Friday, August 27, 2010

Friday favorite

I spotted this room on La Velle Vie this morning and absolutely love it. Something about the backwards-facing books on the mantel is really, surprisingly lovely paired with the hydrangeas. Also, the messy montage of photos is totally me.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Etsy find: Earthy-inspired prints

As you can imagine, my Etsy favorites section is overwhelmingly long. There is hardly a day that goes by when I don't find something I'm smitten with (if only I had the budget and space to invest in all these awesome pieces). Perusing through my list today, I noticed The Wheatfield Shop and I can't believe I never posted Katie's lovely prints. No Florida or DC ones yet, but some lovely, earthly prints, quotes and maps are available.

Love these!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Etsy find: Poetry paintings

It's official, I'm obsessed with these paintings from Mae Chevrette. E.E. Cummings is undoubtedly one of my absolute favorite poets and this quote, from "maggie and milly and molly and may" makes me think of home.

maggie and milly and molly and may

maggie and milly and molly and may
went down to the beach (to play one day)

and maggie discovered a shell that sang
so sweetly she couldn’t remember her troubles,and

milly befriended a stranded star
whose rays five languid fingers were;

and molly was chased by a horrible thing
which raced sideways while blowing bubbles:and

may came home with a smooth round stone
as small as a world and as large as alone.

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me)
it’s always ourselves we find in the sea

ee cummings

She has some really lovely other pieces too. (Leave it to me to find the map ones).

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hermes: Ad love

I very well may be late to the game on this, but I absolutely love the Hermes home ad campaign. The tones and setting are gorgeous.

Etsy find: Paper Anniversary

I stumbled on the Paper Anniversary Etsy shop this morning and I'm loving their cute cards. I'll be honest though, I'm feeling a little tired on this Monday morning, so it took me a second to process this:

And how cute is this one? Love it.

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Desk love

I wish that I could say that I actually sit down and write people notes or letters, but for as much as I love stationery, I rarely do. But if I were to get back into the habit, I think this desk would be the perfect spot.

Love the bulb vase for flowers. I have a similar one on my desk here at work!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

News: Book blog!

Well, seeing as I frequently post about books, I’m excited to announce a new venture that I’ve started with my good friend Meg—who I began book club with. We’ve started co-writing a new blog for book lovers: Serendipity in the Stacks. If you love books as much as we do, please stop by!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Tourist in residence...

This past weekend, with my dad in town, I got the chance to play tour guide and show off my city, one of my favorite things to do. Living in DC, there are so many things to do and see, that I’m always adding activities to my never-ending bucket list. With visitors, I always warn them to bring their walking shoes, because I’m all for maximizing time in the city and usually drag everyone around excitedly pointing out my favorite DC spots, leaving us all utterly exhausted by the time the weekend’s over.

And this weekend was no different. Saturday, we ventured up to the National Arboretum, which I’ll definitely be heading back to in the spring when everything’s in bloom again. We also walked all the way there from Union Station, through scenic Northeast DC (cue sarcasm), which, if you’re familiar with DC at all, was quite the hike and left me feeling a bit like Annie Oakley. But it was a beautiful once we arrived.

Sunday was the highlight of the visit, for me. Having lived in DC for more than a year, I’ve been dying to go to the Newseum—in short, DC’s museum of media. Given that I’m the in the public relations industry and a self-proclaimed media junkie, I knew I’d love this place, but I didn’t realize how much I would. It’s without a doubt one of my favorite places in DC now. Not only are the exhibits so interesting, but the view of DC is to die for. Walking through the exhibit, I kept thinking back to my favorite book when I was kid, “From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler,” where two kids run away and spend the night in the MET. Seriously, friends, if I could move in I would. While I didn’t get to see everything, my favorite exhibits were, of course, the homage to 9/11 and the Pulitzer Prize winning photography from the last 50 years (some of these images are so searing and haunting, it’s crazy to think how quickly the moment might’ve passed by in reality). Walter Iooss, one of Sports Illustrated’s, most famous photographers also had an awesome exhibit, which I think is only there temporarily, so you should catch it while you can.

Until I upload my own, here are a few cool shots of the Newseum:

The building itself, awesome. Via Freedom Forum.

A giant quote of the First Amendment on the outside of the museum. Via Architecture Buzz!

The view of the Capitol from inside. Via Missouri School of Journalism.
The rooftop view, breathtaking. Via

If I ever get married, it might just have to be here, how amazing is the rooftop view of the Capitol?

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Book nook

While I love a good thunderstorm, the weather today is leaving me a little blue. I have full intentions of ordering take-out tonight and cozying up on the couch with a book. Would love to be coming home to this:

Girl next door glam

I'm love love loving Jennifer Aniston in this month's Harper's Bazaar shoot. In her homage to Streisand, she looks gorgeous. I really think we could be bffs.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Etsy saves my cube

In an effort to create a space at work that absolutely does not evoke a sense of cube travails, I'm always on the hunt for new photos or prints to hang in my cube walls. I lucked out recently when the wonderfully talented Alaina of Live Creating Yourself custom designed a print for me after I was inspired by her amazing home office. To be posted soon, I promise!

And, shocker, I've also tacked up a few DC map stationery cards designed by one of my favorite local artists, Mary Belcher.

Continuing my collection, I purchased this print today, in parisian blue, from the Etsy Keep Calm Shop:

The shop has tons of cute other designs too, here are a few more personal favorites...

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Fall fashion ready

You guys, J. Crew is going to be the death of me. I'm loving practically every piece they have out this fall. But my bank account is breathing a sigh of relief as one of my favorite pieces, this cute paisley bubble skirt, is already sold out...