The ROUNDUP // 8.20.17

A few of my favorite finds in fashion, art, interiors, and more from around the web.

1  I'm so inspired by Rejina Pyo's Fall 2017 collection. I think it is both incredibly current and also timeless, and that's a hard balance to strike. (Honestly WTF)  |  2  The piercing gazes and layered prints in Kelly Beeman's fashion illustrations are really captivating to me. (Kelly Beeman)

 

3  This home tour of an Austin "Vintage Treasure Hunter" is full of charming finds and clever decor ideas. (Apartment Therapy)  |  4  My current favorite TED Talk: Françoise Mouly, The New Yorker's art director, tells the stories behind the magazine's iconic covers. (TED)

 

5  I loved this studio tour with Heidi Lee, an innovative milliner inspired by surrealism. (Nylon)

 

And a few more...

These tiny dioramas blew my mind.

Color Factory looks so cool!

Are you going boot crazy yet? These pink velvet beauties and these trompe l'oiel sock boots are topping my list.

I love the heirloom quality of this Stella & Dot necklace.

The most high-fashion temporary tattoos to ever exist.

I loved this article about leaning into what you already are.

This is my life: 14 examples of extroverted introverts.

And my favorite thing I've read lately, Austin Kleon on a major lesson in learning from his 4-year-old son.

And in case you missed it around here, I shared a retro-inspired Last Days of Summer playlist.

It's also the last day to enter my Maskcara giveaway, so if you haven't done so already, head on over to Instagram and tag a beautiful friend!

 

What links did you love this week? Feel free to drop a link to a favorite post or your own content in the comments.

The LISTS // Last Days of Summer Throwback

I know everything around us is rushing towards fall right now, but if you ask me, this is the time I enjoy summer the most. It's finally cooling down enough to be outside but we still have those much-cherished extra hours of daylight. In my opinion, this is when summer starts to get good. These lists are an ode to my favorite summer movie growing up, Now and Then. Between the small-town 60s-70s charm and the awkward navigation of coming-of-age relationships, there was a little something for everyone in our household to relate to and love.

 

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I love to see modern technology done in a retro fashion, like the Fujifilm Instax Mini and the Crosley Bluetooth record player (which, by the way, is VELVET!). The Madewell denim wrap dress can work in the heat now but could be even cuter come fall layered over a turtleneck and flares. The same goes for the ASOS mules, which, though it can be a polarizing choice, would be great worn with chunky socks as the temperatures drop. If you don't believe me, I'd like to present the court with exhibits A and B. A gold script necklace from Ryan Porter, a pair of retro glam Warby Parker sunglasses, and some adorable Madewell patches are style classics that you can wear year-round. A road-trip-inspiring print from Dean Martindale and a blush Reema floor cushion add some laid-back, retro style to your home. Pop a bell on this darling city cruiser bike from Six Three Zero and you're practically Christina Ricci herself. And even my candy obsession, Haribo gummies, give a nod to the era in a classic cola flavor. 

 

I've been listening to this playlist all week and it just makes me so happy. It's a mix a classic feel-good 60s and 70s songs mixed with some more modern artists that share the nostalgic retro vibe. These songs are all upbeat and uplifting. In my opinion, it's the perfect playlist for a barbecue, pool party, or any other party where there would be a wide range of ages in attendance. You can follow the playlist on Spotify or click to listen below.

 

What was your favorite movie growing up?

 

Now Hiring!

Hello, friends! I'm excited to announce that I'm currently seeking help with my clothing line, HOWL Brand. What started roughly 18 months ago is chugging along and growing, and with that, we could use some more hands on deck! We're currently looking for talented creatives in these areas:

 


Apparel Stitcher

HOWL Brand is expanding into an online boutique and we're currently looking for experienced stitchers to help in the production of small runs for seasonal collections. This is a paid position that will vary based on the pieces being produced. We would supply patterns and materials, but an ideal candidate will have their own sewing equipment and be able to work independently from their own home or studio. We are currently considering applicants in or around Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus, Ohio.

