Monthly Archives: March 2011

The Typofiles #78: Colette 10 CD


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My hotel nightstand in Paris, February 2011


Up until I was in Paris, I hadn’t bought a CD in 5+ years. Being a minimalist, I try to keep all my music digital beyond my well-loved record collection. But, that all changed when I stumbled into the holy grail of Parisian cool, Colette. Feeling more like a perfectly curated museum of modern artifacts than a store, it’s also wildly expensive. But when I spotted Colette 10 in its series of cult classic mix albums by the register, I had to have it.


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I’ve been following these albums for years, always admiring the sleek, simplistic design of the packaging. The CD now resides on a shelf above my desk.


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Photo by Juliane Berry


While we’re on the topic of typography and Paris, I had to share one of my favorite moments with you. While spending the day with photographer Juliane Berry, Gala and I had the chance to visit a park outside of the city which had a few words in front of it but notably the last spelt out P A R I S. It was raining, but we were determined to get some shots of Gala on top of the letter P. To keep dry, I climbed into the center of a nearby D and watched as a Frenchman tried to hoist her on top of the sign to no avail. She just hung there, slowly slipping away. Juliane and I were looking at each other like “OMG, she’s going to break her neck!” A Kodak moment for sure.


An Adventure in Paris: The White Dress

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The dress. When I was picking out a dress to wear in Vegas last year, I knew that I wanted something that I could wear again. The thought of spending a ton of money on a dress that I could wear once and then shove to the back of my closet didn’t sit well with me. Juliane brought up the idea of shooting me in it and I agreed — because, in reality, if I’d had the time and budget, getting married in Paris would have been the ultimate experience! All photos are by Juliane Berry.


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On our first full day in Paris, Gala and I awoke early and wandered around, trying to find a bakery. A few blocks from our hotel in Le Marais, we stumbled upon this wall. I wasn’t sure who most of the people were (though I did recognize Dali) or what exactly it was supposed to signify but I loved the graphic pop aspect to it.


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Though I wore my wedding dress and headband, I didn’t want to make it look like I was off to get married (again!) so I dressed the look down with the modern additions of opaque black tights and wedges. The dress is actually fairly comfortable to wear since it’s a stretch cotton — judging from the tags, it’s from the 1980s.


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Gala and I were totally enamored with the polka dot carpet throughout the Hotel du Petit Moulin and took full advantage of using it for photo ops. Thanks once again to Juliane for spending the day with us and capturing such great memories!


For more Paris posts:

Paris in Polaroids
A Look Inside Le Marais, Paris
A Beginner’s Guide to Paris
Magic in Le Marais: Hotel du Petit Moulin
Hello From Paris Part 01: The First Time Experience
Hello From Paris Part 02: Architecture and Grandeur
Bonjour From Paris!


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The Week in Pictures: 3.19.11

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This week was extra special because I got to visit my kindred spirit, Nigel the llama. I met Nigel a few years back on a whim as he stood on a corner downtown in front of an REI store, hobnobbing with the locals. I’d never been up close to a llama but with my Dries wedges on, we stood at eye level. He was so sweet as I was petting him and staring nonstop, thinking, “I’m in Downtown Portland, eye-to-eye with a llama.”

For my birthday in 2009, I got to visit Nigel at Wallowa Llamas, his home in Eastern Oregon. You can read more about that experience in my post, I Fell In Love With A Llama.


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When I received an email from Nigel (!!) a few weeks ago letting me know that he’d be in town, I made plans to visit him both nights. When I began walking towards Nigel downtown on Wednesday night, Steve Backstrom of Wallowa Llamas was standing outside with him. First he said hello, then recognized me and said, “Oh, you and Nigel are old friends.” We talked for quite awhile and I asked if many people specifically request Nigel when they visit Wallowa Llamas. I couldn’t help but laugh when he responded with, “Well, people definitely recognize him but you’re one of the few that put in a special request. You’re definitely one of his biggest fans.”


