Showing posts with label Pinterest. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Pinterest. Show all posts

Friday, August 10, 2012

Lit links & Scoops

Where I collect and share all the interesting random things I've read all week:

- The Slave Who Circumnavigated The World via The Awl

- Brazilian author Clarah Averbuck on why she wrote Cat Life: ""Unfortunately, Brazil is still a very sexist country. Girls are still seen like objects. The most important thing a woman can do is just be pretty, and it's a shame," she says." via NPR

- See Also: “I’m like, ‘I just made history and people are focused on my hair?’” Gabby Douglas rocks.

- Love: A Booklover’s Map of Literary Geography circa 1933 via BrainPickings

- Oddballs: People Without Facebook Accounts Are 'Suspicious.' on Forbes

- Stress-Free: Recipe for 1x/week Cleansing/Detox Bath Soak via Whole Living

- 7 Foods a Nutritionist Would Never Eat via Shape

- THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT SRIRACHA - How To Make Sofrito, The DIY Condiment brought to you by The Awl

- Holy bat babies - Cuteness!

- Why dating artists is a terrible idea: I INSPIRED A "BAD" VERSION OF MYSELF ON AARON SORKIN'S "THE NEWSROOM" via xoJane.

- And now you know: How Advertisers Convinced Americans They Smelled Bad: A schoolgirl and a former traveling Bible salesman helped turn deodorants and antiperspirants from niche toiletries into an $18 billion industry via Smithsonian

- Colson Whitehead's novel Zone One is a post-apocalyptic tale of a Manhattan crippled by a plague and overrun with zombies. He explains that he created the novel, in part, to pay homage to the grimy 1970s New York of his childhood. at NPR

- Also How to Write By COLSON WHITEHEAD - awesomeness via NYTimes.

- The Daily Chicana on Remembering My Brown-Skinned Dolls via Racialicious

- Chinese/Jamaican Poet StacyAnn Chin talks about being a single mother, in-vitro fertilization,and how her decision to have a child was met by the Black and LGBT community. Read more at Mater Mea.

- Read MOLLY RINGWALD's story about Infidelity here

- This October, Designers & Books are hosting the first-ever book fair in New York City to focus on architecture and design book publishing. Go here.

- Amazing #1: Site tells you what an awesome social media early adopter you are via ShinyShiny
- Amazing #2: AMAZON: We now buy more Kindle eBooks than printed books Here.

- Style, yes please: 20 fashion-focused Pinterest accounts via Mashable.

- Nicely done: A gender free toy store -Harrods Department Store via The Mary Sue

- The PlayTales App Teaches Your Kids To Love Books With Interactive Kids Stories via MakeUseof

- I cannot wait to go to the Netherlands this fall: AMSTERDAM CITY GUIDE: WHY I LOVE AMSTERDAM, THE GREATEST LITTLE CITY IN WORLD via MeltingButter.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Stuff I'm Totally Sweating: Global Home Decor Edition

I've always loved homes decorated with a global flair that mixes old and new and the items come with a provenance - Along the lines of Anthropologie's store vignettes (great article here and imagine having this guy's job - luckkkyyy!).

In about a month or so, I am moving out of my much-loved Spanish Harlem apartment and on to a bigger and better place outside of the city. Actually, outside of the state But I digress, so lately decorating and home decor has been on my mind a lot. Since I've been really good at supplying myself with anything I've needed for the past three years I've lived in my one-bedroom apartment, I don't really need much except one or two pieces of additional furniture and ideas on how to use what I already have to decorate. In the meantime, I've developed a love affair with Etsy, Pinterest, Fab.com and a couple of other home decor/interior design blogs that knows no bounds.

Anyway, as part of my pairing down/de-cluttering and shopping less recovery evolution, I have come to realize that 1. my decorating talents, good taste and fashion eye are going to waste. 2. I enjoy the experience of shopping since it acts as creative and artistic stimuli for my muse - in fact, it's almost cathartic. And lastly, just because I can't own it doesn't mean someone else shouldn't get to enjoy it. After all, sites like Pinterest and a million shopping blogs out there are just about that - noting cool things you should buy. So here we go!

What would a globetrotting successful Latina have in her home? I asked myself.

Here's what caught my eye recently:

1. How about a little tongue in cheek statement piece? I love the vibrant colors.

$24.99 via Art.com
2. Or a colorful, vintage Day of the Dead Retablo? This has both history and folkloric charm.

$90 via Etsy.com
3. Lastly, some original (Guadalupe / Conquistadora / Madonnas) artwork? These can be religious artifacts or womanly expressions of nature - however you interpret them, they are beautiful.

Giclee prints by Cristina Acosta, $75-300, via Etsy.com

Giclee prints by Cristina Acosta, $75-300, via Etsy.com

Giclee prints by Cristina Acosta, $75-300, via Etsy.com

Giclee prints by Cristina Acosta, $75-300, via Etsy.com

Giclee prints by Cristina Acosta, $75-300, via Etsy.com

4. Not your Mami's Coffee maker Cafetera:  These stylish and unique Cappuccino Sets by MEPRA will save you from buying those expensive coffee drinks and bring a smile with their old-fashioned new/modern charm and heart-shaped infuser, net, and press inserts.

$80 via Fab.com



Full disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post and I have NO affiliations with the companies or artists featured  here.
 
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