 

Fashion Design Intern

The Fashion Design Intern position is ideal for a student wanting to gain insight and experience in growing a fashion label from the ground up. We can help train in areas of construction, such as pattern-making, sewing, and embellishing, as well as branding, marketing, and production of a product line. This is an unpaid position specifically for students who are able to work for class credit. Hours required and days/times available are flexible to fit the student's program. Applicants must have their own transportation. Applicants must be based in or around Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Multimedia Design Intern

As HOWL Brand expands, so will its online presence. We are currently seeking a Multimedia Design Intern well-versed in web and graphic design to help us expand into new platforms. The ideal candidate will have their own laptop and experience in Adobe Illustrator. This is an unpaid position specifically for students who are able to work for class credit. Hours required and days/times available are flexible to fit the student's program. Applicants must have their own transportation. Applicants must be based in or around Cincinnati, Ohio.

 

Models, Photographers, and Hair and Makeup Artists for Collaboration

If you are an up-and-coming model, photographer, or hair and makeup artist looking to network and grow your portfolio, we are always willing to participate in collaborative photo shoots. We can provide the clothing and other details as well as coordinate the shoots in exchange for use of the final images in our brand promotions. We are currently looking to shoot in the Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus, Ohio.


 

If you are interested in applying for any of the positions above, please send your resume along with your portfolio or a link to images of your work if applicable to ashley@freewillsstudio.com. We are a fun brand looking to support and encourage you while you grow your career. We look forward to hearing from you!

STUDIO DAYS // HOWL Brand at Alternative Fashion Week

A lot has happened since my last blog post! One of the most notable events was showing a collection for my little fashion line that could, HOWL Brand, at Columbus' Alternative Fashion Week. I've struggled to get this recap post out because, on the one hand, I want to be an outlet for positivity, especially when it comes to my work and my brand. So much so that as I'm typing, my insides are screaming, "Don't point out flaws!" But on the other hand, I try to be very honest with myself and I am a brutal perfectionist when it comes to my own work. So I'm just going to be straightforward here, this was not my favorite showing of my work. I had A+ plans and could only manage to deliver what I felt was, at best, a C-. And that might even be cutting myself some slack. There were a few too many Tim Gunn "Make it Work" moments, a few too many corners that had to be cut, and, overall, my vision just wasn't fully realized. I've since had some major realizations and hope to look back on this event as a turning point, the time when I realized my current methods were no longer working for me, and when I made some important changes in order to grow. More about that later, but for now, let's talk about some things that were pretty wonderful just as they were.

1. The event and the PEOPLE! This annual show is put on by the Alternative Fashion Mob and they are truly the most wonderfully strange, encouraging, and inspiring group of people. I remember feeling a few years back that maybe I was a little too "basic" to be a part of the Mob, but they have been so welcoming to me and I have really loved being part of this group. They do a lot to help grow the fashion community in Columbus and Ohio and they are currently accepting "name-your-own membership dues" to help support their efforts. If this is something you're into, you can make an impact here.

2. The venue! I was really stoked that it took place at the historic (and really cool) Newport Music Hall (pictured above). I've been to a lot of concerts here and it was pretty awesome to see it in a different light.

Runway images from Ian C. Powell Photography.

3. The team! Every moment leading up to show was stressful for me, so I felt like the models and the hair and makeup team didn't really get to see me in my best light. But I definitely felt like I saw them in theirs! Everyone was optimistic, friendly, and just overall lovely. I mean look at how great these models are! I especially love the picture above of when we were all waiting backstage, getting ready to go on. The hair and makeup team was led by Dominique Ramsey (follow her at @dominiquedoeshair to see her crazy cool hair color wizardry) with assistance from Caroline Kirk (@carolinescoloringbook). My sister, Brooke, also helped me out immensely. I disrupted her life that whole week and really put her to work! She's basically a saint.

4. The lobsters! I special-ordered this graphic lobster print fabric from Spoonflower and I was really happy with the results. It's amazing how continued work helps so much in defining and refining your brand. I've realized through this collection that graphic prints are a major part of my identity as a designer and I'm hoping to continue down this road by getting some fabric made of my own personal illustrations in the next couple of months. I'm also working on taking the pieces and ideas that I thought were successful (and the one's that I've had purchase requests for) and turning them into "perfect products" to be sold in an online boutique. More on that will come out over the next few months, so if you're interested in keeping up with our growth, please make sure to follow @howl_brand for more updates. 

