Thursday, July 29, 2010


ben and i are going to muskegon this weekend with some friends to escape the steamy city and jump in lake michigan. if you look at the map, it's about 175 miles northwest of ann arbor, just below the right-hand pinky.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

remote areas

canadian photographer eamon mac mahon travels all over the world, by foot or bush plane, to gather shots in isolated communities and wilderness areas, capturing beautiful moments in often overlooked locations.

Monday, July 26, 2010


the colorful line figures in artist victoria haven’s delicate ink-paper drawings remind me of a maze of string formations in a game of cat’s cradle, floating effortlessly without a bridge of thumbs and fingers to hold them up.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


to me, summer vacation is about being outside on the beach or in the country. one weekend, i would love to pack a bag and drive, with no plans or hotel reservations, just a little house hitched to the back of the car. in australian photographer hilary walker’s series on caravans, she captures the soul and charm of these beautiful vintage trailers. each door is open—begging you for a quick getaway.

(via darling dexter)

Monday, July 19, 2010

a little magic

sweet/edgy summer 2010 collection with rose petals, skulls, and lace bustiers, by talula, an exclusive house label for canadian clothing company aritzia.

Friday, July 16, 2010

so much mint

it’s hot and humid outside, and to be honest, i want to skip lunch and dinner altogether and just eat ice cream all day. my friend aruna made the most delicious mint chocolate chip (aka, peppermint bon bon) for a sunday barbeque she had last weekend. lucky for me, she left me her cuisinart ice cream maker for 10 days while she is on vacation. it’s been getting a lot of use. on wednesday, i made key lime pie, last night tried a mint chocolate chip similar to aruna’s, and i’m currently looking for a mango coconut recipe to make tonight. i'm starting to realize that having a freezer full of homemade ice cream is dangerous.

mint chocolate chip (adapted from cooking light and andrea’s recipes)

2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk

1 cup half-and-half

2/3 cup fresh mint sprigs

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup chopped dark chocolate

dash of salt

2 large egg yolks

combine mint leaves and sugar into a food processor. process until the mint is finely ground. in a medium bowl, whisk egg yolks until smooth, then add the sugar and mint mixture and whisk until combined.

heat milk and half-and-half over medium-high heat in a saucepan. heat milk mixture until tiny bubbles form around the edge of the suacepan (do not boil).

gradually add hot milk mixture to egg mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. pour egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan. cook over medium-low heat until a thermometer registers 160° (about 2 minutes), stirring constantly.

pour milk mixture through a fine sieve over a bowl, pressing slightly with a wooden spoon. discard solids.

chill in refrigerator. once cool, place in ice cream maker for 20-30 minutes, gradually adding the chocolate. return mixture to freezer for 1-2 hours or until firm.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

take flight

when i see a bird, it usually passes in a flash of light and color caught from the corner of my eye. small objects of streaky hues that are never quite clear. artist maurizio bongiovanni's series of oil paintings "bird rib" create the same sensation of movement and flight.

Monday, July 12, 2010

brighter and bolder

lore vigil-escalera (also known by her initials "lov-e") is an artist/illustrator from gijón, a port city on the atlantic coast of spain. on top of her design work, lore has started documenting and cross-processing photos with her collection of vintage cameras.

Friday, July 9, 2010

wound for distribution

inspired by the forms and structures of industrial yarn bobbins, latvian born designer, mara skujeniece, created these beautiful, porcelain, spool vases. mara currently lives and works in amsterdam, creating a growing collection of ceramics, furniture, and other interior products.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

competitive clogging

just when i thought my mind was made up on my favorite clogs. anthropologie throws these sweet, hand-painted swedish taps into the mix for fall.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


i just got back from another trip to minnesota. when i was there, my mom, sister, dad, and i went to check out their secret blueberry patch. those little green berries will be blue and ready to pick in a few weeks. lucky for my parents, i will be in michigan when they are ready. i follow the “one for the bucket – one for me” picking philosophy. needless to say, less is collected when i am around.