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Mood Board Mondays:: Still in Weekend Mode . . .

MoodBoardMonday_thelookbookphilosophy.com I know it is Monday, but thankfully, since today is a holiday (thank you to all those souls who have served our country and given their lives in the process ♥) I am still in weekend mode. Today’s mood board is representative of how I feel today. I am still in my pj’s and it is 10:42 am. And it feels goooood. Although the sun is blaring and it is 70 degrees outside, I still feel cozy in my mind. Hence the images of furry kittys and sheepskin rugs. Lol. I hope you all had/are having fabulous weekends. I am excited about the weeks to come. I am pushing myself to implement ideas that have been floating around in my head and have been written in my sketchbooks for months. That was another gem takeaway from my #blogcademy workshop. Per Gala’s exact words that I scribbled furiously into my notebook:

“Act immediately on your ideas or they loose steam . . “

It’s one of those truths that you subconsciously know, but when you hear it (in my case probably for the 40 thousandth time) it resonates with you. So, act upon them I am. And with enthusiasm! Thanks Gala!

Happy Monday guys! Make it a fab one!

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The Blogcademy San Francisco : A Recap!

MakeshiftSF_thelookbookphilosophy.com So by now you all know my fav city on the West Coast is San Francisco. I look for and jump on any opportunity to peruse the streets of Frisco and live out my not so secret dream of moving back East. Frisco is the only city out west where I feel even remotely close to the east coast . . . but I digress. When I found out that Gala, Shauna and Kat of the Blogcademy were going to be hosting their first workshop of 2014 in my fav city, I jumped at the chance to attend and learn from them. We spent 2 information packed days at The Makeshift Society, a really cute co-working space in Hayes Valley, which was just under a mile from our hotel @ the St. Francis in Union Square.

BlogcademyB_thelookbookphilosophy.com I think co-working spaces are amazing. I wish we had one here in Pomona . . .

Blogcademy Headmistressesinaction Here are our headmistresses Kat, Gala and Shauna droppin’ mad blogging knowledge . . .

One of the things I loved about the Blogcademy, was the emphasis on remaining uniquely you, yet challenging yourself to step outside of your comfort box. I loved the energy the girls brought to the workshop. I also love the fact that these three women bonded over blogging, became best friends and are now traveling the world together and sharing their knowledge! Throughout the weekend there was a lot of laughter and best of all a chance to wear sparkly kitty ears!!! . . . sadly, this is something I had never considered before the Blogcademy, but I have successfully incorporated the wearing of said ears into my weekly blogging sessions. I keep my kitty ears at my desk and adorn my fro whenever I sit to write a post. The ears were put into our gift bags as a reminder to do something different, and find a way to stand out in a crowd. I love them so much I am planning an outfit around them . . . and it isn’t a costume!!!

EarsOn_thelookbookphilosophy.com Put your learning ears on girls! Get ready to stand out in a crowd . . . 

Here I am working in my ears . . . The Blogcademy has forever changed my life with regard to blog-at-home-head-adornment . . .

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BTW the Cheez-It’s are not mine! They are my daughter’s. She always visits me while I’m working and leaves things behind . . . mostly hugs, but this time, cheez-its . . .

Vivian+Paige_thelookbookphilosophy.com Another really cool thing about the Blogcademy is that you can volunteer to help out and thereby have access to the info in exchange for your services. This is Vivian and Paige, they attended the Blogcademy in Los Angeles last year and volunteered to help at this one. They both contributed some great tips during the session as well.

Blogcadettes_thelookbookphilosophy.com I loved how colorful everyone was. The vibe in the workshop was really laid back.  It felt like we were just sitting down with a couple of friends chatting about blogging and what worked for them and what didn’t. During a few of our blogging exercises they even played Michael Jackson. Now that will really get your creative juices flowing!

HeadmistressesLaughter Lots of funny stories were shared, I wish I could remember what was being said when this photo was shot, but it looks like it may have been as story shared at Shauna’s expense! Lol.

At the end of day one we were given report cards based on our blog that showed what we needed work on. On day two, we had one-on-one sessions with the girls to go over their suggestions, ask questions and discuss things they thought we could do differently . . .

Katsadvice_thelookbookphilosophy.com Here is Kat droppin’ some blogging wisdom to Angela who runs a pastry blog called Goldenrod Pasteries! Yum! Don’t you just love her sparkly polka dot tulle skirt!!!

