Welcome to the last Week In Pictures of 2012! Let’s make this a good one! It seems like everyone is going on vacation this last week of the year and I’m doing the opposite — this is the first time in 3 or 4 years I’ll be home. In a way, it’s a nice relief to not travel and just enjoy some quiet time around the house because I know how fast the new year (and a 2 week trip to both Paris and London) will be creeping up. I’ll be posting a 2012 recap in the next few days but for now, the focus is on recent happenings.
A year-end gift to myself: I’ve loved these weird oversized male and female bust vases for a long time (affectionately referred to as Hipster Chia Pets by many) and it didn’t help that they kept popping up on other blogs I admire like Oh Joy! and Making It Lovely. Our house is mostly filled with IKEA furniture and random vintage finds and we were in need of some “statement pieces.” These are huge and strange and people either love em or hate em. I say, go big or go home!
A little while back I visited the Portland Bazaar and there was a screen print poster exhibition across the street. One that caught my eye in particular was this beauty from 1996 by Sandstrom. Their style is pretty recognizable — you probably know them best from their work for Tazo. To me, this looks just as fresh over 15 years later.
I love this sweater. LOVE. It’s like a bad 70s couch in the best way, right?
Last week, I stayed up late helping Miss Darling with a very special project that she’s been working on for a long time. I knew how important it was to her and I wanted to help her succeed. And the next day, to my surprise I came home to the most unique, modern floral arrangement that she’d called in all the way from New York. Gala is so considerate and thoughtful — this surprise totally made my week.
Over the weekend I had to finish up my Christmas shopping and it was a little unnerving heading out to Clackamas Town Center a few days after a shooting where random people were gunned down. But I got through it and picked up a few treats. I’ve been wearing MAC now for over 15 years! Crazy. Here’s the lowdown: Studio Fix (foundation and power in one), Sheen Supreme in Supreme Style (soft, shimmery neutral), Cremesheen in Shanghai Spice (great for everyday wear) and Cremesheen in Ravishing (a soft peachy-orange). I’m a big fan of their recycling program, Back 2 MAC: trade in 6 empty containers, pick out a lipstick.
Finally, a recent favorite look (please excuse the grainy phone photo!) Our old house can get very drafty so I’ve enjoyed wearing this check midi skirt and loop stitch cardigan (which very much reminds me of late 90’s Marilyn Manson).
I’m always tacking up fresh inspiration next to my desk. Feeling intense blues at the moment.
Have a happy holiday and thanks for hanging with me this year! It’s been a ton of fun and I’m looking forward to many more with you. See you next week with a recap. Much love!