When it comes to dog photography, my standards are pretty high. Many underestimate the true talent and skill it takes to photograph dogs (or any animal for that matter) with both a language barrier and unwillingness to sit still. So when I came across Albert Lewis’ Born to Run, I instantly knew it was something special. And now I want to share it with you!
This stunning book of portraits captures the amazing life of Iditarod sled dogs unlike any other I’ve seen. Albert’s keen eye showcases each sled dogs’ personality and emotion and gives us a glimpse into the graceful dogs who run this epic race each year. In addition to this sled dog passion project, Albert is embarking on a mission to help end the homeless pet population by photographing shelter animals in a professional manner to better help their chances of a quick adoption to a forever home. It’s amazing how art can turn into philanthropy!
If you’d like to get your hands on this gorgeous, 204 page (it’s a hefty one!), 11×12″ hardbound, coffee table style LIMITED EDITION (yup, signed by Albert himself!) book, all you have to do is…
1. Leave a comment telling me one goal you have for you and your pup in 2013!
And BOOM, you are entered!
I will announce the winner on the blog on Wednesday, Jan. 9, so be sure to come back to see if you are the lucky winner!
Now for the not-so-fine print:
And I’m back.
That long hiatus from the blog was much needed, let me tell you. It was getting to a point where I began resenting the blogging process and just needed to stop, reflect and make some changes. And now here we are, ready for some change and a new year.
If you are anything like me, sometimes you need to stop everything you are doing (and I mean EVERYTHING) to just sit for a moment and really let your thoughts come through clearly and precisely. While I will admit that this 2 1/2 weeks was not nearly enough time to truly formulate my ideas, I do have a better idea of what I want House of Harvey to be and where I see it going in 2013.
So not to make this so longwinded and overwhelming (like I feel many New Years posts can be), I just wanted to say thanks for sticking by throughout these growing pains and I hope you stay around for what is to come in the new year.
Here’s a sneak peek:
It’s gonna be a wild ride…let’s have some fun!
Steph + Harvey
“With me in my kerchief and Harvey in his cap, we both settled down for a long winter’s nap.”
So, we didn’t quite make it through the full 12 Howlidays of the Season. When I started this gift guide series, I kind of had an inkling that I wouldn’t make it through. With a tremendously crazy work schedule, holiday shopping, and some travel in between, it was a bit too ambitious for me to finish up in time. But you know, sometimes you just have to suck it up and admit that YOU JUST CAN’T DO IT ALL…you just can’t. And now we need a nap.
If there is anything I’ve learned in 2012, it’s that I have to understand my limitations and be ok with the fact that I am but one human being, and I can’t possibly tackle everything on my list in one go around. Sometimes I just have to step back, prioritize and come to terms with having to cross some things off my list at a later time. And that is perfectly ok!
This next year is sure to be a doozy. There are a lot of ideas rolling around my noggin, and some of them are actually in the works as we speak. So I hope you will join me on the crazy ride that 2013 is destined to be…for all of us. I have a feeling next year’s Christmas post will be a lot different, and I can’t wait to share with you all the things that are to come.
So from my House to yours, I wish you all the merriest, safest, happiest and loveliest Christmas and New Year! We will see you in 2013, ready and raring to go!
Steph + Harvey
If there was one piece of my daily wardrobe that I could switch on the daily, it would be my bag. Satchel, messenger, leather, canvas, clutch, and more…I love them all. Most of my faves are too pricey for my wallet (but never for my Pinterest board), but are totally worth the saving. And when it comes to my furry little buddy (although he is too big for a carrier) there are just enough gorgeous styles to choose from as well.
So this holiday, give the gift of portable style.
For a long time now, I have been working like a mad women. Constantly hustling for the next big gig, all the while trying to fit in time to pursue the things that “make me happy.” In the end, all we’ve ended up with is a burnt-out near-30-year-old and a coffee addiction.
As a member of the blogging community, you can’t help but notice all of the recent posts that cover the topic of “doing what you love for a living.” It can be incredibly inspiring at times to read these posts and see how they leapt into their creative careers blind and frightened, yet came out on top in the end. But, it can also be a little frustrating to hear success story after success story, while you sit at your computer screen struggling to keep your eyes open because you work too many hours, with little recognition and very minimal steps forward.
I’m not saying that my hard work is not paying off. It totally has been. I am so so so so grateful for the leaps and bounds my career/life has taken in a short few months. But I did want to speak out on the fact that it is not always as easy as it seems. While some creatives may make it look like a walk in the park, it takes time, dedication, and strenuous labor at times to really make it happen. And I am definitely learning this exhausting truth first hand.
Pursuing your dreams is not about waking up one day and saying, “I know, I’ll be a creative entrepreneur for the rest of my life and live this magical existence.” It’s about waking up one day with an idea you are so passionate about that you are willing to do whatever it takes (i.e. go bankrupt, work endless hours, face rejection, etc.) and take the scary leap off the cliff to make it happen.
Well, everyone, I am right there, looking down off that cliff-edge and am ready to jump. It’s the most frightening thing I will, most likely, ever do in my life. There is no security blanket, there is no parachute; There is just a lot of faith, hope and encouragement from incredible friends and family that I can do whatever it is that I put my whole heart into. Yes, I may not succeed. Yes, I may continue to work endless hours. And yes, I may not be able to find that happy balance for a little while longer (but maybe doing what I love for a living is a great start to balance anyways…right?) But I have made it to this point and I don’t want to turn back. This is where I will have to start.
So for all of you out there who are in a similar position, sitting/standing/hovering at that cliff’s-edge, ready to make a decision one way or the other…I say jump. Financial obligations will ALWAYS be there. Responsibility will ALWAYS be there. But your life and truest happiness could disappear in an instance. It’s a hard truth I have had to learn in a very real and heartbreaking way this past year, and I refuse to let it happen to you.
Grab you dreams and run with them. In the end we all die, and while we may come back as something like a beautiful hummingbird or lovable puppy, we will lack opposable thumbs and then where will we be? Ha! (Just a joke to lighten the rather serious mood this post has taken. My apologies.)
It’s your life. It’s your future. It’s your choice. All I wish for everyone who enters my life (in the physical and virtual realm) is that they are happy, healthy, and are always pursuing their dreams….whatever those happen to be. Let’s do this thing.
It’s all about travel for me lately. I am so eager to run about this great big world of ours. But in order for you and your pup to do so you need to have some solid shoes (or stylish heels) and a decent (or flashy) leash.
So if you have the pleasure of traveling in 2013, here are a few great selects for you to consider to take on the road (or just have some serious fun with).
I am on a bit of a gift guide overload. So I’ve decided to take a break for the day and just spread some general holiday merriment with you all. My Mr. Harvey is a fool for the holidays. He just adores this festive time of year, so I thought I’d share some of his moments from the past few weeks.
In SoCal, it can be especially hard to get into the season spirit simply because the sun is shining and the weather can be warmer and you forget that it is any different time of year than Spring/Summer. So in my house, we truly deck the halls in Christmas cheer to help us remember it is winter after all. I hope you all are enjoying the season, and please remember to take the time to enjoy the season…it’s a magical time!
You can see more holiday and typical Harvey antic pictures on the @HouseofHarvey Instagram account!
Steph + Mr Harvey
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