Nylon Magazine – March 2013 Issue


“Factory Girl Pink.” – Dani Stahl

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I <3 Washed Out‘s new jam + lyric video for “Don’t Give Up.” YouTube user trentEA tells the world (via video comment) what this song does to a person:

For a minute you remembered your ex but then you was like forget iiiiit!!!!

Ya, basically.

“Don’t Give Up” also inspired me to put a lil collage of stuff together (after the jump) based on single lines from the lyrics. All these photos are from WeHeartIt – I fucking love that website, she’s a beaut. Here goes:


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I didn’t really think summer was breakup season. As a single person, summer usually brings couples everywhere I fucking go. Whether it’s laying on each other in the park, sipping coffees outside the cafe, taking shots in the sweaty bars, blah blah blah. It’s a time when people fall in love because the weather’s nice, decide to get in my way while smooching on the sidewalk, and become the object of my evil eye roll. So, when I saw this absolutely amazing moment, I couldn’t help but save it. Here we have THE STUFF OF A BREAKUP (now’s where you press play on Icona Pop’s “I Love It” which is a little overplayed for me, but a seemingly perfect soundtrack for random underwear and a lampshade laying on the side of a city street).


1. The strange, pale brown slop on the apartment building wall, could be puke from a stumbly twenty-something the night before, or the latte that he threw at her when she left. 2. City graffiti. Probably has nothing to do with this actual situation, but let’s think about how someone graffiti’d this wall on purpose, knowing that many people would see it, meaning that it exists somewhere where there are a lot of people, meaning further that there may be witnesses to the end. 3. The lampshade. The thing that softened the lightbulb on a table next to their bed. It isn’t a very interesting lampshade so I don’t think she was around a lot, and he probably spent more time playing video games than trying to make the place look nice. 4. The napkin basket. To me, this particular napkin basket shows that they shared a lot of quick meals at a table together, probably takeout. 5. There’s a book under here that might be difficult for you to see. Its title is half-covered by two different trash bags, partly covered by a shoe, and laying under a small photo that’s printed on a much larger piece of paper (which I can’t wait to tell you about – skip to #11 if you can’t wait). Anyway, this is the part of the book title you can read “???HE MO?T ???EANINGLES? TOA??” Anybody know what that is? 6. The dish towel that had never been used. Again, I say, takeout. 7. One of the two olive green TOMS shoes laying in the rubble of broken picket fence dreams, lies, and bad sex – probably hers because they’re too small to be his, but I think he bought them for her and she threw them in his face. 8. THE BOXES OF ARTICHOKE HEARTS. Lawd, do these make me LOL. Why are there so many? Two are visible, but a third is half visible leaving a strange trail of BOXES OF ARTICHOKE HEARTS. WHY!!! I’m still trying to figure it out, but I like to imagine that all of this was thrown out of a window and after he and she went down to fight over whose shit was whose, screamed and yelled, broke up and walked away, a neighbor above contributed to the mess by discarding his box of artichoke hearts (used to make a dip for a party, obvi) into the pile. 9. The plastic spoon and the Q-tip. I’d rather not think about the Q-Tip, so the lonely plastic spoon must have been thrown over the shoulder of a fro-yo eating innocent bystander caught in the struggle. 10. The Mucinex has to mean that either he or she were sick a lot. I’d like to assume it was the guy. I think he probably had allergies and was too poor/lazy to get the real stuff. 11. Ah yes, the small photo that’s printed on a much larger piece of paper. This could only be THE reason they broke up. Clearly she found something that proved he was a total idiot, showed it to him, and that was that. 12. The strange brush that was meant to clean something that never did. At some point she probably told him to get off his lazy ass and clean the house. He probably said he would as he hit some sort of combination of A+X and then, never cleaned the house. 13. The “I Voted Today” sticker only tells me that one of them voted and the other didn’t, that they never dusted the picture frame, and that the voter was in a hurry to stick the damn thing somewhere (probably the nearest object). 14. The picture frame itself is difficult because there is no glass in it. Was I wrong about the small photo that’s printed on a much larger piece of paper? Was that what lived in the picture frame as a symbol of their future dreams together which wasn’t covered by glass to it could be changed on the reg? No. The small photo that’s printed on a much larger piece of paper HAS to be the reason they broke up (please?). 15. One of three pairs of women’s underwear strewn about the scene. Either she threw them in his face because they weren’t hers and she found them in his secret drawer, or he threw them at her and said good luck fucking anyone again.

What do you think?


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Last night I did what I never do. I added a movie to my Netflix queue and then instantly decided to watch it. Usually these movies sit in my queue for months before I get around to watching them. Between going to beer gardens, buying new lipstick, work, reading books, kissing strangers, etc., I just can’t always find the time.

