Flying Tiger Copenhagen

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I arrived in Copenhagen yesterday, and am out exploring what the city has to offer today. I’ve never been here before, so I’m thrilled to take in new inspirations! If you’re in the NYC area, you can get a taste for “Danish Design on a Budget” at Flying Tiger Copenhagen‘s shop in the Flatiron neighborhood. Their 5000 square foot shop opened last spring, with a mission of “making high design accessible to everyone”. Amen.

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Blanket, $15

Honey Bee Mine Wall Shelf, $8

Honey Bee Mine Wall Shelf, $8

Head in the Clouds Pillow, $5

Head in the Clouds Pillow, $5

Bowl, $5

Bowl, $5

Oven Glove, $4

Oven Glove, $4

Chopping Board, $15

Chopping Board, $15

Dishtowel, $4

Dish towel, $4

Glasses Case, $3

Glasses Case, $3

Fleece Blanket, $5

Fleece Blanket, $5

A Day in LA – part 2

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A few more pics from my mini-tour of stores in LA last Tuesday!

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

Today’s Track – Don’t Let It Bring You Down, Annie Lennox

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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.

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A Day in LA – part 1

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Found myself with a couple hours of dedicated shopping while in Los Angeles yesterday. Not enough time to make a significant dent in their amazing retail scene, but plenty to get a bit inspired!   

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
  

Manifesto of the Brave and Brokenhearted

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!

Emily’s Empathy

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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:

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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!)

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Autumn Winter 2016-2017 Color Trends from Fashion Snoops

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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!)

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Images courtesy of WeConnectFashion, an awesome company that helps fashion companies succeed through business networking, market research & fashion industry know-how.

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OLIVE

2_Coppertone

COPPERTONE

3_Rust

RUST

4_Diver

DIVER

5_DarkChocolate

DARK CHOCOLATE

6_Flax

FLAX

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SCARLET FEVER

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BURGUNDY

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BABY BLUE

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DUST

Today’s Track – Miss Misery, Elliot Smith

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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)

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Painted Petals

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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.

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2015 Summer Atlanta Gift Show – Part 3

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Today I’m passing along a few last pics of the delightful eye candy on display at this July’s Atlanta Gift Fair.

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