Archives for category: Good design

Molly went crabbing on Christmas eve, accompanied by her friend Renee. Renee sounds like exactly the kind of friend I want, and the kind of friend I want to be.

I like how she captures it here, split by the photo:

 

a friend gave me homemade modern chai for Christmas, in a weck jar. isn’t it pretty? It’s my first weck jar, and I pause to admire it while I wait for my oatmeal to boil every morning. This is my second hand-mixed chai to receive as a gift. It’s the best looking thing to have in your drawers for cold afternoons. Simmering milk, water, black tea and bits of other things is totally my style.

 

my friend Kellyn sent me this and I thought it had that just-so touch.

she’s into him; but she’d rather go shopping with her hot french friends, you know…

not safe for work, or most home life: lots of undie shots. 

Every few weeks I stack up the ten most recent catalogs we’ve found stuffed in our tiny mailbox, look up their 1-800 numbers, get some nice young one on the phone and say “pleeeze take me off the list.” And they readily agree.

But like a blessed jar of oil, they keep flowing in.

However, while looking at this behind the scenes post by Free People, I was struck by the enormous amount of work some companies put into their catalogs (this one featured was shot in Greece). I can’t resist paging through them, just to see the new colors, the countries they visited, the lovely paper they’re printed on.

Sometimes I wonder where our culture’s master artisans are hiding out. They aren’t all at the craft fairs or on the graphic design blogs as indie business owners. Some of them are surely working away at these commercial monthly frescoes.

damn this is good baby photography.

all photos of Maxx and Lucy from Maxx & Lucy (click over there just to see their header, cause it’s good looking). Some photos by Christopher Kuehl.

Oh man I’ve needed this app for awhile. Thank goodness for friends who share what free + delightful apps they’ve discovered. A ridiculous story: I lost my 1 teaspoon, months ago, and somehow I got it into my head that I should find some beautiful silver or ceramic, or french pottery, or whatever at a flea market and that would replace it. So here I am, months later, (a meticulous measurer, mind you) using my half-teaspoon for everything.

The free and beautiful designed Kitchen Dial app.

Happy Weekend! I thought I would share some essays/hodge-podge that I’ve really enjoyed reading lately. These completely unrelated drawings of Joan Didion and Vendela Vida talking are by Wendy Macnaughton.

The Vital Importance of the Top 10 Korean Pop Songs, by David Cho. a funny writer who’s Korean explains the almost hysterical importance of pop music in Korea. You get to hear more about Girls Generation, that group of nine Korean girls that is apparently enormously, and economically influentially, popular.

Walking Dead recap, by Starlee Kine. I’m linking to a month old recap because I don’t actually watch the shows, I just read the recaps. Grotesque violence is so much fun to read related in a candid, distant tone. Here’s an amazing moment I experienced this week that reminded me of this recap: I’m sitting in a Bible study with free childcare (a big reason why I was there) and an older, very nice and soft-spoken woman, starts explaining connections between the passage and The Walking Dead episodes. Clearly not another woman in the place had ever watched a show, but this woman was a huge fan, and wanted to relate how much the scenes reminded her of the verses we were studying. I tried to nod along empathetically, but I was in the back row and I’m sure I was drowned out by the agape mouths that surrounded me.

A Rough Guide to Disney, by John Jeremiah Sullivan. (or, as I pitched it to Joe, “Dads finding nooks in which to smoke pot while at Disney.”) I saved the best for last! I’m reading a collection of essays by JJS right now, and I’ll just casually share that NPR suggested he might be the best magazine essayist alive right now. This essay is not in the book, but it is free to read online, and it so good and about so many different things at the same time, and illustrative of why you might want to add his book to your Christmas list.

I am in the heady midst of one of those reorganizations wherein I dump everything out of my drawers and make several piles around my bedroom: on the floor, in a chair, on the bed. These piles soon grow so large and embracing that I have trouble distinguishing them from one another. Then I start trying on items to see if they fit, and if so, in what way. Soon I’m wandering around the apartment in an outfit that I love, but that I never wore because the elements were buried, all built from clothes that I can’t wear now because the season has changed.

With this reorganization I am targeting a particular problem: because I save old clothes as well as clothes I really like, if I just glance in my closet it’s hard for me to see my best things right away. Instead I see a bunch of weary running t-shirts from the ’70s (I refer to these as “heirlooms” in my head) mixed in with several nice sweaters, one of which is moth-eaten because it has been abandoned for so long.

I’m also attempting something I’ve imagined for years, but couldn’t do before the iPhone: take photos in the mirror of completed outfits and create an album on my computer. Some days I can think of three great outfits, some days I can’t see anything but my duck sweatshirt (these days seem to be steadily growing). Solved!

anyone have a favorite fall trend you’re latching onto and turning into your signature look?

 

 

 

The Toastmaster 1B14 remains “the absolute end-all-and-be-all toaster there ever was.”

and you can still find it on ebay. Today’s Sunday New York Times includes the annual food issue of the magazine!

 

dear xobreakfast reminded me it might be nice for a follow-up about my class.

I’ve only had two so far, but I am loving it! The first class we went over what all those curious buttons meant. Of course I didn’t remember everything the first time but after they were explained once, it’s about practicing and slowly creating habits of what works.

For the first class the homework was playing with the fstop and experimenting with depth of field.

I decided to take a note from Garance and write all over my photos in fluorescent colors. If you click on any of these photos, they will suddenly be huge in your browser.

like the pros, I must tell you what camera I have. It is a Canon 20d. I bought it because Chris Glass used to have it, and said he liked it.

Because this model is rather old news these days, (it doesn’t even know what the word video means) you can buy it used for a relative steal online.

Taking a class is lovely because it gives you an excuse to haul your camera everywhere, and annoyingly break-off mid-sentence to snap photos of artsy doorways.

Next assignment: portraiture! This is intimidating because it involves playing with lights and whiteboards, and those types of things. Hopefully I will have something pretty to show you next time.

I love clicking around the internet home of Kiosk because they’ve got literally the best collection of things you never knew you wanted. and so clickable….

This past weekend we were given two baby gifts from them and now I like them even more: they include little explanatory tags with each item, describing where the item was from and why they liked it. Nice red tape corners too. It’s the details, amiright?

This xylophone, made of wood and metal, is from Germany. Look at that handy carrying handle for when Lux is busking around Boston!

With Steve Jobs announcement of retiring from Apple, it’s been sweet to see the internet spring into action and write up little memorials, odd au revoirs, and even buy more Apple stock.

I’ve seen a few vintage Apple ads posted in tribute, which reminded me that the white screened, hoodie-ed, possibly high, Ellen Feis Switch ad is still the best.

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