31 March 2010

Green Roundup

It finally feels like Spring. Before we all know it the grass is going to turn green, things will sprout and winter will be just a memory. To get in the right frame of mind, let's think green, roundup style.

Lettuce Florets Blouse
Green Satin Headband

Cape May Willow Coat

Two Tier Beaded Necklace
Moss Green Flower Dot Skirt
Urban ears classic headphones

30 March 2010

Playlist Wednesday: Tunes for Chairy

I've got beds on the brain. I'm contemplating getting a new bed frame and mattress. It's a pricey endeavor. Until I make that commitment, I'm going to compromise with a furniture inspired playlist. This is also an excuse for me to post a picture of Chairy from Pee Wee's Playhouse. Tell me I'm not the only one who remembers Chairy, and secretly wants to put giant eyes on their chairs to make their own?

Create a playlist at MixPod.com

29 March 2010

Check It: Simple Diary

I'm sort of a journal person. I have one that I use on and off. I journal with a purpose. When I was twenty, I made a 30 Things to do Before I'm 30 list. I write in that journal when I have an update or knock something off the list. Other that that, I've never been a "Dear Diary..." kind of girl. Not everyday is worth recording, and I have neither the commitment nor the schedule to write everyday. If only there was some really fun type of journal that gave me suggestions and asked me questions I never thought about before. Behold, the Simple Diary!

Not only does it come in fun colors (I have yellow), it's basically a mad lib journal. You fill in all the blanks. Was your day a schnitzel, baloney or a catastrophe? I bet you didn't even know your day could be schnitzel. Well it can, and now I've got you thinking. If you're curious, check our the Simple Diary site or thumb through one yourself. They can be found at Borders, Barnes and Nobel and Dick Blick.

28 March 2010

Design Inspiration Monday

I've had this puppy ready to share since last week. The only thing I love more than a good ampersand would be seventy good ampersands. I can't even pick a favorite, it's just love all around. Check out all 70 Creative and Practical Uses of the Ampersand. I challenge you to love just one.  

25 March 2010

Friday Link Ho-down

It's Friday! I'm almost happier than this little pig.Why you ask? Yesterday, I finally made it to the Modern Wing at the Art Institute. If you're in Chicago, you should totally check it out. It's free on Thursdays from 5-8, so head over after work. The space itself is gorgeous.

Tonight I'm going to see Vampire Weekend in concert and tomorrow I'm going to the roller derby! Windy City Rollers, here I come. As always I hope you have something great planned. A lot of my friends are sick right now, so if you can't make it out because you're under the weather, get a movie, curl up on the couch and rest your weekend away.

Watercolor Save the Dates
Paramore covering Kings of Leon
Seal Snuggie?
'70s logo types
Insane coat love
Boot umbrella stand
Overactive gallery of found PostIt Notes
Nice looking Recycling Bins
The most annoying commercial. Ever.
Cocktail chemistry set

24 March 2010

23 March 2010

Playlist Wednesday: Video Time

We're going with music videos today, kids. We've got one new video, one not so new video and one old school video to share.

New: Vampire Weekend- Giving Up The Gun
I don't believe I've shared the new Vampire Weekend with you. It's pretty fun. Wait till the two-minute mark for a fun cameo. 

Not So New: Feist- I Feel It All
This reaches ridiculous levels of fun. For every girl to loves fireworks and being a little reckless.

Feist "I Feel It All" from MOTOR // flame artists on Vimeo.

Old School: Coldplay- The Scientist
2002 is kind of old school. Regardless, I still love those Coldplay boys.

Coldplay - The Scientist from Argumente on Vimeo.

Draw A Cupcake, Win A Prize

Who doesn't want to win free, sweet stuff? Cake Spy is having a giveaway. All you have to do is submit an image you create of a just submit a drawing of a cupcake, cake, cookie, or pastry. Winners are chosen at random, not by merit, so what have you got to loose? I'm submitting my doodle of Mufficorn. Half muffin, half unicorn and ready for business.

22 March 2010

Spring Coat Round Up

It may have snowed here in Chicago on Saturday, but that doesn't change the fact that it's Spring. Stores are putting out their Spring coats and I am eating them up. I've got a few for you that I'd gladly purchase. Or, if you happen to think I'm just that charming, you can also purchase one for me (I'm a medium).

