Ashley Longshore x Anthropologie

May 6, 2014

I blame Bailey for introducing me Ashley Longshore and her art. I now have what some might deem an unhealthy obsession with her pieces and have strategic conversations in my brain about which painting I will some day buy (“an Audrey! No, no, one with bottles of Veuve. Or history + pop culture perfection?”). Ashley’s art is both beautiful, magical, weird, and sometimes repellant, and the mix is what makes it so good. Not to mention, she also wickedly talented and has a an amazing, authentic sense of humor. Since I’m not quite ready to start my art collection (re: lack of…

I blame Bailey for introducing me Ashley Longshore and her art. I now have what some might deem an unhealthy obsession with her pieces and have strategic conversations in my brain about which painting I will some day buy (“an Audrey! No, no, one with bottles of Veuve. Or history + pop culture perfection?”). Ashley’s art is both beautiful, magical, weird, and sometimes repellant, and the mix is what makes it so good. Not to mention, she also wickedly talented and has a an amazing, authentic sense of humor.

Since I’m not quite ready to start my art collection (re: lack of wall space and ze money) I love that Ashely frequently does collaborations with Anthropologie – putting her special touch on home decor and accessory pieces that you and I can take home…it’s not the same as owning one of her paintings but it can definitely satiate your appetite to have just a little piece of Ashely. I myself am thinking about getting a few of the Under the Sun dinner plates. You can check out all of Ashley’s past Anthro collab items in her gallery here!

// Ashley Longshore x Anthropologie //

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(Images via Anthropologie, Sarah Ashley Longshore, and @ashleylongshoreart)

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Emotions + Art

April 14, 2014

I uncovered the art of Cecilia Paredes a little while ago and was enamored with it. These are all from her Photoperformance Landscape series, aren’t they amazing? Her pieces really speak to me in terms of how I have been feeling after our weekend in California. Trying hard this Monday to jump back onto the bandwagon of my work schedule (a busy one this week) and push through, at least until we get to visit some best friends next weekend for Easter… (Images via Cecilia Paredes)

I uncovered the art of Cecilia Paredes a little while ago and was enamored with it. These are all from her Photoperformance Landscape series, aren’t they amazing? Her pieces really speak to me in terms of how I have been feeling after our weekend in California. Trying hard this Monday to jump back onto the bandwagon of my work schedule (a busy one this week) and push through, at least until we get to visit some best friends next weekend for Easter…

(Images via Cecilia Paredes)

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Beasts + Beauties

April 4, 2014

Can’t even remember how I discovered these shots (maybe from my once every two week visit to Facebook?) but they’re too stunning and cool not to share. No photoshop—just gorgeous models (human and animal) and some skilled trainers. The freckled redhead really slays me…kudos and claps for Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova for bringing these enchanting portraits to life. Magical, right? On another note, our sweet mama is in town this weekend and we are more than a little excited to entertain her. Lots of yummy meals and fun errands and adventures…happy Friday chiclets! (Images by Katerina Plotnikova, Found via)

Can’t even remember how I discovered these shots (maybe from my once every two week visit to Facebook?) but they’re too stunning and cool not to share. No photoshop—just gorgeous models (human and animal) and some skilled trainers. The freckled redhead really slays me…kudos and claps for Russian photographer Katerina Plotnikova for bringing these enchanting portraits to life. Magical, right?

On another note, our sweet mama is in town this weekend and we are more than a little excited to entertain her. Lots of yummy meals and fun errands and adventures…happy Friday chiclets!

(Images by Katerina Plotnikova, Found via)

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Rifle Paper Co. x Garance Doré

March 4, 2014

A couple of nights ago I woke up in the early hours of the morning and couldn’t go back to sleep…so I did what I usually do, started scrolling through Instagram and clicking on various accounts Sally and I follow to make my eyes sleepy. This snap by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. caught my eye. A Rifle x Garance Doré collection? Had I been living under a rock? It appears I have been because after looking through her account I found more snippets about the new collection and hints of products. Then I spent an extra hour staring…

A couple of nights ago I woke up in the early hours of the morning and couldn’t go back to sleep…so I did what I usually do, started scrolling through Instagram and clicking on various accounts Sally and I follow to make my eyes sleepy. This snap by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co. caught my eye. A Rifle x Garance Doré collection? Had I been living under a rock? It appears I have been because after looking through her account I found more snippets about the new collection and hints of products. Then I spent an extra hour staring longingly at each of Anna’s artistic Instas (this and this – I can’t, so good) before I decided it was time to get back to sleep and resume investigating the collection later.

Here’s what I know based on this write-up on Garance’s blog: the famed photographer/artists contacted Rifle Paper Co. after feeling like their products and aesthetic aligned with the vision of the paper line she had always dreamed of launching. Match made in heaven, me thinks. Th  and correspondence cards, notebooks, calendars, and iPhone cases. Luckily for me (and you peeps) the collection will soon be stocked in stores across the globe and available via Rifle’s site and Garance’s online boutique—hopefully sometime this month!

(Images via annariflebond Instagram, garancedore Instagram, and Garance Doré)

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Scenes by Julie Blackmon

January 28, 2014

The artist’s own personal statement about her work truly does say it best: “The stress, the chaos, and the need to simultaneously escape and connect are issue that I investigate in this body of work.  We live in a culture where we are both “child centered” and “self-obsessed.”  The struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality is intense since these two opposites strive to dominate.  Caught in the swirl of soccer practices, play dates, work, and trying to find our way in our “make-over” culture, we must still create the space to find ourselves.  The expectations…

The artist’s own personal statement about her work truly does say it best:

“The stress, the chaos, and the need to simultaneously escape and connect are issue that I investigate in this body of work.  We live in a culture where we are both “child centered” and “self-obsessed.”  The struggle between living in the moment versus escaping to another reality is intense since these two opposites strive to dominate.  Caught in the swirl of soccer practices, play dates, work, and trying to find our way in our “make-over” culture, we must still create the space to find ourselves.  The expectations of family life have never been more at odds with each other.  These issues, as well as the relationship between the domestic landscape of the past and present, are issues I have explored in these photographs.  I believe there are moments that can be found throughout any given day that bring sanctuary.  It is in finding these moments amidst the stress of the everyday that my life as a mother parallels my work as an artist, and where the dynamics of family life throughout time seem remarkably unchanged.  As an artist and as a mother, I believe life’s most poignant moments come from the ability to fuse fantasy and reality:  to see the mythic amidst the chaos.”

Ever since my boyfriend moved to San Francisco and into a new place, I have become enamored with home decor which then sparked me to check in on Julie Blackmon and her most recent work – all of which can be found here. It is my dream to someday make one of her pieces my own!

(All images via Julie Blackmon)

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