I have close to 10 years’ worth of magazine clippings amassed in my flat files and here’s a small sampling. Even with the abundance of reading materials online and on the iPad, I am still a diehard connoisseur of print. I do have an iPad (and subscribe to some magazines that are more interactive) but I’m still keeping my print magazine subscriptions as well. All you hear these days is, “Print is dead!” But it’s really not dead, it’s just changing. You may see less printed materials but the quality of what you do see is higher overall. I love my iPad but still equally enjoy the feeling of digging through stacks of clippings and pooling together inspiration. What about you?
I still have some of my 90s clippings too stuffed into a folder (though those mostly revolve around Kurt & Courtney, some Versace ads and a healthy dose of Marilyn Manson). My poor, poor parents had to deal with my bedroom walls covered in this stuff! And maybe that’s where my nostalgia for print and holding onto my magazine subscriptions comes from — that’s all I had before a steady internet connection and the iPad.
Readers: What iPad publications do you subscribe to? Any recommendations? My favorite so far has been Project Magazine.
After the successful outcome of my suite of rubber stamps, I decided to create some designs for Joey to brand his paintings with. We ordered four total designs including his wordmark (above), but my favorites of the bunch were these two oversized stamps measuring 4 x 4 inches each. Joey’s tagline is NEO POP ART and I came up with a stacked lockup that works well for the backs of his paintings. The circle is an ongoing element in many of his paintings and also a part of his logo and I think it would work great for marking his packages when he mails out his work.
All of these stamps were ordered through Simon’s Stamps which I cannot recommend highly enough (great quality + affordable + fast shipping). I should mention that these stamps are probably too large for a regular stamp pad; I used the Ranger Archival Jumbo Inkpad in jet black for these. Happy stamping!
I spent the weekend in Halfway, Oregon, a sleepy town with a population of less than 400. Because of the slow pace (and lack of cell phone reception and wifi), two days felt like five and it was one of the most relaxing weekends I’ve had in years. I have so much more to share about this voyage but for now, here’s what I wore during my stay at the local bed & breakfast. I spotted this ASOS dress on Gala awhile back and I knew I had to have it. It’s a soft, unstructured cotton that was comfortable enough for the six hour drive each way.
Skater Dress with Contrast Piping, ASOS
Patent Heels, Dries van Noten
My outfit was heavily inspired by the color combo of my new BFF, Rhubarb (below). Isn’t she adorable?! I’ll be sharing more about how I met Rhubarb and my life-altering Halfway visit this Friday.
P.S. The winner of the Motel giveaway is Ivy drawn via Random.org). Congratulations!!
Over the weekend, it was blazing hot so we took a spin around Portland to a few of our favorite places. The Woodsman Market and neighboring Stumptown were packed, naturally — so nice to get out and about and not be chained to my computer.
This is a pretty good place to sit back and relax, don’t you think? I love it when it’s this nice out — everyone is in such a good mood and you can feel a sense of optimism that just isn’t there during the endless months of doom and gloom.
We finally found Rocky the perfectly bite-sized car for when he gets his license!!! I assumed it was some obscure European model but it’s actually an old Honda.
Even if the rest of your house is a mess and your desk is piled with odds and ends (like mine is right now), set aside that once special corner. I taped up this page from an old issue of Interview — still adore that type treatment!
These are some outtakes with Rocky at Laurelhurst Park over the weekend…”Come on, give mom a hug! COME ON! You ain’t getting away from me!”
Joey and I are always pretty matchy-matchy which is a given since our wardrobes contain the same exact color schemes. Couples cliché!
I took so many stamp photos over the weekend — as you saw on Monday, I’ve gone a bit stamp crazy! This is a good overview of my brand new collection of 5 total stamps. So happy with these!
I have quite a gem from my childhood stamp collection that I haven’t shared until now; this heart-shaped stamp. I’m not even sure where it came from but I’ve had it since about 1985? Hearts everywhere!
One last thing; you guys have blown me away with the comments about your summer plans! Frankly, my last summer was a total bust (Joey broke his leg exactly a year ago) and I’ve been determined to make the most of this one with more little trips outside the city, more fun projects and simple things too like walks in the park with Rocky and more meals out with Joey (he does the cooking at our house and while he’s great at it, he deserves a break!) Over the next few weeks, I have two completely different trips planned. One is on a ranch (!!!) and the other is in a big city; I’ll share more soon. A lot can happen when we decide to take the initiative to make some changes, both small and large. So thanks for inspiring me this week.
South China Morning Post Style Magazine
• 100 ideas that changed graphic design.
• Promise shares some great suggestions for beginning to define your brand.
• Is Facebook making you lonely?
• The Sephora + Pantone makeup collaboration is finally available!
• When you’re starting out a blog on a free platform, which service has the best features?
• Since I’m on a total rubber stamp kick at the moment, I love the National Park Stamp Icons Valerie Jar designed.
• Bud Cadell explains why he hates advertising.
• My longtime friend, photographer Bianca Alexis is kickin’ ass as usual in New York and would love your support on her Facebook fan page. Show her some love!
• The Manhattan Bridge is not the Brooklyn Bridge.
• Elsie shares some fun and easy organizational tips.
• One writer talks about being a night owl which I’m sure many of us can relate with!
A quick reminder: I’ve joined up with Motel for a great giveaway and it’s super easy to enter. Enter here and share your summer plans with us!
I visited Laurelhurst Park over the weekend for some chill time with Joey & Rocky. These steps stretch on and on and it’s a perfect place to escape to on a sunny day. I’ve always had an infatuation with stripes and have owned a few pairs of striped pants in my time. My favorites were black and white striped but seriously, after the 10th time of someone shouting “Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice! Beetlejuice!” in a day, the novelty quickly wears off. Stop it with the Beetlejuicing already!!!
My friends at Motel just sent me this more subdued charcoal and black stripe combo of their cult classic Jordan Jeans and they’re definitely more wearable than the black and white variety. I can’t wait to wear these going into Fall with fitted sweaters and blazers.
Paris shirt, Urban Outfitters
Jordan Jeans, Courtesy of Motel Rocks
Boots, AI for AI by Matiko
In case you’re wondering, our outfit posts rarely go off without a hitch. Rocky likes to walk through nearly every photo. And, just look at that face! Haha.
Dear readers, Motel has a special treat for you! They’re giving away a $100.00 voucher and I’m making it super simple to enter:
1. Like Motel’s Facebook page.
2. Tell me something rad you’re planning on doing this summer and leave a valid email address so I can contact you! Are you taking a cross-country road trip? Visiting grandma? Setting a big goal? Overcoming a fear?
3. I’ll randomly choose a winner and make an announcement on Monday, May 21st. Good luck!
After picking up the occasional issue of Interview Magazine, I finally broke down and subscribed because it’s consistently beautifully designed and the mix of content is always compelling. Part of this shift over the last few years is in no doubt due to Fabien Baron being the editorial director. I’ve been a long time admirer of his work and it’s no surprise that he’s turned Interview around considering that in the last 20 years, he’s also revamped five other magazines including Italian Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.
His use of white space is one of the reasons his work stands out and probably influenced by the fact that his dad was a Parisian newspaper designer. Regarding his take on Interview, Baron says, “People buy into personality. And you need to be bolder.”
I found this graphic on the Interview site — it’s brimming with a distinctly Baron-esque look; have you checked it out?