I hope your week was a good one. To be completely honest, I’m feeling a little low on energy and down — this week has been a tough one for a lot of people around me and I’m definitely feeling the after-effects. Also, the cooler Fall weather has just hit as well and it’s making me want to hibernate with a mug of hot apple cider and a good magazine.
In good news, the new Branch site launched yesterday and it’s such a relief to finally have it live after it simmered in the background for most of the Summer. Designers always seem to be the worst at updating their own portfolios and sites, myself included. It’s like the cobbler who has holes in his shoes! We know what it takes to get the job done but clients come first. I’m embarrassed that it took me two whole years to get the revamp in place but it feels so good to have a digital home I’m proud of. Star always comes through for me — she did the animation and development and nailed it!
Of course, as soon as one project gets crossed off, another is always waiting! Next up is this space. I’ve had the same theme since 2012 and while it’s held up well, I’ve been itching for change for a year now. I’m extra excited about this project because with the relaunch will come an online shop. I had one for years but it just became too dated. I have one-off art pieces, limited posters and t-shirts that have literally been in my closet for ages and it’s so important for me to offer unique, special items created from the heart in this space. After all, it was my first business and allowed me to grow as a designer and blogger with full-on creative freedom.
In other news, Chubs and I have been spending a lot of quality time together lately. Isn’t he handsome?! Being a squirrel, he LOVES acorns so much. The tricky part is that we can’t just roll up to the grocery store and buy him a bag since humans don’t really eat them. All Summer, we collected acorns on our morning walks and even talked the neighbor kids into collecting them for him. Still, there’s never enough. He’s even holding one in this photo!
I still love coming home to this room, my old office. It’s now full of art books, magazines and shoes. Basically, it’s what dreams are made of. 😉
These are a few of my favorite things at the moment: a tote bag I swiped from Gala (hey, it was too good to ignore!), strong black and white editorial layouts, piles of photo booth strips with friends, an amazing new book from my friend and client Ellen and a variety of succulents from Trader Joe’s. Also, the Steve Madden boots I’m wearing deserve a total shout-out. I bought them on a whim a year ago in New York and they are still going strong! I have so many fancy shoes but for daily office wear, these are super practical and tough.
Late nights of walking through Portland produce cool discoveries. I have no idea what this building is used for but the plants are ace.
And with that, I’m signing off. Time to pack for Palm Springs and of course, Designer Vaca! It’s that time of year again and I’m so excited to meet up with friends both old and new.
Have a great weekend! xoxo