I’m off to Italy for Design Lab a week from today! International travel always feels way different than domestic to me. Of course there’s the extended time in the air and the time change to contend with. But for me it’s always a matter of what to do while in-flight. My usual go-tos are reading, writing, and attempting to catch a few Zs. There’s also the small matter of making sure all of my immediate necessities are within arms reach, I never pack anything I can’t go without for at least 12 hours after arrival (blame that on one too many lost bags). Throw in a tote to carry it all and we’re airborne!
Clockwise from top left: Sally Passport Holder from Lisa Stickley, Smith’s Rosebud Salve, F1 Go Clean Set, Holly GoNightly Sleep Mask, BAGGU Zipper Bag Set, Scratch Travel Journal, Aztec Print Shopper Tote, Berry Tree Notebook from nollison
PHOTOS: Josef Hoflehner
I’m taking today off to celebrate the end of summer (in theory) and Labor Day, but bright and early tomorrow I’ll be heading off to NYC to reveal the outcome of the HP Designer Matchup necklace you voted on creating! I can’t wait to see what everyone thinks and report back next week. Straight from New York I’ll be jetting cross country to San Francisco to attend Mighty Summit with some amazing women in media. It’s going to be a jam-packed week, but I have posts scheduled for you every day like normal. See you soon!
International Courage’s passport stamps turn up their noses at stiff and stodgy customs officers. These stamps are, in fact, very real. But not recommended for those who aren’t daring enough to risk getting a pat down (or more)! Afterwards you can tweet your story using the #internationalcourage hash tag for all to see.
01/ A whiteboard and marker has never looked so good.
02/ Matchbook-sized stories.
03/ Inspiring conceptual work from Anouk Kruithof.
04/ Anatomy of a paper bird.
05/ The Chap Olympiad! A battle of gentlemanly prowess.
06/ Liking these DIY paper clay barnacles a lot.
07/ New York is paved with random food.
08/ 50,000 gummy bears = 1 full-length gown. If you were curious.
09/ Looking at ribbon scraps a little different now.
10/ Outdoor wallpaper exists.
01/ A Swiss Animal Knife!
02/ Charcoal colored walls stenciled with white florals.
03/ An entire miniature city built with metal type!
04/ I could move right in to this microcabin in the woods.
05/ A badass rocking horse named Hesus.
06/ Tiny, detailed matchbook landscapes.
07/ Loving this lookbook for Zlda’s The Boyscounts collection. (via More Design Please)
08/ A fun DIY ombre crane garland for summer entertaining.
09/ A beached whale right in the middle of an Argentinian forest.
10/ Gale force winds to the face? Don’t mind if I do. (PS: Colossal killed it this week.)
01/ A fold-out bookshelf, for when you want to be fancier than you are.
02/ Huge awesome/creepy marionettes!
03/ How to make a cardboard chandelier!
04/ A reusable drink carrier that’s perfect for picnic-ing.
05/ Abstract embroidery is a thing!
06/ 10,000 meters of yarn can be really beautiful.
07/ DIY marbled glassware that’s practically screaming for a good cocktail.
08/ Doubt many people are throwing this concrete business card away.
09/ Travel tic-tac-toe that’s perfect for roadtrips.
10/ The World’s Longest Invoice. Happy I don’t have anything to add to it just yet.
My luggage is the norm. Black, utilitarian, indistinguishable. I’m thinking these luggage tags from Moleskine (yes, that Moleskine) would be a total game changer.
PHOTO: Noah Kalina
01/ build 3D letters out of this font
02/ here’s your chance to be engaged to Prince William
03/ organic kaleidoscopes
04/ a magical stop motion wedding video
05/ ad agency launches first (fictitious) cat video division
06/ Gift Magazine’s 2011 Holiday Guide
07/ I want to walk the roller coaster walkway!
This past Sunday CMYBacon and I headed up to Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, NY via a tour bus full of hipsters and outlet mall shoppers. And boy, was it worth it. I can’t begin to imagine a more perfect fall day to galavant around the 500 acre sculpture garden, the skies were bright blue and the leaves were a million colors. It was that in between temperature where you’re not quite sure whether a sweater is enough, or maybe you need a jacket.
After conquering the fantastic outdoor cafe (all locally sourced, organic fare), we took off with the idea to catch the tram for an overall look at the place. But then we kept walking. And then just a little bit further. And a little more.
After thoroughly investigating the Normandy-style museum building – and deciding we’d be perfectly okay with living there – we finally made our way to the 40 minute tram ride to investigate the far-reaching bits of the property. (Psst… can you spot the couple making out in the photo above?!)
One of my favorite pieces, I loved the distorted perspective.
The light was insane, and all of our photos either turned out dramatic and awesome completely whited out.
My favorite shot of the day, the sun perfectly blocked out by the sculpture.
My favorite piece, it took everything I had not to walk over it like a bridge!
I almost had the equivalent of a second major in art history during college, so seeing all of these pieces I’d only ever spied on pages of books was a dream.
The area got hit pretty hard during last weekend freak October snowstorm, and lots of branches were down. There were even fields that still had flashes of snow. Which when melted leads to mud. Check out my shoes the morning of waiting at Port Authority and post-gallavanting. Luckily Martin was a good sport! I definitely recommend making a day of visiting Storm King if you’re ever in the area, you can thank me later.
Today you find me begging for a bit of a reprieve as I settle into my new schedule. Because ya’ll, this new job is fast and furious and about eleven hours a day. That doesn’t leave much time for other activities and I’m sadly behind on both my blog research and fun quota. So instead I thought I’d share a little about what’s been shakin’ since I moved last Saturday.
My street (above) is gorgeous, with slate sidewalks and a park right across the street. Literally. I’m lucky enough to have a drop-off laundry service and dry cleaner right around the corner, along with about a billion delicious restaurants and bodegas. Not to shabby for Kelly! My commute to and from the office is a snappy half hour, and I get to check out the Manhattan skyline as I cross the bridge every day. My office is near beautiful Union Square (and the surrounding stores where I want to shop daily), it’s sunny when I arrive and dark when I leave and there hasn’t been time for much else.
I aim to change all that this weekend. I also aim to catch up on this space here, so for now I thank you for your patience and continued words of congratulations and encouragement. You’re some good eggs.