What I Wore: 11.11.12 | Sweater Season

What I Wore: Sweater Season

Fall crept up on us quite quickly, didn’t it? I’m embracing lots of layers and mixing in new silhouettes this season — last week I wore a midi-length skirt for one of the first times ever and here’s another from my friends at Pinkyotto. I’ve been really influenced by 90s Prada lately and looking through the work of photographer Glen Luchford from this era and this outfit is definitely influenced by that.

What I Wore: Sweater Season

With this skirt, the look could have gone quite dressy but I wanted to make it more Fall appropriate and layer it up instead. For my birthday, my dad gave me an H&M gift card and I picked up this necklace and sweater and they’ve served me well. I have the gold version of this necklace too and wear them constantly — best jewelry investment I’ve made in ages.

What I Wore: Sweater Season

Remember when these wedges came out in Fall 2007? I finally found some on sale in 2008 and they were such a big deal at the time! People were constantly stopping me, wondering what they were. Airport security in Hawaii wanted to check them out to make sure they didn’t have any hidden compartments (seriously!) and even with all the other sneaker wedge options out there these days, I still love them so much.

What I Wore: Sweater Season

Digging these new sunglasses that RAEN Optics sent my way — totally different from my usual style and I love the sea glass color.


I Wore:

Skirt, ℅ Pinkyotto
Sweater, H&M
Necklace, H&M
Tights, H&M
Breslin Sunglasses, ℅ RAEN Optics
Bag, Versus
Wedges, Dries van Noten

What I Wore: Sweater Season

All of us Portlanders know that realistically, it’s doom and gloom for the next few months. Until the sun comes back out, my glass head gets to rock the RAEN glasses…in case you’re wondering, I’ve had this head forever but Pier 1 still sells them!

The Week In Pictures: 11.10.12

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Sometimes the shoes of your dreams appear when you least expect them to. Let’s back up a few weeks. After I returned home from New York, I was feeling stressed about having too much clutter so I went on a mad closet cleaning spree. The piles quickly grew as I made a pact with myself to choose quality over quantity and whittled my possessions down to only the things I loved or wore constantly.

With bags in hand, Joey & I headed to Buffalo Exchange last weekend to trade it all in. With a quick $100.00+ in trade, I circled the store and found nothing I wanted in return (which is rare for me). We got in line to cash out my ticket and as I made my way to the register, I spotted some white buckled heels way up on a crowded shelf. Intrigued, I asked to see them.

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Louboutins! Wow. I didn’t own any of those. I’d tried some studded boots on in Vegas with Kat & Gala by my side but though they were beautiful, they were just too expensive. These shoes were amazing…I flipped over the tag and they were a 36. I usually wear a 37. Joey encouraged me to slip them on. They fit. I checked the price. $82.00! For Louboutins in mint condition! These shoes must have easily retailed for $800.00 to $1000.00 and now they were within reach — my trade-in amount was enough to cover them. So the cashier rings them up and they come up at $41.00. Another 50% off! I walked out on clouds, scoring my first pair of Louboutins for a mere $41.00 which I paid for in trade. When the style, size and price all align, that’s shoe karma, I tell you. Totally made my week.

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With all the Blogcademy madness and additional projects I’ve been working on, I haven’t gotten away to spend as much time with friends and family as I’d like. On Thursday I caught up with my Aunt Shannon (Auntie Nubs!) and we had dinner at our favorite thai place, laughing, gossiping and just getting away from it all. It’s so important to have that away time from work, get a reality check and just exist away from our professions. I need to take that break more often because with creative fields, it’s so easy to get wrapped up in our own worlds and the smallest of details instead of focusing on the big picture.

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I’ve been working on a lot of projects (I probably have at least 10 finished ones stockpiled to share!) and this week, my focus was split between two I really, really love. Both have a high abundance of pink accents. More soon!

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I really wish this was another weekend of playing tourist around my hometown (I forgot how fun that is!) but instead it’s back to work and time to focus on some personal projects as well as some sweet new Blogcademy graphics for our announcement on Wednesday. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Link Love: 11.8.12

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Patrick Demarchelier for British Vogue


• The branding of the presidents is total type candy.

• This essay on how to move to New York isn’t what you’d expect to hear and that makes it even more poignant. “The idea of “making it” was everywhere, and I needed to avoid it. I’d moved to the supposed greatest city in the world in order to spend seventy-two hours at a time insulated and solitary, developing an allergy to people and a near-romantic attachment to Netflix.”

• Here’s why you should take your 20′s seriously.

• How do you keep creating and running your business when you’re depressed?

