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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!
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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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i personally believe that breakfast is the best meal of the day and these pretty parfaits we made in the office are the perfect breakfast treat or afternoon pick me up. we created one fruit smoothie base and set out several fruit and granola options to mix on top. and it was a hit. we also froze a few and they were great the next day.
yields 3-4 servings
what we used:
• 2% plain greek yogurt
• 1 cup water
• 8 ounces frozen raspberries + blueberries
• raw buckwheat grouts (soaked over night and rinsed)
• vanilla granola
• chopped almonds
how to make it:
• combined the water, three cups greek yogurt, 8 ounces of frozen raspberries, 1/4 honey and 2 bananas in a blender. blend on high until smooth with no chunks. pour equally into three or four separate containers (we used glass jars)
• place all of the remaining ingredients in bowls and allow people to mix as they please in their jars! we liked combining the frozen blueberries first into the smoothie base so that they melted and added an extra sweetness. the figs were also a big hit. if you’ve never used buckwheat grouts, make sure to buy them raw and soak them over night. they’re good for you and they have a nice texture, so give them a go!
my friend geri (the cool girl behind the fashion blog because i’m addicted) recently co-founded a new venture called LEAF.TV. they create videos on everything from fashion to eating and living and they’re all under 2 minutes. it’s amazing how much information she packs into these short and sweet tutorials. i’ve always admired her taste and dedication to her work and these videos are no exception. she’s got it all covered….
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