posted by on 11.26.2011, under Apt/Home, Weddings, You're Welcome.

I adore these ceramic garlands by OUI, a collection of simple, thoughtful products made by Angela Hodgkinson.

All ceramic products are one-of-a-kind and made by hand.

They would make amazing wedding garlands, lovely home décor or unique Christmas gifts.  She also has a beautiful collection of scented soy candles + ceramic candles.

Show some love for Small Business Saturday 🙂





The Madewell Twins

posted by on 11.22.2011, under Fashion

I love the Madewell Holiday 2011 catalogue.  It just arrived in the mail this week and It’s full of Christmas gift ideas; things I want and things I want to get for all of you.  But my FAVORITE thing about this holiday catalogue is …


I was so happy to see Madewell featuring cool twins!  Don’t they look awesome?  As a twin myself, I can already tell all of them apart.  It’s a substantial gift.

Nicki and Cassi are featured in a Madewell Musings video and OH MY GOD they are sitting the exact same way in the still frame.  Joy and I do this all the time.  Ah, twin commiseration.

They talk about their travel-inspired style, peppered with pearls and tattoos.

They are really making me miss living with Joy and sharing everything in our closets.  DOUBLE wardrobe.


Anthropologie, darling.

posted by on 11.17.2011, under Animation, Holiday wishes, You're Welcome.

It’s the holiday season! Well, I’ve been shopping more than the U.S. average, according to I would say slap me, but you can’t fight crazy with crazy.

Last week I was just browsing. Sort of. I lost my way + wandered over to Anthropologie’s site where I discovered the sweetest stop-motion animation ~ which has officially made it to my all time favorites of this genre, second only to Rudolph, The Island of Misfit Toys.

Little ornaments called “The Branch Bunch” come to life as you hover the mouse over their images. Holiday spirit magic.

{just popping up to say, happy holiday!}

{my igloo is your igloo}

{…gifts rule}

{happy, merry, JOY: pass it on}

{…the eggnog effect}

Oh! This is wonderfully done.

Here’s another stop-motion piece for Anthropologie, designed by Creative Director Simon James Lee.

An artist like Mr. Lee knows better than anyone the priceless look that can only come from the use of real objects + photographs.

These fuzzy feelings make me want to buy cute things.


Bye Bye Blackbird

posted by on 11.16.2011, under Love

Remembering our grandmother today. She used to love this song.
Up in heaven, she’s teaching all the angels to sing it…

Pack up all my care and woe
Here I go singing low
Bye bye blackbird.
Where somebody waits for me
Sugar’s sweet, so is she
Bye bye Blackbird.

No one here can love or understand me
Oh, what hard luck stories they all hand me.
Make my bed and light the light
I’ll be home late tonight
Blackbird bye bye.

Congratulations Noelle + Patrick!

posted by on 11.13.2011, under Love, Weddings

{image via 100 Layer Cake}

Today is special! One year ago, my sister married her best friend. They planned an unforgettable wedding with the loveliest fall decor + the yummiest food. Those who were in attendance still rave about that cocktail hour. Ooh how I dream of that spiked hot apple cider…

Since then, they’ve been nesting + building happy memories together. I’m very excited to congratulate them on their 1 year anniversary! To Noelle + Patrick,

“May your lives always be filled with JOY!”

xoxo ~ Joy

We Are The Tide

posted by on 11.09.2011, under Music, You're Welcome.

we are the tide

Sigh. Why Blind Pilot?

1. Sad music makes me happy + it’s not that it’s even sad, really just so good my heart hurts.

2. We saw them play a small show in New York a while back. The band hung around at the bar after + we almost said some words to them. They were nice when no sound came out.

3. One of their most beautiful songs is 3 Rounds and a Sound. It’s the song Noelle + Pat danced to on their wedding day.

Blind Pilot played Williamsburg last night. Since Noelle couldn’t be there to hear her favorite song, I thought I’d be amazing at her + record it. Watch this little clip to see how my plan is lovingly destroyed.

If you listen closely towards the end, that’s me saying “I’m going to cry.”

They continued to break my heart, carrying their instruments off stage + standing with the audience, unplugged. The audience then sat down to listen. Sat. Down. First ones to do so on this tour. It was beautiful!!

You’re welcome.

When they finished playing, I snapped this. Sneak attack!

blind pilot unplugged music hall of williamsburg

So that’s my memory of a great show by one of my favorite bands. With no recording, it’ll be amazing for as long as I remember it.


Dress Up: Fall From Summer

posted by on 11.07.2011, under Fashion

Fall’s officially here. Now cute, short summer dresses are mixed // matched with scarves, grandma sweaters, jackets + boots!

summer to fall closet

Hanging up in my closet, there’s my inspiration board. Full of perfect outfits like this one. Catching my eye + escaping my budget.

Hi I’m broke.

So this week, I’m playing dress up. I don’t own any of these items from Free People. But this look, anyone can make it happen… more or less.

summer to fall dress up

I did it, I think! It’s a selection of apparel I’ve had lying around for a while, but kind of makes up a nice look for this season. And I didn’t have to go shopping. The weather’s getting colder but {damn it} I’ll still rock the little summer dress.


More coffee

posted by on 11.07.2011, under Food, Not-So-Secret Recipes

Crazy deadline today, which means I need to make a few of pots of coffee to get me through it and I absolutely cannot take ANY BREAKS!

(Sometime later)

I was innocently checking my email when this caught my eye in my RSS feed from Wit and Delight.

It’s all I can think about.  They would be the perfect little friends for all the coffee I’ll be drinking.

Seems simple enough … I deserve a break … okay, going to run downstairs and make them real quick.  I love freelancing.


Wit + Delight’s coffee cake muffins:

Noelle’s coffee cake muffins:

A very yummy mess!


Coffee Stained Paper

posted by on 11.04.2011, under Art, Sketchbook

Oh coffee + my unusual complex cravings for caffeine. Every morning, in a zombie-state…




And now my addiction has a real purpose.
the sketchbook project 2012
{Sketchbook Project 2012 “Long trips + short phone calls”}

Drinking a savory cup this morning, I stand in my kitchen + drop my sketchbook in a pan full of coffee.

the sketchbook project 2012

Fun! And it FEELS productive. This will make my blank white pages less scary.

And huffing coffee while I work on my sketchbook… it’s THE BEST.