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Beatbox » Zebulon Chalks It Up

December 11, 2012

quirky plays on words, killer hand-lettering,
and a raw, cave-painting depiction of mankind

This past Sunday was a bittersweet coming together as our neighborhood celebrated ten years of Zebulon with one final night of music and friends. As I looked around the room at the early crowd – kids scampering about on the stage up front and their parents hanging back by the bar – I got to thinking: what would all of us have done without this place? Over the past decade it has served as a community hub for many of us: we watched World Cups and elections here: screaming and celebrating, we met our soul mates here (I met mine) and celebrated weddings (including my own), bid farewell to friends, welcomed new ones, chimed in new lives (including little Henri’s)…

Of all the great things Zebulon gave us, one of my favorites were Guillaume’s daily posters, done in chalk on the vertical board by the outer door, visualizing the music that was to come that night. These daily sketches used quirky plays on words, killer hand-lettering, and a raw, cave-painting depiction of mankind. Fortunately, the images were carefully photographed and collected for us to admire on their Facebook page. I’ve compiled some of my favorites from the past years here. All the best to Guillaume & Jef’s next adventures: thank you for welcoming so many of us into your world.

Day of Thanks. (and mother’s cooking…)

November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Lo's List!

Gratitude is the sign of noble souls.
— Aesop

Whether you’re watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, loyally focused on the football game, or gabbing and noshing with friends and family, we here at Lo’s List are wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving. This year, Lo and little Henri will be enjoying Grandma Martin’s unparalleled Turkey Day spread and Henri, who is normally limited to the healthiest of foodstuffs, is allowed to try every single sumptuous dish at the table tomorrow. It’s going to be a doozy. See you all at the gym on Friday!

T-Shirt Tuesdays » Jonathan Saunders

March 8, 2011

Jonathan Saunders Boyfriend TeeJonathan Saunders Boyfriend Tee
Jonathan Saunders Boyfriend Vest TopJonathan Saunders Boyfriend Tee

Don’t you love it when a tee shirt is more than just a tee? Like a top that makes a major artistic statement while you comfortably go about your business? A loose fitting piece that makes you look put together as opposed to sloppy? Well Jonathan Saunders has your number. The London-based designer’s resort collection includes a handful of black and white tees perfectly proportioned with bursts of color and eye-catching patterns. His emblem designs in neon and pastel hues are graphic beauties while the watercolor bricks are more subtle by comparison. Both pack a punch but keep it polished at the same time — plus you can wear them with anything. In other words, they’re perfection to a tee.

T-Shirt Tuesdays » Lead & Light

February 22, 2011

Lead & Light Sleep TeeLead & Light Telemanipulation Tee
Lead & Light Satellite TeeLead & Light Static Tee
top: Lead & Light Sleep and Telemanipulation Tee
bottom: Lead & Light Satellite and Static Tee

It’s hard to find tees that are both interesting and sufficiently subtle to satisfy my design-conscious yet wallflowery husband YZ. Sam Kaufman, the creative behind Lead & Light manages to hit the pin on the head with his black-magic-meets-techno-apocalypse tee designs. The tee collection was launched as a home for Kaufman’s East Fork Studio design rejects (ah, nit-picky clients: we all have them…). Well, hurrah to Sam for finding the perfect way to recycle the sad side-effects of commercial gigs: it’s a win-win.


T-Shirt Tuesdays » Pegleg NYC

February 1, 2011

Pegleg Mid Stripe TeePegleg Sail Tee
Pegleg CTS TeePegleg Embroidered Objects Tee
top: Pegleg Mid Stripe and Sail Tees
bottom: Pegleg CTS and Embroidered Objects Tees

Don’t get me wrong – I love the biting severity of winter, the layers of gray, the way the city looks a century younger when it’s covered in two feet of fresh snow. But here and there, throughout these colder months, my mind does wander to scorching hot days at the beach, watermelon, and skipping around outside in a t-shirt and shorts.

