Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Transform Your Mac into an Old School Typewriter

Download this really cool software for your Mac. It will give your computer keyboard the clickity clanking sound of an old typewriter.

Pug Love for the day.

Adorable Plaid Doggie Jacket available on Etsy at shopKCQ

Words on a Chalkboard

Inspired by words.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

India Ink on Vintage Literary Text

I really love these india ink creations by Bird in the Hand.
The juxtaposition of ink vs. type is really eye catching.
She is quickly becoming one of my favorite FLICKR artists.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Pug Love for the day.


Thanks Adam for the picture!

Thanks Ross for the picture!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I'm Published!

Here's my first published ad. In a real magazine. One that most of my friends actually read. Check it out in the April edition of Real Simple.

Client: SunTrust
Copywriter: me (Allison Williams)
Art Director: Angelle Juneau
Agency: Mullen

Things that are GREEN

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone...
(very few words this morning, the Irish Car Bombs did me in last night)

Absinthe Swimsuit (I want this!)

Zooey Love

Biggest girl crush ever.

Zooey Deschanel via Breathtaking

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (WTF?)

this makes total sense...

LOST Bingo

I don’t watch Lost. I tried, but I think I need to start from Season One because watching episodes out of sequence makes me feel, well, lost.

Anywho, I thought you Lost fans would enjoy, and understand, Lost Bingo.
Download a free copy of Lost Bingo cards.

Find care of: Erin Collins

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Rogue Wave

Download Rogue Wave.
Great band, their music puts me in the best mood.
I love their version of Everyday (Buddy Holly).
They also have a new album out, Permalight, get it now...

Friday, March 12, 2010

Still Love the V-Dub

Hate my new VW dealership, but I still love my VW.

image via We Heart It via TUMBLR

VW has had some of the best advertising throughout the years. Below are a few links to my favorite VW campaigns. And while you're at it, read about what their current ad shop, Deutsch LA, is doing for the brand and the origination of the "Punch Buggy" idea on AdAge.com

Lemon DDB NY circa 1960s
Drivers Wanted Arnold first launched 1995
Beige with Red Leather DDB Italy 2007
The Beetles (Abbey Road) Bates Reklamebrya, Norway 2007
Homage to the Hippie Van DDB, Paris 2008
VW PunchDub Deutsch LA 2010


I found this great montage on Flickr this morning. Bird in the Hand started a new art project this year entitled A Collection a Day 2010 where she highlights a grouping of certain items (such as scissors or clothes pins) every day and uploads a picture. Below are some examples of her work.

So I started thinking, what exactly do I collect? Let's see. Besides shoes, extensive skin care products, and the pile of laundry that seems to be "collecting" in the corner of my closet, what do I collect? I do have a heaping pile of magazine clippings that need to go somewhere. Maybe I can use them for a collage or to create some type of mood board. I also collect greeting cards. But as of now, they're sitting in a box on a shelf. Maybe I can put them in a scrapbook. Or (insert Aha! Moment here) start a blog about my greeting cards...

Now the ideas are starting to flow.

Now I'm curious, what do you collect? I'd love to know.

SXSW 2010

SXSW has officially begun. And I'm not there. Tear. But to satisfy my hunger for indie bands, hipster folks, and one of the most eclectic towns in the South, Urban Outfitters has provided me with 25 Free Downloads from this year's line-up. Have at it. And to check out more, visit SXSW.com.

Washed Out - "Feel It All Around"
Jookabox - "Light"
A Sunny Day in Glasgo - "Nitetime Rainbows"
DaM FunK - "Mirrors"
Tori Y Moi - "Blessa"
Local Natives - "Sun Hands"
Surfer Blood - "Swim"
Free Energy - "Dream City"
Dum Dum Girls - "Jail La La"
Japandroids - "Young Hearts Spark Fire"
Happy Birthday - "Girls FM"
Cymbals Eat Guitars - "Ballad of Nothing"
Wake Up Lucid - "Broke Down House"
Let's Wrestle - "We are the Men You'll Grow to Love Soon"
Surf City - "Headin' Inside"
Real Estate - "Beach Comber"
Here We Go Magic - "Fangela"
Acrylics - "All the Fire"
Jeremy Jay - "Just Dial My Number"
Bachelorette - "The National Grid"
Scanners - "We Never Close Our Eyes"
Warpaint - "Krimson"
The Golden Filter - "Hide Me"
Memory Tapes - "Plain Material"
Villagers - "On a Sunlit Stage"

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Mondrian Cake

I've been blogging about cakes a lot lately. Maybe I have a sweet tooth. But can you resist this awesome interpretation of Piet Mondrian's Composition in Red, Yellow, and Blue?

