Beauty, Design

makeup monday // beauty by Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs Beauty

Happy Makeup Monday!  One thing I have always thought is that the Marc Jacobs beauty collection packaging is so fabulous! It’s a combination of my two favorite things beauty + graphics {brand}. I love it. A company in NY – ESTABLISHED created the Marc Jacobs beauty packaging.  They described the concept as a “line of beautiful, fluid shapes in a high shine inky black lacquer finish. The sensual, complex curves of the products and unexpected proportions result in a collection that is both simple and thoroughly modern. Every detail was meticulously considered from the ultra thin frame-around mirrors to the layout of the makeup or an oversized button. Here is a glimpse of the collection…

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Color, Design, Graphics, Pantone, Seattle

50 Shades of Grey

50 Shades of Grey graphic

In honor of the movie 50 Shades of Grey debuting this week, I decided to share a graphic that I did with my friend {Savanna}. Back in 2012, Seattle’s Space Needle celebrated its 50th Anniversary.  An International design contest was held to design the look for the top of the Space Needle and celebrate its 50th birthday.  One day, on a rainy weekday, {Savanna} and I were sitting in a coffee shop and we were talking about the popular book at the time, 50 Shades of Grey.  We were contemplating on entering the contest. For some reason, through our silly discussion, we were talking about the Space Needle, the rainy  Seattle gray weather, the book that was set in Seattle, and other design talk that we came up with idea of doing a Pantone inspired 50 Shades of Grey color wheel as our design.  50 colors of Grey – and all named a unique name that ties in with Seattle. We were so excited about our design and thought we had a good chance of winning. We didn’t even make the top 6 and if you saw the top 6 you be like “huh?!!?!”. Serious, we were not bitter at all, but the winning design was seriously a head-scratcher.  Anyway, go see the movie and drool over Jamie Dornan. Happy Friday ! – xoxo SADV

ps. This print is available for purchase. Please contact me if you would like to order!

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Design, Food, Interiors, Photography, Seattle

Seattle Scene. eat. v10

Seattle Scene. eat.v10

This is Seattle Scene. eat. v10. Last one of the year for 2014. Myself and guest blogger {Savanna} try a new Seattle hot spot for our reoccurring feature – the Seattle Scene. At the firm that we work at, we are part of a team that researches/markets Hospitality {restaurants, hotels, spas}. Our assignment is to try out new restaurants and see what the current and future design trends are, especially in the Seattle market {see last blog post – Seattle Scene. eat v9}. We are looking from a designer’s point of view, but the food is a nice bonus. Yesterday, my favorite day Friday Eve, we went to a special place Lark. We discovered that Lark is the new Black.

Lark

Lark 2.0 opened it’s doors in early December of 2014. It is located in the Central Agency Building of Capitol Hill. Last night, Savanna and I visited the space to wine and dine and we absolutely loved it.  Our senses were stimulated in every way. We saw a modern, rustic space with the tall ceilings, large big windows, and dozen of Edison lights that made the space sparkle. From the outside, the space glowed and from the inside the sparkle experience was amazing.  We touched the rich textures of the dark plush mohair upholstered tufted booths paired with rich rustic wood.  When you enter Lark you immediately see the open kitchen which connects the dining experience to the chef’s cooking experience and diners can hear the kitchen at work. We also heard familiar bands from the Seattle music scene which included The Head and the Heart, Fleet Foxes, and Band of Horses.  Lastly, smell and taste – hands down we both agreed that our meal at Lark was the best meal we had in 2014.  Lark is special to us because our firm (Gensler) designed it.  We are very proud of this space.  Lead Designer Robert Cippollone designed the space to reflect the characteristics of Lark’s original space with the warm wood and subtle textures and colors. We absolutely loved our Lark experience. I would describe it as “romantical” and a perfect date spot. The top floor has a more casual vibe with communal tables and the metal topped bar. It’s an ideal place for a intimate private party.  We LOVE it. Here is a glimpse…

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We had a very late dinner and took pictures at the end of the night. Trust me the place was busy and packed.  Did I mention the food was to die for? We met head Chef John Sundstrom. He was nice to come visit us during our meal.  Chef Sundstrom has been recognized as one of the best chefs of Seattle and in 2007 won the James Beard Award for Best Chef of the Northwest.   We had wine and amazing food…

Durigutti Malbec, AR 2012
Burrata with Treviso, Billy’s honey, rosemary, olive oil croutons
Pleasant View foie gras terrine, pear vanilla comopote, brioche
Agnolotti with smoked ricotta, rosemary, dates and brown butter
Veal sweetbreak fricasse, farro grits cake, goat cheese, pickled peppers

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and more…

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until next year…xoxo

 

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Design, Food, Interiors, Seattle, Uncategorized

Seattle Scene. eat.v9

Seattle Scene. eat.v9

This is Seattle Scene. eat. v9. Hello again. The duo is back. Myself and guest blogger {Savanna} try a new Seattle hot spot for our reoccurring feature – the Seattle Scene. At the firm that we work at, we are part of a team that researches/markets Hospitality {restaurants, hotels, spas}. Our assignment is to try out new restaurants and see what the current and future design trends are, especially in the Seattle market {see last blog post – Seattle Scene. eat v8}. We are looking from a designer’s point of view, but the food is a nice bonus. Yesterday we ventured to Broadway and dined at Corretto – Trattoria and Bar.

Corretto

Corretto opened its doors mid April of this year. The popular Foodie Source site Eater recommended this restaurant to us via it’s Eater Hot Map. Owner Travis Rosenthal launched the new trendy Italian restaurant in the Spring in Seattle’s East Broadway area. Executive Chef Laura Licona joins his team and adds her twist on Italian comfort food to the mix. Corretto translates to “corrected coffee” where Corretto bar pairs espresso with Italian grappa, amari, and other Italian liquors. Here is a glimpse…

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A stylish cafe by day and an Italian restaurant by night; the vibe of the Corretto is eclectic chic. Many antique finds decorate the space, which is a trend we see in a lot of Seattle’s restaurants. A handsome Gentleman’s navy blue is seen throughout the space and paired with the Modern Vintage graphic black and white wallpaper.

What did we eat?

Antipasti – Bruschetta Cannellini {white bean pate, balsamic tomato salsa, crisped leeks, grilled crostini}
Primi /Pasta – Gnocchi Al Pesto {fresh gnocchi and our waiter substituted our sauce}
Secondi/Entree – Agnello {three lamb chops, farro, pickled fennel, arugula, toasted almonds, basil oil}
Dessert – Limoncello Cheesecake {amaretti brown butter crust, seasonal berries}

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until next time…..xoxo

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Art, Design

artist watch// chad wys

artist watch // chad wys

Chad Wys. He is totally good on paper!  I love his work. Whys is an Illinois-based artist with a deconstructive point of view. He has many collections that are truely fabulous. One collection that I’m particularly drawn to are his Constellation Geometric Collages. The palette is beautiful, minimal and modern and I love his technique of blending a hand-made quality with digital. LOVE. Here is a glimpse…

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