hide your wallets! it’s friday! now that fall is officially upon us i’m honestly looking forward to the colder days ahead. i love spending time in my apartment w. the mister and the dog trying new cocktails and recipes while watching some great fall shows (like scandal or the walking day — october, get here already!). so, this week i picked a few of things that i think would make a great addition to the apartment.
1. ahoy floor lamp, $259 2. tom dixon scented candle, orientalist, $80 — i need to know what an $80 candle smells like 3. vodka bottle garden IV, $48 — chic ways to repurpose those liquor bottles 4. espania bottle, $12 5. pik vase black, $76 6. raw natural skull, $129 7. grass rider mat, 3’10×5’6, $175 — absolutely in love with this pattern 8. ridley coffee table, $399
it’s been two weeks since i’ve done a blog critique and i apologize.
i have to constantly remind myself — designer first, blogger second. had a lot of design work within these past two weeks so by the time i would come home and finish some freelance work, i wasn’t trying to blog about anything. work is still hectic, but i’m trying to pace myself a bit more realistically when it comes to getting shit done. while i was taking a two week break from blog critiques more ladies submitted their blogs — so yay, got more critiques coming your way. once again, if you know any bloggers that would be interested in finding out ways to pump up their blog design. send them my way. i’ll be running critiques for the remainder of the fall. let’s get into today’s critique.
heather is a newbie blogger currently trying to find her way around this blogosphere. she started naturallyme35.com back in december of 2012 as a platform to document her natural hair and fitness/weightloss journey. nowadays, she covers everything from natural hair to to fitness to fashion turning her blog into a lifestyle blog. heather feels she’s in serious need of help with her blog since she’s using wordpress.com as a platform instead of the self-hosted wordpress.org so her flexibility is quite limited when it comes to what she can and can’t do for her blog. since wordpress.com will be her home for the next few months she’d love to here some advice on how she could spruce up her blog. well, heather.. as always, you’ve come to the right spot.
so back again with wordpress wednesday. once again i figured i’d use this day each week to cover something within the whole wordpress spectrum–whether it’s going over plugins or showcasing wonderful themes. today, i’m featuring a wonderful magazine theme for any bloggers out there looking to turn the look of their blog into more of a magazine.
view live demo | purchase – $45
SimpleMag is a responsive, retina-ready, minimalistic magazine theme for wordpress that looks good on any device, from big desktop monitors to small smartphone screens. this theme comes with a very easy to use and intuitive page composer which allows you to add, rearrange the order and change the settings of sections — allowing every page to look different if you so please. the theme also includes off-canvas navigation and sidebar for mobile devices, a configurable dropdown mega menu, full width image carousel that supports variable slide widths for gallery post format, a unique wordpress gallery layout, different category layouts and a self configurable footer. sites like blasted inspiration and MCU style are perfect examples of how brands made the themes their own.
iSketchnote | $149 USD
iSketchnote is a brilliant ipad cover that integrates a new digitizing technology with the convenience of a notebook. simply put, iSketchnote transfers your notes and sketches instantly. the developers invented a way to combine the real experience of pen and paper with digital technology. the app lets you digitize your sketches and notes as your write or draw them. you can even set it up to recognize the colors and thickness of certain pens.
the pens are fashioned after regular old pens but don’t require batteries or any type of electrical charge. the case contains a sensor matrix that recognizes and tracks the pen in real time. each pen has a permanent magnet ring that communicates with this matrix. as the moment the pens only come in a black ballpoint and an orange and black felt.
the item is still on kickstarter and if you pledge $149 before october 10th then the iSketchnote could be yours come may 2014. if you choose to wait until the product has launched be prepared to dish out around $190.
as of lately i’m in the works of revamping my whole portfolio. even though i have quite a few projects that can get thrown up on my portfolio, i want all the new projects to reflect the direction i’m trying to go within my design career. i’m an interactive designer by day which basically means i design anything from websites to apps, whether it be for an ipad, mobile or facebook. i really love interactive design, but my heart has always been in branding. there’s something exciting about giving a concept an aesthetic identity. in the future i’d love to do more branding work for restaurants and retail spaces more than anything. i’ve been pinning away identity inspiration but i wanted to put the spotlight on a design studio that’s cranking out some wonderful work: RoAndCo.