Archive for the ‘INSPIRATION’ Category
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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today we have 5 light and airy desktop downloads from yao cheng. i love all the different takes on watercolor clouds. do you like the more abstract designs or the obvious clouds? download them all and switch them up on your computers!
this one below is my favorite…
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hi all! i thought i would fill you in on the new workshop schedule we have going on around here. take a look below and see if any of them are what you are looking for. whether it’s a fun new hobby or getting serious about your online business, we have a whole bunch of options for ya…hope to see you there!
NY blogshop :: September 24-25th (1 spot left!) SOLD OUT
learn photoshop and how to make your blog shine with 25 other students in New York.
Online Blogshop :: October 4-5th
take our blogshop from at home on your couch! practice, rewind and rewatch our 4 hour video with everything you need to make your blog come to life visually.
Social Media Workshop :: October 5th (morning session & afternoon)
do you want to learn tricks about how to use instagram, facebook, twitter and pinterest for your growing business? learn how to manage them and how to grow your following in an organic way!
Basket Weaving Workshop in the studio :: October 15th
we’re so excited to be hosting a workshop with the the insanely talented and creative Australian basket maker and decorator gemma patford!
LA blogshop :: October 25-26th
learn photoshop and how to make your blog or business look better on the web in LA!
i took a visit to heirloom LA’s tasting kitchen and witnesses matt create THE most gorgeous crostini station. he is a true master when it comes to food. he makes it look like art. check out his process…
“Crostini Stations make the perfect party platters to serve for friends coming over as a pre-dinner snack to eat with wine or cocktails. I love eating fruits and cheeses even as a meal! Here we show you a vegetarian platter with all the most vibrant produce that you find at the market, paired with cheeses and breads and some freshly prepared dips.”
“We eat with our eyes first so it’s all about how you cut and present your ingredients.”
“Something as humble as celery can be transformed if you take the time to peel it and cut it into even, thin sticks. Also just like when you make flower arrangements, think about the placement of your ingredients. Lay down pretty herb bunches to add green (green means fresh) and texture, and use their edible flowers as garnish. There should always be a focal point or three (odd numbers are most visually appealing) and you build from that.”
PS. Isn’t their tasting kitchen so beautiful? Remember when i had my birthday party here??
“Here we show you a vegetarian crostini platter but you can easily include cured meats and pates. If you¹d rather not be bothered to prepare this platter yourself and you live in the Los Angeles area, we¹re happy to create one for you as a drop-off or pick up to make your next gathering really special.”
and here’s a few recipes from the board!
PASSION FRUIT CUPS
• 2 cups Cauliflower, cut in small florets
• 3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1 cup Red Onion, sliced thin
• 1 Passionfruit, cut in half, scooped/cleaned of seeds (reserve seeds and juice)
• 4-5 leaves of Basil
• Salt and pepper to taste
how to make them: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toss cauliflower, red onion, olive oil salt and pepper in a bowl to mix. Using a lined baking sheet, roast onion and cauliflower in oven until lightly charred and golden brown. Slice basil into thin strips and place in mixing bowl. Combine the roasted cauliflower mixture, basil and reserved passion fruit juice and seeds and toss to coat. Enjoy as a salad or accompaniment to you favorite cheese.
*Tip: use the passion fruit shell as the bowl for garnish and for less clean-up.
LIMA BEAN HUMMUS
• 2 cups Lima Beans, cleaned, peeled and blanched
• 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1/2 cup Garlic, sliced thin
• 2 tablespoons Tahini
• 1 Lemon, juiced
• 1 bunch Cilantro, cleaned and chopped
• 1/2 cup Cilantro leaves, whole for garnish
• Salt and pepper to taste
how to make it: In a small sauté pan, slowly simmer olive oil and garlic until tender. Keep hot. Pulse olive oil, tahini, lemon, salt, pepper and cilantro in a food processor or blender on low speed until fluid. Add lima beans slowly and blend until smooth. Finish with drizzle of olive oil and remaining cilantro leaves. Serve with toast, vegetables or an accompaniment to cheeses.
and look at the take-away packages you can order above. yowza! thanks for hanging with us, matt and tara. i love what you created!!
(photos by brittany wood, recipes by heirloom LA, want more food posts? go here!))
I felt a fall breeze sweep in for the first time this week. You know, the kind of cold air that carries the smells of fall. It reminded me how beautifully rich the coming season can be, especially the colors and smells of freshly picked vegetables. Let’s enjoy the beauty of harvest time for a few minutes. -stephanie
(bri chiming in here. it’s still crazy hot in LA, but i cannot WAIT FOR FALL!)
via free people’s instagram
field of flowers by sam may create
by anthony bacigalupo
via 100 layercake
via skinnylaminx’s instagram
via inks thread
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