Office Inspiration

As a designer, I am always am looking for new ways to change up my workspace and make it more inspiring. Since I spend so much time in front of the computer, it need to feel calm, yet motivated, when I am in my element. Here are some office/desk spaces I’ve been loving recently. Nothing like white walls and interesting furniture with pops of color to keep me inspired!
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America the Beautiful

Joshua Tree California
In honor of Earth Day, I have decided to start a new series on the blog: America the Beautiful. I love traveling around to new places and discovering the beauty it holds, be it natural or man made. I decided to start with Joshua Tree National Park, located about an hour outside of Palm Springs, California. I had an awesome time hiking around there this weekend, taking in all the incredible sights and trails. It is such a unique area, and the photos don’t do it justice. If you ever vacay to Palm Springs, I highly suggest taking a couple hours to check out this gorgeous park.
Joshua Tree California
Joshua Tree California
Joshua Tree California
Joshua Tree California
I cannot get over how gorgeous the desert landscape is. So unique and beautiful in its own way.
Joshua Tree California
Joshua Tree California
Joshua Tree California
Joshua Tree California
The brown color of the rocks and ground mixed with the various green colors of the plants makes for a gorgeous color palette.
Joshua Tree California
Joshua Tree California
Happy Earth Day! Don’t forget to look at the beauty around you today, and every day!

Minted + Mother’s Day

Minted_EMC
When I attended Alt Summit in January, I had the pleasure of getting to know the folks at Minted + the awesome charity they have partnered with, Every Mother Counts (EMC). EMC, created by Christy Turlington Burns, aims to support and educate the world on maternal mortality reduction, and help improve the lives of women and girls globally.

From now until April 28, Minted is donating 20% of all Art Prints purchased to EMC. You best believe I ordered my Mom one of these awesome prints for Mother’s Day. Something cute and does good, HELLO! (I’d show you which one, but my mom is an avid reader of From Rain to Shine + I wouldn’t want to ruin the surprise!)
Minted Art Prints
Minted has such a wide selection + variety of prints, there is something for every mom! Who knows, you may even find something for yourself! Can you say new gallery wall piece!

Minted Art Prints
Minted Art Prints
Minted Wall Art
Be prepared for CUTE overload, and if you’re struggling to find a Mother’s Day gift, I highly suggest checking out this awesome selection. I don’t know about you, but my mom is my cheerleader, support system and one of my best friends. Love you mom!

As a special extra somethin’, when you use the code RAINSHINEEMC at checkout, you get a special downloadable card to include with your gift that explains what this donation goes to.

To learn more about this organization and campaign, check out their website, or read about the Minted x Every Mother Counts partnership here.

[All photos provided by Minted.]

 

Featuring: Zooey Magazine

I’m super excited to feature Zooey Magazine today, a lifestyle magazine with the aim of creating a dialogue for the everyday woman. The magazine is feminine, vintage and very well designed. I also have the privilege of being a contributor for the publication that is available online and in print. I asked Lucia, the founder and editor of the magazine some questions behind the inspiration and creation of Zooey.
Zooey Magazine
1. What was the inspiration behind starting Zooey Magazine?
I faced a lot of difficulties in my childhood, issues that I still struggle to comprehend today. I didn’t have a role model to confide into, and thus, I turned to entertainment. Movies, television, books, magazines, etc…were my enjoyment. Of course, I didn’t understand much of the content in most programs…or magazines, being as I was 8 when I first started reading US Weekly and watching Buffy. As I grew older, I began to fully understand the detriments of consuming such a culture like tabloids… A culture based on discriminating others. So, I spent a lot of my free time watching female-led shows and female-empowering books. I loved what they had to offer (especially the little girl as I was!)! Yet I never understood why magazines couldn’t offer the same or why society is so fascinated with celebrities’ whereabouts and weight loss, and why the media encourages it. When I was 16, I thought of creating a platform for smart girls (women now), who wanted something different…something more meaningful…more embracing of the female sex. Thus came Zooey. The media has such a powerful voice and influence over people. Why not use it for good? I felt that, if I had Zooey growing up, I would feel more safe and happy to know that there are people in the same position and who want the same things. Zooey is the confidant in everyday life. That’s what I like to imagine it to be. 
2. Where do you look to find new women to show case or feature in your magazine?
Everywhere? People find us, and sometimes we find them! Malala, for example, was someone I was so enamored by after reading about the attempted assassination a few years ago. If you don’t know who she is, Google! She is the epitome of a hero and I so desperately wanted to work with her as she was on her big educational campaign last year. Of course, by the time I found a bridge to her she was back in school (that’s important too!). But quite frankly, we find all women to be empowering. There’s just an angle you must take when approaching them as a subject to a story. 
3. Finish this sentence: “In 5 years, I see Zooey Magazine……..”
As simply a worldwide community of women who want to help other women. 
4. Describe the character you named the magazine after.
J.D. Salinger authored a novella called “Franny and Zooey.” Zooey is the brother in the story, who is intelligent, kind, and loving. I would rather not provide a literary analysis – it’ll sound a lot like a college paper! But I thought that his character would translate well as Zooey Magazine. After all, it would have been too vain to call it Lucia and that’s harder to figure out how to enunciate than Zooey. 
  Zooey Magazine
5. Who do you think in today’s world embodies a “Zooey” woman?
My mom. While she may not have a college degree, I think she’s smart, loving, and brave and embracing of who she is and who she wishes to be. But then again, isn’t that every woman too? You just have to discover it within yourself, as Wordsworth would say. 
6. What is an inspiration quote/message that resonates with you or your life motto? 
Sam Levenson once said, “Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, it’s at the end of your arm. As you get older, remember you have another hand: the first is to help yourself, the second is to help others.” It doesn’t matter whether you’re rich or poor, a celebrity or not, it’s a duty to give back. What kind of life would we lead if we ignore everyone else? 
[All images courtesy of Zooey Magazine]

