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The Month + Links: February 2017

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THE MONTH

I feel like this year is already speeding by at a record pace (which is why I’m just getting around to posting a February recap) and I’ve been so focused on work that I haven’t gotten out much to enjoy the world around me. How are you feeling so far?

The trade-off is that towards the end of 2017, I have a few big things to look forward to including a 3 week trip to Italy, Spain and Morocco! I’m pretty excited about traveling with my Aunt Shannon, who’s an art history buff and getting schooled in all the things I missed on past trips.

I’ve also been struggling with any semblance of balance so far this year. Projects at the studio have increased and what was once a slow time in the beginning of the year is now packed. While I’m extremely thankful for that, I’ve also had a lot less time to sleep (and blog).

The truth is, I’ve missed you guys and I’ve missed having the chance to share as regularly in this space but I’m keeping a handwritten list of post ideas that will roll out as I have more time.

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Here are some things I’ve been thinking about over the last month:

1. Self-Care

Self-care has always been a hard one for me. I’m very much all or nothing when it comes to work, life and adventures and often, I forget to slow down and take care of myself. I booked in a deep tissue massage on Monday and it kind of changed my life. My masseuse, Danielle was observant and not afraid to speak her mind (“Shauna, your posture sucks!” was one particular nugget of wisdom. Haha!) I booked my next appointment on my way out because sitting for 12+ hours a day definitely has its setbacks.

2. Style Goals

A few weeks ago, I was having a late night chat with Gala about personal style and it occurred to me that there were things I wanted 15 years ago and was STILL thinking about! Over the next few days, I kept coming back to an internal dialogue: what would it mean to buy less cheap, low quality stuff and instead focus on investing in those special, high quality items that wouldn’t end up in the donation pile after a year? What would it mean to own less, but feel great in everything I wore? Since then, I’ve done another closet clean-out and invested in a few things I am beyond obsessed with. I’m more inspired to get dressed up in the morning now instead of reaching for the same black jeans and tees.

3. Black Pants Brigade

I love a good pair of black pants and while I’ve been wearing the BDG Twig jeans for the last decade (black, high rise and come on, they have my nickname!) I was on the hunt for something more polished but still affordable and comfortable. Enter these pants. I’m actually wearing them now! Beware that they run a size large so if you want to get a pair, order down (trust me on this).

4. Being Present

There have been times this year where I’ve been weighed down by the news (and rage tweets from you-know-who!), deadlines, feeling out of touch….and when that feeling creeps up, it’s important to set down the phone, close out your email and focus on the here and now. Last night, I left work early and walked around a mall with Joey and then we went out to a nice, long dinner. Breaks are so important. Staying in touch with the people you love is important. Watching your squirrel eat tofu is important. Laughing at your dog’s bed head is important. Those small, everyday moments are what all add up to a life you love.

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So, that’s a taste of where I’m at right now. Let’s dig into some links….

THE LINKS

• A podcast I’m loving these days is Freakonomics Radio which explores the hidden side of everything. I love how in-depth the episodes are — they go far beneath the headlines and rumors to come up with concrete answers.

• How do you survive when nobody really gets what you do for a living?

7 things Robert Smith has promised to release this decade….and hasn’t. Haha!

• Only the most beautifully designed cookbooks will do.

• A look back at New York City in the 1970s through a wonderful collection of photos.

• Some teens are realizing that social media and being connected 24/7 isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and are taking a break.

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• When someone goes on a long-winded tirade about the couch they hate, it’s worth a read so you don’t make the same mistake!

• Another podcast I absolutely love is Death, Sex & Money. As you can guess from the title, it focuses on all the big questions and hard choices that people usually leave out of polite conversation but think about all the time.

Enter your birth date and see how the world has changed in your lifetime. Pretty cool!

• I recently discovered The Real Real and am obsessed. What I love about this site is that all the designer goods are previously owned which brings the prices down dramatically and it’s all authenticated. Plus, they run sales all the time. Need I say more?!

• Back in 2000, Amazon ran a contest asking their customers what they thought the best books, movies and albums were. How has it held up?

• Why do some people lose their minds when they’re hungry?! There’s a science behind it.

• Where you choose to live depends on so many different things and it’s interesting to read about why people live where they do.

• Wow! An architect turned an old cement factory into his home.

• I love this simple list known as The Creator’s Code. Timeless advice.

