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!
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!
enid hwang and sara martineau of the pinterest community team!
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.
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!
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.
saturday, august 8
1 – 4pm
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!
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.
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.
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.
i think i mentioned it in a few places on social media, but it always feels more official when i make an announcement on my blog. so if you hadn’t gathered from the title, i’m a pinterest ambassador! the brand has just started the program, so it’s the first time that they’re delving into local events, and i’m super excited to be involved. basically, i’ll be hosting a series of #pinmeetup gatherings in the los angeles area over the course of the next year. and i’ve pretty much got carte blanche when it comes to what we do! the first event is all planned-out, but the flyer isn’t ready yet, so i’ll just tease you a little bit: we’ll be meeting at a very cool shop in silverlake for sips and snacks, vintage shopping, and two really awesome diy workshops to be announced! the whole setting will be appropriately pinterest-worthy, and i’m so excited to share more in the coming weeks.
i’ve already got a few more events in the works for the near-future, so i promise to keep you up-to-date on all of my pinterest goings-on! in the meantime, i’ll be sharing a few posts about how i use pinterest as a blogger, and will be sure to post lots of pretty pictures and recaps of all our events for those of you who can’t make it out. and don’t forget to check the pinterest events page to see if any events are headed your way, too!
oh yeah, and be sure to follow me on pinterest if you aren’t already!
my pop up shop at twice just launched! go go go!
the collection features a huge selection of gently used items from my personal wardrobe including designer, boutique, and high street brands. it was a little hard to let them go, but it was a relief to free up some space in my closets. and i’m happy to be passing them along to someone who might appreciate them more than i did. clothes are meant to be worn, not hoarded away! i’m sharing a quick screengrab, but there’s tons more in the shop with more going up throughout the week, so you really should head on over and take a look!
if you’re not familiar with the twice, it’s like a hybrid between traditional online retailers like amazon and peer-to-peer marketplaces like ebay. if you’re cleaning out your closet, simply request a free selling kit or label, fill it up, and ship it to twice. they make you an offer as soon as they get your package, and you can get paid instantly. from there, they list your items for sale. or you can just skip to the fun part and shop the calivintage pop-up filled with gently used boutique, designer, and high street pieces from my personal wardrobe, including all of the clothing and accessories you see in this post!
get 25% off your first order at twice with code “calivintage25” now through feb 13!
no, i didn’t go to detroit to visit the shinola factory in advance of our event tomorrow night, but they did kindly send me a ton of great pictures so i could get a better look at the workmanship that goes into their beautiful handmade watches. i’d actually been lusting after one of their classic runwell watches well before they got in touch and asked me to host their event. i’d eyed them at steven alan and had been thinking about getting one for brendan. but of course, i wouldn’t mind getting one for myself, too!
besides their really beautiful designs, i love the fact that they are all handmade right in detroit. their production line is one of the most modern in the world, and adheres to swiss quality standards. everything is done by hand, from building their own movements, to the final assembly. their watch straps and leather goods come from horween of chicago, one of america’s oldest tanneries, in continuous operation since 1905. they’re one of the last tanneries in america still undertaking the full production process in-house, from raw unprocessed hides to fully finished leather in a process that is impressively labor-intensive. their craftspeople are incredibly skilled and proud of their work, and it’s exciting to be able to buy such a well-made watch, and to support such an awesome detroit-made company. honestly, there’s so much that goes into the entire process, that you really should head to their site to read more about them, because i can hardly do them justice in this little blog post.
and of course, if you’re in new york, i would love it if you could come out to the event i’m hosting at the shinola flagship store tomorrow night from 7:30 – 9:00pm! we’ll be unveiling the american vintage collection by scout la, and fun times will be had by all.
in advance of the event i’ll be hosting at the shinola flagship store in nyc this wednesday, i decided to make my way to los angeles for a quick trip to scout vintage boutique. the owner, joey grana, has pulled together an amazing collection of vintage pieces by american designers for the event. he’s got impeccable taste, as you can see by the photos. and of course, i was blown away by the selection of vintage designer pieces alongside his own small in-house collection, and a tasteful selection of jewelry. i even nabbed a cute new vintage top which i may or may not be wearing to the event!
if you’re in nyc, be sure to come to the event from 7:30 – 9:00pm at the shinola store in tribeca to shop the american vintage collection and to browse some seriously beautiful, detroit-made watches.
hey new york! i’m so excited to be headed to nyc next week to host an exclusive first look at the american vintage collection curated by scout la at the shinola flagship store in tribeca. i’m sharing a sneak peek of the collection here, but if you’re in the new york area, i would love to invite you to stop by and shop these beautiful vintage pieces by classic american designers like bill blass, geoffrey beene, and teal traina. there will be tons more vintage to shop, and lots of pretty detroit-built watches to swoon over. don’t forget to r.s.v.p. and can’t wait to see you there!