Fall WInter 2013 Fashion Colors in Intimates from CSI

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Color Solutions International (CSI) is a division of the DyStar Group, (a leading provider of products and services for the global textile industry) that offers color standards and color communication tools for designers and manufacturers. Located in Charlotte NC, they offer insights on color trends for the fashion and home textiles industry. Today’s post showcases the fashion color trends they have forecasted for the Autumn / Winter 2013 season in the intimates category.

"Sweet Affection" - light pastel colors that carry a happy, feminine feel
“Sweet Affection” – Light pastel colors that carry a happy, feminine feel
"Sacred Nature" - A rich palette composed of red and fuchsia with vibrant blue and gold, pays tribute to the beauty of antiquity.
“Sacred Nature” – A rich palette composed of red and fuchsia with vibrant blue and gold, pays tribute to the beauty of antiquity.
"Oriental Charm" - Jewel tones are combined with modern earthy midtones that bring newness to the season and open possibilities for more interesting color combinations and intricate prints.
“Oriental Charm” – Jewel tones are combined with modern earthy midtones that bring newness to the season and open possibilities for more interesting color combinations and intricate prints.

Today’s Track – Mexico, The Staves

I spent Memorial Day weekend gardening, which should be a truly blissful thing. Let me be more specific: gardening under the clouds and raindrops in the freezing cold; dressed in multiple long-sleeved layers and cozy scarf. Summer, this is not. So I figured I’d transport myself with this ultra mellow ode to warmer, sunnier shores. Mexico, the single, by The Staves, 2011.

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2013 National Stationery Show Favorite

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Each year, I’ve been selecting one brand to highlight as “best in show” from the National Stationery Show in NYC. Which is actually no small feat; the caliber of new talent is pretty extraordinary out there. (I’ll be featuring lots of it over the next few weeks!) This year, my selection is Moglea, a letterpress studio in rural Iowa run, 67 miles from the nearest Starbucks. (Egad… That boggles the mind. I have one on the main floor of my office building and sometimes that seems inconveniently distant.) Designer Meg Gleason started the company a few years ago by offering custom stationery, and just last year launched her first retail line. Her eye for typography, playful handwritten text and sophisticated yet whimsical design sense make for a really fresh perspective. (Apologies in advance: I don’t have great photos of her newest stuff – the stuff I fell head over heals with – just my dark & blurry hurried camera shots. Yes, I could have waited to get fab pics, but I was just too anxious to post this! Keep checking her Etsy shop; they’ll be available soon!)

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Freaking Awesome Letterpress Card, $7.50
Freaking Awesome Letterpress Card, $7.50
Happy Birthday To You Letterpress Card, $7.50
Happy Birthday To You Letterpress Card, $7.50
Just a Little Note Card, $6
Just a Little Note Card Letterpress Flat Card with Lined Envelope, $6
You Bless Me Letterpress Flat Card with lined envelope, $6
You Bless Me Letterpress Flat Card with lined envelope, $6
Leafy Greens Collage Card, $6.50
Leafy Greens Collage Card, $6.50

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Three Days in NYC

Just returned from a whirlwind traipse through Manhattan, where I attended the National Stationery Show and International Contemporary Furniture Fair. I squeezed in a few other fun things too, like wandering central park, the MOMA and exploring retail possibilities (in terms of what I might “need” to own). So, I thought I’d do something a little different today, by sharing an on-the-fly, visual travelogue of my adventure (made possible by the wonders of the pic stitch app; don’t have it yet? Get it HERE). Let me know what you think!

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Digital Distractions

Oh, goodness. When I watched this video, it not-so-gently raised a mirror to my face. Yes, I’m that person who has my smart phone glued to my hip; checking Twitter, email, Flipbook and, yes, frittering hours away, lost in the world of Pinterest. As a matter of fact, the other night I was totally stressed and sleepy and instead of going to bed or folding my laundry, I found myself watching a video of a Japanese cat who likes boxes. (which you can find here. Fair warning: there are literally 258 videos of this silly cat, including one that has been viewed by over 15 million people. Not that I watched all of them…) Makes me realize that the act of just “being” – which I used to be a pro at – has become a wee bit too foreign, and I could use a lot more time in the present, undistracted. Let me know if you see yourself here too so I don’t feel like I’m the only one!

Today’s Track – Trouble, José James

Just got back from Manhattan, so I thought I’d feature a New York-based artist (who was actually born in Minneapolis), with a bluesy ballad that takes the edge off reentering the daily grind. Trouble by José James from the album No Beginning No End, 2013.

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Dissolving Boundaries: 2014 Interior Color Trends from MM for Lenzing

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MM trends, created in 1998 by textile designer Marie-Louise Rosholm, is an international, dynamic and ever evolving collective of creative people possessing different skills: fashion and textile designers, interior architects, art craft persons, illustrators, photographers, trend consultants, and colour experts. They predict color and textile trends for both fashion and home industries, and create luscious visuals to inspire designers. Here’s their quite heady interior color trend forecast, “Dissolving Boundaries” for the year 2014.

