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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Austin Kleon - On "How to keep going"

One of my favorite Newsletter authors, Austin Kleon, on how to keep going in the creative industry.

One of my favorite quotes from the speech on not always being "on brand" and/or being uncertain sometimes:

"But certainty in art and in life is not only completely overrated, its actually a roadblock to discovery".
Saturday, March 31, 2018

Best Shopping in Switzerland

Hey That's Nice, Bruchstrasse 46, Luzern

yeahhhhhh!!! thanks for all your congratulations!!! I still sometimes wonder if I really have a store - but when I get to work in it (a few times a week) I wake up so excited! here's a better pic of the inside...and only half of it :D

i'm coming back to village soon - now i'm kind of tying up a lot of loose ends, and trying to start this online shop!

on Instagram
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Sunday, March 25, 2018


Happy Sunday! I hope you've had a relaxing and fresh weekend!
Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Opening Night!

hellloooooooo!!! It has been a crazy whirlwind of a momth - putting the finishing touches on the store, working on a to do list the size of the wall of china and finally preparing for the hey that's nice opening party last Friday!

I basically took 1 picture the whole night! Thank goodness my side girl went snap happy because i'm not sure what I would have done without all of these magnificent (if spontaneous) photos and videos didn't exist. Also, there's a pink light which is why all the pics are pink, ha!

I have to say, it was 5 days ago and I'm still feeling it all sink in. Its hard to process...being at the pinnacle of making a dream a reality and now the road ahead. Part of me is like 'ok, i did it, i can relax now' but now the real work begins of building a business, showing up, and figuring out how to actually be successful, ha!

I honestly couldn't have done it without the support of everyone - from you and your encouraging words, to the friends i've told over the years that i've wanted to do this and their encouraging responses, to my close friends here who showed up and remained available for when i needed them to my boyfriend who spent so much time building the interior for me and who sometimes had to kick my butt out of the house when i was feeling overwhelmed. I didn't do it...all of us did it - and I'm totally feeling wrapped in support and love and good vibes. And the opening party was the perfect night to celebrate this - I didn't stop smiling.

So thank you. And thank YOU for being there along the way and your notes and follows and support.
Friday, February 23, 2018

Linking you UP!

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Have a great weekend everyone! My plans include working on hey that's nice, going to see a girl about a dress (literally), and maybe brunch?

and you?

Good Links

+ homemade face masks for the lazy (aka me)

+ my website for hey that's nice is getting pulled together finally!

+ the jumpsuits by the brand lonely look so great!

+ this way to store towels

+ this brown and yellow color combination has me swooning a bit

+ i fell in love with a bluetooth speaker

+ beautiful business cards

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Some Good Brands on Instagram

I guess that part of my job now is scouting great new designers/creators and/or just seeing whats out there for inspiration (FINALLY I can say I'm working when I look at Instagram. That was my goal all along). Here are a few accounts with great images and great items that I've run across recently..

1. Miss Brown Vintage


A lot of cool 70's vintage inspired things for sale with cool 70's photos. I want all of those striped sweat shirts!

2. Porter James NY


Modern and vintage home designs - I didn't even know furniture could get this great?

3. Na Nin Studio


I think I saw corduroy shoes somewhere therefore it makes me think its a store to watch. (where do these thoughts come from. i don't know). but i like the dreamy hues of the gram and all the white high waisted pants.
Monday, February 19, 2018

linking you UP!

happy monday!!!! above is me today after a great w/e!
i enjoyed my boyfriends birthday party on saturday, and since his out of town friends were here it turned in to a weekender - and now all of a sudden its monday. but it was such a nice time full of fun, positive happy people that my typical monday grumpiness had no effect, it was great!
then after work my friend made me go for a i might have mentioned i've been totally off the workout train but this was a nice little kickstart. i couldn't even find my running clothes at first and then they smelled musty from the drawer, but hey - i made it and now am enjoying that post run energy...lets see how long it lasts?!
does my tendency to never use capital letters annoy you?

Good Links

+ every instagram travel picture, we are so cliche ;)

+ rise and fall of the waterbed...interesting!

+ I made roasted sweet potato quinoa this week for lunches and it was perfect. But i'd probably add little bit of chicken (carnivore!) and eventually learn how to actually spell or say quinoa.

+ these shoes though!

+ a lingerie brand whose photos are fantastically realistic on their website and instagram. in love.

+ i love this trend where girls are making over their bratz and barbies to look more like real girls

+ i made this creamy white wine gnocchi last week and it was amazing. Sidenote, i used nothing vegan so....maybe thats why it was so good?! (jk vegans, someday i will try it the vegan way)
Sunday, February 11, 2018

Apparatu's magical vase

I guess that I'm super exhausted. Its not even 9pm and I think I'm going to go to sleep after I share this super vase by ceramics studio Apparatu. Who are you Apparatu???? There is hardly any information on your website, just pictures of work. But THIS is my favorite. And I'm so tired that I'm not even going to put more pictures you just have to go the website if you're more curious!


P.S. Can I copy make this vase? 

