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. 

IN THE KITCHEN: VIBRANT FOOD

A couple months ago I bought another cookbook, Vibrant Food. I like this book because of the photography, the layout is clean and easy to follow and it is organized by season. I have made quite a few recipes already. What I love most is that most of the ingredients I can find at the farmer’s market. I also love that I don’t have to buy a bunch of random ingredients that I will never use again (that is a big pet peeve with cookbooks).

So far the one recipe I have made multiple times is this corn and summer squash fritters with avocado creme. Alone the creme is amazing, I have used the leftovers on some taco dishes and I even topped in on a piece of chicken. I am also dying to make the summer berry coconut milk pops. I am getting hungry just thinking about it!! I highly recommend checking out this book.

{photos by me, recipe via Vibrant Foods}

VISUALLY LOVELY {11}

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Last month I made the trek to MOCA at the Pacific Design Center to see the amazing exhibit by Jacob Hashimoto. Even though the space is small, his installation made up of tiny handmade kits made the space feel huge.

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When you first walk in you see a cluster of black, white and grey kits. Some tangled together and others creating these beautiful patterns.

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When you walk up the stairs to the main room, you are instantly taken a back by the pure scale of it all. He created a beautiful landscape of rolling clouds, the sun and even water. At some angles the kits created these crazy pixelated images, which sort of messed with my mind. I even had a sudden moment that I felt like I was floating. 

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I even loved the blocks of patterned kits.

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I am so happy I made it out for this exhibit. It was truly inspiring.

{photos by me}