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2010: The Year in Review.

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For me, 2010 was a monumental shift for both my personal life and career. 2009 closed with a surprise road trip, the murder at the mountain and meeting up with Joey for the first time. During that final week, little glimmers of hope started popping up after a really disappointing year. And, when the calendar flipped to January 1st, 2010, everything just continued to take off for the better.


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A huge triumph this year revolved around making some serious progress with Wolfgang Manor. When my brother & I bought the house during the Summer of 2009, it was in need of a serious overhaul. In the last year, we set up a fabulous all white dining room, bought our first ever set of matching dishes, painted the living room black (and then white), started renovating the basement, began framing in the gazebo in our back yard (by the time next Summer rolls around, we hope to have a workspace / bar), installed a fence all the way around the property, finished my office and perhaps the coolest of all, Joey is remodeling one of our attic spaces and transforming it into an all-white studio!


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As Joey and I got to know each other better, we realized very quickly that we were going to be much more than friends. Everything happened super fast but it just felt right. I used to question whether it was possible to ‘have it all’ since I am so focused on my career but now I know for a fact that it is.


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With Joey came Rocky. How could you not love this beauty?! I love waking up next to that white mop of hair every morning!


Professionally, I was super busy, making the rounds between four agencies as well as spending a month at Nike. Towards the end of the year, I worked really hard on Adidas-related projects and learned so much about print production. Personally, I worked on hugely rewarding jobs for Solestruck, Semiospectacle, Veronica Varlow, Molly Crabapple, Sweet Caroline and more. And, to my surprise (and delight!) I was featured in a Swatch Campaign for Pop Magazine, a Solestruck campaign and the NYU Student Newspaper. Thanks to everyone who reached out and believed in me.


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Though I tend to travel a lot, due to the frantic pace of freelance and Joey & Rocky moving in, I didn’t take a vacation until August. Though, I made up for lost time by joining forces with Gala, Amy & Kevin and Zo to visit Disneyland. Between hilariously gloomy fortunes, super fast spins on the teacups, a viewing of Captain EO, the death-defying drop on the Tower of Terror and ending up in the middle of an otherworldly rave, it did not disappoint. LA always delivers and bunking with Gala at The Palihouse Holloway made the trip pretty much perfect.


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After a short break, I flew to New York for birthday celebrations with Gala. We took over the corner of a private garden in the East Village, hung up a disco ball, set out a dizzying assortment of candy-colored treats, invited our nearest and dearest (including Eliza, Jazzi and Kristin) and spent the afternoon sipping drinks out of skull goblets. (Photos by Chloe Rice).


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After a week in New York spent goofing off, Bianca accompanied me to Vegas where we met up with Joey. The next day, I got married in a vintage dress that Gala had helped me pick out on Etsy. It was a total whirlwind but I wouldn’t change a thing. Joey & I specifically planned for the date to fall between our birthdays (both are in September) so that we can celebrate them, along with our anniversary all at once with a new getaway every year. We did it our way: low-key and simple without a guest list or caterer in sight (and I am so happy that we did).


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Traveling is one of my favorite pastimes; switching up my routine helps me feel inspired. This year, I visited LA in August, New York City, Las Vegas and Leavenworth in September, Orlando and Sarasota in October and Phoenix in December. In the process, I was gifted a sparkly gnome, went to a reality show pitch, sat on multiple beaches, had the chance to visit both Disneyland and Disney World for the second year in a row and relished the chance to expand my horizons and to remember that there’s still so much of the world left to see.


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Over the course of 2010, I felt like I hit my stride with personal style goals (while documenting what I was wearing on a near-weekly basis). For the most part, I developed my ‘signatures’ including type-based jewelry, black and white graphic tees, dashes of sequins, wedges, a steady dose of sleek black silhouettes, edgy stripes (and the occasional pair of mouse ears). Towards the end of the year, I formulated a newfound style direction, Parisian Cyborg.

All in all, 2010 shaped up to be one fast-paced, magical year that reminded me how good it feels to be alive, living in the moment. Due to the topsy-turvy nature of 2009, I didn’t set any goals but was pleasantly surprised at how wonderful everything turned out. Now is a good time to settle in and take inventory of what worked, what didn’t and what we can improve on for 2011. It’s the perfect time for setting new goals, establishing a plan and investing in a new planner / calendar (I just picked up a new Moleskine).

I’m going to take a little break and play catch-up before the new year begins and will be returning January 3rd. Here’s to a magical and productive 2011!


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The Week in Pictures: 12.24.10

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week in pictures


Happy Christmas Eve! Baby, it’s cold outside….but we’re gonna get the fireplace going, pour some champagne and open presents. Though, I noticed that Rocky’s stocking is three times the size of mine. Perhaps it shrunk in the wash?

