Embroidery Tiger Tattly

Tattly launched an embroidery tattoo line. This tiger is one of them. ROAR!


“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.”
— William Penn

Teeter Totter Wall

This interactive art piece at the Mexican / US border wall is incredibly moving. It connects children and adults in meaningful ways on both sides with the recognition that the actions that take place on one side have a direct consequence on the other side. Way to bring light to an incredibly dark situation.

DIY Optical Illusion

This is going to be a fun thing to try with my kids: How to Draw a 3D Optical Illusion of Your Hand!

Rocket Coffee Maker

My kids and I are currently house swapping with a Swiss family. We have been doing so for years, every summer. What I love most about it is that I get to dip into someone else’s life and the products they use and love. The family we are currently swapping with owns a Rocket Coffee Maker and it makes me want to change the locks and never leave. I get the sense it’s the Porsche of Coffee Makers. I admit, it makes my heart sing every morning when I get up. Check out this beauty. The coffee is A+!

(We are not using a service to find a family to swap houses with. We are going through friends and family. But I heard many good things of behomm.com. Check them out!)

Snorkeling Mask

I am currently in Switzerland with my kids and keep seeing these snorkeling masks everywhere. What an intriguing design! Are they fun to use? Comfortable? Anyone tried one of these?


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Link Pack

This conversation stopped me in my tracks. Incredibly life-and future-affirming!

B-box is a beehive designed for use in close proximity to humans, like near your house or in an urban environment.

– Recipe: Easy Ham and Cheese Quiche

– Interesting listen: Can You Really Bring Your Whole Self to Work?

A Very Low-Key Summer Checklist

Round animals is one of my favorite Instagram Accounts.

– Twitter launches the ‘Hide Replies’ feature, in hopes of civilizing conversations

Borderless Lullabies — a complication of 20 songs & spoken-word pieces, with 100% of proceeds benefiting Kids In Need of Defense, a nonprofit that partners with pro-bono attorney at law firms and law schools to represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children.

25 Essential Artworks of the Past 50 Years

– My kids love drawing in Procreate on the iPad. I will show them this artist’s process videos. Absolutely amazing. (via)

How to Reach Out to Someone Whose Career You Admire

This kindergarten building!

– I am currently in the Swiss Alps, with my kids, visiting my family. You can follow my adventures along on Instagram. (My Switzerland Story highlight has some fun stuff in it too.)

– Tattly launched embroidery tattoos last week and people are going bananas for it.

– Woohoo! The Global CreativeMornings Job Board has over 5,000 listed jobs now! This is incredible!

NEW: Embroidery Tattoos by Tattly

Tattly launched Embroidery Tattoos by Tessa Perlow yesterday. These are the coolest! I don’t know what to do with my excitement over these! Gah!

In case you’re not familiar with Tattly: It’s a high-end temporary tattoo company I started 8 years ago. The designs last 2-5 days and are printed with vegetable based ink, here in the USA. We license art from professional artists and they get a generous cut of every single sale.

Design Questions Library

The Design Questions Library is part of d.school’s recently launched “Public Library“, a digital collection built to help you go beyond the basics and dive deeper into the nuances of design. Can’t wait to see what else they’ll be adding.

Walkman’s 40th Anniversary

I remember how the buttons felt on this Walkman. It was my most priced possession. And my heart broke when someone broke into our car and stole it. Happy 40th Walkman Anniversary, SONY!

Travel Scarf

A scarf that hides your passport or cash? Brilliant!

I want to know how you spend your time

Love this, by Jamie Varon.

Tattly 50% off SALE

Once a year Tattly runs a totally bonanza 50% off sale. It’s on right now! Get the brand new glow-in-the dark half off, or the tins! They are a party on the go!

The Dark Forest Theory of the Internet

I am really enjoyed listening to Yancey Strickler, Kickstarter co-founder, in this podcast. He talks about how the changing landscape of the internet and his theory of the internet being a dark forest. Listen in.

Swimming Hat

I love a good swimming hat. This one is 100% natural rubber and beautifully old-school.

