The shampoo mavens over at V05 have been working hard at developing a new scent for their line, and I was lucky enough to be invited to give some feedback at a luncheon they hosted last week at Back Forty West! We learned a bit about the history of the company, which was really interesting – I had no idea the brand was nearly 60 years old, nor did I know that the name V05 comes from the “5 vitamin oils” that are included in all of their products. The more you know!
The highlight of our luncheon was smelling the samples (obviously)! I had never participated in anything like this before, so the whole process was new and exciting to me. We were given small bottles one at a time, which we sniffed and tried our best to decipher what the heck we were smelling. It was so funny to see how the fragrances impacted everyone differently: “This smells like the color pink! This smells like when you walk onto an airplane!” After jotting down our notes, the experts revealed the breakdowns of each scent, which were surprisingly complex, and we could see if we were close with our assessments.
Our session was dessert themed, so everything revolved around sugary goodness. Which one sounds like it would be your favorite?
Scent #1 was light and sweet, with hints of citrus, vanilla, and almonds
Scent #2 had a fruity candy scent that remind me Swedish Fish!
Scent #3 was the most decadent with strong notes of coconut and caramel.
I’ve always admired beautiful planters from afar, knowing that I would never need to buy one due to my awesome black thumb. Plants and I just aren’t meant to be! So when my mom brought me a basil plant a few months ago, I expected it to shrivel up and die within a few weeks like every other plant that has had the misfortune of crossing our front door. But lo and behold, a miracle has occurred right in our living room because it’s still alive!! I wouldn’t go so far as to use the word “thriving”, but it’s alive, and that’s all that matters to me :-) To reward my new leafy friend for hanging in there, I decided to upgrade its boring plastic planter to something with a little more style…
Making one of these beardogcat cute planters could not be easier! All you’ll need is:
a plain ceramic bowl big enough to hold your plant
Cut out two dots for eyes, a jellybean nose, a “W” shaped squiggle for the muzzle, and rectangular strips for hairs from the contact paper
Decorate the planter with your stickers
Pop in a plant, and enjoy your new “pet”!
I was originally going to use a Sharpie marker to decorate the planter, but I really like the non-permanent factor of using contact paper. When you get tired of the design, you can peel it all off and start over with a fresh look – yipee!
Dreams DO come true, especially if you’re JeeYoung Lee! This incredible South Korean artist spends several weeks (and even months) transforming her tiny 3x6m studio into unbelievably elaborate worlds inspired by her personal life and traditional Korean fables. In fact, her attention to detail is so sharp that none of these photographs are manipulated by Photoshop! My favorite scene is “Treasure Hunt”, which perfectly captures the joy and wonder of childhood…minus giant grasshoppers, of course. Check out the rest of JeeYoung’s surreal sets here!
As a designer, I often find myself drawn to the same colors over and over again – shades of blue and gray are my happy place! Unfortunately there’s nothing more annoying than finding the perfect palette for a particular project before realizing you’ve already used it in 5 other things. Sigh. New color inspiration to the rescue! After spending some quality time with Photoshop, here are a few fun pairings I’ve come up with on the road to color exploration!