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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Quiet Quality: The Power of Being Outdoors

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When I think about the subject of being outdoors and what that means to my routine I am thinking about it on a small scale. For me it’s not about finding some idyllic Ansel Adams setting, it’s merely about stepping outside of my house. It’s beneficial to move outside of that daily grind by leaving your work environment, or even home environment for just a short time. At any point in the day a 10 minute walk around the neighborhood will serve as the ultimate recharge. For me it’s an act of gratitude and an exercise in pointing out the beauty all around me; from roses to shadows to pink houses. Not only do I feel a sense of gratitude and exploration, a lot of these innocent, seemingly mundane sites fuel my creative energy. This week in the takeaways I share examples of some Instagram feeds where there is a sense of exploration, curiosity and appreciation for outdoor marvels and artifacts. Remember all of these people have jobs, so the images they share might come from a walk to work or weekend getaway, not a far off destination. —Loren

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Similar to Loren, I don’t necessarily need a grand adventure to feel the positive affects of being among nature (though I’ll happily welcome those with open arms). Along with the every day actions that make up my daily routine, I make a point of adding ‘get outside’ to the list. Ideally, the day begins with a run around the neighborhood or a brisk hike in the nearby mountains, but there are certainly days when my schedule doesn’t allow for that. During those times, I try my best to incorporate some outside time into my day by biking to work or walking to a meeting instead of hoping in my car. Sure, it takes a bit longer, but I’ve always found it to be well worth it.

There’s just something about being outdoors, away from all distractions and among nature that offers a clarity and perspective I’m not sure is attainable in any other environment. I think we’ve all experienced it in some capacity, whether it be the calm of inhaling crisp mountain air, or feeling so small among a forest of towering trees, or the serenity that comes with watching the tide move in and out along the shoreline. It’s those moments that allow you to step back, recharge and put life in perspective. I’ve found that those are the times I feel the most inspired and am able to bring that energy back to my work or rediscover my zest for life in general. read more »

Friday, October 24, 2014

Friday Favorites

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1. The Sleep Shirt makes the most beautiful nightwear I ever did see (not to mention their exquisite lookbook photographed by Jennilee Marigomen).
2. Gold foil done right in the brand collateral for Cho Cho San by Folke Army (these guys do great work!).
3. Insightful notes on the power of refusal and recognizing the value in the absence of “too much” in T Magazine.
4. Pretty pointilism by Dorothy Napangardi at Hosfelt Gallery.
5. This portrait of Gertrud Vasegaard, a third-generation Danish potter; “when it comes to style, older might well be wiser.”
6. An incredible attention to detail in the design of these mailboxes at Het Kasteel in Amsterdam.
7. The design of the Chapel of Reconciliation in Berlin, photographed by Piotr Krajewski.
8. Talking about 8 ways to be the ultimate party host over on eBay this week. This recipe for Ochazuke with marinated tuna would be the perfect accompaniment.
9. The detail on this coat from Rick Owens’ fall 2014 ready-to-wear collection (perfection!).

Happy weekend, friends! I’ll be traveling north this next week for some events and exploring, so while I’ll continue to be updating here, you can also follow along on Instagram. Wishing you a great one!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

JC x Sunday Suppers: Cookbook Gathering

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I had the pleasure this past weekend of participating in the launch of the new Sunday Suppers cookbook by hosting a feast made up of delicious recipes from the Autumn Dinner chapter of the book. I’ve been following Karen and her work since its inception and am so inspired to see her vision grow beyond the beautiful Brooklyn dinners to something that can live in anyone’s household and inspire them to entertain. The book itself is a feast for the senses, chock-full of the elegant photography and styling you know and love from Sunday Suppers, and offers recipe ideas for most every season and setting.

Though we’re still experiencing quite the Indian summer here in Los Angeles, it was fun to channel fall through these rustic recipes and find an excuse to sit down with friends and family to enjoy a good meal. I tapped my sister (the Julia Child of our clan) to help with the cooking and styled a simple tablescape on a Santa Barbara patio to enjoy an early evening under a canopy of vines.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mixtape Monday No.86

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1. Laura Mvula | Green Garden
2. Kindness | Swingin’ Party
3. Springtime Carnivore | Name On A Matchbook
4. Kind Cousin | Do You Care
5. Foxygen | How Can You Really
6. Andrew Bird | Desperation Breeds
7. Dark Dark Dark | Daydreaming
8. Kevin Morby | Motors Runnin
9. Robert Plant | Rainbow
10. Grizzly Bear | Easier
11. Radiohead | Gagging Order
12. The Acorn | Almanac

