• Friday Download: November 28, 2014

    Our Friday Download is a weekly series where we share our favorite recent links from across the internet. Whether they're about music, events, a good read or a funny video, we're hoping you'll be entertained for at least a few minutes.

    1. Can we all just talk about how ridiculously excited we are for the new Jurassic World movie? Chris Pratt as a scientist? Hello, yes, we'll take ten tickets.

    2. Here's a nicely done remix of Gorillaz's "Feel Good Inc." by James Blake, and, according to Pitchfork, Blake's new album will be released in "about five months." We're pumped!

    3. It's the day after Thanksgiving, so what better time than to check out this recipe for Ross Gellar's "Moist Maker" sandwich? We're so happy, because it looks perfect and exactly the way we imagined it. (If you have no idea what we're talking about, pop on season 5 of Friends.)

    4. We're always interested in what Meredith Graves has to say, and enjoyed this essay she wrote about moving to New York (among other things) over on The Hairpin. We hope to see Meredith around more parts of the internet.

    5. If you've got a lot of time to kill this weekend, Stereogum rated 20 different covers of Radiohead's "Creep." Interesting to sift through if you've got the time!

  • UO Happenings: Wednesday Night Out

    To give thanks to our UO friends and to prep for the biggest night out of the year—the Wednesday before Thanksgiving—we hosted a special beauty pre-party at UO Herald Square inside Hairroin Salon. With free hair styling from Hairroin, manicures by Luxe by TracyLee in our fave UO holiday colors, it was the perfect kick-off to the night! 
    Photos by Courtney Dudley

    When our guests arrived, they sipped on pomegranate prosecco cocktails (iced down in the hair styling tubs!) and snacked on bite-sized crostinis, mini chocolate tarts, and strawberry macarons from Brooklyn's Sips and Bites. Then it was down to (beauty) business.

    We set up specially-curated sections of beauty products organized by the different stages of going out: prep (our top skincare products for keeping your face healthy— beauty starts with skincare!), party (glitter! shimmer! All our favorite products for going out), and exclusive (items you can only find at UO, including products by Nudestix, Raaw in a Jar, Fig + Yarrow, and Mario Badescu). 

    Tons of pictures to document the night — Instax memories are the best memories (displayed on our hanging photo clip set!)

  • Brands We Love: Butter Elixir

    BUTTER elixir is a relatively new product in the beauty world. Started by three NYC-based yogi friends, the all-natural skincare line focuses on making skin be its best self without using any harsh chemicals or scents. Another cool thing about it? It's totally unisex, meaning everyone will be able to bask in its glory. We spoke to one of the brand's founders, Tony Lupinacci, to find out how the brand was born, what we can expect to see from BUTTER in the future, and, of course, his favorite skincare trick.

    Hi Tony! Tell us how BUTTER elixir was dreamed up.
    BUTTER was a dream of necessity. We wanted something pure and natural to moisturize our skin after practicing yoga. Everything on the market seemed to have an unappealing smell or too many artificial ingredients so we created our own and quickly became addicted to our concoction.

    How did you guys decide what products you wanted to focus on?
    We knew right away that we wanted oil-based products, simply because oil absorbs deeper into the dermal layers of the skin, whereas lotions and creams tend to sit on top. Most of all we wanted natural products, because we wanted it to be pure, simple, and straightforward.

    We do love the scents - very fresh! How did you choose the ingredients for them?
    We choose all the ingredients based on need and intuition. Argan oil is a mainstay ingredient in all of our products. We love lavender and chamomile as an everyday base because they're non-offensive and calming. Rose was important for the face because it acts as a natural astringent and tightens the pores. It also has the highest vibration out of any essential oil and has been used for hundreds of years to fight depression. Even our lip product is special. We wanted it to be warming rather than cooling like most lip balms. We also added cardamom so that it would taste slightly like Indian chai tea.

    Can you explain what you mean when you say that rose has the highest vibration?
    There is a subtle bio-energy that flows through all organic life. In Yoga we call this Prana but it is also known as Chi or life force. Every atom in the universe has a specific vibratory motion that can be measured in Hertz. Studies have been done to measure plant bio electrical frequencies in their original form and also of their essential oil form and it is proven that Rose has the highest vibrational frequency at 320 MHz.

    Was this something that stemmed from your own skincare routines? Can you tell us about it?
    My skincare routine is very simple. I use an all-natural, organic unscented bar soap to cleanse my face. While my face is still damp I put six drops of BUTTER face oil into the palm of my hand and massage it into the skin. I think it's very important to massage the face morning and night. We hold a lot of tension in our face, especially in our jaw, and it's important to move that stuff around. After that I apply the BUTTER oil to my body as a moisturizer and continue to do so throughout the day as desired.

    How do you recommend using the other products?
    I would recommend people use our products however they want to. I'm very liberal with how much body oil I use and love to slather myself in it. Have fun with it and truly enjoy that moment! You're doing something good for yourself when you use our products.

    Can you recommend some favorite restaurants in NYC?
    We love food! One of our favorite restaurants is Angelika Kitchen in the east village. We also love all of the Souen restaurants but our favorite is Souen Noodle on 6th Street. They have exquisite healthy ramen soups. But our favorite dinner is a home cooked meal of roasted veggies!

    Give us a skincare tip!
    If you ever have a break out or a skin problem of any sort, eat three tablespoons of raw organic coconut oil for three days. Your skin will glow and your problems will be solved.

    Now that sad, cold winter is upon us, do you have any tips for maintaining a happy and healthy body?
    We love hot yoga in the winter! We actually love hot yoga all the time but especially in the winter. It warms the muscles, clears the mind, and some say it's like drinking from the fountain of youth. Just remember to hydrate!

    Any specific places that offer great hot yoga sessions?
    Yes! I love Bikram Yoga Lower East Side, Bikram NYC Flatiron in NYC and Pure Om Bethesda and Pure Om Fairfax in Washington DC. We are also very excited to announce that our business partner and World Yoga Champion, Jared McCann, is opening a Yoga School in Williamsburg Brooklyn in Spring 2015.

    What's the future of BUTTER look like?
    The future of BUTTER is very exciting. We've just launched a BUTTER bundle of all three products on our website and we're about to launch an all-natural, high-end gift set. Along with that we'll be introducing the all-natural, organic unscented soap that I spoke of which will be called Butter Bar! We feel fortunate and blessed to work on something that we believe in and are passionate about.

