04.22.2013 / HOLIDAYS

Spring has Sprung!!!



Spring is all about renewal so I think today is the absolute perfect time to share my newly redesigned website and the relaunch of the DAYly! Be sure to take a tour of our new website and check back every day for a new posting on all that inspires me... home, garden, health, beauty, food, fashion, and fun!

Since today is Earth Day I'm drawn to get out and enjoy the best of nature in New York. If you haven't yet seen the cherry blossoms, daffodils, and marigolds in full bloom in Central Park I'd put that on the top of my list. Also not to be missed is the New York Botanical Garden where today wraps up the Orchid show.

So much to do so little time!


 

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01.01.2013 / New Year's

Happy New Year 2013!


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11.22.2012 / Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!

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11.21.2012 / Thanksgiving

Have a Very GLAM Thanksgiving



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10.26.2012 / HOLIDAYS

Black & Orange Year Round!

Unlike the ubiquitous Christmas red & green, Halloweenpcolors look crisp and current in interiors, and don't immediatelyoreference the holiday. Isn’t it funny how red & green can be scary and orange & black chic?
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10.08.2012 / HOLIDAYS

Happy Columbus Day!!!

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08.03.2012 / HOLIDAYS

Dog days of summer


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05.25.2012 / Memorial Day

Pack your bags, the Weekend is Calling

Unlike a good set of luggage, which could with a little luck last you a lifetime, the weekend bag begs for reinvention. A good weekender holds with it the promise of what might be, a sexy trip to Miami, a romantic escape to wine country, or a girl’s getaway to Vegas! Perhaps that why I'm perpetually on the lookout for the best weekender for every occasion, I'm hoping that if my bags are so-called "packed," then adventure will be sure to follow.
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Here are my favorite weekend bags for wherever and whatever your memorial day may bring:



East Hampton, Coach;iNewprot, RI, Hunter;iMiami, Jeremy Scott Paradise Tote;iPalm Beach, Longchamp;iPalm Springs, Brahmin

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04.06.2012 / HOLIDAYS

In my Easter Basket


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02.14.2012 / Valentine's Day

Seeing Red

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02.13.2012 / Valentine's Day

Making Valentines Tonight

Happy Valentine's Day!






















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02.03.2012 / Superbowl Sunday

Super bowl on The Zone


Top by: Isabel Marant


Super Bowl, Super You!


For those of us who will have people over for the super bowl, but don't want to eat pizza or velveta and rotel (only those from the south know what this fine concoction is), here is a great idea of how to make a super bowl satisfying meal without all those extra pounds of guilt!
And, let's not forget about what to wear.


Turkey Burgers with Chili Powder, Spicy Slaw, and Fruit Salad

Prep: 20-30 minutes plus 1 hour to stand
Cooking: 10 minutes

Spicy Slaw
6 Cups shredded cabbage, rinsed and drained
1/2 shredded carrot
3/4 cup finely minced purple onion
1 Cup finely minced celery
1 rounded teaspoon sea salt


Smoky-Yogurt Dressing
1/2 Cup organic low-fat yogurt
1 tablespoon unrefined peanut oil
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle (smoked dried jalapeno pepper)
1 garlic clove, finely minced or pressed
42 lightly roasted peanuts, coarsly chopped (not 43!:)


Turkey Burgers
1 1/2 pounds lean ground turkey
1 whole egg or 2 egg whites
2 tablespoons dried onion flakes
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 garlic clove, minced or finely pressed
1 tablespoon tamari


Fruit Salad
3 Cups cantaloupe balls
2 kiwi fruit, peeled, quartered, and thinly sliced
1 3/4 cups seedless red grapes

Instructions:
1. Combine the slaw vegetables in a large mixing bowl. Rub and knead the salt into the vegetables with your hands until the cabbage starts to shrink, turns tanslucent around the edges, and releases water, about 5 minutes. Leave the slaw vegetables at room temperature for 1 hour or chill for several hours.

