I thought it’d be fun to begin sharing some of my favorite spots to eat in SD with all of you! And the oh-so-incredible Buona Forchetta seems like a good place to start. This place is so authentic you may be convinced you’re in Italy. I’ve only had their Neopolitan style pizza, so I can’t speak to everything else. But their pizza is absolutely delicious. AND, the best part is that they have the most UNBELIEVABLE gluten-free crust (as an option). My sister dearest is gluten intolerant and that typically rules out the best Italian spots… but not in this case. #MiraclesHappen.
I think my favorite pizza thus far is the Andrea. Though I highly doubt you can go wrong. If you plan to visit on a Friday or Saturday night, expect a wait! But since the restaurant is located in South Park (an absolutely adorable San Diego neighborhood), you can always just wander around and check out some of the nearby shops.
++ BUONA FORCHETTA / 3001 Beech St, San Diego, CA 92102
A few things from last weekend:
1| IT RAINED. And it made me so very happy!! I know. Those of you who have had the coldest, wettest, snowiest winters are all like “I’ma kill you”. But you guys, the rain was so glorious! We needed it so badly… and every once in a while I just miss the rain I used to experience in Seattle. Needless to say, Michelle and I caught up on some netflix and rented some movies, in order to soak in the rainy weather in it’s entirety.
2| I found these nifty lil’ airplants at my fave spot: Pigment.
3| Made this ridiculously good salad. Recipe via Sprouted Kitchen. Eating it made me feel really healthy. Until I followed it up with a pint of Ben & Jerry’s. You win some, you LOSE some.
4| The way way back. This was one of the redbox movies we picked up for a rainy evening, and it was such a good movie! Seriously funny, heartwarming, sad, etc. A perfect mix of emotions w/ an incredible cast.
So, those are a few things on my mind right now. What’s new with all of you??
It was my sister’s birthday a couple weeks ago so we we made the last minute decision to head up to Palm Springs for Friday night and Saturday. We were able to snag a room at the ACE for Friday evening, and then just relaxed on Saturday (before heading home).
We started off Saturday morning at King’s Highway (the lovely restaurant at the ACE) … and I ordered the orange-ricotta pancakes w/ a stumptown latte. YOU GUYS. YUM. It’s possible that I stood on my seat to get a photo of our lovely breakfasts — and may have embarrassed our group. It’s fine. ;) Then we just relaxed pool-side until the afternoon when it started to get a little bit cool. We finished up the day by admiring all the mid-century architecture and enjoying way too much Mexican food.
It was a lovely 24 hours… but I need to remember that it’s better when you have a full weekend (or better yet – a 3-day weekend) to spend away, and truly relax. So I guess that’s the plan for next time. :)
I’m in the mood for celebrating today. Not only is it FRIDAY… but it’s also my SISTER’S BIRTHDAY! And we’re taking a super quick getaway to Palm Springs tonight. So excited, you guys.
And I don’t want any of you to miss out on the celebration! So I’m offering free shipping on ALL PURCHASES in my shop for the next week! (2/7-2/14). Just enter the code “CELEBRATE” when you check out!! And if you spend $40 or more, I’ll throw in something special!!
Pictured above is my current fave: the cactus print! As a part of my Paper for Good series, $5 from this purchase will go to a non-profit. And come on… it’s just so darn cute.
HAPPY SHOPPING + CELEBRATING, friends!! xx
I’ve been feeling overwhelmed lately. Not because anything is wrong, but because I have a lot on my plate! Working full-time, designing for my stationery shop, and adding freelance is keeping me very busy. On top of that, there are so many social opportunities! And as an introvert who needs time to relax on my own, it’s tough (even though it’s fun).
At times like this, it’s extra important for me to get out and BREATHE some fresh air! After being cooped up in an office all day, the last thing I want to do is sit in traffic. So, I’ve been trying to go for walks after work. The exercise is good… but mostly it forces me to take a break. And it doesn’t hurt that I work in the most beautiful location. These are some photos from yesterday’s post-work-walk. Not bad, huh?!
How do you clear your head? I’d love more ideas!!