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  • On The Menu: Mug Cakes

    On the Menu digs into a new cookbook each week to share an amazing and exclusive recipe with UO readers. This week, we're thinking about all things cozy — and what better thing to dig into than a decadent chocolate mug cake from Lene Knudsen and Richard Boutin, authors of the amazingly easy Mug Cakes book? This one uses less than five ingredients and takes less than five minutes to make. Enjoy!

    -1 thin slice of butter
    -1 egg
    -4 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar
    -1/2 teaspoon vanilla sugar
    -3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

    -raspberries (optional)
    -strawberries (optional)
    -cinnamon (optional)

    1. Melt the butter in a bowl in the microwave for 10 seconds.

    2. In a mug, beat in one by one the egg, sugar, vanilla sugar, melted butter and cocoa.

    3. Once everything is mixed well, cook in the microwave for one minute.

    5. Decorate with raspberries, strawberries and cinnamon.

    6. Enjoy!

    Mug Cakes by Lene Knudsen and Richard Boutin
    Recipe reprinted with permission from the publisher.

  • Thursday Tip-Off: Making the Most of Your Weekend

    Our Thursday Tip-Off series is a weekly set of tips, suggestions, and tricks for making you a better-informed person. You're welcome.

    Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! It's a day filled with eating, sleeping and more eating. But what comes after? With so much leftover food and time to kill, we've rounded up some activities and recipes to keep you from letting your time off go to waste.

    1. When all else fails, pop on the TV. There's so much going on this holiday weekend in TV land, and we couldn't be happier. First of all, check out all the movie marathons that are going on. You can catch up on so many delightful movie series! It's a miracle! (Although, we're a little sad National Treasure isn't represented this weekend.) If movies are too much of a commitment, there are also a ton of TV show marathons happening. We are sooo ready for the Buffy the Vampire marathon.

    2. Take a cue from Jersey staple Wawa and fix up a nice gobbler sandwich for yourself with all your Thanksgiving leftovers. All you need is a hoagie roll, some stuffing, turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, gravy and voila. Feast fit for a king. For the more adventurous cook, we're also into all these recipes Today rounded up, even if they're more complicated than shoving some meat on a roll.

    3. Take this time off to become the DIY king or queen that you've always dreamed of becoming. We've had a ton of fun working on our weaving kits in the past (it's super soothing and also easy to do if you want to keep an eye on the TV), but this beer making kit from Brooklyn Brew Shop is also pretty incredible and will give you something to share at your next family gathering. Plus, it comes in a few cool flavors, like Jalapeno Saison and Grapefruit Honey Ale.

    4. The Verge rounded up some of the best movies to go out and see this Thanksgiving weekend, as did Vulture. With so many hours to kill, it's the perfect time to treat yo'self and check out one or two (or five).

    5. If you're one to brave the Black Friday crowds, don't forget about visiting UO! Everything on sale will be an extra 50% off, so you can totes stock up on those shirts you've been eyeing. Find the store closest to you here.

    6. This one is a little bit of a no-brainer, but don't forget to check local newspapers and blogs for special one-off events - most local news blogs have done Thanksgiving round-ups of their own of local events and places to visit this weekend, so if getting out of the house is a necessity, they'll have you covered. With a lot of people traveling on Sunday, it's also a great time to get out and explore places that are generally crowded the rest of the holiday season.

  • About A Face: SOSUPERSAM

    Samantha Duenas, aka SOSUPERSAM, is a talented (and highly sought-after!) DJ who, between being a Vanity Fair party DJ, throwing her own LA shows with lines down the block, and traveling around the world...the girl is busy. In honor of Samantha DJ-ing a set at the opening of our new Hawaii store, we called on her to learn more about how she juggles her work schedule while still making time to take care of herself. From hair to skincare, chapstick to Argan oil, here's a look at her daily beauty routine.
    Photos by Chantal Anderson

    What's your beauty philosophy, and how does it change for day and night?
    I have a "less is more" (aka lazy) approach to beauty. Good lashes, good brows, and clean skin are my focus. I'm on the road a lot, so my philosophy is to keep my products and routine as simple and streamlined as possible. When I'm going out at night, I wear eyeliner, add more contour to my cheeks, and sometimes a bit more coverage on my skin. 

    Tell us about your morning routine
    I get up around 8am and lay around for awhile poking around Instagram and Twitter. From there my morning ritual begins by making my morning cup of coffee, putting on a playlist of sorts, all while shuffling around the house casually blotting things on my face. I seem to get everything done by doing everything in bits simultaneously. So by the end of this process, I am pouring a cup of coffee and have also applied my daily dose of SPF moisturizer, chapstick, and have filled in my brows. I will stop there if I'm heading to the gym. But if I'm meeting someone for brunch or running errands, I'll wear concealer (NARS "Mustard") and powder, mascara (Dior Show), a little eyeliner (Clinique "Chocolate Lustre"), and some color on my cheeks (right now is Benefit "Coralista"). As for lips, I go for nude tones if anything, NARS "Cruising," "Anna," and "Honolulu Honey" are my daily shades.  

    What about at night?
    I wash my hair every couple of days and it usually happens at night. I use Unite shampoo and conditioner, followed by Margaret Josefin leave-in hair treatment. Once a week, I do an Inphenom treatment. Then I let my hair air dry into the pile of messy waves that it is. I wash my face with a pump of Tsururi cleansing oil. It's great because it thoroughly removes my makeup, even the clingiest of mascara, and also leaves my skin feeling baby soft. The important thing here is to remove your makeup every night. Then maybe twice a week, I will do a clay mask.  I love how Kiehl's Rare Earth feels so cool and heavy on my skin. Then I dab a little bit of Josie Maran Argan oil on any dry spots.

    Can you divulge any secret-weapon products or beauty tricks?
    To me, a good secret weapon product is usually a drugstore product, one that's amazing and also a good steal. Not too long ago I spent the night at my parents' house and in a fluster to get ready the next morning, I grabbed the first SPF anything I could find in their medicine cabinet and smeared it onto my face. It was Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer sunscreen with a dry-touch finish, and now I'm addicted. It's unscented, not greasy, and leaves a matte finish. It's also pretty inexpensive compared to fancy moisturizers. My other secret weapons are dry shampoo, and brow gel, they are easy ways to refresh throughout the day and stay looking polished. Another trick is that I learned how to thread my upper lip by watching a tutorial on YouTube, which is one less beauty appointment to make every month!

