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The Week In Pictures: 8.15.14

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It’s been an interesting week getting settled back into home life, to say the least. Last Thursday night, I flew back to Portland from New York and was met with a new bundle of joy. More on that in a minute!

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Since I got back, I’ve been in full-on cleaning mode. There’s nothing like a few weeks away to remind you of how little you truly need in this life to be happy. After a night of rest, I flung open my closets and piled up all the unworn clothes and shoes I could possibly muster letting go of. Next, I went through my desk and flat files, making another giant pile of donations. My office feels so much bigger and relaxed now.

I’m a big fan of the mentality of “out with the old and in with the new.” Get rid of what no longer serves or suits you and fill your life with less, but better made things. One of those new-ish, better made things I’m liking are a pair of Tieks — the perfect jolt of color for my mostly black and white wardrobe.

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A lot of you have been asking how Chubby is doing. If you’re wondering who this little guy is, you can read more about him right here. When Joey found him stuck in our furnace last Tuesday night, his eyes weren’t yet open and he could barely walk. A little over a week later, he’s holding onto the syringe of formula when we feed him, walking pretty well and of course, climbing like a champ. I’ll let you know how things progress.

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I was in Amsterdam a week and a half ago and when I got home, this Anthropologie catalog, shot entirely in Holland was waiting for me. The photos are gorgeous and remind me of those few magical days. If you’re curious, that’s a Crown and Glory crown hanging on the edge.

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At The Blogcademy in London, The Bathory blended these limited edition bath salts for us and our attendees. Isn’t the packaging cool? I’m exited to finally be home where I actually have a bath to try these out. ;)

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Speaking of The Blogcademy, it’s been a busy week behind the scenes as we put the finishing touches on four new Home School segments. I’m really excited about the topics we’re covering and will share more with you next Wednesday.

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I have the biggest design crush on Jonathan Adler — his mid-century modern aesthetic is right up my alley (and he did the interior of my favorite hotel, The Parker) so when this candle arrived from his assistant, I about lost my mind. Such a strange, bold piece and I can’t get enough of it. Ahhhhh!

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Have a great weekend, everyone. I’ll be catching up on work, squirrel-sitting, and helping my aunt celebrate her 60th birthday (she’s like a second mom to me so it’s an espeically big deal). It feels so good to be home.

P.S. Thanks again for all your sweet, helpful comments and advice about Little Chub-Chub, I really appreciate it.

The Week In Pictures: 8.8.14 | Hello From Amsterdam and New York!

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Amsterdam > London > New York > Portland. It’s good to be home but damnnn, there was a lot crammed into this week!

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I had the time of my life during the three weeks I spent in Europe but if I’m being completely honest, I was also really beginning to miss the comforts of home. That’s one of the reasons why I think traveling is so important — it forces you to get outside of your comfort zone and experience the way the rest of the world lives. It makes you realize what you’ve been taking for granted while also introducing new habits and ways of thinking that you can take home and incorporate into your everyday life.

Amsterdam taught me that I had no choice but to slow down. The service is much slower, as is the internet. I had to take it easy, even if I felt like crawling the walls for most of it. And in the end, it was a good thing. Now, I’m vowing to take more time to read. Vowing to take more walks. Vowing to write more emails and letters to friends.

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After Amsterdam with a quick stop in London for the night, Gala and I landed back in New York. And, faced with with only one completely empty day to do whatever I wanted, I vowed to make it count. The next day, from 10 am to 10 pm, we criss-crossed the city, covering a total of 15 spots (and yes, I’ll be sharing the exact list of what we did in case you’re short on time in the city that never sleeps, too!)

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What I love about spending time with Gala is that anything is possible. Anything. As we explored old haunts, I felt like it was 2009 all over again, when we lived together for a month in the city. Having an Elizabeth Taylor moment, I threw caution to the wind and tried on piles of absolutely ridiculous, impractical jewelry.

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As we walked through midtown, I spotted this dapper gentleman at FAO Schwarz.

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This car that was parked on the Upper East Side should have been in a movie it was so pristine and well kept.

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This ornate set of doors in Central Park caught my attention.

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And, as we walked deeper into the park, this was our view. For a few moments, we forgot we were in New York City as the trees and foliage blocked out the sounds of traffic.