So some of it really worked, but it wasn't the full vision I had in my head. A lot of special details I had plans for didn't make it to the runway. There were a number of instances where my sewing was done out of rushed necessity, and isn't at all the work I like to present for my brand. Mainly I've realized that I can't continue to do it all by myself without facing major time management issues. I have been juggling multiple hustles for years and, as it all grows, it has gotten to be too much. My career has been picking up in areas, but then I have felt like I'm dropping balls in the other areas that are really important to me. It is simply time to start asking for some help. I have MAJOR goals around the corner and I want to be able to see them through 100%. I need more hands on deck! I'll have more on some upcoming opportunities in a post coming Monday, so please check back in for that!

 

If you have made it to this point in the post, please know you are a truly special soul. I hope you didn't mind my stress rant too much. Please feel free to unleash any rants of your own in the comments. You have more than earned my ear! xoxo 

The ROUNDUP // 6.12.17

I'm pretty sure the universe cracked up at my last post, the one in which I talk about having more time and getting reinvigorated with the blog. Basically that day I got a call to work in wardrobe on a film starting immediately and dove head first into what were sometimes 80-hour work weeks. I'll tell you more about the film, the Old Man and the Gun, as I'm able to, but for now, I'll just tell you it was such a great experience. I got to work with the biggest cast of A-list actors, for me, to date, including Casey Affleck, Robert Redford, Tom Waits, Danny Glover, Sissy Spacek, Elisabeth Moss, and Tika Sumpter, to name a few. Basically, I've decided to quit apologizing and/or making promises in regard to blogging. It's just not in my career cards these days to have a set blog schedule. That said, I still really love this space and have SO many ideas I would love to make happen. I will continue to do what I can when I can. If you're still in, I will be here! For now, it's been quite a while since I did a links roundup, so here are some of my favorite finds on the internet lately in art, style, diy, and more. Enjoy!

1  I'm pretty sure artist Ashley Longshore can see inside my soul. This studio tour of her space and works gives me so much inspiration and just sheer joy. (The Cut)  |  2  I tend to love everything with faces and hands on it, so I was extra happy to stumble upon the Etsy shop, My Little Belleville. Art and fashion items, like this Hands of Humanity blouse, have a charming doodled quality and come in an impressive range of sizes. (My Little Belleville)

 

3  I've been working on cultivating a green thumb. I was starting from a real deficit, so I haven't made it past succulent level yet, but luckily that's all you need for this gorgeous crystal and cactus terrarium. The personalization options would make this a great group craft night project, don't you think? (A Beautiful Mess)  |  4  I aspire to have the creative commitment to artfully record trips and life events in a tactile scrapbook format, like this London travel journal done as part of the Minted 50 project. Have you tried the Minted 50 challenge? I'm very intrigued... (SF Girl by Bay)

 

5  The sunset. The fires. The hats. The beading. I thought the Dior Resort 2018 collection was gorgeous. (Fashion Feed)

 

If your clicking finger is still itching...

Yep. The older I get, the more I am fully #teammiranda.

Brides take note: these gilded headpieces are stunning...

...and have you considered the style importance of using vintage stamps?

I LOVED all the style and personality in this little girl's bedroom makeover.

I could watch this Halpern AW17 x Stephen Galloway video on a loop. It's sequin heaven!

My summer needs these rose gold mirrored sunglasses.

I can see these sharp silver lace-up platform wedges working with so many outfits.

And I never thought I'd say this, but I really love these cicada earrings.

I just upgraded my desktop with these pretty downloads (I went with #1).

I just followed this IG account full of the most incredible floral cakes.

And, lastly, this street style look is everything.

 

What links are you loving this week?

VIBES // Back in the Game

Do you remember me? There are things I've been doing well lately, but blogging definitely hasn't been one of them. I'm always trying to find better balance in juggling my multiple "hats," but lately I got to a point of overwhelm and burn out. Mainly because I've been putting all of my creative eggs into one basket, which is my clothing line, HOWL Brand. I've been making some updates there and getting ready for this year's fashion events. It's been a lot of REALLY DEEP mental work regarding branding, vision, and planning that just left me depleted. I spent this past weekend way more relaxed than I usually let myself be, and all of the sudden the brain fog cleared and I saw the solution to so many problems and decisions I've been trying to make. I may need to evolve this corner of the internet to move with me as that continues to take up more and more time, but I'm trying to let that evolve naturally. In the meantime, I've pulled together some evocative images that really speak to my brain's current state. A focused blend of exhaustion and epiphanies that, for the time being, is yielding results. Updates on everything HOWL to follow this week, so please stay tuned!

