being a completely unbiased newspaper person, i don't really feel comfortable publicly detailing how UTTERLY INCREDIBLE AND EDIFYING it was to see our next president barack obama (and michelle!) speak in springfield, mo., (we were like on the 20 yard line!) on saturday night.
instead, i'll just encourage each and every one of you to head to your polling place tomorrow and vote for the best man, whomever you believe that to be. this is just my second time to vote for president and last time was a pretty big letdown so my stomach's already upset. but my fingers are crossed! and yours should be, too.
now, for some link fun:
here's 1,565 reasons to vote tomorrow. while you're at it, take your camera and be a citizen journalist! also, funny electoral map. all via prêt à voyager.
if by chance there's something wrong with you and you require more than 1,565 reasons, check out kate's post on getting free stuff on election day. can't really go wrong there.
annnnd, read this funny david sedaris quote on undecided voters. i tried to relay it to my boyfriend but failed miserably, so i won't try to paraphrase. just head to lindsay covets and see for yourself.
photo thoughtfully stolen from kelly at design crush.
by caroline duke on Monday, November 03, 2008
that hat, in all its furry glory, needs to be on my head right this second.
i don't speak french so i can't tell you much about this photo or this blog (which i LOVE). but the photos (illustrations, too) are always beautiful.
by caroline duke on Monday, November 03, 2008
happy halloween, all. favorite of all holidays.
this week was supposed to be filled with pumpkin and candy bliss but instead it's been all snotty pillowcases and nyquil. and vomiting all over my poor boyfriend's bedroom.
no fantastical costumes or caramel apples.
not even a halloween office party.
just a bed of violated kleenex. and me.
to be fair, it's only 11 p.m. on all hallows' eve and i've been awake for a whole 3 hours (a pretty big improvement over the last few days, including the days i was at work), so there's still a chance to save halloween.
but, by god, did i screw it up this year. best i did was buy an autumn harvest candle from wal-mart.
i've really let myself down.
if you're way more talented than i am, you should try your hand at these knitting patterns. pretty cute little guys. via templettes.
by caroline duke on Thursday, October 30, 2008
why you gotta keep me waiting? seriously, when's this rumored online shopping going to take off?
yeah, yeah, i get that i can call in an order. but hey, we're not talking pizza here. we're grown-ups. we don't need a mediator.
i am fully prepared to become a madewell devotee. me and j.crew go way back, but to be honest, i've been crushing on you pretty hard for a while. so if you want to give us a shot, i need you to work with me.
i beg you to cut this elitist bs. quit pretending like you don't notice my desperate efforts, like you haven't seen how many times i've clicked 'refresh' just to see how many new locations you've added that aren't mine.
i know you'll have hundreds of stores by the end of the decade. but until then, please PLEASE satiate me with a little clicky clicky, just once, just so i can say it was fun while it lasted.
could be affectionately yours,
p.s. we can forget this whole thing ever happened if you'd just send along this wool biker jacket (with a CATALOG, for god's sake. give me something to work with besides your e-mails, which, let's face it, are only a tease).
by caroline duke on Monday, October 27, 2008
from sandra suy.
via hey susy.
i expect a weird sort of week so posting may continue to be light. my neighbor decided it was time to move and TOOK HIS INTERNET WITH HIM, if you can believe it, so until i get the internet man out or a trusting new neighbor with wifi moves in, don't expect too much from me.
by caroline duke on Sunday, October 26, 2008
we decided, thanks to a failing economy (no, really, thanks, wall street!), that our dia de los muertos party would need to hold until next year. that means we'll be going costume-less for the most part (unless i can scavenge some angela chase from the depths of my wardrobe).
i decided i couldn't let my favorite holiday go by without a little flair, so i whipped up a couple fall-ish headbands*. to be fair, the first one i made for a wedding a few weeks ago.
but the last one is nearly jet black and kind of crow-esque (not the movie), and that crazy yellow is really growing on me.
allllso, because it's my girlfriend duty, i'll mention that if you're in the okc area saturday night you should head out to the 2nd annual ghouls gone wild parade, sponsored by the oklahoma gazette**. the flaming lips and his crazy crew of marching skeletons will make it worth your time, i promise.
*my mom said i should have smiled at least a little in these. in hindsight, that probably would've been smart. my jowls would have been less pronounced. yay self deprecation!
