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June 20, 2019

The Creative Process – One of the most intriguing things about life is the presence of non-stop Self Discovery. I can pretty much say without a doubt that I can’t name the last day that I had where I didn’t learn something absolutely new. Maybe it was about my business; my clients, my design direction. Or it’s quite possible that it was about my own personal relationships, habits (good and bad), strengths, weaknesses, or well being. It’s also possible that I learned more than one thing that day (yup, it happens!) and it is a combination of the above. Either way, the moral of the story, is I learn something new daily, whether I seek to or not. To me, it is just a part of the process.

Now, some of you may thinking, I don’t actually learn something new everyday, maybe once or twice a week, but not daily. Or maybe you  don’t remember the last time you learned something completely and utterly unique to your experience. My response to that is that it’s nearly impossible for that to be true.

How do you “know” what you learned if it doesn’t seem like your day was extraordinary? This is where we must start to think about intentional living, constructive flow of though, and self awareness. To get you started, simply get yourself a pretty journal or pull up a new document on your Mac, and answer the following questions throughout your day. Sometimes I even ask myself these questions mentally more than once a day, and I feel better for it.

  • What am I grateful for?
  • What can I do to take better care of myself?
  • What do I love about myself?
  • What are my current priorities?
  • What would make me happy right now?
  • What am I happy about right now?
  • Who inspires me most right now? What do I love about that person?
  • What do I need more of in my life?
  • What do I need less of in my life?
  • If I could share my message with the world, what would it be?

These answers may change monthly, or daily, or even by the hour in some circumstances! That is life! But each time the answer changes, ask yourself what you learned or experienced that changed your response? There must be something, and the better you get at recognizing those moments in your life, the more in tune with your own needs and wellness you will be AND the more creatively you will run your business and your personal life. Give it a shot for one month. I dare you.

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June 10, 2019

Since I will likely spend most of my week preparing for this weekends getaway with my Sister, I decided to spend this past Saturday downtown with the hubs. He was already in that vicinity as he had an early meeting in Chelsea, so we agreed to meet around 3:30 at our favorite West Village Brunch spot and then move on to drinks and the Belmont Stakes with friends at a bar on West Fourth. Perfection.

In New York City in order to get most anywhere worth visiting, you have to be willing to submit yourself to time on the Subway, which is the actual worst in the Summer months. This is especially true when you live in the ‘upper’ neighborhoods of the city as we do because a taxi or Uber ride to lower Manhattan can cost a fortune.

Onto the train I marched, looking forward to the mimosa that had been calling my name all morning.

Anybody who has lived in the city knows that it is never quite that easy. Immediately, my train was diverted because of track construction; meaning I had to hike to the next nearest station in order to catch a new train to my destination.

Once I was securely settled on the second train, it occurred to me that this one was running local instead of express, meaning it would stop at every station along the way as opposed to skipping the less popular ones to move more quickly to the larger.

Ok, it’s fine. It will simply add another 20 minutes to my trip, but it’s Saturday. No rush.

That is until I glanced through the window just in time to see Christopher Street/Sheridan Square, my stop, fly past me in a wave of dust. WHY ARE WE NOT STOPPING?

According to the very late announcement from the conductor, the train was now running an express and would not stop at the local stops, of which Christopher is one. A 35-minute trip had turned into a 1.5-hour trip AND brunch was officially ending for the day. My day felt a bit ruined.

To say I felt angry and cheated was an understatement. I had started the trip in an amazing mood, ready to spend some time off with the Hubs and the people I love, only to end up missing half of my day off sitting on the train, battling one obstacle and delay after another. My mood had taken quite a turn for the worst.

When I finally reached my stop, I grumpily got off the train and walked up the stairs, going over the bitch-fest I was about to unleash on my husband in my mind and being generally negative. And then something beautiful happened.

I looked up, and there she was. Sarah Jessica Parker.

I had been hoping for this since I moved to the city over 8 years ago! If there is one celebrity that I have wanted to catch a glimpse of in real life, it is for sure SJP. I just adore her.

And just think, if the train had been on time, I wouldn’t have had that super cool experience.

I meeeannnn, I didn’t end up speaking to her. And, I probably only had her in my eyesight for 3 seconds or less, but it was still really cool. I stand by that. I made sunglass eye contact with SJP.

