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Wedding Invitations

With just a month until my wedding, I am busy wrapping up all final details and making sure everything is exactly as I want it. I’m going to be sharing bits and pieces of my wedding here, and figured I would start with my favorite part (other than the groom)…my wedding invitations! I worked with Minted to create an invitation suite that fits my aesthetic, and is something I will keep for years to come. Minted was AWESOME to work with, and they made it a breeze to get my invitations ordered. I knew I wanted feminine, classic, and a touch of gold foil. Check them out! They have so many options and ideas.
Minted Wedding Invitation
Minted Wedding Invitation
I love the scroll detail that is carried through the entire suite. It was the perfect design element to tie all the pieces together. It is feminine and classic, and the rose gold foil really makes it stand out.
Minted Wedding Invitation
Minted Wedding Invitation
The corks are all from champagne bottles we celebrated our engagement with.
Minted Wedding Invitation
The Hebrew phrase on our invitation is one of my favorites. We having a Jewish wedding, and this is is recited during the ceremony. It means “I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine.”
I love the all white look, with a few pops of color. I normally love colors, but for my invitation, I wanted it to feel more classic and sophisticated. I chose the scroll typography heart for the stamp which complimented the rest of the invitation quite well.
Minted Wedding Invitation
I am SO happy with how they came out, and they have been very well received by my guests. Minted made the whole process easy, and fast. The invitation sets the tone for your wedding, and I am so excited with the first impression this made on my guests.

[A huge thank you to Minted who sponsored this post. All opinions expressed are my own.]
Photos by Samantha Zachrich.

#thedailyshine

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Happy Tuesday! I’ve created a hashtag project on Instagram to add more positivity to all of our lives (who doesn’t need a daily does of motivation, happiness or inspiration?) Follow along at #thedailyshine and tag your own pictures. I’ll be reframing my favorites weekly!

Have a happy day!

Galentine’s Day Downloads

Valentine's Day Cards
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!
Galentine's Day
Download this gem!

Galentine's Day

Download cheers!
Galentine's Day
Download some x’s + o’s
Galentine's Day
Download this love!

Noteworthy 2/12

Valentine's Day
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.

Design:
• 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?

Misc.:
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.

Finding Fresh Valentine’s Day Visuals

Check out what iStock (a leading stock photography site) has discovered about the trends + fresh Valentine’s Day visuals. To see more photography trends, check out their site.

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 Valentine's Day
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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
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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
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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

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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.
Valentine's Day

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!

This post was written as part of a partnership with iStock and From Rain to Shine. Use code VDAY10 + get 10% off any credit pack available now until Feb 20, 2015. Check out their site for tons of stock image options!

Noteworthy 11/20

noteworthy links
GUYS…7 days away from Thanksgiving! Here are some of my favorite noteworthy links from this past week. Enjoy this Friday eve (aka Thursday).

Design:
• Vintage menu designs from various Los Angeles restaurants.
• Calling all typography lovers: this new Apple font is the perfect hybrid between Helvetica + Din that you didn’t know you totally need.
• This Creative Directors Playbook on Flipboard.
• Loving the texture + typography in this design firm’s work based in Uruguay.

Misc.:
• How are you spending your life? This video puts it in perspective.
• Cooking for Thanksgiving this year? Check out this Thanksgiving food calculator, to help you determine what you need, and how much. Brilliant!
• Looking for the perfect gift? The Sweet Escape has put together quite the impressive gift guide, Merry Mag. LOVE!
• Have you seen Megan Trainor’s new music video, Lips are Movin’? They partnered with HP and brought in next-gen influencers (Viners, Instagrammers, YouTubers + Bloggers) to create a fun, colorful and eye catching video. Check out behind the scenes here.

Midweek Motivation 1.1 – Gratitude


midweek motivation: practice gratitude Thanksgiving is only EIGHT days away! What are you thankful for? Even in the darkest of times, we can always find someone or something to be grateful for. Psychology shows us that an attitude of gratitude can have a huge, positive impact one’s mental state, and perception of the world. For today’s midweek motivation, beautifully written by Elizabeth, I challenge you to look for something to smile about or be grateful for.

[Calligraphy by Elizabeth Phillips]

Friendsgiving

Friendsgiving
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!
Friendsgiving
[Photos by Yael Nov Photography]

Noteworthy 11/13

inhale and exhale stress
We are only two weeks away from Thanksgiving, aka my favorite holiday, aka the BEST time of year. I’m pretty excited. The holiday’s and end of the year can be a stressful time. Remember to breathe and focus on the happy things. Enjoy today’s link roundup of inspiring articles from across the web!

Design:
• Remember this S’mores party I did in collaboration with Tiny Prints? Check it out on weheartparties.com!
• Get me to Brussels, and stat! Pantone has opened up a color lovers dream hotel, aptly named the Pantone Hotel. Have a look, and tell me your thoughts.
• Typography is key, some even say that it’s 95% of good web design, which is why companies are “future proofing” their typefaces.
#crafttherainbow: Check out The House That Lars built on Instagram, and follow along with this colorful + inspirational hashtag!

Misc.:
• Instagram now allows you to edit your captions on photos…buh-bye spelling mistakes! Now if they could create a better way to toggle between different accounts, that’d be greaaaat.
Seven social media tips from Queen Bey (‘s social media manager) herself.
• Inhale, Exhale, just like it says. Here are some quick yoga tips to help you feel better while working.

Noteworthy 11/6

Find Your Happiness
Happy first week of November! I have some really big things in the works and I can’t wait to share with you next week! Happy Friday eve, and enjoy this weeks inspirational and noteworthy links!

Design:
• Chipotle’s new series on their bags + cups, Cultivating Thought, is both well designed and a fun read.
• Buzzed killed it with this list of 40 colorful Instagram accounts to follow.
• Want to feel really inspired by typography? Check out this portfolio by Bryan Patrick Todd.
• Kiehl’s teamed up with two artists to create this year’s limited addition packaging. Pretty awesome results.

Misc:
• Caught the travel bug? Check out this list of places to travel in your 20’s.
• Familiar with A Beautiful Mess? I love their blog, and now they have launched ABM exclusive items in their shop. Pretty cute stuff!
10 Steps to Happier Living…it’s not too hard :)
• This has become my FAVORITE YouTube video. Just try to watch without smiling.