Instant Gratification

Fuji Instax Instant Gratification

It all began when I was in Santa Monica with Made U Look earlier this year. They did a shoot with a collection of vintage cameras and when I saw the outcomes from one of their Polaroids, it made me miss mine. Over my last few trips with Gala, she’s packed along her Fuji Instax (I like the Instax because the film is widely available)but every time I thought about getting one, I reminded myself that I was already carrying my iPhone and Nikon D40 everywhere in my purse…how many cameras did I really need to lug around?!


Fuji Instax Instant Gratification

Well, that spark of the instant photo gratification struck again when I was at The Ace Palm Springs last month — the lobby had a photo booth and I went overboard putting it to use with some Design Life friends. I was still missing the aspect of having photos I could hold.


Fuji Instax Instant Gratification


Over the weekend, I finally picked up an Instax for my New York trip. It’s been years since I’ve had an instant camera and I can’t wait to put it to use. Do any of you have one? What do you think?

What I Wore: The Saguaro Palm Springs

The Saguaro Palm Springs

During my recent stay in Palm Springs, I made a point to visit The Saguaro . Named after the iconic cactus of the Sonoran Desert, The Saguaro is a rainbow-colored modern desert masterpiece. Color takes center stage both inside and out and no detail is too small — air conditioners are even painted to match the room’s color schemes and pool towels are blazing pink.

The Saguaro Palm Springs

As we explored the hotel grounds, the pool area was quite lively and being surrounded by a spectrum of color (rumor has it that you can request a specific room color depending on your mood) made the experience even better. The set of 12 colors featured throughout the hotel grounds are said to be based off native desert wildflowers. They follow the light spectrum, which creates different perspectives of the hotel according to the time of day.

The Saguaro Palm Springs

I Wore:

Pop Art Dress, Forever 21
Sunglasses, Dries van Noten

The Saguaro Palm Springs

I’ve seen The Saguaro on so many travel & lifestyle blogs over the last year — it was pretty surreal to visit and I love the full-on boldness of the colors throughout. Just check out those striped bed spreads! Find out more about The Saguaro here.

Latest & Greatest #10: Teenage Engineering

Olle Eksell

Teenage Engineering

I couldn’t believe my eyes when I came across the site of Swedish inventors and synth-makers Teenage Engineering. The modern yet toy-like styling of their OP-1 Portable Synthesizer and the aesthetic of their overall site was an oddly enticing mix of 80s-infused design and Japanese pop culture.

Teenage Engineering

Though the company’s inventions feature a toy-like appearance, they are actually quite advanced; beneath the candy colored buttons and bold type on the OP-1 is a professional grade synth.

Teenage Engineering

You can also add a number of accessories to your synth, from cranks to carrying cases, all available in the store! If your mind isn’t blown yet, check out their other inventions, most notably the Absolut Choir below, which features a 22 piece robotic singing choir!

Teenage Engineering

The Week In Pictures: 10.12.12

The Week in Pictures

Welcome to The Week In Pictures! It’s been one of those challenging yet exciting weeks — I wrapped up The Blogcademy magazine last weekend and once Kat, Gala and I were satisfied with the design, I sent it off and we got a proof mid-week. Feeling relieved that overall, everything was good, we ordered copies for all our students and they showed up last night. So exciting to see the articles and activities we planned over the last few weeks finally in print!

The Week in Pictures

Here are some more details. As of now, these magazines are for students only because they feature a lot of prompts and activities specific to the class but the demand from non-attendees has been overwhelmingly positive as well (thank you to everyone who has left us messages!) so we are talking about a solution — maybe a special quarterly newsletter?

The Week in Pictures

For my birthday, my dad gave me a Forever 21 gift card (yes, he’s awesome) and I wasted no time running off to the mall the following weekend. I ended up snapping up a pile of faux-fancy new jewels, most notably this stack of studded bangles. I bought these in-store but I was able to track down a few online if you’re interested: the Bold Colorblocked Triangle Bracelet and the Contrast Geo Bracelet.

The Week in Pictures

Rocky has this little friend Raleigh. Ever since I met Joey, I’d heard about this dog — that he was really sweet and liked to give hugs. That he had rows of snaggle teeth and resembled a little wolf man. Well, this weekend I finally got to meet Raleigh and just look at that little face! I couldn’t get enough of him…I want a little wolf man of my own!

The Week in Pictures

The one thing you can’t deny about Portland is that it’s full of weird vintage treasures. I wandered into this completely insane vintage store and well, I was pretty amazed by this pierced masterpiece. And this was just the tip of the iceberg. I was transported to another universe where sequins, lamé, cat-printed swimsuits and the like were the norm. I didn’t want to leave.

