Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Print love: California street maps

I've shared my love for maps a time or two here, a penchant I think stems from the fact that I've moved about seven times and probably also from my innate need to compensate for my lack of directional sense. But all digressing aside, I was excited to stumble on some cool prints featured on La Belle Vie's Tumblr account a few days ago. The California collection from Pink Bathtub Designs is fun and cute, and if I had actually ever been to California, I would probably snatch these up in a heartbeat. But since I've yet to make it out to the West Coast, I'm hoping that a Florida or DC line will be in the works soon.


Monday, July 19, 2010

Book + Art Whimsy

Seems like I'm writing a lot about books lately, so leave it to me to bring to you a gem of a find when it comes to books and art--C.S. Neal--whose work I spotted over at Paper & Ink this morning.

Neal's whimsical illustrations were featured alongside the NPR Summer Reading list, which mind you I've most definitely used to update my GoodReads account. Turns out, after perusing Neal's site for a bit he does a ton of illustrations for books, book reviews, bands, local shows and other ephemera.

How fun is his work? I love it.

Thursday, July 15, 2010


Tomorrow, I'm heading to Virginia Beach for a weekend filled with sun, friends and Jack Johnson. I can't wait to get back to the sea.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Bookshelf Lust

As I posted earlier my love for the Tumblr site BookshelfPorn, I was thrilled to see the lovely review of the blog in the New Yorker yesterday. Not surprisingly, the site's creator, Anthony Dever shares my hesitation over the Kindle.

My friend Meg and I, who recently started our own book club--Books and Brunch--have come to the conclusion that given the scenario, we would much rather take the library from Beauty and the Beast over the closet in Sex & the City. Although, don't get me wrong, I'd take more closet space any day of the week.

Here are some more lovely images from from Dever's blog; what I would give to be curled up here with a cup of coffee and a book on this rainy day. Definitely hop on over to read the review.


“Looking at bookshelves represents the collective feelings of enjoyment that comes from reading books. Plus I love seeing the creative, charming, and interesting ways that people from around the world integrate bookshelves into their homes. People just have this affection and dedication for featuring their books.”

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Etsy find: Key necklaces

Spotted the lovely GwenDelicious Etsy Shop today and I'm loving these necklaces. The vintage letterpress necklaces featured on Cup of Jo are fun too!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The perfect book tote

I'm a sucker for the 10th Commandment posts by Cap Hill Style. While my fashion budget unfortunately falls more closely inline with the "unpaid intern" or "hill staffer" than "elected official" (obviously), I still manage to find amazing ideas from each of these posts.

I'm loving the magazine tote bag from Net-a-Porter today. As if I don't have enough totes already. But, this would be perfect for those library or old book store perusing days.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Fourth of July: Midsummer celebrations

Happy back to work day! Hope everyone had an absolutely wonderful Fourth of July weekend. I have to say, being my first Fourth of July in DC, I think this year's was the best yet. Good friends, lots of time in the sun, fireworks, food, sparklers--life just doesn't get any better.

I'll be sure to post some updates of this year's glorious fireworks from our nation's capital, but for now be sure to check out the collection from my favorite DC blog: We Love DC.