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My Favorite Posts of 2011

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Photo, an excerpt from Dangerous.

As I take one last look back at 2011, these are my favorite posts from this year’s archives. Enjoy!


• 8 Design Books That I Love: A List of Personal Favorites.
• Tips And Tricks For Developing A Print Portfolio.
• Rock N Roll Bride Magazine: Issue 01.
• Debossed: Luke Copping 2011 Business Cards.


• Hello From Iceland.
• Hello From Hollywood.
• Hello From Paris.
• A Beginner’s Guide To Paris.


• Dangerous.
• An Adventure In Paris: The White Dress.
• What I Wore: 9.13.11 // The Bowery.
• What I Wore: 4.9.11 // Big Stripes.


• Organization Tips And Tricks From A Virgo.
• How I Stay Organized On A Daily Basis.


• Do What You Love.
• Do What You Are Meant To Do Now.


• How Do I Get My Blog Noticed?


• Bavarian Modern.


• Elf Girl: My Journey To Ending Up On A Book Cover.

Have a safe New Year’s Eve and I’ll see you back here in 2012!

2011: The Year In Review

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Ready for the future. Photo by Bianca Alexis.

Looking back, 2011 has undoubtedly been one of the best years of my life. I got to pursue my passions full-on (graphic design and traveling), spent quality time with great friends and family, made a ton of progress revamping Wolfgang Manor and managed to cross quite a few items off my business to-do list. I’ve always found year in review posts to be refreshing because they remind you of all the great moments sandwiched between the struggles. These are some of my favorite events and memories of 2011.

The Magic of Paris: Winter 2011

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Photo by Juliane Berry.

Ever since I was a child flipping through my parent’s photo albums of Paris in the 80s, I felt a connection to the city. I wanted to visit Europe before I turned 30 and Gala was my perfect travel partner. Paris was everything I’d imagined it would be and more. We stayed in the Le Marais neighborhood and soaked up every moment of the grandeur that surrounded us.

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With Gala.

In part because of the neighborhood and the boutique hotel we chose, I felt like I was in a fairytale (yes, that sounds cliché…but it’s true). Magic was around every corner, from the cafés to the shop window displays to the beautiful florists. Contrary to the general American consensus, everyone was polite and helpful (even to non-French speaking me). I can’t wait to go back.

Hotel du Petit Moulin: Winter 2011

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Photo by Juliane Berry.

A Christian Lacroix designed boutique hotel in the heart of the Marais? Yes, please! Each room in the Hotel du Petit Moulin is completely different but I knew which one I wanted to stay in. Gala repeatedly called poor Olivier who worked at the front desk, making sure we secured the perfect room. Complete with a wall-sized Lacroix illustration and a blood red bathroom with a heart mirror, it was love at first sight!

Shooting With Juliane Berry in Paris: Winter 2011

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Photo by Juliane Berry.

When you’re taking the trip of a lifetime with one of your best friends who also happens to be a blogger, it only makes sense to get some professional photographs to remember the occasion! Wedding photographer Juliane Berry was so gracious and since she’s originally form LA, there were no language barriers. Some of my favorite photos were captured in between bouts of bed jumping!

The Blue Lagoon: Winter 2011

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As if visiting Paris wasn’t enough, Gala and I stopped in Iceland for a few day stay on our way back to New York. Neither of us could quite come down from the high that was Paris but on our last day, that all shifted when we boarded a Mercedes tour bus to the famous Blue Lagoon in a snow storm! As we ran towards the lagoon in our bikinis, getting pelted with icy snowflakes, the whole scene seemed slightly crazy but I’m glad we got to experience floating through the glowing blue waters (while wearing sequined mouse ears).

New York: Winter 2011

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Planning a European vacation with Gala meant that I had to book a ticket from Portland to New York first. Conveniently enough, New York is my home away from home and I got to live it up with Bianca for a few action-packed days of clubbing, dance parties and one extra memorable champagne-filled brunch.

Nigel The Llama: Spring 2011

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I’d fallen in love with Nigel the second I met him in downtown Portland one fateful night in 2008 and again in Eastern Oregon in 2009. When I heard that he’d be visiting Portland early 2011, I hung out with him on two separate nights. What a handsome fella.

Seattle: Spring 2011

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Since Seattle is so close to Portland, I make a point to visit at least once a year. It’s even more fun now because Joey lived there for 10 years and always gives me the best tours. Just like any tourist, my favorite stop is always Pike Place Market.

