Art

RK Design

RK Design On The Wall #4

RK Design On The Wall #4

I discovered RK Design, by way of Riikka’s blog Weekday Carnival. Riikka sells her prints on Society 6, which is my go to resource for non-traditional prints. I love how her pieces play on pattern, movement, color, and repetition in a basic, geometric manner. Most of her prints, though full of pastels, seem neutral enough for a shared-gender home. I’m kind of obsessed with them. I can’t figure out which one is my favorite, but I’ve got plans for a headboard/gallery wall in the new bedroom, and I think one of them would be a great accent. Riikka has also done some animal prints, from earlier collections. I kind of love the simplicity of this giraffe. It is energetic while at the same time basic and elegant.  She also makes jewelry, which if I wasn’t on a jewelry pause due to my everyday-consistent wear of Michelle Starbuck Jewelry (I see no need to wear anything else), I would totally be down for a pendant.

RK Design On The Wall #4

RK Design On The Wall #3


RK Design On The Wall #2

RK Design On The Wall #2


RK Design Pink Rock

RK Design Pink Rock


RK Design Giraf

RK Design Giraf


RK Design Sometimes

RK Design Sometimes

Wearing Literature

Clear Skin Detox Diet

Wearing Lit's Clear Skin Detox Diet Review by Lindsay Humes of The Garden Apt.

I discovered Clear Skin Detox Diet from my friend Ashlee at The Little Foxes. Intrigued, I purchased the book off of Amazon and read it in less than 24 hours. Shaheen, who also read the book and interviewed Lauren Talbot here, agreed that it makes perfect sense. The book outlines what foods help promote healthy skin. The thing I enjoyed about it was that it wasn’t radical. Talbot doesn’t advocated for a strict vegan only diet, but is very realistic about the choices and decisions one should make to help promote healthy skin. The key is a plant-based diet, and eating fruit in the morning (you’ll have to read to find out why this is key, but this has been a game changer for me).

You might be asking yourself, where’s the carrot print shorts? The chicken leg printed tee? Well, I view this wearing lit as less literal and more of a lifestyle ideal – stylish, simple, sophisticated. This whole ensemble would be great for my summer uniform. The days of wearing booty shorts and skimpy tank tops are long gone for me, and my summer apparel is now more reserved – tees with printed skirts, shorts with sweatshirts, etc. Not to mention, as I encroach on 30, I’ve finally become serious about skincare. I’m moisturizing daily, and I’ve become addicted to serums thanks to Laurie and Caitlin. I’ve also come to terms with the sun. As a woman of Irish-Scotish-English ancestory, the sun is not my friend. Spray tans are my friend; hence, the importance of hats.

Pattern Play

Bright Florals

Pattern Play Bright Florals by Lindsay Humes of The Garden Apt.

The popular sentiments of florals are that they are girly, ultra-feminine and pretty. While floral prints for the most part give off that vibe, there are certain prints that are more bold, more hipster, and more eccentric. This play on the feminine/pretty is something that I not only appreciate but I’m kind of obsessed with. I love the juxtaposition of a bright floral against a strong neutral – a spacious typography, a dark background, or to wear with basic denim. This relationship plays on the business-fun metaphor, i.e. the mullet: business in front, party in back. The bright floral is simply a more sophisticated relationship of business-party in design. I also like the fact that a neon floral isn’t your grandmother’s or mother’s floral. It is edgy and bold, yet still feminine.

Style

Objects Without Meaning

Objects Without Meaning Product Review By Chicago Blogger Lindsay Humes

If my family or friends had to identify my personal style, I think (or hope) that a few of these phrases would be consistently mentioned – Made in America, neutrals, simple, and casual. Those descriptors would also characterize Objects Without Meaning‘s philosophy. I’m a big fan of their Summer 2014 collection, which is essentially glamorous pajama wear. Drawstrings, stripes, and linen, could the summer be any better?! In spirit, I love a great pantsuit or romper, but the reality is as someone who goes to the bathroom at least once every hour (hello consuming 64oz of water a day), a romper is a bit of hassle. What I appreciate the most about OWM is their brand philosophy – a blank slate to fill with experiences and emotions of life. It is also the type of slate that you can use over time and wear daily, a regular and easy uniform that is chic and comfortable.

Art

Sometimes There Are No Rules

Yolanda Sanchez, Some Principle of Being for Markle Fine Arts

Yolanda Sanchez, Some Principle of Being

Three Things to Remember
As long as you’re dancing, you can break the rules.
Sometimes breaking the rules is just extending the rules.
Sometimes there are no rules.
- Mary Oliver 

Yolanda Sanchez’s exhibit at Kathryn Markel opened up with this poem by Mary Oliver. The exhibit which showed earlier this spring is inspired by a philosophy of China’s Tang Dynasty – The Three Perfections. The Three Perfections is traditionally compromised of a poet, a painter, and and a calligrapher. Sanchez includes various aspects of three perfections in her exhibit. The paintings also references to the natural world with compositional structures without interfering with the Three Perfections narrative. Her use of color, movement, and negative space create these compositionally intriguing pieces.

Yolanda Sanchez, Step Lightly (Just Like A Ballerina) for Markel Fine Arts

Yolanda Sanchez, Step Lightly (Just Like A Ballerina)

Yolanda Sanchez, So Much Depends for Markle Fine Arts

Yolanda Sanchez, So Much Depends

Yolanda Sanchez, Peace Piece

Yolanda Sanchez, Peace Piece