2. Great Vacation? Don't Brag to Your Friends from The New York Times - I found this article to be really interesting. Are we all rolling our eyes listening to others' adventures?
3. Adventure of Two: The Motorbike - you have to watch this great video of a couple's road trip from Vietnam to Cambodia. So inspiring and a refreshing take on a way to travel through Asia. I just want to pack up and go there now.
4. City.Ballet - these give me goosebumps and make me want to dance (or poorly attempt to.) The six minute episodes are narrated by Sarah Jessica Parker and follow dancers in the New York City Ballet. So fantastic.
5. Collective Quarterly Magazine - a shameless plug for my Chicago friends' magazine, which is stunning + pure inspiration. Their mission statement: Each issue follows select craftspeople to an offbeat location. Our camera lens brings into focus the often blurry creative process as they design uncommon objects. In these pages, you’ll find a carefully edited selection of dry goods, art, music, food, drink, and stories—all deeply rooted in the land and heritage around us. Our journeys hinge on assembling a group of compatriots who aim to live well. We are illustrators, photographers, and writers. We are weavers, leather workers, and carpenters. We are chefs, musicians, and bartenders. I know you'll enjoy it as much as I do. (And long live print!)
Hope you all have a great weekend!
Low on downtime this month (isn't that exactly what always happens at the end of the year?) so there's only one book on my November reading list. But it's a good one. Tres bien. How to Be Parisian Wherever You Are: Love, Style, and Bad Habits is a new favorite. I took it into bed with me one night and it kept me really cozy. It's silly and a light read. But I highly recommend picking it up to help transport you to a cafe table in Paris, wearing stripes and sitting under a gray sky. Take me back there right now, please.
I updated my shop with a lot of fun things for this month. Starting with The Best of Twenty-Fourteen kit, which was an idea inspired by my friend Elise. I look forward to her round-ups celebrating her bests at the end of each year. They make me laugh and they make me think. You can check out her posts here. I created a kit for you to document all of your bests of this past year. What would they be? The kit is sized at 4x4 so it will work in a WeRMemory Keepers album and I've also included a binder ring in case you want to bind it on it's own.
I've also added in a new stamp set called Oliver, and a few prints which are a first for me. You can pick up my favorite Venice snapshots, Paris snapshots, and 2015 Paris calendar (which was so fun to put together!) Thank you as always for all your support.
In collaboration with Minted, I'm so excited to share their new foil pressed art prints + holiday cards in today's post. They just launched the prints and oh my, they are gorgeous! Foil pressed is such a hot trend right now and I love seeing it pop up everywhere, especially rose gold which gives the right amount of class with shine.
Minted's foil pressed art looks stunning and I adore that there are so many city specific pieces, which is something you know that I always look for. Here's a peek at my favorites from their new release:
Just look at that shine! They come in a variety of sizes and you can choose to have them sent to you framed or unframed. Putting the New York City map above on my Christmas list.
I also wanted to share a look at the foil-pressed holiday cards at Minted this year. I'm very picky about what Christmas cards I send (past receipents are reading this + nodding right now!) and I know that this year's will definitely include the gorgeous Minted foil. Here's a round-up of the cards that I wanted to add to my shopping cart (and there are tons to choose from):
Now through November 17th the foil-pressed cards + stationery are 20% off with the code FOIL2014 - go ahead and get a jump start on your cards!
And now I get to play Santa because Minted is generously letting me give away a $250 credit! You can use it on the new foil-pressed prints, your holiday cards this year, or any of the other wonderful things they offer (including planners and custom wrapping paper - super cool.) Follow this link here to enter the giveaway and be sure to stop by there by November 20th. Ho ho ho and good luck!
One of my very favorite episodes of 30 Rock is Sandwich Day, where Liz looks forward to her special sandwich and goes a little crazy when she's prevented from getting it. The line "WHERE'S MY SANDWICH?!!!!" is one that tends to come out of my mouth when I can't find something I really want. The passion that Liz Lemon feels for that sandwich came out in full force when I tried the banh mi sandwich at Butcher & Bee in Charleston.
Butcher & Bee welcomed us with open arms and warm sunshine through the front windows. It's so pretty inside, with arrangements of flowers on tables to just light up your day with a pop of color. Cute and cozy.
