Feb 12

oh yeah, I bought some maternity clothes.

I was going to try not to buy m/any maternity clothing items and just see what I needed as time went by. It didn’t last long. I gave in at about five months due to a combination of clearance sales and discomfort in daily life.


Basic maternity items I recommend:

– Maternity underwear. You could just buy a size up and wear ‘em low for awhile, but as soon as I put on a pair of trial undies my entire body said “AHHHHH.” I bought two colors (black and tan) and several of each after using a trial pair. Would NOT recommend the synthetic-y stuff put out by GAP/Old Navy. Go for cotton if you can.

– Maternity tank tops. I have been squeaking by with just two (one black, one white) which go with everything but I have to do a lot of laundry because I wear them almost every single day as a base layer. As soon as I tried these out I was amazed – I had gotten used to being drafty in the clothing gap between my pants and shirt. NO MORE DRAFTS!

– One good pair of dressy pants. This is where I recommend investing more money because you pay more for better fit. I chose black to match with everything, but I could have alternately gone with navy or brown to match my preferred wardrobe colors. I read the reviews and went with a GAP customer favorite that happened to be on sale at the time. GAP Full panel modern boot pants #761852. Since I was mail-ordering the bulk of these items I was super happy to use information from the user reviews which informed me on fit and pant length. Expect off-the-rack maternity pants in most stores to fit terribly, especially in the under-$30 range. Pony up for the tailored fit of one nicer pair!

– I did end up wanting one more pair of full panel jeans so I could comfortably roll around on the floor of my photo studio. I originally picked up a clearance pair from Target that was supposed to sit below the belly but didn’t have a panel, and that didn’t work out very well. I went with some random pair from Motherhood Maternity. The dark blue goes with everything. It’s fantastic for everyday wear and looks a lot more fashionable than the Lululemon yoga pants my husband cringes about!

– The biggest surprise to me: I ended up keeping 4-5 tops (I actually ordered a lot more but returned the ones that didn’t look right or fit correctly). If I could choose only ONE item for fashion purposes it would probably be a cute, flattering top. Stripes are pretty adorable on the pregnant belly, and I enjoy wearing soft fabrics with a couple of sweaters thrown in. Around the house I tend to default to a couple of cozy knits but when I go out I bust out the trendier stuff. DEFINITELY USE CUSTOMER REVIEWS to guess on sizing for tops.


Believe me, when you pair a cute maternity top with a tank top, the undies, and pants that fit for the first time… you feel like a new woman who can conquer the world.

– MISCELLANEOUS: I also got one pair of black leggings for layering (not used often), one dress specific to maternity for a holiday party (most regular dresses will accommodate a belly anyway), and a pair of maternity tights I have not yet worn (regular nylons are NOT fun to try when you have more than 6 months of belly on you).


Maternity items I say skip:
– Belly bands. They’re $20 at Target. I didn’t think they were worth the trouble. I was able to get away with stretchy pants and skirts until transitioning to full belly-accommodating pieces. The bands just rolled around uncomfortably all day when I tried them out.

– Sweaters. If I worked in a cold office, I might invest in one basic layering cardigan, but for the most part you can either go up a size or just wear regular sweaters unbuttoned.

– I feel torn on maternity-specific tights. I am tempted to just go way upsize on an opaque pair and wear them low if I ever need to wear them again.

– Synthetic materials. Stretchy is good, but I was sad about the tank tops and undies I got that were 90% synthetics. They’re just icky on the skin and cause a bunch of static electricity. Go cotton!

