Last week, I threw a Friendsgiving party for me + my girlfriends from Seattle. It has become our annual tradition since moving to LA, but this year I teamed up with Tiny Prints to make it even more magical. Head on over to their blog to see my full recap, photos and details of the event!
[Photos by Yael Nov Photography]
Alt. Summit Recap//Font Friday
Hi All! Happy Friday. Today, I am guest posting on Squirrelly Minds, showcasing five (yes, FIVE) fonts and designs. Head on over to her site and check those out! Tan + I met at Alt. Summit a few weeks back, and I am so happy we did. I haven’t been able to verbalize the experience I had at Alt. That happened to me in January as well. It is 3 of the best, most amazing days, surrounded by the most wonderful and creative individuals. Check out my summary below. It is mostly visual, with a few tidbits here and there.
I attended my first Alt Summit in January of this year, not knowing a single person. I think that was the best decision I have made to date. I love trying new things, going on adventures and putting myself in new places. Within fifteen minutes of walking in the door at the Grand America, I had made two friends that, to this day, I still talk to at least four times a week. Everyone had said before going to Alt to go with a purpose, intention or goal you wanted to accomplish. As I am still new to this blogging world, I went with the goal of wanting to make new, inspiring and positive friends who I could bounce ideas off of, connect with and get creative with. I totally OWNED that goal, and found some of the most amazing, genuine, kind and inspiring individuals (shout out to my Alt. Tribe!) that I know I will be friends with for a LONG time. This time around in June, about half of my Alt. Tribe came back, and we added some new friends to the mix. My goal for this summit was still to meet and make wonderful and positive connections, but also to focus on where I see my blog and creative endeavors going. I also attended as a speaker, discussing Photoshop + Illustrator for Bloggers. Essentially, I took what I learned in four years of design school, and my three years in the real world and condensed it into an hour and a half class. I love working with bloggers for their design needs, so teaching them basic design skills was a treat. I cannot say enough amazing things about Alt Summit. If you are on the fence about going, COME. You never know what you will learn, what idea will be birthed, or what amazing new friend you will meet. My vision for my blog and freelance design has become clearer, and I can’t wait to share with you all what I have in store. I believe that taking risks, and putting yourself in a new environment helps an individual grow immensely, learn about themselves and find out what they want. I walked in with a smile on my face and left with the biggest grin. Check out some photos below to see the rest of my time in Salt Lake City.
The first night I attended Silhouette‘s sponsor dinner at The Melting Pot. The theme was black, pink and gold + flamingos. (I see a flamingo trend forming, more on that next week!)
I got to connect with one of my favorite bloggers, Joy from Oh Joy! who’s book, Blog Inc. got me started on this blog!
Taught my first design class, Photoshop + Illustrator for Bloggers on my BIRTHDAY! (Email me if you would like the presentation, or if you would like to schedule a time to run through it with me!)
Martha Martha Martha.
The colors and attention to details is impeccable and oh so gorgeous.
Come back next week as I round up my favorite business cards from not only June, but January’s summit as well. Have a great weekend!
Hi all! I am off to NYC for a few days for a little vacay and to see some friends, old and new! Have a great weekend!
[image via tumblr]
This past weekend, my three high school best friends and I got together with our significant others for a Friendsgiving. It was a blast, and certainly a tradition to keep up for years to come. I went all out, and had so much fun making all of the crafts and floral arrangements. We divided up the food so that one person wasn’t stuck making it all.
Every place setting had a little boutineer I made from a painted stick, white and brown feathers, and a cut from a safflower plant. It was tied with a piece of red yarn. They came out so well, and were a big hit.
To label all of the food, I found pieces of bark at a park, painted them, and then wrote on them. They came super cute!
I went to the Flower Mart on Saturday (more to come about that tomorrow!) and picked out several different types of flowers. I then played around with a little floral arrangements until I was satisfied with the results.
I think one of my favorite things that I made was the deer silhouette coasters. I painted old coasters dark blue, created the silhouette stencil of a deer and then spray painted it gold. To seal it, I painted mod podge on top and let it dry. They fit in so well with the rest of the table decor, and added a nice splash of blue,
We had plenty of pie to go around, and I must say, they were delicious!
Friendsgiving was so much fun, and I will be eating left overs for days. It was a great way to celebrate friendship and the holiday season. And what’s even better, we still have the REAL Thanksgiving next week! Happy Tuesday!
Santa Monica Sunset
I think sometimes I take living in Los Angeles, close to the beach, for granted. On Sunday night, one of my best friends and I decided to grab a cup of chai tea from Groundworks on Main Street in Santa Monica, and walk down to the beach to enjoy sunset. It was beautiful, and a great way to say goodbye to “summer” (although, I have yet to see any indication of fall). I love sunset, and all the beauty it has to offer.
This weekend, as part of my pre-birthday celebration, some girlfriends and I went to an adorable brunch spot in Venice. There are so many cute places to try, but Sunny Spot’s bottomless mimosas and interesting menu caught my eye. The interior design and decorations are so well done, a mix between shabby chic and floral heaven. I highly recommend this place if you’re ever in the mood for a delicious brunch, and endless bottomless mimosas. I know I will be there again soon!
I love the painted type on the wall, and the bright turquoise color. It is hard to miss when you pass by it.
They have both indoor and outdoor seating. We lucked out with the weather while sitting outside. It was just perfect.
How great is the indoor seating. Those stools are awesome and all mismatched. See below for a closeup.
Really awesome patterns. Happy Monday!
Since moving to Los Angeles, I have developed a great love for sangria. I don’t know why it took so long for me to discover this. Fruit, pop (or soda, as many call it) + wine? Genius! This weekend, I had some girlfriends over to sip sangria and celebrate the summertime on my rooftop. I picked up some adorable paper straws, designed little menu cards and used mason jars for cups. I had two variations of sangria, and both were a big hit. I prefer my sangria to just be wine, rather than adding other types of alcohol to it. I find that it is sweeter, and doesn’t give you a headache. Sangria is the perfect compliment to Saturday brunch, or an after work BBQ. Both recipes that I used are posted below. Special thanks to my friend Ryan for some of her awesome pics below!
The Summer Sangria recipe was adapted from here, DC Girl in Pearls simple sangria. Check out her blog, super cute!!