The Week In Pictures: 6.15.12

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Any way you slice it, returning from vacation and getting back into the swing of things is hard. And it always feels like it takes a week to regroup. But on the positive side, coming home after a great trip always gives me a fresh perspective on my own surroundings. Over the weekend, I went on a mad organizing spree, whipped my office into shape and cleaned out my closets. I also mixed in a few new details — I am way late to the washi tape craze but fell in love with these mixed color & pattern versions from Little Happy Things. I’m usually a neat freak but these taped-up walls are really inspiring me.


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These are some little treasures I brought home from my LA getaway last week. I love this eraser from Sugar Paper. Great office supplies always make me happy. The advertisement and necklace are both from Anthropologie. And the business card is from Le Labo. I love picking up cards and print items from all over the city I’m staying in to pin them to my inspiration board when I get back.


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I just finished up a new project for Luke Copping that I’m super excited about. His new print portfolio is zooming across the U.S. at this very moment, from Portland to New York. I spent a lot of time getting the color story and images to flow into a beginning, middle and end and can’t wait to share the full outcome with you. Some of our past collaborations can be seen here.


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Our yard has always been more of a muddy pit than an oasis but this year, we’ve vowed to change all that. Joey has been hard at work on what he calls the Gnome District and Rocky has been keeping a close eye on the progress. Our goal is to have it landscaped so we can finally have a legit barbecue by the end of summer. Still so much to get done, though!

Have any weekend plans that you’re looking forward to?


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Link Love: 6.14.12

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link love

Elvis & Priscilla


• Leo Babauta’s guide to overcoming self-doubt is awesome.

• Are the social media “share” buttons on your site really helping you? If you’re thinking of dropping them, read this article. So much good information!

• Photographer Luke Copping discusses the power of personal projects and making them happen for yourself. Especially relevant and encouraging if you’re stuck in a creative rut or making excuses.

• Have you ever wondered what  those lines on Solo cups mean?

• Looking for something fun to do in Portland on August 5th? Register now for the CMY5K race, a 5K run that dispenses a different color at each zone: 1K is cyan, 2K is magenta, 3K is yellow, 4K is green, and 5K is a combination of all colors. Show up in all white and walk out drenched in some major color!

• Creatives, find out how to get back on track after receiving negative feedback on a design.

• Gala just wrote an awesome post on how why it’s actually good to narrow down your choices and how simplifying your life can make you happier.

• The world’s first and only completely honest graphic design résumé!

• Jasmine Star explains how she handles bookkeeping and taxes for her photography business but this overview can be applied to most other creative businesses as well.

• How do you make choices when buying products in this age of Information Overload? Does the internet help or hinder you?


The Typofiles #108: Le Labo

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While in LA last week, Gala, Mary Bee and I stumbled upon the magic lab of scents known as Le Labo. I’d first noticed the Le Labo branding a few days earlier at Lucky Scent and was intrigued. The location on Abbot Kinney resembles a vintage apothecary and perhaps the most interesting of all, there’s no stock on hand; all the perfumes are made on-site to order.


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To add to mysterious / cool factor, Le Labo has a manifesto of sorts:

In a world where luxury perfumes are mass-produced and sold in places that look like supermarkets, where advertising campaigns try to fool consumers into thinking they are unique even though their “one of its kind” fragrances are worn by millions across the globe, we believe there is another solution. As a result, Le Labo has decided to take matters — and perfume — back in hand…


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I love how their logo has an imperfect, stamped effect and their contact information looks like it was spewed from a typewriter, adding to the hand-done, manifesto-like quality.


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After exploring the stock and sticking our noses into every fragrance in sight, we spotted a photo booth in the back of the shop. We couldn’t believe it was free and took full advantage of creating some goofy strips. Amazing, uncommon scents, great branding and a free photo booth? Le Labo follows through to create an environment perfectly suited to their aesthetic and vision.

P.S. A special thank you to the perfume mastermind (above) at the Abbot Kinney Le Labo for putting up with us!


The Week In Pictures: LA 2012

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One of the places Gala and I meet up most often is LA. Between the great weather, beaches, a number of mutual friends and awesome vintage shopping, it just can’t be beat. This was our fourth LA trip together and we were ready for a change — during each previous trip, we stayed in Hollywood but this time, we wanted to be able to walk to more places and to be closer to the beach. Because of this, we decided to switch things up and stay at The Viceroy in Santa Monica — in part to see Kelly Wearstler’s amazing interior design skills up close (I’ll share more about our hotel next week).


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I flew in from Portland on a few hours of sleep, swathed in head-to-toe black and Gala met me in a similar look, topped off with a pentagram shirt. Our looks weren’t cheerful enough for our new surroundings so we headed off to our hotel to brighten up.


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After a quick change, we hit the beach. The Viceroy is great because it’s only about a five minute walk to the Santa Monica Pier which has an amusement park, arcade, food stands, photo booths and long stretches of beach. It’s an ideal area to stay if you don’t have a car but still want to see a lot of sights.


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Our stay in LA never really gets started until we’ve stopped in Coffee Bean.


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Gala definitely went all out in the color department. I told her she was very LA from the knees up and very New York from the knees down. 😉


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I dug up this completely insane psychedelic toucan dress at Shareen Vintage (our favorite vintage store in the city) and joined in the rainbow-fest. And, I couldn’t stop snapping photos of this logo for a shop called Books and Cookies. I sort of wanted to move in.


