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The Week In Pictures: 5.22.15 | Palm Springs!

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Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Nubby Twiglet | Palm Springs

Welcome to The Week in Pictures!

As you’ve probably gathered by now, I’m an all-or-nothing kind of person. My world is very black and white (literally). And while firing on all cylinders can morph into a lot of energy and excitement, it also tends to result in needing the occasional time-out to refuel. Over the last month, with a plate full of projects wrapping up, my workdays had been stretching onto 2 am some nights. While I’m used to that pace from my past life working at agencies while freelancing on the side, I knew a vacation was necessary.

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Cue a very last minute booking of flights and hotels in Palm Springs. Joey, Rocky and I flew down to LA at the crack of dawn Saturday morning, grabbed a rental car and hit the road. By 3 pm, we were exploring our favorite midcentury haunts and being reminded why this is the place we want to retire to (as soon as possible).

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My days started at 6 am with the sun blazing through the hotel window. As I rolled over to answer work emails, I didn’t mind a bit because I knew that within 2 hours, we’d be out the door for another day of exploring.

I’ve been to Palm Springs at least 6 times now (maybe more?) but this time was very different. On past trips, I showed up with no plans but this time, I researched city guides and made sure we visited every restaurant, hotel bar, and famous residence (hello, Elvis and Priscilla!) possible. Below is a small snapshot of the trip; I have more detailed posts to share soon.

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No trip to Palm Springs is complete without a visit to the Ace Hotel. I wore this tank with an old Zara skirt and Marc Jacobs sneaker wedges.

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The quintessential Palm Springs scene, don’t you agree?

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The Caliente Tropics motel is a slice of midcentury modern heaven.

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I’m guilty of constantly snapping palm tree photos. Everything looks like it’s out of a movie set.

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New favorite poolside hangout: The Avalon. Best service, drinks….and they let you take as many photos as you want!

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Palm Springs necessities: a palm-covered clutch, Ace photo booth strips and sunglasses.

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I couldn’t stay away from The Avalon! Their entrance is totally dreamy.

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I spotted this artwork at Interior Illusions and had to share. So awesome, right?! The entire store was a modern, black and white heaven.

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Beautiful foliage lurks everywhere! Flowers, cacti, palm trees…it’s hard not to take a photo every 10 feet as you walk down the street.

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On this trip, I vowed to take as many real photos as possible and packed along my Fuji Instax. These are some midcentury modern beauties I fell in love with. The top photo is of the famous Honeymoon Hideaway.

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The car game is strong in Palm Springs. An orange Porsche? Yes, please.

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Until next time…

Have an amazing weekend!

The Week In Pictures: 5.15.15

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Hi, how have you been? I always love doing these more personal posts because it gives me the chance to connect with you, like we’re old friends sitting down at our favorite coffee shop to catch up on life. Even though I blogged less these last few weeks, that time offline has been a bit of a blur between meetings, proposals, more time on the phone than I’m comfortable with (ha) on top of an office photo shoot. Needless to say, I’m currently packing for a much needed mini vacation.

I mentioned a few weeks ago that I was trying to get out more, explore my own city and meet like-minded folks. Well, the universe must have heard me because over the last week, I met up an amazing artist visiting from San Francisco, an old friend, Kat from Melbourne and an LA lady that just moved to town. That’s translated to a lot of coffee and dinner dates!

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With all of the long days that have been going on around here, I’m checking out for a bit to head to my home away from home, Palm Springs. Sun, pool time, palm trees and friendly folks — it doesn’t get much better than that. If you’re interested, here are links to the clutch and tank.

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I recently met up with Afsoon Zizia and loved her work so much (that beautiful magazine pictured above was a school project!) that we partnered up on a photo shoot of the Branch studio yesterday. Excited to show you more soon!

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I keep talking to folks who want to work on side projects but say that they just don’t have the time. My advice? Break it up into micro steps. One of the things I wanted to improve on this year were my still life compositions. I set the goal to feature one new image per week and while not all of them have worked out perfectly, it’s a small way to hold myself accountable. Feel free to join in the fun!

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One restaurant I’ve been frequenting a lot lately is Sen Yai, the noodle-focused branch of Pok Pok. The inside is pretty cute, too.

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It’s been fun showing visiting friends around my side of S.E. Portland. Also, you can’t go wrong with dinner at The Woodsman.

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Have a great weekend, everyone! I can’t wait to get outside, explore and shoot some fun things around Palm Springs to share with you. xo

The Week In Pictures: 5.2.15

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How was your week? Mine was nuts….in the best way possible. Hey, I’ll take excitement over boredom any day — the real fun happens when life keeps you on your toes!

A few things that have been happening over here: I’ve been working on some really cool new projects including two e-books, yesterday was my intern’s first day (hi, Samantha!) and this morning, I was photographed by a magazine I’ve subscribed to for years. Surreal and nerve-wracking.

