Two (old) photo shoots I’ve been loving lately. The first was the inspiration for my this hair tutorial and this outfit shoot, the second was an image I found while taking a BuzzFeed quiz. Almost all of my outfit posts are vintage-inspired, but I can never decide what my favorite era is: the ’40s, ’50s or ’60s. Lately I’ve been finding loads of inspiration in the ’40s/’50s era–maybe a result of watching too many Mad Man reruns! But then again I fall hard for a good ’60s look. I love them all. But going back to the topic of Mad Men, doesn’t the girl in the second photo shoot look like Betty Draper?
It’s Labor Day weekend here in the US, which is a pretty bittersweet occasion for me because it also marks the unofficial last weekend of summer. Womp womp. My mom and I are shooting an outfit post today at a really cute cafe by the beach in SF. It’s the first of three shoots in three outfits featuring dresses from a Canadian designer’s first collection. There are hair bows and French vibes involved. Be excited.
Since my dad has off from work on Monday and I haven’t yet started school, the fam and I are probably going to take a day trip somewhere. My dad said it would be fun to explore a place we’ve never been before. We really don’t do that enough! A few weeks ago, when my grandma was visiting us from Florida, we spent an afternoon in Mill Valley and I fell in love. It was kind of funny, actually. My dad and I were a bit COMPLETELY infatuated with this sweet floral shop. So much so that my dad said in another career he’d like to be a florist! Ummm where did THAT come from? (To give some context to his remark, he’s currently a financial adviser.) So maybe we’ll explore another cute city in the bay. Any recs? I love living in California because there are so many places to explore no matter what direction you go in. Have a great weekend, wherever you are!
Last Thursday was the Makers Marketgrand opening party. I was really impressed by the amazing turnout of people who came. So many makers and creatives all in one place! (And hello fellow blog readers, it was nice to meet you too!) Suzy, the owner, gave a mini speech midway through the event about the Makers Market vision from conception to fruition. I have a soft spot for entrepreneurs doing their thang and was pretty much a basket case of emotions and inspiration by the end of the night.
If you’re not familiar with Makers Market, the purpose of the online (and now brick + mortar store) is to preserve American craftsmanship. I fully believe in spending MORE money on an item whose maker you actually KNOW than buying something mass-produced and cheaply made that will eventually break, forcing you to buy a new one. How does the saying go? Quality > quantity? Oh yes.
How cute are these stuffed rabbits from H-Luv? I know they’re for kids, but I want one too!
I love Jessica Wertz Ceramics. so. much. Every time I go to a San Francisco craft fair and see her stuff, I end up taking a million pictures of her mugs. They’re just so photogenic. I already have WAY too many mugs, but I love how they’ve displayed some as succulent planters. Maybe this can justify me buying another mug… 😉
I’m also a big fan of Fat and the Moon‘s branding. Look how pretty those jars look all lined up!
Hi guys! I wanted to pop in and update you with some Oh My Drifter rebrand stuff. (Click here if you missed the first update.)
I’ve been working with a web developer on customizing a new blog design, which has been both fun and stressful. I’ve been forced to pay attention to every. single. little. detail. I don’t think about when I have a layout I use day in and day out. (I went through this process three years ago when I worked with another web developer to create my current design, but how easy the mind forgets!) Like, for instance, do I want my hover colors to be the same color as I currently have or different? How and where do I want my social media icons displayed? Where do I want the date of the post to go? How would I like the date of the posts displayed? How ’bout that dotted line underneath each blog title: yay or nay? I happen to like a lot of elements of my current layout, so a lot of things will stay the same, which DOES make it easier in the deciding process.
The above grid of photos is going to be used on the ABOUT page.
The new layout will also include a built-in online portfolio, so I’m working on reorganizing my portfolio. Fun fun! I just received notice that my micaelahoo.com domain is expiring in a few weeks, which is sad, but it’s time to say goodbye to my fashion photography days. My new portfolio will be updated with much more current creative direction and graphic design work and will include a few of my favorite fashion photo shoots as well.
I made some new logo designs and tweaked a few of my old ones. I’m honing in to one layout idea now and I feel like I’m coming pretty close to one I like.
Next I’m going to sketch out some pictogram ideas in case I want to go the pictographic logo route. I’m pretty sure I don’t want a pictographic logo, but I want to exhaust all ideas before I settle on something! 😉
I enjoyed reading all your comments about your favorite logos on the last post. Let me know which logos you’re feelin’ the most from this round of revisions!
I bought this bookcase at a garage sale a few months ago. I knew I’d eventually repaint it but in the meantime, I cleaned it up and put my books on it. It served the purpose for a while, but it’s time for a facelift really soon. Here are some of my favorite painted bookcases.
Summer may be drawing to a close, but the weather’s still warm and sunny, so I’m going to continue to be in denial and pretend it’s not happening. We CANNOT be starting the fall season already. We just CAN’T!
I was initially introduced to one-ingredient ice cream when I got my first Vitamix blender (which in itself was a life-changing purchase, but we’ll save my rhetoric on that for another day). What is the one ingredient? Bananas! Oh yes. Bananas–when frozen and blended up–have a beautiful, thick, luscious soft serve ice cream consistency. I love to blend up bananas with raw cacao powder or cinnamon for a dessert-type treat that can be eaten at any time, really! (I’m personally a fan of banana ice cream for breakfast. Just sayin’.)
Since it’s still summer, I made banana ice cream in 3 summer flavors: strawberry, peach and blueberry. Why? Because summer fruit is my absolute favorite and banana ice cream is my absolute favorite, so naturally, it’s a match made in heaven. Let’s do this!
I love the look of industrial décor: exposed brick and pipe, faded paint and neutral color schemes. Naturally I wanted to include some pipe elements in my living room to bring in that industrial feel. DIYs for pipe shelving abound but I wanted a little different look. Instead of a wood platform for the books to sit upon, I wanted the pipes to be the actual shelf.
To challenge myself even further, I used super inexpensive PVC piping to create the look of galvanized steel pipe without the cost. In the end this project cost less than half the price that using steel piping would have and it’s still plenty sturdy enough for my books. It also fits the bill of bringing in that industrial feel I was after.