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Hi all, I'm the newest addtion to Blowfish's B.Log! So we can all feel like friends, I wanted everyone to know a little bit more about myself.
What I do at Blowfish
Have you ever gotten an email blast from us in your inbox? Yep, those were designed by yours truly as well as a few other graphics on the website! I work in the Marketing Department and am basically the office's in-house graphic designer. Whenever there's a promotion that needs to be made, a video to be edited, or any other design/photography project, I'm the go-to girl! Also, those legs on the website that model our amazing shoes--that's me too!
Where I studied design
I went to school right here in sunny SoCal and attended California State University of Long Beach! I originally was a Fashion Merchandising major but later realized my heart was in art. Then with a quickness, I changed my major to Studio Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design.
How long I have worked for Blowfish
June is offically my ninth month here. I'm still a bit of a newbie! =)
Things I love
I love lots of things, so it's probably best to make a list:
- My puppy Pepper
- My fiancé. I'm getting married in April 2013! =D
- Cute/Retro illustrations
- Amazing typography
- Street Fashion--the greatest style you see isn't on the runway but on the streets!
- Messenger Bags
- Cut off denim shorts
- Pinks Chili Dogs & Onions Rings, which I think I can eat everyday of my life!
- Tattoos! Nothing like body art to make life (as well as your skin!) a bit more interesting
Anywho, that's bit more about myself & I'm riddled with excitement to start writing for the blog!!
As summer heats up, I just can't get enough sandals in my life. Just give me sandals on my feet all day every day.
What sandals have you been eyeing this summer? And hey! Don't forget that today's the last day you can get 20% off two pairs of shoes this week and free shipping! Don't miss out on that deal, yo!
Summer is in full swing, and for me, that means one thing - picnics! There's just something so special about eating outside with friends and family, but sometimes picnic food can be a little...boring. There's nothing wrong with sliced fruit and ham sandwiches, but sometimes you just want to kick it up a notch. Enter: gourmet looking but totally easy to make picnic items! Below are some of my favorite, extremely easy salad recipes:
Super Easy Mexican Bean Salad:
Combine (drained) canned chickpeas, blackbeans and kidney beans with chopped red and/or green peppers, canned corn and a minced jalapeno. Toss with lime juice, oregano (if you have it) and salt and pepper. Add some cilantro if you like!
Slice cooked beets (Trader Joes has great ones) into bite size pieces. Add hazelnuts (or pistachios) and a bit of goat cheese, then toss with olive oil, salt and some orange juice and zest - a splash of plain old OJ will do just fine.
Watermelon and Feta Salad:
Toss bite size pieces of watermelon with cubed feta cheese. Add some chopped mint, salt, pepper and olive oil.
What do you think of these recipes - would you try any of them? Do you have any go-to picnic recipes? We'd love to know!
Today I am 25! I do feel a bit older, but not entirely grown up JUST yet! Thanks to everyone who sent me birthday wishes & asked about how Logan is doing - you don't even know how lovely it feels to read all that. :D
Anywho, I figured I'd join the parade and do a goals list for this next year. In case my writing is too messy, here they are:
1. Learn to barbecue
Logan bought a barbecue in March and we've only used it once. I want to understand how it works so I can grill things!
2. Make a pie [preferably strawberry!]
I've never made one!
3. Drink water every day
I'm not usually good about this, but I feel so much better when I stay hydrated!
4. Sew a messenger bag from scratch
I've finally started playing with my sewing machine and want to make a cool bag to use this summer!
5. Write letters to friends
I love snail mail and I love doing things for friends. Perfect combo!
6. Read 1 book each month
I LOVE reading...I just need to remember to always have my next book lined up or I won't think of it.
7. Actually go through The Artists Way book!
I bought this SO long ago and it's just collecting dust. I want to get my creative juices flowing again!
8. Learn to hula hoop and get good enough to spin fire.
I want to be able to do THIS:
9. Practice meditating
I need to empty my brain out! I want to commit to praciting this weekly at least!
10. Journal more often
I was great about journaling at the start of the year and life just got CRAZY. I want to get back into it - I need to check-in with myself more often!
