XPN Festival 2011

July 27, 2011

For the second year in a row, the XPN Festival was held on the hottest weekend of the summer. Of course it was – I always have free tickets for being a member. I wish I could have braved the heat but at least I was able to stream it live from my air-conditioned home. Having grown up listening to Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Lynyrd Skynyrd with my dad, I gravitated toward new artist Gary Clark Jr., a self-producing blues and rock guitarist with some mad skills. He was voted Best Blues & Electric Guitarist for the Austin Music Awards, and has performed at the Crossroads Guitar Festival, alongside Clapton and BB King.So I had to call up my pop to tell him to listen in Friday night – we’ll definitely be getting his new EP, Bright Lights, coming out August 9th. He’s also playing next week with ?uestlove. Might have to get a babysitter…

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Cotton and Curls

July 25, 2011

Just came across this site – how remarkable is this lady? Seriously! Lizzie is quite talented refashionista and has inspired me to finish up a pile of vintage and secondhand clothes I’ve picked up this summer. Check out her Granny Chic contest from last week – some truly amazing refashioning happening there.

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Beard: The Gift that Keeps on Giving

July 20, 2011

Last year for Lucy’s birthday, my friend’s son, Bubba, was obsessed with our photo booth – especially all the silly props (see here, here, and here). So, for his 6 1/2 birthday party this weekend (what fun is a birthday on a big holiday like Christmas?), I made him a beard. I figured he was getting all old anyway and could use some facial hair. Kids grow up so fast these days.

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Dolan Geiman and the Whale Collection

July 15, 2011

Dolan Geiman’s genius works are created with salvaged materials, showcasing an eclectic yet folky aesthetic. This here Whale Collection is made of recycled leather bits and rivets, and is made-to-order right here.

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Gratitude

July 14, 2011

Thanks, EmersonMade, for making me think I could pull off a caftan.

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Baby animals

July 13, 2011

Make things fun and people will spread the word. Besides, who doesn’t like baby animals? Small versions of larger things are always adorable. Always. [Found via Jenn Ski]

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The Return

July 8, 2011

I’m back in the States and back to the grind. But I’m pulling together some highlights from my trip through Scandinavia that will undoubtedly last all month. So stay tuned!

Photo by ME – Some pals I met in Voss

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