Friday, October 14, 2016


Every time I find myself pop up online somewhere unexpected I'm always like "Holy crap, that's me! People know I exist??" But duh, I know, I'm putting myself out there. I do have a website and an Instagram. But still! It's a crazy thing getting recognition, especially when it's amongst people you admire. Like in this Domaine post. Number 12!

Monday, October 3, 2016

Dream House Manifest: We Bought A House!

It's kind of a goofy little thing, and boy does it need some updating, but challenge accepted. Going to be so fun (and lots of work) to take this little box and turn it into the house of our dreams. Sweat equity + a strict budget = Lots of creative fixes to come. I can't wait for what this house is going to be.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Lots of things happening since we moved to Portland! We are in the process of buying a house (!!) and since there will be no room in the new place to store props I had to get to looking for a studio. Which started the conversation with Scott, who also needs a place to shoot with clients. We're feeling pretty lucky to have found this place below, in the Boxlift Building in NE Portland. I'm really excited to have an airy, bright, inspiring space to work in again. The basement in our rental was convenient, but slightly depressing. Time to brainstorm a design and layout for this big blank empty canvas of a room. Fun!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Really happy with some new custom cards I got made for business, and maybe occasionally personal, use. I narrowed down a bunch of my favorite work images but couldn't decide which to go with, so I just did small runs of each to test them out. Still like them all! So fun seeing the finished products and the cards come to life. This is just an easy, personal thing to do and so nice to write notes to colleagues and clients on these rather than generic cards. I printed them through Artifact Uprising, their paper and printing is nice and I think they have super reasonable prices too. The only thing I am a little bummed about is that I didn't realize that the folding cards are not white, they're an off white.

In other news I took these photos. Picked up Scott's camera (all on automatic) and snapped away. I have no idea how they turned out so moody... but not complaining, I think they look sexy. Hehe.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Site Updates!

New work added and new site design over at! Sometimes a refresh is just what you need. Feeling good about it. Happy summer folks!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The Most Perfect and Simple Yogurt Dressing

This is my go-to dressing right now, coming out of spring with all of the tender vibrant greens. It's amazingly simple but so full flavored! And probiotic packed, bonus. There's also a million variations. Want more of a parm peppercorn/caesar vibe? Add anchovies, extra pepper, and a dash of mustard. Wanna go more green goddess-y? Mince tons of herbs and throw them in there. It's super flexible, super delicious, and you already have all of the ingredients (all 4) at home. Recipe after the jump. (It may even seem a bit anticlimactic- It really is only 4 ingredients. But TRY it.)


Monday, June 27, 2016

House & Home Follows Me?!

What a surprise and an honor to be featured in House & Home's blog post The Best Designer Instagram Feeds To Follow Now among some of my own creative heroes and people that I follow and find incredibly inspiring. A total a "pinch me" moment. This post was from back in March, but I just found out about it! Thank you, Lauren!

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Square Space // What I Did On My Birthday Last Year

I love these images from a shoot last July on my birthday with Bobbi Lin and Square Space. Really could not ask for a nicer crew or more beautiful art direction for the day. I'm saying it- best birthday shoot ever. And now that they are using the images on their site I am finally able to share. Will get them up onto my portfolio soon too.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Current Faves: Etsy Shops

A little love for a few favorite Etsy shops right now. In a sea of cheesy, crafty crap you can still find some killer stuff on there. I'm finding that the suggestions algorithm works pretty well too!

1/ Portuguese Vintage
Continuing my obsession with my heritage and all things Portuguese this shop has a great selection of interesting European knick knacks and lots of brass pieces.

2/ 1220CeramicsStudio
The rustic ceramics from this shop are moody and have hand hewn depth. I just placed my first order and can't wait to use the pieces on an upcoming cookbook.

3/ Mooshop
All of the Lithuanian linen bedding with all of the tasteful lace trim. Love the super dark grey. My bed will be getting some new sheets soon.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Interior Decorating Debut

So excited to share my first interior decorating project! Since she moved in about a year and a half ago it's been a wonderful journey to concept and implement a design for my friend Alice Gao's apartment. We really started from scratch. Alice had almost no furniture when she moved in, and though we were a little limited by the fact that it's a rental (and didn't want to risk any deposit), I feel really proud of achieving a space that represents her style and different facets and feels natural for her. It did take a little longer than expected- we're both pointing fingers at very busy schedules that included extensive traveling- but it's finally come together and feels so good to see it finished!