Here are some snapshots from the last week — thanks for tuning in!

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Whenever I have someone coming in for meetings or work, I always do a pastry run and try to have fresh flowers around. When you think about the best places you ever worked, it probably had a lot to do with small, thoughtful gestures.

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Chubs is as wild and crazy as ever. Trust me, there were a solid 20 outtakes of a blurred tail flying through the air before this shot!

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When I moved into my house six years ago, I took a chance and painted my room matte black. A paint color (or lack thereof!) is one of those things that’s hard to gauge until you live with it for a bit…but I’m still loving it! My room is super simple with no TV, colors or excess furniture and it’s so much more relaxing that way.

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I’m adding more bits and pieces to the Branch wall, dreaming and visualizing and figuring out what’s next. New collateral, an updated portfolio and a rebuilt website will roll out later this summer.

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I’m a bit obsessed with this orange bench I found on Overstock. They have some amazing midcentury modern furniture reproductions and if you sign up, the coupons are awesome. It’s my new favorite place to shop for house stuff because the product reviews are really comprehensive and the shipping is lightning fast. #winning

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This morning, I drove downtown to get photographed for an upcoming issue of one of my favorite fashion magazines. It comes out in August and I figured a little neon was more exciting than my usual head-to-toe black. ;)

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It was nice to have an excuse to dress up and I met some wonderful Portland ladies at the shoot. Lately, I’ve been working on getting out more, reaching out to old friends and contacts and setting up coffee dates. It’s been nice for a change. Like many of you, I often end up in a very regimented routine and that leads to the same old view, commute and meals day after day. It’s when you veer away from the expected that the magic happens. On that note, I’ll leave you with this quote:

“I not only inherited an aversion to the nine-to-five routine, but the sense from my parents that being bored and boring is the worst thing that you can be.” —Christian Bale

See you next week!

The Week In Pictures: 4.24.15

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Did you have a good week? Mine wasn’t too shabby — my mom brought me cookies, I had a lot of laughs with my accountant (he always has the best stories) and there were some squirrel cuddles mixed in…so I can’t complain!

I’ve been in major spring cleaning mode at the office, shifting furniture around, figuring out the best configurations — moving in happened so quickly that I never took a time out to do it and I’ve definitely been getting inspiration from our new neighbors, Wide Eyes Paper Co. who just arrived from San Diego.

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It’s always so exciting (and unexpected!) when a client sends you a pile of inspiration in the mail. I love the mix this client pulled — clean, edgy and modern. All things I can get behind. ;)

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Trader Joe’s is the best place for flowers. Fresh and affordable!

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This is very long overdue but I’ve been finally getting to work revamping the Branch media kit and website. A year and a half ago, we launched in 10 days flat and the polished, tight presentation I wanted was never quite there. I’m finally getting the vision out of my head and into the computer. But sometimes, after a day in front of the computer, it makes more sense to take over a wall and tape up your brand vision, piece by piece.

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Dream car status: this Citroen I spotted over the weekend. Such a beauty!

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My updated life motto: Work hard, play harder. Life is too short to be unhappy, to feel stuck in a place you don’t want to be and to feel your dreams aren’t possible. On that note, I love this quote:

“Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.” —Leah LaBelle

Have a great weekend, friends!

The Week In Pictures: 4.18.15

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First off, if you’re new here, The Week In Pictures is a column featuring photos taken throughout my week. As a self-employed designer, it’s all too easy to get wrapped up in client work and forget to take time out to experience the world around me. The blogs I enjoy reading most have a strong personal point of view and I want to do that once a week, essentially giving you a glimpse behind the curtain. Thanks for joining me…and you can check out the archives here!

Joey flew down to San Francisco this week so I spent a lot of time at home with my two fur-covered little ones, Rocky and Chubs. The above photo is the view from my couch — I’m waiting on a mirror to arrive and then I’ll give you the full tour. ;)

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Standard desks never have enough space. I was always stacking everything, trying to keep my coffee, flowers and other odds and ends from flying off. After searching around and realizing that I’d need two desks or to build something custom, I found an IKEA kitchen table which is not only the perfect height but can easily seat 2 to 4 people. We’re setting up a work station facing mine next week and there should still be plenty of room to spread out.

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On the weekends, I’m always walking through different neighborhoods, visiting new coffee shops, taking photos of houses I love. It’s a good way to keep even the most basic of routines feeling fresh.

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Big, white walls in my office equal the perfect place to tape up current obsessions.

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This week has been really up and down but there’s a lot I’m looking forward to including a trip to Capri over the summer (I’ve never been to Italy!) and also, some remodeling projects around the house. Joey and I are throwing a backyard party for our 5th anniversary in a few months and considering that we never had a gathering in the first place, I’m looking forward to getting my family and friends all in one place. We have a lot of work to do to get everything looking good before then!

