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I’ve been doing SO MUCH photography lately for my day job which has been a really fun change of pace. I have found myself making little mental notes of places I drive by in LA that I want to go back to for shoots, which has been fun because I am finding all this beauty in these little crevasses around my city!

By no means am I a professional photographer, but I’m having fun trying something new and pushing myself to be more creative. If you’d like, you can follow my photography account on Instagram: @illshootyouwithmycanon

Happy Hump Day! xx

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Untitled-3First off, I apologize for being so absent around here…those of you who follow me on Instagram know how busy I’ve been between work and freelance!

Anyway, I went to Coachella this weekend. And although it rocked my face off I’m pretty sure that was my last year going (then again…I say this every year). Between the sand storms and wind storms and huge blisters from my boots, there were some insanely stellar performances that I won’t be able to forget. Bands that stood out: Lorde, Sleigh Bells, Outkast, Cage the Elephant, Grouplove, Ms Mr. If you get the chance to see any of them live…you really should.

Enough on that. I’ll be posting some new work soon, but in the meantime you can check out my new lifestyle and product photography blog where I’ll be posting photos I take for work at Society6!

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This is my favorite place in Los Angeles at night. During the day it’s teaming with tourists and students and museum goers. But late at night it’s like a little oasis in the middle of this giant city. If you haven’t yet, add it to your bucket list. xx

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This past weekend was a long weekend for President’s Day, and as of last Wednesday, I had no special plans to do anything or go anywhere. I was feeling a little uninspired and felt like I needed to go on a little adventure but was unsure of what I even wanted to do! Jamzilla was going to be taking place in LA as well (the worst traffic jams of all time due to construction on the freeways), so I was feeling like I need to get outside of the city and do something out of my comfort zone.

Fast forward to Saturday afternoon when I found myself driving out to Joshua Tree with a friend – no plans, no reservations for a camp spot, no camping skills, and not much knowledge of Joshua Tree in general…But I was incredibly excited.

I can’t even believe how perfect everything turned out. The trip was the inspiration boost I had been needing so desperately. From sleeping under the stars, to watching the sunrise, to sitting at the campfire reading, to adventuring around the boulders in the desert, to enjoying nature in its purest form…that weekend was a true blessing.

Sometimes I feel myself sinking under the weight of my thoughts, the frustration of disappointment in myself and others, the stress of the unknown. It’s so easy to get caught up in this and forget that we are much more valuable than we may feel at times, and that there is something far bigger than our little worlds that we live in. Joshua Tree was a detox for me. A sweet reminder of the bigger picture and a refresh button for my perspective. I’m heading back out the desert a week from now and I could not be more ready. xx

 

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Awhile ago I posted about new duvet designs of mine that were released for sale at urbanoutfitters.com! Well I’m excited to announce that I have recently released companion pillows cases that compliment the duvet covers and can be purchased separately. The above four designs are the only ones available for right now, but I will definitely keep you updated if I release more!

Locals Only  /  Hot For You  /  You Are Here  /  Forever

You can browse all my products for sale at Urban Outfitters here!

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This past Friday I decided to take the day off of work to get inspired around LA. Having a full-time creative job has the potential to really suck the energy out of you. I have found that when I am able to step away from my desk and get amongst the city I produce much better work on a regular basis!

I had a very talented photographer friend in town so we decided to grab our cameras and cruise around, shooting the city! We started on the east side around the Walt Disney Concert Hall and then made our way to LACMA on the west side. I love my city so much. I never forget that, but I just appreciate it so much more when I am not commuting to and from work in traffic.

I have only been living here since this past September so I feel like I have only just begun to scratch the surface on all there is to discover here! If you have any places that you think I need to visit in LA please let me know! I am always craving new adventures.

Happy Monday! xx

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Lately I have been having a hard time getting into the Holiday spirit. I don’t know if it’s just been because work has been so busy, or because I live alone so I don’t have my old roommate around forcing me to listen to Mariah Carey Christmas mix on Pandora. Or maybe it’s because yesterday it was 80 degrees (!) in LA. Either way, starting today I am putting on my ugly Christmas sweater and force-feeding myself some holiday spirit.

Every year, around this time, I find myself spending a lot of time reflecting on what I have learned and accomplished over the last 12 months. This year was huge for me. I experienced a LOT of firsts. First time traveling alone in a foreign country, first time living alone in my own apartment and paying all the bills, first time owning a motorcycle, first time my dad has been cancer-free in 6 years, first time having my designs carried in a nationwide retail store, first time I’ve gotten my first real dream job, first time realizing my parents hearts are actually breakable, first time visiting Texas, first time I’ve had a crush on someone in years

I feel like all these “firsts” have taught me so much about myself and human nature. I have learned people are not invincible. I have learned that nobody is perfect. I have learned that everybody has something that eats at them, and that generally everyone is trying their best to conquer it.

I am obsessed with the idea of starting fresh, which is why I love this time of year so much. We all have the opportunity to identify some new goals and try harder this time around. I would like to wish you all a happy holiday season and a very Merry Christmas. Set some goals for the New Year and make it happen, handle business, and be your best self.

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Using my personal logo that I have been using for my branding for a few years now, I created a new textile print called EYES ON YOU that I am offering on all my home goods in my Deny Designs shop! Both the black and white versions are available as shower curtains, sheet sets, blankets, duvet covers, pet products, clocks, throw pillows and SO much more! Shop from the white collection here, and the black collection here!

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Lately I have been trying to sketch one thing a day. It’s actually been so therapeutic. I come home from a crazy day, make dinner, walk my dog, and then sketch in my favorite chair with a big mug of tea with milk. Does it get any better??

Happy friday everyone, heaven knows I’m glad this day came quickly this week. xx

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Well I finally caved…I created a Facebook page for my art! It is going to act as a central news hub for all my “goings-on” and current projects. I use this blog more as a place for finished products and finalized pieces, so my Facebook is going to show more of the process and sneak peeks! Cruise over to my page Facebook.com/wesleybirdart, give it a “Like”, and stay updated on day-to-day projects!

Plz&Thx, you guys rock.

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