Jan 12

The five best places to live in the world, and why

Bored with Blighty? Then why not up sticks and move somewhere else? Tom Dyckhoff spotlights five perfect places – from a surfer’s paradise in Hawaii to a bohemian rhapsody in Portland, Oregon

Tom Dyckhoff – guardian.co.uk – Friday 20 January 2012 17.59 EST




Portland, Oregon

Portland – the city has been the capital of liberal, hipster USA for decades. Photograph: Getty Images


Portland, Oregon

What’s going for it? Do you like letterpress? Do you like vintage clothes? Do you play in a nu-folk band? Then get ye to Boise, Eliot and Overlook in Portland. The city has been the capital of liberal, hipster USA for decades. The Dandy Warhols wrote Bohemian Like You about their very home town. There are some, indeed, round these parts who’d like the entire Pacific Northwest to break off from the rest of the US and go it alone. So very liberal is Portland that it’s a home from home to anyone from Europe, especially if they read the Guardian. Cyclists are loved, not loathed. There are planning restrictions on crappy developments. Portland has the highest number of microbreweries in the world. Everyone is lovely. My auntie lives there and will make you a nice cup of tea if you’re homesick. H.E.A.V.E.N. Shockingly, it still remains relatively good value. Especially the patch north of the Willamette river above the railyards. When I first visited in the early 90s, Boise, Eliot and Overlook were the kind of spots you sped through: always the first sign of a neighbourhood you should buy in. Now you can’t move for contemporary modern antiques shops and dinky record stores.

The case against Bit too cool for school. Everyone’s like you. Who will you have to hate? Oh, yes, everyone like you. The weather: like Britain, but more so… hotter and colder and danker.

Well connected? Unusually again for the US, cycle and walk without abuse: the most bike- and foot-friendly city in the country, packed with proper cycle routes (15 minutes to downtown from the northside). You may use the car. Occasionally. Perhaps for a surf trip to the coast, or a ski trip to the mountains (both 60-100 minutes).

Hang out at… A food cart: all the rage (check outfoodcartsportland.com). Or, for the indulgent, Grand Central Bakery, in an old scrap metal yard. Artisan, innit.

Property The area is full of 1910s and 1920s bungalows that the local real estate guys call “craftsman style”, with handsome stoops and carved wood decoration. There are a fair few vacant lots, too, for the brave, plus 1960s and 1970s infill apartment blocks that, with a zuzz, could be nice. Look off the main drags, like Mississippi and Interstate regeneration projects. Huge detacheds, £415,000-£575,000; four-bed-plus detacheds, £225,000-£415,000; two- or three-bed detacheds, £140,000-£215,000. Condos below this.


ALSO: What Portlandia Really Says About Portland: A Portlander’s View by Seth Colter Walls | slate.com | Posted Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at 5:16 PM ET

Jan 12

The Cone People, Portland Street Parking “Reservations”

Most of the houses in our North Portland neighborhood do not have driveways, so we are all left to fend for ourselves to find a parking spot on the street. I understand the urge to want to park in the space conveniently close to your house (it feels like an unstated right); it can be a real source of frustration when people have overrun from the recently gentrified nightlife one street away to take over our available parking. Some evenings I have had to park a couple of blocks away from the house due to these visitors, or due to neighbors’ guests who have thoughtlessly double parked in front of our house.

I started to notice that several residents down the street always put out orange cones to “save” their parking spot on the street in front of their house. This is not okay. (I get it. I understand why people want to save “their” spot.)

It is illegal to put anything other than a working vehicle* in the street. Streets are public property, a right of way for all to use. It is not right to try to reserve a spot for yourself or put out cones to save your spot.

Today I called the Portland Transportation Parking Enforcement Division (503-823-5195) and was advised that anyone facing the issue of Cone People should just move the cones or park around them. The staff member I talked with clearly knew this as an ongoing issue, yet seemed to imply that there was nothing official to do about it. When I pressed further to tell her about one particular person on our street who started storing old car tires and a slab of wood next to his cones on the street, she transferred me over to someone in maintenance. The staff member in maintenance informed me that they can not issue compliance notices, those have to come from “elsewhere.” He then advised me to speak with someone at Neighborhood Inspections (503-823-2633). BINGO!

