Friday, May 13, 2016

RECENTS WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC

Portland Clothing Line by Allison Reaves
Allison Reaves, an optimistic, down to earth creative soul with a knack for making things look "just so." A look not many can emulate, but many aspire to obtain now we can get close in her new clothing line: The General Public.

One of the best Saturday breakfast mates, and someone who's taught me a thing or two about photography; I've had the privilege of watching Allison's idea behind: i am, you are, we.; unfold.

PDX Fashion
"It's a process of empowerment. It's a mode of being when uniqueness leads to participation and participation leads to unity. Every act true to the self strengthens the whole."
Allison ReavesOld photos of her family in snowy Montana, skinny love sketches from her sister hang on an old cork board with a beautifully tacky truckers Montana mug in hand. A blend of things that couldn't be found anywhere else makes Allison's creative vision truly one of a kind. 

Americana reds come to life hanging alongside medium wash denim blues, and give workwear canvases a place outside of the neutral color palette into everyday go-to's.

Anytime I get the chance to hear her speak about what inspires her, I'm always in awe of the familial heritage at the core of her spirit. How she takes that and turns it into something contemporary that everyone wants to get their hands on. I think it's because it does come from such an honest place. The line makes up everything she really loves, not many designers can take such unique personal inspiration and turn it into something for The General Public.

Well... She has. And that's just what it is.
Shop The General Public
She let me try on some pieces.. I'm waiting for the decoy jumpsuit (as I posted about here) and the covey dress in red! 

Portland Independent Designer
Find out more about The General Public here
Instagram: @shopthegp / @allisonreaves


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

50 QUESTION YEAR IN REVIEW: 2015

HELLO! if you're reading this, then whoah! You came back! I've been on a hiatus of sorts. Delving into other passions as my love for the digital creation world is full filled by my current career. The lady behind Style Interplay has been busy learning new life things! 

I wrote this as if I was writing in a journal. Not thinking about you, the reader. But rather just letting myself reminisce and write the way my brain wants. Mostly for my own personal reasons. I did this same year in review last year, so I figured it would be cool to do it again. 

Again, I think it is so interesting to read and hear about where people are at in their lives, which is why I feel okay about being pretty open and honest about where I'm at and what I'm learning. 

1.What one event, big or small, are you going to tell your grandchildren about?
That time I lived alone and lived a "wild" life as a 23 year old...not. Dude, I don't know? 

2.If you had to describe your 2015 in 3 words, what would they be?

Creative. Exploratory. Happy.

3.What new things did you discover about yourself?

Understanding that I have lots of feelings, and that they are what actually help me connect with like minded people. 

4.What single achievement are you most proud of?

Lots of achievements as I'll mention below, but I think obtaining a career path that I am passionate about, is super fun, allows me to be both creative and analytical and supports my current lifestyle. 

5.What was the best news you received?

That I had gotten this new job? That grandpa made it through surgery. That my family is usually doing okay. 

6.What was your favourite place that you visited in 2014?

Rockaway Beach... I didn't get out much, but that was a short, beautiful little trip. 

7.Which of your personal qualities turned out to be the most helpful this year?

Self confidence and self reliance. Being naturally very independent helped me tons this year. 

8.Who was your number one go-to person that you could always rely on?

Momma! 

9.Which new skills did you learn?

How to do my taxes better and get insurance... They need to teach that stuff in school, man.

Also, how to get in touch with my feelings by simply starting my thoughts and communication with "I feel..." instead of, "I think". It's honestly so simple but WHOAH I'm always talking about feelings now and it's great. 

10.What, or who, are you most thankful for?
I'm super thankful for the opportunities that have come my way. I feel like I found a place to flourish this year and am thankful for the hard work I put into my life the years leading up to 2015. 

11.If someone wrote a book about your life in 2014, what kind of genre would it be?

hmmmm... "Girl comes to accept that she is 40 years older than her real age inside and becomes okay with it." Is that a genre? 23 Going on 60. 

12.What was the most important lesson you learnt in 2014?

Trust yourself. Other peoples opinions about life don't apply to me. The "you do you, boo" thing but in a more hippy I'll burn my own incense, thank you kind of way way. 

13.Which mental block(s) did you overcome?

I didn't really feel like I had mental blocks this year. I think one thing I learned was to embrace any feelings I had at any point in time and let myself feel them and understand them within the moment so that I could move on and hopefully not develop a larger more inhibiting mental block in the future. 

