I recently found out about the iPhone Photography Awards [IPPA], and was blown away by the amazing photos taken by people on their iPhones/iPads from all over the world. Seriously, there are some awesome shots. I picked out a few of my favorites below, but to see the full gallery, check it out here.
Beautiful iPhone Photography
Once a week, I teach a Spinning® class as an exercise outlet. I love getting to choose the movement, songs and duration. Plus, it is fun to interact with the class. Last week, I decided to start doing themed rides. I’ve been drawing so much inspiration from color lately, I thought it was fitting to start it off with a Color Ride. All songs had colors in the title, and throughout the song. Check it out below!
Succulents: Part 1
I discovered succulents when I moved to LA and fell in love. Not only are they easy to take care of [I have a hard time keeping any other type of plant alive], they are also so pretty and interesting to look at. Succulents seem to be a staple in a majority of LA gardens, potted plants, or interior decorations. I headed over to Alternative Apparel in Venice, and met up with Allyson, their Social Media Manager. She gave me a tour of the shop, and all of the succulent arrangements throughout the store + store front. They have some pretty cool set ups, so if you are ever on Abbot Kinney, be sure and stop by to check it out! [They also have the most comfy clothes!]
What makes so many of these succulent arrangements unique is the interesting containers they are kept in. I know next time I go to the Pasadena Flea Market, I’ll for sure be looking for things like this!
So many different variations, each are so interesting!
Once again, a big thanks to Allyson. Check out Alternative Apparel Venice’s Instagram for awesome pictures from around the shop!
I was recently given an adorable “just because” gift from a dear friend who has a knack for finding little treasures. This Seed Bomb sack, created and designed by VisuaLingual is an interesting concept, and very well done. I love their use of typography, and how each different seed bomb pack looks distinct, yet all part of a cohesive brand. Each cloth sack is eye catching with its vibrant, oversized type and use of space. I also love the subtle details, such as the lines or ornamental shapes. My friend got me the West Coast Wildflower seed bomb, and I can’t wait to plant mine in a pot, or some space outside. Be sure to check out their custom designed seed bombs too, they would be a very unique and beautiful gift.
All photos shown are from VisuaLingual‘s website and store. I take no credit for the photos posted above.
Featuring: Milk + Thistle
A combination of clean, interesting, and colorful design is one of my favorite styles, as long as it is done well. Maja, creator of Milk + Thistle, has effortlessly nailed all three categories. Her designs and prints are unique and eye catching, and would brighten up any space. I got in touch with the fellow Pacific Northwesterner (Milk + Thistle is based in Portland, Oregon), to pick her brain about her inspiration and influence. Maybe some of her answers will help you next time you’re suffering a creative block.
1. Where do you find your inspiration? What do you do when you have a creative mind block?
I find a lot of inspiration here in Portland as well as my time spent in Berlin. I’m drawn to patterns, textures and geometric shapes. My style is emphasizes simplicity, and modern art.
2. How does living in the Pacific Northwest influence your work?
I grew up just outside Portland, in the vicinity of the Columbia Gorge. As a child my family would often hike trails along the gorge. The natural symmetry found in nature inspires a lot of my work and is a great place to go if I have a mind block. Recently, on a drive home, the sky was a gorgeous array of blues and pinks so I took a picture and plan on creating some photo manipulation with the colors and shapes. I’ve also accumulated a large stack of catalogs from my favorite brands that I enjoy browsing from time to time.
3. Did you have any formal design training? If so, where?
I’m studying Graphic Design at Portland State University. I look forward to taking more advanced classes next year and having more learning opportunities. Tutorials online are also very easy to learn from and great to utilize when you’re in a bind.
4. What helps you stay true to your design style?
To be honest, my style can be all over the place. I am constantly coming up with new ideas and projects but I consider this to be growth for myself as an artist. I do prints mostly but at the same time I have a ton of other projects on the side. I’ve been getting into printmaking and carving my own stamps which has been super fun for me.
5. What are your favorite quotes?
“Stay hungry, stay foolish”
1. Be honest.
2. Be yourself.
3. Don’t worry what other people think.
6. What is your favorite animal?
Dogs! I absolutely adore dogs. I have a ton of pictures of other peoples dogs on my phone.
How awesome are her prints and photos? A big thank you to Maja for taking some great photos of her work station and design process for the blog. Head on over to her Etsy shop (Milk + Thistle) to browse all of her beautiful prints (I seriously have to stop myself from buying it all; I especially love the LA print). She also has an awesome Instagram and Facebook page so you can follow all her new work and updates. Keep your eye on this designer, I wouldn’t be surprised if her prints ended up in stores across the country. Thanks Maja, and good luck!
Birthdays are a great thing to have (for many obvious reasons), and are a friendly reminder that you are loved by so many around you. It is also a time for me to reflect on the past year, things I did that worked, and things I did that didn’t work so well. What I hope to achieve in my next year of life, and what I already have achieved. Today I turned 24 (despite the fact that I still look like I am in high school), a great age if you ask me. Sometimes I forget that I am ONLY 24, and it’s OK if I’m still not the best at balancing my checkbook, keeping my room tidy or being an efficient trip packer. All of those things will come in time, but I know thanks to the awesome family and friends around me, I have a solid rock foundation (Shout out to all those who made my birthday celebration week so special!). This year, I decided to make a list of things that I want to work on now that I am 24. Some of them are easy and fun, and others are things that I constantly have to remind myself to do. My favorite is number 10 (see below). So simple, yet one of the hardest things to do. I call them my “Half Yearly Resolutions” since my birthday also takes place halfway through the calendar year, a good time to reassess my New Years Resolutions. Do any of you have Half Yearly Resolutions you set for yourselves? What keeps you motivated or on track now that we have hit the six month mark?
Thanks for all the birthday love! xoxo Jess
Running on Inspiration
I often find inspiration at an unlikely time or from an unlikely source. For the past several weeks, I have been passing these spray painted messages on the side walk as I run my usual route to Venice Beach. Nothing better than finding a little inspirational note (or notes!) to keep you motivated.
Take time and look around, smell the roses, drink some coffee, or wine.
There is so much to be thankful for and sometimes all I need is a reminder to look around and be grateful.
How great would it be if all graffiti was this positive and made you feel good? Have a great Thursday night!