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Minimalist Movies

Today is brought to you by Joe of Monster Gallery, a self-described “one man sweat shop” based in Singapore. He’s carved out a niche in the world of retro-inspired prints with a pop culture flavor. His re-imagining of movie posters in a mid-century minimalist style are pretty darn awesome. The prints come in a number of different sizes (4×6, 12×16, 16×22) and range in price from $8 – $32 USD. (Or, for $99 bucks, you can get a set of 35 4×6 prints!) Click on any image to visit his shop.

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Today’s Track – Uncertain Smile, The The

I needed something uplifting today, in a comforting, familiar kinda way. Takes me back to – well, I won’t say exactly – but to the day’s of stress-free work environments, where punching a clock meant you couldn’t take it with you. Off to NYC tomorrow where I hope to find a good dose of rejuvenation… Uncertain Smile by The The from the album Soul Mining, 2013. (It starts real, real quiet – give it a few seconds to get going, k?)

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Gardener Garb

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By this time of year, I usually have my garden well underway. Let’s be clear – I don’t mean fruits and veggies, here. My city lot is surrounded by tall, mature trees that prevent only about a dappling of sunlight to get through to most areas of my backyard. But this year’s ridiculously expanded winter (yes, I know; I’ll be done with the subject – I’m as bored of talking about it as you are reading about it) has set me back a bit, so I’m only now scratching the surface in terms of proper dirt digging and plant potting. So, what do gardeners do whilst there’s a snowstorm in May? We shop! Here are some fun things I found that might entice the gardener in you too. (As always, click to shop!)

Chapelwood Blue Bird Feeder, $40
Aha Modern Living – Chapelwood Blue Bird Feeder, $40
Neiko - Fresh Market Bag, $55
Neiko – Fresh Market Bag, $55
Mudpuppy - Moonchimes Organic Hanging Bells 3', $125
Mudpuppy – Moonchimes Organic Hanging Bells 3′, $125

Anthropologie - Ormond Garden Pots, $20 - $228Anthropologie – Ormond Garden Pots, $20 – $228

Paulova Ceramics Dipped Garden Markers
Paulova Ceramics Dipped Garden Markers
Kontextür - Watering Cans, $49 - $95
Kontextür – Watering Cans, $49 – $95
Carousel Indoor/Outdoor Basket in Sky High, $34.95
Carousel Indoor/Outdoor Basket in Sky High, $34.95
Hable Construction - Gardening Gloves in Clementine Beads, $26
Hable Construction – Gardening Gloves in Clementine Beads, $26
Barnacle Cube Pot, $58.00
Barnacle Cube Pot, $58.00
Burren Perfumery - Gardener's Hand Cream, 60ml €15
Burren Perfumery – Gardener’s Hand Cream, 60ml €15
Japanese Hori Hori, $38.00 (I know this looks a bit dastardly, but when you have as many hostas that need dividing as i do, it's a must have!)
Japanese Hori Hori, $38.00 (I know this looks a bit dastardly, but when you have as many hostas that need dividing as i do, it’s a must!)
A variety of planters from Design Public, starting at $72
A variety of planters from Design Public, starting at $72
West Elm - Garden Work Table, $479
West Elm – Garden Work Table, $479
Terrain - Stacked Stripes Hat, $58
Terrain – Stacked Stripes Hat, $58
Blue Ceramic Pots, prices vary
Blue Ceramic Pots, prices vary
Crate and Barrel Stainless Steel Oil Lamp, $19.95
Crate and Barrel Stainless Steel Oil Lamp, $19.95
Wild Rose Design Studio - 8-Pocket Utility Tool Belt Gardening Apron, $31.50
Wild Rose Design Studio – 8-Pocket Utility Tool Belt Gardening Apron, $31.50
West Country - Classic Gardening Glove, $26
West Country – Classic Gardening Glove, $26
Anthropologie - Handwoven Saya Hammock, $98
Anthropologie – Handwoven Saya Hammock, $98

Bowl Me Over

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As you’ve come to know, I’m a fool for pottery. Especially simple pieces that exude modern elegance, yet retain a subtle sense of play. Enter Julia Paul Pottery, a studio based in the mountains of Virginia. Her works are wheel-thrown and influenced by the local landscape; she even includes a reference photo on her website of the inspirational imagery. I’m including those dreamy photos along with the corresponding pieces today; oh, it’s so lovely! (As always, click to shop!)

JPP_Nesting bowls Inspire

Set of 3 Nesting Bowls, $220
Set of 3 Nesting Bowls, $220

JPP_Serving Plate Inspire

"Flow" Pattern Serving Plate, $95
“Flow” Pattern Serving Plate, $95

JPP_blue ceramic set

Set of 2 small ceramic bowl-plates, $80
Set of 2 small ceramic bowl-plates, $80

JPP_3 modern vase inspire

Set of 3 Organic Vessels, $250
Set of 3 Organic Vessels, $250

JPP_6 tumbler set inspire

Set of 6 Horizon Tumblers, $165
Set of 6 Horizon Tumblers, $165

JPP_Decorative Bowl Inspire

Decorative Bowl, $95
Decorative Bowl, $95

JPP_Pottery Bowl set inspire

Set of 2 Serving Bowls, $140
Set of 2 Serving Bowls, $140

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