Archive for November, 2010

Mood Board | Happy Train of Thought

November 25th, 2010

The holiday season has arrived and with it, much traveling to see loved ones near and far.

Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels!

Mood board based on vintage travel theme, train, suitcases, hotel keys,

from top left: brian doben | stephan abry | boccacino

Mood Board | Chilly Days

November 20th, 2010

It’s getting chilly here in LA and I love it!

Mood board based on Thanksgiving theme, chestnut, pomegranate, indigo, pumpkin

clockwise, from top left: gabor jurina | ceci new york | rebecca thuss | elizabeth messina | via we heart it* | skrockodile

* if anybody knows the photographer of this photo, please let me know so I can credit!

At Your Leisure

November 19th, 2010

I recently found out about a very special zine called At Your Leisure through one of my weekly reads, decor8. I love magazines. I love independent magazines. I love independent magazines that do a brilliant job of combining fashion, design and decor.

Add to that a zine that combines all of these 3 with a color story??? Yes please!!

I ordered my copy of At Your Leisure and it arrived the next day. When I first opened the weighty cardboard envelope, I found a nice little surprise along with the zine. It was an envelope handstamped with the J3 Productions logo – the agency that produces At Your Leisure. The envelope not only bore a little gift that echoed some of the graphic elements of the zine, but it also came in a beautiful shade of aqua echoing those found on the company website.

I leafed through the pages and rather than putting it down and setting it aside for later, I immediately sat down with it. It’s an evocative and inspiring zine full of images that took me on a little journey. Sounds corny, I know. But it’s very rare these days that I can leaf through a printed magazine from cover to cover and truly get absorbed by the art direction.

What I really loved about it is how the current issue reflects the mood of the J3 Productions website. I’m not a huge fan of Flash sites. If the images take too long to load, I usually skip them altogether. But for their site, I found myself refreshing the splash page several times. The images load quickly! The images are also crazy beautiful! Here a couple that grabbed my attention:

In the zine itself, these are some images you can find in the second issue of At Your Leisure’s current incarnation:

The art direction is so fresh and inspiring. I love the consistent use of color stories throughout. And while there were pretty images, it’s easily a zine that a man can also enjoy. It can be difficult to capture an audience with aesthetics that cater to both masculine and feminine sensibilities, but At Your Leisure manages to with great verve. So go get yourself a copy – if you find yourself moved by color the way I am, I know you will be happy with this inspired project.

And just so I don’t leave you all without a mood board, here is a color scheme I pulled from one of the gorgeous graphics on the J3 Productions site. I’m taken by how the tones of marine blues and greens seamlessly blend together – what a great expression of color! I’ll be looking forward to future issues of this special project. There’s been a lot of love put into At Your Leisure and I fully appreciate all the special details that makes it unique.

Enjoy and do support this beautiful zine – I know you will be as thrilled with it as I was!

Mood board based on At Your Leisure photo spread shoot, lagoon, sky, mermaid, seagrass, kelp


Mood Board | Copper Tones

November 16th, 2010

Green and brown are an instinctual color combination. After all, you find it everywhere in the natural world. For this board, I wanted to put together an unexpected shade of green and pair it with a copper. You would usually see a mint green like this in a pastel palette that’s reminiscent of candy hearts. These colors, however, are great for a fall palette – the copper celebrates the season, but the lightness of the green keeps it from being too somber.

Mood board based on copper tones and mint green

clockwise, from top left: nelson simoneau | bakerella | luca trovato | simply bloom photography

Mood Board | Heavy Metal

November 11th, 2010

I’ve been wanting to do a board dedicated to metallic studs & chains for a while now and have finally gotten around to it!

Mood boarad based on edgy metallic colors, gold, silver, gunmetal

clockwise, from top left: vincent alvarez | makeup by elizabeth hoff | via we heart it | house of gasoline | via chictopia | via we heart it

I’m trying out a new feature on my blog. Every so often, I’ll be posting some online finds that correspond with my mood boards. Let me know how you like it!

|1| Antik Batik Friel chain fringed bag |2| Philippe Audibert Manchette Aby Mini Amelia Swarovski cuff |3| Alexander McQueen enamel studded bangle |4| Urban Outfitters armor ring |5| Juicy Couture ring |6| Camilla Skovgaard chain wrap heels |7| Fiona Paxton studded leather cuff |8| Janis by Janis Savitt gold & steel multi-chain necklace |9| HTC studded leather belt |10| Jimmy Choo studded clutch |11| Top Shop Scatter Stud dress |12| Top Shop Sweeping Chains bracelet |13| Alexander McQueen knuckle clutch |14| Christian Louboutin studded platform slingbacks

Mood Board | Fall into a Garden of Roses

November 8th, 2010

I love this image from the Alannah Hill Autumn/Winter 2010 campaign called “Garden of Roses”. It’s the inspiration for today’s mood board. Rosy berry hues accented with a rich mustardy yellow…yes please!

Mood board based on rich gem colors from a garden, peony, hibiscus, iris, gorldenrod

clockwise, from top left: alannah hill a/w 2010 | pol baril | deirdre rooney | roland bello

Mood Board | Dia de los Muertos

November 1st, 2010

This time of year is always my favorite…a dark and decidedly creepy board for your Hallow’s Eve and Day of the Dead inspiration.

Mood board based on Day of the Dead, decay, deceased, dawn, dusk, dearly departed

clockwise, from top left: annarexic | vincent alvarez | kaycatt | bloom magazine