Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Italy Favorites List

To finish up the Italy series, here's a summary of favorite stops from this trip. It's never an authoritative list, because we can never make it to all of the places we want, but it sums up the highlights. Can't wait to go back and find more favorites!

You can also take a look at my Foursquare lists for Puglia and Basilicata (Matera) and Rome. Some places on the lists I've been to, some places I've bookmarked for next time. I love using Foursquare for travel. I don't check in places or really engage in the social aspect, but it's a great organizational tool. I use it frequently to bookmark places. Sometimes I hear about a spot in a city that I don't know when I'll visit next, so instead of having to remember a year later "Were there any restaurants I wanted to try in Paris?' I can have it already bookmarked on a list as a reminder for a future trip. I like to leave a little tip or reminder about what was good about a place after visiting, which is similar to keeping a travel journal but it's all in one place and can be referenced at any time, from anywhere. Also, favorite feature here, if you're in a neighborhood and want to know what's nearby you can open a list in map view and it'll show you things you've bookmarked and where they are in relation to you. I realize so often that things are nearby that I otherwise would have missed or forgotten about. Not a sponsored post by the way! I just think it's a neat way to organize info for a trip. I'm one of those travel nutsos that likes to be super efficient and get the most out of my trips. I don't like to have a rigid itinerary, I still like to let discovery and spontaneity lead, but I'll pin point a bunch of places I'd like to visit in an area and then go wander that way. My husband is the same way. We never relax on vacation. Way too jazzed to go do stuff. Ha.








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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Italy: Rome

The grand finale of our trip was Rome. Three days to shake off the relax and get inspired, back up to urban pace, and ready to get back to work with new energy. We walked endlessly and also pretty much ate endlessly. By the plane ride home I felt like I was going to explode. But so worth it! The pasta and braised meats and all preparations of artichokes just don't disappoint. And puntarelle! And wiiiiiine. I'd love to go back to Rome. I realize that I probably say that about everywhere that I go... but I still mean it! Three days wasn't enough to discover all of its charms.






Friday, February 24, 2017

Italy: Matera

Back to Italy posts! Surprisingly, these take me a bit of time to pull together, hence the gap between them. Ha! I get distracted looking at so many photos of our trip and there are so many to edit down. But here we go!

Matera is one of the most incredible places I've ever been to. It may even be the most incredible place I've ever been to. It's OLD. Yes, there are a lot of old cities on this planet, but what tends to happen is that we tear old buildings down and build new ones in their place. A constant stripping and rebuilding which means that reminders of the past disappear. But Matera has been layering it's buildings on old ones, building out and up, instead of tearing down. So the history is still very present. And not only that, the oldest buildings are not even buildings at all- they're caves! Like, caveman caves. Caves, carved into the stone of the hillside with buildings built out from and around them. Being there was like being in the middle of the movie Labyrinth. It was SO MAGICAL. Matera has one of the oldest (If not the oldest?) recorded histories of any city. They film a lot of movies about religion and Jesus there too (in fact they were filming one while we were there), since it looks so authentically old and rustic. Ahem, because IT IS so authentically old and rustic. This UNESCO world heritage site is so completely worth visiting. It's unlike anything I have ever seen and gave such a great perspective on history. History felt very real and alive. And the food's good too! And it's a small town and fun and relaxing and you can hike the ravine. Make sure to eat a panzerotto at Sottozero!





Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Introducing: the FLASHY!

More exciting news! You make a really rad product and you need to photograph it so that it looks so super good for e-commerce, sales catalogs, or social media? We can help! Introducing the FLASHY commercial photo studio! Another project that has been on Scott's and my radar for sometime is setting up shop to make it really easy for people to get really great looking shots of their stuff. 2017! The year of making things ('things' being new businesses...) happen! We'd love to work with you! Reach out, we're nice, we promise!

Photos by the FLASHY of Jimmy Sweaters, Rickard Guy Hats and a vintage blanket!




Friday, February 17, 2017

Absolut

I love these images that Nicole Franzen and I made for Absolut Elyx over the summer. They feel so lush, a little sexy, the light pops, and the copper brings the glitz and the warmth. Also got to sample a few of those cocktails after we wrapped and, though I'm not usually a vodka drinker, they were so tasty. Can't argue with a cocktail after work... Also, when is February going to be over? Summerrrrrr miss you.





Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Our Wedding

Getting married was the most amazing and intense thing I've ever done. It is so emotionally overwhelming, in the best possible way, but unlike anything I've ever felt. So much attention, so much love, so much stimulation, it doesn't stop, you never get a down moment or a breath, in fact, you start to think that maybe you can't keep up, and then it's over in a flash. I cried. A lot! Hahaha. My eyes the next day... ouch. And though we got married back in October, I am just getting around to posting this now, maybe for those reasons. It's a lot to process. It's a lot of feelings. And there are so many photos and they are all so heartwarming and give me the biggest grin every time I look at them. Our photographer, Carey MacArthur, captured it all so perfectly. All the feelings come back. I now totally understand, after a lifetime of hearing what it's like to get married, what it is like to get married. Seemed like the perfect post for Valentine's day. Cheers to love, friends. It makes us better people.

All the photographs below are by Carey MacArthur. She is a fantastic person, and does fantastic work, and you should contact her if you are looking for a photographer!



