Don’t you still wish magazines still looked like this?

I love the magazines of today, but you get a little tired of seeing Jennifer Aniston and Obama’s face everywhere…

These are so thoughtful. I love them.

Aren’t they all lovely?

I’d like to think that the changes in magazine production and digital media will preserve this same kind of care. I feel like this sense of consideration and diligence that went into publications can now get lost amidst the digital shuffle. I truly want to be able to help create a publication that people really love, look forward to, and value.

I’m definitely hoping that that all these ideas and advancements will help recreate and maintain that…

I really like this commercial.

I know it’s a little weird for AT&T… but I love the idea of integrating the limitless imagination of childhood into concrete, modern products.

Plus, I must’ve watched Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory a million times when I was little…

The weekend after next, I am doing a major room switch in my apartment.
My boyfriend has finally convinced me that yes, our living room is significantly smaller than our bedroom, and they should be switched.
At first, the idea of more work was exhausting. But now I’m using it as an excuse to do some decorating!
Here’s what I’m thinking thus far:

This rug for the soon-to-be living room

Definitely painting the living room a lovely charcoal gray

And I’m REALLY pushing for a chalkboard wall behind our bed. Think (500) Days of Summer…

(I love this picture btw.)

And some lovely, plush pillows from Urban Outfitters for the bed.


There’s much more to come later…

The boyfriend showed me this today.

It completely brightened my morning.

I find it so uplifting. What a brilliant and touching idea.

Just thought I would share that.

(And yes, it’s real)

I have my heart set on Coachella this year. The line up is to die for!

I wandered around Flickr in search for motivation to buck up the $250 for a three day pass.

It really helped:

via Guy Eppel on Flickr

via pixelhound on Flickr

via (Rachel Weinstein) on flickr

via Rigamarole on Flickr

via Guy Eppel on Flickr

I’ve been reading a lot about America’s post-recession credo lately.

It is so incredibly refreshing. There’s been whispers that this recession may have been a good thing, and I couldn’t agree more. I’m glad so many have gotten on the bandwagon.

I think that our previous era of prosperity was more like an era of excess. We wanted everything, and we needed nothing. Success was defined by quantity rather than quality.

The need to get back to basics is truly making every industry stronger.

Take the two that I’m currently involved in:

1. Interiors/Design: there’s a more solid focus on streamlined materials and design. People want simple, quality design that they can hang onto for the majority of their life. People want essentials. I also love the renewed focus on green materials.

2. Magazines/Publishing: so many magazines have been killed within the past year. Some of which were amazing (RIP Gourmet and Domino), some of which were not. And, as sad as I’ve been to see so many magazines fail…there’s a part of me that feels like this could be a good thing too. A sort of survival of the fittest. Do we really need 15 different magazines on gaming? Walking into your average magazine section at Borders is so overwhelming. I think that when magazines re-emerge from this crisis, there will be fewer publications–but they will be better and they will be stronger.

I know they’re kind of cheesy, but I love the AllState ads that talk about “Back to Basics.” I find myself feeling a little moved whenever one comes on TV.