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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mixtape Monday No.86

jcs / mixtape monday no.86

1. Laura Mvula | Green Garden
2. Kindness | Swingin’ Party
3. Springtime Carnivore | Name On A Matchbook
4. Kind Cousin | Do You Care
5. Foxygen | How Can You Really
6. Andrew Bird | Desperation Breeds
7. Dark Dark Dark | Daydreaming
8. Kevin Morby | Motors Runnin
9. Robert Plant | Rainbow
10. Grizzly Bear | Easier
11. Radiohead | Gagging Order
12. The Acorn | Almanac

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Dropping in with a few favorite tunes I’ve had rotating at the studio during this start of fall. Did you guys happen to catch any great shows this summer? I didn’t get to too many, unfortunately, though I did get a chance to see Andrew Bird play at the Hollywood Bowl last month and my oh my, he took my breath away. It’s as though he was plucked out of another era. And the whistling! I’ve never seen anything like it. Needless to say, if he’s coming to your neck of the woods, do yourself a favor and snag a ticket. You won’t regret it. Hope you enjoy this month’s mix!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Quiet Quality: Goal Setting

JCS / LC Quiet Quality Goal Setting

Quiet Quality / Quote

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While goal setting is a term that gets tossed around often as a small business owner or entrepreneur, I’ve found it to be such an individual thing to each person and how they define the idea of “goals” in their life and business. I, myself, am a compulsive list-maker and try to set goals every day, no matter how small they may be. Crossing everything off of a to-do list at the end of the day feels pretty darn good, but it’s also important for me to remember the being as much as the doing.

I think goals are synonymous with purpose, and while not everything in life needs to be planned to a tee, there is a lot of power in envisioning what you want your life to be like, and taking small steps towards getting there. I find value in not limiting goals to just work life, but also letting that intention transcend into every aspect of being. It’s just a matter of breaking down those lofty statements we often bog ourselves down with (e.g. “move to a new city”, “buy a house”, “be healthier”) into smaller, more meaningful steps that we can move towards every day.

Among one of my most handy tools is having a Weekly Priorities and Ongoing Tasks list right there alongside my daily to-do’s. I then break those priorities and tasks down to smaller details that go into my day-to-day list. That way I have a visual reference in front of me, and an easier way to qualify opportunities as they come through the door. I like to ask myself a few questions (e.g. Does this feel authentic and true to who I am? Does this opportunity excite me? Does this help me move towards one of my big goals this year?). If the answer to any of those questions is no, I find it easier to let that opportunity pass, and trust that it was the right decision for me and what shape I’d like my life or business to take.

In that sense, I see a lot of value in letting your intuition guide you, and instead of setting out to hit a handful of road markers in life, to work towards turning that intention inward and understanding yourself more. What is it you want out of life? It can be a certain amount of travel, income, and notoriety or perhaps just a certain amount of time, experiences and happiness. Either way, I find that approaching your day with intention, making decisions that are true to yourself and owning your aspirations are key to guiding you in the right direction. —Jessica

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List making, planning, thinking about the future, and dreaming can be immensely gratifying and instantly satisfying. Recently, however, I’ve begun thinking more about what goals mean to me and have ultimately had a little paradigm shift in how I frame them. To me it seems that goals are inextricably linked to how we define value and self satisfaction. For that reason I’ve started to think about greater overall intention when I’m thinking of grandiose plans. Goals can be great guides but I think it’s important to remember that they are also fleeting, and that actions are what ultimately bring self satisfaction and accomplishment. I’ve found for me the power of intention is more resilient than merely goal setting and that a clear sense of self and my values is a great vehicle for achieving the satisfaction I hope to obtain with goals.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Favorites

JCS / Friday Favorites

1. Autumn at Thisispaper Shop and their beautiful knitted collaboration with Córka Rybaka.
2. The colors in this floral photo from the Bloom archives at Edelkoort Editions.
3. This superb use of Univers on the 1964 cover design of Typographische Monatsblätter by Felix Berman.
4. The shadows in this 1939 photo by William Keck.
5. This gingham skirt and jersey tee combo on Zara (always doing it right, they are).
6. The design of this storefront loft by Messana O’Rorke Architects in Alphabet City.
7. Fancy up your desktop for fall with these beautiful blooms from Cocorrina.
8. Fall dessert done right with this blueberry and blackberry crumble.
9. An elegant way to spruce up your up-do with this beautifully simple barrett.

Happy, happy weekend friends!

Jessica Comingore / What's Cookin': Harissa Ravioli and Broccolini

I’m all about pulling out all the stops in the kitchen, but after a long workday, there is truly nothing better than a one-pot meal. This riff on Heidi Swason’s Harissa Ravioli dish from Super Natural Every Day is fast becoming one of my favorite mid-week dinner items. Packed with flavor and freshness (and about as easy to make as a frozen pizza), it’s the ideal way to spice up boring old spaghetti and vegetables. Better still, it’s just as good hot as it is served room temp, if you’re wanting to go the pasta salad route.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

JC Finds: Metrode

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Stumbled upon the most perfectly imperfect ceramics and woven tapestries by Metrode recently and immediately fell in love. Come to find out the pieces are carried at one of my favorite shops, Anaise and a few of their beautiful bags have been designed in collaboration with Rennes (yet another favorite).

As I tend to always veer towards neutrals in my design and surroundings, I’m consistently drawn to interesting textures and patterns. And those tiny pops of black… hit just the right note.


JCS x Morris Kitchen / What's Cookin' Cocktails

Spent some time in the kitchen this past weekend, experimenting with cocktail recipes and enjoying some down time with my sister while she was in town. She’s a bit of a whiz in the kitchen, so I left the fancy details to her (translation: infusing vodka with Thai chilis and making candied ginger) and did some prepping, photographing (and mostly enjoying) the results.

Despite the clever ingredients, these were actually quite easy to put together and only required a few ingredients. Perfect for inviting some friends over to wind down at the end of the week.

JCS x Morris Kitchen / What's Cookin' Cocktails

The Mule Kick

You will need:
1/4 c. Thai chili infused vodka*
2 tbsp. lime juice
2 tbsp. Morris Kitchen’s Ginger Syrup
Ginger beer (we like Bundaberg’s best)

Add vodka, lime juice, and ginger syrup into a shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 30 seconds. Pour strained drink into a rocks glass with ice and top with ginger beer. Garnish with candied ginger.

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