Maggie Muses: re-souL mood boards

Let’s just jump right into this, shall we?  I love mood boards! I love looking at them.  I enjoy creating them. I really can’t get enough of them! To me they are a visual way of organizing my thoughts before I go into the full blown design mode. Every creative person has their own way of being inspired and their own process. Mine starts with mood boards. It’s my inspiration, my trend analysis, my research and my organization all rolled into a visual presentation.

This Fall’s re-souL’s brand collection of shoes started with, you might of guessed by now, a mood board. A couple of them, actually. The first one was created from images I found on-line. I usually keep them on my i-Pad using apps for creating boards. That way I can recall them at anytime, especially when away from the shop or office. My current favorite app is Morpholio Board. It allows you to save your boards, edit them, add text and add links to your pictures.

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The second mood board was my color story. It was something that I had pinned up on the wall and spread out through my work space. Fabric swatches, a catalog tear sheet, some painted sketches, and one of my favorite necklaces I had picked up in Copenhagen several years ago. This became the color palette for the shoe collection as well as our FW14 look book.

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 Thank you as always for stopping by, I wish you a productive and creative week!  ~ Maggie

 Image Credits

Margaret Howell SS14 Ad Campaign | Wellness for Joy | Schumacher | Instagram | Cy Twombly | Vogue Italia 1999 | Tamara Klimova | Fran Coca
 Adam Mork | Marie Claire Germany 1997 | Kelly Wearstler
re-souL / Legh Burns

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Present & Correct’s Stationary Compositions

Do you love stationary? I do. It’s starting to become a real problem. I have more journals, notebooks, planners, writing instruments , markers, well lets just say I probably will never run out of the stuff. I am very fond of Present & Correct. A beautifully designed and curated on-line and brick and mortar shop based in London. I visit their site and dream of going to their shop one day. The owners are both graphic designers and go on sourcing trips to find their treasures. How fun is that?!

A few months ago they started an ” extra curricular project” – Stationary Compositions. Clever, graphic and colorful they make the most mundane things look like mini works of art. Here are some of my favorites.

 

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10 Soft Pencil Erasers

 

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Used sticker sheet, 4 pencil top erasers, some pink masking tape.

 

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4 pencils, 20 erasers, 2 index cards.

 

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Three stickers, one envelope, one sharpener.

 

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Divider card, 3 Cuisenaire rods, eraser, old index tabs.

 

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8 Post It Notes.

 

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6 card maths counters, 1 gridded notebook, 1 piece of graph paper.

 

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4 transclear envelopes

 

Aren’t they fantastic? For more clever  Stationary Compostions head over to Present & Correct’s tumblr feed here. All images are property of Present & Correct.

Have a great week!

 

 

 

 

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Color Mood, Neutrals + Metallics

Maybe it’s because I have been working on our SS15 collection of re-souL shoes,  but I have been feeling neutrals and metallics lately for one of my color palettes. I love basic black, gray, buff and white with  gold, silver or copper metallics. Clean and simple with just a hint of bling. Color combinations that will compliment most everything for spring and summer wardrobes.

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neutrals + metallics

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What do you think? Are you feeling them too? Happy Monday and hope you have a great week!

Links:

Art and Article Sumi Washi Envelope Set | Native Line Wall Hangings 
Design by Georgiana Paraschiv  | Necklace by Tiro Tiro
Wallpaper by TroveCollage by Matt Wisniewski

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Small Independent Retail

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Curtis Steiner Jax  Joon, and Hotel Ballard,  Coastal Living Magazine July/August 2014

 

This Monday I am musing about retail. Small retail. Independent retail. I feel the need to spread the word about how essential small business is to the retail culture. Sure, you can buy everything you could ever want with your Amazon Prime account. But really, doesn’t it take all the fun out of the shopping experience when all you have to do to buy something is click a button?

So I am reccommending that you go to your neighborhood corridor and visit those small independents the next time you need some retail therapy. Heck, if you’re travelling, seek out those independent shops! Go to the Ballards, Lower Eastside, and Pearl Districts of the world. Find out where the locals go. You will be inspired and have a fond keepsake of that trip you took to Spain because you bought something special and unique from that funky small shop in Sitges.

So without getting on my soapbox about why we all need to support small retailers, how it would be a much sadder world without them, let me just show you images of some fantastic shops from around the world instead. Ready?

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Nannie Inez, Austin

 

 

 Still House, East Village, New York

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geszeft, Katowice via Style Sight

Pretty fantastic, right? Please support your small and independent retailers. They are what make shopping so fun! Have a great start to your week! – xo ~ Maggie

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Misha Zadeh


This Monday I am musing about the very talented Misha Zadeh Graham. She is so fantastic and such an inspiration that I named one of our re-souL shoes after her. If the name sounds vaguely familiar, it might be because I had already introduced her to you in a past post here.

For those who may not know her, Misha runs a studio called Turquoise Creative. She designs and sells  fine paper art and stationery. She also happens to be a very gifted illustrator and artist as well. This Saturday we will be featuring Misha at this months Ballard Artwalk. Her collection features mixed-media cut-paper artwork made from her own etchings and monoprints –some with additional drawing and painting layered over the newly composed art. They are vibrant in color and texture which bring a rich depth to her clean and modern lines.

Misha made her first greeting card at age 4, magic markers and imagination in hand. Her parents, both architects, encouraged Misha’s love for creating beautiful objects. She followed her passion to the University of Washington, earning a double degree in Graphic Design and Interdisciplinary Visual Art. When not working on commercial design for clients, you can find her cutting away, giving new life to her formerly discarded original prints.

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Please stop by re-souL Saturday, June 14th from 6-9pm. Come meet Misha (and her namesake) and have a glass of wine. We would love to see you!

Mondays, Maggie Muses: Dark & Moody Food Styling

Hello!  I hope you are all having a great holiday weekend. Of course because it’s a holiday, my mind has been on food. Anybody notice lately that food styling is hot, hot, hot? Beautiful layouts just too pretty to possibly eat. But these foodie stylings just draw me in, wanting to know more, how to buy it, cook it or just plain consume it. I like them all. I am even tempted to prepare a meal with foods that I normally wouldn’t even think of trying. Now that my friends is an art!

I am especially drawn to food styling with a dark moody feel as of late. Sure everything styled in white is light and airy, but give me dark and mysterious anytime.

This recipe of salted chocolate diablo cookie ice cream sandwiches looked so good but the picture of its ingredients alone made me want to eat them raw. Seriously.

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Food styling by the Artful Desperado, Gabriel Cabrera

Or how about this gorgeous purple wonder of vegatables? Made me want to go healthy again, especially after consuming those ice cream sandwiches! You should see the other pics, go here.

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Linda Lundgren Food Styling for Hemkop

Then Brittany over at the House that Lars Built tempts me to the dark side with her lovely mini donuts. Are you kidding me?! Okay, they are supposed to be healthy. so she says, hmm.

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Healthy mini donuts by The House that Lars Built.

How about this picture? Quail eggs anyone? Not sure, but the picture is stunning. So are Jelito’s other photographs too.

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Quail eggs by Jelito de Leon

Better to end on a healthy note. Here is this image of summer rolls by this Rawesome Vegan Life. Yumm!

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Summer Rolls by Emily of this Rawesome Vegan Life

 

I don’t know about you, but I’m hungry. Better go eat. To see more food styling or find the recipes click on the links above. Have an awesome Monday! xo~ Maggie