2. Squeeze the slaw vegetables to release moisture and drain well in a fine mesh strainer. Place the vegetables in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, mix the yogurt, oil, mustard, chipotle, and garlic. Toss the dressing with the slaw veggies and peanuts. Chill.

3. Break the meat apart in a bowl and add teh remaining burger ingredients. Toss with clean bare hands to mix evenly. Divide the mixture into 4 equal portions, then pat into 3/4 to 1 inch thick patties.

4. Mist a 10-12 inch heavy bottomed stainless steel or cast iron skillet or grill pan with oil. Warm over medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the patties and cook 4-5 minutes per side, turning once, until the meat is a uniform color throughout.

5. Mix the fruit salad ingredients together. Serve with the spicy slaw and fruit.

Have a beer! You deserve it!

Happy Super Bowl!

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01.20.2012 / New Year's

A NEW DAY!




After you're on the right path to eating healthy, clearing your mind, organizing your surroundings, and getting rid of negative outside influences, you're left with a BRAND NEW YOU!

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01.19.2012 / New Year's

Cleanse Your Friends



Remember that episode of Friends where Monica and Phoebe try to "cut out" their braggadocios friend who had recently moved back to town? See below:

Amanda: (To Monica) Hello!

(Monica holds her hands out for a hug, but instead of hugging her, Amanda hangs her purse on one of Monica's extended arms.)

Amanda: (In a fake British accent) It's so nice to see you! Both of you! Look at me. Look how young I look! (gives her coat to Monica as well) Oh gosh! We have so much to catch up on! But first things first: touch my abs (at which point she grabs both Phoebe and Monica's hands and places them both on her stomach) I don't exercise at all! (she pulls them down to sit.) Oh gosh, so Monica, you're married!

Monica: (beaming) Yeah! Yeah! His name is Chandler and...

Amanda: (To Phoebe) Smell my neck! (Phoebe does so) It's not perfume! It's me! It's my natural scent!

We have all found ourselves faced with a person like this; a toxic friend, a posionous pal, a frenemy. No matter what you may call them, the bottom line is that they affect our lives in a negative way. A friend by definition is: A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts. Life is stressful enough as it is and we can't choose our family, but we can most certainly choose our friends. Watch this video from the Today show for some expert advice on how and why to toss your toxic friends.

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01.18.2012 / New Year's

Cleanse Your Home

Whether it's in your home or office, the development of clutter seems inevitable. Organizing doesn't have to be difficult-in fact, it can be fun, easy, and inexpensive! Below find a few examples of how to bring order to your disorderly items.

Here's a way to organize and beautify the unsightly items that pile up on your desk (ie paperclips, pens, pencils, etc.). You can purchase simple storage containers and add a cute label. For example: Clockwise from upper left
1. Chalkboard labels available at Etsy.com
2. Mason Jars available at fishseddy.com
3. Free downloadable labels available at justsomethingimade.com
4. White Ceramic Canister available at Amazon.com

Another way to hide things away is inside various decorative vintage containers like the cigar boxes and tea tins above. These items can be found on websites such as Etsy.com and ebay.com

Happy Organizing!


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01.17.2012 / New Year's

Cleanse Your Mind

In order to start a fresh new year, here are three easy ways to Cleanse your Mind:

1. Buy a beautiful journal to give yourself a regular outlet to express your emotions, regrets, and worries.



2. Start your day off by reading a book instead of your usual habits of turning on the tv or picking up the newspaper. Both of these can be stressful and depressing. I am sure that you have read at least one if not all of these, but you can always find new meaning in them now.

