Friday, January 29, 2010

Hang Me Up To Dry

Is this not a clever way to hang your bike, especially if you have a sweet retro one you want to show off? I think so! And it still (well kinda) fits in with this apparent "pretty" theme I've had going this week.

I was organizing my craft room last night...the room where absolutely no crafting takes place these days...and my two bikes take up half of the space. So I may need to purchase this in the name of organization! You can find your own here on Etsy.
 The "Jonathan don't bring that wet bicycle in here, hang it by the door" rack

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Think Spring!

It's a week full of pretty things. Today, pretty spring looks from Celine.

I love the leather, especially in the top two images. What would you call that color? And I love the wide leg pant. They should never be considered out of style. The shoes? Umm, I could do without.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Everyone Loves Tulle

Love it? Hate it?

I think they are pretty amazing. The colors are great. The tulle is amazing. The cut-outs are incredible.

Viktor and Rolf Spring 2010
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

What I Love: ID Textile

I was doing research the other day on textile designers and came across ID Textile. They have some great colors and patterns. I really like how they showcase them.

Check out their site and their blog. Warning: most of it is in French! But still worth a visit.


Monday, January 25, 2010

Pretty Pick-Me-Ups

The weather in Madison has been rainy and gloomy. This has been a terrible day of feeling icky and ending with a trip to the ER. This Debbie Downer needed a serious pick-me-up.

Thank goodness for the Sartorialist. Pretty pictures of pretty people in pretty outfits in pretty weather. To remind me that these days will pass.

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Friday, January 22, 2010

The Perfect Tray

I was going through old files the other day and found the link to this. I still love it.  All of my favorite colors together.

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"This pattern was inspired by the warm summer rains that turn everything green and lush."— Angela 

This has me dreaming of Spring. And party time.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

What I Love: Aesthetic Apparatus

Meet Minneapolis' best totally unknown design super team, Aesthetic Apparatus. Ok, so I took that intro from their web site...which you should visit, by the way.

Their prints are pretty sweet and so are the artists they work with. I'm lucky enough to own a few prints but find myself always on the lookout for more.

Some of my faves:

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dreaming Of These Interiors

It's been a very busy week and I can think of nothing better than spending the rest of the evening looking at images like this - simple yet beautiful interiors that I find inspiring.

Monday, January 18, 2010

My Goals For 2010!

Because I work in education my schedule is based on the academic calendar so instead of posting this a few weeks ago at the beginning of the year I decided I would instead post it at the beginning of the semester which starts tomorrow!

I present to you My Goals for 2010 & Beyond:

Learn to take a great photograph.  Straight and to the point.

Create. Spend more time creating my own things rather than reading about other people doing it!

Career. Do informational interviews with people who inspire me and are in careers that I may want to pursue. Not get frustrated with my "I should have done this 10 years ago" attitude. Enjoy class even if it stresses me out. I love learning but hate the homework and exam aspect of school! 

Save money! This is always a goal of mine but I like "stuff." It's hard. But I am inspired by so many design & fashion blogs that focus on vintage & thrifted items so I know that a person can be surrounded by beautiful things even if these things aren't brand spankin' new.

Garden. Grow a few veggies for myself this summer.  

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 Maintain positive attitude. I can be a cynical person but over the past few years I have really tried to change this mentality and surround myself with other positive people. I really want to focus on the positives of others rather than finding their faults. Just as important, I want to be more positive about myself. I tend to dwell on the past and think of all the mistakes I made (see Career goal!) and compare myself to others. In my mind everyone has a more fabulous life than I do. Envy is one of my most unattractive traits I possess. My goal is to stop being this way!

Health. Continue going to the gym on a regular basis even if I get overwhelmed with work and school. Run a few 5K's. Complete Bike the Barns again (and be able to bike up every hill!).

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Blog (almost) daily. Conquer writer's block and improve my writing skills. They've gotten rusty since graduating from J-school years ago! Write about what I like and what I love and what inspires me rather than what I think others will like. Use blogging as a way to connect with others, to offer and gain support, advice and encouragement.
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