Monday, April 30, 2012

A Mother's Day Lunchbox

>> UPDATE: Click below for your own paper MOM heart cut-out! xoxo -V <<

I once briefly worked as a server at a restaurant that wasn't the most popular spot in town, but come Mother's Day the wait time would be over an hour to get a table. It's chased me away from ever wanting to take my mom to lunch for the holiday so I'll usually find some alternative meal plans. This year I want to bring a yummy lunch right to her that we can enjoy together and avoid the crowds.

I got these cute kraft gable boxes from Le Box Boutique which I fancied up with a paper mom heart strung through minty green yarn. I love how the bright colors pop against the natural kraft material!

I picked up a couple of sandwich wraps, some bottled iced tea and a delicious Italian artichoke salad at my local deli. I also threw in some salt water taffy to satisfy her sweet tooth, and voilà, Lunch is served!

Click below for your own MOM paper heart cut-out! You can use it for your own Mom Lunchbox or any other project you're planning for your special lady! Enjoy! xo

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Friday, April 27, 2012

Painterly tees

Rachel Rose is killin' it with these gorgeous hand-painted shirts. I'd live in these little works of art all summer.

Rachel Rose

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Eclectic elegance

Without a doubt, decorating with my guy has roughed up my taste in home decor a bit. The last time I had really decorated was for myself in my studio apartment so I went a little crazy with florals, pintucked white furniture, and anything with girlish graphic details. Since then my taste has matured a bit, and Matt's assistance with his "simplier is better" type attitude is really leading to a well-curated home.

Coming across this home in Canadian House & Home, I'm drawn to the elegance of the mid-century bones with gorgeous textiles and ecclectic leafy greens. The recurring black accent walls are drawing me in like a moth to a flame, and I wouldn't be surprised if one {or two!} will be popping up in our home soon.

Canadian House & Home

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Vintage dhurries

I'm loving this collection of vintage dhurries from Ira & Sylvia Seret. In traditional Indian households, dhurries are used as bed coverlets, but I'd love to display them hung across a wall much like in uber cool designer, Nikole Herriott's home.

Ira & Sylvia Seret

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Beautiful dreamer

Alberto Seveso's a Due Colori series is simply mesmerizing. These billowy shapes are created by high-speed photographs of inks mixing with water. It's like some kind of beautiful dreamscape.

Alberto Seveso via Design Milk

Friday, April 20, 2012

It's peanut butter jelly time

During the work week I'll only make time for a quick peanut butter and jelly sandwich for breakfast. It's fast and fills me up but to be honest I'm starting to get a little sick of it. My sister suggested grilled peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to me and it's a game changer. The peanut butter and jelly melts together in an ooey gooey way and tastes delicious on buttery grilled bread. I'll admit, it's not a complicated recipe, but it's enough to reinvent my breakfasts for a while. What's your go-to breakfast??

ps. Yes, the handle broke off my Anthropologie mug, because I'm clumsy, not because it's a bad product

Thursday, April 19, 2012

I'm a big kid now

I'm loving the look of these pieces from Melbourne-based Jardan. They're almost colorful enough to be classified as children's furniture, but the mid-century nod means they're totally for rad adults.


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Return address stamps

I love the quirkiness of these handwritten calligraphies poppin' up in the wedding world. Traditional calligraphy characters are much more disciplined and precise, it's refreshing to see a calligrapher's hand-drawn loops and imperfections shine through. Now that Matt and I are mostly settled in to our humble abode, I'm jumping at the chance to get one of these return address stamps from Illustrator, Molly Jacques. We'll be having a soirée or two in our near future {housewarming! And hello, wedding!!} and it would be fantastically fabulous to have our very own customized stamps as a finishing touch to our invitations for years to come!!

Molly Jacques
ps. A housewarming gift guide

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

phoney baloney

A few months ago I wrecked my iPhone by falling in a river...I'll tell ya right now, beer and wet rocks do not mix. I was devastated and had to replace my phone {lucky for insurance} but kept my clear plastic case which cracked a bit and now creates strange vibrations of its own against my phone when it goes off. I'm finally getting around to replacing it and have been finding a slew of cute cases on the interwebs...a few that are on my radar:
1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

Friday, April 13, 2012

Small Cool

Have you guys been keeping up with Apartment Therapy's Small Cool Contest?? I used to rent a 600 sq. ft. studio that was basically my bedroom, livingroom, office and dining room all rolled in to one and it was one of my favorite places I've lived; it made eating meals in bed kind of the norm. I love seeing how creative people can get with limited space {books in the fireplace?? Genius!}, and a lot of these entries are super stylish! Here are some of my favorites

From top to bottom: Ricardo's Little Details // Katherine's Multipurpose Palace // Kim & Scott's Small Footprint // Jason's Charm & Potential // JoAnn's Truly Happy Home // Geoff's Southern Exposure Studio

You can head over to vote for your favorites here!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Gorman swim

Dear Gorman,
Thank you for designing the most perfectly graphic, darling, bathing-beauty of the 1930's silhouetted swimwear that I clammer for.

