Plain with a Punch

Brought to you by Motorola Moto X: Thousands of combinations. Design yours.

Color is one of the biggest elements of my style, of most peoples’ really. You can choose to be moody one day while cloaking yourself in black, or fun and playful the next while mixing bright hues. Innocent and ethereal in white, or downplayed in shades of brown. The point is that color infiltrates our lives in every way and definitely effects our mood. It’s reflected in my home, my closet, and now technology as well!

Motorola’s Moto X has been blowing up all over the place, and with over 2,000 color combinations it’s easy to see why. I’m glued to my phone and I’m sure you probably are too, so it’s especially it’s nice that Motorola has realized what a huge chunk of the market thinks of their phone not only as a lifeline but also as an accessory! After really examining my aesthetic and style preferences I decided on a blush Moto X with lemon lime accents. It perfectly mimics my taste, Plain with a Punch! Neutral tones, casual style, with an unexpected touch to make it really special.



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Peach and Chèvre Pizza with Balsamic Onions and Arugula


The instant I threw this pizza together I knew it would be going into my late summer/early fall repertoire for years to come. Its birth is the result of being faced with leaving town unexpectedly for a few days, badly in need of a trip to the grocery store, and with a refrigerator full of produce that would be past its prime when I returned. Holy moly, just try it.


Peach and Chèvre Pizza with Balsamic Onions and Arugula

• your favorite pizza dough recipe (or my favorite cheat, ready-to-go from the refrigerated section)
• 2 peaches
• 1 red onion
• 4 oz chèvre (goat cheese)
• 3 C loosely packed arugula
• 1/3 C balsamic vinegar
• 1 Tbsp olive oil
• 1/2 tsp sea salt

Slice the onion up into thin strips. Place in a medium bowl and toss to coat in the balsamic vinegar, let sit for 10 minutes. Skin, slice, and pit the peaches and add to onion/balsamic bowl. Place and stretch your (homemade or store bought) pizza dough into a large cookie sheet, it will be fairly thin. Removed onions and peaches from the bowl and scatter across dough, saving the balsamic. Dot the pizza evenly with pieces of chèvre. Bake according to dough instructions. In the meantime, toss arugula in the leftover balsamic, olive oil, and sea salt. Once pizza is finished baking, cover evenly with the arugula mixture and let sit for 5 minutes. Some wilting will occur, which is totally fine. Enjoy!


Jaylon Israel Hicks

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Think back to when you were 21 years old. How you filled your days, your nights, and the in between. Then think of Houston-based artist Jaylon Israel Hicks, who was born in 1993 and is busy “expressing his ideas about life through abstraction.” Chew on that a little. (via Booooooom)


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Fern + Crystal Temporary Tattoos

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At first glance these fern and crystal temporary tattoos from The Aviary had me thinking they were the real thing (in fact, I think you’ll find them on my my Fresh Ink board where I pinned them months ago). Each one is taken from shop owner Victoria’s original illustrations and printed on professional-grade material for up to five days of wear. I think it would be so much fun to cover both arms and parts of your face with the ferns for Halloween!


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Myriam Dion

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Who would have ever thought the daily newspaper and a super sharp X-acto knife would yield results this beautiful? Myriam Dion, that’s who. These intricately cut works of art prove that there’s more beauty in the everyday than we can ever hope to see. (via The Jealous Curator)


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Penny Sage

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The New Zealand label Penny Sage is new on my radar, and I’m loving designer Kate Megaw’s aesthetic. Every piece looks both timeless and effortless while transcending seasons. Megaw works with natural materials like linen and silk, which she often hand-paints or dyes herself.


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Wooly Baby

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It was lovely and crisp here in OKC this weekend, which always puts me in the best mood. I wore my first pair of socks since April, and now these  cozy slippers and slipper socks from Wooly Baby are screaming my name! They’re eco-friendly (made from 85% recycled materials), have a suede bottom, and a wool-lined sole. They come in high and low ankle heights and are available for babies, kids, women, and men. Do I hear some holiday gifts being crossed off??


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Happy Weekend

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01/ Check out this creepy-cool abandoned treehouse mansion!
02/ A submarine surfaced in the streets of Milan… or did it?
03/ This apartment building’s brick facade appears to be melting off.
04/ The negative space of a house cut within a 908 page book.
05/ Ridiculously amazing photos of animals congregating.
06/ A colorful farewell to a condemned house in Germany.
07/ A maze of mirrors inside Sydney’s Hyde Park.
08/ Would you live in this modern pyramid house?
09/ Extinction empathy tattoos commemorate not-so-cuddly species.
10/ Doublefaced, portraits of a girl with the illusion of two faces.

This week on Design Crush:
Gulten Imamoglu
Insta September
Paola Navone Collection for Crate & Barrel
Woodland Creatures Masks
Slow-Cooked Vegetable Stew
Marc Giai-Miniet


Marc Giai-Miniet

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French sculptor Marc Giai-Miniet creates miniature libraries full of the smallest little books and other features. I love how industrial and macabre his sculptures feel, a little like they might be the lairs of someone/something evil and calculating. Did you spy the three bodies above?


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Slow-Cooked Vegetable Stew


Last weekend was the first it truly felt like fall, with plenty of cool temps and even a little rain to top it off. I know almost everyone seems to say it, but fall has truly been my favorite season for my entire life. So of course I had to do a little celebrating by dragging out my crockpot and cooking up some super simple, but very flavorful vegetable stew. (I served it up over a small bed of brown rice, but it’s just as good without.)


Slow-Cooked Vegetable Stew
(loosely adapted from Real Simple)

• 1 can vegetable broth
• 2 cans diced tomatoes, including juice
• 1 can corn, drained
• 2 cloves garlic
• 1 large sweet potato, diced
• 1/2 tsp cumin
• 1/2 tsp sea salt
• 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper
• 4 small zucchinis
• 1 can chickpeas, drained
• brown rice

Combine vegetable broth, tomatoes and juice, corn, garlic, sweet potato, cumin, sea salt, and crushed red pepper in a crockpot. Give it all a good stir and set on low heat for 6 hours or high for 3 hours. Add in zucchini and chickpeas, cooking for one hour longer on low. Serve over brown rice or with some crusty bread. Completely easy, yes?