The tees by the twenty-something trio behind Pegleg NYC also feel like a wistful reach towards summer. For their t-shirt line, the designers pull from an inspiration grab-bag of bold, nautical flag graphics, sailor stripes, and zany embroidery. The result in a collection that is not for the faint of heart and can’t help but be wonderfully clashy. Be sure to check out their other departments as well – including plenty of sweats, sweaters, and jackets to keep us warm until the snow melts…


Pegleg Circle TeePegleg Trident Tee
Pegleg Two Pocket TeePegleg Reversible Tee
top: Pegleg Circle and Trident Tees
bottom: Pegleg Two Pocket and Reversible Tees

Big Screen » Love Kills Demons

January 13, 2011

Artist Chris Rubino in his studio

How does an artist move forward without forsaking his past? Take something he’s already made and give it new meaning? Over the course of one year, filmmaker Jim Helton documented New York-based artist Chris Rubino as he explored these paradigms and new direction in his work.

The final 12-part short film, “Love Kills Demons,” is a sweeping tribute to art, romance and inspiration. We’ve played it a dozen times! Peering behind the artist’s studio doors, we watch Rubino’s screenprinting, painting and drawing come to life. We see his old posters snipped and screened anew. We wander with him through Lo’s Williamsburg ‘hood, spying unexpected beauty and scribbling little love notes.

First-rate cinematography and deft editing take Rubino’s colorful work to lush new levels. Add to that the otherworldly sounds of Big Blood’s accompaniment… and this short film series is a downright feast for the senses! Watch “Love Kills Demons” in its entirety here.


I ♥ Art » A Russian Fairytale (made in London)

January 12, 2011

Karolin Schnoor - Sketchbook Excerpt
Karolin Schnoor for AMMO MagazineKarolin Schnoor for Amelia's Anthology of Illustration

Although Karolin Schnoor’s roots are in Berlin and her home base is London, we can’t help but notice (and love) the very Slavic vibe behind her illustrations, paintings, and sketches. Each stippled, crosshatched, and patterned image is chock-full of magical creatures and characters. Reminiscent of Russian embroidery, they have a folkloric depth that constantly teases the imagination with memories of childhood fairtytales. The artist has done commercial work for a litany of clients including some great publications (Worn Journal, Huck, AMMO, Unser) and her paper goods are available in a smattering of online and brick & mortar shops around the globe (Stitches & Daughters, Frank Works, Etsy, Poketo).


Karolin Schnoor
Karolin SchnoorKarolin Schnoor

T-Shirt Tuesdays » Beachy, Worn-In Tees from RVLT

January 11, 2011

RVLT Revolution Melan TeeRVLT Revolution Idol 1972 Tee
RVLT Revolution Idol I Am Okay TeeRVLT Revolution Luis Tee
top: RVLT Revolution Melan and Idol 1972 Tee
top: RVLT Revolution Idol I Am Okay and Luis Tee

While daydreaming about a still-too-far-in-the-future trip that YZ and I will be making out West this spring, these RVLT Revolution tees caught my eye. Their beachy, sun-faded look (thanks enzyme wash!) reminded me of something I would have stolen from my surfer boyfriend’s closet back in my college years. The whole collection is a quirky mix of retro catch phrases and typographic play: perfectly in line with the company’s philosophy of “mixing past and present in our own way”. The best part? These garments just get better with age.


RVLT Revolution Vono TeeRVLT Revolution Idol Retro Watch Tee
RVLT Revolution Cody TeeRVLT Revolution Mono Tee
top: RVLT Revolution Vono and Idol Watch Tee
top: RVLT Revolution Cody and Mono Tee

Papercuts » New Year, New Notes!

January 6, 2011

Inspiration Pad by TM
Inspiration Pad by TMInspiration Pad by TM

“Tell all the Truth but tell it slant” advises Emily Dickinson. She may not have had these particular notebooks in mind, but we think they’re the perfect way for any writer to set a slanting course. With five different page layouts, the Inspiration Pad from TM is a quirky way to get the ball rolling — whether you’re writing out your new year’s resolutions with a sense of wavering resolve, or simply tracing the ups and downs of daily life.

T-Shirt Tuesdays » Sale on Parachutes this Tues-Thurs

December 14, 2010

Parachute Make Something TeeParachute Trusty Fabrics Tee
Parachute Make Song TeeParachute Lorem Ipsum Tee
top: Parachute’s Make Something and Trusty Fabrics Tees
bottom: Parachute’s Make Song and Lorem Ipsum Tees

Thanks to my brand spanking new (and amazingly talented) colleague David Browning for alerting me of the big fat sale happening today through Thursday at Parachute! The online store offers about a dozen pared down, design-y tees for creatives (and their friends) – and for three days, with discount code GRAPHIC7, they’re just $7 a pop! We’re adding the Lorem Ipsum and Make Something tees to our closet for sure!


