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Thanks

oh em gee. I love this site. From Dear Headache to Dear Hardcover Books there are too many reasons to love this little blog. Dear Leah, Thanks for reminding me that there are so many things to be thankful for, including hangnails and lipgloss that tastes like sunscreen and my husband’s 36th birthday. Most of...

Send a Little Green via the UK

In case you’re still a fan of actually sending things in the mail (gasp!), this little something from Postcarden will make you a postal star.  A London-based design studio created this clever gift by giving the traditional greeting card a little extra life….literally. Your pop-up card comes in one of three styles, Botanical, Allotment and...

Fun Times

My apologies for being a little lax on posts this week. I’ve been working on some big changes for Detangle…or more like additions. All really good stuff that will hopefully enrich your life in a one way or another. Meanwhile, HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE.

Creativity Doesn’t Suffer Recessionitis in Vegas

I spent two days in Vegas for the apparel shows last month and lucky for me, this time I wore sensible shoes. Twice a year Vegas hosts thousands of designers in shows like Pool, Project, Magic and ENK. This year I was struck by the innovative ways brands are balancing the need for their booth...

Creative Mash-Up in Los Angeles

Raymond Molinar is one of dozens of artists (and skateboarders) represented this Friday at This gallery in Los Angeles. Photographers and husband-and-wife duo Jeremy and Claire Weiss are two of the five artists behind this newly formed creative space in the Highland Park neighborhood of LA. Some familiar names showing on Friday include Shepard Fairey,...

Camping with Strangers in California

At a recent blogger dinner, we chatted about the idea of creative retreats/camp-for-grown-ups. We shared our own experiences and brainstormed/schemed briefly about what ours would look like. And then today I spotted Laura Miner’s post about Phoot Camp, her invite-only all-photographer camping trip. Camping! What a great way to get a group of complete strangers...

Portugal Lands in SoHo

One of my absolute favorite online stores, Kiosk, just launched their Portugal collection. The owners of this SoHo-based store spend a portion of every year in faraway (or not) places and collect items that laugh in the face of  “over-design”.  The objects they stock are “hum­ble, straight­for­ward and beau­ti­ful for their sim­plic­ity and direct­ness.” I...

A Pinata Party

I would love to throw an outdoor party with lots of twinkly lights and a bunch of these silver pinatas strung up strategically from big, old trees. It would help if I had any trees in my yard, but a girl can dream. Designed by artists/stylists/designers Nicholas Andersen and Julie Ho, the pretty items items...

Hug a Tree

I spend most of my time living in a desert landscape. It can be incredibly magical and gorgeous, even or especially due to the sparse environment. But the moment I am around big, old trees, something inside me softens and cheers. Living away from them has given me a new appreciation for these big beauties....

You Kept Them Busy

This past spring, two clever art school students decided to spend a week in a storefront in the town of Lincoln, England. The plan was to create as much as possible for as long as possible based on both their own ideas and in response to suggestions from friends and strangers. It was a success....

Blank CDs + Greeting Card + Dutch Design = Yes.

A brilliant idea from Amsterdam-based Bas Schmeitz and Kristian Kieft: Burney Cards

Walk High in NYC

Likely old news to New Yorkers, I just learned about The High Line and look forward to putting a visit on my itinerary the next time I venture East.  Built in the 1930s, this elevated track was constructed to keep freight trains away from the public. This mile and a half long elevated track has...