Five Senses For Friday



It’s finally Spring in Michigan. FINALLY! And it’s Friday. Seriously watch out, I am in a frighteningly good mood. Every Saturday morning the little man and I let the big man sleep in and we go thrifting. I really enjoy this time with him and he is such a good shopper. Then we come home, eat bagels, and plan the rest of our day. Do you have any weekend routines?

Sight: I just order this set of prints for Oskar’s room.

Smell: Does anything smell better than a nice french roast?

Sound: Picked this album up on vinyl last week. It is so good.

Taste: This is my favorite snack ever. I’m not kidding. Go buy a bunch of bags. Right now. After you eat the whole bag, look at the ingredients and you won’t feel bad.

Touch: Hello perfect striped top.

image: Harding Meyer - creates amazing large-scale oil portraits, I would love to see in person… like in my living room.

Girl Crush: Jeanne Dumas



Jeanne Dumas is perfectly Parisian. Effortless, sometimes tomboyish, sometimes ladyish, always chic. Those ridiculously perfect French bangs.  She is definitely style icon material.

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Dear Oskar // 7 Months


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Everyday there is something new, something different. I can’t always put my finger on it. You’ll wake up in the morning and just have a look about you, like you know more then you did the day before. Your curiosity is strong and movement is quickly advancing, I’m antsy to get things off the floor and out of reach so you can safely explore without hearing “don’t touch that” or “no” too much.

Sight: This boys hair is so long and out of control. I recently found a single strand in the back that is SUPER long. So weird.

Smell: Smell his feet and cringe afterwards and this kid will smile for days. Why do all kids find the stinky foot thing hilarious?

Sound: Oskar’s already trying to mimic his drumming dad. There’s lots of banging on the kitchen table. I have a feeling we are going to be one loud household.

Taste: Loving all things orange: carrots cooked with a squeeze of orange and a pinch of cumin and sweet potatoes.

Touch: A wooden slotted spoon is Oskar’s favorite toy right now. But if given the opportunity he would really like the tv remote or a cell phone.

Fresh Face



Many of the S/S2014 shows during Fashion Week featured a beautiful fresh face. Glowy skin, minimal make-up, peachy cheeks, and a natural lip. For Jil Sander, genius make-up artist Pat McGrath added a touch of highlighter to the lids and inner corners of the eyes. For Stella McCartney she went more rebellious with a brown-grey graphic eyeliner. Using a lighter shade eyeliner than classic black is a great way to take the natural look to nighttime with out being too harsh.

I think the key to this look is going to be healthy skin. This long winter left my skin hurting. While waiting for this pink clay mask to ship, I grabbed some Kefir out of the fridge and used it as a mask. Just rubbed it on, waited 20 minutes or so, and rinsed off with a warm, damp muslin cloth. My skin felt amazing afterwards. What is your favorite way to freshen up your skin?

images: here, here, here, & here

Five Senses For Friday




This weekend I’m hoping to make an Ikea run (eeeek, Ikea on a weekend!) and pick up a couple cabinets to finish up the kitchen reno. Hurray! Plus start/finish some other projects around the house and sneak in some relaxing too. Everyone had a bit of a cold this week which resulted in lots of nose blowing and  little sleep. Looking forward to warmer days with the help of these beautiful beach paintings. Yes, can you believe that’s a painting?! I love Philip Barlow’s dreamy out of focus feel.

Sight: I need this light. Thanks.

Smell: Sending flowers can be complicated and expensive. I love how this company in SF simplified it and offers beautiful options.

Sound: Kids saying bad words is so funny.

Taste: Speaking of Ikea. I randomly picked up this thing in one of my last trips and it is my favorite! Fancies up your coffee or tea in seconds.

Touch: This sofa is 500 times over my price range, but it looks so cozy and chic. Plus it has the same name as my son. Must be a sign! ;)

Five Senses For Friday



We have a snot nosed, watery eyed, teething, cranky ass baby over here this week. But man is he cute. This weekend will be basketball, all day every day. Do you participate in the March Madness? I make a bracket so I have a reason to watch the games and pick a side, since they’ll be on anyway. Have a great weekend! Go sports!

Sight: Jemima Kirke (Jessa on Girls) is a painter first, actress second.

Smell: Nick’s been using this shampoo. I love the minty smell.

Sound: Warmer weather means I can start listening to this on repeat… as I do every year.

Taste: On the hunt for some yummy meatless recipes, this Cauliflower Marsala looks amazing.

Touch: I would live in this linen jumper when the weather turns warm.





I’m so excited to introduce Finkelstein’s Center as our next Made Series feature. These handmade plush creatures often rock a repurposed tee and their simple stitched faces pack a big punch of personality. Owner, Michelle Jewell, took time out of creature making to share a peak into Finkelstein’s and how these cute buddies come to life. I have my eye on a goat or pig for Oskar’s first birthday present. What is your favorite friend?

How did you get started making toys?

I started Finkelstein’s Center in 2010 after quitting my corporate job. I knew I wanted to find a way to work for myself and make things. In the beginning, I made various handmade items including little plush characters. Out of all the various items I made, the plush creatures were the most popular and fun to make. I did my first handmade market a few months later and have been growing the business since then.

Is it important for you to remain local and handmade as you grow your company?

It is important to me to try to remain as local and handmade as possible. I enjoy being able to contribute to my community and adding jobs (even if it’s only a few) to the market. When I first started, everything I made was hand stitched. It was hard for me to even use the machine because I was so dedicated to being handmade. It became clear after a while that it’s hard to grow without some modern conveniences. Now we use sewing machines, enabling us to create the toys faster and more durable. Those types of changes to our handmade business just make sense and I don’t feel that they compromise what is important to our company.


