Monday, April 30, 2012

Finding Unexpected Beauty

Photobucket Photobucket Amid all the hustle and bustle of New York City, my sister in law and I stumbled upon serene beauty throughout the trip.

While walking from the Flatiron District to the West Village (for a cupcake from Magnolias of course), I spotted this unbelievably gorgeous home front. It literally stopped me in my tracks. Though this picture was taken on my phone, it’s one of my favorites from the entire trip.

While sipping coffee in Central park, we found ourselves sitting among trees that provided a perfect canopy, a violinist strung her instrument and we just sat and took it all in.

Looking at these two pictures evokes such a sense of calm and beauty from our trip! I can’t wait to share more details including my Jonathan Adler interview soon!

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Feather Love Photography Workshop

Photobucket Photobucket Photobucket "Why are you here?", Noa asked me the night before her Feather Love Photography Workshop. "Because I want to be inspired and I need more creative people in my life" I replied.

Back in February, I saw that Noa Azoulay-Sclater, artist and owner of Feather Love Photography was looking for an assistant for her Bay Area Workshop. I applied thinking there was no way I would get it. I'm not a photographer, I'm not even an aspiring photographer. My background is in public relations, I'm a planner, an organizer, a stationery designer. I just wanted to be surrounded by people who could help me grow personally and creatively. When I found out I had gotten the job, I spent a good hour zippity-do-dah dancing around my apartment.

Over the next few months, Noa and I worked closely to pull together all of the details for a successful workshop. I knew this workshop was her baby and as I got to know Noa and take on more and more, this workshop became my baby too. I drove in to Pacifica the night before the workshop nervous and anxious. It was to be my first time meeting Noa in person and everything that I had been working on for the last few months was finally coming to fruition. I knew that so much was riding on this.

The workshop flowed over the next two days, with Noa sharing her insight on the photography industry, letting go of expectations, breaking down walls and finding your creative voice as an individual. Somehow in a room among 20+ others, the setting felt intimate and real. There were breakthroughs, some public, expressed with tears, others nodded in agreement and for me personally, the realization that I had found a group of people who understood exactly what I have been going through in quitting my full time job to pursue a career that I am passionate about.

I don't know how she did it, but it felt like Noa found a way to give each and every one of us exactly what we needed to move forward with our own individual creative pursuit. She filled a void and has calmed some of my fears. Given me a new sense of confidence that yes, I CAN and WILL be successful in my new career.

In addition to all of this goodness, the workshop included guest speaker Chloe Aftel who taught the art of shooting with poloroids, Anne Sage from The City Sage and Rue Magazine who shared her insight on social media, blogging and running an online magazine. There was a photo shoot for Rue Magazine with styling by Erin of Apartment 34 that was GORGEOUS and a personal highlight for me was Tim and Nicki Bluhm who shared a gift with us when they performed a few songs from their last and upcoming album!

I walked away from the workshop having attained my goal, feeling inspired and moved beyond belief and having met an amazing group of creative people who I can identify with. I feel privileged to have attended the workshop. As I was leaving to head home, I told Noa I feel like I've won. I'm so lucky to have worked with her and to continue working with her moving forward. And I mean it!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I'm Nervous! But at Least I have the right Outfit!

A few months back, I did a blog post about a BIG opportunity that I was in the running for and I asked for your help to get me there!

The opportunity was to meet and interview designer Jonathan Adler in New York City! Well, I WON!!!!!!! Not only did I win, but I am currently in New York City and my interview is on Monday! I'm bursting with excitements and nerves!

Thank goodness my sister in law and "shopping sole mate" is here to help me find the right outfit, figure out the hard hitting questions to ask and dance around NYC with me like a couple of giddy school girls!

You can follow all of our antics over on Twitter!

