wednesday feast 2.0

Happy wednesday, folks! If your week isn’t going the way you want it to, press the reset button. Wake up on the other side of the bed. Drink mint tea with lemon & honey instead of coffee. Dab on some red lips. Sprint for two blocks to feel like superwoman. Do a jig to your guilty pleasure on YouTube and then tackle the scariest thing on your to-do list, even if it’s just thinking about it.

Or, enjoy some mid-week inspiration with your wednesday feast.

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Gnome, gnome, gnome, gnome, I repeat, gnome in the house

This space is so deliciously lived in. And I love that, because it’s so rare to see.

My instagram feed is stuffed with photos of perfectly curated lives. I trick myself into thinking that this is a reality, and, on some days, that’s nice! But on others, I need a dose of reality that looks more close to home.

I’m not saying this European sun-kissed bathroom looks anything like my reality (maybe it will one day), but it looks like an honest depiction of someone else’s. And that, my friends, is as soothing as that deep, sumptuous bath.

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*fashunnn*

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If you are ever in need of girlfriend chats on the way to class, work, coffee, breakfast, ballroom dancing, get on this podcastI want to be friends with the hosts so bad – they are equal parts hilarious, witty, and feminist. Friend crushing hard.

“Multiple glasses of wine, chatting both confidence and thigh gaps plus menstruation in space. Where have you been all my life, Call Your Girlfriend?” –Holly Gordon (It’s true. The pilot episode features lotsa wine n’ giggles.)

*dessert*

Airbnb is the new food gawker. Okay, so, up front, not at all. But it is safe to say that airbnb is the foodgawker for interior design & travel. I recently found this Victorian gem in San Francisco and now fully plan on trying my hand at the aristocratic life (read: Downton Abbey life) some time.

 *receipt treat*

This illustration brought to you by a mysterious Asian pinterest board-like platform that is only for drawings and illustrations like this! Oh what you can find on internet travels.

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wednesday feast

Some people might call Wednesday the mid-week slump. I call it the mid-week pick-me-up. By Wednesday, the weekend’s plans are filling themselves in (even if that looks like no plans whatsoever, which is a bonus), I only have two snooze buttons left, and I’m comfortably situated in whatever chaos the week held.

But… it’s still Wednesday.

That’s why I’ve officially started wednesday feastsIt’s a multi-course meal of inspiration to start your day off with a pick-me-up. You start off with five-ish delightful samples of interior design that are leaving me drooling (not on your plate, don’t worry), followed by two-ish slices of fashion and a podcast to feed your brain.

Then dessert! Which can be anything, but generally a taste of another blog around the internet. And let’s be honest, we always want more dessert, so just click on the blog to keep on indulging.

And of course, a treat receipt in the form of an illustration.

Bon appétit!

*dezignnn*

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Funky and modern, yet oh-so-cozy.

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*fashunnnn*

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*podcast*

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NPR Invisibilia is the best. Alice and Lulu, quite simply, explore the invisible forces that shape our lives. Okay so perhaps not so simply but the way they deliver these podcasts is unlike any podcast out there – you feel like you’re right there, having a super deep but funny conversation with old friends.

So get ready for a dose of the existential.

I recommend The Power of Categories to get you started, which digs into the nature of categories and our absolute and utter dependence on them to navigate this world.

*dessert!*

The Socialite Family recently featured Charlotte & Hugo, a pair of lovers/interior architects/designers. Don’t their names alone already sound unfairly cool? But just wait until you start scrolling. Then tell me about unfair. I mean, just look at Charlotte reclining in that chair, so minx-like, and Hugo striking a pose so nonchalant you could’ve sworn you really did just interrupt them modeling.

Charlotte & Hugo’s home needs no introduction though. After all, this is the first home I’ve seen in a while that makes me want to inappropriately move in with a couple I don’t know just to be like, hey, I’m cool too. And I know I won’t be alone on that one.

The Socialite Family has a knack for tapping into the lives of the coolest families on the globe. Check out the crazy eclectic abode of Mathilde, Jerome, and their little cutie Charlotte here, as an easy example. (Although I think I’d be lying if I said these French names didn’t add a certain je-ne-sais-quoi to their home, too.)

