10 Brands Made in America

made-in-americaSilk Cotton Crop Top, Nikki Chasin $195 / Torques Earring, BRVTVS $105 / The Kathleen Dress, Corilynn $145 / Constellation Rodgers Bracelet, Kiel James Patrick $40 / Hermosa Bamboo and Lemon Grass Candle, Raven & Lily $22 / The Easy Shirt in Weightless Cotton, AYR $155 / Roll-Up Tee, The Podolls $165 / La Vie est Belle Long Sleeve Sweatshirt, Zady $110 / Lock Bag, Lizzy Disney $565 / Blue Chambray Full Skirt, In God We Trust $70

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Changing the Fill Direction of a CSS Columns Masonry Layout from Left to Right

I’ve been working on a site with a Pinterest style masonry layout. While the usual solution for this type of layout is to use masonry.js, we decided to use CSS columns instead because masonry.js has some issues with performance on responsive websites and we were concerned about how much weight it would add to the page. Also a fun fact, on a responsive site if you have more than about fifty items in the layout* you start to get a three second lag every time the width of the viewport changes, and it only gets worse the more images that you add.

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Two Cent Thoughts: Normcore

If you have been hanging out on the interwebs recently, you may have heard the phrase “normcore”. It’s a phrase used to describe the recent trend of anonymous clothing or even anti-fashion, and The Cut has a great piece about this trend. 

Of course, there are people who are upset at fashion becoming so incredibly plain. Leandra from The Man Repeller wrote about how bored and frustrated she is with dressing as a pared down version of herself. You know what? If you want to let your fashion freak flag fly, all the more power to you. I appreciate the Leandras of the world reminding me that fashion should be fun. Yet, at the end of the day, if you’re not interested in aesthetics at all, you never will be, and there’s no changing that (ahem, penguin pajama girl in my 8am class). Sweatpants and Tevas becoming fashionable is not going to sway that group one way or another. If you are interested in how you present yourself to the world, this is a great time for practical luxury. I agree with Sophie of Les Anti-Modernes that all a woman wants is to look pulled together and chic in clothes that are practical and comfortable. The renewed interest in comfortable chic is definitely the upside of the normcore trend.

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Five Piece French Wardrobe: Update #2

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Catch up with the rest of my five-piece french wardrobe posts here.

I was able to find another one of my five pieces just as winter is about to end. I had seen this T by Alexander Wang slip dress at Barney’s, and fell in love with it. It’s 100% silk, just below the knee, drapes beautifully and isn’t too skimpy or too frumpy. Unfortunately, once I finally made up my mind to buy it, I found out it was sold out in my size. Thankfully though, a quick search on Ebay turned up the slip dress in my size, NWOT, and for a much better price.

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Life Update

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Sorry I have been MIA the past few months. I don’t normally talk too much about my private life or work on here, but I do want to share what I’ve been working on.

Over the past few months I have been working on creating a way to design websites in browser, and minimize (and eventually remove) the Photoshop comp stage altogether. I’m not talking about Dreamweaver or any of the other drag and drop GUI programs that spit out unmaintainable code. I’m talking about allowing someone with beginner programming skills to create reusable, production quality code and have control over the most minute visual details of the final product. These past few months have been the first trial run of this process and framework on a real website redesign. It’s definitely been a trial by fire.

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Learn How to Code

I have been asked by quite a few people how to get started with learning to code. I’m not an expert by any stretch of the imagination (I work with people who have been building their own websites and/or servers since they were ten) but since I have several years of experience under my belt and people are willing to pay me for programming, I must be doing something right.

Obviously, if you’re interested in learning to code you already realize why it’s important in today’s economy to have very basic programming skills. If you think that there’s no way learning to code can help you, I beg you to reconsider. At the very least a basic knowledge of coding will help sharpen your logic skills, look great on a resume, and help you understand how the technology you use every day operates on a basic level.

There is also a serious need for talented coders in every size company (as opposed to just copy and paste assembly-line coders, which is usually outsourced) and a junior level coding job starts at around $60-$70K in the NYC area. Even if you’re not at all interested in becoming a coder, it makes a great bargaining chip in salary negotiations and helps you understand the limitations and abilities of the medium you’re working with.

I’m assuming that you have little to no coding knowledge, and that you want to learn how to craft code, not just copy and paste answers from Stack Overflow. Also since my area is front-end development I’ll focus on what it takes to learn front-end development. Any back-end developers out there please chime in with your own resources, I’d love to hear them!

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