Make a Difference in Your Community:
1. The Grapes Of Wrath
By John Steinbeck

Valuable Lessons on Living Life.
2. A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life's Purpose
By Eckhart Tolle

Lessons about innovation, character, leadership, and value.
3. Steve Jobs
By Walter Isaacson

Accept Who You Are
4. The Great Gatsby
By F. Scott Fitzgerald

3. Try Different ways of Meditation to clear the clutter from your mind.



1. Try taking 100 breaths and be sure to count them. Try not to think about anything else. This will clear your mind and start your day off to a great start.
2. Take a Meditationap. Lie down on a bed, sofa, or sun lounge, or pile your (empty) bathtub with pillows and blankets. Close your eyes and do nothing. Maybe you'll fall asleep. Maybe you'll have Zen inspiration. Maybe you'll just happily float along. Either way, it will be sublime.
3. Try out Yoga classes that emphasize slow, steady movement, deep breathing, and gentle stretching that really emphasis on stress relief. Satyananda, Hatha yoga, Power yoga and Tai Chi are a few that are great to try!



There are 6 billion paths to bliss, and your path is your own. Make it a happy one!

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01.16.2012 / New Year's

Cleanse Your Body



If you haven’t heard the term “cleanse” buzzing about, then chances are you’ve been living under a rock. I did my first cleanse about three years ago and I’ve been a certifiable cleanse junky ever since. Well, not exactly, but I do use it to knock off a few pounds here and there when I find myself needing to fit into something a little tighter than normal! So, after giving birth to my son in July, was immediately on a mission to get my former body back! I must admit, it hasn’t been fun OR easy. Alas, I want to share my experience with you. Here it goes…





1. The Blueprint Cleanse

This was the very first cleanse that I tried. It consists of six bottles of juice that you are to consume over a three-day period. You can choose your different juice flavors (ie levels) based upon preference (ie gag reflex.) I actually really enjoy this cleanse, but I can't do it for more than three days. By day three, I'm ready for some sort of solid food, wine, and coffee! Therefore, I think it's a good cleanse to jump-start with or just shed a few pounds to fit into that dress on Saturday night!



2. Isagenix

This 9-day cleanse consists of a shake for breakfast, meal for lunch, shake for dinner, and snacks in-between. Every five days, you have two "fasting" days where you can only drink a certain liquid that they provide. The bonus to this cleanse is you can purchase green tea infused chocolate treats. These REALLY help you get through the difficult moments. I find this cleanse to be easy although the website is not easy to follow. And more important, it WORKS! And, what I really liked about it was that it was a great catalyst for a change of lifestyle which I find leads to a better long term result. For more information on how to order this cleanse, please email info@lauradaydesign.com.




3. The Master Cleanse

This may be one of the most well-known and inexpensive cleanses around. I attempted to do it many years ago but couldn't stomach it. A ten-day cleanse that involves drinking lemonade with syrup and cayenne pepper? No thank you.



4. The Clean Program

This is the cleanse that I am currently doing as I type. It became popular after Gwyneth Paltrow and since several other celebrities began doing it. As it seemed to follow the same shake for breakfast, meal for lunch, shake for dinner format as Isagenix, I thought it sounded perfect for me...WRONG! When two out of three of the meals you're able to consume during the span of a day taste like something you wouldn't give to your worst enemy, it makes life extremely difficult. At least that's what I thought after my first shake, but as with almost all of these types of things, you always get used to it. I am now on day 7 and I look forward to this shake all day! And, you have to follow the recipes on how to make the shakes "better"! On the bright side, two people have now asked me what I have done to my skin because they say it looks great! So, that's good. I only have 14 more days to go...wish me luck!

Some overall advice I would give to those of you participating in a cleanse would be:

1. Participate in groups-it makes things a lot easier when those around you are suffering as well. In fact, it's probably best to stay away from anyone NOT cleansing while you are. You develop extreme animosity towards them and it can result in violence.

2. Prepare yourself for an early bedtime-when you can't eat or drink alcohol, it only seems logical to go to sleep around 6:00pm.