Gift Guide » Buy the Best for Your Bookworm!

December 7, 2010

Blurb Gift Card
Established & Sons Landmark Table LampCampomaggi Leather Messenger BagTarget's Fish Bowl Bookends
Knock Knock Personal Library KitCustom Embossed Monogram SealMontblanc Fountain Pens
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David MitchelliBride Junior Polar Bear BookshelfOut of Print Tees The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
top: Blurb Gift Card
first row: Established & Sons Table Lamp, Campomaggi Messenger Bag, and Target’s Fish Bowl Bookends
second row: Knock Knock Personal Library Kit, Custom Embossed Monogram Seal, and Montblanc Pens
third row: The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell, iBride Junior Polar Bear Bookshelf, and Out of Print Clothing’s The Catcher in the RyeTee

For some of us, the holiday season is about one thing and one thing only. Ok, two things. Ok, a bunch of things—all nicely wrapped and book-related. Because there is nothing more satisfying than winter reading, whether it’s the classic you know almost by heart, the novel everybody else already read six months ago, or the thriller you’ll never admit you couldn’t put down.

So check your friends and family. Who’s been stacking books around the chair beside the radiator? Who keeps slipping away for chapter-shaped intervals? Take note—and give them something from this list.


1Blurb Gift Cardvar.

Blurb Gift CardEverybody has a story to tell. Whether you’re sharing yours with someone you love, or you just want to give that gifted nephew his first chance to see himself in print, Blurb makes it easy to edit your own oeuvre.

2Established & Sons Landmark Table Lamp$835

Established & Sons Landmark Table LampGood books on winter nights require a good lamp. With the Landmark Table Lamp, Established & Sons sheds a whimsical light on even the most serious page. And should your eyelids flutter and your hand get heavy, guess where you can rest your book?

3Campomaggi Leather Messenger Bag$725

Campomaggi Leather Messenger BagTrain platforms, airport waiting rooms, the sticky chairs in take-out restaurants, the benches outside dressing rooms: the world is full of places where you’ll want a book. Have one always at hand in this elegantly rumpled messenger bag from Italian designer Campomaggi.

4Target’s Fish Bowl Bookends$30

Target's Fish Bowl BookendsWhile we applaud the idea of propping up Moby Dick with a goldfish, we’d probably repurpose these Fish Bowl Bookends from Target as terrariums, leaning a collected Keats against selected titanopses. Kudos to Target for always having something design-savvy at a super-reasonable price!

5Knock Knock Personal Library Kit$16

Knock Knock Personal Library KitMost of us have lent or borrowed books that never made it back. This
kit by Knock Knock is no guarantee that your set of Boys Own Adventures will remain whole in the future, but it may serve as a gentle reminder to some close, forgetful or unscrupulous friend that you know exactly where that volume’s gone…

6Custom Embossed Monogram Seal$66

Custom Embossed Monogram SealAnd even if you’ve resigned yourself to lending books that end up gifts, at least you can leave a subtle and distinctive mark on the flyleaf. There are endless sources on the web where you can have a custom seal made – just Google it! Or click here…

7Montblanc Pensvar.

Montblanc Fountain PensOf course a pencil usually does the trick. But sometimes we just give in to the pleasure of an extravagantly well-made thing. We all choose our excesses: mine’s a Meisterstück Le Grand rollerball: warm in the hand, smooth on the page, an engagement present from my fiancée.

8The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell$13

The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David MitchellIn this case you can safely ignore the old chestnut about books and their covers. It looks and reads beautifully. Set in turn-of-the-19th-century Japan at the first, tentative point of meeting between Dutch traders and an isolated island nation, this new book is David Mitchell’s masterpiece.

9iBride Junior Polar Bear Bookshelf$1882

iBride Junior Polar Bear BookshelfFor readers of every age, a bookshelf (like this one by iBride) properly stocked is an object of wonder and adventure. We’re glad to see that, at last, form is following function. Two suggestions to start off a collection here: Arctic Dreams by Barry Lopez and The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.

