Best Magazine Covers of 2017

The first thing I remember designing in InDesign was a magazine cover mock-up. I was a sophomore in high school so naturally my subjects were the Jonas Brothers. I dubbed the glossy, Hollywood & Vine, which is probably an intersection, but I only knew of it because of a Hilary Duff lyric.

The project sparked a love of magazines and editorial design. So much so that I pursued a degree in magazines.

ANYWAY, one of my favorite things every year is the ASME Best Cover Contest. They round up the best of the best and put them to a vote for the coveted title. I’ve rifled through them and pulled out my favorites to share here.

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Peep the rest of the contenders and vote for your favorites on the ASME Facebook page.

Wentworth Vintage

Alternatively titled, “My Friends Have Cooler Hobbies Than I Do.”

Enter my pal, Tyler Wentworth. He’s a professional social media whiz, master Spotify playlist curator, and as of late, a vintage collector. Over the last several months, he’s spent his evenings and weekends scouring the Des Moines metro for pieces to add to his envy-inducing stockpile of bohemian and mid-century home goods.

The pursuit quickly turned into a full-blown side hustle and I’m telling you all about it because (PSA!) December 8-10, you can shop it all at the Preservation x Wentworth Vintage pop-up.

Scroll through for a sneak peek and for Tyler’s take on his new endeavor.

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On how it began:

I’ve always been a thrifter. Ever since I graduated college I’ve thrifted my clothes, and I’d always look through the housewares and furniture. But three or four months ago I started picking up chairs or tables that looked very in style, mid-century and boho style furniture. And I started selling it on Facebook and Craigslist and making extra cash, just by essentially flipping some cool furniture I came across.

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Then it started to get addicting. I’d hit up a dozen thrift stores in a week and started collecting everything from furniture, to pottery, glassware, art. Now I’m even grabbing things like bags and purses, just because there’s a huge market for it.

 

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On his favorite finds:

I’ve found a lot of vintage art I really love and I’ve kept in my own apartment as well as some tapestries and rugs. You can’t really go wrong with a vintage rug with great style.

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On scoring big:

I found this set of five mid-century, black, folding chairs that were really cool for five dollars a piece. Then I went online and learned more about the brand and found out they’re really well known so I ended up selling them for over $200 as a set.

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On his favorite trend:

My favorite trend is the resurgence of mid-century modern. A lot of tapered legs and solid wood furniture that is very european feeling. The mid-century accents to me are really appealing and things I would put in my own home.

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On his best advice:

Start small. Do research on Instagram and Esty to see what’s selling and what people are interested in. There are a lot of things people pick up because they think they look cool, but 5000 other thrifters are picking up the same items, so try to find things that you think are unique that aren’t necessarily being sold in mass already.

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Follow Tyler on Instagram @tyler_wentworth for more of his finds.

Mood Board No. 3

We’re one sleep away from one of my favorite Des Moines traditions: the East Village Promenade. The cocktails and carriage rides signal the start of the Holidays in my book, and while I might procrastinate gift shopping, cookie baking, and party planning, holiday vibes have been on my mind for weeks.

I’m a traditional holiday observer. By which I mean, I believe this is the season to be extra AF. December is synonymous with faux fur, glitter, rich colors, and nights spent with friends. Also apparently Kate Moss because she makes not one, but two appearances on my latest mood board.

Here we go.

 


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The Fashion Month Street Style I’m Copping This Fall

I love, love, love Fashion Month. I follow the shows online, on Instagram, and definitely maybe sometimes on the work clock. Hey, Paris is hours ahead and fashion stops for no one.

But runway trends don’t always translate to the real world. That’s where street style fills the void. The looks that hit the pavement in New York, London, Milan, and Paris are more practical and (typically) more wallet-friendly than those on the catwalks, which makes them perfect fodder for fashion innovation. The outfits are fresh, and often times they’re already living in your closet and waiting for you to breathe new life into them.

So, here’s a LONG OVERDUE roundup of the Fashion Month SS looks I’m drawing inspiration from right now.

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Mood Board No. 2

New month, new mood. Well, we’re half way through September already, but cut me a break.

Anyway, fall is, was, and always will be my favorite season. Not just because of my birthday (October 10th, pencil it in), but because of the cool air and warm colors. So naturally when I stepped on my first crunchy leaves yesterday I was elated. I mean, I very nearly wore my favorite oversized sweater today before I checked the weather and realized it was going to be sunny and 90 degrees.

