Web Sites »Everyone Wants Me Dead

wantsdeadTeenage Diary

Re-reading old personal diaries can be excruciating. Funny? Sure, but it hurts. To share the words of your teenage self to the world? I’m not sure I would have the guts (and sadly, my most angst filled stuff is long gone after a whole big mess where my mom found my diary and drama ensued).

Lucky for us, Lexi Borowitz isn’t too shy to share. Entries on her blog Everyone Wants Me Dead, often accompanied by spectacular illustrations like the “Sexual Baseball Field” pictured, let us relive those roller-coaster adolescent years and all the triumph, self-loathing, embarrassment, heart break, and bitchiness they entail.

Great find, Refinery 29! Now, let’s just hope she keeps the entries coming.

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Posted on June 28, 2013

Web Sites »Bleubird Vintage


Some industry people make huge bucks with manufactured “lifestyle” branding (those of you who don’t know about this – don’t worry, your life is fine without knowing) but in the blog world others give us the same enviably romantic and beautiful lifestyle themselves with personal photos, gobs of natural style and a charming voice.

One such blog is Bleubird Vintage.

In a world where there’s black lash to everything, a few things are particularly maligned: photos of your children (not sure why but this even makes the most reasonable person burn with anger), food porn, and vanity photos of one’s outfits.

The blog has all three, yet I bet even the most cynical and critical of you would be swayed by the shear magic of the everyday moments she captures so beautifully. She may even inspire you to have four children and homeschool them!

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Posted on July 28, 2012

Web Sites »Stephano Gabbana

on Tumblr

While I like the ease and casual nature of tumblr I usually find them to be little more than gatherings from other tumblrs and therefore often repetitive but Stephano Gabanna of Dolce and Gabanna has taken the medium and ran with it giving personal glimpses into his life as an extremely successful fashion designer.

Such a life, (believe it or not) is quite enviable. He is surrounded by beautiful male models, eats lunch overlooking incredible sea views, and wakes up to fresh cut flowers every morning.

And if none of that interests you, his photos will at least convince you that the Italian Riviera is a little bit if heaven on earth. I want to be there now.

I know, I know, it sounds like it could be navel gazing and obnoxious (like all those articles about what the rich people can’t live without this season in Vogue) but surprisingly, this chipper diary is not in the least bit obnoxious, but rather happy and heartfelt.

I’d love it if more designers, artists, and people with otherwise interesting lives had personal photo diaries as nice to look at and constantly updated like this one.

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Posted on September 9, 2011

Web Sites »The Office of Kate Bingaman Burt

Daily Purchase Drawings, Etc.

The idea of seeing one person’s daily purchases may sound a bit boring, but with the whimsical hand of Kate Bingaman Burt, it’s enchanting. Even corporate logos look interesting when hand drawn, plus it makes you think about your own consumption and will inspire you to draw more.

Her project was published as a book called Obsessive Consumption and her unique style has graced the advertising of companies like Target and Madewell. She’s at the forefront of the handmade mini revolution.

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Posted on March 9, 2011

Web Sites »Mila’s Daydreams


Mila’s Daydreams, the joint effort of adorable newborn Mila and her mother Adele Enersen. As the new mother describes the blog as “This is my maternity leave hobby. While my baby is taking her nap, I try to imagine her dream and capture it.” The result is one of the sweetest, cutest website I’ve come across in awhile and it’s little wonder that many other websites have taken note. I find the project very inspirational, though I can’t imagine myself managing such an amazing creative exercise when baby Van comes along, (and I may as well tell you now, readers that Brix Picks will be on indefinite hold at that point- but a personal blog will arise).

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Posted on August 1, 2010

Laughs »Winston the Cat

Kitty Pride

I love fourfour and the “kitty pride” segments, featuring that other Brooklyn exotic shorthair (my dearest Tiptoe isn’t the only one!) named Winston have been giving me so much pleasure lately.

The E.T. Halloween costume is one of my favorite things on earth, and the site features many videos.

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Posted on April 18, 2010

Web Sites »Bier Hall Crawl

Ein New Yorker Deutsch Bierhalle Tour Fur Das Jahr 2010

Sure, you could devise some typically boring New Year’s resolution like eating right, getting more exercise, or spending more time with your family – or, you could be like my good friend Mike, and resolve to visit every German beer hall in the five boroughs!

He’ll be documenting the journey on his site, Bier Hall Crawl, which will surely contain photos of myself partaking in many a sausage (therefor ruining my typically boring resolution to eat better).

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Posted on January 31, 2010

Web Sites »Tokyo Connection

tokyo connection

artsy. delicious. busy. blinding. always sublime

I am not sure what kind of camera the author of The Tokyo Connection uses, but he manages to make the city look like the stuff of faded fantastic dreams. He even makes construction and wiring look delicious and with a subject like Tokyo for a reader like me, who has always since forever dreamed of visiting, it’s almost too much! I’m on the verge of grabbing Jim, leaving our life behind, and taking a one-way trip to Japan…

Okay, I’m back in the now again and will just have to get by with these small glimpses on the internet for now.

tokyo connection

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Posted on January 17, 2010

Web Sites »My Funny Eye

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my funny eye imageLife Photographed Lovingly

I’ve recommended one of the author of My Funny Eye’s blogs before (the now defunct How We Say Hello) and as I got set to write this one up, I didn’t even realize it! I must, then, consider myself a real fan or perhaps even a cosmic friend. Love the photos here and wish I was talented enough behind the lens to capture my life as if it were a precious, special art project. I tend to get double chins and cats that won’t sit still.

This blog also boasts a fabulous links section which has kept me inspired and busy for days.

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Posted on January 10, 2010

Laughs »ShitMyDadSays

“I'm 28. I live with my 73-year-old dad. He is awesome. I just write down shit that he says.”

The results, recorded on Twitter, are absolutely brilliant.

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Posted on September 7, 2009

Web Sites »How We Say Hello

how we say hello blogHow We Say Hello is such a simple, adorable website that's so fascinating to keep up with – and it's a touchingly neat way for two long distance friends to stay in contact:

“famapa lives in london, england and sandra in gothenburg, sweden. in this space our photographs will meet for the first time. each week one of us will choose a theme for our pictures and the outcome will be as much of a surprise for us as it will be for you. this is how we say hello!”

Sadly, I just linked to the site and learned that today is the last entry, so enjoy the archives!

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Posted on June 8, 2009

Web Sites »Stuck in the 70s

Stuck in the 70s “Well, I woke up. Ma & I went shopping. I spent most of my money. I got a Santa hat with my name on it in glitter.”
Just one of hundreds of diary entries from 1977-79.

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Posted on November 14, 2005