This Week's Loves: 5.6.16


Photo via  exPress-o

Photo via exPress-o

These couple of snaps made me smile this week :).

Block Printing

Photo via  UMLA

Photo via UMLA

I've been feeling inspired to experiment with some block printing lately. Although it would be a lot of work, I think it would be liberating to rid myself of the keyboard for a while and take control of the printing process.

Society's Kiss

Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead.

— Susan Sontag

I love the idea of not waiting for the approval of the masses — or anyone, for that matter — before having the confidence to do whatever it is that makes us happy. The quote above, by writer, filmmaker, teacher, and political activist Susan Sontag, is such a refreshing and eloquent take on the phrasing of this concept. It was featured in a collection of ennobling words by inspiring women over on A Cup of Jo.

Love Lucy

I cured myself of shyness when it finally occurred to me that people didn’t think about me half as much as I gave them credit for. The truth was, nobody gave a damn. Like most teenagers, I was far too self-centered. When I stopped being prisoner to what I worried was others’ opinions of me, I became more confident and free.

— Lucille Ball

From the same collection by A Cup of Jo, this quote by the great Lucille Ball serves as encouragement for all of us — not just teenagers — to free ourselves from the self-imposed prisons we build from what we perceive to be other people's opinions of ourselves. Most of the time, our perceptions are inaccurate and, in any case, why should we limit ourselves based on the fleeting thoughts of those who have no understanding of our lives?

Image via   exPress-o

Image via exPress-o

I can't get over the sprinkled placement of tiny rings in this photo :).

This Week's Loves: 4.16.16

Transitional Wedge

Photo and outfit styling featuring   Seychelles Charismatic Wedge Sandals   by  Happily Grey

Photo and outfit styling featuring Seychelles Charismatic Wedge Sandals by Happily Grey

After seeing the perfect pairing of these Seychelles Charismatic Wedge Sandals with a dark, bohemian maxi/sundress over on Happily Grey, I kind of can't get over them. The combination of the woven espadrille wedge paired with the solid, black, leather upper and substantial ankle buckle achieves an ideal mix of softness and edge; excellent for the transition from winter to spring.

Since they're a little on the pricier side, though, I found a few similar, yet more affordable options to consider:

...I give you the Dorsey Wedge Sandal by Report, the Chya Wedge Sandal by Steve Madden, and the Genna Wedge Sandal by Michael Antonio.

What do you think, guys? How do you plan on transitioning your wardrobe from winter to spring? Or, are you just so excited that it's finally happening that you don't even care? ...Not gonna lie, part of me might be in that last camp.

Reasons to Be Cheerful

Too often we apply metrics — that are frankly bullshit — to our lives: job status, money, flash[y] cars, holidays, blah blah blah. This experiment reminded me that there are more effective indicators for success, by simply keeping a weekly list of ‘good times’.

Reasons to Be Cheerful: My Good Times Experiment by Ian Sanders

As outlined in his article, Reasons to Be Cheerful: My Good Times Experiment, storyteller and consultant Ian Sanders is making a habit of listing all the "good times" he has each week. Based on the teachings of designer James Victore, Sanders' intent for this exercise is to notice and, thereby, learn what makes him happy so he can incorporate more of those things into his life.

While this may sound like an oversimplified approach, too often we don't have a plan in place to notice the good in our lives at all. Instead, by default, we allow negative events to overshadow everything else. Therefore, to me, Sanders' experiment sounds like a wonderful — and, yes, simple — way to turn the tables on this habit and, ultimately, shape our lives for the better. ...I've already started my list :). How about you?

— via Swiss Miss

When You Become the Person You Hate on the Internet

We hear a lot about how social media lets us present our glossy, perfect selves, but use social media enough and it will put you directly in touch with your own mistakes. Some clumsy opinion. Some joke you wish you could take back. We can all be thoughtless, we can all be cruel, which is good to remember the next time you find yourself on the receiving end of that random scorn.

— When You Become the Person You Hate on the Internet by Sarah Hepola

In When You Become the Person You Hate on the Internet, author Sarah Hepola shares a personal story detailing the time she made a hasty social media post. It ended up being both hurtful for her unintended target and, subsequently, painful for herself. She explains that this happened despite the fact that she tends to be a person sensitive to criticism and, therefore, usually quite conscious of the feelings of others.

Hepola's revelation reminds us that anyone — despite the best of intentions — can be thoughtless with their criticism. Therefore, we should always remember to take it with a grain of salt. Though, for the very same reason, we should also always be mindful of how we serve it up.

Harvard University's Forbes Pigment Collection

Photo by Jenny Stenger, © President and Fellows of Harvard College; via  Fast Company

Photo by Jenny Stenger, © President and Fellows of Harvard College; via Fast Company

In junior high, my history teacher regaled our class with the tale of the pigment that has, fittingly, come to be known as "royal purple." I remember being fascinated that a color I could easily pull out of my Crayola box had, at one point, been regarded as such a mark of prestige — for its difficulty to create and resulting expense — that it had been banned by Byzantine emperors for use by anyone outside the imperial court.

I had actually forgotten all about my enchantment with the pigment's story until I stumbled across this article over on Fast Company. It highlights the Forbes Pigment Collection housed within Harvard University's Fogg Art Museum. Initiated in about 1910 by historian and museum director Edward Forbes, the collection offers safe harbor for the most prized pigments on earth, including "royal purple," of course! Another of its intriguing specimens is the brown gathered from the wrappings of mummies. ...yeah.

According to the article, the collection was originally intended to help authenticate classical Italian paintings. In recent years, though, its purpose has grown to include the analysis and authentication of 20th century and modern art as well.

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