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Nigel is very handsome, all black and has the twinkliest eyes. His demeanor is very zen, even when he’s standing at a shopping mall surrounded by a gaggle of teenage girls, begging for a photo. Needless to say, in the world of llamas, he’s quite the rock star.


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This is the shelf above my desk — I’m always adding and rearranging objects, most often by color. I’m in the middle of tax hell right now, sorting and organizing receipts (hopefully the nights I’ve toiled away will be worth it!) but as soon as that’s behind me, I can’t wait to do some major Spring cleaning and organizing!


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Two weeks ago, I was on a neon orange kick. It’s a bit hard to tell in this photo but his week, it’s all about minty goodness! I’ve been wearing Mint Sprint by Sally Hansen Insta-Dri. Love!


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With all of this talk of Nigel, I wouldn’t want to leave my little buddy Rocky out of the mix. He joined me during a B Store shoot for Solestruck earlier in the week. I love how the ads came out — we actually shot them with me standing on my dining room table!

Okay kids, it’s time to return to the aforementioned tax hell. See you soon! xoxo


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Link Love: 3.17.11

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link love

Designaré Magazine.


• What a cute idea! Lodekka is an old double decker bus that has been transformed into a vintage shop right here in Portland!

• I’m a big fan of Benjamin Franklin’s Daily schedule.

For the love of airports explains why we should embrace what is often considered the downside of traveling.

• Millions in Japan were saved thanks to strict building codes.

• I miss the truly creative, weird advertising from the past and Surrealist Bra Ads From the Past has some golden examples.

• I was so sad to hear that Nate Dogg died this week. Pour out a little liquor for one of the best voices in the business.

• The stunning Julia Restoin Roitfeld shares her beauty tips.

• I have an unfinished basement in my house so seeing the amazing progress of this basement over at Making It Lovely was so inspiring.

• Rumi of Fashion Toast was in Tokyo when the earthquake hit and shares her heartfelt story.

• Elsie from A Beautiful Mess shares her favorite iPhone photo apps.

• Gala explains exactly how she moved to New York City. If you’re considering doing the same, this is a must-read!

• Good for a laugh: the wrong shoe for any occasion.

• Love the photo set Triptychs of Strangers, featuring three different body shots merged together — the outcomes are as interesting as their subjects.


Paris in Polaroids

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While in Paris, Gala and I lugged her trusty white Fuji Instax all over the city to cafés, the Arc de Triomphe and even the Eiffel Tower. Here are a few of my favorite snapshots!


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The Eiffel Tower plus mouse ears. Just because.


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On the Avenue des Champs-Élysées in front of the Arc de Triomphe. One of my favorite moments in Paris!


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My first Parisian dinner at a café in Le Marais and…well…drinking Tropicana juice from the container. The bad habits you engage in when traveling! Cringe. Of the photo op, Gala said, “You look like a monkey, just with longer eyelashes!” I’d have to agree with her.


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Just another day in Paris: White Doc boots paired with Wolford Bondage tights. And, Gala and I enjoying our room at Hotel du Petit Moulin. Paris, I miss thee!


For more Paris posts:

A Look Inside Le Marais, Paris
A Beginner’s Guide to Paris
Magic in Le Marais: Hotel du Petit Moulin
Hello From Paris Part 01: The First Time Experience
Hello From Paris Part 02: Architecture and Grandeur
Bonjour From Paris!


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A Look Inside Le Marais, Paris

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The Le Marais district of Paris spreads across parts of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements. This area is unique because it was favored by French nobility hundreds of years ago and many of their ‘urban mansions’ were tucked away behind large sets of doors all over the area. Many of these houses are no longer privately owned but instead, have been transformed into museums (including the Musée Picasso).


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Even reliable travel sources such as AAA specifically list Le Marais as a “Do Not Miss.” Compared to the other areas of Paris that I saw, the Marais features much more color beyond the typically creamy paint colors and pale marbles you’d typically think of.