I know I feel this way every Friday, but I’m so happy it’s almost the weekend! And a 3-day weekend nonetheless. SWEET PRAISES. I’ll be continuing work on our dining table (!), packaging up some wholesale orders, and enjoying the sun. Sometimes I completely take for granted the GORGEOUS place in which I live. And photos like these (taken during a sunset walk along — wait for it — sunset cliffs), send me a loud reminder! San Diego is a beautiful, rad city. And even though I hate it’s traffic, and sometimes long for cooler weather, I’ve got it good. Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!
I thought I’d put together a few things I’ve learned from selling at Renegade. Below are my craft fair tips…!
1 / bring lots of business cards (but don’t spend a lot of $$ on getting them printed). At a big craft fair, there will be lots of people passing through — but many of them want to take a look around before making any purchases. In that case, they’ll often grab a business card. You definitely want to have PLENTY of business cards available… but I wouldn’t spend hundreds of dollars purchasing letterpress business cards for a craft fair. Save those for one-on-one interactions!
2 / keep an open mind, and be optimistic! while you may not be making the actual sales you hoped for, there are so many ways to gain exposure and benefit from selling at a craft fair. getting to hear people’s feedback is worth a LOT. It was really fun for me to hear people’s reactions to some of my cards — and made me realize “ok, I want to make more cards that elicit that kind of reaction!”.
3 / pay attention to aesthetics!! you overall display should be a representation of your brand. I used a lot of white in my display, to allow my products to shine.
4 / be prepared with lots of products! You never know if one of your items will end up being wildly popular… or if you’ll sell products at a similar rate. BUT, in the case that one of your products does really well at a specific fair, you want to make sure you won’t run out!
Mostly — just have fun. Seriously.
To everyone who is currently buried under a mountain of snow, you are more than welcome to visit San Diego. Our 10-day forecast is boasting temps in the 70′s and 80′s. WHAT. Some days I wish I could cozy up and enjoy some snowy weather… but then I think about the fact that I don’t have to scrape my windshield when I leave the house, and can get a tan during my lunch break. So… it’s a toss up.
I’m hoping to enjoy the sun a bit this weekend. If nothing else, I’ll go for a walk around one of my favorite neighborhoods (shout out to south park + kensington!). I’m also planning to start work on the dining table my sister and I will be building (like this). I’m excited!
What are your weekend plans??
++ photo via Pigment (one of my absolute favorite spots in SD). postcards available in-store and in my shop!
I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about my process! Each design starts as an idea I’ve sketched with black ink. I have SO MANY scraps of paper filled with drawings (in my purse, in my room, on my desk, ha!)… and many of these end up as designs you see in my shop! Below, you’ll see some of the design elements I used to create a baby shower invite for one of my dearest friends! I like to group all the “pieces” together in Illustrator so I know what I’m working with. :)
If you’re interested in seeing more of my process, and random designs that don’t end up in the shop, feel free to follow me on Dribbble. I’m trying to post some of my designs, and will hopefully be showing more of my work that doesn’t end up on a card or print. Also, let me know if you use Dribbble!
2013 was a good year. A year filled with many new things — including new friends and a new business! I’m not typically a super reflective person, but as we head into 2014 it’s cool to look back and think about how things have changed for me over the past year. I launched my online shop in April and have worked with seven different retailers! I’m still juuuuust getting started, but rather than focusing on all of the things I haven’t done yet, I want to appreciate the baby steps. I’ve learned a lot this year about owning a small business and selling wholesale (hey taxes!). I designed my first wedding invites (!!) and am hoping to continue to do freelance + custom design projects. Although there are times I wish I could fast-forward and be “more successful/established”, I know that I need to put in the work. And as I look back on the last year, I can see how my work (and the support of others, THANK YOU!) has made Odd Daughter Paper Co. a reality.
On a more personal note, I’m so grateful for all of the friends I’ve made this year! I’ve made new friends through my day job and have become part of an amazing church community. I’ve also continued to love living in San Diego and have really enjoyed meeting more and more rad people who live here. With all of that said, I’m excited to see where 2014 takes me!! What are you looking forward to??
++ HIP HIP HOORAY coasters now available in the shop! :)