10Out of Print Clothing’s The Catcher in the Rye Tee$28

Out of Print Tees The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. SalingerNot just another crummy t-shirt. Our favorites from the collection include The Catcher in the Rye, 1984, The Hound of the Baskervilles (priced six shillings) and, dare we say it, the Hardy Boys classic The Mark on the Door. More about Out of Print Clothing here…


Gift Guide » Top Ten Handmade Finds @ Etsy

December 2, 2010

Beau Champing Alfabeto Print
The Pin Pals Pine Tree Hair BarretteEtco White Gold Paper Mini BowlMudpuppy Baby Head Vase/Planter
Flying Star Toys Molehill MouseNonfiction Tees' Minerals Geology TeeMacha Jewelry Karis Gold Ring
Less and More Crafting Cindy Wooden Desk OrganizerIng00te's Dad and Me Felted SlippersPeace4You Upcycled Paul 2023 Messenger Bag
top: Beau Champing Alfabeto Print
first row: The Pin Pals Pine Barrettes, Etco Paper Bowl, and Mudpuppy Baby Head Vase
second row: Flying Star Toys Molehill Mouse, Nonfiction’s Minerals Tee, and Macha Karis Ring
third row: Less and More Crafting Cindy Organizer, Ing00te's Dad and Me Felted Slippers, and Peace4You Upcycled Paul 2023 Messenger Bag

Etsy has to be one of the coolest places for gift giving — simply because most of the offerings on the site are handcrafted and one-of-a-kind. But, with this endless trove of offerings, a bushy-eyed shopper can quickly get dissuaded by too much good stuff! So, just in time for the holidays: our top ten suggested Etsy gifts (check out last year’s Etsy guide) for all the people on your list! We’ve tried to offer up a good cross-section of what the crafty marketplace has to offer: ceramics and housewares, clothes and accessories, sewn plushes and things for the little ones, and of course, art and prints! If you’re looking to take a deeper dive, be sure to explore Etsy’s numerous browsing tools here!


1Beau Champing Alfabeto Print$75

Beau Champing Alfabeto PrintWhether for bilingual baby or just the foyer, this slick, limited edition (175 copies) xylene transfer print by Beauchamping adds a humorous wink to any room. Don’t worry, there’s an aglo version too!

2The Pin Pals Pine Tree Hair Barrette$12

The Pin Pals Pine Tree Hair BarretteCan’t forget to stuff the stockings! After the big gifts have been drooled over, it’s fun to dig into your stocking and find glee in the small stuff. The selection of cross stitched barrettes, buttons, and brooches in The Pin Pal’s store are a great place to start. Ahem! Lo wants these wintery evergreens please…

3Etco White Gold Paper Mini Bowl$10

Etco White Gold Paper Mini BowlWe’re loving the delicate and precious look of these bitty gilded papier-mâché bowls from Etco’s store. What’s more, they’re eco-friendly: made with recycled paper. Choose gold, bronze, or silver inner sheen with a black, white, or brown outer gloss. A perfect place to store a trinket or jewel…

4Mudpuppy Baby Head Vase/Planter$40

Mudpuppy Baby Head Vase/PlanterFor the slightly off-kilter green thumb on your list, these hilarious baby head vases (which also work as planters) from Mudpuppy are a top-notch gift! We also love the way they look with the tillandsia air plants (which you can also buy at Mudpuppy’s shop). A one-stop solution!

5Flying Star Toys Molehill Mouse$60

Flying Star Toys Molehill MouseOooh! These cute-cute-cute molehill mousies from Flying Star Toys are great for kids of any age! Despite their patchworkishness (?) these plushes are still super elegant. The store has a constantly rotating collection of critters so check back often!

6Nonfiction Minerals Tee$18

Nonfiction Minerals TeeFor the t-shirt aficionado or science geek on Santa’s list, the selection at Nonfiction Tees is a perfect fit. We’re digging the very bling Minerals design – can you name all the gemstones? The store offers up a ton of other great options like the Carbon Cycle Tee and the Dinosaur Evolution Tee!

