Latest & Greatest #6: Anthropologie

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Window display photographed by me // Anthropologie, Santa Monica


I have always admired the aesthetic of Anthropologie but beyond the occasional wardrobe splurge, the overall vibe felt a little too romantic and bohemian for my structured, modern tastes. That changed though when Gala and I were in Santa Monica last month. Maybe because I was in full-on vacation mode and in a city where people wear A LOT more color, I fell in love with what I saw inside the store — it wasn’t just the clothing but moreso the overall presentation and visual merchandising.

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Store display photographed by me // Anthropologie, Santa Monica


Even if you’re not an Anthropologie fan, there’s no denying that they design window displays like no other. I used to work with a girl at a design studio who left her career to do the windows for Anthro instead and she loves it. I was browsing through the Anthro site and these are a few of my favorite finds:

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1. Feline Karma Dress 2. Dear Parsy Tote 3. Dorian Vest Dress 4. Two-Toned Cocktail Forks.

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5. Mod Swathe Heels 6. Literary Correspondence Napkins 7. Barr-Co. Soap 8. Dice Notation Skirt.


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I also thought this chair featuring a beach scene upstairs was really, really cool. The whole Anthropologie vibe makes me want to go back on vacation and I’ll be close enough to that feeling, BBQ-ing and relaxing today for the 4th. Hope you have a great one full of relaxation as well.


Office Space Updates


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Over the last few months, I’ve made a few updates to my office and thought it was about time I shared it in its current state. When I’m home, I spend the most time in my office and to me, it’s important to have a personal space, no matter how small, that is all your own and reflects your style. At points in my life, I had upwards of five roommates but even then, I made a space that I could escape to — I know that not everyone has the luxury of having an extra room but even if it’s the corner of your bedroom, I believe we all need that special, designated space to be creative in.



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The most recent updates I’ve made to the space involve switching out my gray rug for a chevron stripe version and trading black transparent curtains for solid white ones. Something about the space always felt a bit off and I think it had to do with my rug being too small for the room (it only covered half) and even though the curtains let a lot of light in, they were still black which didn’t feel very inviting.



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I switch out items on the shelf above my desk but usually keep a favorite pair or two of shoes up there — to me, they’re like fine art, mini sculptures in a way. My desk has a lot of stuff on it but there’s still plenty of room to work. A lot of people ask about the TV and alarm clock and I’ve had both for about 10 years now — they were part of a limited edition collection by Magnavox by Target. The TV needs a converter box and only gets about 4 channels but that’s okay since I barely watch it.



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At the end of last year, I upgraded to a Wacom tablet but also got a mouse because I’m left-handed. I was taught to use a mouse right-handed in school…but am NOT a pro handwriting with my right. I am still trying to figure out the best setup but haven’t had much time to experiment. For the record, I love my Wacom and highly recommend it because it allows for so much more experimentation (a link to the model I own is below).



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To me, my surroundings, personal style and design are all pieces that fit together into one big puzzle. I try not to separate anything I do and because of this, keep style-related items I admire sitting out throughout the room. My iPad is always on my desk now because I keep all my to-do lists in it.



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The Antigirl Love Life Print was a semi-recent addition and makes me so happy. I have almost all of Tiphanie’s prints from over the years and am a huge fan of her work.



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I’m not a huge fan of taxidermy but my brother found this vintage deer at a thrift store for a total steal. I have had a set of flat files in my office now for a few years and am desperate to get another to house all the campaigns and client work I have stacked up in our hallway closet.



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I wanted another chair in my office that didn’t feel too heavy or take up too much space. I’m not very label-conscious when it comes to furniture and found this Louis Ghost knock-off on Ebay. It works perfectly fine for this space.



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Personal mementos and my magnetic bulletin board.



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Here’s a close-up of my new rug. It was actually a mis-order on my part but there were no returns allowed. I’ve slowly grown to love it, though it sheds like crazy. Thick pure wool rugs will do that to you…in the meantime, my vacuum cleaner is getting a serious workout! Everyone around me is sick of my constant talk of rugs and if it keeps up, I’m going to film The Big Lebowski 2.


