Mom&me #craft project complete! @redchairproject Learn more: holocaustedu.org

Mom&me #craft project complete! @redchairproject Learn more: holocaustedu.org

People who are in happier moods literally see more than people who are sad or depressed. Their visual field gets bigger.

Maybe this is why we feel so much more observant when we’re traveling or on vacation!

http://youtu.be/JfZd2oLIIMw

Custom wrapping to help our client wow their new prospect  (at Th!nk Creative Inc.)

Custom wrapping to help our client wow their new prospect (at Th!nk Creative Inc.)

Paradise (at Punta Arenas, Vieques)

Paradise (at Punta Arenas, Vieques)

Finished!  (at Rhetta’s School of Art)

Finished! (at Rhetta’s School of Art)

Modern Marvels

Architectural inspiration for travels from Tablet Hotels.

Pictured: The Conservatorium Hotel, Amsterdam

Snapshot: Fernandina Beach, FL at sunset.

Snapshot: Fernandina Beach, FL at sunset.

People Are Awesome: The Coffee Shop Where Everyone Pays for Everyone Else's Drinks

I’m loving this pay-it-forward story from Good. It’s a close cousin to an earlier idea of mine, which I shared in an Open Letter to Starbucks. Only here, the customers went ahead and took it into their own hands!

…it’s like taking an old coat or a favorite sweater and putting patches on the elbows—it just gets better.

Jack Foxley is in the elbow patch business, and elbow patches only. Which makes him the perfect person to help revive my old winter sweaters before I pack them away till next year! It helps that his brand mark is a punchy watercolor of his adorable bulldog. 

Read the NY Times blog post on the biz here.

Photos: Flora Hanitijo, New York Times; Jack Foxley

The Common Threads Initiative

I’m gearing up for a ski week and a friend shared this great effort by Patagonia and eBay, who have teamed up to encourage customers to buy used and sell what they no longer need. Unfortunately I haven’t found what I need in their selection, which is slim so far…all the more reason to help spread the word! In the meantime I’m inspired to browse eBay and my local resale shops further for my ski needs.

Snapshot: Sonoma Valley, CA from my birthday trip last year.

Snapshot: Sonoma Valley, CA from my birthday trip last year.

Pajamas: A Love Story

In keeping with the luxe lounge theme of my cruise wear, here’s an endearing homage to pjs.

dingbikes.com is live!

Pedal on over and check it out! (Visual design by yours truly.)

packing list: Resort 2012

There’s nothing like the resort collections to pick you up out of the winter doldrums. Not that my winter has been too dreary here in the south so far. But I still got a little rush when the airy, summery styles started to pop up in my inbox, conjuring tropical fantasies. And this year, I actually have somewhere to wear the stuff! This weekend, I take off with the family and my best gal pal for a week in the Caribbean. I’m embracing the luxe lounge look, with a pop of neon brights for fun. Here’s the cruisewear I’m packing (some in my suitcase, some in my wish list).

J.CREW keeper chambray shirt, a staple.  SCOUT & CATALOGUE constellation clutch, for a touch of the artsy.  3 RAY BAN round wayfarer, in funky honey frames. 4 THE VAMOOSE semiprecious stone bracelets.  5 OLD NAVY cropped crochet sweater, cool but cozy in sea breezes.  6 PIAMITA nan pants, silk lounge pants. Nuf said.  7 RACHEL PALLEY cutout maxi dress, subtly sexy.  8 VICTORIA’S SECRET beach sexy bikini, to match my poolside margarita.  9 J.CREW toothpick jeans, in the season’s brights.  10 AMAZON kindle, of course.  11 KENNETH JAY LANE elephant necklace, my lucky companion always.  12 3.1 PHILIP LIM sidibe flat sandal, for island hopping.

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How cool are these Haptic Lab City Quilts!

"Brooklyn-based Haptic Lab takes our tactile sense seriously: its name refers to widely used forms of communication through touching (think a hug or a kiss hello). Its cosmopolitan quilts—with stitch and print patterns based on cities around the world—inspire global connections through design, and touch."

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