Monday Inspiration | Oct 17, 2016

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Last week I mentioned Bryan Cranston‘s book was released. I did end up putting Anna Karenina on the back burner so I could listen and so far – it’s so intriguing. His life was going all over the place and to hear the things he’s experienced and what life he came from is fascinating. I’m so glad I’m listening to it right now. Definitely recommend!

My husband and I went to the House of Cards walking tour yesterday hosted by the Smithsonian. It was the perfect day to be outside and walking for as long as we did. We had a healthy walk down Pennsylvania Avenue and learned about some of D.C.’s history and how it connects to House of Cards. We ended with lunch at a D.C. bbq placed, Hill Country. Drools ensued. Continue reading

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Tuesday Inspiration | Mar 10, 2015

The last two weeks included a visit to Hot Spot, a Bush concert with my sister (kickin’ it back to my ’90s music love), taking Vee to her first toy store, binge-watching House of Cards and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix, making mini-pizzas for nom nom time and much coffee to keep up since Daylight Saving Time is kicking my butt this time around. How are you guys holding up?

And what did you think of House of Cards? My husband and I finished it the weekend it came out. I know many people who are still plowing through the season so I won’t give anything away. I will only say that I preferred the first two seasons to this one. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the new one from Tina Fey. It’s only 13 episodes, about a half hour each, so that one was easy for us to consume on a Saturday night. It was pretty funny and Ellie Kemper’s delivery is really good. The show is very much in the same vein of 30 Rock so if you were fans of that show, chances are you may like this one.

Vee’s birthday is six months away (HOLY SHIT, WHAT?!) and she will be turning 2-years-old. To say she’s obsessed with Mickey Mouse is an understatement. If she’s still into him and the rest of the Mickey gang by the time her birthday rolls around, my husband and I are playing around with the idea of a Mickey themed party. I made “Find Vee” favors last year that included facts about foods she liked, what words she was trying to say, her favorite stuffed animal, etc. But this time around, I’m thinking of doing something a little more in-depth, like a Mickey-themed annual report favor based on her exponential growth and progress this past year. It would be a fun design project for me, full of infographic-style illustrations that may or may not include facts about how many times a day she likes to jump on to and off of furniture (all day, erryday) and which of her books get the most love (Pantone Colors and Corduroy right now). Still just thoughts… let’s see what I can do with that evasive little thing called time. 🙂

Let’s get to it. Inspiration time:

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Each Disney movie has been illustrated by Rafael Mayani. I want to own each and every one in print form, even the ones I haven’t seen. Check out his site for more amazing goods here.

Wes Anderson’s use of red and yellow. Equally as impressive is Wes Anderson: Centered.

Check out my review of Still Alice starring Julianne Moore who won an Oscar for her performance in this film.

I’ve made a couple batches of these mini-pizzas and they are so damn good!

I just purchased this font. It’s so preeeeetty.

I started using Wunderlist. It’s taking some time for me to get used to it but so far, I’m diggin’ it.

My two loves combined.

Turning 30 described in charts and graphs. Extremely accurate and very funny.

Just in case you needed to be reminded how awesome Drive is, check out the opening credits. And if it’s your first time watching them, shame on you. Ugly baby judges you.

Oh, hello animated gifs straight from my phone’s keyboard!

This video with Jessica Hische and Laura Victore talk about being pregnant, their work, and future totally resonated with me now that I have a child.

I hope to have the strength this mother did for her daughter if I’m ever called upon like that with mine.

On repeat: Whiplash’s Caravan. I’LL CUE YOU IN!!! My fellow Whiplash fans will know what I’m talking about. \m/ \m/

Wednesday Inspiration | Feb 25, 2015

The Oscars have come and gone and although my pick for Best Picture wasn’t chosen, I still love watching the show and seeing all the celebrities in their glitz and glamour. My Best Picture winner would’ve been Whiplash, which is out on DVD today (and I am already watching as I type this). The editing, music, acting, intensity and story was so incredibly well done. No words can truly capture how excellent this movie is. It is an absolute must watch so do your eyes and ears a favor and watch this film!