I spoke with Bill (Portland Neighborhood Inspections, 503-823-2633) who took down the offending addresses and information and assured me they would send out an inspector and cite the property if they find a violation. If cited, the resident would then have 15 to 30 days to fix the violation (!!) or face fines.

While I would feel a lot more justified in my righteous indignation if there was an official statement on the Department of Transportation’s website about the unlawfulness of putting cones or other obstructions in the street, after some time clicking around online, I was able to dig up the official city code that addresses this issue.

Portland City Code: Chapter 17.44 Street Obstructions

17.44.010 Unlawful Acts Enumerated.
  It is unlawful for any person to obstruct or cause to be obstructed any roadway, curb or sidewalk by leaving or placing, any object, material or article which may prevent free passage over any part of such street or sidewalk area. This Section does not authorize any action in violation of any other Title or regulation.

Here is some more information about rules and such:

Portland City Code: Title 16 Vehicles and Traffic

specifically, street obstructions

Parking Regulations & Violations

Chapter 17.28 Sidewalks, Curbs and Driveways

Oregon Vehicle Code Book

* FYI: Technically, any car parked more than 24 hours in one spot could be considered abandoned and will be cited and towed if the Portland Transportation Department has discovers it (report abandoned autos [more info here] by calling the Parking Enforcement Division at 503-823-5195).

Street Storage and Abandoned Autos:
Any type of vehicle abandoned and/or stored on the public right-of-way in excess of 24 hours will be subject to CITATION and TOW AWAY. This includes boats, campers, trailers, etc. Click here for more information about Abandoned Autos. Questions on abandoned autos? Call 503-823-6814, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday

Jan 12

To Whom It May Concern

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To Whom It May Concern: Or, How to Stop Sucking at Your Job Search aims to help frustrated, scared and panicked job seekers calm the heck down, screw their heads on and then craft and execute a job search strategy that will actually work in today’s crummy economy.

It promotes the use of social media (FB, LinkedIn, Twitter and personal websites/blogs) as means to network and brand yourself, and search for opportunities in places that the competition isn’t flocking to (in the way that they’re flocking toMonster.com, CareerBuilder, etc.)

And, yes, it’s written in a rather irreverant fashion, but certainly not at the expense of delivering fresh, actionable advice and content.

Here’s the Table of Contents if you want a closer look.
Q & A
Why did you write the book?
As most of you know, I run a recruiting agency. When the economy tanked, I got deluged with calls and emails from scared people who were suddenly in the market for a new job, yet had no idea how to effectively search. Many of them had already wasted weeks, or even months, using passive job search methods (e.g. spending hours a day on job boards like Monster.com,  or machine gunning resumes into blind mailboxes, or calling recruiters and expecting them to ‘get on the case’)

My heart truly went out to these people, and I tried to help all of them. But the reality is, I just can’t spend hours a day on the phone counseling people — I have a recruiting agency, a blog and a family all needing my attention as well. And so, the idea for To Whom It May Concern was born.

Who will benefit the most from To Whom It May Concern?
I think anyone who is unemployed, underemployed or preparing to look for a new job can benefit. The people who will, perhaps, benefit the most are those who are either not sure how to use social media to their massive advantage in job search, or those who didn’t even realize that social media is a critical aspect to today’s job search. It’s also a great tool for new graduates looking for their first “career jobs.”

What’s the very most important piece of advice in this book?
Have a game plan. You just have to have a plan, and then create a daily or weekly schedule around the overall game plan. This is probably the biggest mistake job seekers make. In their panic to quickly land a new job, they race to their computers and start madly searching for jobs online, firing off resumes to every opening they find. This is not only incredibly ineffective, but can have the opposite effect in terms of “duration of job search.” You really need to have a plan that incorporates bold, strategic, ACTIVE job search methods. And these methods are discussed, in detail, in the book.