We split a pork belly banh mi along with a grilled cheese sandwich. The banh mi was incredibly flavorful with the juiciest slice of pork belly. I fell in love. We wrapped it up with a tasty piece of upside down apple cake. After we sat down a group of Charleston firemen filed in through the door and if you can't trust a fireman to lead you to some good grub, who can you trust?
I have so many stories and great places and wonderful people to share from my trip to Charleston. This is just a taste. There's much more to come in a special package, I can't wait to present it all to you! Lemon, out.
I'm on a big mini album kick and wanted to make a little one documenting my short trip to Seattle in October. I had the idea of putting together my own album instead of using a pre-made one. I had purchased some letterpress greeting cards from Pike Street Press and had the idea to use one of them as the cover for my album and tuck everything inside. I am addicted to buying greeting cards, especially letterpress ones, everywhere I go and I'm gald to be using up one that I'd normally just save to admire.
I knew the album would be a little bit thick, so I scored the inside of the greeting card to create a spine. If I was going to do this again (which I definitely will be sometime!) I would wait until the very end to score the card. The guts of my album ended up being really thick and bigger than the spine I created. But, lesson learned. I also ended up lining the inside of the greeting card with patterned paper so that the back flap was how the same size as the front (since I'd taken away some of the length by creating the spine.)
My idea was for the guts of the album to be a combination of 4x6 photos, memorabilia, Instax photos, and Gossamer Blue's Gramercy Road products. I like have a mix of good stuff and I absolutely love how it turned out! Now here comes one million phtoos of some of the inside of the album:
The Gramercy Road line is gorgeous. I love the navy and light blue paired with the gray and browns. It is a perfect line for Seattle photos.
I subscribe to Ali Edwards' Story Stamps and have loved getting these each month (I used her first set, Currently, in quite a bit of my e-course Snap, Sketch, Scrap.) As you know, I love stamping directly onto photos and Ali's Get Real set were fun to add into this album.
I usually print my photos at home but I wanted the paper to be as thin as possible since too many pages in the album would be too thick for the greeting card to hold. So I had these printed at Costco and the paper worked out really well. I was also delighted to find that I could stamp on it with the Studio Calico Color Theory inks and it wouldn't end up smearing. Hooray!
I printed all of the photos 4x6 and some I split down into a 3x4 photo on each side of the print. I like that there's a variety in this little album. You could definitely do all split 3x4 photos easily in an album like this.
I also wanted to include some of the Instax photos I took on the trip and decided to put them into a pocket so they could be pulled in + out. I cut down a Sn@p pocket to 4x6 and was absolutely delighted that when I added it to the album it was the perfect size to fit the Instax mini photos in one side and then the Instax wide photos on the other side.
The Glasswing tag is actually a business card that we were given after visiting a cute store. I like that it was perfect to go into my album, with one end in the front of the album and then the store's stamp on the other side. Also kudos to stores who use rubber stamps + shipping tags as business cards. I love it.
A lot of little bits from the Gramercy Park line here and there. I adhered a tag onto the pocket for the Instax photos and love the soft colors.
I love that this mini album contains so many good memories in a really simple way. I also like how well it worked out to use the greeting card as the cover - it's like there's a secret surprise hidden inside the card.
Another thing to note, if you're looking for the Gramercy Road line from Gossamer Blue it is available at Whim so Doodle and if you call them they will ship your order to you! The line is so gorgeous and fun to use.
1. Rifle Paper Co.'s Charleston print - currently typing from a coffee shop in Charleston and wanted to link you up to this fabulous city print that is exclusively available at Mac + Murphy (the cutest local stationery shop where I spent an hour shopping + chatting with the owners.) I know there isn't a soul out there who doesn't adore Rifle Paper Co. and if you know someone who loves CHS as well, this would make the perfect present.
2. One of Many - my friend in Brooklyn, Wesley Verhoeve, is working on a fantastic project where he's sharing photo essays on creatives around the country. Posting one city each month, it's a beautiful look at people who took a path that follows their creative spirit and where it led them in life. Nashville was posted this week and I think you'll enjoy taking a look (Phila is my favorite.)
