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T / happy monday / get lit

Oh my gosh.  Are we back?  Yes we’re back. Cait and I are still so very much here.  We both have big projects going and we can’t wait to tell you all the things about them.  It’s just that things got a little busy in 2017.  We started posting less frequently.  And that slowed to a stand still by the holidays.  But we missed our blog baby.  So here we are.  It’s 2018 and we’ll be posting more regularly. We’ll just be taking a day or two off during the week.  And seriously – please watch this space. Because things are slowly getting revealed.

One of my favourite mantras comes from writer and blog buddy Katie.  I go to her when things start to involve a lot of sighing.  It’s like I forget to breathe and it all comes out in one massively dramatic exhale.  But then you go and find the light, choose it and everything is okay again.  And no, you haven’t died, FYI.  I know you were thinking that.

Speaking of light.  I started playing around with it a lot in 2017.  And apparently I like me some solar flare.  And by like, I mean I actively go searching for it.  And where better to find it than across the west coast.  I talk about light being romantic.  It is and I fall in love each time I meet a new version of it.  I’ve even have feelings for that stupid hot noon time near the equator light where you have to go all f/22 on.  But while I travelled up California from Joshua Tree, through Oregon and Washington state, I got the full whammy of light.  I fell head over heels.  And it doesn’t have to come from the sun.

There’s just something magical about it. The way it peaks through leaves or over mountains.  How it illuminates the scorched earth of national park fires to reveal both gloom yet growth.  You get the idea that this is how fairy tales get created where darkness and lightness meet for a battle.

So I thought I’d share some of these shots today.  Happy 2018.

 


All photographs by Tiffany Tsang. Please request permission to use.  Cait+Tiff are not liable for injuries incurred from staring at the sun.


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T / happy new year / tiff’s top tunes 2017

Photo Credit: Eric Cahan.

Hi guys hi.  This year was a doozy right?  If I said 2016 was weird then 2017 was way weirder.  I fell off the music wagon. I failed in my personal goal of becoming the Rob Gordon of mp3s.  In a nutshell: the patriarchy is still not yet smashed.  Reading the news kinda sucked 99% of the time.  Have you ever angry-run?  Basically, a ton of feelings happened.  There as a deep dive in terms of inspo.  But I’ve got to check my privilege here: I realized I had a solid community of innovators, entrepreneurs, leaders and all-powerful wonderful people both near and far.  Cait is in Cali and things are brewing hard for 2018.  The work has continued to flow.  I had over 100 photoshoots this year!  The quality of my photos and my confidence are going up all the time.   I’m still challenging myself.  I might have convinced myself that it is totally possible for a East Coast girl like me to move to California.  My soul might actually feel comfortable in the Pacific North West.  I also discovered that colouring and puzzles are great alternatives to substances that aren’t too good for my liver.

Cut to the chase Tiff.

Basically I woke up this morning.  It was 2018.  The mistake I made this year was that I didn’t listen to enough music.  I had neglected in favour of this, this and this. And I’m completely bent on correcting for that in 2018.  So this list isn’t quite exhaustive.  I might be a little ashamed about it.  There’s a ton of go-girl music, which I am not ashamed about.

And all my favourite covers and remixes from this year here! And lists for 2016, 2015, 2014!


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C/ Acts of Matter

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Hi, this is the first installment of “the things you can donate a little bit of money to, but it will go a long way.” It’s not an especially catchy tag line, but these organizations are worth a look.

The first one I love is Acts of Matter. This dance company, founded by my dear friend and true badass, Rebecca Lemme, is all about dealing with social issues through dance and expression. She has run the company for a few years, and has put together some of the most beautiful, heart breaking, and emotional work I have ever seen.

Her words are as powerful as her work:

“Founded in 2014, Acts of Matter is a project-based performance group with a mission of revealing and reveling in our greater humanity through investment in process and collaboration. The work of the company is grounded in an unfettered willingness to attempt something while accepting the possibility of its failure. This physical exertion—this act of trying—is the core of humanity in the work. As a choreographer, Artistic Director Rebecca Lemme is inspired by the ability of movement to move people—to stir in them something innately human: the need to find connection. Acts of Matter hinges on the belief that as a society we are defined by what unites us—by what makes us similar, not what makes us different. Drawn from immensely personal inspiration, the work creates a window in which others can see their own experience reflected. It suggests that at the core of every private struggle or individual joy is something universal.”

Watching her work has gotten me excited about dance again, something that I have truly missed. If you are into arts, know how much funding they are losing every year, and want to help out a company that does seriously wonderful work, please consider donating to the Kickstarter. It closes in a few days, so get on it. Also, the video on the fundraising page is the prettiest.

Happy Caring-about-other-people Tuesday!

xx cait


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T / happy monday / tiny little stories

I guess it’s come to this.  Our attention spans are so small now that everything has to be digested to the most intense of brevity.

Or.  You could so it another way.  Short form storytelling can be just as beautiful and perhaps a bit more urgent.  Which is why I dig these One Minute Wonders by the talented peeps at Present Plus.  Each one is about a creator.  Their work.  All compressed into one minute of often gorgeous video.

I picked this one, out of the 48 stories they’ve got online, because sustainable fashion has become more of a topic on my mind lately.  I also like me some alpaca wool.

One Minute Wonder 20 – Kiyoshi Inoue from Present Plus on Vimeo.


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C/ It Doesn’t Have to be Tuesday for You to Give a Shit

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Good morning. Hey, hi. It’s been a little while. I have taken a break from the blog because everything I was writing was angry, frustrated, and had a distinct “burn it all to the ground” vibe. My brain has been toggling between deep sadness over the constant news of sexual predators EVERYWHERE, disgust with our predator-president (Presitor? Predident?), and building a business. It’s a tornado of angry colors swatches inside my brain.

