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Stuff We Love

All the Places You Should Eat in Mexico City

Stuff We Love BY courtney conway 12/13/2018
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Growing up in Miami with her Argentine parents, Marianna Maurer was always creative, but she didn't truly hone in on her artsy side until she went to boarding school (hey - not all of 'em are stuffy!), where she gravitated towards ceramics and painting. "My time in those studios were some of the first moments I realized I found peace and comfort in creating something," she says of her teenage days - which we only hope were kind of like Fame. Hooked on visual mediums, she moved to New York to get into photography production and - because school rules - signed up for a jewelry-making class at FIT. Her angular bracelets and orbital gem earrings were a hit and, in 2014, evolved into a line called Mau. Made of recycled and sustainable materials in L.A. (Marianna splits her time between there and Pennsylvania), her creations are meant to make their own way in the world: "Designing a piece is one part of the story - but the grand finale is when someone makes it their own, which is totally out of my hands and is so gratifying," Marianna explains. Excellent lesson, dontcha think? READ MORE
Inside Job

How to Create a Chill—but Productive—Office Vibe

Inside Job BY courtney conway 09/17/2019
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Though working hard isn't going outta style anytime soon, there's definitely a conversation happening about prioritizing better work-life balance. It's something the founder of the handsewn Minneapolis clothing line Winsome Goods, Kathryn Sieve, has spent a lot of time thinking and talking about with her small team recently, and we're very much here to hear her boss advice on how to get everything done while emphasizing the other things that matter, too. READ MORE
Inside Job

The Portland, Maine, Apartment We'd Like to Call Home

Inside Job BY courtney conway 12/06/2017
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If you're following Chloe May Brown on Instagram - which you should definitely be doing - your feed will not only be blessed with loads of minimalist, ceramics pics, but also a few sneak peeks of her Portland, Maine, space that'll leave you wanting more. Well, she (and her two cats) gave us the ultimate tour of her one bedroom apartment where she finds most of her inspiration, and, long story short, it's pure bliss. Keep on scrollin' to see what we mean. READ MORE
Key to the City

Why Cincinnati is Having an Entrepreneurial Moment

Key to the City BY courtney conway 01/29/2019
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Artists, get thee to the Rust Belt. "Cincinnati is the kind of place where that you can start something with very little risk. Rent is cheap, resources are abundant, and there are a lot of opportunities," says Colin Klimesh, one half of CKTC, makers of colorful, shapely vases and vessels. The city is big enough to have creative energy - a world-class art museum, tons of local businesses - and contained enough for a supportive community to flourish. "It's such a small city, but there's a lot going on," says his co-founder Taylor Carter, a native. "It's exciting." Here, four reasons why it's a spot to keep an eye on. READ MORE

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