We went hiking.

Avon, CO. Elongating my stay/ Impromptu hike (jean shorts). Swedes + me. Beaver Creek. Ski lift swingin’. Hidden trails. Roaming. Wild raspberries. Beaver lake. Four and a half hours. Sore calfs. Bliss.

Go outside.

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“I love you, but you don’t know what you’re talking about.”

Yesterday I went to see this acclaimed flick with some of my family.

Let’s Build A Kingdom!!

Romancing, fantastical footage charmed me even when the lulls in the plot line couldn’t.  (I’m a Wes Anderson fanatic and was hoping for the next Royal Tenenbaums.)  Obviously when Suzy and Sam started dancing on the beach, I was all smiles!  There is this sensitivity to Sam, but meanwhile he’s very no nonsense.  Quite funny.  My favorite line has to be “I love you, but you don’t know what you’re talking about,” in reference to Suzy’s delusional self-pity.  Another significant part of the film, although somber, was the scene in The Bishop’s bedroom as the couple shares apologies with one another.  We could all use a hard, honest moment like that.

Go see it.

I was also was rooting for the girl behind the pencil:  Jessica Hische.  Her typography, namely in the opening credits, set the tone for this quirky, nostalgic film.  I love to see a talented artist catch her big break.

Get it Girllllll

The “About” section of her website is probably the best I’ve ever read.  Gumption is the name of her game. Rare to find among the portfolio websites of freelancing professionals, she also has a “Thoughts” tab where she dishes advice to other hopefuls in the industry.  I applaud her efforts and am always seeking inspiration from the design aficionados.  Frankly, I need it!  Sometimes I just don’t know what I’m talking about.

Your 23-year-old self

Last Thursday I met with the Lifestyle editor at 303 Magazine to discuss a weekly online column.  It dawned on me how easily things begin to take shape once you’re focused.  In retrospect, it’s been an uphill climb, well let’s be serious here – gondola ride – since I started communicating with the folks at Houzz around Christmas.  I cannot say enough good things about  the company; my editor,Janet; and my contributor’s schedule.  Quote. Un. Quote. > Dream Job.

So for coffee that morning, I donned my new Free People ‘Spellbound’ blouse and received a good luck kick in the bum from my dear friend Emma.  (That’s a new one, but she was onto something!)  With talks of my second freelance position underway and my nearly approaching 24th birthday, it was the perfect time to stumble upon The Everygirl’s interview with Blogshop founders Bri & Angela!  As most of you Serendippers know, I attended the “pilot” class back in Angela’s studio last year.

The Dynamic Duo… Starting Trends & Taking Names

Couldn’t Appreciate this segment of the interview more:

What advice would you each give your 23-year-old self?
Bri: Oh gosh, 23 was my worst year! Although it wasn’t that long ago, I still feel like I have grown so much in that time. I would tell myself that I shouldn’t be so scared to go freelance, because it has been the best experience!
Angela: There is NO talking to that girl. She wouldn’t listen anyway!

A+ for relevancy girls!  Many of my friends are around the same age as Bri, 26, and I feel like that’s no time at all.  On the other hand as she’s saying, there’s a lot of room for improvement and growth in these next few years.  I have a lot to accomplish, namely a college degree.  Ideally, a company website for wanderlusters too. (You readers will be the first to know if that goes down!)  And referencing Angela here, I’m most certainly aware that sometimes my actions are just plain foolish.  Blame it on the excess collagen.

When I fast forward to 26, I first wince at the notion that this fancy free decade will be 60% complete.  I can’t see exactly what’s going on or whom I’ll be surrounded by – but I know I want it to be big.  Big projects.  Big deadlines.  Big response on the web.  Big travels.  Big lenses for big travels.  And this degree of uncertainty is motivating.  I am the sole provider of my next step forward.  My direction has wavered throughout the years, as is natural for anyone, but my belief system never has.  Uncertainty can be interpreted positively because  I do not settle, it’s not in the cards.  I have spots of total naivety/mediocrity that necessitate tough love.  Additionally, I have the softer comfort of my instincts encouraging me along.  Wherever I am at 26, I know I’ll be enjoying it – most likely in shades and possibly with a glass of Prosecco.  Let’s face it, some things never change.

Please comment and let me know what you have to say to your 23-year-old self.  Or mine.  And if it’s “Stop procrastinating.”…”Paint your nails.” or “Get a real planner.  You’re not so hot at managing that iPhone calendar.” – all I have for you is: touché.

Every Blog Has Its Day

There are endless amounts of blogs out there.  But for to those of you who have come to know and love this one:  today is a special day.

Serendipping turned 1 !!!

Thanks Oh, Happy Day. The proof is in the pudding.

