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No. 5 April 2013


TABLE OF CONTENTS

THE EDITOR

ENTREPRENEUR DIY

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WHIPPY CAKE

Meet Becki Crosby, the stylist, speaker, and mama behind Whippy Cake. She shares her thoughts on making it in the creative industry.

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PLEASED TO MEET YOU A peek into the life of Emma's editor in chief: a former reality TV personality, new Mama, and dessert addict.

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PLAN A PARTY

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CEMENT PLANTERS Learn to make these cement planters plus an urban gardening tip sheet for indoor and outdoor planting.

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PROMISE TANGEMAN Style tips from a graphic design guru.

INSTAGRAM MAGNETS Quick and easy bling for your fridge.

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ART PARTY Inspiration for a colorful paint party plus cheap and memorable favor and thank you card ideas.

EVERY ISSUE 04 Contributors 34 Recipe

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APPLYING FALSE BREAKFAST LASHES FROM SCRATCH

73 Behind the Scenes 60 DIY 72 Emma's Playlist 06 Editor’s Picks


EDITOR'S NOTE

ENTERTAINING FOOD

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CINCO DE MAYO Five party hosting tips for planning a Cinco fiesta. ¡Olé! Plus an unsual source for party decor: the ethnic food aisle.

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HOME

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9 SECRETS TO A BETTER CAKE Pro secrets! Bake a moister, fluffier cake.

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CUPCAKE WARS RECIPE Orange olive oil and rosewater cupcakes.

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From colorblocking to classy cut-outs, how to wear this season’s feminine trends.

Tour the office of Sarah Sherman Samuel, owner of Smitten Studio.

GIRLY TRENDS

HOME OFFICE TOUR

EDITOR'S NOTE The last of the guests had just made their way out the door. After hosting my mom’s birthday party at our place that evening, my husband and I could barely keep our eyes open. Prepping for the next day’s 4:00 a.m. wakeup call did not rank high on my wish list. Nevertheless, I found myself rummaging through craft supplies in search of a hot glue gun, nowhere to be found. After a day spent putting out small fires, a lost glue gun could very well send me over the edge. Thankfully, my sister turned up with one, and I roped my husband into helping me cover paper mâché Easter eggs in baker’s twine for a local news segment the next morning. We both stood quietly, intently focused on the task at hand, until my husband piped up, “Do you ever take a step back, and say to yourself, ‘I’m wrapping paper mâché eggs with twine at midnight?’” The two of us erupted in the kind of laughter that can only come from delirious sleep deprivation. I love my husband for moments like this. Perspective. A friend and bride-to-be recently remarked that after signing up for a popular wedding website just days after her engagement, she was surprised to find herself exactly 36 days behind on her wedding planning timeline. Yeesh...perspective. April’s issue celebrates the value of simplicity. Stress-free entertaining? Check out page 16. Quick and delicious meal prep? We’ve got you covered on page 39. Organizing a home office? Flip to page 44. Whatever the project, keep the big picture in mind and pencil in a little perspective on your to-do list. EMMAMAG.COM 3


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SARAH HUBBELL EDITOR IN CHIEF

SHELLY SAZDANOFF ASSOCIATE EDITOR

ALEX EVJEN FASHION

JESSICA HELGESON ASSOCIATE EDITOR

SARA NEVELS PHOTOGRAPHER

USUAL SUSPECTS

MONTHLY CONTRIBUTORS

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MICHELLE HERRICK PHOTOGRAPHER

HEIDI BARTLETT DESIGNER

STEPHANIE NIEHEISEL BEAUTY

ALEJANDRA ARMSTRONG

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CONTRIBUTOR LINEUP

GINA MEOLA PHOTOGRAPHER

SARAH SAMUEL DESIGNER

MELISSA JILL PHOTOGRAPHER

BRITTANY LESUEUR PHOTOGRAPHER

KATIE STRATTON BLOGGER

KATE GIBBS FOOD AUTHOR

ANNA LIESEMEYER DESIGNER

ALEJANDRA VIDAL PHOTOGRAPHER

SARAH MCCOLL BLOGGER

BRIDGET CLEGG PLAYLISTER

LAUREN THORP UMBA BOX FOUNDER

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editor’s LIST GARDEN PICKS

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APPLY EYE PRIMER AND GEL LINER ALONG LASH LINE.