I was browsing through Netflix, completely unsure of what I was in the mood for. I came across the Little Birds cover which I’ve scrolled past before. Once, I even read the logline:

When Lily and Alison meet three street kids and follow them to Los Angeles, they learn just how far they’re willing to go to find their freedom.

This felt pretty right for laying in my bed on a rainy night, with the lights turned low. So I dove in.

The photography was absolutely genius; dark enough to make you feel the despair of a girl with nothing left, yet contrasted with neon fuzzy vests and shoelaces to embody the hope we all have for teens who may not see it for themselves. The casting was perfect, with Juno Temple as the crazy girl who’d never escape & Kay Panabaker-the best friend you thought could escape, but inevitably couldn’t. I found myself missing my bad boy crushes in high school, wishing I hung out at more punk shows, and that I’d ran away while I still could, just for a little while.

1. Little Birds Movie Facebook Page / 2. Buzzine Film Interview / 3. Little Birds Movie Official Site /
4. Pretty Dope Tumblr / 5. Little Birds Movie Official Site

So I went to bed feeling both extremely lucky, but also a little bored by life. When I got dressed today, I had Little Birds on the mind, and this is what happened:


I turned myself into a freaking floral runaway. If you’re gonna runaway, you might as well look good doing it. I wore layers to help me adjust to the hot and cold temps, boots so my feet wouldn’t get dirty in sandals (also provide more support), and brought two bags with the essentials. One is a Free People shopping bag. I love this thing because it’s so incredibly lightweight, features a super cute pattern, and fits loads of stuff. When I’ve eaten all the snacks inside, I’ll tie it around the handle of my other bag as shown below (also works while food-shopping, not just running away).

[FEATURE] Floral Runaways

Not sure where I’m running to, I just gotta go.

…one you know, there ain’t no coming back.

Peace, bitches.


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Along with Bri Emery’s heavenly DESIGNLOVEFEST blog, there’s another place I often inspiration for sharing my creativity through design. That place is A Beautiful Mess by Elsie Larson. Recently Miss Elsie Cake and her team created their very own app, which I was quick to purchase for $.99. It’s pretty cute to see how ecstatic the team is at how fast their app has become a success. In a previous post I let you all in on a little secret – I wasn’t sure if I wanted to start using text in my instagrams. However, after browsing through all the instagram photos captioned with #abeautifulmess I couldn’t help but become inspired.

So, what was I going to create?

I waited a few days until something felt really right. While looking through my “following’ list on instagram, I re-discovered a profile that I felt really hadn’t posted for a while and decided to investigate.

@ThisIsHowYouWinHerBack hadn’t posted in two months. It’s the “Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy messes up. Boy cleans up the mess, realizes what he’s lost, what he’s gained, who he is, what he wants” account of an anonymous dude trying to win back his ex by putting up posters all around New York donning a quote they’d shared. I personally found this utterly romantic, (almost as lovely as DESIGNLOVEFEST’S FLOWER BOMB – #iDie) though much of the internet seems to find it utterly ridiculous <— eff them.


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1. MAC Lipstick: Rebel / 2. ASOS Jeepers Peepers Round Sunglasses / 3. Forever 21 Cat Tee (sold out) / 4. Zazzle Phone Case (inspired by my old skirt from Target) 5. Urban Outfitters Ecote Leather Huarache Sandal

[WEAR IT] 1e1ab0ccc88411e2b8a622000a1fbdb1_7


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I just spent the entire weekend with my idol, Bri Emery, in a beautiful space in Philly with a bunch of ladies who want everything that I want.

I remember the first time I literally StumbledUpon Bri Emery‘s blog of gold, D E S I G N L O V E F E S T. It was my first year of grad school (2009) and I was in the computer lab trying to find inspiration for last night’s project. I usually browsed blogs every day for inspiration, but on this day, I came across a mecca of color, fun, originality and style. Since that day, I’ve been following Bri’s journey from good designer to successful brand.

Once she teamed up with her photographer BFF Angela Kohler of angela+ithyle to put on Blogshops all over the world, that was it. I stalked the site in hopes to find a Philly date where I could meet my idol and learn everything there is to learn about blogging. Finally, the day came. I screamed in my office and instantly purchased my spot. After counting down for a few months, I woke up on a Saturday and it was time to cab it to Kensington. I arrived a few minutes late, got lost in the building and freaked out, worried I’d be the last one there, that the class would start without me, that Bri would think I was some kind of psychopath. When I got to the door, I stopped, took a deep breath – preparing myself to have my life changed. Then, I opened the door:

#BlogshopPhilly Angela taking blogshop student headshots under the gorgeous hanging poufs by BHLDN.

