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Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Favorites

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1. A beautiful new collection from Telar.
2. Marion Deuchars‘ awesome hand lettering.
3. An essential guide to sprouting by Ashley Neese.
4. Black Crane’s Momo Suzuki in her Los Angeles studio.
5. This photo by Bruno Petrali.
6. The Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois by Mies Van Der Rohe.
7. A few tips for maximizing your porch space at home.
8. Summer essentials done right at COS.
9. Perfect-for-summer shadesim from John Ruvin.

Happy Friday, friends! I’ll be putting the finishing touches on my new website this next week, so I won’t be here posting, but keep your eye out on June 2nd for a whole new look, including lots of fresh new projects and a shop(!). It’s been six months in the making and I’m so excited to finally share it with you. ‘Til soon, and wishing you a wonderful weekend ahead.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Color Collage: Mellow Yellow

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This spring, I’ve been all about this buttery yellow hue. Since it packs a nice punch, it’s best used in doses — a framed art piece in the living room, a pair of sandals paired with a linen dress, or even a juicy slice of pineapple on a weekend brunch tablescape.

—Follow along on Pinterest here.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Quiet Quality: Self-Love

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The term “self-love” can sometimes feel a big new age-y to me, and to be honest, the timing of this post feels slightly hypocritical as I’ve definitely been neglecting my own self-love lately. We’ve all been there; a week goes by where your to-do list seems insurmountable and all of those little things you do to prioritize your health and well-being slowly drop off. Your sleep gets sacrificed, your stress levels are through the roof, you don’t have time to exercise, you’re grabbing whatever food is within arms-reach and this goes on until you completely burn out (or meet all of your deadlines).

To me, self love is all about time. Giving it and receiving it in ways that help you look inward and reflect on all of the unique assets that make you you. Self-love is turning in early to get a good night of sleep. Self-love is saying no when you don’t wish to do something. Self-love is putting your own needs before everyone else’s. There are certainly moments in life where selflessness is a wonderful and admirable quality, but it’s also important to know when to pause and focus on the most important person in your life (you).

At the root of our happiness is not only an acceptance, but a love for who we are deep down, including all of our flaws, quirks and imperfections. It’s about disregarding the pressures of how you should be and embracing how you really are. Give yourself a window of time each day to practice self-love in whatever way you see fit, and see how you feel after a week. This can be anything from morning meditation to a midday walk, or even just laughing at your mistakes instead of judging them. In that sense I think self-love is also about learning to let go. Silencing our inner critics and turning them into our biggest cheerleaders. How do you practice self-love? —Jessica

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A couple of years ago, I was living my typical late night routine (i.e. hunched over my computer in bed), when I heard a loud shriek. From across the room, my equally ensconced roommate yelled “it’s so-and-so! We just got matched together on OkCupid.” I ran over and we looked through his profile. I told her how I had also seen him when I was surfing through matches the day before. We then went on to discuss all of the other people we had known in person who had come across our profiles. She exhaled, “it’s just so embarrassing.” Both of us laughing, shrieking, kind of crying, stop and sit for a second. I finally say, “Why? Don’t apologize for existing.”

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Mixtape Monday No.91

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1. Petite Noir | Chess
2. SOAK | Sea Creatures
3. Hundred Waters | Murmurs
4. Ibeyi | Ghosts
5. Bahamas | Waves
6. Quantic | Painting Silhouettes
7. Bonobo | Cirrus
8. Baths | Hall
9. Sisyphus | Take Me
10. King Krule | Neptune Estate
11. Timber Timbre | Hot Dreams
12. Gayngs | Cry

LISTEN: Spotify

Happy May, friends! Can’t believe we’re already on the verge of summer. Hope this playlist can accompany you on a few good road trips this season (I did a test run with it up to Ojai this weekend and it was splendid).

Friday, April 24, 2015

The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney

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Though this gal is certainly in no need of an introduction, I’m thrilled to acquaint you with Justina Blakeney today and the tour de force (truly) that is her latest project, The New Bohemians. While our styles are vastly different (Justina and I have laughed that while I’m “less is more,” she is “more is more”) I can honestly say there are few people who have inspired me more in my creative career.

