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.
Out and about on a rainy Thursday night along S.E. Belmont, on my way to the vegan-friendly Sweet Hereafter.
Our Blogcademy sponsors really delivered â€”Â I’m loving this heart tote from Alphabet Bags. It’s so sturdy and well-madeâ€¦now I’m scoping out their phone cases and clutches.
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.
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.
While roaming around Portland, there are a few places that I’ve been inside of that immediately took my breath away. I never really connected the dots until recently but they all seemed to have a few things in common: a very sleek, modern core containing a lot of glass merged with slightly rustic wood grain details.
When I first stepped inside North a few months ago, it was easily one of the coolest spaces I’d ever been in so I asked who’d designed the interior. Turns out that the honor goes to Portland’s Skylab Architecture. Here are some of my favorite projects of theirs:
Departure Restaurant & Lounge, Portland, Oregon
North Ad Agency, Portland, Oregon
Sugar Laboratories Salon & Spa, Portland, Oregon
Flavor Paper Wallpapers, Brooklyn, New York
East Chinatown Lounge, Portland, Oregon
Doug Fir Lounge Restaurant & Bar, Portland, Oregon
Weekend Date at Saint Cupcake
This weekend, I met my friend girl Joey for coffee and after awhile, we realized that the holy grail of sweet treats, Saint Cupcake was just a few doors down. One is never enough. Ever. They also do vegan versions of a few varieties if you’re interested!
Office Overhaul Continued
I’m still not quite done with my office â€“Â I just ordered a zinc colored Eames Aeron chair (worth every penny when you sit all day) and still need to find a suitable rug. But! I stole the desk we had in the white room and now I have three times the space to work! So unbelievably nice. I especially like the storage inside of the ‘legs.’
The guys at Smith Optics kindly sent me samples of the goggles I designed, along with one of the helmets. I’m spreading the love and sending two of my best friends a pair so they can get some use â€“Â though I’m keeping the super cute, thin strapped girl’s ones for myself!
The road home from Nike any time near 5 PM is a long one.
On Sunday, Auntie Nubs joined Joey and I for a delightful vegan breakfast at Paradox. Of course, she always packs along her camera and snaps away, for better or worse. Let’s just say that she’s got a pile of doozies that shall remain locked in the secret family photo album forever. I hope.
When I was freelancing this week, I discovered this super awesome cover on one of the agency’s shelves and had to share. So good!
Enjoy your weekend (and stay out of trouble!)
View from the floor: Sunshine.
It’s about time. Often, I buy beverages solely based on their packaging. Surely I’m not alone in this?
Weekend Stop at Stumptown.
I know that everyone likes Stumptown coffee, but I think their hot chocolate is the best.
I have a total soft spot for Gremlins â€“ they’re little, awkward and the gas tank in the back cracks me up. There’s this middle-aged hispanic woman in my neighborhood that burns out of the Plaid Pantry parking lot sometimes in the most amazing Gremlin of all-time: sparkly green paint job, monsterous racing slick tires and massive flames painted along the sides. I totally wish she’d take me for a spin sometime.
Project status: Complete.
I spent pretty much every waking hour this week working on a book for Downtown Portland with the North team, complete with custom embossed covers â€“ I’m super happy with how it turned out.
Cutest sign ever.
I am in love with the logo for Breken Kitchen, a cafe in N.W. The walls inside are perfectly matched to that same green â€“Â I love it when businesses go the extra mile with those little details.
You can’t be serious.
When I was sitting at Stumptown this weekend, this bike rider’s getup totally caught my eye. Skin tight? Check? Hearts? Check. Outfit matches your wife’s? Check. Golden.
Someone’s a barfly.
When we go to the coffee shop in the morning and walk Rocky, we always pass a trashy restaurant / bar on the corner. The side door is usually open and Rocky for some reason loves to try and wander in. I don’t blame him â€“Â the dart boards, collection of 3 foot tall trophies and Ozzy blaring are all pretty hard to resist. Nice sign, too:
Until next week,
Just a quick note that I am NORTHbound for the week and I won’t have a chance to blog until after Thursday. Yes, that really is what their offices look like. AMAZING.