Hello, Yellow: Poppin For the Holidays!

Poppin Holiday Gift Set

Two weeks ago, I was waxing poetic about Poppin and their rad, brightly colored office accouterments. I’m a firm believer that a clean workspace translates to a less cluttered mind and was over the moon when Poppin reached out and let me pick out one of their holiday gift sets.

Poppin Holiday Gift Set

I was in need of some brightening up in my very black and white office so I chose the Pencils of Promise Pack which is named after the organization Poppin works with to build schools for children living in poverty. I love that they give back to educational institutions. There are lots of other brightly colored bundles to choose from as well.

Poppin Holiday Gift Set

Poppin Holiday Gift Set

As a native Portlander, I’m accustomed to the six months of overcast drizzle we’re in the midst of but at the same time, it does get old fast. Being surrounded by all these bright colored accessories is making me feel way better and I feel so grown up at 31 finally having a matching pencil cup, tape dispenser and stapler!

Poppin Holiday Gift Set

I always feel like I’m lacking in the basics — my favorite part of the bundle is the ruler. It’s thick, weighty and the numbers are massive. I can’t seem to draw a straight line to save my life so I see it getting a lot of use.

Poppin Holiday Gift Set


If you’re seeking a more organized, color coordinated office space as well, I’ve joined up with Poppin to share the holiday cheer with you! Receive $25 off orders $50 or more on Poppin.com + free shipping sitewide! To activate this discount, simply enter the coupon code HappyHoliday during checkout on Poppin.com and start off the new year in style!

What I Wore: 11.25.12 | Straps & Stripes

What I Wore: Straps & Stripes

I took it easy during this extended Thanksgiving weekend and spent a good chunk of time hanging around the house, cuddling with Rocky, indulging in lots of Thanksgiving leftovers and shopping for my first-ever full-size Christmas tree at Target (last year we had a mini one). All in all, a good time!

It’s been freezing cold out so we took these shots in my dining room and Rocky joined in on the fun. He’d just gotten his bath and isn’t looking so happy! Haha!

What I Wore: Straps & Stripes

I paired my dress with this statement shoe score of the century. I still can’t quite believe I landed a pair of Louboutins in my size for under 50 bucks! Thank you, shoe gods!

What I Wore: Straps & Stripes

When Fall weather hits, I reach for knits and this sweater dress has been a staple of mine over the last month because though the shape is basic, the mash-up of stripes keep it from steering into boring territory.

I Wore:

Knit Dress, ASOS
Tights, H&M
Buckle Pumps, Christian Louboutin (found at Buffalo Exchange)


What I Wore: Straps & Stripes

An interpretation of my look: 1. ASOS Body-Conscious Knit Dress, 2. Chloé Multi-Strap Pumps and 3. Jil Sander Square Evening Wristlet.


What I Wore: Straps & Stripes

Rocky and I are wishing you a happy Monday! Have you started decorating for the holidays yet?

Link Love: 11.22.12

link love

link love


Jean Shrimpton by Richard Avedon for Harper’s Bazaar, 1965


Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers! I’m taking the rest of the week off to enjoy some much welcomed family time and I hope you have the chance to do the same. See you back here Monday and thanks for reading! Now, onto this week’s links…


• Will you be blocking Black Friday? #blockfriday is all about seizing the opportunity to spend quality time with friends, loved ones and ourselves.

• In case you were wondering how David Lynch is spending Thanksgiving, The Hairpin has you covered!

• Listen to Eleanor Roosevelt: It’s your life.

• My longtime friend and collaborator Bianca Alexis finally has a blog! She’s a retoucher in New York and also a major fashion fan and she has lots of great information and insights to share. Check her out!

• New York Magazine wonders, when did the internet get so nice? “Ten years ago, the web offered the worldview of a disaffected apparatchik and the perils of a Wild West saloon. Brawls broke out frequently; snideness triumphed; perverts, predators, and pettifoggers gathered in dark corners to prey on the lost and naïve. Now, though, the place projects the upbeat vigor of a Zumba session and the fellow-feeling of a neighborhood café.”

• Lessons for creatives from the world’s biggest rappers. Hell yes.

• Kat of Rock n Roll Bride shares 8 skills you need when running your own business!

• The 4 P’s of marketing are far from dead, they’re coming of age.

• You have to see this 72 year old grandpa who models teen girl clothes like no other. The best part? He’s modeling the clothes for his granddaughter’s store and sales have increased five-fold!

• Gotta love bicycle taxidermy!

Advice #51: More College Degrees?! What Do YOU Really Want?

Advice


Advice

Focus on the quality of your education, not the quantity of degrees you rack up.



Hello, I have a B.F.A. in Photography and I am pursuing a Master’s in Arts Technology. The master’s is in a different department than I received my bachelor’s. I was recently told that career changers sometimes only end up in the bottom of the food chain and to consider a second bachelor’s in Graphic Design with the Master’s degree. I am concerned about the mega amount of debt that this would mean for me. Am I better off pursing graphic design or should I still try to pursue a web design career?


I’ll be honest: throwing around all these degrees and departments is making my head spin! First things first, block out all those voices. Everyone (your college advisors, parents, spouse, pet…you get my drift) is going to have an opinion. They’re entitled to their opinions but it’s your life! Sit down and think hard: what do YOU want to do? What makes you happy? What seems most realistic for you to spend the next few decades doing? Once you answer this question, you can move forward.