    DJ-ing requires a lot of late nights — what are your tips for staying healthy and alert while you're up late? 
    My not-so-big secret is that I don't drink much. Frequent travel, and spending four or five nights a week up late in a club is already a lot of wear and tear on the body and skin. Drinking does not help that, so I am usually drinking Pellegrino or a glass of wine while I'm working. Or I do a one for one, alternating between gin and tonics and bottles of water throughout the night. Stay hydrated, sleep as much as possible, and take your vitamins.

    Who are your beauty/style icons?
    My friend, the very talented makeup artist Jadene Munson, is definitely a beauty inspiration, and such a beauty herself! She has the most inspired eyebrows I've ever seen. Style-wise, Ashley Olsen, Christine Centenera, and Melanie Huynh are my longtime favorites. And the French Vogue team of Carine Roitfeld, Melanie Huynh, Emannuelle Alt, and Geraldine Saglio...those were my all-stars. They all dress so classic and effortless and looked awesome walking together during fashion week. 

    Can you share any embarrassing beauty phases from your past?
    My barely-there misshaped eyebrows in high school make me cringe. They went very well with the thin gelled strands of hair that framed my face. Ughhhh! 

    What songs are at the top of your DJ playlist right now? 
    The new Les Sins album,  Sir "Cannabis and Karaoke," Jhene Aiko "The Pressure," Kaytranada "Leave Me Alone" 

    Keep up with SOSUPERSAM on her website and Instagram
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  • UO Interviews: Matt Ching

    When catching us up to speed on his background as an artist and filmmaker, Matt Ching quotes a fellow Hawaiian, DJ Anton Glamb: "I think [he] explained it, 'Born and raised in Hawaii, worn and torn in NYC.'" Matt was raised in Kaneohe, Oahu, and now splits his time between Hawaii and New York, where he works on various videography and direction projects, including music videos, fashion lookbooks, and a bunch of other side projects. We caught up with him about how he's currently spending his time. 

    Above: Matt's music video for Brogan Bentley

    You work in so many different disciplines! Can you tell us more about the current projects you’re working on?
    As a self-proclaimed extreme procrastinator, I’m pretty behind on all the projects I’ve shot in the beginning of the year so I’m hoping my first winter in NYC will knock me into an editing submission. Right now I'm working on some videos I've put a good portion of my summer into. The one I’ve poured my heart and soul into is the music video for Brogan Bentley. The song is a reflection on a past love that slipped away and the painful emotions we feel during these moments stuck in limbo before the healing process begins. Chet asked me to make his video at the same time I was going through the exact circumstances the song characterizes so I immediately felt obligated to dive my feelings deep into the project. On a lighter note…I’m also in post-production with two fashion lookbook videos I shot in Hawaii that are fun and not bursting with emotional metaphoric symbology. I think it’s good for the brain to have some projects that just get to play with aesthetics and nothing more.

    Do you see a connection between filmmaking and your formal education in architecture? 
    My primary medium these days is video, especially music videos. There is something about the dance between audio and visual that can incarnate and express emotions more articulately than any other medium. Before I got into making videos I worked in different visual mediums. I have a Bachelor's degree in architecture... I was intrigued by its ability to shape the human environment. It’s an art that you can live and breathe. The only problem for me was that it’s so darn slow. I can’t wait years upon years to see my work finished. My ideas are pretty fleeting and I’d probably be over it by the time any buildings were actually erected. That's another reason why I love making videos so much. The duration of my creative attention span is roughly the same amount of time it takes for me to see a video project from start to finish. Then I move on to the next.

    Above: a lookbook video for Moon Collective

    You split time between NYC and Hawaii. What's that like? How does the contrast inspire your work and affect the way you approach new projects?
    It’s kind of the best. I’m pretty head over heels for Hawaii. I feel like I started a whole new relationship with the islands after I moved back from college in SF. The Pacific Ocean has me whipped. Hawaii is everything my body and soul needs, but NYC has got the goods for my mind. Everything is blasting on a whole different level out here. Most of the artists I look up to live in New York and there is an infinitely larger amount of work for me here than there is in Hawaii."

    Can you talk more about the Hawaiian creative community?
    I lived in Hawaii for two years after I graduated from college and I feel like I just started making all these amazing friends involved in the local artist community in the last six months before I moved to NYC. It’s a tight-knit community and everyone is killing it. You can feel there is a strong motivation to put Honolulu on the map as a respected breeding ground for the arts. In a few years Honolulu is going to be blowing up... I feel bad because I definitely want to grow old in Hawaii and it’s going to seem like I’m jumping on the future bandwagon to flock to Honolulu once its fully established, but right now I need to go out into the world and enrich myself with skills and experiences...which sounds increasingly more douchey as I continue put together this sentence.

    Above: Matt's first music video, Promise Johannesburg

    What does a typical Tuesday look like for you?
    Lately in New York I’ve been waking up at dawn which is the absolute opposite of my usual sleeping tendencies but I kind of dig it. I’ll make some tea with thundering amounts of caffeine, check my emails, and look at weird stuff on the Internet. Then I’ll go skate with my roommate Zack downtown or somewhere far away from our saggy apartment. Then I come back home, take a nap, then start editing on the current project at hand. Now it's dark outside and I can either choose to leave the house and spend a lot of money consuming drinks at some hip new bar or sink under my blankets...The same applies to my life in Hawaii except trade skateboarding with surfing.

    Even though Hawaii is so idyllic…where do you go to escape?
    This one is easy. I go to NYC.

    Above: Matt's photo project, Kosmos

    What are your favorite Hawaiian haunts? And what about NYC?
    My favorite Hawaiian haunt was 39 Hotel [a Chinatown bar that closed earlier this year], but that's no longer real and we have to move on. My disco DJ friends throw parties at a secret loft in Chinatown, which have hosted some of the best times I’ve had in Hawaii. Other than that I would say Bevy Bar in Kaka’ako is one of the best watering holes in Honolulu.

    In NYC, I haven’t really figured out my favorites quite yet. I usually wander around LES, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick. Pretty much all the zones you would expect someone who wears tacky aloha shirts to frequent. The Surf Bar in Williamsburg is cool because half of my friends from Hawaii are the staff. In Bushwick I like Bossa Nova because they play good music and they have the most amazing complimentary cucumber-infused water. I usually just drink a bunch of water and leave feeling the most hydrated I’ve ever been in my life. 