For the first time in the history of the MTA, the Saturday train delays made someone’s day.

*Disclaimer: I totally wanted to talk to her and gush about how much I loved her work, but in the interest of remaining a “real” New Yorker, I abstained. Gah

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June 6, 2019

When I fly, it’s a production. I am not kidding when I say this; I imagine it is the equivalent of an OCD ritual that must be played out exactly each and every time. Let’s just say it involves a lot of alcohol and creepy leering at the flight crew as they board the plane prior to take off.

I would like to say that I don’t know where this fear and compulsion come from, but that would be a lie. My mother was terribly afraid of flying, and like most other things that scared her, she did her very best to make sure the fear was passed down to me.

Here is the thing. When I fly, that is when I truly feel the most alive. There is just something so beautiful about being absolutely terrified but powering through and facing it. When I step off of an airplane, somewhere in my brain a happy dance is happening and I want to run through the airport swinging from light posts and clicking my heels.

I love that feeling. Bravery. It makes me feel powerful in my life, and to be honest, sometimes I am actually grateful that my mother made me so fearful of so many things. It gives me the opportunity to feel brave and powerful on a level a lot of people may never experience. Sure, most of the time the feeling isn’t as intense as after a trip in the sky, but it still feels courageous.

The most gorgeous thing I ever did for myself was to decide that I didn’t want to live a stunted life out of fear. I trained myself to see my fear not as an obstacle, but as a tool to push myself to live a life that I love. I like to think it’s my superpower.

Something to think about…

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August 16, 2018

For me, changing careers from fashion to interiors was a long and winding road with unforeseeable pitstops and bumps in the road. Nevertheless, it’s a journey that I’ve never regretted and one that’s taught me that there’s always time and room to change direction. Meaghan Shanley also knows a thing or two about shifting focus from fashion to interiors. She started her career working in PR for fashion brands like Halston, Vivienne Tam, and Haute Hippie. Soon after making the move from in-house PR to agency PR, she realized that her interest in home decor had vastly exceeded her interest in fashion. “Activities like going to antique shops, creating a cozy home environment, and taking on DIY projects were things that made me happy. I found myself traveling home to New Jersey more often and I felt more at peace,” Meaghan shares. Not long after that, she joined the ranks of Nylon Consulting, where she’s now part of a collaborative team of five who offer their expertise to designers and decor brands in the areas of PR, business development, creative partnerships, events and social media. On the side, Meaghan also takes online classes with the New York Institute of Art and Design, becoming certified as an interior decorator as her goal.

The 250-square-foot studio apartment that Meaghan rents on New York’s Upper West Side reflects her passion for interiors and the organic development of her personal style. It’s also where she’s been able to try out clever tricks that have turned her small rental into a warm and utterly comfortable home that feels spacious, curated and thoughtfully layered. Being the first home she’s lived in without roommates, filling it with pleasing colors and meaningful pieces was a process that fueled Meaghan’s enthusiasm for interior design even further. Decorating her new home took six months and started with choosing paint colors and the ideal peel-and-stick wallpaper, after which Meaghan moved on to accent furniture and decorative details that truly make the space. Throughout the process, Meaghan made sure that she kept to her initial budget and was able to teach herself tons about budget constraints and space maximizing. Now, her small studio truly makes the case for small-space living.

To elevate her home from dorm room to adult sophistication, Meaghan focused on certain design decisions that made all the difference: investing in a headboard, adding curtains and thinking about the space as numerous layers of color, texture, and pattern. “I wanted to experience the value of designing a home with character. Whether that is through meaningful artwork, an heirloom piece of furniture, antique home accessories with history, etc. — all of it adds to that intangible factor of feeling at home,” Meaghan adds. Although she finally has a space that feels just like her, Meaghan still enjoys the growth that she experiences while decorating. “This process has also shown me how my style has transitioned over the years from bohemian and traditional to a little more of the lived-in classic English look, with colorful textiles and antique treasures. It is fun and energizing to me to know that I’m still finding my aesthetic.” —Sofia

Photography by Anna Mathias / @annacmathias

Image above: “Because my apartment is a studio with high ceilings, I wanted to do something other than just paint so I spent a long time poring over peel-and-stick wallpaper options on Etsy. Not only was it budget conscious, but it stayed within the rules of the lease for renting,” Meaghan explains. After ordering several wallpaper samples, she landed on one with beautiful green eucalyptus leaves on a white background by StreetWorkshop.