I pumped the breaks wardrobe-wise, but you’d better believe I’m dreaming sweet, sweet dreams of over-the-knee boots, brisk jacket weather, and all the rich lipstick shades I stashed away for the summer.

So today I’m serving up ochre and rust. The two colors are all at once natural and luxe, cozy and daring, and supremely autumn.

 

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Seen and Heard No. 1

A few weeks back a bunch of my coworkers placed an order for Thai takeout. Ordinarily their lunch choices would be totally inconsequential, but that day two of their fortune cookies ended up on my desk. And then in my belly, naturally.

Call me silly, but I always have and always will love cracking open those crispy cookies and unfolding whatever bit of wisdom they have inside. Like horoscopes, I try to dissect whatever divine message has been sent to me by way of cookie. Hey, a sign is a sign.

The first of the two cookies offered “Many opportunities are open to you. Work a little harder.” Which TBH sounds like a sitcom dad quip.

But the second:

Mediocrity is self-inflicted; Genius is self-bestowed.”

These words hit me like a sucker punch. I’ve been feeling so stuck lately — creatively, professionally, heck, I’m even in a kitchen rut — but I’m also quick to say, “I’m just waiting for the right time,” or and number of other lame excuse here because I’m comfortable and change isn’t.

I like to believe in fate, but this message was a reminder that we also get to make choices every day to create the lives we want. It’s easy to idle through life, but there’s nothing remarkable about that. Genius though, however you define it, is fulfilling. It just requires action; a little spark to rev up life.

I think it’s what this fortune doesn’t say that says it all: take more risks, try more things, create more, learn more, challenge the status quo, be kind to yourself, but also ask a lot of yourself because there is no limit to your genius.

Sometimes fate doesn’t deliver the opportunity of your dreams, it quite literally delivers Thai takeout and a fortune cookie you need to take to heart. #cheesefactor

My New Favorite Hairstyle is My Old Favorite Hairstyle

Yes, I’m talking about braided pigtails. The quintessential summer camp ‘do has recently been back in my hairstyle rotation because they’re so easy and because my momma thinks they’re cute. She’s in good company — FKA Twigs, Alexa Chung, and instagram-favorite Tessa Barton sport the look too. I challenge you to name three cooler chicks (actually please do in the comments because I want to know all the cool chicks).

No need to fuss with the fancy braids you could never master in high school. Lauren Conrad set the bar too high, am I right? Two traditional braids and two hair elastics are all you need to master this sweet, no-fuss look. I’m pairing mine with my trusted bandanna all weekend at Hinterland, but scroll through for some of my other favorite ways to style them.

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Just My Type

Happy Friday! If I’m being dead honest, I have a tendency to squander away my weekends on a Netflix binge. They’re good for the soul (don’t fight me on that), but I’m trying to make better use of those two precious days off. So I’m trying to ward off the temptation to couch-it-up all weekend with a heavy dose of inspiration before happy hour even strikes.

Here’s the first of what I imagine will be many, many design dumps. There’s no rhyme or reason to these typography picks except that they’re all dope and inspiring me lately.

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A Case for Balloons

I think we’ve probably all had a birthday party with a sad bunch of purple balloons. Or maybe you were even lucky enough to score a metallic mylar butterfly then you kept it until its wings went limp and it was graceful no more. Familiar?

Balloons were a staple of childhood parties, and I’m here to remind you that they’ve grown up. They’re bigger, grander, and pretty enough to fit in at a formal wedding. Balloons deserve another chance, and your parties deserve balloons. I for one can’t wait until my next birthday so I can fill my apartment with them. You can bet I’ll leave them up until they give out and fall to the floor.

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Mood Board No. 1

If you’re already tired of millennial pink, we can’t be friends. I read recently that the rosy hue is already on its way out, but I for one hope that’s not the case. Maybe it’s nostalgia for my first cellphone, a baby pink RAZR, or for the tiny walk-in closet I painted an electric shade of coral when I was 14.

Hear me out. There’s still a case to be made for pink: what other color can be all things? Demure on a lacy bra, unexpected in a kitchen, wild on an eyelid, a refreshing pop of color on a branding overhaul, and IDK, but I feel like we’d all walk a little taller in pink suede booties.

Pink is having a great moment right now. Don’t ruin this for me, Pantone.

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Here are some of my favorite pink things for your home, closet, and face.