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October 4, 2014

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new work: made market logo

September 24, 2014

new work: made market logo

The last few months have been full of projects, and it’s exciting to finally be at a point where the items I’ve been working on are now out in the wild! This logo for the San Diego Made Market was a collaboration with Stacy Barnes (the lovely lady working on my site redesign!) and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Stacy gave me a specific prompt and then let me do my thing (always a dream). We tried out a few different color stories for both the winter and upcoming spring markets and I think the one above is my favorite version.

If you’re local to San Diego or southern California, the first ever Made Market will be on November 22 and the vendors are looking SO good. I love shopping handmade markets for holiday gifts (what better way to support independent makers and keep your money in your local community?) Unfortunately, I won’t be able to attend on the 22nd, but you can bet I’ll be stalking Instagram all day and counting down the days till the spring market!

a type & title video!

September 22, 2014

So, guess what?? I’m in a video!! I recently met Chris and Erin of Honest Films — they are super-cool wedding videographers here in San Diego — and Chris asked if I’d be willing to participate in a video contest sponsored by AT&T. It’s a great concept — they are collecting videos of small businesses & owners talking about how they use technology in their day-to-day operations. I was thrilled to participate, since this topic is near and dear to me. I use a computer, my phone and Instagram every. single. day to connect & communicate with friends and clients. Even though the heart of what I do (calligraphy) has nothing to do with technology, I would not be able to work or succeed without it.

I have to admit, being in front of the camera is not something I am used to and after Chris sent me the final edit, I didn’t watch it for two days. Too nervous! But once I worked up the courage I was floored with how great it turned out. Chris and I talked for a good 30 minutes and he was able to condense my rambling thoughts into EXACTLY how I feel about my work and technology. Not only that, but the video aesthetically matches my brand so beautifully.

Go watch the video here and please register & vote (give us a 5)!

(All stills by Honest Films)

checking in + recent favorites

September 10, 2014

Oh, hello! I feel a bit like a stranger around this blog, it’s been a while. Things have been busy — in the good kind of way. Lots of great work and in-person, real-life things to do lately. (So hard to say no to that.) This site is getting a facelift soon (!!!) and focusing on the things I need to do to make that happen have been taking up most of my time. I can’t wait to show you what I (and my amazing collaborators) have been working on. Until then — here’s a few of my recent favorite Internet things:

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Ileana’s plum torte looks like heaven.

I don’t usually get into statement jewelry, but I can’t stop staring at this Deco necklace from Olivia Terrell Jewelry.

Belinda Love Lee is my new favorite Instagrammer. Loving her lighthearted-but-still-elegant lettering style and her unabashed obsession with #grlue.

DIY towel ring — so simple and beautiful.

Honestly, dyeing my hair has never really worked out very well, but this pin (photo from lotte manou) is so subtle and has me wanting to lighten up just a bit. What do you think?

It’s almost fall! So excited to start wearing sweaters again. (image from here)

shop sale!

August 22, 2014

Happy Friday! I’ve been neglecting this space (hurray for a work-filled last few weeks) but wanted to pop in and say I’m having a 25% off sale in my Etsy shop through the end of the month! Use the code 25OFF.

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I’m trying to clear some space (literally, as in I need some shelf space, and figuratively, as in I need to focus my offerings) in anticipation of some changes coming to my business soon. I’ve loved trying out retail but have realized I’d really like to focus my efforts elsewhere right now. The tattoos might stick around for a while, because I love them… but now’s your chance to stock up if you’ve had your eye on them, only $3 a pack with the code!

On another note, my sweet friend Stacy had me over for a quick interview on her blog, The Laquerie. I love this series, she asks such fun questions. Check it out here! And have you seen her gorgeous wedding invitations?

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August 8, 2014

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my whole30 experience

August 8, 2014

So, have you heard of the Whole30? It’s all the rage on Instagram, which is where I first heard about it a few months ago. If you’re not familiar: it’s a very restrictive version of the Paleo diet, but it lasts for only 30 days. I would compare it to an elimination diet — no dairy, grains, sugar, processed food, soy, legumes, alcohol or paleo “treats” like coconut flour muffins or fruit desserts.

The program creators are insistent that this diet is meant to be a reset and they acknowledge (and agree) that it isn’t entirely sustainable for longer than the usual month. The idea is to cut out anything that’s potentially inflammatory to your body, and then slowly reintroduce categories to see how your system reacts. Supposedly, it’s fixed all sort of problems in all sorts of people. Most participants also lose weight.

I’m not a usual dieter. I can’t even tell you how much I weigh right now — I don’t own a scale or count calories. I stopped doing that a few years ago, when I was trying to lose a few pounds and realized I was obsessing (in an unhealthy way) about the numbers. I can usually tell whether or not my habits are healthy by whether or not my clothes fit — when they stop feeling comfortable is when I realize I probably need to refocus on health. I haven’t been taking care of myself over the last six months or so — I’ve been eating a ton of processed food and restaurant meals, I haven’t been working out, and I’ve been letting stress really get to me. So I decided to try out the Whole30 in July to get back on track!

So, how did it go? I made it… to day 27! Yep. I quit early. I tried, y’all! I really did. And overall I consider the month a success.

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The first two weeks were absolutely awful — I was grumpy, I had headaches and excessive fatigue and cravings and was just generally unhappy most days. This detox period was just awful. By day 10 or 11, I really wanted to quit — by that point I was bored with the food and not feeling like the diet was worth all the trouble. It was rough.

Weeks 3 and 4 was when things started to pick up: I didn’t feel magical, but I didn’t feel awful anymore, either! My energy levels were stable (and higher than average), throughout the day, even without coffee. I’ve struggled with fatigue for years, so this was a revelation. I was sleeping really well and felt more productive.