Wallpapering Wolfgang Manor: Spring 2011

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Joey and I had never wallpapered before but three hours later, The Woods had creeped across our dining room wall. Next up: the living room.

Rocky, The Perfect Pet: Summer 2011

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Before Rocky came along, I’d never had a pet. In my entire life. At all. When I met Joey two years ago, he made it clear that him and Rocky were a package deal and it didn’t take me long to fall in love with this snow white, temperamental little creature known in the dog world as a Chinese Crested. I love this photo taken over the summer with his ‘bed head.’

There’s a First Time For Everything: Summer 2011

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I never imagined that I’d ever try golfing but when I got an invite over the summer, it was way too entertaining to pass up. Truthfully, I sucked. But when I was finished, I was glad I’d tried something outside of my comfort zone.

Girl’s Trip to LA: Summer 2011

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Gala and I always have the best time in LA due in part to staying at The Palihouse. Oh, and the unparalleled vintage shopping. And the palm trees. And the fresh, veggie-friendly food around every corner (gotta break up those In-N-Out visits). And Disneyland. And Jazzi and Mary Bee. And Amy and Kevin hauling us down Melrose for even more shopping.

Letterpress Business Cards: Summer 2011

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I’d always admired letterpress cards from afar but let’s face it, they’re very expensive to produce! 2011 was the year that I decided to step it up and invest in the visuals of my business. I love the cards soooo much.

Elf Girl: Fall 2011

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My elf shoe covered feet ended up on a book when my friend Anna, a designer for Simon & Schuster needed some original art for a cover she was designing. The outcome was beyond awesome.

iPhone Leads To Instagram: Fall 2011

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The little details in life were amplified once I got ahold of an iPhone and joined Instagram. Being on Instagram made me notice everything around me with a newfound excitement and gave me an excuse to share things that made me smile but weren’t necessarily meaty enough to make a blog post out of. Needless to say, I’m smitten! If you’d like to add me, my username is nubbytwiglet (surprise)!

Print Portfolio Revamp: Fall 2011

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Between running my own business and freelancing for a number of agencies, I never seemed to have the time to gather up the work I’d completed. The longer I waited, the more overwhelming it became. Finally, inspired by the custom covers I had made, I finished my print portfolio by early Fall. And it felt so good!

The Big 3-0: Fall 2011

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Turning 30 is not something that should be taken lightly! I knew that I wanted to celebrate it surrounded by friends in New York and since my birthday is just one day after Gala’s, we combined our parties into a low-key gathering at Bedlam. Joey flew in just in time for my party and joined our eclectic mix of hyper-creative friends for a party we’ll never forget.

The Wondertwins: Fall 2011

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For years, Bianca and I have jokingly referred to ourselves as The Wondertwins and we decided it was time to do a joint shoot (in matching dresses) in her living room. At midnight. Can you tell that we were having the time of our lives?!

Shooting With Lydia Hudgens: Fall 2011

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Photo with Amelia Arsenic by Lydia Hudgens, Fall 2011.

I’d only known Lydia from brief online encounters but the second we met in person, we clicked (it doesn’t hurt that she’s also a Virgo!) She has a fantastic editorial sense and three shoots later, I’ve not only found a great photographer, I’ve also made a great friend.

Web Portfolio Revamp: Winter 2011

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Perhaps even more daunting than completing my print portfolio was the web version I had in mind. Designed to be a sort of retrospective with projects ordered from the beginning of my career to the present time, it took a solid week to complete but getting that personal to-do item crossed off my list was a small victory.

My Cross To Bear: Winter 2011

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After a three year hiatus from art, I wanted to get back to my roots and launched My Cross To Bear, a solo show at Sequential Art Gallery featuring a collection of 14 new pieces.

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For 2012, I have a fairly clear vision (or list) of what I want to achieve. Remember, 2012 can be as big and as bright as you want it to be. Here’s to new dreams, resolutions and goals! Thanks for joining me on this journey.

Happy Holidays from Wolfgang Manor!

