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The Week In Pictures: 11.21.14

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I hope you had a great week! I’m packing for an extended trip with stops in Palm Springs, LA, Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland. There’s been a lot of juggling going on behind the scenes this week with late nights filled with formatting report cards and packaging design files but it’s always that way…I’m trying to live up to my life’s motto of working hard and playing hard. ;)

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Sometimes I am powerless to random impulse purchases like this hand sculpture. I grew up watching a lot of Addams Family re-runs so naturally, it reminds me of Thing. What should it hold? Rings? Rubber bands? Business cards? Give me some ideas!

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One of the best things about this week was getting an inspiration board installed. I’ll be sharing more about how you can make your own on a budget next Tuesday.

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Pulling together the inspiration board was a fun creative exercise. Digging through years of ephemera and magazine clippings unearthed a lot of gems.

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On Monday, I joined my aunt for some errand running and the next thing I knew, I had an orange Eiffel Tower in my shopping cart. Totally ridiculous…but right at home in my office.

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One of the perks of being a designer is getting to work with creative folks who inspire you to live a more full, adventurous life. Kitty Cavalier is one of those people and she surprised me with an autographed copy of the book we designed together earlier this year.

I’m off to wrap up some projects so I can join my grandparents for a night out on the town. They seem to out-party me every night of the week…and they’re in their 80s. I’m not worthy. ;) Have an amazing weekend! I’m going to miss out on Thanksgiving this year (I’ll be in Australia) so I’ll be living vicariously through all of you. I hope you have something fun planned with family and friends. Sending lots of love your way!

The Week In Pictures: 11.14.14

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Hey, how was your week? It’s been freezing here most of the week so I’ve been hiding out in my office next to a space heater, digging myself out of piles of client work….but that’s okay because Australia is happening in 10 days! I’ve never been to Sydney before and that’s our first stop. Seriously can’t wait.

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Over the weekend, I walked through a new neighborhood and spotted this beauty of a car. If Blogcademy was in need of a company car, this would surely be it…though I can only imagine what a bitch parking would be. ;)

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I’ve been in my office nearly two weeks now and I never knew how much of a difference having a dedicated space could make on my outlook. I’m excited to get out of bed every morning and go to work. It’s not that I wasn’t before but now, just having the routine of actually getting ready every morning (instead of looking like a creepy recluse) shifts my whole day. Pulling myself together, walking down the street and opening the door to my own space where I can watch the city go by gets my creative juices flowing.

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The highlight of my weekend was sitting in the lounge at Heidi’s, eating breakfast with my grandparents, Betty and Sharky. It’s hard to believe that they’ve been married for 65 years…and there’s no signs of them slowing down. My grandpa sipped a bloody mary as we all caught up on family gossip (always a good time). My grandparents are truly the sweetest people and I treasure each time I get to see them.

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Over on the Branch-stagram, I started a new feature yesterday called #branchbooks where I’m sharing a must-read pick every week from my bookshelf. I hope you’ll follow along!

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Have a wonderful weekend, everyone. I’ll be huddled under blankets wrapping up last-minute Blogcademy things (we’re in the midst of redesigning our website AGAIN) and beginning the packing process. I hope you have something far more eventful planned!

The Week In Pictures: 11.7.14

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How was your week? Mine was full of transition — over the weekend, I moved into my new office space and after one big trip to IKEA (and a whole lot of late night shopping online), it’s finally starting to feel like home. I always thought that needing a separate space to work away from home, especially when you already had a designated spot was full of clichés— really, how much more of a difference could it make? Was it really worth the extra rent, especially if you already felt super productive in your home surroundings? Well…one week in, I can tell you it’s made a world of difference. If you’re thinking of expanding / getting a space outside of your home, I’m working on a post for you about the benefits!

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Getting to the office early is my jam — I love settling in with a hot cup of coffee, lighting a candle, going over my list for the day and digging in.

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With the cooler weather setting in and the leaves changing color, I’ve been drawn to more autumnal colors. I love shades of mustard, olive and burgundy — they soften up my closet full of black and graphic patterns. This J. Crew cardigan was a total steal off a rack at Buffalo Exchange, my go-to place for clothes these days.

