I’m back in New Orleans for 13 days! My best friend is getting married and then I’ll be attending the first weekend of Jazz Fest (my favorite thing in the whole world, see why here and here). Sooo, that said, I have actually scheduled some posts (yay for planning ahead). If you don’t hear too much from me in the comments, it’s because I’m partying it up in NOLA, and I’ll respond when I return to Boston!
It was a long weekend for me since the Boston Marathon was yesterday. Zander, along with most of the city had off of work, so we totally look advantage! We had an amazing weekend of wandering the Charles River & Harvard Square, cooking & eating awesome meals, drinking beer & mojitos and sleeping late. How was your weekend?
It’s been a while, but the Boston Photo Tour is back! Today I’m giving you a peek into my hood! I feel that I’ve been able to capture such intimate details from my neighborhood, much more than other locations throughout my Boston Photo Tour. Sometimes you need time to explore and figure out what the area is all about. Sometimes you need to pass by a few times until the shot or light is right.
and when I only have my iphone, that works too…
It has been three months since I wrote my 30 before 30 list of professional and personal goals. Let’s see how I am doing so far!
green = done
yellow = in progress, there are lots of items that I will not mark as “done” until the end of the year
orange = hope to do soon or need to wait for a certain time of year
gray = probably not happening this year
01 create an inspiring studio space at home
I would say that my space is getting there. It’s kind of a mess right now because I have everything spread out on the floor to organize and put back away. You can see a snapshot of my desk and I’ll be posting some more workspace photos this month!
02 website/blog makeover
Some small updates have been made here and there. I’ll write a full blog post on the updates soon.
03 create a better home/work balance and learn to take real days off work
I have been taking most weekends off of work but finding it difficult to know when to stop working in the evenings, there is always something more to do! Anyone have a suggestion for this?
04 travel to Austin or San Francisco
I was home in New Orleans for almost all of January and am heading home again for a wedding. I think that may be all my travel budget allows this year, but you never know…
05 more tangible artwork
Need to combine this with number 14, kinda the same right?
06 learn to plan better for blog posts and focus on unique and meaningful content
Would you say I’m succeeding here? I have been writing more design based posts, personal adventures and unique content like recipes and DIYs.
07 read more books
Have not read a book yet this year, sad. Any suggestions?
08 create a stationery and art print line and online shop
I added a few things to my Etsy shop but have not created a new line yet.
09 use camera in manual mode more than auto
Have used in manual a few times but not totally into it yet, disappointing since I studied photography in college.
10 serious purge of closet and create a coherent wardrobe
Selling a few things on Ebay and donated a lot. I need to do a little more purging.
11 design and send out Christmas cards
I should probably start now
12 refinish living room table
I got used to it and not sure it is even worth refinishing
13 explore new places in Boston
Yep, I have explored some new places, mostly restaurants and bars, of course. Once the weather warms up for good I hope to explore more of the outdoors!
14 more DIY projects
I have done two DIY posts this year and have more coming!
15 week-long camping trip
Need warm weather, although it was unbearably hot the last trip. Need to find an island with shade.
16 visit Salem during October/Halloween
17 guest posts and/or collaborate with other bloggers
I had a on Erin’s blog and have been submitting some ideas around the blogosphere…
18 buy another lens for my camera
I also want a Wacom Tablet now, I can’t decide which one to get first
19 visit Boston Harbor Islands
Once the Ferry is running, I’m there!
20 host a fabulous dinner party
We have friends over for dinner all of the time. While the meals are always wonderful, I want to throw a special dinner party.
21 create a regular exercise program
Have done a few random On Demand videos but that’s about it
22 update my design portfolio
23 take a self-portrait
Done. I have decided I don’t really like it though and want to do more.
24 go ice skating
26 learn Zander’s pizza recipe and work on cooking skills
Zander is pretty much just the master in the kitchen so I may just leave this one alone
27 leave the house more (easier said than done when working from home)
I have been walking to run errands, doing okay with this
28 one date night a month
Skipped January since we were not together for most of it. February went to Aquitaine and March went to a movie.
30 less online time
Totally failing on this one.
Not too much green on the list but what do y’all think??
After working with Race and Religious (named after the intersecting streets) for over a year on their new identity and website, I finally got to visit the compound! I knew from all of the photos that it was a wonderful and unique place, but when I actually got to wander the halls I was blown away! There is art everywhere, exposed bricks, religious iconography, endless nooks and crannies and oriental rugs layered throughout the home. Race & Religious is a masterpiece of nostalgia, a love song to New Orleans, a whimsical European fairytale, a spectacle of design, and foremost, a family home steeped in history. I got to capture some of my favorite parts from the home but I probably need to visit a few more time to soak up all of the beautiful details!
If you are interested, their website shares a great history of the compound and describes Granville Semmes’ thirty-year renovation project as a warden of history.
My first time to Vermont! I didn’t do any skiing this time around but went on a short hike which was beautiful. The trail was iced over so we had to hold on to tree branches to keep from slipping… even though that didn’t stop me from falling on my butt! We were only about 10 feet from the road so I thought it was a pretty funny “nature walk” but really enjoyed the nice time outdoors.
My sister and I recently ate at Stanley Restaurant, a cute little place in Jackson Square, New Orleans. We decided to share the Bananas Foster French Toast and the Breaux Bridge Benedict. They split the dishes for us and they were both SO amazing! I’d like to visit Chef Scott Boswell’s fine-dining counterpart, Stella! next.
After a much needed break I am ready for 2012! The new year always sparks a sense of inspiration in me and this year instead of picking one resolution for 2012 I decided to make a 30 before 30 list of both professional and personal goals. This works out well since my birthday is on New Years Eve.
01 // create an inspiring studio space at home – in progress
02 // website/blog makeover – in progress
03 // create a better home/work balance and learn to take real days off work
04 // travel to Austin or San Francisco
05 // more tangible artwork
06 // learn to plan better for blog posts and focus on unique and meaningful content
07 // read more books
08 // create a stationery and art print line and online shop
09 // use camera in manual mode more than auto
10 // serious purge of closet and create a coherent wardrobe
11 // design and send out Christmas cards
12 // refinish living room table
13 // explore new places in Boston
14 // more DIY projects
15 // week-long camping trip
16 // visit Salem during October/Halloween
17 // guest posts and/or collaborate with other bloggers
18 // buy another lens for my camera
19 // visit Boston Harbor Islands
20 // host a fabulous dinner party
21 // create a regular exercise program
22 // update my design portfolio
take a self-portrait Done.
24 // go ice skating
try a “what I wore” post – BBQ in January // Wandering the Big Easy and more to come!
26 // learn Zander’s pizza recipe and work on cooking skills
27 // leave the house more (easier said than done when working from home)
28 // one date night a month
throw a special bridal shower/bachelorette party for my BFF – Inspiration Board // Invitations // Party Survival Kit, Food and Photobooth
30 // less online time
In the coming months I will be sharing with you my progress, along with lots of other DIY projects, photography, home decor, arts and crafts, inspired living and all things graphic design! It’s going to be a busy year but I can’t wait! ♥ Ciera