Good things.

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13.4.14

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This past week was rough. Last weekend I came down with a real bad cold that has kept me absolutely miserable all week long. It was a hectic week at work, so I wasn’t able to rest as much as I would have liked, and I was hoping this weekend would do the trick. BUT, it looks like a trip to the doctor is in order :/

Amidst all the coughing, though, I have a lot to look forward to! I’m heading to Portland on Wednesday night! It’s going to be a quick trip… but I get to hang out in Portland and eat allll the good food with my friends. So THAT is pretty great.

What are YOU looking forward to? I hope that even if things aren’t amazing right now, you remember that THERE ARE GOOD THINGS TO COME. xo!

HOME TOUR on the Everygirl!

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06.4.14

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If you follow me on instagram, you’ve probably already heard me talk about this, but I wanted to mention it on the blog because I’m so excited!! My home was featured on The Everygirl. The best part is that the feature went live on my birthday. It was a lovely little birthday treat!

Here are a few photos that didn’t make it into the feature, but I thought were worth sharing. The sweet (and talented!) Summer Kais photographed my home, both she + the gals at The Everygirl were a delight to work with.

Needless to say, if you’re interested in seeing more photos of my home,  learning about my decorating style, and hearing more about Odd Daughter, head over to The Everygirl.

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++ mix of photos taken by myself and Summer Kais.

A social media workshop + a lovely studio

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This weekend I had the opportunity to attend a rad social media workshop taught by Bri Emery. It was held in her incredible (!!) studio and we got to hear a bunch of great tips and just chat about social media in general. It was a great experience. I walked away with some exciting ideas about things I’d like to implement. Mostly, Bri’s studio is simply gorgeous, and I’d love to have a shared studio space like that some day. Inspirational, for sure!

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SAN DIEGO EATS / Buona Forchetta

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08.3.14

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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.

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04.3.14

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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??

A day in Palm Springs + a night at The ACE!

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21.2.14

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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. :)

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CELEBRATE!!

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07.2.14

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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

 

CLEARING MY HEAD

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05.2.14

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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!!

Oh Hiiii 3-day WEEKEND.

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17.1.14

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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!!

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A FEW THINGS I’VE LEARNED | Renegade LA Craft Fair

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I thought I’d put together a few things I’ve learned from selling at Renegade. Below are my craft fair tips…!

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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. 

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