* Original Content and Images courtesy of Sofia Tuovinen for Design Sponge. Find more of her articles here!

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August 14, 2018

Name: Felicia & James Shelby

City: Temecula, CA

Kids: Skylee Jade Marie, 13 & Riley Mae Pepper, 6

Dark walls, statement making artwork, and mixed metals show off this family’s style. Their bold art deco home in Temecula, CA is anything but typical, and no doubt the envy of the neighborhood! It goes to show that top tier interiors and “family friendly” pieces can go hand in hand. Felicia Shelby walks us through a few of her favorite rooms alongside her husband James and their daughters, and leaves us gawking! From the home’s undeniable character to the thoughtful way they designed it, you will be intrigued at every turn.
How would you describe your design aesthetic? 

We absolutely love design and architecture from the neoclassical era. Pulling pieces of sophistication and elegance and mixing them in with an Art Deco flare. Really making a statement. Standing out. Bold.

Tell us a little bit about the history of your home! How did you stay true to that while decorating? 

A: My husband James surprised me with the purchase of our home back in Aug 2017 of this unique 2006 home. The Harveston community, built around a Lake has a Cape Cod feel. Each home being different in architecture and exterior. When I saw the details of the exterior, the black trim and white siding, I knew immediately that I wanted to carry that “different” (to Temecula) style into the home using the same color choices.

What was most important to you when designing the space?

Details! Big or small the attention to detail added to each room was so important. Making sure it’s something unique. Wether it be the ceiling light medallions or custom designed faux fireplace, everything was designed with thought.

What are some of your favorite pieces and how did you discover them?

One of our favorite pieces in the house is an 8ft tall oil painting in my husbands gentleman’s quarters. The piece originally hung in the Santa Monica Rails station. 1 of 7, ours being the smallest. This piece was found from a local antique sellers and we just knew it was special. The history behind it and its massive beauty is a conversation starter.

Another one of our favorite pieces is the floral oil painting sitting on top of the faux fireplace in our “hers” room. I personally love it because it was purchased by my husband at a local Goodwill and was personally touched up by James. Our goal for this “his and her rooms” was to match them in style and theme without making them identical. Adding feminine touches to mine and masculine touches to his.

What was the biggest challenge or project you took on to achieve your dream home?

For the most part our home transformation was challenge free. Our biggest project we had done was smooth coating our walls. Taking away the traditional texture so that when the paint was applied it would almost give it a matte finish. The process of doing that is long and messy! Every small flaw shows, so it was a back and forth effort of smoothing and painting. The two front rooms took the longest because of all the detail put into them.

How did you stay true to your style and also make decor choices that are family friendly?

We put a lot of attention to this actually! Although our girls are a little bit older and have lived in a detailed designed home most of their lives, we love to entertain. The outer circle of the rooms, the walls, hold most of the decor while making the inner circle cozy and sturdy. Soft rugs, inviting sofas, durable coffee tables. All carefully picked. Still all maintaining our aesthetic while having space for family and friends.

Do you have a favorite room in the house and why? 

Our favorite rooms are definitely the front siting rooms. They were the first designed, working together designing the bones and then adding in each of our own pieces.

Biggest Splurge? Biggest Save?

Other than the actual labor into our home, the biggest splurge was our wood flooring and design. We wanted to make sure it fit in with the feel of the design. We chose to do the herringbone flooring in the front rooms and carry the same wood flooring throughout the downstairs. Our biggest save was on some of our furniture pieces. The genuine leather tufted couch was found from a craigslist seller and was sold to us for $300 and we then had it restored for $200. So, a total of $500 for a couch that is selling for $3000.

QUICK ?’S

If You Could Live anywhere:  

Italy
Favorite Flower:  
Hydrangeas
Coffee Order:  
Skinny Vanilla Latte
Favorite activity to do with your kids:  
Movies
Photography Courtesy of the ever talented  ALEXES LAUREN PHOTOGRAPHY   Original Content written by IBT GIRLS
** This Daily Post was originally found on Inspired By This, which can be found here. 

