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Two Quick Things

Hey hey, it’s Friday! And so to let you get on with your Fridaying, I just have two things to say. Thing one: I have decided that a fall color…

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Hey hey, it’s Friday! And so to let you get on with your Fridaying, I just have two things to say. Thing one: I have decided that a fall color palette doesn’t have to be all oranges and yellows and browns. I accidentally pinned all of these pinks and corals and neturals and navies on my Pinterest boards, and I hereby decide that it’s my go-to fall color situation this year.

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Watercolor. Stairs. Recipe. Camping. Quote. Cake. Rocks.

Thing two: thank you. I don’t know if you’ve felt it here on the ol’ blog, but I certainly have — I’m a little scattered lately. With baby brewing and the big move, I feel like I can hardly keep track of everything. But all of your words of support and kindness about the new house and the little guy are so appreciated, along with the fact that you just come back to read each day. I truly make an effort to share things here that mean something special to me, and I hope you feel that. So thank you for being rad and just being. And hey — have a great weekend! xoxo

Coffee Table Books

Coffee Table Books

It’s funny how as you get older the things that you collect change. I used to really not get the whole coffee table book thing, and now I love it….

Coffee Table Books

It’s funny how as you get older the things that you collect change. I used to really not get the whole coffee table book thing, and now I love it. I love being surrounded by these books that are so inspiring and full of beautiful images, and I find myself flipping through them again and again. I especially love books that we’ve collected on our travels or have a cool story. If your coffee table needs some friends, here are a few of my favorites to flip through.

Things Come Apart by Todd McLellan is so cool I can’t take my eyes off it. He takes everyday objects like vacuum cleaners or pianos, smashes them, and then organizes the pieces. If you like organized things, you will lose your mind for this one.

Things Come Apart

Coffee Table Books

Coffee Table Books

Humans of New York started as a blog and became crazy popular. Brandon Stanton has been wandering the streets of NYC for years, photographing and interviewing people he comes across. It’s a completely fascinating (if not somewhat romanticized) look at the city and the people in it. It really makes me remember how incredible New Yorkers are.

Humans of New York

Coffee Table Books

Coffee Table Books

Well-Read Women has got to be one of the most beautiful books ever. I started loving Samantha Hahn’s watercolor work when I got into the blog world, and I was so excited when she came out with a book. It’s filled with gorgeous watercolor portraits of fictional heroines, along with quotes from their stories. So lovely.

Well-Read Women

Coffee Table Books

Coffee Table Books

We came across Paris versus New York on our trip to Paris, and we literally stood in the store and looked at every page. It was that charming, we just couldn’t put it down. We decided to leave it in the store but then Mr. Lovely surprised me with it at Christmas. He wins. It’s got these awesome illustrations depicting the differences between two of my favorite cities.

Paris versus New York

Coffee Table Books

Coffee Table Books

I know I’ve said it before, but I still love our Artifact Uprising photo books. Some of my favorite books to have around are photos of our travels and adventures, and this one filled with photos from our Tahiti honeymoon is still on top of my list. If you haven’t tried Artifact Uprising, you should!

Coffee Table Books

Coffee Table Books

I’d love to know if you have any fave coffee table books! And if you’re not a book person, what do you have on your coffee table? Leave a comment and let me know! xoxo

A List to Cure the Monday Blues

A List to Cure the Monday Blues

What? Monday?! When did this happen? Let’s keep it simple today. If you’ve got the Monday ickies, here’s a good ol’ list of thoughts that are keeping me going this…

What? Monday?! When did this happen?

Let’s keep it simple today. If you’ve got the Monday ickies, here’s a good ol’ list of thoughts that are keeping me going this morning. Maybe it’ll help you too.

A List to Cure the Monday Blues

Can you tell I’m so ready for summer? LA is hovering now in the low 70’s, and I know that I should be grateful it’s not cold or rainy like some folks’ springs have been. But I’m always anxious for the next season to get into full swing, and right now is no exception. I’m dying for a beach day that’s warm enough to bake in the sun. Yeah!

Okay but back to my original point. What’s keeping you going this fine Monday morning? xoxo

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell

Are you guys music lovers? Music is so a part of my life I need it like water. I was actually a music major in college, and it’s still part…

Joni Mitchell

Are you guys music lovers? Music is so a part of my life I need it like water. I was actually a music major in college, and it’s still part of my profession at times. Mr. Lovely and I are always listening to records & the radio, making up songs, or plunking stuff out on the piano or ukulele. I really think it’s good for my soul.

