design crush

i've just been, you know, browsing the interwebs for hours on end, looking at gorgeously designed paper products for inspiration and general soul-quenching purposes, and holy gorgeous have i found something beautiful to share with you. let's dig into this paper design crush session with the imagination and logic that makes up cindy and carl, the couple behind bliss and bone. bliss&bone-reverence std

 

{bliss & bone - reverence suite save the date}

 

i'm in love with everything about this design firm - from the webpage layout, the photos that make you wonder, 'is this a paper design company, or a clothing company, or a fine arts photographer's site?', to the actual, innovative, super unique designs themselves. each suite is only available for one year, so if you choose them, you know you're getting something that won't be around the block tons of times. and honestly, it's the kind of stuff that people will most likely keep on the fridge for a while afterwards, because it's all just so gosh darned beautiful (and i'm sure, really fun to touch).  plus, cindy admits to wearing lululemon while she works, and being a yoga instructor/employee of the company/designer from my own home studio, i can tell you one thing - girl knows how to be comfortable, and stylish. i feel like we'd be friends, if i lived in hollywood hills. anyway, take a look, and gush with me over these suites:

 

the devoir suite - very parisienne (which, of course, i love love love):

 

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the effloresce suite - rorschache-inspired, deep colors, bold lettering that doesn't weigh too heavily on the paper

 

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the lucent suite - very light, airy, loose lettering juxtaposed with laser cut block letters, set amidst a rosy color palette

 

 

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i also love that they include style guides with their invitation suites (and website design, by the way). i might start incorporating that into my own design process. can't wait to see what's in store for them in the coming years!

 

paper and pen crush

i've been doing a lot of perusing around the stationery world recently (and by recently, i really mean for the better part of the last three years), and i just have to remark on some of the lovely work that's kept my eyes trained on the screen (sometimes at the sacrifice of doing my own work... it's all in the name of inspiration, right?). pitbulls1

pitbulls and posies - an la-based paper goods and design shop run by amber moon (who seems to love her hippy-esque name just as much as i did upon first glancing at it). i love the mixture of softness and edge that permeate all of their projects. some of my favorites include the deconstructed chevron pattern with sequins suite for an elopement announcement, and their desert mod invite suite, full of vibrant colors, tumbleweed silhouettes, and a playful layout.

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neither snow - this lady's penmanship is breathtaking. all at once whimsical, fluid, edgy, and graceful, it's so utterly romantic, it makes complete sense why people would want her script on their invitation designs, or their bodies. i'm in love love with the parisian wedding for which she scripted dinner menus, place cards, and table numbers on distressed vases. it's all so timeless and fluid, organic and wistful, almost melancholic. i tend to draw a lot of inspiration from things that have those traits, and mara's hand is one of them.

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just a little eye-candy to keep you occupied for the rest of your afternoon, as you look longingly out the sunny window and wish you had an extension cord long enough to bring you outside to finish your work... err, or that could be just me. either way, happy wednesday!

so you'd like to be added to my library, would you?

in case you're not as obsessed as i am with chronicle books (and being from the world of publishing, believe me, this obsession has been spanning years at this point), brace yourself, because you are about to be.  ok ok, i realize that not everyone is super interested in paper, or crafting, or learning how to make out-of-this-world landscapes using only a blank sheet of printer paper and an x-acto knife, but after looking, peeking into these two books, i believe that even the biggest skeptic can be converted.

both paper + craft (out now!) and paper cutting (available for pre-order only) are gorgeously designed books, with inspirational art (high art, mind you - expensive materials be damned), templates and helpful how-tos.  you too can become a paper artist!  or, at least, find some justification in all those little piles of randomly folded or cut or doodled on pieces of notebook paper slowly taking up space on your kitchen counter.  or, even further, have something to hold out as proof to your parents that perhaps art school wasn't such a flippant idea after all!

 

regardless, they're both gorgeous.  with gorgeous collaborators behind each of them.  designed by gorgeous people.  at a gorgeous publishing house.  in gorgeous san francisco.  did i mention it snowed in chicago yesterday?  well, with these two shiny and new bundles of bound paper to look at in the meantime, i'm sure spring will pull its head from the sand and show its face soon enough.

also i just wanted to put it out there that my own bookcase is at this current moment sorely lacking in these two specific titles, and it could really use some help in filling those gaps.

 

{images found via gorgeous papercut artist elsita and chronicle books}

the open floor theater company

my darling and incredibly creative friends in chicago have revitalized our new york-based theater company, and they're about to put up the company's second original show in june!  the show, stage lights, was inspired by the work and genius of charlie chaplin and 'seeks to reimagine the cinematic adventures of the tramp for a modern theatre audience.'  if you're in the chicago area june 3rd, 4th or 5th, i highly recommend you stop by the theatre building chicago on west belmont and go see the show - it has all the makings and talent to be a tremendous success.  i'm so proud of the dear open floor, and wish i could be there myself.

to read more about the show, visit the company's shiny new website at www.theopenfloor.org.  opening logo designed by yours truly.  love to my chicago counterparts!

gettin' jiggy

i've already spoken about them, sung (literally, all the time - just ask my roommates) their praises, gone to roughly a million of their shows, but it just has to be said again: i freaking love pearl and the beard. and here's just one more, teensy reason why: http://vimeo.com/7243598

bon appetit!

just a quick plea that everyone run right out tomorrow and go see 'julie and julia', the meryl streep/amy adams masterpiece that weaves the illustrious and expansive life of julia child with the somewhat sniveling and snarky, yet still redeemably adorable events of the year in which julie powell succeeded in cooking her way through mrs. child's legendary book, 'mastering the art of french cooking'.  i have always been in love with julia.  i can remember gathering around the television with my whole family on sunday mornings to watch her charming and quirky cooking show (followed, of course, by the frugal gourmet - another of my favorites!).  is it any wonder then that whenever i decided (or decide - i still do it to this day) to put on a 'live cooking demonstration' in our kitchen myself, i found myself not only attempting to mimic julia's extensive knowledge of culinary finesse, but also her incredibly recognizable falsetto?  i love the power she held on screen, even in her later years when she would simply stand by and watch other master chefs who'd been invited to cook with or for her.  her presence was undeniable.  she was unapologetic both in cooking and in life, and i can only hope to possess the amount of unfailing confidence and 'courage of conviction' that guided her through foreign lands and trying times.  

the movie was absolutely lovely.  both meryl streep and amy adams were perfect in their roles.  and the food.  oh the food.  thank goodness nora ephron hired herself a phenomenal food stylist, because i've been harboring a massive craving for anything with butter and cream and a side of light and crispy french bread.  dinner tonight is much anticipated. 

 

bon appetit!

jilly