two days to just wander around in new york really brought out something special inside of me. ideas, perspective, creativity. so much to look at, sensory overload. the girl singing loudly on the street with her headphones on, like no one was listening. people are all in their own world, with their own thoughts…but everything also feels full of togetherness and community. and then there’s me, feeling a cheesy sense of accomplishment when i travel on the subway successfully without getting lost. walking to my hotel in the pouring rain with a big smile on my face. analyzing everyone’s unique sense of style…the guy with the unicorn tank and cut-off denim and the girls with their wild hair. everyone moving so quickly, so confidently. everything feels so alive. the air is humid but matches the scenery perfectly.

i often think about moving to new york. i feel so inspired here. i wonder if it would have the same effect on me if i actually lived here? for now, i think i’ll just visit as much as i possibly can. did you see we are  so grateful for the opportunity to keep coming back to this wonderful place.

off to my parent’s house in chicago in the morning. my mom got a new kitten which should be fun. looking forward to the last leg of our east coast trip. then back to LA for what we are calling our “summer vacation” – taking july off from teaching…which is our first month off in TWO YEARS. crazy. under our belt feels pretty surreal.


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    Karen S says:

    I was just in NYC for the first time in 4 years or so on a business trip last week. During what minimal free time I had I was so overwhelmed with similar feelings to what you just described – the wonder, the awe, the inspiration … and the desire to move and pursue my childhood dream of living in that big city! I’m so happy for you that you’ll get to travel back for more classes. Congratulations on all your success! I’m looking forward to the day I’ll be able to take blogshop myself.

    Dana says:

    new york always felt that way for me, while I was living there too. but it can be very taxing. it can be very frustrating, and it sucks you dry of energy – and money – with all of it’s wondrous temptations 🙂 good to do for a little while, FOR sure. 65! wowee !

    Gosh, I wish I had the guts to be the girl who sings along to her head phones as she is walking down the street. And yay for a month off, you deserve it!

    Jade Sheldon says:

    65 classes, WOW! An actual summer vacation is definitely needed!

    Jules says:

    Congrats on all of your successes. You deserve it.


    Jules of Canines & Couture

    Alex says:

    Congratulations on your well deserved success :] I am very glad I stumbled upon your blog however long ago. I am inspired by your mentality and character, and your slightly personal posts are so emotionally resonating. Thank you for deciding to share a bit of that side; it is so welcomed among my sea of empty interior/fashion blog reads. Wherever you go, we will follow!

    As someone who’s lived in New York for 11 years, I can tell you that you will always feel inspired if you lived here. It doesn’t go away – I love this city. There is always a new inspiration around every corner. Especially if you move to Brooklyn! 🙂 🙂 🙂 But it’s also a wonderful place to visit too!

    Amanda says:

    NY is a magical place – it is a hard place to live, but completely magical. Glad that you had a great trip.

    Leyla says:

    Hello my name is Leyla, I’m brazilian student and I follow your work for almost a year. Now I’m living in New York and I can say that your job is so inspiring like this city! I really want to participate this course in August. I think it’s should be magic, a beautiful mix of colors, shapes and good feelings. I hope living in NYC until August. Congratulations for your success Love, Leyla.

    NY is great, I could move there straight away.

    Rachel says:

    I feel a creative burst of energy even THINKING about NYC – I have been craving it for a couple of years now. I would love to visit as much as possible, but I don’t think I’d be able to live there…too much weather, not enough open space. LA is the place for me. I think. Who knows. I wish I could teleport back and forth between the two places with a snap of my fingers…that’d be pretty snazzy =]

    Latrina says:

    Wow, 65 classes. I had no idea it has been that many. A big congratulations to you girls! That’s a huge accomplishment.. huge.

    I love your description of New York, it only makes me want to visit the city even more so. 🙂

    My hat is off to you for surviving the New York mugginess. It’s not so bad until you go down into the subway . . . I thought I would melt! But I was there in August so maybe it’s not so bad in May? Congratulations on your 65 classes! I can’t believe you haven’t had a month off in two years! That’s amazing dedication. Very inspirational! 🙂 Have fun with your mom and her new kitten and have safe travels!

    kelsey says:

    this is a gorgeous picture! congrats!

    new york is, hands down, the most creatively inspiring place for me. i too wonder if it’d still feel that way as a full-time resident.

    enjoy your vacation:) xx

    Congrats on the teaching milestone – must feel amazing! New York has that effect on me too. It’s a pretty fantastic place. So much to see + do!! I can’t wait to go back – hopefully soon 🙂

    Alex from

    New York has a way of awakening things inside of me too! I love that city but am happy to call Chicago home! Speaking of which, I know it’s your hometown but have you been to Antique Taco since the last time you were here? It’s a newer place in Wicker Park and I think you’d love it!

    Safe travels!


    STEL STYLE says:

    I’m a fashion design from Barcelona and I love NY, I’ve been there a few times and the city is amazing, NY is always an inspiration to me!

    Chelsea says:

    That’s such a great feeling Bri, I’m glad you’re getting inspired and soaking up the city! I’m dying for an NYC trip sometime soon.

    Chelsea & The City

    rachel says:

    Born and raised in NYC – and worked in art scene there too. I live in LA now. Although I do like it here, I need to return to NY once a year just to take in the inspiration, the noise, the food, the people. Enjoy!

    kim says:

    I totally agree with you on NYC, I feel so inspired everytime I visit and I often wonder what it would be like to live there!

    Elise I. says:

    New York is fun for a while, but as other people said before, it is absolutely exhausting to live here. After 3 years of living in the city, I’m ready to move somewhere with a slower pace. All the excitement and inspiration are great, but they come with huge sacrifices. People come here to be inspired and invigorated, but often leave feeling empty and worn out.

    joy says:

    as much as wouldn’t want you that far away, i think every creative type should live in new york for some part of their life. that city is magical in so many ways and ways you get to discover more and more when you live there. ok, now come back home!

    Theresa says:

    Love you! Have fun with your mama this weekend!

    kimberly says:

    i’ve lived in new york my whole life and i think i’ve finally come to appreciate it the way it deserves. the truth is that new york gets a bad rap and rightfully so. my husband and i were seriously considering a move to san francisco last year but not without giving new york one last chance. what i realized was that new york is hectic and new yorkers are cranky and impatient a lot of the time but there are also some of the kindest people and the most wonderful treasures to be found. i love the positive energy and creativity in brooklyn most of all and feel constantly inspired here. of course, i can’t complain about the good food and great drinks here either 😉

    Bettina says:

    It really is quite the special place.

    anastasia says:

    I felt that way when I visited NYC too – amazing energy and a buzz in the air…I love to people watch and observe as well as eavesdrop on people’s conversations – its the best part of taking it all in during my travels – NYC is the best city to do that!

    Any chance of a blogshop in London this year? Would love to attend.

    wow, 65 classes! That is amazing! I am so glad I got to experience one of them. Enjoy your time off – Happy Summer.

    k says:

    Girl, you make me want to leave the east for the west.
    It actually makes me glad you think that of the east coast.
    I’m beyond inspired by your work. please continue to bring beauty to the world.

    Every time I watch something filmed in NY I want to pack up and move there too. I felt the same way about London and enjoyed living there for 3 years. Visually these cities have so much going on. So much information to process and churn out is some new fresh way.
    Congrats on all your blog shops and please come back to Seattle.
    Oh by the way I love the dan funderburgh wallpaper. We just got this in our studio space.

    Claire says:

    Two words: do it!!

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