Clockwise Coat Coveting:
Wear in the world jacket
Whit jacket 
Kensington jacket 
Belted trench coat
Icon trench
Canvas mademoiselle trench coat

21 March 2010

Inspiration Monday

I had a great weekend. Whirly Ball was amazing. Though I'm very sore and have random bruises, I'd do it again in a heartbeat.To start off a new week, as custom, let's take a minute to consider a few creative things that may help us jump start our brains.

Not design per say, but awesome. Listen to these kids sing Phoenix's Litzomania a capella.

Mmm... vintage Volkswagen owner manuals.

A tumblr dedicated to Period Piece photos? For the love of elegance, wit, and petticoats. Oh, and dashing men.Yes, please!

18 March 2010

Friday Link Celebration

Well, I survived my first week at the new job. No major blunders to speak of, though I thought I broke a toilet and I did walk in and sit down in the wrong office yesterday. Yes, there was someone else sitting at the desk I put my bag down at. He was very confused. Sssh. Moving on, how should I celebrate? How about Whirly Ball on Saturday? What is Whirly Bally you ask? Think bumper cars + basketball + lacrosse. It's going to be an amazing mess.I hope your weekend is just as fun.Till Monday, enjoy some linkage.

RGB Lamp
I love tea towels
Dogs as typefaces
Listen to She & Him Vol 2 before it comes out
Fade out chair
Hover cats?
Picnic table condiment set 
Portland street style
Sweet mural
Oh, Mr. Darcy

17 March 2010

Check It: A Collection A Day

I'm not really a collector, but I love looking at collections of things.Visually, A Collection A Day is more than I could ask for. In terms of eye candy, this site has put me into a sugar coma. It's vintage collections of everything your heart desires, all looking gorgeous and arranged neatly.I only posted three images. I could have re-posted the whole site. Go forth and explore the visual feast my friends. The bounty is large.

16 March 2010

Playlist Wednesday: Tick of Time

Tuesday was a great day at the new job. I finally have my computer set up, and I actually did real work. Sweet, sweet accomplishment. It's amazing how different things can be from day to day. To honor the changing of events we've got a time themed playlist. Let's get to it.

Create a playlist at MixPod.com

15 March 2010

If I Was A...

Day one at the new job is over. I don't have an opinion yet, because I haven't done anything. I'm in that early stage of needing to have my hand held through everything. I feel a little useless, and I don't like feeling useless.Regardless, I'm in a transitional period right now, and that leads to all sorts of thinking. I saw this a while back on Delete the Adjectives and loved it. It's fun to think about. I'd never thought about what sort of tool or body part I'd be, but I like it. So what are you?

If I was a month, I’d be September.
If I was a day of the week, I’d be Sunday.
If I was a time of day, I’d be mid-morning.
If I was a planet, I’d be Venus.
If I was a sea animal, I’d be a starfish.

If I was a direction, I’d be northwest.
If I was a piece of furniture, I'd be a letterpress drawer.
If I was a liquid, I’d be fizzy.
If I was a gemstone, I’d be an opal.
If I was a tree, I’d be one with a tree house in it.

If I was a tool, I’d be an awl.
If I was a flower, I’d be a daisy.
If I was a kind of weather, I’d be a crisp autumn day.
If I was a musical instrument, I’d be a tambourine
If I was a color, I’d be green.

If I was an emotion, I’d be enthusiasm.
If I was a fruit, I’d be a clementine.
If I was a sound, I’d be pencils scribbling on paper.
If I was an element, I’d be potassium.
If I was a car, I’d be a vintage Volkswagen Beetle.

If I was a food, I’d be covered in gravy.
If I was a place, I’d be a foreign city full of museums.
If I was a material, I’d be rubber.
If I was a taste, I’d be sweet, but I wouldn't give you cavities.
If I was a scent, I’d be citrusy.

If I was an object, I’d be a button.
If I was a body part, I’d be the elbow you always manage to smack into something.
If I was a facial expression, I'd be a toothy grin
If I was a song, I’d be performed with an acoustic guitar.
If I was a pair of shoes, I’d be a well-worn pair of brown Converse

Design Inspiration Monday

Today is my first day at my new job. I'm not sure what to expect. It feels like the first day of school. I'm going to calm my nerves with a little design food for the brain.Enjoy and have a great Monday!

