henrique oliveira's tree trunks

Henrique Oliveira's tree trunks are pretty powerful. They remind me of wrestling bodies, all intertwined limbs.

[via Analisa Jaros]


My dear friend LA got me these Seaworthy earrings for Christmas and they're currently in heavy rotation. I love them.
Aren't these Seaworthy necklaces lovely too?
cascading triangle necklace
points intersect plate necklace


happy weekend

Friday night eats: white wine coq au vin
What a whirlwind week. We've been hosting family since Monday and there's barely been an extra second to pause.

But now it's Friday and the start of the weekend. The weather was so lovely today that we took Stella to the park for an hour this morning and sat outside and ate a late lunch at Bocanova. And now the smell of white wine coq au vin fills the rooms of the house. Stells is asleep. And I'm pausing with a glass of wine. 

Cheers to family and good food and weekends. 



what do babies think?

After being told by numerous folks to watch the Alison Gopnik TED talk, What Do Babies Think?, I finally sat down and watched it last week. It's excellent...Definitely worth watching for parents and those without kids.


the perfect summer outfit

I would be pretty happy to wear this outfit every day this summer. It's casual yet chic. I love it.


stucco stripe songbird dress

On such a rainy, dreary day I'm loving this Madewell Stucco Stripe Songbird Dress in mustardy yellow. It says sunshine and picnic and sandals.

[via Shayna]


lost type co-op

When looking to freshen up the old blog I happened upon Lost Type Co-op, a "pay-what-you-want" type foundry. Take a look at some of the gorgeous type faces they have available for use: 


a fresh new look

As the 2 year anniversary of this blog is quickly approaching I decided that it was high time Akhmatova got a fresh new look...



the joy of books

Books are awesome. So is Type, the bookstore in Toronto where this little book adventure was filmed.

oakland, my oakland

I'm so proud. My beloved Oakland made it on the New York Times' 45 Places to Go in 2012. It ranked in at #5, right after London. So, seriously, if you haven't been to Oakland recently, come visit.

One of the topics of conversation on this last vacation was where do we go next? A short list: Cuba, Sweden and Norway, Berlin, Shanghai, Brazil, Maine, Uganda...

One location on the New York Times list I wouldn't include on my own is #20: SPACE. The idea of floating out into space is comparable to being adrift on the ocean in a lifeboat atop 20 million miles of deep dark water. No, thanks. Given the chance, would you go to space?

[illustration: john mattos]


uruguay + argentina

Happy New Year!

It feels like forever ago since we got on the plane to go on vacation. I was worried about the long plane rides down and back with a one-year-old, but Stella was a dream. The flights were easier than we anticipated. She's getting to be quite a little traveler.

We packed so much into those two weeks: a beautiful wedding on an Estancia outside Montevideo (Stella partied until 2 am), lounging with friends at La Pedrera beach where Stella took her first steps, a lamb roast, fireworks at midnight on Christmas Eve, a jeep ride over sand dunes to secluded Cabo Polonia, meeting up with my parents for the last week of our trip, lazy walks around Colonia del Sacramento, a ferry ride from Uruguay to Buenos Aires, a visit to Recoleta Cemetery, catching up with an old co-worker/friend in San Telmo, people watching at Bar Dorrego, lunch at Bar 6, shopping in Palermo SoHo, a trip to Carlos Gardel's house, late night games of Bananagrams and glasses of wine with my parents, sushi at Ceviche, amazing osso bucco and wine at Gran Bar Danzon, the awe-inspiring views at Iguazu Falls, watching Stella take more steps around the apartment we rented for a week in Recoleta, perusing the shelves at El Ateneo (one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, but a horrible selection of books in English), many stops at Freddo for chocolate maroc and banana ice cream...and so much more. What a trip. I've only managed to post a few photos from our trip so far, but I will post more soon. Enjoy!

Bar 6, Buenos Aires Colonia, Uruguay Oh my goodness! Shoe shot, Colonia, Uruguay La Pedrera, Uruguay The Family Pants, Buenos Aires Beach bug, La Pedrera, Uruguay Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires Shoe shot, Recoleta Cemetery El Ateneo bookstore, Buenos Aires Carlos Gardel's house Austin + Carolina, Uruguay Mr. T, Colonia, Uruguay Buenos Aires Iguazu, Argentina Iguazu