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//awesome people hanging out

20 Jun

so… i just have to give a shout out to the awesome people hanging out together tumblr.

this is a whole lot of greatness in all one place. these are some of my favorite combinations. i’d give something similar to my right arm just to be a part of some of these kick backs…

madonna, sting & 2pac

john krasinski & will arnett

bob marley, mick jagger & peter tosh

prince william, kanye, prince harry & p diddy

james dean & sammy davis jr

henry ford, thomas edison, warren g harding & harvey firestone

and that is just the beginning! there are some pretty phenomenal things happening…check it out, who are your favorites?


//st. jacks

13 Apr

i cannot bring myself to finish posting about ny. and i will finish it, just not yet. it has been far too long since i’ve done anything, i told myself today i have to do something! i have been crazy busy finishing up my term and trying to honor all my commitments. and though it is the people in my life who i love, i am mostly missing, there is only a couple more weeks of this. (a couple more weeks sounds really long) oh well.

on another note, i just finished up one of my internships for the day and need to head to class. i decided however, to stop and get an apple brie tartine from my 2011 favorite coffee shop. i respect this place because 1. it’s french, 2. like legitimately so: from music to madelines (i like it more than petit provence), 3. it’s in a fun area (i am going to swing by the farmer’s market 1 block away as soon as i hit post), 4. it’s interior is fantastic, for cafe by day and restaurant bar by night, 5. has happy hour, 6. it’s NOT crowded. i have an affinity for most cafes with good food, but i do not like thinking of meeting someone and my next thought being, will we find a table.

and oh yeah… 7. my number one guilty pleasure in life is a croissant

so drumrolllllll please, thank you st. jack’s.

photos from st. jack by kimi kolba photography

//which was a wednesday by the way

2 Apr

so i am, in fact, continuing with project phone photography. there has just been too much to do here. but we got to new york, way back (which was a wednesday by the way) and had a relaxing afternoon with some middle eastern food before a nap. a great night out with some of the best brussel sprouts i’ve ever had, and a lightly pickled golden egg-weird i know, but delicious! the night was nice and we knew rain was coming the next day, so we went to times square, since this is rach’s first time in ny we had to check it out of course.

//breakfast of champions

29 Mar

nashville day 3:

let’s just say we woke up at 11… rach and i joined chris, our host, and his friend for their lunch, our breakfast. it is amazing we slept that long, and more amazing our first stop was a near by burger place, where we enjoyed one of the most delicious burgers i’ve ever had… with pepperjack cheese and sweet potato fries, regular ketchup and spicy!

one of the only things rachel wanted to do this trip was to stop by some studios and hand out mini portfolios. simple, right? wellllllll let’s just say we made 3 stops to the print shop, and spent many a hours of labor. a little unexpected in terms of what we had planned for the day, but they turned out beautiful!!! success.

we also spotted this glimpse of beauty leaving the print shop (round 2) poking through an open garage. the sunset was much needed by this time in the day.

by 10, when we finished, we were starving. considering we only snacked since our “breakfast” that makes complete sense. we were borderline passing out. we went to a restaurant in a cute part of town, luckily made it in 10 minutes before their kitchen closed, and our wait for this meal was so worth it. we both started with a white bean, cabbage, carrot, onion soup, followed by a kale-arugula salad with peanuts, raisins, parmesan and some chilli gnocci to share, for dessert a chocolate bourbon cake. it was a perfect ending to the night.

//southern charm-ed

28 Mar

nashville day 2:

first of all i am going to ask for your apologies because there are too many photos to choose from for project phone photography. i’ll try my best but the day was full of aesthetically pleasing, adventure quenching photo opportunities.

yesterday, rachel and i went on a run as soon as we woke up. after we showered, we were presented with delicious coffee from nicaragua and a breakfast for champions.

our first stop of the day was the flea market. and let me tell you, i was one inch short of heaven. this flea market makes costco look like a 7-11. (i’ve been known to exaggerate, but this is not one of those times.) i wanted to furnish my whole [imaginary] house. every thing was not only adorable but cheap. from the few antique shops i’ve been to in portland, i’d guess that everything was 1/3 of the cost. southern charm is just so accessible. my purchases of the day: locket $10, boots $25, pipe $30, lantern $18 and some sugar and cinnamon roasted pecans, fresh & warm.

my favorite finds were a beautiful pair of lamps. and a cerulean blue with leather seats set of refurbished chairs. the best find was probably a chastity belt. yep! a chastity belt.

mary, our host, let us know about this marshmallow joint. that was our next step of the journey. it was in a cute part of town, probably most comparable to portland. and what did we find? a coffee shop dedicated to portland. we had to try it. the coffee was acceptable, but the most convincing part was all of the macbooks sitting out. however, the guy at the counter was anti-social, unknowledgeable and we felt no loyalty to this ‘portland’ so we left.

