In collaboration with Art Feeds
Art Feeds exists to feed creative development and facilitate emotional expression in children. An organization that I am truly passionate for, as it enables children to express themselves and share their beliefs and opinions creatively. Art is so powerful, one of the only concepts in our society that blends the human creative skill with imagination producing work that are powerful beyond measure. This spring, make a social impact, visit Art Feeds’ online store! All proceeds goes towards ensuring children find meaning through art.
Behind the Curtain
This little space of utopia has been a piece of paradise for me. One that has given me security, a sense of belonging and truly helped me in ways that you would never imagine. People tell me, time and again, that they find my dedication for my blog incredible. The truth is, I owe it to c&é and its readers it greets and says goodbye to. I unofficially started blogging in 2008 to document my travels and what I’ve learned throughout the way. I took trips out to the Middle East, India and elsewhere to conduct fieldwork and it was at that point I knew I wanted to share what my world encompassed and bring it to people who may not have the same opportunities that I have.
Where I Started
Imagine a studio apartment perched on the corner of embassy row in Washington, DC. Coming home from a mindful of public policy dialogues and hoping for a bit of creative escape (and all before the Pinterest age). I started collecting and curating ideas and collages. I shared what others were developing and was inspired by how people viewed the same subject across different platforms and different continents. At that time, I knew I wanted to participate in that movement as well though my time and capacity was limited… and unfortunately, my creativity was inhibited as my days were quite analytical.
As time went on and I developed a voice, trial-and-errored, attempted to create content, and the list goes on and on. As a blogger you wear many hats, but you have to try all those hats on before you find “the one”. There wasn’t a creative process, which I realized was essential to creating a voice and establishing an identity.
The Editorial Process
First thing we do as a team is come up with a rough editorial calendar on what we want to share and how. When I say how, we usually think if a location shoot is applicable here or an outfit post or maybe a curation of random items and things? I love to share inspirational articles and tips derived from either industry experts or my very own experience.
The Inspiration Process
Magazines, random corners of London, a particular piece at a museum-almost anything can catch our eye. For me, I look to paintings for color inspiration for the fashion editorials. Usually the busy streets of Liverpool Street energizes my “in the office” posts as bankers and lawyers infiltrate the streets. For example, the bold red hue and penetrating gold strikes from the light and frames of the Ionides Collection room at the Victoria & Albert Museum inspired the coloring and look of our 70s shoot.
A Culinary Process
Before I started taking c&é pretty seriously, I wasn’t really doing anything revolutionary in the kitchen. Though I still practice a lot of basics here on the blog, like the quiche lorraine, I try to adapt recipes to meet a varied palate or juxtaposing culinary cultures. Today, we usually work with local products and brands. We break down a single ingredient and “dissect” the flavor and its role. For example, working with cheese is my favorite! Recently I created a recipe with feta, which is quite salty and dense. I wanted to lighten it up with a bit of freshness and add the opposite of salty, spicy! With a few fresh ingredients, chilies and fresh coriander, I created a modern appetizer with a touch of Indian-influence. To aid me through this process, I use the Flavor Thesaurus!