Thursday, October 30, 2014

My Diaries (The Remix): Reading #57

6 logos for famous TV characters

Barney Stinson in the tailored suits business? A campus of laboratories owned by a man named Walter White? One Francis J. Underwood for president? Any TV fanatic will tell you that these all sound about right, and Pablo Cánepa's fun series really brings these characters' careers to life -- you know, assuming said characters exist in some sort of alternate dimension.

Cánepa, a graphic designer based in Uruguay, is spot-on, don't you think, friends? Who's your favorite TV character right now? Of all time? xoxo

P.S. My love of fictional characters, favorite TV couples, Netflix original series, TV show reunions and Mister Rogers on love.

[Via Paste]

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Creativity with Winona Dimeo-Ediger...and a giveaway!

I'm so excited to introduce you to the creative mind behind today's giveaway! I first connected with Winona back when she wrote for The Frisky, and I immediately loved her writing style. She wrote beautiful pieces about her life (the beauty of doing your own thing!), but also found the most awesome gems the good old Internets had to offer -- goats singing Jurassic Park, anyone?

Well, a couple months ago, Winona shifted her creative focus when she began selling her art prints! I interviewed the artist recently, who mused about all things from inspiration to Nashville! Read on...and look for an amazing giveaway at the end!

You have a writing background. What inspired your new creative venture?
I'd been writing full-time for about 3 years, and even though I loved many aspects of my job, I was just ready to do something different. Specifically, I was tired of spending my entire day chained to the computer and wanted to be creative in a more tactile way. I was posting hand-lettered quotes to Instagram as part of a #365quotes hashtag challenge, and when people started asking to buy them, I thought, "Hey, maybe I could actually do this!" It's been so cool and surreal to see my art hanging in people's houses.

What are three things that inspire you the most?
1. My city, Nashville -- there is so much creative energy here, plus awesome music everywhere, all the time. It's a fun, beautiful place to live, and I feel inspired every time I walk out the door!
2. Art -- Sometimes I make sexual noises at the art museum without realizing it. I just really love art.
3. Traveling -- Experiencing other cultures, eating new foods, seeing beautiful scenery, getting lost. I just got back from Iceland and I'm already dying to go back!

What are some easy ways that people can add a bit of creativity and inspiration into their lives?
I think just being more open in general to new people, experiences and opportunities. Don't over-plan and over-book yourself. Make room in your day for the spontaneous and unexpected. Stagnancy is the enemy of creativity, so break out of your routine, even if it's just for an afternoon.
Winona is giving one of her signature Follow Your Arrow original watercolor prints to one lucky reader. How awesome is that? You can choose whatever color of floral border you'd like.

For your chance to win, simply visit Winona's Etsy shop, and leave a comment below, telling us how you "follow your arrow" in life. For additional entries, you can (please leave a separate comment for each entry)...

*Follow Winona on Twitter
*Fan So About What I Said on Facebook
*Follow So About What I Said on Twitter
*Follow So About What I Said on Pinterest
*Follow So About What I Said on Instagram
*Follow So About What I Said via GFC (see right-hand sidebar...)

You can also Tweet about the giveaway -- just make sure to mention @melissablake + @winona_rose in your Tweet!

A winner will be chosen at random on Wednesday, November 5th, so you've got a whole week to enter. Have fun, friends! xoxo

**Special Offer: Winona is also offering a special $25 flat-rate sale for the Follow Your Arrow print to So About What I Said readers! Just email to place your order! :)

Happy National Cat Day!

I wasn't even going to post about National Cat Day, I swear, but Harry and Stella made me do it. Happy day, from two lazy cats who give Garfield a run for his money! xoxo
P.S. Are you a cat or dog person?

How I Feel (In 5 Photos) Wednesday.

"'Cause we never go out of style...We never go out of style..." --Taylor Swift

[Photos via My Summer Twist]

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wise Words From Readers: On favorite Halloween costumes...

Speaking of Halloween, it was such a magical time when you were a kid, wasn't it? It was the day of the year where you could be anything you wanted to be. A cowboy. A queen. A ghost. A Disney character. Needless to say, the possibilities were endless -- as wide as our imagination, actually. Half the time, choosing a costume was more fun than going trick-or-treating. Even years later, there are those costumes that hold a special place in our hearts, and it didn't take you very long to remember them, friends...

*We went trick-or-treating with our besties, and it was always AMAZING!! Some of our best times growing up. The best costume was homemade! My middle brother and I were tots and our mom made us home-sewn (with wigs) Raggedy Ann and Andy.

*I like the challenge of being creative with costumes. Each year, creative folks try to out-do themselves from the year before. Nothing like some creative competition with oneself. My favorite costume from when I was a kid was either when I was Cinderella, my own pumpkin coach included, or when my mother made me into a pizza! No one else I know was ever a pizza for Halloween, and that makes me proud of the creative person my mother is, and my willingness to be different during my early adolescents.

