Around The Studio

April 17, 2014


I was inspired to snap a few details of my studio this afternoon to show you what it looks like on a normal working day. I’m pretty bad about keeping this place clean and clutter free. It’s my studio – it’s supposed to be messy right? This morning, I had all of my birthday remnants thrown around on the table – flowers, pictures, & treats! ( I turned 27 yesterday, ah** ) Bubba and I took these photo-booth shots last night at this little record store by our apartment. Then we proceeded to eat more sushi than I thought was humanly possible! p.s. That blue silk scarf is my new favorite hair accessory!



My inspiration wall keeps growing and growing! I feel like I’ve become this crazy-collector lady that is always picking up random things off the ground, ha. It is officially the #1 thing that people instagram when they come in here ( see: 1 / 2 / 3 ) I added a few new pieces to it this past month that I am seriously in love with. I only have about a foot at the top left blank – I’m so close to covering the entire wall.



This is what my desk usually looks like – lots of cords and that’s about it. Oh, and my foam core sun shield-tent because I’m blinded by glare without it… I sold my desktop a couple of months back and have just been working from my laptop & this rotating stand. It’s been a nice set up but I plan to get a monitor soon – I’m wanting to work on a larger scale again!

Below are some random things that are always lying around – small knick-knacks that keep me happy! Books ( looks like I’m really drawn to pinks & reds ) tape, jewelry, my new leather pouch from my knitting buddy, Karen! All good stuff.


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Bunch Feature

April 15, 2014


I’m so flattered to be featured by Bunch Magazine this week. BUNCH is a limited print publication that highlights influencers across creative communities! The aim is to cultivate a like-minded collective through interviews, photographs, and film that are both inspirational and motivational to the reader.

+ Loren Crosier took my portrait & Chloe Roth wrote the interview
+ You can read the entire feature here


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3 things +

April 08, 2014


Three things that have made me happy as of late:

01. This past weekend, I had the pleasure of teaching a Graphic Design 101 workshop! I plan to do a more in depth post on this fairly soon so stay tuned, as it was a super fun experience! Turns out I kinda of love teaching! I also love sharing my studio with other people – it’s my happy place :)

02. See that huge white farm-table looking thing in the top photo? Bubba and I made that when I moved into my studio but I never found chairs for it. I figured long benches would be perfect but I never got around to making them. I ended up using the table as a standing work station ( aka: let clutter, magazines, coffee cups, and mail pile up on it ) For the Graphic Design 101 workshop, I decided to snag a handful of these mid-century modern inspired chairs! They were perfect.

03. These pretty pink flowers & greens kept me company on my bike ride last week! I got them in San Francisco from a sweet man that only wanted “a couple of bucks” for them :) After payment, he proceeded to fan me “like Cleopatra” because the palms seemed to remind him of her. Needless to say, I have found my new favorite flower stand.

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3 things +

March 17, 2014


Three things that have made me happy as of late:

01. I recently decided to try out Artifact Uprising – I’ve been wanting to print something with them for a while now – Cassie from The Veda House inspired me! Overall, I’m super happy with how they turned. If I’m going to be honest though, they are a tad bit expensive! I wouldn’t be able to print with them regularly but it’s perfect for something really special.

02. Last week, I explored my neighborhood a bit. I walked about 10 minutes away from my studio and landed in Old Oakland for Loren Crosier’s art show. I didn’t realize how close I was to such amazing shops & restaurants. That’s what I get for not making time to enjoy longer lunches… This shot is from Crown Nine, the jewelry boutique that hosted the show. If you guys are ever in the area, I highly recommend visiting & walking a few blocks in each direction! ( note: there are really good tacos across the street from Crown Nine )

03. This photo was taken a few days ago in Baton Rouge! Every year, since I was 3, I have gone to Louisiana to celebrate St. Patricks Day with my huge awesome loud family! We start drinking green beer at 8am, eating grits and left over crawfish for breakfast, and yell at people on floats for cheap shiny beads?? It’s one of my favorite life traditions.

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Per-Tim

March 10, 2014


I’ve got sleep on the mind you guys… or shall I say, lack of sleep? Before diving into my pillow-talk, can we please admire PER-TIM?? They are a Melbourne-based label specializing in graphic loungewear, sleepwear and bedding. Do you guys enjoy changing into your “I’m at home and ready to veg” clothes as much as I do? I mean, it’s literally the 1st thing I do. They are definitely not as cute as these pieces ( cue my grey drawstrings and tank top ) but maybe some day!

So my pillow talk… without getting all “omg listen to all my issues” on you, I’ll just say that I am a horrible sleeper. I bring this up because I would love to hear about other people’s experiences. I’m trying to work through my sleep stuff without being too dramatic and running to the doctor. Are you the type that goes to bed and doesn’t move a single inch until your alarm goes off? Or do you toss and turn, dream a lot, drool, what’s your thing??



Me personally?? I have always thought I was just a really tired person that loved to sleep… I would proudly clock 13-14 hours in high school ( on the weekends of course ). In college, I was so busy that my schedule couldn’t handle such long sleep-filled nights. I would have to survive on 4/5/6 hours and that was just miserable. I hated going to sleep because I knew how hard it would be for me to wake up… I’m now 26 and still feeling unsatisfied every morning and a constant exhaustion throughout the day. What to do?

