Lady Crush: Meg Callahan

I have a serious lady/artist crush on Furniture Designer and Quilt Maker Meg Callahan.

Quilting is kind of this magical thing to me. When you see a quilt in someone’s home, there is typically an inherent heirloom quality and or story behind it that is usually bigger than “I bought this at Bed Bath and Beyond.” That sort of importance is maintained, but modernized in Meg’s beautiful handmade pieces of true artwork. These aren’t your great grandmother’s quilts, but they do maintain a similar integrity. All of Meg’s pieces are designed, dyed, and produced in Rhode Island. I’m a sucker for tradition and keepsakes and I’m a sucker for good construction. This plus that equals fan for life.

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So great, right? I’ve been talking about it for years, but I really do what to learn how to quilt. Like ASAP.

For more of her work, take a look at her blog and follow her on Instagram.

I’m in love with her uber cool quilts and am so anxious to see what other work she does in the future.

Wish List: iPhone Case

For years, I had a great iPhone case. A real conversation starter. I got it in the dollar section of Target. It had green edges and and illustration of an ear and big, fat side-burn on it. So, when you held it up to your right ear it was supposed to look like you had a big, fat side-burn. But I’m a girl. And girls aren’t supposed to have side-burns. So it was funny. Get it? I also saw it on a BuzzFeed List of “The Top 10 Douchiest iPhone Cases” which made me only love it more.

It eventually cracked one too many times and I came to terms with the fact that it was time to get a new case. I went back to Target hoping to have a similar experience and find my soulmate case 2.0. But unfortunately, I made a panic purchase and got a simple Navy and Red case. It’s fine. I’ve tried to bond with it, but it just feels like someone else’s phone when I look at it, you know?

So I’m on the hunt.

I love these artful cases by Julia Kostreva. Feminine (can I use that word to describe an iPhone case?) and not overly complicated.

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This Ban.do one just makes me happy. iPhone6_BrushStroke_004_grande

I also love these illustrative cases from Leah Reena Goren (love pretty much anything she does!) and Sonix10965762_40600602015-10-21_1147

I feel like I am growing out of my phase of spending money on completely superfluous things like iPhone cases, until I am reminded of my recent “investment” on yoga socks. So there’s that. Maybe I’ll be getting one of these cases sooner than I would like to admit.

On My Wish List: Adult Lunch Box

Ever since starting my 8-5 office job in August, I’ve done my healthy, holistic, adult-lady very best at bringing my lunch to work everyday. I’ve had so many jobs in the past where I find myself heading out to pick up unhealthy and relatively cheap, but ultimately expensive meals. Everyday. My waistline and my wallet are always super bummed out at me when I majorly fail at planning ahead and pack a lunch and I’m just not into letting them down anymore. They have a hard enough time as it is. This goal not helped by the fact that my office is on a street lined with delicious (yes, delicious) fast food options AND my office provides lunch brought in from some of my favorite restaurants on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Lunches that I’m in charge of ordering. And picking up. Resulting in my car smelling richly of cheese pizza, burgers and fries and Mexican food. Not cool.

So far, I’ve done really well and I do my best to mix it up and make meals for myself that feel special, but a grand total of THREE of my coworkers asked if I was sick as the only logical justification as to why I would be eating soup out of a sad looking Tupperware for lunch. This while they each ate piping hot slices of cheese pizza right in front of my face felt. No. Not sick. I just like soup, OKAY!?

All this to say, all I want is for my beautiful, shining, hour long break from 12:00-1:00 is food that excites me and encourages me to carry on through the day, you know? Just a little, shining beacon of hope that working at a desk for 42 hours of my week isn’t actually crushing my soul.

Enter the metal lunchbox. This little baby has been on my wishlist for months, but now that I have a real reason to use it, I think it might be time to justify a splurge. There’s something old-timey and wonderful about it that reminds me of a small schoolboy taking his lunch to school during the Cold War. Maybe he’s named Nicolas. Maybe he’s not. Either way, it’s pure function with accidental style. A rare find.

That, and the fact that I like sections. In my lunches. And in life. More on this later.