• For those that are worried about Ruth Bader Ginsburg outliving the Trump administration, get a load of her workout routine — this ain’t no joke!

• How to hail a taxi around the world.

• What do people actually eat for lunch?

• Check out this video of every New York Times front page since 1852!

10 steps to setting up your creative business.

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Photos: 1. My desk yesterday morning with some Naomi fierceness. 2. Admiring the shelves in Good Coffee. 3. I love this little corner. 4. My office is all brick with open rafters so it gets super cold…which is a great excuse to wear this coat! 5. Another desktop shot — I probably have 10 magazine subscriptions going at the moment!

The Week + Links: 12.17.16

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THE WEEK

Hello from a very snowy Portland! It’s slippery out there!

I’m so glad to be back home after a whirlwind trip to New York last week. Here’s what’s happening…

1. Hiya Tootsie! Feature: My friend and client Heather just interviewed me for her blog and she did such a good job with the post. Click through and show her some love! I admire Heather so much — she inspires women to chase their dreams and her personal story about how she transitioned from a missionary to full-time writer is so inspiring.

2. Gala Darling Website: I first met Gala 15 years ago on Live Journal, when she lived in new Zealand and we finally met in-person during a visit to New York in 2008. I started designing her websites, courses and product logos shortly after that and her evolution has been nothing short of amazing. To celebrate her 10 year blogging anniversary (!!!), we pushed her brand new site live yesterday — it’s so her!

3. Year-end Reflection: As December winds down, I always like to wrap up as many loose ends as possible. There are a lot of open projects over at Branch I need to finish, processes I need to rewrite, photos I need to take and design packages I need to rework. The last week before the new year is always quiet on the work front and even though I have a lot to get done, I also want to give myself plenty of time to just be and not stress about what’s next (see my previous post).

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4. Time At Home: With all the bad weather we’ve been having, I’ve been going out a lot less which means more time around the house with Joey, Rocky and of course, Chubs, the real king of our household! He’s gotten so big (did you know he’s already 2 1/2 years old?!) and definitely ready for the cold Winter months! FYI: He rolls over like a dog and likes his big white belly scratched. Now you know!

5. Decor Obsessing: I always view the new year as a fresh start and as an opportunity to fix everything that hasn’t been working. Updating my surroundings always gets me into the zone. I like to rearrange my spaces, clean out closets and add a few fresh touches, especially those that help with organization. Things I’m really into right now: Le sac en paper (great for gathering up random rolls of wrapping paper and odds and ends) and CB2 (they’ve been killing it on the furniture and home accessories fronts lately).

6. Red Oaks: I don’t normally watch a lot of TV but with my recent Amazon Prime membership, I decided to dig into some of the original series they produced and am really into Red Oaks which is set in the mid-80s and follows a college student who gets a job at a country club in New Jersey. It’s what I imagine being a teenager during that time was like — and all the 80s decor I remember is spot-on. The ratings are ridiculously high for a reason — check it out and let me know what you think!

Stay warm, friends. xo

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THE LINKS

• Promise shows us how to wrap gifts like a designer!

• It’s so hard to say goodbye to such an awesome First Lady. Four thank you notes to Michelle Obama.

• Instead of another gift guide, here’s a cause guide. Give the people you love gifts that actually make a difference at the same time.

5 steps to upselling your graphic design business — charge what you’re worth!

• This year, the leading U.S. fashion magazines had much more diversity on their covers. It’s about time!

• This is such a cool project! Do you have an undeveloped roll of film floating around? Now you can send it in to be developed for free thanks to Lost Rolls America!

What do you think about traveling alone? I don’t really enjoy it…and it sounds like I’m not alone in the feeling.

• If there’s someone on your Christmas list that’s impossible to shop for, here are some ideas.

• Use these tips to get more responses to your emails.

• Why are people in Denmark the happiest in the world?

• The Great American Word Mapper tracks the popularity of commonly used words across geographic areas in the US. Do you say dinner or supper? Soda or pop? A lot of your choices come down to where you’re located.

• National Geographic rounds up the best photos of 2016.

The Week + Links: 12.12.16

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THE WEEK

When life becomes too routine…it’s time to break out of the monotony, throw caution to the wind and live it up!

After a month that kept me inside my office for more time than is considered sane or healthy, I was ready for an adventure. I put everything on hold for a few days and booked a last-minute ticket to New York…only to find myself in the middle of a snowstorm in Portland the night I was supposed to leave.

