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Alva Inspired

Alva Inspired

This weekend I attended the world premiere of The Tony Alva Story presented by Vans at the Newport Beach Film Festival. The screening took place inside Lido Theater, Balboa Peninsula’s one-screen wonder plumped with 1920s decadence and bygone cinematic drama. (The glittering marquee! The thick, red curtain! The wide seats!

Breana Called Out Sick

Breana Called Out Sick

Good morning, Breana called out sick for tonight. Will you be willing to come in at 1930 hours? Thank you, Terry Jamie knew Breana wasn’t sick. She knew it like she knew that she had two freckles on the right side of her neck and like she knew she would

On Earth Day, In Style

On Earth Day, In Style

This week I found surprisingly profound wisdom in the words of Tim Gunn. Yes that Tim Gunn, of “Project Runway” fame, who effortlessly sashayed around dozens of frantic designers, imploring them in his characteristic, frank timber to “make it work.” Him. I read his book, “A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style”

An Ode to the Art of Chilling out

An Ode to the Art of Chilling out

Late last week, I woke up with the sunrise. As the light of dawn deepened to morning, I made the five-hour journey to Mammoth Lakes, Calif. If you haven’t been before, the road to Mammoth is a trail of concrete un-expectation: the snow-drawn mountains, the earnest pines, the warm, woodsy browns

The Springtime of Something New

The Springtime of Something New

The first day of the month is a fantastic time for a fresh start. It’s a clean, new number: one. Like a mini-New Year’s resolution, you can resolve today to be or do more of whatever you want in its solid, one-sy newness.  As I run my business and watch it grow, I’m

New Logo, Who Dis?

New Logo, Who Dis?

Keen eyes might notice a new logo on our site and socials. With all the new things happening at the company, (stay tuned) a new logo was in order. If you’re interested to learn more about the design, here’s the scoop:

Creatives: Watch Out for This Web Design Scam

Creatives: Watch Out for This Web Design Scam

A departure from the usual posts on LWS but this one is necessary (and hopefully helpful) to anyone running a creative business. In the past week, I’ve received two emails from prospective clients asking about web design work. Neither email triggered anything usual in my mind; my contact form is

Talk Lazy to Me

Talk Lazy to Me

If you want to know how I got in shape this winter, it’s all because of a small shelf on the bottom of a wooden dresser. I positioned the dresser months ago in my living room so it’s almost exactly perpendicular to my front door. The top became a refuge for

Women Who Lead

Women Who Lead

It’s long been a personal theory of mine that all women leaders who find success have a responsibility — no, a moral obligation — to blaze their path so bright it illuminates a trajectory for others to follow. If one of us figures out how to navigate the serpentine road

Welcome to Las Vegas

Welcome to Las Vegas

Me again. Melissa. This week I write to you from a room on the 32nd floor of a hotel in Las Vegas. I’m also eating pretzels if that matters, but I don’t think it does. There’s this thin, gauzy curtain that covers a large picture window on the back wall

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