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The Week In Pictures: 9.26.14 | Hello From New York!

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On Monday, I flew overnight to New York and landed bright and early Tuesday morning. Since then, my days have been full of extreme contrasts. I’ve had tea and desserts, visited a metal bar, made it to a goth night (complete with smoke machines), stopped by a fashion exhibition, had breakfast at an old school diner, hung out at a tiki bar one night and a trailer park-themed one the next, had a book design meeting…and that’s just scratching the surface.

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Waking up to this view is like pure magic. I’ve visited New York probably 20 times since 2001 and I still have that feeling that anything is possible here.

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On Wednesday, I spent that afternoon having tea and desserts at Ladurée in Soho with Gala and Kat. Their back garden area is so beautiful and photogenic.

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That night, Bianca and I stopped into a bar near Wall Street with drinks categorically divided by Old Money and New Money.

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Since I last saw Gala, she’s decorated her apartment and while I dare not give everything away, these shelves looked so great that I had to share.

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One of my favorite haunts is Home Sweet Home. I love the spooky basement vibe and the collection of vintage taxidermy that’s clearly seen better days.

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I finally got to visit the Pearl Diner with Bianca. Classic old school greasy spoon breakfasts after a late night out are awesome.

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I always stop into Dean & DeLuca to take in all of their beautifully arranged food. It’s a good thing we don’t have one in Portland or else I’d be camped out there all the time.

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Last night, I went to the F.I.T. Dance and Fashion and A History of Lingerie exhibitions and it was awesome to see clothing made by designers I admire up close.

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Afterwards, things got weirdly entertaining as we stepped into Trailer Park which was themed like an old school trailer park from 50 years ago. Taxidermy, beer and soda signs, velvet paintings, Elvis memorabilia and random tchokes completely covered the walls. The menu was basically tater tots, tacos and crazy frozen concoctions with names like Kiss My Frigid Woo-Woo. Kind of amazing.

I’m signing off to join Kat and Gala for lunch, fit in a little last minute shopping at Century 21 and then I’m going out to a Bavarian restaurant for pretzels with Bianca. Like I said, the more stuff I can cram into this trip, the better!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 9.19.14

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Hi, how was your week? The highlight of mine was visiting the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest (photos below!) and hanging out at my family’s campsite. Besides that, I spent way too much time in my office (I’m getting ready for a two week trip), finally tried the Roman Candle homemade granola (two thumbs way up!) and oh yeah, celebrated my 33rd birthday! It was a good one.

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Even though we’ve had scorching hot days here, the mornings are cooler and breezier. I’m starting to feel the change of seasons and in turn, throwing oversized sweaters over my sleeveless dresses. This one is brand new from Forever 21 (thanks for the gift card, dad!) and is super cozy.

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My birthday was over the weekend so I took Saturday off and visited the Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel. It’s an hour drive from Portland and every year, my family drives out and camps for three days. I just made the day trip, hitting all the food booths (homemade ice cream and corn on the cob are two must-haves) and then spent the afternoon visiting with my grandparents. The heat was pretty intense so I asked my grandma to borrow a hat…and she brought out this fringed number! Next year is the 50th anniversary so I hope to see you there!

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As I was sitting around camp, I noticed that quite a few family members were drinking beer out of vintage steins. Even though I’m not a beer drinker, I was feeling envious. After asking around, I found out that the Mt. Angel blacksmith turns into a store selling German gear during Oktoberfest and they have shelves of vintage steins! This was my pick.

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Chubs likes to take off and climb to the top of our curtains. Then, he just hangs there and mocks us when we can’t reach him. I love his expression here! Priceless.

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I’m off to pack my bags for New York. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

The Week In Pictures: 9.12.14

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Hey, how was your week? I’ve been feeling that pre-birthday drive kick in that makes me want to wrap up a lot of loose ends. Just made a list of what I want to accomplish over the next year, bought accounting software, handed off all my receipts to my mom (she’s the assistant over at Branch and is whipping us into shape!), cleaned my office and got new tires (gotta hit the road for the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest this weekend!).

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I threw on a t-shirt and jeans for a weekend walk through Reed College with Joey and Rocky, not even realizing I’d be in the midst of some urban camo. I love it when that happens!

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The campus is so beautiful. I love hanging out there during the summer when it’s super quiet. This view reminds me of the venue I just taught at in Amsterdam!

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Yesterday I did a little exploring — there’s a really great perfume shop here in Portland that has the most exquisite, rarest scents. I thought this packaging was especially cool…and it reminds me of Gala.

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Elle is the one magazine subscription I’ll never, ever give up. The September issues are always the most fun to flip through.

