I’m working on some longer posts right now; in the meantime, here’s a video of Ira Glass discussing the importance of perseverance. Being a young writer, this was exactly what I needed to hear (via Mental Floss):
Archives for June 2008
Gardening: A Cup of Jo recently posted that the air pollution in some city apartments is up to 10X worse than outside air (and if you live in a smog capital like Atlanta, that’s a scary thought). While plants have a limited effect on indoor air pollution (click here for the most effective ways to improve indoor air quality), they’ve got other benefits. I’m starting out with herbs for cooking and succulents (because they’re harder to kill). Get more gardening inspiration at You Grow Girl & Modish.
The first strawberries of summer: To be eaten with crushed mini meringues & whipped cream. Alternate with homemade ice cream (above).
I remember loving this Cottage Living spread when it first came out, but it took posts from Have Degree, Will Travel & Apartment Therapy to remind me just how awesome it is. Designer Angèle Parlange converted Parlange Plantation‘s pigeonnier, or pigeon house, into a tiny getaway; above are my two favorite views. The exterior shot makes me think of a truncated Rapunzel’s tower (plus, Spanish moss is magic in plant form), while the bedroom–well, it’s a bedroom lined with books. Can’t beat that.
Second, Design*Sponge featured this gorgeous Parisian remodel by Pia Jane Bijkerk. While the remodel itself is ingenious (e.g. she wallpapered inside the kitchen cupboard since it’s a rental), I’m a sucker for Haussmann-style apartments. I got to stay in one summers ago, and it had the same high ceilings, crown moldings, and tall windows–great details you rarely see in the U.S. (only it was much shabbier, and had the strangest carpet…). See Bijkerk’s remodel description and all images here.
Not that you could actually live here for an extended period of time (without smelling funny, anyway), but I like the thought of beach-combing in this retro van. Photos are by Sofie Andersson, via Black*Eiffel & Fashion is Spinach.
Finally, from Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool contest (see all entries here), a bold San Francisco studio. The bed nook, my favorite part, used to be a walk-in closet. Talk about a clever use of space!
Dear ada posted on this amazing centerpiece made with fake birds. You could do something similar with some branches and fake birds from Pearl River Mart, which cost between $14.00 to $30.00 for a dozen. You could also make your own felted birds, but it looks tricky. Incidentally, the centerpiece’s creator, Abbey H., writes Aesthetic Outburst, a blog overflowing with vintage and handmade inspiration. Definitely one to bookmark.
I love the Design*Sponge d.i.y. series, which premiered with these wine crate display boxes (left). Every project looks both stylish and doable. The series’ authors also run the excellent Curiosity Shoppe, which I profiled last May, and also worked with Todd Oldham and ReadyMade magazine.
When Style Bytes (aka Agathe) disappeared a month ago, I wasn’t too worried. She’s blogged consistently for the past three years, I thought, she’s entitled to some time off. If she didn’t leave a note explaining where she’d gone, that was okay too; after all, I’d done the same thing earlier this year. Sometimes, life gets in the way.
But when her blog went off-line last week and she didn’t respond to any of the prominent bloggers lamenting her absence, it hit me: this was no extended holiday. This was the blog world equivalent of “I need some space.” In short, we got dumped. Via the silent treatment, no less.
So, to help everyone achieve closure, I sought out advice on getting over break-ups. I want to point out, if it needs to be pointed out, is this post is totally tongue-in-cheek. Style Bytes was awesome & will be deeply missed, but I fully understand and support her desire to bin the blog. I also think she doesn’t owe anybody anything, although a quick goodbye note would’ve quelled the insanity. Anyway, onto the break-up advice:
After the relationship reaches finality, you have to break off contact or you will go mad. Don’t beg or cry. Don’t drunk-dial. Don’t write her email. Don’t send packages or CDs. Don’t dedicate a song to her on the radio. […] She will find you if she wants to. (Link)
Add to that list: don’t peep into her windows, stalk her MySpace, or any of the other vaguely scary things I’ve heard people mention. For serious.
DO get it all out. Wallow in self-pity, cry into your pillow, write bad poetry. (Link)
The wallowing I’ll leave up to you, but here’s a Style Bytes haiku:
fringe and vintage fur
she waits in wine-red lipstick
holding the black pig
Don’t listen to sad music.
Meet a fascinating woman: yourself. (Link)
The way I’ve always heard it is… the best way to get over someone is to get under someone else. (Link)
Although mad bunny sex will distract you from Style Bytes’ departure, you also might try rebounding with blogs that cover similar territory. For starters:
More breakup advice? Bad poetry? Suitable rebound blogs? Leave them below.