A Tropical Wedding

A peek into the reason why we were in Kaua‘i for 5 days: a celebration of love between our wonderful friends. Isn't the bride stunning? My photos don't even begin to capture the island surroundings, the many details that they planned over the past months to make this day happen, nor the magic that filled the pink skies... Take me back.

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Kamakura home

To preface: Jas and I are going to Japan and Korea in a month (eee! still have to book hotels!) and I am so looking forward to being completely inundated with inspiration. And perspiration. It'll be the beginning of the hot summer months, the only time I've ever visited Japan so I don't know any better. It's also my first time to Korea and Jason's first time to Japan, so we'll take turns playing tour guide!

I could go on about how big of a fan I am of The Selby and his work, but the primary reason for this post is to share one of his features, the bright seaside home of Hitoshi Uchida-san and his family in Kamakura, Japan.

Been thinking about where to go and I wish we could tour this home while we're there. As I study to be a stylist, I realize that this kind of personality and life history is one-of-a-kind. Lifestyle is a genuine existence that can't—and shouldn't— be reproduced. The best I can do is absorb and enjoy the experience, and draw from it for inspiration. What I see in these photos is my dream: A beach house in a small town of Japan. That, or to be Todd Selby himself.

all photos by The Selby

Aside from daydreaming about stalking people in their homes, this weekend we enjoyed the warmest weather in the bay so far. To offset the cost of eating out Friday and Saturday, I rushed around the kitchen for three hours, prepping two meals from What Katie Ate to enjoy throughout the week. 

A rich, slow roasted pork and red wine ragu, and a pork, pumpkin (butternut squash) and sage canneloni (lasagna). Three things about the canneloni: 1) I used butternut squash because I couldn't find a pumpkin and I used lasagna noodles because I didn't want to use too much ricotta for a stuffing; 2) this recipe is waaaay too much for two people, and I tried to invite people over but no luck! Guess it's lasagna week, and 3) I'm determined to learn how to photograph lasagna as appetizing as Katie does. It's got to be the hardest thing to food style!

I shredded the pork this morning before work and I am so excited to get home and make worth out of the fifteen thousand steps of the recipe.

Happy Monday!

Foraged: Interviews // Pt. 2, International

So, Pt. 1 of the Interview posts catalogued three of my favorite online journals that showcase creative people in their natural habitats in the US. Now, let's go overseas...

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CoffeeKlatch // Belgium  An online magazine showcasing "creative entrepreneurs in their homes or daily working environments, addressing various disciplines. Coffeeklatch stands for slow journalism using a fast medium". I've been following writer Magali Elali on IG for a while now and Belgium looks like it's exploding with creative living.

Sidenote: Magali Elali and designer/photographer Bart Kiggen run another magazine All Items Loaded that is just as juicy.

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One Minute Wonder // Amsterdam, Netherlands  Minute-long personal stories in video form to satisfy your short-attention span. I <3 Theophilus London! I'm starting to grow appreciation for the moving picture format, from having to build a few for work. It's not easy but it's unparalleled when it comes to storytelling.

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Freunde von Freunden // Berlin, Germany   They do everything and they do it everywhere. Mixtapes, iPad app, printed book, online journal. I mean. Like. I can't. How?  In their words "FvF is an international interview magazine that portrays people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes and within their daily working environments. Our content aspires to present multifaceted personal perspectives that offer impressions of cities, various artistic industries and international urban living. By introducing real people from around the world with an honest and authentic approach, FvF attracts a global readership and remains borderless."

Foraged: Interviews // Pt. 1, USA

You're going to have to pardon my French on this one, but the internet is such a fucking inspiring place. You open a single window and click one link, which takes you to the next link, which you open in a new tab, in fact you open a few tabs, and the next thing you know, a surge of talent, portfolios and blogs and articles and networking and sharing is filling your screen in tabulated form. It's overwhelming but you love it and you want more and you start to think that nothing is ever enough, and you start to think that the world is way bigger than it actually is, and start to feel smaller than you actually are.

No, I'm not calling you fat. :)

I'm saying that while the internet is a vast, whale of inspiration available to you, browse with admiration, but more importantly, with an openness and compassion toward yourself as well. It could be you. You are good enough. You are amazing.

Thanks to the internet, the uprising of interview blogs out there awesome, but the high-quality of the content is astounding. Online journals are my favorite source of inspiration because they  

  1. are typically well designed, with good typography and photography,
  2. fulfill my fetish of peeking into people's windows by stepping into their studio or home (probably shouldn't admit this publicly), and
  3. remind me that everyone has a story.

Here's a list that I've compiled, shared in two parts. Today, USA. Tomorrow, we go overseas.

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Form and Future // San Francisco, CA  Advice and knowledge sharing platform by Laura Helen Winn for emerging artists, designers and makers. "It's for beginners who aim to bridge the gap between their work and their aspirations". I think many of us can relate to that, no?

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Grain and Gram // Orlando, FL  Enlightening accounts of gentlemen and their journeys to a lifestyle of craftsmanship. They haven't posted in many months but what they have is juicy good, and I'm female.

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Industry of One // New York, NY  "...explore the style trappings of various industries + professions and document the relationship between one's line of work + walk of life." I don't know why but I like that they list by first name only. And, the photography is sublime.

How does design work?

From Kelli Anderson's Creative Mornings talk: 
"When we make things, we initiate a collaboration with the preexisting conditions of the universe." If you think you're creating from scratch, that's B.S.

Her infographic work is colorful and fun, and feels so strongly unified. I can't find a visual gap anywhere. I'm having a hard time imagining how involved her process must be. I'm sure she's just that talented. But in her talk, she goes much deeper than that. She talks about the impact of her work and how she wants to "disrupt" the repetitive rituals through design. It's not flat, it's not obvious, it's begging for dimension and universal meaning. Think I just refell in love with design.


Marjo Loponen of I Am Not Your Type

I was educated in graphic design but I've drifted from that line of work as of late. Honestly it's been a while since I've seen anything fresh, but the work of Marjo Loponen really caught my eye. Seems like he can really do anything with any idea. I'll be watching this recent Helsinki / London / Sydney grad, as should you!

all images via http://www.iamnotyourtype.co.uk/