Tests!! That is what you do… How many hours do I need to sleep before I reach my sweet spot? Meaning, I wake up on my own feeling super rested and ready to go right? The result = 9/10 hours. ( I also borrowed my boyfriend’s FitBit for a week to track how restless I am – this was so insightful. On an average night, he probably turns over 5-10 times maximum where I log about 20-30 turns, eek. ) In the end, I have no idea why I feel the way I do. It could be stress, it could be sleep apnea, I could just dream really hard? My fix? I’m going to try and not look at the computer a few hours before bed ( …as I write this blog post at 11:56pm, haha ), drink some sleepy-time tea ( thanks Jessica ), breath rhythmically, get one of those face masks you wear at night ( oh gosh please no! ) Who knows… Sigh of frustration… Wish me luck.


Photos from: Per Tim & The Design Files

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Ray Ban

February 07, 2014


Yes yes… that is Bubba & I making out in the back of a car for a Ray Ban ad :) I’m not going to lie, it was a pretty hilarious experience. Thank god the photographer was my friend, otherwise there would have been a lot more blushing** I was asked to step in & help with styling for this social media campaign! Ray Ban wanted images for unique “holidays” throughout the year:

To name a few favorites –
+ Origami Day (sunglasses that fold up)
+ Vinyl Day (retro red aviators)
+ Kiss & Make Up Day (a colorful & happy pair of shades)
+ Disobedience Day (remember these photos?)

You get the point! We paired these quirky days with a Ray Ban product that mirrors the style of the day!! Overall, it was an awesome experience – I welcome jobs that involve me to step away from the computer any day. My sanity almost requires it.

Photos by: Eva Kolenko
Art Direction by: Jay Lorenzini


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TGIF +

January 31, 2014


Happy Friday party-people! It has been insanely gorgeous here in the bay ( i’m talking no jackets, warm sun, cool breeze ) I am going to try my hardest to spend some solid time outdoors… I stayed in last week to finish up my new website & blog designs. At this point, they are 90% developed – I just need to write my copy and take photos of my portfolio! I have been talking about doing this for like, 2 years ( geez ) so it feels pretty damn good to be this close. Stay tuned & wish me luck.

photo by: Marissa Maharaj

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Dear Closet, I’m sorry.

January 26, 2014


Dear closet, I’m so sorry I have been neglecting you.
For like… 3 years now!

No joke you guys… I was going through some old photos the other day and found one from 3 YEARS AGO – I was wearing an exact outfit that I still wear today. Same jeans, same chambray, same winter hat. I’m sure we all have our favorite favorite things that we’ve kept for a while but this is stuff that I’m not even that crazy about. It’s just easy to throw on and looks so-so on me. Have I really been distracted by other things for so long that there hasn’t been any room for growth?? What a bummer… I will keep this post focused on my wardrobe but I have to admit, I feel like this applies to other areas of my life as well ( diet, friends, work… )

So what am I going to do about it? Well, for the past 2-3 weeks, I have been cleaning out my closet in an incredibly aggressive way. I mean stacks and stacks of clothing have been hauled out, headed for Goodwill or Buffalo Exchange! It knew this was good but left me feeling very bare-boned in the outfit arena. All of a sudden, I only have 2 pairs of jeans and about 12ish tops that I’m proud to put on and leave the house in. Eeek!! I’m going to stay where I am for a bit and really ask myself how I want to move forward. ( I’ve been super inspired by Maddy ) I’m new to this whole “lean closet” lifestyle – fewer, better things right?? I’m excited. Super curious. More soon!

01. Emma Kimono | 02. Silk Noil Headwrap | 03. Chloe Ankle Boots | 04. Contour Cuff

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Happy Monday! I wanted to do a quick post to announce that we’re looking for an additional studio mate to join us in our space. We’re located in Oakland, specifically Jack London Square! We are an easy going, creative bunch of graphic designers whose goal is to manifest a positive & supportive work environment. Interested?? Join us!

Quick details:
+ The lease starts immediately
+ You have your own designated area that is 200 sq feet
+ 24 hour access

For more information: ( quickly ) email us at 255jacklondon@gmail.com
If you’d like to be considered, please tell us all about yourself!! Thanks.


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3 things!

January 10, 2014


Three things that have made me happy as of late:

01. While recovering from a week of sickness, I’ve been indulging in some new books and magazines. A few of my favorites are A Story Lately Told by Angelica Huston, an issue of Lula, and the first of This is Paper Magazine.

02. I’m getting back into knitting for pleasure. After spending a year aggressively knitting for the book, I needed a break. I decided to make this pattern from Wool & The Gang. I’ll make sure to show off the finished product. I’m also teaming up with WATG for a giveaway – so knitters, get excited! Have you guys ever tried their kits?

03. This is from a movie night ( for creative ladies in the bay area ) that I hosted before Christmas! I rearranged my studio a bit so that we could have a projector and lots of friends in. We ended up watching Mystic Pizza and having potluck snacks + drinks. It was some serious fun. I plan to host one every month now!

04. Okay four things this week… I can’t stop listening to / watching this!! She’s so heavenly. And that rooftop shot of old Paris. Take me there now please??

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