What I Wore: 5.6.13 | In Bloom in Washington Park

What I Wore: In Bloom

I wanted yesterday to last forever.

Bright and early, Joey, Rocky and I hit the road and headed up to Washington Park. Though the famous International Rose Test Garden wasn’t in bloom, everything else was. Scenes like this were around every corner. We walked along the various paths, taking in the great sights and soaking up the sun.

What I Wore: In Bloom

Normally the place is packed but because we arrived so early, it was nearly deserted. Every time I’m there, I ask myself why I don’t make the time to go more often. The last time I was at Washington Park last year, we took the photo that ended up in the Computer Arts table of contents. All the manicured gardens are so photogenic.

What I Wore: In Bloom

I wore the first piece I bought from Kate Spade Saturday when it launched in March, the Sexy Back Dress. It’s one of the favorite things in my closet. At first I balked at the price but if you’re considering buying anything from Saturday, I can vouch that it’s extremely well made, the cut is completely unique and the elastic in the waist makes it one of the most comfy dresses around. Plus, I was completely enamored by the hand-painted print — the process of how it came to be made me appreciate it that much more.

What I Wore: In Bloom

When nobody is watching, why not spin around like a maniac? Haha. It was this blazingly sunny at 9 AM. Amazing.

I Wore:
Saturday Dress
All Saints Jules Heeled Boots


These are some of my favorite brightly-hued things at the moment: 1. Saturday Sexy Back Dress, 2. Minimalist Stacking Chairs, 3. Saturday Skinny Rectangle Necklace and 4. Face Stockholm for J. Crew Polish.

What I Wore: In Bloom


I hope you had a great weekend. I’m just trying to remember to hit pause more often and soak in the world around me, how about you?

The Week In Pictures: 5.3.13

The Week In Pictures


How’s your week been so far? Mine’s been pretty chill — I’ve been feeling a little under the weather so I’ve stayed in a lot, taking it easy. I’ve said it before but it’s usually the little things that make my week. Even a new set of colored pencils. I paired this acrylic pencil holder with a set of Stabilos and my desk is a much happier place!

The Week In Pictures

The perfect Portland summer weather has hit and I’ve been soaking up every second of it whenever possible. On Sunday, I stopped by Stumptown Comics Fest to visit my friend Star, who was in town from San Francisco. She’d been crazy busy as art director of the festival this year so I was glad to spend a bit of time with her. We went out to dinner the next day at the cutest french restaurant but I didn’t take a single photo — sometimes you just want to take in those special moments and keep them to yourself.

The Week In Pictures

Some small details from my week: loving the new issue of Elle with Rita Ora on the cover. So pretty! And on Monday, I paired my vintage Marimekko dress (it’s the same dress I wore for my 30th birthday party) with a this belt.

The Week In Pictures

I have a lot of jewelry and perfume sitting in the corner of my office and even after thinning it out, it still looked like a big pile of clutter (a Virgo’s worst nightmare). Then, I saw Bri’s office makeover which featured white lacquer trays to keep supplies tidy. I just started using the catchall tray and the trinket tray. It’s made such a difference already!

The Week In Pictures

I’ve been sifting through piles of magazines over the last few weeks as I dive into the design of issue 3 of Rock n Roll Bride. I’ve learned (the hard way) to really hammer down a plan before getting all excited, rushing into a massive project and then hitting a wall halfway through because everything unexpected hits. I do a chart of all 80 pages now and it makes a HUGE difference for both myself and the client as we’re sourcing content. If you’re working on a large magazine-style project, my recap of what I learned from the last issue might be helpful! Editorial design is so much work but luckily it’s my favorite kind. ;)


Have a great weekend, everyone!
Do you have any plans you’re looking forward to?

Link Love: 5.2.13

link love

link love


Source: Dawn Dicarlo for NY Magazine


• Do you know how to explain to a client what makes your services and style unique? If not, read this post!

• As a freelancer, it’s important to know your worth. Having pre-made documents like pricing and process sheets can help communicate this.

• Learn how to make fruit tissue balls. A perfect project for summer!

• Excerpts from Vanilla Ice’s Wikipedia page, offered without comment. I am a big fan and still never knew half of these factoids! Who knew that he once had a goat named Pancho and a wallaroo named Bucky?!

• Katrina shares her 12 favorite WordPress plugins. I swear by Akismet as well.

• Cool project: create your own DIY gem pushpins!

