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The Week in Pictures: 9.27.13 | Palm Springs

The Week in Pictures: Palm Springs

The Week in Pictures: Palm Springs

The Week in Pictures: Palm Springs

On Monday, We Are Branch launched. It had been a longtime dream of mine to run a boutique design studio and I was done waiting — the time finally felt right. Thanks to all of you who have added us on Twitter, Instagram, sent us sweet emails and cheered us on. It’s always scary launching a new project, not knowing what the response will be so your support has been hugely appreciated.

Two hours after we pushed the Branch site live, I boarded a flight with Joey and Rocky bound for LA to meet with clients. On Wednesday, we headed for Malibu — I’d never been before and it was even more beautiful than I’d imagined.

The Week in Pictures: Palm Springs

Thursday morning, we hit the road, Palm Springs-bound for the annual Designer VACA retreat, which is held at the Ace. I attended last year as well and it was the catalyst I needed at the time — it sparked a lot of the big shifts in my businesses that have happened since. Spending a few days at the Ace has been a welcome chance to recharge, connect with friends I only see once a year and to also catch up with fellow branchee, Star, who’s my roomie here.

The Week in Pictures: Palm Springs

The lobby of the Ace is purposely very much stuck in the 70s but I love it. Getting away from everyday life and switching up the scenery and routines you’re used to is hugely inspiring.

The Week in Pictures: Palm Springs

Today, I spoke on a panel about personal branding, which was perfect since I’ve just transitioned my design business, including a fresh brand, site and process. My panel mates included a trio of designers I adore and have immense respect for: Eva Black, Emma Robertson and Megan Gilger. Hearing other creatives’ personal journeys and the hows and whys behind their current business ventures is so inspiring.

This retreat is such a breath of fresh air and no topics are off-limits. It’s a welcoming atmosphere that allows for learning and collaborations with no judgement. We have one more packed day of talks tomorrow and I’m looking forward to digging in and soaking it all up.

The Week in Pictures: Palm Springs

Of course, hiding out in Palm Springs isn’t all work and no play — we spent our afternoon break by the pool soaking up the rays and talking shop. I’ll have more photos and insights on the retreat next week. Thanks for following along on this week’s adventures and I hope you have an awesome weekend!

Livin’ It Up In London With The Blogcademy!

The Blogcademy London

After an epic week-long adventure through two Greek islands, it was time to get back to work. We landed on London soil on a Wednesday night in early September and set our alarms for 6 a.m. sharp Thursday morning. After many flights and boat rides, it was a rude awakening but absolutely necessary to have enough time to set up our venue for the 10 am start.

The Blogcademy London

The Blogcademy London

Once we got into the swing of things and made a Starbucks pit-stop on our way to the tube, we began to snap out of our Grecian slumber.

The Blogcademy London

We’d originally booked one workshop, which gave us a few days off between Greece and London. But, when that class quickly sold out, we launched another and the only time we could sneak it in was before the first!

The Blogcademy London

After teaching two back-to-back classes in January at the gorgeous while-walled wonderland that is Curtain Road Studios in Shoreditch, we knew we wanted to head back — if it’s good enough for Tim Walker, it’s good enough for us!

The Blogcademy London

London blows me away every time. We’ve now done four classes in the city and the London girls take their blogging very seriously. Always a stylish, eccentric bunch, they ask the most questions, take the most photos and travel hours for our meet-ups. It’s always intense and inspiring for me to watch.

The Blogcademy London

Also intense and inspiring to watch? AND a little bit scary?! During one of our breaks, Kat and Gala climbed up a rickety old ladder to Curtain Road’s rooftop. I stood underneath, afraid that the ladder would give out and that I’d have to finish the class on my own. Haha!

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