Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Happy Holidays!

I love making my own holiday cards, and for the first time this year, I letterpressed them! I've been taking classes at the San Francisco Center for the Book with my friend Sarah for a few years now, and it was really awesome to be able to put everything we learned about rollers, ink, type, furniture, quoins, and the right ratio of kiss to bite into practice.

While we were at it, we made some ornaments and gift tags.

Sarah deserves mucho of the credit for making some of the designs from awesome letterpress site Briar Press work for our ornaments.

Ornament action shots.

In years past, we've used the increasingly rare and temperamental Japanese table top printing device for the masses, Print Gocco, to print our holiday cards. The Save Gocco website claims that, "at one time, nearly 1/3 of all Japanese households owned a Gocco."

Unfortunately, Gocco supplies have become harder and harder to find, but Save Gocco has some good resources.

Next year I'm thinking about printing my own wrapping paper, but printing can be hard work, and I'm not sure I could bear to see it get ripped up. That's not really in the spirit of wrapping paper though, now is it?

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Safety Pin Necklace

 I finally finished it! I really have no experience with jewelry making, so it was kind of a challenge to figure out how to turn the idea into a necklace I could actually wear. The clasp is still a little janky, and I had to improvise a way to keep the safety pins from getting separated and messed up, but it's working (for now).

I was inspired by this Vena Cava necklace from a couple seasons ago. It was for sale at a rad 'garage sale' VC did on Subports (other items for sale included a vintage YSL safari coat, weird books from the 70s, and their used Volvo station wagon). 

After seeing it and thinking about it for a few days, when I finally pulled the trigger to buy it it was sold out, so I figured I would just try to make my own. Which, as I see it, is really safety pin design coming full circle, being the kind of craft that originated in the same context as friendship bracelets and lanyards, being elevated to the level of runway fashion, and getting filtered back to DIY with little changes all along the way.

Although, this, by Katy at Dirty Hems has to be the most awesome Vena Cava inspired DIY safety pin project.

 Maybe next I can figure out how to make one of these awesome squash blossom style safety pin necklaces!

Friday, November 12, 2010

California Editorial

I recently had the opportunity to help out as assistant stylist to Georgie Perrins of  Puppethorse for this shoot by very talented photographer Darcy Rogers. Georgie is fantastically stylish, really fun to work with, and probably the sweetest person you might ever meet. Darcy was also incredibly nice, and it was really interesting to see how she was able to direct everything so calmly to get these dreamy, light suffused shots.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Rip It Up

Ironically, I'm most worried about ripping my perfectly shredded jeans.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Those 70s Sketches

All drawings by ebay member mhhr45
These vintage fashion sketches from 1973 look pretty now to me.

Friday, October 22, 2010

the Undercat

Last weekend we went to the Treasure Island Music Festival. It was rad to see so many great bands in one day, and a lot of the performances have really stuck with me into the week. The music was great, (and of course the main point), but I also can't stop thinking about Zooey Deschanel's makeup. I know some people think it's kind of annoying how she's professionally adorable for a living, and I'm not a squealing fan-girl or anything, but I was really taken with her twist on the traditional cat eye.

It's like a converse, under eye cat swoop. I tend to like things that are quirky and interesting looking, even if they're not the most flattering (a concept I think of as fashion akrasia), but I think this look is great because it's a little weird but still pretty. That said, it did remind of this bolder, weirder cat eye from the Rachel Comey Spring 2011 runway show.

We're getting a little more Cleopatra over here.
Which can be a slippery slope.

Zooey Deschanel images via ippuun21@flickr Rachel Comey image by Ryan Koopmans

Saturday, October 16, 2010

In the Pink

I love this room at Crosby Street Hotel, which I came across in this online version of an article in Hemispheres, the United Airlines in-flight magazine. While I'm a total sucker for in-flight magazines, I've never been in the habit of reading them online. I still tend to think of them more as corporate promotional material, a kind of afterthought meant to keep the book-forgetting masses placated after they've flipped through the entire SkyMall catalogue. But they can actually have some pretty standout content. And I'm super jealous of this article's author, who got to go gallavanting on a tour of New York's newest luxury hotels. So many free boutique toiletries.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


This would be the awesomest household accessory, except I'm afraid I'd start filling it up and using it to carry everything I own around town.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

From Proust to Elvis! Elvis! Elvis!

Well, what started as an innocent break from Proust has turned into quite the little trashy Elvis book collection.

Although I dutifully brought The Guermantes Way along on our road trip through the South, I couldn’t resist the temptation to pick up Priscilla’s memoir at Graceland. I do love to read a juicy biography on vacation (viz. The Diana Chronicles while in Vietnam and Dolly: My Life and Other Unfinished Business in Cuba). It was too perfect.

Chinoiserie in the foyer inside.

Meditation Garden outside.

Aboard the Lisa Marie, one of Elvis' several private planes.

But then I happened upon the other two in a junk shop in Macon, GA, and couldn't resist. Proust never really made it out of the suitcase after that. After I finished Elvis and Me while on the road, I read Don’t Ask Forever on the flight back from Nashville. I give Joyce Bova and William Conrad Nowels one star for writing this, and myself one star for reading it.

I have yet to crack open Elvis up close , probably because it’s not a paperback and doesn’t have any shiny embossing on the cover.