Feeling defeated, I checked my flight status one last time — and miraculously, it seemed to be the only one that was still on so I called an Uber, slid down my ice-covered driveway in pointy boots and a faux fur jacket and made it to the airport which was completely deserted.

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I am one of those weirdos that gets bored with sleeping after 6 or so hours so I like flying overnight — JetBlue is the best for direct flights from Portland to New York City. Hop on at 10:45 pm, pop on the sleep mask they provide for you and wake up right as the sun is rising. No time wasted!

I only had 72 hours in the city that never sleeps and was determined to make the most of it. Here’s a quickie list of what I squeezed in:

Radiant Human aura photographs with Gala at The Whitney (get yours through December 17th). Lunch at Untitled (very, very good and aesthetically pleasing). Free photo booth at Keihl’s in the Meatpacking District. Exploring the Soho House. Coffee at Elsewhere Espresso with Voltaire. Mrs. Field’s chocolate chip cookies and Christmas decor shopping at Target in Queens with Gala and Colin, complete with dance moves down the aisles. Visiting The Oculus with Bianca. Breakfast and tile obsessing at Bocadillo. Swooning over flowers at Emily Thompson. Trying on vinyl skirts and star-wrapped hats at Zara. Posing next to George. Sipping sangria and dancing the night away at Bianca’s post-apocalyptic apartment party that stretched on until 3:30 am. Brunch with Gala, Garnett, Bianca and Cleo at Ludlow House. Shooting photos with Lydia as snow began to fall. Tea at The Beekman (brand new and extremely beautiful).

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I just got back to Portland not feeling the least bit exhausted but instead, really happy. Fulfilled. Excited. Glad that I was able to reconnect with my friends. Reminded of the good old days before social media took over when people left the house and danced the night away without the need to Instagram or Snap every detail but instead, just be in the moment.

This trip was all about being present. Exploring. Telling stories. Staying up all night with friends. Getting back up for brunch. Not making excuses to stay in when the temperature dipped below freezing. Throwing on a faux fur and hitting the town. Making room for cheese and dessert. Being vulnerable. Remembering that nobody has a perfect life and that we’re all in this together.

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THE LINKS

• I love Sian’s honesty about not playing by anyone else’s rules in Shouldn’t I like, own a house or some shit by now?

• This made me laugh: I am Hillary Clinton — Fabled, Elusive Forest Dweller of Upstate New York. “Should you seek me through such a journey, you will know me by my fleece of many colors, my frisky husband, and my small dog. You will lay before me your disappointment and sorrow, and I will say, “Do not give up.”

• NPR shares its favorite books of 2016.

10 ways to build a snack board with stuff that’s already in your kitchen.

• You’re probably doing email introductions wrong.

• I love this honest museum audio tour. “This sculpture, you’ll notice, is a tube sticking out of an orange cardboard box. You’re wondering, Is there something I’m missing? No, there is not. This is a bad sculpture.” Ha!

The way you dress definitely has an effect on your workday.

• How to write a thank you note.

• Time Magazine shares its 100 most iconic photos of all time.

• If you’ve been doing a little too much shopping over the holidays, these 5 extravagant sprees will make you feel less guilty!

• Prince’s friends share stories about what it was like to know him. So good! “I tried playing Prince in Ping-Pong once. I told him he was the Serena of Ping-Pong and I would never be playing him again. He was literally a master of Ping-Pong.”

• The best movies of 2016, according to the New York Times.

The Week + Links: 12.2.16

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THE WEEK

It’s Friday and I’m working from home today, sitting in my black-walled bedroom with Rocky snuggled up next to me. Chubs is in the next room over, listening to Christmas music. What’s new with you? Here’s what’s new with me:

1. Short But Sweet NYC Trip: I just booked a very last-minute flight to New York for Bianca’s Christmas party. I’m also excited to meet Gala’s new dog, Cleopatra! I just texted her and told her to add “pet Cleo 500 times” to our to-do list next Friday. 😉

2. Editorial Design Times: Work-wise, I’m balancing a few large editorial design projects at once but thanks to an ongoing obsession with magazines, those never really feel like work. To be honest though, I’m ready to wind down for the year after next week and take a legit break. Yessss.

3. Car Search: Joey and I are looking at cars and thinking about buying a Kia Optima — everyone we know with a Kia says they’re super reliable and I’m at that point in my life where I view a car as a way to get from point A to point B — practicality is everything. Do any of you own a Kia and have feedback on how you like them?