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I’ve passed by this hand-painted sign hundreds of times and finally stopped yesterday to take a picture to share with you. Isn’t it great?!

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And with that, I’m signing off. Branch developer Star is in town, I’ve gotta get crackin’ on the design of Gala’s first book and my dad is taking me out to dinner at Gustav’s tonight (yes, my obsession with all things German runs deep).

P.S. Chubs is doing really well! In some funny news, a few days ago he took off from my office and I was searching everywhere for him…only to walk into my room where he was casually chillin’ on my pillow! King of the mountain!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 9.5.14

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Hello! How was your week? The weather has been way too nice to stay inside my office all day so yesterday, I took the afternoon off to visit some of my favorite local haunts, Roman Candle and Salt & Straw. I’m also making plans to visit the upcoming Oktoberfest in Mt. Angel…and hoping I can pull it off since I head to New York, Palm Springs and D.C. a week later.

I’m always going on about how great Buffalo Exchange is. It’s my holy grail for finding “new” clothes on a budget. Since I usually have a trade balance there, it’s like shopping without the guilt. Yesterday, I found these Paige striped jeans for a fraction of the original price. Score!

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I’ll never tire of taking selfies against the tiled walls in our bathroom — it took Joey three months to finish this space so I try to show it off as much as I can. And that’s the Sony NEX-5N camera I’m holding. I still use it every day (including every single photo in this post!) and LOVE it.

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Roman Candle is just five minutes from my house but I don’t go there nearly enough which is a shame because they have some of the best pizza in town. Whenever I have visitors staying with me, it’s the first place I take them and they all agree!

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As I was saying…this pizza rules. And the big gold scissors only add to the charm.

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I love spending Sundays flipping through fashion magazines, catching up on reading, gathering inspiration and figuring out the upcoming weeks’ blog posts. The week feels a lot less frantic when I have a game plan.

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Your weekly Chubs update: he’s grown a ton again! No more baby squirrel here! He’s eating solid food now (you can’t tell but he’s clutching a nut there!) and whenever I take a nap, he lays in the window above me to sun himself. He also loves running around my office and startling me by sitting on top of my head. Haha.

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It’s been hot, hot, hot…which is the perfect excuse to visit Salt & Straw. My current favorite flavor? almond brittle with salted ganache, a.k.a. ice cream heaven.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

The Week In Pictures: 8.29.14

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How was your week? I’m just getting around to posting because I had the best possible detour today — brunch with Alexandra and Sarah. Our conversations seamlessly flipped from one subject to another and along the way, we covered wrestlers with eccentric costumes, budget Vegas shows (complete with neon body paint), the faded glamour of midwestern supper clubs and the art of dressing up for a J. Lo concert. I haven’t laughed as hard as I did today in ages. The whole time, I was reminded of how important friendships are — friendships where you can just be yourself, cut loose and have a great time without snapping a single photo or picking up your smart phone. I left feeling excited, refreshed and ready for the holiday weekend.

As soon as I got home today, I had Joey snap this photo in our back yard. It still has a long way to go but it’s the perfect spot to hang out in the middle of the day when my office leaves me feeling restless. My dress is by Dusen Dusen.

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Organization to the extreme is my favorite pastime. I’m working on a post of my top office must-haves soon.

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Chubby update: he’s grown a ton and now has a rope swing, platform and ladder in his squirrel house. Movin’ on up!
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This week, I paid a visit to the ultimate virgo mecca, The Container Store and picked up these great clear drawer organizer trays. Simple and effective.

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If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the Doug Fir and hang out with bigfoot on the back patio! It’s their 10th anniversary this year so he’s rocking a fancy new necklace.

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I’ve always said that the best conversations in Portland happen late at night around the Doug Fir fire pit. Every time I’m there with my friend Joey, we end up meeting the most interesting mix of folks. Their bar menu is great, too. I always order the homemade mac and cheese and finish up the night with their seasonal fruit crisp. Yum!

I’m looking forward to taking it easy for the holiday weekend, catching up on boring stuff (like laundry) and doing plenty of barbecuing. Have fun!

The Week In Pictures: 8.22.14

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Hello again! How was your week?

I’ll be honest…since I’ve been back, it’s been full-on catch up mode around here. Putting together timelines for new jobs, getting my accounting caught up, long coffee dates with friends, birthday parties (the big 6-0!), squirrel sitting and backyard barbecues (we finally got one and are using it nearly every day!) have left my days feeling really full. As I say, work hard and play hard! I feel like the first half of this year got off to a really slow start but things are finally picking up steam and I’m excited to release a bunch of new projects for both Branch and Blogcademy over the next few months.