CURL LASHES AND APPLY MASCARA.

APPLY A SOFT EVEN LINE OF GLUE ALONG LASH BAND.

PLACE OUTER CORNER ALONG LASH LINE AND PRESS INWARD.

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TUTORIAL BY STEPHANIE NIEHEISEL. PHOTOGRAPHS BY SARA NEVELS OF TALK STUDIOS.

HOW-TO: APPLY false LASHES

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TRY THIS! Cut squares of canvas to send as thank you cards to attendees.

MULTICOLORED SMOCKS: AMAZON

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Art Party T H R OW A BACKYARD

Two mom friends set out to plan a Jackson Pollock inspired art party for their toddler girls. Splashes of color make an appearance in the decorative bunting, six-layer rainbow cake, and, of course, lots and lots of paint. The party-planning mamas draped one huge canvas across the backyard fence and let their little ones have at it. The party favors, monogrammed smocks, came in handy for keeping clothes, if not faces, paint-free. Photographs by ten22 studio

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When April’s gloomy weather casts a damper on your spring plans, take advice from these creatives. Living room forts and ice cream picnics will lift your (and your kiddos’) spirits in no time.

“I’m a big fan of indoor picnics, especially ones in bed. It can feel pretty decadent to laze around surrounded by down pillows and comforters at any hour, but do it the middle of a gray and rainy day and it’s almost as good as vacation. Fill a tray with your favorite bite-sized snacky nibbles, like pâté, cheese, crackers, olives and cornichons, and open a bottle of wine. Cue up a gorgeous old movie, like “The Thin Man” or “A Woman is a Woman,” or pile stacks of books and magazines all around you! A silk robe or your favorite nightgown couldn’t hurt. With company or alone, it’s a pretty blissful way to make luxurious, low-key use of a rainy day.” -Sarah McColl, Pink of Perfection

“Rainy days are meant to be celebrated! They bring with them the promise of greener days, or at the very least, a quiet afternoon. The best of them make the senses stand straight up with their rhythm and sounds and springtime scents. They’re made for hiding out in a museum or for hiding out at home. Wool socks and warm tea and a nice spot by the window. Something fresh baking in the oven. And sometimes, when the clouds align just right, rainy days are for going out and exploring with my little ones...time for a walk or to wildly jump in puddles!!” -Katie Stratton, Katie’s Pencil Box

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“On a rainy day, I’d love to imagine I would run outside to splash in the puddles with my sweet little boys. We’d race around the yard chasing each other and would be sure to play a myriad of imaginative games. Afterwards, we’d dry off, take a hot bath, and grab a handful of candy to share amongst ourselves. I’d wrap a soft blanket around us as we cuddled on the bed together. Books would be read, and if everything was perfect, each of us would slowly doze off into peaceful slumber.” -Brittany LeSueur, Brittany’s Notebook

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“My ideal way to spend a rainy day is sipping a cup of blonde cinnamon dolce coffee while lounging in my grandmother’s mustard velvet armchair. I’d spend time catching up on my favorite blogs (A Beautiful Mess has been my favorite for years) and cuddling with our sweet dog, Darcy. I would spend time at the sewing machine creating things with the hand printed fabric I purchased on a recent trip to Asheville. I’d end the day with a fondue dinner at the coffee table with my husband while we watch Moonrise Kingdom.” -Sarah Khandjian, Sarah Hearts

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“The great thing about little ones is that everything can be made into an adventure. It rained for a week straight recently, so I had to get creative. With a couple of pillows and blankets we made our own fort that they could crawl into and turn into another little world. They read books, gathered their favorite stuffed animals, and had snack time. It entertained them for hours and made some fun memories for all of us.” -Anna Liesemeyer, In Honor of Design

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RAINY DAY PICNIC!

