leading with love

i was recently interviewed by one of my favorite brands, leader bag co. you may have heard me mention them before because they make the holy grail of diaper bags in the form of this beautiful canvas and leather backpack. after two kids, i can confidently say that this brand has got it all figured out. so i was delighted to be able to answer some questions for them as part of their leading with love series. as you know, even though i’ve had this very public forum for almost a decade, i still tend to be pretty reserved when it comes to talking about my private life. i’m not even trying to be so private, it just isn’t very natural for me to start divulging lots of information! so i really appreciate having the opportunity to answer such thoughtful questions and share more about myself. so i hope you enjoy learning a little bit more about me, where i came from, and where i’m headed next!

you can read the interview here.

 

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book tour: make yourself at home

you guys, i’m in a book! earlier this year, i had the privilege of inviting moorea seal into my home to shoot some very special photos for her latest book project, make yourself at home. and it’s now available at fine book sellers across the nation!

if you aren’t familiar with moorea seal, she is the owner of her very own namesake seattle-based and online shop, in addition to being the best-selling author of the 52 lists project and 52 lists for happiness. both of which have become personal favorites for gift-giving, especially around this time of year. not sure if i can get away with gifting a book that features my own home, but you should because it’s such a special book and there are many other people featured among the pages. though if you are interested in what role our little house plays in the book, you’ll find us in the bedroom section where i talk about my daily life and share a few ideas for decorating your own room, or your kid’s room!

Organized room by room, each chapter of Make Yourself at Home: Design Your Space to Discover Your True Self, delves into what individual rooms represent in our lives, and how we can feel at home in our spaces and at home in ourselves. You don’t have to have the perfect life or perfect home in order to infuse your space with your unique perspective and cultivate a truly you home.

Each chapter includes:
–  A personal essay from Moorea Seal about the meaning and purpose that defines each space in her home, with guidance on how to discover yourself in your own spaces.
–  Exclusive looks into her home and work spaces with tips for inspired, mindful living.
–  Modern, affordable, and beginner-friendly DIY projects to personalize and decorate your home.
–   Looks into the unique homes and inspiring lives of a diverse set of creative women, with their best tips and tricks for comfortable, imaginative decor: Erin Perez Hagstrom of Calivintage, Diana LaCounte of Our City Lights, Brandy Brown of Marabou Design, Laura Gummerman of A Beautiful Mess, Brooke Eide of Fonchie and Flint Made, and Kim Kogane of Fresh Tangerine.
–   Lessons on how to use colors, stylistic choices, different eras of vintage and antique decor, and more to reflect your unique personality and perspective in your home.
–   Questions to guide you through what each room in your home represents to you, your well-being, and how you can best decorate to reflect your modes of being.
– All beautifully photographed by Marissa Maharaj.

get your copy of make yourself at home wherever books are sold!

in these photos, i’m wearing: mock neck sweater and recycled cotton + tencel apron dress courtesy of moorea seal


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calivintage in seamwork magazine

today i’m excited to share that i was interviewed for the latest issue of seamwork magazine! they asked me a lot of questions about personal style and vintage, but we also got talking about how fashion blogging has changed over the years (i started in 2008), and i even shared some of my opinions about the current state of things as well. i’m always a little anxious answering questions because i’m such a private person that i feel very exposed during interviews, but the questions were really thoughtful and i enjoyed answering them, so hopefully i don’t come off as a jerk!

so go take a peek and let me know what you think! and then head over onto my quick guide to vintage shopping! and big thanks to the folks over at seamwork for the feature.

 

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talking montessori with noble carriage

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wanted to stop in today to share that i was interviewed for the noble carriage blog and talked about how we do montessori at home. it’s a bit of a departure from my usual outfit posts and home decor posts, which was a little scary for me at first, but i’m really glad with how the photos came out and i hope you enjoy getting a little glimpse into our daily lives. of course toddler tantrums have been edited out, but other than that, it’s a pretty accurate picture of how we live.

my very talented neighbor yvette came over to shoot the photos, so i decided to share some of my favorite images (including a few that didn’t make the cut), but you should definitely head on over to the blog to read the interview and see the full feature!

noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage
noble carriage interview with calivintage

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calivintage on apartment therapy

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i’ve written a few articles for apartment therapy before, but today is especially exciting because the tables have turned and they wrote an article about me! i’m sharing some of my top picks from the new apartment therapy marketplace, where i scored the cute rocking chair in the photo above. it’s a sort of curated classifieds section where trusted users can buy and sell furniture and decor. so a bit like craigslist, but without all the spam! i love vintage furniture, so it’s been a great resource for me to find cool new pieces to add to the house as we continue to spruce things up around here.

