West Coast Road Trip

West Coast Road Trip // Salton Sea

October 24, 2014

Salton Sea

I’ve discovered that when planning a road trip you literally want to see everything and anything that looks remotely interesting, which can be a good and bad thing. Palm Springs is huge on my list, I love the heat, the desert, the atmosphere and now I’ve discovered Salton Sea and have to go there.

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Salton Sea was once the next hip place to live, it was dubbed the new Palm Springs back in the 60’s and everyone flocked there and started building homes. It didn’t last long though, and the town was soon abandoned. You can read all about it here. 

The place is now a ghost town and in my opinion would be an amazing place to check out. Anything that looks like it’s from a zombie movie I’m all for.

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America’s Dead Sea from Jim Lo Scalzo on Vimeo.

These articles are worth checking out

01- I went to California’s Post-Apocalyptic Beach Town
02- Exploring Modern Ruins in South California
03- The Apocalypse Came Early for Salton Riviera  

I’d love to hear your stories and see your pictures if you have visited there. You can follow along with our West Coast road trip planning here

All photos are taken from the articles above and are properly credited to the owners

M.

 

Misc.

Friday 5

October 24, 2014

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Yay for the weekend! My plans include going to Cask Days on Saturday and then relax at home for the rest of the weekend.

I funded Golly Magazine on Kickstarter last month and finally got their first issue. I’m Excited to dig into this weekend, I’ve only skimmed through it, but it looks really, really good.

01- June Letters posted an awesome tutorial on how to create a vector watercolour logo
02- This post by Vanessa about taking the leap into freelance was super inspiring to read
03- 10 words you should stop putting in your emails
04- 9 Halloween costumes you won’t find in a store
05- Amy poehler might be my favourite person ever

See you all on Monday!

M.

Daily Life

Daily Life // Cask Days

October 23, 2014

Cask Days

The 10th annual Casks Days is fast approaching! For those who aren’t familiar, Cask Days is an annual event that features over 300 cask beers from all over the world.  You can read all about cask beer here if you’re asking yourself, “what’s cask beer?”

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Last year was my first time going and the photos in this post are all from then. It was such a good atmosphere and vibe, I had a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to this years. As someone who LOVES and supports craft beer, this event is like Christmas morning for me.

Here are my top 10 beers on my, must try list. I actually have like 30 must try beers, but my liver might not be able to handle that much :p

01- Flying Monkey’s – Drunk By Chocolate – Bourbon Barrel Aged Chocolate Stout
02- Parallel 49 – Salty Scot – Sea Salted Caramel Scottish Ale
03- Wild Rose – Vanilla Bourbon Porter – Robust Porter with Vanilla Beans
04- Bellwoods – Skeleton Key – Spiced Imperial Stout Aged in Rum Barrels
05- Beer Academy – A Twat I Taw A Puddy Tat – Quadruple with Vanilla Beans
06- Get Well x Innocente Brewing – Wasabi Chocolate Porter – Robust Porter
07- Liberty Village x Toronto Brewing – Brett On The Beach – Pina Colada Brett IPA
08- Sawdust City – Blood Of Cthulhu – Imperial Stout with Cranberries, Raspberries, and Cherries
09- Liberty Village – Double Gummi Bear – Double APA
10- Niagara Oast! – Purple Drank – Fruit Beer

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And we can’t forget the ciders.

My top 3 are:

01- Pommies  – Ole! – Cinnamon Tequila Spiked Cider
02- West Avenue – Barrett Fuller’s Secret – Bourbon Barrel Aged
03- West Avenue – Smash Me Up Butternut – Pumpkin Cider

Let me know if you will be attending the 1-6 pm session 2.

M.

Colour Love

Colour Love // Palm Springs

October 22, 2014

Palm Springs Colours

Next summer Jeff and I plan on taking a vacation that will take us all along the West Coast. I am probably most excited for Palm Springs and being in the desert. I thought it would be cool to create a colour palette for all of our stops. We have lots of planning to do and I could not be more excited! Stay tuned for a new city and palette soon!

Photo by the amazing Veda House with my lettering.

M.

Wish Lists

Wish List // Madewell

October 21, 2014

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Just a few items I wouldn’t mind having from Madewell. I had to force myself to not add any plaid to this list. I’m plaid obsessed, instead I added chambray, equally as good.

01- Fair isle hoodie sweater
02- Billie boot
03- The zip transport tote
04- Oversized button down chambray shirt
05- Diamond shape ring
06- City grid coat
07- Coated hair pins
08- Skinny skinny zip jeans
09- Beach is a verb keychain

Also, thanks for all the love and support after launching my website yesterday. I’m slowly trying to figure out what I need in order to run a business. If you have any advice, please tell me! :)

M.

Freelance

FREELANCE // SITE IS LIVE!

October 20, 2014

Forth and Wild

I’m excited to finally announce that the, Forth and Wild website is now live! Head on over here to check it out.
It’s been quite the process and I am exhausted, but happy with the outcome. It’s definitely a work in process and a continuous learning experience.

I still have to work on the Services page and figure out contracts and pricing, but now that a majority of the site is done I can now focus on that fun stuff.

