The Week in Pictures: 5.7.11

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Laundry, one of my least favorite things to do in life. But sometimes you have to get the pen marks and stains out of your faux Frenchie sweatshirt.

The highlight of this week was Cinco De Mayo, which I think most agencies use as an excuse to party during working hours (I’m not complaining). The highlight of my day was witnessing a guac-off (guacamole making contest). And with that came a horrifying realization that out of seven contest entries, I unknowingly picked #5 as my favorite…which contained the secret ingredient of bacon. Bacon in guacamole!? I’m vegetarian. Ah well. We all got a good laugh. I do have to say one thing: just because designers sit behind computers all day doesn’t mean they’re weak. I watched an entire staff swing away at a pinata and let’s just say that if I crossed some of them in a dark alley, I’d run for my life.


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For the last few years, I’d been using some badly painted second-hand night stands but I wasn’t sure what to replace them with. Then, when I was in Iceland, I noticed that our hotel room had acrylic nightstands. And after reading one too many home decor magazines, I know that acrylic in general is great because it allows light to come through and makes a room feel much more open (perfect for black-walled rooms like ours). I found these tables on Ebay. P.S. The phone and curtains are a few years old and both came from Urban Outfitters.


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Joey has been working hard on his new line of 80s inspired skateboards, Luna. We stopped by a pool last weekend to take a few snapshots of the outcome.


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I’ve just pulled out a stack of my favorite design books to start work on a post for next week…


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Modern basics: Topshop asymmetrical type t-shirt paired with gray nails.


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Last night Joey served me homemade popcorn in a heart-shaped bowl. Sweetest. Have an awesome weekend! xoxo


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Link Love: 5.5.11

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link love

Edita Vilkeviciute by Camilla Akrans for Numéro.


• I always enjoy reading about the daily routines of other designers and how they got to where they are in their careers. This interview with Jessica Hische is particularly good.

• I love Garance Dore’s recap of Coachella and Palm Springs.

• You MUST Check out Christian Gideon’s post, What if you lived at IKEA?

• Okay, I got a good laugh from the names of the kids starring in J. Crew’s Spring / Summer 2011 catalog. Normal names are sooo last century.

• This wine box garden is such a good idea! Perfect for those of us who want to garden but lack the space.

• I always love reading Cary Tennis. I know the answers but can’t respond fast enough is probably something that most of us can relate to.

• If we all did our banking at a rainbow bank, we’d be SO much happier. Guaranteed!

• A teacher decided to strip down for a naked stroll through an elementary school in Georgia. When cops asked why, he said that he’d reached a “new level of enlightenment” and “wanted everybody to be free now that his third eye was open.”

• Who knows how accurate this is but The Daily Beast has compiled the 20 most useless college degrees. Ouch!

• Emma Forrest has just written a memoir about what happened when her shrink died.

• Creatives, this is a must: getting comfortable with contracts.


Advice #37: I Am Still In School. Should I Start Blogging NOW?

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Image by Julian Bialowas.


I am currently in my 3rd year of studying design and I am wanting to start a blog a lot like yours. I’m wondering if I should start now and figure it all out, or wait until I’ve got more of a brand going on and do it properly?


Simple Advice: Start Now.

My advice to students who want to start blogging is always the same: DON’T WAIT. Nothing is ever going to be perfect — you could spend the rest of your life tweaking your brand and your work, waiting for the ‘right time.’ And you know what? That perfect moment never comes. Our lives and our work are fluid, always in constant motion. The web is always in a constant state of change as well…and that’s what makes it so great! Once you have your site live, you can make tiny tweaks as often as you’d like. But you’ve got to start somewhere to begin building momentum. As with anything, practice makes perfect. Blogging often requires more work than it appears and the sooner you get started, the sooner you’ll develop your unique voice.

When I started blogging on my site in the summer of 2007, I was less than a year into my design degree. I didn’t even have that much work to post but I didn’t let that stop me. In the beginning, I simply shared things that I loved — design books that I found exciting, outfit photos, student projects and more. I knew that as my work and confidence grew, so would the quality of my posts. Looking back, I am so glad that I didn’t wait! There were much fewer personal blogs out there four years ago and because of that, the community felt much smaller and more accessible. The blogosphere only continues to expand so the sooner you make your imprint, the better.