Recently I’ve been on a Joni Mitchell kick. She’s not new to me; I’ve been listening to her since I figured out I was secretly a hippie, sometime in college. But I’ll leave her music for a long while and then come back to it and remember that I never should have stopped listening to it because it’s so good. I mean come on! Do you listen to Joni? It’s like she’s seen the inside of my heart. Gah.

Right now my favorite is All I Want from the Blue album. It just feels like a sunshine day with the windows open, and being young, and happy, and hopeful. Do you have reactions like that to music? These lyrics just get me:

I want to have fun, I want to shine like the sun,
I want to be the one that you want to see.
I want to knit you a sweater,
Want to write you a love letter,
I want to make you feel better,
I want to make you feel free.

Her lyrics are just so simple but so true. I feel like she’s one of those artists that’s somehow able to take the things that everybody feels and express them so eloquently.

Side note: I just read back through this post and it sounds like an entry in my high school journal. So many feelings! Haha! Whatever, I’m leaving it. And while we’re on the subject, do you have any musicians or artists that just get you? I would love to know who! xoxo

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Pinterest Party

Brace yourself, guys — I’m getting all fancy with my Pinterest boards lately. I decided to do this experiment where I try to pin things all in one color palette…

Brace yourself, guys — I’m getting all fancy with my Pinterest boards lately.

Pinterest Party

I decided to do this experiment where I try to pin things all in one color palette for a short period of time. Have you ever tried that? It happened once by accident for me and I thought it looked so pretty when I looked at all of my pins together. So I tried it on purpose! Turns out, it’s a bit of a challenge.

Pinterest Party

It’s tricky for two reasons. First, you really have to scour the internet for inspiring things in the color palette that you’re working on. And second, if you see something else that you want to pin but isn’t in the color palette, what the heck do you do? I ended up pinning those things to a secret board for a while until my little experiment is over.

Pinterest Party

But anyway, if you go to see all my pins you’ll get the idea. You’ll also notice where it abruptly began, because the colors get all mixed again. I probably won’t do it forever, but right now it’s a really fun creative challenge! And it kind of makes me curious — have you ever manipulated your pinboards in a similar way? What do you think about when you pin and share an image? xoxo

Meet/Make/Do

Meet/Make/Do Snippets

We met. We made. We did. I’m actually writing this at about 6:00 am on Sunday, the day after we arrived home from Meet/Make/Do. And I thought that this morning…

Meet/Make/Do

We met. We made. We did.

I’m actually writing this at about 6:00 am on Sunday, the day after we arrived home from Meet/Make/Do. And I thought that this morning I’d wake up super late, so glad to be in my own bed, feeling happy that the event was successful but excited to be back home. And I am kind of, but mostly I just miss the women that we were able to spend time with last week. It sort of felt like going to the coolest sleep-away camp you can imagine and leaving with 12 new best friends. I actually woke up at about 5:00 this morning, anxious to look at everyone’s photos some more on the #MeetMakeBing hashtag. I just keep scrolling through them and remembering little moments I may have forgotten.

There were a few times when I looked around at people creating or learning or talking shop or just talking life and thought, “This is exactly what we wanted to make.” People worked together to create things. People were helping each other when they got stuck. Everyone was an art director and everyone was an assistant, graciously sharing tips or expertise or just time and effort. And yes, there were hiccups and we had to think on our feet at times, but that’s what events are about.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more details about what we did at Meet/Make/Do, along with bunches of projects and DIYs that we created for and at the event. But for today, enjoy a few photos from my phone while I unpack about a million boxes. I still can’t believe that we were fortunate enough to have Bing help us bring the event to life — and fortunate enough to have a crew of ridiculously brilliant women come together in Palm Springs. (See below for links to their blogs!) Have a beautiful week, guys. xoxo

The House That Lars Built

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You Are My Fave

Oh, Hello Friend

House of Earnest

Sugar + Cloth

The Proper Pinwheel

The Paper Mama

Mary Costa Photography

Paper & Stitch

Studio DIY

Lovely Indeed

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Valentine's Day

Ten Things: Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovahs! Are you guys into it? Are you, like, running around town throwing hearts at strangers and skipping and singing love songs? Or are you wearing black…

Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, lovahs! Are you guys into it? Are you, like, running around town throwing hearts at strangers and skipping and singing love songs? Or are you wearing black today in defiance against the greeting card companies for inventing a holiday? I’m always a little trepidatious on Valentine’s Day because I come across so many people who really dislike it. It kind of boggles my mind because I don’t take a staunch position against any holiday; I’ll celebrate just about anything. (And I especially love celebrating love.) But I do get it. Valentine’s Day is kind of a made-up holiday, and if you find yourself without a Valentine it can be a bummer. Although I did do a little research and found out that the holiday is said to have originally honored Saint Valentinus, who was tossed into prison when he performed marriage ceremonies for young soldiers to their lady loves, which was against the law. So there’s something, I guess.

