she + him: in the sun

Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward's video for their new song, In the Sun, appears a nerdy and charming response to Britney Spears' Hit Me Baby One More Time. Instead of pink lip gloss and hair pom poms, it's navy blue tights, the library, tap dancing and hula hoops. Oh, the adorableness.

She & Him - In The Sun from Merge Records on Vimeo.

amy butler's spring flowers

Ohh...look at the purty Amy Butler rugs over at Burke Decor.

Caracas Rug

Lacework Rug

Coventry Rug

Acanthus Rug

baked kale chips

[photo: Smitten Kitchen]

I can't wait to try Smitten Kitchen's baked kale chips recipe with the bunch of dino kale I got at the farmer's market yesterday! Yum.


the subconscious shelf

OK. So, I'm kind of obsessed with The New Yorker's The Subconscious Shelf and the notion that your bookshelves say something about you as a person (or you as a pair of people living ensemble)... What your shelf says about your self.

Maria Sepa, Milan, Italy
From the celestial sphere, knowledge, immaterial at first, rains gently into the minds of men; from there it falls onto the pages of books; and from there it comes to rest—for a time, at least—in your lap, Maria. That you acknowledge and respect the divine origins of knowledge is evident in the way you've arranged your bookshelves like a halo about your head (like your namesake, you are truly a Madonna of the book), and in your fuzzy red slippers, plainly the creation of an ennobled mind. I've no doubt you devote your days to writing or teaching—your way of sending back to the heavens all you've received.

John and Jana Remy, Irvine, California:

Dear John and Dear Jana,

It’s a gray day here in New York City, and I can’t tell you how your shelves have brightened it. First of all, I love that each of you e-mailed me this picture, without, I’m assuming, knowing that the other had. I don’t want to disappoint you, but I have very little critical to say. Normally, when I see a library arranged by color I wonder a bit about the owners: do they think that books are merely decorative? And, if so, do they not know that books look great not arranged by color? And do they not realize that any strict organizational system in a home library seems controlling? In your case, though, I don’t wonder any of those things. Your bright and cheery arrangement is perfectly suited to where you live—what in New York would feel twee seems organic in California. Also, your books sort of lean peacefully into each other in a way that says, Yes there’s order here, but not too much. The titles on your shelves—lots of sci-fi, lots of fantasy, lots of religious history and theory—tell me that you’re dreamers and feelers (dare I say seekers?) first. Your arrangement is not the product of over-thinking, and the bits of clutter here and there back this up.

Bill Moss, New York, N.Y.
Bill, I adore New York City, and I adore you because it’s clear that you too adore New York City. Moreover, you’re that particular breed of New Yorker which many of us transplants aspired, wisely or not, one day to become. You romanticize New York City out of such proportion that you send a black-and-white photograph of a room decorated with a black-and-white photograph of Paris, but not a photograph you took yourself—an art poster in a black metal frame (this is a quintessential Upper West Side decorating technique, for readers farther afield). Three crystalline liquor bottles glint in the sunlight refracted by a chrome lamp. The dog, white and clean and smiling, a departed friend, perhaps, now a faithful watcher of the bookshelf—bookshelves being as crucial to the New Yorker’s interiors as asphalt is to his exteriors, the scaffolding erected around the cathedral of his cultural identity…


forever 21 finds

I have a knack for finding treasures at Forever 21. By treasures I mean items that when paired with nicer (read: quality) clothes actually work. I get compliments on Forever 21 finds daily. And the compliment givers are always surprised.

Here are some cute items I've got my eye on:

Fab floppy sun hat

Bobbinet lace trim top

Silk tie top

Metallic links necklace



on repeat: local natives

I'm hearing Pet Sounds in every new song I like. Must be those enchanting vocal harmonies,and the melodic boy voices reaching for the ceiling.

On repeat :: Local Natives: World News

Grizzly Bear: Two Weeks

The Beach Boys: God Only Knows


listen up: i feel bonnie

Bonnie "Prince" Billy remixes Hot Chip's "I Feel Better." The result? The dance-y dance-ness, "I Feel Bonnie." Hear it on Pitchfork.

type + ink

Photos on flickr of type and ink at New North Press.

(via one of my new fave blogs, we made this)


vintage czech

Back in January I blogged about the vintage Russian posters that are available over on Posteritati. If you're looking for interesting wall art, Posteritati is the place to go. Seriously. The old movie posters are amazing.

I was clicking through this morning, and it looks like an influx of new (old) Czech posters came in recently. Most are graphic-heavy, paste-up, collagey numbers.

Alibi on the Lake

Way to the Conjugal Bed

Valley of the Kings

Most na tu stranu

Jester's Tale

How to Steal a Million

Conjugal Bed

Alfredo, Alfredo

Bear Circus; wouldn't this be perfect in a kiddles' room?


happy friday!

What are you doing this weekend?

I am hoping that this weekend I will be consumed with laziness (after traveling the past two weekends, first to Mexico City, and then to New Mexico, I'm ready to spend time around the house in my jams). And I'm also hoping that I won't wake up at 6am all excitable and asking what the plan is for the day. (Yes, I do this regularly). (Yes, I do this on Saturday + Sunday). (Yes, I know). (I need to stop).

[image found on flickr]

Since spring has almost arrived in the Bay Area, a picnic (complete with books and bakesale betty's fried chicken sandwiches) might just be in order.