If you know anything about me, you know how much I love chocolate. Seriously though, what girl doesn’t? And not to be a chocolate snob or anything, but I really love a good hand-crafted piece of chocolate. I mean, once you indulge in a well-made chocolate bar with fine, whole ingredients, it’s kind of hard to go back to those overly processed snickers bars off the drugstore shelves. It just don’t taste the same, ya know?
I came across Videri Chocolate Factory and fell in cacao love. Sam, Starr, and Chris followed their American dream – to turn a passion of handcrafted bean-to-bar chocolate into a profession.
They’ve also got these beautifulconfections of truffles and caramels (aaalmost too pretty to eat!), which makes a sweet and really tasty gift idea if you ask me! Oh and don’t miss out on their Summer Seasonal Pack!
And for all you print design and letterpress lovers, Videri teamed up with one of my fave print shops, Mama’s Sauce Print Shop and designer, Jay Fletcher, to bring a beautiful Collector’s limited edition bar: Sea Salt!
Check out all their cacao products in their >> SHOP <<
Start your month off with some new, free wallpaper downloads for all your techie stuff (gorgeous background design by This Little Street!). Besides this new wallpaper, I’m starting July off with a roadtrip to Vermont for July 4th weekend! (yeeeek!) It’ll be the first time this summer that I’m getting out of the city and I am preeeeeeetty super excited about it. Fresh, clean air and nature is always soothing to the soul.
I’m also expecting July to be the month with more sunshine…do you hear me, Summer?! So far, New York City has seen rain/thunderstorms almost every week, but I guess I’m not complaining about that either. I’m not opposed to the rain and the cooler temperatures that follow!
Any big plans for July 4th weekend?
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I recently did some lettering work for Lyst’s Instagram (@Lyst) #LystLoveLetters. It was a week celebrating LOVE and SUMMER by sharing some of our favorite quotes. Just take a look here! I’ll be sharing more later this week.
And be sure to check out Lyst.com and follow @Lyst on Instagram for all your fashion needs!
I was recently introduced to OPENHOUSE, a fantastic twice yearly publication printed in Lleida, Spain. What I particularly love about this publication is it’s huge diversity and collaboration with people and places from all around the world. In the latest Autumn-Winter 2014-2015 issue, expect to travel from San Francisco to Barcelona to Berlin to Italy to Morocco to Istanbul and finally to Connecticut! You’ll meet creative, interesting people from around the globe, read their stories, share in their experiences, and see beautiful photographs of their homes, towns, and lifestyles…including their careers, special projects, dinner parties, interior and exteriors of homes, recipes, culture, design, architecture, family, neighborhood tours and favorite places…you’re bound to be engulfed in all of it!
Each publication is roughly 140 pages and will definitely find a treasured spot on your coffee table. It’s so much more than just a beautifully laid out publication with gorgeous, artistic photography. OPENHOUSE pairs all of that with remarkable stories you actually want to read, and the feeling of really stepping into the worlds and homes of each person(s) in each city, being exposed to other cultures, trends, designs, and lifestyles. I’m so eager for the upcoming issue and I highly recommend you get your hands on a copy! Issue #3 (their first issue of 2015) comes out next month – June 2015 – visit their site to purchase a copy! Or……enter to win one below!
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GIVEAWAY // I’m so excited to be pairing up with OPENHOUSE magazine and offering 3 lucky readers the chance to win their very own upcoming Spring/Summer 2015 issue!!
To enter, just leave a comment below telling us why you’d love to win the publication. And be sure to follow OPENHOUSE on Instagram and Facebook! Giveaway ends on Thursday, May 28 at 12:00 AM EST.
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Read the interesting story about how the creation of OPENHOUSE started below:
OPENHOUSE started nearly 3 years ago when Mari Luz and Andrew Trotter started to open the house they shared as a gallery of photos. Soon after, a friend, Nobu, came to live with them, and as he is a top Japanese chef, they started to make sushi parties for up to 70 people, and sit down dinners for 20, sometimes with talks, sometimes with concerts. Mari Luz being a photographer, and Andrew a designer, it was the perfect place to meet people, share ideas, loves, and a base to build a strong network.
In these last 3 years they have had about 4000 people through their doors. After the first year, they started to hear about other creative people around the world opening their doors of their homes and private places to the public, to share different activities with “new friends”. This started growing, so they decided to put it down on paper. They launched the idea last March and with crowd funding, they made the first OPENHOUSE issue which launched in June 2014.
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And finally, if you happened to enter the Besotted Brand Foto Rx/Vitamin L25 Photoshop actions for lettering giveaway, find out who the winner is >> here << !! Thank you for all of you who entered and a big congratulations to the winner!