I believe in keeping inspiration close. And this Love Life print by Antigirl is one of my favorite reminders to embrace every moment and opportunity that comes my way. Last week, I took it into Michael’s (a craft store chain) to get a quote on custom framing and even with a coupon, I was told that the total would still be a few hundred dollars (my eyes quite literally bulged out of my head)! As I walked away from the counter feeling defeated, Joey noticed the exact sized frame I needed down a side aisle, marked down to $14.99! Perfect. My office is a much happier place now.
I just found out about The Lab Magazine and needless to say, I’m in love. The design is beautiful, the content is insightful and I can’t get enough of their choices in typography. To me, magazines are even more important now than ever before. I buy them by the bunches just to have that real life inspiration close because it just doesn’t feel refreshing to spend every waking moment on the internet. Plus, it’s always good to break up your routine!
This weekend when I stopped by Schoolhouse with my dad to make a very special purchase I’d been planning for months, I visited the Ristretto Roasters inside for the first time. Truly one of the best coffees we’ve had in our entire lives. And I couldn’t stop snapping photos of their rad sign, emblazoned with a healthy dose of crosses.
Also inside of Schoolhouse is a great little florist shop, Anna Mara Flowers.
Even though my personal style tends to veer more towards the modern, I always love the displays at Schoolhouse. I knew the place was cool but now I’m completely enamored knowing that they let llamas in!!!! The one on the right has a slight resemblance to my very handsome friend, Nigel.
After Schoolhouse, I wandered through N.W. Portland and it occurred to me that this is as close as we’re gonna get to San Francisco here. Star, please move in!
My tax guy has a great sense of humor.
On Wednesday, Solestruck had a private event at their PDX retail location showcasing their selection for next season. They have the best staff — really, they make you feel so welcome and you know how rare that can be in retail! I got quite the surprise when I walked in and noticed the patrons holding the shopping bags that I’d designed many months earlier and long forgotten about! In other exciting news, my brother shot the Portland section of the new Solestruck lookbook. People sometimes ask if it’s weird living in the same house as a sibling and both being designers…and I always respond with, “not really.” Living with family is pretty awesome.
Finally, I leave you with this hilarious cover….from September 2010.
The web is dead. It’s just resting. Paper is dead, too. It’s been an action-packed week and I’m so looking forward to taking it easy this weekend, getting in some good times with friends and sending a project that I’ve grown very attached to off to print.