Working from home has a way of turning me into a bit of a hermit. With the exception of daily gym classes and errands punctuating my work day, it’s just me, my pups, and my computer all day long. Which – to be honest – is nothing short of heaven for this introvert. But these past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of leaving the house and chatting with some amazing creative freelancers who have given me invaluable insight and reassurance about this unconventional way of life.
I have enjoyed many great conversations while working alongside Amy at her kitchen table. I talked taxes, yoga, and Photoshop tricks with Katie over coffee. I exchange daily marathon texts about biz matters and time management with my good friend Jaymee. And just yesterday, I spent several hours at Urth Caffe with my wedding photographer (whom I found on Pinterest, of all places!) and now friend, Katie, chatting about marriage, wedding blogs, and not quite fitting the art school mold. Even though our career paths may overlap slightly, I am THRILLED that we can have an open, honest dialogue about what it’s really like to be your own boss (the consensus: it’s the best). There really needs to be more of this, don’t you think?
SoCal creatives, we should totally meet up for coffee. I want to hear about your life.
Two months ago, I had the absolute pleasure of playing photographer at the amazing wedding of two amazing people. Jess + Jeff are the salt of the earth; one should be lucky enough just to be invited to their wedding, much less photographing it! Needless to say, I smiled a big fat smile from hair + makeup all the way to the final farewell. It was a long, beautiful day that taught me so much about what it takes to photograph a wedding (hint: it takes A LOT)! Here are some of my favorite shots from the day:
Over the holiday season, I was lucky enough to have almost all of my friends in town for several weeks. This meant daily trips to Starbucks to “get work done” which translates to “rearrange the tables + chairs in the store to accomodate everyone and talk loudly for hours on end.” (The good people at the ‘Bucks totally love us.) Since it’s so rare to actually have my friends nearby for an extended period of time, I knew I had to seize the opportunity to pop the question to my bridesmaids in person. And let me tell you, I struggled to figure out what I wanted to do! The pressure was on, to say the least.
After many failed mock-ups (I was dead-serious about this task), I finally decided that simple was best.
Using my Cameo, I die-cut each of the cards and then adhered them to a sheet of gold cardstock along with a handwritten message on the back. From there, I wrapped each card in hot pink tissue paper and tucked them into kraft bags embellished with washi tape, glitter tape, and a Thicker in each girl’s first initial. And guess what? It totally worked! Despite the fact that four out of six girls currently live out of state, they all agreed to join me on this journey! I couldn’t be more thrilled.
A few weekends ago, I met up with my good friend Janelle for coffee + blog talk. If there’s anything in this world that the two of use can discuss until pretty much the end of time (and then some), it’s bloglandia. Who we look up to, what kinds of posts we love, what styles we gravitate towards, and of course, how the H can we be those people? It really was the best and I can’t wait to do it again soon.
And speaking of blog loving, here are a few that have totally won me over recently:
- Small Fry. Am I a mom or do I plan on becoming a mom anytime soon? Good lord no. But I am in love with this blog run by a talented group of gals from Utah (where else?).
- The Fresh Exchange. The hand-lettered titles, the stunning photos, the Parisian lifestyle (!!!)…this blogger has the midas touch.
- Blog Brunch. A blog about blogging? YES. PLEASE.
- Obama’s Website. All politics aside, Obama’s team hit it out of the park when they hired SimpleScott to brand his campaign. This article profiling the head designer is especially fascinating.
What are your favorite new blogs? Do share!
Last night my friend Janelle and I attended Oh Joy’s book signing and Q+A event in LA and had such a great time. It’s always fun to go to these kinds of parties because they really bring the big-name bloggers out of the woodwork (like this one! and this one!). And let’s get real: there’s nothing we love more than a little people-watching of the blogger variety. Every detail about the event was impeccable…the location, the decor, the Smilebooth. But then again, I wouldn’t expect anything less from the queen of design.