Joey & I stopped by Stumptown this morning after a low-key breakfast and only when I was editing this photo did I notice that lady flashing the peace sign in the background! Ha!


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Towards the end of last week, I flew into Portland from Phoenix and in an hour flat, I was at the Overland Agency holiday party. The jam band that was playing moved seamlessly between Led Zeppelin, Metallica and Tool. I didn’t know that was possible…those ad execs have secret talents.


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The folks over at Obsorn sent me some simple canvas shoes that I plan on modifying with a little D.I.Y. handiwork. I can’t wait to share the outcome, hopefully next week!


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On Saturday night, Joey and I dropped by Dave Allen’s annual holiday party. I was glad that Joey finally got to meet Dave — he was an early influence when I first began blogging and we’ve been friends ever since. I had a chance to catch up with friends I hadn’t seen in months and it was so nice to see everyone in great spirits.


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week in pictures


Up until last week, I’d never stepped inside The Container Store. All I can say is that it’s a Virgo’s dream. Aisles upon aisles of stuff to organize your stuff with! What a concept! I would have bought a million other things if I hadn’t been traveling but settled on the perfect solutions to organize both my lipsticks and business cards.


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week in pictures


Sunday was spent working on a mini shoot for Solestruck’s Matiko Giveaway and quite funny since Joey and I were shooting the shoes in the dining room while my brother was shooting Kristin from Bleach Black in the living room.

The bottom pair of shoes are like Darth Vader chic, don’t you think? Lustworthy. But, enough chit-chat. It’s time to get to work setting out champagne and cookies for Santy Claws. Have a very Merry Christmas! xoxo


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Link Love: 12.23.10

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link love

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• If you click on only one link this week, Let it Dough over at the New York Times is a must. It will make you smile, I promise!

• Design firm Baker, which has been around since 1981 just redesigned their identity and lets us in on their creative process.

E-Commerce Copywriting teaches you how to make your products more desirable and is super in-depth.

• Panda handlers in China dress up in panda suits so that they don’t spook the cubs! (via rachel hills)

Fashion Gone Risqué in 2010 documents the riskiest, most provocative shoots this year (NSFW). And then, the best retro fashion spreads are covered in Fashion Gone Retro.

Minimalism in packaging design: yes, please.

• Kevin Smith shares his secret to success: “The secret to a successful life is hardly a secret; it requires you to be 

self-centered as all fuck, is all. So long as it’s not at the expense of others, make yourself the center of your universe. You only get to do this ONCE, so try to take as much stress out of the process as you can.”

• Brand New shares some of the worst identities of 2010.

• I love the cool, understated look of Mexican coffee brand Basanti’s packaging.

• Actor Randy Quaid has completely lost his mind, for real. Vanity Fair says, “They’re spending nights in their car, on the run from the same shadowy cabal—“the Hollywood Star Whackers”—who may have killed Heath Ledger, possibly sabotaged Jeremy Piven, and could now be targeting Lindsay Lohan. No, this is not the plot of Oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner Randy Quaid’s latest movie. It is what he and his wife, Evi, swear is really happening to them.”

Caught Between Fat and Thin is the story of a fat acceptance advocate who decided to lose weight. (via rachel hills)

• Of course I love the Santa Brand Book.


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What I Wore: 12.19.10 // The Everyday.

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Over this last weekend, it occurred to me that I’ve never taken outfit photos sitting at my desk. When I’m home, this is where I spend the majority of my time — it’s my so-called natural habitat! This outfit is representative of my basic daily attire when I have nowhere special to be. On those days, I want to be comfortable and warm but still feel pulled together.


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what i wore nubby twiglet fashion style outfit

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I Wore:

Silk Jacket, Quail
Shirt, Forever 21
Hat, Forever 21
Jeans, Silence + Noise
Necklace, Forever 21
Boots, Dr. Martens


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New Year, New Shoes: Matiko Giveaway at Solestruck


This afternoon, I got a message from Bianca asking, “Are those your feet on the Solestruck blog?” Why yes they are — now you know how I spent my Sunday afternoon!

I hadn’t tried on any Matiko styles in the past but once I did on Sunday, I was sold. The studded pair were my favorites of the bunch. Not only did they have a stable heel and a fair amount of cushion but they were also fully lined in leather and had gorgeous gold zippers up the back.

If you like the styles featured on my feet, you’re in luck! Enter the Matiko: Party Like It’s 2011 Shoe Giveaway over at Solestruck’s blog and start your year off in style!





Color By Number.