A highlight for me was getting to do my one-on-one with Shauna Haider. Shauna is a graphic designer who owns a boutique design firm called Branch. She does all the branding and logo design for the Blogcademy. I am a big fan of her work (and her personal style, she always wears such amazing dresses!) When we sat together she basically redesigned my header and brought me out of tagline purgatory in just a few short minutes! I can’t wait to implement the changes we discussed. I swear, I could have sat and talked with Shauna about typefaces, whitespace and personal inspirations for the rest of the day!

BlogcadettesComparingnotes Throughout the day we were given short assignments to help us hone in on our goals and blogging practices. During activity time there was a lot of idea sharing and networking. On day two I sat next to Alyson (in the green jacket). She runs an eco lifestyle blog called Simply Alyson.

BlogcademyNotetaking Needless to say, there was ALOT of note taking going on. I pretty much used up my whole notebook. I should have started with an empty one, but I later switched to my ipad…. don’t know why I didn’t start with that in the first place!

Me+Erin_Blogcademy Erin was my seat mate on day two. She has a sewing blog called Seamstress Erin, and she told me she had just completed her PHD (she’s a scientist!) and was gearing up to give her exit talk that Friday! To top it all off, she was also in the midst of planning her wedding! I loved Erin’s energy and her bright smile! What an exciting time in her life!

PerusingtheMacaroons Here we are perusing a selection of macaroons the Headmistresses brought in! I had never had a macaroon before the Blogcademy! I’d seen pictures and thought they were so cute! But Ohhhh, to taste one!! I had Almond Amaretto. They were amazing! So yummy that I had two. The macaroons were from Chantal Guillon. Since they are local, I will definitely be paying them a visit on my next SF trip!

BlogcademyFunnyFaces Here is our class picture! We took two. This is my fav, it’s the one where we all made crazy faces. I think our true personalities came out in this one. So much more fun than giving “cute face!!”

BlogcademyGoodFaces But I do like this one too . . . We were a pretty bunch, If I do say so myself!

Giveaways_thelookboookphilosophy.com After lunch we had more learning and then giveaways! There were prizes for most tweets and best instagram images of specific things. Aren’t the gifts purty?  Theresa was one of the winners. I LOVED her pink hair. She was also the Blogcademy scholarship winner! That’s another way you can attend the Blogcademy, by winning a scholarship. Theresa has a travel blog called Tremendous Times.

BlogcademyTheresa2 Overall, my Blogcademy experience was amazing. Kat, Shauna and Gala shared a lot of valuable information that I have already begun to implement. I loved meeting the women in attendance and hearing about their blogging journeys. There were so many different types of blogs represented at this workshop ie: travel, baking, sewing, photography, self love, the list goes on . . . We are all on our own path, and it’s so wonderful to meet and share along the way. Blogging can be very isolating, which is one of the reasons I have really been working hard to get out more and meet more people!

Me + Headmistresses! I just bought a frame this week and I plan to put my photo with the Headmistresses up at my desk as a reminder to continue working hard and pursuing my blogging goals with passion and color!!!!

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I’m Featured Artist of the Month over at VogueBinge.com!

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Hey guys! Happy Monday! I wanted to let you guys know about my featured Artist of the Month interview over on voguebinge.com. I was recently interviewed by the lovely and talented Ashley Goode who runs the blog. It’s so great to collaborate with other creatives. It really feeds my soul. While you are there, check out some of the other wonderful ladies she has featured over the months as well. There are some wonderful women doing great things in this world!

My schedule has suddenly gotten super hectic! This Friday I am headed back to one of my favorite places in the world, San Francisco, to get schooled at the Blogcademy workshop which is headed up by the fabulous graphic designer, Shauna Haider of The Nubby Twiglet blog, the ever encouraging and “radical self lover,” Gala Darling of the self titled blog Gala Darling and the ultimate wedding blogger, Kat Williams of Rock ‘n’ Roll Bride. These 3 women have taken their passions and created full fledged businesses out of them. Needless to say I am really excited about this weekend . . . but I digress, as I sit here typing this post, my “un-fun” a.k.a. “real” work pile just keeps growing, so I am off to lessen the load. Hope you all had a great weekend and are ready for this new week of life. Make the most of it!

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