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July 20, 2018

Minimalism is an art form that I have been fascinated by for some time and in fact actively practiced in my other life as a painter and performance artist. It’s long been my belief that the ability to boil down any creation to its bare essence and then leave it alone to live by it’s own simple merits is what distinguishes student from master.

So when I came across Erica Kopp’s Instagram profile @stay__co, I was enthralled with her mastery of clean lines, subtle transitions in color, plays on light and shadow and absolute understanding of the magic in the in-between moments – glimpses of time when a model has momentarily stopped posing and suddenly become her self, close-ups of the space between the visual stars of that still life, the golden light of fresh grapes from the garden and the interplay with the refracted light of a bottle of rose.

I was so happy to have the opportunity very early on a fall morning to join Erica in her studio and garden to build an installation of local Dahlia and grace the table with garden flowers and fresh cut grapes.

So much appreciation for Marni Wishart’s incredible photographs and this stunning cake by Callie Crofts.

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Original content and images courtesy of Beehive Floral. Find their gorgeous and inspiring website here.
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July 19, 2018

FLORALS WITH SALTED BLOOMS & CULTURAL EXCHANGE – Much more than flowers. The ladies behind Salted Blooms, a Los Angeles-based floral design company, shared inspiring advice for creatives, their story, and, maybe most importantly, floral arrangement tricks. Read their interview for encouragement from female entrepreneurs and some flower accounts you’ll want to follow.

Can you share the story behind Salted Blooms Florals? 

It all started with a mama teaching her daughter how to play with flowers. The girls here at Salted Blooms share a love for design and florals, more importantly we’re part of a design community powered by women. Aiming to keep our lives simple, we decided to forge ahead with a group of like creatives and do what we love for those we care about the most, you. We are always inspired by the salty sea and a bohemian jet-set spirit. Apart from your average floral lovers, we strive to always push the boundaries of traditional floral design and create innovative and rad displays.

Salted Blooms specializes in custom floral designs and styling for all your special occasions and brands. This local business of ours is so much more than florals. Yes, florals is where it all began, but with a background in interior design, styling is our passion. Designing tablescapes, editorials, or rad storefront displays makes us feel all warm inside. We take into consideration each of our clients’ venues and personal aesthetic. We are big on details and thinking outside-of-the-box while striving to keep our pieces cohesive with the environment surrounding them.

What advice can you give to women wanting to start their own business? Any tips for aspiring florists?

The most significant piece of advice to anyone trying to ‘make it’ in the creative world would be to simply, not. Stop trying to ‘make it’ in this world full of crazy talented people who can easily cause you to doubt yourself. The sooner you learn to embrace others; creativity instead of compare it with your own, the happier your life will be. Fear is something that resonates with all of us, women especially have been given every right to be fearful in this man-dominated society. Despite social norms, we can’t let our fear paralyze us from creating. Create. Anything and everything!

Don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and do things outside of the box, because let me tell you, once you let yourself create with no limits, that is when the magic happens.

Don’t take yourself too seriously, life is too short for your entire world to be consumed with your work and stressing about how society views your brand. Be true to yourself, create things you love, work hard, and be nice to people.

Salted Blooms x The Little Market

What tips or tricks can you give for the amateur arranging flowers at home?

Don’t underestimate the power of greenery! Whether it’s foraged from your neighborhood, or picked up on the side of the road, experiment with greenery as the body of any design. Not only is it cost effective, but it gives any design a lush – natural look that won’t break the bank!

My favorite thing right now is foraging seasonal fruit branches and adding them to arrangements — kumquats, persimmons, artichokes, oh my!

What are your favorite flowers to pair and style for spring and summer?

I don’t have a favorite flower, but rather I prefer to design seasonally. Similar to a chef cooking farm-to-table, I design field-to-table. For spring and summer, I love incorporating seasonal fruits and vines paired with branches and blossoms. Summertime always screams tropical, and I can never resist those baby pineapples. I think my biggest advice in designing seasonally is to use what you have, get creative, and don’t be afraid to go outside of the box in using ingredients you wouldn’t typically use. That’s how the best dishes are made, right?

Salted Blooms x The Little Market

Where do you keep baskets of flowers in your home, and what are your favorite unique ways to place and style them?

