Monthly Archives: February 2012

The Week In Pictures: 2.17.12

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week in pictures

week in pictures

week in pictures

Tuesday was Valentine’s Day and I took the day off from blogging to spend some extra time with my two special valentines, Joey & Rocky. I woke up early, wrote Joey a special letter and sealed it in a black envelope. Then, we went out to dinner at our neighborhood bar. Totally low-key and sweet. I also challenged myself to photograph all the hearts around me (some of which made it into this post).

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The Starbucks Valentines-themed cups were pretty cute. I love the handwritten messages.

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I have a magnetic strip in my office and tack up all the snippets, stickers and business cards with heart-shaped magnets.

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Tuesday: a rainy morning walk in My Valentine’s footwear of choice: The All Caps Dahlia.

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I’ve always loved the handwriting on the side of Stumptown cups. Yes, their coffee is awesome but equally so is their hot chocolate.

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The Florence Broadhurst for Kate Spade collection has me so excited for Spring. Kate Spade never overlooks any detail; I love how even the tissue paper is covered in the Japanese floral pattern.

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I keep hearing about the French Paper Company and came across this ad in a design magazine. I’m totally digging their graphic treatments and Pop-Tone colors.

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Yesterday, I stopped by my favorite guilty pleasure, Burgerville. Whenever any of my friends visit Portland, I drag them here for milkshakes. The best Burgerville adventure I’ve ever had included a glitter-covered pink gnome. And with that, I’m off to finish packing for Vegas next week. Have an adventurous weekend!

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Link Love: 2.16.12

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link love

Heidi Mount by Marcus Ohlsson for Vs. Magazine

• 10 reasons why Twitter is sexier than Facebook!

• Is perfectionism stalling your productivity on your blog?

• A new app tells you exactly what size you are in various brands according to the waist, bust and hips measurements you provide.

• This Scandinavian home is absolutely perfect.

• I loved fellow designer Promise Tangeman’s article on comparing yourself to others.

• Danielle Steel is the best-selling author alive and if you’re a writer, this interview about her process and work ethic is hugely inspiring.

• Rumor has it that Facebook’s Timeline will finally be available for companies later this month.

• Gala’s article No Bullsh!t, Just Love! was my favorite Valentine’s Day post. Read it and you’ll see why. Stay true to yourself, always.

• Henry Miller’s 11 commandments of writing are beyond awesome.

• The Valentine’s themed cups at Starbucks this year were pretty cute.

• Ah, modern life! How to change your Facebook relationship status without alerting friends.

• It seems that everyone is in love with the Florence Broadhurst collection for Kate Spade, including me. The patterns and upbeat imagery are the perfect Spring pick-me-up.

2012 Style Direction: Ladylike Urban Warrior

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nubby twiglet style direction

Every year, I like to dream up a new style direction as a goal to work towards. Late 2010 and most of 2011 was dedicated to a direction I dubbed Parisian Cyborg and that was super fun. A few months after that post debuted, I did go to Paris and wore a nearly identical look (I was definitely overdressed and the sleek, understated Parisians probably thought I was nuts).

So, what exactly does Ladylike Urban Warrior mean? Even though I love to feel feminine and adore makeup, dresses and sequins, I’m still drawn to the extreme and avant garde when it comes to fashion. The dress I’m wearing above (recently found on sale at Asos) in particular sums up my new direction because it’s a fairly classic silhouette but the neoprene material, laser-cut details and built-in harness add a modern twist.

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Images: 1. Vogue, 2. Jessica Stam, 3. Givenchy Fall 2009 Couture, 4. L’Officiel Ukraine, 5. Unknown, 6. Unknown, 7. Vogue.

I find the idea of dreaming up a style direction really motivating and as a way to push ourselves into new sartorial territory. For most of December and January, I was working 10 to 12 hours every single day on an ad campaign and out of exhaustion, defaulted to a uniform of black jeans and sweaters. Mentally, I was completely drained and just couldn’t think beyond the basics in my wardrobe. I’ve since set a few goals, namely to wear more color, to accessorize with jewelry more often and finally, to add in some more color to my makeup routine (a current favorite is the MAC Double Feature 1 palette). To me, clothing is the equivalent of wearable art. It’s one of the most accessible forms of self-expression and occasionally modifying your personal style can be hugely inspiring.

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I’m wearing: Asos dress, Mimimarket wedges, H&M tights and an H&M Headband.

Readers: Have you made any modifications to your look this year? How would you sum up your personal style?

Advice #42: As A Teen, How Can I Jump-Start My Career?

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Today I’m answering a question from one of my high school-age readers. This question really resonated with me and hopefully they’ll have the opportunity to discover their passion for design much earlier than I did.

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I am a sixteen year old aspiring graphic designer and blogger and I am avid reader of your blog. I am interested in creating a website showcasing my personal style, graphic design, and my photography. I have grown up around technology and design and would very much like to become a successful designer and blogger but I’m not exactly sure where to start. What would your advice be to someone my age who is still in high school and aspires to become a household name in terms of blogging and design?

First of all, I have a deep admiration for teenagers that are so focused on knowing what they want to achieve career-wise early on in their schooling. As much as I loved art, I definitely didn’t have a clear vision for what I wanted to accomplish post-high school. It took me years of trial and error, working my way through various college courses and jobs before I found my true calling. In hindsight, it all seems so clear but at the time, I definitely felt lost. To get a head start on your chosen path, I’d recommend the following:

1. Start your blog as soon as possible.

Get started with your blog now to showcase your style, design and photography. If you don’t have the means to build a custom site, start up on a free platform like Blogger (there are tons of online tutorials that can show you to customize it). I spent six years blogging on a free platform before I launched my self-titled blog and that time was extremely valuable for developing my focus and making many of the online friends that I still have today. The web is extremely malleable and you can always go back and make as many changes as you’d like to your design and content but the idea is to start building momentum and recognition now.

2. Develop your own lesson plan.

If you’re too young to enroll or unable to afford college courses, seek out design tutorials. Smashing Magazine has some great ones and is fantastic for perfecting specific techniques. Also, subscribe to design and lifestyle blogs that excite you. Gather inspiration at every turn and pin it for future reference. All of this will build your confidence while helping you to develop your own style.

3. Seek out a mentor.

Being both a designer and a blogger is hard work and as you begin your journey, you’re bound to have many questions. If you can find someone that’s already been down that path, they can offer you insight and advice about what to expect along the way. Four years ago, a recent design graduate emailed me and on a whim, we met for dinner. Since then, I’ve critiqued her portfolio and recommended her for freelance gigs. At the same time, she’s been really supportive of what I do. It’s really rewarding to develop relationships with people who share a creative bond. If nobody around you shares your interests, many school counselors are pretty savvy these days and can help you form a career plan.

4. Never let peer criticism get under your skin.

Often, when you’re young, determined and talented, peers will try to get in your way. It’s important to ask yourself if these folks have your best interests in mind or if they’re simply threatened by your talent. While I have many fond memories of high school, I have many negative ones too. Looking back, I wish I’d been even more strong-willed when people put my style and aspirations down. We all have bad days but if you have a strong sense of who you are, you’ll overcome most challenges.

5. In Closing

At sixteen, you have so much power to dream big and with some planning, there’s no doubt that you’ll shape your future life into exactly what you want it to become. I have the utmost faith that with the determination and thirst for knowledge you possess, you’ll have great success with both design and blogging. It’s never too early to get started.