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Victoria Smith, blogger / designer

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Designers, Slider, Stylists, Uncategorized, Writers | 0 comments

Meet Victoria Smith, creator and editor of sfgirlbybay, one of the most successful design blogs in the world. Half a million readers visit her site each month, and the same number of people follow her on Pinterest. Read on to learn how she turned a hobby into her career, and follow her on twitter @sfgirlbybay.

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Tom Rice, producer / filmmaker

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Entrepreneurs, Slider, Uncategorized, Writers | 2 comments

Meet Tom Rice, co-founder of Sycamore Pictures, whose latest film, The Way, Way Back, has charmed critics and moviegoers alike. Read on to learn more about this summer’s must-see movie—and the tenacious and talented producer behind it.

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Janna Lufkin, stylist and entrepreneur

Posted by on Jul 30, 2013 in Designers, Entrepreneurs, Slider | 0 comments

Meet Janna Lufkin, a photo stylist for national magazines and catalogues who built her company, Raw Materials Design, around the notion that simple design is timeless, and “Made in America” is more than a nice idea. Follow her on Pinterest or check out her blog,

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Jordan Ferney, Blogger

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in Entrepreneurs, Slider, Stylists | 0 comments

Meet Jordan Ferney, an event planner, letterpress printer, and blogger whose site, Oh Happy Day!, is one of the most-read blogs in the country. You don't want to throw a party--or start your day--without a dose of Oh Happy Day! Follow her on twitter and Instagram @ohhappyday, or check her out on facebook.

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Erin Gates, designer/blogger

Posted by on Mar 15, 2013 in Designers, Slider, Uncategorized | 3 comments

Meet Erin Gates, the designer who's made a name for herself around the world with her wildly popular blog, Elements of Style. When she's not revamping other people's houses--or renovating her own--she's connecting with loyal followers on everything from fashion trends to decorating advice. Oh--and she's writing a book in all her spare time. Check out her blog or follow her on Twitter @elementsofstyle.

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Mike Stern, animator

Posted by on Feb 22, 2013 in Artists, Slider | 2 comments

He’s beaten the odds—and earned his keep—in an industry where jobs are both coveted and competitive. Meet Mike Stern, an animator with Dreamworks SKG, who’s lent his talent and indefatigable spirit to movies like Kung Fu Panda and How to Train Your Dragon. Follow him on Twitter @supersternio.

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Andrew McCarthy, actor/director/writer

Posted by on Feb 7, 2013 in Slider, Writers | 1 comment

Andrew McCarthy is a man of many talents: actor, director, and writer. His travel stories appear in the world’s most respected publications, from National Geographic Traveler to the Atlantic. And his book, The Longest Way Home, has endeared him to critics in the same way that his films—Pretty in Pink, St. Elmo’s Fire, and Weekend at Bernie's, to name a few—endeared him to fans across the globe.

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Anh-Minh Le, writer/editor

Posted by on Jan 14, 2013 in Slider, Uncategorized, Writers | 0 comments

Anh-Minh Le did the unthinkable: She started a print magazine when other publications were folding left and right. Her brainchild, Anthology, now has a cult following and is praised by the country’s top stylemakers and designers. This talented writer and editor knows how to tell a good story—including her own.

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Catherine Karnow, photographer

Posted by on Jan 8, 2013 in Photographers, Slider | 2 comments

Meet Catherine Karnow, a photojournalist who has traveled the globe with her camera, documenting people and places for magazines such as National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, and Smithsonian, as well as many other international publications. Check out some of her extraordinary work here, and learn more about her photography workshops as well.

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Erika McPherson Powell, designer

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012 in Designers, Slider | 0 comments

Erika Powell is one of the most talked about designers of the moment. Her design firm, Urban Grace Interiors, has been heralded by countless publications, from Traditional Home and Coastal Living to The San Francisco Chronicle and The Washington Post. Follow her wildly popular blog, or be inspired by her lovingly curated Pinterest boards, or check out her flawless work at

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Raili Clasen, designer / entrepreneur

Posted by on Nov 16, 2012 in Designers, Entrepreneurs, Slider, Uncategorized | 1 comment

She made a name for herself in California's surf industry, blazing trails at Quiksilver and launching Roxy with wild success. A VP at Paul Frank before starting Alice Supply Co., Raili Clasen recently moved beyond fashion design--and into home design. Flipping houses gave her an outlet for testing her skills, and now she has a roster of clients and the energy of a kid who just rode the perfect wave.

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Denise Gee, writer/editor/stylist

Posted by on Nov 13, 2012 in Slider, Stylists, Writers | 4 comments

Denise Gee is a magazine veteran who’s written for all the major shelter publications—from Better Homes & Gardens to Coastal Living. Her unforgettable storytelling skills have found their way into each of her cookbooks. If you’re a fan of cocktails, grab a copy of Southern Cocktails. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss her latest: Sweet on Texas.

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Jonathan Rachman, designer

Posted by on Oct 30, 2012 in Designers, Slider | 3 comments

Born in Sumatra and educated in Switzerland, Jonathan Rachman’s international story landed him in San Francisco, where his entrepreneurial spirit came alive. A designer who has fashioned all kinds of interiors—from city apartments and penthouses to wine country estates and urban hotels—Jonathan admits that saying goodbye to corporate America was the best risk he ever took. Check out his work at and browse a few of his favorite treasures at Second Shout Out.

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Heather John Fogarty, writer

Posted by on Oct 16, 2012 in Slider, Stylists, Writers | 2 comments

Heather John Fogarty, a Los Angeles-based writer, has been fortunate enough to cover her passions—fashion, food and wine—for the Los Angeles Times Magazine and Bon Appétit. In her popular blog,, she writes about those subjects with expertise and candor, a combination that will leave you wishing you could raid her closet—and snag a seat at her kitchen table.

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Paige Porter Fischer, writer

Posted by on Oct 7, 2012 in Slider, Writers | 13 comments

My name is Paige Porter Fischer. I’m a writer and editor, and I created this web site to tell inspiring stories of inspiring people. My job has allowed me the consistent honor of intersecting with unforgettable individuals. My own story involves a few too many trails for one small paragraph; so if you’re inclined to know more about me, check out my Q&A with Maria Streshinsky. Thank you for stopping by. I hope you will find some inspiration here to stay the course of your biggest dreams.

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