• I’ve posted this before but in case you missed it, Art Of The Menu is a great design resource.

• A spooky photo essay of a powerless lower Manhattan.

• The best interview I’ve read all week: the story of Cyndi Lauper’s makeup artist is fascinating.

• If you’re on the hunt for inspiring retail imagery, here’s a great directory.

• We all make assumptions. This woman’s are classic: list of them “If my work badge doesn’t unlock the door on the first swipe, I’ve been secretly fired” and “A phone call from my mother at an usual hour is to announce the death of a close relative” are two of my favorites.

• Hermes products, especially their bags, are outrageously expensive. We hear about craftsmanship all the time, but to see it is another story.

• What do some of the most iconic moments in history look like when colorized?

What I Wore: 11.5.12 | Playing Tourist

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

There’s nothing quite like being a tourist in your own city. Over the last few weeks Joey & I have been out an about in our S.E. Portland neighborhood as well as downtown, snapping key places we think non-Portlanders would be interested in learning about for an international magazine feature. The truth is that…I don’t get out much. And since I’m a native Oregonian, I feel like I’ve seen everything in my city over and over so it’s been a welcome excuse to view my surroundings with fresh eyes and think about why I like calling this place home.

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

I made one final trip downtown over the weekend and wore a a checked midi skirt which is a new silhouette for me. Because I’m petite (5’3″) I always figured that skirts below the knee were off-limits. But after I turned 30, I decided to throw all those rules I’d subconsciously made for myself out the window, accept that I was never going to sprout up a few more inches and just wear what I liked. And with temperatures quickly dipping, I’ve been reaching for this wool blend skirt constantly. Girls who wear longer skirts, I get it now!

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

Playing tourist meant that I got to try out all the places I always pass by. We stopped into Sizzle Pie and though I still really miss Rocco’s, the iconic pizza place that was in that spot before, Joey was happy to see that they have a nice selection of vegan pizza by the slice.

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

The Sizzle Pie signage and store design was done by Portland-based Official Mfg. Co.

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

I Wore:

Jacket, Rick Owens
Necklace, H&M
Sweater, Sonia Rykiel for H&M
Midi Skirt, Asos
Bag, Miu Miu
Tights, H&M
Wedges, Minimarket
Nail Polish, Pop Nailglam


I’m still on the School’s Out Forever style direction I put together for Fall:

What I Wore: Asos Plaid Skirt

1. Asos Check Midi Skirt (sold out in red but still available in white), 2. Acne Marlin Heels, 3. All Saints Harrah Pipe Skinny Pants, 4. All Saints Lour Roll Neck Pullover, 5. Derek Lam Bodin Cross-Body Bag and 6. Acne Trip Scarf.


Take some time to play tourist in your own town sometime soon. It’s been a great reality check for me, a chance to check out local businesses I’d been hearing about and have an excuse to consume a lot of coffee and try new food cart delicacies. All in all, a good time.

Latest & Greatest #12: Aldo 40th Anniversary

Aldo 40th Anniversary


Walking through the streets of New York late last month, this advertisement grabbed my attention. Lipstick red heels, tight type and balloons?! Aldo is celebrating their 40th anniversary in style. Though I don’t own anything by Aldo, the bold simplicity of this campaign definitely struck a cord with me.

Aldo 40th Anniversary


Readers: Are there any particular campaigns that have stood out to you as of late?

Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite

Think The Opposite Paul Arden

Being a self-professed Paul Arden super fan, Whatever You Think Think the Opposite is a book that I’d been meaning to crack open but instead, it sat in my office untouched for a good six months. Truth be told, I was a little afraid of what his advice would be — sometimes I play it too safe in life and this book is all about breaking the rules. I value stability but at times, I overcompensate to hold onto that sense of familiarity instead of taking big chances that scare me to death. So I finally picked up this book and read it cover to cover in a day, all in the hopes that it would inspire us rule followers to loosen up a little and face those things that scare us head-on, for better or worse. It delivered.

Think The Opposite Paul Arden

Arden’s trademark humor peppers the opener with “Let us start off on the right foot by making some wrong decisions.” In this day and age, we’re often afraid of being wrong, and this is especially so on the internet. At times, it feels like observers are standing by idly, waiting to jump on our mistakes but on the flip side, are slow to congratulate our triumphs. But we all make mistakes (and will continue to) because we’re human. And that’s how we learn. What mistakes have you made lately? In the end, did they actually benefit you in some way you hadn’t expected?

