Happy Friday!! Forgot to send a V-day card to your best gal pals? Not to worry, I made some Galentine’s Day downloads you can easily text, email or upload to Instagram (ready to go + sized, all you have to do is tag your bestie) to let them know you are thinking about them! Four colorful + conversational options below…think of these as digital conversation hearts! Want something a little more personalized? Hop on over to my Instagram…the first three people to comment + tag three friends will get a customized Galentine’s Day card to share with your chicas! Happy Galentine’s + Valentine’s Day!
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Galentine’s Day Downloads
Love is certainly in the air with Valentine’s Day around the corner. Whether you have a hot date, or plan on laying low, I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Enjoy this week’s round up of noteworthy links found across the web.
• While it is sunny + warm here in LA, the other coast has been bundling up. One person decided to make the best of the falling snow and created temporary typographic beauties.
• Remember Microsoft Paint? Bet you haven’t seen art this gorgeous come out of that program.
• Peak Brooklyn hipster levels have been reached. What do you think of this super clean branding?
• Did you see yesterday’s post about this year’s trending Valentine’s Day inspiration + visuals?
• Do you follow me on Instagram? I’ve created a hashtag for positive quotes, mantras + inspiration: #TheDailyShine. Check it out, and start adding your own! @fromraintoshine
• Find your wine and cheese soulmate with this program.
• I hosted a Galentine’s Day with Party Pail. Check it out here!
• How to rock at social media, according to one popular model.
• 10 Things I Learned + Loved This Weekend: Bright Bazaar‘s weekly serious of gorgeous photos, happy thoughts + lovely colors.
Hearts. Flowers. Chocolates. Happy, young couples holding hands and splashing through puddles of rain together. You know the drill. The lead-up to February 14th trots out the same visual clichés to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Although the media is saturated with traditional iconography surrounding the holiday, people’s attitudes towards Valentine’s Day are changing and there is a growing shift in the status quo of imagery used to represent love.
From a creative perspective, art often imitates life. And in life, love takes many forms. Love isn’t relegated solely to the pink and red hues associated with Valentine’s Day. There are many more shades in the color palette of love. From the unconditional love a parent has for their child, the platonic feelings a person has for their best friend, to decades of romance shared between an older couple, there are a number of ways love can be visualized.
While classic Valentine’s imagery is no less iconic, consider departing from tradition this Valentine’s Day and tap into visuals that express a more modern, more inclusive sentiment. Here are a few Valentine’s Day image ideas to serve as inspiration.
A Refreshing Take on Love In Bloom
A young couple surrounded by wildflowers and truly enjoying each other’s company trumps store bought blooms and sitting across from one another at a table. Opt for a fresh take on romance that focuses on joyful, relaxed expressions of affection instead of imagery that feels staged.
Love Ages Well
Young lovers eventually grow old. Although the body ages, a true and eternal bond lasts. Images that show an older couple still deeply in love are equally as sweet and poignant as those depicting younger couples – and offer a refreshing, unexpected look at love.
Embracing Same Sex Couples
In the U.S. alone, the Census Bureau estimates 168,000 same sex married couples and 646,464 same-sex households. That number does not even account the number of LGBT individuals on the dating scene in the United States, let alone the world. Despite these numbers, there is a sore lack of Valentine’s images depicting same sex couples. Photographs of loving partners of the same sex show that love knows no gender lines.
Romance, Schmoemance: A Focus on Friendship — including Four-Legged Friends
Who says that Valentine’s Day is just for lovers? Many people are now including friends in the celebration of love. While Singles Awareness Day on February 15th (aka – Half-Priced Candy Day) hints at an air of cynicism towards Valentine’s Day by those without a partner, many singles choose to celebrate the day by pampering themselves or by letting their friends know how much they mean to them.
While friends of the two-legged variety are becoming an important part of the new Valentine’s Day landscape, let’s not forget about our four-legged friends, either. In 2013, of the $18.6 billion Americans spent on Valentine’s Day, $815 million was spent on pets. From adorable kitty sweaters in sweet shades of pink and crimson, to heart-shaped boxes of doggie treats, pets are now part of the new Valentine’s Day equation.
Photos depicting an unbreakable bond between gal pals or a rock steady bromance showcase that Valentine’s Day has meaning for best friends, too.
Love takes many forms, but is best expressed honestly, openly, and (when it comes to creative imagery) as realistically as possible.
Join the conversation about how to #RePictureLove on social media!
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Happy Thursday! Enjoy this week’s Noteworthy round up! Be sure to check out Tuesday’s DIY to learn how to make these awesome floral centerpieces!
• Overwhelmed? Try these productivity tips.
• It’s not too late to start creating an amazing 2015.
• Motivational quotes for entrepreneurs.
