ART love

My newest collection of art inspiration coming at ya.

I've been pretty much digging any and all collage-based art lately - especially the ones that mix pop art and illustration. Tyler Spangler's work has been a recent obsession, as is Ashley Edwards (both I just happened to stumble upon on Pinterest - who would've guessed...). Unless noted below, images found via Pinterest.

MUSIC moods

I'm a huge music lover - you'll rarely ever walk into my office or see me strolling the street without my headphones on and my speakers up. Spotify is definitely my favorite boo. It's pretty much on from the second I wake up well into all hours of the night. Since I am so reliant on music to do almost everything (literally), I thought I'd start sharing some of my favorite playlists for the many moods of Mere. First up, my slow jams (or as I refer to it: Sexy Sunday Jams).

This is the perfect Sunday morning playlist - although I listen to it almost every day at some point. If you dig Cat Power, The Growlers, Arcade Fire, Iron & Wine, Van Morrison, and M.Ward (to name a few), you'll probably dig this playlist

ART love

So. I'm back.

Slowly heading into a somewhat-normal schedule again. July flew by without a single weekend to myself (not that I'm complaining - it was the best July ever - but I cannot wait to actually spend a full weekend in my apartment getting shit done), and now early-August is entering mid-August, and I'm ready to get things back in order. Or just in order ("back" is probably not needed here).

I've been on a serious art streak lately (not that I'm ever not on an art streak - I pretty much live it - but you know..) and have been trying to get my desk/creative space and art supplies organized to get back on track with my hand-lettering and watercolor endeavors (more on that later). 

Looking forward to trying out all sorts of mixed media things this month, but here's a look into some of the art I've been admiring lately (general theme: everything)

Note: some of these are from Pinterest and are untitled/anonymous, but here a few links to the ones that are from external sources (i.e. the last six images): woman undressingballoon tomatoespink/yellow mirror art, dripping faces portrait, Pantone art, land art.

ANDDDDD we're back

SO, it's been a hot minute since I've blogged due to an extremely busy month and a half, but we're back! Olive and Sebastien have been a bunch of bums lounging the summer away, but they're back and ready for blog action. Stay tuned for more art, music, dogs, and some collaborations, plus many, many WEEKLY inspirations :) 

WEEKLY inspirations

These weeks have been flying by lately, but I think it's safe to say spring is officially here. Philly has been a mix of super awesome weather (70 and sunny), and super crappy weather (cold and rainy) - but it hasn't snowed lately, so I'll take those odds any day. This week is pretty jam-packed with social and work events (no complaints here), so I'm looking forward to a fast-paced productive week. 

What I'm digging this week (in no particular order):

  • If you haven't already voted for HONEY (SNORT Rescue's blind foster pug) in the Tournament of Tails, do it NOW! That's the rescue I volunteer for, and adopted my Sebastien from!
  • All the spring colors.
  • Spring style is officially in play, and I ain't mad. 
  • Gonna plant some colorful succulents to adorn my windowsills this weekend. 
  • Just a really,really pretty geode. 
  • Loving the colorful collages from Tyler Spangler
  • If there was ever a bag made for me....
  • It's asparagus season! The most wonderful time of the year. I'm already stock piling new recipes for the occasion. 
  • I'm not a bug fan, but the composition of this tattoo is beautiful.
  • The most perfect patterned fabric ever.
  • A deliciously healthy recipe that even includes (gulp) kale.


I feel like the best street art always starts popping up right before summer. Everyone is bored of the cold, bitter winter, and the first hint of warm sunshine has the best of us running to walls and covering them with whatever awesome concept comes to mind first. Philly has an amazing amount of incredible artists crammed into one (albeit large) city, and I would be lying if I said that wasn't one of my favorite things about this dirty/beautiful/crazy/perfectly un-perfect city. Here's a few local artists/artworks that I've been loving as of late (seriously though - that #PhillytheBern mural is everything).

Old Broads - my god, when I first saw one of these pieces pop up in Northern Liberties a while back, I thought it was the best thing I've seen in years. "Geriatric Philly", as she calls it, is pretty much exactly what I imagine the Fishtown millennials looking like in 40 years - probably myself included {-_-}. Either way, it's a completely fresh and welcomed addition to the lonely Philly walls, and I'm loving it.

(images below via Old Broads)

Amberellaxo - I'm a big believer in the simpler the art, the better, and Amberella's work nails it. You can find her pieces hidden all over Philly (in fact I took a pic of her work last night at Tattooed Mom's here), and it's the perfect mix of sweet and sour. Her "Cat Call" series "stems from daily life encounters on the street as a woman. The Cat Calls are placed back in their original habitat and are made to be just as public and uncomfortable as actual cat calling." (via Paradigm), and her goth hearts give candy hearts a run for their money.

(images below via Amberellaxo)

#PhillytheBern (Old Broads x Disto) - like I mentioned above, this mural is everything. Color, concept, general freaking awesome factor - can we get this on every street corner? Of course, I am a Bernie supporter, so I love it a little more than say, a Trump supporter would (I heard there are actually people out there that do in fact support him - crazy, right?) - but politics aside, I think we can all agree that this is just a good piece of street art. 

(image below via Streets Dept)


Lately I've been thinking a lot about going vegetarian again. It's been a hot minute since I last full-on gave up meat (in college I was an on-off vegan/vegetarian for almost three years). I pretty much always cook vegetarian food for myself these days (with the exception of the food I make for my dogs, which is beef or pork based), partially because I love vegetables and often don't find the need for meat, and partially because the idea of eating meat totally turns my stomach as of late. Maybe it's the 6,000 dog and animal rescues I follow and read about every day on Facebook that really makes me think about how much pigs and cows are not that different from my own dogs. I would never eat a dog - so why eat a pig? Unfortunately, meat tends to be really delicious in some cases (Filet mignon! Cubanos! Bacon!), but I've been really trying to curb my cravings for anything meat-related. Luckily I live in a fantastic foodie city, with some of the best vegetarian meals right at my fingertips, so it's not quite as hard as I expected.

Either way, I've been brushing up on my vegetarian recipes, and these are some of my favorite ones I've been cooking lately. I make those sesame noodles at least once a week (with tons of sesame seeds on top, btw), and I'm making those black bean tacos tonight. The only issue left is how I'm going to get my dogs to choose vegetables over meat ;)

Bon appetite! 

WEEKLY inspirations

Sorry for the long pause in posts - the last two weeks have been FILLED with lots of work, night events, and most importantly, beautiful weather! With days that are close to 70 degrees here in Philly, who can sit and focus at a computer? Not me - which is why this is a short and sweet post with some things I've been loving as of late.

So here's what I'm digging this week (in no particular order):

  • Seriously considering this haircut/color combo. LOVE IT.
  • Reorganizing my clothing rack this weekend. Hello spring clothes! 
  • I've been on an asian food kick lately (when am I not though?), and this rice and tofu recipe sounds amazing.
  • This awesome reusable/removable wallpaper in SO many different designs (I want them all!)
  • Cutest little cottage/guest house.
  • How gorgeous is that pink canyon? 
  • And gorgeous is that pink couch? 
  • Obsessed with this yoga girl pattern - and all DesignComb's other patterns here
  • 70's style is back, and I'm not mad.
  • Super cool wall-mount skull bottle opener.
  • Simple and beautiful fern tattoo.
  • Love this LED heart light from Target.