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Three things I’m not a fan of: being really cold, waking up before the sun is up, and large crowds of pushy people. AKA: Black Friday. So I don’t do it. Never have and never plan to. I prefer to do my holiday shopping online. In my pajamas, by myself. With online shops now doing Black Friday deals, and with Cyber Monday in the game, there’s really no need for me to do everything I dislike just to score a good deal.
This year I complied three different online shops that I think would be a great place to find gifts this Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or really any day! These are diverse enough that you should be able to find something that would work for any of your lady friends (sorry guys, these aren’t exactly directed at you, although I do have this one for you from last year!) Enjoy!
First off, we have the lovely Nine Space. Nine Space is an “online home textile and home decor company”. They have some great throws, pillows, kitchen items, bedding and even some classy (so not cheesy) holiday items. I’m a huge fan of soft blankets, so I decided to highlight the Brushed Organic Cotton Throw. I’m also a fan of affordable items that can dress up a room, and this adorable woven hand towel would totally do that for a kitchen or bathroom.
For your work-out buddy there’s an awesome new clothing line called Fabletics created by Kate Hudson. They have a ton of great items on there, including a quiz you can take to see what kind of clothes would work for you and your favorite way to workout. I like this sweatshirt because I get cold easily. I could see throwing this on before a yoga sesh- and I could still wear it looking cute while running errands after the gym!
Jessica Alba runs The Honest Co. which is all about safe and natural products for families. As I get older and more of my friends are having kids, I find myself looking for cute kid-friendly gifts for the little ones. How cute are these bear hats and these hand-carved giraffes? The fact that you can give them to kids knowing that they are completely safe using / wearing them is icing on the cake. They also offer free product trials, and all you have to do is pay for shipping! Pretty sweet.
Where ever you decide to do your shopping this year, I hope you have an awesome Thanksgiving. Remember how good you have it, eat lots of turkey and pie. And sleep a lot please. You deserve it.
Also, here’s a recap of the shops and items above:
How fun are these “People Blocks”? They are created by hand by artist Andy Rementer for Case Studyo. I’ve found myself really being drawn to this style of art lately. Bold hits of color and simple shapes, paired with clean patterns. If I had a kid I’d totally get these for them to play with.
Here’s a blurb from the Case Studyo site:
“The individual pieces are interchangeable, allowing them to be re-assembled and stacked to create custom characters or abstract sculptures. The series captures the spirit of Rementer’s work, high key color, bold decorative pattern and oddly pensive characters which interact in unexpected and often humorous ways with the surroundings in which they are arranged. The characters: Antoine, Fabienne, Jean and François are sold individually and packaged in a screen printed wooden box. Each sculpture comes with a certificate of authenticity signed and numbered by
Awesome, right? Check out the video below to see these guys in action & get a better feel for how they work as blocks.
So it’s October. Yesterday is was 95 degrees here in So Cal. But for some reason, it still really feels like fall here. I don’t know if it’s the breeze in the air or the sun setting earlier, but I am totally feeling the fall season. I used to wait until the perfect moment, the perfect day, to drink a PSL. (Pumpkin spice latte). I would need a chill in the air, clouds in the sky, and that “feeling” that it’s fall. Last year I was highly disappointed when all of October and into November it still felt like summer. The perfect PSL day never came. So this year- I’m not waiting. Life is too short. I’m eating all the pumpkin flavored things I can, even if it’s hot out. Cause truth be told, there’s no such thing as the perfect day, and I’m not going to sit around waiting for it.
So drink a PSL. Make some pumpkin pie. Embrace the season- because blink your eyes and it will be Spring. Life flies by, and I realize this more and more every year. So embrace pumpkin people! You know I will be!!
I’ve been known to have a few girl crushes over the years. I think it started in kindergarden when Julia Singh, (who happened to be the coolest 4th grader at my church) cut her hair short. So naturally, I cut mine. Everything she did was magical. I wanted to be just like her.
Today, I go through my various forms of girl crushes- there are so many talented ladies in the world how can I not? There’s Kelli Murray- who I’ve had a girl crush on for years now. Her amazing design sense comes through in all areas of her life- her illustration work, her fashion style, even her hair! (She recently died it purple and I about died. How I wish I could make my hair look like that!!) Promise Tangeman, who I’ve had the honor of working with a few times and I’ve come to completely respect as a business lady. This girl knows how to get stuff done and do it well- something that doesn’t naturally come when you have a creative mind. Then of course there’s Jessica Hische, Tina Roth Eisenberg, oh- don’t forget Oprah. I could really go on and on.
And now my friends, thanks to this amazing internet thing- I’ve discovered my most recent girl crush. Her name is Yo Santosa and she’s a branding genius. I was browsing through some recent Creative Mornings videos and found her talk. A few sentences in and I was crushin. She quit her job to start her own branding studio with one client- Pinkberry. She went on to brand many other companies like TBS, TNT, Art.com and Fruute, to name a few. Her company, Ferroconcrete, is in LA. (Which means I could potentially meet her. That needs to happen.)