Toast Poster

Puzzle Business Cards

Pantone Paint

12 March 2010

Happy Friday Links

The sun is out, and it's about fifty degrees! That's like summertime to a Chicagoan. It's also my last day with my current job. We have a sundae bar. I know. Is today the best day ever? Maybe. I hope you have an equally great day and weekend. If there is sunshine, soak it up. And don't forget to turn your clocks ahead on Saturday. See you on Monday!

Automatic pancake machine!
Free ice cream cone day
Bacon and eggs
Bow bracelet
Nice wallpaper
Parallel world furniture
Paper Crave
4 pixels or less
Motorized ice cream cone

11 March 2010

Cupcake Kits & Free Music

When I bake cupcakes, I normally don't go all out decorating them. I'm a sprinkles and frosting type of girl. I could easily change though. Look at the fun! Meri Meri is an online shop with all sorts of party planning supplies. Dinoarus, robots and birds. Oh my! Check out all the fun kits here.

Not in the mood for cupcakes? How about free music? Urban Outfitters is offering 25 free downloads. Listen and get them here.

10 March 2010

Rock N' Roll Map

Music + maps + good design = instant love from me
Check it out here.

Playlist Wednesday: Workin' It

This is my last week at my current job. I've been here for three years- crazy. Why not honor this week with a job themed play list? It's seems only natural. I predict that by this time next week, I'll be freaking out and filled to the brim with new job anxiety. So let's enjoy the calm before the storm, kids.

Create a playlist at MixPod.com

09 March 2010

She & Him Video for 'In the Sun'

Look what Pitchfork just posted! It's the new She & Him video for 'In the Sun.'
Watch it here.

Really Zooey, I have awesome friends, but there is always room for one more. Could we at least go shopping and you can tell me all about your bangs and polka dots?

Check It: Novelty Soaps

I imagine this is the type of thing that's fun for all of two minutes. At first, it's "Waffle Soap!" Followed by "Waffle Soap." Then Finally it's "Waffle Soap?" Yes, it looks cool and might be a fun gift, but when it comes down to it, as much as I love the smell of syrup in the morning, I don't want to wash myself with a waffle. Regardless, it's worth sharing. Check out all the novelty soaps here.

08 March 2010

Monday Design Inspiration

Is it Monday already? I'd rather it wasn't. This weekend, I saw, and enjoyed, Alice in Wonderland in 3D. It wasn't as creepy as I thought it would be. Now I love a Scottish accent, probably more than most people, but beware when Johnny Depp slips into his Scottish accent. You can't really understand him. He sounds amazing, but I'm just not quite sure what he's saying.

I've got book covers today! Ooo. The awesome people at Penguin teamed up with AIDS awareness fund (RED) for eight, count 'em eight, new takes on book covers. Penguin never disappoints, these are great. Check them all out here.


05 March 2010

Friday Links

It's Friday! I know that's my reaction every Friday, but I always mean it. Tonight, I'm meeting up with a bunch of friends for a little piano bar goodness, and tomorrow I'm going to see Alice in Wonderland! I've got one week left at my current job, and it's finally hitting me. Is it possible to explode from anxiety and excitement? If it is, proceed with caution if I see you this weekend. Here's to having a fabulous weekend, not exploding and appreciation of the Internet through random and various links.

Book lights
Need a new desktop
Crazy bathtubs
Lots of lists
How to carve a watermelon T Rex dinosaur
Nice spice shakers
Personalized Alice In Wonderland copy
Ice cream bench
Modern log cabin
Fun, but tough, brand quiz

04 March 2010

Check It: Oh Hello Friend

 I love when one good discovery leads to another. I recently came across the Oh, Hello Friend blog and spent more time than I should going through posts. One thing lead to another and I found a link to their Etsy shop. Then I found the items below. So pretty. I dig the Amour necklace. There are four pages to the Etsy shop. Go through them all with relish. I did.

Amour necklace
Key necklace
Birdcage necklace
Camera Ring

03 March 2010

Sweet Elijah

Today I came across not one but two amazing videos that feature Elijah Wood.  I am currently fascinated.