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Do you have any passion projects or side hustles you're currently working on? Leave me a comment below or a link so I can cheer you on!

The ROUNDUP // 3.13.17

You guys, I can't believe I'm saying this again, but I have been so sick for the better part of last week. AGAIN! It's starting to feel like I've been sick almost all winter, and it's been making it hard to keep things balanced and stay on track with my goals. It's an inner struggle of self-care vs. progress that I've been thinking about and reading about a lot lately. How do you stay moving forward when things like physical or mental health issues are constantly interfering with your well-laid plans? A post on that will be coming soon, but in the meantime, if you'd like to share your input feel free to comment or message me. I don't usually post these roundups on a Monday, but as it has been going lately, I'm pretty much on a rotation of cough drops, Theraflu, and schedule adjustments, so I'm trying to roll with it. I hope you can, too.

Now, onto the fun part! Here are some things I've been bookmarking, pinning, and just generally enjoying lately.

1  I always get excited to see Cassie's style and creativity, but this post on her own home update blew. my. mind. It's absolute color- and print-mixing mastery and is just so inspiring. (Hi Sugarplum!)  |  2  Did you know you could marble concrete?! And according to this DIY planters post, it's actually a very easy medium to work with. So cool. (Row House Nest)

 

3  Sometimes it's the very little things that can change your life, like realizing you might not be using bobby pins correctly. (Camille Styles)  |  4  I love these custom code word rings from Lulu Frost, which you allow you to mix and match letter stones for a personalized message. I'm adding the word CREATE to my wishlist because the color combo is gorgeous. (Lulu Frost)

 

5  There are so many funny things to appreciate in this video: the daughter's confident dance intro, the frantic dive-bombing mother, the father desperately trying to escape into his eyelids. I'm pretty sure any parent/caregiver can relate. (BBC News)

In the mood for more?

How pretty is this DesignLoveFest luggage for Target?

This Etsy shop has the most gorgeous and budget-friendly beaded earrings.

Some clever ideas for making your thrift finds work for you.

Adding some of these books to my must-read list.

Important advice: how to write a cold email that doesn't suck.

I don't think I've ever said this before, but that is one chic trash can.

I'm obsessed with this chainmail sconce but way less crazy about the price tag. Maybe a DIY is in order?

What links are you loving this week?

 

 

VIBES // Going for Baroque

No one has ever accused me of being a minimalist, but lately, I'm finding myself drawn towards this very simple color palette of black and white with pops of gold and natural materials. Add in some opulent, scrolling Baroque focal points, like a large gilded mirror or an artful lighting fixture, and I'm completely smitten. An over-the-top Baroque piece in an otherwise minimalist space is the stuff très chic dreams are made of.

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Are you feeling these Baroque vibes?

DRESS YOUR NEST // La La Land

I know I'm coming in at the tail end of the parade on this one, but it has been a long time since a movie has moved me as much as La La Land. I saw it with my family back in January, and I loved it so much that I asked Zach to take me again for Valentine's Day. I know for me the emotional connection comes in part from how much I relate to the wear-and-tear of pursuing an artistic career, all the highs and lows, the triumphs and endless self-doubt. But what really made my heart ache was simply how gorgeous all of it was. Even though La La Land missed out on winning Best Picture (in case you hadn't heard), I was so happy to see it win for Best Production Design. The costumes bursting with Old Hollywood style references, the mixed pattern quirkiness of Mia's apartment, and the intense Technicolor palette all woven perfectly into modern day created a style that is at once breathtakingly timeless and entirely new.

curtains  +  shoes  |  earrings  +  mirror  |  poster  +  dress  |  lipstick  +  pillow  |  plant  +  necklace  |  clutch  +  dresser

What was your favorite part of La La Land: the costumes or the set decoration?

