Fontastic A to Z

As you may be aware, I’m a type geek. So I couldn’t resist sharing this gorgeous typographic animation by Italian designer Alessandro Novelli. Over the course of one minute, each letter artfully morphs to the next over the moody backdrop of French music.

Today’s Track – Her Favorite Song, Mayer Hawthorne

A soulful bit of pop today, I think. Something just right for the waning days of summer; a lite toe tapper with the refrain “got to shake it off”. Indeed. Her Favorite Song by Mayer Hawthorne from the album Where Does This Door Go?, 2013.

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Fall Winter 2014-2015 Fashion Trends from Fashion Snoops

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These trend vignettes are from Fashion Snoops, a global resource for style-related insights into the fashion industry. Today we’ve got the four incoming trend themes they’re forecasting in women’s fashion for the 2014-2015 Autumn/Winter season.

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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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All Booked Up

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A delectable discovery from Toronto! Bookhou is a true artisan studio resulting from the collaboration of two amazing designers, John Booth and Arounna Khounnoraj. I’m completely captivated by the effortless simplicity of their livably modern aesthetic. They utilize natural materials and handcrafted processes in their small production runs, as well as offering custom design. While they have a charming shop on Dundas Street West in Toronto, they also offer a collection of textiles via their web site. (As always, click to shop!)

Rain Zip Tote, $90
Rain Zip Tote, $90
Lines Day Bag, $70
Lines Day Bag, $70
Triangles Large Oblong Pouch, $35
Triangles Large Oblong Pouch, $35
Stones Pouch, $28
Stones Pouch, $28
Totem Pocket Pouch, $16
Totem Pocket Pouch, $16
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Leaves Linen Tea Towel, $18
Round Storage (assorted Designs shown), $25
Round Storage (assorted designs shown), $25 each
Round Storage (assorted designs shown), $25 each
Round Storage (assorted designs shown), $25 each
Sprigs Fabric 18"x22", $14
Sprigs Fabric 18″x22″, $14

Cool Letterpress

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Another great find from last May’s National Stationery show. Igloo Letterpress is a “small but mighty” stationery company out of Worthington, Ohio that offers simple typography, understated icons and unique sentiments, all artfully printed in their studio. If you’re in the area, they also offer totally affordable, hands-on letterpress printing classes.

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You’re Splendid Letterpress Card, $4.50
Storms Pass Letterpress Card, $4.50
Storms Pass Letterpress Card, $4.50
What What Letterpress Card, $4.50
What What Letterpress Card, $4.50
Pinterest Letterpress Poster, $25
Pinterest 11×17 Letterpress Poster, $25
Danger Zombies 8.5x11 Letterpress Poster, $15
Danger Zombies 8.5×11 Letterpress Poster, $15
Stay Cool Letterpress Card, $4.50
Stay Cool Letterpress Card, $4.50
Look Up Letterpress Card, $4.50
Look Up Letterpress Card, $4.50
Happy Day Letterpress Card, $4.50
Happy Day Letterpress Card, $4.50
Hello Letterpress Card, $6
Hello Letterpress Card, $6
Dang Letterpress Card, $6
Dang Letterpress Card, $6
Cheers Letterpress Card, $6
Cheers Letterpress Card, $6

Today’s Track – Berkeley, Under

Mellow. That’s what I’m craving. Something soothing yet moody that goes well with a cool rainy day on the cusp of autumn. Berkeley by Under from the album More Pleasant Grey, 2009.

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Merci me!

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A travelogue, if you will, of one of my favorite shops in Paris. (Hopefully you’ll get an overall sense of the experience despite the fact that my photos are totally imperfect.) Located in the Marais, Merci opened its doors in 2009 in a former 19th-century fabric factory. The building is charming, the cafe delightful and the curation of the goods – spectacularly inspiring. Here you’ll explore an amazing & eclectic array of housewares, stationery, clothing, furnishings, books and perfumes. But the most amazing thing about Merci is that ALL profits (oui – that said “all”) go to charity (specifically, a foundation that helps underprivileged women and children by providing them with skills they can use to improve their quality of life). Also, they ship to the US in case you’d like to have a little retail therapy yourself…

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Maison et Objet – Inspirations Fall 2014

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Just back from walking my favorite trade show, Maison et Objet in Paris. In this video, they outline the four important themes they see running through this year’s products: Energies, Illuminations, Funt@sy & Psychotropia. (I know, the subtitles are almost impossible to read, right? Watching it full screen is helpful for those of us dependent on cheaters…)

Today’s Track – La Foule, Edith Piaf

Today, a quintessential Parisian theme song, circa 1957. And here’s how we know it’s hep again: it’s featured on a CD compilation from non other than Le Baron. Le Baron is a diminutive yet supremely exclusive nightclub in Paris’s 8th arrondissement. Housed in a former brothel, this late-night homage to “decayed decadence” caters to an elite crowd blessed enough to make it past the highly selective velvet ropes and into the glam scene within. La Foule (“The Crowd”) by Edith Piaf originally recorded in 1957.

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Spring Summer 2014 Color Trends from The UltraBright

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I adore the trend, fashion and color inspiration that The Ultra Bright generates. It’s super cool that they’re a global collective that focuses on local lives and local habits and how they affect our perception of color. Additionally, I think it’s awesome that they offer free content to the general public too! Their word for the Spring Summer 2014 season? HARMONY. Wanna to read all the details? Check out their website HERE!

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