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The Week In Pictures: 10.30.15

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Hi and Happy early Halloween to you! Do you have any fun plans lined up? I’m taking it easy and hitting the town with a bunch of family including my beloved grandparents. Should be a good time!

Now that I’m not traveling as much, I’ve been making more time to explore my own city which has been AWESOME. My friend Emily from Catalyst Coffee and I made a day of adventuring around Portland. We started at the Nob Hill Barista (some of the best coffee in town), made our way down to a few shops including Back Talk (check out their site to see the AMAZING clothing racks), then onto magazine shopping at Rich’s Cigar Store and finally, lunch at Marmo (see above).

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Oh, I also finally bought some Lush products! I’ve visited their stores around the world but was always too overwhelmed by the options to even know where to start. I found a great sales lady at the Portland location who helped me pick out the best dry shampoo (no gross silicone additives like other brands) and some leave-in conditioner. Since I’m new to the brand, I’d love to hear what your favorite products are. Any recommendations of what I should try next?

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I always get a little scared when I have to visit my accountant (to the point that I wear my metallic gold sneakers for good luck) but by the end of our meetings, I’m laughing like a madwoman. I swear that he’s a part-time comedian. And, he makes understanding numbers kind of fun. Even funnier is the bike rack outside of his office!

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I finally made it to Trader Vic’s and it was everything I could have hoped for! I’ve been making the tiki bar rounds in Portland since I got back from Palm Springs and they have a fantastic happy hour. Plus, check out that swanky dining room!

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Oh, Portland. It’s been raining every day and I’m ready for a mug of apple cider and curling up with a good magazine. Have a great weekend, friends!

P.S. Today, I’m sending out the first ever Branch Bulletin — it’s my studio mailing list and I’m sharing a very personal story that most freelancers will be able to relate to big time. Hop on over to the site and sign up at the bottom of the page to receive yours! xo

The Week In Pictures: 10.23.15

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Brrr! Baby, it’s cold outside! I hope you had a good week. I’ve been back home for a bit now but still feel like I’m settling in. This is the first time in three years I feel like I’ve been able to slow down, focus on getting my home and workspace just right and think about processes. It’s time to start asking myself: are things running as smoothly as they possibly can?

In an effort to make my workspace feel more personalized, I’ve been adding some special touches. Even the smallest details can make a big difference. I just finished burning the most amazing Jonathan Adler candle and planted some succulents — it’s a nice touch on my desk.

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The coolest thing that happened this week: seeing Madonna live in concert. I was in total nosebleed seats and without my real camera but she still blew my mind. She’s been someone I’ve admired for a few decades now and getting the change to see her rock out in Portland with her Rebel Heart Tour was absolute magic. Her big smile and chatting in between songs reaffirmed why she’s had such a lengthy, successful career — she knows how to relate to her fans and is incredibly thankful. If you have a chance to catch her on tour, find a way to make it happen. It’s 100% worth it!

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Over the weekend, I got to work on revamping my inspiration board. It’s to the right of our workspace area at Branch and had been the same since last November. I stripped it bare, kept a few old things and added in a bunch of new. Just that slight shuffle made a big difference. My favorite addition is that “Finish what you started” message. 😉

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When I dreamed of having my own design studio years ago, I imagined my days being filled with clients who were more like friends. No drama, no micro-managing, just really good work. For the most part, things have turned out that way and Kat is one of the best clients around. Five years in, we have an almost psychic ability with her projects and she is amazing at sending gifts so on-point it’s like I have a personal shopper. This week, this notebook arrived and I am completely obsessed. So good, right?!

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Another look at the office inspiration board — those lips HAD to stick around! If you want to build a big inspiration board of your own on a budget, check out this DIY post!

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This message is now taped to my computer. I have these inspirational cards all over my spaces and if you want some of your own, they’re by Kikki K.

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Still on a waffle kick! Normally I’m a Cheerios or yogurt sort of person but frozen waffles and a handful of berries make breakfast feel so much more fancy!

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This Dapper and Wise sign is pretty awesome. If you’re visiting Portland, definitely stop in. Their decor (and chai) is some of the best around.

Have a great weekend, friends! I’m looking forward to hanging out with my dad (family time = absolutely necessary) and attending an early Halloween party. Do you know what you’re going to be yet? I always go as a nurse or Minnie Mouse since I have all the gear on hand. 😉

Let me know in the comments what you’re going as! xo

The Week In Pictures: 10.16.15

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Happy Friday! Traveling off and on for the last month has been fun but it’s so good to finally be back home. I spent the weekend traveling from Palm Springs to LA and visiting as many old haunts as possible with Joey. We bounced from Hollywood to Beverly Hills to Venice Beach to Manhattan Beach in quick succession. Walking through the city, then the canals and finally, along the beach was a nice contrast and wrapped up our time away nicely.

Coming back home, the leaves have been falling and the air is more crisp. It’s time for leather jackets, scarves and boots and I love it. I’ve been slowing down, sleeping in more as the mornings stay darker longer and enjoying regular breakfasts of waffles and lattes.

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This Beverly Hills sign was swarming with tourists but I couldn’t help myself.

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California, I love you.

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Moon Juice forever.

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The Venice Canals are so serene.

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My favorite of all the Beverly Hills signs.

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This shop in Venice Beach has the best window display. Hello!

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Have a wonderful weekend! I’m looking forward to joining a friend to see Madonna in concert and working on some personal projects. Hope you have some fun plans in store!

The Week In Pictures: 10.02.15

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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.

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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!

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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. 😉

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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.