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ENTERTAIN

Why stay cooped up inside? Enjoy watching the rainfall with a front porch ice cream picnic.

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Cinco -DEMayo Photographs by Whitney Nicoson Styled by Shelly Sazdanoff Stationery by Idieh Design Cupcakes by Kick Ass Kakes Party Decor by Studio Mucci Location: The Clarendon Hotel 16 EMMA


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Cinco de Mayo barely registers as a blip on most radars, but why not? It’s the perfect excuse to whip up a fresh batch of guacamole and sip from salted glass rims. Sure, you may know little about the battle it commemorates, but who doesn’t love a good taco bar? Broken down into five simple party-hosting steps, you’ll have no excuse not to throw a May fiesta.

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No.1 Scope out your location. This rooftop boasts city skyline views, but any back patio will do!

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No.2 Send invites early. Keep it simple with an e-vite or build some buzz with a fun snail mail invite.

No.3 Decorate! Upcycle Mexican food cans into succulent vases. Hang a colorful paper garland.

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FROM GRAPHIC No.4 PRINTS TO Keep food and beverages MONOGRAMMED simple. Create a MUGS, EACH GUEST self-serve taco bar LEAVES WITH station and stickA TOTE FULL OF to finger foods. FAVORITES

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> COCKTAILS: Invite guests to pour tequila over scoops of lime sorbet for easy margarita mixing. < DESSERTS: Carry the margarita inspiration over to dessert by topping cupcakes with lime slices. < POTLUCK TACO BAR: Provide proteins and invite guests to bring their favorite toppings. < APPETIZERS: Sprinkle guacamole with pomegranate seeds for an unexpected, sweet touch.

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No.5 Prep a pi単ata! Fill with candy or confetti like this one from Studio Mucci. Have a camera ready!

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DIY PHOTOBOOTH! Using tacky glue, adhere colorful pom-poms to an umbrella. Buy tacky glue online at ilovetocreate.com.

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MEET PROMISE Photography by Gina Meola Styling by AVE Styles Makeup by Stephanie Neiheisel

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Q&A Promise Tangeman is known as much for her big hair as her bold designs. The Californiabased graphic designer creates websites for some of the most reknown photographers in the field. And despite Tangeman’s artistic and business acumen, she finds herself answering as many questions about her personal style as her design work. Alexandra Evjen, a fashion stylist and Tangeman’s former project manager, raided her closet (and her hubby’s too) to pull together some edgy menswear inspired looks, all while allowing Emma to pick her brain.

EMMA: Describe your style. Promise Tangeman: Funky, eclectic, and slightly tomboy-ish. EM: Favorite places to shop for clothes? PT: Free People, H&M, Target, TJ Max, and thrift stores. EM: Favorite places to shop for home or office? PT: West Elm, CB2, and thrift stores. EM: Prior to graphic design, what jobs did you have? PT: Zumiez (a skater apparel shop) was my first job. Then I was a server at a gourmet pizza restaurant. I was a terrible server. I would forget everything. I also

worked at a gym and then a vintage costume shop, which is random, but it was very fun! EM: Your favorite go-to recipe? PT: The glowing green smoothie. We’re on a health kick, and I’m not that great of a cook! EM: Currently reading? PT: Entreleadership by Dave Ramsey. EM: Where do you see yourself in five years? PT: Madly in love with my husband with a couple kids and a career that is continually moving forward, allowing me to be generous and give to the world.

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GET THE LOOK: (FIRST LOOK) WHITE BLAZER MANHATTANITE FAUX LEATHER LEGGINGS NORDSTROM GRAY TEE FREE PEOPLE BOW TIE (SEEN ON WRIST) DAPPER AND DASH BLACK PUMPS NORDSTROM (SECOND LOOK) BLACK BACKLESS TEE FREE PEOPLE GLASSES WARBY PARKER BOYFRIEND JEANS ASOS DESERT WEDGES LAST CALL 28 EMMA


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A PEEK AT URBAN COOKIES BAKE SHOP

Photographs by Sara Nevels Recipe courtesy of Brady Breese and Urban Cookies Bake Shop

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Cupcake Wars WINNING RECIPE

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PRO TIP!