3. Keep yourself AWAY from the aroma of food.

When I started writing this entry, I came across a HILARIOUS article in the New York Times written by Judith Newman. She wrote about her trials and tribulations of doing the Blueprint Cleanse. She had me laughing through the entire article! To check it out, click here: THE JUICE CLEANSE: A STRANGE AND GREEN JOURNEY.

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By JLJ on January 17, 2012 02:56 AM
Love the summary! I just started my cleanse today and all i can do is dream of food. I, like you, had my son this past summer and really need to get off the final weight before a whole year has gone by. I will check out isagenix. thanks!
By Becca Berk on January 16, 2012 07:30 AM
Love Isagenix! I still drink the shakes every morning and love tHem!
01.13.2012 / New Year's

A New Year, a New You!




Happy 2012 to everyone! I have been on a bit of a hiatus as I gave birth to my second child in July, but now I am back and ready to start 2012 out on the right foot. That being said, next week we will be doing a series on how to become a better you in 2012.

Stay tuned for the following topics:

1. MONDAY-Cleanse your body
2. TUESDAY-Cleanse your mind
3. WEDNESDAY-Cleanse your home
4. THURSDAY-Cleanse your friends
5. FRIDAY-It's a new day!

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By The Hidden List on January 13, 2012 07:19 AM
Very happy you'll be back! I've missed your blog! Congrats on the new Baby! I'm ready to "cleanse" along with you!
By Suzanne Vachon on January 13, 2012 07:17 AM
Thank you Laura, I am really looking forward to yout cleansing posts, sounds terrific, I certainly need to be a better me, I am struggling with meditation at the moment and I find it is very hard to take a few minutes to be with oneself, so I believe the cleansing is certainly a form of meditation. Have a very Happy Year and to your Family also. decogirlmontreal
02.15.2011 / Valentine's Day

I Want Candy...



We're busy eating our chocolates. :)

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02.14.2011 / Valentine's Day

I Heart U




Happy Valentine's Day!


We thought we'd show you some love in style today with one of our favorite artists-Marilyn Minter. Above is her appropriately-titled photograph entitled "I Heart U." If you heart this, check out more from Marilyn in the current issue's ARTIST STUDIO.

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02.10.2011 / Valentine's Day

Let's Hear it for the Boys

Let's face it, Valentine's Day Gift Guides can tend to sway towards the female gender. They're normally filled pink flowers, lacey lingerie, and sparkly diamonds. What about the dudes? Guys can be hard to buy for, espeicially for Valentine's Day. So here are a few suggestions to make sure you're sweetie feels loved too:



Clockwise from Upper Left: 1. Paul Smith's Man Candle. Available at www.paulsmith.co , Louis Vuitton Helsinki Cap. Available at www.louisvuitton.com, Nixon Chronicle SS Watch. Available at www.Barneys.com, iBike Dash Cycling Computer. Available at www.apple.com, Chocolove's Strong Dark Chocolate Available at www.chocolove.com, Jan Leslie Knot cufflink assortment. Available at www.bergdorfgoodman.com

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02.08.2011 / Valentine's Day

Ovando



Just in time for Valentine's Day, a new fabulous flower boutique popped up right up the street from me-Ovando! Their new location has been up and running for four months now, and it's hard not to notice their incredible Valentine's Day arranagements. Not only are their arrangements absolutely stunning, but 3% of their Valentine's Day proceeds go to support the Starlight Children's Foundation. If you place your order online before February 10th you'll receive a 15% Friends & Family Discount! Just enter coupon code VAL2011.




Valentine Coquet

"Ruffles of beautifully plush ranunculus and carnations are accented with purple orchids. Finished with a leaf-wrapped case and heart-shaped dogwood, this composition is wonderfully coquettish."



All-a-Flutter

"This richly textured piece includes a mixture of monochromatic blooms floating atop a dogwood fan."



El Corazon

This enchanting piece features a heart-shaped wreath made of roses, lying on a bed of brilliantly red beads and encased in a two-piece box.



