Spotlight

Tuesday, August 12th, 2014

A Handmade Starbucks Menu in 4,500 Frames

As lovers of fine things – art, food, fashion, and more – we like to showcase stuff that really stimulates our creativity. 

 

Our friend Dorothy Barnard, graphic designer extraordinaire, recently did a new menu for a local Starbucks using only chalk. 

 

The video is a time-lapse look at Dorothy working her chalk art magic!

 
You know those chalk art posters that are so popular today? They take A LOT of work! But rather than just showing you the new menu, we want to actually show you how it was made and the end results!

Starbucks’ New Menu

 

Got some favorite chalk creations? Share with us in the comments!

 

 

 

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Friday, February 7th, 2014

Couples We Love

 

We generally like to spotlight our favorite style icons–those who teach us how to travel, dress and live well and for ourselves. With Valentine’s Day approaching, however, we’re feeling the love and dedicate this post to relationships that go beyond the surface–that not only inspire us to live well, but to love well and right. Cheers to these and all iconic couples, past and present.

 

Joanne Woodward & Paul Newman

Of course, Paul Newman tops our everything list–his classic and effortless style is unrivaled, and he remains an inspiration to us as the epitome of timeless chic. But as they say, “Behind every great man…” is a Joanne Woodward. Showbusiness marriages are not uncommon, of course, but the love between Joanne and Paul was certainly unique as the two remained together…married for fifty years until Paul’s death in 2008. Paul credited the success of his union with Joanne to the “equal parts lust and respect” that they had for one another. If pictures are worth any words at all, then we believe him…

 

 

Johnny & June Cash

Another great love story born from the entertainment industry, Johnny and June Cash were partners in every aspect of life. Not only did the duo win two Grammy awards for their duets, but June also inspired “Ring of Fire”, which is easily one of Cash’s most famous songs. Beyond a successful career together, June is credited for helping Johnny conquer his addiction to drugs and alcohol. The two were married for 35 years and Johnny was holding June’s hand when she died in May of 2003 due to complications during heart surgery. He died only 4 months later and his family released this statement: “We also take solace in the knowledge that he is again reunited with his dearest companion, June.”

 

Amelia Earhart and George Putnam


Amelia Earhart is one of our favorite style icons–her iconic leather travel hat and jacket were a small representation of her future as a style icon, endorsing luggage and eventually creating a label for women who lived active lives. But before her success as the first woman to fly across the Atlantic, Amelia was interviewed by American publisher/author George Putnam–assigned to the task of finding a woman pilot to sponsor–and soon thereafter the two began a relationship that, like Amelia’s spirit, was permeated with adventure. The two traveled the world, and after Putnam’s 6th proposal, Amelia agreed to marry him with the insistence on marriage as an equal partnership, which appeared a successful approach for the two. She described their relationship as ” a reasonable and contented partnership; my husband with his solo jobs, and I with mine; but the system of dual control works satisfactorily and our work and our play is a great deal together.”

 

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Friday, November 1st, 2013

Style Icon: Ernest Hemingway

 

In honor of fall and all that it brings—beards and sweaters, family and travel—we dedicate this month’s style spotlight to Mr. Ernest Hemingway.

Book Cover Series

Book Cover Series

Although Hemingway’s legacy will forever exist in his iconic writing style, there is much to be said about the well-traveled veteran who called Chicago, Key West, Paris and Cuba (among many others) his home.  His name, which usually provokes an image of the burly outdoorsman mulling over his journal, also conjures up a feeling of comfort and pragmatism, home and away—an outward simplicity that masks a complex interior.

 

 

Hemingway

 

Style is not always synonymous with fashion, and function is not always attractive. But there is something to be said when there is a certain person, object or aspect of one’s life that allows you to be both discreet and enduring. This November, we salute Mr. Hemingway for his ability to be both in nature and also a key component in literature and also a voice of generations to come. Not to mention, his beard is well-suited for any Movember and all those charitable commitments you might have made.

 

Image by John Bryson, 1959

Image by John Bryson, 1959

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