This is such a serious topic. Why the humorous approach?
The premise behind JobJenny.com and To Whom It May Concern is people really don’t appreciate it when you come across all preachy and know-it-all-ish. Especially stressed people, which is exactly what most job seekers are. I infuse levity at every logical opportunity, not only because that is my personality, but more importantly? Because I believe you can deliver spot-on advice and information in a way that makes people smile and laugh. Just because it’s a serious topic doesn’t mean readers can’t have a bit of fun along the way.

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Jan 12

perfect gifts for a new mom

I have been thinking a LOT about US culture surrounding the birth of a baby. The baby shower route kinda grosses me out; we sit around playing silly games and then sit around watching the mom open a ton of gifts that are cute but not necessarily helpful (and quite possibly not in her taste anyway). As a guest I am never comfortable with any of this, and as a potential receiver it actually fills me with dread. #firstworldproblems

On the other hand, my love language is gift-giving, so I understand that it brings many people joy to give gifts and celebrate being a part of a community; they are showing their willingness to support the family in a time of great transition and often need.

I’ve been working on my own attitude, and trying to appreciate gifts people share with us (and everything has been in great taste so far) while struggling to understand why I am so violently opposed to being on the receiving end of this process.

1. CONTROL. I have to admit that part of me wants my kid to look cute and artsy, but on my own terms. I don’t want to feel obligated to outfit him in cheesy “grandma’s little cutie” print shirts and well-intentioned but horrific handmade booties. When we weren’t sure if we would have a boy or girl I was ready to keep the gender secret just to avoid an influx of terrible pink and ruffly baby clothes. This is a control issue, I will freely admit.

2. MINIMALISM. We live in a tiny house and do not have the physical space to store any extra items. I was visiting a family member shortly before they gave birth and their ENTIRE GUEST ROOM was full of unopened boxes of [generous yet] gigantic plastic baby things relatives and friends had shipped to their house. While we will be moving into a larger space sometime within the first year of Burrito’s existence, we just don’t need or want to be equipped with everything until the kid actually needs it.

3. THE PLASTIC. We have been making a concentrated effort to bring less plastic into our home. We’d like our child’s toys to be as organic and natural as possible.

I know everyone says their kid LOVES the bright plastic play seat with little animals that move and music that plays and buttons to push, I don’t want to train my baby to have a short attention span and demand constant entertainment. Give the kid a dishtowel already! Or a stick! (HA.) I remember being intrigued by a friend from MIT who came to the US from Slovakia; Daniel kept talking about how he didn’t like the way people in the US buy all the toys in bright, unnatural colors for their children, as these colors don’t really exist outside of the plastics factory. HE’S RIGHT.

So those are basically my top three reasons for not wanting to participate in the US baby shower culture. I also don’t want friends and family to feel obligated to purchase things for us. Supporting a friend in your community should not be relegated to one afternoon of awkward game-playing — then cross them off your list after you deliver a lasagna or two after birth! Being a good friend is an ongoing relationship where you figure out what the other person really needs and make yourself available to help with that.

I apologize if that sounded didactic or preachy, I’m just trying to get out my thoughts about the gifting thing because a good friend remarked to me last night that she has never heard of anyone not wanting help with a new baby. It’s not that we don’t want help, but that we want people to seek out creative ways to support us in this huge transition time.

To be honest, I’m quite anxious about the upcoming change in lifestyle and loss of personal freedom. Having another being to support is going to be a full time commitment for the next twenty years. It’s scary and wonderful, and we’re excitedly preparing ourselves for this change. And hoping we don’t turn into the stereotype new parents who only talk and think about their children and forget how to be interesting. :)

Inspired by a friend’s recent facebook post, “[friend] gave me the best gift ever last night – she took care of Ransom all night long so I could sleep!!!” I put together a list of what I think are PERFECT gifts for a new mom. I realized after writing the list that most are services, and therefore potentially pricy, so I am envisioning a few friends getting together for some of the bigger items.