At the time, it wasn’t as common for designers to have blogs. I wasn’t so sure that turning the front page of my site into a blog was the best move but one of my closest friends, a web developer who was constantly on the pulse of the next big thing convinced me otherwise. What I’ve realized is that you have to do what you feel is best for you.

To this day, I have a huge list of things that I want to change about my blog (a redesign is definitely in the works this year) but I never let that trip me up. Blogging consistently has had immense benefits that I might have not received otherwise. Over the last few years, it’s helped me gain a huge amount of freelance clients, I’ve received speaking offers from colleges and in the process, I’ve connected with and made many new friends. It’s not an exaggeration when I say that blogging has opened up a whole new world for me.

The secret to success in most things is consistency and this applies to blogging, as well. Follow the same routine day after day and slowly but surely, it becomes like second nature. There’s no reason to wait because truthfully, once you go live, even if everything is ‘perfect’ in your eyes at that point, within a year, you’ll find a million little changes that you want to make anyway. If you wait to get started, do you think you will look back in a year or two from now and wish that you’d just jumped in? If the answer is yes, make it happen now.


Space Age: See By Chloe for Solestruck Landing Pages

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Most of the time, I wouldn’t be caught dead in sandals but these See By Chloe cuties from Solestruck are a game changer. Metallic blue leather + wedges coated in the shiniest of white? Adjustability with the ease of hidden velcro? Need I say more?!


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In my mind, these scream space age chic and would be perfect for a female Ziggy Stardust in the throes of summer. I almost always default to black shoes but clearly, there’s nothing that adds an exclamation point to an outfit like and unexpected pop of color on the feet.


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And finally, some landing page variations, one of which was used in an adorable Chloë vs. Chloé newsletter last week:


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solestruck see by chloe

solestruck see by chloe


Not only was I impressed with the styles of See By Chloe but also the craftsmanship which includes thick, all leather soles. What more can I say? Awesome, awesome, awesome. I can’t wait to see what they come up next — this is one brand that I’m really excited about.


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What I Wore: 5.2.11 // Summer Uniform

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what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

70 degrees + white t-shirt + black shorts + tights + wedges = test drive of Summer uniform.


I’ve been thinking a lot about taking the most basic Summer American uniform (a t-shirt and shorts) and twisting it into something a little bit more avant garde and unique. I am not much of a shorts person but I have a huge soft spot for lederhosen (I got my first pair when I was four!) so when I spotted these leather shorts at Topshop back in February, I knew I’d met my match. It’s hard to tell from the photos but they have a zip-up flap that snaps on each side. Rocky, all freshly bathed and fluffy, was kind enough to join me.


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what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit


I Wore:

Shirt, Topshop
Leather shorts, Topshop
Tights, H&M
Necklace, courtesy of Aroha Silhouettes
Wedges, Minimarket


Have a fantastic week! I have a few sets of plans with friends that I’m looking forward to, along with starting a big new project. xo

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The Week in Pictures: 4.30.11

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Welcome once again to The Week in Pictures! I’m sitting in my office, drinking a super big coffee, looking over my to-do list and simultaneously doing laundry. Not the most exciting but it feels good to be getting things done. Earlier this week, I posted about the premier issue of CARSON mag. Juicy hues!


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I whipped up quite a few logo options for various clients this week, all while a brightly painted eye peeked through from my desktop.


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Had a great time out last night with my dad, Tana and Joey at one of our favorite bars where we shared drinks, tasty food and stories of debauchery.


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I’ve been wanting a change from my sleek, minimal Nixon watches. Something a bit more dramatic and outlandish. I spotted this inexpensive vintage Japanese watch on Etsy and decided it fit the bill. I know nothing about the brand but I love the oversized watch face and varying scale of numbers. Now I just need to find a jeweler to remove a handful of links.


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Inspiration on top of layers of even more inspiration. I love my IKEA inspiration board because it’s magnetic — there’s never a need to put tacks or tape on my most favorite images.


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I’ve been wearing this Mickey sweatshirt pretty often this week, complete with gold foil and backwards type.


And with that, I’m off! Enjoy your weekend and stay out of trouble! xoxo

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