This weekend, the weather cleared up and Joey and I headed over to my favorite neighborhood in Portland, Ladd’s Addition. The majority of the houses feel like they’re out of classic fairytales with peaked roofs, overgrown shrubbery and stone walkways leading to oversized front porches. There are roses in circular gardens throughout the neighborhood which is the perfect place to have a picnic in the spring and summer. If you’re visiting Portland over the next few months, add this neighborhood to your must-see places. There’s a ton of fun stuff (restaurants, food carts and shops) to walk to from this area.
My friends at Pinkyotto just sent me the gorgeous Rachel dress which is a welcome addition to my overly dark wardrobe. To add my own spin, I mixed in a black leather peter pan collar and a vintage black patent belt. This dress rolls up neatly and doesn’t wrinkle so I see myself packing it for many upcoming trips.
Lace Dress, c/o Pinkyotto
Leather Peter Pan Collar, ASOS
Gold Headband, H&M
Patent Belt, Vintage
Patent Zip Heels, Dries van Noten (Ebay)
This is going to be one completely crazy week. My favorite llama is coming to town (!), a campaign I’ve been working on for the last few months is due and my dear friend Star is having her first-ever Portland solo art show!
The new J. Crew catalog just showed up and it’s really good.
Welcome to The Week In Pictures, a Friday roundup of snapshots I’ve taken during the week of my life, work and the city I call home.
Over the weekend, the weather was finally nice and I felt about a million times more optimistic about everything (I can only take so much dreariness!) Joey and I went shopping for our yard and he picked out a palm tree which was super funny when we tried to fit it into the car. I felt like I was suddenly transported to the tropical confines of The Mirage!
My client, Sasha Gulish totally made my day when she sent over some business cards we just did featuring her new identity with a really sweet note. We have a few more projects in the works and then I’ll show everything at once.
This is one of my favorite outtakes from the Bazaar post I did earlier in the week. You can read more about the Bazaar redesign here.
On Tuesday, I had lunch with not only my mom (who’s in town visiting) but also my two aunts. I left with bags of gifts and a full belly. A pretty much perfect afternoon! This was taken at my favorite thai restaurant in Portland, My Thai Bistro.
These are my favorite glasses which i’ve had for probably 10 years. I’m surprised they’re not all broken by now with as often as we use them.
The new J. Crew catalog (also shown above) is really inspiring me right now. I’ll share some more scans in an upcoming post but for now, check out those GRAY GLASSES!
One of my favorite details in our house is this archway when you walk into the dining room. Now that you can see our new light, I like it even more. On the subject of making a house a home, we’ve got some big messes to conquer this weekend (big, big, big). Life, living spaces, relationships and careers….are always a work in progress. Have a fantastic weekend!
Great Adventure by Leah Flores
• Five manifestos for the creative life.
• Life is empty at the top. When you’ve seemingly reached all your goals, what do you do next?
• Whether you realize it or not, most small business owners share the same struggles. It’s important to reach out and build a community.
• Designers, what do you do when a client keeps changing their mind?
• Why do people comment on blogs? Is it bad if they don’t?
• Gala bravely wrote about a topic that is often surrounded by a lot of stigma: cutting and self-harm.
• Have you heard about designers.mx? it’s a website that features mixes created and designed by designers. I’m excited to dig in!
• I love the bold colors and debossing used throughout the Department stationery.
• Adobe Creative Suite 6 is out (what? already?!) and has a fresh new look!
• There are only so many hours in a day. How do you beat the social media monster?
Harper’s Bazaar, May 2012
I first started reading Harper’s Bazaar during the Liz Tilberis years and still remember many of the iconic covers from that time well (this is one of my favorites). After her untimely death, I kept my subscription going but it just didn’t have that same spark. In the last year though, I’ve noticed a shift back to what Bazaar does best: simple layouts, bold images and crisp type.
The covers have grown more graphic and feature less headlines; the type curves along the pages to accent accompanying photos. Even the table of contents is beautifully designed! I really, really love what Bazaar is doing these days.
Bazaar’s layout prove that there’s strength in simplicity.
Over the weekend, I decided that it was time to order some rubber stamps featuring my branding. I set up vector files for my wordmark and square ‘Nubby Script’ logo but wanted a third option as well (when you’re on a roll with these types of projects, you might as well go all out). I wasn’t exactly sure what the third option should be but then I remembered a really great window installation that Belgian fashion line A.F. Vandevorst had done a few years back. In a way, the logo reminded me of the round stamps that were common at the post office though that is now sadly history. Inspired by A.F. Vandevorst and the old school round post office stamps, I’m working on that third option. The other two custom stamps have been ordered and I’ll be reviewing them on my blog as soon as they arrive! Inspiration is everywhere. It’s all connected.