Baskets – Oh baskets. My love for baskets is undeniable. Not only can you use woven baskets for just about anything, but they also happen to complete just about any space. Fill your baskets with old books, cozy blankets, or in this case, fresh florals! Layering is key is making your design look effortless. Whether it be in your home, on a shoot, or even at a wedding, use baskets to help bring a cozy,natural atmosphere to any medium.

We’re dying to know your secret! How do you keep your bouquets fresh for as long as possible?

There’s nothing secretive to keeping florals alive, the answer is simple — water. The longer you keep your florals out of water, the shorter their life becomes. Anywhere you go, take water! Even if you’re making a bouquet for your best friend to hold as she walks down the aisle, keep those babies in a small vase of water up to the very last minute, it will keep them looking fresh and perky, I promise!

Basket Collection - The Little Market

Where do you get your inspiration? Do you have any favorite floral-inspiration accounts we need to follow on Instagram asap?

I get my inspiration from anything and everything. My passion has always been in interior styling/design, so I find that a lot of the time, my inspiration for floral design comes out depending on the environment I’m in. Something as simple as a tile floor can spark my imagination to create a certain display. Being active in nature, hiking in the mountains, or catching a long wave can inspire me to jump out of tradition and create something that makes people feel good. Different mediums and textures excite me, creating designs and displays that leave people wondering how we did it.

My favorite creative accounts to follow are @theshiftcreative, @shoppigment, and @sirenfloralco!

We had so much fun getting to know the Salted Blooms team and loved how they made our new iringa basketsblossom! If you’re feeling as inspired as we are, share your floral photos with us on Instagram!

Post Originally found on The Cultural Exchange. Find their awesome blog here!

Read more of our Dailies Collection at this link! 

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July 2, 2018

Honestly, it’s no secret that I am an ANTHROPOLOGIE groupie. I love everything about the retail conglomerate, from the cozy, indie feeling that I get when I walk into one of their stores to the pretty product images that they share on their website and social media networks.

Sure, Anthropologie can be slightly expensive, but you can also find some real gems mixed in with the big dollar items. One of my favorite categories is the Wellness Category, because who couldn’t use a bit of self love, right? I thought that since I have such a love affair with a few of these items, I would share them with you and hope that they bring you a bit of happiness as well.

My Top 5 Favorite Anthropolgie Wellness Products:

 

If you love candles, Wicks and Stones Infinity Candles are right up your alley. These pretty and incredibly gorgeous smelling candles will not only brighten the mood in your personal space, but they also carry aromatherapy properties that will lift your mood and set you on a great mental path. Find it here.

 

Inner Beauty is always a top priority, and I am sure you have an abundance of it already living inside of you, but it doesn’t hurt to give yourself a boost here and there. These tasty, power packing dietary supplements will help you excel, whether that means it helps you sleep a bit better or glow more from the inside out. Get Glow here and Sleep here!

I don’t ever feel like I get enough water, and have found that having a pretty bottle that allows me to visually see my intake helps greatly. This gorgeousness from Longevity does just that. And if you believe in the power of crystals on your personal energy you can’t go wrong. Find the Turquoise Crystal Bottle here and the Pink Here. 

I adore a great yoga session, but I also love the idea of looking at a pretty motif while I am in the middle of a sweat sesh. This Paisley Yoga Mat does just that and has an excellent non-slip texture that makes me feel safe to push my practice to the next level. Get this Paisley beauty here. 

LUK, an Australian beauty company that combines lovely colors with whole foods and ingredients is all the rage in the natural beauty market. This Beautifood Lip Nourish delivers an incredible amount of moisture and ranges in from sheer to solid colors depending on your mood. Check out this life changing product here. 

 

* All images courtesy or Anthropologie

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April 27, 2018

Get ready to swoon over the super talented Dani Barbe. Who doesn’t love a delicate pair of raw stone earrings or a gorgeous set of stacking rings made from opal, aquamarine and diamond? These beauties by Dani Barbe are just that and so much more.

Two or three years ago I placed my first order with Dani Barbe after an exhaustive search for a “raw” stone ring with a tiny, feminine gem and a modern, handcrafted look. Soon after my ring arrived, I noticed that almost every person that caught a glimpse of my hand commented, whether on the Subway, the grocery store, or out with friends. It was a hit. Even more so than my engagement ring (don’t tell my husband!), which immediately set me on a Dani Barbe buying spree!