The main thing I learned after internet stalking Santosa, (watching her talks, reading her interviews, taking her online master class on branding) is that people fall in love with personalities, not businesses. A simple statement with so much truth. I love her fearless spirit. She’s an artist at heart who knows what she likes.
So thanks Yo Santosa, for totally inspiring me and getting me excited about branding. You’re my new girl crush.
Check out her Creative Mornings talk here. You won’t regret it.
See the Ferroconcrete portfolio here.
Want to take that online master class from Yo? Sign up here. Totally worth the $49! (And I so wasn’t paid to say any of this- it’s all because I gained a lot of insight from it and wanted to share!)
I don’t have a dog. I have two new little kittens- and they’re making me fall in love with all things animal related. So of course I instantly fell in love with these fashionable dog beds from Blueblood. How cute are they? I feel like if you need a dog bed- might as well make it super cute and matching your home decor- right?? The ladies from Blueblood sell these adorable beds for your pets as well as dog collars, tote bags, and other home accessories on their site. I’m pretty much loving everything they have to offer.
Now here’s the fun part…
Blueblood is giving away the Sag Harbor bed to one of YOU lucky readers! Dog lovers- get ready.
To enter, head over to the Blueblood Facebook page, click “Like” and then leave a comment on this post! Super simple. One winner will be chosen randomly on Monday, June 10th at 10am.
Good luck you guys! Now I just have to convince my landlord to let us get a puppy…
UPDATE: The winner is Emily Dean!! (Selected by using random.org) Emily- shoot me an email at email@example.com and we will get this bed to you! Thanks for entering you guys!…
Stumbled upon these gorgeous boutonniere’s on Etsy today.. How lovely are they? The shop is called Three Little Birds and the owner creates all her products using preserved florals so they last through shipping and up until your wedding day. She’s also doing custom orders up until the 15th of June! So if you’re getting married and needing some florals- head over here quick!
Also reminds me how important good photography is for your product shots- just lovely.…
All this past week and all next week my husband and I have been housesitting for some friends of ours. And it’s been awesome. They have a house just a little bit bigger than ours… (ok, MUCH bigger than ours!) an amazing kitchen for cooking in, AND a pool in the backyard. So this is where I’ve been working this week. It’s a rough life….
Being by the pool every day has fully got me in Summer mode. And with summer comes new summer goodies, right?? Here’s a round up of some cute things I’ve found in my internet wanderings that I think would make for a great backyard pool day… Add a great book or your favorite magazine and you are set!
I hope you all have an amazing weekend! Enjoy it!! I’ll be out by the pool trying not to get sunburned…
Take a few awesome DIY’s, some amazing speakers like Jessica Comingore, and a couple awesomely talented, hard working ladies and you get Create and Cultivate. Last weekend I was able to attend this awesome event- it was put on by No Subject at The Standard in Downtown LA. It was a blast!
Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen came and taught us how to make our food photos look appetizing.
Here I am taking photos of some yummy cookies she baked us.
And here’s my photo! What do you think? I think it looks pretty yummy if I do say so myself…
There was so much happening here. Distressing denim, a great talk from Bucketfeet about turning your passion into a business, and tons more. (Including awesome food and drinks- which makes every event better!)
If you guys are in the Portland area, check out the Create and Cultivate event that is coming to you in July! You can get info and tickets here. I hope you all had a great 3-day weekend and were able to take some time off to swim and eat bar-b-que’d corn.
PS: My half marathon went really well- I’m so glad it’s over but so glad I did it. I’ll post a recap soon!! Thanks for all your support!!
Photos from NoSubject LA…
With so many Instagram users out there, I think it’s important to use another app besides just the filters that the Instagram offers to help your photos stand out in the crowd. I’ve had a few people ask me what apps I use to edit my Instagram photos- so I thought I would share some of them with you today!
VSCO Cam // This is a great app for those who want a great filter on their photos but don’t want to spend the extra time doing major customizations. There filters are very simple and clean looking. Much more beautiful than the ones that Instagram offers.
Afterlight // This is my favorite photo editing app by far. I love the freedom and the options available on this app. You are able to edit photos without the constraints of a 1-10 scale like on VSCO cam. Sometimes I just want a very slight change instead of moving all the way up to the next number. Like a 6.35 instead of a 6 or a 7. But another reason I love this app is because of it’s most recent updates. You can do circles, numbers, instant film filters and more. It’s a blast to play around with. I especially love their numeric and alphabetic filters. I haven’t had any reason to use them yet- but when I do, just watch out!
A Beautiful Mess // We all know the amazing DIY Blog A Beautiful Mess, right?? Well they recently came out with a really fun and creative app for your photos. It comes with cool borders, doodles, and sweet hand drawn phrases. You can read all about the app on their blog here.
Don’t be limited to using these photo editing apps for just Instagram photos. You can also use them to edit your blog pics, or whatever other reason you need photos edited! Have fun!!
It’s been another long and busy week! I’ve been in a design cave the past few days- and am so happy to come out this weekend! Stumbled upon this video from Loren Conrad’s blog and it just put me in an amazing mood. A perfect Friday morning vibe.
Have a marvelous weekend you guys!!!…