NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS CHECK IN

Okay, so by now I’m sure most people have either forgotten about or failed several of their resolutions – I mean, who even mentions those lists after mid-January anyway?  But this year I am determined dammit!  So, I thought I would check in and honestly evaluate.  Let’s go through the list, shall we?

Resolution 1: The Obligatory Eat Better and Exercise More Resolution.  Okay, well you see, the thing is, I just………Ugh!  I was doing pretty great until my two week long travel (technically, it was only 10 days, but prepping to leave and coming back totally throw off the schedule too!  It’s true!)  so I’m headed to the grocery today to stock up on healthy food and I’ve already made my meal plan this week so I can finally cook again.  I really don’t love the eating-out-for-every-meal aspect of travel, but hey.  It is what it is.

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Resolution 2: Make a Life List.  Hey!  Nice job, self.  I did this one.   I made a life list for this year, not a big bucket list because those intimidate me.  Now I just have to get through the list, which after already failing at #1, might be harder than I thought.  But try I will.

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Resolution 3: Photograph More.  Okay so when I went to Alt, I took a Photo 101 refresher course by Wendy and Tyler from The Blue Lily.  They are seriously so awesome.  Even though I majored in photography, my program only taught film and darkroom so I felt like I should take a digital 101 class and I am so glad I did!  My mind was blown.  Since I already had a basic understanding, with just lots of holes to fill in, this was exactly what I needed to help me with what I’ve been struggling with and give me confidence to start shooting again.  And Wendy and Tyler are amazing teachers – they know exactly how to break down the basics for real understanding and they don’t get snippy when you ask silly questions.  They travel the world to do workshops and shoot portraits  so please go check them out if this is something that might interest you too.  Chances are the will be coming to your city at some point.

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Resolution 4: Less Coffee, More Tea.  Not even going to lie, I haven’t even been trying to cut my coffee habit.  Until today that is!  I went cold turkey this morning, so I’m back on.

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Resolution 5: Less Internet, More Books.  Well, it’s been a struggle because letting yourself fall down the rabbit hole that is the internet is so magical and wonderful, but I’ve been trying. Parker got me a book for Christmas that I’ve really gotten in to and almost finished.  It’s a series though so I don’t even have to think about what to read next.  If you liked the Hunger Games series, give it a shot.  (Hey, I didn’t say I was going to read more worldly, sophisticated books! Lay off me.)

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Resolution 6: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”  Well, well, well.  Here I am following this resolution to a T.  Good job, self.  I think this year I’m going to stop being so hard on myself and just try again if I fail.  Life is so much easier to live that way.  And I have found that if you love life, life will love you right back.  So here’s to falling down and getting back up again in 2013!

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What about you?  How are your new year’s resolutions coming?  Have you fallen off the wagon, and if so, are you trying to get back on?

 

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HOME AGAIN

Happy Monday!  We just got home from Salt Lake City and after being gone for a week and a half (first to NYC, then to Alt Summit), it’s nice to be back.  Yesterday I wrote about our plans to tackle #1 on my 28 by 29 list of learning to ski – and let me just tell you, it was a big fat fail.

Some crazy weather moved in fast and as we were driving up the mountain, we saw cars sliding off in to ditches and visibility was poor with fog and snow.  We had a midsize rental car that may or may not have had snow tires (how does one know if you do??), obviously no tire chains and no emergency kit with blankets, food, etc.  So we thought it best to turn around and crawl down the mountain with other better-safe-than-sorry drivers at 20 mph before finding ourselves in trouble.  When we got back on the interstate, the fog had thickened so much we missed our exit twice and snow started pouring from the sky.  It was quite an adventure, but needless to say we were disappointed that we stayed a day after Alt Summit to ski and didn’t get to.

Oh well, at least we are home and safe.  And we had a good time drinking hot toddies and watching the snow storm from a pub near our hotel, so it wasn’t a total loss.  But now I need to decide: should I replace the item on my list with something else, or try to find a place to ski close to Atlanta?