• Facebook just updated its f logo and the change is so minimal I hadn’t noticed!

• Growth spurts in our businesses can be difficult but they’re necessary for us to grow and become who we’re meant to be.

• Successful bloggers agree that there are many ways to the top.

• NBA player Jason Collins is the first openly gay athlete actively playing in a major American team sport and his story is so inspiring.

• Bloomberg Business Week was just named the design studio of the year. The magazine has such a fresh, crisp style I really admire.

• It’s really no surprise that art director and designer Jessica Walsh’s apartment has great style.

• Seth Godin has some great advice when it comes to writing your manifesto.

• If you’re in need of some simple party decorations, here are 6 ideas of things you can make with supplies you already have on hand.

• Book experts weigh in on the publishing industry’s revolution.


View more Link Love columns right here.

The Blogcademy Portland: We Kept It Weird

The Blogcademy Portland


Oh, Portland. I am so excited to finally share the recap of Blogcademy #4, which took place in my fine city last month! I’ll be honest here, I felt really, really anxious in the weeks leading up to the workshop because any time you’re hosting an event in your hometown, there’s that extra pressure to have things run smoothly, especially when you know friends and family will be stopping by! When planning an event, I’ve learned just how many small, moving parts there really are (and I’ve gained a whole new level of respect for wedding and party planners).

The Blogcademy Portland

After hearing so much about Portland’s eccentricities from me for ages, Kat and Gala finally had a chance to experience most of them first hand (and take in just how weird of a city it really is). I’m a fan of keeping it real (and weird) and not just taking visitors to everything that’s listed in magazines and guidebooks. Sure, I took them to a few nice restaurants but I balanced that all out with a spin through its seedy underbelly and topped that off with a round of drinks with my eccentric family inside a converted schoolhouse-turned-bar. We squeezed so much exploring into those first few days that by the time the workshop rolled around, it probably felt like a vacation!


The Venue

The Blogcademy Portland

There are a lot of great venues in Portland but from the beginning, I’d had my heart set on The Cleaners which is the Ace’s event space.

The Blogcademy Portland

Centrally located downtown, I’d always wanted an excuse to throw an event there and was shocked that it was actually available on our chosen weekend. The vibe can be best summed up as rustic modern, with its floor-to-ceiling windows, dark wood accents, folding wooden chairs and terrariums scattered about. Conveniently enough, The Cleaners shares the block with the hotel, Stumptown and some of the best restaurants in town — we couldn’t have asked for a better spot in Portland.

The Blogcademy Portland

The Blogcademy Portland

That nervousness I’d felt leading up to the event evaporated as we launched into the first day. I’m always amazed by the diversity of our attendees’ blogs and businesses and one of our primary goals throughout the weekend is to help them recognize the value in their unique stories and harness that to set their ventures apart.

Our Blogcadette, Jill showed up with two big boxes of Voodoo Doughnuts and their odd flavors are always a great conversation starter!

The Blogcademy Portland

We’re always looking for an excuse to work with Made U Look Photography and they went all out, driving 14 HOURS to join us, all the way from Bakersfield, California! Made U Look not only shot our workshop with almost all film (they have a collection of vintage cameras that puts everyone to shame) but they made a very special video (below). Kat, Gala and I have worked with Christina, Marielle & Alie multiple times and I knew it was the perfect opportunity for some of the attendees to get new head shots.

The Blogcademy Portland

Seriously, what a stylish bunch! I wish my class photos had looked this good — if they did, they wouldn’t be buried in plastic bins in my basement right now!

The Blogcademy Portland

Attending The Blogcademy isn’t all about scarfing down donuts and posing for photos, though — with two days weighing in at 8 hours a piece, there’s a lot of instruction to take in. I love observing pages of notes being scribbled down but even more than that, watching those in-person interactions taking place. Those connections are something the internet just can’t quite replicate.

The Blogcademy Portland

Some of my favorite moments take place during breaks when we get more individual one-on-one time with attendees. They always keep us on our toes with their blog and business questions! I love it.

The Blogcademy Portland


Class Recaps

As usual, I’m rambling but here’s only so much I can say about how awesome the workshop was. I’m handing over the mic to our amazing Portland attendees — here are some of their recaps:

1. How to make money blogging 2. I felt like I had gotten my money’s worth halfway through the first day 3. To Portland and Beyond 4. Not your average academics 5. I was inspired after day 1 to get my scheisse together and finally start my big girl blog 6. Sometimes there are experiences that are just so awesome that it’s hard to talk about them and 7. The Blogcademy was so indescribably amazing.


