HAPPY FRIDAY

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Thank goodness for short weeks, I wish all weeks were like this. I never understood why we couldn’t adopt the 4-day workweek. This week was pretty fun, full of evening events and trying to enjoy the last weeks of summer. I am going to miss the summer nights in LA. I will be enjoying the last wine tasting of the season at Barnsdall tonight, so sad. I am also going to check out LACMA’s Expressionism in Germany, stay tubed. It’s a pretty packed weekend, no complaints here.

Have a lovely weekend!

{photo by me, from the Santa Monica pier during a lovely summer night}

IN THE KITCHEN: GREEN RICE WITH NECTARINES & CORN

Here is another great recipe I tried a month ago from that cookbook I have been raving about. I love this dish because of a couple reasons: one, it is super easy to make, two it is fast to make, three it gave me new ideas on how to prepare rice. The recipe says to serve right away, but I thought it tasted even better the next day. Since we are getting closer to fall I am looking forward to moving to the fall section of this book…stay tuned!

{photos by me, recipe via Vibrant Food}

VISUALLY LOVELY {12}

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Over the holiday weekend I saw the movie Frank, it was pretty weird, but I loved it. One thing I really loved about Frank was the movie poster. In the beginning of my career I designed movie posters. So I am always on the lookout for nicely designed posters. Knowing what goes on in making a poster, I have a bigger appreciation for them. So I decided to put together a short list of some of my favorites (classics and current). 

{poster: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5}

THE MOVIE THAT STOLE MY HEART

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I know I am really late on watching The Grand Budapest Hotel. I finally saw it a couple weekends ago and feel completely in love. Wes Anderson is a genius with beautiful imagery, colors and overall design.

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I especially loved all the graphic elements, from the packaging and fonts for the Mendel’s shop. I even loved the small details like the book carried in the opening scene.

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I think one of the best parts of this film was the beautiful symmetry represented throughout the film. Although that is his signature trademark it just shinned in this film.  

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I love when a movie inspires me, it doesn’t happen that often but when it does it sticks with me for a while. It is a strong statement to say, but I think this was one of his best films to date, although Royal Tenenbaums is still my favorite. 

IN THE STUDIO: CURRENT/ELLIOTT

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Normally I don’t post work from my full time job, but I couldn’t resists. I am extremely happy with the launch of the new Current/Elliott site. It is very clean, with large images and easier navigation. I love that you can choose how many images to view on each page. There was also the launch of a new category called Loved and Found, which was a fun section to design. I was able to be more creative with the layout and actual photography of the items. Since Current/Elliott is known for its vintage esthetic I was able to carry that idea through in this new category.

This was also the first time I had to design a site so it is responsive (it can work on all platforms mobile, tablets). There was a huge learning curve designing for large format and making sure it would work when scaled down. There was a lot of back and forth for each page design, but now I feel like a pro. 

If you or someone you know is in need of something special, I would love to hear from you: hello@visuallylovely.com

THE WEEKEND: SAN FRANCISCO

Over the weekend I took a long over due trip to SF. I seriously love it up there. Here are some snap shots from my mini getaway.

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I love the sea of color, especially the ones below. The gradient is lovely.

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Two of my favorite spots in SF, The Ferry Building and Coit Tower.

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Bright colored sprinkles are a must on top of homemade soft serve.

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I loved the wall of bicycle seats at Public.

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A trip to SF is never complete until I visit Miette; an added bonus is the beer garden across the way.