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It’s that time, when the snow hits the ground and everything is grey outside, and you just want summer and something else.  I’ve been going 100mph for a little too long and I think I’m finally cracking. But that’s ok, cracking is a good thing, it leads to new things. I realized that I need a major overhaul, and first, a major detox. the old ways have not been working. Time to shed this skin and try something different.

I would like to take the next 3-4 months (or however long it takes) and just chill out. I’m clearing my weekends. I’m taking on less freelance work. I’m not trying to anxiously or intensely plan anything, but instead become empty again. There is a great passage in one of Marianne Williamson’s books that goes like this:

In Zen Buddhism, there’s a concept called “zen mind,” or “beginner’s mind,” They say that the mind should be like an empty rice bowl. If it’s already full, then the universe can’t fill it. If it’s empty, it has room to receive.

So I’m working on emptying my rice bowl again. Forgetting everything I know (well not everything, but anything that hasn’t been serving me), and clearing the plate for better things ahead. I removed all social media from my phone. I haven’t decided if I will delete it from my desktop yet, but I may. It’s just too easy to get wrapped up in it, and I’d like things to be a little more peaceful.

Also, and maybe not coincidentally, I’ve been on a motorcycle kick lately. I’ve been dreaming of California and the PCH and roadtrips. When I used to ride the subway during my old commute I had a long stretch where I could read. I got about halfway through Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and I’m looking forward to picking that up again. And finally, during my last hair cut my lady gave me an anti-frizz product called Easy Rider. I know, I know. So every morning I see it and think of that movie, which I haven’t watched for years, but it’s happening tonight! :)

I’ll check back in here when I’m feeling creative again. But for now, no expectations, and no stress.

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girlgonegraphic_texas_1girlgonegraphic_texas_2I was a first-timer, a Texas virgin! But boy am I happy that I went and got to experience this. I flew into Ft. Worth on a last-minute whim and spent a couple days exploring the area. I’ve been to a lot of places in the US, but I can say with certainty that this trip was most out of my comfort zone (which is good). I went to my first honky tonk, danced the 2-step, attended a rodeo, and even made my own Coke in one of those machines.

There were boots and hats everywhere (it’s legit fashion, not even made-for-tv). And food – yes. I got some really good mexican, and tried the locally-famous Whataburger (which tasted really really fresh!). Everyone was kind, and southern hospitality is real. I envision more trips in the future, but next time I’d like to get out to the desert and see the Marfa lights.

It was a wonderfully restorative trip, and a great adventure. I feel whole.

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The B&W Roll

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I feel so lucky to be able to share these photos. About a month ago I went out for a dream shoot. I’ve always wanted to do one of these really dramatic and editorial style shoots. Have you ever heard that saying, “When you’re in you’re 20s, go out and run in a bikini, because your 30-year-old self will thank you for it”? While I don’t entirely agree with that sentiment, I do love the idea of capturing this point in my life. It says a lot about how I’ve been evolving in NY. There’s been a lot of change in my life recently, and these expressions are pretty telling.

These were all shot on film (!!) – it’s pretty rare to be able to say that these days. I love the high contrast and sharpness that the film/lens combo provides. Sometimes old school is just better. The whole roll had to be shipped to Los Angeles to be developed – so it’s pretty special. Thank you Silver City Photography for this gift. Definitely one for the books.

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I get nervous posting in-the-moment things, like this song I’m digging, because I know it can change on a dime. One second you love it, the next second it gets overplayed on the radio, and then you want to crawl in a hole. But I’m hoping that doesn’t happen. I found The Apache Relay through Spotify. Their album was easy to get into and I had no problem listening all the way through. This song – Katie Queen of Tennessee – has been stuck in my head ever since. I love the beat and the lyrics. And whoever Katie is, she has a beautiful song written about her.

♥ katie be my darlin’ ♥

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White Wash

girlgonegraphic_white_washI’ve been collecting more white / airy / simple inspiration lately, so I thought it was time to share. Plus, it’s Friday night, and I’m hooked on this new podcast called Serial, so what else was I gonna do? The white water tower is my favorite. Surprisingly I found it on a stock photography site, OFFSET, which is a breath of fresh air as far as stock photography is concerned.

