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It’s always fun for me to dissect patterns in the things I collect over on Pinterest. It’s definitely a daily tool that helps me identify what I’m gravitating towards, how my tastes evolve with the seasons, and how that influences the work I’m creating at the moment. Lately I’ve been all about grapefruit — not necessarily the food (a tad too bitter for my taste), but the hue. Not quite pink, not quite red, and the perfect accent to your neutrals as we begin to shed winter for spring.
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Thursday, February 26, 2015
In a communication age where getting in touch is easier than ever, with it comes a slew of complications that we seemingly have to navigate every day. Despite the digital nature of our world these days, a real case can be made for the value of practicing a pre-social media communication style. Dating has become harder, work has become more invasive and deciphering the nuances can be a daily challenge.
While this immediacy and access of one another certainly has its benefits, I think it’s important to be mindful of how we’re communicating and how we’re defining the boundaries. I think we can all attest by now that if you don’t create any, there will none. Sometimes I wonder how it is that we navigated life pre-internet — how did we make plans, how did we tell someone we didn’t feel up for hanging out, how did we form new relationships? I think at the root of it was a sense of honesty and respect that has been lost a bit. Options are endless, people are at your fingertips, and you can trapse through your day without having to deal with the reality of face-to-face communication. Yet despite how digital our world becomes, communication will always be at the root of every successful relationship. And I think now is more important than ever to consider that.
Some simple tips to implement: Power down all electronics at 9pm, wake up to an alarm and give yourself an hour of quiet in the morning before powering up again (thank you for this one, Ashley). Pick up the phone and call your friend on their birthday instead of sending a text. Save texting for personal contacts; if it’s business-related, opt for e-mail. Don’t send e-mails after 6pm, before 9am, or on the weekends. Leave your device in your purse or pocket when you’re with someone (and don’t check it). If you don’t feel like doing something, be honest. The best relationships develop from truthful dialogue. And lastly, listen first, talk second. The list is endless, but these are just a few that I’ve found to be particularly beneficial lately. How do you practice mindful communication? —Jessica
I’ve been spending a lot of time recently thinking about this idea of constant “busyness.” I’m talking about that feeling of having a never ending to-do-list accompanied by the typical response of “busy” when asked “how are you doing?”. I am guilty of this. The truth is busyness doesn’t always equate to productivity, success, or happiness. I’m personally trying to take time to slow down and reevaluate my own needs and values and to spend more time focused and present opposed to scattered, over worked and stressed. As interdependent humans busyness doesn’t just affect our own lives but everyone around us, especially in the way we communicate with one another.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
I recently finished reading Leonard Koren’s Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers (which I’d definitely recommend if you haven’t already got a copy!) and have developed a newfound admiration for the perfectly imperfect. My favorite quote that I had scribble down from it was, “Pare down to the essence, but don’t remove the poetry.” So beautifully put.
And speaking of perfectly imperfect, I’ve been revisiting the dip dye trend recently, earmarking a few favorites that so elegantly show all the imperfections and variations of the process. You can check out a few of the other trends I’m loving here and follow more of my collections on eBay right here.
Photo by Anaïs & Dax / 1. Sweater / 2. Tile / 3. Tumbler / 4. iPhone Case / 5. Scarf
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Some great colors, textures and silhouettes in Rochas Pre-Fall collection. I’ve yet to meet a bold black and white pattern that I don’t love… I read that this dress was loosely inspired by Jean Seberg’s timeless marinière shirts. Though I have to say what caught my eye first was the glove print dress — so fun!
Monday, February 23, 2015
1. Odessa | Hummed Low
2. Jesse Woods | Gold In The Air
3. Father John Misty | When You’re Smiling And Astride Me
4. Majical Cloudz | Turns Turns Turns
5. Jose Gonzalez | Leaf Off / The Cave
6. Panda Bear | Lonely Wanderer
7. Tiny Ruins | Me At The Museum, You In The Wintergarden
8. Perfume Genius | Fool
9. Jessie Baylin | Hurry Hurry
10. Fleet Foxes | English House
11. Andrew Bird | Tenuousness
12. Mountain Man | Soft Skin
♫ LISTEN: Spotify
I know we’re on the verge of March already (!) but here’s a February mixtape to round out your last week of the month. Enjoy, enjoy!
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
I can’t remember precisely when Sunday Suppers landed on my radar, but suffice to say it was a time long ago when the internet was a much smaller place. Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of following along and being inspired by Karen’s journey from at-home supper host to a published author and owner of one beautiful event space.
Karen’s background in photography shines through in her beautiful images and her infectious warmth is palpable in her recipes. Five years in the making, Sunday Suppers now boasts a worldwide community of people who celebrate the traditions of food and gathering through communal cooking and shared meals.
Winding up my trip in New York a few weeks ago I had the chance to stop by Karen’s studio and meet her in person for the first time, which was a treat beyond words. We spent the morning chatting, munching and photographing away as Karen and Lara worked their magic with a view of the Hudson River as a backdrop. Read on for an interview with Karen and to see a few shots from the morning…
1. Where did you grow up?
Karen Mordechai: I was raised in New York almost my entire life. I was born in Israel and my parents immigrated when I was very young. Growing up in Brooklyn was a fond memory of fire hydrants, milk deliveries, bike riding and friendly neighbors — we spent summers in Israel visiting family and traveling.
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I’m excited to share some progress on The Essentials Collection today as Jill and I release the second colorway of The Essential Blouse! This time around we added another layer to the collaboration, teaming up with Graham Keegan, a Los Angeles based textile designer who uses natural, plant-based dyes to create the most stunning and uniquely varying hues. To create the blouse’s beautiful red pigment, we used madder, a flowering plant root that was dried, crushed and used as the base for the fabric wash.
The result is a rich hue that we think adds an elegant pop to your winter wardrobe. You can get your hands on one starting today by hopping over to Jill’s shop!
—Photography: Jessica Comingore
—Process Photos: Graham Keegan
—Model: Kristine Arellano