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Archive: Jan 2013

Winter Layers

Winter is my favorite time of year because it means layers. Then again, winter in California has a completely different meaning then the rest of the country. The past couple weeks have been quite cold, for Southern California. It’s really funny seeing everyone’s reaction to it — have you seen this video? Growing up in the mid-west, I know what cold means, but you really do aclimate to temperatures! Although, that video might be a bit absurd…
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I’m in the process of something really exciting — redesigning my website & blog! Right now I’m wrapping up design on it and I’ve really noticed a shift in certain design aspects that I’m really drawn to. Here are a few things I’ve been pinning recently! Can’t wait to show you all.


Winde Rienstra

One of my favorite things in fashion are lines like this. Winde Rienstra’s mix between art and fashion. Especially when textures, multi-dimensional forms, and mixes in textiles are involved. They’re so beautiful.

Here’s a little excerpt from a studio visit with Winde Rienstra —

With my collections I try to look for the fine line between fashion and art, I find it interesting to see the body as a sculpture in my design. The designs are somewhere between clothing and object…” 

Check out the rest of the interview and more images from Winde’s studio on Dam Style.


Office Chairs

Let’s talk office chairs.

Right now I’m sitting on an antique wooden chair. Granted, it has seat pillow and  back pillow, but let’s be honest, 9-12 hours in a chair is not great. So I’m thinking it’s time for an upgrade, to a squishy, not the cutest desk chair. To me, some of them look like space ships! Although the white chairs seem more feminine, I worry about it being white. All I can think of is wearing blue jeans, and the seat will turn blue. Those of you who have a white chair, is this an issue??

What kind of chair do you sit on?

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I always get excited about new technology/apps/anything that helps productivity ( or are just plan awesome ) — and I’ve recently started using BusyCal for my calendar. I was originally just using iCal, but ran into some issues with syncing, because my account is with google calendar. So after doing some research and trying the free version of BusyCal, I was hooked.

Some great aspects to it:

• I used to use TeuxDeux for everything. BUT BusyCal has it’s own To Do lists (on the right hand side). Plus this syncs with Apple’s reminders app, so I can access them from my phone on the go! I can also add certain To Do’s on whatever day in my calendar, tomorrow of even three weeks ahead. I think I also like having the To Do’s right near my calendar so everything is together in one place.