Monthly Archives: February 2014

Tuesday With Moi

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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On Monday, I had food poisoning and slept for 20 hours. You can read more about the glorious details of my illness over on the Gradient blog, but all you really need to know is that I woke up yesterday feeling alllllmost back to normal, which was awesome.

9I used to read Vogue and eye-roll so hard every time some model-turned-art collector was like “Oh, my moisturiser is life changing, you know?”– Yeah, whatever lady.  But for real, this shiz is the shiiiiiz.  Since moving to the UK, my face has experienced various states of hydration (or lack thereof) and lustre, and this stuff is like smoothing silk directly onto my face. No, it’s like turning my face into silk. And I thought so even before I read the description saying that it’s “liquid silk for the skin”. Forget the fact that this bottle is more than my mortgage, I need it.

10Because it was raining and I hadn’t eaten solid foods for over 24 hours, I decided to take it easy and work from home for the day whilst I experimented with eating toast.

11And eating cereal.

12And drinking lots of tea. This book kept beckoning me to read it but I stood my ground and did not read it. Instead, I worked.

13And Le Chat snuggled at my feet and gave me loving nuzzles of encouragement.  JK, she slept like a little kitty baby.

14Another reason I decided to work from home yesterday is that I had a very busy night ahead of me.  To prepare for this very busy night, I had to run a few errands.  Here I am saying “See you in a few minutes, baby cat. I need to buy cat litter, cat food, and laundry detergent!” Sexiest shopping trip ever? I think so!

15When I returned, I was very tired. So I ate more toast.

16And then I packed my bags and was whisked away in a…

17Rather steamy taxi. To Heathrow!

No, I wasn’t taking a fantastic mini vacation to somewhere tropical.  Instead…

18Instead, I was meeting my parents! They had a long layover on their way home to Minnesota from India and decided to spend the night with meeeeeeee.

Edited to Note: I am so 1,000% my mother’s daughter. Compare this photo with my 14:00 photo.  Go, do it.  See anything similar?  WE. DID. NOT. PLAN. THIS.

19Anyway, we went to the Heathrow Radisson Blu and did what my family does best together: eat and drink.

20Over appetisers and wine, they told me stories about the ministries they visited and are working with.  Ministries that are helping orphans, protecting religious freedoms, and rescuing young girls and women from the sex trade.

21Over dinner, they showed me photos and told me stories that made me laugh but also want to cry. It’s crazy to think that I live my life in various states of awesome when there are so many people living in unfathomably crap conditions (literally and figuratively) all over the world.

22Over whiskey, we talked about how it’s encouraging (and inspiring) to know that there are people out there giving their lives to help save people in need whilst we sit in nice restaurants and moan about slow service.

23But hey! Enough with the existential sad stuff.  My parents! Were in England! And we got to hang out and laugh together for the first time in months!  That was pretty fun.

24Before we settled into our separate hotel rooms for the night, they gifted me this beautiful cashmere scarf from Kashmir.  I shall wear it and think of them often.

And that was my lovely Tuesday.  So fleeting, so sweet.  xx

Tuesday With Vous: Marlo Munch

I’m very excited because one of my favourite people in the whole world is sharing her day with us! I’ve only met Marlo a handful of times (the first time was in London last year) but I knew immediately after meeting her that she is one of those special people that I’ll want in my life forever and ever. She’s a woman of many (so many!) talents and her enthusiasm for life is completely inspiring.  Every time I put on my Gold Thread Collective scarf, I’m reminded of her, which is wonderful because I love having her in my thoughts.

Marlo also has a stunningly gorgeous instagram feed full of pretty pictures.  I highly recommend you follow for daily inspiration– @marlomunch.

Anyway, I’ve gushed too long.  Take it away, lady…

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Name: Marlo Munch
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Occupation: Florist at Spruce Flowers and Home, co-owner of Facet and Forge (an event styling and fabrication business), co-owner and knitter of The Gold Thread Collective, and I also hand-paint cribbage boards (see the 8:30 photo, bottom right corner).
Camera Used: Canon Rebel XS

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Looking down from my bed, as my plantland grows and grows (not pictured: all the other plants that take up half of my room).

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This new thrift-find acted as a jacket today. 40 degrees in February in Minnesota… miracles.

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The flower shop is glowing in this ‘spring’ light today… Mornings in the flower shop are for processing new flowers and watering plants.

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Budding branches and fresh flower buckets ready for arrangements!

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Cleaning out the cooler is a daily task. Can’t have dead buds in the cooler… but finding these beauties made my day.

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Prepping arrangements for tomorrow’s orders! I love these butterfly shears. I always manage to slice my thumb when I use a box cutter. No thanks.

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Bam! I love working with such beautiful objects. I’ve decided helleborus is my favorite flower.

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Ice cream break, because it’s spring!!! Mine and Kate’s mutual friend, Angie, came by the shop to buy some monstera leaves and we walked across the street for a little treat… You might remember her from her TWV post!

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Plants and dirt and dirty hands. I love building terrariums.

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Guess I was supposed to only work until 2, but I left at 4:30 and buzzed over to the photo shop to pick up two rolls of film I had developed in October. I waited to look at them until I was at one of my favorite coffee shops, and much to my surprise they were rolls from my ex-boyfriend’s camera. Oops.