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Bright bursts of street art dot the neighborhood. We saw so many great examples, every few blocks or so.


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As trivial as this sounds, my favorite part of Le Marais were the doors. Yes, doors. Painted candy-colored shades of green, blue and purple and even glossy cherry reds, their sheer size was impressive.


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My favorite set of doors in the area weren’t painted, though. Featuring cherubs and Medusa-inspired artwork, they appeared to have weathered hundreds of years of the elements quite well.

Much of the Marais feels frozen in time, with its oversized courtyards, grand churches and very narrow streets. Yet these days, the area has been inhabited with hip boutiques and is the main area for Paris’ many art galleries along with large Jewish and gay communities.


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Every café we frequented in Le Marais was hip and bustling. This area in particular was very walkable and great to get a sense of the ‘old Paris,’ away from the big American chain stores that dotted other, more popular touristy areas.


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Photo by Gala


From the window of our hotel room at Hotel Du Petit Moulin, I could catch glimpses into other people’s apartments in Le Marais — all grand with tall ceilings and modern touches. After some research, it seems like many people visiting Paris for longer periods of time choose to rent apartments in this area. I found the prices overall to be on-par with New York; expensive rent-wise but not outlandish. And we found the food to be completely affordable.


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As one reviewer on a travel site said, “The Marais district sums up all that Paris is; a mixture of the modern and old world, both living comfortably together. Superb architecture, easy to get around on foot, very clean and safe, not necessarily expensive!” I couldn’t agree more.


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P.S. In a way it’s hard to be sharing a place of such beauty when so much destruction and devastation has just taken place in Japan. I just donated to the Red Cross and I hope you can, too.


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The Week in Pictures: 3.12.11

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Good morning! It’s been a pretty laid back week around here as I re-adjust to a regular schedule. While in New York early last week with Gala, I ventured into Forever 21 and picked up this shirt. What you don’t see is the back — it has the same exact heart but instead says BAD GIRL. Of course we each grabbed one.

In other news, I did my first-ever solo presentation with students at PNCA this week. Titled Freelance 101, I covered all of the basics on how to jump-start a freelance career the second you’re finished with school. My goal with these talks is to get rid of the mystery surrounding design careers. I explain exactly how I got my start in design, make recommendations, share real world experiences and lastly, answer all those pesky questions students wonder about including how much they should charge and how to deal with taxes. It was really fun and my goal is to keep building off that momentum into something much bigger. Last year, I did a portfolio presentation and eventually, I would love to combine the two topics into a workshop.


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When Gala and I first landed in Iceland, I was famished. We ran straight for a convenience store in the airport and I gravitated towards this black licorice treat that seemed to be everywhere there. As you can probably guess, I grabbed it strictly for the packaging and not for edibility — good thing because it’s bitter AND salty.


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I was in for a surprise when I stopped by Starbucks this week — their new branding has been rolled out in time for their 40th anniversary and personally, I love it. To me, it seems like a natural progression as Starbucks continually evolves from just coffee to a lifestyle brand.


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When I was at Fauchon in Paris (the holy grail for gourmet food), I grabbed a mug which now holds my many black pens. Oh Fauchon, I love you so. I surprised my dad with some Fauchon goodies last night and swapped Paris stories over some drinks. Paris is still on my brain big time. My most favorite travel experience ever!


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Neon nails always seemed like an unlikely addition to my personal style but now I am sort of obsessed — I just want to keep repainting them this color over and over again.


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Bumble and bumble is a personal favorite of mine. They have it all — fantastic products, awesome packaging, the best branding….and everything smells great. When Bianca and I stopped by their location in the Meatpacking District, our friend Mischa was working and she loaded me town with a bunch of stuff to try out. I am still working through the various products before giving a full review but all I can say for now is that….I love everything so far. Surprise, surprise.

Enjoy your weekend! xoxo


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