Heart & Arrow Designs for Pretty Productivity

September 25, 2014


As the epitome of Type A myself — a meticulous planner and obsessive list maker — I was instantly drawn to the most recent office supply items at Heart & Arrow Design Boutique. The weekly blog planners and hourly day planners are the perfect product for trendy workaholics glued to their carefully decorated desks. Fellow North Carolina girl and self-made creative entrepreneur Whitney Blake is behind the notepad-style planners that bloggers are swarming after.

The fifty sheet day planner is customizable with various border designs, colors and the option to add a name. The blog planner has over a full year’s worth of sheets with a space to write down spurts of inspiration and future post ideas. It features a checklist for general blog post duties and lists tasks for Monday through Friday, reminding all to embrace the weekend as time for inspiration.



Why FriedaSophie is a Rare Gem in the Jewelry World

September 13, 2014


Handpicked and handcrafted, FriedaSophie is a modernistic jewelry line with designs that maintain both a timeless simplicity and an unconventional look. Each piece from the San Francisco-based shop comes with a refreshing uniqueness and no guilt over where the materials come from.

All stones used – gemstones, mineral stones, geodes and other natural specimens – are purchased from companies that vow to uphold eco-friendly policies on how they are mined and cut. Roughly 80% of the stones are purchased in the United States and the rest directly from international mine owners.

Inspiration for the rings, necklaces and earrings lies within the name that started it all.

“My shop is named after my two grandmothers, Frieda and Sophie,” the designer, Sandra, said in an interview with All Women Stalk. “Both my grandmother’s influence inspired me to become an artist at an early age.”

The designer draws further inspiration from her frequent travels and keen interest in nature. The unfamiliar beauty of the world’s ethnicities and the natural bloom of the earth fuel her design concepts. She is moved to create wearable art pieces that sustain through centuries like the raw materials of the earth they are.

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A Lesson from Dom Streater: Get Inspired by Your Environment

July 27, 2014

With Project Runway’s thirteenth season premiering last week, the past season’s winner comes to mind. At 25 years old, Philadelphia native Dom Streater is a vibrant and undeniably inspired designer. Already known for her use of color and original patterns, Dom’s innovative designs have been well received by fashion critics from all over the world. Before her win propelled her creations to famous runways, she was a Fashion Design student at Philadelphia’s Moore College of Art and Design. And where was she able to find inspiration for her first garments? Right in her hometown.


The key to being a true visionary is absorbing what’s around you based on the possibility of what it could be. By heeding Dom Streater’s words and example, you will find it impossible to not be inspired by your environment, too.

• Search for inspiration in the small details.

In the largest cities and the smallest towns, there is always something to be discovered. Challenge yourself to work with what you find in the overlooked corners of your world. To create something out of what most people see as nothing is the foundation of any great idea. There may not be a mall where you live, but is there an old building with interesting architecture and a background story?

• Dig into what your city is known for and explore it.

History provides us with notes on what’s interesting about every location. Whether you’re a writer, photographer, designer or musician, recording the scene surrounding you allows you to see the life in it with new eyes. Any type of artist (or anyone committed to never entertain boredom) can find this information and run with it. Tell the story of your city by offering the world your unique perspective.

• Form a community of creative thinkers.

Chances are there is more than one person wondering what your city has to offer and wanting to show the rest of the world what they can do with it. Social media and good old fashioned networking can bring together a group dedicated to finding inspiration for their craft from right where they are.

For more resources, check out the Side Walk Journal and Skillshare’s cityscape photography course.

 Photo by Michael S. Wirtz for Philly.com.