Cause for Drinks – event THIS WED

Holiday Matinee is celebrating 10 years of creativity and they want you to join! The Cause for Drinks event is happening THIS Wed in SD at the rooftop bar at the W hotel, downtown. If the 10 year anniversary isn’t enough cause for drinks, you will be pleased to know that they have teamed up with Friends of TOMS shoes and will be giving 25% back to the charity. *Good Stuff*

OH and there is still time to enter the 10 for 10 contest! They are giving away 10 prizes from TOMS Shoes, W Hotel, Pat & Oscar’s, Furni Creations, Feelgoodz, No Star Clothing, T-Post, Field Notes, EA Sports and a pair of tickets to Def Leppard & Poison. To get these prizes, all you have to do is take a photo/video of yourself doing something creative that you have never done before and email it to HM. CAKE. I think I’m going to try gymnastics. Who wants to video it?!

There will be tons of creative minds at the event, and of course, great drink specials. We will see you there…


Who is Holiday Matinee? (You want to know these guys)

PRIDE in SD this weekend

It’s time to show your PRIDE in San Diego! This year has been a rough year politically for the LGBT community, and I know many San Diegans have taken the time to organize events and peaceful protests, but this is a time to party! I know it’s hard in the shadow of prop 8, but let’s celebrate how far we have come. The theme this year is “Stonewall 2.0- Activism for Equality” and it’s a 3 day event full of music, food, drinks and of course, the parade. The event kicks off tonight with hundreds of parties and drink deals all over Hillcrest. The Parade is on Saturday at 11am and goes down University and then turns on Sixth street. See the map.

The San Diego Pride Celebration is the 5th largest in the United States attracting 160,000 spectators to the Parade and 50,000 to the weekend Festival. The Pride Parade is the best attended and largest single day event in San Diego. The two-day Pride Festival features multiple stages of entertainment, musicians, bands, comedy and dance performers, 300 participating vendor booths, an Art exhibit, a Green With Pride Zone, Farmers Market, cultural presentations, great food and much more!
The event is for EVERYONE gay and straight alike. It’s about peace and love and being yourself. 🙂 Come out and celebrate. For more info on tickets and event details go to

Thanks for celebrating with Collar Free!

Our Collar Free 1 yr anniversary party was a success! Thanks to everyone who had a chance to stop by and say hello. Thanks again to Syrah who provided us with excellent wine, wonderful cheese plates and a great atmosphere. I think Pat had a good 30th birthday too. 🙂 We will be posting all the pics from the party later this week.



Collar Free Inc. is always expanding. See our new projects at Artistic Hub.

WE HUB: Austin City Limits Music Festival

WE HUB: Austin City Limits Music Festival

WHAT IS AUSTIN CITY LIMITS? Austin City Limits is a 3-day Music Festival in Austin, TX featuring 130 bands on 8 stages. Get the complete festival experience with local food, art and organized events for the kids. See music by Pearl Jam, The Dave Matthews Band, Beastie Boys, Kings of Leon, John Legend, Lilly Allen, Thievery Corporation, The Decemberists, Brett Dennen and more! See complete lineup.


WHY WE HUB THEM: We hub music. ACL is famous for headlining some major mainstream musicians as well as some up-and-coming bands you SHOULD know. Not only are they creating a whole weekend of fun in the sun, they also do it the green way. The festival is 100% carbon neutral and they are doing their part by banning styrofoam, plastic bags and more. You can also help off-set your carbon footprint by picking up a Be Green Fan Tag for $3. Learn more here.

HOW WE CAN HELP: Musicians and Artists go together like peanut butter and jelly. Artistic Hub would love to team up with Austin City Limits to run a t-shirt design contest for the festival coming this October. Why not let artists from around the world create and submit their t-shirt designs for the event? The public would vote for their favorites on the ACL website and the one with the most votes would be the official t-shirt of the event. Plus, all of the designs in voting are available on-demand, so anyone could go online a purchase a design on a hoodie, t-shirt, tank top and more. This would be a fun way to get artists involved in the event and to get some really killer t-shirts that everyone would rock for years to come!

-Mel & Michelle

CURVY – YEN Mag releases an all female artist exhibition & book


YEN Magazine brings you an exhibition and book featuring 120 of the most exciting female graphic artists and illustrators in the world. This ALL-GIRL book, CURVY, is gaining some major attention in the art world and anticipation as they gear up to launch their 6th edition of the exhibition and book.

CURVY kicks off the national tour in Sydney:
April 2nd (tomorrow) @ Mori Gallery
168 Day Street Sydney (on the edge of China Town & Darling Harbour)
They will be releasing more tour dates soon.

The book includes works from:



Giulia Balladore

Tanja Szekessy

Sarah Larnach


Sara Blake

Ameesha Earshaw

See the complete list of Curvy artists and check back for tour dates.