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Dropping in with a few favorite tunes I’ve had rotating at the studio during this start of fall. Did you guys happen to catch any great shows this summer? I didn’t get to too many, unfortunately, though I did get a chance to see Andrew Bird play at the Hollywood Bowl last month and my oh my, he took my breath away. It’s as though he was plucked out of another era. And the whistling! I’ve never seen anything like it. Needless to say, if he’s coming to your neck of the woods, do yourself a favor and snag a ticket. You won’t regret it. Hope you enjoy this month’s mix!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Quiet Quality: Goal Setting

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While goal setting is a term that gets tossed around often as a small business owner or entrepreneur, I’ve found it to be such an individual thing to each person and how they define the idea of “goals” in their life and business. I, myself, am a compulsive list-maker and try to set goals every day, no matter how small they may be. Crossing everything off of a to-do list at the end of the day feels pretty darn good, but it’s also important for me to remember the being as much as the doing.

I think goals are synonymous with purpose, and while not everything in life needs to be planned to a tee, there is a lot of power in envisioning what you want your life to be like, and taking small steps towards getting there. I find value in not limiting goals to just work life, but also letting that intention transcend into every aspect of being. It’s just a matter of breaking down those lofty statements we often bog ourselves down with (e.g. “move to a new city”, “buy a house”, “be healthier”) into smaller, more meaningful steps that we can move towards every day.

Among one of my most handy tools is having a Weekly Priorities and Ongoing Tasks list right there alongside my daily to-do’s. I then break those priorities and tasks down to smaller details that go into my day-to-day list. That way I have a visual reference in front of me, and an easier way to qualify opportunities as they come through the door. I like to ask myself a few questions (e.g. Does this feel authentic and true to who I am? Does this opportunity excite me? Does this help me move towards one of my big goals this year?). If the answer to any of those questions is no, I find it easier to let that opportunity pass, and trust that it was the right decision for me and what shape I’d like my life or business to take.

In that sense, I see a lot of value in letting your intuition guide you, and instead of setting out to hit a handful of road markers in life, to work towards turning that intention inward and understanding yourself more. What is it you want out of life? It can be a certain amount of travel, income, and notoriety or perhaps just a certain amount of time, experiences and happiness. Either way, I find that approaching your day with intention, making decisions that are true to yourself and owning your aspirations are key to guiding you in the right direction. —Jessica

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List making, planning, thinking about the future, and dreaming can be immensely gratifying and instantly satisfying. Recently, however, I’ve begun thinking more about what goals mean to me and have ultimately had a little paradigm shift in how I frame them. To me it seems that goals are inextricably linked to how we define value and self satisfaction. For that reason I’ve started to think about greater overall intention when I’m thinking of grandiose plans. Goals can be great guides but I think it’s important to remember that they are also fleeting, and that actions are what ultimately bring self satisfaction and accomplishment. I’ve found for me the power of intention is more resilient than merely goal setting and that a clear sense of self and my values is a great vehicle for achieving the satisfaction I hope to obtain with goals.

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Friday, October 10, 2014

Friday Favorites

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1. Autumn at Thisispaper Shop and their beautiful knitted collaboration with Córka Rybaka.
2. The colors in this floral photo from the Bloom archives at Edelkoort Editions.
3. This superb use of Univers on the 1964 cover design of Typographische Monatsblätter by Felix Berman.
4. The shadows in this 1939 photo by William Keck.
5. This gingham skirt and jersey tee combo on Zara (always doing it right, they are).
6. The design of this storefront loft by Messana O’Rorke Architects in Alphabet City.
7. Fancy up your desktop for fall with these beautiful blooms from Cocorrina.
8. Fall dessert done right with this blueberry and blackberry crumble.
9. An elegant way to spruce up your up-do with this beautifully simple barrett.

Happy, happy weekend friends!

Jessica Comingore / What's Cookin': Harissa Ravioli and Broccolini

I’m all about pulling out all the stops in the kitchen, but after a long workday, there is truly nothing better than a one-pot meal. This riff on Heidi Swason’s Harissa Ravioli dish from Super Natural Every Day is fast becoming one of my favorite mid-week dinner items. Packed with flavor and freshness (and about as easy to make as a frozen pizza), it’s the ideal way to spice up boring old spaghetti and vegetables. Better still, it’s just as good hot as it is served room temp, if you’re wanting to go the pasta salad route.

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