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Monday
Aug202012

the new look

For the first time in it's 2.5 year existence, a lovely being received a makeover! Sarah Tolzmann, the girl genius behind Note To Self, was gracious (and patient) enough to help me with the design. I coudln't be more pleased with the result! Sometimes, it just feels good to get a makeover :) Do you like? xo

(photo by John French

 

Tuesday
Feb282012

une citation

my sentiments exactly.

(via note to self

Thursday
Feb232012

I’m not sure how Sarah Tolzmann, author of Note to Self, finds the time to sleep. In addition to running one of the coolest blogs around, Ms. Tolzmann is a MFA candidate in Design Management at Savannah College of Art and Design, an associate designer for Matchbook Magazine, and a freelance graphic designer. Oh, did I mention that her blog was just named one of the up-and-coming blogs of 2012 at this year’s Alt Summit? Girlfriend’s got it all! (And most certainly deserves it). Considering her busy schedule, I feel very lucky that Sarah was kind enough to take a few moments for an interview. Enjoy!  

Fallon: You have an amazing aesthetic. How would you describe it?
Sarah: Thank you! I’d call it “schizophrenically preppy.” I think that about sums up my life. I grew up in the northern part of Baltimore city (prep central) with a three-year stint in New York City mid-high school. Everything I knew about fashion, art and life in general changed when I moved to The City. The mix of experiences definitely shaped my eye in some way... Working at J.Crew after college taught me to channel everything into what they call “classics with a twist.” I love that idea!

 
(Sarah is a pretty awesome graphic designer.)

What inspires you creatively?
Art. My undergraduate degree is in Art History, and I honestly cannot get enough of it: travel, museums, the History Channel, PBS documentaries... I geek out over it all!

Name a few trends/ films/books/animals/minerals/vegetables that are currently on your radar.
Trends: Polka dots, orange (my favorite color - I’m so glad it’s “in!”)
Films: Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (also, The Hunger Games. There, I said it.)
Books: Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams (again, with the whole history geek thing)
Animals: my goofy but sharp-as-a-tack black Labrador, Tess
Minerals: Agate bookends and centerpieces in the home
Veggies: Collard greens. They’re everywhere here in Savannah, plus this recipe is easy and divine

What are your all-time favorite books? Design books? Magazines?
Books: Bird by Bird by Anne Lamont (Traveling Mercies is great, too), The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira KalmanA Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Design books: The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert BringhurstLook Both Ways: Illustrated Essays on the Intersection of Life and Design by Debbie Millman, any and all of Edward Tufte’s books
Magazines: Matchbook (!), Garden & GunNew York MagazineEntertainment Weekly (see: guilty pleasure)

Anyone who reads your blog knows that you’re clearly into fashion. If money were no object, what pieces would you add to your wardrobe this spring?
I’m going to shatter any illusions right here: I actually find it really hard to dress myself. I’m almost 6ft tall, and have never been the thinnest person in the world. For me, most clothes aren’t even worth trying on. Knowing my own limitations, I realized I needed to start looking at styling to get ideas, rather than the latest cute “thing.” The HERS/MINE series emerged from that idea; seeking out beautiful looks built from basic components that anyone of any size can own and wear for years and years...
That said, there are definitely a few key pieces that would be a dream to add to my wardrobe. I’m an accessory hoarder (ballet flats, bags, costume jewelry,) so I’m in desperate need of the classics to back them up. Currently seeking: the perfect trench, black ankle pants, and some comfortable black mid-heel pumps. 

Photo of Garance by Scott Schuman

Who are your style icons?
Audrey, of course. As for current celebrities: I rarely dislike anything Diane Kruger or Michelle Williams is wearing. Style bloggers are great resources for inspiration, too. You have to love Garance Doré, Shala Monroque, Jamie Beck, and Blair Eadie. They all knock it out of the park every time.

Could you name a few of your go-to beauty products + favorite nail polish colors?
It seems like most nail polish is created equal, but there’s just something about Essie that I love. “Fifth Avenue” is my favorite red - very Matchbook-y! For beauty products, Hope in a Jar by Philosophy is my moisturizer of choice. Bobbie Brown’s jarred eyeliner in Caviar Ink is my go-to, and it lasts all day. For perfume, I’ve been wearing Burberry Britt since high school, and I’ve yet to find a scent to top it (although Chanel Chance is also on my shelf for super girlie days.)