    Keep up with Matt's work on his website, Vimeo, and on Instagram
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  • On The Menu: Whiskey Cranberry Shrub

    Tis the season for cranberries, you guys. And what better way to get your annual serving than in this whiskey cranberry shrub from Brooklyn Spirits' amazing book of cocktail recipes? This is the ultimate fall-winter party drink: the combination of ginger and cinnamon just feels like autumn in a glass. Also, in case you're wondering, a "shrub" refers to drinks that use vinegar as a key ingredient to get that perfect tart-sweet balance. Live and learn!
    Photos by Max Kelly

    Makes four to six drinks

    8 oz fresh cranberries
    8 oz water
    6 oz sugar (a mix of brown and white)
    1-inch piece of ginger, chopped or minced
    1 cinnamon stick (divided)
    4-8 oz apple cider vinegar
    1.5 oz craft whiskey (We used Breuckelen Distilling’s Rye and Corn Whiskey)


    In a saucepan, combine cranberries, water, sugar, cinnamon stick, and ginger over medium heat. Cook for just about five minutes until cranberries start to break apart but do not thicken.

    Strain this cranberry mixture and reserve the liquid.

    Now it’s time to add the vinegar. This is very much of a “to taste” process. You want the final product to be tart – like lemonade – not mouth-puckering, like lemon juice. The best move here is to start with four ounces, then mix and taste. We usually end up right around 5 ounces liquid per 8 ounces of fruit.

    When you’re happy with the taste of the shrub, place 1 ½ ounces of whiskey in a rocks glass and top with 2 ounces of the shrub, and then finish with 1-2 ounces of club soda or seltzer.

    Garnish with a lemon twist.

    Brooklyn Spirits: Craft Distilling and Cocktails
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  • Tips + Tricks: Sun Relief Skincare

    When we're getting ready to head out on our sunny holiday vacation (we can dream), getting sunburned is something that inevitably happens from time-to-time, no matter how hard we try to make sure our poor skin is never put through that horror ever again. Luckily for us, when we're bested by the sun yet again, there are plenty of sunburn soothers that are easy to throw in an overnight. And the best part? They aren't filled with unnatural chemicals. Here are some of our favorite new and natural sunburn relief products below.

    First of all, let's back it up to the very beginning. It's your first day of vacation. You're heading out to the beach. Time to slather yourself in sunscreen to prevent burns. If you've still got the 1992 mindset of coating your body in baby oil - stop, take a deep breath and repeat after us: SUNSCREEN ONLY! In this day and age, we all know better. One of our favorites currently is this spray sunscreen from Mizon. With an SPF of 50, it's heavy-duty enough for most people out there, but the spray function makes it easy to apply. We've found that it's lighter and less greasy than most other sunscreens out there, which is another reason why we love it. After applying it, we can leave the beach without feeling like a greasy mess. It also leaves a nice sheen like body oil but actually protects from the sun.

    Another one of our sunscreen favorites is the Zalan Zinc Stick sunscreen kit. Spoiler alert: it is RIDICULOUSLY fun to use. The sticks are good on their own, but they're also fun to use on top of regular sunscreen to provide some extra protection in more sun-exposed areas (the nose for instance). Plus, you can totally draw fun pics all over your arms.

    Okay, so let's say you did all of that but you still got burned. It happens! You're not totally out of luck. There are plenty of natural sunburn relief products out there. The Herbivore After Sun spray has been one of our favorites, because it has aloe in it, but it's a lot easier to use and is less greasy than aloe vera gel. (If you can't tell, super greasy sun products are the bane of our existence.) The Herbivore spray is cooling, soothing, and awesome to keep on hand while you're outside - super easy to spritz on for some added relief. Another favorite that comes in a more classic balm is Meraki Botanicals body balm. This all-natural treatment is filled with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory herbs, so while it's awesome to use on sunburn, it can also come in handy if you ever need to soothe a rash, insect sting, or even a scrape. All-purpose! What could be better? If even your hair is feeling a little dried out after a big day in the sun, our final product rec is this Alterna sun recovery spray. This is a spray that goes on dry hair and instantly moisturizes it without weighing it down. It's amazing! Trust us. Now go out and hit the beach!

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  • Wednesday Watch: #URGIFTED

    It's Wednesday Watch, #URGIFTED edition! To really get the holidays going we're exploring the first week of our new campaign that's all about surprising you (yes you!) with random gifts and special holiday treats. Using our hashtag #URGIFTED, we are gifting things away all season long on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat, so be sure to follow us for a chance to win (spoiler alert: some future giveaways involve STATE bags, Crosley, and Urban Ears!!) You don't wanna miss it, promise. 

    We have been following along with the UO community's #URGIFTED shares and wanted to repost some favorites! In the form of coffees, turtlenecks, and wintery hikes, here's your latest dose of Insta-inspiration.

    A cup of coffee, a good read, and a vintage photo as a bookmark: Amber__moore is living our ideal morning.

    Photographer Whitney Hayes (aka @whighfield) and Wide Eyed Legless' Madelynn Furlong (whose beauty profile you can read up on from our recent interview!) are channeling cold-weather chic on a tromp through NYC (in BDG's Shaker Turtleneck!)

    @sailawaywithme is one of the winners of our URGIFTED Instagram giveaways: the Vancouver photographer's dreamy feed makes us want to go...somewhere, stat.

    "knits on knits on knits" — @themoptop does UO layers

    @jessifrederick + textured rug + pup. It's just a good combo.

    A peek at our current #URGIFTED Twitter giveaway with State bags!

    Epic views in the feed of @jimmybrower_, another URGIFTED winner!

    Cozy cozy cozy. Thank you, @missjessicanne

    High tea w/ Instagram winner @chloezhaang

    And just to be sure: are you up on #winditupwednesday?

    Follow the #URGIFTED stories on Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat for a chance to win some special surprises this holiday season!

  • UO Studio Visits: Kristin Farr

    "I'm Kristin Farr and I like to make things." Kristin Farr is modest. Sure, the SF-based artist "makes things," but her colorful, geometric work spans genres to touch on just about every possible medium possible. Kristin studied sculpture and textiles in school, and has turned that, along with a love of painting and writing, into an art career that's included filmmaking, furniture, sculpture, murals, and technology (her app, FarrOut, lets you make your own trippy rainbow art inspired by her signature style). We teamed up with Kristin to paint a mural on the wall inside our brand-new UO store in Honolulu, and we called her up to learn more about the Hawaii project ("an abstraction of sand and sea"), along with the other work that fuels her creative process. 
    Photos by Aaron Wojack

    Can you share more about the mural you did for the Hawaii store — what was the concept and how did it all come together?
    My work is all about colors, so I asked for the colors UO was working with to design the new store, and then chose about 20 more to complement the palette. Since it's in Hawaii, I wanted to use tropical ocean colors. The mural could maybe be seen as an abstraction of sand and sea. I made a small painting as a sketch, and I can't wait to paint the big version. This cool project was organized by UO and the POW!WOW! artist network (Click here to read our interview with POW!WOW!)

