Jon Hamm's tux didn't fit well. The jacket was too tight, the pants too wide. The facial hair was a disaster.
Blog Podium happened this weekend. It was great to meet so many people and to be so well received before during and after my talk with my West Elm Hombre - Neil Gazmen and Fabu Moderator Brittany Stagger.
I'm not a fan of bedtime as in a small child going to bed. I feel guilty admitting this out loud.
Will Arnett looks orange. Oh wait, not looks IS orange. Why do people think that fake tans spray tans or anything close to these are a good idea? Same goes for wigs (for the sake of having a different hair look) and cheap hair extensions. Just wrong. Do you WANT to look like Britney Spears?
Budgets. I'm crunching them. I don't get any satisfaction from making budget, more so when we exceed them and they are approved as such. Should I admit that? I spoke with several people this weekend who have been watching the sneak peeks of several of our most recent projects and they all said that they felt that the calibre of the work had vastly improved from previous projects. While it is always amazing to get feedback (especially when it is so positive) what really twigged was asking myself what made these projects stand out from the previous work we've done. The answer is pretty clear - the clients pretty much let us drive the entire project. There was no second guessing, no re-sourcing (okay there were a few resources) and no lopping off of any limbs to make it happen. The clients went all in even if it meant going over the budget that we'd initially been working with. They saw the potential and the value in doing it once and doing it right and this is why the results are that much better.
You've heard me wax poetically about saving up until you can afford to do it right. Sure there are still phases that happen even with the biggest budgets but it's worth it to do as much as you can at once. We were speaking with a client the other day trying to figure out where we were going to trim the budget down. We both agreed that it would be better to abandon the home office entirely vs doing parts of it now. The reason being that if it looked unfinished and sad compared to the rest of the house, the more likely it would be that they would do it next year. It's easy to become complacent with what you are living with especially after you've already done a big project. I thought that it was great that she had this insight into the humane condition. It's why I have a huge list of unfinished projects in my own home. Dead Cow Syndrome. You just don't see it lying there rotting on your floor.
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