Alex Katz, Round Hill, 1977

Favorite artists? Graphic designers?
I absolutely adore Alex Katz. I saw one of his shows when I was in college and it changed my life. (Okay, that might be an exaggeration.) Other current blogger favorites include Michelle Armas, Paul Octavious, and Paul Fereny (you must follow his Parisian Instagrams: @paulfereny!). [editor's note: see more of her art favorites on her blog!]. As far as graphic designers, I like Erin Jang, Kelli Anderson, Jessica Hische, and Kate Arends of Wit & Delight (I favor the ladies in a male-dominated field.)

Should I ever have the pleasure of visiting Savannah, could you name a few of the city’s “must visit” locales?
The Historic District merits a good wander, and so does Forsyth Park. Don’t plan, just walk - you’ll see why people love living here so much! Must-see shops are: Paris Market, Shop SCAD, and Savannah Bee Company. Favorite eats would be: Papillote, Circa 1875, Back in the Day Bakery and Starland Cafe. Tybee Island is our local beach community (20 minutes east of town.) Stop in at the Crab Shack and Sugar Shack for some summery eats.

You were recently named a favorite “up and coming” blog by a panel at Alt Summit (I’ll link to them in the post). Could you name a few of your favorite “up and coming” blogs? 
That was wild! I can’t believe it. I’m constantly crushing on new (to me) blogs. There are so many talented people out there! I’m currently loving Odessa MayDreams & Jeans, and Hip Hip Gin Gin.

Lastly, what is your favorite quote?
At first glance it may appear too hard. Look again. Always look again.” — Mary Anne Rodmache

PS! Find Sarah's elsewhere on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr, + Instagram.
Her accounts are my absolute favorite :)

Monday
Nov282011

Macau trực tuyến Baccaratunwrapped: note to self

(What could be a better holiday coundown than a bi-weekly guest series featuring my favorite
bloggers + their personal holiday wish list?! First up, We have Sarah Tolzman of Note To Self.
Tune in this Wednesday for the next chapter of Unwrapped!) 

Hello, hello! My name is Sarah, I'm the authoress of a little blog, Note to Self, and Associate Designer for the lovely Matchbook magazine. When it comes to Christmas gifts, I'm rather content with books, classic movies and small keepsakes. But while we're wishing big (that's why blogs are fun, right?) I have to say, these items are definitely at the my top my holiday wish list. In no particular order...

 1. Robert Polidor's Versailles ($112)
Thanks to Sofia Coppola, I'm fascinated by the late Baroque art period. I could pour over this trilogy of Versailles restoration photographs for years.

 2. J.Crew Cece Ballet Flats ($128)
I have a pair of these from last season and have worn them into the ground. The newest colors would add a welcome punch to a day-to-day outfit. 

3. The Metropolitan Museum of Art 2012 Desktop Calendar ($18)
My mother gives me this every year, and I just love it. It's also the only day-to-day calendar that I have ever remembered to keep up with! 

4. Furbish Lacquer Boxes ($72-$115)
Everything in Jamie's shop is worth wishing for, especially these boxes (plus, orange is my favorite color. Don't tell Elle Woods.)

5. Lulu Frost Knot Earrings ($155)
I've been semi-obsessed with these earrings since making my Matchbook wish list. Pearls with some edge - they're so perfect!

6. Caran d'Ache Ballpoint Pens via Ann Mashburn ($20 each)
Who could not love writing with neon pens every day?

7. Kate Spade Dotty iPhone Case ($40)
The small touches of gold make the perfect amount of "flash" for me.

8. J.Crew Edie Purse ($238)
I've been in love with this purse since its release in July. In my mind, it's literally the perfect shoulder bag. The tan would match absolutely everything.

9. Kate Spade Snail Mail Cards ($25)
Wouldn't it be fun to make someone smile with these cards?

10. Le Creuset Cookware ($130+)
These are classics for the kitchen. I can see many tasty things coming out of these dishes!

Thank you for having me, Fallon! And happy holidays, everyone! x