There’s something about this image that immediately draws me in. It’s been pinned to the bulletin board in my office for the last week and I wanted to share it with you. I’m pretty sure I found it in a recent issue of Allure. The colors, the textures, the layout that references a painter’s palette — I just love it.





2010 Till Forevs.

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Though I try my best to keep my blog updated regularly, realistically it probably only covers 10% of my life. I’m one of those people that’s always strived to keep my online life and everyday life separate — of course there’s always going to be some crossover but I believe that you’ve got to make sure that first and foremost, things are right in real life…because when you turn off your computer, that’s what really matters.

Now, onto some big news I have to share with you. Back in September, Joey and I got hitched! Most of my close friends and family have known for months and I’ve been meaning to make an announcement for quite some time. I’m not one to make excuses but to say that time got away from me is a huge understatement. See, I didn’t take any time off to plan and the day after we got home, I went back to work. Over the last six months, I’ve not only been updating the blog and keeping up with an expanding list of clients but on top of that, I’ve been freelancing at local ad agencies full-time. With so much going on, just the thought of putting this post together left me feeling completely overwhelmed. So I waited. And waited. And now…It’s December?! Really?! So here it is. No more excuses!


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Let’s back up to last December. The last week of the year is known to be notoriously slow in the design world. I was actually sitting around at my dad’s house close to this day, working on the revamp of my corporate identity, thinking about what kind of goals I wanted to set for 2010. At the same time, I was scrolling through Facebook and noticed an update from Joey. We’d actually been acquaintances for years but I didn’t know him super well. I’d been trying to branch out and make more friends so I thought, “What the hell. I’ve got nothing to lose. Maybe I’ll see what he’s up to.” I think we literally hung out five times in the following weeks and quickly realized that we were going to be more than friends. It all happened so fast that I jokingly referred to Joey & Rocky as my ‘starter family!’ It was like, “Where did you two come from?!!” Though I’ve never considered myself the marrying type, something felt different. It just felt right. Sometimes you just have to trust your gut.


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I’ve always dreaded the idea of a big traditional wedding. I can’t stand diamonds, gold, most flower arrangements, long, flowing dresses and the thought of being in front of a huge crowd makes my stomach turn. It’s just not my thing. I didn’t want the extra stress or to go into a huge amount of debt. So, we decided that Vegas was the answer.


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Onto Vegas — Bianca and I flew in from New York, Joey flew in from Portland and we got to work. On our first night, we shot pre-wedding. I wore head-to-toe black to contrast the head-to-toe white I’d be wearing the next day. We kept it simple, shooting around The Venetian.


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I think we were finished with pre-wedding in about an hour. Bianca was a pro at directing, working quickly and getting the shots we needed.


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I Wore:

Dress, Forever 21
Headband, Forever 21
Seamed Stockings, American Apparel
Necklace, Plastique
Sandals, Chloe


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The day of was super busy. I had my hair professionally styled for the first time ever. My inspiration was firmly 60s and my style icon for the day was Priscilla Presley. I love the way she looked with the dark back combed hair and smokey eye makeup when she married Elvis in Vegas. Bianca was staying next door so she came over and took photos as I pulled myself together.


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For me, investing in a dress that I could only wear once for a few hours felt ridiculous. I wanted something that I could move around in and that could be worn for future occasions. Gala helped me pick out my vintage 80s era dress on Etsy and it totaled less than $100. My mom helped me pick out the Camilla Skovgaard heels at an astounding 70% off. I think my total ensemble from head-to-toe was less than $300.00 (and I can use it all again).


I Wore:

Vintage Dress, Etsy
Seamed Stockings, American Apparel
Headband, Forever 21
Heels, Camilla Skovgaard


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We’d already worn our rings for a few months by this point so they were broken in (or, scuffed.)


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When we were walking down the hall, I was so nervous! I had that feeling of, “Okay, this is it!”


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Once we were ready, we caught a cab to downtown Vegas. No limo for us!


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We got married at a cheap, flamboyant chapel complete with stained carpet and Christmas lights. It was beyond funny. The preacher was a dead ringer for Jon Gosselin and outfitted in a black polyester robe. Every time we made eye contact, I tried not to laugh.


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Everything went off without a hitch. It was time to party.


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After the ceremony was over, we walked along Las Vegas Blvd, past a steady stream of pawn shops and bail bond places. When we couldn’t seem to catch a cab, Bianca called a car service. They asked her for a landmark and she calmly replied, “We’re standing in front of Xtreme Weed.” Haha.


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We got back to the hotel, changed into our swimsuits and hit the pool. There were no guests to entertain and no mess to clean up. It was awesome! 2010 has turned out to be the best year ever both personally and profesionally. I’m thankful that I found my perfect match when I least expected it. It’s funny how that happens! If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading!


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