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well hello + happy friday! how was your week? any fun weekend plans?
i just took on a few projects that actually make me VERY nervous, but also very excited. it’s funny that we can so easily tell our friends “you got this!” or “it’s all going to be great.” with such confidence, but when it comes to ourselves it’s much more difficult to be our own cheerleader. but as i’ve learned in the past, confidence comes from just taking those jobs you feel iffy about, learning from them, and figuring it out as you go. we will never be fully ready for every opportunity that comes our way, so we just have to jump in, try it, and do our best. (can you tell i’m trying to pep talk myself here??) so this weekend i am going to get together with friends and have a little brainstorming brunch. casual, easy, no pressure…just trying to think up ideas. and even if nothing comes of it, i still have good company.
also, my friend told me The Galapagos Affair was a super interesting documentary so i want to veg out on the couch and watch it on sunday. any others that you’ve seen recently and loved on netflix? (see a ton of my favorites here, here and here)
have a lovely weekend everyone! hope it’s filled with farmer’s markets, naps, mimosas, pancakes and people you really really like. -bri
we held our new york blogshop at shio studio. it was our first time teaching there, and we loved it! our decor and florals were done by our friend michelle edgemont who teamed up with patina rentals to provide the room with those awesome tables and chairs and cute seating areas.
ps if you’d like to join one of our upcoming blogshop classes…
malvi sent us these marshmallow treats for us to get our sugar fix. you can microwave them too!
if you’d like to join one of our upcoming blogshop classes…
los angeles in person (october 25-26 is almost sold out)
i’ve always been hesitant about online dating. i’ve always just pictured meeting and it being very awkward. but SO many people i know have been on tinder or okcupid and actually have gone on somewhat normal dates. (mixed with some pretty hilarious encounters as well) so i figured, hey why not at leeeeeast sign up and see what it’s all about, right? i’m single, i should try new things.
i must admit it’s pretty entertaining to sit on tinder with your friends and swipe left left left with commentary. and sometimes you even swipe RIGHT which is very exciting. (for those of you that don’t know, that means you think they are hot or cool or whatever.)
for the most part, it’s a lot of guys who send you creepy messages (although i did get one that said “is your name google, because you have everything i’m searchin for” which i thought was pretty funny.) a few dudes that take pictures with selfie sticks, try to act too cool in their profile, and do NOT know how to take a profile pic.
but who knows, maybe there’s hope? have you had any luck on it? i’d love to hear about it!
(download this patterned paint texture here)
the idea that you need to be creative or productive all of the time can often feel like a lot of pressure. we’re constantly working to stay ahead of the curve and put our best foot forward and honestly, sometimes it’s exhausting. one of the most rewarding things i did for the blog was to take a leap and rent a studio space. it felt like a big undertaking at the time but has really paid off in the things that we’ve been able to create. i thought it’d be fun to share some tips about workspaces and what i’ve found to be helpful in establishing a work zone and reimagining the places that we create. no matter if you’re working from your living room, home office, shared space or the 21st floor of a high rise we all need to mix it up every once in awhile because let’s be real, no matter your job, things can get kinda boring day after day.
make it fresh – take the time to keep your workspace clean, organized and tidy. it does take time -those plants that you love need a lot of care, and those white floors need to be re-painted every year (ours just were!), be willing to invest the time and sometimes money to keep up the things that matter to you. figure out what’s important in your space, and be sure to not let those things go. sometimes just simply rearranging my desk, changing my desktop wallpaper and organizing my desktop folders can put me in a better headspace!
make a statement – i’ve wanted to get a custom neon sign for the studio to hang over our desks. help me think of cool phrases! i was considering “be here, now” (since i have a problem with always thinking into the future) or “you better work, bitch.” (ha! a good b.spears reference).
make it yours – having your workspace feel like it’s a reflection of you is important. you’ll be more enticed to spend time there and invite people in when you feel comfortable and confident in your office. it took us almost a year to furnish the studio because i wanted to wait for the right pieces and not fill it with things that i’d get sick of down the road. we spend a significant portion of our day at work so spend time making it personal and filling it with the things you love, it’s worth the investment.
make a mess – whenever i’m feeling uninspired or stuck, i need to just make a mess and create something. call a friend over to the studio to paint or do a fun project. i keep a large area in the studio free to be a blank canvas that is solely meant for projects and shoots. i love taking these behind the scenes “not as pretty” shots. they’re a fond reminder of the creative energy and beauty that has been created in my studio.
make a new layout – don’t be afraid to move things around and mix up your layout. keep yoga mats around for afternoon stretching, put your feet up and work from the couch, push your desks closer together to encourage collaboration, work outside in the sunshine…there are so many ways to work – experiment and see what’s ideal for you.
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