One of the most wonderful things about this super cool shop is that they use 100% real, raw stones and an extremely thick, high quality gold plating over .925 silver, making the items durable and inexpensive. At these prices you can start a collection. Check out a few of our faves from the shop!

Our Dani Barbe Faves

Gorgeous Opal & Diamond Stacking Rings. See them here!

Raw Emerald Hoop Earrings. See them here!

Raw Crystal Stud Earrings. Seem them here!

Amazonite + Crystal Statement Ring. See it here!

Saphire Cuff Bracelet. See it here!

These are just a few of my current faves, but there are over 280 gorgeous, beautifully priced items in the shop! We suggest that you explore to your hearts content here!

In a creative rut when it comes to all things outside of your work? We understand and we’ve got you covered! Take a look at our complete collection of Creative Lifestyle Posts here. 

All Images and Product provided by the incredibly wonderful Dani Barbe Jewelry

 

 

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April 16, 2018

Artist, designer and shop owner at NYC staple A Détacher, Mona Kowalska has us incredibly inspired this week as we take a peek into her workspace, which also doubles as the Clinton Hill, Brooklyn home that she shares with daughter, Claire. Brooklyn is never boring, and this gorgeous townhome does not disappoint.

Upon entering Kowalska’s space, you are entirely taken with the opulent (those moldings, those moldings!) minimalism, both elegant and pristine as well as humble and creative. Filled with light and accented in soft, warm colors, this is the kind of environment where you could spend hours working, only to look at the clock and realize you’ve lost 5 hours of your life. Chances are, you don’t even care.

If I am being honest, those are exactly the kind of work areas/studios that creatives need. There is nothing better than feeling comfortable enough to get completely lost in your work. It makes my heart sing each and every time that it happens. So, are you ready for a bit of inspo for your own space? Take a tour with us of Mona’s brilliant apartment and studio and imagine what you could do with that crown molding. Gah.

MONA KOWALSKA AT HOME & WORK  IN BROOKLYN

Inspiration Defined. In love.

Are you on the search for a bit more inspired business content? Or, do you have a workspace or business structure that needs a bit of an overhaul? Well, you are definitely in the right place! Take a look at our entire Creative Lifestyle collection here. 

*All Photos courtesy of the always mesmerizing  Matthew Williams Check out his Lifestyle Photography for more home and office inspiration, as well as Fashion and Press Photos from around the world!|| Home Images of Mona Kowalska, her daughter claire, and their home in Brooklyn New York.

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April 12, 2018

Mistakes Happen

Mistakes Happen. At one time or another, each and every one of us has made a mistake, yet in the business world, it sometimes feels that we are expected to do well and excel in every task or project without fail.

The truth is, nobody is perfect, and even though we are being paid to work with a client on their project, that doesn’t mean that there won’t be bumps in the road and potential for an “oops”. Maybe you totally screwed up a big pitch that would have gained you an influential and eye-catching client, or maybe you made a poor decision that is coming back to haunt you months after a job is complete. Maybe you decided to cut corners on a few designs in order to boost your productivity time, but in the end the clients were unhappy and you can now count on losing their referrals and word of mouth. These are mistakes we have all made; mistakes I have made, and as long as you keep moving and running your business, they won’t be the last.

So, what should you do in those stressful situations where an error or a bad decision have been made and you need to take back control? These are my tips for tripping up gracefully….

