Black and gold is a combination I’m constantly drawn to these days but that wasn’t always the case. Up until a year ago, if I had to make a decision between silver and gold accents, I always chose silver. Gold seemed garish, loud and flamboyant in all the wrong ways. Icy, silvery shades were my go-to accents because they felt cleaner and much more subdued. Then, I started noticing gold popping up in less traditional formats including spiked accents on shoes, as gold leaf on posters and in modern jewelry pieces. Here are a few black and gold items that have recently caught my eye.
1. Ryan Gosling on Esquire, 2. Cartier Juste Un Clou Bracelet, 3. Chris Henley Not All Those Who Wander Print, 4. Coco Rocha, 5. Christian Louboutin Decoupata 120 Ankle Boots, 6. Danielle Davis Collector Plate, 7. Balenciaga Montre Acier Watch, 8. YSL Y-Mail Wallet and 9. Michael Jackson.
I just came across this catalog from Barneys CO-OP and was blown away that it was from Spring 2009. The neons, the type choices and the accessories all feel so now! If I’d had an hour to sit at my scanner, I would have scanned the whole damn thing — it’s great from cover to cover. The page layouts manage to seamlessly rotate between outdoor scenery with neon plexiglass overlays featuring geometric cut-outs to more subdued black and white model shots. The main type throughout appears to be Avant Garde Extra Light and Alternative Extra Light.
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I still can’t stop thinking about how much fun I had in Santa Monica last month. It’s true that when you’re on vacation it’s a bit hard to have a bad time when all you’re preoccupied with is lounging around the pool, sight-seeing, eating, snapping photos and shopping! But still, for as much I travel, it was in my top three vacations of all time. A combination of the killer hotel, spending time with two of my besties, Gala and Mary Bee and riding bikes along the beach left me feeling excited to make things happen at home so I could come back and visit again as soon as possible. Vacation is good for the soul!
Part of what makes a great vacation even better is a physical record of those memories to look back on, over and over again. Gala and I are incredibly lucky that our friends, the trio of photographers that make up Made U Look stopped by The Viceroy for a visit and photographed us around the grounds (Kelly Wearstler sure knows how to create photo-friendly settings).
The Made U Look girls have a unique shooting style in that they use almost all film and even perhaps even cooler, each of the trio has a plethora of vintage cameras around their neck, switching it up as they go. This results in a HUGE variety of formats and the outcome has the feeling of your favorite old scrapbook; each photo is completely unique in lighting, format and composition that makes you remember just how truly great film is. Some results are breathtaking, some completely unexpected but all are a unique piece of art in themselves.
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How was your week? Mine had some definite bright spots — whenever I spot a photo booth, I ask my grandma to climb in…and she’s always up for it! Yes, I’m giving her bunny ears in that first photo! I love it that my dad, his girlfriend, my grandparents and I still go out as a group every few weeks. Family time is the best time. Go out and have some fun…work will still be waiting when you’re finished!
I’m hard at work on a D.I.Y. project that will debut here in a few weeks and thought it would be cool to ‘pin’ my inspiration to a real life cork board. Non-internet inspiration boards are so much more fun to put together anyway!
I was flipping through Contemporary Graphic Design by Phaidon (can’t seem to find a link online) the other night and this image caught my attention. The whole book is really, really great.
Rocky just got his summer haircut. What a tough guy. Look at those little teeth! I get a lot of questions about his breed — he’s a Chinese Crested but while most are hairless, he’s a powderpuff.
No matter what I have going on or what I have due, I always try to take in my surroundings, even if I’m walking down the same sidewalk every day. There’s beauty in the details and in the smallest moments. I love the old Pacific Wonderland Oregon plates.
I’ve been rockin’ my new go-to sneakers all week. This photo was taken in our back yard…which is coming along much slower than expected. Isn’t that always true of house-related projects?!! Happy Friday and I hope you have a chance to kick back and enjoy the sun. Any fun weekend plans?
Herman Miller Wallpapers
These were just too good not to share — Herman Miller just released 10 free wallpaper downloads with sizes included for your desktop, iPhone and iPad! I love the variety of colors and patterns! Which is your favorite?
Source: Bela Borsodi.
• Creatives, if you’re feeling a lack of confidence or making excuses, this advice will really hit home. Difficult at times to hear but so true: Get over it.
• Are you a foodie? Are you also type-obsessed? Do you also happen to like a good sandwich? Then Typewich is for you!
• I absolutely love this color blocked recipe box. The best part? There’s instructions to D.I.Y. your very own!
• If you’re social media obsessed, you have to check out Christoph Neimann’s hilarious You like me. You really, really like me for a good laugh.
• Promise’s new column, Inside the Creative Toolbox is super cool and I was honored to share my must-have items this week!
• Even when you have one of those days where everything goes wrong, it does get better.
• A cool project: matching Pantone colors to human skintones.
• A writer’s worst nightmare: The New York Times pans your book due to the reviewer’s misread. Eek!
• Designers, how do you gauge your timelines to make sure you deliver on schedule?
• I really like this visual inspiration featuring inspiring studio spaces.
• Completely random but oddly awesome: Andy Warhol eats a Burger King hamburger on video!
My friends at Nemo Design just sent me a packet featuring promos for their fresh rebrand and I thought I’d share this amazing double-sided poster today. Nemo holds a special place in my heart because it’s where I got my start as a designer. They’ve totally killed it on their updated identity system and in true Nemo form, everything is infused with a sense of humor.
There’s no boring corporate lingo to be found on this poster. Nemo makes it fun to explore the evolution of their identity, PMS swatches and the meaning behind their name.
I love the Nemo DNA section: Midwest Work Ethic / East Coast No Bullshit / Oregon Pioneering / California Endless Summer / Small Town Dreams / Big City Hustle. YES!
Congratulations to Nemo Design for creating a rad new identity and for continually keeping us entertained with razor-sharp work infused with a sense of humor.
In case you haven’t noticed, I have a thing for shoes. It started at a young age. Beginning at the tender age of four, my mom would pay me a few dollars to arrange her vast collection of stilettos which she seemingly had in every color of the rainbow (hey, it was the 80s). I was big on organization even at that age and would carefully arranged them by height and color.
During college, I ditched my first office job where I was constantly tasked with doing hours of filing to work at a shoe store at the mall instead. The store sold comfort shoes and I mostly worked with fitting old ladies but it was way better than being trapped in suburban office hell. Later, I got a job at an even better shoe store and took pride in helping people pick out the perfect pair of shoes.
A few years back, I started doing freelance work for Solestruck and shot and designed many of their landing pages as well. When they recently asked me to take part in a blogger collab with one of their exclusive brands, To Be Announced, I was like HELL YES. I didn’t want to go the straight “what I wore” route though — there had to be a story line. I called up my friend Shaun and we shot at Mutt Studios, our first collaboration together. I hopped, skipped, danced and jumped into the night…
ASOS Black Quilted Dress with Tube Embellishments — This is one of my constant go-to dresses and the quality is amazing. And, it’s majorly on sale!
ASOS OUI / NON Belt — also on sale!
To Be Announced 1-800 in Black, c/o Solestruck
H&M Gold Headband
*A special thanks to Solestruck, TBA, Shaun and Mutt Studios for the opportunity and good times!