Dear 24-Hour Fitness,
I'll see you soon. -v


Wednesday, April 11, 2012


That's right it's Wednesday! Lame jokes aside, I'm loving the playfulness of these baubles from notTuesday. The perfectly vibrant colors make me want to eat them a little.


Check out my other Etsy faves here!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A desert oasis

The same creative team that brought us the uber cool Ace Hotel are at it again with the newly renovated Saguaro Hotel in Palm Springs. The bright hues are such a brilliant pop against the stark desert setting! I'm about to jump on this livingsocial deal {which expires today!!} for an oasis vacay, stat.

From top to bottom: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5

Friday, April 6, 2012

How to play Egg Wars

Whoa, two posts in one day?? I felt I just couldn't leave you for your Easter weekend without first bestowing upon you the greatest game to hit Easter since the Egg's called Egg Wars.

So I'm just figuring out now that my family must have made this game up, cause come every Easter none of my friends know what the hell I'm talking about when I suggest we play Egg Wars. So I teach them, and hilarity ensues, and now I'm going to teach you:

STEP 1: Start by boiling your eggs {go here if you don't know how to hard-boil an egg}. You can also choose to leave your eggs as-is which makes for a little messier war. Just make sure if you choose the latter that you have on clothes that you don't mind getting egged.

STEP 2: Divide the eggs amongst the players, there can be however many players you like, just make sure there's at least two. Everyone takes their army of eggs and dyes or decorates them any way they like.

STEP 3: Once everyone has prepared their egg soldiers, two players start the war. Both players holds one of their eggs, pointy side facing forward toward their opponent.

STEP 4: On the count of three, both players hurl their egg forward! One of the eggs will be crushed in the process and that player is the loser {this is where the raw egg goo getting on your clothes issue will arise. Plus you know, salmonella is gross, but if you like the thrill of broken egg goo then go for it}

Graphics by Victory Paper Designs, of course
STEP 5: The egg that didn't break is the winner!! Now this player with this same trusty egg goes on to the next opponent, and the egg that doesn't break in that round moves forward and so on and so forth until one egg is crowned the ultimate winner.

Have a fun starting a WAR!!!

Easter brunch

What are you doing for Easter?? We'll be having brunch at Matt's mom's house, and in true mom-fashion she's an amazing cook so I'm pretty sure we'll be getting spoiled. I would totally bring this sponge cake with layers of raspberry jam and white chocolate fondant from Miette which is in the Ferry Building right by my office, but alas, I won't be going back to SF until Monday {yes!} and a 40 minute trip for cake might be a little overboard. Isn't it the perfect Easter cake though?? Pick it up if you live in the city, you'll thank me later. Happy Easter my lovelies! x

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Unusual hotels

Spring has barely sprung, yet we're already planning a little summer trip in the mountains. More on that when it comes, but I couldn't help but giggle at the sight of these unusual "hotels" if you will. Who wouldn't want to say that they spent the night in a bubble on the beach???

Top: BubbleTree // Bottom: Human nest

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Color Combos // Navy & Orange

Remember my coral and mint green color study?? Of course you do. When the two combine forces there's a retro Miami Vice-ish feel that's just begging to be hanging out with some flamingos in Florida. Well, I'd like to inspire your design eye with another colorful duo that's speaking to me in beachy ways: navy and orange.
Think Tory Burch resort wear or Jonathan Adler; Greek keys and geometrics, or a sunset in faraway Santorini kissing the island's blue-domed buildings. An exotic summer getaway hearkens this duo.
Hermes // Greece // Dress // Chair // Pillow // Painting // Sandal // Pattern

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Inspiration Board No. 2: Photogenic brights

I'm feeling inspired by geometric brights, particularly in harlequin diamonds, spirographs, and dip-dyed forms. I'm hankering to create a collage of these shapes over a seemingly generic black and white photograph for a real tongue-in-cheek type piece.
Clockwise: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6
ps. I'm totally crushing on this DIY dip-dyed wooden bauble for my wardrobe too!!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Free Download: April desktop calendar

Happy April, Friends! Man, we got a dose of April showers over the weekend {a few days early} with even an onslaught of hail! I was driving during one of the downpours and almost had to pull over because my windsheild wipers couldn't wipe fast enough for a clear view. Hopefully the rest of the showers this month will be friendly ones and no one will get hurt out there on the road.

Photography by Nicholas Raymond // Graphics by Victory Paper Designs

With that said, here's a friendly, rainy day desktop for April for you guys! This collaboration comes from Nicholas Raymond, a photographer based out of Montreal. Nicholas recently set up his own stock photography website called Freestock that's filled to the brim with all kinds of beautiful free photos for all your creative projects! {I'm gonna be all up in his textures library for just about everything} Click below for your calendar!

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