Back when Conor and I were dating we used to go to the Ace Hotel in Portland sort of often to get our pictures taken in their hotel lobby photo booth. Conor was able to fly up to Portland this weekend from Dallas to visit us on our vacation and I insisted that we go to the Ace to get our picture taken as a family. We also did a little shopping at H&M - I got some cheap black skinny jeans and a shirt for Henry. It was a great day. We are trying to pinch our pennies these days so finding good deals on clothes and eating at home is sort of our new thing. You know when you are really in to something and then all of the sudden it seems like it is everywhere? Well, either everyone in the world is suddenly trying to be thrifty and save their $$ or I am just hyper aware of it. Either way, I was pretty sure YOU might have some advice about saving money or pinching pennies.
On a side note - I feel like because of this new phase in my life I am way more into "lifestyle" blogs than design or "inspiration" blogs. I like reading about people's personal struggles and triumphs more than I like seeing the unrealistic level of perfection I wish my life was. I can relate to imperfect and miserably happy people more than I can relate to a beautiful chair that costs more than I make in a year or a long photo collage full of clothes I can never afford. I maybe want to take a stab at making Jane Reaction more of a lifestyle blog. It will always be about my journey as a freelance graphic designer so I am always going to share things that I find beautiful or inspiring but I guess I want to share more of the day to day ups and downs. That means opening up more about my personal life/opinions/struggles/triumphs - which isn't always easy for me. I really love that more people are starting to get real on their blogs and are not just trying to portray picture perfect lives that are unrealistic. But, there is such a fine line in the blogging world - only show the best, most beautiful aspects of life and be labeled fake, or show some of the crummy, not so glamorous parts of life and be labeled a complainer. I've seen it go both ways. I guess I don't care anymore. My life is what it is - sometimes I think I am really something special and sometimes I wish I could dissappear. I am normal and I am unique. So I guess I just wanted to say that I am going to share more of myself, the good and the bad. And just so you know I have already been so tempted to hit the backspace button on this post and forget the whole thing altogether.... and here I go... pushing publish now