Topic: Life

Happy Monday

This coming week is all about returning to office life for me. I can’t wait to meet all my new R/GA teammates! Normally I would have some links to share today but to be honest this past week has been a blur of getting all our unpacking done and enjoying the free time before getting back to work. Not much time left for finding interesting things to learn online! So, instead of things to read, here are some pretty things to look at:

Alyssa Steiner / Clare Freeman / Dominique Byron / Kathy Zheng / Valerie Jar

Thank you, August

Thank you, August

Are you ready for fall? I’m ready for fall. Sorry summer lovers, but I love my layers and boots and sweaters and cozy warm drinks! Portland’s summer has been stubborn this year which I keep reminding myself I’ll miss in a few months. Ah well.

And what a summer it’s been! During the past few months I’ve moved, got a new job, and attended a few conferences. Also this month marked Miss Venn’s official launch, hooray!

I’m always curious about how my favorite blogs are doing so I’ve decided to share a few of Miss Venn’s stats at the end of the month. Since this little corner of the ‘net launched on the 19th, 300 wonderful people have stopped by to see what’s going on. Most of those visitors arrived via Twitter—a whopping 84% of them in fact! The most popular posts in these past few weeks have been the launch announcement, the Monday when I mentioned that I’m joining R/GA and teaching for Girl Develop It, when I wrote about Gibbon, and this post about running post up workshops.

Thanks so much for following along this month! I’m so grateful for all the visits and shares. You’re the best!

Is there anything you’d like to see more of on Miss Venn? Let me know in the comments.

(beautiful flower photograph via Folkert Gorter)

Moody ruffian

Moody Ruffian

Ruffians are a great way to add a bit of interest to an otherwise basic manicure. This one was inspired by the fall weather that I am so ready to be having. Bring on the deep purples, rich reds, and soft grays please!


  • OPI Nail Envy
  • Formula X Prime base coat
  • Essie Chinchilly
  • Essie Smokin’ Hot
  • Seche Vite top coat
Moddy Ruffian polishes: Essie's Chinchilly & Smokin' Hot


Happy Monday

Leap and the net will appear

One week to go in August! September is looking especially exciting for me…next week I’m starting a new job! I’m joining R/GA here in Portland as an experience designer and I am so. excited!

More exciting news: near the end of next month I’m teaching a two-day Intro to HTML & CSS class for the brand new Portland chapter of Girl Develop It. I can’t wait to help some awesome women make their first websites!

Also I wanted to direct you to Learn to Code with Me, a fantastic blog by Laurence Bradford who happens to be one of the nicest people on the ‘net. She interviewed me recently for her Women in Tech feature. Check out the rest of the blog if you’re a new programmer (or are code-curious) and want help and motivation to keep pushing through the bugs.

Okay okay I think that’s all my news. (Whatta month!) Here are a few articles I’ve enjoyed over the past week—use ’em to kick your brain on this morning.

Have a great Monday!

(illustration via Motivational Monday)

Fun, bright, & beautiful: new apartment wish list

I don’t know why I haven’t learned this yet, but it really doesn’t take long to settle in to a new home once the big furniture is in the right place and the number of empty boxes grows. That said, this has been home for less than a week and I’m already antsy to make it just right. Here are some things I’ve had my eye on to make this new space feel extra lovely!

Fun, bright, & beautiful apartment wish list | Miss Venn

1. vintage brass elephant 2. the mini flat dog bed 3. mid-century media console 4. slope leg bar + counter stool 5. coffee print 6. portola desk organizer