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10 Things: Now Trending

Trends are a funny thing. They come in waves, and just as quickly as something becomes popular, it can become passé. Looking on Instagram, Pinterest + blogs, it is interesting to see what objects, colors + designs keep showing up across all mediums. After thinking about what items I keep repeatedly seeing, I complied a list of the top 10 things I see as “trending” right now. Whether its a giant balloon letters, palm leaves or flamingos, these colors/objects are having their moment in the design + blog eye.
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What are your thoughts? Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments if there is other trends you think I should include next time! Check back NEXT week for trends that I see are on the rise. They may be the next big thing.

Noteworthy 2/17

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THURSDAY. I am off to Seattle to do some wedding planning (!!), and meet with a bunch of vendors. All you wedding pros, planners and enthusiasts, what are some of the best tips you have for staying organized? Let me know! Enjoy this week’s round up of noteworthy links from around the web!

Design:
• How an old school publishing house is using digital design to sell their books (Check out the interactive site.)
30 beautiful reasons to love red, pink, orange + yellow.
• Love love love the packaging design on these chocolate truffles
• This super detailed, hand illustrated map of Paris by Jenni Sparks is so well done, I can’t stop looking at it.

Misc.:
• Need some inspiration for your Oscar viewing party? My friend (and expert event designer) Simply Troy has some great hosting tips over on La Crema‘s blog. (I also designed some pretty awesome Oscar ballots + bingo cards that are available to download on their site.)
• A simple secret to finding happiness.
• Have you see Drake’s newest mixtape, “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late,” album cover? The typographic choice is…interesting, and was very quickly turned into an interactive site. Play around with your own album name creations here.
• Redecorating your home? Check out this year’s interior design trends.
• Wanderlust? Check out this gorgeous travel site to inspire your next trip.

Featuring: Bliss & Bone

Bliss & Bone
A few months ago at The Cream event, I was fortunate enough to meet Carl + Cindy, the creative masterminds behind the unique and beautiful stationery and design agency, Bliss & Bone. Being a huge stationery fanatic (and having worked in the custom stationery industry) I was immediately drawn to their booth by their design aesthetic and individuality. They harmoniously combine the raw with the etherial, the rugged with the refined and the avant-garde with the eternal, and I have never seen anything like it. I can’t get enough of their innovative and fresh ideas, and was lucky enough to ask Cindy some questions behind her + Bliss & Bone’s creative intelligence.
1.Where does the name Bliss & Bone come from?
Bliss is the emotion. It is pure elation and joy. It represents the feminine.
Bone is the tangible. It is strength and commitment. It represents the masculine.
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2.How do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration from everything around me and pay close attention to trends in fashion, art and interiors.
3.When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I typically start with an inspiration board whether we are working on wedding invitations or a website. It really helps to set the tone and communicate a starting point to the client. It’s a great conversation starter to get us headed in the right direction.

From there the process varies slightly depending on the product but I dive head first into design and go back and forth with rounds until everyone is thrilled.
Bliss & Bone
4.What is the most unique invitation that you have created/your most favorite?
That’s a tough one. I try to make each invitation unique and approach each project with the question, what can I do differently this time?

My favorite is typically the most recent project since it’s where my heads at in the moment. Once I move on, I try to create work that is just as exciting as the last.

5.How do you/Bliss & Bone stay organized?
We are constantly working on this and finding ways to improve as we grow. Internally we have a lot of systems and processes in place and utilize items like dry erase boards with schedules, projects status and progress. Individually we all use a project management program called Asana that allows us to track our personal tasks and manage work flow.

It’s a work in progress and fortunately I have a really good memory when it comes to this stuff :)
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6.What is your motto, or how do you stay calm + positive under stress?
Great questions since I’m not sure I have one. Personally, I stay calm and positive as long as I’m organized. I like to talk about the next day, what is on everyone’s to do list, and how it’s going to get done. If I feel that everything is in its place then I can relax.
Bliss & Bone
Special thanks to Cindy for taking the time to answer these questions. Photos via Bliss & Bone and here.

Seattle Dreaming

Check out this awesome time-lapse video by F-Stop, showcasing Seattle in all its glory. Talk about making me homesick!

Seattle Dream Pt. II from F-Stop Seattle on Vimeo.

They did an excellent job really highlighting the beauty that seems to be overlooked by so many due to the rain. Check out F-Stop’s website + Vimeo channel for more gorgeous Emerald City images + videos!

Currently Pinning

Been feeling super inspired lately (apparently by the color pink), and have been using Pinterest to keep all of my random ideas in one place. Sometimes, all it takes is an image to give you that lightbulb! moment. You can follow along my Pinterest adventures here!
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Color My World 1.0

As a designer, I am constantly inspired by colors. Color can add emotion, and change the meaning of a design. I have decided to start a new weekly series: Color My World, to explore various color palettes and combinations. I love bright colors, and finding interesting or happy mixtures. Hope you enjoy!
From Rain to Shine | Color My World
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May Calendar Downloads

A few days in, here are some of my favorite May calendar downloads.
Downloadable Desktop Calendars | May 2014
1. A bold + clean download from Paper Leaf.
2. Watercolor illustration from Free People.
3. Loving the beautiful “May Flowers” from Oana Befort.
4. Clean with pops of color download from Nalle’s House.
5. Hot air balloons + loud colors make for a very happy desktop from Marina Eyl (via Smashing Magazine.)
6. Sarah Hearts never disappoints with her monthly calendars.

[Want to see your calendar in next month’s round up? Submit designs to jessica@fromraintoshine, or send me a tweet (@fromraintoshine) with the link!]

Pattern Play II

Loving all these summery + fruit inspired patterns. Big things in the works, more to come on that! In the mean time, clearly summer is on my mind!
Plant Pattern
Strawberry Pattern
Watermelon Pattern
Orange Pattern
Palm Tree Pattern
Pineapple Pattern
Ice Cream Pattern
Mixed Fruit Pattern
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Minted + Mother’s Day

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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!

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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.
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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]