And if you can, send me positive vibes on Monday Afternoon as I sit dow to interview Mr. Adler! Eeeeeps!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

United Words Project: Colorado

What a whirlwind of a week! The posts have been a bit light because I spent the last few days down in Pacifica for the Feather Love Photography Workshop. More to come soon! Luckily I was still able to create a United Word Card for this week!Photobucket
I choose to create Colorado this week……well, because I was so, so busy and I knew that CO would be easy since it’s basically just a square!
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This year I’ve set out to map all 50 US States with text! This is state 12 of 50.

State 1: California
State 2: Texas
State 3: New York
State 4: Utah
State 5: New Mexico
State 6: Florida
State 7: Nevada
State 8: Kansas
State 9: Washington
State 10: Oregon
State 11: Michigan

Colorado card available for purchase HERE

Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier at the de Young

This past Friday, I spent an afternoon with my Mother in Law museum hopping. First stop was the Legion of Honor to check out the Victorian Avant-Garde special exhibit and then it was off to the de Young for the Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit. Don’t worry, I won’t pretend that I have in in depth knowledge of fashion. But I certainly do know what I like!Photobucket
The Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit was amazing. No really. The fashion, yes of course, that goes without saying, but when I first walk in I thought the mannequins were real people. They had projectors positioned perfectly on the mannequins face to make it look like they were talking!
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I really do want to encourage you to go visit, so I am only sharing a glimpse into the exhibit by showing you just the first room. Go check it out and let me know what you think! Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Insta-Memory

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Left To Right:
Legion of Honor. Beach in Miami. Scores from Alameda Antique Faire. Arial Flying Home from Grenada. Glitter Guide DIY. Cobalt Pottery in Carlsbad. My Kitchenaid Mixer. Park with Ginger. Surf Trip. 30th Birthday Party. Wedding China. Ginger Learning to Swim. My Sewing Machine. Antique Window for a Client. Crafting.

Today I’m sharing just a few of my favorite pics and the positive memory they draw up. Are you following me on instagram?

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

United Words Project: Michigan

I would never have had reason to spend any time in Michigan and then I met Christoph who has a lot of family there! I’ve been to visit twice, both times for a wedding and I have to say, one of my favorite parts was stumbling across a Bob’s Big Boy. You remember that place? So good!Photobucket
Last week some of Christoph’s family from Michigan was in town to visit. It was nice to catch up with them over brunch! I love that my family truly has doubled (if not tripled) now that Christoph and me are married!
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This year I’ve set out to map all 50 US States with text! This is state 11 of 50.

State 1: California
State 2: Texas
State 3: New York
State 4: Utah
State 5: New Mexico
State 6: Florida
State 7: Nevada
State 8: Kansas
State 9: Washington
State 10: Oregon

Michigan card available for purchase HERE

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Artist Workshop with Feather Love Photography

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I’m a firm believer that things happen for a reason. When we missed our flight to Grenada in February, I found myself poolside in Miami scanning twitter when I came across a HUGE opportunity. One of my favorite photographers Noa Azoulay-Sclater of Feather Love Photography was coming to the Bay Area to teach an Artist Workshop and she was looking for an intern!!!!! I applied (several cocktails in) and much to my surprise was chosen!

The last few months I’ve been working closely with Noa on the details for her interactive workshop which will be for photographers, artists, creative business people, designers and bloggers! You guys, this workshop is going to be crazy good! Here are a few details:

- Two day (overnight!) workshop taking place at a gorgeous beach house in Pacifica
- Noa, a pioneer in the alternative wedding industry who has shot the likes of Emily Deschanel (Zooey’s sis!) and had her work featured in publications like Rue Magazine, People Magazine, The New York Times and 7x7 Magazine will be teaching the in’s and out’s of the industry
-Private live performance by Tim & Nicki Bluhm
- Shoot hosted by Rue Magazine and Apartment 34 (to later be shown in Rue Magazine)
- Editing tips and tricks in Lightroom and Photoshop
- Food, wine, good times etc., etc.

Seriously, I can’t believe you’re still here reading and not visiting the Workshop Page to learn more. Needless to say, I’m beside myself excited!

And lastly, Noa and I are such a dynamic duo in the workshop planning area that she asked me to continue working with her on her future workshops to come! I’ll be her Workshop Manager, although I’m looking for a much sexier/cooler title. Got any ideas?

