Every time I watch a show on Netflix (eh-hem House of Cards), I then spend three times the amount of time researching the show, characters, and whatever else I click on in the black hole that is Wikipedia because lets face it, seeing what goes on behind the scenes is way more interesting.
Here's some photos snapped by my brother Matthew Cylinder
, the extremely talented photographer that you should hire for anything you could possibly need photographed (your pet rat, proof that your roommate did in fact leave the dirty dishes in the sink, etc). I'm wearing Smythe
, which I got from my client and dear friends at the PR firm Bollare
I'm standing with Erin the publicist, from celebrations.com
who is telling me very important things at 6am! There was a crafts service table, but if was for Anderson Cooper 360 (I'm being totally serious).
Curious? I was quoted on CEO Blog Nation- click here
to find out what I said!
Through unusual circumstances (I posted, she responded) I met Britt of At Large PR
based in Vegas and serving worldwide. Holy cow, this woman is ON IT. I mean she went above and beyond anything I expected.
In less than two weeks I had about five blogs wanting me to contribute and will be shooting a show for Creative Living on PBS this Fall! How cool is that?! And albeit we've only talked via email (my preference), I feel like I know her so well, in such a short amount of time. We're both busy gals, so working together online is perfect. Between bouncing back and forth between the coasts, gearing up for a tv show and running Flour LA (not to mention this site), it's been nonstop. But that's light compared to Britt's schedule of creating press releases, ghostwriting, doing social media and working on a gazillion other projects.
I'm way way behind on all the research and materials I need to give her, but know that when I do, it's about to explode even more. It's been such a fun journey and I feel truly blessed! Def hit Britt up!
In September we did Rachell's wedding in Solvang, and today it was featured on Nicole Miller
. Rachelle is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.
I feel so incredibly blessed to get the chance to meet with, and work with, two of the top people in design. David Stark Design is probably the most sought after designer in the US, and one of the best in the world. He started as a painter, then florist (I own a couple of his books) and then full on event design. As you can see from the first photo below, he uses a lot of materials, such as these paper centerpieces. He went to RISD, where my bro went. Speaking of RISD, I've had the pleasure of meeting all sorts of alumni from there and they truly are some of the best artists out there, in all fields, from graphic design to glass-blowing, sculpture to fashion design.
I also met with Emily Thompson Design. She's on this month's cover of Martha Stewart Living - not too shabby, huh. She's also done the White House holiday flowers. Her shop in Dumbo, Brooklyn is so freakin cute. Even though I'm in NYC to focus on writing and the show, I couldn't help but get back into some floral design, especially when it's the chance to work for really great, amazing, talented, and inspiring people!
I love reading the comments. For sure the best part of writing articles. So thanks to all of you that comment! I read each and every one. Click here to read the article. A special shout out to my editor Steph, for making it look so pretty.
T-Minus 13 days until I arrive in NYC.
It's on. Sometimes you gotta just click and do it. Go for it. No backing down, no backing out.
I've always believed in doing something you're totally uncomfortable with if it means the unknown could be a great adventure, a life-changing learning experience, something worth more than you've previously had.
It's got to be a good enough reason not to do it. Feeling lazy or tired? Not a good enough reason. Scared that it won't work out? Not a good enough reason. Cause as my mama pointed out, everything in life is temporary.
For me, the quote below, from my fellow Jew, sums up this point in my life:
"You can't control the wind, but you can adjust your sails."
-- Albert Einstein
And with that, I say, go live your best adventure, cause when you're 80 years old and looking back, you don't want to think, Man I should've just done it.
That's probably why I chose this as my high school senior quote for the yearbook:
“I'd rather regret the things I have done than the things that I haven't.”
I can honestly say, that's how I have, and will continue, to live my life. It's a good way to live, trust me. My Lucy love doesn't stop at the quote- my childhood dog was named Lucy and I still have a picture of her and Desi on my desk.
I've began to create mixed media art in my quest to be more like my brother, and the rest of my insanely talented artistic family. And because I cannot truly draw or paint, as the greats have, and as they do, I am embarking on my own style.