Birds and Other Animals/ A Pablo Picasso Children’s Book

Years ago, when I was in college and still living back East, I went to a Picasso exhibit at the MoMA. It’s also where I saw my first Kandinsky in person. That experience gave me life. I could see the movement of the hand in the paint strokes IN PERSON and that rush floored me; it brought me to the exact moment of its creation and, I mean come on, that’s a pretty cool sensation. A similar thing happened when I saw Picasso’s work. Except this exhibit displayed no paintings at all; just simple small sketches done by a child Picasso. You can’t imagine the force behind these tiny line sketches. Mind blown. And anyway, I came across Birds and Other Animals the other day and its drawings brought me right back to the MoMA and, oh, such a happy memory. The guy was spot on with this too, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” As a former children’s art teacher, I can attest to this. Hands down. Yes.

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Book Love / In the Company of Women

Have you seen the book, In the Company of Women:Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs? Grace Bonney of Design Sponge has compiled this goldmine, Across the globe, women are embracing the entrepreneurial spirit and overcoming adversity to start their own creative businesses. In the Company of Women, Grace Bonney’s new book, features interviews and portraits of 100 of these exceptional leaders across a diverse range of races, ages, backgrounds, and industries. There are young media titans and mother-daughter fashion houses, hoteliers and ceramicists, tattoo artists and architects. Each inspiring interview is accompanied by lush, original photographs of the women in their workspaces—and together, the women’s stories paint a beautiful picture of what female entrepreneurs can achieve if they work hard and support one another. Chock-full of practical, empowering advice for the next generation of entrepreneurs and makers, these interviews offer insights into what success really means, overcoming obstacles, staying true to yourself, and so much more. I can’t wait to snag a copy.

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Summer Reading Wishlist: Non-Fiction Picks

I’m not really thrilled with how few books I’ve read since the Summer began. I want to dive into my wishlist again, but my god am I pooped out by the time the evening strolls around. Although I’ve gotten significantly better with being mindful about staying too busy all the time (or, better yet, not staying busy all the time) there’s still lag-time that seems to take my work day later into some nights. Especially these past few weeks when my workload has doubled. Still, I crave my reading time. And these books are making me want to shut down shop and take a month’s vacation so I can enjoy them all… under a shade umbrella pool or beachside. Or in a hammock. Or better yet, in a hammock, pool or beachside. Goals. I am pretty proud of myself, though, because a couple of weekends ago – with a post Farmers Market biscuit + coffee in tow- I spread out my big blanket under a tree in the park down the street and read for a good hour or so. It was lovely. Anyhow, these books are on my to-read list so I thought to share them with you in case you needed some ideas. They’re all non-fiction, which is purely accidental, but they all look to be a fun time… If you read ’em, let me know what you think. I’m curious. Wildflower– Drew Barrymore (via the house that lars built) / Modern Romance – Aziz Ansari / Sick in the Head – Judd Apatow / You’ll Grow Out of It – Jessi Klein

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Food with friends cookbook

Food with Friends: The Art of Simple Gatherings is the. most. beautiful cookbook I’ve ever laid eyes on. No kidding. It’s gorgeous, you guys. Charmingly written, styled, and photographed, this one here is a keeper. Author Leela Cyd, a lovely woman I’ve had the pleasure of meeting within my local social circles, did this book all right. And I love this, the premise of Food with Friends… “The best gatherings are simple, yet somehow special. They might begin with an impromptu picnic after shopping at the farmer’s market or a late lunch with neighbors that stretches into cocktails under the stars.” Yes to this, in every way. Hooray for the simple + meaningful moments in life. Check out Leela’s blog + her stunning instagram, too! [ image via flutter magazine ]  

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Ultimate Guide to Books / 13 / All in Good Taste / Kate Spade

Now that the season of festivities is upon us, I thought I’d share Kate Spade’s All in Good Taste, for the both the well-experienced and have-no-clue hostesses alike. Aside from the helpful usuals… how to curate a vibrant guest list, how to throw together a killer cheese plate, and how to guide a dinner discussion…this book covers pretty much everything you’d expect from Kate Spade and crew. Pretty, colorful, happy, inspiring, fun. … and, of course, everything flowers, lipstick stains, and – not to be forgotten- good old fashioned (never out of style) thank you notes. The festivities are on! Go get ’em!

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Ultimate Guide to Books / 12 / Styled

Surely, you’re aware of Emily Henderson? She’s a super talented interior designer, witty, inspiring. Plus her little boy, Charlie, is beyond lovable. And now she has a new book. It looks uniquely fun, like the perfect book to curl up with, flip through, and get really great ideas and tips (you never knew you didn’t know) from. I’m on this one. Can’t wait to add it to my stash of books that I go back to when I need a design kick in the pants. Are you in? Grab a copy here!

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