Category Archives: Inspiration

Summer List

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Now that summer is in full swing (although the weather hasn’t quite gotten the memo yet) I thought I’d share a list of some goals and to-do’s for the next few months. There’s a lot going on lately, and I don’t want my favorite season to fly by without stepping back and truly savoring it. So here we go. Now the only thing missing is adult summer break. (Someone make that happen, please?).

Truck bed picnic at sunset. Gather friends and blankets, park on Vulcan and take in the sunset.

Weekly bike rides. Which also leads me to…

Explore more Cardiff alleys + side streets. On foot, on bike, while catching up with friends, while decompressing with iced tea on warm evenings.

Mini road trip/extended weekend trip. San Fran, Palm Springs, Santa Barbara….anywhere plz.

Host a patio party. My new fence is in the works and the patio space is making progress. The real goal here is to get the patio into shape…and then throw a party (because, duh).

Finish up books. I got stacks on stacks. Of books. So many good ones half-started or unopened. Prioritizing reading is a major goal this summer.

Clear and cleanse the studio. While I’m making it through little by little, I need to do a once-and-for-all overhaul, a deep cleaning, and some rearranging.

Hit the swap meets and flea markets. It’s been a while and I’m on the hunt for treasures and project supplies. (Ps- If anyone knows where to buy a cheap ukelele, let me know!).

Palm/aura reading. Recommendations?

Play tennis. And actually learn the rules.

Crafts and projects. Make a point to get creative and just make stuff.

Write more. Journaling, blogging, happy notes and snail mail.

I think that’ll just about cover it. Haaaaay #SUMMER2015.

Week Notes: July 5th

Fourth of July beachin' it, emojional style

Current sitch: Bloggin’ away in the studio with a cool breeze rolling in, candles lit, favorite country songs on repeat, and a chilled glass of wine; reflecting a bit not just on the past week, but the past year. Fully relaxing and soaking up all the good feels. I struggle (x 5,000) to keep up blogging lately, losing interest and motivation. But then I find my Week Notes from exactly a year ago…and am so glad I took the time to document the little highlights and moments. With that said…

Other Sons Studio, Del Mar

The week was short but full before leading into a beautiful, long weekend. (Much needed).  The weather has been v. tropical: hot and humid with spontaneous rain and thunderstorms. Kind of really into it, actually. We got to grab dirty almond milk chais and work from this cute little studio during a rainy day client photoshoot.

steamy cardiff nights

Tuesday night could only be described as “steamy”, and I found myself out running to an old playlist, taking new streets and falling even more in love with Cardiff. Being the night before the full moon, I took about 50 photos of the moon on my walk home. Although the sun has always been my thing, I’m finding a new appreciation for the moon lately. I couldn’t get enough!

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summer evening dinner party

The girl gang assembled for a day at the beach and some afternoon poke before I headed to the Happster House for a cozy dinner night with fresh panzenella salad, avocado bruschetta (Kelli’s speciality), a patriotic berry salad, and special request “$20 Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand”. Summer night perfection.

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The 4th was mellow (quite a change of pace from the past three years). Mega beach bash —> relaxing night, with a few illegal firework sightings thrown in. Not being hungover is kind of the best thing. (Ain’t nobody got time fo that).

stonesteps, leucadia

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday weekend, filled with fun and relaxation!

BOXFOX Babe: Chelsea Moore

BOXFOX delivery

This year, I’m ready to hustle. And nothing makes me happier than supporting other creative hustlers, especially when they’re friends. So when the talented babes at BOXFOX sent me a gorgeous nude box tied up in black ribbon, I just had to share the love. All bias aside though…these babes are killing it.

BOXFOX offers pretty and personalized gift boxes for for life’s many moods, milestones, and moments. Curating the best of the best— so you don’t have to!— each beautiful package is hand-wrapped and handled with care. With gorgeous branding and a playful attitude, BOXFOX is gaining quick popularity with those who lack time but certainly not taste.

Chelsea Moore BOXFOX

The perfectly-timed HUSTLE box I received is filled with all of the pretty and practical work essentials needed to get down to business in style! Scroll down to take a peek inside and read on for a quick Q & A with BOXFOX girl boss, Chelsea Moore. Oh and like pretty things? Follow BOXFOX on Insta for your daily dose of styled perfection.

PS- Totally obsessed with these Galentine’s BOXFOX’s and the open boxes with bouquets (if you’re in LA for hand delivery)…the perfect gift to celebrate friendship and share the love with your best gal pals!

HUSTLE BOXFOX

Q: Who is behind BOXFOX?
A: BOXFOX is the brainchild of me, Chelsea Moore, Jennifer Olivero & Sabena Suri.