    What other projects are you working on right now?
    A couple of public art projects including a painted sculpture and a 50-foot mural, and a gallery installation that also has an ocean vibe.

    How do you describe your style of work?
    I have been obsessed with rainbow geometry for many years, but it has evolved in different ways. The "Magic Hecksagon" designs are my current jam, along with the colorful diamond pattern like the UO mural I'm making. The designs have gone through stages and patterns like checkers, laser stripes, triangles, diamond shapes, and geometric stars, always with as many colors as possible.

    Tell us more about your #farrout app!
    It's free! You should download it. I made digital stickers from photos of my paintings, plus some funny faces and animals. My friend designed the interface that lets you take a photo with your phone and decorate it with my crazy designs and patterns. It makes my art accessible to everybody in the universe so they can remix it and add rainbow magic to their photos.

    What is an idea you're interested in right now?
    I'm into the idea of human-made things containing magical powers or good luck. I'm also interested in learning the names of star shapes based on the number of points. I just made a painting with a 16-pointed star, which is a hexadecagon!

    What are some dream projects?
    I really want to paint Magic Hecksagons all over a barn. "Hex signs" are traditional Pennsylvania Dutch folk art that people painted on their barns for decoration, and they are part of my visual culture and heritage, so I really want to paint them the old fashioned way.

    Who are some dream collaborators?
    An engineer who can help me make paintings with shapes that move in the wind, a quilter who can make my designs into a cozy blanket, or somebody who has a barn and wants to let me paint on it!

    In addition to your art, you're also a writer, focusing on interviews with artists. Does talking with other artists inform the way you approach your own work?
    Yes! I make a video series called "Art School" and I'm an editor for Juxtapoz magazine. I interview tons of artists and it's extremely inspiring. Certain ideas just resonate with me, like something Megan Whitmarsh said when I met her several years ago: "If you're going to add more piles of stuff to the world, it should be positive, happy stuff." I'm paraphrasing, but that is something I often think about.

    What other non-art related things are you interested in right now?
    Collecting sun catchers, going to the beach with my husband Jeff and my dog Ruby, and listening to Ludacris.

    Follow Kristin's work on her website and Instagram, and click here to download her FarrOut art app in the iTunes store
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  • Local Made: Hawaii

    Along with the opening of our new Hawaii store this week in Honolulu, we have put together a Local Made pop-up inside the store, packed with a specially-curated assortment of wares made by Hawaiian designers and artists. We took a closer look at some of the artists whose work we'll be featuring in the pop-up — from jewelry inspired by Hawaii's color palette to clothing designed for the surfing life, here's what's in store. 

    Quality Peoples started in 2010 as an art collaboration between Ed Fladung and John Esguerra after both quit their jobs and moved to new locations: Ed to Mexico and John to Hawaii. Connected by the Internet, they found camaraderie as surfers, artists, and designers and started Quality Peoples as a brand inspired by their experiences. 

    a.wattz dezigns is a line of handmade jewelry made in Honolulu by Amanda Watkins. Amanda designs and constructs each piece from her Kaimuki studio, focusing on pieces that you can wear everyday (that still have an obvious Hawaii influence!) 

    Roam Hawaii
    Roam Hawaii is living the dream: a mobile marketplace of handmade goods based on the North Shore of Oahu, the Roam girls travel the island in a van, stopping to surf and to collaborate with local artists along the way.   

    Moving Mountains is the design studio of Hawaii-born, Brooklyn-based Syrette Lew. The studio is rooted in industrial design practices, combining forms at the intersection of design, art, and fashion. Working with regional craftsmen and fabricators, Lew produces furniture as well as a line of accessories. 

    Clothing designer Cassandra Rull is a Kauai native whose love of bold prints, colors, and the unexpected combination of the two has become the signature style of her clothing designs. This summer, Cassandra launched a line with Roam Hawaii exclusively for Without Walls, which we're excited to have in-store! 

    Samudra is the clothing and accessories line of photographer, designer, and traveller Jennifer Binney. The Sanskrit word for the gathering of waters, Samudra is meant to capture the spirit of the traveling surfer from "sand to city streets."

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  • Tumblr Tuesday: Casey Liu

    We’re always scouring Tumblr for up-and-coming artists, photographers and interesting people to follow. On Tumblr Tuesdays we dig a little deeper, introducing you to a new person whose point-of-view we’re reblogging this week.

    Meet Casey Liu, a photographer who grew up on the islands of Hawaii and is currently living in L.A. Her active, outdoorsy shots make us want to get out there and explore. We spoke to Casey about her inspirations and found out a little more about the stories behind some of her favorite photographs.

    Hi Casey! Tell us a little bit about yourself!
    I’m a twenty-one year old photographer from Oahu, Hawaii currently living in L.A. county. I’ve lived my entire life on the islands and didn’t experience snow until I was sixteen, autumn when I was nineteen. I spent twenty-one years of my life surrounded by nearly perfect year-round weather, the warm, crystal clear Pacific ocean and lots of fresh air; it has undoubtedly affected my perspective of life and how I wish to capture it.

    What was your foray into photography like?
    I was always so obsessed with documenting as a kid and I think I’ve always been a collector. I loved going into antique stores and browsing trinkets and collectibles and thinking how something so old could be passed down through generations and enjoyed by so many. It’s a similar experience with photographs. I just love how you can decide right then and there, “I think I want to keep this moment forever,” and then you press a button and it's yours. It could be altered or distorted or even lost, but you decided it was worth keeping, and I think that’s really cool.

    What Tumblrs do we need to follow?
    1. Jacq Harriet
    2. Susanna Cole
    3. Good Silence
    4. The Stray Lashes

    Tell us some things you're currently into!
    I’m currently recording an album with my boyfriend, so writing music and researching funky instruments to add to our sound have been keeping me busy. Good, cheap Mexican food (non-existent in Hawaii), wallpaper design, and mustard (the color) are some things I've also been really into.

