The Week In Pictures: 5.25.12 // Journey To Halfway Part 2

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Nigel the Llama


It’s been hard holding out all week to share my very special adventure to Halfway, Oregon with you. Halfway is located halfway between the equator and the North Pole. Though the town easily boasts more animal inhabitants than humans (the population rests at less than 400!), it’s big on charm. This town is the type of place that I really didn’t think was still in existence; people smile and wave as you pass by, there seems to be a dog sitting in the back of every pickup truck and with barely a wi-fi or cell phone signal to be found, there’s a noticeable sense of peace you just can’t find in the city.


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I guess I should mention the main reason I was visiting Halfway: my best llama friend (BLF) Nigel lives there at Wallowa Llamas. We’ve met on many occasions and when his trailer broke down and he wasn’t able to make it to Portland a few weeks ago, my friend Joey & I hatched a plan to make the six hour drive to visit him. Joey & I hit the road bright and early last Saturday morning and drove through canyons and valleys for what seemed like an eternity.


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We passed through many small towns along the way and pulled over to rest at this RV park. In case you can’t read the back of that truck, one license plate holder says, “On hot days, I go topless.” A sign on the right reads “Flea Market Fanatic.” And the crown jewel? A faux license plate that reads, “Forget 911. I dial .357″ placed inside a holder that says, “My other vehicle is a school bus.” Haha!


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We pulled over somewhere near Baker City so I could get this shot. Such a cool sign!


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Onward we went, so far out into the country that our GPS dropped out. We blindly drove down miles of gravel roads, trying to find Wallowa Llamas.


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A baby llama. So curious and cute!


We pulled in and the owners of Wallowa, Raz & Louise came out to greet us and lead us to Nigel. Most people don’t drive six hours just to visit one llama but they know how much I adore Nigel! I’d already spotted Nigel from up the driveway — he’s a pretty striking fella. I noticed that he was in a pen with another dark llama and I asked if he had a twin. Louise was like, “No, that llama is named Thing 1. He looks just like Thing 2.” Thing 1 and Thing 2?!! Best llama names EVER!


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As we walked Nigel down the meadow, we passed a group of baby llamas. They were really inquisitive and kept putting their faces up in my camera. The real star of the bunch was Nigel’s first baby, Rhubarb (above)!


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As we passed the guy llamas, they seemed quite jealous; they didn’t understand why Nigel was prancing around with two ladies while they were fenced in. They paced back and forth, following our every move. Some llamas have all the luck in life!


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Llamas have a bad reputation for being ornery and spitting. The guys can be especially aggressive. Nigel isn’t typical at all. He let me put my arm around him, posed for the camera and when I talked to him, he made a cute humming sound. He’s very, very sweet.


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After we said goodbye to Nigel, Raz & Louise, we headed back down the miles of gravel roads to get gas. I love how everything in Halfway is frozen in time.


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Our private porch in back.


One of the other reasons we wanted to visit Halfway was to stay at the Clear Creek Inn, a quaint bed & breakfast on a 160 acre cattle ranch. We pulled up and found out that we were the only guests. Within 15 minutes of arriving, we were handed a fresh baked jar of cookies and the keys to the entire place. How’s that for service?! I honestly was dumbfounded by this place. We stayed in the Captain’s Quarters (what a name!!!) and had three beds and a private porch.


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The grounds of Clear Creek feature a pond, multiple orchards, a huge garden, a rope swing and some of the original structures. Everything is placed just so-so. I felt like we were on a movie set!


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We wandered along the grounds, enjoying every moment of silence. One thing I’m still working on is just being in the moment and being okay with that. Without cell phone reception, I was able to block out instagram-ing and tweeting everything I saw. It was so amazing to just take in all of my new surroundings.


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Did I mention that Clear Creek also boasts a huge dining room, a library (!) and an industrial-sized kitchen? This place was seriously over-the-top. And still, it got even better. The next morning, we were served homemade stuffed french toast for breakfast and handed a pile of cookies for the road. Unbelievable! I wish I could have stayed for a week.


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Halfway was exactly what I needed. It was the perfect escape from a lot of the stress and pressure I’ve been feeling this year. A weekend full of llamas and a dreamy bed & breakfast miles away from most civilization totally changed my perspective on what I considered to be ‘country life.’ I’ve never felt so relaxed. It’s a truly magical place that I’l never forget. And yes, I’m already counting down until I can return next year, hopefully with a group of friends to share the experience with. This is a place that you can’t just keep to yourself; it deserves to be shared.

Have a great holiday weekend!


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Link Love: 5.24.12

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Vogue China, June 2012


• Kris Atomic shares her favorite iPhone photo apps with TONS of before and after shots. And if you’ve ever seen her photography, this girl knows her stuff!

• Here’s some wonderful advice for young designers.

• As a freelancer, how do you manage emails?

• Pugly Pixel shares a quick and easy tutorial on how to replace backgrounds in Photoshop.

• In If You Love Her, Let Her Grow, Gareth, the other half of Rock n Roll Bride, shares what it’s like when your partner is running an online business full-time and how to support them in their endeavors. Such an insightful post!

• 14 really cool business card designs.

• Rob Giampietro has some great advice for designers getting ready to start their own studio.

• If you’ve ever used Flickr to store your photos (I still do, especially because it allows private folders), this is a really good read: How Yahoo Killed Flickr and Lost the Internet.

• Create because you can.

• Happiness doesn’t depend on what happens. This is such a hard lesson to learn!


