Button-Down Wednesday

Okay, really, it could be button-down any day. But I agree with the writers over at ShopBop, that this is a great casual Spring look. Here’s what she writes:

In the summer, most of my Saturday afternoons are spent on a sunny coffee shop patio with a cup and a book. An oversized chambray button-down thrown on over a print skirt is just the kind of effortless style this laid-back activity deserves.

I, of course, would wear this to work, but hey, that’s what happens at Midwest start-ups.

$156, Dallin Chase Birsch Shirt.

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Marimekko Prints

Large prints seem to be a big trend for Spring. I’m especially loving the yellow and pink dress with those shoes! Ah, it’s always the shoes.

by Marimekko via Fly.

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Landscape Serene

What can I say? I’m a sucker for monochromatic landscapes.

by Misha De Ridder via BOOOOOOOM!

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Just strange enough…

Great furniture pieces from Studio Ziben in Berlin. I love that the weirdness in each of these pieces isn’t overwhelming, but adds a beautifully fun character to the modern designs and classic lines. Much of the time, designers who try to pull off this kind of work go over the top and you wouldn’t actually want to live with the pieces. But these, can’t you you just imagine looking over each day at your cabinet and giving a little smile?

PS – The first piece is called, “Monkey.”

via decor 8.

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My Bubble World

“A year from now, I could go away, and people might say, ‘Gosh, what ever happened to that girl who never wore pants?’ But how wonderfully memorable 30 years from now, when they say, ‘Do you remember Gaga and her bubbles?’ Because, for a minute, everybody in that room will forget every sad, painful thing in their lives, and they’ll just live in my bubble world.”

– Lady Gaga in New York Magazine (via Nisha Chittal)

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Rock, Paper, Mineral

I’m kind of liking these rock mineral paintings by Carly Waito. Remember when you used to collect these from the rock shop?


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This, I want this to be my style

Sans cigarette and tattoo, of course.

by The Satorialist.

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Baked Kale Chips

I’ve been eating a lot of potato chips lately, and while carrots are a good replacement for the crunch, I still want something salty! When I saw this recipe, I was anxious to try it even though I don’t think I’ve ever had kale before (maybe just in soup).

I was skeptical until it started smelling really good halfway through the baking time… then when they were finished, I popped one in my mouth, and delicious! You don’t need too much salt or oil to make it yummy.

Baked Kale Chips
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen.

1 bunch (about 6 ounces) kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sea salt, to taste

Preheat oven to 300°F.

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The feeling of the Midwest

These photos from Peter Baker are from Michigan, but they could easily be in Wisconsin or Illinois too, don’t you think? They remind me a lot of walking around campus housing or driving just past the city.

So glad Winter is ending…


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What’s the best way to get recognized?

Frank Chimero answers the question with a print from Jenny Holzer. I used to study Holzer in high school. If you don’t know her, go check her out.

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Proportion, Placement & Pattern

The proportion, placement and pattern in this spacious, art-filled house on the West Side Highway are gorgeous. Owners and designers Robert and Cortney Novogratz are self-taught and have a show on Bravo. I’ve never seen it, but these photos are making me want to start.

via New York Social Diary.

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Go Well Go Shell

Love the rainbow arrows creating movement all over these vintage Shell Oil posters dating back to 1964. The series was created by Australian designer Frank Eidlitz.

via Grain Edit via The Silver Lining via Re:collection.

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