    Tell us the stories behind some of your favorite photographs:

    The pacific northwest is a glorious place. Shot of Deception’s Pass, Washington.

    I took a girl’s trip to Kauai last year for my birthday. We slept in our rental car, woke up on the beach and showered in McDonalds. It was great.

    Idaho is a severely underrated state and I am being selfish in wanting to keep it that way. Besides myself and two friends, there was no one around. Being from Hawaii, a tourist destination, I am not used to this.

    This is a popular theme in many of my photographs. High altitudes fascinate me for some reason and I’m not too sure why. Maybe I like feeling small.

    Palm trees and the warm pacific ocean is a must-see in Hawaii, but these cliff formations get me every time.

    “Hawaiian Snow."

    We were on our way to a swimming hole or “queen’s bath” and this was the trail to get there.

    It was exactly what it looks like—plus a ton of popcorn and chocolate, obviously.

    The perks of being a “photographer” is being able to collaborate with amazing creatives. My florist friend turned my room into a garden and I have no plans to take it down.

    It’s called “Skinnydipper Hot Springs” for a reason.

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  • About: Mark Kushimi

    One amazing theme we've noticed in our dip into the creative and arts scene in Hawaii (serendipitously brought about by the opening of our first Hawaii store this week in Honolulu!) is how the island's local artists, designers, and creatives seem to continually overlap. Everyone is working on about a million different projects at the same time and is totally supportive and involved in progressing the work of the other artists around them. 

    There is no better example of this collaborative spirit than in Mark Kushimi, a photographer, editor, designer, and the co-founder of Hawaii-based arts, music, and culture magazine Contrast. Mark, like most locals, wears a lot of hats, but is perhaps most passionate about Contrast, a labor of love that is the kind of side project you want to devote all your time to. Featuring Hawaiian artists, creatives, and entrepreneurs alongside other creatives from around the world, Contrast is less a magazine about Hawaii and more a magazine for both locals and readers from other places to discover new work. We collaborated with Mark a ton on connecting with a group of amazing local creatives (see his photos in our guide to Hawaii and feature on artist Marika Emi), and we're excited to share some spreads from Contrast and talk more with Mark about the magazine.

    How does each issue come together? 
    Contrast is a passion project. Everyone in our crew works other jobs but we all find time to help each other to put the final product together. Each issue starts with a meeting to come up with a theme, then we work on pieces to develop it. Aside from the theme, we always dedicate a lot of space to art. There may be 60 or so pages devoted to four artists, allowing each subject ample space to share their work with our readers.

    The issue we just finished is titled “Chasing the Dream.” We talked with a few small businesses to see how they got their start and what it took to get to where they are now. For example, we have a story about Kinfolk Studios in Williamsburg. During my last visit to New York, I had the opportunity to walk through their spot. The brand’s aesthetic and history really blew me away.

    So where does the balance come between showing people Hawaiian artists and then including more broad stories? 
    Contrast is as much about Hawaii as it is showing the local people what’s out there and what we’re inspired by. Our pages are about passion and creativity, no matter where it comes from.

    There's also a really big mix of the types of content and the types of artists you feature, more so than just where they are from.  
    We tend to do things that aren’t typical. We’ll put a well-established artist like James Jean or Ron English right next to a student. It’s more a matter of what people are doing and how they’re doing it, rather than how established they are or how much of a following they have.

    What's it like working in Hawaii?
    I think Honolulu has all the things of a bigger city, especially regarding culture and art, but the Islands are smaller and certain things may be harder to find. You have to seek it out. I really love working here because the community tends to work together to help each other. Everybody is sort of connected and tries to collaborate. That’s what I like. I've never lived in New York, but when I think of working there, I always think of that phrase of being a small fish in a big pond. Here, you're a small fish in a very small pond [laughs]. 

    It seems like you're actually making a lot of these connections happen within the community with Contrast! 
    We are just really inspired by the people we meet and the peers around us. We want to share their stories in hopes of passing the inspiration on to others.

    See Mark's photography on the UO blog here and here, and follow Contrast on their website, Instagram, and Twitter
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  • Without Walls: Into Thin Air

    Most people perform aerial silks in gyms, but Caroline Dignes? She does them off jaw-dropping cliffs. Prepare to get inspired by the Without Walls Trailblazers contest winner.

    On its own, the sport of aerial silks is pretty jaw-dropping. The practice, which began as a circus art and has spread to festivals, yoga studios, and even gyms, features performers executing complicated series of acrobatics while suspended from long fabric attached to the ceiling. But add in epic trail views and you’ve got a very special form that very few people have mastered. 

    Which explains why we’re so in awe of Caroline Dignes, the winner of the Without Walls Trailblazer contest and one of just a handful of people nationwide who mixes rock climbing with aerial silks. Because her version of the sport involves hiking into the mountains to find the most amazing, beautiful overhangs, before she proceeds to scale the cliff, anchor her silks, and be awesome. 

    So how does someone even get started at this kind of thing? Caroline practiced ballet as a child and was always drawn to movement and dance. Then three years ago she joined a circus school in her homebase of Ashland, Oregon and fell in love with the sport, both as a physical practice and as an art form. “Aerial silks are so beautiful. I love the combination of acrobatics and dance and the feeling of being suspended in the air,” she says. So the insane heights aren’t a problem? “It’s always a little scary,” she admits. “I could fall for sure. But it’s exhilarating to conquer the fear. It’s mind over matter.” 

    She may be a complete badass, but Caroline is also as humble and down-to-earth as a rock climbing aerialist can get. In fact, she makes the whole thing seem, if not exactly easy, then certainly doable. We got this trailblazer to tell us how she embraced one of the world’s most eye-catching sports—and what it takes to dangle off those cliffs. 

    Most people have never seen this combination of sports before. How did you get into it? 
    It started when I would go on rock climbing trips and see these beautiful overhung places. I’d think, Wouldn’t it be fun if I could put my silks up there? So then I did! 

    But you have to have the aerial skills first, obviously. What brought you to that?
    When I was a kid I was obsessed with a VHS of Cirque de Soleil. I was fascinated with the woman who did aerial silks—she would suspend herself and tie the fabric in knots. It seemed like magic. So when I moved near a circus school, I was really excited to learn silks myself. I also do a little bit of lyra, which is an aerial practice with a hoop, and some acrobalance, which is like AcroYoga in some ways, but your base partner doesn’t always lie on the ground. 