Created by Pastry Chef Caitlin Williams, Blue Bottle Coffee Bar San Francisco

Monday, March 8, 2010

Beautiful Spring Weather

Pink sky at night, sailors' delight.
I'm so appreciative of this gorgeous weather. Keep it coming.

Rainbow Cake

I was at a birthday party this weekend that served this very same rainbow cake. It was delicious! Can anyone tell me where they make these? This cake would be a great for St. Patrick's Day, a kid's birthday, or a same sex wedding : )
Very versatile.

Picture via Whisk Kid

Gorgeous Bedroom.

Kisses. Kisses.

via We Heart It found on Indifferent Inside

Oscar Fashion 2010 - My Best Dressed List

Here are my top 5 Favorite Looks from the Oscars.

5. Sandra Bullock in Marchesa

4. Carey Mulligan in PRADA

3. Meryl Streep in Chris March
(contestant on Project Runway Season 3)

2. Rachel McAdams in Elie Saab

1. Jennifer Lopez in Armani Prive

Premature Thoughts on My Engagement Ring

It's that time. That time where all of my friends are getting engaged. I, myself, am far from this stage in my life. Very far. And I've never been one of those girls who dreams about my wedding dress or plans the floral arrangements years in advance. It just never dawned on me. I guess when that time comes, I'll be more apt to read bridal magazines and such, but for now, I'll enjoy my friends engagement parties and weddings from an outside perspective.

However, the talk of engagement rings has got me thinking. Again, I never really thought about what kind of ring I would like. Well, until now. And letting the female race down once again, I didn't know how to refer to what kind of ring I like:

Solitaire? (I thought that was a card game?)
Cushion Cut? (isn't that the little pillow the ring sits on?)
Princess Cut? (this sounds incredibly girlie, pass)
Heart Shaped? (who do you think I am, J Lo?)
Pear Shaped? (Aiden gave one to Carrie on Sex and the City and she hated it. So I probably would to.)
Marquise Cut? (isn't that the sign outside of a theatre? Oh wait, that's marquee.)

The point is, when it comes to diamond engagement rings, I am clueless. I do, however, have an image in my head of what I'd like my future engagement ring to look like. It should be something old fashioned, I thought. After all, I have an undying love for vintage pieces and my grandmother's heirlooms. I love old things. Their intricate nature. The stories behind them. I'd love to get a ring that has been in a guy's family for years.

Coincidentally enough as I was perusing my Google Reader today, I found it. There it was. Just popping up on one of my habitual blogs waiting for me. So now I know what kind of ring I would like and how to refer to it. You know, in case anyone asks.

Dear Future Husband and friends who will influence his decision:

Classic Emerald Cut Diamond Ring

Girl Scout Cookie Season

Is it too early in the morning for a Samoa?

(or a Caramel deLite which is what they're calling it these days)


Logorama won the Oscar last night for Best Animated Short Film. And deservedly so. The mini flick intertwines several story lines that all take place in a world filled with corporate and brand logos. Very unique. And actually very funny! I've never really seen anything like this before. And in an industry where we're faced with "legal issues" regarding logos and brands more often than not, I'm curious how they pulled this off. Anyway, it's entertaining. Take a look.

Friday, March 5, 2010

High Buns are the New Side Braids

It could be laziness or the fact that I haven't cut my hair in four months. But I've started wearing my hair in a bun on the top of my head. Like, on the very top of my head. I've seen a few models sporting this look in fashion magazines, but nothing too widespread yet. So I'm calling it now. In the spectrum of hairstyles - high buns are the new side braid. They're fun, quick, and easy.

Thank you Edward Sharpe. Thank you skinny fashion models. And thank you onslaught laziness for teaching me that great hair doesn't always require hours of styling.

Curiouser and curiouser!

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would." - Alice

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is finally out in theatres (3/5/2010)
Finally! Going to see it in 3D. Can't wait!

Hazel Loves Her Dragon

Hazel loves her dragon so much that she now uses it as a pillow.
I'm calling it her "Dwagon Piwwow" (in baby/puppy voice).

Pastels with a Hint of Grey

I'm ready for Spring. And who isn't? This bleak, grey winter has gone on for far too long. So in the spirit of Spring, the theme of this blog post is pastels. Beautiful, soft, delicate pastels. And since winter just won't go away, I'm adding a hint of grey to my ideal Spring color scheme.

Praying for Spring

I love this Grey Doily Rug from Anthropologie

Lovely Pink Room found on Apt Therapy.
It reminds me of my friends' river cottages.

Great W Magazine Editorial via Bleach Black

Vintage Floral Hair Pins by ohhellofriend. I recently treated myself to a few items from her Etsy shop. She's got a really great collection.

Image by photographer Polly Wreford
I want to get lost in lace.