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• Subtle Patterns is bound to be a lifesaver when you need a texture for a design project. Best of all, they’re FREE!
• Beloved interiors mag Domino is making a comeback as a special edition issue this Fall but rumor has it that none of the original team will be involved.
• Designers & is a simple tool that helps designers find and connect with printers and developers. What a great idea!
• My super talented friend Amelia Arsenic has launched her Black Heart collection of jewelry just in time for Valentine’s Day!
• In case you were wondering, these were the models for the famed American Gothic painting.
• Smashing Magazine rounds up the WordPress theme trends of 2012.
• Shrinkle just did an epic recap of our LA getaway from, oh, 8 months ago! My favorite part was when she mentioned the following:
I should note that Nubby has a master memory. Being that these pics are 8 months old, I texted Gala for help with names/captions. Try as we might, neither of us could remember a damn thing. So I texted Nubby, and she responded within seconds, “Restaurant was Gjelina, dog was Nyxie.” Who remembers the name/spelling of a restaurant called Gjelina after eating there just once, 8 months ago? NUBBY, that’s who! I would have been like “Umm the restaurant was called Angelina Jolie, and the dog’s name was Nicholas.”
• Krissy goes above and beyond, gathering up the best collection of neon images out there.
• You can make these adorable valentine clip art cards designed for the Martha Stewart Crafts blog!
• The bright, poppy colors on these posters are really inspiring me at the moment.
• General Mills is bringing back retro 80s designs for many of its cereal boxes for a limited time at Target.
Welcome to the brand new column, The Latest & Greatest, where I share a themed visual weekly recap of art, design and items that are currently inspiring me! Here’s what’s on my mind this week:
1. Brian Elston Painting, 2. Lanvin Ballerine Flats, 3. Shakuhachi Bustier Bikini, 4. Steven Meisel for Vogue Italia February 2012 Cover, 5. Robert Cergie for Carven Ursule Leather Wedge Loafers, 6. Carven Cutout Dress and 7. Kate Spade Japanese Floral Medium Storage Trunk.
I first discovered Nest, a quirky quarterly interior design magazine in the Fall of 2000 at Border’s. The bright yellow exterior grabbed my attention and when I flipped through the issue (which was housed in a plastic zippered pouch), I was hooked. Instead of focusing on conventionally beautiful interiors, Nest zoomed in on the weird and outrageous. As Wikipedia notes, “During its run, Nest showed the room of a 40-year-old diaper lover, the lair of an Indonesian bird that decorates with colored stones and vomit, the final resting place of Napoleon’s penis, the quarters of Navy seamen and a barbed-wire-trimmed bed that doubled as a tank.”
I made a point to pick up an issue every time I spotted it on the newsstand until it abruptly ended its publishing run in 2004. One of my personal favorites was issue 11 which featured a cross burned through each page, cover to cover. Each issue of Nest had a completely unique theme that was always a welcome surprise.
Read more about Nest:
• A Truly Great Magazine Says Farewell
• Nest Magazine Closes
• A Champion Of the Quirky Writes Finis
I tend to split my outfits during the week equally between skirts and pants. And when it comes to pants, I usually stick to skinny black jeans to make getting dresses and accessorizing as simple as possible. Though, every once in awhile, I want to add a bright burst of color to my basics and these paid pants are my new favorite wardrobe addition.
Plaid Pants, Tripp NYC (Asos)
Sweater, Sonia Rykiel for H&M
Stud bracelet, H&M
Bow, Forever 21
Boots, Proenza Schouler
Readers: What’s your current favorite wardrobe obsession?
A sneak peek at the most magical dress in the entire universe. It will be fully revealed in Vegas later this month!
Over the weekend, I paid a visit to Roadside Attraction to catch up with my dad and grandparents. Enclosed and complete with a fire pit and foliage, it feels like a secret sanctuary in the middle of the city.
Afterwards, we stopped by a bar that’s next door to a former mechanic that my grandpa worked at over 50 years ago. My grandparents are amazing; at 80 years young they like to unwind by gambling and having a few drinks.
With a great coffee mug and my trusty Pantone notebook, I’m up for whatever the day throws at me.
I love the colors of the Hawthorne location of Cha! Cha! Cha! So cheerful!
I spent Thursday hanging out in my natural habitat wearing my favorite Topshop sweater.
During a break between projects, I picked up Surface for some visual inspiration.
It’s okay having dirty dishes sitting around my office if they look good, right?
I found these plaid pants on sale at ASOS. They’re my new favorite wardrobe staple and liven everything up. And with that, I’m off to relax. Have a great weekend, everyone!
Daisy Lowe by Will Davidson for Oyster.
• Photographer (and Nubbytwiglet.com client) Luke Copping just got multiple stamps made of his branding and they look awesome. Now I want to get a set of my own…
• If you’re a design student that’s about to graduate, this advice is short, sweet and helpful.
• Album covers minus their now deceased members.
• What are your thoughts on JC Penney’s new branding? I think it’s completely appropriate for the market they’re going after.
• The ultimate Alt Summit roundup on Pinterest.
• Kern & Burn is an online and print publication that curates discussions, interviews and essays. And, it is beautifully designed.
• Five tips for shooting great outdoor photos!
• If it wasn’t already obvious, Ice Cube’s “Today Was a Good Day” took place on January 20, 1992.
• I really want the Computer Arts Collection of design guides. They’re so beautifully designed!
• I’m totally in love with the F. Troupe branding!
• What does it mean to declare social bankruptcy?
Photo by Juliane Berry.
I normally don’t post about interviews I’ve done on the front page of my blog (instead, the links go here) but I wanted to make a special exception for this interview that Kat of Rock n Roll Bride just shared. It’s probably the most thorough, in-depth interview I’ve done to date and touches upon how my business name transpired, my attitude towards handling criticism and how I first got started with blogging. I love Kat’s energy and unique questions — please take a look!