• Check out a guest Galentine’s Day post I did for Chelsea over on Lovely Indeed.
Pop Alt Mini Party + DIY
Happy February to all! I got back last week from another incredible Alt Summit. Not only did I get to speak on Photoshop for bloggers, I was also fortunate enough to throw one of the Mini Parties Friday night with three of my good friends: Audrey of French Knot Studios, Izzy of Izzy Hudgins Photography + Troy of Simply Troy Lifestyle + Events (friends I made at Alt last January, + I couldn’t imagine my life without them now!)
• These downloadable images (if you choose!)
2. Cut out the shapes from the cardstock, and matching shapes from the adhesive backed glitter paper.
Let us know if you try this DIY and how it looks!Special thanks to the following companies for sponsoring this party: Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores® , Tiny Prints, La Tavola Linen + Wholesale flowers from FiftyFlowers.com.
After a month long break, and a few days at Alt Summit, I am back and inspired. Check out this week’s round up of noteworthy links that I have found inspiring.
• If you saw Aaron Draplin’s inspiring interview last month, here are a few more nuggets to get you pumped on design.
• Movies on Netflix for every designer.
• Creativity hacks for those who may not consider themselves “creative.”
• A card game to help discover your brand.
• An interesting perspective on a way to save time.
• The search for the perfect nap. Is there one?
• Social media, according to a teen.
• Super Bowl predictions from a variety of sources. GO HAWKS!
Festive Winter Cocktails
Just in time for New Years Eve! Here are several festive winter cocktails inspired by the season!
Special thanks to ONEHope Wines + Beth for their help and assistance!
• 2 parts ONEHope Sparkling Brut Wine
• 1.5 parts St. Germaine
• 2 parts Club Soda
1. Fill cup with ice
2. Add sparkling wine, St. Germaine + club soda (in that order)
3. Cheers to a new year!
• ONEHope Sparkling Brut Wine
• Cranberry Syrup (see directions below)
• Club Soda
1. Combine 1 cup sugar + 1 cup water in a sauce pan + bring to boil
2. Add in 1 cup of fresh cranberries
3. Stir for 1-2 minutes while boiling
4. Remove from heat + pour mixture through a strainer into a glass to remove cranberries
5. Set syrup aside until mixing in drink.
1. Pour 2 parts sparkling wine with 1 part club soda
2. Add in cranberry syrup till appropriate tartness is achieved
1. Prepare hot chocolate as preferred using either milk or water (up to you!)
2. Add in 2-3 tablespoons of peppermint schnapps
3. Garnish with whipped cream or candy cane
Enjoy these festive winter cocktails, and let me know how you like them!
Attitude of Gratitude
The holiday season is upon us, and chances are you will be going to parties and giving and receiving gifts. I was always taught to have an attitude of gratitude and send a hand written thank you note following the receipt of a gift, or a lovely dinner party. According to Emily Post, written thank you notes are always a good idea, and should be written as soon as possible [within one week of receiving or attending a dinner.]
When writing thank you notes, keep them short, sweet and in a conversational tone. Express your gratitude for the present received, and let the recipient know how much you appreciate it.
Some may think that sending a hand written note is old school in today’s world full of technology and emails. However, manners never go out of style, and everyone loves receiving a nice note in the mail.
Letting the sender know how much the gift meant in a note shows your gratitude.
Although it may seem obvious, you should always start your note with “Dear ______”, rather than just jumping right in.
Thank you notes tend to be sent more around the holidays, but are an act that can be done all year long. It is always a good idea to send a hand written thank you note for gifts received on your birthday, anniversary, graduation, wedding, promotion, etc. Professionally, sending a hand written note after a job interview is a classy way to let the interviewer know you enjoyed your time.
Following a big event, such as the holiday season or your wedding, it is best to get started right away with your thank you notes. Create a list of individuals whom you need to send your thanks to, and complete some every night. It is an easy way to show your gratitude, and let the individual know how much it meant to you. Plus, there are SO many cute stationery options out there, you are sure to find one that reflects your personality. Tiny Prints has such a wide selection, I found these three styles and instantly fell in love.
Photos by Sam Zachrich
[This post was sponsored by Tiny Prints, however all opinions are my own. Check out Tiny Prints for numerous stationery and thank you note options.]
Holiday Gift Guides: Part 1
Holiday season is in full swing! Still looking for the perfect gift for all those on your list? I’ve created several Holiday Gift Guides containing some of my favorite items, to help you find something for everyone. The best part? All gifts are under $50. Kicking off this week of holiday gift guides, I present presents for the hostess/entertainer + designer. Enjoy!
1. ILLUME Candle
2. Cocktail Napkins
3. The Social Type Matchboxes
4. Black, White + Gold Coasters
5. Gold Ice Bucket
6. Champagne Gummy Bears