Spotlight on: Artist Chloe Fleury

Last week, Refinery29 S.F. posted about paper illustrator Chloe Fleury, and I just had to share the love!

First of all, her studio is amazing — particulary her use of a wooden dowel to keep her washi tape and ribbon in an easy-to-access place, and how saturated with color and textures it is. Not to mention, Chloe is adorable, and her work is so detailed and unique. Head over to Refinery29 to see the full tour!

Make sure to check out Chloe’s studio, hopscotch design — her commissioned pieces are seriously jaw-dropping.

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My favorite pieces are her S.F. neighborhood posters (I’m so curious about what North Beach would look like…)

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I think I may need to treat myself to the DIY Paper Rabbit Bust kit…

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SO amazing.

[All images via hopscotch design & Refinery29.]

First Star to the Right…

I have never really been a statement necklace person. I’ve always admired them, enjoyed stealing borrowing them from other people on occasion, and will spend an hour trying on every single one at Forever 21…but I just can’t make the commitment. I tend to prefer delicate necklaces with a thin chain, a charm or two, and typically lightweight enough for me to forget that I’m wearing one most of the time (think Dogeared, Maya Brenner, or Tiffany). My personal style is a little bit more understated and I tend to shy away from anything too trendy — although I do love a great cocktail ring, sparkly nail polish and I did have a bright purple streak in my hair at one point in time… (I know…maybe someday pics will resurface). Yesterday, I walked past a really stylin’ lady on the street in the most adorable Peter Pan collared shirt…until I realized, it wasn’t a Peter Pan collared shirt at all! She was sporting a Peter Pan collar NECKLACE!! Oh, the possibilities! I don’t know where I was when this trend first surfaced in the Spring (under a rock in denial that there could be a statement necklace out there for me? probably.), but I’m definitely into it right now. And besides, who doesn’t love a good Peter Pan reference?

Here are some of the contenders for a coveted spot in my jewelry box:


Well, I’m obviously drawn to neutrals (ha!) — oh well, baby steps!

What do you think of this trend? Love it? Hate it? A little bit of both?

[Wrapables Elegant Crystal Peter Pan Collar Necklace, $25.99; Trendy Collars (Etsy), $21.90; ASOS Snake Print Collar Necklace, $26.39; Collar at Your Girl, $32.99; An Ornate Fate Collar Necklace, $21.99; ASOS Multi-Chain Rounded Collar Necklace, $21.99]

Gifts for Girlfriends (that won’t break the bank!)

If the short amount of time between Halloween and Thanksgiving is any indication of how quickly December will speed by, I need to start doing some major Christmas shopping. Unfortunately, I don’t have a ton of extra cash to spend on my pals this year (I wish I could buy them all a puppy, a plane ticket to Fiji and an unlimited Starbucks gift card…someday, maybe?) so I’ve been doing some research into fab presents that aren’t going to set me back a whole paycheck. I’m a big believer that hand made gifts are the best gifts, but who doesn’t love to get ‘er done in two hours at the mall?

Here are some gifts ideas for your GFs (or yourself – whatevs!) that aren’t going to force you to live off of Top Ramen for the next month:

 

[Paper Gem Coasters, $20; Silverware Print, $9; Liberty Crystal Braid Bracelet, $39.50; Sephora by OPI Its Real 14K Gold Top Coat, $15; Friendship Bracelet, $30; Chevron Frame, $28; Home Is Where My Cat Is Print, $15; Monogram Notecards, $18; Mini Ban.do Heart, $10; Market Tote, $25; Printed Backup Battery for iPhone, $39.50; Floral Perpetual Weekly Planner, $17.95; The Studio Sweater, $44.95; Sea Gleam Hurricane Candle Votive, $18.]

10 Things To Love

I just want it all! Winston in particular…I think we could be very happy together.

[one: Futura on Silver Lake Gray, $30; Charcoal Gray Infinity Scarf, $25; Ben Giles “Muscles” print, $179; The Winston, $170; Sam Edelman “Penny” boot, $150; Square Reclaimed Boat Coffee Tables, $480; Kate Spade “Play the Angles” bangle, $78; The New York Times 36 Hours: 150 Weekends in the USA and Canada, $40; Confetti System Tassel Garland in Limon, $130; Set of Russian Criminal Tattoo Encyclopedias; $90]