ETA: Ali and I continue to urge friends NOT to buy us any gifts, but for those of you who insist, here are ideas of the type of thing that works for us:

  • ★ contribute toward diaper service (my mom is gifting this to us for the first few months, what a brilliant idea!)
  • ★ gift a couple of hours of pro house cleaning service to use before or after birth
  • ★ bake cookies, fudge, or other sweets; bring meals the week BEFORE the kid is due and when mom is feeling too big/tired to cook
    check out mealtrain.com for an easy way for a friend to coordinate meal dropoffs and share dietary preferences with well-meaning others
  • ★ give the mom a couple of “coupons” that you will take her out, buy her coffee, and hold her child while engaging in adult conversation with her – to redeem at ANY TIME in the first three months of having said child
  • ★ [very close friend] babysitting and washing all the dishes while mother rests or gets out of the house
  • ★ Commit to praying for the new child and the family once per week on one specific topic. Let them know what you’re praying for!
  • ★ group of friends contribute toward credit with a pro house meals service [like The Good Plate or DinneratYourDoor in Portland]
  • ‎★ pedicure credit + promise to hold the child while mother is being served
  • ‎★ consultation session or credit with a professional organizer or life coach
  • ★ gift certificate to your local bookstore and a list of recommended books (thanks, Michelle & Paul!)

Personally, I would be thrilled with receiving a luxury like pro housecleaning or meal services. I’m not suggesting friends should be burdened with spending more than they would otherwise just because I’m snobby about synthetic clothing; even if the gift was small (like one hour of cleaning or one meal’s worth) it would be a treat. I can’t figure out any classy way to communicate this to people… is there one?

What would you add to the list? What would have thrilled you to receive before or after the birth of your first child?

Jan 12

Kitchen Zero

Today I have been toying with the idea of taking one day every week to get to Kitchen Zero. To me this means one glorious moment every week when:

  • dishes are all washed and put away

  • compost, recycling and garbage all emptied

  • surfaces cleared and disinfected

  • floors are swept

  • food, dishes and pots tidied

I have been in a low energy state for the past several months, and as my pregnancy advances find it progressively more difficult to bend, clean, and keep up with chores. Our house is small enough that losing even one corner to clutter has a big cumulative effect. I think a small weekly goal like this will be enough to keep the energy up and the house a little bit nicer.

How often do you disinfect your counters? Take out the recycling?

Dec 11

Oregon’s Self Employment Assistance Program

When you are applying for Unemployment Insurance for the State of Oregon, if you are self employed you are eligible for the Self Employment Assistance Program, or SEA. This is a benefit limited to six months (whereas with regular Unemployment Insurance you apply for a certain number of jobs and your six month period might be extended indefinitely when funds are available if gainful employment is not attained). Although without the benefit of extension, the great thing about this program is that it rewards business owners for working 40 hours every week – the reality is that many of us work more than 40 on a regular basis because of poor time management, lack of boundaries, and the felt need to say ‘yes’ more than ‘no’ because every little bit of extra income could make or break a small business in the current month. Personally, I am excited to have to commit to working regular hours, I think this is great accountability and will help me get on track to setting productive habits for the new year and re-launch of my business.

The first step to apply for this program is to apply for and be accepted into the regular Unemployment Insurance benefit program. (see post: Applying for Unemployment Insurance in Oregon) For me this consisted of several hoops to jump, lengthy hold times with various staff members of varying competence, and a couple of visits to the Portland Metro Worksource Center. I received incorrect information from phone staff on multiple telephone calls, the lack of veracity was confirmed when I spoke with more experienced staff in subsequent conversation. No one in the main office seems to know anything about SEA; it’s considered a totally separate program and office.

Once you have been accepted into the Unemployment Insurance program, you are sent five to ten separate pieces of mail from the state, which will likely arrive on the same day. Forms that verify the amount of your benefit, your eligibility, and brochures about the program will all come under separate cover. You will also receive a folder of training calendars and job seeking handouts from the Worksource employee who does your in-person entrance interview. Importantly, fill out the Self Employment Questionnaire and send it back to the offices right away. This form asks for basic information about your business including:

– When did you begin this business?
– How much capital have you invested in your business?
– What were your gross earnings in self employment last week? Last month? Last year?
– How much time do you devote to this business daily?

