Every once in a while my jaw drops when I find a product that I truly connect with. These bags by Sonia Scarr of Love-Dart?? It 100% happened – my jaw was on the floor!! Like the majority of the stuff I discover, I was perusing Instagram when her Banjo Bag caught my eye. The color of the leather, the simplicity, the shape – Ugh!! The same thing goes for basically everything in her shop.
My favorite color right now is overwhelmingly light grey – mixed in with some black & white! I don’t know when or why it happened but it’s hilarious. The other night, I arrived home from work & transitioned into my i’m-home-&-tired-clothes & I literally was wearing light grey everything – undies, pants, top, bra, everything – what!?? I am most comfortable when my outfits fall under the greyscale umbrella so I naturally started drooling when I stumbled upon this & this! I’ve always loved neutrals and have definitely tried to fight it – thinking it was boring or lazy. It’s time to stop that nonsense and just embrace the fact that color ain’t my thang, most of the time!
Introducing Rowley Eyewear – a brand created by fashion designer, Cynthia Rowley. It is playful, chic, and bold – just like the designer! Anyone who has a shop with an entire floor dedicated to candy, is cool in my book. The website launched this summer, appealing to female and male fashion-lovers from all over! Rowley claims that “fashion is ever-changing so why should your frames remain the same?” I totally agree and embrace this! What do you guys think?
A little story:
You guys may not know this about me but I have worn glasses my entire life. Sadly, they would only come out during the darkest hours of the night to avoid embarrassment. My severe prescription caused the glass to be super thick – I guess you could say I looked like a bug. No wait, a tarsier. BUT over the past few years, I have become a huge fan of eyewear – as there are now so many amazing options to choose from. As of right now, I have two pairs I’m not afraid to sport out in public. Im thinking about investing in some colorful ones – maybe these blush No.62s or No. 78s!
Oh and guess what??
Cynthia is amazing and has offered up one pair for you guys to win!
We also have a discount code for 20% off: Use – Emmadime20
I recently received this book as a very very very early christmas gift. The giver was so excited about the find, that he couldn’t contain himself, he had to hand it over. Understandably so! It’s called The Wes Anderson Collection and it’s the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography, guiding you through his life and career. I have to say, it’s about damn time! There are unpublished photos, artwork, and ephemera that any Wes-admirer would be ecstatic to see.
“The interview and images are woven together in a meticulously designed book that captures the spirit of his films: melancholy and playful, wise and childish—and thoroughly original.” -Abrams Books
The size of the book is magnificent. It’s huge, a whopping 10″ x 12″!! You’re able to dive into the photos as if you were there – and when those photos happen to be of Wes in India or of him buddying up with Owen Wilson between shots, it’s pretty fun. I also love how the author expands the book into a series of video essays. He walks you through each individual film and all the gory details. Make sure to not overlook them, as they supplement the book experience very well.
Man, I am going to be so broke after the holidays! Here are a few more things that caught my eye while Christmas shopping & brainstorming gift ideas. Are you guys done yet? I’m almost there… it’s crazy how quick you have to be about it all. Before you know it, everything is either sold out or won’t be shipped on time. Eeek! Good-luck +
Welcome to my studio – it’s 395 glorious square feet of windows, light, wood, & plants! This little corner of mine, located in Jack London Square, has become such a special place for me. It’s taken me a while to get it up + running & ready to show off so it’s my pleasure to finally be able to walk you guys through it. Rue Magazine featured the space on their blog today and asked me a handful of questions. I’ll be sharing a few of those with you, alongside some of my favorite pictures and product details!
And to accompany this post – I am so excited to share a project ( video below ) that me and my friend, Wade, worked on together! You guys know Wade – he has done a few Lovely Lady videos for me :) He’s got serious talent! The video is a little “day in the life series” of a graphic designer. Things I do on the daily: Get dressed, ride my bike to work, coffee… you get the idea! Enjoy.
For the full interview, head on over to Rue.
It’s every creative’s dream to rent and decorate an inspiring space to work in but can be a big financial step. Tell us, how did you know you were ready to make the plunge?
“Last year I lived in Los Angeles, where I shared a space with an inspiring group of young creative entrepreneurs. It was the first time I had an office, let alone office-mates! It was a good match for me financially because we had a decent amount of people in there, splitting the bill in a reasonable way. It was a great opportunity for me to take the next step up in my work environment and still not break the bank. When I moved to the bay area, I knew that I couldn’t go back to working from home. I was hooked on leaving the house, being surround by business savvy peers, and having a separate work-zone that’s dedicated to just that.The big challenge was finding something as affordable as my place in Los Angeles. I was very new to the bay so I didn’t have a nice rolodex of friends to contact about sharing a space with, it was just me. I basically started searching in hopes that I would luck out? And guess what, I did!! It’s in an old building in Jack London Square, a warehouse district on the waterfront of Oakland. There’s great light, unique old details, nice people, and it’s in a really great location.”
