Shine On

First of all, I know this is a Pantene ad. I’m more of an Aveda devotee myself, but I may have to rethink that. Because Pantone did a good thing here with this ad, I’m and delighted the 13 million people have already discovered that. (Although, I’m curious why it took me over a month to discover it. Sorry. Wait – NOT sorry!) This one hits close to home, and I for one aim to change my ways.

Today’s Track – Busy Earnin’, Jungle

Back to reality. While it’s always nice to come home after a wonderful adventure & sleep in one’s own bed, I gotta be honest: it’s tough to get my head back in the game @ work. Here goes… Busy Earning by Jungle from their self titled album, 2014.

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Grands Graphiques

These amazing environmental graphics were designed by Paris-based Sébastien M for the the School of Environmental Management & Engineering (EME), located just outside of Rennes, France. They have a kind of retro vibe (well, if you consider the ’80’s retro), that feels current without being contrived. It’s a feat to design something that’s both youthfully relevant and deftly sophisticated; yet he’s accomplished just that. Bravo!

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Today’s Track – Le Soleil est près de moi, Air

Halfway through my vacation, I find myself blissed out in Provence; soaking up rays, sipping rosé, surrounded by people I adore. I think this instrumental (yes, it’s borderline muzak, but i don’t care) from my favorite French group captures the mood nicely. Le Soleil est près de moi (“The Sun Is Near Me”) by Air, from the album of the same name, 1997.

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Fall Winter 2015 Trend Teaser from Design Options

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From Design Options, a fabulous CA-based color forecasting company: a preview of upcoming trends for the Autumn / Winter 2015-2016 season. Just a little taste of what’s to come for women, men, kids and home…

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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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Browsing Colette

Random bits from a perusal through Colette, the tony Parisian shop known for their unabashed urbanity and cheeky “camp-meets-couture” style.

Air of Paris Candle, €30
Air of Paris Candle, €30
Sacai Sweater, 595
Sacai Sweater, €595
Ice Cream Notebook
CHOUX A LA CREME ice cream notebook, €15
Charlotte Olympia Court Shoes, €670
Charlotte Olympia Court Shoes, €670
Vanina "un peu" bracelet, €38
Vanina “un peu” bracelet, €38
If This Is House I want My Money Back CD, €19
If This Is House I want My Money Back CD, €19
SELIMA X PAMELA LOVE sunglasses, €280
SELIMA X PAMELA LOVE sunglasses, €280
Shrimps Clutch, €225
Shrimps Clutch, €225
Smartbulle Umbrella, €10
Smartbulle Umbrella, €10
Dandy Wooden Cube, €50
Dandy Wooden Cube, €50
 Set of 10 carambars, €2.50
Set of 10 carambars, €2.50
Bambi Chair, €585
Bambi Chair, €585
Causse Gloves, €325
Causse Gloves, €325

 

 

 

 

Note to Self

This is a lovely video of folks giving advice to their younger self. Ah, yes, 18. I remember it well. And how I wished I would’ve somehow gotten a few choice words of wisdom from my current (somewhat more seasoned @ life in general) vantage point. So… what would you say to your 18 year-old self?

Today’s Track – Flying, Faces

Listening to this track, it’s hard to believe it’s almost 45 years old. (Even as I type that, I’m thinking something must be wrong with my math?) It still sounds reasonably current to me, despite Rod Stewart’s distinctive vocals and a 70’s era guitar riff. Plus, it’s a perfect anthem for today as I finish packing stuffing my bright orange suitcase for a long-overdue vacation that begins tomorrow! Flying by Faces from the album First Step, 1970.

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Go with Grace

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I’m beginning the frenzied process of packing for my trip to France. To be clear, I make this much, much more difficult than it has to be – but I want what I want when I want it and have a finite amount of space. So compromises must be made. And unmade. And made again. Until only the strong survive. And then I saw this image:

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Now, that looks easy enough, right? Surely that’s all I’ll really need in the South of France. (I will not be packing a yellow bicycle, much as that seems pleasingly eccentric to me.) Of course, I will need some jeans… and a sweater for chilly nights… and some scarves… and – oh bother. Back to the drawing board.

Putting all that foolishness aside for now, I’d rather celebrate said artist of the inspiring visual packing list shown above. Grace Lee is a freelance illustrator from Sydney, Australia, who is currently based in Tokyo, Japan. Her work includes illustrations for Isetan, Beams, as well as Figaro, FRaU, Numero, The Ritz-Carlton, Papier Mache, and Stella magazines. I love her delicate, friendly style; it makes me happy.

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Aussie Awesomesauce

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Southwood Home is a Melbourne-based furniture and homewares store that focuses on local, natural, organic and fair trade products. They carry a lot of fabulous local brands like Ample, Armadillo, Bemboka, Bonnie & Neil, Skin & Threads, Tide and Uimi as well as international brands like Amy Sia, Imogen Heath and Hey Sign. I adore their modern, optimistic sensibility, punctuated with playful colors and simple forms.

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