everyday / a tea party

7/16/2014

everyday annie dillard
Sorry for the radio silence – things have been crazy and are continuing to get crazier [updates on that later] in my travel size world. And while life continues to move forward perhaps a little faster than I anticipated, I’m thankful for these kinds of moments where you can block the world out and take it slow for a few hours. Our lives hardly ever look like this, but it’s finding the joy in the everyday and stopping on the sidewalk to rummage through a yard sale. This is how Angela and I found this gem of a tea set from the 1930s. After bringing these treasures home, we decided to have some friends over for a tea party to break in our fancy finds. We reused flowers from a bouquet to make arrangements for the table, took out our favorite teas, and stopped by Trader Joe’s to stock up on snacks.

Everyone has a way of holding on to moments. Whether you still scrapbook or just Instagram your heart out, everyone has an outlet because everyone wants to remember. For me, I collect business cards from favorite places and restaurants and for Angela, she composes beautiful videos like this one:

Everyday is a collaborative creative lifestyle project that challenges us to be intentional about how we spend our time. It often feels like we have very little control over what happens to us–and to an extent that’s true–but we also have more power than we think to choose and take responsibility for how our stories unravel.

[ video by Angela Wu, styling by us! ]

sainte maria illustrations

6/17/2014

jcrew menswear by sainte maria
I’m back from vacation + my friends’ wedding in Grand Cayman! What a perfectly restful time and amazing celebration of love and life. I’ve recently discovered the illustrations of Sainte Maria and love the different mediums she uses for her art. Here are some of my favorites that definitely made an appearance this past weekend: white mens shirts, champagne, lingerie, and flowers. Happy wedding and happy marriage to my dear friends, Cathy and Eric.
moet champagne by sainte maria lingerie by sainte maria
marc jacobs flowers by sainte maria
[ illustrations by Sainte Maria ]

coffee talk / camaraderie

6/11/2014

angela megan
Some days, your goal is to get home.” Okay, so I’m quoting myself from last week – lame, but it’s true. Some days you just lose your marbles and that’s the best you can do. The girl up there to the left is my roommate, Angela. We were set up. Yeah, you read that right. A mutual friend saw our Instagram feeds, thought we’d make good friends, made us exchange contact info when we first met, and promise to hang out [aka go on a friend date]. Thanks to GT + TO we became friends and then roommates who trek through snow to get ice cream sammies, quote song lyrics to one another, and scour for concerts to attend together.

But behind the pretty pictures we rough it together through days when everything falls through our fingers [literally and metaphorically] and we can’t formulate complete thoughts using real words. And really it’s not about her or about me, but about the human need for camaraderie. We will always need support and we will always need one another because we were never meant to live alone, but it comes at the cost of time. Your precious, running-out-of-the-funnel time that no one has enough of these days. Meaningful relationships and trust can only be built when you invest the time and in this particular season of life I’ve found it to be the hardest but also the most rewarding thing to give. I guess that’s why they say time is our greatest asset.

The handful of friends near and far who have taken the time to listen, love, support and affirm me through the slumps and little victories of the past year have been so life-giving. I hope you have a comrade or two that you’re living out life with – investing your time and heart into parts of their roller coaster life. If not, reach out to someone and initiate a friend date! It’s gotta start somewhere. No need to get all ambitious and have a whole band of comrades, just a few quality peeps will do.

[ photos by Long Cao ]

spotify friday

6/06/2014

spotify genre icons
Well, I’m actually sincerely excited that it’s Friday today cause I have the weekend off and will be in Texas for my girl friend’s bridal shower. Hooray! So I’ve used Spotify for a while now [and should probably have a paid account cause the Chick-Fil-A ads are killin’ me], but besides loving the ability to share + customize playlists and listen to almost anything, I have to say there are a few design features that I love about the app like the genre icons you can find in the ‘browse’ section. Well done, Spotify! Though two features I hope they roll out is a mini-player for the app and a way to skip or “thumbs down” ads you’re sick of.

Alrighty, on to your links for the weekend:

+ This quinoa salad with sugar snap peas has been a hit in our apartment.

+ 23 full-sized struggles for all the other petite ladies out there. This is real talk, you guys.

+ The life of working freelance and of working in the wedding industry makes this Buzzfeed article so true. The GIFs are hilarious!

+ You’re getting old produces stats based on your (or a friends’) date of birth. It goes through your history and besides the fact that it makes you feel old, it’s pretty informative and intriguing.

+ DC locals: check out this map of farmers markets in the area!

Have a lovely Friday, everyone!

design / honey packaging

6/03/2014

honey hunter honey hunter
I’ve been told that if you buy + eat a scoop of locally made honey, it’ll help with your allergies. I’ve never tried this but I ought to. Honey’s something that I keep around, mostly for tea, but it can be a nice addition for roasting vegetables or spreading on some warm rolls. Above is the cleanly illustrated packaging design for Honey Hunter and below the strictly type design for Bee Raw. Don’t you love those little honey flights?!
bee raw
This Mexican brand, Doce Cielos, was designed by Anagrama.
Doce Cielos
Doce Cielos
Doce Cielos

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