Tiny Tattly Tins

Tattly just launched Tiny Tattly Tins! (Say that 10 times really fast!) They make me so happy! These tins are so teeny-weeny-tini you can take them anywhere! Plus they come with a wee sponge for easy application! Cuuuuute!

Psst.. Tattly is currently running their totally bonanza-50%-birthday-sale.

Telescopic Stainless Steel Metal Straw

My kids would totally love this reusable, telescopic stainless steel drinking straw.


“Too much intention creates tension.”

I Don’t Know

Love this painting by Wayne White.

Attention – Energy

“Life is about the management of energy, where you place your attention, is where you place your energy.”
— Dr. Joe Dispenza

How Couples Meet

This graph from a Standford University Paper on “How Couples Meet” caught my attention. ⁣

Having been single for a few years now, it seems as if apps have become the socially accepted and expected way to meet a partner. But what if the way apps work and feel is really not your jam?⁣

I am determined to help reverse that “meet through friends” graph. ⁣

When you get introduced to someone via a friend, there is instant common ground and trust. Tapping into the “web of love” as my friend Sharon Lee calls it, is where the magic happens. When a friend introduces me to someone she/he holds in high regard and loves, I show up differently, open-hearted and less garded. ⁣(By the way, this also works in a work context!)

When you meet a stranger on an app it takes a lot of hard emotional work to figure out if that person can be trusted, is a good human, is who they say they are. ⁣

Looking back, when I was still married, I realize I was so busy being married and coupled, I didn’t pay attention to who was single in my circle of friends and if I could help make an introduction.⁣

Seeing now just how hard it this to meet someone, I wish I helped my single friends more. ⁣

The IRL enthusiast that I am, and struggling with dating apps, I started asking my friends if they can think of a single friend they *love*. If they do, I ask them to write me a little paragraph about them, share their name and email so so can add them to my ever growing secret list of wonderful singles. Then they get invited to fun small gatherings. We had one so far and it was an absolutely delightful event. We are not labeling them as a singles event, we just tell them in the beginning that we all have one thing in common and they’ll probably figure out by the end of the night what that is. We are just getting started with these, Kyle and Christina are with me on the organizing committee. Best team ever.⁣

Let’s bring back IRL and reverse that graph by tapping into our “web of love”.⁣

(You can read the Stanford Study here: Disintermediating your friends © Michael Rosenfeld, Stanford University *, 2019)

The World’s Largest Election


Link Pack

– The comments on this post! What’s Your Most Awkward Date Story?

– There are some real gems in this post about wedding fails.

The ‘3.5% rule’: How a small minority can change the world: Erica Chenoweth, a political scientist at Harvard University, confirms that civil disobedience is not only the moral choice; it is also the most powerful way of shaping world politics – by a long way.

The hedgehog goes camping. Made me smile.

– I love this pinecone necklace.

– Basecamp shares their unique way of working: Shape Up.

– Offset your carbon footprint through a monthly subscription with Wren.

– This made me smile: When you get what you wished for.

Tiny branch spoon.

How to Overcome Your Childhood: A guide to understanding, and liberating ourselves from, our past.

– My friend Sue Fan just released a book, it’s called DO / Inhabit. It will help you to create a considered and beautiful home (and work space) that invites connection and creativity.

– The Best Over-Ear Headphones (I love my BOSE noise canceling headphones for work)

Intense winds cause Quebec forest to ‘breathe’. WOW!

The 4 ‘Attachment Styles,’ and How They Sabotage Your Work-Life Balance

– This hand-made braided bag is beautiful.

– The Truth About Cast Iron Pans: 7 Myths That Need To Go Away

– I love this archway mirror.

The Best Air-Cleaning Plants, According to NASA

Pack A Suitcase With Marie Kondo

This made me laugh.

– These wooden egg holders are charming.

– Yesterday was Tattly’s 8th birthday. This was my original launch post. It’s been a beautiful and at times challenging journey. Thanks to everyone who has cheered me on and supported us. Also, we just launched White ink / Glow-In-The-Dark Tattly. Get your glow on!

– The CreativeMornings Global Job Board is exploding with opportunities. This makes me happy! I noticed Netflix is currently hiring 806 jobs. Holy giant Swiss cow!