Hugo Guinness love

As I was decorating my new apartment, I decided I needed my first piece of real art. Yep, I did. And so, my Hugo Guinness collection has begun. I have been having a love affair with Hugo (yes, of those Guinness’s – cousin of Daphne) prints for awhile now, and knew one needed to be mine. Maybe it was first seeing them scattered all over the walls in the Tenenbaum’s house in The Royal Tenenbaums, or in Kate and Andy Spade’s home in just about every cool interior magazine or blog, or in a Real Simple magazine spread a couple of years ago- the London born, Brooklyn dwelling artist’s lino prints of quirky drawings captured my heart. I love the look of a collection of the prints all haphazardly hung up on gallery wall- or even mixed in with other art. Of course I can’t wait to collect more.

 What did I choose for my first Hugo? ‘Stylish‘ of course…

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Hugo Guinness prints

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Hugo and wife Elliott Puckette’s Brooklyn living room from Vogue Living, a Hugo Guinness entryway gallery, Linda Rodin’s dreamy bedroom with Hugos over her bed from Matchbook Magazine (you have to check out the rest of her place – magical), and my own ‘Stylish’ print in my Philadelphia bedroom

Check out Hugo’s fun collaboration with Men’s Coach here

the trend board project

Sometimes, to take a break from the real serious business I do at my job, I like to create fun mood/trend boards for inspiration, putting to good use all of those magazines I have lying around. I love that my job is such a mix of left brain/right brain – just like me. Creative, but good at math.

Here are a few of my latest…

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“Ultimately, fashion is all about gut anyway — there’s no science to what this should look like or that should look like or how many times you can redraw that or resketch that or redo that catalogue cover. The fact of the matter is, either it grabs you or it doesn’t.”

Jenna Lyons

travel diary: chicago part 1

I spent the majority of the past week in Chicago for work (and some play). I had never been there before and was so amazed by how pretty the city is – the river and the lake! My friend Kelly and I visited the Bean, hung out a bit in Millennium Park (prettiest gardens) and took the architecture river boat tour (I think Kelly was just in for the tan, but she was a good sport), which was pretty amazing. I love architecture and design and couldn’t believe a) how many skyscrapers there are in this city (who works in all of these?) and b) how many different architecture styles of skyscrapers there are – makes for a pretty awesome skyline. We dined on the river and took in some fun nightlife (hello sceney hotel rooftop bars) and even had a run in with one of my favorite tv actors – Matt from Friday Night Lights! Tomorrow comes pictures of our Sunday Funday in Wicker Park.

Where is your favorite place to visit and hang out in Chicago?

New Dreams

After a couple days of traveling, getting back to work and getting situated into regular life again, I have finally gotten around to really thinking about the year ahead. About all of my new dreams for 2012. 2011 was an interesting and completely game changing year for me and helped me start to get some clarity on the life I’d like to create for myself as I head into my 27th year.

I’ve got big dreams for this year, because what is life without big dreams for yourself? And 2012 will be all about working toward making them come true, because what are big dreams worth without execution? Mine are all about the biggies: Mind, body and spirit, my career, my relationships and oh yes, this blog. Yep, I’ve got big plans for this blog coming up, get ready.

what are your big new dreams for 2012?

And as always, thanks for reading this blog, I appreciate each and every one of you, you’re helping my dreams come true. I hope you continue to enjoy! ♥♥

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