My first foray into the wonderful, public-domain image rabbit hole that is Vintage Printable was to scroll through the bird prints after one was featured in the Spring issue of Martha Stewart Weddings. A few days later, Neal from Present & Correct linked to Vintage Printable pottery color samples, and just like that, another hour (or three) was lost. I’m currently obsessed with these selections from the “Color” section. Click over to find your passion …. but make sure you don’t have to be anywhere right away.
images from vintageprintable.com
When it comes to makeup, I’m always searching for products that give me a me-but-better “no makeup” look. (As discussed before, I revere the “J.Crew Model” aesthetic.) I recently discovered Kjaer Weis products while shopping at Chicago’s Space 519. Launched in 2010 by Danish makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis, the line is inspired by a tried and true color palette with a focus on healthy skin. Her makeup philosophy is to work with a customer’s features to bring out a “healthy glow” instead of cover + camouflage. The current lineup includes colors for eye, cheek, and lip. All are made from natural ingredients (no silicones) and feel great on your skin. Because Kjaer Weis didn’t want her products to compromise when it came to appearance/design, she hired Marc Atlan to design the refillable metal compacts, which smartly marry design with sustainability. The result is a thoughtful, modern, and stylish approach to natural/organic products.
I had a chance to try a sample of colors from the collection for a spring look. The cream “Blossoming” blush has become my go-to product as it is easy to apply and blend, has a long wear time, and the result is super natural. (I use a foundation blush for application as I find it easier to control the small amount of product I need.) I don’t wear eye shadow much, but “Charmed” instantly won me over: it’s the first eye shadow I’ve ever used that didn’t end the day in creases on my lid! And the lip tint “Romance”, while very bright in the pan (and on first application) quickly melted into my lips, giving them a subtle punch.
There are plans to expand the line: next up includes mascara, foundation, and powder. I look forward to it. Kjaer Weis cosmetics are available in Chicago at Space 519 and also through the Kjaer Weis webstore. (You can also find a retailer close to you at the website.)
photography, layout and type by jane potrykus
products were provided by kjaer weis, at my request, for review
Filed under right-up-my-alley: B, the Brand Documentary Magazine. Published in Korea, each issue of B tells the story, through words and images, of a company and its branding. I’m quite eager to see issue 11, which focuses on Chicago’s own Intelligentsia Coffee. Of course, the magazine isn’t easy to find in the US, but I love a challenge. You can see more, including covers of all 14 issues published to date, with brands ranging from Penguin to Lego, at the B website.
excerpt from issue 11: intelligentsia (packaging)
excerpt from issue 11: intelligentsia (cafe photos)
excerpt from issue 10: penguin
images from magazine-b.com
In Wayfare Magazine‘s début print issue, I mention my tendency to buy prettily packaged candies as travel souvenirs. On last summer’s visit to Stockholm, I stopped in Pärlans Konfektyr to buy some caramels. (Guilty confession: I kept them all for myself.) Not only were the caramels delicious, but the identity and packaging, designed by Clara von Zweigbergk, is so striking that I’ve saved the box!
von Zweigbergk’s portfolio is full of appealingly minimalist designs, including some new binders for Hay that I’m quite eager to see.
image credits: pärlans photos courtesy of clara von zweigbergk; wayfare magazine photo courtesy of wayfare
Eveningwear made cozy at Sacai. I just love this: you can see the complete collection via Vogue UK.
image credit: photo by gorunway for vogue.co.uk