MUSIC MONDAY: ALLAH-LAS

mentioned Friday that I was venturing out to Echo Park Rising to see some live music. I particularly wanted to go to check out this band. I love their 60’s California surfer vibe. They are a great band to dance to. I did find out they are playing at the Santa Monica pier in September. I think the pier is the perfect backdrop for this band, I cannot wait. Happy Monday!

{song: Tell Me (What’s On Your Mind), album: Allah-Las}


HAPPY FRIDAY

What a week, I am happy the weekend is here. I have a lot of fun things going on this weekend. I am going to check out some local music at the Echo Park Rising this evening, which will be fun. It seems like you just bounce around from venue to venue listening to local bands. So stay tuned…Have a lovely weekend!

{photo by me, from a couple nights ago. I love visiting the Griffith Observatory at night such an amazing view}


THE MOVIE THAT STOLE MY HEART

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I know I am really late on watching The Grand Budapest Hotel. I finally saw it a couple weekends ago and feel completely in love. Wes Anderson is a genius with beautiful imagery, colors and overall design.

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I especially loved all the graphic elements, from the packaging and fonts for the Mendel’s shop. I even loved the small details like the book carried in the opening scene.

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I think one of the best parts of this film was the beautiful symmetry represented throughout the film. Although that is his signature trademark it just shinned in this film.  

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I love when a movie inspires me, it doesn’t happen that often but when it does it sticks with me for a while. It is a strong statement to say, but I think this was one of his best films to date, although Royal Tenenbaums is still my favorite. 


YOU WERE A GREAT ONE

RIP Mr. Williams


MUSIC MONDAY: GLEN HANSARD

Last night I enjoyed a lovely evening with some lovely bearded men, Iron & Wine, The Head and the Heart and Glen Hansard. I LOVE Iron & Wine so much, but I had to pick Glen Hansard today. I have seen him perform with is band The Swell Season, so I knew it was going to be great. Not to bad of a way to end a nice weekend. Happy Monday!

{song: Love Don’t Leave Me Waiting, album: Rhythm And Repose}


DESIGN’VY: MY FAVORITE PINS

I have been a pinning machine lately, here are some of my favorites right now. 

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MUSIC MONDAY: ARCADE FIRE

After seeing Arcade Fire last Friday live, I have a new found appreciation for this band. They put on a fantastic show; I think I danced for an hour straight. So I figured I should dedicate today’s post to the Fire. It was hard to pick one of my favorites, so I decided to pick the first song I heard from them. Happy Monday!

{song: Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels), album: Funeral}


MUSIC MONDAY: TWIN SHADOW

Note: I have heard this song a few times and always liked it. But for some reason a few months ago I was at Father’s Office and heard this song and became obsessed with trying to figure out who sang this song.

There are moments when I am at a store or watching a movie and a song comes on and I become OBSESSED trying to figure it out. So with no avail, I couldn’t figure it out. Then last week I was playing Spotify radio and this song came on and I screamed with excitement (thankfully I was in my car). I finally have this song and I couldn’t be happier. Moments like that are why I love music so much. Happy Monday!

{song: Five Seconds, album: Confess}


HAPPY FRIDAY

This week seemed to fly by. After my amazing mini vacation last weekend I am looking forward to a nice mellow weekend. I am hoping to squeeze in a movie; I have really wanted to see Boyhood. Everyone has been raving about it. 

Have a lovely weekend!

{photo by me, I couldn’t get enough of the flowers from the conservatory in San Francisco}


IN THE STUDIO: CURRENT/ELLIOTT

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Normally I don’t post work from my full time job, but I couldn’t resists. I am extremely happy with the launch of the new Current/Elliott site. It is very clean, with large images and easier navigation. I love that you can choose how many images to view on each page. There was also the launch of a new category called Loved and Found, which was a fun section to design. I was able to be more creative with the layout and actual photography of the items. Since Current/Elliott is known for its vintage esthetic I was able to carry that idea through in this new category.

This was also the first time I had to design a site so it is responsive (it can work on all platforms mobile, tablets). There was a huge learning curve designing for large format and making sure it would work when scaled down. There was a lot of back and forth for each page design, but now I feel like a pro. 

If you or someone you know is in need of something special, I would love to hear from you: hello@visuallylovely.com