L'Amour

"This glamorous and boldly colored composition boasts floral savoir faire at its finest."



Valentine Muse

"This lavish arrangement, brimming with red roses and a weave of pale pink orchids, is finished off with sumptuous Thai lead loops and peacock feathers."



Grass Heart

"An Ovando favorite, this sculptural composition makes a truly stunning gift. Richly colored orchids are suspended in a heart-shaped grass loop offering a chic and exquisitely delicate look."

Visit their website, or if you live in NYC visit their Upper East Side or West Village boutiques to see the other amazing Valentine's Day arrangements.

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02.07.2011 / Valentine's Day

Daniel Ost

We're down to seven more shopping days until Valentine's Day, but it's always a safe bet to give flowers at the last minute, right? Right. But, what if you could make a grand floral gesture beyond anyone's expectations. The world's leading floral designer, Daniel Ost sure knows how to do just that. The Belgian-born floral "sculptor"'s work is in demand by royalty, celebrities, and corporations and his installations, which last only a few days, are extremely costly but the artistic value is, of course, priceless. I wonder what the price tag on a custom Valentine's Day arrangement designed by the flower master himself would be...















If you like what you see here, you may want to see more in Daniel's Books: Leafing Through Flowers , Invitations 2, Remaining Flowers, and Transparent

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02.04.2011 / Superbowl Sunday

Football and Cupcakes



Photo Credit: John Sparano

My husband just broke the news to me that we're having a Superbowl party at our apartment this Sunday. So, when life hands you lemons, make lemonade...or in this case, cupcakes. I was looking for fun football-themed treats and I came across these adorable cupcakes on www.celebrations.com. I was able to find all of the supplies available on-line, but am confident they could be found locally just about anywhere. Here's how they're made:

1. Bake a batch of chocolate cupcakes and ice them with white frosting.

2. Purchase white shoelaces, "football" paper, scotch tape, and white cardstock. (see below for sources)

3. Make a pattern fo the cupcake by wrapping white cardstock around the cupcake and trimming it to fit.

4. Place the cupcake wrap pattern on the football paper and cut it out.

5. Cut 4 vertical slits into the front of the cupcake wrap for the laces. Make two slits on top and two slits on the bottom.

6. Insert the shoelace tip into a top slit from the backside of the cupcake wrap and pull it through to the front (like sewing.) Pull the lace almost to the end leaving about an inch tail.

7. Then, insert the shoelace tip from the front-side of the cupcake wrap into the other top slit that is horizontally across from the first slit and pill the lace through.

8. Repeat the lacing that you just did for the remaining 2 bottom slits. Then bring the lace under the wrap to the front and thread the lace under the horizontal laces that are on the cupcake wrap so it resembles a football.

9. Bring the excess lace over the top rim of the wrap and tape all lace ends into place on the backside of the cupcake wrap. Trim off the excess lace. (Tip: Use the shoelace tip as if it were a needle.)

10. Wrap the cupcake in the football wrap and tape the back to keep it closed.





You can purchase white shoelaces at your local Walgreens or on www.amazon.com





If you have a Michael's craft store close by, you can most likely find football paper there (in the scrapbooking section.) Unfortunately, we don't have one in NYC but I found some at www.karenfosterdesign.com.





White cardstock and scotch tape can be purchased at your local drug store, craft store, or office supply store.

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02.03.2011 / Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year: Year of the Rabbit


Today marks the start of Chinese New Year and it's out with the volatile year of the Tiger and in with the tranquil year of the Rabbit. With this transition, we've been conjuring up calm images of warm fuzzy blankets, adorable bunny rabbits, and cuddling up with a nice hot cup of Chinese tea.





