Wednesday
Apr162014

PHARRELL ON OPRAH

photos via Pharrell Williams official FB page

Holy shit, this guy is an inspiring dude.

If you have not had a chance to watch the Pharrell interview on Oprah Prime yet, you gotta get on that stat. I can't think of the last time I was so inspired/touched/moved/blown away by someone as I was after watching Mr. P spill all his beans to Oprah. I was crying through like the entire thing.

Not to mention that this dude is responsible for creating like 80% of the music I've loved the hardest over the last 20 years. If you're not familiar with Pharrell's musical legacy: basically just think about any hit song you've loved from any artist (from Gwen Stefani, to Jay-Z to Britney Spears and everything in between) and then google that shit. There's like a 50/50 chance that Pharrell had *something* to do with it. 

And yet he's so grounded and humble, and really just makes me want to go out into the world and do something great. 

Best of all: he shared that his main relationship dealbreaker was always "does this chick love Tribe Called Quest?" If the answer was no, he said it was never gonna work. 

Second best of all, he actually took the time out to call out some random chick on Instagram who was inspired by his latest album cover. She posed in a robe like the ladies on P's album cover and then basically got blasted with nasty, insensitive comments. Pharrell asked everyone to go onto Insta, follow her and shower her with positivity. I mean alja;lsfjlsjflsjflsdfjdsljf!!?? You should follow her too. 

OH, and he said that one of his managers a few years ago suggested that he read The Alchemist and that it TOTALLY and completely changed his life. 

Anyway, I was in love with this dude before, but my crush has now reached One Direction screaming 14-year-old levels. 

Tuesday
Apr152014

DO YOU GUYS TAKE CLASSES? 

So my parents were hippies and smoked pot and listened to rock-n-roll music and got kicked out of school. And so I "rebelled" and got straight A's and joined the Honor Society. And while I'm definitely happy to be done with pop quizzes, research papers and all that sort of shit, I still love me a good class. 

There's something about having an assignment with a due date that just motivates my ass like nothing else. Like there is literally no space in my brain that would allow for NOT doing my homework if I know that's it's due next Weds eve at 7pm. Basically you could bet a million dollars or an opportunity to have sex with Paul Rudd that my homework is gonna be signed, sealed and delivered on my teacher's desk. 

Here is my upcoming class schedule: 

  • On Wednesday I'm starting a TV pilot writing class at UCLA. It's sort of my secret fantasy to be a TV writer. I already watch every single TV show that exists on planet Earth, so I've got that going for me. 
  • On May 17th I'm taking a fun photography class, Snap Class that will hopefully help with my picture takin' skills both on le blog and on le Instagram.  
  • On June 21, I'm taking a loom weaving class with Janelle Pietzrack of All Roads Studio, and I'm super psyched about this one as I've pinned 8,976 pics of gorgeous wall hangings on Pinterest that I now want to blazenly copy.
  • I kind of wish that I had enrolled in Marie Forleo's B-school, but I didn't so now I can't take that till next year. 
  • I did an awesome group coaching class with Tiffany Han, who truly is a champion of awesome.
  • And I can't stop watching youtube tutorials. Like, can't stop, won't stop. 
    • If you have short/medium hair and you want to figure out how to get beachy waves, voila
    • How to take a selfie like a supermodel (shut up, yes I watched). 
    • How to edit your Instagram photos (sidenote: I have to do a separate post on this as I'm newly OBSESSED with editing photos on my phone and it's so much damn fun). 
    • And like every kind of make-up tutorial you could ever imagine. I basically learned how to apply make-up on youtube like 6 months ago...not kidding. 

All this class takin' sorta makes me want to teach my own damn class too. #maybe

Anyway, so I kinda have a class problem, as you can see. Do you guys dig classes? Know any good ones I should take? (in the LA are or online?). Tell me everything you know. 

Sunday
Jan192014

THE MOTHER OF ALL ALT DESIGN SUMMIT ROUND-UP POSTS

So the Alt Design Summit is goin' down this week in Salt Lake City and the whole internet is abuzz. The Blogarazzi are shining up their DSLR's, last minute ban.do hair pieces are being purchased, messy bun pins on pinterest are being power searched, and "express ship green party dress" is showing up in many a blogger's browser histories. Shit's about to get REAL, ppl. 

Lucky for you, virtually every blogger on planet earth has done an Alt focused blog post to help you figure out: wtf to wear, wtf to say, wtf to bring, and wtf to do every minute of every day while you're there. Whew! 

Truth time: I actually found these sorts of posts super duper helpful before my Alt maiden voyage, and so in case you are looking to read each and every one of them, I thought I'd round them all up in one spot. 

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Sunday
Jan122014

BLACK-N-BLUE

Image via David Pringle for Society 6

So, it's hard to believe, but our lease for our first LA place is almost up! And our tenant in Brooklyn wants to renew for another year! So we've decided to move into a fab little apartment (yeah, yeah, yeah...I know I was all "I WANT SPAAAAAACE" when we got here, but now "I WANT CHEAPPPPPER RENT!"). 

So, we're moving into this killer new apt building in Glendale called the Icis (you know, like the Earl of Grantham's dog!???). 

Needless to say, I'm pretty darn excited about taking on a new design project, and I've decided I want this new joint to be a little jewelbox of B-O-L-D. 

Like, the minute the door opens, I want your ass standing there, jaw on the ground, and the first words out of your mouth to be "WHOA."

And so I've decided I want to paint the whole main living area--dining, kitchen, and living room--black. Or dark inky/navy blue. I can't decide. And basically I have a ping pong game in my brain every day when I think about it. 

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Thursday
Jan022014

SPELLING IS FUN

I'm guessing someone out there might have "work on my spelling and grammar" on their 2014 resolution list? Well, whoever you are, this one is for you!

My design bud, Brian Patrick Flynn, was nice enough to alert me to the fact that I've been spelling my name for allllll these years.

Whenever I go into Starbucks and order my drink, I often get asked if I spell it with a "C or a K?" Just for funzies, next time maybe I'll say: "actually, I spell it with a "a, i, w, c AND a k" and just stand there and laugh as they look at me like I'm a serial killer.