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Tuesday nights I spend with Angie working on our event styling and fabrication business. It’s called Facet & Forge. We suck at internet things, so our website isn’t up and running yet. That reminds me… Anyways, their house is perfectly cozy and filled with millions of treasures.

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Invitation designing! Hey, Angie.

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We needed some inspiration for those invitations.

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Home, sweet. Chatted with roommates and neighbors while editing some photos!

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I knit for The Gold Thread Collective. We sell at a local Minneapolis boutique (I Like You, in NE) and online. Check it out! We’ll ship anywhere, just drop us a line!

Tuesday With Moi

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

You guys, today has been one of those days where I haven’t had more than half an hour to do any one thing sooooo it’s gonna be short and sweet, mkay? Great!

8I’ve been knitting. Moss stitch in mossy wool.

9Plant babies. Can’t live without ‘em.

10Eeeeeeek, Gradient business cards! So I guess this means I’m a real person now?

11Had breakfast with one of my favourite people.  Who, you ask?

12This guy, Ed. He looks grumpy here but I swear to goodness gracious, he’s hilarious all the time.

13.1Oh, we’re selling one of our sofas.  I hate it, but you might love it? I dunno. There’s a fold-out bed inside if you’re into that kinda thing.  Let us know? (£200 or best offer. And by best offer, I mean if you’re willing to pick it up I’ll gladly give it to you…)

14Barring my breakfast with Ed, I worked from home yesterday.  It was fun.  This is what my books look like when the sun is shining in England.

15And here’s what more of my books look like when the sun is shining in England.  And some DVDs, too.

16Whilst working from home, I wrote a blog post to explain why we chose the name Gradient and to give you a little more insight into what we do.  #ExcitingTimez

17Whilst my fingers were getting a workout on my keyboard, I thought about doing some Ballet Beautiful (which I also wrote about for Gradient!) but I postponed it because I was still working.

18Now that I’m looking at this photo, I’m like How the hell was it this light out at 6:00 PM? So I’m kinda thinking that maybe I had the time wrong but I’m pretty sure I didn’t so, like, almost summer here or what’s the deal? (Oops?)

19And then (suddenly?!) it was really dark and I was on my yoga mat doing swan arms until my arms felt like they were going to fall off. I had the lights off because my curtains wouldn’t close and I’m obviously too much of a lady to stand in front of an open window doing crazy exercises for everyone  to see.  #TrueStory

20Nothing like exercise to make me hungry… Cauliflower rice, you are my favourite!

21I cooked some beets, too. Bloody beet fingers.

22David and I listened to a BBC program about Richard Hamilton, which was especially interesting as we had just seen some of his work at the Pop Art exhibition at the Barbican over the weekend.

23And then David watched Dexter and I did my internet thing.

24And then, because I was feeling so so so inspired, I dipped my new business cards in some red wine and made a gradient.  WATCH OUT WORLD!

I’m super stoked ’cause I have some great Tuesday With Vous contributors scheduled to post in the next couple weeks. But still, I’m greedy and I want even more contributors, so please read the details and let me know if you’re interested in sharing your Tuesday. I think I speak for all of us (you + me + everyone we know) when I say that we’d love to have you!

Tuesday With Moi

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

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I started my morning nesting under my duvet and doing some work whilst the room around me warmed.
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After the flat was toasty and I was brave enough to get out from under the duvet, I set up camp in the living room. 10

And then I did some of my new favourite thing: Ballet Beautiful.  I never thought I’d be someone who does workout videos at home but– SURPRISE– I totally am. I love Ballet Beautiful! 11

After a surprisingly elegant and challenging workout, I was reminded that I must start my passport renewal process… But I couldn’t remember my social security number so did some work instead. (But please, someone remind me that I must renew my passport this week. MUST.) 12

By this point, I realised that I still hadn’t made it to the office, so I decided to have a quick lunch (pepper spoons and quinoa) before heading in. 13

Oh, I forgot to mention! I started a new venture called Gradient. We made a video and everything! 14

I’m pretty excited about what we’re doing and am especially excited about our blog! Let’s just call this a practice shot for our first What We Wore Wednesday post.
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But anyway, back to work. My new desk is fancy. I have a lock on the drawer to keep my snacks safe and everything! 16

Or, rather, to protect me from the snacks… Hello, cookies.
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As I was leaving, the sky was a perfect shade of blue.  So perfect, I couldn’t take the photo in black and white. 18

But the sky was dark by the time I left for Liam‘s.  19

First, we met with our beautiful friend Caro to go over some exciting project plans. 20

And then our lovely friend Ed came over to kick off MOVIE NIGHT! 21

Except movie night turned into laughing and talking…. 22

And then drinking and snacking…
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And then Beyoncé video watching night.  After which it was time for bed.

The End.

Don’t forget, guys, if you’d like to contribute to Tuesday With Vous, you can find all the details right here. Ever since I first started TWV, I’ve thought that it would be a great vehicle for creatives, artistpreneurs, and small businesses to showcase what they do and how they do it. If you feel like maybe that’s you or someone you know, get in touch. I’d love to help you share your day!