    Wow, that’s awesome! Why do you love this stuff? 
    I love the magic of asking: What’s the next thing I can do? What are the ways I can twist myself and come out of this position? At first it’s such a challenge, and I don’t think I can do it. But then a couple weeks later I can! It’s exciting to see myself getting better, and it makes me wonder what else I can do. For a lot of people that kind of challenge is discouraging, but for me it keeps me motivated. 

    What do you think about when you’re up there? 
    Usually I focus on my movements. I think about the sequence and how to get into and out of different positions. Then, when—for example—I take a break to do the splits, that’s when I look out. If there’s an audience watching, it’s really inspiring. They’re in the moment with me and just as excited as I am. When I’m outdoors, I look around and think about how beautiful it is and how lucky I am to do what I love outside. 

    What kind of prep goes into an outdoor session? 
    First I have to find an anchor, so I go scouting with my rock climbing and aerial partner. We look for something solid and accessible, so I don’t have to climb the overhang to set up my silks, and I usually use the two bolts in the wall at the top of a rock climbing route. We have to hike in with the silks and all our gear. And we wear harnesses in case we have to repel off the overhang to get back down. Setting up the anchor usually involves a fireman’s belay. It’s definitely a team process, but it only takes about 10 minutes. 

    That sounds complicated—what’s the hardest part of the process? 
    The hardest part of the sport itself is the endurance. That’s something I work on in every sport, but especially with climbing, I’m always pushing myself to do harder, longer routes. Climbing is one of those things that I find really challenging, so I keep doing it in the hopes that I’ll get better. While I’m doing it, I’m thinking, This really sucks, I can’t do it! Then I get to the top and I’m like, Hey I did it! I’ve definitely gotten more confident in myself through climbing. 

    Do you ever get scared? 
    It’s funny, I didn’t think I was afraid of heights until I started rock climbing. That’s when I feel the most afraid. With silks, when I’m scared or tired I can go down, but with climbing you’re kind of stuck there. When you have to rappel, you just have to suck it up and think, OK I’ve done this before, I know my rope is long enough. If I get scared I stop and take a couple breaths. I think about what I’m doing and how I’ve done it before. Or I imagine myself successfully accomplishing it. 

    What advice would you give someone who wants to do what you do? 
    First of all, start at a gym. You need to learn with safety mats under you. Also, people are always concerned they don’t have enough arm strength for aerial silks, but I would say just try it! I didn’t have any strength in the beginning either; just go take a class, they’ll set you up in a knot and you’ll get the feel of it. Maybe you’ll spend some time upside down. Keep going to classes and slowly you’ll gain the strength. You actually use your legs a lot in aerial silks, so it’s not as much arm strength as you think. It looks daunting, but the best way to get into it is to take your first class and see how it goes. 

    Photos by Isaac Lane Koval

  • UO Happenings: Barcelona Store Opening

    This week, we celebrated the opening of our first store in Spain with a huge party! Over 4,700 people came out to celebrate UO Barcelona, starting with a huge line extending down the street packed with people waiting to sneak a peek at the 18,000 square foot space.  

    The two-story Barcelona store is located in the Plaza de Catalunya near the city center, and features the art of mural artist Agostino Iacurci throughout the store and in the fitting rooms. It also features a glassed-in display workshop, so customers can watch our amazing display artists at work. Looking down from the second floor, our display artists built out the space so reclaimed scaffold boards form the shape of a clock face, providing a prime vantage spot to look out over the whole store. 

    The night of the party, guests danced to DJ sets by Bradley Zero and Al Dobson, got temporary tattoos by Kate Prior, and took photos inside our pop-up photobooth. The night ended with a traditional pinata draw, with one lucky UO customer going home with a €500 gift card. We want to go back and relive the night all over again! 

    Follow along with the new store on their Instagram, and click here for details on visiting the store in person. 

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  • Without Walls: The Breakydilla

    Sounds weird, tastes delicious. Can your campfire handle it? 

    Breakfast burritos may be staples of cooking in the great outdoors, but there's more to it than just scrambling up a bunch of eggs in a pan and folding them into a cold tortilla. Whether it's a harmless beginner's mistake or just someone who has completely lost the plot, they’re starting out their adventure with a huge dose of mediocrity—not to mention a pan caked with hard-to-clean egg residue. 

    Through my many summers spent living as a simple rock-climbing dirtbag and winters spent as a inchoate ski bum, I’ve learned a few important things about life, but none have been as consistent as learning how to cook the Breakydilla (patent pending). This is one of my most treasured recipes, something I once learned from a seasoned alpinist one morning in a cold desert wash. 

    The Breakydilla isn’t hard or complicated to make, nor does it even remotely draw upon the principles of classic French cuisine. It’s almost comically easy to cook up, but it’s precisely this extreme simplicity that contributes to its pleasing aesthetic. The Breakydilla is less about breakfast, and more about creating a state of mind and place. Here’s how to do it.

    What You Need: 
    - pat of butter
    - 1 egg 
    - shredded cheddar cheese 
    - 1 tortilla 
    - roasted hatch green chiles 
    - 1 avocado, sliced 
    - dash of Cholula 
    - salt and pepper 

    Step 1: 
    This is the most important step—you may not skip Step 1! Relocate yourself so that you wake up in a stunning outdoor location, with a stoker day of awesome activity planned. The Breakydilla is not something you make at home. Appropriate locations for cooking the Breakydilla include, but are not limited to: 
    - The KT lift line at Squaw Valley on a powder day as you wait to get the first chair. 
    - Canyonlands ,Utah, with a day of climbing towers, trail running, or biking slick rock ahead of you. 
    - The Oregon coast at dawn, as the tide begins to swell. 

    Step 2: 
    Heat a non-stick pan over your camping stove (any kind will do). Melt a tablespoon of butter. Using olive oil or—worse—canola oil is a mediocre move. Remember, the goal here is to remove mediocrity from you life, not reintroduce it. Trust: Use butter. 

    Step 3: 
    Crack a single egg in the center of the pan. Quickly hit it with a pinch of salt and paper. 

    Step 4: 
    Immediately sprinkle some shredded cheese of your choice directly on top of the egg. 

    Step 5: 
    Immediately place a tortilla directly on top of the egg. I recommend a mid-sized flour tortilla. Corn tortillas are mediocre—everyone knows that. 

    Step 6: 
    Let the egg cook: two or three minutes for an “over easy” egg, and four or five minutes for medium. Now flip the whole thing over. You don’t even need a spatula. You can pinch the edge of the tortilla and quickly pick it up and flip it because the now-melted cheese will have attached itself to both the egg and the tortilla. 

