Matcha 12 Ways

I had my first experience with matcha a few years ago in a tea shop in Oklahoma City. So what is the stuff exactly? Matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. Now that’s not so intimidating, right? Turns out you can make all kinds of delicious things with it besides tea and lattes, too. Read on for twelve of them.

 

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Shelby Ling

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I’m digging Shelby Ling‘s loosey goose style, particularly in the plant illustrations. Maybe it’s because I have warm weather on my mind, and can hardly wait to whip my backyard into decent shape and haul out the deck furniture this weekend. At any rate, you can pick up something for yourself in Shelby’s shop!

 

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Fossil x Opening Ceremony

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A few months ago Fossil and Opening Ceremony teamed up for a capsule collection of eclectic style with a vintage twist. In other words, it’s kind of phenomenal. The limited edition line features a little something for both men and women with its statement watches, reversible bags, and other accessories. The end result of Fossil x Opening Ceremony is playful yet innovative.

 

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Inès Longevial

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Paris-based art director and illustrator Inès Longevial creates lots of fantastic work across many mediums, but the one that resonates most with me are her paintings. Inès focuses on using mostly blocked out colors to create her pop inspired pieces that successfully draw the viewer’s eye in deeper and deeper.

 

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Issey Miyake x Iittala

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Designers love Japanese fashion house Issey Miyake, and now they’ve partnered with Finnish brand Iittala to create a range of homeware which includes pleated place mats, tote bags, and more. The collaboration – Issey Miyake x Iittala – has been in development for four years and includes thirty textile, ceramic, and glass pieces for the home. The technology developed for use in the pleating is fascinating, employing a technique that uses steam to pleat the fabric into origami-like patterns as well as a process that involves baking material in an oven. And that pastel palette? Perfect for spring.

 

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The Joy of Swimming

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Artist Lisa Congdon’s books never fail to impress or inspire, and such is the case with her latest – The Joy of Swimming: A Celebration of Our Love for Getting in the Water. A longtime swimmer herself, Lisa has created an illustrated collection of vintage swimsuits and pool signs, hand lettered quotes on the subject, dozens of watercolor portraits paired with personal stories, and more. With summer just around the corner The Joy of Swimming is the perfect book to get you swimsuit ready!

 

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Meteo

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I have this thing for floor rugs, and greatly wish I could afford a few more so they could be switched out occasionally. The latest target of my affections is the Meteo line, a collaboration between French designer Inga Sempé and Golran. The contemporary Persian designs feature three different soft, contemporary geometric patterns that are each available in three colors.

 

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Jordan Buschur

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My shelves are filled with books, so why not cover the walls too? American artist Jordan Buschur first photographs her subjects – piled, jumbled, and stacked – before painting the final creations. Be sure and check out the junk drawers of friends and family that she captures in the same way.

 

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Jonathan Smith

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High contrast is difficult to ignore, especially in vast landscapes provided by nature herself. Jonathan Smith captures the world and its desolate landscapes at their most striking through his camera lens.

 

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