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We passed this interesting looking camera shop along the beach. Has anyone been in?


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I love all the details of a city that appear frozen in time.


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The Santa Monica Pier is a great place to just chill out. I wore a vintage handmade skirt and ASOS boots.


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I fell in love with the vintage sign at this coffee shop — this was a minute walk from The Viceroy. I look like I just got off work!


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One of my absolute favorite parts of our stay in Santa Monica was renting bikes. I used to ride bikes every day as a kid and really miss it…Gala rented a pink cruiser (of course) while I went for purple. We got up early, did yoga (my first time with an instructor!) and then hit the beach.


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The ride along the beach from Santa Monica to Venice is only about 10 minutes — I was amazed at how much the scenery changed the second we crossed over to Venice Beach; it reminds me so much of St. Mark’s Place, just with palm trees. I think an hour rental for both of our bikes was about $15.00 and it was by far the highlight of our trip.


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Our vacation routine quickly fell into place — we woke by 6:30 a.m. (I am a crazy morning person!), got ready and made the 10 minute walk through Santa Monica to Urth Caffe. So many of our friends had told us how great this place was and they were right. There are tons of fresh, organic options and it really helped us to start our day off right. I was obsessed with their honey vanilla lattes. Portland is known for its coffee but damn, this was close.


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Gala and I have some rad friends in LA — our long-time friend Mary Bee spent the weekend driving us to all her favorite spots. One of the best was Joan’s on 3rd, a gourmet market and cafe that reminded me of Dean & Deluca. Great for treats and gifts!


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What I love about traveling with other people is that you end up in places you might have skipped over — Gala wanted to visit Lucky Scent and they have the best selection of perfumes I have ever seen. This bottle was my favorite of the bunch.


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A great moment of our trip was when Gala’s friend John Halcyon Styn stopped by for a visit. This guy is so inspiring and entertaining.


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Halcyon took us to a place I’ve been wanting to visit for ages — Intelligentsia. I wanted to check out their branding in person but realized that they didn’t even have a sign! The cups are great, though.


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The allure of palm trees never gets old to me. Also, I fell in love with this vintage polkadot dress, a gift from Mary Bee (she always unearths the best treasures). Our hotel carpet was off the hook; Kelly Wearstler has great taste.


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We skipped the Hot Dog Stick…


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But eventually ended up at In-N-Out. Gala is obsessed! I never see what the big deal is because in Portland, we have Burgerville. I know what I’m having for lunch today!


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This trip was the first time I made it down Abbot Kinney (I know, I know!!) which is full of cute boutiques. There were a few antique shops stuffed to the rafters. I loved this vintage tin.


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Shark silliness with Gala!


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Pool time back at The Viceroy.


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I fell in love with this Liquor sign. That script!!!


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One last stop at the beach and it was time to go…back to the rain and back to the reality. This stay in LA was so different from all our others but that’s what I really enjoyed — staying in a new hotel in a new area (for us) really forced us out of our old routines and I know that from now on, I want to stay near the beach. I’m still waking up every morning, wishing I was riding a bike through Santa Monica. Until next time…

P.S. Lookin’ for some more California love? Check out Gala’s recap right here!


I Left My Heart in Los Angeles

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How have you been? I returned from an awesome LA getaway with Gala mid-week and have been playing catch-up with family, emails, projects and life in general ever since. I took a ton of photos and shuffling through them makes me smile big time. Tune in on Monday for a (late but awesome) Week In Pictures featuring the usual suspects: palm trees, In-N-Out, bike riding, shopping, chillin’ on the beach and so much more. I hope you’re having a great weekend! I spent the day cleaning like a madwoman, running errands and freshening up my office (nothing like a change of scenery to make you re-evalutate your own surroundings). Still getting back in the swing of things…slowly but surely. Much love!


Link Love: 6.7.12

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The always glam Brigitte Bardot. Source.


This is a collection of my favorite links of the week. Enjoy!


• If you feel like you need a fresh start and are considering changing jobs, read this first for some great perspective.

• 10 solid tips for landing an internship.

• I love this resumé post because it’s helpful to see how other creatives format theirs. There’s always something new to learn.

• Should you check your email?

• It’s interesting taking a peek at people’s jewelry choices — what they choose to adorn themselves with says so much about their personality!

• Jasmine Star shares a great FAQ list for how to start a photography business.

• Have you seen the home tour of Anna of Door Sixteen? It’s all sorts of amazing and a must-see.

• Some great insight into what our grief over dead celebrities online says about us.

• This is a great example of what sun damage looks like.


The Typofiles #107: Farmshop



Over the weekend, I had the chance to stop into Farmshop, a restaurant and market located inside the Brentwood Country Mart. The great branding drew me in and their use of it throughout the shop on menus, bags and business cards was spot-on.



The award-winning branding was done by Clive Piercy of Santa Monica-based Air Conditioned and there’s a full overview plus an interview about his process here.



I am so glad I stumbled upon Farm Shop — the food was just as good as the branding. I love what Piercy had to say about what he notices at the restaurants he visits: “The kinds of people who are in there. If everyone is the same age, old or young, I leave. Like any community, which is what a good restaurant should be, the mix is vital. I can’t go to a place that has bad graphics. No graphics, fine. Bad design…no thanks.” I couldn’t agree more.



I have so much more to share from my visit to LA — stay tuned!