Style + This Girl / Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012

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Europe + Life + travel / Tuesday, 13 Nov 2012

Two days in Austria

My travel posts are SO behind. I’m still catching up from August! At least it gives me the opportunity to remember what the sun felt like so long ago. *sigh*. My dear friend Melinda* hopped over to Copenhagen to spend her birthday with us and we were so so honored. She decided we also needed to hop countries and knowing that I’ve been dreaming up Austria for a long time now, we decided what better time?! Mostly, it was for the Sound of Music tour in Salzburg, but more on that later. For now, it’s Vienna. House Trip was kind enough to sponsor our stay while we were there and we had a terrific experience with them. It’s a site where you can rent out your apartment/house while you are away. We selected an all-white apartment along a canal next to the Kunsthaus Museum. A kind lady met us there to give us our keys and show us around.
I loved the view of the courtyard and looking onto the colorful tiled building in the back. And are you looking at that herringbone flooring? So lovely! Melinda knows Vienna pretty well so she took me around to some of her favorite spots. In particular she was excited to see the Klimt murals at the Kunsthistorisches Museum because for the first time they provided stairs up to the ceiling so you could take a close look. 

Melinda took me to this wonderful confectioners, Demel (careful, music on their site!), where we loaded up on beautiful illustrated chocolate bars and of course a stop at their outside ice cream bar. Adorable right?

We passed by the Vienna Secession building. You know, I find it so odd how a bunch of artists at the turn of the century had so much money that they could build such a lovely building. Anyone know the history of it and how they could do that? That just doesn’t seem to happen these days.

When I travel to destinations that I’ve been dreaming about for ages I seem to forget that once upon a time they were not crawling with tourists. But crawling with tourists they are (see above).

Our stay in Vienna was sponsored by HouseTrip, but all content and opinions are my own. Thanks House Trip!

*Melinda’s dress is a good story. She found it here in Copenhagen at a delightful vintage dress shop, F.N.92. The pattern says “mixed pickles”. I don’t know what that means, but I love it. While she was shopping she thought she recognized Eva Mendes, but dismissed the idea because she was wearing flats and clearly Eva Mendes doesn’t wear practical sight-seeing shoes. Well, turns out she does! It WAS Eva Mendes. 

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Design + illustration + Life + Products + the shop / Monday, 12 Nov 2012

dum, da da dum!!!!

It’s here! The brand new 2013 calendar is finally available in the Etsy shop. 

For the 2013 calendar, I was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s Thumbelina. Living in Copenhagen, Denmark, Andersen’s fairytales are still very prevalent and mentioned. After reading the fairy tale in the land it was written, the story took on a new life and became a bit more real. You know that I love the idea of playing with scale (everything oversized!) so Thumbelina’s thumb size was a perfect image to recreate. I became entranced by the image of the butterflies that whisked the main character, Maia, away by her white sash as she escaped her arranged marriage to the ugly mole. For the calendar, I imagined a bouquet of butterflies clumped in lovely colors.

The calendar is 11×17″ ready for a frame or pinned to a wall. It’s a beautiful giclee print on cotton paper. The colors are super lush. Wait until you see it in person! Agh! Order the Thumbelina calendar here. The first batch come in with a slight overlap of printing. those are being sold for 1/2 price and you can find them here.

AND, the Language of Flowers calendar is back by popular demand. Order it here.

Photo by Lina Ahnoff

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Life + This week / Friday, 9 Nov 2012

This week

Well, this week has ended a bit more quietly than it began huh? I’ve learned over the past few months that I have a set of very diverse friends. My East Coast friends are generally of one political persuasion while my West Coasters are generally of the opposite. Needless to say, the East Coasters are quite happy. Anyway, that’s as political as I’ll get here. In non-political news, Christmas is slowly creeping up here in Denmark and I’m embracing it. Above, a sneak preview of the new 2013 calendar coming out next week. Wahoo! Happy weekend!

This Week: 
November’s new playlist
An awesome new Holiday book of crafts
Need to add some blue to your wedding get-up? Add a temporary tattoo
The Halloween costume winners
Outfit to Room
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15 minutes to a better blog + Design + Life / Thursday, 8 Nov 2012

15 minutes to a better blog

This is is the second post in a new weekly series by Tori Bowman of That Pair of Crutches. To see the first click here.

When you read a blog, what’s the first thing you notice? What details make you keep reading and which ones make you think that this blog might not be that professional and keep you from going back a second time? Little things like the name, the design, too little (or too much!) information crowding the sidebars… With so many things for readers to love or hate about a blog, here are a few tips to keep your readers coming back and loving what they see. 
1. Chuck the “husband and wife” title. Unless you’re writing for an audience made up of only friends and family, or you really do co-author the blog with your spouse, don’t call your blog after the two of you. Ditch the titles that include last names, stop saying “we” in your about page, and while personal posts are wonderful, start thinking about what else you have to offer the blogging world. Yes, bloggers who blog entirely about their personal lives (like Naomi of Rockstar Diaries) have created a large following and created amazing blogs, and readers DO want to know about your life outside of the internet, but they also want to be inspired and gain something from your little space. Try to give them something for supporting your blog. 
2. Customize your template. Get rid of the shadows behind photos that come standard with new Blogger templates. Create a separate “about” widget rather than using the pre-made one provided by your hosting site. Pick a new color scheme. Make your blog your own rather than just going with a template that thousands of other blogs are already using. It’s a simple way to get your blog noticed and help your readers to trust you and your content more. 
3. Get rid of the Google Friend Connect widget. Google has suspended the service for blogs other than those hosted by Blogger. It has become a less than convenient way for readers to follow blogs because they can no longer follow ALL their blogs through it. Most have switched to other readers so that they don’t have to use more than one platform. Remove the widget and make other ways of following you more apparent. A link to your Facebook and Twitter, a customized email subscription form, a beautifully designed marquee that says “Please keep reading!” You can even explain the change in a post, highlighting the other ways that readers can keep up with you. The people who really want to keep up with your blog will stick around, don’t worry! 
What keeps you reading your favorite blogs? What is the first thing you notice about a blog, and what keeps you there or turns you away?
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