bon weekend

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I’m looking forward to quality time with family this weekend – after a week of both my husband and I traveling + the kids and I coming down with a killer cold, it’s much needed. Not to mention, it’s Valentine’s Day weekend! Not that we ever need an excuse to smother our loved ones with hugs and kisses, but this holiday makes it all sweeter, don’t you think? I photographed the treats you see above yesterday, after receiving the sweetest (pun intended) surprise package from my lovely friend Jill. She makes the most amazing caramels I’ve ever had in my life, no joke…and I may or may not be eating these caramels with my coffee this morning. As my Mom (and many others) always say…”life is short, eat dessert first”. After finishing this book this week, that sentiment couldn’t be felt any more heavily right now (and it’s a best seller for good reason). Hug your loved ones tightly, savor every day, and make someone feel extra special this weekend.

BON WEEKEND!

coup de foudre

a heart day playlist

the worst valentine’s day

last-minute valentines for kids

life lessons: what’s your love language?

being boss

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I was born to be an entrepreneur. It became clear at a very young age that I would always follow my passions and forge my own path. Thankfully, my parents fostered this independent spirit and supported my (often very lofty) dreams. Some of my earliest memories consist of inventing “businesses”. First it was a nail salon in my basement (at the ripe old age of eight), where I charged my friends ten cents per nail. Then came my door to door custom bookmark venture, which was lucrative enough to fill my piggy bank and fund my very first business cards! I actually found one in my memory box recently, and had a good laugh over the name. What was my very first business name you might ask? TA-DAH! Yep. While my business name has seen many alterations over the years, my purpose has remained the same–being boss.

My entrepreneurial status didn’t become official until 2007, when after paying my dues and learning from the best in the retail + interior design fields, I launched my own firm and incorporated. I decided to take the leap and build my wings on the way down, as they say. It was equal parts exhilarating and terrifying. I took on a part-time job at a fine linens boutique to supplement my income until I grew my client base to a sustainable level. Side note: as fate would have it, that’s where I met my husband. I hustled hard, and through word of mouth, gained more clients, and in turn, more confidence. I was (slowly but surely) earning a living, making ends meet, and pursuing my passions. I was fortunate to do so, and still am.

Fast forward nine years later and I’m still hustling. Even with a good portion of the financial burden lifted thanks to my husband’s income, it hasn’t altered my drive or entrepreneurial spirit. It hasn’t affected my desire to be my own boss, to push myself harder, and to never settle for satisfactory. Of course there are days when I want to quit…when the work is overwhelming, when I don’t feel appreciated, when I’m exhausted (i.e. the work/life balance myth). Both the burdens and rewards fall on my shoulders – that is the price I pay for autonomy. I alone hold the keys to my failures, and my successes, and that is a powerful feeling–one that I can’t ever imagine giving up. If you’ve dreamed of being your own boss, pull the trigger. Don’t let fear hold you back. The end result isn’t necessarily the marker of your success – it’s the guts and glory of accepting the challenge (and continuing to do so when the going gets rough). That, as the cool kids say, is BOSS.

poilâne

poilane-paris

miche-poilane

 

P stands for…Poilâne! I find myself at this amazing bakery (first opened in 1932) whenever I’m in Paris. They are most famously known for their round, sourdough country bread – miche or pain poilâne, with their signature “p” carved into the top. Their flagship shop (shown here) is in Saint-Germain des Prés, but they also have locations in the 3rd + 15th, as well as in London! Why not visit them all…and be sure to try the Viennese pastries as well. Check out this fascinating video featuring the late Lionel Poilâne himself, as well as this beautiful video detailing their bread-making process.

Poilâne | 8 Rue du Cherche-Midi 75006 Paris

desktop fleurish | coup de foudre

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Let’s begin the month with a beautiful new desktop fleurish, shall we? In case you missed it, I kicked off 2016 with a monthly desktop wallpaper series…a collaboration with Lindsey Buck of The Hive Studio. I’m highlighting one of my favorite French phrases for February, although it applies year-round, in my opinion. Le coup de foudre figuratively means “love at first sight”, and represents feeling a sudden, intense passion (or getting struck by lightning, if we’re getting literal, ha). Passion comes in many forms…and I hope everyone experiences a coup de foudre at some point in their life–maybe a few, if you’re lucky. If anything, you should fall in love at first sight with these downloads…choose your preference!

simple desktop | calendar desktop

please note that these designs are for personal use only + not available for commercial usage.

trouvé magazine

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Having admired (and  purchased) Trouvé Magazine since it’s inception, it’s a thrill to see my name in Volume 04. Trouvé literally means “to find” in French (of course I love it), and the publication is dedicated to the creative lifestyle and those who live it. The latest issue is focused on discovering, defining, and celebrating the creative process, and the pages are filled with inspiration. You can see my mention on page twelve in the “creativity found” directory, in very good company. The magazine also kindly featured this photo on their Instagram feed. I suggest a follow, a purchase, and a read!