The Typofiles #105: Magazines and Print Inspiration



I have close to 10 years’ worth of magazine clippings amassed in my flat files and here’s a small sampling. Even with the abundance of reading materials online and on the iPad, I am still a diehard connoisseur of print. I do have an iPad (and subscribe to some magazines that are more interactive) but I’m still keeping my print magazine subscriptions as well. All you hear these days is, “Print is dead!” But it’s really not dead, it’s just changing. You may see less printed materials but the quality of what you do see is higher overall. I love my iPad but still equally enjoy the feeling of digging through stacks of clippings and pooling together inspiration. What about you?

I still have some of my 90s clippings too stuffed into a folder (though those mostly revolve around Kurt & Courtney, some Versace ads and a healthy dose of Marilyn Manson). My poor, poor parents had to deal with my bedroom walls covered in this stuff! And maybe that’s where my nostalgia for print and holding onto my magazine subscriptions comes from — that’s all I had before a steady internet connection and the iPad.



Readers: What iPad publications do you subscribe to? Any recommendations? My favorite so far has been Project Magazine.


Still Rubber Stamp Crazy!

rubber stamp crazy

rubber stamp crazy


After the successful outcome of my suite of rubber stamps, I decided to create some designs for Joey to brand his paintings with. We ordered four total designs including his wordmark (above), but my favorites of the bunch were these two oversized stamps measuring 4 x 4 inches each. Joey’s tagline is NEO POP ART and I came up with a stacked lockup that works well for the backs of his paintings. The circle is an ongoing element in many of his paintings and also a part of his logo and I think it would work great for marking his packages when he mails out his work.


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All of these stamps were ordered through Simon’s Stamps which I cannot recommend highly enough (great quality + affordable + fast shipping). I should mention that these stamps are probably too large for a regular stamp pad; I used the Ranger Archival Jumbo Inkpad in jet black for these. Happy stamping!


Journey to Halfway: Part One

what i wore

what i wore


I spent the weekend in Halfway, Oregon, a sleepy town with a population of less than 400. Because of the slow pace (and lack of cell phone reception and wifi), two days felt like five and it was one of the most relaxing weekends I’ve had in years. I have so much more to share about this voyage but for now, here’s what I wore during my stay at the local bed & breakfast. I spotted this ASOS dress on Gala awhile back and I knew I had to have it. It’s a soft, unstructured cotton that was comfortable enough for the six hour drive each way.


what i wore

what i wore


I Wore:

Skater Dress with Contrast Piping, ASOS
Patent Heels, Dries van Noten


what i wore


My outfit was heavily inspired by the color combo of my new BFF, Rhubarb (below). Isn’t she adorable?! I’ll be sharing more about how I met Rhubarb and my life-altering Halfway visit this Friday.


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P.S. The winner of the Motel giveaway is Ivy drawn via Random.org). Congratulations!!


The Week In Pictures: 5.18.12

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week in pictures

week in pictures


Over the weekend, it was blazing hot so we took a spin around Portland to a few of our favorite places. The Woodsman Market and neighboring Stumptown were packed, naturally — so nice to get out and about and not be chained to my computer.


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This is a pretty good place to sit back and relax, don’t you think? I love it when it’s this nice out — everyone is in such a good mood and you can feel a sense of optimism that just isn’t there during the endless months of doom and gloom. ;)


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We finally found Rocky the perfectly bite-sized car for when he gets his license!!! I assumed it was some obscure European model but it’s actually an old Honda.


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Even if the rest of your house is a mess and your desk is piled with odds and ends (like mine is right now), set aside that once special corner. I taped up this page from an old issue of Interview — still adore that type treatment!


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These are some outtakes with Rocky at Laurelhurst Park over the weekend…”Come on, give mom a hug! COME ON! You ain’t getting away from me!”


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Joey and I are always pretty matchy-matchy which is a given since our wardrobes contain the same exact color schemes. Couples cliché!


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I took so many stamp photos over the weekend — as you saw on Monday, I’ve gone a bit stamp crazy! This is a good overview of my brand new collection of 5 total stamps. So happy with these!


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I have quite a gem from my childhood stamp collection that I haven’t shared until now; this heart-shaped stamp. I’m not even sure where it came from but I’ve had it since about 1985? Hearts everywhere!


One last thing; you guys have blown me away with the comments about your summer plans! Frankly, my last summer was a total bust (Joey broke his leg exactly a year ago) and I’ve been determined to make the most of this one with more little trips outside the city, more fun projects and simple things too like walks in the park with Rocky and more meals out with Joey (he does the cooking at our house and while he’s great at it, he deserves a break!) Over the next few weeks, I have two completely different trips planned. One is on a ranch (!!!) and the other is in a big city; I’ll share more soon. ;) A lot can happen when we decide to take the initiative to make some changes, both small and large. So thanks for inspiring me this week.


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Link Love: 5.17.12

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South China Morning Post Style Magazine


• 100 ideas that changed graphic design.

• Promise shares some great suggestions for beginning to define your brand.

• Is Facebook making you lonely?

• The Sephora + Pantone makeup collaboration is finally available!

• When you’re starting out a blog on a free platform, which service has the best features?

• Since I’m on a total rubber stamp kick at the moment, I love the National Park Stamp Icons Valerie Jar designed.

• Bud Cadell explains why he hates advertising.

• My longtime friend, photographer Bianca Alexis is kickin’ ass as usual in New York and would love your support on her Facebook fan page. Show her some love!

• The Manhattan Bridge is not the Brooklyn Bridge.

• Elsie shares some fun and easy organizational tips.

• One writer talks about being a night owl which I’m sure many of us can relate with!


A quick reminder: I’ve joined up with Motel for a great giveaway and it’s super easy to enter. Enter here and share your summer plans with us!