Home + Interiors + Style + This Girl / Wednesday, 2 May 2012

This Girl: X

This girl oozes sophisticated pink.

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Europe + Iceland + Life + Scandinavia + travel / Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Iceland Part 2: Look Pa, I’m outdoorsy!

Sadly, words like “an hour and a half hike to hot springs” aren’t super tempting. Had they never said it would take only 35 minutes I probably wouldn’t have gone. BUT, I’m SO glad we went. Really, this was one of the most terrific things I’ve ever done. Let me tell you how it all started. You’re going to want to read it all, I promise, so click at the bottom for the rest of the story and an overabundance of pictures. I’ll be putting the rest of the pics on Facebook soon. 

Our plan for the day was to go to the Vestmannaeyjar Islands (after seeing this picture, we just HAD to go, you know?) So we drove to the ferry only to find out that we could get there, but we probably couldn’t get a ferry ride back due to the weather. Rats! So, we drove around a bit and then our host thought we might like to visit the hot springs. Hmmm, sure. I’m not an enthused swimwear user in the freezing cold, you see. Well, we drove out only to find that the road was blocked by ice and rocks like this:
Not good. So, the Icelanders explain the infamous 35 min. hike and we get going. We set off with these adorable little one. (Notice the use of Icelandic sweaters–they really do wear them!)
We pass scenes like this, which keeps me a happy camper.
Then I feel like we’re going through that scene in Elf when he explains his magical trip Candy Cane forest. We keep going and going and going when and hour and half later…
…we land on THIS. Wha?!?! Are you kidding me? 
I shed my coat because we’d worked up some heat and it was surprisingly mild outside and reveal that I, too, had become Icelandic and was sporting a newly purchased sweater. Surprise!
We see a whole valley of steaming hot water, much too hot to actually touch so we keep on traveling down the valley to hopefully tamer temperatures when…
…when we spot this…you know, a sheep’s skeleton. Cuz that’s what happens in Iceland.
Oh, hey Paul!
We traverse the waters. Everyone does it with ease, but I’m a little frightened at the thought that this could potentially be boiling water and I could die. But, I do it without a hitch and I feel like I could conquer the world.
We finally find a moderate temperature and take a dip and soak for a bit. It was heavenly.
Afterwards we must document our moment with the waters. We get out the automatic timer because the only thing around here are us the sheep’s skeletons.
Now we must decide to go back up the way we came or head down the valley to the nearby village and call someone they know to take us back up to our car. We opt for the later. But we have a very tired boy on our hands who’s missed his nap time so people take turns carrying him. Minus me, I guess my only duty was taking pictures. Muhahaha.
Heading down the valley 
We finally make it down to the base of the mountain a couple of hours later and have some friends save us. Was it worth it? You better believe it. It was nuts! So surreal. 

Now, if this doesn’t make you want to schedule a trip, I don’t know what else will. 

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Europe + Iceland + Life + Scandinavia + travel / Thursday, 26 Apr 2012

Iceland Part 1: Glacier Lagoon

Remember learning about glaciers in 4th grade and thinking, “cool” but you never really gave a second thought that you could actually see one because they ACTUALLY EXIST? Glacier Lagoon, or as the Icelanders call it, Jökulsárlón, is such glacier and the lagoon is oh so furreal. Yes, there are seals swimming around. Sometimes the icebergs turn upside down and then you can see the smooth ice patterns like the second pic from the bottom. The patterns Mother Earth creates are really out of this world. Ha. Punny. The boat rental handed us some really sexy onesy jumpsuits to wear, which really made my day because it made me a cozy happy camper.

You liking Iceland so far? Yeah, this is only the first of my batch of pictures so you’ve got to to bear with me.

I’ll be posting more to Facebook so I don’t overwhelm you with 300+ pics of each stop. You’re welcome.

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Artist Feature + Design + photography + Style / Wednesday, 25 Apr 2012

Drafts to Tim Walker

The final draft:

I’d like to be a bird perched on your shoulder.
Sincerely,
Brittany Watson Jepsen

The First Draft:

Dear Tim Walker,

Are you for real? Do you live on planet earth or do you create your dream world as you go? Who does your styling? How many hours go into each shoot? How do you recreate your thoughts into reality? Did you assemble a dream team? Are YOU the dream team? How many inspirations journals do you have? Are you friends with Tim Burton? Do the animals talk with you? Can I work for you? Or can I just watch what you do for a week?

Sincerely,

Brittany Watson Jepsen
______________________

(All of my favorite photos are from Mr. Walker. I didn’t even realize they were all his until I did a google search and one by one his name showed up. Past posts include balloons, yellow and many more).

Credits: here, here, here, herehere

Also, check out this interview of him and his design process and how he started. I can totally relate to not being interested in the technical part. “Photography is just a box you put between you and what you want to capture” and “my photos are so close to being kitsch.” Love it.

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Crafts + DIY + guest blog + Home + Projects / Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012

Kissing clothespin magnet

I did a version of my wedding couple clothespin (originally on Brooklyn Bride) for Chalkboard Mag, but this time I turned into…drumroll please….a magnet. *GASP*. I know, contain yourself. 
Materials: oversize clothespin, acrylic paints, paintbrush, pencil, magnet strip, double sided tape or glue, scissors.
Step 1: Create the outfit outlines of the couple’s clothing with your pencil. (I based her outfit off of Lauren Moffat‘s fall 2012 line)
Step 2: Paint in the outfits with your acrylics.

Step 3: Cut a strip of magnet and use double sided tape or glue to attach it to the clothespin.

Voila! 
I mostly wanted to find a way to find a practical use for this clothespin rather than just have it sitting on my bookshelf so I thought the fridge would be a much better place for it. Plus, you get a little peek into the chalkboard cupboard that I painted in our kitchen. 
As always, photography by Hilda Grahnat 
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