An Anthro Outfit Welcome

 I've decided to channel my latest job and create a complete "Misha" outfit from Anthropologie. I've tried on both the blouse and the jeans and I'm 100% positive that these photos do NOT do the pieces justice. Especially that blouse. FYI...Those are snails, not clouds.

Charlotte Taylor Blouse, Faux Fur Vest, Pilcro Denim


Speaking of Mermaids...Mermaid Green, my favorite.

Lusting over any Elie Saab but especially this number!  
Photo Source: Here

Mermaid Scale Tiles

First, I should address my hiatus.  Many things have happened in the last 2+ weeks which made it impossible for me to blog.

For a return with a pow, I've gathered some ah-mazing photos of "mermaid" scale tiles!!!! We're going to call them that because I don't care for living fish. One day I'll have a bathroom inspired by a mermaid!

Photo Source (from top L to R): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6


Happy Friday

Once I saw the original book cover design by Aled Lewis for The Great Gatsby, I couldn't resist making a happy friday! Cheers!

Original Image: Here!


Sample Sale: Eva Franco

To all my lovelies in LA:

In case you haven't already heard, Eva Franco is having a fall sample sale this Friday, 23rd, from Noon to 8pm & Saturday, 24th, from 11am-6pm! It will be held at their downtown LA studio. If I was there, I'd go!

Photo Source

An Office Fit for a MAN

DBR & I watched Man Caves the other night and I couldn't help but think that most "man spaces" could aesthetically use a woman's touch (men with any sort of affiliation to design not included in this generalization). With that in mind, I've created an office fit for a man!

#001, #002, #003, #004, #005, #006, #007



Erica Tanov: Ireland Collection Video

This is a beautiful little video for Erica Tanov clothing. The name might look familiar because in Monday's post there was a photo of the stores gold scale wall! Let's just say it's Ah-mazing.

erica tanov - ireland from Erica Shires on Vimeo.


Party Poster, Ep. 21

Not entirely sure who made this but I got a little ping of Seattle nostalgia when I saw this! 

Photo Source


Ok...I'm ready.

Enough is enough! I'm ready to bust out the fall attire! After all, fall is my FAV!


Happy Friday

Jane Fonda has officially rocked this Stella McCartney number in a shoot for Harper's Bazaar!! To all my fashionistas, Happy Fashion Week Friday!

Photo credit: Paola Kudacki


Party Poster, Ep. 20

Done by Rudi de Wet, this was certainly a labor of love. Although I wouldn't pick this for myself, it's definitely something to appreciate. Right?!


2 more guests...

I decided that I'm going to keep adding people to my dream dinner party, starting with Grace Sun of Grace Sun Designs & Mama is Haute and Kelly Wearstler. Both fashion designers, uber chic mamas and Kelly is an interior designer that is not afraid of bold colors and patterns. Below are some of their work...

Grace Sun & Kelly Wearstler
Photo Source: here & here

Photo Source: Here

Photo Source from L to R: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7


A mini session w/ Kym!

Last week I had the honor of being photographed by, my friend, Kym Ventola! Here a few shots she took plus a few of my favorites from past events she's photographed! She's great on all accounts...Nice, sweet supermom and talented! She can be found on 100 layer cake and here! ...Did I mention she's local???



I LOVE motion graphics!!! Way to do info in a nice presentation! Did you ever  see the one I posted on Stuxnet?? Here's an informative video on the oil spill. Thank you Chris Harmon, for making such an informational piece with amazing visual aids throughout the entire video (not a total snoozefest people!).

Oil'd from Chris Harmon on Vimeo.

Via OkayGreat


Party Poster, Ep. 18

I am seriously drooling over this poster! I have a serious crush on the national park posters that this is modeled after, and that is why I LOVE this one! High five to the Jon Reese, the graphic designer AND the couple who decided they wanted their invite to look like a vintage national park poster!


Room to Outfit Inspiration

Photo Source: Bathroom, Blazer, Earrings, Clutch, Top, Skirt, Bracelet, Sandals

The Spirit Bear

I am officially putting this on my bucket list...I want to see a spirit bear, aka Kermode bear, in nature! Funny that I decided I liked them recently because National Geographic is doing a piece on them, this month! Here are some excellent shots of these majestic creatures by wildlife photographer, Paul Nicklen! This dude is living the life!

 Photos by: Paul Nicklen 


A name in common

5 products with one thing in common...They're named MISHA!!!! It all started with the pinning of those fun oxfords from kate spade. I couldn't resist turning it into a post! 


Levi's Legacy Campaign

Utilizing "The Laughing Heart," Levi's has created a nice little commercial. Looking forward to this popping up on the boob tube. Which makes me wonder, do you think there's a channel out there dedicated to design???


Party Poster, Ep. 17

Another Wednesday means another party poster invite!! Check out this cute Aspen themed wedding poster by Leslie of Unless Someone Like You.


Mad about Pink

Hope you all had a nice weekend! Here's some good ole pink inspiration! I'm completely lusting over that Sonia Rykiel sweater...I have not a clue where to find it!

Photo Source: Dress, Ring, Chair, Sweater, Bedroom, background image


Breakfast Interrupted

You'll be salivating while watching the opening frame! This food looks so tasty! The Marlin Network has quite the vision. I wonder how many cameras they had capture all that stuff flying?

