I was clicking around from station to station (as you do when you know there’s nothing on TV you actually want to watch, but the eternal optimist within believes if you change channels enough, something fascinating will ultimately appear), when I stumbled on American Beauty. To be clear, that’s a movie I absolutely detest; but the soundtrack – barely audible in the background – held my attention. Softly mesmerizing. What is that song? Why do I know that music? Is that Annie Lennox? I couldn’t make out the lyrics, and a quick Shazam provided the helpful information that is was the movie American Beauty (which, by the way, does not appear to have a soundtrack that includes this song). But through the wonders of the interwebs, I found it nonetheless. Yeah, we all need a reminder of her message every once in a while. Don’t Let It Bring You Down by Annie Lennox from the album Medusa, 1994.
Brene Brown’s new book, Rising Strong, comes out today, so I thought I’d share the “trailer” – in case you, like me, find yourself ready to start turning pages!
It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong. As a grounded theory researcher, Brown has listened as a range of people—from leaders in Fortune 500 companies and the military to artists, couples in long-term relationships, teachers, and parents—shared their stories of being brave, falling, and getting back up. She asked herself, What do these people with strong and loving relationships, leaders nurturing creativity, artists pushing innovation, and clergy walking with people through faith and mystery have in common? The answer was clear: They recognize the power of emotion and they’re not afraid to lean in to discomfort.
If you haven’t already, I STRONGLY encourage you to watch Brene’s TED Talks too!
I’m a huge fan of Emily McDowell. She is a wonderful illustrator with a cheeky yet incredibly smart sensibility. She’s known for irreverent greeting cards like these:
Fun, right? But she’s outdone herself with a brilliant collection she calls “Empathy Cards”. They were designed out of Emily’s desire to to provide better, more authentic ways to communicate about sickness and suffering to those with a serious illness.
Most of us struggle to find the right words in the face of a friend or loved one’s major health crisis, whether it’s cancer, chronic illness, mental illness, or anything else. It’s a really tough problem; someone we love needs our support more than ever, but we don’t have the right language for it. “Get well soon” cards don’t make sense when someone might not. Sympathy cards can make people feel like you think they’re already dead. A “fuck cancer” card is a nice sentiment, but when I had cancer, it never really made me feel better. And I never personally connected with jokes about being bald or getting a free boob job, which is what most “cancer cards” focus on. With Empathy Cards, my goal is to help people connect with each other through truth and insight, which is one of the founding principles of this brand. I want the recipients of these cards to feel seen, understood, and loved.
All cards are $4.50 and available through Emily’s web site. (As always, click to shop!)
A great look at color trends for next fall/winter from Fashion Snoops, a global resource for style-related insights into the fashion industry. Today I’m sharing the top ten color stories they’re forecasting in womenswear for the Autumn / Winter 2016 – 2017 season. This palette is absolutely gorgeous to me – fashion’s looking fabulous! (For more detailed info, check out We Connect Fashion’s Post!)
Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.
The name says it all, doesn’t it? Okay, well maybe “Miss Misery” is a tad on the dramatic side, but I certainly have a sense of ennui today. A bit cranky and listless. Uninspired. And I suppose even a little lonely now that the house guests are gone and the birthdays are over… So indulge me in one melancholy tune to get it out of my system. Miss Misery by Elliot Smith from the album New Moon, 2007. (Published posthumously; most tracks recorded between 1994 – 1997)
I’m craving some colorful, feminine jubilance today – overflowing with optimism and a heightened cute-factor. Enter South African artist Margaret Berg, who creates lovely illustrations for a long list of clients from her studio in Santa Monica.
Today is my birthday. I’m lucky to be spending the day celebrating with friends and family, and thinking about life. So today, I’m pulling out and oldie but goody; my favorite video homage to the passage of time. It was created as the opening titles for the 4th annual Typophile Film by BYU Graphic Design Students & Faculty in 2007.
Each season I select a “Best of Show” from the Atlanta Gift Show. Now, to be clear, there are a bajillion awesome brands to be discovered there, and I’ll be highlighting other favorites in the coming weeks. This season what stood out for me was a brand called Zestt, based in Washington, DC. Founded by Benita Goldblatt and Jess Diehl, childhood friends who held a vision for bringing an approachable aesthetic to home decor. That’s what I loved best: the products are just so livable, yet feel totally updated. Nothing too contrived or over-designed; just easy, democratic pieces that could freshen up anyone’s decor.