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what i wore happy holidays

This will be my third Christmas in Wolfgang Manor and I decided that this would be the year that I would decorate for the first time ever in my adulthood. Over the weekend, Joey and I scoured Target for an all-white Christmas tree but came up empty-handed. So we worked with what we could find — this mini silver tree — and decorated it with silver tinsel, mini silver ball ornaments and a tiny silver glitter encrusted tree topper. It’s small, simple and perfect for the center of our dining room table. It’s not much but when it comes to traditions, you’ve got to start somewhere. Next year, we’re planning on stepping it up with a larger tree for the living room and many more decorations. Just like everything in our house, our holiday decor is a work in progress!

We didn’t want to leave Rocky out of the festivities so we also picked him up a Santa suit at Target. It’s already been a big hit with the neighbor ladies!

I’ve been working around the clock on an ad campaign that won’t wind down until right before Christmas so I’m looking forward to sneaking off to my grandparents’ cabin with Joey and Rocky to celebrate Christmas with family in less than two weeks. That’s what matters most this year — family time.

I Wore:
Vintage Wool Dress, Ebay (circa 2003)
Santa Hat, Target
Belt, Forever 21
Tights, H&M
Heels, Divina (circa 2005)

Happy Holidays,

This Halloween, I Wore A Potato Sack

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This Halloween, I figured that there could be nothing more ironic than wearing a potato sack. But, this isn’t any old potato sack because it’s emblazoned with big, bold red and black type!

I hadn’t planned on dressing up this year but that quickly changed as I was wandering through the never-ending maze of booths at an antique show over the weekend with my brother. I spotted this amazing 60s era costume resting on a rack and with a little bartering, I walked away with it for 20 dollars (which might be pricy for a standard-issue potato sack but this one was very, very special!)

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In full, the ‘dress’ reads:

Be beautiful in a POTATO SACK
Looks like a sack
Feels like a sack
Fill with 100 lbs. or more of charm, and save money on new French inspired creations
Guaranteed to loose [sic] shape without ironing
For evening wear, add Mink trimmings

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So, there you go. This Halloween, I went all out…wearing a glorious vintage potato sack with DKNY nude fishnets and All Caps Dahlias. I won’t lie…I wanted to belt it and accessorize so badly but I realized that would defeat the purpose! Have a fun and safe Halloween!

A Party to Remember: 2011 Edition

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The Moose Head at Bedlam // September 14, 2011.

For the last few years, Gala and I have been combining our birthday parties into one big celebration since they’re just a day apart. In the past, we’ve done everything from open-invite picnics in Central Park to private garden parties outfitted with a disco ball and skull goblets. This year though, we wanted to try something different. Gala wouldn’t be arriving home from New Zealand until September 12th and I know how un-fun it is to plan a party and gather favors when you’re jetlagged! So, I asked around and a bar called Bedlam kept coming up. And upon further research it became clear that this place was beyond perfect…because it very much resembled my living room. What better venue to have your party in than a place that feels like a home away from home? The taxidermy and patterned wallpaper both evoke a Portland-esque feel and it seemed low-key enough that we could focus on what mattered most: spending time with our friends.

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Fuji Instax photos by Gala Darling.

I’d picked out a special dress for the festivities (it was my 30th birthday, after all) and the vintage op-art Marimekko number was found on Etsy. It arrived just in time but unfortunately, it was a little big. Since I didn’t have time to get it altered, I cinched the waist with a thin black patent belt. Gala on the other hand found the most gorgeous burgundy strapless dress at Betsey Johnson that fit her perfectly. I liked that it was outside of her normal style and everyone I knew was raving about how great she looked all night. Sadly, all the joint photos we took in front of the moose head turned out too blurry to share but we made up for that by having a photo shoot with Lydia a few days later.

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Enjoying turning 30 surrounded by my friends and Joey.

We each had a great showing and spent the night catching up with friends from all over. When we were introducing our friends and their accompanying professions, we realized that most of them were pros in more than one area and started simply labeling them geniuses. It’s true, we are surrounded by a pretty creative group that collectively inspires us from coast to coast.

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Top L to Bottom R: With Bianca // Bianca and Cindy // Shots with Amelia, Voltaire and Jayme // Joey // Jazzi!!!

Once the party began to wind down, we agreed that this was our favorite version yet: it was simple, inexpensive, allowed our friends to mingle and there wasn’t the pressure of planning (or cleaning up afterwards) that we normally feel.

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At the end of the night, Bianca and I morphed into a real life art installation!

Thanks to everyone who came out to Bedlam, sent birthday wishes and joined Gala and in ringing in another year!

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