Fall Mix Tapes (with handmade covers)
A Vegan Thanksgiving complete with quinoa, veggies, mashed potatoes, and of course desserts…
50,000 words of a new novel
That was definitely one happy fall.
I spent one afternoon a couple weekends ago snapping shots of beautiful handmade jewelry for the nonprofit The Uncovered Artistry Project (i.e. the nonprofit I founded five years ago with my sister!). The nonprofit, which boasts an online boutique, sells the artisan work of domestic and sexual abuse survivors. Because we believe art and entrepreneurship are pretty darn empowering.
Below are some of my favorite shots of some of the stunning jewelry we are currently selling in the boutique.
Swarovski pearl earrings…our bestseller
Swarovski pearl drop necklace…this one always reminds me of Jane from Pride and Prejudice.
domestic violence awareness bracelet…my personal favorite- it’s such a pretty touch to every outfit!
true blue rhinestone earrings…are you feeling like royalty today?
Don’t forget to shop the boutique and support the nonprofit at uncoveredartistry.com.
A waitress at The Cafe at the Frick was kind enough to let me snap a shot of her beautiful tattoos.
I can. I will.
I’ve lived in Pittsburgh (and the same apartment) for over a year. For the last, well, decade, I haven’t stayed in one place for more than twelve months. Finally, I’ve had time to settle in to my new place and begin to claim it as my own. My living room, dinning room, and kitchen were more or less done six months ago. (Mostly given to that the fact that my kitchen is smaller than a walk-in closet) But my bedroom has taken longer to come together. I wanted a simple, neutral pallets of whites and creams with a focus on texture. What ended up unfolding is far from that but no less awesome. Actually, probably way more fun to look at. I have images and color everywhere, yet somehow everything still seems comfortable and in order. It’s the perfect embodiment of my style: classic and neat but undoubtably sprinkled with color and pattern. The room has a way to go, but so far, it’s a pretty good start.
gallery wall? check.
handmade cork boards? check.
repurposed basket drawers? check.
Jane Austen novels? obviously.
I like to share what I’m reading. Why? Because books are so much better when you can talk about them. If you’ve ever read Pride and Prejudice and made it to the “Mr.Darcy letter scene,” and you have no one to share in your agonizing joy, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Or, oh, let’s say you’ve just finished Allegiant and for some reason NO ONE at your office has finished it too. Who are you supposed to get angry with!?
That said, here’s my first post in a silly-titled series, I’m calling, “What’s in My Ferragamo?” Of course, I’m referring to my black Ferragamo bag that just happens to be the perfect size to fit whatever I’m reading at the moment.
Here’s my two cents on the read: Amoruso’s story is impressive and her advice is inspirational, but her business tips come off a bit too elementary for my taste. (Of course, that’s coming from me- a girl with a business degree who also happens to work in fashion industry.) Nevertheless, it reenergized my passion for fashion (business), and there are some pretty awesome quotables in there too. Not to mention some charming illustrations.
So? Have you read #GIRLBOSS? What do you think?
A few days after I saw Jack White perform in Pittsburgh, I was composing, with definite irritation, an email to Third Man Records describing a newly purchased vinyl that would repeat the first song continuously and skip without end. To my surprise (and delight), I was sent the below video, describing my new Lazaretto record as an Ultra LP. I won’t give too much away, but the features on this record blew me away.
The most remarkable feature has to be the hologram on side A. Still skeptical, I asked my dad (a physicist) if what I was seeing was truly a hologram. For all of your reference, he described it as more of a “simple diffraction grating.” I’m not going to even attempt to paraphrase what came next: “The simplest of diffraction gratings are made by scratching parallel lines into a substrate. You can get the same effect by interfering 2 beams comming out of a laser and recording it on a photosenstive plate. The angel is a slightly more complex diffraction grating where the incoming light is directed to specific points in space to create the effect. If you shine a laser pointer in that holographic band the angel should be easier to see.”
And there you have it, an excellent album and a physics lesson in one.