• A great reminder that we all need: no one on the internet is living the life you think they are.
• Google just unveiled their new logo. What do you think?
• 12 almost effortless skills to pick up when you’re busy.
• Who says Millennials don’t know how to set a formal dinner table? Haha!
• At a restaurant and wondering what the hell everything on the menu means? Here you go.
• The hard things in life are worth it.
• The top 200 songs of the 1980s, according to Pitchfork.
• A very judgmental NYC subway map.
• I love seeing other people’s vacation photos around my home state!
• 33 entrepreneurs share their biggest lessons learned from failure.
• 100 killer ideas for your social media content.
• A DIY unicorn piñata? Yes, please!
Image: Walter Spina Design.
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I hope your week has been treating you well so far! I just wanted to stop in with a little reminder that our last ever U.S. Blogademy Live dates are happening really soon. If you’ve been on the fence about going, I don’t want you to miss out — we have just two seats left in each!
The dates are:
September 12th and 13th, 2015
NEW YORK CITY
September 19th and 20th, 2015
If you want to spend the weekend learning all about blogging, social media, branding and of course, how to take a great still life photo (my favorite segment!), this is your last chance to do it in person.
Hope to see you there!
It’s official: my new favorite store in Portland is Darling Distraction. It’s a palm leaf wallpapered mecca of cool girl trinkets and I’m warning you now, it’s impossible to walk out empty-handed. I’d been stalking this shop for a few months on Instagram (thanks to a tip-off from my friend Kat!) and it was love at first sight.
Whether you’re in need of brightly patterned gift wrap, a card with just the right amount of kitsch or a vintage flamingo figurine (because everyone needs one of those, right?), this is your place. The shop owner, Katrina has a knack for picking out the most enticing goodies and hey, I love anyone who welcomes Rocky with open arms!
If your mouth is watering and your debit card is burning a hole in your pocket but you don’t live in Portland, the good news is that Darling Distraction has a tightly curated online shop as well. Here are some of my picks:
Sources: 1. rorshach notebooks, 2. vintage deer, 3. love matchbox, 4. flamingo, 5. bad girls throughout history postcards, 6. Bahama iPhone case, 7. xoxo card, 8. mini garland pompom and 9. birch floral card.
It’s cool to see so many new independent retailers popping up in Portland and I’m so glad that Darling Distraction has brought a big dose of fun to town!
Featured: Darling Distraction.
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I hope you had a great week! We’ve been having an extra hot, long summer here in Portland so I’ve been escaping from the office to visit food carts and walk around a bunch of different neighborhoods. It’s always awesome to rediscover the place you call home and it’s my last hurrah of the season before heading to San Francisco, Orlando and New York in a little over a week.
These are some things I’m loving at the moment including new treasures from Darling Disctraction — more on this brilliant little store soon!
In between summer explorations, I spent a lot of time here kicking off the next issue of Rock n Roll Bride Magazine. It’s funny how that works — the issue we just wrapped isn’t even on newsstands yet but we’re already onto the next. Publishing is relentless but it also provides some of the most creative design opportunities. I’m one of those people who gets bored always doing the same thing so I’m welcoming the three-way split between branding, web design and editorial these days.
I’m still loving the new Branch business cards! Some of you have asked where to get square cards from and UPrinting.com does a great job. These are the 3 x 3 inch size.
Never, ever enough cacti!
Chubs, is that you? Haha. I love how whenever anyone spots something squirrel related, they send it my way! So cute.
Have a great weekend, friends! Also, I wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your kind words on my 8th blogging anniversary post. It’s been a long road with plenty of bumps but I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s been so awesome getting to know all of you over the years. Here’s to many more! xo
My obsession with palm print everything started during my first visit to Palm Springs in 2012. The town knew what it took to elevate a simple vacation into something special. It now holds a very special place in my heart and Joey and I are on our way back in a few weeks to renew our wedding vows!
Nothing screams vacation and relaxation like a good palm print — and there’s bound to be some wallpaper inspired by the likes of the Beverly Hills Hotel and Indochine in my future Palm Springs pad.
If you’re in the market for a palm fix of your own, these are some of my top picks — there’s a ton of variety out there to get that classic tropical vibe that’s so popular right now.
Sources: 1. For Love and Lemons dress, 2. Atlantic Ocean tote, 3. Billabong rash guard, 4. JUCO photo, 5. C.R. Laine chair, 6. Rhythmic Palms room and 7. Elena photo.
I wore: Billabong rash guard, Zara skirt (old) and Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges (old).
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