YEN Magazine is an Austrailian, independent publication for women that focuses more on arts and society and less on how to look hot in your brand name bikini. Definitely worth a click. 🙂


Social Media Workshops with Artistic Hub


Our new company, Artistic Hub, is now putting on Social Media Workshops and we may be coming to a city near you! (YES, that’s our big hub family jumping above. Look at our company grow! 🙂 )
We are proud to announce our second social media workshop is in SAN DIEGO. NBC: San Diego knows what’s up. – read their article about our workshops. OH – and The Daily Aztec Article. (If this was an audio blog, I would be playing “Get Around” by the Beach Boys RIGHT NOW)

The event will be April 11th at San Diego State and has been organized in conjunction with the SDSU Entrepreneur Society. We want to thank them for their involvement and 5% of all registrations go to support their event.


Here is more about the event, what we believe, and who should attend.

We believe 2 things:

1. There are a lot of tools out there, but only a few necessary ones to get the biggest results
2. Success with social media is directly related to the idea of Social Capital

Our workshop is going to focus on these two things and give you tools you need to be successful. You will leave today with a new or improved blog, an impressive LinkedIn account, an understanding of Facebook ads, your own social community on Ning, an e-commerce store on Zazzle, and the knowledge to harness Twitter effectively.

Who should attend:
Small business owners who want to leverage social media to attract more customers
Students looking to use social media in business or to start a business
Professionals who want to use social media to monitor their competitors, attract more customers, or increase their social capital


Conference Agenda:
9:00 – 9: 15 Introductions – Jimmy Hendricks, CEO of Collar Free Inc. and Artistic Hub

9:15 – 9:45 Opening Talk: Building Social Capital – Patrick Dillon, President of Collar Free Inc

10:00 – 12:00 Build a Foundation through Blogging – Jimmy Hendricks
· Purpose
· Power of blogging
· How to setup a blog on
· Writing
· Management and tracking analytics
· Reading and feeding (Using RSS feeds)
· Commenting and growing your traffic

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch is included

12:20 – 12:50 Facebook Lunch Steven Cox, CEO and Founder of
· Overview of pages and groups
· Using Facebook advertising

1:00 – 2:00 Linkedin – Speaker being finalized
· The power of LinkedIn
· Using groups
· Building your network
· Using it effectively

2:00 – 3:00 Ning for your own social network – Jennifer Mitchell, Principal, JMPR Communication

3:00 – 3:15 Break

3:15 – 4:00 for easy on-demand e-commerce, Patrick Dillon

4:00 – 4:30 Twitter – Ingrid Sanders, GM Online Advertising, The Active Network, @ingridsan
· What is it good for?
· How to use it?
· Brand monitoring
· Good tools

4:30 – 5:00 Wrap-up: The path to expert – Jimmy Hendricks

6:00 – ? Social and Networking Mixer at a local bar/restaurant – TBD

Additional workshop dates and cities include:
March 27 – Omaha, NE – Register Here
May TBD – LA
July TBD – Washington DC
September TBD – Chicago

PS- $50 discount for students! YAY

See you there – Mel

Collar Free @ Thread

Collar Free was a part of the Thread show this Sunday at the Sheraton Hotel in San Diego. This was a a fashion event where the city’s top fashion designers show complete collections, then sell them at discounted prices. There was a DJ, runway fashion shows, media lounge and an URB Magazine pool party with hosted drinks and giveaway. This is agreat place to scope out new and independent brands and I always leave with some unique new item. Some of my favorites include:EXIST1981Taxi CDC and Magali Designs. Check out some photos from DiscoverSD. Thanks  to everyone who came out to support and picked up a Collar Free t-shirt even though it’s December! 🙂

EXY Party was a hit: check out the sweet pics

The party at EXY was a hit! We are still recovering from the big event. Special thanks to EXY, U4rick vodka and and especially everyone that came out to celebrate fall with Collar Free. We had a blast and hope you love your tees!


Mel and her crew working the “alittlescene” flip book station. This was so much fun. Thanks again!alittlescene

Hope to see you at the next Collar Free event. To see more of the photos from the event check out our flickr.


So the Collar Free party @ EXY last night was a success! Thank you to everyone that made this event happen! We will post more stories, photos and videos from this event on Monday and lemme tell you… they are gonna be good. For now… we are recovering. Here are our favorite links we found this week:

*Design Meltdown – Design elements, trends and design problems. Great source of inspiration and information.

*Smashing Magazine: 6 steps to creating a successful website

*Ellen Kooi Photography – these make me smile

*Dzine blog – 10 designers of the month – these are amazing. gets me in the mood to be creative… i need to paint.

* : Should we listen to music while we are working? designers answer

*Museum of Bad Album Covers – hilarious (found on cloudal partners)

*Branch: sustainable design for living – awesome stuff for the home. we want that flower holder thingy

*Best Ads on – this is great because you dont have to actually WATCH TV to see them. sweet.

*What are you really good at? – a good article about clarifying what it is you do as a designer and focusing on your strengths.

*Sneak Peak: Dolan Geiman – article on Design*Sponge showing this amazing space… sculpture… textures…beautiful