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Over the weekend, my mom and stepdad took me out for a belated birthday lunch at the Old Spaghetti Factory. The views of the river are always so beautiful and it’s one of the first memories I have of going out to eat 25+ years ago! An oldie but goodie.

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Back to the office — I’m fine tuning all the details before the big reveal. I found these sturdy magazine organizers at IKEA and they’re great for sorting out my collection of catalogs and print reference materials.

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These Zara heels are feeling right at home inside Branch HQ!

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In Chubs news, he’s moved onto stealing all my makeup. I heard some rustling the other day and peeked in to find him running off with my MAC lipstick called Kinda Sexy. Hahahaha! He also grabs my compact of Studio Fix and kicks it around. All of this is much more welcomed than his antics of trying to hide toast and nuts in my hair!

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Have an awesome weekend, everyone! I’m taking off tomorrow morning to meet my grandparents for breakfast and that’s the highlight of my weekend since I don’t get to see them as much as I’d like. Do you have anything you’re looking forward to?

The Week In Pictures: 10.31.14 | Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween!

Do you have any fun plans? This year, I’ll probably slip on a pair of sparkly ears and call it good. I’ve been prepping all week for my big move tomorrow so honestly, my mind has been elsewhere. I’m not really focused on dressing up so much as…dressing up my new office!

There’s a lot to do — small things like art have shown up but I’m still waiting on a big piece of furniture to arrive and Joey is building out custom shelving so the space is going to be at a very in-between stage for the next week or so. Isn’t that how moving always goes?

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I’ll be sharing much more as things progress and you can also follow along on the Branchstagram. Have a great Halloween (and weekend)!

The Week In Pictures: 10.24.14

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Hey, did you have a good week? Mine was great — some friends from LA (hi, Alex, Joanna and Joanne!) unexpectedly showed up so we went out for dinner at Pok Pok and dessert at Salt & Straw (which resulted in us tasting about 10 flavors each). Good times with lovely, creative ladies.

Yesterday, I picked up the keys for my new office. Move-in day is November 1st and there’s a lot to get done before then! I’m going to be mostly working with what I already have on hand but there’s some art and one new piece of furniture I’m thinking about ordering — I’ll be sharing more office updates next week. Thanks for all your sweet comments, they really made my day.

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Over the weekend, I met up with Branch client Angela of Goldenrod Pastries at the Ace in Portland and we had a nice little chat about life and business — I wasn’t sure if I should take the leap into my own space but after talking it over with her, I was convinced. It’s great to have clients that become friends and I can’t wait to see how her new brand comes together (we’re hard at work on it now!)

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Kenny & Zuke’s has the cutest window — I love how they always have their drinks on display.

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Fall is in the air — our mornings are now overcast, cool and damp.

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Joey and I just found a quaint little midcentury modern neighborhood in Portland we’re obsessed with so we’ve been walking over there every weekend. This coffee cup my mom surprised me with has been getting a serious workout!

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Client thank you cards and fancy hand cream for the win!

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It doesn’t matter what my to-do list looks like…when my grandparents are in town, I have to see them! We went out to Edgefield which I’ve been visiting since I was a kid and a bunch of my extended family joined us.

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By the end of the night, we were circled around a bonfire near the Edgefield golf course, doing a big cheers to all the strangers sitting with us in the moonlight. My uncle shouted, “Cheers to the fire family!” We clanked our glasses and suddenly, I had a whole lot more relatives. Haha.

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I haven’t picked up any pumpkins or Halloween decor yet, have you? With the upcoming office move, I think I’m going to have to settle on some more succulents housed in ceramic pumpkin planters and call it good.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 10.17.14

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Welcome to The Week in Pictures! How was your week? I managed to do quite a bit of of exploring around Portland — it’s always nice to get back in touch with your hometown and be reminded of the things you love after a few weeks away. I’m loving the change in weather and the chance to bundle up.

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Chubs spent a few weeks away at grandma’s house while Joey and I were traveling and when he returned, he was noticeably plumper. He’s obviously trying to live up to his name. ;) I keep asking him if grandma was slipping him apple pie, mashed potatoes and gravy instead of the berries and almonds he usually gets fed at home.