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One of my favorite things to do in New York is ogle clothing I can’t afford. This Chloe ensemble? The bomb.

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We passed The Rock and…well…we went to the very top (you’ll see more photos in my New York post next week).

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Remember how I said anything is possible? As dusk set in, we entered a 1920s mansion full of disco balls. Some poured out of the marble fireplace while others spun above us as a jazz band played on.

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And, what’s a jazz band without a gaggle of dancing ladies? The whole scene was quite surreal.

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We ended the night at an ex-NBA basketball player’s restaurant, laughing until we cried over dessert. The day had felt like a week. In that moment, exhausted with throbbing feet, I couldn’t have been any happier.

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After dinner, I pushed on — my longtime friend Bianca had just flown home from Mykonos that night and we had just 12 hours to spend together.

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The next day, we spent our lunch at Ladurée in Soho. It felt like the set of a french film with marble statues, jewel toned velvet couches, pastel edged dishes and a beautiful backyard garden.

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I’m now back home in Portland, feeling overwhelmingly inspired and piecing together a dozen posts for you over the next few weeks with new discoveries, travel guides and much more.

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Keep and open mind, surround yourself with people you respect, love and trust and when you have the chance to go on an adventure, take it. You never know where you’ll end up. Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 8.2.14 | Hello From Holland!

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Hello from Holland! How was your week?

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Let’s back up a bit…I spent the first half of my week in Berlin (and I’m already dying to go back) but that’s a topic for another post because I literally have a few hundred photos to dig through! I have a Berlin travel post coming very soon but in the meantime, I’ve been hanging out in Amsterdam for the last few days. And boy, it’s been quite the adventure!

The highlight of my trip to Amsterdam so far has been visiting Inntel Hotel (see above) which features the facade of 70 traditional Dutch-style houses. Completely insane!

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Of course, no trip to Amsterdam is complete without visiting the canals that wind through the city. Many have baskets of flowers hanging nearby and are lined with parked bicycles.

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After strolling along the canals, I stopped into the world famous flower markets. It was interesting to see such a variety of blooms, many that I don’t come across in America.

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When I travel, I tend to skip the tourist filled main streets for the side alleys — there always tends to be great cafes, street art and shops lining them.

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One thing that gets overshadowed by all the other Amsterdam “must-sees” are the amazing doors. This one in particular grabbed my attention — that’s one serious door knocker, don’t you think?!

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I once heard a fact that 1/3 of all the inhabitants of Amsterdam own a bike. After spending a few days here, I believe it. There are often groups of a few hundred clustered in parking lots at the train station and it’s quite the sight — I’ll share more photos soon.

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These are a few odds and ends from my European travels. I found a photo booth in Berlin (there are TONS of original ones from the 60s scattered around town), picked up a rad coaster at a cafe and nabbed this classic necklace at Zara in Amsterdam.

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Have a great weekend, everyone. I’ll be teaching with The Blogcademy in Amsterdam over the next two days, flying to London on Monday and New York on Tuesday so the next few days are packed. Enjoy yourselves and I’ll see you back here on Monday! xo

The Week In Pictures: 7.25.14 | Summer In London Part 2

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I’ve been to London a few times before but it’s never been as beautiful as this. The weather was great all week and in between teaching two classes, I spent plenty of time exploring the city. One place I ended up visiting multiple times was the new Ace Hotel in Shoreditch. With a photo booth in the lobby, a restaurant that felt like it was right out of Berlin in the 70s and a killer deejay, it ended up turning into our home away from home.

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I picked up some treasures along the way: Charbonnel et Walker truffles, a drink coaster and flyer from Hoi Polloi, Dyptique lipbalm from Selfridges and branded ribbon from a stationery shop.

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One of the highlights of my trip was visiting the housewares floor of Liberty. They had a bunch of these amazing Chad Wys paintings.

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The flowers inside the lobby of Liberty are always so beautiful.

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Also, if you walk along the backside of The Ace, there’s a place tucked in there called That Flower Shop. How great is this sign?!

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When visiting London, I never pass up an opportunity to get a touristy snapshot in front of the red phone booths. ;)

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On Thursday night, we hosted a mixer for The Blogcademy at a venue called The Roost. This was my view from the second floor, red scooter and all.

