hi guys. how’s your week going? mine is going pretty well actually. i’ve gotten a lot of things crossed off my to-do list. i’m headed to dana point with my dad and two brothers this weekend. i’m a little nervous because my dad and i have had a rocky few years and this will be one of the first times we have seen each other in quite a while. just trying to stay positive about it. i do feel lucky that southern california has so many little weekend road trip opportunities, i’ve definitely been taking advantage of them this summer. (remember this post?)

i thought i would try to check in more on a personal level here. sometimes blogs can feel disconnected to the actual blogger behind it, so i think it’s nice to say hello and show you my more human side every now and then.


i had a pretty big shift with my career this week, but more on that soon. it feels like i’m in a very transitional phase. i guess it’s felt like that for about a year now actually. i’m still sorting out what my next avenues in life are going to be, and that feels exciting and also like a big question mark. one thing i do know is that we are planning the designloveFESTIVAL and i’m so excited about it. it’s going to be october 24th, so mark your calendars if you live in LA!

can i just say how awesome it is that arian and i are still able to be such close friends. not all of my exes have been like that. i’m constantly reminded why we were together for so long. he’s such a supportive and loyal person. i hope we can always stay that way. i do sometimes worry how it will be when one of us gets into another relationship, but i think we will cross that bridge when we get there, right? have you had a similar situation? i guess it’s kind of tricky.


and dang, we’ve been totally slacking on those weekly workout posts. i’m sorry! sometimes i find it hard to say something interesting each week about it, you know? “hey i worked out again and tried my best to eat healthy but still drank alcohol when i shouldn’t have.” not very motivational haha. but i AM still doing it. i’m actually supposed to go to a new dance class with my friend joy tonight. we haven’t worked out together in a loooong time so it will be fun.

have an awesome rest of your week, ok? catch up with me this weekend over here. xx bri

(artwork by sarah eisenlohr)


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    maddie says:

    I really appreciate personal posts like this. It’s kind of cool to know where your head is at, cool to know I’m not the only one who might be sitting here thinking like wtf is going on in my life lately.

    jaclyn says:

    I really like these personal posts too.

    As someone who has never kept in touch with any of her exes, I must admit that every time you mention him on Instagram or here on the blog, I think to myself, “Ooh boy, what is that girl getting herself into?!”

    I can’t wait to hear more about these career transitions….

    Katryna says:

    Thank you for opening up Bri, it’s so amazing to hear these personal posts. I am endlessly inspired by the work you do and I am so happy to hear that the FESTival is happening. You have a keen eye and no matter how your career transitions I know it will be doing something great.
    Best of luck

    Elyse says:

    Yes! Thank you for this, Bri! While I love all the DIY tips and BEAUTIFUL styling porn on here, we all started following your blog for a reason…YOU! So it’s nice for you to pop in every once in a while. Hope you have fun and can relax on your trip and enjoy reconnecting with your Dad. It’s gonna be good. Just trust and breathe. Much love from the midwest!

    Sheri says:

    1. I love your personal posts.

    2. Excited to hear about your new work venture.

    3. About this weekend, it’s gonna be okay. Saying some prayers for you for a great and peaceful and happy weekend! 🙂

    4. If I was in LA I would totally go to the designloveFESTIVAL and bring all of my design loving friends with me.

    5. I would like to hang all of this artwork included in this post in my office stat.

    Amen. 🙂

    Amber says:

    Hi Bri!

    I, too, always appreciate your personal posts. I hope you have a great weekend with your family. Don’t be nervous about spending time with your dad! I obviously know nothing about you guys’ relationship, but I do know that I had a really bad relationship with my dad for a long time, but if both parties are willing to get together to try to move forward, surely something good will come out of it 🙂

    I’m not sure how much you welcome feedback on your blog, or if I’m perhaps in the minority here, but I wasn’t as into the workout posts. However! I’ve been wondering for a long time if you’ll bring back the “How to Run a Blog Outta Your Car” posts. Those were fun, really helpful, and I really liked seeing/hearing the behind the scenes stuff of DLF.

    You’re an inspiration… as always 🙂


    Donna K says:

    The designloveFESTIVAL sounds amazing!! Definitely saving the date for that. I can’t wait 🙂 Love seeing how you are constantly growing yourself and your brand. Very inspiring!

    Stephanie says:

    I love personal posts, thanks for sharing with us..btw love these inspiring pictures! Good luck and have a great time with your dad and bros this weekend 🙂

    ps- Can’t wait to hear more about designlove Festival in October!!



    Jen says:

    Hi Bri,

    I love your personal posts, I always feel like I can relate to what you are writing – like we’re somewhat journeying together…in different time zones with different people in the mix.

    Just wanted to say that ex-boyfriends are tricky, but only we know what we can handle, right? I think some people are just meant to be in our lives and how it works and navigates is between those two people. So I say more power to you two making it work.

    Lynne says:

    Do you think it’s possible you and your ex may still be in love with each other? It’s hard to move on with someone else if you still have these feelings. Perhaps you don’t want to move on. If you do, you may at some point have to let go of this relationship. It could also be possible that you have some things to work out and this is a relationship you want to continue with when you are ready.

    Good luck with your father this weekend. I hope it can be a positive experience for you!

    Laura light says:

    A girl in her 20’s, I remember those days….hang in there and take it one day at a time……☺️

    Carole nee says:

    I’m so proud of you. You know where you’re going.
    The best to you.

