Monday, January 24, 2011

Samantha French

Having grown up on the coast, I'm naturally drawn to all things pertaining to the water - and art is no exception. So it was no wonder that I immediately fell in love with the work of artist Samantha French.

Simple and bold, a gorgeous color palette, a great mix of modern and vintage pieces - it really can't get much better! If you've got the winter blues and can't wait for those long days spent at the beach or lounging poolside, look no further - you can enjoy it year round with a Samantha French oil painting. And if you don't have the space (or the budget), visit her online store where you can find a selection of affordable prints.

Now, go grab your favorite summer cocktail, pretend you're one of these bathing beauties, and forget it's 20 degrees outside...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Typography Tuesday

Over the fall we travelled to Europe for three weeks - France and Italy to be exact. It was amazing. A-may-zing. Move over New York City, because Italy might just hedge you out as favorite place ever ... But I love that - how there are places out there and adventures to be had that have the ability to make you look at things differently.

I digress ... While on the train from Naples to Sorrento, Italy I noticed the above graffiti. I had my husband take a picture of it because I really liked the style of the writing and thought it would make a cool typeface. Already been done. I stumbled across this, appropriately named 'Italian Football'.

Not that I condone defacing public property, but whoever did this really did a nice job combining a script with a bold 'type face'! And if you're wondering what it says, I think it's something along the lines of 'Nicola lives in our hearts', but I'm by no means fluent in Italian.

It's my full intention to get it into gear for 2011, so if I can actually follow through with blogging regularly, I'll be sharing some Europe photos and helpful tips that I picked up along the way - so stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Round-Up: iPhone 4 Cases & Covers

I finally got the iPhone 4 a couple months ago. My first generation iPhone kept dying on me and I just couldn't hold out any longer. I've always liked the sleek look of the iPhone and never wanted a case to cover it up, but after having the twelve-hundredth stroke upon accidentally dropping/flinging/smacking it onto some kind of hard surface, I decided it was definitely a necessity. I really did a number on that first one! A good looking phone should stay good looking, right? I searched high and low for something stylish and functional, so without further ado, here's a round-up of the best iPhone 4 cases and covers I came across.

Which one did I go for? Hidden #10. I came across an Italian leather case in the perfect shade of turquoise from Ellington. Apparently they only did a limited run and so aren't available right now (which is why I didn't feature it in the round-up), but I would recommend checking their site from time to time because I love mine and it came in such a beautiful array of colors. In any case (no pun intended, promise!), I hope this helps you find something you love!