Book Binding

October 6, 2010 § 1 Comment

A few weeks ago when my Aunt came to visit me, I made her and her daughter a few books to take home.  The gridded book is for my cousin–I thought it would come in handy for her interior design sketches.  I also etched her initials into the spine of the book.  The smaller book is covered in some carta di Firenze, which I purchased in Florence during my visit there this summer.  It’s the perfect size travel journal for my Aunt.


Young Hunting Jewelry Collection

October 3, 2010 § Leave a comment

I was browsing some blogs today when I stumbled upon some really great, natural-looking jewelry by Australian company, Young Hunting.

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Young Hunting is a unisex jewellery label by Melbourne designer Candice Agius. Each collection is a philosophical exploration that questions and transcends realms influenced by a thematic thought. Each jewellery piece is limited and formed in Australia from high quality materials. Young Hunting is for the rare, the intellectual and the unsharing.

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Spring 2011 Fashion Week – The Bad

September 27, 2010 § Leave a comment

Marc Jacobs - An overall solid show with a few clunkers, including this clown-jumpsuit getup

Hervé Léger - Several dresses were not a bit figure-flattering, ironic because of their body-hugging natures

The 'Joan Jett meets Courney Love' show did not make me a fan of Marios Schwab's Spring Collection

Egads Betsey Johnson!! I appreciate your wackiness but I couldn't get down with the 'Ride Me' necklaces or the oft awkward frills of this collection

While I dig the plus-sized fashion show in theory, the looks were incongruent and wildly unflattering on the poor ladies who wore them. Case in point.

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Spring 2011 Fashion Week – The Good

September 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Vera Wang - The lady knows how to make a dress

Chris Benz - A Little 70s inspiration in cheery hues

Rebecca Taylor - Street Boho chic

DVF - Grecian inspired prints rocked the runway

Jill Stuart - Textural and romantic

Calvin Klein presented beautiful and elegant dresses and separates, per usual

Lose the belt and we've got a deal Ralph Lauren

And while your outfits were less than pleasing RL, I loved the bags. Bravo.

Anyone who can make a fanny-pack look cool is a genius in my book. Thank you Jaeger for a great collection

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You Got Me Oprah

August 19, 2010 § Leave a comment

Alright, I’ll admit it. I love Oprah. Yes, I watched her show after-school quite often during high-school, like the middle-aged mom I am.  And thanks to her, we now have Dr. Oz(!), Nate Berkus, and (perhaps to a lesser extent) Dr. Phil. And okay, I’ll admit that MAYBE I receive some of her emails every week too. But I don’t regret it, because if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have received this food winners:

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Lemon-Pear Breakfast Bread

Servings: Makes 1 Loaf (about 8 servings)

  • 1/2 cup canola oil and 1 Tbsp. canola oil for pan
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup purchased pear puree
  • 2 Tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 2 ripe pears , grated

Active time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 35 to 45 minutes

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Brush a 9″ x 4″ loaf pan with oil; line with parchment paper.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
3. In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup oil, lemon zest, eggs, honey, pear puree, and poppy seeds. Add to dry ingredients and mix until combined. Fold in grated pears.
4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake until bread is golden brown, slightly cracked on the surface, and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 75 to 85 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand until completely cool, about 30 minutes, before serving.

Nutritional Information:
Per one-inch slice: 355 calories, 6 grams protein, 2 grams saturated fat, 6 grams fiber.

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Sesame Fruit-and-Nut Bars

Servings: Makes 16 2-inch squares
Sesame Fruit-and-Nut Bars

  • 2 cups raw walnut pieces
  • 1 cup raw white sesame seeds
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse sea salt , such as Maldon or Celtic
  • 4 Tbsp. raw coconut butter
  • 3 Tbsp. agave nectar or dark honey

Active time: 35 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 35 minutes
Note: For long-term storage, these bars should be kept refrigerated. That said, a few will keep perfectly well at room temperature during a day on the go.

1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line an 8″ square baking pan with parchment paper.
2. Spread walnut pieces on a rimmed baking sheet and toast in oven, shaking pan frequently, until walnuts just start to turn golden brown and smell slightly fragrant, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven, set aside in a bowl, and let stand until cool to the touch.
3. Repeat process with sesame seeds, toasting about 10 minutes and watching carefully so seeds do not burn. Remove from oven and let stand until cool to the touch. Transfer to a medium bowl.
4. Place walnuts and cherries in a food processor or blender. Process until nuts and fruit come together, coarsely chopped, to form a sticky ball.
5. Add nut and fruit mixture to sesame seeds. Add salt, coconut butter, and agave nectar or honey and mix, using hands, until well combined. The mixture should easily stay together when squeezed.
6. Press into prepared baking pan, forming a layer approximately 1/2 inch thick. Refrigerate until completely cool, about 1 hour. Cut into squares and serve.

Nutritional Information:
Per serving: 192 calories, 4 grams protein, 2 grams fiber, 4 grams saturated fat.

Check out more tasty breakfast recipes on the food section of Oprah’s site. And don’t forget to watch the “farewell season” that begins this September for more O-awesomeness. Woot.

Both recipes are by Frances Boswell
Featured image is of a ‘Warming Porridge’ breakfast recipe
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Michael Bierut on 86 Notebooks

August 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

Check out this video of graphic designer Michael Bierut at the 2009 99 Percent Conference in New York City. He has some inspirational and pertinent tips for graphic designers, but his advice can apply to pretty much anyone in a creative field.

Here’s a little summary according to the conference site:

Renowned graphic designer Michael Bierut claims that he’s not creative. Instead, he likens his job to that of a doctor who tends to patients – “the sicker, the better.” Digging into the 86 notebooks he’s kept over the course of his career, Bierut walks us through 5 projects – from original conception to final execution – extracting a handful of simple lessons (e.g. the problem contains the solution; don’t avoid the obvious) at the foundation of brilliant design solutions.

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Love Magazine’s September Cover(s)

August 18, 2010 § Leave a comment

So many September magazines have multiple covers this year–Love included.  I’m really digging the Lauren Hutton and Gisele Bündchen covers. I wish I could like Alessandra’s, but her neck is essentially nonexistent. I’m digging Love‘s style though, so I’m going to have to check out more of this mag in the future.

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