3. Being on the Bridge from Elise Blaha Cripe - I soak up everything Elise posts but I liked this one on particular because of what she says about being on a bridge. This: "We're all here. In our little section, staying above water, searching through our 99 bad ideas to find the single good one and hoping people don't ask us what we do for a living." This is why I text Elise a million questions about work. She just gets it. And I can hear her laughing every time. Elise has the best laugh.
4. Rings Around the City from The New York Times - I went way too long without a donut, but made up for it by eating four on my last trip to NYC. This is a fabulous article about where to find the city's best (but really just check out my #kplovesdonuts hashtag on Instagram and you can see for yourself!)
5. Serial Podcast on NPR - I received a barrage of messages from friends asking me if I was listening to Serial and wanting to talk about it. I finally had some time last week to listen to the first six episodes and now I can't stop talking about it. There's so much to say, but I'll just go on record with it's as good as everyone (and I mean everyone!) is saying it is. Listen, come back and we'll discuss.
Have a great weekend!
I think I've mentioned this a few times before, but it's a tip definitely worth repeating. If you fly into New York City's LaGuardia airport on a clear day, you will be treated to a most spectacular view of the city. Nine out of ten times, you'll want to be sitting on the left side of the plane to see Manhattan. The one time I remember it being on the right side, we literally flew directly over the city. Straight up the island, directly over my apartment on 74th Street + Amsterdam. I was dancing in my seat, I was so giddy.
I flew into LGA Tuesday morning and snapped these with my iPhone, editing them with my process for using VSCO shared in this post and the E7 filter.
It's almost as if it's a riddle. What can you do over and over and over again but never grow tired of? Fly over New York City on a clear day. Magic.
Last week when I was in New York, I was lucky to sit down for breakfast with my friend from Chicago, Max Wastler. You might remember him from when I started gushing about him on Jessica's podcast. But Max deserves all the lip service that I can dish out. Check out his work with Basil Hayden's and I think you'll start to understand what I'm talking about. He's just a really awesome human being.
Max is one hard working guy and his work takes him across the country + back. He mentioned that his current contract has him on the road fifteen days out of each month. I love talking to people who spend half their lives traveling because it's interesting to learn what their preferences and motivations are. Through these conversations I get to take the time to think about what my own preferences and motivations are in my balance of work + travel.
While I drank eighteen cups of coffee we covered a lot of topics and had a great discussion about relationships. He told me he feels that a well matched partner for someone who travels for work (or play) like we do belong in two categories. One, they will be someone who is alright with their partner being gone all the time. Being ok on their own and ok with the amount of time they are able to spend with their partner. The other category is someone who is packed up and flying around right beside their partner.
From experience, it's hard to strike the right chord with someone in either category. The second one in particular, I think. Finding the perfect travel partner is incredibly challenging (oh how I could write so many blog posts on this) and you have to be very in sync with your travel styles. Like Justin Timberlake and Lance Bass in sync. On the other hand, trying to find someone who is willing to put up with you being gone all the time and home for a short amount of time can be a really terrible thing to go through. You're picking work or travel over a person that you really care about. It makes both partners feel awful. A few years ago I started traveling at least once a month to teach at Creating Keepsakes Conventions. I was in Portland one night and my boyfriend was in New York, and he was tired of the distance. We were on the phone and exasperated, he said "but you're not going to be traveling like this for much longer right?" Hmm. Well. Yeah, I think I am. I think I want to. I think I am going to be traveling this for as long as I can.
There are so many, many, many great things about traveling and traveling for work and traveling because that is what your heart wants to do. But there are many things that you miss out on. Being able to be in one single place and meet someone in that place and spend time getting to know each other in that place for a solid chunk of time would probably be at the top of my list. The fact that we now send text messages in lieu of actual voice on voice conversations when we're far apart does not boost its popularity in my book. Although thank god for emojis. Sometimes you send that smiling poop one and it just saves the day. And your relationship.
My conversation with Max left me inspired and full of things to mentally chew on. But the thing that stayed with me the most was when Max talked about his girlfriend, whom I've heard him say before that he doesn't deserve (which says it all right there.) He said to me, "when I met her I knew I had to make her fall in love with me." She was the best person he was ever going to meet. So maybe that's the answer to the work + travel + relationship challenge. You find that person you can't live without. And you make it work. Hey, now where's the Tim Gunn emoji?