Today was such a fun day! I got to meet with three different photographers throughout the day, didn’t even realize it when I was scheduling all of my meetings. Each photographer had such a different style and energy and it is completely contagious! Meeting with photographers makes me feel so invigorated, I love creating different looks and projects, but without a photographer whatever I make would never gets to come to life. I cannot wait to debut some new projects with these talented ladies. I’ve written several times about my admiration for photographers, but I just can’t say it enough…I LOVE photographers!
A & I dropped our ballots off bright and early this morning (since we’ll be in Blogshop again all day today, so fun!). Please go out and vote today!
My friend and I had such a great time at Hello! Lucky’s open studio. Emma is a future letterpress artist herself so it was really fun for me to have someone that could tell me a little bit about the machines and the process. I picked up a few gifts and some great cards, plus…I got to meet Sabrina and Eunice! I’m such a big fan of their work, their weddings, and their books so it was such a pleasure to get to actually meet them face to face. They (and the whole Hello! Lucky team) were so kind and nice and I got to actually letterpress a card too! All around very exciting, can’t wait for their next open studio.
You probably know the name Elizabeth Messina because of her numerous magazine covers, her book, editorial work or from her wedding photography that I’m fairly sure has the graced screens of every wedding blog. She’s a true talent and in addition to her gorgeous photography she is also the mother of three bi-racial children with her African-American husband.
Today Huffington Post published an open letter she wrote to the President. Whatever your political leanings may be, this is an article that should not be missed. Elizabeth talks about how when Obama ran, and eventually won, the presidential campaign he changed the life of her son. Even recapping her words here I’m almost in tears. I have two African-American sisters and I remember when Obama became President having very similar thoughts of my own. I will never know what it is to be a woman (or person) of color, nor will I ever truly know what it’s like to be African-American in a white family (and white town). Just as Elizabeth says, being able to look into a face you love so much and be able to say “you can be anything you want to be” and to really believe it is an incredible feeling that Obama made possible. Please read Elizabeth’s open letter to President Obama for yourself to further understand this perspective.
Photo by Elizabeth Messina.
How are you feeling today? After three hours of trick-or-treating and a few fun-size delights last night (okay, and today) I’m exhausted! The kids were absolutely adorable, and I got to see first hand the utter joy of Halloween through a child’s eyes again. There was one house with full-sized candy bars for goodness sakes!! Did you have a good Halloween?
Image via Korean Vogue.
I hope you all have fun, or cozy, plans tonight! I am very excited to be going trick-or-treating with my siblings this year for the first time in…I can’t even remember when. It’s rainy, but that doesn’t dampen their spirits when it comes to getting as much candy as possible!
Taking kids trick-or-treating is so much fun, but until I have my own it makes me think that we should come up with a Halloween tradition we do each year. In the past we’ve watched classic scary movies, which I’m a huge fan of. I want to morph that into projecting them above our fireplace and making a huge nest for a scary movie marathon, next year! Do you have any fun non-kid related Halloween traditions?
While in Oregon we were lucky enough to have a few short hours in Portland and A and I decided to check out Salt & Straw which is a “farm to cone” ice-cream parlor. Not only is the inside totally my style and absolutely adorable–chock full of vintage ice-cream memorabilia, their ice-cream is incredible.
I am one loyal fan of Fentons in Oakland but this place rivals the Bay Area parlor for sure. I always love a business with an ampersand, but the flavors of their all natural ice-cream are so inventive and delicious!
Here A and I are enjoying our made in-house waffle cones with a scoop of cinnamon snicker-doodle and almond brittle with salted ganache (respectively) and since we were wanting the full experience we topped them with their incredible home-made caramel sauce!
I honestly can’t even describe how good these were in words, only happy guttural sounds. Cannot wait until we can come back again. There’s a certain little biscuit shop we already have plans to hit up next time we’re in Portland too!
Photos one and two via. Photo three by me. Cone Print: Herman Miller Summer Picnic Poster (Ice Cream), 1983 by Stephen Frykholm.
Last week while in Oregon we made the most of fall, and the few rain free days we had. We went on a hay-ride, picked pumpkins from the pumpkin patch, enjoyed the gorgeous leaves changing colors, and played with horse chestnuts and their spiky pods. It’s been a quintessential autumnal trip. Site visits and a little more (much needed) family time will round out this fall’s visit.
I just discovered this poster designed by Elizabeth Cooper and I could not love it more. Not only are orange and blue one of our longest loving color combinations, but it’s a message I’ve been holding very dear to my, well, heart lately. So many times in life I feel that you’re driven to do something because you think you “should” or perhaps you feel pressured into them for any myriad of reasons, but the concept is simple: follow your heart. Let your heart be your guide. I also saw a quote that goes well with this motto, which is to “follow your heart, but take your brain with you.” Happy weekend.