Q: Why the Nude, black and white?
A: The branding was so important to us. We really wanted an elevated aesthetic that stood on its own but could pair well with the personality of both the gifter and recipient.

Q: How do you decide on the products in each box?
A: Tons of research! We build each box around a theme that can apply to many different milestones. We make sure that each box has a balance between substantial gifts and unique, personal items. We’re lucky to have so many great brands on board to create a box of products that truly complement each other.

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Q: What’s the hardest part of starting a business at such a young age?
A: I imagine starting a business at any age is a challenge, but being younger has its own special set of obstacles. Having conviction and dedication to face any challenge (and naysayer) head on and teach yourself everything you need to know on the fly is a must!

Q: Most rewarding part?
A: Getting to spend every day putting my heart and soul into something I believe in. Challenging myself to take this company to each and every new level.

Q: What do you see for the future of BOXFOX?
A: We hope to offer gift boxes for every occasion imaginable and to offer more opportunities for customization and personalization.

Thanks to Chelsea and the kick-ass babes at BOXFOX. Happy gifting! 

2014 Reflections

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A lot can happen in a year, and a lot did happen in a year. 2014 was pretty incredible.

It felt like the universe really lined things up for me this year, and whether it began to send signs or I just suddenly learned how to listen, I noticed so many connections and found meaning everywhere. It’s kind of freaky, actually. A lot of things came full circle and cemented my belief that everything happens for a reason.

I started the year out in a bit of a funk, not actually unsatisfied or unhappy but feeling off in a way I couldn’t quite put my finger on. (Looking back, a vitamin B deficiency and living in a cave (our apartment building under construction with windows permanently covered, blocking all sunlight) probably had something to do with it). 

Moving into my own little place in Cardiff was the best decision I made this year, arguably ever. I really lucked out and still feel grateful everyday that I have the opportunity to live here. There’s a quiet happiness in Cardiff that makes my heart feel a sense of peace, like I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. (Which is kind of a big deal for my anxious, restless and indecisive self). I love having my own place and getting into Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool contest was definitely a year highlight.

Being in my little studio walking distance to the beach- without Wifi for 6 months…#proud- was the perfect opportunity to slow down, simplify life and spend more time outside. Daily walks to the beach, market and coffee left me feeling grounded and allowed for all kinds of interactions with people- neighbors, crazies, and friends- that actually had a big role in shaping my year. It’s kind of crazy how little encounters at the right time and place can have such an impact.

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Around the beginning of summer I began to feel an unexplainable weight lifted, and only seemed to feel lighter and freer as the months went on. Fall (which still felt like summer) came with a renewed spontaneity and happiness full of adventures, friendship and stories to fill a future autobiography/book. So many good memories I can’t not smile (or laugh) thinking about it.

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The end of the year really flew by, and I’m shocked it’s already over! I’m ending the year with a job I am passionate about, feeling so happy with where my life is right now, creatively fulfilled, and surrounded by true friends and loved ones. Multiple times a week I have to text someone, usually Ashleigh, “LIFE IS SO GOOD!”….because it really is just so good.

I’ve been thinking over some goals for the new year and trying to figure out what I want 2015 to look like. I don’t reallyhave any idea at this point. Looking back at the goals I made this time last year for 2014, I feel pretty good about it:

  • Collect moments, not things. Less shopping (kick the habit). More new experiences, traveling, concerts, saving. Shopping habit when in and out in phases…new experiences, traveling and concerts was a definite yes. Saving…not so much. 
  • Take action! Less (over)thinking, more doing. More living spontaneously. More feeling fulfilled. Check.
  • Nurture existing friendships, make new ones and expand my network. Less “let’s grab lunch!”; more actual grabbing lunch. More keeping in touch with dear friends, more social events. Could have made more of a point o catch up with old friends and acquaintances, but did invest in existing close friendships and met and became closer with entirely new groups of friends. Definite check. 
  • Be present in each moment, improve focus on each task. Less anxiety, more being content in the present moment. Have a feeling “being present in each moment” will always be a work in progress, but headed in the right direction. 
  • Invest in myself– body, mind and soul. Probably took the #treatyourself mindset a little too next level, but it’s always worth it. Books, workouts and natural beauty products just make me happy. 

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I can’t wait to hear about your year! Highlights, goals, lowlights, notables? Spill :)

 

Boho Daily: 7 Instant Mood Boosters

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Just a quick little hello- you can find me over at the Tiny Devotions Boho Daily today!

Before overwhelming fall stress, shorter days and colder weather get you in a funk, read my guest article with 7 Instant Mood Boosters. The next time you need a little pick-me-up, you’ll be ready with these simple tricks for an instant mood boost! Any guesses what they are?!

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What are your go-to mood boosters?!