In the meantime, I’m having some quiet time with Rocky cuddled up next to me and hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. xo

The Week In Pictures: 4.11.15

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I hope you had a good week! I love this time of year because as the weather is getting nicer, more of my friends are visiting Portland. Star was here this week to teach me some basic web development stuff — Branch has been launching 2 to 3 new websites a month and it’s important to stay current with best practices. Of course, we found plenty of time to eat out, too. Some of the places we visited this week included Grendel’s (the orange cardamom lattes are amazing), Foster Burger (order a boozy milkshake and truffle fries), Doug Fir (awesome happy hour menu and a photo booth), Roman Candle (gourmet pizza and gold scissors) and Grand Central (great for grabbing pastries for the office).

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Treat yo’self. Hired help is always happier when there’s pastries around! Also, IKEA is killing it with cool dishes lately. They have a new black and white collection covered in stripes and dots that’s worth checking out.

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Chubs wanted me to share his weekly glamour shot with you. Pretty handsome, huh?

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Fresh Branch orange flowers, just because.

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Whenever I’m on this corner in S.E. Portland, I snap a photo. The rest of this area is changing so quickly that I like to have images to look back on.

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I have so much more I want to share with you but the words aren’t flowing…and maybe that’s because I was up way too late, chatting with friends at an art opening and then awake very early to walk across town with Joey and Rocky. It’s a good reminder that when the words don’t flow, you don’t have to force them. That’s the beauty of blogging — you can tell a story in photos, video or any other format — your post doesn’t have to follow the standard conventions every single time. On that note, I’ll leave you with this quote:

“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” —Edward de Bono

I hope you’re having a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 4.4.15

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How was your week? I’ll be honest, I felt pretty out of sorts (hence the lack of posts). Joey’s been in San Francisco which means that I’ve been home taking care of the little ones. I know that babysitting a dog and a squirrel doesn’t even remotely compare to having human babies but damn, it’s a lot of work! Stay-at-home moms, I have so much respect for what you do on a daily basis.

Staying at home for a change has been good in a way because it’s given me a lot more time to slow down and think, whereas when I’m at the office, I’m in 100% work mode. There were so many great articles I read this week that had me thinking about asking yourself what you really want and avoiding the comparison trap. If you have a few free minutes, dig in!

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Do you have a work uniform that you gravitate towards? During the warmer months, mine is usually a white t-shirt, black skinny jeans and sneaker wedges. Since the weather has finally gotten nicer, I just stocked up on some new tees — this one is my current favorite, which reminds me of the Prada Sport logo! And, it’s quite fitting since I still pepper my sentences with “rad” and “awesome” and “like” all the time, thanks to being in high school during the 90s.

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It’s hard to believe that I’ve been in the Branch studio space a solid six months now. It feels like just yesterday that I was moving in! I get nostalgic all the time and snap photos of the space because I feel like things are shifting really fast. Our lead developer Star is coming in next week — we met in 2001 on Live Journal (holla!) and she coded up my first-ever WordPress blog. Talk about going waaaay back!

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I just tried Alma Chocolate for the first time and just…wow. Their branding, their chocolate, their adorable little shop — it’s all so perfect. If you’re in Portland, stop in. Rumor has it that they also have some of the best homemade chocolate chip cookies in town, though I didn’t have a chance to try them. Go, go, go!

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Chubs loves being the center of attention and was begging me to post a photo of him here. ;) The truth is, everyone is clamoring for more squirrel photos but he’s nearly impossible to photograph. Imagine feeding your baby a dozen cookies and then having them wash it all down with 5 bottles’ worth of Kool-Aid. That’s basically Chubs at any given moment. Most of my photos are of a tail flying through the air!

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I can’t believe it’s April already. As I was sitting home this week, it started to sink in that a lot of the goals I’d set at the starting of the year had sort of fallen through the cracks because I’d been wrapped up in completing one project after another — or, in some cases, like this week, literally handing off three separate websites at once for development. It’s been that kind of pace since January 1st! I feel that for the most part, we are in control of what happens in our lives. We have a say in the people we spend our time with, where we decide to dedicate our time and what we decide is worth going after. There’s a lot of outreach, classes and digital products I want to be doing yet I’ve barely made a dent and it’s time to change that. If you have personal projects you’re wanting to do, it’s up to you to carve out the time, even if it’s 10 minutes here and there. The point is to get started.

I know this post is getting long…and you have a weekend to enjoy! These are just some things that have been on my mind lately. I hope you have some fun plans — Rocky, Chubs and I are hanging out around the house putting the finishing touches on my newly decorated room (I have a big reveal and fun giveaway happening soon — stay tuned!) and reading fashion magazines. :)

Sending lots of love your way. xo