Just goes to show, that things happen for a reason and good things come to those that work their ass off.

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Before & After (Finally!)

I started this blog back in 2008 when I hadn’t the slightest idea as to what a blog really was. I figured that since I was starting a business I should have a blog to go with it. I did a simple layout in blogger and from 2008 until yesterday it pretty much remained the same!

When I decided to leave my full time job I knew it was time to kick my web presence into high gear and find a professional to help update the blog. I found Liz of Sweet Simplicity Designs and I can’t recommend her highly enough! She was easy to work with and understood my super loooooooooong emails with ideas. Thanks Liz! I love the new layout and design!

Hope you all enjoy the new layout as much as I do!

Friday, April 6, 2012

United Words Project: Oregon

You thought the United Words Project was going away because I missed a week!?! No, I would never do that to you! I got a little behind while prepping for our trip to Dubai and I wasn’t able to design a card before leaving. But it’s back in full swing!I choose to map out Oregon this week because I’m keeping a blank map that I color in when I complete a state. It became very evident that Oregon was the last left coast state left! And just like that I've mapped out the Pacific Coast line!This year I’ve set out to map all 50 US States with text! This is state 10 of 50.

State 1: California
State 2: Texas
State 3: New York
State 4: Utah
State 5: New Mexico
State 6: Florida
State 7: Nevada
State 8: Kansas
State 9: Washington

Oregon card available for purchase HERE

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Dubai and Abu Dhabi - Shopping

I’m in conserve mode at the moment, trying not to go nuts on spending, but I didn’t want to have any regrets of not purchasing treasures from our trip.The place where I got the most gifts for friends, family and myself was in the spice souk. Shop after shop with beautifully colored spices on display. I choose a shop and we went in and made some purchases…..only to come across another shop a few doors down that was filled with locals. Travel Tip: Try to shop where the locals shop for the best deals. Sure enough, everything was half the price of what we had just bought. What’s a girl to do? Buy, buy more and move on! I feel great about my spice purchases; I think I should have enough to last for the next 3-5 years!I knew from the get go that I wanted to come home with a pair of “Princess Jasmine” shoes. There was an endless assortment of brightly colored house shoes made of camel leather. I bought three pairs and thanks to some good bargaining, I spent under $15 a pair!

The shopping day of the trip was certainly a highlight for me!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Dubai and Abu Dhabi - Meet the Animals

It’s hard to sum up such an amazing trip in just a few blog posts! I can’t even begin to wrap my mind around what would be best to cover! So I’m just gonna go with it.Throughout the UAE, you’ll find souk’s (open air marketplaces). There is a different souk for just about everything: rug souk, spice souk, fabric souk and yes, even a camel souk. We visited them all. This picture was from a trip to the camel souk. You know I wanted to bring home my very own baby camel, but this picture will have to do. How cute is this baby camel kiss!One of my favorite tours on the trip was that of a falcon hospital. Falcons are an important part of UAE history and culture. You can have them as pets and you can even fly with them in airplane, first class only and they must have both a passport and seat. That’s wild, right?One of the most surreal experiences I had in Dubai was scuba diving in the world’s largest aquarium. Yes, an aquarium…..in a mall! Imagine swimming around with sharks and rays, looking out to see people snapping you picture and seeing people coming and going out of shops like Forever 21 and Aldo. Crazy. This pic was taken after the dive (notice the wet hair). I’ll be sure to post some actual dive pics at some point. Towards the end of our trip, we went on a desert safari. We rode camels, sand surfed down dunes, rode quads and went “dune bashing” (flying up and down steep sand dunes in a car, hoping the car doesn’t tip over)– so scary but amazing. Leave it to me to find the animals…these goats were so adorable!

Monday, April 2, 2012

We're back........

We had an AMAZING time in Dubai and Abu Dhabi last week! I’m playing a bit of a catch up game at the moment, but I will be sharing all the details from our trip soon!