This was such a great experience and way for me to flex my styling muscles in a new, slightly different territory. The full home tour posted a few days ago on A Cup Of Jo, go take a look and let me know what you think!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Work // Zazen Bear

Lots of new work that I am super proud of coming soon to an updated portfolio near you, but until I actually finish that project posting some stuff here that I'm excited to share. I made these images with Alice Gao for Zazen Bear, a new jewelry line with a store in Soho. I really enjoyed bringing my styling into the 3rd dimension and working with a parts model. And one of those environmental shots is my new screen saver, I can't get enough of the simplicity and air. So, so happy with these images.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

We Moved To Oregon

This is our new bedroom in our rental bungalow in Portland, OR. We had to put 5 coats of paint on the walls to cover the vibrant sunburst yellow that this room (and the rest of the house) was painted, but now we have a simple, quiet, clean space to rest. It's not perfect, a bit make shift still, but it's the room in the house that feels most like us, like home. The living room and dining room are coming along. The bathroom and the kitchen... Really, no amount of paint can save those outdated and ill-designed rooms. It's ok, it's just a rental.

We've just been here a few months, and the process of transition is challenging. I miss my friends, I miss my routines, I miss my comfort zone. But starting in a new place is also exciting and the exploration of a new town feels adventurous. Laying new sturdy and supportive roots for ourselves, whether socially or professionally, will take time, but there have been so many immediate lifestyle benefits that carry us through and keep us feeling that we made the right choice. We have a 1600 sq. ft. house with a detached two car garage that is bigger than our 300 sq. ft. apartment in Brooklyn was. YES. Our GARAGE is bigger than our APARTMENT was in NY. We are planting a vegetable garden and you can grow food during more of the year here since the weather is milder. We should have our first harvest of peas and radishes (hopefully lettuce too!) in just a couple of weeks. We have basic amenities that most people take for granted but are hard to come by in NY; a dishwasher, a washer and dryer in our basement, a fireplace. The cost of living is lower. The pace is slower. People smile more.

I do love NY. There is no where else in this country like it and the energy and inspiration the city generates drives me. I need it. But I am so glad to be able to visit on my terms now. I'm back frequently for work which keeps me continuing to build a career I am proud of, allows me to see my friends, eat all the great food, enjoy the city as a visitor. Feel its luster but not its burden. And when it all starts to feel a little exhausting, it's usually about time to come back to my new, more restorative home.

Moving and adjusting is hard. It's a long process. When I'm bored and missing my friends on a Friday night in Portland; Or dragging myself out of bed at 3am to catch an early flight and spending countless hours on planes and in airports; Or sleeping on couches and living out of a suitcase between friend's places in NY, I try to remind myself that there is a balance. I'm not sure I've found it yet. But somehow, I am figuring out how to get the best of both worlds.

Photography by Scott Rounds

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Porto Favorites List

Here's the list, our favorite things we did in Porto. Would love to hear all of your tips too! I'm always adding bookmarks to my Foursquare list as reminders of things to check out next time.

List after the jump!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016


Soo this is way overdue, but, um, better late than never?

If Lisbon is the bright, upbeat fairytale sister then Porto is the moodier, more emo sibling. Unmistakably Portuguese, but feels grittier. The rainy weather helps that feeling I'm sure. Our Airbnb embodied that aesthetic and gave us a great stepping off point for the city, in addition to beautiful views of water and port houses. Photo captions below, and Favorites List in a couple days.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Season's Greetings and Happy New Year!

Cheers to a great 2015, and here's to an even better 2016!

(Also, I made this holiday wreath to decorate at home! I've never made a wreath before... and this is definitely the Charlie Brown version of one. But I think he's so cute! Too bad he was so dry after being on the wall for a while and so many of his needles fell off when I took him down to take this picture... whoops...)