I can speak about this from personal experience. When I’d wrapped up my business degree and then applied for a design program the following year, so many people questioned why. “Why would you do that? You already have a degree!” And, “Your design program is for a two-year degree. You already have a four-year degree. That doesn’t make any sense.”

Trust me, I heard it all. It wasn’t about the prestige, though. I didn’t need two four-year degrees. I didn’t care if my diploma had a fancy name splashed across it. What I did care about was learning as much as I possibly could in the shortest amount of time while accumulating the least amount of debt.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: Some of those big name schools are worth every penny. They have the prestige, the big name teachers, the best equipment and the most beautiful campuses. But realistically, very few of us can afford them (and I’m one of those people who would be stressed out constantly by bone-crushing debt). I promise you that if you put in the time, work harder than anyone else, show up on time and reach out for internships as soon as you can, you can attend community college and get just as far.

While the technical skills you learn in school are really important and provide you with a strong foundation to build off of, the internships are often your golden ticket to employment. Even if you don’t get hired from your internship you’re bound to make career-long connections that will help you as you progress. And that real world experience you gain from internships is priceless.

Remember, to employers in creative fields it doesn’t matter how much you spent on school or how many advanced degrees you have. They want to know that you can do the job you say you can do, do it quickly and do it well. They really want to see your portfolio and your references. Your portfolio speaks volumes about your skill level and versatility. No matter where you decide to go to school or what degree you think is the best, focus on your portfolio and gaining internships.

In closing, the answer in this situation is whatever you want it to be. Instead of focusing on degrees and titles, focus on what you want. Focus on what makes you feel fulfilled. Another degree won’t make you happy but the career you can gain from the skills you learn will.


Readers: Have you been at this crossroads? How did you decide which path to take in your schooling and career?

The Typofiles #119: Keep It Simple

The Typofiles: V Magazine | Keep It Simple

As I was digging through some stacks of magazines the other day, I came upon this issue of V Magazine from Winter 05/06. Right away, the cover draws you in, there’s no question about that. But then, as I flipped through the issue, I was struck by the power of simplicity and consistency from cover to cover. There weren’t loads of trendy typefaces but instead the same condensed font for the titles throughout, the same sans serif for all of the body copy and for the larger stories, there was one custom treatment. The grids were very basic as well. Through this premeditated simplicity, the images took center stage, often in full-page portraits.

The Typofiles: V Magazine | Keep It Simple

This post is a reminder to you (and to myself) to not overthink things. I’m guilty of sketching and then scouring Pinterest and then sketching some more, trying to find that golden, perfect solution when sometimes, the most obvious, simple, powerful answer is right in front of me. I’m one of those designers that wishes that I’d had a chance to take courses before everything was computerized — I have a lot of old design books (my favorite series is by Jan V. White, especially the Graphic Idea Notebook
) because they force me to think in a different way. A way that involves using the grid and the basic tools versus what’s trendy on various design sites.

The Typofiles: V Magazine | Keep It Simple

Step back. Look at the big picture. This eye (belonging to the beautiful Jennifer Connelly) takes up a full page in V. If anything else had been added, it would have taken away the power and emphasis.

The Typofiles: V Magazine | Keep It Simple

Always, always remember the beauty of simplicity. Sometimes the most impact comes from the most basic solution. Next time, instead of asking yourself what you can add to a layout or logo, ask yourself what you can remove.


You can view all of The Typofiles right here.

What I Wore: 11.18.12 | Back To The Future

What I Wore: Back To The Future

Over the weekend I visited H&M to see the Maison Martin Margiela collaboration for myself and it rekindled my love affair for all things avant garde. Though I’m drawn to pretty much anything with extra flaps and zippers, I still want it to be relatively comfortable. I found this Rick Owens jacket on Ebay a few years back and it’s got some built-in hips and a zip-in center panel. Oh, and a strange black cape that zipped on (removed that)! Definitely weird but still fairly wearable. I always think of it as urban armor.

What I Wore: Back To The Future

I picked up these shoes from Solestruck last year — they’re by a German brand called Trippen. Even though they’re fairly level, they can still take some time to getting used to walking in.

What I Wore: Back To The Future

Pinkyotto sent this cotton blend dress my way and it’s a bit dressy for Portland so I layered it up with the Rick Owens jacket and opaque tights. The layers kept me warm but are still really easy to move around in.

What I Wore: Back To The Future

My friend Star added this Helvetica necklace to her jewelry line a few years ago and it’s been my constant companion since.


I Wore:

Jacket, Rick Owens
Dress ,℅ Pinkyotto
Tights, H&M
Shoes, Trippen
Necklace, Star


This would be my ideal holiday look because it could work seamlessly between parties, meetings and nights out.

What I Wore: Back To The Future

1. KaufmanFranco Asymmetric Wool-Blend Dress, 2. Martin Margiela Collapsible Satchel, 3. Martin Margiela Multi-Strand Belt, 4. Topshop AMAZE2 Eva Stripe Wedge Boots and 5. Rick Owens Cashmere and Wool Blend Jacket.


Have a great Monday! I’m anxiously counting down the days till Thanksgiving…break time and visiting with my grandparents. Sounds perfect to me.

The Blogcademy New York On Film!


Yes, I’m still talkin’ about The Blogcademy over here because we just got the final edit of our New York workshop video back from the amazing Ben Vogel and are totally over the moon with how it turned out! It’s one thing to write about what happened and show you photos but actually seeing it as it happened is even more awesome.

Tickets to our SECOND London date went on sale Friday and have been moving fast — get all the details here if you’d like to join us!