reading list

i'll admit i'm a magazine lover. i love browsing through the photos first, then going back through for the content. i love physically holding books and a magazines. the feel of paper. they keep saying "print is dead" - and i hate that! i'm all for using less paper, but books are beautiful. old hard cover novels have the most inspiring covers. i collect some books just because of their old spines. not sure i'd do well with a tablet and digital publications.

i'm not the best "reader" - i'd like to be, but i'm restless. magazines are great for their shorter content. i also grew up very dyslexic, words were my enemy through school. i always felt clever, but academically speaking - i never did well except for art class. though what kept me down in school became my greatest asset in college and now my career ambitions. creativity is something a lot of people are missing. they say dyslexic people often make great entrepreneurs because of their need to go around the system and come up with alternative strategies to fit into the puzzle of life. my sister and i are two dyslexics born to two other dyslexics - who also happen to be entrepreneurs with two creative businesses.

seeing the bigger picture is what i do best. i stylize everything to fit my aesthetics. and while i don't want to fit into anyone's norm, sometimes it's comforting to read articles about dyslexic folk, i'm not alone! (though i never have been any-hoo with a whole family of like-minded people). i may never be a great speller (thank the universe for spell-check!), and i'm certainly not the best writer (write the way you talk!), but i've got the eye for strategy and the big picture.

back to what's floating around my coffee table these days... publications about design, style, and right now - camping!

i've seen bits and pieces of Kinfolk Magazine around the internet, but after a friend showed me her magazine i really got into it! the current issue is about home. a topic of interest to me recently. there are a handful of articles about living alone which i also connect to strongly.

i've been waiting for Gypsy by Sibella Court to come out for a couple months, and it has not disappointed. Gyspy is the follow up to her book Nomad and is described as a sumptuous stylist′s guide that will inspire you to interpret faraway lands in your own styling. beautiful photography, beautiful book - many inspirations!

Communications Arts was introduced to me when i was in design school. the issues vary from the photography, typography, and interactive annuals... and then there's the illustration annual - my favorite! these magazines find amazing designers and showcase great talents.

annnnnd Sunset Magazine's camping guide! Sunset is a local magazine and it's always fun to read about our own turf. camping season is upon us in the next few months and i've got a new sleeping bag to break-in! ;)

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okay and one last totally unrelated recipe. yesterday was cinco de mayo and we ended up going all out! i wanted to try cooking with nopales, cactus paddles! it's always interesting coming up with a whole meal around one ingredient. we opted to make veggie enchiladas with a homemade salsa verde (so good!), mexi rice, and cocktails. the cactus went inside the enchiladas and took on a slightly tart flavor that was a perfect pair with the sauce we concocted. we winged/made-up all the recipes, but... the cocktails i will share! they were dangerous and went down almost too easy ;)

Frozen Raspberry Tequila Sunrises with Clianto
1 part tequila
3 parts orange juice
a handful of frozen raspberries
a lil ice

• blend the tequila, orange juice, raspberries & ice.
• pour into a nice glass.
• squeeze in some lime, garnish with cilantro and serve!

i think a salted rim would be an excellent addition as well!

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