Clinging to Summer with The Like

6 Sep

So maybe the ladies of The Like seem a tiny bit entitled (all three young L.A. members have music industry dads) and obnoxious in their too-cute retroliciousness, but they’re also talented and fun and oh-so-summery. I was blasting this in my car Labor Day weekend to try to cling to the last teeny rays of summer sun and freedom. Ah, maybe it’s rainy and cold and sad, but you can still have fun with The Like:



The Black Apple

5 Sep

Emily Martin’s The Black Apple is one of my longest-running blog loves. Her art is part wistful, part spooky, and part cute. And recently her circus-inspired works have been reminding me of Geek Love. Emily’s recipes/crafting/fashion/decorating skillz inspire me.

This is Emily:

Here are some of her paintings (inexpensive prints, lockets, diaries and things available at her shop)!



Across from Me

4 Sep

I definitely don’t condone facebook lurkin around out of sheer Sunday night boredom, but sometimes this does lead to good things! Like my elementary school friend’s boyfriend’s brother’s (also a high school classmate) girlfriend’s site Across from Me. Sometimes the simplest ideas can have powerful results, yeah? And it’s nice antidote to my general tumblr hate – I love that this tumblr has a very clear focus: “A series of photos I secretly take while sitting across from people every day on the NYC subway.” THANK YOU. The people-watching was the only thing I liked about the D.C. metro, but it’s gotten so bad, even the people-watching can’t convince me to ride. Here’s the people-watching without the long waits, the heat, the smells, the creepers, etc. Yay!

Julia Dzikiewicz at the Art Prison!

2 Sep

The former prison in Lorton, Va recently got turned into the FREE Workhouse Arts Center. I used to get so freaked out being driven by the prison as a kid, so now I love walking through the art-filled hallways and cells that used to hold the gruesome SOMEONE’S-IN-THE-BACKSEAT(!) serial killers of my imagination.

Julia Dzikiewicz is one of my favorite artists there, partially because her work is thoughtful, but mostly because it’s colorful and kind of scary. Here’s some of her stuff:

"Transformation by Nosebleed"



Etsy’s Featured Sellers = Lots of Talented Ladies

31 Aug

Lookin on the Etsy Featured Sellers List, I realized most of said featured sellers are ladies! This makes sense on lady-dominated Etsy, but I often find that even when women compose the majority of a field, like cooking or photography, men seem to always be featured. Click the link above for some nice interviews with the ladycreators too! If you need a gift for someone…

Here are some things these featured creators are selling:

from CandyBandits


from Mrs Eliot Books


wall decals!! from Pop & Lolli

plastic bag lamp from Zipper 8 Lighting

Alison Cross’s Supermarket Dreamz

30 Aug

Good asked readers to redesign the supermarket and Alison Cross won the contest with this:

I already like grocery store trips, but I would REALLY like the experience if my grocery store looked like that! Much fresher and healthier too! I love the tables for community use and the bike racks. I’d definitely go here to buy a quick lunch and study, maybe meet with friends!

Read more about Alison’s design here.

Hungry for Korean?

29 Aug

Bibim Guksu (from eatingandliving blog)

Last week, I was making bibim guksu when rudely interrupted by THE EARTHQUAKE! Those spicy cold Korean noodles make the earth shake.

I was so happy to find eating and living: a Korean-American mom’s home cooking. Since returning to the U.S. after living in Korea for two years, I sometimes get those unshakable specific food cravings. When I was in Korea, I missed fajitas and now I crave bibimbap! I miss my favorite dishes, but haven’t been able to find recipes of everything I like. Or I have, but the recipes have been complicated with many many hard-to-find ingredients and confusing instructions. I’ve had mixed results with other bloggers’ recipes.

Hyosun Ro does a great job presenting things clearly and simply. I love that her children inspired her to start this blog with their dinnertime phone calls home asking for instructions on how to make the Korean foods they missed. I couldn’t have been happier with how this cooking process went and I have Hyosun Ro to thank for it! My bibim guksu tasted great (even though its spiciness made my dinner companions gulp down the water!) and was cheap and easy to make. I can’t wait to try some of her other recipes!