TRY SOUR CREAM INSTEAD OF MILK FOR A MOISTER CAKE.

Brady Breese (pictured above), owner of Urban Cookies Bake Shop, wouldn’t strike you as the Betty Crocker type. That didn’t stop him from winning the title in a Food Network Cupcake Wars challenge. Facing off against two other bakers, Breese’s orange olive oil and rosewater cupcake, well, took the cake. Breese shares his winning recipe along with nine essential baking secrets. 9 Tips to Better Cupcakes 1. Beating Eggs Eggs need to be added one at a time. This helps keep the batter emulsified, which translates to light and airy cake. 2. Wet-Dry Mixing If a recipe calls for oil, always mix the dry ingredients separately.

This prevents the formation of gluten, which leaves you with a very tender cake. 3. Sinking Cake A cake sinks if it isn’t cooked all the way or if it’s over-leavened (adding too much baking powder or soda). For most recipes, 1 teaspoon of baking powder per cup of flour or 1/4 teaspoon baking soda per cup of flour is ideal. 4. Sift Flour Flour compacts as it stands, so aerate your flour first by straining or sifting before measuring. Then, level off with a table knife. Measuring compacted flour will leave you with more flour than a recipe truly needs. 5. Tough Cake A tough cake has likely been over mixed. Mixing too much or

too vigorously destroys the air bubbles in the batter. Stop mixing when you can see that the flour is mixed in, but there is still some unblended powder. Finish mixing by hand with a spatula. 6. Over Done A cake is generally done when it is no longer wet and springs back at the touch of your finger. 7. Butter Temperature Let butter sit for 20 to 30 minutes before mixing. This translates to a lighter airy batter. 8. Measuring Cups Matter Baking is about accuracy, so be sure to use the correct cups for wet or dry ingredients. 9. For a Moist Cake For moist cake, your batter should be soupy not thick. Oil rather than butter yields a more moist cake.

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ORANGE OLIVE OIL AND ROSEWATER CUPCAKE SERVES 12

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 cup sugar 3/4 tsp sea salt 2 tsp pure orange extract 2 large eggs 1/4 cup orange marmalade 1 medium seedless orange, zested, peeled, and chopped 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream 1/4 cup almond meal 1 1/4 cups plus 2 Tbsp allpurpose flour 2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp baking soda 34 EMMA

1/4 cup cold water Honey glaze, recipe follows organic rose petals for garnishing yogurt rosewater butter cream frosting, recipe follows Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a muffin pan with cupcake liners. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, mix oil, sugar, salt, and orange extract on medium for 30 seconds. Add both eggs and continue mixing on medium for 30 seconds. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula and mix again on medium for 10 seconds. Next, add marmalade


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EMMA EDITOR, JESS HELGESON, LEARNS THE ART OF CUPCAKE FROSTING

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Sunday Morning Sugar a lifestyle blog by a career minded lady who is fashionably eating her way through life

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and orange zest. In a food processor or blender, combine the chopped orange and heavy cream and blend until smooth. Add this mixture to the wet ingredients, as well as the almond meal and mix on medium speed for 30 seconds. In a medium bowl, sift flour, baking powder and baking soda. Add to the wet ingredient mixture and mix on medium speed for 30 seconds. Turn the mixing speed down to low, add cold water and continue mixing until incorporated. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl one last time to be sure all ingredients are fully incorporated. Fill the 12 cupcake liners 2/3 full with batter and bake for 22 minutes. Rotate pan 180 degrees half-way through. Oven heat and times may vary, so bake until the tops are no longer wet and spring back upon touching. Allow to cool.

