It’s been a rough few days.
I hit a low point – one of those in which you question everything that you’re doing, and why you’re doing it, and you ask yourself “Is this where I want to be? Is this what I really want to do? Am I on the right path?”
Life is full of challenges, and how you confront them depends on you and only you. You may walk away from them (I’ve done that many times) or you may hit the problem, head-on. I’m starting to identify the process of how I’ve dealt with difficulty in the past, and trying to re-learn how to do it better. Coffee and a sketchbook always helps.
Taralucci e Vino
15 E 18th st.
New York, NY
Have you ever thought of using your own photos, or photos of your work, on your business cards? Really – how many business cards with old boring logos do you see or do you get, that end up somewhere on your desk – or worse… the trash?
Business cards are important. They should never be underrated. They can make someone remember you, just because they liked your business card (true story, it’s happened to me).
I’ve tried several companies – Moo, UPrinting and Vistaprint. My favorite is MOO, by far. They are on the pricey side, but their quality is unbeatable. Their mini and luxe cards are great, and the paper they use is beautiful. I recently got mine printed on their green paper (although I love the other kind, I do like to be green when I can). I love its thickness. I’ve gotten “green” cusiness cards before, but none have been as thick as these. Plus, you can order one of their cool accessories, although they do come in a cool little box.
My favorite part? You can print any number of images you want on one of the sides – a great way to showcase your work – even try using your Instagram photos, could be fun!
I grew up reading. In fact, I could say I was a total book worm. When I was in elementary school, one of my personal goals was to see how many library cards I could fill up. Call it geeky, but I was an only child up to the age of 6, when my brother and sister came into my life – but they were too old to play with me. So my solo activity for entertainment was reading.
Years passed and I still love to read, but truthfully, never make enough time for it. I read a book here and there, but not on a constant basis. That is why today, I’m setting myself a goal: 15 minutes of reading for 30 days.
In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan.
“Eat food. Not much. Mostly plants”
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I love the Butcher’s Daughter. Fresh, and airy, decorated with plants and natural light. It’s like a small getaway - makes me forget I’m in NYC in the middle of Soho; makes me forget of the busy sidewalks and roads and the constant, chaotic movement of the city; makes me feel I’m in Tulum or somewhere similar.
I love the bottles they use for their juices and smoothies – I take them home and reuse them for another drink, or even as a cute flower vase.
Goddess of Green
19 Kenmare St. (Corner of Elizabeth St.)
New York, NY
photo credit // mostly by me + my photo by tatiana chernitzky
I think snow boots they can be cute - but I definitely don’t think of them as an fashion/style statement. Before living in the cold, I would have never thought of myself wearing snow boots – especially not (almost) every day.
I design jewelry. I love shopping and I love clothes (of course I do, I’m a woman), but I definitely don’t consider myself a fashion expert. Someone just told me this the other day (or something along these lines): “I prefer style over fashion”. At that moment, my thoughts on this subject were put into words so simply, yet so clearly. I love jeans, t-shirts, leather jackets and shoes. I love white, denim, black, gray and army green. I don’t tend to use prints. I rarely wear high heels. I wear sneakers on most days – or boots. Don’t ask me if I saw the latest Gucci collection. I probably didn’t.
So – snow boots. When you live in a city where it snows, and then that becomes huge blocks of ice that start melting slowly, leaving huge puddles and slush all over the city, you need a pair of good snow boots. So after two winters (yes, two) of resisting, they grew on me and I finally found a pair I actually like. These are my favorite.
Sorel for Anthropologie
i love instagram. it’s a great way to share + show + tell. it’s also great for meeting talented people + be inspired by their wonderful work. (and yes it’s great for stalking but i won’t get into that discussion…). diala canelo is one of my favorites, check her out.
follow her // @dialacanelo
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menu inspired on what’s in season and available at the farmer’s market? um, yes please!
check out this small and cute takeout food + cafe in the west village. a good place to go for a coffee date with a girlfriend or for a quick, healthy a simple lunch. (or, indulge with one of their cakes or pastries).
nourish kitchen + table also has a small shop with kitchenware, home goods + books. a little on the high(er) end of the price spectrum, but beautiful items nonetheless.
KEEP IT HEALTHY
a juice of your choice
a slice of beet cake (didn’t try it – but just look at the photo below and you be the judge
95 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014
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