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This Week's Loves: 4.16.16

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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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This Week's Loves

On Dreams

Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway. 

— American radio personality, writer, speaker, and author Earl Nightingale

I was excited about having a morning to myself last weekend. I wanted to use it to start one of the many projects I’ve had in the works for a while. As I reviewed them in my head, though, I kept alternating between which one I should begin first based on when it would need to be finished and how much time it would take. Soon enough, instead of making headway on a project, I had overwhelmed myself and become fixated on the notion that I would never have enough time to accomplish everything on my list.

After my initial breakdown, though, I was brought to my senses and, subsequently, remembered the quote, above. It made me realize that, truly, I may not have enough time to get through every project on my list. But, even so, if I allow myself to become fixated on this fact and never actually pick one with which to begin, I’ll never accomplish any of them.


I haven't been able to stop thinking about the wispy braid, the lacy dress, the eclectic sunglasses, and the dreamy light in this outfit photo, part of a post entitled Undone by Happily Grey

Gallery Leather Planner

Last weekend I picked up this monthly planner by Gallery Leather. The paper is buttery; the typography and layout is lovely; the ribbon page marker is both functional and stylish; and the leather-like exterior is silver (!), supple, and luxurious. Definitely check out Gallery Leather's products if you're in the market for a new planner.

First Drafts

The awkward first drafts are the warriors that bring us to the finish line.

— from The Great Discontent's interview of designer Becky Simpson

When working on a project, we designers often go through a series of “awkward” first drafts before a pleasing and functional design begins to take shape. It’s been my experience that most of us are a bit embarrassed of them since they’re never too visually appealing. Despite this fact, these drafts are the fearless ones that help us experiment and hone our ideas into the polished compositions that they will eventually become. Therefore, they deserve just as much respect as our finished masterpieces.

Tanamachi Goods

Lettering artist Dana Tanamachi has just opened Tanamachi Goods, an online shop filled with art prints, posters, paper goods, and books inspired, according to the site, by “vintage typography, Japanese patterns, and nostalgic ephemera from [Tanamachi’s] childhood home in the American Southwest.” Products showcase Tanamachi’s signature chalk art as well as her work in other mediums including watercolor and ink.


As part of a revitalization effort, design firm Invisible Creature was asked to grace the exterior of Cinerama, an iconic Seattle movie theatre that originally debuted in 1963, with a custom mural. The mural’s design pays homage to the groundbreaking movie-showing technology that helped make Cinerama famous, the allure of the period in which the Seattle movie house was built, and the decades worth of collateral branded to promote the films and festivals it has featured. It references a time when going to the movies was a special event and brings a taste of that excitement to the modern age.

The newly renovated Cinerama theatre backs up its super-cool exterior with awesome offerings on the inside as well. With its famous chocolate popcorn and a selection of local craft beers and ciders, it boasts the "best concessions in town." It houses an ever-changing display of original costumes from films including Star Wars, Star Trek, and Blade Runner. It features the latest in technology to capture every ounce of modern movie magic. Yet, it also maintains a collection of vintage theatre equipment capable of showing "classic 35mm, 70mm, and original 3-strip Cinerama films." ...Seattle's Cinerama theatre = bucket-listed.

Be sure to check out Invisible Creature's project post for an overview of their process and many more pictures. Prints of the mural can be purchased in Invisible Creature's online shop as well.