Travel Bug

You all know that Seattle is more than a city to me, it’s my home that I love so much.
Seattle
I also LOVE my second home, Los Angeles.
Los Angeles
And, even though I just returned from New York, it has quickly become one of my most favorite places.
New York City
I’ve been bitten by the travel bug, and have so many more places I want to go visit.

London, England (Been before and cannot wait to go back)
London England

Paris, France
Paris France

Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam

Ireland
Ireland

Istambul, Turkey
Istambul

Martha’s Vineyard
Martha's Vineyard

Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole

Mt. Zion National Park
Zion National Park

Where do you want to visit? There are so many amazing places, both in and out of America.

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Font Friday 5.2

Font Friday | #font #typography | free font
Happy Friday! I thought it was time to highlight a fun, hand done font that was legible and interesting. The font, Colors of Autumn, can be downloaded for free here! Have a great weekend, get outside, clear your head and do something fun!

[If you're in the LA area, definitely check out Trophy Cupcakes party at Williams Sonoma tomorrow at their Beverly Hills store. More info here!]

Cupcakes + Parties

Trophy Cupcakes
Very exciting news for any of you that live in Los Angeles: Trophy Cupcakes is coming to the Beverly Hills Williams-Sonoma this Saturday, April 12 at 1 pm for a book signing and cupcake demo. To top it off, Kelly, from Studio DIY will be there as well, working her crafty magic. If you are in the area, totally come check out this event. Trophy Cupcakes is based in Seattle and happens to be one of my favorite cupcake spots! Nothing better than a taste of my hometown Seattle in southern California! The founder, Jennifer Shea, has written an awesome book devoted to cupcakes + parties, appropriately titled Trophy Cupcakes & Parties. What could be better!? If you can’t make it to the event this weekend, you can order her book online as well! Check out some of the gorgeous photos from the book below.
Trophy Cupcakes
Trophy Cupcakes
Trophy Cupcakes
Trophy Cupcakes
Trophy Cupcakes
Yum! Be sure to check out Kelly’s blog for more information and to RSVP and if you’re in the area this Saturday come check out this tasty event!

[All photos supplied by Trophy Cupcakes from the book Trophy Cupcakes & Parties. Thank you Jennifer!]

April Calendar Downloads

A round up of some of my favorite and best designed April calendar downloads! Enjoy!
April Calendar Downloads
1. This sketched ram illustration from Free People blog.
2. Loving these fun + playful bows (available in two colors) from Nicole’s Classes.
3. The blues and greens make a lovely geometric shaped calendar from Fete Studio.
4. This blooming flowered calendar from Going Home to Roost will brighten any desktop.
5. Sarah Hearts plays up the “April showers bring May flowers” with this illustrated download.
6. Another April showers inspired download from Red Stamp.

[Images taken from the various sources listed above.]

Illustrated Lettering

How about some awesome, hand done lettering for your Monday morning inspiration. Risa Rodil is a designer + illustrator from Manila and does some pretty sweet work. Check out some of my favorites below and visit her site for even more amazing work.
Hunger Games alphabet
Harry Potter Quote
Harry Potter Quote
Frozen Quote
Frozen Quote
Hand Lettering
Hand done

Font Friday 5.1

Hello Friday! As you all know, I love weekends and getting to spend time outdoors, catching up on work and getting to blog. Enjoy today’s Font Friday, inspired by the upcoming season of Mad Men.
Font Friday | Typography | Free font
I like the simplicity of this sans serif font, Mission Gothic, and the various weights that it comes in. I thought it fit nicely with this Don Draper quote, and would be great for headlines and prints. Enjoy!