 

 

The ROUNDUP // 2.24.17

Happy weekend, pals! Holy cannoli, I have been sick as a dog for an entire week. I've basically been in hibernation from the real world. I would love to tell you the blog schedule didn't take a hit because I was prepared in advance, but that is just not the story of my life these days. I have, however, been making some solid progress on my brand, Howl, which I'm excited to share with you soon. I also have some posts coming up that I'm pretty pumped for, including a home and style post based on La La Land and a fun art giveaway. So stay tuned! This girl is starting to feel better and things are looking up! And in the meantime, here are a few click-worthy posts from the more productive as of late.

1  I always get excited to see local people featured in non-local publications. This home tour of Columbus-based couple Brandon and Stephanie, of Stuff Steph Does, is chock full of uber-stylish furniture finds and attainable ways to make the most of your space, like their tiny bathroom-turned-show-stopper. (Design Sponge)  |  2  Can you ever have too many scarf-tying tutorials? I say no. This guide features some newer styles in simple photo format and is a must for anyone wondering how to master the bandana trend. (Style Bee)

3  With her designer-clad girls and their exaggerated features, Bijou Karman's illustrations tap into the awkward-cool side of fashion that is very of the moment. Her recent collab with Rhianna for Stance Socks solidifies her status as one to follow. (Bijou Karman)  |  4  How have I not discovered ombre candles until now? They make the perfect toppers to this gorgeous but simple spring party tablescape. This post also features a giveaway with Cheeky Home that ends this Saturday, so click on over! (A Kailo Chic Life)

 

5  This dream-like short film by Petra Collins for Gucci Eyewear is giving me hella inspiration. There's so much to look at, it's basically a feast for the eyeballs.

In other good news...

 I'm crazy about this look.

Feminist food for thought: what happens when a woman wears the same top twice.

These DIY banana earrings make me really happy.

As do these appliqued mules.

Is anyone else already obsessed with Big Little Lies?!

I really want a coffee station.

I've been working a lot on branding. I found this list for defining your brand helpful and also have my eye on this workshop (which is currently only $10, for a limited time).

What links are you loving this week?

Fellow bloggers: please feel free to share links to recent posts you're proud of in the comments!

VIBES // NYFW: It's in the Details

I'm so glad I live in a world with Vogue.com, where it doesn't matter that I'm at home in middle America, I can still keep up on all the fashion week updates. My favorite part of all the coverage is always the behind-the-scenes detail shots. They give the perfect peek into the atmosphere at each show and an instant sense of the statement the designer is making. These are a few of my favorite shots capturing the magic of it all. Check out more great backstage images on Vogue.com and get all the coverage, including the top collections and the best fashion and beauty street style looks of NYFW.

   

1  at Anna Sui, photo by Corey Tenold  |  2  at Marc Jacobs, photo by Sonny Vandevelde  |  3  at Thom Browne, photo by Monica Feudi  |  4  at Carolina Herrera, photo by Kevin Tachman  |  5  at Tory Burch, photo by Corey Tenold  |  6  at Coach 1941, photo by Edward James  |  7  at Prabal Gurung, photo by Kevin Tachman  |  8  at Oscar de la Renta, photo by Sonny Vandevelde |  9  at Jason Wu, photo by Kevin Tachman  |  10  at Brock Collection, photo by Kevin Tachman

What collections are you loving this season?

The LISTS // A Love-Inspired Wishlist + Vol. 2 of the Dude-Approved Valentine's Day Playlist

Happy Monday, friends! With Valentine's Day tomorrow, I hope you are feeling the love in the air.

For this edition of the LISTS, I'm loving the soft, romantic color palette in this wishlist, which was inspired by a pink sunset. It's ultra feminine while the darker tones add a bohemian feel. I always think when you're going for romance that vintage-inspired styles are the way to go. They instantly invoke a sense of a classic love story without the cheese factor that often comes with the holiday.

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Speaking of the cheese factor, it can be hard to find the balance between romance and cool when it comes to love songs. Men especially, I think, can have a hard time embracing the genre without feeling like the songs are silly. Last year I asked Zach to come up with a list of songs that walked the line between the very romantic and the very cool. It got a great response, so I asked him to add to it again this year. Here are some of his recent additions that I think would make the perfect backdrop to any Valentine's Day party or a romantic dinner at home.

