Posts tagged art

it's Marathon Monday here in Boston. i love being a Bostonian on days like this, where the city swells with pride and there's an incredible buzz in the air. not to mention thousands of people coming together to perform a crazy feat. although i'm no runner, it's still a great day to call this place home. after a crazy few weeks of life, i finally got a chance to sit down and work on a list of my March favorites. let me know what you think!:

march favorites from | @themissprints



rather than always being glued to my computer screen, i'm trying to step away and make time to create art with my hands -- an ongoing personal project of sorts. i've mentioned embroidery and keeping a journal in my January favorites, and it's amazing how relaxing and reenergizing it can be. this month i decided to pull out my old watercolors and take a stab at some simple lettering (seen here!).

i've been loving Jasmine Dowling's the beautiful work, especially over on her instagram and blog (a must follow, trust me!). everything this Aussie artist creates is beautifully feminine, yet raw, refreshing and personal. other favorites include Eva Black and the lovely Cocorrina.  if you have any artists i should check out please share!

amature lettering / by me



is there anything better than stumbling upon a recipe that becomes one of your secret weapons? simply put: no, there's nothing quite like it. similar to my bone broth experiment, and this easy pickled onion recipe (another favorite from my friend Gabi's blog), homemade almond milk is officially one of my pantry staples. all you need is a cup of almonds, water, a few dates for sweetness, a blender and some patience. the result is a creamy, insanely delicious almond milk that is low in calories and actually good for you. plus it tastes a million times better than the store bought version. i like adding almond milk to my coffee or drinking it as is. in case you want to give it a go, the recipe i've been using is linked here.

almond milk recipe / oh she glows



i wore these earrings while running a few errands after work (a visit to Sephora counts as an errand, right?) and i was shocked at how many compliments i got. i bought them from Madewell, and they came exactly as expected. i absolutely love the yellow color and simple shape, and for $34, it's a no brainer! i only wish they came in more colors (are you listening, Madewell?).

enamel earrings / $34



i am trying NOT to sound like a broken record....but i'm mentioning mules again. more specifically this pair from Zara. yes, i recently made a wish list with ten of my favorite mules-of-the-moment, but after hitting publish i came across these pineapple cuties and had to share. what can i say, i crumble at the sight of satin pink fabric, and cheeky details.

gem silk slides with pineapples / Zara



i love dark nail colors, so i naturally gravitated towards this emerald green polish by Essie during a recent trip to Target. if i'm being honest, it was a beautiful spring day and i felt the need to treat myself, and i'm glad i did. this green is a little darker than pictured, and is really nice on. i like that it's a unique alternative to the reds, burgundy, and plums i usually reach for. and hey, it's Pantone's color of the year. #trendy.

off-tropic nail polish / Essie

matisse at the mfa

exciting news for Boston area art lovers! a Henri Matisse exhibit is coming to the Museum of Fine Arts this April. spending an afternoon at the MFA is always a treat, and i am super excited for this one to open. titled "Matisse in Studio", you will be able to explore the French artist's creative process, and see how objects from his studio served as inspiration for his famous pieces of art. 

Matisse was greatly inspired by his surroundings (something i think most of us can relate to), and April's exhibition will be the first that offers a side by side comparison of his artwork to the actual items they were inspired by. interesting, right? 

matisse at the mfa

Matisse's work is bright and often filled with patterns, like his iconic seaweed-like cutouts (above). 

matisse at the mfa
matisse at the mfa
matisse at the mfa

the countdown to april begins!


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when it comes to houses, apartments, lofts, vacation homes, you name it, i will always (always) choose a fixer upper over a new build. ironically, i grew up living in new construction -- new house, new neighborhood, new everything. it wasn't until college, when i moved into a long list of Boston apartments, that i started my romance with old places. living among the chipped paint and not-so-modern kitchens, i was introduced to the narrative inside their front doors: the worn hardwood floors and brick fireplaces, crown moldings, hissing radiators and original built-ins. old stuff. i just can't get enough.

i found this colorful apartment on Apartment Therapy, isn't it cute? home to Italian artist Joana Santamans, her flat in Barcelona is chock full of character and inspiring details that remind me a bit of the apartments i've lived in. Joana uses large paintings, mid-century furniture, and industrial touches to pull everything together. 

one of my favorite design elements are the muted Moroccan floor tiles that fill the apartment. it's a major statement, but between the classic pattern and neutral tone, the space feels elegant and fresh.


the kitchen sports industrial features, a large chalkboard wall, and ((now trending)) wooden countertops. 

what makes this apartment particularly special are the little things: carefully found objects, books, and the artist's own work. here, paintings of animals hang around every corner with a dose of whimsy, and splashes of unapologetically bright yellow (my favorite!) accent the floors and crown molding.

get the look / a vintage-modern apartment

want to move in? me too. so i thought, why not bring home a little bit of old-world Barcelona charm home? it's totally doable with the right pieces -- industrial lamps, big paintings, graphic tiles...

(i've got a close eye on you, tiles). 

shop this story below!



Joana Santamans painting

modern factory pendant from Schoolhouse Electric Supply & Co

King Louie chair from Chairish

throw pillow from West Elm

vintage speaker from Marshall

velvet sofa from West Elm

chalk paint in graphite from Annie Sloan

cement floor tile via Houzz


all photos via Apartment Therapy, collage by miss prints

ana strumpf vogue

pile on the prints!

ana strumpf i-d
ana strumpf system

anyone else scribble on newspapers when they're bored? my doodling career spans as far as absentmindedly drawing mustaches on poor unsuspecting folks that appear in whatever magazine or newspaper i have laying around when i'm avoiding getting sh*t done. 

enter Ana Strumpf: a Brazilian interior designer, and an absolute genius at patterns. Ana has built an AWESOME portfolio of high fashion magazines adorned with kooky makeup, and BRIGHT patterns that knocks my mustachioed creations clear out of the water. i just love her Re.Cover collection which she started in 2012. all of her pieces are hand-drawn directly on magazine covers with stamps and pens.

isn't she the coolest?? 

it was hard to choose, but here are my 8 favorites. i urge you to check out the rest of her work here:

ana strumpf another kate moss

this one might be my favorite combo: eyes, stripes and moss.

ana strumpf bazaar

bold polka dots and, those eyebrows!

ana strumpf another kate moss
ana strumpf the gentlewoman

two beauties in red, fun winged hearts, polka dotted hose, and a great headpiece

ana strumpf pattern mixing inspiration

those cheeks! i am quite fond of her polka dot ripped jeans too