Archive for the ‘LIFE’ Category
it’s time to reeeeeelax. eat mashed potatoes. and sign offline for a few days. my parents arrived in town last night and are staying at MY house this year. my little sister moved down the street from me a few months ago, so it’s a fun change to have the family all in los angeles this year as opposed to chicago. no airplanes and hassle, just mashed potatoes and couch time. i’ve been prepping a big surprise post starting on monday, so i’ll see you back here then, ok? have an amazing holiday, whether it’s with your family, friends or your pet. put your feet up and take it easy. - bri
(photo by max wanger)
hello there. i’m back home in LA for the next month, which sounds very exciting to me. we decided to teach our next LA blogshop in my new office building to switch it up (2 spots left), so we’ve been busy planning that. this weekend i want to go to the farmer’s market and stock up on vegetables and flowers for the house, unpack all my bags and settle IN for a while…
i’ve had this major thing for martinis lately. i never really liked them in my early 20′s. but on my recent trip to rome, victoria just told me i just wasn’t drinking the right martinis. vodka, dirty, three olives. now i crave them after work (probably a little too often) it’s funny because i’ve been telling some of my friends and a lot of them say “oh, iiiiii remember my martini phase.” (this happens a lot when you’re the youngest in the group. ha) do you like them? they’re sort of an acquired taste, yea? for me, it’s time for one of these on my bar cart…
shop left to right: 1930′s brass shaker from Etsy, Orb copper shaker from Crate&Barrel, and Gold plated shaker from Umami Mart.
enjoy your weekend! have a martini for me. and if you want other cocktail ideas, you should check these out! -bri
(photo by max wanger, from this shoot back in the day)
so there’s something that’s been weighing on me lately. i’ve questioned writing about it for obvious reasons, but i just decided it needed to be said. before social media and the internet, if you didn’t like a celebrity or someone in the public eye…what would you do? talk bad about them to your friend? read about them in tabloids? send them a letter they would probably never see? there were few ways that you could actually express your dislike to them and they would find out. right? now, celebrities put up photos on instagram or tweet something and get bombarded with hate. of course there are tons of awesome comments as well. but if you scrolled through the comments on people’s accounts with millions of followers you would be astonished at the hateful comments you’d find. it’s dark.
it’s very strange to me. because sure, i have thought negative things when i’ve seen a picture. who hasn’t? but to actually write it TO that person? that’s just a whole different mentality. and we aren’t talking about standing up for what you believe or even constructive criticism. i mean these people will literally just say how ugly and disgusting you are and how much they think you should die. REALLY? you want that person to DIE? it just boggles my mind. why would you take a moment out of your day to write that to someone? it’s like they forget that they are even people.
and then let’s take it to the bloggers. not celebrities, but have a social following that would allow for a lot of opinions. i’ve seen it with friends of mine and even a little myself. people hatefully telling mothers how to raise their children. people that will comment on your weight or your looks. criticizing their every move. it feels like it’s only getting worse. so what do you do? do you engage with the hate? try your best to ignore it? it would be crazy to say it doesn’t effect someone’s day. can you imagine someone coming up to you when you are out at the grocery store and just saying “you’re a terrible mother.” and then walking away. how would that not put you in an awful mood? but instagram is full of that. it’s supposed to be a place where people can share and engage. my biggest question is, if you don’t like someone, why follow them? i don’t think the online world needs to be all cupcakes and compliments, but it definitely doesn’t need this. we are entering a new era completely. what are your thoughts on it? have you seen it or experienced it?
(photo by amy friend)
do you ever have reoccurring dreams? ever since i was a kid, i’ve had a few nightmares that repeat over and over…this week something strange happened.
i returned from my trip and pretty much ran over to my studio to see the new all white look. i could not stop smiling! it was exactly what i had hoped for! this area shown above is the shooting area, so we are keeping it bare, with no furniture. i can’t wait for DIY, floral, style, and just plain creative shoots in here! my friend jesse is a photographer and is going to move into the space with us. i am so excited, but won’t overwhelm you with exclamation points. now for the decorating…
i’ve also hired my first full-time employee. it’s pretty crazy the changes that are going on over here. i am just trying to stay sane and focused. with these changes comes a lot of responsibility, i’m just hoping i can hold it all up. leaps of faith happening in DLF land. but it feels good! have an awesome weekend. i’m going wine tasting in solvang with arian for our 5 year anniversary. (can’t believe it’s been that long!) i love that guy. cheers. -bri