HONEY GLAZE YIELDS 1/2 CUP 1/2 cup honey In a small sauce pan over low heat, simmer honey until it starts to bubble. Remove from heat and transfer to a small bowl.

YOGURT ROSEWATER BUTTER CREAM FROSTING YIELDS 2+ CUPS

8 ounces salted butter, room temperature 4 cups powdered sugar 1/4 cup whole milk plain yogurt 1/2 tsp rosewater In the bowl of an electric stand mixer with paddle attachment or a standard hand held mixer and medium mixing bowl, whip butter

on medium for one minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl with a rubber spatula and mix again on medium for 15 seconds. In a small bowl, sift powdered sugar. Add the sugar to the whipped butter and mix on medium until fully incorporated. Scrape the sides and bottom of bowl again and add the yogurt and the rosewater. Mix on mediumhigh for one minute.

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Transfer cooled cupcakes to a platter. Dip each cupcake top into the honey glaze mixture. Place frosting in a piping bag with a round tip or in a gallonsize plastic baggy. Snip 1/2 inch off the corner of the bag and begin piping frosting on each cake. You may also frost by simply using a butter knife and spreading the frosting evenly over each cake. Next, with a small tong, delicately place baby rose petals on top.

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BACON AND CORN MUFFINS

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breakfast from scratch Recipes and photographs excerpted with permission from After Toast: Recipes for Aspiring Cooks (Allen & Unwin, June 2013) by Kate Gibbs.

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BAKED BEANS WITH EGGS ON TOAST

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MEGA TORTILLA ESPAÑOLA SERVES 4-6

2–3 tbsp olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 large chorizo (or other sausage), sliced 1 cup (about 200 g/7 oz) cooked potatoes (boiled, roasted, whatever), sliced 5 cherry tomatoes 1/2 bunch flat-leaf Italian parsley, roughly chopped 1 cup (100 g/3.5 oz cheese, grated, crumbled (whatever) 4–5 free-range eggs Preheat grill (broiler) to medium–high. Heat oil in a large ovenproof frying pan with deep sides. Fry onion and sausage over medium heat, turning frequently until slightly crispy, for about 5 minutes. Add potatoes, cherry tomatoes and parsley, then finally the cheese. Break eggs into pan. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover with a lid or large plate and cook for about 5 minutes, until it has firmed up. Turn off heat. Place pan under grill, with handle poking out. Wrap handle in foil if it’s made of wood or plastic, and make sure handle stays outside oven door, which should stay open. Grill (broil) tortilla for about 5 minutes, until tomatoes cook a bit and things turn golden. Serve. This is Mexican-style street food meets whatever’s- in-the-fridge. A little bit throw-it-together and a little bit late-night cure. Go with your gut.

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BREAKFAST BLUEBERRY QUINOA SERVES 1-2

2 cups (500 ml/17 fl oz) milk or soy milk 1 cup (200 g/7 oz) quinoa, rinsed 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp brown sugar 1 cup (155 g/5.5 oz) fresh blueberries Bring milk to a gentle simmer in a small saucepan. Add quinoa and return to boil. Reduce heat to low, then cover and simmer for about 10–12 minutes, until threequarters of the milk has been absorbed. Stir in cinnamon, sugar and a pinch of sea salt. Cook for another 5–8 minutes, until almost all the milk has been absorbed. Stir in half the blueberries and cook for 30 seconds. Serve topped with remaining blueberries, and maybe some extra milk and a sprinkling of brown sugar, if desired. It’s great with a big dollop of natural yoghurt too.

Find the rest of these delicious breakfast recipes in the aspiring foodie cookbook, After Toast.

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CRUNCHY, CHEWY MUESLI BARS

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LIBRARY SIGN: THREE POTATO FOUR

BOTANICAL PRINTS: THE EVOLUTION STORE

Photographs by Sarah Sherman Samuel.