I stopped into my absolute favorite place to shop, Buffalo Exchange yesterday and found this vintage orangey-red felt hat (above). The thing is, my office is a bit of a distaster at the moment so when I got home, I sat on the floor facing my windows, pulled a white curtain behind me to block out the messy background…and the curtains draped awkwardly, cutting off part of my hat! Haha! Didn’t quite go as planned but I ended up liking the negative space.

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Chubby has been doing so well this week. He’s now drinking out of a bottle and has grown a ton. Joey also built him the equivalent of a squirrel mansion (seriously, his new “house” is massive) and he’s able to keep his balance much more easily while walking.

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I’m always on the hunt for visual inspiration and like to stop into a variety of places. I love Pastaworks for this reason. It’s a European-style market with so much great packaging I’ve never seen before.

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Coffee dates with Pam: always high energy! She’s one of those friends where we get so excited chatting about design and projects that we keep talking faster, faster, faster! Haha.

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One of my favorite houses near Hawthorne. Best paint job on the block!

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This is a peek at my desk right now. Black felt-tipped Stabilo pens are awesome — I use them to cross items off my to-do lists (I hand write them every day). I thrifted that mug 10 years ago, my new phone case was found at a shop in Berlin last month and the Rodin lip balm looks and works great.

Have a great weekend, everyone! I also wanted to say thank you to those of you who’ve picked up the new Home School modules. Seeing your still lifes pop up has been making my day! I especially love Angela’s photo! xo

The Week In Pictures: 8.8.14 | Hello From Amsterdam and New York!

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Amsterdam > London > New York > Portland. It’s good to be home but damnnn, there was a lot crammed into this week!

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I had the time of my life during the three weeks I spent in Europe but if I’m being completely honest, I was also really beginning to miss the comforts of home. That’s one of the reasons why I think traveling is so important — it forces you to get outside of your comfort zone and experience the way the rest of the world lives. It makes you realize what you’ve been taking for granted while also introducing new habits and ways of thinking that you can take home and incorporate into your everyday life.

Amsterdam taught me that I had no choice but to slow down. The service is much slower, as is the internet. I had to take it easy, even if I felt like crawling the walls for most of it. And in the end, it was a good thing. Now, I’m vowing to take more time to read. Vowing to take more walks. Vowing to write more emails and letters to friends.

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After Amsterdam with a quick stop in London for the night, Gala and I landed back in New York. And, faced with with only one completely empty day to do whatever I wanted, I vowed to make it count. The next day, from 10 am to 10 pm, we criss-crossed the city, covering a total of 15 spots (and yes, I’ll be sharing the exact list of what we did in case you’re short on time in the city that never sleeps, too!)

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What I love about spending time with Gala is that anything is possible. Anything. As we explored old haunts, I felt like it was 2009 all over again, when we lived together for a month in the city. Having an Elizabeth Taylor moment, I threw caution to the wind and tried on piles of absolutely ridiculous, impractical jewelry.

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As we walked through midtown, I spotted this dapper gentleman at FAO Schwarz.

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This car that was parked on the Upper East Side should have been in a movie it was so pristine and well kept.

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This ornate set of doors in Central Park caught my attention.

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And, as we walked deeper into the park, this was our view. For a few moments, we forgot we were in New York City as the trees and foliage blocked out the sounds of traffic.

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One of my favorite things to do in New York is ogle clothing I can’t afford. This Chloe ensemble? The bomb.

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We passed The Rock and…well…we went to the very top (you’ll see more photos in my New York post next week).

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Remember how I said anything is possible? As dusk set in, we entered a 1920s mansion full of disco balls. Some poured out of the marble fireplace while others spun above us as a jazz band played on.

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And, what’s a jazz band without a gaggle of dancing ladies? The whole scene was quite surreal.

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We ended the night at an ex-NBA basketball player’s restaurant, laughing until we cried over dessert. The day had felt like a week. In that moment, exhausted with throbbing feet, I couldn’t have been any happier.

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After dinner, I pushed on — my longtime friend Bianca had just flown home from Mykonos that night and we had just 12 hours to spend together.

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The next day, we spent our lunch at Ladurée in Soho. It felt like the set of a french film with marble statues, jewel toned velvet couches, pastel edged dishes and a beautiful backyard garden.

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I’m now back home in Portland, feeling overwhelmingly inspired and piecing together a dozen posts for you over the next few weeks with new discoveries, travel guides and much more.

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Keep and open mind, surround yourself with people you respect, love and trust and when you have the chance to go on an adventure, take it. You never know where you’ll end up. Have a great weekend, everyone!