A few of my favorite things: Ish & Chi
Hi! I’m Viv from the Ish & Chi blog and I’m so excited Holly asked me visit while she is moving as part of her guest series, “A few of my favorite things“. Here are a few of my favourite things around my home.
Things that inspire me: I get a lot of inspiration from blogs (like decor8!), interior magazines, fashion photography (especially from the sixties), Japanese art and sometimes really random things. For example, pictures my mum scribbles while she chats on the phone with friends have inspired a new art series I’m working on for Ish & Chi.
Favourite advice I’ve heard: This advice is from a blog I’m loving at the moment – 500 Pieces of Prudent Advice for My Baby Daughter: “Get messy. Some of the most joyous things in life can be grimy, sloppy, dirty mayhem.” I couldn’t agree more. The other day I tipped my son’s leftover food onto his highchair tray and we ‘painted’ with it. Food went everywhere but it was a lot fun.
Thank you for the visit! — Viv xx
(images: ish & chi)
Hello, fellow bloggers and the readers who love them! My name is Mike Trobiano and I am a graphic designer covering Musical Thursday for Holly this week. I run SINdicated, a blog that promotes green living and features my favorite musical talent. I consider music a fundamental element for life. A good song can remove you from the world, redefine your mood and even re-energize a space. My musical soundtrack is urban meets comfort. San Francisco meets New Haven. Soho meets Oyster Bay. Interested? Here are a few remedies to cure that ringing in your ear.
1. Alexi Murdoch – With acoustic rhythms and soft lyrics, this London native strips his music down to the cords. His seemingly effortless melodies and distinctive tone relax even the toughest of critics, like me. It’s this raw appeal that makes his music a staple for any acoustic folk lover.
2. Priscilla Ahn – I first took notice of this budding songbird after falling in love with her single, Dream. Unaffected by the flashbulbs of Los Angeles, her light and airy voice has made her quite successful in the industry as well as on shows like “Grey’s Anatomy”. If your day is running long, turn her album on and the time will float away.
3. Matthew Perryman Jones – Matthew is definitely a diamond in the ruff. At first, I wasn’t sure how to interpret his pop/rock/folk records from the country music capital, Nashville, Tennessee! But after a better listen, I began to actually feel the music. This woven texture of musical fabric allows his music to transcend genres in a timeless and intuitive way.
4. The Narrative – Atmospheric, yet dense, this band captures a story within their cords that will have you begging for a sequel. With only one EP available for download, it’s hard to resist the urge of wanting more. So far they sound very promising! Although some fans might think their music walks the line between alternative and emotional rock, I believe it is their individuality that makes them so captivating. There you have it; a taste of my musical design.
Who are some of your favorite artists? Do you like my selections? What do you listen to when you blog or read blogs? Be sure to leave your comments here or over at my blog, SINdicated. -Thanks! – Mike
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