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here are all of my favorite blogging moments & posts from 2012. a really huge thank you to all of you that have been following along this year. you have no idea how much i appreciate that.

natalie and I began working together on the DIY column in march. she has come up with some of the most creative projects and we have a lot of fun executing them together. soon after, we brought kim on board to starting shooting the column and it felt like a real team. this first post natalie and i did together, a painted camera strap, still is one of my favorites…

a few DIY POSTS for the holidays: 2013 CALENDAR  |  WASHI JOURNALS  |  HANGING LIGHTS

and it was fun to explore DIY videos this year too. i definitely hope to do more of those next year!

travel has definitely taught me a rediculous amount about myself. it has opened my eyes and inspired this blog beyond belief. paris is still the place that captured my full attention…i still think about going back all the time. it’s just the most magical place on earth. it was so great to get to travel there with my boyfriend for one trip and my best friend for the next trip.


and when we had some downtime in MEXICO!

it was my plan this year to really push myself with the style column. my love of costumes, concepts, color, and working with talented people came to the surface in full effect in 2012. people often ask me why i hide my face so often, which always makes me laugh. my goal was not to set out and model on this blog. it’s about the clothes and the ideas behind them.


or jumping around with lucky magazine…that was a good time.

still a true favorite of mine was working with max (in the hallway of our office building) and creating this fairy tale shoot! it’s like he could read my mind and knew exactly how i wanted these to come out…this was the post that got all my ideas spinning. i knew that style posts like this were going to take a lot of extra effort…and i was right. but i didn’t care.

and then max & i decided to take it in the complete opposite direction and went darker…

i get a lot of comments and emails asking for advice on blogging or graphic design. i remember sitting on the floor at the alt summit blogging conference last year and one of the panels i was listening to sparked something inside of me. i knew i needed to create more original content, add more contributors and ultimately grow. the advice column came alive that month…and every now and then i do more specialized posts about branding or working as a freelancer.


remember this post about jimmy’s awesome banners? and the video we made too…i love putting the spotlight on artists i believe in and really want to do more of that around here.

a partnership is always the best when they just let you run with your ideas. approached us about doing a DIY event, it was so refreshing that they just let us do our thing. and we do so much internet conversing, so it was really special to meet people in person.

ANTHRO EVENT POSTS: DIY inspiration string  |  DIY pom poms

and i know you guys are probably like “we geeeeeet it. you love teaching ” but looking through all the group photos (over 1000 students now!) brings me endless joy. sharing my love of blogging and design with all of these people has been unbelievable. where in the world is going next year? i really want a class reunion…and for more dudes to sign up!

i wish this gif would allow me to include all of the group photos!

BLOGSHOP POSTS: all of them right here

it was pretty special to have jesse capture me & my guy at the beach. and no, they weren’t engagement photos…we are perfectly happy not rushing into any of that jazz. thank you arian for being the most supportive of my random jobs, ideas, travel spaz outs, stressed out mood swings and of course for your good hugs and .

POST: malibu mush

this year i focused on bringing more giveaways to the blog. we had one…ahem…incident. but we had to pick up and move on from that day. you will be seeing a lot more of them in 2013.

and the column that juuuuuust made it into 2012? florals! thrilled to see where this one goes in the upcoming months.


and boy oh boy do we miss jen gotch around here, eh? she brought us some delicious recipes this year! (she’s all busy running a business now, so we had to part ways. sadly.) one of my favorite recipes was this potato pizza.


it’s been cool looking back through the archives. to be honest, i don’t really have any plans for 2013. my brain and my editorial calendar feel a bit like mush around the holidays…i am sure you can relate…but i am hoping that a few days off will kick me into motion again. that’s usually what slow days do to me.

i’ll see you back here in 2013, ok? let’s make it a fantastic year.




today our HOT SPOT sponsor,  is giving away these 4 sweet items!

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jump over to and choose an item you would love to give as a gift and let me know what it is in the comment box! (i have wanted for quite some time)

one winner will receive all 4 gifts & will be chosen on wednesday, december 19th at 10am PST. a $350+ value. good luck to you!

UPDATE: winner is #179 emily t.!



hello, hello! checking in from melbourne. i’ve already bought three ironic sweaters within 2 hours of being here (and i haven’t even explored brunswick st. yet!) we had a lot of fun in sydney, the beaches were gorgeous, the blogshop was amazing. but i will say that i am very happy to spend the rest of the trip wandering around melbourne…there is cafes and shops everywhere.

we checked into the art series hotel, , yesterday. wow. this place is seriously cool. renting an apartment is always really fun…it makes you feel part of the neighborhood, you can cook at home…but there is something so lovely about checking into a hotel and putting on a white robe, right? you have to look into  if you are in melbourne.

i hope you have been enjoying the guest posts, and check back tomorrow for a cool giveaway! for australian updates. caio for now! –bri



right about now, i am probably fidgeting on the plane to sydney…very anxious to land. i spent the past week trying to schedule blog posts for the next two weeks. i am not a big “plan ahead” gal on the blog…a lot of the times i post the night before!…but i’ve lined up some fun guest posters to come stop by and share while i’m away. and as usual, i will be checking in daily and posting updates when i can. there will be giveaways and all that jazz too, so don’t you worry.

i have an enormous list of places to see, eat and shop while in sydney & melbourne (i’ve barely had time to look over it, but i plan on printing it out and reading it on the plane) thank you major for all of those! i hope i can make it to the beach, the zoo and just take in as much as i can.

talk to ya soon! -bri

(original art above by . such a fan of her work!)



ok, so let me start off by saying some of you might read this post and think i have lost my mind a little bit. but hear me out, ok?

i have always been fascinated with underwater shoots. whether that be watching planet blue like it’s my job, or admiring fashion shoots executed underwater. i’ve always had a thing for jellyfish too (remember this post!?) so i thought it would be cool to shoot this week’s style post underwater. and no, this isn’t the most “shoppable” outfit but it’s interesting to study the layers and movement of fabrics in a new environment. well, at least i thought so.

check out how sweet this gold lamé skirt looks when submerged in water. close up (above) and far away (below)…

or this yellow gauzy skirt that created an insane effect once it touched the water…

we had fun shooting for a while in an isolated pool of a downtown rooftop with an underwater film camera. which is always exciting because you never know what you are going to get. i was really pleased at the abstract result and could even picture these blown up large on the wall.

and now for the contest i never won as a child…

came with me that day and shot with his under the water. have you guys ever played around with one of those? they’re super cool!

then i decided to give myself an hour (yes, i’m a loser and time myself sometimes) to try to edit the footage in photoshop into a short little movie. you know how we teach you to all in photoshop now? (class and ) those skills are really helpful when you just want to make a short video to accompany your post! watch here:

video by: + designlovefest
more style posts: right here

and last but not least, the winner of the massive giveaway! taylor went out of her way and made in addition to entering our contest. our whole team just loved it. congrats , we can’t wait to send you all of your gifts and see you at blogshop!

update: i deeply apologize for my mistake here, i’m human and i made an error. i hear all of your comments and i’m doing everything i can to fix this. i announced one more free spot to blogshop on my page. thank you so much for understanding. -bri
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