Monthly Archives: June 2012

The Typofiles #109: House Industries Catalog Collector Bundle


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I’m a huge fan of type foundry House Industries and the distinct retro modern touch of many of their fonts. Though I have most of their catalogs and a handful of prints, when the Catalog 62 Collector Bundle came around, I thought I’d give it a shot. House Industries is revered for their quality and attention to detail and the contents sounded pretty impressive.


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When I finally had a chance to pop the box open, I was blown away — the description of 40 items total held true. The weight and texture of the paper that alphabet cards were printed on, the printed belly band that held the catalog bundle together and the branded ribbon around the thank you cards was top notch. House Industries really knows how to make a presentation and this is like a treasure chest for type enthusiasts.


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If you’re a designer, screen printer or just a lover of great design, this is a great little bundle to get a feel for the House Industries brand and to gather some fun keepsakes in the process. I keep thinking that this would be a great way to spruce up your desk area or cubicle as well!


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In this day and age, when print is becoming increasingly rare, I applaud House Industries for not giving into shortcuts and sub-par printing. Their love of what they do really shows and I greatly admire that.

P.S. My favorite / most used House Industries font is Neutraface.


The Viceroy

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During our recent holiday in LA, Gala and I stayed at the Viceroy. Located in Santa Monica and just blocks from the beach, it’s probably best known for featuring the interior design talents of Kelly Wearstler. Her touches throughout are just the right mix of modern and surreal: animal motifs, ornate shrubbery, an otherworldly canary yellow library, and chic poolside cabanas are just the beginning.


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Gala pooolside & the cabanas


The first thing that stands out about the Viceroy when you walk in (once you get past the baby head lamps and walls of plates) is the service. The second after you check in, you’re offered glasses of complementary champagne. After a few sweaty hours crammed on a plane, they know how to switch you over into relaxation mode! You think service like this would be standard at most boutique hotels but it’s surprising how icy the staff can often be. The Viceroy is not only warn, inviting and helpful but the lobby smells amazing. They have great service down to an art.


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There’s a ton of stylish seating throughout — perfect for entertaining.


Of course, for service like this, you do end up paying big time. Gala and I were definitely surprised at how small our room was compared to other places we’ve stayed but there’s definitely an element of escape from reality here and if you’re looking to get away from it all, this is your place. I would say that the Viceroy is great for that quick, few day escape but if you’re looking for something more spacious and appropriate for long-term, The Palihouse may be more your speed.


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Poolside cabanas with horse head details & there are plate-covered walls everywhere!


The Viceroy grounds are immaculate, the shrubbery and palms are perfectly trimmed and the setting is quite serene. But, there is one downside. On our last morning, I woke Gala up at the god awful hour of 6 a.m. with something to the effect of, “I can’t sleep. I’m hearing voices.” She must’ve thought I was losing it until, as if on command, we heard a loud, cartoonish “AH-CHOOOOOO!” from the next room over. The cartoonish voices and coughing continued back and forth for another few hours….I swear I have a point! THE WALLS ARE VERY, VERY THIN. (I’m not blaming Kelly because she’s an interior designer, not an architect). So thin that these characters lit up a cigarette and the smoke quickly seeped into our room. Gala, not missing a beat, said, “Excuse me while I go poison myself.” The smoking and voices subsided after that. Ahem! I mean…ah-choooo!


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I’m always working on something & when you get restless, decorate the dog lamp!


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My favorite place to lounge in the hotel was the canary yellow library, complete with shag carpet! Aren’t those book shelves amazing?


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The library was only the beginning, though. On our last night, we discovered the Wizard Of Oz-esque lobby bathroom, complete with checkerboard floors. Kelly Wearstler has a knack for color that I adore.


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Yellow chairs. Just because.


Viceroy Pros:

• It’s extremely close to the beach. A two minute walk and you’re on the sands of Santa Monica.

• The service. We had to call down to the front desk (which was pretty often) but each time, they were incredibly pleasant, wrapping up the call with “Have a magical day!” Really.

• The decor. Kelly Wearstler definitely added plenty of unexpected, special touches that you won’t find anywhere else.

• The room service. Gourmet desserts at midnight? Not a problem! Everything we tried was awesome.

• Complementary yoga! At 10 am on the weekends, you can do a full hour of yoga with an instructor out by the pool. They even provide the mats and mini bottles of Evian.


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• Poolside parties. On Saturday night, a deejay gets the party started around 10 pm. I’m pretty sure this is open to the public, as well.

• Staff that lets you take photos. We invited the Made U Look ladies over to our hotel and were shooting poolside and the staff didn’t interrupt or say a word except to ask about their vintage cameras! At almost every other place we’ve stayed, the staff shuts us down.


Viceroy Cons:

• It’s quite expensive for the room size. If you’re traveling through, I’d recommend staying one night at the Viceroy for the experience (and the pool) and then moving on to more affordable digs. There’s a ton of other nice hotels close by.