Class Photo

The Blogcademy Portland

It was so hard for me to post a more serious class photo because in between these shots, we were laughing and blowing bubbles!


Sponsors

The Blogcademy Portland

Our Portland sponsors really delivered on the goodies front and we’d like to give then a shout-out for making our event possible!

The Blogcademy Portland

Paige Lavoie sent along these amazing custom top hats and we had a blast putting them to use at the photo wall. And I love multi-purpose products — MARGAVINE x Sewmarymann provided hair bows which also doubled quite well as brooches. MARGAVINE is offering 15% off any purchase from their shop for the month of May with promo code BLOG15!

The Blogcademy Portland

Crown and Glory ears are always a huge hit! They make our class photos so much more entertaining.

The Blogcademy Portland

Moorea Seal blew our minds with her sheer variety of gorgeous jewelry including necklaces, bracelets and earrings. We’re huge fans of her shop.

The Blogcademy Portland

The glittery nail polish was courtesy of LEX Cosmetics and you can never have enough pouches! These punchy, colorful ones were by Basik 855.

The Blogcademy Portland

The generous IF Ladies spoiled our attendees with quirky purses, nail wraps, cards and tees. And theres’s the gorgeous LEX polish again!

The Blogcademy Portland

We were all in love with these hand-knitted scarves by The Pink Samurai. Isn’t the branding great?

The Blogcademy Portland

Artist Mr. Yen provided these awesome greeting cards which read, “If you’re waiting for a sign, this is it.” Love. And more glitter? Always! Head Full Of Feathers provided these super fun shoe clips.

The Blogcademy Portland

The tissue tassels were provided by The Paper Jar via Cloud Parade, along with the rainbow heart confetti. We actually fought over who got to keep the tassels post-class, an event I appropriately dubbed Tasselgate.

Not pictured: Paul Jarvis supplied each attendee with a digital copy of his fantastic book, How To Be Awesome At Online Business. Brilliant, from (digital) cover to cover!


The Portland Video

If you want to get a better look around Portland and are curious to see what goes on inside The Blogcademy, you HAVE to check out this video by Made U Look! These multi-talented girls not only shot our workshop but also put together this very special video. Minutes after it landed in our inboxes a few days ago, we were shooting emails back and forth with tears in our eyes — it brings back so many good memories (and Rocky makes a cameo!)


In Closing

The Blogcademy Portland

After the Portland and LA workshops, I was in a funk for about two weeks and couldn’t quite pinpoint why I was so full of doom and gloom (was it my ex-goth past?) Then, it occurred to me that I was coming down off the self-described Blogcademy high (yes, I realize how dramatic this all sounds!) There’s something quite intoxicating about being in a room full of motivated, inspiring women for two days, connecting, swapping stories and learning from each other. There are so many “ah-ha” moments — a lot of our attendees follow up afterwards with cards and emails about how much they learned…but what they don’t realize is that I learn just as much from them!


Upcoming Workshops & Sponsorship

Want to join us? Our next workshops are taking place in New York on June 22nd to 23rd and Minneapolis June 29th to 30th! And if you have any questions before you book, please feel free to drop us an email at headmistresses@theblogcademy.com!

Additionally, we’re currently accepting sponsors for both cities if you’d like to get your product or service in front of 30 enthusiastic bloggers and featured in posts across 4 blogs, you can learn more here.

Thank you thank you thank you for joining us (virtually) on this adventure!


Venue: The Cleaners at Ace Portland
Photography and video: Made U Look
Portland Intern: Shannon Page
Additional Reviews: Rock n Roll Bride

Tools of the Trade #2: DesignersMX

Tools of the Trade

Tools of the Trade


It’s necessary to have good tunes to work along to and these days, Spotify is where it’s at for me. If you don’t have it, download it now (the basic service is free). You can search for any artist or album and listen to it on the spot and even better, it’s a cinch to save your favorite songs in your personal library.

But even with the endless album recommendations and apps Spotify offers up, sometimes I just want a great playlist. That’s where DesignersMX comes in. Featuring custom mixes submitted by creatives, it’s a fun way to discover new music. The best part is that they each design album artwork to represent their mix and that alone really helps convey the mood.