It’s been interesting noticing how ingrained his instincts and mannerisms are since he’s never lived in the wild. He was a newborn when he fell down our chimney but still has typical squirrel characteristics which get very entertaining. He loves taking off with my pens and even funnier, when I have my hair pulled up, he climbs on top of my head and constantly buries nuts and crackers in it!

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My mom is so awesome — not only do we get to work together at Branch but she also really gets my personal style. When she surprised me with this mug, I was over the moon. It’s so nice to be surrounded with meaningful basics.

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Last night, I took my aunt to one of my regular haunts, Jackknife. It’s dimly lit with dark walls and marble countertops, the playlist is fantastic and their happy hour menu is pretty great. My drink of choice is the Melrose Brown (Dewar’s, Appleton, lime, ginger and sparkling wine).

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This illustration on the side of Sizzle Pie cracks me up. Now, that’s a food pyramid I’ll gladly endorse!

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I stopped by Nike to visit a friend for lunch and ended up spending the afternoon hanging out along….Lake Nike. Nike has a beautiful campus and the best cafeteria around — I’m always sad to leave.

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I forgot to share this last week — I spotted this great floor somewhere in Chelsea last Monday. Major tile envy!

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Have a wonderful weekend!

The Week In Pictures: 10.10.14 | Hello from Palm Springs, Washington, D.C. and New York!

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It’s good to be back home with Joey, Rocky and Chubs….but a lot happened in the last week. The most exciting part was getting to visit Washington, D.C. for the first time but it wasn’t quite so easy getting there. When you have multiple places on opposite sides of the country to be in a very short period of time and planes, rental cars and trains are involved, things are bound to go wrong!

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I left Palm Springs early Friday morning, bound for LA. As I was sitting at LAX, I noticed that my flight to Washington, D.C. was delayed by an hour…which was the exact layover I was supposed to have in the next city. There was no way I’d make it. In a panic, I booked a one-way ticket with a different airline right as my flight was boarding and raced over to that terminal. By the time I finally got to D.C. it was the middle of the night….and I had to teach at The Blogcademy the next day.

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Lacking sleep, I was a little worried about how things would go but our class was so warm and welcoming. It couldn’t have gone any better — we had our youngest student ever (12 years old!) and a black pug named Harpo in attendance. The best!

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Before class, our intern, Erica was extra gracious and showed us around Union Market and I couldn’t believe all the cool food booths and shops inside.

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We liked it so much that we went back another three times. A few personal favorites were Goshen for fresh juice, Peregrine Espresso for coffee and Salt & Sundry for a tightly curated selection of gifts.

I was bummed out that I didn’t have more time to explore D.C. but the small bits I did get to see left me wanting more. As soon as class ended, I boarded a train back to New York with Gala — another snag in my travel plans meant that I couldn’t fly straight home but I wasn’t going to argue with spending an extra day in my favorite city!

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Ah. New York. I had just been in town the week before Palm Springs so it felt weird waking up there again. Unsure of what to do with the time, Gala and I just decided to go for it and spent the day without a real plan. I love that sense of spontaneity when traveling.

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We spent the morning walking around Soho and I really liked this facade for the new Stories store.

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Then, we walked along The Highline until we got to The Standard.

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I’d been to The Standard a bunch of times for On Top at Le Bain (a club night complete with a hot tub and disco ball on the dance floor) but never for lunch. Gala and I had tasty hibiscus-infused drinks and relaxed in the back patio area.

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After that, we headed over to the West Village and stopped into CuRious Candy, a mysterious and magnificent little sweets shop by designer Cynthia Rowley. I couldn’t get any clear photos so please do yourself a favor and click through to their website now. SO GOOD.

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No visit to New York is complete without a stop at Dean & DeLuca — I loved their fall-inspired displays.

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It’s always fun to discover new treats like this chocolate and also, raspberry lemonade.

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We also walked through the flower markets in Chelsea and I kind of fell hard for these faux lemons. After some time in Palm Springs, I was definitely tempted to buy a bundle!

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This last week was intense, exciting, nerve-wracking and full of new discoveries. I wouldn’t change a thing! But now it’s time to get back to reality and catch up on work. Have a great weekend, everyone!