    Step 7: 
    Think about how rad your day is going to be. Look at where you are—you’re here. You’re lucky. 

    Step 8: 
    After a couple more minutes of cooking, fold the tortilla in half. Continue cooking on each side so that the outer tortilla is golden and crispy from cooking in that butter. 

    Step 9: 
    You can eat the Breakydilla as-is, but some fixings bring it to that next level. I suggest a can of roasted hatch green chilies, some avocado slices, or even a few dashes of tried-and-true Cholula. Or, even better, go with all three. 

    Step 10: 
    Eat it. You know what that tastes like? Greatness. 

    Photos by Jason Varney
  • Music Monday: November 24, 2014

    If you're always on the hunt for new music, head here every Monday for five freshly picked tunes to start your work week off right!

    Harley Alexander - Passin' Through
    Here is another super awesome tune released through the Brooklyn based label 80N7. We're assuming they are on North 7th St., right in the heart of it all. This is a nice little nod to "jizz jazz", the popular sound coined by Mac DeMarco & co. Solid tune here. 

    The usual giant, trappy update from 20syl. They must have like 100 of these club bangers ready to release. The tracks are always in the same trap/club beat realm, but always very new and refreshing, packed with a lot of energy. 

    AbJo - North Bay Terraces (Demo v.2)
    We have now a second version of the killer instrumental from AbJo. Also, AbJo has just released a really interesting world music sample instrumental EP. Check out the EP and version one of this song here

    Bibio - Crushed Crushed Velvet
    Choppy goodness from Bibio off of the Touched-Music charity compilation. Be sure to check out the rest of the compilation dropping on November 28th.

    HXNS - good evening
    Here is a chill yet upbeat track Bay Area producer HXNS. The slow groove and bright chimes will leave you wishing for summer. 

  • About A Girl: Marika Emi

    Honolulu artist Marika Emi wears a lot of hats: born and raised in Hawaii, Marika is currently teaching art at the Honolulu Museum of Art as part of their education and outreach programs. She also creates her own work out of several printmaking studios around Honolulu, including one in her own basement. Among other projects, she somehow also finds time to serve as board president for the grassroots social justice nonprofit Hawaii People's Fund, work as a freelance graphic designer, and DJ as part of a performance duo called MEDS. 

    Marika's many projects make up the interdisciplinary spirit we love about the Hawaii creative scene and how, within it, there's a self-starting attitude at the root of all its projects. Take MEDS, for example, which Marika explains exists "simply because the music and party vibes we crave don't exist in Hawaii." Her solution? Create it for herself. Along with photographer Mark Kushimi (who we also featured this week on the blog), we followed Marika around during a day in the life, and talked with her about mind maps, and what it's like to teach the next generation to work with their hands. 
    Photos by Mark Kushimi

    What are the projects you're working on right now? 
    I have several projects that I am currently collaborating on, all loosely based around public and community-driven engagement in the arts. I am involved in a project called .5ppi that translates imagery into a modular pixel-based printmaking installation on a large scale. We are currently working on a massive installation on a construction wall that deals with the history of the construction site and surrounding area it becomes a hotbed of development and gentrification. (Here's a recent article on the project.)

    What ideas or themes does most of your work center around?
    Teaching is a major creative project of mine. I teach at several public elementary schools on island that no longer have art as part of their curriculum. Coming up with projects that allow kids to take risks, use new media, and really get excited about making things with their hands and bodies is an endless challenge, as is improvising when those projects fail. A lot of my ideas emerge from watching the way elementary-age kids communicate with each other and with me. Plenty of my projects 'fail' in their original intentions but succeed in totally weird ways.
    I apply my own interests/obsessions to my teaching curriculum and see them 'go wrong.' I am obsessed with mind maps. I am obsessed with a few symbols and words and ideas that go in and out of vogue in pop culture. I am learning to relate to the world in hashtags. The other day a third grader taught me how to flirt—just stare at someone (in their eyes) and act real dumb. I also recently started using a vacuum sealer.

    What are the most challenging aspects of working in Honolulu? 
    Relative to other cities of similar size, there isn't much financial support for the arts. There is only one major museum and there are not nearly enough galleries showing local contemporary art. The cost of living here is high and almost everyone I know who graduated from the BFA program I did has either taken a job (or two or three) outside the arts or teaches part-time at the museum like I do.

    Can you tell us your go-to places in the city?
    Where I live, in Manoa Valley, is my go-to place. Other than that, I spend time at the(Honolulu Museum of Art) Spalding House, where I teach with a team of friends a few times a week as well as the Honolulu Museum of Art School, where I teach, gather teaching supplies, and work in the Honolulu Printmakers studio. I run Diamond Head as much as possible. I buy bulk foods at Kokua Market. I like lattes at Blue Tree Cafe because they make their own almond milk.

    Can you walk us through a typical day in the life?
    I like to wake up as early as possible. I avoid being active outdoors between the hours of 8am and 5pm so I take early morning runs, ocean swims, tend to my vegetable garden, and feed and play with my dogs. I  really love to cook (I'm a longtime vegan) so if I have the time I'll make an elaborate morning meal. My schedule varies from day to day but I tend to have a lot of meetings, errands, classes to teach all over the place, and if I'm lucky I'll spend some time in the studio. 

    Follow Marika's work on her website or on Instagram
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  • Friday Download: November 21, 2014

    Our Friday Download is a weekly series where we share our favorite recent links from across the internet. Whether they're about music, events, a good read or a funny video, we're hoping you'll be entertained for at least a few minutes.
    Photo by Bridget Collins

    1. It was fun to see this profile of talented Brooklyn photographer Bridget Collins on one of our favorite design sites, Ain't Bad. We've been lucky to work with Bridget on some blog posts: see her shots of NYC writer and editor Anna Gray here (as well as the one above!).

    2. Garance Dore breaks down the biggest social stress-causer of our generation: read alerts. Someone write a thesis about this, stat.

    3. This picture (and entire Instagram account) of Bill Cunningham over at the NYT just makes us really, really happy.

    4. Future Islands are slated to do a For the Record signing at our UO Portland store on 12/10, and they put on an amazing show on their own, but check out this live 4AD session they did with an added string quartet and brass section.

    5. Lykke Li did some covers (one acoustic, one not) of Drake's "Hold On We're Going Home" and they're both delightful.