Clockwise from upper left: Sakura Cast Iron Teapot available from www.teavana.com , authentic Chinese Green Tea available at www.dreamabouttea.com, Handmade Leather Journal available at www.etsy.com , Areaware Rabbit Pillow available at www.velocityartanddesign.com, Plaid Pistes merino wool blanket available at www.hermes.com, Cypres candle (known for it's calming effects available at www.barneys.com

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02.02.2011 / Valentine's Day

A Rose by Any Other Name...




Perfume is to a woman as a tie is to a man. It's not a last case resort, but rather a sure bet! Shown above are some of our top favorite fragrances for gift giving this Valentine's Day.

From Left to Right: Rouge Hermes available at www.usa.hermes.com , Flowerbomb by Viktor & Rolf available at www.bloomingdales.com , Clive Christian's No, 1 available at www.bergdorfgoodman.com , Perfums de Rosine available at www.barneys.com , L'Artisan Parfumeur available at www.barneys.com

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01.31.2011 / Valentine's Day

Valentine's Gifts...for the Home!

Ahhh, it's that time of year again. Love is in the air and it's time to start thinking about what you're going to buy for your sweeties for Valentine's Day. We're going to be sharing great V-Day gift ideas with you all week. Today, it's gifts for the home. Whether it's a casual gift for a friend or family member, or a thoughtful gift for a co-worker-we all love to have some love in our homes!





Clockwise from Upper Left:
"Heart in My Hands" print available at www.modcloth.com, Limited Edition Rose (garden rose) and Eros (spicy wild rose) candles available at www.diptyqueparis.com, Mon Cher paperweight available at www.johnderian.com , Kosta Boda "Connect" Candlesticks available www.nordstrom.com, Pyrite (Fool's Gold) Heart available at www.jaysonhomeandgarden.com , "Smell the Roses" pillowcase set available at www.urbanoutfitters.com , "Love Pillow" in pink available at www.maison24.com , Ostrich Pillow in fushia available at www.calypsostbarth.com,

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01.17.2011 / Martin Luther King

I have a dream...



Martin Luther King "Dream" graffiti piece in California.

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By christi on May 19, 2011 20:37 PM
Nice, right? this is in chico, california. it's where i'm from; so awesome to see up here. :) this is under the freeway overpass .. and there are actually (or were, last time i was back home) other murals as beautiful as this on different parts of the overpass. if i'm not mistaken, there's also a really wonderful piece that includes a colorful butterfly. gorgeous.
01.12.2011 / New Year's

Write it down...


Now that we're well into the New Year, I'm still having trouble getting back into the swing of things-anyone else? I decided I need to start writing things down and being more diligent about making to-do lists. Of course, if I'm going to write things down, I want to do it in style. Here are some noteably attractive notebooks that I've found in my search.





It's no surprise that fashion designer Christian Lacroix would make such a beautiful notebook! This one that depicts a collage based around the Virgin Mary is avaiable at Kate's Paperie.





If you're looking for a one-of-a-kind notebook, Etsy is the place. I found this one and fell in love with handprinted saying on the cover.





It would be hard to misplace this notebook even if you tried! This "Oh Snap Metallic Journal" is available at Urban Outfitters-and better yet, it's on sale!





I already own this journal and I love it because it fits perfectly into any purse! It features the artwork of one of my favorite artists: Yoshitomo Nara. Available at the MoMA Store.





Another notebook that I own and love is this one that features the artwork of artist Ryan McGinness. It's also available at the MoMA Store.





I love this notebook because...well...it's pretty! It's also printed on recycled chipboard which I love. It's available at Hammerpress.

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01.01.2011 / New Year's

Happy 2011!



Image courtesy of deviantart.com

We have officially transitioned from 2010 into 2011. A new year means a chance to reinvent yourself. You can make yourself, stronger, smarter, spend more time with your kids, reorganize your pantry, etc. Set a goal whether it be large or small, and make it happen in 2011! Leave us a comment and let us know what your resolutions or goals are for 2011.

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12.24.2010 / HOLIDAYS

Happy Holidays TO ALL!

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