• White Bean Stew, Prayers for Beirut, & Cartography

White Bean Stew, Prayers for Beirut, & Cartography


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Today marks the meeting of a longstanding deadline for us and we could use that Friyay afternoon cocktail right about now!

Currently: productivity has peaked to a level-10 high as the packaging craze at Our Heiday studio continues! In weeks like these, creative work takes a far backseat to quiet hours of hand-assembling each product with care. Running a creative company as well as we possibly can requires layers upon layers of grunt work beneath the final product that sits immaculately on shop shelves. Very little about this business is actually about the fanfare and so much revolves around the consistent execution of the mundane, but these tiny victories make way for the bigger ones. So we’re learning to love what must be done!

This week, we’re…

  • Feasting on this slow cooker white bean and beef stew by Baked by Rachel. Even though the heat has returned for its routine visit (so typical), we’re keeping up with our cold weather recipes with the hopes that the chill is soon to follow! This stew is such a fresh departure from traditional beef stew and we love that it’s packed with so many nutritious goodies. With a toasty grilled cheese on the side, yes please!
  • Reflecting on not only the devastating ISIS attacks in Paris, but the constant state of turmoil and fear that plagues so many regions of the Middle East. As we mourn the loss of 129 vibrant lives, our thoughts and prayers are also with Beirut, who experienced a similar attack the day before - but unfortunately, none of the same outpouring of global solidarity and compassion. Some say the lack of response to bombings in these regions is because they've been rife with attacks for decades. Maybe so. But the reality that terrorism and fear are part of their daily lives only makes this all the more tragic. 

    “When my people died, no country bothered to light up its landmarks in the colors of their flag,” Elie Fares, a Lebanese doctor, wrote on his blog. “When my people died, they did not send the world into mourning. Their death was but an irrelevant fleck along the international news cycle, something that happens in those parts of the world.”

    We #PrayForParis, yes, and for the Middle East, too. 

  • Inspired by the art of mapmaking. Each cartographer's commitment to both form and function when cataloguing space results in distinct pieces that capture the intuitive and the inspired. We love that these maps are simultaneously fixed and free-form, both intricate and vague, and that it stokes the wanderlust inside us.

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Whether you're gathering for early Thanksgiving festivities, clocking in a few extra hours at the job, or catching up on some much needed sleep, we hope your weekend is filled with peace.


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    Donna Kim
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