*I love Halloween because it's a time where most people can be who they truly feel inside with no judgments. My dad worked for Union Carbide; they made Glad bags. Not much money, but we had a whole lot of fun. We would wear them as costumes!

*Pooling all our candy in mom's big silver bowl. She kept in on top of the fridge and doled it out. Tootsie Pops were my favorite.
Growing up, I remember sporting a variety of costumes over the years. I'm pretty sure that my mom dressed me as a pumpkin for the first few years of my life. I've also been a devil and a clown, but my absolute favorite was when my older cousin Mona and I dressed up as matching dice. She was always like that older sister I looked up to, so I felt quite cool walking next to her! Oh, the lovely memories! Anyway, here's next week's question...

If you could eat dinner with any famous person, who would you choose and why?

Visit So About What I Said on Facebook and Twitter to share your smarts -- and don't forget to use hashtag #WiseWordsFromReaders. See you there, friends! :)

[Photos via We Heart It]

Etsy Love: Halloween tea towels

Just in time for one of my favorite holidays! How cool are these Halloween-themed tea towels from KitchStudios, the Buffalo, New York, towel and home decor shop? Dracula! Frankenstein! Bride of Frankenstein! Mummy! Oh, my! They sure put me in a spooktacular mood on this Tuesday morning, especially since I've got a date with the dentist! Yikes! xoxo

P.S. More Halloween goodies, including pumpkins, cookies, scary movies, zombie engagement and pet costumes! :)

Monday, October 27, 2014

Family Photos: Downtown for the day!

I had some errands to run last week, so I spent the day walking around the downtown of my hometown. It was the perfect fall day, as you'll see in the fun photos I snapped, and I was reminded for the gazillionth time how much I love living in the Heartland. There's really nothing like it...Fall outside my front door! #MidwestIsBest

Friday morning drugstore browsing!
Walking and found this! #inspiration
The (early!) diner lunch? Check...
Downtown pumpkin display? Check...
Cute gazebo? Check...

Fallen golden leaves? Check...
My dream come true? Double check...

And two fun bonus shots...My desk, 5pm...and pretty he doesn't need a filter!

Have you explored your hometown's downtown lately, friends? Is it different than you remember it? Has it changed a lot over the years? What do you love about it? xoxo

Sponsor Spotlight: Color Me Missy

In case you haven't noticed, I've been pretty obsessed with rose gold the last couple of years. There is something so classic and timeless about the trend that just seems to never go out of style. Well, something tells me that Singapore-based jewelry designer Hy felt the exact same way when she opened Color Me Missy in 2012. Her Etsy shop showcases her love of handmade personalized jewelry, in everything from necklaces to earrings to rings to bracelets to head piece, and Hy does it all herself. "Color Me Missy is a one-woman show," she says. "I do everything from looking for supplies, designing and making jewelry, photoshooting, to packing your jewelry into a lovely gift box and mailing them out to you." Read on for more behind-the-scenes scoop, her shopping tips and her favorite fashion trends! xoxo

Keep in touch...
Official Web site: Color Me Missy
Become a fan on Facebook
Get inspired on Pinterest
Tell me about your shop. What's the inspiration behind its launch?
I love rose gold. Color Me Missy focuses on rose gold jewelry, ranging from simple initial necklaces to more glamorous rose gold cubic zirconia earrings. I wanted to create a jewelry shop that is filled with gorgeous rose gold jewelry -- that's how Color Me Missy was born. If you love rose gold like me, you will definitely love Color Me Missy.

Your shop features so many inspiring finds. What inspires you the most?
Fashion. When I shop for my fashion items (bags, shoes, dress, etc), I always think about what jewelry I can make to match with the fashion items I like.

What are your top 3 tips for shopping online and finding great deals?
First, always always, always read the item description. For example, all the chains I used in Color Me Missy are rose gold-filled chains, which will last so much longer than the same design with rose gold-plated chain. Second, the shipping information is another must read before you place your order, especially if you need the item before certain date. Third, contact the seller if you have any question! This always help.

What are some of your favorite fashion and jewelry trends this fall?
Simple, personalized items. Nothing beats a simple necklace with my initial or my name on it.

What is your favorite piece in your shop and why?
My favorite is the Personalised Anchor Necklace. It's a simple and beautiful way to tell someone they are your anchor. If someone give this necklace to me, I will be really flattered.

Man Candy Monday.

Good morning, friends! How was your weekend? Mine was nice and relaxing; I actually think I was fighting off a bug yesterday because I rested for most of the day! But I feel much better now, and perhaps this guy has a lot to do with that. My crush on him goes way back. He's got those inviting eyes. He's got quite the singing chops. And had I been a teen in the '70s, I most surely would have been the president of his fan club...


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