I say "Dude-Approved," but really, these are the kind of love songs I prefer, too. It's basically just for anyone who needs a little grit with their romance for it to feel authentic. You can check out the full list, including last year's songs, on Spotify.

What's your favorite love song?

 

The ROUNDUP // 2.10.17

Happy Friday, pals! Ever since the New Year's I've been focusing a lot on simplifying my life. Part of that has been focusing what I do in this space. One of the things I've realized if that, as much as I might love the "fluff" pieces, like this series, I needed to shift the focus a little bit so I can have more energy for my design work. So, unlike in the past, I will be posting these links roundups every other week instead of weekly and will be alternating them on Fridays with my Friday Vibes series. So the names and schedules are changing slightly, but it's basically all the same. It's just a way to simplify my content while still keeping two of my favorite series.

So, now that you're clued into the over workings of a blogger's brain, let's focus on the fact that two weeks of links provides twice as much great content to choose from and share. Now let's dig into the recent favorites!

1  I'm loving these DIY boots, a nod to Dior's bug-embellished tulle moment last fall. The process is super simple and the bug/velvet combo makes me really happy. (Honestly WTF)  |  2  I always think it's cool to see how artists work, and this tour of Katherine Zener's studio gives a great glimpse into how the designer makes her space work for her innovative menswear accessories line. (Design Sponge)

 

3  I was so excited to see that one of my favorite designers, Justina Blakeney, just launched a furniture collection with Selamat. The Ida Mirror and Vela Pendants are among my favorites, but if I'm being honest, I love every piece. (The Jungalow)  |   Can you believe this bouquet sculpture from artist Ann Carrington is made from spoons? Using just dull metallic utensils she's able to create pieces so realistic and detailed you'd almost think they're painted flowers. (Bored Panda)

 

5  I finally saw La La Land a couple of weeks back, and when I got home I immediately saw this and thought it was pretty hilarious. If you've seen La La Land, I'm dying to hear what you thought. I loved it more than words can adequately express, but I promise I won't throw a chair if you're Team Aziz. ;)

In other news...

I'm so inspired by the colors in this desert elopement shoot.

Oscar de la Renta postage stamps?!

This girl's style is giving me life.

My favorite coverage of NYFW: Man Repeller's One-Sentence Reviews.

Loving these colorful DIY tassel earrings.

Katie's bedroom is full of lovely (and attainable) style.

Bookmarking this reading list.

I've got my eye on these sculptural earrings.

And how amazing is the new blush shade on this cozy top?

What links are you loving lately?

And fellow bloggers, if you have a link to one of your own recent posts you'd like to share, feel free to do so in the comments.

 

Happy Weekend!

Color Mixing with Greenery, Pantone 2017 Color of the Year

I always love working with Pantone's Color of the Year because even if I don't immediately recognize it as "the hue" of the moment, I'll soon start noticing it everywhere and appreciating how it fits into different scenarios. This year's choice, Greenery, is both vibrant and calming because of its natural omnipresence in our world. It's used a lot in architecture, graphic design, and marketing because it symbolizes nature and works so well with other colors. I'm sharing some examples of how it can be mixed with other colors, and therefore, how it could be incorporated into your design work, interiors, or personal style this year. These are five very different mood boards with five very different tones and moods. Scroll through and let me know which one is your favorite!  

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Which Greenery mood board speaks to you?

VIBES // I CAN Stand the Rain

Rain gets a bad rap. It's the weather you wait for to pass so the "good weather" can come. But I've always been partial to a rainy day. I love an excuse to cancel plans and curl up and watch a movie instead. And there's no better way to fall asleep than by listening to raindrops hit the window. So while this has been the warmest and rainiest winters I can remember in my lifetime, that's okay with me. I think rainy days are pretty darn cool. My hair, however, is telling a very different story...

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Do you like a rainy day?

Weekly Roundup 1.11

Welcome back to the weekly roundup! It's been a while since I posted my regular roundup, and I've missed celebrating my favorite links in style, art, design, and more from around the web. Here are some of the finds I've been loving lately.