Friday, February 9, 2018

Best Links of the Week Feb2018

Sooooo it's Carnival (fasnacht) time in Luzern...which means the city goes crazy for a few days (but still, the garbage is picked up before people start going to work and the streets are pristine...which amazes me about switzerland).  I love it - its such a fun relaxed atmosphere and the costumes are amazing. I don't know how this festival is overlooked by the rest of the world - but if you ever get a chance to visit Luzern during Fasnacht, do!!!!!

Some good links

+ I've been addicted to Man Repeller lately. This article/theory on how to get Instagram likes was really interesting to read - but I think the reader comments were even more interesting!

+ 10 years or so later and I'm still reading I Wrote This For You blog

+ a sweet article on how maybe love is supposed to be boring. (again from man repeller, i tell ya!)

+ this still makes me laugh every time

+ a fascinating article on instagram bots and who pays for them (so against those, if a random person has $$,$$$ followers i can't take them seriously)

+ Maira G studio has some really nice blogger and wordpress themes and they are totally affordable (found via queso suizo)

+ this outfit looks so comfortable and cool. i'll never know because they don't ship to switzerland :(

+ I'm totally charmed by "the cheapest apartment in manhattan" - take the tour here!

+ I love this article on taking your power back on the internet! lets get back to the roots!

+ yes yes yes resin earrings!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

New Trend: Shadow Drink Photography

I'm totally delighted that my pinterest shows me all of these cool drink photos. Made me thirsty! And gave me something else to look at other than Maryam Nassir Zadeh shoes (which I have nothing against tho). The first couple were great and then all of a sudden they kept coming and I realize that A. I'm a slave to Pinterest, like the free people to Khaleesi and B. This actually is a new photo trend.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018


I somehow entered on this rabbit trail of these cool typography/design logos that I thought were so fun! I guess I never really paid attention to actual logos until I had to start thinking of my own me its so stressful - like how i imagine getting a tattoo would be. its why i never got one, how would i ever decide on something so permanent?
I also find that the more decisions I have to make lately the worse I get at making them. For instance, I'm deciding between 2 colors for my logo - and for the life of me...I can't decide. I'm overthinking things, you know? So its way more fun to look at everyone else's logos!

I also thought this brand identity design was amazing!
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Shop Interiors

Yeah, so, hey that's nice should be opening in about a month! While I'm killing it on the product and buying side of things, the decorating the actual store side of things is. killing. me. It's by far the most stressful part of this whole venture. To me, every single detail is of mass importance because first impressions matter so much...and so I'm almost paralyzed with all the ideas i have and which direction to actually go in. To make matters worse, we put in a new floor and since I'm so bad an envisioning things I'm debating doing it again with another color. Its probably the least of things I should be focusing on (and spending money on) but for some reason it has me totally hung up. Its also hard to find the display things that I want...mostly because I just don't really know how to say certain things in german so it takes a lot of extra time to research everything. Couple all of this with the limited amount of time I have to get shit done...its just overwhelming at the moment. I admittedly had a bit of a tantrum this morning and spent most of Wesleys school hours lounging in bed freaking out. Winning on time management! But ok, it's now 3:30 pm and after a nap I think I'm out of those mental weeds a bit. Maybe it's the full moon?!

So anyway, I wanted to share some of the store interiors that I really like and am drawing inspiration from. What do you think? How much does the interior matter to you?? How much does the floor matter to you?? (i honestly can't remember one floor of a store, tbh).

one // two // three // four

Friday, January 26, 2018

Links I Email My Friends

happy friday/weekend!

nice links

+ Appreciation is the single most valuable motivator at work

+ "Be like Water" - notes and philosopnies by Bruce Lee

+ I don't get it, people are eating tide pods???

+ an artist switched the sexes in vintage great

+ does anyone still use tumblr? if so here are some really pretty free themes

+ powder surfing to beautiful music - coooool video

+ if you're a writer, you're going to want to check out this app by ia. i might take up writing just to use it..

+ crockpot pasta.
    Wednesday, January 24, 2018

    retail packaging

    I'm trying to figure out if all the time that I just spent browsing pinterest and the internet for packaging ideas and inspiration today can be considered as productive. The jury is out but I feel like I'm making progress? I love ordering things on the internet but I also equally love receiving the package and how excited I get about a beautiful packaging concept. Here are some nice things I've come across...and I NEED cool tape.

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    / four
    / five

    Tuesday, January 23, 2018

    Honey Cilantro Lime Salmom

    aaand here's another healthy recipe.

    i did yoga once since the last healthy recipe I posted. and I've at least thought a lot about eating healthy. but "honey" and "salmon" always reel me in. this recipe is from kims cravings

    i have to warn you...she doesn't really explain how to make the salad thingy underneath. this drives me crazy in food bloggers. please tell me everything on the plate down to the extra lime i need for garnish.
    i am truly an uncreative cook...wait, that's not true. the thing is...i just don't have time to cook. its not in my top priorities so when i want to cook something i just want the recipe and then i'm done. i could eat cereal every night...and so could wesley for that matter, but then i have the guilt. tbh we usually just eat some form of eggs or a quick pesto gnocchi or cheese burger pie (which is actually insanely good, i'll share the recipe next i think)

    do you know what else drives me crazy about food bloggers? is the 15 paragraph long story before the actual recipe appears. drives me MENTAL. and they all say the SAME thing. like "i just whipped this up", etc. and then a long story about something not related to the food.

    am i cranky today???