Friday, February 3, 2017

Lincoln Black Label & Dreamy Photos In All Of The Blues

Sharing some images here that I worked on for Lincoln Black Label with Laure Joliet. This art direction, by Patty Brinkmann, was a dream and brought together all the things that fuel my professional inspiration. So many facets of my career and talents coming into play in one job. It was rooted in my favorite color palette, I got to use my fashion background, build a living room from scratch, explore luxury textures, and style a parts model. I love the path I'm on. I've missed my days in the fashion closet at magazines, but I do love lifestyle and interiors. Now that the two paths are starting to converge I see a whole new world of possibilities where my talents and interests can live together, instead of exclude each other.






Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Introducing: The PRETTY Prop Rental!

We're doing it! We're opening a prop house in Portland! I mean, we could just say that I'm going to start renting my props to other people... but opening a prop house sounds so official and businessy! And, it's pretty official. We've got a whole website and instagram and everything! If you're in Portland and need tabletop props, come find us! Cheers to 2017 adventures!












Friday, January 27, 2017

4 Secrets To Setting A Table // Architectural Digest

Discussed some of my process and pointers for setting the dinner table with Architectural Digest writer Kamala Nair this past week. Post up on their website!




Photography by Ryan Dausch.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Italy: Masseria Moroseta

In the middle of endless olive groves and on it's own organic plot, the Masseria Moroseta in Ostuni, Puglia, was the first place that we stayed in Italy and a perfect one to relax and recharge. European countryside dreams coming true. It was designed with the perfect balance of rustic Italian countryside and minimalistic modern and around the intention that your visit be leisurely. Each room has antique beds with Italian linen sheets and a small outdoor patio, ours also had a working fireplace. There's a fresh breakfast in the morning, different breads and cheeses, my favorite combination was tomato focaccia and mozzarella, fruit and the option of eggs from the masseria's chicken coop or yogurt. The living room is comfortable and stocked with design books and magazines. They leave healthy cakes (like a whole grain, gluten free carrot cake) out for afternoon tea, and there's an espresso machine right there. It was too cold to swim, so I can't say much about the pool, but the showers are the waterfall kind and fantastic. And on top of all of that the owner, Carlo, is a really cool guy and will point you in the direction of a great meal, or a great flea market. Would definitely go back again.

Photos by me and Scott. (If they're really good, they're probably by Scott.)








Friday, January 20, 2017

8 Bowls For Your Winter Soup

I've been searching for the perfect winter bowls. A snuggly bowl suitable for a creamy pureed soup would be great, but it just wouldn't give ramen the brothy room it needs so would need a different size for that. And then a pasta bowl- too big and my eyes become bigger than my stomach, but too small and the meal feels sad. Starting to seem like there may not be one perfect size. May just have to get several! Some appealing options below...




1/ Sheldon Ceramics silverlake bowl.
2/ Miro Made This udon bowl.
3/ Golden Biscotti matte porcelain bowls.
4/ One & Many blue and white marbled bowls.
5/ Luke Eastop petrol crucible bowl.
6/ Koji Kitaoka fluted bowl.
7/ Irving Place Studio porcelain bowl.
8/ Sue Paraskeva sold by Herriott Grace stoneware and porcelain bowls.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Italy: Puglia

It was a hectic 2016! In all of the best possible ways (and some not quite so). The grand finale was our three week honeymoon in Italy, then home just in time for a restorative holiday season. Going through the photos now just makes me want to go back. I have a certain inescapable love for mediterranean Europe. Maybe (obviously) because my heritage is almost entirely Mediterranean.

We spent most of our time in Puglia, a more off the beaten path area of Italy where we could eat all of the foods, take in the sights, but wouldn't be tempted to run ourselves ragged. It was perfect. Beautiful weather in late October, mid 50s, sometimes 60s, sunny. Endless olive groves, fresh breezes, and views of the ocean. We went to a Saturday market in Ostuni, a Sunday flea in Lecce and Castromediano, and took long leisurely walks and car rides.




Friday, January 13, 2017

Light + Ladder

The below are from Light + Ladder's 2016 lookbook, shot by Nicole Franzen and styled by moi. I don't do lookbooks often, but I really enjoy them. The work of creating a limited series of photos to capture a brand's seasonal vision is so inspiring. You get to immerse yourself in their aesthetic world. Farrah Sit's use of geometry and volume is so simple, yet elegant, and elevates everyday items to another level. In fact, I now own one of those dark grey planters and my bedroom corner has never looked so chic.









Monday, January 9, 2017

Perks Of The Job

Work for cool brands, get to try cool products. So fun! An occasional and awesome perk of the job. Last year I got to work with several beauty brands that I admire (including NARS) and my clients are so generous, they generally ask if I'd like to take a few things home to try. How can I say no to that? I've really fallen in love with Sjal's face creams and serum but I don't see how I could justify spending $265 on a serum any time soon... so that was fun, but now it's over. Naturopathica's face cleansers are so creamy and hydrating feeling, like a warm hug for your skin. I use the oat cleanser in the shower and I use the sweet lupine as a make up remover at night. The packagings are so pretty, having them around the house inspired Scott and I to take some portraits of them. I also really love the ethos of these brands. Worth checking out.