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California. So, so beautiful. I was there last week for another work related event. There wasn't much time for dilly dallying or site seeing on this trip, and what I did see was enough to keep me wanting more. Another trip there, one day, for sure.
One of my favorite parts of being in California was walking through courtyards. Sometimes I felt like I was back in San Juan. More than once, I caught myself closing my eyes...imagining walking her streets again. Flowers and other beautiful plants, everywhere. Gorgeous tile and other architectural details...Spanish Colonial homes.
The photo below was taken at The Fairmont in Sonoma, a super swanky spa/resort where a majority of the event we were working was held. Lots of fountains, trees, flowers.
One thing that surprised me was the amount of green in that part of California. I guess I expected less with the drought that's been going on there. So this is what Napa Valley looks like. Huge rolling hills lined with rows of grape vines and green, green grass. I feel like I've been to a lot of different cities/places and I can honestly never seen anything like it before. We drove Sonoma for a second part of the event - the gala/awards session. It was held at the Artesa Winery, which was a super modern take on the typical, classic winery. There were sculptures and infinity pools.
These photos were taken inside Artesa. When we first got there, the space allotted for the remainder of the event was nothing more than an empty room in the basement with a bunch of barrels all around. Everyone was running around...tech people setting up their gear, winery and hotel staff setting tables and hanging lights. I couldn't help but think of an ant farm as everyone was scurrying around. After the whole crew finished, it looked like this! It amazes me how everything comes together to create something like this.
On our last night in Sonoma, I hit up a local dive bar where I shared a few drinks, laughs and (weird?) experiences with my coworkers. A fight broke out between 2 random drunk guys. One of us was offered recreational drugs in the bathroom. Another was thought to be/look like Anthony Bourdain. All of this stuff felt like something out of a movie. Insane.
But to conclude, being a part of these events/shows really feels like something special. There's something cool about being down in the trenches with your team and then coming out on top...pulling through and delivering a unique experience for the client and for their guests. All in all, it was a great show for a great client, and I decided to celebrate with a Pear Cider. :) An awesome end to an awesome show in an awesome part of the country. Cheers, California. I'll be seeing you again here soon.
I'm participating in BLDG's 199C annual exhibition this year! 199C is an art show that celebrates the baseball, Cincinnati and Opening Day - featuring works from many talented designers and artists in the area. Here's a sneak peek of my piece. Come to the exhibition if you want to see the whole thing. :) Click here for more info.
I just got back from a work trip to Salt Lake City...woah! What a gorgeous place to visit! So many beautiful sites to see, people are so friendly, it's clean, and it's surrounded by gorgeous mountains.
Although I was there for work, I decided to stay a couple extra days to site see. When traveling, the best way to get to know a city is to just start walking, so that's what I did. Twice. It was great to talk with some of the locals and learn about some of the city's history. Here are some of my favorite iphone captures of the trip. I also took some shots with an SLR but will post have to post them later!
Although I did do most of my exploring by foot, I did end up renting a car for a day so that I could get closer to the mountains. I am so glad that I did this because it ended up being my most favorite part of the trip. It was about a 40 minute drive one way so I started the day by off by packing some snacks and treating myself to a latte on the way there.
I checked out the Wasatch National Forest online a few days before deciding to actually go there and when I finally reached my destination, I was not disappointed. It was one of the most beautiful places I had ever been. It's fun to look at pictures but honestly, there's nothing like actually being there and seeing it in person. The air was so crisp and there was a level of quiet you could never experience while living in the city.
While there, I pulled off to the side of the road and walking out on flat land for about half a mile. I found a decent looking rock to sit on and started to do some watercolor sketching. Not too long after I sat down, though, I started to feel raindrops. The thing about being in a forest full of mountains is that when bad weather comes, you can't see it until it's pretty much right on top of you. So I packed all my stuff up real quick and ran back to the car! I didn't get to finish my sketch, but that's ok.
Here are a few shots from the forest!
So yeah...that's Salt Lake City. If you ever get the chance to go there, do. :)
Oh, I've been running around town again.
Woah. This summer. Pure craziness. However, I did make it through alive and I've got some pretty cool stuff to show for it!
For the last couple of months, I've worked with my Design and Creative Directors at Iacono Productions to develop a design look for speaker support for the annual Pampered Chef summer conference. Total, there were 4 different sessions I needed to develop a look for. After those designs were pulled together, they were applied to 3D set renders so that the client could get a feel for what these designs would actually look like on stage. Check out these gorgeous set renders created by a CAD designer!
I actually got to travel to Louisville for the event to help with graphics operations, too. It was there that I was able to see my designs come to life in the real world, and it was pretty freaking cool! Check out some of these photos from the event! If I remember right, I think there were about 4,000 or so people who attended!
This is what the backstage areas looked like. So many cords, wires, monitors, laptops, etc. It's like a command station or something. In case you were wondering what types of stuff I did while on-site, you can see me in the top left of the frame in the picture below...I'm talking or doing something with my hands. I was there watching a seasoned professional (the guy sitting next to me) cue the show in hopes that one day, I'd be able to do the same. Also, I did a lot if designy tweaks and stuff on a laptop.
Last weekend, Lulu and I went for our first bike-ride together. She was a little nervous but was trustful enough to let me to ride her around Norwood. We went to the local grocery store for our weekend movie night essentials: a Redbox movie (Her, btw it was awesome) and a bottle of wine. Although I do like to ride my bike solo, it's much more fun when you have a tiny dog with you.
Oh, and last weekend, I went to my first Backstreet Boys concert. AWESOME. The girls I went with and I all had matching air-brushed shirts on. Good times! Picture on bottom left courtesy of Bethany Rainbolt.
Starting work downtown has been a huge change of scenery, and change of pace for me. Busy busy & loud, hussle bussle. At first, it was a bit overwhelming but I'm getting more and more used to it. I've been snapping a few photos here and there while wondering around on my lunch breaks. There is definitely no shortage of interesting things to look at.
A few weeks ago, I was offered a position (!!) at Iacono Productions, an event production company, and my first day was this past Thursday! Although I'm sad to leave my friends and co-workers at F+W Media/Writer's Digest, I'm insanely excited to start this new chapter of my career. So, I'll be working in the big city now with thousands of other Cincinnatians. I'm pretty excited about that, too.
So, I really hate vegetables but I really love this photo I took about a week ago of sugar snap peas. iPhone, hooray! Even though it snowed today here in Cincinnati, I look at this photo and think Spring.