Based in Washington, DC For the Host is an Etsy shop that offers budget-friendly handmade accessories for the kitchen.The juxtaposition of wood with pastels is definitely a winning combination. And these salt & pepper kits, spatulas, cutting boards are sure to turn all of us into the “hostess with the mostess”, don’t you agree?
Vistit the boutique here and follow the brand’s Pinterest page.
Category Boutiques, Collaborations, Colours, Designing Women, Shop til' you drop, We likes, You'll never shop the same again
Tags A Table, Accessories, Before + After, Boutique, Color, DC, Etsy, Etsy Shop, Kitchen, Maryland, Shop, Washington
We are always exciting to hear about Selly Raby Kane!
Ever since she burst out onto the fashion scene a few years ago, this Dakar-based designer has been creating collections that are nothing short of daring, with pieces at the crossroad of pop-art and fashion.
Her new collection “Dakar city of birds” offers an eclectic “mélange” of fabrics, shapes and beautiful narratives.
This new collection is colorful and lively, a rich exploration of the designer’s universe. And after the success of “Alien Cartoon” her last collection, it’s refreshing to see the evolution in her work.
Visit her website here.
Category Africa is the Future, Art, Branding, Creative Persuasion, Design, Designing Women, mood, Visual language, We likes, You'll never shop the same again
Tags Anna Toure PR, ATPR, Baye Fall, Dakar, Designer, fashion, Kimono, Lookbook, Selly Raby Kane, wax
Besides Pinterest Working as a designer I am always hunting for inspiration. Designing day in, and some nights, in a fast-paced media environment it is easy to lean back and revert to using my favourite tricks and tools of the trade. Sometimes I see something that can act as a catalyst to a new inspired technique, a fusion of something traditional and fresh and concept reinvention.
A go to source for ideas and inspiration for many, including myself, is Pinterest. It is a pretty prescriptive formula for treasure hunters everywhere. Recently, however I have been on the look out for other avenues of design inspiration and artistry — both on and off line. No doubt I will still be happily pinning away but for now here is a feature to finding inspiration elsewhere.
Dribbble We’ve all come across visual online sites such as Behance, Cargo Collective, Fubiz, Abduzeedo and Site Inspire, to name a few, but what I like about Dribbble is that it goes beyond the simple showcasing of final, beautiful work. So what is Dribbble? In a nutshell it is a show and tell for designers and online community. And what I like most about Dribbble is that it provides feedback on designs, sketches and concepts and shows more of the process behind a piece of work. Basically not everything is polished and finished there is still work to be done and as a designer I really appreciate that perspective. I can’t recommend this online platform enough for emerging and senior visual collectors and innovators. It’s primarily aimed at graphics designers, illustrators, typographers and iconographers. Give it a shot!
Over the years, I developed the habit of picking up match boxes every time I go to the restaurant; and sometimes for me, the beautiful boxes are the most exciting part of my lunch or dinner experience.
So when I heard about Matchbook Diaries’ via DesignTAXI, I was ecstatic. Matchbook Diaries is an Instagram account that showcases a collection of matchbook designs from restaurants in New York City.
View the entire gallery here and think of me next time you go to your favorite eatery, pick up a matchbox!
Category Art, Branding, Colours, Creative Persuasion, Design, Events, Good design = Good business, Graphic Design
Tags Cafe Gitane, Carbone, Design, Instagram, InstaLove, Las esquina, Match Boxes, Matchbook Diaries, Minetta Tavern, NYC, Restaurants, Restaurants NYC
Most of us only know her for her inspiring and incisive words but Alex Elle recently launched The Balm Company, an online apothecary featuring vegan and all natural products, handmade by her adorable daughter Char and her.
Available via Etsy, The Balm Company offers various lip balms, face and body oils, their “Big Ass Beard Balm” and more.
We can’t wait to try these products. Shop them here.
Category Art, Boutiques, Creative Duo, Creative Persuasion, Designing Women, Kidz, We likes, You'll never shop the same again
Tags Alex Elle, Balm &Co, DC, Etsy, handmade, The Balm Company, Washington, Words From A Wanderer
Love the solid colours, patterns and sutble textures of Bubu Ogisi’s IAMSIGO Spring/Summer 2015 collection entitled, Taboo.