we spotted another coffee shop about a block away. on our way to it, we stumbled upon custom jeans shop and boutique. the interior was perfectly done. see for yourself! then just outside we got our marshmallows with some hot chocolate. and finally we made it to our coffee shop. a lovely atmosphere, with a loft for the dj and beautiful photographs on the wall. they made good coffee, which i have learned is a rarity in nashville.

i’m not exactly sure how this happened, but we ended up at a smoke house. and by smoke house i mean it’s like a bar or coffee shop except with delicious tobacco. cigars and pipes and dominos and chess and sports tv and really nice workers. they cleaned out our flea market pipes and let us sample some flavors. i am normally against this sort of thing but we had a really great time and hung out there for longer than i would have ever expected.

around the time we left it became nap time. we headed home and of course woke up to a wonderful dinner. we seriously have the best hosts ever. ever. some pasta with a spicy sausage andouille and some collared greens and rosemary bread. everything from the local farmer’s market. and let’s not forget, strawberry pie for dessert.

//making cards

24 Mar

i don’t know how it came up, but i have a pen pal. kind of (she hasn’t written me back!). my friend anne lives in eugene & suggested being pen pals. i think it was haphazardly but i haven’t had a pen pal since 3rd grade. so why not?! anyway, it seems buying cards is out of fashion. so i’ve been making quick cards lately. a lot of the time, when making a card, i feel a lot of pressure to put lots of work into it. but recently, quick little notes are the way for me to go. not overly complicated but personal. just a few ideas, all different but using the same supplies…

just card stock i cut the corners on, punched a hole in, and drew on…

the border is some of this fun tape found in most craft stores now days. i also used the baker’s twine to tie through the punched hole on the card.

these pastels are prismacolor, so fun to use. and the trick to getting the pastels to not smear–for the rest of eternity–is to put hairspray on it. i use cheap stuff i had laying around, doesn’t even change the color, though it will appear darker until it dries. (thank you ms. o’neill from when we learned the solar systems and used pastels for each planet.) also, i happened to be in the vicinity of one of my favorite paper stores oblation when i found that brown card stock/envelopes on sidewalk sale, 25/$1. i am still impressed every time i use one.

I used one of my favorite gold paint pens to put a more finished effect on the card. while i was in class…

used the tape to make flags, connected them with just a gold writing pen. did the border again.

just a little doodle on the back to make it nicer…

the end.

//somewhere over the rainbow

23 Mar

anything is better than what i am supposed to be doing. seriously, anything..

anne sage

design sponge

wood & wool stool

jordan ferney

cozy memories

bright bazaar

room for dessert

//shout out to runs brown

21 Mar

i stumbled upon a treat today. pop chart lab. first, i spotted the poster for rap names, and was amused in trying to find where my own rap name would fit. and then i thought of the person who would most appreciate this: ryan.

(pause from the original train of thought: i recently created a wedding blog and got to write about all of my bridesmaids in ‘meet the wedding party’ section where we get to share about the wonderful people in our lives. i am honored to say that ryan is going to be in my wedding, but naturally he will be on the grooms side, so i felt it best to leave that snippet to kyle. sort of. i’ve known ryan longer, so here it goes…)

i am convinced, running deep in our subconscious, we are both trying to foster the other’s undoing. i am also convinced this only makes us better. at least our egos as we try to outwit one another. it has been said, ryan is the boy version of me & i am the girl version of him. i think that becomes less and less true as we grow up but i also know there are few people who i can more closely relate with in sense of humor & slumming it & on the other hand, indulging in the finer things without crossing the line into unacceptable taste on either account. ryan (and his wife ashley, a best friend) probably have the bulk of funnier stories i’ve ever experienced. and ry is the closest thing i’ve ever had to a brother. the end.

now back to the posters. i included all of these 1. because they’re cool. 2. because these are all things i can imagine in ryan’s lair. and to give him an official shout out, check out his blog, adventures of beer and life.