7Macha Jewelry Karis Gold Ring$510

Macha Jewelry Karis Gold RingMove over sugar-plums! This Karis ring over at Macha Jewelry’s shop has been the sole vision dancing through my head. I just love the combination of the 9k gold cathedral setting and silver rock… YZ? Are you there? There are lots of other great rings at the shop too — perfect for the holiday engagement!

8Less and More Crafting Cindy Wooden Desk Organizer$57

Less and More Crafting Cindy Wooden Desk OrganizerThis minimalist wooden organizer would be a welcome addition to my OCD home! There are so many great ways to use these desk accessories from Less and More: pens and pencils, thread bobbins, makeup organizer, minimalist vase… Chose from a variety of sizes and finishes.

9Ing00te's Dad and Me Felted Slippers$125

Ing00te's Dad and Me Felted SlippersMatching Dad and Me felted slippers? How precious would these look in those keepsake holiday photos of you and your little one cuddled up reading The Polar Express by the fireplace? Ing00te’s shop has a gobs of stunning slippers to choose from: a must-peruse!

10Peace4You Upcycled Paul 2023 Messenger Bag$300

Peace4You Upcycled Paul 2023 Messenger BagFor the rugged guy on your list, snag this Upcycled Messenger Bag — made from bits and pieces of an italian duffle, a leather jacket, some 60-year-old linen, a school bag and a vintage Navy kit bag. The bags in Peace4You’s shop have just the right classy meets couldn’t-care-less fashion sensibility.


T-Shirt Tuesdays » Out of Print? Not Anymore!

November 23, 2010

top: The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
bottom: Animal Farm by George Orwell and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

We’ve been big fans of the Out of Print tee series ever since we first stumbled upon the site. Then, about a month ago we saw this book design gem over on Mikey Burton’s Flickr stream. Thus, when we saw that Out of Print and Mikey hooked up to make the tees above, well, it was like a fairy godmother had read our diary! But, the perks just keep coming with the gang at OoP. Not only can you snag some seriously highbrow tees from their collection — something any bookworm would LOVE for x-mas BTW — they’re serious literary do-gooders too! For each tee you buy, the company donates one book to a community in need through their partner, Books For Africa. Go on! Tackle your whole holiday list with one well-versed swoop.

“Each shirt is treated to feel soft and worn like a well-read book.” — OoP


top: The Hound of the Baskervilles by A. Conan Doyle and 1984 by George Orwell
bottom: Final Blackout by L. Ron Hubbard and Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.

T-Shirt Tuesdays » Milk & Eggs? Yes, Please. Funny Side Up!

November 9, 2010

top: Black Cat & Mouse and Draw Your Own Way Tees
middle: Self Portrait and Tree Buddies Tees
bottom: Pencil Corps and Happy Tears Tee

Simple and upbeat line drawings make up the bulk of Milk & Eggs’ inventory of postcards, pins, and (duh) tees. The very bright shirts, screen printed on American Apparel 50/50 tees, will run you between $9 and $22 bucks — quite a nice price for small run garments in today’s over-priced t-shirt circuit…

“Why Milk and Eggs? Because milk and eggs are essentials to our shopping list. We’d like our shirts to be essential to yours.” — Ade & Dave


Papercuts » J’adore Paris vs. I ♥ NY? To Each City its Own…

November 3, 2010


It’s the City of Lights against The Big Apple – and this battle is a sight to behold! We’re talking, of course, about Paris Versus New York: A Tally of Two Cities, the charming blog started recently by Paris-based art director and graphic designer Vahram Muratya. He calls it “a friendly visual match” between the two cities, comparing their details, clichés and contradictions. The simple side-by-side graphics demonstrate the cities’ differences — from the look of la façade to the shape of le pain. It’s a quirky, delightful tribute to two beloved cities – and quite frankly, Lo’s List can’t get enough!

Since the kickass crew at Cool Hunting first mentioned it, Paris Versus New York has been winning internet fans the world over. The infant site has been inundated with love notes and suggested comparisons — and there’s also been more than a few requests to make Muratya’s work available for purchase. Yesterday he noted on the site that Paris Versus New York will be “printed soon, in some way or another.” Whether that means posters or booklets, we’re not sure. Just get them to Gotham so we can show some hometown love! Bisous!


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