Monday, April 30, 2012

penguin book covers


 Shopping for me can involve a lot of browsing. But when I came across a box of 100 Penguin book cover postcards, I immediately thought of a dozen ideas to put them to good use, so I had to have them.


 The bold colors, the simple and clear message, the design and type are going to inspire future projects as well as using the postcards themselves as a faux-wallpaper. I also thought of adding some of the titles to a giant reading list, just because the cover looks so enticing.

You can buy your own pack by clicking {this link}

Friday, April 27, 2012

friday favorite | Dancing Dress

While most people put on dancing shoes, I put on a dancing dress when I go out. It was completely by accident, but I noticed that I tend to be attracted to the same shape and style dress for dressy occasions - shift, three-quarter length sleeve, pattern, retro.

I have a fancy, expensive black one from Kate Spade, one from JCrew (seen on the right) and a inexpensive one from H&M (seen on the left, my favorite).

Wearing something comfortable is a huge confidence booster - so who cares if I've worn the same thing a dozen times? As long I can dance - it's all good!

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The giant polaroids make me happy.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

tory burch beverly shoe

Obviously, these are out of my budget - but hey! a girl can dream...

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

take a look around

These are just some pictures I snapped while driving around (or letting my dog outside). Man - spring really makes everything look beautiful, huh?

Monday, April 23, 2012

there you are again, monday

This weekend I stayed out way too late, ate too many carbs, and took way too many naps. I didn't exercise once, and basically did nothing productive - but had A LOT of fun.

After weekends like this, sometimes I look forward to Monday. Making healthy lunches, scheduling time to work on side projects, and going for runs & walks with the nice weather we're expecting - it's going to be a good week!

Friday, April 20, 2012

friday favorite | Facials

I could definitely take better care of my skin. My freckles are proof of that and I know I am probably going to pay later in life for going sunscreen-free on a regular basis.

 However, I do love a good facial. I've gotten professional ones a handful of times, but a D.I.Y. facial is pretty great as well. I stick to the basics - exfoliate, repair, moisturize - and love Clinque and Lancome products. Simple, quick, easy!

 Be good to yourself this weekend everybody! See ya Monday!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

splish splash

The prints on bikinis this year is pretty great. Not only am I saving these images for future inspiration, but also I need a new bathing suit this year. They're all so cute, I can't choose!

1. J.Crew Mini Delicious Apple Bikini (tiny little apples!)
2. J.Crew Anchors Aweigh Bikini (anchor mini print!)
3. Anthropologie Cannes Maillot One Piece

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

summer reading list

Summer is right around the corner, and although I have a stack of magazines to go through and a couple of coffee table books laying next to my bed, I have come up with a few books that are on my summer reading list:

Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen. I've never been a Jane Austen fan. I don't know - I get uncomfortable with all of the mushy-gushy stuff, but I am actually looking forward to reading this one. I have never seen the movie, and honestly I'm not 100% sure what it's about so I decided to put it at the top of my list.

Heat by Bill Buford. It's about the author quitting his job as a journalist to become a chef.

The End of Mr. Y by Scarlett Thomas. This a book I've heard about and immediately was intrigued since one of my most favorite (and heartbreaking) movies is "Eternal Sunshine for the Spotless Mind". It's a love story that takes place solely in the place of consciousness, as if it were a real place.

I'm sprinkling in Kurt Vonnegut as well. His first three books, The Sirens of Titan, Mother Night, and Cat's Cradle is what I'm most looking forward to this summer.

What are you reading? Anything I'm missing?

Monday, April 16, 2012

alice in vogue

Grace Coddington is a hero of mine. Her mind must house the most vast and endless catalog of creative ideas of almost anyone in the fashion world. The themes she comes up with when she styles shoots, her presentation, and her vision is so clear and yet, so out of the ordinary.

Here is one of my favorites. This "Alice In Wonderland" shoot has Grace Coddington written all over it. Taking the classic story, modernizing it, and pushing tradition back and forth between the pages of a fairy tale all while capturing couture and the fashion elite.

Friday, April 13, 2012

friday favorite | Elizabeth & James Spring Glasses

The Elizabeth & James eyewear collection is something I am always browsing through since it's launch in June of last year. The Spring glasses have always been my favorite and since my glasses are almost as old as I am, I'm ready for a new pair.

I hope you have a great weekend :)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

summer style

The Coachella music festival in Palm Springs seems to be the fashion week of the summer and I follow it religiously. The lineup this year is amazing so it's sure to bring out an eclectic and well-dressed crowd.

Here are some of my favorites from years passed - outfits that I'll try to emulate as I get my summer clothes together.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

art | ... to be continued

I'm in the process of working on a few abstract pieces and it's quite a different process than what I am used to. I have the same type of subjects but the process of getting the piece where you want to be can be maddening. Deciding on a light source, a color palette, a brush stoke style all while capturing the emotion you're investing into the painting - it's a challenge, but it's a fun and inspiring challenge.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

inspiration | subway tiles

{My bathroom at home}

If you have spent any time on this blog at all, you know that I am a sucker for color. But when it comes to decorating, I find myself attracted to clean white spaces (especially bathrooms and kitchens). We redid my bathroom when we first moved in and my dad suggested subway tiles. I fell in love with urban yet sophisticated and classic look.

Below are some other ways to use subway tiles that I have bookmarked.

Monday, April 9, 2012

one hundred and one

Her name was Genevieve Peacock (but she liked to be called "Jean") and if my grandmother was still alive, she would 101 years old today.

Happy Birthday, Nana!

Friday, April 6, 2012

friday favorite | Mighty Mango Blended Drink

When I go to Starbucks, I always get something with 3 to 4 shots of espresso. I realize this is not the healthiest of habits, so I've been trying to cut back (here and there).

My sister gave me the idea to ask for one of the juices blended, and they thankfully obliged. The Might Mango is my favorite, but I imagine the other flavors would be delish as well.

I suggest you give it a try! It's my new favorite breakfast.

Have a beautiful weekend and Happy Easter, you guys!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

art | Dreamsicles and Ice Cream

I've been really busy working on pieces for others that it's hard to find the time to translate my own ideas into what I want them to be. I force myself to make time everyday to doodle in my notebook or draw out some sketches, but rarely do those ideas ever see a dob of paint.

Here is an idea that I've had wanted to see come to life since the moment it hit the page. I am sucker for pastels and I was really happy with the way it turned out.

(If you are interested in purchasing this piece, please email me at

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

let's play ball

Tomorrow is Opening Day here in Detroit, and I. AM. PUMPED. Today I'm going to run out to get a fresh pair of high-top Chuck Taylors, as well as a pack of white Hanes t-shirts. I keep things really simple when I go to games in order to focus more on the beer, peanuts, sunshine, and OH YEAH! baseball.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

kate spade iphone cases

Spring is in the air and it's time for an alternate Iphone case. I visited the Kate Spade website yesterday to purchase a new case but it was a very hard decision. (I ended up getting the "All Eyes" one, pictured on the upper left, but I'll probably be back for more!)

Click {here} and choose your favorite!

Monday, April 2, 2012

color inspiration | mint

They painted a wall at my work a fantastic shade of mint that is both refreshing and calming, but consequently, always makes me crave mint chocolate chip ice cream.

I'm happy to see this color popping up everywhere this spring (from candles to denim), and I spent the better part of the weekend trying to mix creams and greens together to get this perfect hue.

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