Here’s some Instagram pictures of our snowy Utah adventures yesterday – oh and by the way, when we woke up it was 40 degrees and sunny so we didn’t think to check the weather (amateurs, right?).


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downtownslc2I’ll share some pictures from my “real” camera soon – the Rockies are sooo beautiful!  Parker and I would love to move out west and have those big mountains in our back yard.  Maybe one day!  For now though, it’s so nice to be writing this from the comfort of my own bed with my dog at my feet.

 


WEEKEND PRETTIES

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Yesterday was the very last day of the Altitude Design Summit but Parker and I are staying a little longer to tackle #1 on my 28 by 29 list of learning to ski!  We decided to learn skiing rather than snowboarding because the concierge at our hotel convinced us that snowboarding is super hard and for the more advanced…and by promising that we would “hate our lives” if we skipped skiing and went straight to the board.  Sold.  And if I want to ski for the first time in my life, what better place than Utah and these gorgeous Rockies to do so, right?  It’s tempting to take an earlier flight home to sleep in our own bed and see our sweet Frankie dog after being gone for over a week, but I’m more excited to play in some snow and take in some views.

Hope you’ve had a great weekend so far!  Here are some fun, pretty links to enjoy:

With all the traveling I’ve been doing lately, I’m craving a sturdy leather bag like this one to cart around everywhere.

What’s your favorite shade?  Mine is “Coral Crush”

I wish I had a stylist friend to come over and help me pick out pretty outfits!

Fun, old fashioned illustration is my favorite.

Feeling festive?  Make a fabulous crown.

How do you plate your food?

Can’t wait to get home and make this for breakfast.

The Happiness Machine: A fascinating artle about how Google became the best place to work ever.

(photo by  ya qiu)


HAPPINESS IS PAPER DOLL SAVE THE DATES

I have been following Shannon’s blog, Happiness Is, for as long as I have been following blogs. Hers was the very first I put in my Google Reader and I was so excited when she got married to her long time love.  She’s just revealed her Save the Dates that she created for their wedding and I had to share them because they are so creative and so pretty.

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Paper Doll Save the Dates!  Shannon’s love for vintage is so apparent if you have read her blog even for a short while, and she did not disappoint with her save the dates.  Those are her and her husband’s heads on real vintage paper dolls that they found on eBay, scanned and edited for their purpose.  They included different outfits for the wedding day, the wedding night (ooh la la!) and the honeymoon!  Complete with accessories too!  Adorable, right?

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These all DIY Save the Dates are truly unique, definitely a fresh spin on a retro theme and executed flawlessly.   Her and Hal’s engagement pictures were also a bit 60’s vintage inspired and DIY, so go check those out too!  I can’t wait to see what else Shannon reveals from her wedding since everything seems to be so fun and true to her aesthetic.  Congrats Shannon and Hal!

 


TODAY AT ALT SUMMIT

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So Alt Summit is the most exhausting, inspiring, overwhelming and most amazing place.  Today I almost cried (a few times) from overwhelming joy because I met Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day, Mara Kofoed from A Blog About Love, Ez Pudewa from Creature Comforts, Alison Faulkner from The Alison Show and THE Design Mom and founder of Alt herself, Gabrielle Blair.  I can’t even express what it’s like to meet people whose blogs you follow religiously, who you look up to so sincerely and who you fiercely support from behind your computer screen every day.  And to have the privilege to meet them at such a pivotal time in my life is just so inspiring and emotional.  I quit my job exactly one week ago today with hopes and dreams of some day being just like them and it has meant so much to be able to look them in the eye and tell them that I love their work.  It sounds so completely cheesy so I’ll stop…but it’s totally true.

Also, there has been a balloon party, crazy amazing string art, and french macarons too, not to mention the endless amounts of beautiful product and party design, awesome swag and awe-inspiring speakers…so, basically this place is amazing.

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Love from Alt!  xoxo!