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As Google announced back in March, Google Reader will cease to exist as of July 1st, 2013. Feedly keeps getting suggested as a good Google Reader alternative, but reading through the viewing options and preferences on their site is making me twitch a little. Most importantly, I don’t like that Feedly isn’t web-based (I’m too lazy to download something on 3 computers), so Bloglovin is looking like the best alternative for me.

Having said that, I wonder if I’ll be able to consume the large amount of content on all of the sites I subscribe to (89 to be exact) as quickly with Bloglovin. My guess is that I won’t, but I will try!

Here are some of my favorite blog feeds in my Reader at the moment:

Freunde von Freunden
Category: Interior Design
Favorite Post: Nir Stern – Interface Designer and Architect, Apartment, Noe Valley, San Francisco

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As they explain on their website, “FvF is an international interview magazine that portrays people of diverse creative and cultural backgrounds in their homes and within their daily working environments.” I found this website when I was getting ready to move into my studio apartment back in April. I was looking for interior decor inspiration and found this site to be rich with beautiful photography and really interesting living and work spaces.

DesignLoveFest
Category: Graphic Design and Style
Favorite Post: Benefit Cosmetics/Dream Job 2: The Detective

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I stumbled upon DesignLoveFest about a year ago through one of the many other style blogs I read and this one quickly became a “must read” for me. Bri Emery is not only a talented graphic designer, but her style posts are really terrific. She doesn’t do the typical outfit posts that you see on a lot of fashion blogs. She is great at utilizing fashion (that is often vintage) and creating wonderful concept-driven posts. My favorite is linked above and is a part of a series she did for Benefit Cosmetics where she explores different “dream jobs”. The video is a lot of fun, and her site is incredibly inspiring.

Kitty’s Drawings (and Sewn Creations)
Category: Sewing and Vintage Fashion
Favorite Post: Butterick 6740 – Best Shirt Ever!

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My good friend and fellow lover of vintage sewing, Kendra, alerted me to this really fun blog about sewing with vintage patterns. Lately it’s been motivating me to get back into sewing – I miss it!

Umami Mart
Category: Food
Favorite Post: Postcard from Hoi An: Cao Lầu on a Lonely Night

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I can’t remember when I started reading Umami Mart’s blog. It was probably some time either before or after my trip to Japan last year. I was most likely scouring the web for travel blogs that talked about Japan because I was looking forward to going/missed it. Umami Mart is a food and culture blog with a large emphasis on Japanese culture, and they also have a shop in Downtown Oakland, which I have actually never been to, but walked by once!

How Do I Put This Gently?
Category: Just for Fun
Favorite Post: Too many good posts to pick one.

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I don’t think there’s a whole lot to explain here. Also, I’m not sure if browsing through animated gifs counts as reading, but I highly recommend it. It may or may not improve your quality of life at any moment.

What are some of your daily reads?

Also, if you follow my blog already on Google Reader, don’t forget to import your subscriptions to Bloglovin (if you think Bloglovin may be your jam)! It’s really easy to do. (Instructions here.) And, if you’d like to follow me, click here! Easy peasy. Happy reading!

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Upcycle Sundays: The 9 to 5 Ascot Blouse Revival with Babushka Designs

Hi guys! I hope everyone’s getting in gear for Halloween! I know I am. Anyway, a few weeks ago I guest posted a vintage blouse DIY that you should check out if you haven’t done so already! It might come in handy if you’re altering thrifted tops for those upcycled costumes. Have a happy and safe Halloween!

Also, if you aren’t already, follow me on Pinterest!

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Thursday Inspiration: Vintage Cartoon Typography

by tatiana on February 24, 2011

What’s up, doc[s]? I’ve decided to start throwing the inspiring image-stuffs I find online, print collateral I scan, or photos I take of things I stumble upon into a Flickr set called Graphic Design Inspiration. Here’s my first image in the set. I found it while perusing Molly Crabapple‘s Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School site (which is amaaazing). Definitely check it out. Inspiring image lies below!

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What about Prom, Blaine? What about Prom!

by tatiana on February 1, 2011

Any excuse I have to quote my favorite movie, I take. Clearly. So, Saturday night was the annual employee dinner and the theme this year was PROM. Since I’m a huge fan of anything that gives me a chance to dress up, I took this opportunity to finally use this vintage pattern that I bought at a Vintage Expo in Santa Monica a few years ago. (Pssst, I made the dress on the right).

Sew Easy? More like, Sew Not Easy. Like what I did there? [click to continue…]

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Sewing to the 80s

by tatiana on January 26, 2011

I’ve taken a mini break from crocheting to work on this dress that I’m planning on wearing to a work party. Yay! I haven’t sewn a dress from scratch in… er… well over a year. That is not good! This past weekend I went fabric shopping with a friend and found this fabulous mustard fabric that totally works for a vintage pattern that I bought at a vintage expo a few years ago. It’s a super cute 1960’s buttoned dress. I’ll post more photos when it’s complete! For now, you get this teaser photo.

As much as I love crocheting in front of the TV, I really do love sewing and listening to The Cure station on Pandora. Serious ear candy… Depeche Mode, Smashing Pumpkins, and my beloved New Order. Music is so inspiring, but I probably didn’t need to tell you that.

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Gonna take 'er down to Thunder Road

by tatiana on November 26, 2010

This year I spent Thanksgiving day at the mister’s family’s house about 2 hours outside of San Francisco. Everything was great… and I opted to take a photo in their 1957 Thunderbird. If I look nervous, it’s because I was. I was sitting in an antique! Ugh. It was a beauty.

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Miss New Bootie(s)

by tatiana on August 9, 2010

This weekend I was feeling the crochet itch, so I decided to work on a new product for the shop. I went with these cute booties. I worked on two prototypes before I perfected it, and voila, here we are. [click to continue…]

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Wednesday Inspiration: House of Mirth

by tatiana on April 7, 2010

San Francisco Earthquake and Fire: House of Mirth, c.1906, May

I found this gem while perusing the Library of Congress online photo archive yesterday and had to share. We don’t know too much about the subjects, but it’s not too difficult to fit the pieces together. Taken about 2 weeks after the Great Earthquake and Fire of 1906, the overall mood of San Francisco as we know it today is captured in the good-humored signage attached to this temporary home that this group of people created. According to the signs, the House of Mirth is complete with running water, steam heat and an elevator. Even in the worst of circumstances, San Franciscans are resilient and are able to retain a sense of humor.

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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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