• The thin walls. You can hear everything. Sneezes, the TV and random giggles when you just want to sleep.

• The lack of signage. The front of the hotel is surrounded by tall shrubbery which adds to the mystery. I guess this makes the hotel an ideal escape for celebrities but for the rest of us, it can be a bit of a pain. We had to keep telling our visiting friends to “look for the shrubs.” Haha.


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Overall, if you’re looking for an escape from real life to the surreal and appreciate quirky, modern decor, you’ll love The Viceroy. Still missing Santa Monica (and the Viceroy) a lot…


The Week In Pictures: 6.15.12

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Any way you slice it, returning from vacation and getting back into the swing of things is hard. And it always feels like it takes a week to regroup. But on the positive side, coming home after a great trip always gives me a fresh perspective on my own surroundings. Over the weekend, I went on a mad organizing spree, whipped my office into shape and cleaned out my closets. I also mixed in a few new details — I am way late to the washi tape craze but fell in love with these mixed color & pattern versions from Little Happy Things. I’m usually a neat freak but these taped-up walls are really inspiring me.


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These are some little treasures I brought home from my LA getaway last week. I love this eraser from Sugar Paper. Great office supplies always make me happy. The advertisement and necklace are both from Anthropologie. And the business card is from Le Labo. I love picking up cards and print items from all over the city I’m staying in to pin them to my inspiration board when I get back.


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I just finished up a new project for Luke Copping that I’m super excited about. His new print portfolio is zooming across the U.S. at this very moment, from Portland to New York. I spent a lot of time getting the color story and images to flow into a beginning, middle and end and can’t wait to share the full outcome with you. Some of our past collaborations can be seen here.


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Our yard has always been more of a muddy pit than an oasis but this year, we’ve vowed to change all that. Joey has been hard at work on what he calls the Gnome District and Rocky has been keeping a close eye on the progress. Our goal is to have it landscaped so we can finally have a legit barbecue by the end of summer. Still so much to get done, though!

Have any weekend plans that you’re looking forward to?


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Link Love: 6.14.12

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link love

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• Leo Babauta’s guide to overcoming self-doubt is awesome.

• Are the social media “share” buttons on your site really helping you? If you’re thinking of dropping them, read this article. So much good information!

• Photographer Luke Copping discusses the power of personal projects and making them happen for yourself. Especially relevant and encouraging if you’re stuck in a creative rut or making excuses.

• Have you ever wondered what  those lines on Solo cups mean?

• Looking for something fun to do in Portland on August 5th? Register now for the CMY5K race, a 5K run that dispenses a different color at each zone: 1K is cyan, 2K is magenta, 3K is yellow, 4K is green, and 5K is a combination of all colors. Show up in all white and walk out drenched in some major color!

• Creatives, find out how to get back on track after receiving negative feedback on a design.

• Gala just wrote an awesome post on how why it’s actually good to narrow down your choices and how simplifying your life can make you happier.

• The world’s first and only completely honest graphic design résumé!

• Jasmine Star explains how she handles bookkeeping and taxes for her photography business but this overview can be applied to most other creative businesses as well.

• How do you make choices when buying products in this age of Information Overload? Does the internet help or hinder you?


The Typofiles #108: Le Labo

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While in LA last week, Gala, Mary Bee and I stumbled upon the magic lab of scents known as Le Labo. I’d first noticed the Le Labo branding a few days earlier at Lucky Scent and was intrigued. The location on Abbot Kinney resembles a vintage apothecary and perhaps the most interesting of all, there’s no stock on hand; all the perfumes are made on-site to order.


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To add to mysterious / cool factor, Le Labo has a manifesto of sorts:

In a world where luxury perfumes are mass-produced and sold in places that look like supermarkets, where advertising campaigns try to fool consumers into thinking they are unique even though their “one of its kind” fragrances are worn by millions across the globe, we believe there is another solution. As a result, Le Labo has decided to take matters — and perfume — back in hand…


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I love how their logo has an imperfect, stamped effect and their contact information looks like it was spewed from a typewriter, adding to the hand-done, manifesto-like quality.


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After exploring the stock and sticking our noses into every fragrance in sight, we spotted a photo booth in the back of the shop. We couldn’t believe it was free and took full advantage of creating some goofy strips. Amazing, uncommon scents, great branding and a free photo booth? Le Labo follows through to create an environment perfectly suited to their aesthetic and vision.

P.S. A special thank you to the perfume mastermind (above) at the Abbot Kinney Le Labo for putting up with us!


The Week In Pictures: LA 2012

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One of the places Gala and I meet up most often is LA. Between the great weather, beaches, a number of mutual friends and awesome vintage shopping, it just can’t be beat. This was our fourth LA trip together and we were ready for a change — during each previous trip, we stayed in Hollywood but this time, we wanted to be able to walk to more places and to be closer to the beach. Because of this, we decided to switch things up and stay at The Viceroy in Santa Monica — in part to see Kelly Wearstler’s amazing interior design skills up close (I’ll share more about our hotel next week).