Happy Birthday to:

  • A new found (and mostly productive) hobby
  • My big crush on Colorado (sparks flew once I had a place to stop, reflect, and realize how damn good I had it!)
  • A friend-maker (I don’t have a dog to walk, you know?)
  • A style-shaker … things are bound to spice on up when you’re looking at Pinterest for content all the time
  • A travel pal — Santorini is better shared
  • A day brightener 
Every time a post publishes, one of you Serendippers  encourages me by
shooting me a text, dropping a comment, or giving me a “like” on the good ol’ FB.  This is my chance to say THANK YOU.
I’m so appreciative for the chance to connect with each and every one of you.  Whether it’s a conscious bond or not, we’re both better off – and I’m simply in love with that notion!  Double Dipping doesn’t always come easy.  We have to account for the fact that some really blissful moments do pass us by.  We’re busy people, driven people, hoping for the next-big-moment kind of people.  And who can blame us?  That’s life.  I mean, it’s 6:15 pm and I’m just getting around to drafting this post.
Serendipping has been an outlet for SLOWING DOWN and BUCKING UP.  Documenting life so closely definitely causes some introspection.  Furthermore, this blog has helped me stay positive when I just was. not. feelin’. it.  If you’re going to air your laundry, might as well wear cute panties!
But most importantly, please know that your kind words have made all the difference.  Good things are happening.  For you, for me, for us. To many more serendipitous happenings!
It’s a beautiful evening! Wine and Dine lovers.  Try this budget-savvy Red I’ve been loving  (Found in sketch liquor stores all over America!)
Talk soon –
L

Holiday Hostess

Hosting a little impromptu dinner party tonight!  I thought it’d be the perfect, little celebration with friends before I head home next week.  Sent the invite on Monday … aren’t surprises fun?

Photoshop d.i.moi.

Here are some photos that inspired my menu:

MMMM scrumptious!

I will definitely be double dipping tonight!  Now I’ve got to go get in the kitchen.  But if I can make these recipes, ANYONE can.  I’ll keep you posted on the results.  Merry Christmas!  How are you celebrating away from home?

xo,

L

Feel It All Around

It’s this kind of morning:

la teeee da. . . :-)

(Check Heather Waraksa’s photography/blog out.  Brooklyn.Based.Bonafide.Babe.)

on my own playground

With this kind of soundtrack:

(Can’t get enough of Washed Out.)

So friends,  news:

1)  The art show was fantastic.   Check out Philip’s fresh & profesh website.  The flowers were probably some of my favorite yet, so impromptu, Safeway and my humble little front yard helped me do the trick:

New Creations

Put it in a mason jar.

2)  Grace Bonney was just as down to earth and wonderful as I expected.  So glad Morgan and I made it to the book signing.

Look at lil' Tito Fuentez!

3)  Landed a little freelance editorial gig that I’m super excited about.  11-11-11 is ALL about Serendipping.  Please do me a favor and leave a comment with a serendipitous moment that comes your way in the next 24 hours.

Should I write about your Houzz?

These photos were taken on a stroll through Ravello, Italy with my momma <3

xoxox.

Thanks to everyone who follows me here!  Can’t tell you how much I appreciate it.

C’mon People

Sometimes it’s just necessary to:

Doesn't it feel good?

Le Due Volpi, a B&B located in Mugello, Tuscany, is one of the places where I felt utterly calm and aware. I’ll always be posting pictures from my double-dipped adventures there ^ (yes, I had to go back a second time)

Old copy of Real Simple mag from our neighbors that were moving out led me to > Zen Habits > which led me to a reality check. I’d say that’s a good morning.

xo,

L

Black And White

Indecision.  How often does the sneaky culprit get the best of our aspirations and general productivity?

Think of all the CHATTER that encircles the daily motions of our lives: a text, tweet, an overheard conversation in the line at the coffee shop.  News broadcasts, podcasts, feed alerts – oh MY!  Sometimes the line between pertinent information and just plain advertising blurs like paint colors on a palette. I find myself at the canvas a few times over, brushing over older strokes.

While input from trusted sources can prove to be invaluable, I’m realizing that it can be just as important to resort back to the basics and trust your instincts. Some things really are black and white.  Whether it’s time to start something new or end something familiar, GO WITH YOUR GUT.

  • Say hello
  • Wave goodbye
  • Take a bite
  • Put the spoon down
  • Put on a new dress
  • Take off your hat
  • Walk the other way
  • Run straight ahead

Do whatever you need to do, darling.  

This conclusion is made visible through photography.  Take this one from Blog Shop for example:

Courtesy of Angela + Ithyle

Simple.  Honest.  Nice.  Angela & Ithyle shot this back in May. At the time, the vibrancy of all the coral hues was the aspect of the photograph that struck me  You can view the original by scrolling down to my post “Flower Child.”  Now when I look at this image, I’m appreciating all the nuances of the moment of the capture:  Ithyle talking about the Greatful Dead radio station in my car (he had to move it to a correct spot – go figure), Angela telling me about where she went to school.  Mainly, I just identify with that blissful excitement from the weekend.

Black and white imagery encourages us to focus directly on the subject matter.  My grin says it all.  The gravity of the capture is reevaluated and appreciated. Although color can emphasize a message, the fundamental elements are the same.    Here are some more images from life’s “delish” moments, in black and white.

B&W!

My move to Denver was about change and progress.  When I take a second to view my experience in black and white, I feel some clarity.  I’m excited about where things are going.  I wish the same for you!

Happy Thursday, xoxo –

L