Month: January 2013

Wagashi: Bite-sized Art

BeauitfulNow January 26, 2013 In Japan’s calendar, February 11th marks Foundation Day, a national holiday to raise flags, celebrate patriotism, and maybe even indulge in a gorgeous wagashi treat. The Japanese have long been the leaders of high expectations. As a culture, their obsession with attainable perfection is unmatched. Where else on earth can you […]

Read more

Nothing But Nets: Soft and Powerful

BeautifulNow January 24, 2013 It’s the simple things that are really the most beautiful- a cold glass of milk with a warm cookie or a quiet Sunday afternoon with nothing to do. For many, nothing will ever be as simple or as beautiful as the gauzy blue net draped over their sleeping children. Forty percent […]

Read more

A Slice of Heaven on National Pie Day

BeautifulNow January 23, 2013 There’s nothing more comforting than a pie fresh from the oven. Each slice is a mouth-watering masterpiece. Golden, flaking, buttery crusts hide a rich stash of sugared, glistening jewels within. We find every reason we can to celebrate here at Beautiful Now so you can bet that on January 23rd we’ll […]

Read more

The Dreamy Paperweights of Chicago's Art Institute

BeautifulNow January 21, 2013 “Some fragment of a dream,” is how Truman Capote described his beloved paperweight collection. His words seem particularly potent when faced with Paul Stankard’s Honey Bee Swarm with Flowers and Fruit (2012), one of the newest acquisitions of the Art Institute of Chicago’s expanding paperweight collection. The piece is a wonder. […]

Read more

Fei Fei Sun Shines on Vogue

BeautifulNow January 21, 2013 Fei Fei Sun recently became the first Asian model to grace the cover of Italian Vogue and we only have one question: What took them so long?! Like Venus in her iridescent shell, Fei Fei belongs in the pages of Vogue. The editorial is titled simply “Fei Fei” and shot by […]

Read more

The Most Beautiful Gift in the World

BeautifulNow January 19, 2013 The pretty polka dots artfully scattered above are beautiful, but they are also vital. The microscopic image affords us a close up view of life-giving blood, including a heart-shaped white blood cell. January is historically the toughest time of the year for blood banks to attract donors. In the United States […]

Read more

The Washington National Cathedral Just Became More Beautiful

BeautifulNow January 15, 2013 The Washington National Cathedral is a work of art with it’s reaching spindles, dazzling stained glass, and awe-inspiring size but it only recently lived up to the potential of its beauty. One of the nation’s most prominent churches will now perform same sex marriages. The Washington National Cathedral, also called the […]

Read more

Make it a Netflix Party

Elizabeth Banks January 14, 2013 
The weather outside is frightful so why not cozy up on the couch with a great movie? Not so fast! Step away from the Snuggie. Instead of hibernating all winter long, why not invite some friends over and make a night of it? Here are some great movies, all found on Netflix’s Instant Watch, and party ideas to keep your social life hot in spite of the wool-socks weather.
The Movie: Jiro Dreams of Sushi (2011)


This movie isn’t just for foodies. Jiro Dreams of Sushi chronicles a lifetime of passion and one man’s pursuit of perfection. 85-year-old sushi master Jiro Ono is considered a national treasure in Japan where his tiny sushi shop serves up bite-sized bits of heaven.|

The Party: Sushi Shindig

It’s safe to say that Jiro probably won’t approve of your creations (his apprentices must spend ten years mastering rice before they move on to fish cuts!), but that doesn’t make them any less fun to make! Gather up some friends, some seaweed, and pile into the kitchen to try your hand at taming sticky rice. Try some of these beginner-friendly recipes:

Pablo Picasso: The Patron Saint of Chaos

BeautifulNow January 7, 2013 Picasso was a master at making chaos beautiful. He cut up his portraits, reducing them to shards and fragments and sharp edges. A wide eye here, a full breast there, a crooked smile, and curling fingers below. Picasso broke down his subjects only to reassemble them in a shock of beautiful […]

Read more

10 Beautiful Purple Necklaces on Etsy

BeautifulNow January 3, 2013
1. Guardian of my Dreams from LuxViviensFashions, $495
Truly worthy of some fabulous, ancient Mediterranean princess, this beaded bib features two elegant peacocks guarding the window to dreamscapes. This necklace is a banquet of rich materials and is handcrafted using Japanese and Czech glass beads, 24K plated gold beads, Swarovski crystals, blue goldstone, brass peacocks, and soft black leather.
Read more