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I flew in from Portland on a few hours of sleep, swathed in head-to-toe black and Gala met me in a similar look, topped off with a pentagram shirt. Our looks weren’t cheerful enough for our new surroundings so we headed off to our hotel to brighten up.


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After a quick change, we hit the beach. The Viceroy is great because it’s only about a five minute walk to the Santa Monica Pier which has an amusement park, arcade, food stands, photo booths and long stretches of beach. It’s an ideal area to stay if you don’t have a car but still want to see a lot of sights.


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Our stay in LA never really gets started until we’ve stopped in Coffee Bean.


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Gala definitely went all out in the color department. I told her she was very LA from the knees up and very New York from the knees down. ;)


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I dug up this completely insane psychedelic toucan dress at Shareen Vintage (our favorite vintage store in the city) and joined in the rainbow-fest. And, I couldn’t stop snapping photos of this logo for a shop called Books and Cookies. I sort of wanted to move in.


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We passed this interesting looking camera shop along the beach. Has anyone been in?


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I love all the details of a city that appear frozen in time.


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The Santa Monica Pier is a great place to just chill out. I wore a vintage handmade skirt and ASOS boots.


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I fell in love with the vintage sign at this coffee shop — this was a minute walk from The Viceroy. I look like I just got off work!


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One of my absolute favorite parts of our stay in Santa Monica was renting bikes. I used to ride bikes every day as a kid and really miss it…Gala rented a pink cruiser (of course) while I went for purple. We got up early, did yoga (my first time with an instructor!) and then hit the beach.


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The ride along the beach from Santa Monica to Venice is only about 10 minutes — I was amazed at how much the scenery changed the second we crossed over to Venice Beach; it reminds me so much of St. Mark’s Place, just with palm trees. I think an hour rental for both of our bikes was about $15.00 and it was by far the highlight of our trip.


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Our vacation routine quickly fell into place — we woke by 6:30 a.m. (I am a crazy morning person!), got ready and made the 10 minute walk through Santa Monica to Urth Caffe. So many of our friends had told us how great this place was and they were right. There are tons of fresh, organic options and it really helped us to start our day off right. I was obsessed with their honey vanilla lattes. Portland is known for its coffee but damn, this was close.


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Gala and I have some rad friends in LA — our long-time friend Mary Bee spent the weekend driving us to all her favorite spots. One of the best was Joan’s on 3rd, a gourmet market and cafe that reminded me of Dean & Deluca. Great for treats and gifts!


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What I love about traveling with other people is that you end up in places you might have skipped over — Gala wanted to visit Lucky Scent and they have the best selection of perfumes I have ever seen. This bottle was my favorite of the bunch.


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A great moment of our trip was when Gala’s friend John Halcyon Styn stopped by for a visit. This guy is so inspiring and entertaining.


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Halcyon took us to a place I’ve been wanting to visit for ages — Intelligentsia. I wanted to check out their branding in person but realized that they didn’t even have a sign! The cups are great, though.


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The allure of palm trees never gets old to me. Also, I fell in love with this vintage polkadot dress, a gift from Mary Bee (she always unearths the best treasures). Our hotel carpet was off the hook; Kelly Wearstler has great taste.


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We skipped the Hot Dog Stick…


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But eventually ended up at In-N-Out. Gala is obsessed! I never see what the big deal is because in Portland, we have Burgerville. I know what I’m having for lunch today!


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This trip was the first time I made it down Abbot Kinney (I know, I know!!) which is full of cute boutiques. There were a few antique shops stuffed to the rafters. I loved this vintage tin.


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Shark silliness with Gala!


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Pool time back at The Viceroy.


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I fell in love with this Liquor sign. That script!!!


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One last stop at the beach and it was time to go…back to the rain and back to the reality. This stay in LA was so different from all our others but that’s what I really enjoyed — staying in a new hotel in a new area (for us) really forced us out of our old routines and I know that from now on, I want to stay near the beach. I’m still waking up every morning, wishing I was riding a bike through Santa Monica. Until next time…

P.S. Lookin’ for some more California love? Check out Gala’s recap right here!


I Left My Heart in Los Angeles

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How have you been? I returned from an awesome LA getaway with Gala mid-week and have been playing catch-up with family, emails, projects and life in general ever since. I took a ton of photos and shuffling through them makes me smile big time. Tune in on Monday for a (late but awesome) Week In Pictures featuring the usual suspects: palm trees, In-N-Out, bike riding, shopping, chillin’ on the beach and so much more. I hope you’re having a great weekend! I spent the day cleaning like a madwoman, running errands and freshening up my office (nothing like a change of scenery to make you re-evalutate your own surroundings). Still getting back in the swing of things…slowly but surely. Much love!