It looks like your office is in a charming building!
Tell us how you went about finding the perfect place!
“Yes, it’s wonderful. It’s owned by this mysterious Italian family that hasn’t raised the rent in like 20 something years. It’s full of all kinds of different people – artist, tenants, transients… For me, the selling point was all of the old unique details that the building had. I did one walk through and knew it would be a special place to come everyday. In my experience, finding something like this is vary rare – I’m not sure how it hadn’t been snatched up. Luck I guess. My favorite aspect is the huge industrial elevator you can take to the top floors. It’s got this wooden gate that clanks down really loud and you just push a simple red button to go up or down! It makes me feel like I’m in an episode of Boardwalk Empire or something.”
What were the design goals and aims for your office space?
“All of a sudden I had 395 square feet of office all to myself! I was used to one little desk in one little corner so the amount of space and freedom I had was a bit overwhelming. My main goals were to leave it open and spacious for projects and photo-shoots but keep it welcoming and comfortable for meetings and designing at my desk. I’m feeling pretty good about where it sits right now.”
Your favorite part about your office?
+ Product credits: Staghorn Plant | Wire Storage Bin | Draper Lounge Chairs from Zuo | Wooden Flower Coasters | Frosted White Coffee Table | Abstract Journal | Typhoon White Metal Desk | Ikat Pillow | Leather Jamie Young Ottoman | Hardshell Modern Desk Chairs
Man, it’s holiday gift-guide central in blog land huh!? I thought I would jump on the band-wagon but instead of making gift-suggestions, I’m sharing MY ultimate dream-christmas wish list… I’ve preached many times before about how de-junking my life has been a big priority these days. Although, it’s hard to do that when I’m constantly wanting and purchasing new things!!
Everything on this list is something I believe would be very useful to me right now. ( …and here is where I try to justify that statement, ha ) For example, that felted beanie would be perfect for my freezing cold bike-commute to work! The candle will help me relax-to-the-max, as I seem to be a bit too stressed these day. Etc Etc… P.S. Don’t get mad at me that there are some super expensive things in there – key words: “ultimate dream-christmas wish list” Hope you guys are having fun putting your list together. It’s fairly easy when there are so many amazing products out there right now!
I have the hardest time finding artwork for my home… It’s never been easy for me – committing to putting something up that will be there every single day! You should see the walls in my apartment right now, they are 99% empty. It’s sooo boring!
I was very excited when Miles of Light, an online shop that sells nature and botanical prints, reached out to me because I really connected with her photos. They are simple, beautiful, and very soothing. I think have decided to frame this Coral Fan. The color and texture are gorgeous!
Romina, the head and heart behind the shop, has graciously offered up some of her products for you guys to win! This includes the 2014 one-page calendar, 1 set of feathers blank cards with envelopes, and an 8×10 print of your choice! To enter: Follow Miles of Light on Facebook and then leave a comment below about your favorite product! One winner will be chosen on Nov 27th ( this giveaway has ended! )
Introducing Sarah Samuel, She is the founder and designer behind A Sunny Afternoon as well as the voice behind the lifestyle & design blog Smitten Studio. She actually launched a shop update TODAY that re-stocked some of the most popular and ongoing items, and released new designs along with a new lookbook! I have my eye on a few things – you guys should go take a look!
…a tiny bit from her:
“Adding new products & designs to the collection means a lot of time in our workshop making cutting boards as well as painting new patterns in my studio to apply to table linens. Planning shoots for the shop is one of my favorite steps in the process as I get to finally see all the finished products come together. It is how I share my vision and it’s also when I get to collaborate with a few other talented folks. Smitten Studio is a constant creative outlet as well where I show and share what I am up to and touch on all my favorite subjects like photography, home decor, fashion, travel, and product & pattern design.”
…and now her favorite piece and why:
“My favorite piece is that skirt! I am a total sucker for a beautiful graphic pattern.”
I’ve died and gone to cushion heaven! They are made by Bonnie & Neil, a company based out of Australia. I saw the bottom right pillow in person at a shop this past weekend and fell in love. The texture of the screen printed paint on the linen was so nice, the colors were super rich, and the fringe was a great additional detail. I have WAY too many pillows / cushions so I couldn’t even consider buying a new one. I am definitely bookmarking these bad boys for future decor needs though.