The Friday Five: Backpacks

Well, I was only half-certain that my PhD was going to be my last degree. I was right! Earlier this week, I learned that I have been accepted into¬†an MBA program! It’s part-time¬†so I’ll continue on with life as “normal”, and my studies will take up “just a bit” of my free time. Ha!

Anyhoo – I’m pumped!¬†I’m excited to learn¬†and¬†to push myself in a new direction. I’m also excited to buy school supplies (let’s get real, right?!).¬†At the top of the list is some sort of backpack. I’ve been using a one-shoulder tote forever, and it’s just not cutting it anymore.

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Here are five backpacks that look to be super sleek and fashionable (any just may even hold a textbook or two!).

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Stella McCartney backpack

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Asya Malbershtein backpack

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Harper Ave Philip backpack

I must got check out some affordable options in person one day soon!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Will you be back to school shopping?

Art: I’m a Ceramics Designer

Okay, so I’m not really quitting my day job to become the next Jonathan Adler, but I am currently working on a very cool project which has required me to put on my very first ceramics designer hat (eek – so exciting!). Let me explain.

This fall’s BlogPodium will feature¬†a local organization called Sistering¬†that offers supportive and educational programs to homeless¬†and¬†marginalized women, so that they can develop new¬†skills and have more control over their lives. Inspirations Studio is a division of¬†Sistering that develops participants’¬†knowledge¬†about crafting ceramics.

This year, I have the opportunity to design a collection of ceramics in collaboration with the artists at Inspirations Studio that will be auctioned off at BlogPodium in September with all proceeds going back to Sistering. Earlier this spring, I met with¬†Victoria at¬†Inspirations Studio, and I shared my designs. Under¬†her guidance and instruction, the artisans¬†are¬†bringing my designs to life (um, amazing!). The process thus far has been really cool and creative, and the items are coming along so darn beautifully! I’m impressed, and I’m eager to see the final products soon (it’s so hard to be patient, but I’m trying).

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 Inspirations Studio, photos by me

I hope to eventually share stories from the artisans at Inspirations Studio and the full production process, but for now, here’s a very small sneak peek of one of my designs¬†(I can’t give everything away quite yet!).

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photo by Victoria

Christine Dovey of Bijou and Boheme is also busy designing items, and attendees of BlogPodium have a chance to win a¬†chance to design pottery of their own! I encourage you to submit your design if you’re attending BlogPodium this September.¬†Read all about it here.

Marketplace: Oh That Coco

I’m obviously not the first to recognize¬†Coco Chanel’s influence on the fashion world. Not only have her designs stood the test of time, but so have her words.

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Coco Chanel in her apartment at the Ritz, 1937, via Vanity Fair

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Coco Chanel at work, via Redbook

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poster with Coco Chanel quote

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pillow with quote from Coco Chanel, $65

Design: Three Kitchens that Shine

White kitchens are classic and inviting year-round, but I think they are especially beautiful in the summer when natural sunlight warms the space and the whiteness offers a clean backdrop for colourful food prep.

These three kitchens are beautiful in their own ways. The first is bright,¬†airy, and has an incredible walkout¬†and view. The second kitchen is more rustic than I’m used to, but it’s relaxed,¬†sturdy, and has an awesome espresso machine collection. Finally, the third kitchen barely even looks like a kitchen. Until you spot the wall ovens, you might not even realize that this space is a kitchen. I love that.

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Marketplace: Industrial Chic at Etsy

How do you all feel about “industrial chic” style?¬†I could pretty much move into any of these rooms even though I generally prefer things to be a little more delicate.

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Warm woods and soft textures do effectively tone down hard-core industrial spaces. While I’ve never really embraced this style, I do sometimes find myself drawn to industrial-type lamps and accessories.¬†If you type “industrial chic” into the search bar on¬†Etsy¬†or Pinterest, you’ll get¬†pages upon pages of industrial items and ideas. Here are some from Etsy that I found interesting:

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vintage industrial pendant light, $215

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New York water tower print, $29

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L-shaped desk, $2087

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vintage molds, $15

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vintage door knob & hardware, $35

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shelving unit, $2384

So, tell me, what’s your take on this approach to design?

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