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Links of the Week: April 8, 2011

by tatiana on April 8, 2011

It’s images like this that get me through the day sometimes. Image found via galadarling.

I’ve yet to write about it, but this past weekend was a boatload of fun, family and, errr… we’ll go with frolicking. My sisters and cousin drove up to visit for the weekend and we had a blast. So this entire week has been like coming down from a really fun party drug (which I promise I know nothing about). My apartment has been TOO quiet and there are a lack of snack foods, giggles, and watching of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. But life goes on… until the next sister/cousin weekend of course!

  • I almost fell out of my desk chair when I stumbled upon this amazing idea. 1-Up rugs? I am totally making one of these guys, but maybe a throw blanket version.
  • I’m always down for a smart chuckle.
  • Rommel breaks down the similarities between comedians and  track and field athletes.
  • Twinkie Chan’s post about her trip to London’s Borough Market made me reeeeeeally miss London. Like, alot.
  • Lately I’ve been feeling like work – whether it’s my day job, freelance gigs, or projects for my craft biz – has taken over my life. It was nice and reassuring to read this post by Elsie Flannigan.

That’s all for this week! I hope your weekend is as bright and sunny! The weather in San Francisco has been quite pleasant… except for the fact that the temp has dipped down to really effing cold. The sun is deceiving.

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The New Yorker, January 31, 2011

“Mental Landscape” by Frank Viva (The New Yorker, January 31, 2011)

My roommate and I have been subscribing to The New Yorker for about a year now. At first I was reading them every week. Then I was only reading the film and theater reviews. Then the unread copies began accumulating on our little “bar” counter in the kitchen and simultaneously decorating our apartment and making us look good when we had visitors. Yeah, I read every issue. Wait. No. No I don’t. (kicks rock)

It’s become routine to find The New Yorker in the mailbox and just leave it on the counter, but not this week. I was totally taken aback by the cover. Most of the covers are beautiful, but this week’s cover was exceptionally striking. Amazing typework – just an amazing work of art really. Also, the color scheme is perfect. La-la-love it.

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Spotlight: Makeup Artist Arianna Jimenez

by tatiana on October 30, 2010

Halloween is in full swing, and really, what would Halloween be without make-up? I thought I’d shine a little spotlight on my super talented little sister, Arianna Jimenez who blogs about her work over at Stilettos and Eyeliner. (Update: She is now blogging over at A+K Photography!)

Her makeup looks are spooky, nostalgic, fantastical, but always beautiful. Check out her blog for the neat new makeup looks she has a-brewin’. Yay!

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Halloween Month Has Begun!

by tatiana on October 4, 2010

Hide your kids, hide your wife. Just kidding.

Anyway, bring on the scary movies (especially in the form of Bravo’s 100 Scariest Movie Moments countdown), candy and excuses to wear costumes. Yay!

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It's a lovely day for a picnic!

by tatiana on August 30, 2010

It wasn’t really a lovely day for a picnic at all… I just like quoting Little Women as much as I possibly can. Anyway! I have the kind of fun task of designing the t-shirt for our annual company picnic. We’re doing a one color print on a Kelly green shirt. Not my usual task, but it is a challenge I have accepted and I hope I can pretend to be an illustrator and do my best. In the meantime, I’ve been looking at pretty picnicing pictures for inspiration (even though the shirts will look nothing like these). Enjoy!

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A few months ago on my little stroll to work from the bus I saw the Spring Issue of Paper Magazine laying on the ground. It was in perfect shape, and I’ve always been a fan, so it became MINE.

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This is a beautiful illustration by Clare Owen that I found via the adorable Making Chicken Salad blog via my Google Reader via my laptop via my fingers and eyeballs. [click to continue…]

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Last night I was walking through BevMo and I did a double take when I passed by a case of Cable Car Beer. The powder blue, bright orange and retro type are not typically used in beer branding and it totally caught my eye. I mentioned it to a friend I was with and he thought it was a pretty rad label as well. The more I walked through BevMo, the more gorgeous labels I noticed. I’ll need to do a top 10 beer label designs soon, but for now, let us all admire the beautifully positioned and selected type treatments and expert layout on the Cable Car Beer label. Well done.

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Friday Inspiration: Choward's Old Timey Candy

by tatiana on February 5, 2010

What kind of name is Choward’s? Why does this look like a package of cough drops? Stop asking questions and just eat them.

I picked these up at the hardware store earlier and was a little too excited about my find. The packaging is really beautiful. It was an impulse purchase (as candy most often is) and I devoured them all. It’s basically a pack of sweet tarts, except you only have the lemon kind. These are a little less sweet than Sweet Tarts, which is nice, because if you eat them quickly (like I did) you won’t get a tummy ache.

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Friday Inspiration: Choward’s Old Timey Candy

by tatiana on February 5, 2010

What kind of name is Choward’s? Why does this look like a package of cough drops? Stop asking questions and just eat them.

I picked these up at the hardware store earlier and was a little too excited about my find. The packaging is really beautiful. It was an impulse purchase (as candy most often is) and I devoured them all. It’s basically a pack of sweet tarts, except you only have the lemon kind. These are a little less sweet than Sweet Tarts, which is nice, because if you eat them quickly (like I did) you won’t get a tummy ache.

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