11. Finish our Burning Man / wedding scrapbook!
Another project collecting dust...but I want to have a book to show off our amazing adventure and improptu wedding! [Psst...remember? See it here]
12. Take photos way more often
I have been SOOOOOO lax about this lately but it's making me sad!
13. Learn to paint with oils
My grandpa left me his oil paints when he passed away, I would really like to get them from my grandma's house and carry on his craft!
14. Learn to lucid dream
I had a friend tell me that he taught himself to lucid dream, and could take himself on crazy flying adventures through dreamland....I am going to teach myself!
15. Pay someone a compliment every day
IT HELPS. And it costs nothing!
16. Learn to make jewelry
Seriously, I have been getting so inspired by Moorea Seal, Laura's Roots & Feathers collection, and Sea of Bees...I want to teach myself to make awesome jewels to wear.
17. Have craft days with friends
The time is now!! The friends are here!! LET'S DO IT!
18. Ride bikes with Logan
I swear, ever since we both got bikes, we have NEVER had both of them in working condition at the same time. It's either his wheel gets stolen, or my tires go flat, or his chain breaks, or his tires go flat....it's time to fix BOTH of them and ride the days away!
19. Downsize my belongings!
I am endlessly wrestling with my closet and shelves. I am really bad at getting rid of things, but I don't have the storage or square footage to keep everything! I'm tired of re-organizing weekly, and I think the best way would be to cut down on the sheer amount of STUFF I own!
20. Make one piece of digital art each month!
Just got Photoshop for my home computer BOO YAH! Time to play and see what the old noggin can come up with! My only experience with digital creation so far has been for Blowfish, so I've always had a strict set of guidelines [fonts, colors, dimensions] to work within. I'm really excited to play around with the capabilities the program has and see what design freedom feels like!
21. Master a new summertime cocktail
I've ALWAYS been a seven&seven type of girl, but I'd like to learn a new standard. Then I can make it for all my friends when they come over this summer!
22. Move to San Diego
Yes, you read that right. And it's actually going to happen sooner rather than later. After a long time trying to figure out where we fit in the city, we've come to realize that LA is just not for us. We have tons of friends in San Diego, and the vibe is just so much more laidback and relaxed, so that's our next destination! I'll be moving down at the end of August, and that also means I'll be stepping down from this position.
I'm going to be so sad to leave Blowfish land, but you're in the more-than-capable hands of Amy and Shayna, who have been working with me in the marketing department since last year. The next few months you'll be hearing more from both of them - Shayna is going to start writing for the blog, Amy has been blogging and will soon be taking over our Twitter account! They are the BEST ladies I could imagine to take my place, so don't you worry, it's only onward and upward from here!
23. Have more date nights with Logan
We're married but we're not boring! Keep this stuff fresh!
24. Be present. Keep this in mind daily.
I've been so much better about this the past 2 weeks and it's been an insane shift in perception. Keep it going! :D
25. Be grateful
I realized the importance of gratitude over Memorial Day weekend [not like I just learned the concept, but it really hit home that weekend] and then of course life tossed us a curveball a few days later. Last Thursday Logan woke up and walked into the bathroom and all of a sudden I heard a yell and a crash. I ran into the bathroom to find him having a seizure, which was the most terrifying thing that I've ever seen. I called 911 and they took him to the ER. While we were there he had another big seizure, which was again terrifying and horrible. They don't know why it happened or what is up, we're going to see a neurologist next week to figure it out. Thanks to everyone who wished us well - it's been really nice to have so much support. I am just so grateful to have him in my life and I want to appreciate every moment we have together. I don't want to waste time dwelling on the negative day-to-day nonsense - it's just not important in the big scheme of things.
Anyways, that's my list and I'm sticking to it! This year is going to be the best one yet!
Sending TONS AND TONS AND OODLES of love to you all!
I don't understand drawing on paper. I actually dislike it very much because I always feel like it doesn't allow me to just... be creative. Fortunately, there are other ways to draw! Lately, I've realized how much I like illustrating girls and their cute style, so enjoy these illustrations by yours truly!