Letters to Theo

Alexa Chung, Klimt & shades of spring

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The Klimt painting above is a favorite of mine from the MET. Aren't these the perfect spring colors?! I love how Klimt uses that blue tone throughout even in the girl's skin. The purple, blues and greens are so pretty.

Here's a little Art History on the Klimt the painting above, it's titled Mäda Primavesi. Did you know the girl was 9 years old when Gustave Klimt painted her?

"Mäda Primavesi was the daughter of the banker and industrialist Otto Primavesi, one of the financial backers of the Wiener Werkstätte, and the actress Eugenia Primavesi (née Butschek), whom Klimt painted in 1913. Young Mäda's portrait was executed in 1912. A series of preliminary pencil sketches, now in public and private collections, show that as the composition evolved, the artist experimented with alternative poses and background motifs. Ultimately, he selected an open, painterly treatment that contrasts with the highly stylized designs adapted for the backgrounds of his fin-de-siècle portraits. The lighthearted, decorative motifs seem particularly appropriate to a nine-year-old sitter."

(As you can see HERE, I love Klimt's work!)

xo

GIFT GUIDE // FOR THE CREATIVES

giftsForArtists SIX gifts for the CREATIVES in your life under $30! Ok MOST of these are under $30, one is actually $32.95 :)

ONE // $16.99 // Nate Berkus gold shears, I've had my eye on these for a while. They're solid and everything Nate Berkus touches seems to turn to gold anyways. Love his style AND Target does it again with this one.

TWO // $32. 95 (so close) // Moleskin Smart Notebook, this is amazing. Coming out December, "The Moleskine Smart Notebook and companion App, Creative Cloud connected, instantly turn your hand-drawn sketches into fully workable vector files accessible within the Adobe Creative Cloud." One word: YES

THREE // $15.00 // Thin/fine tipped sharpies, you can never have enough. This pack has 80's glam colors.

FOUR // $12 // Bon Appetit Subscription, This magazine wins #1 design in my book (it has also won legitimate design awards). The content is great, but to me the design is even better. It's the gift that keeps giving every month.

FIVE // $18 // Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Grant got me this book for our Anniversary after I had stalked it at all our local libraries. It had a 3 month waiting list! So good >> " Over 150 inspired—and inspiring—minds, among them, novelists, poets, playwrights, painters, philosophers, scientists, and mathematicians, who describe how they subtly maneuver the many (self-inflicted) obstacles and (self-imposed) daily rituals to get done the work they love to do, whether by waking early or staying up late; whether by self-medicating with doughnuts or bathing, drinking vast quantities of coffee, or taking long daily walks.

SIX //  $29 // Vintage Antique Type/Lettering, beautiful letterpress wood printer's type for collage, stamping, decor, great gift for all typography lovers and perfect stocking stuffers. I think they look neat propped in a bookshelf--a cool XO right here.

Love everything about this cozy holiday season! No snow on the ground right now, but I'm sure it's coming. THIS cottage makes me hope for a white Christmas! xo

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Marble

phoneCase Last summer I got a new phone case and I'm loving the simple, bold, design. I used the same marble image from this mood board earlier in the summer. I've made all my phone cases through Case Mate. They're not any more expensive than a phone case you'd buy in a store and you get to design the case just how you want it! All you have to do is upload an image. I'd definitely recommend it! Xo