Drake on Cake

I've been neglecting my blog for a good reason, I GOT A NEW JOB. I've also been abnormally stressed out. What calms me during anxiety attacks? Cake, Drake on Cake to be specific. 

This project was created by Joy the Baker (who is awesome in general) this was a happy instagram discovery. See more of her series here: Drake on Cake

Flourless Greek Yogurt Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

I bake A LOT, I've had to dial it back. There's no amount of running that'll make up for my cookie monster habits. But these look sorta healthy. There's no flour (gluten-free friends, rejoice) and it's made with bananas and oats, so basically it's breakfast. 

I have yet to test out this recipe but once my bananas ripe, it's on. Get your bake on: Chelsea's Messy Apron

Beech Hall

Inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphs, Beech Hall is an online shop founded by Danielle Kroll (artist, illustrator and textile designer), Bev Beaulieu (jewelry and 3D CAD designer) and Wade Keller (art director). Their handmade pieces are kitsch and alluring. 

Check out their online store here: Beech Hall

Artist Alert: Alexa Meade

I am completely mesmerized by Alexa's work. She paints portraits on the human body, transforming real people in to 2D art. Currently based in Los Angeles, Alexa is a former politico turned artist. Her work has been featured internationally and every single piece is stunning. 

See more of her reverse Trompe-L'Oeil (French for "deceive the eye" is an art technique that uses realistic imagery to create the optical illusion that the depicted objects exist in three dimensions) paintings here: Alexa Meade

The Senescent Southern Belle: On Paris Hilton's Perfume

Mother's Day Gift

(image source: abrams & chronicle books)

I'm always on the hunt for the perfect thoughtful gift, I hoard ideas and links when I find a good one. And this is a GOOD ONE. 

Just in time for Mother's Day, Samantha Hahns book, "Stories for my Child" is a memory journal. With creative prompts and colorful illustrations, this graphic book would make a perfect gift for the new mom in your life. If your gift recipient is a little writing shy, perhaps Samantha's other book "A Mother Story: A Celebration of Motherhood" is a better fit.

Samantha is an internationally acclaimed artist, see more of her work here:

What is Afrofuturism?

Afrofuturism is a literary and cultural aesthetic that combines elements of science fiction, historical fiction, fantasy, Afrocentricity, and magic realism with non-Western cosmologies in order to critique not only the present-day dilemmas of people of color, but also to revise, interrogate, and re-examine the historical events of the past.

An interesting and educational watch: 
The Mundane Afrofuturist Manifesto

*Image by Rachel Stewart, a talented graphic designer, photographer and artist who has a thriving online shop

Artist Alert: Jeannie Phan

Inspired by her friends and everyday life, Jeannie Phan is a Canadian illustrator who's art is whimsical and relatable. Her work has been published internationally and you can purchase prints on Etsy and InPrint

The Senescent Southern Belle: On Dinner Preferences

Artist Alert: Laura Berger

Made with mostly acrylic and gauche paint, Laura's figures are wonderfully weird and fun. Her ethos is "finding novelty and adventure in everyday life" and she does just that. 

See more of Laura's work here: Hello