Jul
08

Summer Staple: Lemonade

Day two of summer staples has us singing the praises of lemonade in its myriad of forms. With fruit, with herbs, or just made the traditional way plain and simple. There are few things more quintessentially summer than sitting outside, wiping sweat from your brow, and sipping on a glass of sweet-tart goodness. (Monday: Ice Cream)

 

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Jul
08

Brika’s Exclusive Summer Necklaces + Instagram Giveaway

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This summer BRIKA has teamed up with their artisans and designers to create eight exclusive summer necklaces to amp up your warm weather style. I was lucky enough to receive The Pamela Necklace – each one is named after their maker – by Totem Color Block. It’s a fresh, fun, and feminine pastel piece that pairs well with the plethora of whites, blacks, and neutrals I tend to wear most.

 

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Surprisingly shop owner Pamela Foeckler has been designing jewelry for just over a year after a decade of working as an art conservationist. Her minimal and colorful aesthetic were honed while earning her degree in sculptural and architectural history, and what was once deemed too “eccentric” now lends itself well to her jewelry designs.

 

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Check out the entire BRIKA exclusive summer necklace collection and to find one that matches your own style.

Pop over to @designcrush on Instagram to enter for a chance to win your own Pamela Necklace!

Jul
07

Summer Staple: Ice Cream

In summers past I’ve chosen one treat and focused on it in a mega post. (See: 108 Ways to Scream for Ice Cream, Frozen Yogurt, Sorbet + More and Ice Cream, Gelato, Frozen Yogurt + Sorbet – Oh My!) This year I’ve decided on a different tactic in order to cover more ground. Every day this week we’ll be posting a roundup of a food that’s nothing less than a summertime staple. We’re starting off the week with the most obvious classic – ICE CREAM!

 

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All recipes and photos copyright of their respective sites unless otherwise noted.

Jul
07

Prints: July Edition

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Pineapple by Linda & Harriett // Scorpio by Lori Langille //
About a Pearl by Leigh Viner // Le Ananas by Petit Reve

 

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Canoe Haiku by London Print Studio x Alex Brady // Cactus by Polly Rowan //
Old Growth Pine Tree by Lintonheart // Blue Moon Field by YellowLion

Jul
04

Happy 4th of July

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As the United States celebrates her 238 birthday I’d say she still looks pretty damn good. So we’ll all celebrate here in the U.S. by firing up the grill and cooking everything in sight, hanging out in blazing temperatures while pretending not to sweat, and watching fireworks light up the night sky being extra thankful that the holiday falls on a Friday this year. Happy Birthday, America!

Jul
03

Happy Weekend

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01/ Twenties is a tongue-in-cheek look at that magical decade of life.
02/ Sheer scarves printed with satellite imagery of cities by night.
03/ Pretty pressed glass knobs from Tom Dixon.
04/ The Pocket Art Director just made shopping for your designer friends that much easier.
05/ This abandoned Bangkok shopping mall hides a fishy secret!
06/ I’m 34 and I want one of these modern Miniio dollhouses.
07/ Painted typography created from manipulated paint splatters. WOW.
08/ Would you take on this dangerously fun cliffside Slip ‘n Slide?!
09/ Swing on your lawn with the Field Hammock!
10/ This dad created letters of food to teach his daughter the alphabet.

This week on Design Crush:
The mind-blowing paintings of Koen van den Broek.
The personal story behind the fresh ink of my latest two tattoos.
Screen prints layered over color washes from Vivian & Beverly Studio.
Eight canine collars for your partner in crime.
The beautiful, sometimes creepy art of Miss Take.
Another personal bit about how I (kind of) quite sugar (because I had to).
Pastel on vellum has never looked so good thanks to Cathy Daley.

Jul
03

Cathy Daley

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Toronto-based artist Cathy Daley works almost exclusively with black pastel on translucent vellum for her drawings, making the women in black tights that she prefers as subject matter almost seem to float in space. I love the magical, messy end result.

Drawing on persistent cultural images inspired by ballerina tutus, the garb of fairy-tale princesses and Barbie doll couture, my work investigates childhood memories of what it means to be female in Western culture and explores cultural representation of the feminine and the body. The drawings mine contemporary vocabularies of glamour, fashion, popular culture, cartoons, street signage, Hollywood cinema, fairy tales, and mythology, to examine the iconography of the feminine as it exists in the cultural imaginary, personal memory, and fantasy.

 

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Jul
02

I (Kind of) Quit Sugar (Because I Had To)

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Back in May a completely unexpected thing happened. I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. (I struggle not to go all Wilfred Brimley every time and say DIABEETUS.)

When I look back over the past few years, my decline is crystal clear. But I didn’t realize what my symptoms (or that I even had symptoms) were pointing to until my Mom casually suggested that maybe I should have a full blood panel run just to rule it out. So of course I looked up the disease on WebMD and suspected that’s exactly what was going on when I read the symptoms. Crap. That kicked a few things into gear, mainly doctor appointments and plenty of blood work. My numbers in the key areas were stupidly high. Awesome.

That was the first few weeks in May, and since then lots has happened. I’ve got my diet more or less under control thanks to a nutritionist and educating myself. Because I was mainly vegetarian already and didn’t eat tons of starches I was off to a good start. (It’s a misconception that diabetes is all about sugar control, it’s just as much if not more about your carbohydrate intake.) I bought the most incredible used treadmill from a friend (Built-in fans!) and use it for at least 30 minutes nearly every day. And I’m on medication. Luckily I’m not insulin dependent, but I do have a pill regimen that’s being built upon.

I started noticing the differences in myself nearly immediately. Gone was the need for daily afternoon naps, gone was the crash after most meals, gone was the near constant thirst, gone was the rapidly shedding weight I’d been experiencing… and gone were the sweets from my kitchen. I’m going to be completely honest, that last one was the toughest. (Though I’ll admit the weight loss was the only good thing going on.) This is the start of a complete lifestyle overhaul that will last a lifetime. Once my numbers get down to where they need to be I’ll be able to indulge here and there, but I’m stuck with the Big D forever.

There are definitely a lot of misconceptions about Type 2 Diabetes. One being that you get it only from being obese or a sugar hound. Though both of those things can lend a hand, in my case it was hereditary. But the thing is there’s no one way to get it, the medical community isn’t 100% sure what causes its onset. What they do know is that my pancreas has stopped producing the requisite amount of insulin necessary for my body to process glucose and get it out of my body. So without medication it just travels around in my blood and makes its way out eventually through urine, without ever being used as energy.

While it does suck, I’ve taken this thing on with a positive attitude. (I’m getting healthy! I’m getting skinny!) I mean, it’s not like I can give it back so I might as well do all that I can to treat it. So for now I’ll be living vicariously through my Food & Cocktails board on Pinterest and have a (no longer secret) board called Diabetes Food. Because that’s just the kind of girl that I am.

Jul
02

Miss Take

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Beautiful, slightly creepy watercolors by Miss Take are just what the psychiatrist ordered. Ladies taking on the shape of colorful spiders, others with beehives full of disfigured bodies, and more. All looking morose in the face and making you wonder what lies beneath those layers of watercolor paint.

 

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Jul
01

Canine Collars

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ROW 1: Leather Dog Collar in Copper by PETCO // XX Bandana Collar by wildebeest // The Plains Collar by Gitli Goods    ROW 2: Leather Mexican Texil Dog Collar by Bo Collars and Leashes //  // Rolled Soft Leather Dog Collar by Collar Direct    ROW 3: Humphrey Collar by max bone // Braveheart Martingale Collar by SeeScoutSleep // Italian Leather Dog Collar by Mark & Graham