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you’ve heard of poketo, yes? if not, they are a great store filled with cool stationery, unique gifts, lovely kitchen items and a lot more. their shop is downtown LA (check out my full post here) but you can also shop online. for today’s giveaway, they are sending one winner a ton of new office supplies to fill your desk with. planners, calendars, washi tape, pens and a lot more!
prize pack includes…
Stick Up Monthly Calendar | Agenda Planner Large | Collage Sticky Notes Duo | Color Pop Planner | Pattern Graphic Pens | Handy Manual Shredder | Washi Tape | Five Pack Double Tip Pens | Wrapping Paper Packs | Seasons Greetings Holidays Card | Rhombin| Monography Planners | Geometric Birthday Card |MMMG | Box Tape | Travel Journal | Drawing Book
CLICK THROUGH TO ENTER THIS GIVEAWAY & REDEEM DISCOUNT CODE…
well, it’s BIG ANNOUNCEMENT time! we have taught photoshop to bloggers and small businesses for over 2 and a half years now, in person. it has become a bigger part of my life than i would have ever expected, and i feel so grateful for the opportunity to meet and teach so many eager students. i still can’t believe we have taught over 90 sold out classes, i still look forward to teaching every time. however, there are only two of us and we can’t travel everywhere.
0ver the last few months we have been working very hard on creating an ONLINE version of the class! so many of you have requested the ability to watch our class online, and we’re so excited to finally make that a reality. you can now watch us from the comfort of your own home (in your pajamas) and save on the cost of travel & hotels. you’ll be able to stream the blogshop course over a 2 day period, rewinding as much as you’d like and have access to online tech support. we will still be teaching in person classes at least once a month (because we still think there are definitely advantages to the individual help and creative environment.) we can’t wait to see how this next venture unfolds and hope to teach so many more of you the photoshop skills to make your web presence shine.
TO SIGN UP FOR THE VERY FIRST, DISCOUNTED PRICE ONLINE BLOGSHOP GO HERE! the first one will be streaming from january 11-12th and will be $199. there will be a very limited number of students in this session while we test the process. click here to read more & sign up. (our first session will be available to U.S. only and tech support will be for mac computers. international viewing coming very soon.)
*** UPDATE: the first session sold out very quickly, but don’t worry there will be more shortly! join our mailing list to get the updates on our next release before anyone else.
here’s a quick breakdown of the differences between the in person blogshop VS. the online version…
so what do you say, want to join us ONLINE this time?
i’ve been obsessed with browsing through the square market for my holiday gifts this year. (have you heard of the company that makes it easy for you to swipe credit cards with your phone using this little gadget?) their market offers an awesome array of items from neighborhood businesses. i love how they have curated groups like “the green thumb” and “travel bug” to help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones. i picked out a bunch of unique gifts for you to check out, like this pom pom garland that would be perfect for your little sister…or that sleek french press for your cool cousin. and how about that gold cage for your best friend’s bookshelf? take a look at my picks below and my full list right here.
**giveaway: you can visit square market and create your own curated list for the holiday season. plus, they are running a contest for 10 people to win their $1000 wish list!
(this post was sponsored by square market, all opinions are my own.)
so maybe you’ve seen this already (?) but man, was i blown away when i watched it on the plane for the first time last night. virgin america has totally transformed the boring “buckle your seatbelt” safety video into a creative performance. child rappers, break dancers, dance performers. i fly virgin whenever i can, because they go above & beyond to make the travel experience unique. you have to nod to the company for doing something no one has ever done before! my eyes were glued to the screen the whole time. remember their old safety video (i thought THAT was stepping it up.)
two small complaints. it’s pretty long, i’m not sure i want to watch that video over and over if i was flying virgin regularly. but hey, i guess it’s better than the same old boring one. (at least we usually can tune that one out) and second, i get that they are trying to be edgy and fun, but as a terrified flyer myself it seems like they are sort of making a joke out of safety. if the plane was going down, i’m not sure i would remember the “rap” on how to inflate my air vest. but above all, i like what they did. so i’m not mad at it. what do you think?
as you know from my recent travels, i’ve been using airbnb to book apartments. (italy here, rome here, sweden here) i pulled together 5 cute california spots you could stay in case you are headed west anytime soon! or maybe a staycation? a few by the beach, one in a treehouse (!), an artist loft and one in my silver lake neighborhood. i might even rent that place in malibu for our next anniversary…
click to rent them here:
venice beach cottage, SF treehouse, malibu beach house, downtown loft, silver lake apartment
people ask quite a bit on instagram how i find the places that i stay. here’s a few of my airbnb tips:
- 1. first do research on the neighborhood. location is key! while it’s great to have an amazing place to sleep, you still want to be able to walk around to shops and cafes easily. i usually google the “hip” or “trendy” neighborhoods because it usually means they have a lot going on as far as restaurants and fun sights. then i type that neighborhood into airbnb.
- 2. i always read the reviews. i am skeptical about places with only 1 or 2 reviews. usually the great places have a lot people giving you their two cents.
- 3. create wish lists & organize your listings into the “my trips” section. we did this for our recent european trip so we could share our lists with each other and decide our favorites. that way you don’t have to keep all the tabs open, they will save them for you.
- 4. if i have a minimum budget i always start the filters there. this will shorten the time you have to weed through places. i keep the maximum budget high, just because i like to look. although it’s sometimes torture
- 5. a couple more things i always check for: is it close to public transportation? does it have wifi? is it up 10 flights of stairs with no elevator (yes, i found that out that hard way, with heavy bags) and sometimes i ask the host if the apartment still looks the same as in the photos. you don’t want to get there and it look completely different because the photos were old.
(this post was sponsored by airbnb, all opinions are my own. photos by designlovefest)