Since they are two separate government programs, you need to call the SEA Office separately (1-800-436-6191 or 503-947-1800) and request an application for the SEA Program from the UI Training Programs Unit / Oregon Employment Department. This form is different from the Self-Employment Questionnaire mentioned above; the Self-Employment Questionnaire needs to be sent back immediately to the Unemployment Office but you have 30 days to complete your application to the SEA program which is considerably more involved (in the meantime you claim your benefits by applying to jobs every week and applying for the regular benefit). The only reason I know that you have 30 days to return the paperwork is that I asked; this information is not clear on any of the information I was provided. Someone really should streamline this process!

Self Employment Assistance Program Application CAT: 854
Asks for basic business information and licensing obtained. It’s basically a cover sheet for the rest of your application materials.

Business Feasibility Worksheet
form 96-12 (11-10) – State of Oregon – Employment Department – www.workinginoregon.org

I’ve typed this out for you if you’d like to get a head start on the questions while waiting for the application to arrive in the mail.

More information about the Self Employment Assistance Program:

  1. http://video.pbs.org/video/2164180090
  2. http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2011/09/oregon_program_getting_nationa.html
  3. http://www2.opb.org/thinkoutloud/shows/unemployed-self-employed/

Dec 11

Archiving your social media output

My end of the year personal project is to gather as much of my social output from 2011 as possible into one format. My goal is to try to get facebook status updates, tweets, personal photos, and blog entries in some semblance of chronological order and printed in a book. It sounds like a lot of work but I am kind of excited to make it happen.


As I find ways to integrate this info, I’ll keep this post updated.



Go to Account Settings and choose “Download a copy of your Facebook data.” It took an hour or so for FB to email me a link, but then I received an archive with all of my photos, videos, friends, and an HTML page with my wall posts (including friends’ comments!).

Now I need to figure out how to convert the HTML page of my wall into a useful table or database and remove repetitive or unnecessary information (my full name, timestamps, etc).


If all I wanted for this project was facebook status updates, I’d probably opt to have this person make a book for 2010 and 2011. Like This book

There’s also a paid service (<$10) to get all of your twitter and facebook updates in a calendar format called social safe. It looks interesting.



I’m having a problem with this one since Twitter’s API limits what outside applications can do with tweets, especially from protected accounts. I am still in research mode for a way to download all of my tweets into a database or spreadsheet. Since my account is set to private, most of the free applications for backing up your tweets do not work for locked accounts.


Side note: I am trying to delete all of the tweets from an old account so I can make it a publicly accessible business account. (Deleting the account would be an easy way to delete the info, but then I would lose all of the contacts I have built up through the years.) I’ve been trying to use twitwipe but receiving consistent error messages and timeouts.


PROBABLY SOLUTION: tweetake is a free on-demand app that will let me backup tweets, direct messages, favorites, etc. into an excel-compatible spreadsheet. Exactly what I was seeking! Right now I keep receiving an error message “Oh no! Twitter is busy and won’t talk to me (error 502). But you may be able to retrieve a partial backup by setting the ‘ignore errors’ option and trying again.”


I can “slurp” all content from a website using Blurb.com booksmart, but this won’t apply for self-hosted wordpress sites. To use that application, I would have to export all of my blog entries into a temporary blogspot blog and then slurp the content. I don’t want to take that many steps.

Here’s an option I started exploring in my blog to book journey, but it costs money and doesn’t seem like it’s editable: Feedfabrik wordpress printing plugin



I do a pretty good job of keeping all of my personal and family photos separate from my business image cache, but I rarely have time to go through and really choose which ones I want to print or display. Starting mid-year I have been trying to upload regularly to facebook to share with friends and family, and in the past month I have gone through to further organize the folders and choose out photos for printing consideration.