Anyway, I am not talking about that garbage, I am surprisingly optimistic today, probably because I haven’t read the news yet, and I want to share a few things.

Giving Tuesday was this week, which is a real thing where people donate to a cause they care about or throw $30 at something a friend from high school posted on Facebook. A lot of very deserving organizations push for fundraising this time of year, but it feels SUPER overwhelming to receive all those emails asking for money when you are trying to figure out how the hell you are going to afford buying presents for the holidays.

My long-winded solution is this special little secret: IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE TUESDAY FOR YOU TO GIVE A SHIT. Sorry for yelling, but this is how I feel about it. The thought of caring about the less fortunate one day a year is pretty gross to me, so this week I am sharing information on a few organizations that I know very closely that I know need support. I trust the people in charge, know about the tight budgets they work on, and know where the money goes. If you have any questions about them, let me know and I will find the answer for you.

More soon.

caitsig

 


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T / mental space mix

Photo Credit: Olympic Peninsula by Tiffany Tsang

It’s been a minute, right?  So we took a good long break.  I was on the road (a big long one called the US101) and there’s just so much brewing right now on all our sides. I know that my mental space has been filled up.  It’s also way cluttered in the way a an A&E Hoarder is, without the random dead bodies hidden it the corner but still the feeling that it’s all gonna spill at any moment. So I’ve had to limit things. And one of the first things to go was music.  Super sad face.  But that’s what breaks are for, right?

My resolution coming back was to make time for it.  (I’m a big fan of this app, by the way).  Telling my brain: it’s time for pure, unadulterated MUSIC.  And that’s how this new playlist was borne.  Until a bad case of the jetlag hit and I became of puddle of displaced equilibrium.  So I’m sharing it now.   I hope you’re making time for the things that matter to you.  And if you aren’t, you really should.

Anyways, there’s a lot of good new stuff in here that’s from all over the place.  Yaeji is a hip new artist that splits her time between Seoul and New York.  Siobhan Sainte hails from New Zealand. And there’s all the fabulous artists I’ve loved for ages that are now releasing new and remixed beats.  Charlotte Gainsbourg and Tame Impala – big hearts out to you.  Basically, this mix is getting me through my to-do list.  It’s a big mix for the long list.

 


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C/ Love Letters

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Hi guys. It’s been a minute since posting, Tiff is traveling and I am lazy. It’s been over 100 in LA all week and I am realizing that a lot of my Cambodia-based grumpiness was due to heat, and how much I dislike sweating. I have been off all week, and trying to kick this funk.

To be fair, it might not just be global warming that has my panties in a twist. It’s rough out there, and it has been for a while. The fatigue of dealing with entitled garbage monsters is real, and it has certainly taken a toll on me. I know I am not the only one.

When the first thing we read ever damn day is “gross white dude with lots of power does gross things to tons of women and gets away with it for a long time and sometimes forever” it’s difficult to muster the strength to get up and fight it. I have friends who have been feeling sad, tired, numb, scared, and just over all this shit. The messages impact how we feel about ourselves, and when we hear it every day, it stats feeling normal.

I am finding solace in little acts recently, and one of the things that seems to help is taking time to love on my lady friends. I have been writing notes to some of the best women in my life, reminding them that they are powerful, interesting, smart, wonderful people. It’s not exactly world-saving, but adding a little bit of positive feedback to rise above the noise of the hateful garbage we hear everyday is helpful to me and to these incredible women. They feel some love, and I am reminded of how lucky I am to have such special people in my life.

I recommend doing this, and putting a few more kind things into the world that we started with today.

Have fun this weekend, try not to dress up as a “sexy-something racist.”

xx cait

 


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humpjump

Photo Credit: Kosten

Tiff is in flight! Cait is on the couch, sort of the same thing. It dipped below 70 in LA, and Cait is trying to jump into pikes of leaves (that aren’t there yet) and find everything “cozy.” She event went to a Hygge party, and what could possibly be better than that. With upcoming travel to Chicago, she will soon remember that not-sweating doesn’t mean it’s cold, but for now, let’s let her enjoy it.

Really digging these little graphics pushing positive vibes for Australia’s marriage equality vote!

Starting classes here, and can’t wait for Twerkshop.

Cold weather, beautiful landscapes, and maybe some gorgeous night lights please.

Christian Bale as Dick Cheney? I don’t understand what’s happening.

Basically what happens when I travel from Southeast Asia to the PNW in October.

This is the sweetest thing. Also great inspiration.

Really want to be in THIS book club.

Yay! More love for being comfortable.

This bag just arrived literally hours before my trip.  Cannot wait to get it dirty.

I’m so annoyed I am not French.

 


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C/ New Music (to me)

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Hi team, I am here to talk about new music, because most other topics right now are so triggering that I just want to stare at photos of this hedgehog all day and pray for sleep.

So, new music. I know, I am not the one that you guys usually go to for music. Tiff is younger, and cooler, and we all know that, and it’s FINE, but I have something to share. I mentioned about 4000 times that I went to a Solange concert a few weeks ago. Solange is amazing, but you already knew that. What you might not know about, is how cool her friends are.

I am here to talk about the crew that came with her, the supporting acts that blew my damn MIND and have changed my world the last few weeks.

  1. Blood Orange

2. KING

3. Kelela

I hope you like this stuff, it has made the last few weeks better for me.

xx cait

Image via AXS