How The Day Sounds Official Music Video from Greg Laswell on Vimeo.

New OK GO Video

Have you seen OK GO's new music video? It's like a real life version of Mousetrap. I think they topped their treadmill video. Word is they shot it in one take. What do you think?

Dawn of The Dreadfuls Very Much Not Dreadful

"Yet this much would be obvious to a clear-thinking, level-headed girl like her: The dreadfuls had returned, and there was more to be done about it than scream."
What do you do if you're a young woman in regency England about to come out to society, when that society is threatened to the brink of extinction? Well, if you're Elizabeth Bennet, you fight. You defend everyone, and if that means getting some zombie guts on the dress you wore to the ball, so be it. I'd like to see any other heroine try that.

The latest literary mash-up from Quirk Classics, Dawn of the Dreadfuls tells the story of the Bennet girls and how they become the defenders of Longbourn. We see each of them come to into their own as warrior and a lady. While Pride & Prejudice & Zombies drops you right into the thick of the battle, Dawn of the Dreadfuls provides much needed context and background along with a story of it's own. We know that Jane eventually ends up with Bingley at Netherfield, but did we know that Jane was once the defender of Netherfield? We know Lizzy eventually ends up with Mr. Darcy, but what about the men before him? We meet the strong yet mysterious Master Hawksworth and the blundering yet slightly adorable Dr. Keckilpenny. Are either of these men Lizzy's first love?

The novel's strength lies in the reader's familiarity with the characters. There's something so wrong, yet so right about taking these classic figures and having them battle it out with a zombie. It's absurd, it's entertaining and it's all done in good fun. I particularly enjoyed the relationship between Mr. and Mrs. Benett. Mrs. Bennet is infamous for wanting to marry off their daughters, so when her husband decides they need to train as warriors, things get interesting. 

When compared to Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Dawn of the Dreadfuls is less heavy on the zombie slaying descriptions, which is good for people like me, who don't love the guts. At the very least women should read the book to find out what the "Fullcrum of Doom" is and how, with one strategic kick, you can defend yourself.

For more information check out the official Dawn of the Dreadfuls page. Wait, I didn't even tell you the best part! Go here, in the comments section mention that you heard about Dawn of the Dreadfuls on Alpha Scout and you could win prizes! Participants will be automatically entered to win one of 50 Quirk Classics Prize Packs. Each Prize Pack, with a retail value of more than $100, will include:
  • An advance copy of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls
  •  Audio Books of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters 
  • A password redeemable online for sample audio chapters of Dawn of the Dreadfuls 
  • An awesome Dawn of the Dreadfuls poster
  • A Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Journal
  • A box set of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies postcards
So there you have it. The only way things could get more exciting would be if you were out there slaying zombies yourself. And unless you're professionally trained, I really don't recommend it.

02 March 2010

Comfortable? No. Awesome? Yes.


Out Like A Lamb Round Up

Happy second day of March! Admittedly, I dropped the ball yesterday, but these no reason we can't do a dedicated post today. I believe the saying is, March goes in a like a lion and out like a lamb. I like the lamb part much better. In hopes of reaching our lamby weather sooner than later we're doing a round up, Etsy style.

Baby Sheep fine art print
Mary Had A Little Lamb card
Franny the Lamb
Parachuting Lamb
Silver Lamb pendant
Wool Yarn

If lambs aren't your thing, what about zombies? Tomorrow I've got an exciting review of Quirk Classic's new book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls.

01 March 2010

Updates + Monday Design Inspiration

Exciting things are going down in these parts. On Friday, I gave my two-weeks notice. I'm excited and nervous and all sorts of things when I think about starting my new job. Things are pretty hectic right now, since I'm trying to tie up all sorts of loose ends, but I promise this week will be fun. On Wednesday, I've got something special for you. The good people at Quirk Books, contacted a bunch of bloggers, yours truly included, for a special promotion. I was sent an early copy of their upcoming book Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. I read it, and on Wednesday not only will I have a review for you, I'll have special information on how you can win fabulous prizes from Quirk Books. Sound awesome? Well it's going to be. 

So those are the updates, kids. Now let's get this week rolling with some design eye candy:

Bookshelf lust


Nice Student Work


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