14.What 5 people did you most enjoy spending time with?

Mom. Sister. Cat (Merriweather). Rach. Chan (in spirit and on the internet). Myself and lots others. 

15.What was your biggest break-through moment career-wise?

Definitely getting a new job at an amazing company that takes care of me and also has tons of room to grow! That means both within the company, but also provides me a freedom in head space outside of work that I didn't have previously. 

16.How did your relationship to your family evolve?

Better hopefully! Sustained, for sure. 

17.What book or movie affected your life in a profound way?

hmmm. Lets change it up again, podcasts! some linked here, and also: Elise Gets Crafty, Design Matters, Filler Podcast and lots more! Is there a way to make a public podcast playlist? If so, I will definitely provide. Super motivating, love to listen to them in the morning to get me thinking at the start of the day. Also tons of mediation stuff, but only in the last couple months of the year. 


18.What was your favorite compliment that you received this year?
Just today two people told me that I am very kind. I have never been called kind before...that I remember I think its all this manifestation and hippy universe stuff I've been getting into lately.

19.What little things did you most enjoy during your day-to-day life?

Making breakfast and eating it... Same as last year and pretty much always every day in life. 

20.What cool things did you create this year?

I started a little project called Tayler Makes where I dove into weaving. It's been a great way for me to rediscover my love for tactile creation. I feel most at peace with the world when I am creating things with my hands.

21.What was your most common mental state this year (e.g. excited, curious, stressed)?

Renewed. Confident. Relaxed. 

22.Was there anything you did for the very first time in your life this year?

Moved into my own tiny apartment and then got a big girl job and then moved into a bigger small apartment! Then got insurances! Then got a cat! Bought a couch and table for the first time! Newness all over. 

23.What was your favorite moment spent with your friends?

Summertime shenanigans always are a thing to remember. I wish I had my friend here to recall the memory. But imagine: shallow river, rocky bottom, week inner tubes, not enough sunscreen.  

24.What major goal did you lay the foundations for?
Living a more centered balanced life. On all fronts.

25.Which worries turned out to be completely unnecessary?
Yo lots of everything. Definitely learned to overcome stresses and anxieties faster, and that was a huge goal of mine going into 2015.  

26.What experience would you love to do all over again?

Nothing! 

27. What was the best gift you received?

Lets not get too philosophical. But the gift of being able to embrace and feelings and experiences. It's really brought a lot more of my thinking full circle.

28. How did your overall outlook on life evolve?
Definitely became much more centered, self accepting, patient and understanding of my own self. I don't know if I ever didn't accept my own self, but now I feel like I accept and understand where I fit in the world better than I did last year. Definitely comes with age. (23 going on 60?) I wonder what the new blogging will be like in 40 years.  

29.What was the biggest problem you solved?

I really think I felt loneliness for the first time in my life. Just coming to a much happier place, the headspace that was previously filled with anxiety and negative thoughts has opened up. I came to realize I definitely have voids in my life. It happens to everyone, but this was maybe a little more than standard short-term loneliness. I haven't necessarily overcome it fully but I think starting Tayler Makes and immersing myself in a community that loves the same thing I do will help. 

30.What was the funniest moment of your year, one that still makes it hard not to burst out laughing when you think about it?

Probably my friend moment from above. Lots of others too? I make myself laugh a lot when no one is around, and then I forget and no one cares. Cool story bro.  

31.What purchase turned out to be the best decision ever?

Does renting out my own apartment and living by myself count? Cause I love it. 

32.What one thing would you do differently and why?

I definitely feel like I've been very selfish this year, and for good reason. But there is always the thought in the back of my mind that I should and want to do more for other people in my life.

33.What do you deserve a pat on the back for?
All the new things I talked about above! Adulting pretty... prettyyy good. 

34.What activities made you lose track of time?
Definitely art. I've rediscovered that part of myself for sure and I could get lost for days making stuff if it weren't for society and my need to work a job job and shower and stuff. 

35.What did you think about more than anything else?
My own happiness. What I love. So mostly food probably.

36.What topics did you most enjoy learning about?
Meditation, law of attraction, manifestation, spiritual alignment... I'm getting into that stuff lately and I'm really loving it. 

37.What new habits did you cultivate?

