This Week's Loves

Seashell Toothbrush Holder

The idea of using a seashell as a toothbrush holder, featured on exPress-o, is not only ingenious, it’s also the perfect marriage of form and function. Now, I just need to choose a seashell from my collection, acquire a prettier toothbrush, and forget about my fear of leaving my toothbrush unconcealed on the bathroom vanity. ...In any case, this idea has inspired me to think of new and innovative uses for my belongings.


A project of Need/Want — a St. Louis-based company that creates innovative products like Peel and SmartBedding — Minimums is an online publication that interviews the “world’s most interesting people” about their “most interesting possessions.” Reading the features is making me think more about my most meaningful possessions and about getting rid of some that aren’t so meaningful anymore.

Reading My Tea Leaves

via's feature  on blogger Erin Boyle of  Reading My Tea Leaves

via's feature on blogger Erin Boyle of Reading My Tea Leaves

Courtesy of this post on exPress-o which pointed me to a feature on about blogger Erin Boyle’s lovely home, I have acquired a new obsession in her blog Reading My Tea Leaves. I love that it centers around living simply and minimally and emphasizes appreciating the little things. It also showcases beautiful photography and a vintage, yet clean aesthetic.

Rifle Paper Co.

After convincing myself that my inability to get things done was due to a lack of organization, I hastily purchased a planner from an office store. Unfortunately, it’s not quite living up to my design standards. I’m currently pondering replacing it with the Birch Floral planner from Rifle Paper Co. for 2016. To tide myself over until then, I’m considering the undated Jardin desktop planner as well.

Not planner-related, but I’m also loving the Composition Pocket Notepad for its floral play on the classic composition book cover pattern.

Understanding the Emotional Response

via  A List Apart , illustration by  Elliot Stokes

via A List Apart, illustration by Elliot Stokes

Sometimes understanding, coping with, and accepting the emotional responses of others -- especially if they’re unsavory — is incredibly challenging, especially if we’re under pressure to respond to them quickly. Understanding the Emotional Response, an article by Kelsey Lynn Lundberg featured on A List Apart, offers tips to make it easier. ...while the article is written with a focus on the  web design industry, it can easily be applied to other professions and life, in general.