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the girls of summer

every so often, i get a major art itch.  i find myself scouring etsy, style court, design for mankind, and all of my favorite online art galleries to discover new art and artists, and i inevitably find several pieces i just can’t do without.  this summer, i’ve been obsessed (obsessed!) with portraits, and i find myself especially drawn to portraits of women looking happy in the midst of what must be a perfect summer day.

i fell hard for amy rice’s work the first time i saw it, and the love hasn’t diminished in the least.  i love the nostalgic feel of her pieces…they remind me of something you’d find in your grandmother’s attic, but infinitely more hip.  this piece is called olivia and olivia’s mom again, and you can find it at the always-amazing art star philly (which also happens to be the home of that jen corace print i’m still dying to own).

20×200 is a constant source of strife for me…it’s like gilt groupe for art.  i always feel that art should be a considered purchase (after all, fashion comes and goes, but art is forever), but the possibility of pieces selling out throws me into a panic.  i’m still sad i missed out on their first matthew tischler series…i really should just take the plunge and get the latest editions while i still can.

doesn’t etui’s float just make you feel instantly relaxed?  it’s like everything good you remember about summer, before you cared about air conditioning, spf or what that ice cream cone was going to do to your thighs.

these two portraits, by anna bergin and tushtush, have had me captivated for the longest time.  i love imagining what these women were thinking while these were being painted, and where they might have been headed later that day.

i think i’m ready for a sno cone now!

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pleased to meet you: antler magazine


(all images lovingly borrowed from antler magazine)

well, apparently i just can’t get enough of alternative reading material this week.  but yesterday, the lovely and talented decor8 alerted me that the latest (2nd) issue of antler magazine was available online.  the latest in the e-mag world, antler is only published online…which is a shame, as i’d love nothing more than to spend hours poring over every page.  this mag made the blog rounds when it’s first issue released – and, i’ll admit, i wasn’t all that interested.  but seeing a few other e-zines in the last few weeks made me give antler a closer look.  and it is quite possibly my new favorite magazine…with the added benefit of being free.

antler’s site says they focus “on composing a collection of beautiful, inspiring ideas and designs from all aspects of life”.  the real life translation is that i saw one of the most beautifully curated groups of artists, fashion designers, jewelry collections and more that i’ve ever seen – many i’d never even heard of.  best of all, every feature included an interview with the creative person they’re featuring, so you get a little background on your new favorite designer as well.


i knew i was in the right place when i spied a full-page ad for stone & honey designs, who i featured for daily candy way back when.  then i turned to a gorgeous four-page spread of the darling abigail percy‘s designs – another designer i’ve loved for years.


but i discovered plenty of newbies as well.  joanna mendicino‘s sweet ceramic designs – i recalled seeing them once upon a time, but this in-depth look made me fall pretty hard.  and a fashion line called h. fredriksson that is full of beautifully cut silhouettes and modern classics – it’s truly not to be missed.  and then i discovered the incredibly talented anna bergin, whose very real, yet almost ethereal portraiture has me officially obsessed.


i could go on and on, but you could also just take a look for yourself…really, it’s the best new publication i’ve seen release in a long time, and well worth a browse.  if you’re feeling the handmade, indie-design trend at all these days, but want to take it a step past etsy, there’s literally no better source i’ve found.  i can hardly wait until they go print, so i can subscribe.  in the meantime, i’ll be going back to read issue #1 now.  i’d love to hear what you think of antler!

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