1  I'm crazy about the thoughtfully-layered items in Anna Valdez's still life paintings, especially the intricately patterned rugs. They feel so fresh and vibrant, but also homey and comfortable. (Anna Valdez)  |  2  Do you like to read the original book before seeing the big screen adaptation like I do? If so, here's a list of 10 books to read before they hit theaters in 2017. (The Everygirl)

 

3  These DIY rose petal bath salts seem pretty simple to make and would make seriously gorgeous gifts for your friends on Valentine's Day. (Paper & Stitch)  |  4  This Brooklyn home tour has loads of creative inspiration and organization ideas for the home that's big on artistic vision but short on space. I'm particularly fond of this rolling rack/plant hanger/book shelf combo. (Apartment Therapy)

 

5  Sometimes I like to share thought-provoking videos to make you question your entire life's philosophies. This is not one of those times. I hope you're all okay with that situation. (The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon)

I always admire Elise's one second a day videos and wish I could commit to one myself.

Some of the stunners from the Golden Globes.

I, too, love Josh Radnor.

And also these whimsical mermaid notebooks.

Some home office inspiration. How great is the dotted desk?

Tips for beating sugar cravings from Liz.

I'm loving Candace's eyewear style post, especially the metallic skirt look.

What are your favorite finds this week?

** Feel free to share one of your own blog's links in the comments.**

GREENERY // Pantone's Color of the Year 2017

Greenery is in as the official Pantone Color of the Year for 2017. According to Pantone, the bright, zesty green with a hint of yellow was chosen for it's ability to evoke spring, a fresh start, and to "revive, restore, and renew."

Green is often considered "nature's neutral" because of it's abundance in our environment and omnipresence around the world. From far eastern matcha tea powders and tropical palm leaves to the grass and trees in your own back yard, it can at once bring a feeling of exoticism and comfort. A color so universal evokes a sense of both global oneness and personal vitality.

How do you feel about Greenery as the color for 2017?

For a color so universally abundant, the response has been a bit more polarizing. I've seen lots of comments from people, likely put off by the yellow tint, who can't see a hue like this being incorporated into their wardrobe, decor, or day-to-day life for fear of it being unflattering. If you're on that side of the fence, I'll be exploring the versatility of Greenery next week with different color combinations and ideas of how to incorporate into your current style. So make sure to check that out. And if you're already team green, here are some items to shop to kick of 2017 in Pantone-celebrated style.

 

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Will you embrace Greenery this year?

VIBES // Happy PSAs with Jeremyville

Whether or not you take part in resolution-making, it's pretty hard to deny the power of the new year for motivating change. If you caught my Resolution Blueprint post you know that this year I'm focusing less on breaking habits and more on adding one simple positive action to add growth and happiness in areas of my life that I'd like to improve. These cute-yet-powerful illustrations by NY-based artist, Jeremyville, fall right in line with that positive momentum. Started as a daily online art project, these Public Service Announcement prints aim to "explore such concepts as self empowerment, personal growth, human virtue, love, loss, and what it means to be human, through simple imagery and words." I'm digging that. Happy 2017!

2017 Resolution Blueprint // The Power of ONE Positive Change

Happy New Year! I've decided to go a different route with resolutions for 2017. I find that when I set an intention that is a dramatic change based on restriction, e.g. I will cut out all diet sodas, I tend to obsess about said limits and inevitably fail. If I set a more positive intention with a more lenient boundaries, e.g. I will drink more water, than I tend to not only stay motivated, but feel much better during the process.

So this year's blueprint is all about making positive additions to your life this year. And to keep things even simpler, it's about choosing one specific thing to add in different areas of life. You can do any or of all of this list. The point is simply to focus on simple, gradual improvements.

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I'm choosing the word FOCUS as my word of intention for 2017. It's about trying to focus my mind, simplify my goals, and not procrastinate. A few years back, I have to be honest, I thought the whole word of the year thing was a bit pointless. I thought I'd set it and forget it. But I actually found it very helpful this past year to have am overarching intention that I could keep in my mind as a regular reminder of my goals. My word last year, "NOW," helped to propel action, and I'm hoping "FOCUS" this year will help me to reign that action in and move towards more specific goals.

As for the rest of the list, I'll leave that a mystery. But if you'd like to implement this into your day-to-day, you can use the link above to print your own 8.5x11" version.

Will you add any of these ONE things to your goals this year? Leave me a comment with your resolutions so I can cheer you on!