Office Resources:

• NuLoom Chevron Rug
• Apple 27 inch iMac
• Ikea Merete Curtains
• Ikea Desktop & Legs (you can mix and match combos in-store)
• Ikea Flat Files
• Wacom Intuos4 Wireless Tablet
• Antigirl Love Life Print
• Magnavox for Target TV and Alarm Clock (circa 2001)
• Vintage Taxidermy
• Lancelotti Red Cross Cabinet (circa 2002)
Herman Miller Aeron Chair (I found mine on Ebay for A LOT less)
• Target Ceramic Pencil Cup

*If I missed anything you’re curious about, let me know in the comments!



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Last but not least, my favorite office companion, Rocky makes this space even better. As always, this space is a work in progress (my new curtains still need to be hemmed!) but it works for me and I’m thankful to have a room of my own. On another note, I’m constantly on the lookout for house and interior inspiration and have a pinboard here.


The Week In Pictures: 6.30.12

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I have a thing for classic cars…which I probably inherited from my dad who has a few.


What a week! Sometimes real life sucks up internet time but that should be welcomed. Live a little! A lot can happen in seven days. I helped my grandparents ring in their 63rd wedding anniversary (!), did a shoot late into last night for an upcoming collab, started a branding project that’s totally up my alley, got all the windows in our house replaced (a total pain but necessary) and started the planning process for the launch of a really great project with friends later this year.


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I fell a little in love with this magazine cover and cracked up at Mutt’s intern recruit posters.


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Last night, after I wrapped up a project I raced over to Mutt Studios for a collaboration & shoot with my photographer friend, Shaun. I skipped, jumped and danced around in spiked shoes and by the end, my legs felt like jello but I love that good kind of tired when you feel like you’ve given it your all for something awesome.


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Another peek inside Mutt Studios and perhaps the best branding I’ve ever seen on a food truck.


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Over the weekend, a makeup artist was hanging out in our dining room, prepping a model to do a shoot with my brother and she just happened to bring these shoes she’d handpainted with her. Amazing, right?! Psychedelic puff-paint..I’ll take it! Edit: The shoes were customized by Randi Whipple.


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When I heard that my grandparents were in town for their 63rd anniversary, I dropped everything and hopped in my cousin’s truck for a joyride out to the suburbs. We found my grandparents in the back of a bar, gambling and sipping mix drinks, true to form at 85 and 83, respectively. Amazing.


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To see them so happy and going strong after all this time is extra special because my grandpa, who had never even been to a hospital in his entire life, had a brain aneurysm 2 years ago and there was a good chance he wouldn’t make it through surgery. To be able to dance with him at the local Eagles club over the weekend was a pretty special moment. “Grandpa, I don’t know how to dance! Grandma is soooo much better than me!!!”


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The 4th can’t get here soon enough. Looking forward to chillin’, reading a stack of magazines and sitting around at our neighbor’s barbecue. Doesn’t get much better than that. I hope you’re having an awesome weekend!


Link Love: 6.28.12

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Elsa Andrade for Elle Vietnam by Xi Sinsong.


• Graphic designer Milton Glaser, who just turned 83, has some wise career insight: “If you can sustain your interest in what you’re doing, you’re an extremely fortunate person…”

• I always like to hear what tools other designers and artists consider to be their must-haves. Promise Tangeman shares hers.

• The first ten years of blogging are the hardest.

• Have you heard about Creative Bug workshops? On this how-to website, you can subscribe to video classes to learn everything from screen printing to bookbinding to jewelry making for only $25.00 a month with unlimited access!

• How can you manage the balance of work, life and side projects?

• If your dream is to move to New York City, read this and get inspired.

• The trend of digital buzz replacing newsstand buzz continues and magazine covers are getting edgier in an effort to keep our attention.

• What happens when life is seemingly perfect but you still feel stuck?

• Here’s an awesome collection of vintage vehicle logotypes.

• I love these tips for designing your website.


Advice #46: How Do I Build My Font Library?