Last week, I took a couple of days off work to just relaaaax – a concept completely elusive to my mind and body, as much as I try to practice it. But this time… this time, I really treated myself and feel so much more refreshed as a result. My mini-vacay started with coffee, crackers and cheese at a bookstore so I could finish Lena Dunham’s “Not That Into You.” I left with a purchase of a new sketchbook (whose pages smell divine and are aching to be drawn on) and Steve Martin’s “Object of Beauty,” a read I’ve been wanting to pick up for forever. Still full from my breakfast, I met my husband for his lunch break and we ended up just taking a drive, huddled in the warmth of the car heater against the brutal cold wind. It was nice to talk, share our feelings, laugh, and be carefree, instead of the usual grumbles about the insane traffic, talking about Vee, or discussing how we fix this or that. It was sweet and perfect. ❤

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I wrapped up the afternoon with a trip to Target (I mean, is a mini-vacay ever complete without entering a Target?), Paper Source and the movies! I loved rummaging the shelves of Paper Source without any pressure to leave or buy something. I ended up buying cardboard letters that spelled out V-E-E and hung them in her room after peety-izing them. They look awesome and she’s obsessed with them, too. I bought a few sets of notecards to bulk up my home card collection since it was running low. I always tell myself I’ll make cards or just give a Peety card but you know – I’m a sucker for really beautiful notecards! I can’t help it so it felt good to give myself a little treat. And then I headed to the movies to see Still Alice. Guys, this movie was incredibly moving and yes, Julianne Moore’s performance made me wipe tears away over and over. Although I still wish Rosamund Pike won for Best Actress at the Oscars, Julianne Moore was pretty incredible (stay tuned for my review coming soon to cinemasamura.net).

The rest of the weekend was spent with my husband and I watching movies, tv, sleeping A LOT. Did I mention Vee stayed at my parents’ house this past weekend? 🙂 All I have to say is, an uninterrupted warm meal is definitely NOT overrated.

Inspiration time:

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I don’t know about you but I love love LOVED the animation and graphics as the intro to each category and nominee. Thanks to my friend’s googling skills, I know that the man behind the art is Henry Hobson. And he is awesome (thanks for the link, Marzia!).

I am so intrigued by this 10-minute timer rule (thanks, Jorge!).

I want these bookends!

Holy crap. I most definitely have a severe case of misophonia.

I bought these lovely birthstone notecards at my trip to Paper Source. I love how unique they would feel to each recipient.

Free infographic goods – sweet!

HOUSE OF CARDS THIS WEEKEND OMGICANTWAITBINGEWATCHHEREICOME!!!!!

Okay, I’d like to think I’m pretty good at Wheel of Fortune but how. the. hell?!

Speaking of word games, I have been obsessed with this app.

And speaking of apps, I really love finding out how others stay organized and on top of their shit. Check out how Bri from Design Love Fest stays with it.

Monday Inspiration | Dec 16, 2013

I know it’s a little late but we finally put up our Christmas tree this past weekend. Now, it officially feels like Christmas. I’ve got a few more things I need to scoop up to put under the tree but thanks to Amazon Prime, I’m more than halfway done. Woohoo! I do need some suggestions on places where I can find a bunch of small fun things to buy as stocking stuffers. Any ideas? Share ’em with me in the comments.

Let’s go thru our Monday Inspiration:

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First up, I gotta do a shameless plug. If you’re looking to give the gift of Peety this Christmas, get it while everything is 40% Off! Use code: PEETYHOLIDAY40 at my Etsy shop and get some awesome prints, original drawings, or cards for a fraction of the cost.

I wish The Simpsons were as funny as they used to be while I was growing up. These t-shirts, though, make me love ’em all over again.

Have I mentioned how much I love daily projects? Check out One Year of Design.

I want to buy all of these for every charger in my home.

How trendy is your logo? Check it here (Thanks for the link, Marzia!)

It is Monday after all so I’m sure you’re in dire need of some laughter. Clear out your schedule for the next 10 minutes because this clip with Conan O’Brien, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube is fucking epic.

How many useless emails do you get a day? Check out Unroll.me and clear out that inbox (Thanks for the link, Morgan!).

I know where I’ll be this Valentine’s Day – cuddled up on the couch with my husband watching House of Cards, Season 2. Check out the trailer.

Do you listen to music while you work? Here‘s how it affects you. Pretty interesting article.

And lastly, Caption Contests will be making a comeback in 2014! Stay tuned for more deets in the next Monday Inspiration.