2016 Planners

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We’re getting excited to ring in the new year with, wait for it…organization! And with planners this pretty, it seems like it won’t be too hard! But for real, with 2016 on the horizon, the best way to approach a new year is to get organized. As addicted to our iPhone calendars as we are, it felt weird to go back to a paper planner, but we found it to be much easier to see little notes and appointments spread out in one space. So think about a physical planner option this year…because you never know when your iPhone might crap out. Sorry, what a terrible thought — fingers crossed it won’t 🙂


Floral Planner
Desk Planner
Marble Planner
Field Notes Planner
Pink Light Planner
2016 Kraft Planner


 

 

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Spring Reading List 2015

There is just something about Spring that gets us excited to read — laying out in the sun with a good book sounds juuuust right. At the moment, we are on on very different reading paths — Reg is reading Cheryl Strayed’s Wild (check out our outfit pairing from last year), and Christa is reading the first Game of Thrones book. We’re both nearly through, and excited to jump into something new. Have you read any of these books, or finished something great that you’d like to share? Let us know!

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler
Ladies in comedy are pretty much just killing it these days in their careers, and Amy Poehler has easily become one of the many whom we love. This book of essays gives us some insight on friendship, jobs, love, etc., all through that witty voice of hers that we can’t resist.

The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
This compelling story shines a light on female culture in Afghanistan, and the daily turbulence that women endure in a highly patriarchal society. Young girls are often times dressed and raised as the preferred male gender, only to later be sold into marriage and be revoked of the privileges they’ve come to know. This story chronicles several of these young girls, each of which has a unique tale to tell.

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Birds are a big part of our family (my great grandfather was an evolutionist and ornithologist), and I was originally drawn to the title and cover. I then read about the heart-wrenching yet comedic look at loss while exploring the connection between nature and bereavement, and I knew this looked like a book to dive into.

Skin Cleanse by Adina Grigore
I followed Grigore’s company instagram (SW Basics) long before I knew she had a book out about an all natural skin care regime, but when I started seeing it pop up all over the blog world, I knew it was going to be big. I gave this to my mom for her birthday in March and she has been thrilled to discover (and reaffirm) some natural beauty habits.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This year’s Pulitzer Prize fiction winner follows the lives of a French girl and German boy who are brought together through a series of events during World War II. Exciting, romantic, and filled with arresting detail, this novel seems like a great beach read.

The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins
I am all about the psychological thrillers (I’ve read all of Gillian Flynn’s Books), and I’ve been hearing fantastic things about this edgy, thought provoking unreliable narrator story. Hawkins has been described as “join[ing] the ranks of a new generation of female suspense novelists — writers like Megan Abbott, Tana French, Harriet Lane and Gillian Flynn — who are redefining contemporary crime fiction with character-driven narratives that defy genre conventions”

A Story Lately Told by Angelica Huston
I actually heard about this memoir on NPR through an interview between Angelica Huston and Terry Gross on FreshAir, and I was instantly interested. Huston tells about her privileged and enchanted childhood growing up in Ireland, her troubled teen years in London, and her journey to New York to pursue acting and modeling.

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert
While Eat, Pray, Love may have a bit of a cheesy reputation (mostly due to it’s film counterpart), the core of the story of self discovery is very moving. Gilbert is also a very creative individual — have you guys heard her TED Talk? If you’re like me and sometimes need a little inspiration, you should really give it a listen! This historical fiction seems provocative, moving, and like something to just get lost in.


 

 

Pastel Inspiration

While visiting Reg in Boston this past weekend we popped over to The Booksmith in Brookline to kill some time before a most delicious brunch at Zaftigs. I stumbled upon the arts area and got a great deal on this gorgeous design book in the used books section (I got the mint green paged version).

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I actually didn’t know it’s official title until looking it up on Amazon (Palette: 05: Pastel – New Light-Toned Graphics), and it doesn’t matter because it’s a fantastic book filled with delightful pastel design projects. It couldn’t be more fitting with Spring on it’s way! I flipped through the pages all evening, and it has got us scouring Pinterest for more pastel loveliness.

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24 Great Coffee Table Books

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We love books, people love books, people poking around your house love books — so give them some great ones to sift through! As you can tell we’re big fans of gorgeously designed, interesting & beautiful books to sit down with — and your guests will thank you! But don’t forget yourself! Use these books for inspiration, lounging around, or a gift to yourself — because these amazing things will last a lifetime.


