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Month: July, 2014

Things to Click…

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I’m loving these recordings from StoryCorps, one of the largest oral history projects. Their weekly broadcasts appear on NPR, but you can listen to hundreds of recorded stories in their database. Their goal is to provide people of all backgrounds with the opportunity to share their story, and I think they’re doing a pretty good job. 

When we were determinedly saving money last year for our move, Kris and I started reading the money-pinching blog And Then We SavedWith money tight again post-move, I’m loving the author’s list of “56 Things to Do Instead of Spending Money.” She also provides ideas for cheap (and free) dates, earning money on the weekends, and how to travel on a tight budget. She also provides tutorials to teach you skills that save money, like learning to cut your own hair. (And no, this is not where I learned about the minimalist game, but I’m glad she’s doing it too!).

In this article from ELLE, Justine Harman asks “Why Aren’t We Talking About the Millennial Mystique?” It’s a pointed article that queries the rise of “lifestyle” blogging and a continued stress on the pursuit of perfection in the home. It’s a short article that I think could go a lot further, but it’s a start. 

This article by Maureen O’Connor on “ethnic plastic surgery” is wonderful. Well researched, utterly topical, and decidedly fascinating, O’Connor delves into the complex worlds of beauty and race and how different cultures perceive the pursuit of beauty via plastic surgery. “Is Race Plastic? My Trip Into the ‘Ethnic Plastic Surgery’ Minefield” is a great article, if a little long. Read it! 

 

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In which I use up 6 cups of blueberries from our vast CSA stock.

City Hive

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My brother is a beekeeper and owner of a sustainable bee removal service called Seven Hills Bee Co. This week he posted a link to City Hive. Developed by The National Design Collective out of Toronto, City Hive is a beautifully designed rooftop beehive. The City Hive has two main purposes: to promote urban beekeeping, and to raise awareness of colony collapse syndrome in honeybee hives. The structures are inspired by rooftop water towers, and are meant to be aesthetically pleasing and well as easy to use. In fact, despite it’s unusual and aesthetic appearance the design, there is no loss in functionality. Based on the traditional Langstroth design used by most beekeepers, the City Hive uses common parts and mechanisms, and requires the same practices for hive maintenance as the usual bee boxes. The hive is built of cedar wood in order to encourage natural weathering and to help shade the hive and keep it cool in summer, thus helping to produce more honey by easing the workload of the bees. Though currently only a prototype, the National Design Collective is looking for interested parties to help further the project. Any takers?

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Things to Click…

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I know, I know, it’s not Tuesday. Blame a lack of sleep, but here it is… this week’s list of things to click.

One of my favorite things this week was a sneak preview on The Cut of some images from the book Blow Me A Kiss by Alice Harris. Highlighting photos of lips through the decades, the photographs are a beautiful and interesting map of the human mouth. This slideshow includes a few shots from the book, including Audrey Hepburn, Cindy Crawford, and Barbara Mullen.

Also fun is The Nostalgia Machine, which allows you to get your nostalgia jam on by listening to any song released since 1960. Simply pick a year (it’s particularly fun to pick one from your childhood) and a long list of popular music videos released from that year are supplied. So many memories.

Another series of photographs, The Guardian released a photo essay on Vivian Maier as a way of ushering in the recently released documentary on the original street photographer. Her images are full of depth, humor, humility, and beauty. Take a look!

My half cousin Jay was in the news this week for his amazing farm to fork restaurant on Orcas Island, Hogstone Wood Oven. Jay started as a farmer, and his restaurant focuses on locally farmed food. In fact, everyone who works in the restaurant, works the farm that supplies the restaurant. It’s an amazing business and a fun article for those of us (me) who (sadly) haven’t been able to make it out to the restaurant (because I live on the East Coast… sigh).