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4. Kitchen Remodel: We’ve been putting off the biggest renovation job of all in our house, a new kitchen. There’s a reason why I’ve never shared a single kitchen photo during the seven years we’ve had this house: it’s a legit hot mess. Time to rip it out this Winter!

I’m off to talk to Erika and find something new to watch on Amazon Prime (anything you’re obsessed with? With all the choices, I’m never sure what to watch next.)

Have a great weekend!

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THE LINKS

• If you only have time to click one link this week, read this beautiful piece by Alexandra Franzen: On hiding, censorship, and the impossible task of trying to please everybody.

• Ready to fuel up on a bunch of random statistics and facts? Check out 52 things I learned in 2016.

• The year-end lists are coming! The best books of 2016.

• Do you talk about your debt or is it a well-kept secret?

• Spending too much time sucked into the same sites online? If your media addiction has taken over your productivity, here are 5 tips to curb it.

• Take a look at the 10 most beautiful libraries on Earth!

• What do the oldest people on the planet eat and drink every day?

• Esquire Magazine rounded up their list of the 25 best podcasts of 2016.

• In your daily life and work, find ways to stay curious.

• Ahhh, I’ve been there so many times. What should you do when a client suddenly goes silent?

• The New York Times shares its most popular recipes from this year.

• Random but really cool: overhead photos of street vendors taken in Hanoi.

• It’s never too late to learn how money works and take control of your finances.

The Week + Links: 11.19.16

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THE WEEK

This year has been a weird one, huh? As November winds down, I’m usually wrapping up most of my projects for the year but lately, things have been speeding up. I have a few Black Friday deadlines including a 400 page book (!!!) due this week and then, it’s time for a quiet Thanksgiving at home with a big order of Thai food. Here are a few things I’m super excited about right now:

1. Palm Trees and Christmas Vacation: For the first time in my life, I’m considering skipping holiday gatherings and leaving town for a getaway with Joey in Palm Springs. No decor, no cleanup, minimal gift shopping and a few cozy nights in a rented mid-century pad? Sounds like heaven to me. After turning 35 earlier this year, I’m ready to break with the usual traditions and make my own.

2.Goodies from The Line: I desperately need photos for the new Branch site I’m designing and picked up some props from The Line. If you’re new to what they do, they set up their stores like actual living areas but everything inside is for sale. The Hay selection is especially good.

3. The Toffee Club: I kept hearing about a new-ish bar in Portland called The Toffee Club. It’s an English football pub….with a wall of House Of Hackney Palmeral wallpaper. My dad and I checked it out and the staff is amazing, that wallpaper is ace and one drink turned into a two hour hangout. Highly recommended!

4. Spotify Weekly Playlists: I always have Spotify playing in the office and one of the features I especially love are the Discover Weekly playlists they put together based on your musical tastes. It’s automatically done for you once a week! I’ve discovered so many cool artists along the way. When you open Spotify on your desktop, click Browse, then click the Discover tab and your list is waiting for you.

5.The Warhol Exhibit: If you have a chance to go to the Portland Art Museum to view the Andy Warhol exhibit before it closes in January, make it happen. A week later, I’m still thinking about it and feeling the buzz of inspiration. I’ve seen his work at museums before but this is the best by far. I have a full post of photos coming up next week if you can’t make it in person!

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THE LINKS

• Career advice: be unapologetic in what you want.

17 amazing movie scenes that were actually improvised!

5 ways to get over your fear of failure.

• Having a small dose of loneliness in your life can actually be beneficial.

• I’m not into the traditional green and red of most Christmas decor so this white and gold winter wreath DIY is right my alley.

• This set of emojis made from Old Masters paintings is the best.

• I’m looking forward to checking out Erin’s new book, Chasing Slow. It’s beautifully designed (of course) but also, her writing always feels warm and relatable.

This Japanese calendar is beautiful!

• Photographer Chris Porsz has been taking candid shots of people in an English city since the 1970s and recently recreated the photos they’d taken decades before. So cool!

• The extreme global weirding continues. Scary stuff.

• During Obama’s 8 years in office, photographer Pete Souza has snapped nearly 2 million photos of him. These are his 55 favorites.

The 4 secrets to healthy team building.

• Post-election, this makeshift grief wall covered in an array of handwritten sticky notes has gone up in a New York City subway.

This is the best mannequin challenge I’ve seen yet!