    Alli says:

    Hi Bri, I really like reading your personal posts, it sounds like you are on quite the journey right now. Looking forward to hearing how it all pans out. Hope your weekend is good x

    sbort says:

    regarding friends with exes – when the other person is in a “real” relationship (not just casually dating people) – you’re REALLY gonna find out what’s up. it brings up SO many emotions. my ex (love of my effing life) and i were friends until she started dating somebody… and then we were suddenly too close… and it was “weird”, and she wasn’t ALLOWED to talk to me anymore… and now we’re….. nothing. and we’re soulmates. it’s heartwrenching… good luck to you <3 i hope you're the exception <3

    jackie says:

    aw. really appreciate the human check in 🙂 i was actually at outside lands as well! i worked the chicken and waffles vendor across from the hammock station.

    re: the exes thing – i think it’s tricky. there’s still closeness while no one is in a serious relationship, but i do think that might change when one of you does enter into one. i think the friendship can stay but the degree of closeness might not out of respect of the person’s new partner (yours or his).

    for the workout thing – you guys have inspired me! i’m using Rise to help with nutrition and keeping me accountable with what i eat and have signed up with Classpass for workouts. 😀 we’ll see in a few weeks! i agree– this whole being healthy takes time and results happen SLOWLY (like super visible ones). but the good thing is, we’re becoming more aware about our choices – whether it’s good or guilty ones.

    have a good weekend!

    Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for sharing this! It was really nice to read something personal. I hope you have a nice weekend with your dad- I have been struggling with the same situation my whole life. I am also dealing with a career transition and the big question mark has been hanging over my head for a long time. Just remember that everything happens for a reason and you are a strong independent woman and can handle anything thrown at you!

    Michelle says:

    I love your personal posts…thank you for opening up to all of us. And I do hope things go well with your dad. Things in life ebb and flow, and time goes on regardless – so keep an open mind and remember relationships can change and grow and shift. Sending good vibes your way.

    And I couldn’t help but love your choice of artwork for this post. I love Sarah’s work. If you like collages, and you’re in the mood for something new to look at, you can see mine at http://www.seedsof.today <3

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Casey says:

    I’ve missed your more personal posts! So glad to see this one. Very excited to hear about the next steps in your career. It definitely sounds like this past year has been transitional for you, but it’s been wonderful to watch bits of your exploration from afar. Have a great trip!

    Kelly says:

    I love personal posts now and then and appreciate you sharing them. I’m very excited to read about those career challenges coming up. Too bad I don’t live in LA, that DesignloveFESTIVAL sounds like something I would love to attend.

    I went through a very similar break up to you and Arian around the same time (I think I commented then, too!), and my ex and I have been able to remain really good friends. It took some time apart and some therapy, but now we are on really good terms and he’s become a wonderful, supportive friend as well. When I tell people this, they look at me like I’m crazy or like one of us must be “using” the other. Not so! We have both dated other people, to one extent or another, and it’s taken some work to find the boundaries there, like how much to share, etc. My advice is to just take it situation by situation and speak up if you are uncomfortable (which it sounds like you would). With good communication, you can weather all sorts of things, even if you’re not romantically involved. Glad to know there are others out there like me! xoxox.

    Christina Gliati says:

    Dear I hope it goes just fine with your dad, it’s important! As for your career please let us know what’s happening ! Keep it up, love you!!

    Arielle says:

    You are always inspiring me to be more vulnerable! I love your personal/human posts. I hope everything is great with your dad. Its tough to have those rocky moments with family, but trust that all relationships need this to grow each person in them. Same with your ex, that’s wonderful that you’re still great friends. Your career is inspiring, and I’m excited to see what youre transitioning to next. Hearing your openness is helping me with my person situations. My advice is to just to keep going, and keep growing through it all. You’re already facing the future head on, instead of running away from problems like some may fall into doing. That’s in itself an achievement. We go through things, we grow through things.

    ALSO I am SO excited to see what DesignLoveFestival is all about! So lucky to live in LA! 🙂

    Audra says:

    I totally understand about being friends with an ex! I got out of a long-term relationship around the same time you did, and your posts about navigating waters through the break-up and since then really speak to me 🙂 I started dating someone else recently, and it does make the friendship with my ex feel different (I still haven’t told him!). I think as long as neither person still wants something more, you can make it work. It’s hard, though. Just be honest with yourself and your feelings, and see what happens.

    Courtney says:

    I’m currently going through a breakup with someone I’ve been with for seven years, and it has kind of been amazing. I mean, we’re both super sad and it’s confusing because love isn’t logical, but we get along SO WELL now and are planning to stay close friends. He’s the exact same way- super supportive and loyal and wonderful. I actually read through your posts the other day because I thought about how you’ve mentioned that the two of you are close and it’s inspiring! It’s so refreshing because everyone we know looks at us like we’re crazy or that it’s impossible to still be friends! Just because the relationship ended doesn’t mean that the love and bond just dissipated. I’m also terrified for when we both meet other people though I suppose that will always be a bit weird? Thanks for your honesty! It’s so refreshing.

    steph o says:

    Yay for mature adult relationships, whatever form they may be! I hope you are able to start building one with your dad, as well. Good luck on your trip.
    And please continue the workout posts, even if you’re afraid they’ll be boring. Your fit challenge was one of my motivating factors for dusting the cobwebs off the jogging stroller, as well as ponying up the $$$ to join a fitness club…at 4 months pregnant. Now that I’m 7.5 months, I’m not running anymore, but I am attending workout classes 3-4 times per week. I’m feeling much better this pregnancy, my daughter has been able to bond with her grandmother while I go work out, and I have established a fitness routine I will be able to continue after giving birth. Thanks for being the kick in the butt to make that happen!

    Love this type of post 🙂 Sounds like you’re doing great at staying positive and just trying to stay happy in life. I was listening to the Nerdist podcast with Owen Wilson as the guest and he and Chris were talking about how most people are always trying to pursue happiness…but instead, why don’t we just try to be happy where we are? Enjoy these moments because we’ll ever have them again. Hope you have a great day Bri! xoxo from Nashville

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