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Since I’m normally working from home and wearing a uniform of black skinny jeans and a t-shirt, I love any excuse to dress up. These were our mixer looks.

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The inside of The Roost was insane! Each room had a different theme including wallpaper patterns. We spent the night sipping rhubarb and rosemary cocktails, making new friends, hanging out in the photo booth and dancing to Rebbie Jackson (Centipede is our new favorite tune).

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Seriously, check out this room! I’ll be sharing a lot more photos in an upcoming post.

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I just landed Berlin and am signing off to get ready for an early morning of teaching tomorrow. Have a great weekend!

The Week In Pictures: 7.18.14 | Hello From London!

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Hello from London! I have spent the week staying in the attic of a 1930′s English manor with a massive back yard and garden. The weather has been absolutely beautiful. By day, I’ve been filming videos and by night, enjoying lively dinners with friends.

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This is my view from the kitchen every morning.

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I just finished filming a new Blogcademy Home School video all about still lifes. That meant packing up piles of ephemera to haul across the ocean. Haha. I’m really happy with how this module came together and will let you know when it’s available!

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Filming gets easier every time around. My backdrop this time around was a tangled mix of greenery that felt like it went on forever.

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Our nights have been spent here with good wine and great friends, telling embarrassing stories and laughing until we’re crying. Just the way I like it!

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I’m pretty excited to be checking out Gala’s Radical Self Love Salon this afternoon. My studio, Branch did the branding and this is her third-ever event. With that, I’m off to repack my suitcase and then heading off to a new place in Central London to teach the first of two workshops starting tomorrow morning.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 7.11.14

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How was your week? Mine was…very full, hence the late post! I’m heading out to Europe soon and while there’s going to be some pleasure mixed in, it’s mostly a business trip packed with four Blogcademy dates, a mixer party, filming new projects with two sets of videographers and squeezing in a few photo shoots. First up, London. Then, Berlin, followed by Amsterdam and finally, New York. Whew!

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With all that time away, there’s a lot of prep that comes with keeping businesses running like delivering client work and pre-scheduling a lot of blog posts. I love it, though. In between sitting at my desk, I’ve been going out to lunch every week with my grandparents (they’re the BEST people on the planet) and visiting ancient dive bars with my dad — my family always whisks me away on awesome, unexpected adventures.

Oh, I should point out the “You’re awesome” postcard in that top photo. My friend Sian just sent me a care package of goodies and she has the best handwriting. I wish mine looked like that!

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Packing, packing and more packing…trying to balance the fun with the practical. Always a challenge.

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This year hasn’t been easy but it’s been the best on a personal level. I’ve grown a lot and learned to push fear aside — I’ve never been more content just doing my own thing, choosing who I work with, hanging out with my family and traveling in between it all. My life now is very unconventional compared to the way it was but it feels right. Let’s be real here — I do still get those moments where my stomach drops and I ask myself what the hell I’m doing but they’re much fewer and far between now. ;)

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This isn’t the greatest photo but I had to share it! As I walked into the St. Paul Rodeo bar last weekend, I noticed that the taxidermy was covered in bras. Haha. Good times! Have an awesome weekend, everyone. I’m off to finish packing! xoxo

The Week In Pictures: 7.4.14

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Happy 4th of July! It’s beautiful outside and I’m hoping to wrap up work early and spend the afternoon with family. Speaking of family, I took the afternoon off yesterday to meet my grandparents for lunch. Can you believe that they just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary?! They’re two of my favorite people on the planet and my grandma always used to wear this sweater. When I mentioned how much I liked it a few years back, she gave it to me. I love it, stains and all!

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Over the weekend, Joey, Rocky and I headed up to the Rose Garden. Though I’ve been there many times, I’ve never seen it this time of year — there were blooming roses in every direction and it was so beautiful. If you’re visiting Portland soon, this is a must-see spot!

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I just got a new dress for my upcoming Europe trip. I love super graphic clothes in classic shapes and feel like I’ll still be wearing this exact dress in 20 years. You can see a full length shot here.

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I wanted to hang around the Rose Gardens all day…but Rocky was understandably grumpy after an hour. ;)

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Have a great 4th, everyone! Rest up, relax and I’ll see you back here on Monday.