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Smitten Studio HOME OFFICE

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PAINT: BEHR “AMAZON STONE” & BLACK CHALKBOARD PAINT

Sarah Sherman Samuel, founder and creative director of Smitten Studio, only has creative bones in her body. Interior design: check. Graphic design: check. Photography: check. You’ve likely seen some of her paper products on Target shelves during her days working as Creative Director for Greenroom. Lately though, she’s eagerly anticipating (and busily prepping for) the launch of her very own product line. This dogloving, style-savvy, Los Angeles transplant shares a peek inside her home office studio.

Emma Magazine: Favorite places to shop for home or office? Sarah Sherman Samuel: Flea markets, HD Buttercup, and West Elm. EM: Favorite go-to recipe? SS:My go-to recipe for a simple meal is a baked salmon and kale salad. EM: Last album you bought? SS: Cold Fact by Rodriguez. EM: How would you describe your interior design style? SS: I gravitate mostly to the mid century modern aesthetic which is much more prevalent in the rest of my home, but I also like to mix

it up a bit so things feel collected, and the space is a visual extension of my experiences. EM: Where did you go to school and what did you study? SS: I went to Western Michigan University’s College of Fine Art where I received my BFA in Graphic Design. My original major at university was in painting, but I switched to Graphic Design after discovering it for myself at a graduate’s BFA design show. I am grateful for the painting background, as it gave me my strong foundation in color.

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Stylistically, that still influences my work; for example, I love to incorporate the hand-painted into my pattern/surface design work. EM: What was your very first job? SS: I was a barista at a coffee shop in Michigan when I was 15. EM: What is your long-term career goal? SS: Right now I have my head down, trying to iron out all of the little details that come with launching your own product line. I am hoping to have the launch sometime this spring or summer and then see where that takes me. It has always been my 48 EMMA

long-term goal to have my own product line, and after spending the last five years building a successful one for another company, I am so excited that it is close to coming to fruition for myself! EM: Where do you see yourself in five years? SS: Hmm, in five years I see myself still traveling around with my husband, hopefully still writing and growing my blog, finding inspiration outside, and spending as much time at our cabin as possible. I also want to grow my brand to reach bigger retailers, or maybe even to my own brick and mortar store.


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It’s a cool afternoon when we pile into Becki Crosby’s white minivan affectionately dubbed “The swagger wagon.” She unbuckles a child’s carseat and tosses it in the back to make room. I had planned to follow behind Crosby in my own car on our way to Emma’s Biking with Becki shoot, but she insists I ride with her. Alejandra Vidal, our photographer, has already made herself comfortable in the passenger seat, so I figure, why not? I strap my 10-month-old into one of the remaining two carseats (that’s three kids total if you’re keeping score and Crosby and her husband have another on the way), and we hit the road. My first impression of Crosby,

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a popular wardrobe and photo shoot stylist, happened over social media. A photo, captioned, “a pregnant girl with morning sickness in the car for 10 hours” proves that even at her worst, this girl does not take a bad photo. I am pleasantly surprised that upon meeting her in person, she is much more than a pretty face. Crosby’s quick wit and laid back personality instantly put me at ease. Even when a photo shoot mishap threatens to send her mother-in-law’s vintage prom dress to prom dress heaven, Crosby remains cool as a cucumber. SARAH HUBBELL: That was a close call there with your

mother-in-law’s dress. BECKI CROSBY: It’s actually fine. There are no tears! SH: What a relief! You pulled the dress and the rest of this look together with direction from Alejandra. Where do you typically draw inspiration for shoots? BC: Sometimes I shut myself off from Pinterest or other blogs and websites, because even though I like seeing what others are doing, I don’t want my ideas and work to be heavily influenced by it. I try to keep tunnel vision on what I’m drawn to. My mom is super old fashioned, and we have a close relationship, so I like things that have nostalgia to them and things that are girly and feminine. It’s


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FLORAL CARDIGAN TULLE PASTEL MAXI DRESS MISS SELFRIDGE BALLET FLATS SHOP BOP FLORAL CROWN MIGNONNE HANDMADE

