I want this print SO much! I think I am just going to have to buy it. It is so 1960s biology class! The colors are so inspiring - all the onyx and chartreuse and warm reds and oranges. I actually found it on Katrina's blog, where she used it for inspiration to make one of her beautiful "Colour Lovers" palettes.
Over the week of February Vacation, I read Vaclav & Lena by Haley Tanner. It's a beautiful fictional story about a little girl and boy growing up as Russian immigrants in Brooklyn, NY, and how their lives intertwine, disconnect, and re-tangle themselves. It's a little dark but severely compelling and romantic.
The backstory is lovely - Vaclav wants only to be a famous magician one day, with Lena his assistant, and the main goal a show on Coney Island.
"He sits there for a long time, feeling very sad for himself, although he is at the same time very happy to feel cozy inside of his jacket, and to drink the Dr Pepper from the can with a straw, and to look out the window at the people walking outside on the sidewalk, and even though this soda is almost one-half the cost of a possible trip to Coney Island to see the Sideshow, he thinks sometimes you know that it is a very long road to become a famous magician, and sometimes you have to spend your last dollar on buying a soda so that you have something to be grateful for that day, even if it lasts just one small piece of time." - one of my favorite pieces of Vaclav & Lena
I was really excited today when, at my parents' house, I picked up my mom's Country Living and found that Neko Case's home was featured inside. Neko is hands down my favorite musician. I have always loved her aesthetic, and (let me reveal my dorky fan-self here) her house was everything I would have dreamt it to be!
She describes it as "a combination of science classroom, hunting lodge, and Art Nouveau Battleship."
"February 14th, Valentine's Day, is about Romance. But February 13th, 'Galentine's Day,' is about celebrating lady friends!" - Leslie Knope, Parks and Recreation :)
On Saturday, my group of illustration lady friends had tea at Upstairs on the Square. It's a building I have been inside a couple of times but I've never actually sat down and eaten there. It is the most gorgeous place!