#BlogshopPhilly My desk area with ampersand design studio and bkr gifts from Bri!

#BlogshopPhilly #blogshopphilly selfie for you all.

#BlogshopPhilly More gifts from the blogshop crew – pretty strips bandages and a branch+cotton notepad. I absolutely loved that moment when I instagrammed this notebook and branch+cotton tagged me with #branchandcottongirl

#BlogshopPhilly All our gifts (like these cute floral paper straws) from Bri & Angela came in this wonderful champagne maptote.

#BlogshopPhilly My very own blogshop branded jump drive!

Whoever is here reading this, I can’t wait for you to follow me on my journey from okay blog, to inspirational blog. I can’t wait to start putting my #blogshopphilly skills to use. The first order of business is taking better photos – stay tuned.

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When it comes to instagram, I think there are 2 kinds of users, I’m going to call them Theme Twerkers and Non-Theme Twerkers

These are the instagram users whose images as a whole convey a certain aesthetic via tone, theme, and voice whether they realize it or not. They use an internal style guideline (again whether they realize it or not) which helps their brain decide what to take a picture of, how to crop it and what filters to use. It’s the inner art director in all of us working hard to paint the picture we want to portray. The great thing about THEME TWERKERS is that we all strive for the same thing; consistency. As with any creative output, we can be inspired by each other, and work hard at recreating themes that inspire us, but we’ll never create the same art as anyone else. Instagram is based on your surroundings – and no one else’s, around what you think is a good photo – and not what someone else thinks. From creative process to materials and subjects, each of our themes is individual. It’s what you do with what you got that counts.

These are the people who’s instagram accounts have absolutely no theme, and who’s pictures basically look like what would happen if a drunk baby had a camera.


I know I am utterly ridiculous when it comes to instagram, A THEME TWERKER WHO BE GETTIN’ REALLY REALLY LOW. My friends relentlessly make fun of my process and the fact that I even have a process (if you’re curious about that, tweet me, otherwise I won’t waste your time ;)), but if you’re a THEME TWERKER like me, then you might understand (eeeek).

A lot of people decide not to have an instagram because they think there’s nothing to take pictures of. To those people I channel my inner Ferris Bueller when I say

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

One could argue the fact that I’m missing life while I’m taking so long to instagram it, but at least I saw something worth the effort.  I love taking pictures of stuff (outfit photos aside) – of things just as they are – moments people may other wise walk all over. Somebody’s gotta save those moments and I wanna be that girl.

The most awkward part of instagram is when someone is switcihing between types of images – I am probably going to be going through this soon, so stick around to see what happens.







  • TEXT OVER IMAGES: I would love to use text over images, but I have never done that, so I’m torn on whether or not I should start now
  • RECTANGULARLY CROPPED PHOTOS: I completely just made up a word. I can’t say I like the fact that instagram’s images are square. Sometimes it’s super annoying, but since that’s the format, I don’t like to mess with it. Although I think YeahRentals does a really good job of mixing squares and rectangles
  • B&W: I hardly ever use black and white, I just don’t prefer it. When I do use it, I don’t use it again for a long time
  • FOOD: I don’t post food just because it’s there. I save food pics for really cool food
  • PICSTITCH: Picstitch has been a really good way for me to get around the instagram square situation when I’d rather use an rectangle
  • BORDERS: I really dislike borders. The only time I’ll use them is when I use PicStitch, and actually I use PicJointer
  • OTHER PEOPLE’S ART: I don’t like instagramming other people’s art. There are some exceptions, like if it’s in a magazine, on a billboard, or painted on a building. If I see a cool poster, or painting hanging in someone’s apartment, I won’t instagram it

So now you know I’m a really big nerd, and I’ll see you all at Barcade.

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There’s been so many times I thought I had the best weekend of my life. Then, a few months later, a magical 2-day life fest happens, replacing my old best weekend ever with a brand new one. I can honestly say though, at the start of this month I truly had the best weekend of my life and can’t imagine anything ever taking its place. Until that happens, if ever, I am smiling because it happened, and refuse to let myself be sad that it’s over.

These are the moments we live for; kissing your dream guy in public, dancing to your favorite songs with no cares, walking around the same old spots with a brand new perspective. These moments, no matter how short, are sometimes only meant to be what they were and nothing else. Sometimes they are memories we look back on and laugh at while pushing a cart through a supermarket while everyone thinks you’re crazy. Sometimes they are left open-ended, but every time, they are the moments that make up the best scenes in the movies of our lives.


Whatever happens to you / Whatever happens to me / I hope that I’ll fall asleep / Knowing that you’ll always be /
The story with no ending.

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Marie Claire UK – April 2013 Issue

[Magazine Love] Elle – June 2010 Issue

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