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bitte tastemaker talks

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so excited to share that i was interviewed by bitte as part of their tastemaker talks series! this is especially awesome because bitte is easily one of my favorite online children’s boutiques, and the place where i get a lot of the cute toys and clothes you see around my house. the shop was started a few years back by maia mcdonald (of pinterest and rue magazine fame) shortly after her adorable daughter was born. together with her mom as her partner, she’s managed to create a beautiful shopping experience filled with ethically made and aesthetically pleasing toys, books, and clothes for kids of all ages. but enough talking, you should go see for yourself! read my interview here and take a look at my collection of favorites here!

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the pinterest ambassador summit

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i don’t think i mentioned it on my blog, but if you follow me on instagram, then you may have noticed that i went on a quick trip to san francisco a few weeks back. i packed up a few things and took off with my little family in tow so that we could squeeze in some touristy time between my days spent at the pinterest headquarters with an incredible group of influential pinterest users from around the country. and to be completely honest, i don’t even know how i ended up being selected to attend among so many talented people to choose from! but there i was, sitting in a room with evan sharp, one of the co-founders of pinterest, and chatting away with the legendary enid hwang.

to give you some background, earlier this year, the pinterest community team started work on their first ever pinterest ambassador program. this first group of individuals is serving as a sort of pilot to help them build an even larger community program over the next months and years. it’s essentially turned into a very rare opportunity for us to not only become more educated about the platform, but to be able to give our feedback directly to the team about what we’d like to see incorporated into the program. so we spent a lot of time digesting information and thinking up big ideas during the three days we were there. i came home with a ridiculous wealth of knowledge around how to utilize pinterest to grow your blog or business, and i’m pretty excited to start sharing some of that information with you here.

and as part of the summit, we hosted a #pinmeetup at the pinterest headquarters and had a chance to meet with tons of people from the community. each of us set up a different pinterest project at our own respective tables and welcomed guests to participate. i shared an easy demo on how to create your own sea salt bath soaks based around my own pin. it was a really fun evening, and these photos are the only evidence of the entire weekend, so i thought i’d share!

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enid hwang and sara martineau of the pinterest community team!

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#pinmeetup recap!

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just wanted to pop in to give a big thanks to everyone who came out to our very first los angeles area #pinmeetup at mixed business! i’m still pretty new to the world of event organizing, so i have to admit that i was a little anxious about how things would turn out. but i am happy to report that things went really well! i got to meet a lot of new people, and had tons of fun building my own bouquet with the bosky dell, and designing a necklace with melissa sonico. i even walked away with a new favorite jumpsuit that i have now been wearing for two days straight, ha!

i did my best to capture a few images of the event, and the entire thing was rather pinterest-worthy, don’t you think? the whole space was flooded in bright light while all of our guests gathered for our workshops, sipped champagne, and ate it’s it ice cream sandwiches! the whole thing has got me really excited to plan our next event, and next time, i want to make it even bigger and better. you can keep an eye on future local pinterest events here, or hop on over to pinterest for more inspiration.

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see you tomorrow, la!

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just in case you hadn’t noticed me blasting it on social media all week, i wanted to share one last reminder about the #pinmeetup event i’m hosting this saturday from 1-4pm at mixed business in silverlake! even if you aren’t on pinterest, you should definitely come out! i’m really excited to meet some new people, to shop the beautiful selection of vintage, and to enjoy a jewelry workshop with melissa sonico and a floral workshop with the bosky dell. there will also be refreshments provided by pangaea juice and ice cream sandwiches from a bay area favorite, it’s it!

it is a public event, but you can r.s.v.p. here just so we have an idea of how many to expect!

 

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our first los angeles #pinmeetup at mixed business!

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i am so pleased to finally announce the first ever los angeles #pinmeetup! part of my role as a pinterest ambassador is to plan a series of events in the los angeles area to meet with the community. and for our very first event, we’ll be gathering at mixed business on august 8 from 1 – 4pm for sips and snacks and two awesome d.i.y. workshops, one on floral arranging with maggie carson romano of the boskydell and one on jewelry design with melissa sonico.

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jewelry-making workshop with melissa sonico

saturday, august 8
1 – 4pm

mixed business
1820 hyperion avenue
los angeles, ca 90027

r.s.v.p. here. it is a public event, but we’d love to get an idea of how many people to expect so that we have enough goodies for you to take home with you!

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maggie carson romano has a professional background in fine art, fashion, and photography and is the found of the boskydell, an independent floral studio based in silverlake, ca. she will be teaching a workshop on creating beautiful, minimalist floral designs.

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melissa sonico handcrafts beautiful necklaces using clay, leather, brass, and tassels. she’ll be giving a demonstration on designing clay beads, and will be providing supplies to make your very own necklace.

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mixed business is a specialty retail shop in silverlake, california providing an effortless line of everyday basics. you’ll find a collection of their own in house designs, fine vintage clothing, and a selection of other contemporary brands with a focus on natural fibers with clean and simple construction.

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