**i just lost major work points with this endorsement.
yeah, i know, what's going on with me? busy, overwhelmed, busy, working, sleeping, busy, poor, unmotivated.
yeah, yeah, everyone is, i know.
i have tabs galore open for blogging purposes (i've even been too busy to bookmark them. sad) and myriad images saved to my desktop. but now i've kind of lost track of what's what.
i'll start with the apple. this $22 caramel apple. would i eat it? in a second. would i buy it? ha. $22? in these times? ridiculous!
p.s. fall weather arrived yesterday. big smiles here.
i am the worst in the world because sweet eileen sent me a note about her etsy shop nearly a month ago. it never left my well-maintained inbox though, that's how committed i was to sharing her work with you.
so, finally! isn't this necklace lovely? it's so simple but still so stunning. stunningly simple, even.
check out more of the chicago-based jewelry designer's pretty pieces here. (this comes in at a close second.)
i've got my eye on a few things for my christmas list, and i know you will too.
by caroline duke on Saturday, October 18, 2008
... a quiet apartment.
my landlord is remodeling the apartment below mine, so starting every day at 7:55 a.m., it's nothing but guns n' roses and power tools. and, because i work nights, this lasts UNTIL I GO TO WORK.
i realize i'm not on the same clock as the real world, but oh my dear god i'm coming close to homicidal.
i've come so close to stumbling down there, eyemask on head and earplugs jammed in, and asking them to keep it down (i mean, there's a mothereffing TABLE SAW OUTSIDE MY WINDOW. bzzzzzzBEEEEEEEEEZZZZZbeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeezbeeeeeeebzzzzBEEEEEZZZZZZ. this is how it goes). but because i'm afraid of being adrienne shelley-ed, i just stick with what i do best: passive aggressive foot-stomping. and it doesn't get the point across to these people.
ok, so now that i've had some juice and my ipod is charged (i hope you do the trick, natural sounds' soothing thunderstorm), i'm going to give it another try. and i'm going to dream of quiet places and dark rooms.
your assignment while i'm away is to find the best, heaviest-duty earplugs ever manufactured, and an eyemask that doesn't leak light.
also, you can find me a super-sweet apartment. maybe sfgirlbybay will let me shack up with her in the meantime. that's her cozy-looking bedroom above.
by caroline duke on Tuesday, October 14, 2008
i just found out about leanne marshall's etsy shop and it was like i died and went to heaven. except everything in heaven was sold out and i was really sad.
let's take a look at what could have been:
amazing stuff, leanne*. i know you're going to kick some serious effing ass at fashion week.
more from her line leanimal.
*does leanne read my blog? no. no. why am i talking to her? oh yeah. because she's god.
by caroline duke on Sunday, October 12, 2008
my mom & favorite breast cancer survivor recently treated herself to this pretty, pretty ring* (top left). and it immediately made me want all three of the following ones. unfortunately, even one would cut wellll into my rent money.
so, in the name of a good cause, i plan to wear hers A LOT. at least until christmas rolls around (she's been advised on my preference of the other three).
does anyone know of any more fun 'pink for the cure' stuff? i meant to do a megapost on it for breast cancer awareness month, but i just had a hard time finding things beyond the regular scarves and pins.
*remember when karey of mackin ink got hers? i do. sooo pretty.
by caroline duke on Sunday, October 12, 2008
sometimes i really hate my parents for not being scandinavian enough.
i mean, i love my splotchy red skin, dishwater blonde hair and big english bones as much as the next person, but what i wouldn't give to be her just for a day! vintage fits her perfectly, she rocks the red lipstick and her hair is never out of place.
beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.
by caroline duke on Tuesday, October 07, 2008
so here's a very little-known (ha i wish) fact about me: i am gluttonous as well as greedy.
so imagine my disappointment when i realized i completely missed this while in kansas city last month. i was super-disappointed, ok? because i live for snowcones, you hear?
not only does girlfriend make these delicious-looking treats ON THE SIDE, she (lindsay larick, that is) is half* of the creative force behind hammerpress.
yeah, designer extraordinaire and snowcone master with like the best hair ever. you want to hate her, right? yeah, me too.
read all about exactly how brill she is in this design sponge interview (it ran a week or so after we got back. jeez, grace).
photos shamelessly stolen from le flickr.
*the other half, of course, being brady vest, who joe and i were delighted to meet on our trip. brady even hails from this great state of oklahoma. and his shop. left. us. in. awe. really, we were depressed for a week, that space was so amazingly sweet.
by caroline duke on Sunday, October 05, 2008