Insta-gems by Michelle Brooks

(All photos copyright of shop owners.)

(All photos copyright of shop owners.)

I've been meaning to start an Instagram feature for a while now, and I'm finally getting around to it! This first one is a "Shop Edition" of sorts, featuring tiny shops across the country that I've stumbled upon over the last few months thanks to Instagram. I've only ever driven by the shop in Minneapolis so I definitely need to make a trip to all these amazing spaces.

(clockwise from top left)

Have Company - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Summer Camp - Ojai, California

MILLE - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Individual Medley - Los Angeles, California


Photo of the Week by Michelle Brooks

(c) Phosphorescent

(c) Phosphorescent

I saw Phosphorescent (aka Matthew Houck) back in 2010 and he and his band were alright. But Houck has arrived at something special with Muchacho, which I had no idea was his SIXTH album. The album is at its best when you're travelin down a stretch of road with the sun on your shoulder.

brooksbrooks + MRdesign giveaway! by Michelle Brooks

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brooksbrooks and MRdesign have teamed up and are celebrating the launch of their new blogs with a giveaway! To enter, simply leave a comment on both the brooksbrooks and MRdesign blogs that includes your email address and explains what your favorite city is and why for the chance to win a one-of-a-kind drawing of that city, courtesy of Maja of MRdesign. For an idea of what your city might look like, check out Maja's drawing of St. Petersburg below. The winner will be announced next Monday, April 22nd on both blogs and via email. Good luck!

UPDATE: Congrats to Harriet who has won a drawing of Rome! (Maja will be in touch with details.) Thanks to all who entered and be sure to check back for a look at what Maja comes up with.

(c) MRdesign

(c) MRdesign