ಸೋಮವಾರ, ಜನವರಿ 31, 2011

shop 'til you drop

i've been trying to navigate around the life archives (not enough focus on old photography if you ask me) and came across these southdale shopping mall interior photos from 1957. southdale was america's first indoor shopping mall you know. developed by the dayton family and built in edina in 1955 (a suburb of minneapolis) it revolutionized retail as "a new form designed to reflect and serve changing patterns of suburban living."

more southdale mall history here.
top photo by grey villet, 1956; others by guy gillette, 1957 in the life archives (time & life pictures/getty images).

words of wisdom

francesca made this poster of gandhi's top ten fundamentals. i'm a sucker for a big block of great typography. and it gets better because it's available to download for free. nice!

[via black eiffel]

plants you can't kill

these little crocheted cacti and plants are part of shannon gerard's plants you can't kill series "for those of us with not so green thumbs." i do pretty well with cacti but i think an impostor  would be so sweet nestled in with the real deal.

ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಜನವರಿ 28, 2011

i like today: soft and pretty

bringing back the i like today post with a bit of a blogdump here (i.e. cleaning out some of my bookmarks): soft pretty colors.

gorgeous mid century modern vase from foundvintagestyle

faceted rings by seb-brown

mav's second edition of silk scarves debuts feb. 1

tangerine cream crystal necklace by unaodd

tile me pretty

stunning tiled marrakech courtyard available to book for your next photo shoot through light locations. i'm not normally one for such an ornate, luxurious look but man, this is something! the place boasts three courtyards, rooftop terraces and is minutes away from the market square. they say: "should not be missed, you will not want to come home!"

ಗುರುವಾರ, ಜನವರಿ 27, 2011

so cute!

Bottle from Kirsten Lepore on Vimeo.

[via swissmiss]

idea to bookmark

woah! super cool diy woven chain bracelet how-to over at honestlywtf. that's gorgeous! now another thing to keep my eyes peeled for at the thrifts: giant gold curb link bracelets and bags of embroidery floss.

[via where the lovely things are]

vintage shop update

pinkshirtsandcarwrecks vintage has a few new-to-you updates today, with a few more coming next week. i'm loving this midcentury modern shallow bowl, myself [above] and this hellerware cherrywood + chrome salad set [second to last]. check out the 1957 catalog page  featuring the exact set! i love hellerware's claim to fame: "masterpieces in elegance in chromium."

ಬುಧವಾರ, ಜನವರಿ 26, 2011

keep on keeping on

speaking of heads of state, i was rifling through their portfolio and came across this hegel illustration they did for real simple magazine (which i had ripped out and put in my planner when that issue came out). great inspiration to "just keep swimming, just keep swimming..."

the first colorway is availble for purchase as a jumbo archival print.

listening to mr. beam

the new iron and wine record kiss each other clean came out yesterday and it's been in my ears since. i'm digging the evolution of his sound. beautiful illustration (love the hand drawn type!) by mister sam beam himself, art direction and design by the heads of state. disappointed iron and wine won't be coming to mpls soon, but they will be in chicago in march - road trip?

ಮಂಗಳವಾರ, ಜನವರಿ 25, 2011

self promotion

fancy caption: yaaay! pennants for sale here, fyi

oh by the way, did you know i'm now on twitter and on facebook? this social media thing is sort of exhausting but i'm going to figure it out. plus i'll run some fun discounts and exciting things exclusive to those other places. anyway, i hope you're into it. here is my list of links: 


i collect a lot of funny things (too many, steve says). i'm drawn to the old and if it's useful then all the better. house of brinson collects things, too, and photographs them beautifully. case in point: vintage bottle openers. beautiful in their ordinary-ness. click over for more.

excited to poke around house of brinson a little bit for more stunning collections (found them through debi van zyl).

transport me to buenos aires

take a look at all this exposed brick and pops of red. this home in buenos aires was hiding in my bookmark folder and is just the thing for this chilly tuesday morning (at least the sun is out in mpls today!) argentina was the only thing i could gather from the article, as it's all in swedish (just a guess). wouldn't mind sipping my coffee this morning in that kitchen (or patio, or bathtub...)

ಸೋಮವಾರ, ಜನವರಿ 24, 2011

my name is simone

caroline castagna-suarez is the lady behind my name is simone, a line of funny characters who sport hip thick rimmed glasses, blunt bangs and mustaches. the bio at smallable about caroline is so cute: "...sometimes growing up stinks. therefore, she spends her free time battling against seriousness, in every way she can..."

hear hear!

ಭಾನುವಾರ, ಜನವರಿ 23, 2011

ಶುಕ್ರವಾರ, ಜನವರಿ 21, 2011

wishing for spring

found printmaker angie lewin's work in my bookmark folder this afternoon. what with the negative numbers on the thermometer this morning, her prints make me want to beam to springtime. would love her new book, plants and places, on my coffee table in the meantime.

thank you kindly

super thanks to kelly at design crush for the mpls pennant props yesterday! she always has great taste ;) so add her blog to your bookmarks/blogrolls/google readers. 

mpls pennants (and more!) are available at my handmade shop

ಗುರುವಾರ, ಜನವರಿ 20, 2011

desert love

smitten with this vogue fashion spread called brief encounter, featuring david strathairn and daria werbowy (january 2011). a dreamy desert story with beautiful photography by peter lindbergh and flawlessly styled by grace coddington.

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