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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

The Week In Pictures: 9.25.15

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After a few weeks away from home filled with a lot of fantasy and very little reality, I’m having a hard time readjusting. It’s always difficult to come down from the excitement and adventure but at the same time, I’m desperately craving a sense of routine.

Getting back into the swing of things hasn’t happened as quickly as I’d hoped. Late nights out at a dueling piano bar (the boardwalk at Disney World is where the real fun is!) and an epic goth party in New York were compounded by a cross-country flight full of sick people and man, I caught whatever they had. It was worth all the good times with friends old and new, though. There’s nothing funnier than waking up and turning on your camera only to discover oodles of dark, blurry photos of selfies with your #squad.

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New York aways has the coolest street art popping up. I always expect things to be so different when I visit but in reality, so much is still the same. The same bars, coffee shops and clubs I frequented nearly 15 years ago are still standing and I’m still meeting up with friends from my early 20s. It’s a strange feeling of familiarity, another lifetime I exist in for a week at a time here and there.

The most epic day of my New York trip was last Sunday. Kat, Gala and I taught our final live The Blogcademy workshop and with no time for a nap, headed straight out to Necrocomicon, a goth-themed event at The Delancey. It was perfect timing since mine and Gala’s birthdays had happened just a few days earlier so we invited all our friends to come along in their best vampire finery.

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I’d been begging Kat to join me for a goth night for YEARS and damn, she looked good. I hope she adopts this as her every day look!

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Those all nighters at the club DO catch up with you once you’re in your 30s and this is the cure.

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I love walking around New York with good company and no plans. The day usually fills up quickly anyway with photo booths, flower shops, new restaurants and browsing boutiques.

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Traveling makes for a lot of great memories and I’ve been feeling tired of having them trapped inside my phone. I ordered a bunch of my favorite shots through the Artifact Uprising app (just upload and go!) and am so happy with the quality. This is the set I got.

In other news, I’ve been feeling like I’m in a weird transitional phase. Maybe it’s all the traveling and different parts of my life colliding at once but it’s definitely left me wanting to spend less time online and more time in real life.

Earlier this summer, all my luggage was lost in Italy and it never quite caught up with me in New York before I headed home. I was finally reunited with it this week and unpacking it was a total trip. All the random things I’d bought in Italy and Morocco came tumbling out, a bizarre mixture of treasures.

Once I’d gotten to the bottom of a suitcase packed so snugly it was a wonder anyone was able to even lift it, it was back to work on the new Branch site. With a new website comes an updated portfolio. I used to be great about staying on top of organizing and sharing finished work until running a studio became my full-time job. Now, it’s more important for me to stay on top of current client projects but then the weeks, months (and now a year!) has flown by with no updates. Portfolios are the same as everything else in your life — the longer you wait, the harder it is to dig yourself out. It’s been a good test, though — I’m working on a post of portfolio tips to help you get yours into shape, too. All the pain and suffering is worth it. 😉

In a nutshell, this week has been all about catching up. It feels good to hit the reset button. While the break from reality has been much needed, I’m excited to dig back into blogging here regularly next week.

Have an amazing weekend, friends. Sending much love your way!

The Week In Pictures: 9.20.15

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Hello from New York! It’s been an intense yet amazing weekend as we taught our last live Blogcademy class and now, it’s time to get ready for a vampire party. The adventures never end!

I spent the week on vacation at Disney World posing with mascots, sipping glowing drinks, watching massive firework shows at Epcot, visiting one too many gift shops, wearing a whole lot of black and having a magical adventure hopping between parks. In between work, it’s essential to take a break and live it up!

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I love this sign at the Disney World entrance. It sets the perfect mood.

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The best part about Disney parks this time of year is the ample Halloween decorations. If you want to come back after hours to see the Halloween parade, hang out with Disney villains and special fireworks show, the extra pass is so, so worth it.

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I’m always finding a way to sneak in some still life time. Check out that subtle Mickey!

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I feel like a proud mom here. There aren’t any Disney squirrel characters so I bonded with Chip and Dale instead. I told them about Chubs and they were so enthusiastic. Haha.

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Small World is such an awesome midcentury modern trip!

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I hope you had a great weekend! I’m enjoying the last bit of my time here in New York and will be back to a regular schedule after next week. Sending lots of love your way! xo

The Week In Pictures: 9.12.15

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Hello from San Francisco!

I’m in town teaching with The Blogcademy this weekend and it’s been so much fun exploring the city in more depth. Based on a bunch of recommendations about what to do, Kat and I spent the day visiting loads of restaurants, coffee shops and boutiques and had an absolute blast.

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Before flying out to San Francisco, I spent last weekend throwing an anniversary party with Joey for our family and friends. We kept it casual since it was hosted in our back yard and here’s what I wore.

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We spent the afternoon chatting beneath a disco ball and grabbing drinks from our (just finished) bar. Getting so many of the people I care about in one place was really special — of course, it had to be commemorated! There are a few missing…it always seems like someone is in the bathroom! Ha!

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After the party, it was back to a few long days of work before heading out of town for travel between San Francisco, Orlando and New York.

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I love all the old signs in San Francisco. Even with all the change happening throughout the city right now, there’s still so many fantastic independent, small businesses to frequent.

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One of my favorite finds was Birch, a hybrid of a shop with both a florist and quirky
magazines. The black walls and colorful floral arrangements were such a cool contrast.

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We also stopped by Heath Ceramics.

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And, we came across this beautiful brand of chocolate.

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And with that, I’m off to do some more exploring and teaching! Have a great weekend, friends!