12 Annoying things I ignore every day

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I once kept an egg roll in my fridge for over a year. And the only reason it is no longer in my fridge is because I moved, not because I reached in and threw it away. I was 22, living in New York, rarely ate at home and thus rarely opened the fridge. Every time I did, I thought I should throw that away, followed by Ooh there’s the ketchup!! Then I’d shut that door and eat my french fries with the ignorant bliss of an amnesic baby, until the next time I needed a condiment. To be fair, it was full of MSG and totally well-preserved.

Well, my house has one too many stylistic egg rolls. Let’s go through them.

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Our Happy Work Retreat – Thrifting and working from Palm Springs

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No job is all glamour all the time, but every now and again the job gods tap you on the shoulder, and interrupts your schlepping and invoicing to say, ‘Hey, lady, I got a good one for you’. Last week on the blog we teased where my fantasy work destination would be – in other words where I’d shop (which is work) if I could shop anywhere. Now, in my fantasy world I’d be a 22, rich, wrinkle-free, child-free girl, just traveling the world, shopping in exotic, cheap markets. But here’s the deal: Leaving Charlie and Brian (while 35 and pregnant) to go somewhere foreign sounded kinda sad, and yet shopping with Brian and Charlie sounded stressful and frustrating (and just overall a marriage-threatening-idea). We are launching ‘The Flea’ which will be our online vintage market in 3 weeks and we need more stuff to sell. Nothing can remedy this situation like some local thrift stores.

We recently partnered with HP and Intel for this dream work getaway and I decided to really make it a work getaway by taking the whole crew on a thrifting/working retreat, in a way cooler office for a couple days in Palm Springs, CA. We’ve travelled for work together (most of us), but never in this capacity and frankly everyone just kinda deserved to get out of the office. We have been very busy and while I try to show daily gratitude, I’m sure I don’t quite convey the level of gratefulness (and co-dependance) I feel for these four people. So, it was perfect: I got shopping support and they got a chance to step out of their floral upholstered chairs, and into a whole new happy work environment for a couple days at The Parker. It’s never like this, you guys, we deserved it, I promise.

Click through to see all the desert thrifting …

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Taking a Day Off … with HomeJoy

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The second you become a parent you start analyzing how the things you do, or don’t do will affect your child long-term. Everything, from how you communicate with your partner (or anyone) in front of them, to whether the zoo is teaching them to respect or disrespect animals. Or even how being all over their mom’s instagram and blog, for example, will affect their sense of self (will he be a narcissist, a shut-in or just totally normal??).

Click through to read the whole post and see some photos of our day off.

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Working from my happy place: the ultimate dream destination

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Most of our job is pretty fun. Most of it. Nobody here is psyched when we have to do carloads of returns, hours of invoicing, days of prop inventory, spending 2 hours putting a rug down underneath a grouping of furniture, or the inevitable client drama that I probably shouldn’t get into publicly. None of those would make the ‘what we love most about our job’ list.

The two parts of the job that are undeniably fun are 1. shopping, and 2. installing/styling a house. Seeing the project come to life in front of you, all your hard work paying off and just playing and playing with pretty things until it explodes into the perfectly styled room is pretty darn awesome.

But gun to my head, if I had to choose between those two things, it would be shopping, any day. We actually do WAY less of this than you’d think. I used to do so much more but now the emails, writing, shooting and parenting keep me away from the aimless meandering through random stores in the valley. We shop when we need something, but I don’t really just go out trolling in weird thrift or vintage stores anymore, nor can I really pay people to do that. When it’s fruitless it’s such a waste of time and we are all so busy that taking that risk is not really doable anymore. It’s a sad story, folks. Please send relief funds.

So HP and Intel approached me about ‘working from my happy place’ with the help of their HP Stream 8 with Intel Inside® (an awesome Tablet) and they wanted me to fantasize about where I would want to work for a weekend if I could work from ANYWHERE. This whole campaign is centered around the HP Stream Family that makes working (using maps, the internet, thrift store reviews) easy because it has built-in wifi and free 1 TB of cloud storage for a year.

I made a list of dream shopping/work destinations and here’s what I came up with:

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