After editing this mix of imagery (everything from phone snaps to actual photo shoots) down a couple more times I will make a final organization by renaming everything with the date the photo was taken as the prefix to the filename.  Example: ali003.jpg will become 20111227-ali003.jpg



I’m still deciding which vendor to use to print this book, but always lean toward blurb.com. The right promotion could bias me toward snapfish or shutterfly, but their print quality is SO TERRIBLE I think I will stick with blurb, trusted by photography professionals around the world. Next step is to decide which size book to format, and which date format would be best to use for all of the different social media pieces listed above.

I’m not sure if I will then use indesign or word or excel as a starting place for the bones of the book…




Here’s a site run by a woman who was trying to do this back in 2009. Her philosophy is the same as mine for the project but the means to getting there have changed a lot.  Social Archivist.


Backupify is a free to paid service that backs up your online presence on a regular basis. Looks solid.

FastPencil is a site to self-publish ebooks and find design templates.

Blog2Print looks a little spammy for me, and expensive. And doesn’t seem to offer services for self-hosted blogs.
Feedfabrik / Bookfabrik looks the most promising.

Dec 11

pretty, pretty things in Portland Oregon

I’m not a big shopper, but I LOVE beautiful designed clothing and jewelry and art. I had the opportunity to visit Tilde shop in Sellwood when Jill Bliss did a tiny show there a few months ago – and fell in love with Debbe Hamada’s curation of lovely home and personal objects. It’s the only store I have ever told my husband “you can buy anything in here as a gift for me, and I am sure to love it.”

Recently, I was charmed to find Debbe had stocked some SkLO jewelry, handmade in Sonoma, California. These necklaces feature glass (!) bulbs and lightweight nautically color knotted string work; the one I picked up is basically the most interesting, yet wearable necklace I have ever seen.

Here’s what Debbe has to say in her newsletter about this work:

skLO We stumbled upon this new jewelry line during our summer travels. These are ‘pieces’ as my grandma would say. Showstoppers. And we think on special occasions you should pull out a showstopper. These particular beauties feature hand blown, clear glass and knotted linen designed by SkLO co-founder, Karen Gilbert. Karen’s work is shown in galleries and museums in the United States and Europe oft acquired for multiple permanent collections. Her work is rooted in craft with an educational resume that includes metal smithing at the California College of Arts and glassblowing at the Pilchuck Glass School. In shop and available now.

Here’s some more information from Karen Gilbert and SkLO about their current jewelry collection: LINK.

I highly recommend a visit to Tilde next time you need a shot of artistic inspiration. These necklaces must be seen in person!

Dec 11

back home

We’ve been out and about around the world traveling for the past couple of weeks. We spent 10 days in Jamaica to attend and photograph Crystal and Andreas’ wedding in Montego Bay. We also extended that trip so we could celebrate our wedding anniversary a bit early. Then, we found out that tickets to see my family in Texas on Christmas were going to cost almost $2,000 – and made a last minute shift to celebrate holiday visits two weeks early; we spent this past weekend in Austin and Dallas visiting Granny O and the crew.

    • With one day between Jamaica and Texas, I managed to get through laundry and a few other things but my plans were derailed when we realized that we couldn’t find the car key. We’re still looking for it.
    • We can use the car with the backup valet key, but my GPS is locked in the glove compartment and not accessible with said valet key. And it turns out I can’t get anywhere new in my own city without my GPS. Booo!
    • Then that afternoon when I went to the grocery store to get some things for dinner, I hit a curb and got a flat tire. So yeah, a little bit of car drama. FIRST WORLD PROBLEMS!

I’m looking forward to editing a few final shoots for 2011 this week, spending a second christmas eve alone with my husband (secret yay!) and then spending some time with Ali’s family in California before New Years.

portrait color 2011

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