Yadda  yadda, let’s get this post back on track! I decided that because we may have two camps on the whole Valentine’s Day issue, I’m splitting up today’s Ten Things. So now, without further ado, here we go.

Valentine’s Day Thumbs Downs

1. The restaurants that are booked months in advance.
2. Those icky teddy bears that you buy at the drug store when you forget a present for someone.
3. When people pronounce it “Valentime’s Day.”
4. Chocolate everywhere, which would be fine if I wanted to gain 10 pounds.
5. The really ugly jewelry that men think they have to buy from “fine” jewelry stores because of those awful commercials.

Valentine’s Day Thumbs Ups

6. Little kids writing Valentines to their classmates.
7. A reminder to communicate love to the people most important to you.
8. Cupid and that whole deal. A tiny chubby angel baby making people fall in love? Adorable.
9. Seeing couples out celebrating who are clearly enjoying being together.
10. Any excuse to get fresh flowers.

I would love to know where you stand on this whole V-Day thing! Leave a comment with your favorite or least favorite thing about Valentine’s Day, and have a great weekend! xoxo

Doing It Right

Who’s Doing It Right // Three

Thanks for coming back for the final installment of Who’s Doing It Right! It has been such a joy to celebrate these makers who are doing their work with integrity,…

Thanks for coming back for the final installment of Who’s Doing It Right! It has been such a joy to celebrate these makers who are doing their work with integrity, passion, and creativity. This last bunch includes more of my favorites (see posts One and Two as well!).

Doing It RightNatalie from Creme de la Craft was such a pleasure to meet. Her business cards were a perfect representation of her blog (they were tiny notebooks made from upcycled cereal boxes).

Danyelle of Dandee had some of my favorite cards at the conference, mostly because of the use of her tagline: A Happily Crafted Life. Even though we only met briefly, it was clear that she truly embodies that ideal.

On the first night of Alt, I attended a sponsor dinner hosted by Red Stamp. I can honestly say that it was one of the best sponsored events I’ve experienced; the Red Stamp team was genuinely happy to be interacting with bloggers, and had taken time and care to know the attendees beforehand. They gave out sweet little swag bags, and made sure to give Mr. Lovely one that was filled with guy-friendly stuff. They were so welcoming, and it was a joy to see them around the conference.

Doing It Right

Melanie of You Are My Fave was handing out business cards with teeny tiny balloon animals letterpressed on the back. Out of control! I’ve met Mel before, but I was happy to spend a little more time with her — she’s got strong, astute opinions without being overwhelming, and I love that.

Doing It RightYou can always spot one of Danni’s packaging jobs right away. Her business cards are like the Oh, Hello Friend blog and shop — little works of art.

Randi from Swoon Studio had the sweetest, most simple little cards and they ended up being one of my favorites. I loved the little wooden flag, and thought that it was the perfect extension of her brand.

Doing It RightOne of my favorite mini parties was the Secret Garden party by Brittany, Alix, Melissa, and Erin. Walking into that party you just knew that some beautiful minds had come together to pull it off. They had this gorgeous handkerchief featuring Brittany’s florals and Melissa’s lettering, which is now one of my prized possessions.

Thank you again for following along this week while I’ve shared these wonderful women with you. I’m so grateful for each of them; they truly made my conference experience worthwhile. These are the people that are making the creative world turn! xoxo

Doing It Right

Who’s Doing It Right // Two

I’m happy to be sharing more today about the people I came across at Alt who truly inspired me. These particular folks struck me as focused and clear-headed about their…

Doing It Right

I’m happy to be sharing more today about the people I came across at Alt who truly inspired me. These particular folks struck me as focused and clear-headed about their work, but not so much that they couldn’t be down-to-earth as well. My exchanges with these creatives left me feeling uplifted and inspired, and I’m grateful for that.

Alix from A Ruffled Life is such a whirlwind ball of energy that she can’t help but take you along with her. I remember her saying to me that she believes in hard work, and I loved that she shared that with me because I do too. (And her deer business card was ridiculously cute.)