At The Blogcademy, I talked at length about the power of differentiation when it comes to branding. I love what Arden had to say of the subject. “Original ideas are created by original people, people who either through instinct or insight know the value of being different and recognize the commonplace as being a dangerous place to be.” Trying to look and act like everyone else will do little but leave you in the pile with everyone else. It’s clear that playing by the rules often leaves us feeling more trapped. Arden relays that if you’re feeling this way, “it’s not because you are making the wrong decisions, it’s because you are making the right ones…the problem with making sensible decisions is that so is everyone else.”

Think The Opposite Paul Arden

For me, the most important point of the book was defining the difference between wishing and wanting. Whereas “I wish” equates to “Wouldn’t it be nice if…” and leaves us wishing our lives were different, “I want” demonstrates leadership. It boils down to the assertion of “If I want it enough, I will get it.” Successful people don’t take no for an answer. They work towards finding a way to make the life they want a reality.

But how do you get there? Arden says that “Getting what you want means making the decisions you need to make to get what you want.” What a mouthful! He goes on to say that “The unsafe decision causes you to think and respond in a way you hadn’t thought of.” Think about all those times were you were caught in a bind because the safe plans you’d made fell through. When you lost a client or a job or a living situation fell through, how did you react? How did you survive those times? Did you come up with some far-fetched, downright crazy idea that panned out even better in the end?

Think The Opposite Paul Arden

The more time we spend online observing versus going out into the world and doing, the more our imaginations take over. I’m guilty of getting caught up in a never-ending whirl of blogs, inspiration sites and social media time sucks. And what I’ve realized is that I never walk away feeling better about myself. All that time spent searching, observing and living vicariously through others’ lives keeps us from being truly productive. Arden made me think hard about this when he says, “Everyone wants an exciting life, but people are afraid to take the bull by the horns. So they take an easy option for an exciting life. They live their excitement through other people.

I’ve always been a big believer in putting plans into action and then fixing them as I go and Arden endorses this mindset as well. Too many people spend too much time trying to perfect something before they actually do it. The pursuit of perfection will have you waiting around forever. Instead, set deadlines and just launch already! This has always been my mindset with blogging. When I started, I was still in school for design. I was still figuring out the ins and outs of blogging. I was young, enthusiastic and made changes as I learned. In a way, being a bit naive and not over-thinking your plan will get you further faster because you’re less afraid of being wrong or taking those big chances.

Think The Opposite Paul Arden

Arden says, “There is only one person who can determine the shape of your life. You. What are you going to be?” It’s up to you to simply change your life. And if your plan doesn’t work out, it’s not the end of the world. I got a good dose of perspective when I was reminded that “No one is going to cut off your right arm, take away your motorbike or put you in jail if you don’t succeed.” So just go for it. Follow the path less traveled; you might be pleasantly surprised where it takes you.

The Week In Pictures: 11.3.12

Nubby Twiglet The Week In Pictures

This week has felt weird, with Sandy battering the east coast a week after I returned from New York. Really feeling for so many of you that are struggling and without the basics — we’re all rooting for you to make a swift recovery. Halloween also came and went. I was happy to stay in with Rocky and take it easy. After The Blogcademy, I’ve been needing some time to just be still. Time to get caught up on boring everyday stuff. Time to read the occasional book and to go out to the occasional dinner and get back on track with routines.

The above still life of my desk is full of things I’m loving at the moment: my Fuji Instax camera, a postcard from an upcoming NY-based client, a special little surprise from long-time client Aroha Silhouettes (their logo is still one of my personal faves), my go-to wacky but dressy necklace from H&M, a tear from Lucky Magazine with a cool take-down of gathering inspirations and the most beautiful laser-cut thank you card from Blogcademy attendee Laura in the U.K.

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Out and about on a rainy Thursday night along S.E. Belmont, on my way to the vegan-friendly Sweet Hereafter.

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Our Blogcademy sponsors really delivered — I’m loving this heart tote from Alphabet Bags. It’s so sturdy and well-made…now I’m scoping out their phone cases and clutches.

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When we moved into Wolfgang Manor three years ago, there was a gazebo in our back yard on a cement slab which was of little use. This year, we finally got it framed in and sided but still have a long ways to go. Bummed that we didn’t get it finished but that’s how life is. Next year we hope to have it fully functioning as a cozy little backyard bar / cabin. Slowly but surely, we’ll get there.

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Ah, rainy Portland. I’m off to downtown right now to finish up a project and hunt down a latte. Have a great weekend, everyone! Stay warm and safe. And to those of you who weathered Sandy, you’re in my thoughts. Sending lots of love your way.