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How do you build up your font library? Buying fonts one by one seems to be a very expensive endeavor. And what is the anatomy of a bad font? My teacher said that all free fonts should not be used. Granted a lot of them are gimmicky, but dismissing all of them just like that seems shortsighted.


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RBNo2 by Font Fabric


It’s good to start building up your font library as early in your career as possible. My advice is to invest in what you can, when you can. Bookmark your favorite fonts and when you start making money off your services, view purchasing fonts as an investment in your business. If you’re a freelancer, they’re considered an expense and therefore, a write-off. Save those receipts! I swear by Veer, House Industries, YouWorkForThem and Hoefler & Frere-Jones for high quality font options.

I was lucky to get off to a great start with my personal font library. During my first semester of college, my instructor provided us with a handful of the tried-and-true classics including Bodoni, Garamond, Caslon and Avant Garde. Having access to this limited but high quality collection of fonts got me going down a solid path and I used these over and over again in early design projects. From there, I gathered more during my first internship at an ad agency and as I began profiting from client work, I kept building my collection.

Instead of asking what the anatomy of a bad font is (design and typography can be so subjective, just like fine art — one person’s trash is another person’s treasure!), focus on what the anatomy of a good font is. When I applied for a design program back in 2006, the first book I went out and bought was The Elements of Typographic Style. This book is often referred to as the “Typographer’s Bible” and for good reason. Penned by Robert Bringhurst (who also happens to be a poet), his attention to detail when it comes to typography is unparalleled. This book will teach you to appreciate even the smallest details in typography all while absorbing proper etiquette.


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Valentina by Pedro Arilla


When it comes to free fonts, don’t write your teacher off completely — they are making a point that has some validity! I heard similar advice back when I was in school and with good reason — we’d all go crazy on free font sites, downloading and installing without much thought on our school computers and most of the time, we got lucky. But, there was that occasional misfire that screwed up our machines! Admitting that we’d installed a bad font and having our teacher call up the tech guy yet again was embarrassing. And so not cool.

Over the last few years though, the tide has began to turn and the abundance of high quality free fonts is pretty unbelievable. To prove my point, here’s the 100 greatest free fonts of 2012! Seriously, this is the best roundup I’ve ever seen.

Enjoy!


The Typofiles #110: House Industries Goodness


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Today I’m sharing some of my favorite pages from the latest House Industries catalog (get your free copy here) and the Photo Lettering brochure (have you seen all the cool fonts they offer at just $2.00 a headline?)


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Both of these pieces were also part of the Catalog Collector Bundle I shared last week. Fonts have been filling my brain even moreso than usual lately as I’m working my way through a combination of personal and professional identity projects that are requiring completely opposite looks. Are any of you working on any inspiring design projects that you’re excited about these days?


What I Wore: 6.25.12 // Future Nurse

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I’m really excited to be sharing this outfit post today because I’m wearing the item that’s been in my wardrobe the longest. This white dress is a vintage gym uniform (I’m guessing it’s from the 60s based on the tag) and I picked it up at a Goodwill for a few dollars when I was 16…which was 14 years ago! My friends from high school probably remember it well — I wore it all the time, mostly with a bunch of Red Cross buttons affixed to the pocket and paired with striped tights.


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One of my constant style inspirations has always been uniforms. Perhaps part of the appeal of creating a uniform-based look is the fantasy of not having to think about what to wear every morning and instead refocusing that time and energy on other creative endeavors. I’ve noticed that a lot of fashion designers and artists seem to have a daily uniform, probably because it gives them a clean slate to focus solely on their new designs.


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I Wore:

Vintage Uniform, Thrifted
Tights and Headband, H&M
Patent Belt, Vintage
White Wedges, Olga by Deandri


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My Inspiration:

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Sources: 1. Kate Moss by Craig McDean, 2. Helvetica by Anthony Neil Dart, 3. A look from Kanye, 4. The Cure by Alex Cayley, 5. Magdalena by Ben Hassett for Vogue Germany, 6. Sheer (designer unknown).


Readers: Do you have a daily uniform?
And, what item have you had in your closet the longest?