  • Recognize the Mistake – If you made the error, it’s yours to admit. Trying to force your client (or yourself) to believe that it wasn’t your fault or making a million excuses as to why it happened isn’t going to help the situation. Be honest and upfront. Remember, you are human and no matter what it is that has been done, you now have the opportunity to learn from it and grow as a person.
  • Accept that the Mistake was Made – This is an interesting concept because even though you have admitted to it, you may be trying to make yourself feel better about the issue by pushing down your feelings of embarrassment or frustration, which is actually contradictory to the entire process. Again, you are going to make errors, and this doesn’t make you a failure, it makes you a human. Accept it, let yourself feel the feelings instead of pushing them away and then start working the solution and the lesson.
  • Apologize & Move On – Look, most of the time if you admit to the “opps” and ask how you can fix the issue, your client will understand and will work with you to insure happiness on both sides. You apologized, but they aren’t having it? Honestly, it may be time to conclude that this isn’t the right client for you. The worst experiences I have ever had in both business and life have been times when I refused to quit on a client or person that was upset about a mistake or error that I admittedly made, but refused to let it go and move past it. Holding a grudge is never healthy, for you or for them, and if you are on the receiving end, it can be debilitating to continue to create for that person. Sometimes, the shoe just doesn’t fit, and that’s ok. Decide what is best for you and put that plan in action.
  •  Learn Something – This is perhaps the most important part of this article. Mistakes are not failures as long as you take something away from the experience. Have a positive attitude, discover the lesson, and apply it to your life or business in the future.

Above all else, remember this if you remember nothing else: You are a strong, smart individual who started a business! That is a super scary thing and you did it anyway. You are not alone and you are brave! Wouldn’t you rather an “opps” than a what if?

Need a little more inspo for your creative business? We understand and we’ve got you covered! Take a look at our complete collection of Creative Business Posts here. 

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April 2, 2018

Native Poppy & Floral Love – One thing I will never deny is my love of flowers. One of my earliest memories, around age 4 or 5, is sitting in the middle of a field behind our house picking dandelions and wildflowers and tying them together into flower crowns. I sometimes say that if I had it to do over it again, I would have a second career as a Floral Designer.

So, it was absolutely no surprise that when I came upon Native Poppy in San Diego I was immediately enamored. There are so many wonderful things about this little floral studio that make me giddy, I almost don’t know where to start.

 “Every bouquet is a reflection of a mission to pursue art with passion, voice and authenticity. We strive to find beauty and whimsy in the everyday and we hope that is reflected in your experience with us.” – Native Poppy

First and foremost, Native Poppy’s wedding game is strong! I am talking so gorgeous you can’t help but to feel romantic and bubbly in the presence of their installations and designs. Words I would use to describe their work are elegant, voluminous, timeless, and classically modern.

In addition to wedding and event services, Native Poppy also has a daily menu of delivery items, most of which arrive via bike (because they have love for the planet), super cute merch, a vase buy back program (again with the recycling! Obsessed) and a flower delivery membership. I adore that last one, because who doesn’t want to surprise themselves with flowers every now and then? Perfection.

If you are in San Diego, swing by their studio here:

2335 University Ave.
San Diego, CA 92104

Shop Hours: 8am-6pm everyday
Phone: (619)535-0245

 For wedding and event inquiries, learn more here.

And last, but certainly not least, if you are a aspiring Floral Designer check out their upcoming Workshop schedule, which you can sign up for here. 

 

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March 30, 2018

Caitlyn McGauley is one of those intensely talented artists whose works stirs up the notes of Louis Armstrong in your mind and reminds you of the romanticism that is New York City.

McGauley, who calls Chelsea her home base, creates beautifully thought out and intricacy planned watercolor pieces that are full of bright, saturated colors and cute little objects and people. The simplicities of everyday life are not overlooked in McGauley’s pieces which include home decor illustrations, fashion sketches, and floral paintings, among other things, but they are presented in a way that not only tugs at the heart strings from pure nostalgia but also because of their obvious elegance.

“You have to put yourself out there, whether it is through Instagram or another avenue. You never know how people will find you and hire you, but they won’t if you do not put your work out into the world, even if you do not feel it’s “ready!” McGauley told Quarterlane, The Edit when asked what advice she would give to young, aspiring artists.

How does she unwind after a long work day? “When I am in New York, I walk. This is the most relaxing for me, when I am totally aimless.” We love it!

Clients are the lifeblood of every creative, and McGauley’s list is one that dreams are made of, including Hermès of Paris, Christian Dior, Estee Lauder, Ralph Lauren, Tory Burch, and Kate Spade New York.

In addition to commercial work, she recently began selling select artworks as Wallpaper for Studio Four NYC. I know what will be gracing the walls of our newly refurnished Den.

Find artwork by Caitlyn McGauley available for purchase at her website or Tiger Flower Studio. Wallpaper can be purchased from Studio Four NYC.

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** All Artwork and Images Provided by the Gorgeously Talented Caitlyn McGauley

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