LETTERING LOVE::CHARLOTTE FARMER

I may be illustrator Charlotte Farmer’s biggest fan. I have gone so far as emailed her and enthusiastically told her as much and then I sent her a parcel of my undying affection for her lettering/talent. Good thing for me she didn’t think it was weird, or at the very least she was kind enough to allow me to be a fanatic. I love lettering that looks effortless; from my practice I know it isn’t easy to get the perfect amount of messy + quirky and of course legibility when lettering so what she is able to do just amazes me. It’s also all Charlotte, so original. It’s no wonder that she has been tapped to work with so many covetable brands.  So today I leave you to explore her portfolio, it’s filled with quirky creative goodness.  See you tomorrow!

THE TRUTH PODCAST

If you haven’t gathered I have been a tiny bit busy.  I am so busy thanks to all of you, I can barely think let alone come in here and pull together a dazzling post, so forgive me for not having some of your favorite features up, but I will get back to ‘normal’ soon (maybe even better than normal).  I am in the middle of the re-design of this here blog and we are on tweaking detail. I am unfortunately a little picky so I am sure I am driving my coder + friend Lindsay completely over the edge.  Lindsay is a very kind and patient individual, I think any other person would have dumped me already.  I can’t wait until we can launch it!  In all this busyness which is my current life I have been blowing through podcasts.  I have no more This American Life, RadioLab, The Moth, The Dinner Party, etc. to listen to.  I was on a mad hunt for an aural fix and saw ‘The Truth’ advertised but wasn’t sure if it was for me, it was fiction and I prefer to stay in reality, it’s always so much more interesting, no?  I did think their tagline was cheeky–‘the truth is fiction’ and liked the description which included this-‘we make short films without pictures’.  Again, I blew right through every episode in a few hours of hard labor (I am currently my own shipping department, social media expert, brander, accountant, designer, CEO and receptionist).  I liked some more than others, one of my favorites was the oddly sweet ‘Eat Cake’; I thought it was charming in a very Rom Con way.  I also liked ‘Human Intelligence’, which again I found sweet + charming.  I liked that it felt a bit nostalgic, although I am not sure you can be nostalgic about an era you weren’t privy to, but I like to think that this was the way past generations were entertained by stories told over the air waves.  It was fun while it lasted and if you are working from home or your cubicle and can’t find anything to listen to then might I suggest The Truth?

P.S. Gosh, I totally forgot to announce a winner for the Striped Bow stamp, I chose 3 this time because I can never make up my mind. So here we go–Jill Lauck, Anya Adores and Leslie Vidal. Thank you all for playing!

KAUFMAN MERCANTILE

While I was putting together this post I kept thinking, ‘beautiful & useful’.  It’s the most apt description for the mecca which is Kaufman Mercantile. The site is vintage general store come to life (and accessibility) for those of us not able to time travel.  I can pretty much say with confidence, even though I am a minimalist that I could take up hoarding when it comes to KM.  This canvas carry-all bag has my name all over it, no?  I was going to do a gift guide with other shops showcased, but it felt unfair to not focus on this one for today.  As you can see from the sampling above the offerings are as diverse as they are appealing–beautiful + useful. I chose items that are under $50, but still had impact. Flower seed bombs? For $50 you could create a pack of 5. What are they? They are brilliant, is what they are, you toss the seed ‘bombs’ into abandoned lots and come spring it explodes with wildflowers, flipping delightful if you ask me.  I am a fan of industrial and even though the wall-mounted school house soap is $55, I figured you could forgive my misleading you price wise, it’s so worth the extra 5 bucks, right?   I know a lot of people don’t care for soap bars, but this is a nice design that keeps the soap from getting all goopy and it looks cool to boot. A great gift for the Francophile in your life.  I am a bit of a Francophile (and Anglophile) and the Botot all natural mouthwash is another little gift that anyone that loves beauty products, labels and French royalty will enjoy.  It’s a bit quirky, I do admit that but I love it and it stays in the round up (besides I love that pop of color).  It’s definitely not a product that you would buy yourself, it feels a little bit decadent.  Speaking of pop, this has clove in it so use a little on a cotton ball and pat on your lips, it will give you a similar pouty effect to ‘Lip Venom’.  I don’t know any baseball fans, but this baseball is just too good not to share, it would be great for a nursery of a new baby boy, it’s just such a looker.  I shan’t keep you much longer, you must go visit my new favorite shop!