*treat receipt*

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short & sweet: wrist crowns

Komono, an avant-garde Belgian accessories line, has recently collaborated with the estate of late artist Jean-Michel Basquiat to release six watches that muddle the distinction between traditional and experimental. While Basquait’s signature crown is etched into every darling retro watch face, the wristbands rep a unique sliver of one of his iconic paintings. In other words, no two watches are the same. We are all special flowers.

But originality doesn’t mean paying an arm and a leg, although some might give both for a watch that looks this good (seek help if you are one of these people). A notable tenet of Basquait’s philosophy was marrying street art and high art, ergo Komono aimed to maintain this ideology by developing an affordable line without sacrificing quality or originality. But you know what? Every Komono watch maintains this principle. They channel Basquait every damn day.

My personal faves:

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Wizard print series: Flemish baroque
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Wizard print series: Wild Hares
Basquait pick: Untitled
Basquait pick: Untitled
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Basquait picks: Magnus, Philistines

 

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BAM! Wizard Print Series: Expressionist

Pce n’ luv,

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can I be an outsider too?

 

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So there’s this line called Band of Outsiders, right? I only just stumbled over them recently. Actually, it was more so a collision, if we’re taking the phrase literally (taking things literally makes life more fun). Because if I were a skier, and Band of Outsiders was a premature tree poking through the snow, it was the type of collision that would make chair-lift onlookers nudge each other to gape at the apparent snowball-human hybrid tumbling down the slope.

My cheeks burn a regrettable red from fashion ineptitude.

See, Band of Outsiders isn’t just a blip on peoples’ fashion radars. They have a dominant, well-respected place in the industry, with Karlie Kloss as recent arm candy for designer Scott Sternberg, and a whole fleet of A-lister names donning the  label on polaroid film, on the red carpet, and on-the-daily. And I had no clue they existed. I had no clue that there was this whole line that embraced minimalist, tastefully flattering  cuts without being boring or pretentious and certainly without being safe. Nor that the designer collaborated with Starbucks to launch these kick-ass ceramic mugs, adorning creative juices dripping down their sides. Not even that their website featured models with bunnieskitties & jumping poses that made every outfit so much more inviting to wear than if they were doing the typical look-at-me-in-this-too-expensive-for-you-outfit-ha-ha-ha-you-suck pose.

So I have come to a radical conclusion, in light of my sudden fan-girling over Band of Outsiders. These are the kind of outsiders that you want to be a part of. Not the popular kids, but the cool kids who have that air of effortlessness that doesn’t come with a designer handbag or commercially-distressed jeans. Their Facebook feeds, if they even have one, are littered with posts (like this for mother’s day and this for father’s day) that make you think, “Damn, I should have thought of that.” And, of course, to top it off, they show up to any occasion with a genuine smile, a polaroid camera, and a cat named Atticus.

Forget being an insider. I wanna be an outsider.

Here are some goodies from their Summer/Spring 2014 season. Meow.

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Seventies-inspired running shorts are the only kind of running shorts one should advocate.

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Most likely jumping in spring’s puddles, like the chic gladiator she is. (Gladiators spent a lot of time jumping in puddles – please don’t burst my hilarious bubble.)

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Aren’t they all so positively joyous? Don’t you want to reach out and say, hey, let’s go to some indie movie together with our bright yellow raincoats on and slowly sweat in our seats?

Here’s a peek at their upcoming Fall and Pre-Fall 2014 season. This cheery gal just makes me so happy (although I know I’d be just as chipper if I were wearing those clothes). Serious kudos to Band of Outsiders for single-handedly recruiting my now-favourite models to wear their stylin’ garments.

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#tbt the days of playing with cars like it ain’t no thang

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Among their devoted fans are some casual Hollywood nobility. In fact, the famed red shirt Joaquin Phoenix donned so regularly in “Her” is from Band of Outsiders’ 2005 season. Who woulda thunk? Apparently not me-from-three-days-ago! My favourite starlets (sorry to call you a “starlet”, Andrew Garfield) are shot in polaroid film, too, in true hipster fashion.

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^That’s Scott Sternberg. The brackets do him justice, to say the least.

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Have a lovely day, outsiders! (I’m assuming I’ve convinced you to become an outsider too. Let’s band together, folks.)

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