Now that Serial podcast – that is right up my alley. I’m hooked on the idea. A crime story? Told chronologically, in hour-long episodes? From This American Life? SOLD. I didn’t need any convincing. I love the idea, and it’s the perfect ritual to listen to while getting some work done. Have a lovely weekend!

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ggg_lima_labelI’m excited to share some recent work I did for a fashion startup here in NYC. This is the final design for a clothing line called Lima. The company I was working for was in the process of creating several private collections and they needed labels to sew on each garment. This particular line had a ton of cozy knits and sweaters. The company wanted the branding to reflect high-end style while capturing the idea that these were knits. The garments were being manufactured in Lima, Peru, which turned out to be the perfect name for the collection.

My goal was to capture the feeling of knitwear and something hand-sewn, while still presenting an upscale garment line (nothing too crafty). I love how the final product turned out, and it’s pretty cool to know that these are in circulation across the US!

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this_instax_life_02Another week, another round of Instaxing. This week I tried a new pizza place (doesn’t everybody just need a pizza night once in a while? Pizza will always be nostalgic to me). The dolphin on the top right, I’ve nicknamed her Annie, and she exists in a creepy abandoned water park by my house. The water has long since dried up, but the decaying structures remain (dun dun dun). I love walking through it because it feels like such a good book/movie scene. Bottom right – I’ve been taking a ton of baths lately. This is the first place I’ve had in several years that has a clean bathtub and I take full advantage. It’s the best way to wind down at night.

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I wouldn’t mind owning these things. That mug – wouldn’t it be the perfect touch on a fall day? A little twinkle of gold? And those shoes – not sure how long I would last, but I would certainly give ‘em a try. Along with my design style, my wardrobe has certainly been changing too. I’ve been going for bolder statement pieces and not worrying too much about splurging on a really unique/odd item. I love putting it all together and letting the mind dream with possibilities.

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I am SO excited to present my new blog and branding! It was time for a change. My style has shifted SO MUCH in the past year. I’ve been ready to switch things up. I wanted to create a space that was cleaner and had a white background, so I could post a wider variety of things without colors clashing. This way, the focus is on the content.

ggg_new_blog_2-3A little on the site design. This is my first time having a sidebar on the right-hand side. I like how the content comes first. Believe it or not I used the good ‘ol golden rectangle to start the design process / get the alignment of objects right. I ended up modifying the spacing a bit, but it definitely served as a starting point and I trust that the ratio is pleasing to the eye.

Another cool feature – the site has a sticky sidebar. The sidebar will scroll up with the page but only until a certain point, so that the nav, search, and categories will remain on the page. (that one took many a late nights to figure out!) Worth it.

Finally, the site is now responsive! (kind of). Let’s just say it’s as responsive as my testing capabilities allow. It works on my iPad and iPhone, but without going too deep into the development world, I’m happy with it. I actually finished designing the site months ago, but got tied up in the coding. The theme that I use (Thesis) came out with a major overhaul between the time I had learned how to use it, so it was a pretty hefty learning curve to figure out the new system.

Maybe I should have hired a developer, but I still have a hard time dropping the cash when I know I can figure it out (mostly) myself, even though it ends up taking way longer than it should. Maybe next round! Until then, it felt rewarding to even get it this far!

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Next came the business cards. I went for simple this time around. Besides the fact that it’s hard to design for yourself, I wanted to make something that I wouldn’t hate a few months down the road (cause that never happens…). I opted for a thicker card stock which helps balance the minimalism.

ggg_new_blog_4-5My facebook page got an update over here. Lots of good stuff all around. :) I’m sure I’ll be making little changes here and there, but I’m happy to finally ship this project. I look forward to posting more on the fresh new space!

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I’m starting a new column – “This Instax Life” – which will include snapshots of my whereabouts and activities. I’m excited for this because it gives me an excuse to go exploring. I’ve also fallen quickly in love with my new Instax camera, so I want to continue documenting memories. ❤

This week was walking around Madison Square Park, getting doughnuts at Doughnut Plant NYC (the most DELICIOUS!), and working from my local coffee shop. More to come.

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