1. THROWBACK THURSDAY.

    have you ever seen
    a purple Razr flip phone?
    yep; they’re pretty rare. 

    fun fact: purple has been my favorite color since 1995. though I flirted with orange from 1989-1995, and I sort of dug sugar pink+ hot pink, cobalt blue + electric blue and periwinkle blue from 2011-2013, any shade of deep purple will always have my heart. nice call, Motorola!

     
  2. ONE EXAMPLE OF REALLY GREAT DESIGN: flash drive edition.

    as I attempt to define the multiplicity of roles design plays in my life, I realize that I must figure out both what great design looks like, and what it does for me. lately, I’ve been drawn to improvements upon preexisting products, such as the gorgeous pink and purple chevron-patterned flash drive by EMTEC as pictured above. 

    let’s get down to why I think this flash drive is ingenious: 

    problem: I’ve misplaced flash drive caps in the past, leaving the actual USB portion vulnerable to breakage, thus rendering my precious files inaccessible! (it’s true; I can be a bit absentminded at times…)

    solution: in addition to packaging this thumb drive in an extremely attractive color scheme and print (what can I say? you all should know by now that I have a big heart for bright colors and patterns), EMTEC has made this flash drive’s “cap” undetachable by fashioning it out of part of a larger piece of plastic that revolves about the flash drive. I also appreciate the aesthetic details such as the appearance of the bright pink plastic panel when the “cap” is disengaged (as it gives the object the appearance of being multi-dimensional), and the interplay of the convex edge of the flash drive with the concave edge of the cap. this item, with its ability to undergo as many physical transformations as the number of degrees the “cap” is allowed to revolve, not only functions as an invaluable tech accessory (8G, whoo!), but as a bona fide design object that has earned its place among my other rectilinear trinkets.

    make sure to check out EMTEC’s website;  I’m already gathering files so that I can anticipate acquiring the “Sailor Whale” flash drive under the “Animalitos” category.

     
  3. BRANDING AT ITS FINEST.

    thank you, Alice and Olivia, for all that you do. seriously. I still have my eyes on all of the floral maxi skirts you’ve made. 

    ;)

     
  4. MUSHROOM BANK

    soft, child-friendly;
    harkens back to Mario.
    quite green and quite cute.

     
  5. MY DESK AT THE PRESENT MOMENT.

    assorted cosmetics [can you identify any of them by their packaging? (we’ll discuss the concept of iconic product-housing soon.)] + Crayola watercolors [AKA best. paint + brush set. ever.], 2014.

     
  6. MICHAEL KORS, OF COURSE.

    if you couldn’t tell
    by now, I’m a girl who loves
    a structured satchel.

    illustration: Michael Kors Sutton Medium Top-Zip Satchel. created by the author of this blog.

     
  7. THROWBACK

    to the time I organized a dorm-wide interactive installation. the event included jazz music, and was held at a gallery of I which I acted as curator. 2010.

    the subject of the photo is the author of this blog. photo credit: Ana Istrate.

     
  8. DES FLEURS.

    flowers, inspired by a dress purchased from Wet Seal in 2009. digital illustration done by the author of this blog, 2012.

     
  9. POST-IT NOTE SKETCHES: TWO-TONED TOTE EDITION

    bag, drawn from imagination, 2014.

    illustrated by the author of this blog.

     
  10. USES FOR A LEATHER POUCH, PART 10

    foldover clutches 
    are all the rage right now, grâce
    à Clare Vivier.

    bag: American Apparel.

    fun fact: Clare Vivier’s leopard foldover clutch is on my birthday wishlist. readers, take note :-)