//battle of rococo, and the walls came…

15 Mar

tumbling up? strikingly finished?

i’m not sure if you ever had to stand in the corner as a form of punishment, but “i have a friend” who did. there once was a specific time (i hold dear to my heart) when i was 11ish and far too old to be standing in the corner learning a lesson. my mom’s rationale was that “if [i] wanted to act like a child, then [i’d] be treated like a child.” well if i had these aesthetics, or my mom had a savvy decorating sense (take that mom-that’s for the age-inappropriate discipline), those wasted minutes/hours could have been a time of inspiration… you’ll see what i mean

my mom used to use wallpaper a lot. i remember going to the store as a kid and picking out the best of the best; what comes to mind is a cream floral border with maroon and forest green and screaming of the early 90s. it used to be cool, and then something happened in my immediate surroundings where paint made the comeback of the century. but watch out miller.

print has come a loooong way. oh the possibilities for beautiful wallpaper. our resources seem endless. how will you ever decide?

funny you should ask. artist ludovica gioscia may have foreseen a solution to the problem of limitations. the rococo hardcore installation presents layers upon layers of pattern certainly making for a stunning visual. an incredible mix of pop imagery, traditional decorative prints, and abstract geometry—pushes the concept of interior decor to the point of pure decadence.

all photos from rococo hardcore installation

yay or nay?

//dear narcolepsy, i’m ready.

14 Mar

let’s just say there’s something i am supposed to be doing, and something i want to be doing. there is this paper i have due, i am trying to work on it, but it sits in front of me with very little progress. and normally, as it comes down to the wire, i get things done. especially papers. good papers. but i’ve had a rough day. any day beginning with 3 hours (no exaggeration) of tech support is nothing short of a hurdle. and that was just the beginning.

siesta, siesta

Cia de Foto

jaime m



sesame ellis


//to dream, or not to dream

11 Mar

that is the question.

this was too beautiful, i couldn’t not share it! from the wonderful artist priscilla ahn. if you haven’t heard of her (slash: fell head over heals in love with her) then check her out. plus she has a new album coming out May 3 and her website has a free download.

aghhghh such a beautiful voice..


other dream-like things:

from graphic-exchange found on pinterest

from the coveted found on ruby press

doodle everyday tumblr

happy friday


//it’s what’s on the outside that counts…

7 Mar

Don’t judge a book by it’s cover you say? I say DO. Well when it comes to great packaging. There are always those things that you want to buy simply because they just look cool. Props to those with the talent to make me conform. The wonderful people of Lovely Package consider themselves to be “curating the very best packaging design.” Such an original niche for a blog, I’m sold. Some of my favorites due to their simple yet thoroughly creative design using natural colors:

Better Half by VSA Partners

wooden shoebox by Society 27

glass bottle by Gauthier

wallet envelope by bellroy

Rubén Álvarez Yogurt by Zoo

pure honey by the ballard bee company

//el presidenté

21 Feb

“Nothing is a greater stranger to my breast, or a sin that my soul more abhors, than that black and detestable one, ingratitude.” -George Washington [1974] I take for granted on a daily (probably minute-ly) basis of what it means to be an American citizen, to live in a free country that was fought for, paid for with a price of great sacrifice, steered by leaders whose vision had consequences on the line that determined my existence.

“I now make it my earnest prayer, that God would have you, and the State over which you preside, in his holy protection; that he would incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to Government; to entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another, for their fellow citizens of the United States at large; and, particularly, for their brethren who have served in the Geld; and finally, that he would most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacifick temper of the mind, which were the characteristicks of the divine Author of our blessed religion ; without an humble imitation of whose example, in these things, we can never hope to be a happy Nation.” -Circular Letter to the Governours [1783].

Ryan Brenizer

“The Citizens of the United States of America have a right to applaud themselves for giving to Mankind examples of an enlarged and liberal policy: a policy worthy of imitation. All possess alike liberty of conscience and immunities of citizenship. It is now no more that toleration is spoken of, as if it was by the indulgence of one class of people that another enjoyed the exercise of their inherent natural rights. For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance, requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.
May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit under his own vine and fig tree, and there shall be none to make him afraid.” [1790]

Happy Birthday George Washington!

& thank you.

pottery barn


alexander mcqueen

olive manna

eryn brinie



Hope you enjoy  somewhat trivial finds in the grand scheme of America and Your Day Off (or your time and a half)!

//you’re the inspiration

18 Feb

Happy Friday weekenders! For your viewing pleasure, I give you my latest obsession. And by obsession I mean I may need to cancel my account because it is becoming an addiction. Pinterest is a virtual pinboard — a place where you can post collections of things you love, and “follow” collections created by people with great taste. I am someone who always saves images I find, prints them out, puts them into a scrapbook of things I love; now I am saving a whole bunch of time because this site stores things for me and allows me to find them later.

I introduce to you, pinterest. Here is a sneak peek at some of my boards, the things that inspire me. But viewer be warned, you too could develop a dependency.

//picture this

15 Feb

I love looking at pictures. I love taking pictures. Therefore I love cameras.

I would love to start a camera collection, I believe I am at 5, so perhaps I have already begun. And as my “collection” grows, I’d take pleasure in displaying them nicely.

things organized neatly

tim milideo photography

rob orchard

dear jack sundance,

this is for you.

with love.