MASKCARA.COM

What if one of the prettiest girls you have ever seen was willing to let you in on all her secrets on how she achieved said prettiness, you’d be open to learning, no?  What if she went beyond just her secrets and revealed some of the secrets of famous beauties too?  What if that girl had an enthusiasm that was contagious and was able to teach you in a way that insured that you would have success? Are you all ears now?  Yeah, me too. I came across Cara above when someone pinned her ‘4 minute Mommy make-up‘.  I am not a mommy but I could use a quickie makeover. I ended up spending about 4 hours on her site. I watched every video and made a mental shopping list of beauty finds that I might need.  I loved that she was willing to show herself completely bare faced sans make-up and we the viewer could watch the transformation unfold before our eyes (pure magic). I also love that she’s a little goofy. Cara comes off as very genuine, I honestly felt like she wanted me to be pretty too and I am down, I want to be pretty!  Who doesn’t?  I think I was most excited about the hair tutorials, I am coo coo for long soft waves and my only regret is I didn’t find Cara sooner, I would have loved to have worn my hair like that for my elopement.  Even if Cara’s exact look is not what you would do, I think that her tips + tricks are solid and easy to replicate which means you can dial it down a notch or two if you feel a less make-up look suits you better. The tutorial on highlighting and contouring is such an eye opener or what Cara says ‘sets us mere mortals apart from the Stars’, I am paraphrasing but that was the gist, after you watch her I believe that she will help us non-stars cross that line. I think this is as good a Monday tip as any I can give you. I hope you will find at least one tutorial that will make you happy that I introduced you to her and hopefully you will find more, enjoy!
P.S. Go to her site when you have time, not at work because you most likely will want to spend some extended time there and may also get an incredible urge to go out and get some of her suggested products pronto and well, if you are at work it might be a little tough, just sayin’…

ABE THE BABE:: LINCOLN THE MOVIE REVIEW

This is a confession, a deep dark secret I have kept to my lonesome for a very long time.  I am going to reveal some of my childhood crushes. Once, I do, I just know that I may be getting a long sideways glance from you all, but I also know that all of you have had at least one weird crush in your lifetime that you probably would never divulge to anyone unless you were either extremely intoxicated or under complete duress. So, first off I had a crush on Lurch from the Addams family.  He didn’t have much of a personality, but he was always well dressed and polite.  On the complete opposite side of the spectrum Moe from the Three Stooges also made my tiny heart flutter, there was one thing that bothered me–I thought he could be a little nicer. Since childhood has not a lot to do with rationality and possibilities are endless I also had a crush on a cartoon–Speed Racer. The best part was his girlfriend had a name as close to mine as I had ever heard (up to that point)–Trixie.  It was a stretch, but I felt that we were meant for each other.  Lastly, I had/have a super crush on Abe ‘the babe’ Lincoln. Like.For.Ever.  Abe wasn’t just a pretty face, oh, no, he was incredibly intelligent and so very interesting. Even now, in the 21st century he comes in third, as the most written about person in history, Jesus is first (is that a given?) and  I can’t remember who is second. I was so excited to go see the new Lincoln movie, it was boring as all get out, but my heart warmed to the idea that there may be a whole new generation of little girls that will develop crushes on Honest Abe. Seriously, Daniel Day Lewis as Lincoln?  Need I say more?
Okay, one more thing, the best Abe Lincoln quote ever, via my bestie–Pinterest, here it is, enjoy!