A few thoughts:

01- I plan on taking on new clients in November, until then I need to work out the gritty business details. I will also be networking and promoting up until then.
02- Keep an eye out on the blog for up coming projects, including process work and completed work
03- I’m currently dealing with a lot of self doubt. The whole idea of owning my own business sounds great but I’m terrified of it all. I honestly ask myself everyday, ‘what the frig am I doing with my life?’ It would be so much easier to just get a 9-5 job and go with the flow, but that thought alone makes me cringe and I never want to have to be in that situation again. Not because my last job wasn’t great, but because I definitely work better on my own, and love having my own creative freedom. I could probably write a whole post on self doubt but I’ll stop myself now.
04- If you see any errors or something isn’t working properly on the site, please let me know.
05- I’d love to collaborate with other creatives on various projects. If you’re interested feel free to get in touch at forthandwild [at] gmail.com

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If anyone has any advice on freelancing I’m all ears!

Don’t forget to follow, Forth and Wild on..

FACEBOOK / INSTAGRAM / TWITTER 

M.

Studio Mix

Studio Mix // West Coast

October 17, 2014

Studio Mix // West Coast

This mix is inspired by the *fingers crossed* west coast road trip that will take place next summer. If i’m going to be turning 30 next year then being in California will make me forget about entering a new decade. It hurt just writing that out. :/

If all goes by plan we will start in Vancouver and end in Vegas with stops at Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Monterey, and LA. I totally want to add Palm Springs in there and stay a night at the ACE Hotel in the desert. I’m trying not to get too excited but my heart belongs in the west coast so I will be swooning over this trip until it actually happens.

Listen here

01- West Coast – Lana Del Rey
02- American – Lana Del Rey
03- One More Minute – Capital Cities
04- Pompeii – Bastille
05- Waiting Game – Banks
06- Day N Night – Kid Cudi
07- Up We Go – LIGHTS
08- Let’s Go – Tiesto and Icona Pop
09- In Reverse – The War On Drugs
10- An Ocean In Between The Waves – The War On Drugs

Cover art by Jane Reaction 

M.

Freelance

Freelance Thoughts // Blogging

October 16, 2014

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I think I officially have blogger brain, if that is even a thing. In the past I’ve tried numerous times to keep a well maintained blog but each time I failed horribly. As I write this it’s 3:00 am, and until I write this post I won’t be able to sleep, otherwise I will just lay awake in bed thinking about having to write this tomorrow and forgetting certain details. That is my definition of blogger brain.

It’s been three weeks since I’ve started this blog and I haven’t missed a day, aside from weekends, but unless I win the lottery or meet Brandon Boyd, I’ll be taking the weekend off. The best part is it hasn’t even been a torturous task by any means, I actually enjoy it, and I have freelancing to thank. Blogging is a HUGE part of owning your own business. It opens up a side of you that people wouldn’t be able to see otherwise. It’s even better if you have something to offer your readers to attract their interest and keep them coming back for more. Since blogging my daily traffic has continued to increase slowly and I fully expect future clients to find me through my blog.

One of my main goals for this blog is to create as much original content as possible, including showing my work progress, project ideas, photography, etc. Of course I love sharing internet finds and inspiring links, but I would like for that to only be about 20% of my blog, at most.

This week I’ve been connecting with other creatives on Twitter and Instagram, networking is an exhausting job, but in the end I know it will pay off.

PORTFOLIO NEWS

Monday is officially launch day! I’ve caught up with a lot of stuff that I missed out from last week due to a crazy week. It’s so close to being done and I’m pretty happy with how it looks.

Here is a peek of the front page

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M.

Daily Life

#Girlboss

October 15, 2014

#girlboss

I bought this book at the beginning of summer and never touched it. I used to read a lot on my way to work every morning while riding the subway and bus. Since the daily morning commute is no more I’ve made the excuse that there is no time to read. It’s really hard for me to put down the computer, turn off the TV, and only focus on a book, horrible, I know.

Last night I decided to read before bed, which I think is the best time to do it. I got through 90% of the book in one sitting and just have one more chapter to finish. If you’re looking for some inspiration, feeling down about where things are going in your life, lack motivation or have just given up, then this book is a must read.

It was really interesting to see how she went from shoplifting, dropping out of school, uncertainty in her life, all the way to owning a multi-million dollar company all on her own. Basically, you have no excuse to do something great in your life.

Just read the book. It’s worth it.

Here are some of my favourite quotes from the book:

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A #GIRLBOSS is someone who’s in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. As a #GIRLBOSS, you take control and accept responsibility. You’re a fighter – you know when to throw punches and when to roll with them. Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always on your own terms. You know where you’re going, but can’t do it without having some fun along the way. You value honesty over perfection. You ask questions. You take life seriously, but you don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re going to take over the world, and change it in the process. You’re a badass.”

“You don’t get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously. You’ve got to show up and own it. If this is a man’s world, who cares? I’m still really glad to be a girl in it.”

“Figure out what you love doing and don’t suck at, and then try to figure out how to make a living doing that. Don’t be scared. We’re all going to die, it’s just a question of when and where so be brave! You’ll never regret trying to fulfill your dream. Don’t get caught up in hanging out and drinking or partying. Celebrate when there’s something to celebrate. Take pride in what you do. Don’t do sloppy work— be the best! Have something original and special to offer that makes peoples’ lives better!”

“Bad bitches are taking over the world.”

In portfolio news I finished my “About” page. You’re probably saying to yourself, “..and, that’s it?” But let’s be honest, it’s not easy writing about yourself without sounding like you care too much or too little about your life. That has to be the worst section ever. It took way longer to write than I expected, and I still hate it. But it is what it is. Today I tackle a new page!

M.