Pocket Art Director

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I happened upon this hilarious–and possibly quite useful–product from Fuzzco a few weeks ago. The Pocket Art Director is a twelve sided die with each side offering a snippet of concise art direction. Stuck on a project? Roll the art director! Need creative inspiration or feeling lost in your design? Roll the art director! I keep returning to the site for the online trial they provide. Each instruction is funny, direct, and even (sometimes) helpful. Also available from the site are cheeky t-shirts, bags, and hats

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Fuzzco also makes cheeky t-shirts, bags and hats. Essentially a web and graphic design, Fuzzco is a creative agency offering everything from logo design, naming, and brand development, to web designing, email marketing, and digital and social media strategizing. It seems now they have their own small line of tongue-in-cheek design based products, and the Pocket Art Directors is the star. You can check out more of Fuzzco’s designs on their website, including their work for Mario Testino, eHarmony, MailChimp, and Bitttermilk.

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ASOS White

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Minimalism is really sweeping through the fashion industry right now. “Uniform dressing” is having a big moment, and a variety of clothes in straight lines and simple shapes (for instance, shift dresses) are having a huge comeback. I’ve even felt the minimalist trend influencing my own style lately, especially in the wake of our move. I swept away a lot of old clothes to cut down for the move and replaced these things with just a few key pieces. In response to the growing trend of minimalist dressing, ASOS released it’s own minimal collection called ASOS White. To be honest,  I’m a bit lukewarm on the collection as a whole, and I don’t think I could ever fully devote my wardrobe to the minimalist look, but some of the simple pieces are really eye-catching, and could be a good base for people looking for fresh and trendy updates. However, another strike for the line are the sky high prices. The normally budget friendly fast-fashion company has aimed really high on this one. Check out some of my favorite pieces below and let me know what you think. I normally share things I love on here, but this time I’m curious as to how people feel about this trend. You can see the full collection here

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Just reading at Cocoa Cinnamon with Kris. Lazy Saturday.

Incredible Things I’ve Seen in Durham So Far…

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  • Dogs in restaurants and bars.
  • These environmentally friendly vehicles from Organic Transit.

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  • Torrential thunderstorms that last well over an hour
  • In that vein, an incredible number of rain barrels, rain barrel gardens, lawns turned into overflowing vegetable gardens and solar powered houses.
  • These gender neutral bathroom signs (spotted at Oval Park Grille, where Kris works)

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  • Perfectly straight lines of 5 or 6 cats sleeping on the sidewalk
  • The Durham Farmer’s Market (No, really, it’s incredible!).

Incredible Things I Still Need to See in Durham:

Where in the World…

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I’ve been working nearly two months now for William Branson, III. William (or BB as he has me call him), creates fine art portraiture and is an award winning, world renown artist in his field.  In addition to that he has a wonderful personality, a very stylish pair of glasses, and a great sense of humor.

Part of my work for BB is handling his social media. So where else in the world of the web can you find me? Check out William Branson’s Facebook page, Follow his Twitter feed, or read his blog on portraiture and portraits. Yup, that’s all me! At least, anything posted after May 27th… that’s all me!

Things to Click…

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This short article from Mail & Guardian reminds me of the film Perfume. Here, Tammy Violet Frazer explains the growing interest in the art and creation of perfume as well as a small movement in the arts to consider scent as a medium. Read Making Scents: Perfume as Portraiture for an explanation of how human scent differs based on skin tone, hair color, etc. Then go watch the super creepy and very beautiful film Perfume: The Story of a Murderer for a wonderful performance by the delightful Ben Whishaw.

I don’t know how I landed on two stories about scent this week, but it happened. Turns out scientists have been studying what exactly makes up that wonderful old book smell that nerds and lit-lovers go ga-ga for (guilty as charged). Check out The Cut for a short version of the story or the full story from Vox, which explains why old book smell contains a vanilla-like odor.

The BBC asked this week whether there could be any such thing as a truly anti-war film. Though not an incredible article, it is an interesting look at the history of war films and a thoughtful philosophical discussion of what it means to represent war on film.

One of my good friends back in Ohio did all the location scouting for this short film by Free People called The Heart of it All. Filmed entirely in Knox County, it makes me nostalgic for good ole’ Ohio. I also jumped out of my seat when I spotted by friend in a few shots.