The one issue I have with Whole30 is that it can be unforgiving. There are so. many. rules. For example, if you eat vegetables cooked in soybean oil, you are supposed to start over. I can understand the need for these extreme restrictions, but worrying about these details felt a little too intense for my own experience. My main goal with the Whole30 was to create healthy, long-lasting, and totally manageable habits.

However, I would say I was 99% compliant up until day 27. By then, I felt so done. Like, okay, I get this, I want a glass of wine! So I did it. Travis and I went out to a super great restaurant and I had a compliant meal, plus a glass of wine and a piece of the most amazing bread I’ve ever tasted. And it was so worth it. Two days later we went out for pizza and frozen yogurt and I got the worst bellyache of my life, so I guess that’s the other side of the coin. Oops.

I’m so glad I did it, though. I’ve learned I definitely have a gluten/grain sensitivity, and I’m also a little sensitive to nuts (which are allowed on the Whole30, but I never would have realized I was intolerant had I not cut out all the other irritants). And I really did feel better, overall, after the detox period. It’s worth those first two awful weeks!

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If you try the Whole30:

1. Read the book that goes along with the program. I read it before starting, and it gave me a ton of motivation and helped me understand why I was cutting out the foods that aren’t allowed. Plus, there are some recipes in the back!

2. One of the biggest issues for Whole30ers is the amount of time and food prep. I talked to a ton of people who tried the diet, and ended up quitting early because it just took too much time. I honestly didn’t have much of an issue with this, since I work from home and was able to take the extra time to actually cook something 2-3 times a day. I was more concerned with making sure I had a consistently, fully stocked fridge! If you work from home and are thinking of trying the Whole30, you really have no excuse! Go for it.

3. Finding something more interesting than water to drink on Whole30 is a challenge. I got a lot of “are you pregnant?” looks when we were out with friends and I was drinking soda water and lime. Sparkling water (infuse it with herbs or fruit!), tea, and kombucha are your friends. Also, canned coconut milk in your coffee, if you are used to drinking it with cream or milk!

Have you tried a Whole30? I’d love to hear your experience!

july in review

August 4, 2014

Seriously can’t believe July is over already. I feel like I say that every month, but every single year I truly get that “whoa” feeling at the beginning of August — anyone else? It’s almost the end of summer, almost fall, and even though I haven’t been in school for a while, I still get that beginning-of-the-year feeling!

I spent a LOT of time working this month. Always grateful for that, but excited to take a little time for myself in August. What are your end of summer plans?

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(all photos from my Instagram, except the bottom right, which is by Jasmine of Let’s Frolic Together)

STARTING to use my brand new Day Designer! I got the August start version in gold. My favorite part so far is the hourly breakdown… I need that for some structure in my days!

ENJOYING food again. I finished my Whole30! (well, sort of — post on this coming soon.) It was great, but I have to admit…. I missed wine.

READING Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt. Yes, I had just started this at the end of last month. This book was a bit of a slow burn for me, but at about the halfway point, I couldn’t put it down.

OBSESSED with sparkling water. During the Whole30, your drink options are sort of limited (especially when out and about), so I got completely hooked on this stuff. Grapefruit is my favorite flavor, but I also love the lemon or lime flavored kind infused with a sprig of rosemary!

GRATEFUL to have attended the southern California Hearth gathering! It was a gorgeous event with some great people (and food) involved. Still dreaming about this incredible Nutella & sea salt cookie. Excited to see and share the official photos!

WONDERING what’s going to be in the Jessica Comingore Quarterly box — I just subscribed! According to her blog, the theme is “Essential Morning”. Can’t even wait.

WATCHING Fringe with the husband (who likes to call Joshua Jackson’s character “Dawson” instead of “Peter”). I remember hearing about this show when it came out, but I had no idea there were five seasons. There’s something so satisfying about slowly watching a TV show in its entirety after it’s gone off the air. We’re hooked!

LOVING all the photos from the Creative Connections San Diego event. Jasmine really captured how much fun that night was… she’s so good!

sale season beauties

August 3, 2014

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Have you noticed that Need Supply Co is having one heck of a sale right now? Seriously, extra 30% off. So hard to say no to. This is such a great time of year to stock up on anything your wardrobe might be lacking… so many good deals to be had!

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trust your truth download with cocorrina

July 31, 2014

Did y’all see I guest-posted over at Cocorrina last week? I am a HUGE fan of her incredible blog and aesthetic, it was really fun to put together something pretty for her readers. If you haven’t snapped up this downloadable wallpaper yet, go get it here! (for desktop, iPad or iPhone!)

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How has your week been so far? Mine has been a busy one… I’ve got a lot of projects wrapping up lately. Honestly, I feel like I’ve been playing catch up for the last few months! But now that a lot of bigger projects are in the end stages, I can see a light at the end. I’m hoping to spend a large part of August working on some personal projects and re-evaluating some of my work priorities. I’ve been thinking on this for so long and so ready to finally take action on some ideas. It’s nice to take stock of where you’re at every now and then! Being a freelancer, designer, blogger, collaborator.. it requires constant reinvention. I prefer to think of it more in terms of evolution, rather than basic change. Most of the freelancers and entrepreneurs I’ve met in the course of the last year are never quite happy with where they’re at, and I think that’s probably how it will always be for us. Would we be satisfied or fulfilled any other way? No, I don’t think so.

Okay — it’s back to work for me. I could spend all day musing on that subject! While I’m here, a little reminder to enter the Pen & Peplum Wacom tablet giveaway and check out all the amazing bloggers participating (especially our host, Miranti)!

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