gray suede boots

Remember my favorite over-the-knee boots? No boots will replace those stunners, but I've found an adorable new over-the-knee boot for fall...


the amazing heike weber

Ohh...what amazing large-scale sharpie doodles by Heike Weber.

From Apartment Therapy
Heike Weber is a German installation artist who creates large scale pieces using heavy repetition. While she does painting and drawings on paper, her installations using permanent marker across floors and walls (in areas sometimes larger than 5,000 square feet) are quite amazing and beautiful. While I don't know many people that would allow their floors to be adorned with doodles in permanent marker, I think I could be compelled if Heike was doing the work.

And some of her works on paper:




[via Hey Lady Grey via Apartment Therapy]


poketo for target

Remember the retro cute Orla Kiely housewares for Target? Well, the good folks at Poketo (yep, love them) told me that they're the next limited edition design line at Target. Yippee!
From Poketo's blog:
Beginning August 10th 2010, we’ll showcase the complete collection and lookbook on poketo.com. That same day, the Poketo for Target collection will be available at all Target stores across the country. We’ll be posting more about this collaboration with Target and more sneak peeks before the August 10th launch. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest. Stay tuned!

I think I might need that tote...

Check out the awesome roster of (a few of the) designers Poketo is working with on this line:
Kate Bingaman Burt
Lisa Congdon
Mike Perry
Camilla Engman
Cole Gerst
Leif Parsons


comic-con madness

Blame Comic-Con madness for my absence. I've been working long hours all week.

Life goes back to normal tomorrow when I fly home. I'm looking forward to not standing all day long, making my own breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and sleeping in my own bed next to my sweet.

Yo La Tengo's Season of the Shark is helping me get out of the hotel bed this morning and on the convention floor where I will be surrounded by hundreds of masked crusaders.


chronicle books: friends & family discount

Unabashed work plug...

So everyday I go to work at Chronicle Books. One of the coolest, most design-y and innovative publishing houses around. My favorite things about working at Chronicle are being surrounded by and working on books, the amazing (smart, stylish, creative) people that I work with, and being an integral part of creating and marketing beautiful products. Oh, and the discount is pretty great too...which is where I'm headed with this post. Now through July 28th you get 35% off plus FREE ground shipping on Chroniclebooks.com with promo code FRIENDS. Sweet deal, right?

Here are some of my recent faves:

Yellow Owl Workshop LCD Notecards

Fast, Fresh & Green

Oh Joy! Labels & Stickers

All My Friends Are Dead

Lotta Jansdotter Handmade Living

Art of McSweeney's


the babe

We had our 20 week ultrasound today and found out that we're having a GIRL! We are so, so excited. We are beyond excited.

Here's the sweet babe's profile:

And in profile lifting her hand towards her mouth:

And her strong little foot (that we've been feeling a lot of the past two weeks) pressing against the wall of my uterus:


Getting on the clog bandwagon, these are beauts:

The Westway Clog

like a skin palimpsest

These Batholith Etchings by Eben Goff are hauntingly beautiful, like a skin palimpsest.

[via of paper and things]


happy anniversary to us

On July 10th last year, we put on our finery and waltzed down to City Hall and got married.



I'm not someone who ever wanted a big wedding or a white dress or any of the trappings of marriage. That I like being married as much as I do has surprised and delighted me. I didn't think that marriage would be so different from us living together. But, after living together for 5 years, being married actually did, and still does, make our relationship feel different. We are easier. Spats are quickly dissolved. The foundation of and the future of our trajectory together is clear. It can be hard to capture and recognize happiness, but we are infinitely happier.

As I write this, Jordan is on his way home from a few days working in Portland, and in a few hours I will pick him up from the airport. A chorus of birds is chirping in the oak tree outside our bedroom in our new home. The baby is doing somersaults and stretches in my belly. And tonight we will put on our finery and celebrate our first married year together at Bar Tartine.

Happy anniversary to my love, the Mr. Pants.


trekking en suisse

Friend Jessica lives in Switzerland and takes the most amazing pictures.
This one, for instance:

I want to go there...


long weekend...

We spent an absolutely wonderful long weekend at a secluded cabin on a vineyard outside Occidental. We wandered around and had a dinner of samosas, paneer curry, and mango lassis sidewalk-style at the Occidental farmer's market on Friday evening.

We breakfasted at the adorable and super tasty Willow Wood Cafe Market in Graton.

We drove.

To the coast.

And we spent an afternoon in Point Reyes Station. We browsed through Point Reyes Books and picked up Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food (reading now), The Philosophical Baby, and a beautifully illustrated copy of Treasure Island (for the kid). The owner, Steve, gave us this lovely Michael Pollan broadside, which I'm going to have framed to hang in our kitchen.

We also visited Cowgirl Creamery and picked up picnic fixings for a lazy evening reading back at the cabin.

And, here's a belly shot from the weekend. Me at 18.5 weeks.
Baby Bump, week 18