months ago. Well, my brother seems to know everyone in town and in one of those perfect moments, found one for a great deal in the exact measurements we needed. A modern garage door on a very Bavarian house is kinda funny but we love it.
And, have I mentioned that I have the best friends ever? Anyone that hands me a homemade Michael Jackson card on my birthday is a keeper! Have a great weekend and stay warm! xoxo
Photo: Agnete Hegelund for Flair, October 2011
• In case you were curious, here’s a blog of things that Apple is worth more than.
• Playing with your food has never looked so good.
• Borders employees vent their frustrations. Yeah, there’s a lot of them!
• One of the best Michael Jackson stories in existence involves a Kriss Kross CD, a game of Scattergories and dinner in suburban Massachusetts back in 1991.
• Elsie of A Beautiful Mess offers up a list of super helpful thrift tips.
• I’m LOVING the vintage-inspired concert posters featuring The Muppets!
• A huge list of common cultural faux fas in New York.
• Paint-By-Numbers is so much cooler when it’s blown up into a wall mural.
• The recipes on The Vegan Stoner look delicious and the cute illustrations of ingredients are an added bonus!
• The world’s funniest analogies found in actual student papers!
• The color blocking on Davidelfin’s Katharsis collection just blew my mind.
The Moose Head at Bedlam // September 14, 2011.
For the last few years, Gala and I have been combining our birthday parties into one big celebration since they’re just a day apart. In the past, we’ve done everything from open-invite picnics in Central Park to private garden parties outfitted with a disco ball and skull goblets. This year though, we wanted to try something different. Gala wouldn’t be arriving home from New Zealand until September 12th and I know how un-fun it is to plan a party and gather favors when you’re jetlagged! So, I asked around and a bar called Bedlam kept coming up. And upon further research it became clear that this place was beyond perfect…because it very much resembled my living room. What better venue to have your party in than a place that feels like a home away from home? The taxidermy and patterned wallpaper both evoke a Portland-esque feel and it seemed low-key enough that we could focus on what mattered most: spending time with our friends.
Fuji Instax photos by Gala Darling.
I’d picked out a special dress for the festivities (it was my 30th birthday, after all) and the vintage op-art Marimekko number was found on Etsy. It arrived just in time but unfortunately, it was a little big. Since I didn’t have time to get it altered, I cinched the waist with a thin black patent belt. Gala on the other hand found the most gorgeous burgundy strapless dress at Betsey Johnson that fit her perfectly. I liked that it was outside of her normal style and everyone I knew was raving about how great she looked all night. Sadly, all the joint photos we took in front of the moose head turned out too blurry to share but we made up for that by having a photo shoot with Lydia a few days later.
Enjoying turning 30 surrounded by my friends and Joey.
We each had a great showing and spent the night catching up with friends from all over. When we were introducing our friends and their accompanying professions, we realized that most of them were pros in more than one area and started simply labeling them geniuses. It’s true, we are surrounded by a pretty creative group that collectively inspires us from coast to coast.
Top L to Bottom R: With Bianca // Bianca and Cindy // Shots with Amelia, Voltaire and Jayme // Joey // Jazzi!!!
Once the party began to wind down, we agreed that this was our favorite version yet: it was simple, inexpensive, allowed our friends to mingle and there wasn’t the pressure of planning (or cleaning up afterwards) that we normally feel.
At the end of the night, Bianca and I morphed into a real life art installation!
Thanks to everyone who came out to Bedlam, sent birthday wishes and joined Gala and in ringing in another year!