    Monday, January 22, 2018


    I found this on Pinterest and it came from Tumblr which came from an Italian blog that doesn't exist anymore. (In case you were wondering). 
    Just thought I'd put it out here because its a little crazy, a little inspiring and we can all take a second to not think about donald trump or tax season.

    Sunday, January 21, 2018

    Body Suits and Barcelona

    These are soooo gorgeous and i love the pictures - made in Barcelona by the bodysuit of barcelona - ethical, sustainable, etc - they just look so comfortable.

    Friday, January 19, 2018

    My favorite book of 2017/2018 and life

    I always was like “I’m not a self help book type of person” until I read this book. Its my favorite book of 2017 and 2018 and I’ve made several people buy it. I’m reading it now for the 2nd time and I NEVER waste time reading books a 2nd time (there are so many books to read!).

    This has got to seriously be the most motivating book in the entire world. I don’t know how he does it. He’s not giving you like “steps” but he’s giving you principles. And real life experience. And he reminds you that getting what you want is hard work and backs it up with his stories of failures and wins and how it all ties in to the big picture.

    Please read this book. If anything it reminds you that life is not to be wasted and that we should be working as hard as we can to achieve our dreams and visions.

    Purchase “Get Shit Done” here at my amazon affiliate link (and then I make like another 3 cents!)
    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    Links I Email My Friends

    happpppy thursday! the work week. is almost. done.

    Interesting Links Lately:

    + This is such a cool print - you can buy it here on Amazon (a definitely use that link if you do and i'll get like 3 cents!)

    + 5 questions to ask at a job interview

    + she didn't spend money for a year! (via expresso)

    + the popularity of the white blouse

    + I love the book of life and then this article on the need to be alone

    + Instagram uses a psychological trick to keep you coming back and using it. a bit savage.

    + a cool list of 10 books to learn from
    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    Winter Chicken + Kale Salad

    I didn't start January with any grand healthy eating gestures because for the past couple months I've been kind of enjoying being bad! having beer when i want! eating bread! not exercising! its legitimately fun. eventually i'll get it together but not quite yet (i'm usually pretty good, but lately im in this 'throwing caution to the wind' type mindset, starting a business, ok! drink beer whenever? ok!

    but i digress. this winter chiken and kale salad from i will not eat oysters looks amazing though. and easy. its my inner healthy girl trying to get out
    Saturday, January 13, 2018

    Photography and Knitting Come Together

    This is such a great project by photography Joseph Ford and knitter Nina Dodd!! See more at Colossal.
    Wednesday, January 10, 2018

    links around + 90's sunglasses

    I'm kind of excited for the new 90's trend to come back around just so I can check out everyone else sporting it. I'm not sure...even though 90's julia roberts is like my style icon (not the hooker one) at the moment.

    nice links

    + You can rent this Frank Lloyd Wright house - I would do anything

    + What do you do with your time before bed?

    + printable posters

    + A bottle opening ring...I'm positive that I'd use this.

    + A beautiful story on chance encounters in airports

    +  lessons from the longest study on happiness 

    + 5 Satisfying Whole30 lunches (yes I'm still a huge advocate!)

    + Remind someone they're nice

    Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    Eye Glasses

    Image I//Image II//Image III

    I have been getting migraines a few times a month since I can remember (except when I was pregnant or doing whole30 - unfortunately, both of those are really hard to do consistently) - but for the last few months it seems like I've had a headache almost every single day and I realized that maybe things aren't as clear as I believe? So today I decided to spontaneously get an eye exam and now I need glasses :( Its nothing crazy but he says it will relax my eyes and when I wore the test ones I was SOLD. If this solves the headaches and migraines I'm going to go CRAZY. I'll be so happy.

    What do you think of these styles? I guess I kind of have to have fun with the clear or round?!

    Do you know of any good brands/styles? Fill me in!

    Also...Stranger Things. I'm hooked. post...the new sunglasses trend and I'm so curious what you think..
    Sunday, January 7, 2018

    Silk Shirts and Spring

    Silk shirts are my jam right now. Am I behind the trend? On it? Ahead? I'm not sure, but I believe in them. I just ordered some for my store so you can be behind/on/ahead of the trend with me in March ;)
    (image via)


    Oh Hi!

    This is confusing - but when I was home sick with the flu and delirious I came to an epiphany - and that is that I don't really want to leave this blog behind. So I erased the last post - but...I am still going to blog here. 

    I will still have the store "Journal" or blog - but it will be geared more toward the store - and only on the stores website. I realized that this can still be a place for inspiration and life because I still like to document things I want to remember. 

    You can still visit and follow along with the new store that is opening here in Luzern in March - and I'll still give updates via this blog sometimes!



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