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[Image description: two photos of a woman standing outdoors in front of a tall, leafy hedge, one a full-length shot and the other three-quarters. She is white and has dark brown hair, short on the sides and worn curly off to one side on top. She wears glasses with tortoiseshell and clear frames. She wears a floral button-front shirt with a blue and white seersucker vest, dark-wash skinny jeans, and light grey saddle shoes with pink laces.]

Summertime dapper! Hard to pull off in the heat but so worth it.

Vest: Made by me | Shirt: Uniqlo | Jeans: Old Navy | Shoes: GH Bass

Lately I been feeling the need to return to my old self. My true self. Listening to foreign, obscure music. Solo trips to thrift stores. Blue eyeliner. Painting barefoot in the park. Workouts at 6 am. Cooking great meals and sharing them. Wearing my hair out every single day and letting it be as wild as it wants to be. Mixing prints and patterns. Fresh fruits and veggies with every meal. Tea in the morning and night every single day. Dancing every single day. Creating art every single day. I used to be so magical. I wanna go back to that. That’s my new mission.

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[Image description: two photos of a woman standing outdoors in front of a tall, leafy hedge, one a full-length shot and the other three-quarters. She is white and has dark brown hair, short on the sides and worn curly off to one side on top. She wears glasses with frames that are tortoiseshell on top and clear, pink-tinted plastic on bottom. She wears a wool, tartan blazer in mossy green, light blue, and teal, a buttoned waistcoat in navy blue plaid, a floral chambray shirt in light blue, green trousers, and knee-high boots.]

Please forgive me if I throw all the patterns on at once; sometimes I just can’t help myself!

Blazer: LL Bean | Vest: Made by me | Shirt: Old Navy | Pants: Old Navy | Boots: Avenue | Pocket square: Liberty

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I never understood the “Don’t judge a book by its cover” sentiment.  As a kid, I remember thinking to myself, I thought that’s what book covers were for? They’re the first thing potential readers see when they’re browsing and they’re the subject of many an *intellectual* Instagram shot. But most importantly, artists work hard to make sure book covers reflect  what’s inside of them.

As the NPR Books intern, my hands end up on a lot of brand new titles, which also have brand new covers. So this summer, I’m going to be tumbling about book cover art and artists in a series I’m calling #bookcovercrush.

First up: Luiza Sauma’s Flesh and Bone and Water, which was designed by cover artist Lauren Peters-Collaer. The novel follows a wealthy Brazilian teenager who finds himself drawn to the family maid’s beautiful daughter after travelling to the mouth of the Amazon.

Peters-Collaer says, “First, I explored mixing painted patterns with natural elements of the Brazilian landscape to convey the tropical setting and lush, layered feeling of the narrative.”

“At the same time, I was interested in incorporating an obscured female visual to reference the woman who is a catalyst for the story, and who is increasingly illuminated throughout the course of the text.”

“These two ideas came together in the final cover”:

Be sure to watch out for next installment of #bookcovercrush!

-Intern Sydnee

Images courtesy of  Lauren Peters-Collaer and Scribner

Steven, 23

”My style inspirations are David Bowie, David Sylvian, Ryuichi Sakamoto. Styles I like: bold colors with some architectural interest, high waists, sharp collars, New Wave androgyny, pattern mixing, glam with some malevolence, tweed, colorful fustiness.”

Apr 12, 2017 ∙ Union Square

Self-portrait commish for a beautiful lady, who wishes to be painted like the goddess she is. Done in watercolours and mixed media, with gold paint for the embellishments and jewellery. Thanks for the support, @currythugdiva!

Commissions are still open (bc cons are starting to get hella expensive); drop me a message or order a personal piece here if you’re interested! 8D