Pastis is a French bistro located in the heart of Manhattan’s meatpacking district. I’m sure you’re most likely heard of it – seems like a lot of celebrities go there to eat and be photographed by the paps. But whatever because I’m nowhere near Manhattan and not raving about their food, but their identity and packaging.


Happy 5th Veer.

It’s been five years since Veer stepped into the peripherals of creatives everywhere. Not just a stock photo house, but a provider of good photography, illustrations, motion clips and typefaces. Someplace different that allows “us” to break out of the grid and make things work, filter out the mundane, and do the best work possible. Pretty cool. I know that Veer is my source of choice and lots of other designers feel the same way.

I almost forgot to mention Veer’s incredible merchandise. Part self-promotion, part signature design. Here are just a few of my favorites.

Kern Zip Up $69

Extra Black Hoodie $59

Type City Prints $55/10


Start Here Linkable Notebooks.

Start Here linkable notebooks are evil genius at work. Simply slide the back cover of one book into the cover of another and voila. The process is never ending and your plans for world domination can procede in an organized fashion. Besides lined and blank notebooks they also carry planners. The pockets are also really handy for storage if you’re not linking the books together.


Toro Tissue Ring.

My allergies and I are wishing we had one of these today.

The Toro Tissue Ring is an stylish alternative to the always unattractive tissue box. Made of stainless steel, Toro’s simplicity is the result of a perfect balance of weight and size – just right to let one tissue through at a time while staying firmly planted on the tissue stack.



I discovered Etsy seller Menta a few months ago and can’t get enough of her vintage-looking, Mexican-art inspired prints. Most are available for under $20.


Holly Golightly Sleep Mask.

If you know me then you know that I love the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s and everything Audrey Hepburn. I was pumped when I saw this Holly Golightly sleep mask ($14) at Fred Flare. Love it – even if I don’t understand how or why anyone could sleep with something over their eyes.


Le Beanock.

This is quite possibly one of the coolest inventions in recent history – Le Beanock. Basically a beanbag converted into a hammock that can hang at any height and angle. Le Beanock is crafted out of marine quality sailcloth finished with zig-zag stitching for extra durability. Chain and eyelets are another marine quality feature – making it more than tough enough for two people. We can thank fashion model turned expert sailmaker/weldress Tracie Herrtage for her innovative design. As of now Le Beanock is available in both natural and black, as well as small (250£) and large (495£) sizes.


Gee Beauty.

Yesterday sucked to put it bluntly. At work I was lacking my normal inspiration and creativity. Things only got worse once work ended. I went out to my car – ten feet away from the front door in the parking lot – to find that it had been broken into and the drivers’ side all keyed up. Luckily nothing was stolen, but it was the icing on the cake that was my day.

This is where I would have rather been. Gee Beauty in Toronto. It just looks so relaxing. Unfortunately Oklahoma is nowhere near Toronto, but even browsing through their site was somewhat calming. I’m totally into their minimalistic packaging with quirky names like Inside every worn down pencil is a point dying to be sharp (eye pencil sharpener).



Fly-Bird is full of curious little items that make every day life even more interesting. I love little tea-party ready sugar and creamer sets and the Anna set ($204) is divine. The Juicy Salif ($79) is an incredible piece of alien-like design that I would love to have sitting on my kitchen counter. And the Stackable Number Cups ($16) are stark white and beautiful. I can think of several things I could use them for other than drinking eight million cups of coffee.