Monthly Archives: May 2013

Link Love: 5.16.13

link love

link love


Source: Chen Man


• If you’re self-employed and accounting scares you to death, you MUST read this post. By the time you get to the end, it won’t seem so bad at all! Promise.

• How do you explain to your children that experiences can be more valuable than job titles or money?

• Are you a fan of obscure words? Check out Lexican….and then impress and annoy your friends!

• Learn how to say yes to the unknown.

• Why does one bad review stick with us and overpower all the great ones people leave?

• Author Maureen Johnson kept hearing from male readers asking for less “girly” covers on her books, so that they could read them in public. She issued a challenge on Twitter and asked people to submit new versions and here are some of the results.

• Kandee Johnson has 3 reasons to not be so hard on yourself.

• I love this umbrella customization DIY. So much fun!

• 23 signs you’ve lived in New York City too long.

• The Zen Habits guide to practical compassion is beautifully written.

• What exactly does it mean to be part of the so-called privileged poor?

• I love these cookie cutters by Printmeer. They’re all made with a 3D printing machine!

• Anna just saw Peter Murphy perform last week and has some great concert-going tips.

• Learn how to make your own coffee shop oatmeal. Yum!

• I’m totally blown away by these New York and London double exposures.

• When singing a lease, here’s what to consider.

Tools of the Trade #4: The Noun Project

Tools of the Trade

Up until The Noun Project came along, finding high quality icons more often than not felt like searching for a needle in a haystack. I know that when I was on the hunt, I’d inevitably find myself on spam-filled sites or in a jumble of low quality stock images.

The Noun Project is an open-source project dedicated to building a global visual language we can all understand regardless of cultural and language barriers. The site welcomes icon contributions from around the world and a large portion of them are available for use under the Creative Commons license.

Search for those random icons that pop into your head. The library is massive and chances are, they have it. Need an alarm clock? A flower? A croissant? How about sunglasses? Yep, they’re covered.

Tools of the Trade


Check out more Tools of the Trade posts here.
Top Photo: Made U Look

The Turquoise Tornado Hits The Road: Two New Dates!

The Blogcademy World Tour

I’ve got that nervously excited feeling in the pit of my stomach this morning because we’re announcing two new workshop dates for The Blogcademy!


New Additions

First off, you crazy cats in Melbourne completely blew us away — our workshop there isn’t until November, yet you snapped up tickets in a record amount of time. Countless emails later, we realized a second date needed to happen and have booked the same event space, Lightdrop Studios over November 14th and 15th.

Next up, many of you requested a southern date and we didn’t want to leave you out! I am so beyond excited that we’ll be visiting Austin over August 17th and 18th and hosting our workshop at the stunning Vuka. The last time I was in Austin was all the way back in 2007 and I have such fond memories of that trip. There’s such a warm, inviting sense of community and a sense of hospitality in a way that only the south can offer up.

Both cities have an earlybird special if you book before midnight Wednesday, May 15th.


Tour Dates

Hosting workshops is a huge dream come true for me and I want to say thank you to everyone that’s made it possible. If you’d like to join us for either date, please head on over to the registration page. And if you’re thinking about joining us at another stop on our tour, here’s an update of the cities we’re visiting in 2013:

New York (limited spaces remaining)
Pantina, June 22nd & 23rd

Minneapolis (limited spaces remaining)
Public Functionary, June 29th & 30th

Austin (just launched!)
Vuka, August 17th & 18th

London
Curtain Road Studios, September 7th & 8th

Brisbane
Proudly presented by Tourism & Events Queensland
Bleeding Heart Gallery, November 2nd & 3rd

Melbourne (sold out!)
Lightdrop Studios, November 6th & 7th

Auckland
Generator, November 9th & 10th

Melbourne (just launched!)
Lightdrop Studios, November 14th & 15th


The Blogcademy World Tour

As always, one scholarship spot is offered per class. Please make sure to submit your entries at least once month before the workshop date. I’m looking forward to seeing ya on the road! It’s gonna be a blast. And we promise to keep you entertained!


Photos: Made U Look

What I Wore: 5.12.13 | Spring

What I Wore: Spring

For Mother’s Day, I took some time away with Joey and Rocky and we headed up high into the West Hills for a long Sunday walk. Everything is so beautiful right now, in bloom with the most intense colors.

What I Wore: Spring

What I Wore: Spring

I wished my mom a long distance Happy Mother’s Day (she lives in Phoenix) and then instagrammed one of my all-time favorite photos of us. She’s put up with a lot from me over the last three decades and I wasn’t the easiest kid to deal with, that’s for sure. I was very stubborn and particular and I demanded that all my outfits had to be color coordinated! Haha. So I’m glad (and thankful) we’ve always shared a tight bond.

What I Wore: Spring

I Wore:
Asos Floral Skater Dress
Dries Van Noten Boots
Gold Door Woven Plastic Bracelets


I love wearing dresses like this in the warmer weather where you don’t have to think too hard — throw ’em on, grab some shoes and you’re dressed and ready to go!

What I Wore: Spring

When I get outside, the stress just dissipates. Once again, I didn’t want to head home. I don’t think Rocky did, either. 😉 I hope your week is off to a great start!

The Week in Pictures: 5.10.13

The Week In Pictures


The big news this week is that our backyard bar is getting a lot closer to being finished. I’ve been pretty antsy to get it together and that can mostly be attributed to the fact that once we get it done (and the rest of the backyard landscaped), we’re finally going to have a legit party. The housewarming party we never had.

In the summer of 2009 when my brother and I bought our house, we were faced with barren rooms (we had no money to quickly furnish the place) and more repairs than we knew what to do with. When Joey moved in during the Spring of 2010, it quickly became apparent that he not only knew how to do construction but also electrical and plumbing. Joey’s handiwork around the house including transforming a poorly framed gazebo into a soon-to-be bar has blown us away. I really wish I had proper “before” photos. There was literally a cement slab, 4 posts and the roof. More details shots soon — he’s made a lot more progress since this photo!

The Week In Pictures

I always like to pick up a nice bunch of flowers for the dining room since it’s one of the first rooms you see when you walk in our house. I’ve become completely enamored with gladiolus over the last few weeks because they’re massive and live for quite long. I like this bunch even better than our last.

The Week In Pictures

After a mini break, we’ve been hitting The Blogcademy to-do list hard again just in time for a big announcement next week. I also spent some time adding in a spread to our media kit featuring our Portland class by Made U Look.

The Week In Pictures

I’ve been on a huge kick of drinking coffee at home. Joey is a pro with our new espresso maker and it’s true, I like his coffee better than most places in town now. More on this topic next week — working on a full post!

The Week In Pictures

I wish I had a chance to visit Washington Park more often. I was just there on Sunday and it takes a little work to get there, driving down tiny, windy roads that feel like they’ll never end but then, you park and this is the view as you enter the park. It’s the best way to start your day!

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone! It’s beautiful out today and the Dalai Lama is visiting S.E. Portland. I’m looking forward to balancing business and pleasure a little better this weekend — hitting the freelance but also taking lots of long walks and enjoying our improved back yard.


Any fun plans you’re looking forward to this weekend?