Happy Friday! How was your week? Over here, it’s been a whole lot of work and no play but it will all be worth it. I’ve been working ahead as much as possible on projects because it’s going to be a busy late spring and summer traveling with Blogcademy and relaunching our website. Last year, I didn’t plan very well at all and pretty much ended up working through every trip. This year, I’ll be visiting Berlin and Amesterdam for the first time and I want to be present. Really, truly present. So, it’s time to plan better. Live and learn!
My current paper inspiration: a combination of the latest DWR catalog (sign up here) and Marie Claire, which has been extra awesome lately.
My dad is seriously the best. He always makes plans to take me out and on Saturday, we visited a few bars I’d never been to. The first was the Lutz, which I completely fell in love with. Opened in the late 1940s, nothing much has changed, except owners — the original curved turquoise countertop is still intact, the burgundy vinyl bar stools have never been recovered and the dark paneled walls are still full of photos from many decades ago. Things are scuffed, chipped and…charming. I can’t wait to go back.
Joey walked into my office a few mornings ago chatting about Boy George, who happens to be one of my all-time idols. I was reminded of his autobiography on my bookshelf. Such a good book! It was one of my favorite teenage reads (besides The Long Hard Road Out of Hell, of course).
Back to Saturday night…my dad had another great place in store! This bar in Sellwood, Cosmo Lounge is also a retro gem. The dark walls are completely covered in velvet paintings and a smattering of mismatched lights are draped from the ceiling. The waitress convinced us that we needed to try green Jell-o shots. Hey, there’s a first time for everything!
Having Shien’s lookbook that I’d just finished show up in my mailbox was the cherry on top of an intense but rewarding week.
Here’s to an inspired weekend full of adventures. xoxo
Hello from…Palm Springs! I’ve been working on being more spontaneous in my everyday life and embracing that led me back to the desert this week. On Monday, I had a client meeting in Malibu and after that was finished, my calendar cleared up for a few days. With no other immediate commitments, Joey, Rocky and I hit the open road bound for The Ace.
We arrived yesterday and settled into my new favorite home away from home. Even though it was only 8:30 am this morning when these photos were taken, it was already blindingly bright.
I love this mural on the property by Erin D. Garcia.
I wore: ASOS zip-front skater dress in fluro coral, Kate Spade Saturday neon belt and All Saints boots.
When we joined up in Palm Springs last month, we felt that it would be the perfect time to finally make an About Us video. I expected it to be slightly nerve-wracking but with these two ladies by my side, it was a laugh fest instead! Our hope is that this video will give you a better feel for what The Blogcademy is all about.
If you’d like to join us in 2014, our new tour dates are all up right here — Chicago, San Francisco, Sydney and Melbourne have been selling especially briskly so if you’re particularly interested in these cities, don’t dilly-dally! And as a reminder, we do offer payment plans. Just get in touch with us at headmistresses @ theblogcademy.com for more details. Hope to see you in one of our upcoming classes!
For as many times as I’d been to LA, I’d never stepped foot inside Bottega Louie until last week. Don’t make the mistake of waiting as long as I did — it completely lived up to the hype.
Probably best known for its selection of rainbow-hued macarons (that every blogger who passes through painstakingly documents), there’s much more lurking inside the walls of Bottega Louie including a full restaurant, bar and gourmet market stocked with everything from canisters of hot cocoa to extravagant gift boxes.
The place has an old world glamour to it but completely lacks the stuffiness one would expect. The staff were extremely gracious, letting us snap as many photos as we liked and even cracking smiles at our mini dessert still life, complete with heart-shaped glasses.
I tried my best to absorb the atmosphere around me but truthfully, the scale of the place (absolutely massive) coupled with the ornate packaging and crowds of people just as obsessed with the attention to detail as I was made it hard to really capture it all. It’s classic French glamour completely modernized and that’s a hard one to nail.
I’ve only had macarons a few times before so I figured it was a good time to dive into as many flavors as possible and see what all the fuss was about. I walked out with a box all to myself and spent the next few days indulging in a few for breakfast. And yes, they were absolutely delicious.
Bottega Louie oozes charm, charisma and beauty. And, in my experience, everything tastes as good as it looks. Need I say more? Get thee a box of macarons, stat.
Featured: Bottega Louie.
Photos: Shauna Haider.
I normally don’t dedicate posts to interviews I’ve done but I wanted to give the FIDM crew a shout-out for reaching out and interviewing me. They’ve been a gracious bunch and writer Sara Berkes really went out of her way to ask me an interesting mix of questions.
The interview covers my early days of design, my best client moments and much more. My week in LA has been charmed so far and this is the ultimate cherry on top. Thanks again, FIDM!
Over the last week, I’ve been working on a secret project with The Blogcademy and we put together a little teaser to give you a taste of the action. More details coming soon!
I own a handful of books on typography and while they’re educational and inspiring, the overall design isn’t all that beautiful. They say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover but for a designer, that’s easier said than done.
While the titles on my bookshelf covered the history of typography, there weren’t many images. I wanted to see more visuals of type specimens and the effects history and design trends had on typography as a whole. I knew that there had to be some meatier books out there that covered what I was looking for.
Then, I discovered Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles (try saying that 10 times fast!) and it was perfect. Comprised of two volumes, this book is a visual masterpiece. The first book covers pre-20th century type specimens while the second covers 1900 through the mid 20th century.
Weighing in at 720 pages, this book expertly traces the history of the printed letterform and has snippets from signs, books, catalogs and more. In my opinion, it’s a total must-have.
Featured title: Type. A Visual History of Typefaces & Graphic Styles
Photos and scans: Shauna Haider