Most DesignersMX mixes open directly in Spotify and I love that because I can then star my faves for my collection. The mixes are so eclectic and they have both ratings and comments so you can get a feel for what’s good.

Check out DesignersMX, I know you’ll discover some tunes (and album artwork) you love! And let me know what your favorite mixes are — trust me, there’s lot to get through and I’ve just scratched the surface.


Check out more Tools of the Trade posts here.

What I Wore | The Hangout: 4.28.13

The Hangout Slingshot S.E. Portland


When I’m in town, the place you’ll most commonly find me hanging out at after a long day of work is Slingshot Lounge. The food is good, the service is great, the music is awesome and did I mention that there’s an old school photo booth?! Everyone has a neighborhood hangout and this is mine.

The Hangout Slingshot S.E. Portland

Over the weekend I realized that it’s been a long time since I did a straight up “this is what I wore” post that wasn’t shot by a professional photographer and featured something I wore out and about on an average day. While I love working with new photographers and engaging in a game of dress-up is one of my favorite outlets, I also believe in balance. So while I’m thankful to have had the opportunity to get photographed dancing through the Louvre, visiting Disneyland and chillin’ in the in the English countryside this year, I also love just hanging out in my neighborhood in S.E. Portland.

The Hangout Slingshot S.E. Portland

While visiting LA earlier this month, I popped into a vintage store and spotted this very 90s white leather DKNY skirt — it’s a little much for Portland style so I dressed it down with my Y-3 sneaker wedges (from 2010). Unlike me, Rocky shops a lot less. He’s had that same striped sweater since he was a baby…and he’s 6 now!

I Wore:
Chain-trim Jacket, Forever 21
T-Shirt, Mossimo for Target
Buckle Bag, Vesus
Skirt, Vintage
Wedge Sneakers, Y-3
Tights, H&M


The Hangout Slingshot S.E. Portland

What’s your go-to neighborhood hangout? And what makes it special?

The Week In Pictures: 4.26.13

The Week In Pictures


It’s been a long, interesting week and I feel like every corner I turn, I’m faced with new opportunities to grow, mainly on the work front. It’s beautiful in Portland right now — I’m relishing wearing dresses and skirts with bare legs and walking to coffee shops with friends. I feel like I’m faced with a lot of self-imposed challenges right now but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel towards the end of the year and that big picture is exactly where I want to get.

The Week In Pictures

On Wednesday, I crossed the border for a business class — one of my closest friends, Joey bought me a spot in the course best summed up as “So you’re the owner of a Million Dollar company and you don’t even know it!”. And it was mind-blowingly awesome. After city-hopping over the last few months to teach The Blogcademy, it was nice to just sit back and absorb. I scribbled page after page of notes to apply to the business I’m launching later this year. The advice Stephanie Lynn dispensed was so honest, heartfelt and applicable and reminded me of why our personal stories are so powerful — we’ve each taken our own path to entrepreneurship but there are key threads we all share.

The Week In Pictures

When I’m feeling really stressed out, I sit down on my office floor and read a few magazines (I’ve lost count of how many subscriptions I have). Kinda silly but I always find a few visuals that get my mind racing and excited to tackle new projects.

The Week In Pictures

Over the weekend, I was hand-lettering a client’s logo but it just wasn’t coming together. A few hours in, I remembered that I had my calligraphy set tucked away from when I was in the sixth grade. We had a calligraphy segment in our art class and I remember practicing and practicing and how much I loved it! I’ve noticed a few other designer friends pulling out their kits, too — it’s harder than it looks but I love the results.

The Week In Pictures

I flipped to a page of quotes in an issue of Marie Claire and froze when I got to this one. It’s now next to my desk. Everyone wants a quick fix to get to where they want to go. But its true that there’s no secret to unlock, it’s just a lot of hard work. I’m glad someone on Michelle Obama’s level is affirming this.

The Week In Pictures

Ah, the oranges! Can’t stop, won’t stop wearing this shirt. Haha. The orange tones tie into a bigger project I’m working on and my friend pointed out that maybe after staring at it so long, it’s entered my subconscious. Either way, I love it. Have a great weekend — I’m looking forward to a lot of walks in the sun, hanging out with my dad and chatting with my brother about his adventures in China (he just got home from a 3 week trip yesterday!) Oh, and visiting friends who are exhibiting at Stumptown! Lots of love. xo