The Week in Pictures

To break up my coffee routine, I’ve been reaching for tea more often. I tend to like sweet, fragrant, fruity teas and my current favorite is Passion by Tazo. Any others you’d recommend?

Have a great weekend, everyone! Just a heads-up that things will be quiet around these parts next week as I finish prepping for The Blogcademy.

Link Love: 10.11.12

link love

link love


Debbie Harry by Richard Avedon


• Simple tips on how to create time.

• I love this inside look of what fashion week is REALLY like. So refreshing and a great reality check!

• I’m intrigued by these camera straps by former Teen Vogue accessories editor, Sarah Frances Kuhn. So unique!

• The 50 best films of the 1990s: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3!

• With the constant push of both online and big box stores, the appeal of brick and mortar shops feels more relevant than ever. I love the shop insights and inspiration over at Rena Tom’s blog.

• A great reminder about our careers.

• I remember when I hit my late 20s, life suddenly felt like a never-ending roller coaster. When I read articles at the time about Saturn Return, it all made perfect sense. Gala’s article on the subject is awesome!

• Pictalicious is a color palette generator. Simply upload an image and get a color palette!

• I just met fellow designer Megan Gilger during Design Retreat 2012 a few weeks back and she is awesome! I’m loving her post about the basics of collaboration.

• Eek! Find out how many fake followers you have on Twitter!

• Such a great story: the designer of a very popular series of Hermés scarves is also a postal employee in Texas!

Sneak Peek: The Blogcademy Magazine

Blogcademy Magazine

We wanted to give the attendees of the upcoming Blogcademy workshop a memento that contained jump-starts to making their weekend a success: an exclusive print magazine. Kat, Gala and I each wrote articles pertaining to the topics we will be covering and also developed four activities inside. Additionally, we included the class schedule, room for notes, our contact information and a personal letter welcoming attendees to the course. Beyond that, we compiled a list of our favorite books and quotes.

Blogcademy Magazine

This first edition is 36 pages of content we believe in and we hope it will serve as a reminder to our Blogcademy class that this is just the beginning of their blogging journeys. The print copies will be arriving this week and we couldn’t be more excited!

What I Wore: The Parker Palm Springs

The Parker Palm Springs

The Parker Palm Springs can be described as nothing short of a midcentury modern paradise. Revamped in 2004 by Jonathan Adler, this hotel shows off his trademark brand of kitsch, managing to mix oversized, mod patterns with drug references and brightly colored knick-knacks into a truly trippy experience.

The Parker Palm Springs

The Parker is very inviting to non-hotel guests. Though Star and I did not stay there (we were rooming down the road at The Ace), the service was exemplary. The must-visit restaurant on your Palm Springs to-do list should be Norma’s (click the link and watch the video!) I have never seen bigger portions of food in my entire life. Our friends ordered the french toast and the slices were so thick it resembled more of a cake! The descriptions were highly entertaining as well. The Parker seems to employ only the best — the copywriting, the decor, landscaping, the service and the food were all immaculate.

The Parker Palm Springs

I Wore:
Wrap Dress, Forever 21
Silver Bauble Necklace, H&M
Bracelets, Forever 21
Wedges, Minimarket

The Parker Palm Springs

After taking in the hotel lobby, where a large sign simply reading D R U G S takes center stage, we ventured outside into what can only be described as a tropical paradise. Mind you, it’s 100+ degrees but the greenery and palms are perfectly groomed and there’s even a hammock for lounging! The Parker let us take as many photos as we wanted and wander the grounds freely (which often isn’t always the case at many hotels for non-guests).

The Parker Palm Springs

Star OWNED that couch in her Bestsey Johnson dress! Within minutes of entering the Parker, we both wanted to move in immediately.

The Parker Palm Springs

This was hands-down the most photogenic hotel I’ve ever set foot in — I probably could have photographed it all day. It’s pretty unbelievable. If you have a trip to Palm Springs planned, make the Parker the must-see on your list. Most of our Design Life group ventured over at some point; it’s perhaps a five minute cab ride from The Ace and an experience you must see for yourself.

The Parker Palm Springs

Insider tip: Even if Mister Parker’s isn’t open, peek your head inside. It’s like a darkly glamorous opium den complete with a white baby grand piano and illicit art featuring retro pinups and a large neon pink painting that simply reads LSD.

A special thank you to the Parker Palm Springs for being so welcoming!