The other night I invited some friends over for a movie night and one of the guests brought the most exquisite drink. As soon as she stepped in the door, the bottle immediately caught my eye; a tall glass bottle covered with a stylish handwritten font. I then took a sip and I was sold!
I know I’m late and most of you probably know and love all of Belvoir‘s yummy organic drinks, but heck, I’m officially obsessed.
Belvoir Fruit Farms has been making organic drinks in the English countryside for almost 30 years. Although renowned for the delicious elderflower drinks, the company also offers ginger beer, pomegranate + raspberry, lime and lemongrass beverages…
If you want to learn more about the brand or even order these naturally delicious drinks, go here.
Category Branding, Design, Foreign Affairs, Typographie, Visual language, We likes
Tags Belvoir, cocktail, Drinks, Elderflower, London, packaging, Typography
The lovely thing about indulgence during the holidays is that you can correct these habits come the New Year. In a quest for natural health solutions to kick off 2015, I am looking to honey. It turns out that for as yummy as it tastes, it boasts a plethora of health benefits.
HISTORY & CULTURE 101 No one real knows how long honey has been around but there have been several ancient sightings: cave paintings in Spain from 7000BC, fossils of honey bees dating back to about 150 million years and the earliest record bee hive keeping was found in a sun temple erected in 2400BC near Cairo. Deemed as a gift from the gods, honey and bees are a symbol for royalty, productivity and transformation. Beautiful social and modest creatures, bees were also believed to possess special powers hence its association with magical health properties.
Philopsophical Honey | School of Thought We are eager to get our hands on some Philopsophical Honey. Yes, you heard right. Each jar is sourced from the birthplace of one of the great Greek philosophers and brings to mind their pointed and useful insights. Or so they say…
Just in case you are feeling up for a dose of greatness, here other honey-esque products that we fell for due to its pleasant, well-designed, witty packaging making use of the honeycomb shape, warm colour palette and translucent touches.
The winter season beacons the holidays, hearty meals and cocooning. For many Canadians, it also harks the hockey season.
Roots, once famed for being the official outfitter for members of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Teams and The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) recently launched the perfect, iconic Canadiana’ t-shirt which features two nostalgic animated shorts, The Sweater, 1980 and the Log Driver’s Waltz, 1979. So much Canadian goodness wrapped up in one. This limited edition collection ranges from $44 to $98.
Watch the short films below.
One of the many, many reasons, I moved to London was to further pursue my passion in design. I am a huge fan of British creativity and graphic art scene. London seemed like a perfect fit. Not as though you need confirmation, but check out Made You Look: a film about creativity in the digital age, the rise of analogue techniques and the British ‘DIY’ graphic art scene. A perfect glimpse into this world by Look & Yes collective.
The simple tee just got more hip thanks to King and Queen. I first came across this brand at one of MTV’s UK pop-up shops. I fell for the simplicity and design of Russell and Luke’s pieces.
Synonymous with British fashion and street loyalty, King and Queen, was funded by The Prince’s Trust and promotes positivity through its slogan, ‘Honour Love Respect’.
We heard it through the grapevine.
We are big fans of Andrea Lenczner + Christie Smythe. When interviewed by TAMSAM they offered some perfect advice, buy the best — and we couldn’t agree more. We love creative duos and in this case, we have four amazing and talented Canadian women doing their fashion thing.
In our eyes, Smythe’s collaboration with Beaufille, created by sisters Chloé and Parris Gordon, is one of their best yet and we’re eager to get our hands on this must-have piece. It couples, Smythe’s classic Smoking Jacket silhouette with custom jacquard to create a beautiful juxtaposition of feminine and masculine aesthetic. The blush tuxedo piece is perfect to dress up any outfit.
Looking forward to Spring 2015!
Category Collaborations, Creative Duo, Designing Women, Fashion, Ladies do it Best, Made in Canada
Tags Andrea Lenczner, Beaufille, Blazers, Canadian fashion, Chloe Gordon, Christie Smythe, Parris Gordon, Smythe les vestes