Making It Lovely is one of the biggest blogs on the block, but Nicole still always takes a moment to say a genuine hello. I think that speaks volumes.

Doing It Right

Amber is the blogger behind Damask Love (and that rad embossed notebook). This girl is not only a riot to talk to, but savvy and smart about the business — I love that she doesn’t take herself too seriously.

Doing It Right

You know I’m pals with Chelsey (A.K.A. The Paper Mama), so it’s no surprise that I think she’s amazing. She’s an artist, a maker, a writer, a mom, and comes up with some of the most creative ideas around.

Doing It Right

I met the Shop Sweet Lulu girls in person for the first time at Alt, but they made me feel like we were old friends. Beyond being completely fun, they’ve built a brand that is clear, concise, and kind of brilliant.

Doing It RightMoorea Seal is known far and wide for having fabulous taste and creating beautiful things. On top of that, she’s cool and collected, and talking with her is like a breath of fresh, honest air.

I met Heidi early in the conference, and it was a total treat. Every time I saw her she was smiling. She’s a designer (her company is Idieh Design), and her business cards were killer. Not to mention the fact that they had a little temporary tattoo.

Kelly has been blogging at Design Crush for seven years. As a veteran blogger, she told me that she decided to go simple this year, and hand out a small, round sticker business card. I love the simplicity and the confidence in her choice.

Come back Friday for the third and final group of peeps who I think are doing it right! xoxo

Doing It Right

Who’s Doing It Right // One

So you guys. I’m about to drop an honesty bomb here, and I’m a little trepidatious about it. You all know I was at Alt Summit recently, and usually when…

Doing It Right

So you guys. I’m about to drop an honesty bomb here, and I’m a little trepidatious about it. You all know I was at Alt Summit recently, and usually when I return from Alt I have lots of stories and tidbits to share. I usually come back pumped and inspired and feeling full. But this year, I mostly just feel… tired.

It’s not that there weren’t wonderful, creative, inspiring things happening. There were. It just lacked something for me this year, and it could be for a million reasons. What’s interesting, though, is that while I was finding myself wanting something a little different from the actual conference, I found myself entirely enchanted and heartened by some of my fellow attendees.

There are some people out there who are doing things so right. And I had the opportunity to meet them, chat with them, watch them work, and see what they’re up to. While so many online folks get caught up in blog politics, or numbers games, or popularity contests, there are still bunches of beautiful creatives out there who are just quietly doing good things. I was so grateful to come across these folks at Alt, because they remind me of the good, the kindness, and the creativity that really does exist in the blog world. Some of them had amazing business cards. Some of them were full of inspiring ideas. Some have super-smart business plans and schemes. Some were just plain kind, or fun, or honest. But I found myself grateful for each of them in different ways, and I think that they deserve to be shared. So over this week, I’ll be doing that.

Doing It Right

Doing It Right

Laura from A Girl Who Makes wasn’t at Alt, but we met earlier in the week at another event. She had taken the time to hand-embroider something special for a few friends. So thoughtful.

Melissa of Lulu The Baker handed out these cool, simple little vials of sea salt instead of business cards. The design was beautiful and still had all of her information on the back. Brilliant.

I met Heather of Get Married on the first night, and I was so struck by her happiness! She was truly enjoying her experience, and it was refreshing to be in the presence of such positivity.

Lauren, Sharon, Alexandra, and Jenny hosted one of the mini-parties as well, and their party design was just so cool. Lauren’s calligraphy always inspires me, and her Stay Wild card was beautifully done.

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Jenny  from Hank + Hunt is an old pal, but I’m always impressed by her creativity. She has a knack for taking something very simple and putting a twist on it that you never would have imagined. Her disco ball business card is on my desk.

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A Thousand Threads blogger Laicie’s letterpress business card was so lovely, and she was too.

I’ve long been a fan of Michelle Edgemont, and I was pumped to spend a bit of time with her over the few days. Her honesty and clarity about the blog & design biz was just as inspiring as her work.

Ashley from Sugar & Cloth was a co-host of our mini party, and it was awesome to watch her work. Her commitment to quality and eye for design was indispensable. (The same goes for our third host, Brittni, but in all of the chaos I never managed to get one of her business cards!)

So. There you have it. People who made an impact on me in one way or another. And some of the folks who made the whole event worthwhile. I’ll be sharing more, so please come back later in the week to check these incredible people out. And if you were at Alt, how was your experience? Who did you meet that just made your day? I would truly love to know! xoxo