Just over a week ago I took the enviable step out of my 20′s and into a new decade and it couldn’t have gone better.The Saturday before the actual birthday (tuesday) drinks were had at Edendale- an old firehouse repurposed into one of my favorite brick structures in LA. The night was a perfect flow of friends coming in, catching up then giving into my demand for a photobooth strip solo with everyone. We ended up with 20 strips total. Tuesday was no less grand. My desk was decorated with triangle garland & pom poms. Plus the gift of a rad ghost balloon really made happy to be in the moment. Enjoying everyone celebrating the day and not thinking about the gloom & doom of what birthdays sometimes become for me.
‘Have your goals or outlooks changed now that you are 30?’ a wise question asked by my man. The answer is mixed, honestly. My goals are similar but more refined over the years of learning.
In the next decade I plan to:
- Get serious about my creative passions. Really delve into what the brand of Bee of Design is, learn some business type… stuff. Have a clear plan.
- Be a stylist and/or creative director for a major magazine, catalog and artist that I admire.
- Start a family. It’s crazy to me that it will happen sooner than later. No timelines, mind you. terrifying and thrilling all at once.
- Travel. In California. In the states. All over the world.
- Upgrade & purge dishes, cups and blankets. If it’s chipped or ripped it’s getting the boot.
- Most importantly get on top of my general well-being. Like getting health insurance. Going to the doctor. All those sorts of grownup things.
What I have learned in my 20′s:
- That I really enjoy and need alone time. Not only to recharge but take a moment to step back & see all of my blessing. Also not to have any guilt about it.
- All relationships have their ups and downs but true friendships will prevail over a silly misunderstanding or lifestyle change. More so, it’s okay that people grow apart. Love the time you had & only have good vibes towards them.
- To cherish the friendships that do last. Make time for them. Let the people know how much they mean to you. It’s a priority that will have long-lasting benefits.
- Being nice will help you in all facets of your life.
- That I have an amazing partner crime (not to brag). Bruno, my man, is one of the most thoughtful, gracious, no bull shit people around. I’ve learned bunches from him & strive to tell him everyday how much he inspires me.
- Working to stay close with your family is hard when everyone is scattered across the country but is very important to me to maintain.
Um… ya. There is a bunch more but who has time for that? Thank you for all of your support, for reading my self discovery & remember my motto: always wear sunscreen.
An afternoon walk is a great excuse to pry myself away from the computer screen, get some fresh air & try to stir up a creative spark. The other day I decided to break my norm & head over to the highland park neighborhood for some new discoveries.
I was happily surprised on my arrival to The Platform Experiment that Jusitina Blakley’s pop up shop was up. Miss Justina has such a beautiful eye for texture and mixture of color. My favorite piece on display I first saw on her instagram. It’s really fun seeing it in real life. Also seeing artist that I know (in real life) and have serious crushes on made me all warm and fuzzy inside. Example of TW Workshop pots above plus some jewelry by Bari Ziperstein (not picuterd).
My second stop was Matters of Space right next door. It’s filled with beautiful mid-century pieces, ceramics and just the right about of chotchkies for any interior lover to pour over. My favorite (well maybe one of) was a reupholstered hand painted chair on vintage danish frame (above). The shape, the pattern plus the wood! How could you not need it?
There were plenty more galleries, interior boutiques and vintage stores on york blvd in highland park. If I were to relocated from my LA east side home of echo park I think that this cozy ‘hood would be my next destination.
Autumn is full swing. Days are shortening. Evening air is crisp & filled with sweet smells of bon fires. My color choices become muted & my boot collection becomes more apparent. This is the time of year where my style really is at it’s best. I am beyond thrilled that October is here. It’s a calming month before the end of the year spring. To take chilly nights to make art and drink hot toddies. It’s simply perfection.
A few weekends ago I went, I concord & am just now recovered from an intense weekend at Crafting Community. An event the company I work for has been busting our arses off in preperation for the last few months: a bonding weekend away at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs where family and friends enjoy a jam-packed schedule of crafting workshops lead by amazing artist, swimming and whole bunch of play.
My main focus was to help everything look pretty and effortless. Unloading boxes from trucks, setting up crafting tables, getting sidetracked little ones back to their mamas. But after the hard work comes the play. From the 13 or so workshops I was assigned to assist Cathy Callahan in her tassel necklace making (the colors where amazing!) also Yellow Owl Workshop custom rubber stamps. I couldn’t have asked for two more inspiring, funky, creative ladies to be paired with. Both so passionate about their craft and excited to teach. Of course I walked away with several creations of my own. What better way of teaching than by example?
After the first day of crafting was done I could not stop smiling. My insides, my soul, could have burst happiness. Anne snapped this pic as I sat devouring pizza curb side, beer at the ready proudly wearing my handmade treasures. It’s a funny image but in truth; this is ME at my purest and most centred. Crafting, teaching and being in an environment that allows for creative collaboration is where I thrive. It took that weekend, rather that day to really understand myself fully. Does that make sense?
Not only did I have a mini life realization I got in some serious bonding time with my studio/work mates. They are pretty much the best.
Okay… can we talk about Jessica Pezella… aka known as Bramble Workshop. This girl, whom I am honored to call a friend, never ceases to amaze me. From our first project together of woven leather stools and now to these hand-printed marbleized pillows in collaboration with Brian Gennett. Not only are they beautiful but painfully unique from one each other. The method of printing involves shaving cream, paint and a steady hand not really allowing anymore then a 24 x 24 ” piece of fabric to be printed at one time. Crazy/amazing.
A rare rainy day in LA plus a hint of the stomach flu gave way to blog catch up. I am not normally a pink person. True, a pop of neon fuschia can have it’s moment in the right setting but I don’t seek it out. Muted rose mixed with black accents, on the other hand has won me over. The piece of art work in the front entryway has so much texture and character it has inspired me to get out of my artwork comfort zone and experiment with bigger pieces. It can always be changed out if it isn’t quite right. source for images.