BSS | Breakfast Interrupted from Bruton Stroube Studios on Vimeo.




Oh Bjork...I love you. This outfit is out of this world!

Photo Source: Found Here


Weekend Recap: Summer Chef Series Week 3

I hope everyone did something fun this weekend. I was really wishing I was up in Seattle for Seafair! All you PNWers, I am jealous! But luckily I had a relatively productive weekend. I found a coupon online for the Birkam North Scottsdale studio, which I wasted no time printing off and using. $30 for unlimited use for a month! Smokin' deal if you ask me. Anyway, I then worked at the Summer Chef Series at the Phoenix Public Market, where I actually got to prepare the plates in the back! Seriously delicious food made by Chrysa Robertson  of Ranch Pinot. 4 salads including: Grilled Beef Salad, Grilled Butternut-Lentil Salad (my favorite), Watermelon-Cucumber Salad, and Shaved Summer Squash Salad;  One tasty dessert: Panna Cotta w/ Lemon Vermena.

 Stuffing my face post class!


Thierry Mugler "Star" Campaign: Behind the Scenes

I've always thought Michael Legrand was a genius, especially creating the uber romantic masterpiece, The Windmills Of Your Mind. But WOW. This version with the full orchestra is quite nice too. Her voice with the orchestra together is pure magic. Thierry Mugler is so smart to have a someone not only be the face for the campaign but also the voice! Who would've guessed Eva Mendes had lovely vocal chords?!


Wedding Video: Stanton & Rubi's Whimsy Recap

Holy CREATIVE! Tiger in a Jar is AWESOME and this video is a whole lot of whimsy, which is why it doesn't disappoint!

stanton and rubi from tiger in a jar on Vimeo.


Party Poster, Ep. 15

Kevin Dart, an illustrator gets married to a cute asian gal & this is what their invite looks like! I LOVE the little couple in this poster, with a capital L.



Weekend Recap: Fresh Flowers and Fiestas

Saturday morning we moseyed on over to the Phoenix Farmers Market to pick up some flowers, for a (fiesta themed) graduation party. Turns out, we struck it big, with these AMAZING fresh flowers from Maya's Farm! The gals, working the stall, were so nice, they gave us a water bucket to store our flowers in. I also picked up a couple of beautiful small eggplants and red potatoes from Maya's. 
I am so pleased that the turnout, both vendors and customers, is visibly expanding on Saturdays, down at the market! The only downside to Saturday was that we were way too stuffed from breakfast at Matt's Big Breakfast, we didn't get a chance to sample anything from the market!  

Grown & Sold by Maya's Farm

Fiesta attire!


Cooking Class w/ Tudie

This past weekend, DBR & I went to one of my favorite spots in Phoenix, the Phoenix Public Market. They are hosting the Summer Chef Series, which is put on by Local First Arizona and Devour! Our star chef of the day was owner Tudie of D'licious Dishes.  We cooked up a mean meal!

 The tables had the most beautiful local flowers!

 Popcorn Crawfish Salad w/ Honey Chipotle Vinaigarette

Achiote Grilled Chicken Breast & Cucumber Melon Salsa (aka salad)

Vanilla Crepes filled with Crow's Dairy Butter-Pecan Goat Cheese topped with Carmel Sauce

Here are a couple of the standout recipes from the class! 


Thinker: Dinner Party Guests

If you were to host a dinner party, who would you invite? (living)

Characteristics of my possible guests should possess are captivating stories, some sort of unique talent which = I would learn something from them. After thinking about this long and hard, I came up with a handful, of some of the most interesting people around:

  1. Alice Waters  (Chef & the mother of fresh/ local food movement)
  2. Mia Michaels (Dancer & Choreographer)
  3. Al Green (Singer)
  4. Keith Johnson (Global shopper)
  5. Bill Cunningham (fashion photographer)
  6. The Morning Benders : Chris Chu, Jon Chu, Julian Harmon & Tim Or (Band)
  7. Brad Goreski (stylist)
  8. Carsten Peter (National Geographic photographer)
  9. Kristi Yamaguchi (Olympian, My hero!)
  10. Andy Spade (designer, total genius) 


Party Poster, Ep. 14

Not entirely sure if there is anything as aesthetically tingling as some well done letterpress. This poster, by Christine Park, is simple and memorable. I'm in letterpress overdrive because I am about to get some sweet sweet business cards designed by the lovey local ladies at Seesaw Designs.

Kinfolk on My Mind

Has everyone checked out the premiere issue, of the latest & greatest magazine to hit the web? Kinfolk, "a guide to small gatherings," is a beautiful marriage of simplicity, loved ones, and quality. This is a true testament that surrounding yourself with loved ones and serving quality ingredients can create the the most beautiful uncontrived setting. The first volume went live on the 15th of this month. If you are a design enthusiast, this does not disappoint! Be sure to check it out of you've got the hump day blues or just want to be truly inspired by something new.

Kinfolk from VsTheBrain on Vimeo.

Here's a recipe featured in the first issue...

ribboned asparagus salad from tiger in a jar on Vimeo.
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