José Aroda

by Joanna on September 23, 2014

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Sometimes it takes a lot to excite me (especially in terms of portraitures), but these pieces by Madrid-based illustrator and graphic designer José Aroda really get me going. Not only is his style bold and graphic, but his color choices are equally over the top. Then there’s the subject matter—from Andy Warhol to Debby Harry to Bette Davis, Aroda’s prints, totes, and plates feature hyper-stylized portraits of some pretty famous people. They feel a bit tongue in cheek at times, but all are totally recognizable and awesome.

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French Press by Yield Design Co.

by Joanna on September 22, 2014

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The last time we mentioned Yield Design Co., they were improving your outdoor dining experience with their Picnic Bag. Now designers Rachel and Andrew seek to improve your daily cup of coffee with this gorgeous new French press. Available in either white or grey, this 1-liter French press is made of ceramic, perfect for maintaining a consistent temperature through the entire brewing process. Keeping in line with Yield’s restrained design aesthetic, the pull features a simple, yet refined touch of copper. The result is a functional piece that you don’t mind gracing your countertops.

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{ Images via Yield Design Co. }

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Grace Ciao’s Flower Dresses

by Anh-Minh on September 19, 2014

grace_ciao1With the various fashion weeks happening lately, it seems like a good time to post about the work of Singapore fashion illustrator Grace Ciao. As a kid, she would create frocks for her Barbie dolls from fabric scraps given to her by her grandmother. These days, she’s employing her talents to sketch dresses that incorporate flower petals. Gorgeous, right?

According to this BuzzFeed interview, it all started as an attempt to preserve the beauty of a withering rose. I love that she continues to share her inspirations and offers a peek of her process on her Instagram account.

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{ Images from Grace Ciao and her Instagram account }

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Maika Carryall Tote

by Anh-Minh on September 18, 2014

maika1I am a sucker for a good tote bag. And for me, a good tote bag should be simple enough in style that I can carry it on myriad outings: lunch dates, editorial meetings, interviews, photo shoots. It should be roomy (able to hold the basics—keys, wallet, phone, notebook—as well as a few copies of Anthology) and feature at least one internal pocket (so I don’t waste time fishing around for small things like my lip balm).

These bags by San Francisco-based Maika fit the bill, and I love that they’re available in a variety of patterns, printed on recycled canvas with eco-friendly inks. The leather straps with brass accents are classic. Bonus: The lining is waterproof. But if you’re not in the market for a tote, Maika also purveys other bags, travel cases, pouches, and buckets. And they currently have a bunch of stuff on sale!

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{ All images from Maika }

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StayGoldMaryRose

by Joanna on September 17, 2014

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Based in Brighton, England, StayGoldMaryRose is the Etsy shop of designer Abigail MaryRose Clark. Since 2004, Clark has repurposed vintage teacups into these oversized, fun bracelets. The teacups themselves come directly from the U.K.’s biggest manufacturer of china. By using seconds and damaged cups, Clark is able to give new life to pieces that would otherwise be tossed. The bangles have been featured in boutiques across the U.S. and the U.K., including Anthropologie. Don’t you just love the way each piece is cropped to showcase the traditional artwork in a modern way?

(Psst … Right now, with promo code SUMMERSALE15, everything in her shop is 15 percent off!)

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{ Images via StayGoldMaryRose }

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