Where does your inspiration for your characters come from?

Most of the time the inspiration of my characters come from our customers. Our customers have great ideas! They challenge me to make animals that I haven’t thought of or dedicated the time to develop. I talk with my customers at markets, asking them what they would like to see that we do not carry. If there is a common animal that comes up, I’ll make sure to work it into the next line. I also work on custom orders where great ideas happen. Some days it just looks like sketching a doodle that sticks with me and I decide to make a prototype to see how it would look in 3D form.

Do you have a favorite part of the creation process?

It changes from project to project. Sketching can be really fun and relaxing. The development/construction process can be either fulfilling or frustrating depending on how it’s going. One really fun part is after you’ve stitched around the exterior and you get to flip the piece inside-out, it’s your first glance at what it’s going to look like. My least favorite part, pattern making!


Did you have a favorite toy as a child? Do you still have it?

I don’t remember having a favorite toy as a child but I do have a most memorable toy. It was a Little Red Riding Hood and Big Bad Wolf flip doll. My dad enjoyed terrifying me with it around age 4. I very clearly remember him showing it to me and then flipping it over to see the wolf in grandmother’s outfit and giant teeth. It stuck with me even after my mother hide it so he couldn’t scare me anymore. Looking back, the thrill was the surprise. I still like little surprises that you aren’t expecting to find, I enjoy adding them to my dolls.


What does a typical day for you look like?

Emails over coffee, making a daily to-do list. Depending on the day, I get projects together for the creature makers who help me sew. I work on any shipping that needs to be done before our noon pick-up. If we need to photo items for Etsy, I try to do that between 11-2 since we use natural light. Then it’s project depending- I am always coming up on a due date of some kind so I’ll work on prototypes for a client or pre-proto sketches. I try to have those wrapped up by 4pm so I have time to tackle any emails that came in during the day. Depending on the day, I take a break between 5-6pm, then pick back up either filling orders, editing Etsy pictures and creating listings or finishing toys. It’s a long day!

What do you do outside of Finkelstein?

Outside of Finkelstein’s I am a big supporter of the arts in the community. I try to attend as many functions and lectures as possible. I really enjoy it and it’s also important to me to be moral support to the people in the art community. Where I grew up an art community did not exist so I want to make sure that it’s something that I take advantage of and am an active member in, in Charleston. It’s a growing, exciting, inspirational thing in our community.

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What is next for you or Finkelstein?

We have a big year planned for Finkelstein’s this year. We hired a new creature maker and have plans for at least one more. We are attending a trade show this May in NYC to introduce ourselves to the retail world, it’s exciting and scary and exciting again. I love that I get to see this tiny company grow stage by stage. I try to make sure that I am taking time to enjoy small victories along the way so when I look back, I can remember this time.


Thanks Michelle!

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images: Finkelstein’s Center and Apartment Therapy

{EM} Reservoir Giveaway – Closed


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We are all antsy for Spring, but I had to share these Winter wonderland shots of {EM} Reservoir’s F/W 13 line taken in designer, Erin Murphy’s very own backyard and featuring her precious pups. To help bid adieu to the cold, {EM} Reservoir has offered to giveaway their Pearl Hydrangea Dress to one lucky winner. All you have to do is leave a comment below and make sure to check out their F/W 2013 sale. For an EXTRA entry in the giveaway, visit me over on Instagram – @thesensesfive for more details. A winner will be selected Friday, March 14th. Good luck!

{EM} Reservoir is a longtime friend and sponsor of The Senses Five.

Photography by Kirstin Anne.

Five Senses For Monday



The past week was a doozy. Cranky baby, crazy job, tons of laundry, filthy house. AH! The constant juggle is little overwhelming sometimes and the things I love most seem to get shoved into the background. Except the baby, don’t worry, he never gets shoved. But this week I have some exciting stuff for you! An awesome giveaway and a new Made Series and hopefully launching the new design before too long. So here’s Friday’s post on a Monday… because that’s how it goes sometimes.

Sight: I think this is a great idea for flights or even a roadtrip. Would you do it?

Smell: Pretty soap.

Sound: First Listen of The War On Drugs.

Taste: Sick of this cold weather? I bet this cocktail will warm you up.

Touch: It’s finally time to buy the weekender bag I’ve so badly needed (hauling a hardcase suitcase around for a weekend trip is no bueno) I can’t decide between this or this. Help!

photograph: William Sonoma and a great juice guide.

Dear Oskar // 6 Months


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You’re already 6 months, you’re only 6 months. This is such a weird age to grasp. Half way to your first birthday, but we were justing meeting you 6 months ago. You’re personality is so developed it’s hard to believe you are a baby, you smile and laugh, you dance and scream, you think its funny when you kick your mama and she says ow, you growl and pretend you’re angry and slam your arms down, you babble nonstop and dada is definitely going to be your first word… you’re my little weirdo, my little Bubbie man.

Sight: Books are already taking over. We may have to jump on the Ribba train.

Smell: Oskar’s skin is so sensitive we can’t use anything with a scent. Right now we are trying this laundry soda and wool dryer balls.

Sound: Happy makes this boy happy.

Taste: We started solids this month. I’ve made pears, sweat peas, avocados, and oatmeal. He is good about taking a bite, most of the food seems to slide back out. Not sure how much is getting down the hatch. We’ve been using recipes from Bebe Gourmet, the purees are basic, but there are some great looking meals for the next steps.

Touch: These teethers are the best.

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