Goodbye, Summer

Alas, yesterday was my birthday, and the first day of fall, which usually coincide. I’ve been drinking pumpkin spice lattes all September but now it’s official–summer has gone. I’ll pause to let you wipe away a tear.

We recently took Mosey to the dog beach for a few glamour shots to submit to an Italian greyhound-themed 2014 calendar (I think it will be sold as a fundraiser) and thought I’d share some favorites here. Of course, this won’t be our last trip to Dog Beach this year, as the weather will probably stay pretty good for a while (although it is getting chillier) but celebrating our time at the beach seemed like a fitting way to send off my favorite season.

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Goodbye, Summer! We’ll see you next year.

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Blurb Book Review

This review has been a long time coming, but I’m happy to jump right in! As you probably know, last year we went to Europe with our shiny new camera. My plan was to forego some of the cheesier souvenir trinkets in favor of ordering a photo book to remember the trip by. So, instead of buying (and carrying back) too much (we did get antique magazine ads) we took photos. Lots of photos.

Inspired by Stefani at Brooklyn Limestone, who makes an annual photo book about her travels (she travels a lot!) I used the same website she does–Blurb.

I used Photoshop CS4 on a mac, along with the Blurb software to create the book. One can get as creative as can be imagined–creating scrapbook-style pages or adding words, poems, stories, etc. I chose to simply include full-page photos. I alternated between three layouts: one with a full-bleed photo, one with a chunky black border around the photo, and one that included two photos on one page (great for vertical shots).

My Blurb book

My Blurb book

I ordered in July or August 2012 and it took about ten days to arrive–I would love to see their book printing facility, that prints hundreds of books on-demand and ships them all over the world. I am so happy with the quality of the paper and printing, and flip through it often. I selected a plain black cover featuring a list of the places we visited. This will make it easy to add more editions to the collection and maintain continuity. Spoiler alert: the collection has already expanded!

The book has become especially dear to me now that our hard drive crashed taking all of our photo files with it. (I may make a second attempt to have them recovered, though.)

My Blurb book

To hold up basic tenets of the Scientific Method, I decided to give it another go, you know, just to ensure the quality was still up to snuff these days. I jumped into my time machine and dredged up all my photos from my study abroad experience in Morocco, and the subsequent week-long trip to Rome and Paris. I was especially interested in how the book would turn out when made from photos taken by a simple point-and-shoot (when compared with photos we took with the DSLR in Europe).

My Blurb book

My Blurb book

My Blurb book

For the lower-resolution photos, I took them into photoshop and upped the DPI (dots per inch) from 72 to 300, for a stab at best results. Therefore, I can’t say how a book would turn out with lower-resolution photos. Example of photo quality: it’s much easier to tell in person (duh) but the shots of the coliseum and the pizza above are quite pixelly/grainy in person as a result of using a basic camera in low-light conditions. On the other hand, the photos taken outside under bright sunlight look nice (see two photos up). Although I made my adjustments in photoshop, the photos definitely aren’t as nice as the Europe book, and I’m not surprised or disappointed–it’s a result of the original photos, not Blurb or their printing. Either way, I’m happy to have a book to hold in my hands and flip through, as opposed to a facebook photo album.

Now I’m eager to fill in the gaps with photo books from 2010 and 2011, as well as compiling one from Salvation Mountain and Palm Springs! I’m addicted!

Take a Tour: Vestige

Before our big move from Kansas last September, I was combing through the San Diego Craigslist for mid-century modern furnishings. I happened upon a few pieces offered by the newly opened shop, Vestige. I looked them up on facebook and reached out. Then, when we moved Doug and I stopped into the shop for a little get-to-know-you sesh. It turns out that Greg, the owner, has relatives in Kansas–in the town we had just moved from! Small world, indeed.

Vestige Modern

Vestige Modern

While we haven’t bought anything from the shop (yet!!) Doug and I love stopping in for some great conversation and to peruse the items. Once our savings pool gets a little deeper, I’m sure we’ll be picking up some vintage wares for our apartment. The only question is what? I would take the entire inventory if I could. It’s hard when there are so many sweet pieces to covet!

Vestige Modern

Vestige Modern

Vestige Modern

Greg has a keen eye for unique pieces and the shop is staged in a way that it’s easy to imagine any of them in your own home. He also really knows his stuff backwards and forwards–designers, iconic pieces, and values.

Vestige Modern

Q&A:

Where are you from and how did you end up in San Diego?

I moved to SD from Wyoming in 2002 to attend school.

How long has the store been open?

Vestige has been open since June 15th 2012 so a little over 7 months.

How did you first get interested in vintage furnishings?

I began my love of anything vintage just after I moved to SD.  I started out buying and selling vintage clothing.  Over time it turned into furniture/accessories.  I’ve always felt connected to 50’s and 60’s culture, the fashion, music, film, design, cars, but mostly the furniture.  I fell in love with the hunt.  Nothing beats uncovering something really great.

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What’s the best part about having your own store?

The best part of owning my own store is the freedom to make my own decisions.  There isn’t some upper level manager barking orders at me.  Although I have found that the freedom to do my own thing definitely comes with a price (long hours, bills, responsibility).

What tips would you give to someone wanting to go hunting for vintage items?

As for where I do my hunting/buying I have to keep that to myself. Haha.  I would suggest taking your time furnishing your home, especially with vintage items.  Part of the fun is the hunt.  Buy things that you connect with and really love.

Vestige Modern

4633 30th St, Ste A
San Diego, CA
92116

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Do you have any recommendations for a “take a tour” post? I’m still working on my interior photography skills and I would LOVE to come shoot your home or store! E-mail me