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Justina is never at a loss for creativity and new ideas, hustles like nobody’s business and all the while manages to radiate positivity, support and kindness to those around her. She exudes the qualities of a true artist, pursuing her passions and inspiring people all over the world in the process (just take a look at her #facethefoliage tag on Instagram). Needless to say, this book is Justina come to life, chock-full of Jungalow-approved interiors, unique DIY projects for the home and modern day bohemians who aren’t afraid to make a statement with their work and surroundings.

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With the book divided into chapters — The Modern, The Folksy, The Nomandic or my personal favorite, The Earthy Bohemian — I realized in flipping through its pages that we all have a little boho vibe somewhere inside of us, it just gets translated in different ways. I can say with confidence that there is something within the 300 pages of this book to inspire all tastes.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Quiet Quality: Visual

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Popping in today with an abbreviated version of our normal Quiet Quality posts (that we’ll still be writing once a month!) which we’ve aptly named Quiet Quality Visual. Lo and I will be pairing our photography along with prose from some of our favorite writers to provide a little eye candy between our long-form entries. If you happened to miss any of our previous posts, you can peruse some of our most popular below.

Goal Setting | Morning Meditation | Traveling Alone | Finding Your Purpose

Friday, April 10, 2015

Friday Favorites

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1. Sophia Pompéry’s Lighting Up, Burning Down video installation. So fascinating.
2. One of many breathtaking photos by Annemarieke van Drimmelen. Check out her website for more captivating moments.
3. Some awesome resources for graphic designers from Cocorrina about working with mockups (a super handy tool I use with every client to help visualize the end product!).
4. A trot around Athens with Chris Kontos on Freunde von Freunden.
5. A dynamite brand identity for Husler & Rose designed by Post.
6. Remodelista tackles spring cleaning this week with some great organizational tips, starting with your closet.
7. The quirky and graphic artwork of Pia Howell.
8. This breezy sleeveless knit dress from Zara. Perfect for spring if I do say so.
9. A beautiful Easter Sunday spread captured by Luisa Brimble.

Well this week sure did fly by. Looking forward to a relaxing few days ahead and hope you are too! See you back here next week.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Studio In Progress

Jessica Comingore / Studio In Progress

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Last month I made the decision to sign a lease on a studio space; something I’d be mulling over since the end of last year and been on the lookout for for about 3-4 months before finding a spot that felt like a good fit. It was one of my New Year’s resolutions for the business, and though it’s been a challenging transition (hello, tax season), I’m feeling energized to bring it to life and embrace the new opportunities it will open up. I’ll admit that it’s a bit weird coming in here every morning and looking around, especially when I think back to where I was when I started this whole venture in late 2011.

I was living in a studio apartment and had cornered off the dining room as my “home office.” My bed was less than three feet away and work-life-balance was definitely not part of the conversation. I remember sitting at that desk and staring at the computer screen for most of the nights I lived there. A year later I moved into a one bedroom, again using my dining room as my home office, and separating work and life became a bit easier, but not a whole lot. After about 8 months, I opted for renting a desk at an office I had found not far from home, setting up all of my gear and creating real office hours (though I can still recall a good amount of late nights there, too). I stuck with this set-up for another year and half before feeling like I was outgrowing it. I kept envisioning room to spread out a bit, create beyond the computer screen, set up a library, and eventually, get someone in here to help me. Though the latter is still in the works, it feels great opening the door every morning to a space where I can do just that. It’s also been one of those humbling moments of realizing that nothing happens overnight, and that at each turn, a new slew of challenges turn up.

At the moment, I’m working from a folding card table in the middle of an empty room with boxes lined up against the wall, but knowing in time things will come together. And as I’ve always found to be most helpful when starting a new project, I put pen to paper, sketched out a floor plan and pulled some ideas for the look and feel of the space. I’ll be sure to pop in with progress as everything comes together over the next few months, and until then, I’m going to enjoy the journey. For as many highs that come along with running a business, there are certainly an equal amount of lows (or rather, hurdles), yet somehow I never question this path or pursuit. I guess that’s how you know you’re doing the right thing. And for those of you in the same boat, I also wanted to share a recent interview I did with LTD 365 where I share my best practices for creative businesses. Hope there’s a bit in there that you can take away, and as always, feel free to chime in with any questions.

PS. If you’re in the market for some design tips for your studio, check out my guide to creating an inspiring workspace over on eBay.