Actually, something as simple as taking a deep breath whenever my current task, thought processes or conversations are in places I don't want them to be. I always thought things like that are cheesy but It's helped me become more present and realize things don't have to be so life or death all the time. (aka getting over anxieties) 

38.What advice would you give your early-2014 self if you could?

Trust your instincts... That's what I said in 2014, I think it definitely served me well in 2015. And continues to do so as I am very instinctually driven and I always feel like an idiota when I don't. 

39. Did any parts of your self or your life do a complete 180 this year?

Totally. 2014 was a super rough year for me, and 2015 was a great turn to happiness, that in itself is a big deal. 

40. What or who had the biggest positive impact on your life this year?
Honestly I think moving out was a huge thing for me. I put my loans on hold and moved out into a tiny, shitty 250 square feet apartment and just having the space on my own helped me mentally open up to new opportunities, be myself more and not feel stuck. From there I pushed myself to get that new job and now am in a new apartment feel much more supported and in a really happy place. 



YOUR 2016

41.What do you want the overarching theme for your 2016 to be?

Building a community around me. 

42.What do you want to see, discover, explore?

Myself! And also anywhere and everywhere. I want to start small and visit Canada for the first time! 

43.Who do you want to spend more time with in 2016?
My momma and sistas and brotha and dad. And just people in general because loneliness in its current state for me means not enough people... 

44.What skills do you want to learn, improve or master?
My arts! Of any form. I've been weaving for Tayler Makes, and doing quick watercolor prints. I'd love to finally take a class that has to do with jewelry making and welding/metalsmithing. 

45.Which personal quality do you want to develop or strengthen?
As I'm learning more about the spiritual journey and opportunities there are within the realm as mentioned above, I'm really curious to see how that develops and how it helps me in all different areas of my life, not just personal. 

46.What do you want your everyday life to be like?
Interesting and new. I want to feel like I can think less and be more free in my decision making. 

47.Which habits do you want to change, cultivate or get rid of?

Definitely want to cultivate this meditation practice. I'd like to try and be more thoughtful about what I bring into my life when it comes to what I buy and consume. I think I am already very thoughtful about what I buy, but I definitely feel like there is room to grow there.

48.What do you want to achieve career-wise?
Just to be somewhere I can connect with and support myself from... That's what I said last year and I got it!! This year I want to be productive in the time I have outside of work. I no longer have the excuse of terrible stress or being broke to deter me from being useful with my time in a way that makes me more happy. 

49.How do you want to remember the year 2016 when you look back on it 10/20/50 years from now?

That it was a year of self exploration; creative and personal/mental freedom. 

50.What is your number one goal for 2016?
To build a supportive community of people around me that I connect with on a more creative level. As I said before, I feel most at home with myself and in the universe when I am making things with my hands. So pursuing that more I think will get me to the place I need to be. 

Monday, October 26, 2015

EARS PERKED


This past week I didn't have internet at my new place and it was actually very refreshing. I'm not going to lie and say I didn't just use my phone data to replace it, but I found myself being a lot more creative with my time and thoughts. It's kind of sad how my routine is so greatly dependent on the internet. I work on the internet, I am entertained on the internet, I learn from the internet... What is my life?? 

It allowed me to reconnect with more hands on and mindful creative stuff that I have been neglecting for a while. Drawing, writing in a journal with a pen and paper, dancing to my own voice sliding around on hard wood that I'm not used to. Talking to my plants, (I'm telling you... it's the best therapy), whipping out my hand looms and weaving again

Sitting with my own thoughts. Letting myself go into trances about my future gypsy farm dream life. Realizing how loud things are around me... My dishwasher right now is going crazy, and I'm always startled by the beeping from the washer and dryer. The echo of voices that were never loud before. The slamming of pots and pans in the sink. The rumble of the building when a semi truck drives by.

Being drowned by content consumption and routine, those noises get lost in the bustle of life and weren't noticeable until I was forced to notice them.

It pours down rain and I can see it, but can't hear it. So I sit by the window and tune everything else out but the rain. Focus in on just that sound, and things feel peaceful again.

It's amazing how we can just decide what to pay attention to, or which thoughts to get lost in. We have more control than we think and it's really an amazing ability to explore. So with practice, I'm trying to be more intentional with what I hear. With how I listen, and what I listen to.

Ears perked.

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