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not always trendy, but it always appeals to me. SH: How do you juggle work and motherhood? BC: For anyone to do that, you have to have support from the people in your life. My husband didn’t always understand what kind of support I needed, but he now knows how much it takes to run a business. It’s not like you can leave your job at the door when you get home. It’s 24 hours. My kids play with each other which helps, but I work long, late hours. Things that require my full attention I do between 8 p.m. and 1 a.m. If you asked me if I was balanced, I would probably say no. I have to make sure I’m putting my family first. SH: Working mamas are always

trying to find balance. It’s hard. BC: I think people who don’t own businesses are sometimes too critical of women who do. It makes us working moms feel worse. Being a mom is amazing, and I love it, but I for sure need more in my life. SH: With a thriving styling and consulting business, what does “more” look like for you? Where do you see yourself in the next five years? BC: I really get a lot out of helping people. It fulfills me. I would like to continue blogging (or get back to it, since I haven’t been), and I really like public speaking and workshops. Doing what I do now but on a bigger scale. SH: Public speaking doesn’t come naturally to most people.

Do you get nervous? BC: Practice makes perfect. I get a little more confident every time I do [a TV segment or speaking engagement]. I think that may be why I like it, because it isn’t easy, but I like the challenge. I do get nervous and intimated, but that challenges me to work harder and be better. SH: What items can we always find in your bag? BC: Tarte LipSurgence lip crayon, Revlon’s balm stain, fruity gum, and Bath & Body Works pink chiffon hand sanitzer. SH: Last iTunes purchase? BC: Madness by Muse. I love that whole song. There’s so much energy in it. I can relate, because my whole life is madness.

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Photographs by Marisa Schibilla By Jessica Helgeson and Kenny Barrett

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EMMA HOSTS AN URBAN GARDEN & DIY PLANTER CLASS

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APRIL PLANTING

GUIDE INDOOR

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Zucchini

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No.1 Mix equal parts perlite, portland cement and peat moss.

No.2 Mix with water until consistency resembles cottage cheese.

No.3 Spray cardboard container with cooking spray.

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DIY PLANTER

No. 4 Fill bottom of container with a one inch layer of mixture. Place a slightly smaller cardboard container in the center and fill around it with remaining mixture. No. 5 Cover with plastic and let sit for 24 hours, then remove inner container. Let sit, covered, for 12 hours before removing outer container. Sand edges as needed and drill drainage hole with masonry bit, if desired.

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No.1

Hue on hue color blocking: Wear varying shades of the same color from head to toe.

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Photographs by Paula Andrea Photography. Styled by Amanda Perna. Hair by Brittany Brown Hair. Dresses by House of Perna. Makeup by Melanie Burger.

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Cutouts: Equal parts sultry and demure, a back cutout keeps this dress classy.

CUTOUT DRESS HOUSE OF PERNA BLACK PEEP TOE BOOTIES JILDOR SHOES POLKA DOT BANGLES NORDSTROM EMMAMAG.COM 65


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• 2” x 2” mini canvases, available at craft stores or online • Neodymium magnets (1/4” x 1/16” discs), but any small, super-strong magnets will work • Super Glue • gel medium or Mod Podge • small stiff bristle brush • 2” x 2” printouts of your favorite Instagram shots • scissors (or a paper cutter, for more precise edges)

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SUPER GLUE (carefully!) 2 magnets to the backside of each mini canvas. PRINT AND CUT OUT your Instagram images, trimming each to fit the canvases. APPLY A THIN LAYER of gel medium to the front of the canvases. Avoid the sides if possible! LAY YOUR IMAGES on the gel medium. Carefully apply pressure to smooth out any air bubbles. APPLY ANOTHER THIN LAYER of gel medium to seal the images, paying careful attention to ensure the sides of the images are properly adhered. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s okay to have brush marks - they help keep the texture of the canvas. DRY FLAT for at least 30 minutes.

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A how-to guide for the modern domestic

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