TRAVEL
The New York Times 36 Hours: USA & Canada
The Book of Everything: A Visual Guide to Travel the World
The Best Places to be Today: 365 Things to Do and The Perfect Day to do Them

FASHION
Grace, A Memoir
Tori Burch: In Color
The Little Dictionary of Fashion

MUSIC
The Greatest Album Covers of All Time
The Beatles Anthology
1,001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die

PICTURES
Kate Spade Things We Love
Underwater Dogs
The French Cat

ART & DESIGN
The Wes Anderson Collection
Pantone: The Twentieth Century in Color
Alex Katz: Revised and Expanded Edition

DIY
A Happy Handmade Home
How to Hang a Picture: And Other Essential Lessons for the Stylish Home
Homemakers: A Domestic Handbook for a Digital Generation

COCKTAILS
Vintage Cocktails
Whiskey, Bourbon, & Rye: A Guide to the Nation’s Favorite Spirit
Shake: A New Perspective on Cocktails

HOME DECORATING
Domino
Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home
Mountain Modern


 

 

Wild Outfit Pairing

It took me about a year to finally read Wild by Cheryl Strayed after I had decided I wanted to read it. Once it became a New York Times best seller & apart of Oprah’s Book Club, it was checked out of every library within driving distance…and FINALLY I got my hands on it! I loved it, and after talking to many friends who have recently read it, it was evident how this story really makes you think about your own life. With that being said, you don’t need to do a solo-hike into some of the hardest hiking trails in the country just to find yourself, but this story can help put things into perspective.

Cheryl, a 26 year old struggling with the untimely death of her mother, issues with drugs, and the inevitable failure of her marriage, decides to get out of Minnesota. With no backpacking experience and a broken heart, Cheryl starts on her solo journey on the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to the boarder of Washington State to find herself. With where to settle up in the air, Portland Oregon will do for now.

*I know that might be a short description, but the joys and hardships in the book are better described by Cheryl herself – get reading!

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Although the trail and your past are behind you, somethings never die – like your general sense of wanting to wear comfy clothes. This tie dye shirt is the perfect combo of lived in, slinky, and a tad bit hippie. Your Bob Marley shirt might not be around anymore, but this will do. You’re done with sports bras for good and love the feeling of slipping into something sexier like this lacy black bra. And those jeans. They may seem like regular jeans to everyone else, but after months of gym shorts – hip hugging jeans are damn sexy. The idea of having a purse seems so foreign after barely having any money to store and always having a MASSIVE pack on your back. But you can’t give up that feeling, so a lightweight leather backpack will be the perfect alternative. After having many issues with shoes throughout your trip, a new pair of dependable footwear/boots will give tribute to your travels. And lastly, another nod to Portland – the parka. This weather might seem mild compared to Minnesota, but a light pink jacket will help add some girl factor back into your life.

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Tie Dye Tshirt // Black Lacy Bra // Pink Lightweight Parka // Jeans // Leather Backpack // Leather Hiking Boots

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Swamplandia! Outfit Pairing

With our resolution of reading more in 2014 underway, I thought a fashion/book mash-up would be fun! My lovely boyfriend got me the new Kindle Paperwhite for my birthday in December (so I’ll be reading up a storm) but right before that, my super-reader Aunt sent me a package of a few books, one being Swamplandia!. I had never heard of it, but the cover was cool (yeah I judge books by their covers, I’m a graphic designer), and it ended up being one of my favorite books of the year.

Swamplandia!, written by Karen Russel in 2011, takes place off the coast of Florida, where 13 year-old Ava Bigtree and her family own an alligator wrestling theme park (loose term). Her mother is the star wrestler and park attraction, but after learning she has ovarian cancer the park has to shut down, and the family is stuck figuring out how they’ll keep themselves afloat. While the financial burdens fall on Ava’s father, The Chief, and older brother, Kiwi, the day to day upkeep and emotional strain hit Ava and her sister Ossie pretty hard. The Chief and Kiwi leave the island in search of ways to save the family while Ava & Ossie stay alone on the island. Ossie acts out by becoming completely intertwined in the after-life and underworld causing a lot of tension between Ava and Ossie, when one night Ossie runs away from home. Ava, now completely alone and confused goes in search for her sister, encountering a life changing adventure on the way.

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It’s hot and humid in the swamps of Florida, so a white breezy shirt with allow for as much air flow as possible, and shorts are a no brainer. A playful hat will keep the blazing sun from your eyes as you’re exploring the winding channels of the Florida back country coast. Trusty converse will allow for comfort on your long journey, and the ability to run from your past or future. The nautical sweatshirt reminds you of your sister and her sailor ghost stories and will keep you warm on those dark and lonely nights. And lastly, your bird scarf will show your uncertain love for your new trail buddy, The Birdman.

I hope you have a chance to read this wonderful book and this outfit will all make sense. In the mean time, it’s a pretty cute getup for an outdoor adventure!

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