If you spend every work day at your desk space, it only makes sense to add a little bit of your style to it, right? Luckily there’s a lot of art and creativity buzzing around my office at any given moment, so it’s pretty easy to get inspired. Even though we all work together to achieve a cohesive aesthetic in our magazines, each editor, designer, and photographer has put their personal touch on their workspace whether it be a memorable quote, a group photo, a favorite cover, or an inside joke. I try to keep my desk space as light and airy as I can while mixing in colorful details like my floral banner and my candle in a chinoiserie-style French blue jar (score from T.J. Maxx!). My bulletin board acts as a place to hold useful production calendars and little notes from the day as well a mood board of images that are inspiring me. Spotted in the winter 2015 issue of Jewelry Affaire: my ear! Ear cuff by artist Donna Miyasako-Blanco. Sorting through (trying on) blingy rings that look pretty rad styled together. These were designed by Cara Stimmel. One of my favorite photos taken by our director of photography, Johanna Love, for Haute Handbags. Lisa Zinza created this swingy bag. So there you have it! How do you strike that balance between organization and inspiration when it comes to your workspace decor?
I have to admit, I had a little bit of trouble getting into the holiday spirit this year. Celebrating Christmas away from my family for the first time was a new experience that has made me realize how many wonderful traditions we have during the days leading up to the 25th. Decorating the tree and my parents’ home, seeing the Nutcracker ballet, listening to classic Christmas songs on the radio throughout the day, and even just waking up to a cold, crisp morning and seeing the frost on our roof are all fond memories that remind me of the holiday season. I know that each year will be different: some will be spent in Northern California and some will be spent making new traditions. This holiday season, thanks to my amazing friends and extended family, I’ve had a great time discovering what the holiday season is like in Southern California. For me, this has included dining al fresco in Old Towne Orange, a trip to Disneyland, cutting down our lovable Charlie Brown tree, and watching the Newport Beach boat parade on Balboa Island. Hope your holiday season is filled with lots of laughter and love, no matter where you spend it.
Christmas in Southern California, palm trees and all.
The patio at Linx, one of our favorite restaurants for sausages and a good beer.
Little things that make me smile on my desk.
A slightly blurry yet magical glimpse of the lights at California Adventure in Disneyland.
An ideal beer to drink while trimming the tree: the piney, hoppy Pliny the Elder from Russian River Brewing.
A happy, healthy & inspired new year to everyone! It could be the fact that the beginning of the year holds the possibility of adventure, but I am seriously craving Paris right now. Can I get a oui oui? See (and listen) to the playlist below for some aural satisfaction; I call this one Nancy Sinatra Goes to Paris.