Building Block is a multi-medium design project that was established in 2011 in Los Angeles. Their products offer a minimalist alternative to everyday accessories, suggesting a move away from conventional standards and offering a product that cuts out the excess. Everything they create is straight-forward with clean cut lines and beautiful structure.
I first entered the blogging world when I started reading lifestyle blogs during my lunch break at my first office job. I was amazed and entranced by this group of writers, photographers, designers, and stylists who documented their daily lives and interests. Many of those women were, or came to be mothers, and have shared their stories along the way. I have been empowered and inspired by this community and their willingness to share so much of their lives to their readers and fellow writers. I am also thankful for my own mom who has always been there to encourage and stand by me in everything I do. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you out there, whether you are a mom, hope to be a mom, or are simply celebrating your own mother.
Here are some Mother’s Day links:
STORQ is an especially inspiring clothing line that offers a set of basics for moms-to-be during that transition period in, during, and out of pregnancy.
The Glow gives you a glimpse into the world of fashionable and inspiring mothers via one-on-one interviews.
A little insight on what it’s like to be a mother raising her family in a different country.
A Merry Mishap is one of my favorite blogs and Jennifer, the author, just so happens to be a mother as well. She has an impeccable eye for design and if you time it right you may catch an update every now and then on her sweet family.
photo credit: Levan Kakabadze
It’s a well known fact that summer in Texas can liken to the same experience one may have when approaching the gates of hell. Temperatures hang out in the triple digits for weeks on end and all you want to do is jump in the closest body of water. During my many summers spent here I’ve learned a few things, and one of those things is that it is hard to find a shoe that isn’t going to add to your misery. The smartest thing to do is stay away from boots and go for something that is both functional and won’t leave you feeling like a hot mess by the end of summer. I could add many more to this selection, but I’ve narrowed it down to a small group of summer sandals I have been coveting lately.
The other day I picked up a few supplies and decided to get to work on a little project. I used to make jewelry a long time ago and gave it a break to work on some other interests. I’m really happy with how this one turned out, and I think I may even offer a limited quantity of them in my shop when that day arrives.
If I learned anything while researching ceramics for this post, it’s that there are many talented and creative ceramic artists out there. These black and white beauties were hand-crafted by Icelandic artist Bjnari Sigurdsson and are finished in a natural glaze that was created by the volcanic ashes of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption. Bjnari began an Ash Cloud collection using remnants of the volcanic ash cloud from Eyjafjallajökull not long after it’s eruption. Each set of glaze used on a piece is as rare and unique from the last, presenting colors and textures that are representative of the hauntingly beautiful Icelandic landscape. Iceland is known for it’s many clashes with nature, an island characterized by ice caps, volcanoes, sand and lava fields, glaciers, and geothermal pools. These pieces are absolutely magical and radiate the natural phenomenon that they were created from.
exclusively at: www.abchome.com
Zara released their Spring 2014 Campaign a few weeks ago, and I’ve found myself frequently referring back to these images for inspiration. The use of greenery among the muted colors creates the perfect balance and makes me all the more eager for warmer weather and minimal layers. Zara has a way of creating clothing that is so basic, yet fits the body in a way that flatters every feature. Not to mention, they’ve got a killer styling team.