A little portfolio to cool you off from the summer heat, perhaps inspire you for next year's planting. Taken this year and July last at Chautauqua Institution.
One of my favorite parts of the summer is sitting outside enjoying a refreshing cocktail. Last summer I learned about a new book and attended a book reading for it with the author at the New York Botanical Garden. It's called The Drunken Botanist, by Amy Stewart. It's a great collection of recipes and history. Also a lovely way to use those herbs in the garden.
This year I have planted an herb section in my garden. I have planted oregano, basil, chocolate mint, dill, parsley, cilantro, mint and thyme. What can be better than having friends over, mixing cocktails and plucking your ingredients right from your own yard.
With warm weather, gardening and numerous outdoor events, comes a whole feeling of revival. Being an indie business designer I work closely to seasonal timelines. This past spring I started working on my summer product. Sometimes it is a challenge creating palettes for the warm weather when it is still in the 40's but magazines are my savior. Summer is a time when you can really go bold with however you apply color; your interiors, your garden, your clothing, or sometimes individual things like a new set of bathroom towels, new pillows, new napkins.
I have quite the collection of pantone chips from my days as a mens sportswear designer. It's nice to have a visual and helps me keep focused. Once I start sewing I tend to sometimes start redesigning which slows the whole process and results in a cluttered palette.
Even if you are recreating your room, kitchen or want something to make you feel good. Tape a few pictures to your wall. It helps when working inside on a beautiful sunny day.
Recently I made a trip to Los Angeles for a family wedding. I have not been to the City of Angels in about 15 years. The last time I was there was for work, a design research trip. So my experience and exposure was specific. This recent trip I stayed in the Brentwood section. We didn't have a car so we walked or took a cab. We were there for 5 nights and each morning my 15 month old daughter and I would walk for coffee. The walk was about a mile, which for us living in NYC is not a big deal. We would pass many beautiful houses but what I was more in love with was the landscaping. Living in the northeast we can't really have a cactus garden. Our growing season is not that long and we have 4 seasons. I fell in love with the bamboo, the varieties of cacti and the large beautiful blooming flowers. And what I find most interesting is as a designer, this time of year I start thinking about fall color palettes. I can create my palette from these floral landscapes. Inspiration.
I couldn't believe how thick the bamboo can get and how full and large the lavender shrubs can grow.
This rose with dew, above, is like a photo from a book. I couldn't believe my eyes that this was so natural and perfect. Crimson red, deep pink, purple tips surrounded by shades of green. My favorite is the green cacti with orange at the top of the post. Below is the palette I created from it; fern green, blue sage, dusty white peach, faded carrot and burnt red. A beautiful end of summer, beginning of fall palette. Look around you and create some color.
Enjoy the rest of our summer days and I look forward to Indian Summer.
Summer is here, the heat is on and living in the city can be a bit like an oven. Here are five Etsy NY finds to keep you cool.
Sleeping in something light on hot summer nights. Here are some adorable, breezy shorts from Aurora Lingerie
Keep your little one cool with overalls from Overall Baby. Lightweight cotton overalls with a lightweight cotton lining. Perfect for hot weather!
Summer is here. If you can't tell by the temperature, take a look around. One of the best things about summer is the refreshing, vibrant colors everybody wears. And this summer, peachy neons, beachy corals, sherbet shades and all varieties of melon seem to be the new pink.
Summer is here! And, a question we’re often asked is…”What’s the best sunscreen to use?”
We tend to think of using sunscreen more during the Summertime since the sun is stronger and the days are hotter. Yet, it’s important to wear sunscreen on sunny, cloudy and cold-weather days to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays year-round.
It’s best to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays that can damage your skin, cause premature aging and could lead to skin cancer. The majority of skin cancer cases occur on areas of the body that are most exposed to the sun such as the face, hands, ears and neck, so be extra diligent when applying sunscreen to those areas. If you frequently forget to apply sunscreen, try using a daily all-over-body moisturizer that already includes an SPF (sun protection factor).
Look for products that have an SPF of 30 or higher and that include titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, a powdered mineral that provides more natural protection. And, look for products that are free of artificial chemicals such as homosalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, petrochemicals, PABA, parabens, phthalates, and artificial fragrances.
In addition to using the proper sunscreen, there are several things you can do to further protect your skin.
1) Keep covered. Clothing can offer a moderate amount of protection from UV rays. Wear cotton and breathable material to keep cool and to get some protection. Or, wear clothing with sun protection technology already built in.
2) Wear a wide-brimmed hat to shield your face and eyes from damaging rays.
3) Stay indoors between the hours of 10:00am to 4:00pm when the rays are strongest.
4) Seek shade. Umbrellas and natural shade can also offer moderate protection.
Remember…your skin is your largest bodily organ, so protect it and be kind to it this Summer and all year round!
Summer is in full swing and do you have everything you need? Here are 5 summer finds from the Etsy NY Team!
You need a bag for your stuff right? Check out this awesome hand painted canvas tote from Katrina Reifeiss.
Something to write your thoughts in while looking at the waves crash?
Notebooks from Jenn Eng Studio.
Spice up your outfit with some African inspired bangles by Inivibez.
You may go barefoot once you get to the beach but you certainly need some fancy footwear getting there. Chickpeakid's designer made sandals will do the trick.
After a long day at the beach you may need a little moisturizer. SimplyNu natural organic lip balm and body cream will quench your body's thirst.
Hope you enjoyed this selection of beach finds! Now I am off to the beach!