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Summer Zest

Summer Zest Party
Recently, I got some of my gal pals together for an early summer gathering, to celebrate the warm weather and get excited for the new season. Held at my friends gorgeous apartment in Westwood, we sipped refreshing drinks, ate some delicious food, and got to enjoy each other’s company. Who doesn’t love spending a Saturday with friends and sun!? For this party, I wanted the drinks + pastries to have lemon incorporated to the recipes. Lemons are such a great addition to a summer beverage, and also pack in some great health benefits.
Summer Zest Party
The Set Up
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
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I used Minted for all the adorable paper party decor. Not only do they have a wide variety of designs to choose from, they have customization options so you can create your perfect party. I chose a theme that had some yellow + mint colors, since I knew that would be a great canvas for the vibrant lemons. Minted also makes it so easy to set up your decorations, providing the necessary supplies with your order. Seriously adorable and oh so fun.

The Treats
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The cupcakes + cake pops were B-E-A-Utiful and oh so delicious. Dots Cupcakes in Pasadena knows their cupcakes, and every gal couldn’t believe how cute + yummy they were. What’s a party without some adorable cupcakes? The two flavors both had hints of lemon that complimented the cocktails so well, Strawberry Lemonade and Lemon Drop. YUM.
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
The Sips
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
The first beverage I served was a Rosemary Lemon Margarita. Super easy to make, this drink was tasty and very well received.

 Ingredients: 
Lemons/Lemon Juice
Club Soda
Sugar
Tequila
Rosemary Sprig

I lined the rims with pink Himalayan salt, rather than traditional white. (Full recipe here).

Summer Zest Party

Summer Zest Party
The second lemon infused drink I served was White Wine Sangria, a must for an early afternoon get together. I used ONEHOPE wine, a company that not only makes great wine, but also gives back to the community.

Ingredients:
1 bottle of ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc
1 bottle ONEHOPE Sparkling Wine (optional topper just before serving)
1 cup raspberries
lime slices (1/2 lime)
orange slices (1/2 large navel orange)
orange juice (from 2nd half of large navel orange or ~1/4 cup)
lemon slices (1 lemon)

(Recipe adapted from here.)

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Summer Zest Party

Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
In addition to the cupcakes + drinks, I served fruit, cheese, crackers, chips and dip. No guest left hungry!
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Summer Zest Party
The Gals
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
Summer Zest Party
Friends, warm weather, drinks, a pool and summer on the horizon makes for an excellent reason to celebrate and enjoy some summer zest together.
Summer Zest Party
Have a GREAT summer!

[A huge thank you to Minted, Dots Cupcakes and ONEHOPE Wine who provided items + helped make this post possible!]

All photos by Samantha Zachrich.


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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From Rain to Shine Turns ONE!

From Rain to Shine
One year ago today, I decided to start a blog. I had no idea really what to do, or what to expect, but after meeting Oh Joy! and reading Blog Inc,, I knew blogging was something I wanted to do. I’m SO glad that I did. I have met and made so many new friends, kept my design skills  f r e s h and been to places I wouldn’t have otherwise gone to. I’m so excited that my little blog turns one today, and can’t wait to see what good things come in this next year. Here’s a look back at some of my favorite + popular posts from this past year. (Click on the image to go to the post!)
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Thank you to all who stop by + read my little positive space! I have some exciting things planned over the next few months that I can’t wait to share. Happy Wednesday to all, and thanks for coming on this awesome journey with me!

Font Friday 5.4

Free Fonts | Quotes
Too often, we all get caught up in the minor stresses of life. It’s important to step back and realize how awesome life really is, and how lucky we are to greet a new day. Have a great weekend, and hopefully you can enjoy some sunshine!

I am LOVING this script typeface, Remachine Script. It is free for personal use, but make sure you read the license if you would like to use for commercial purposes. Remachine Script can be downloaded from here.

Exciting News!

Alt SLC Summer
Hi guys! Super excited to announce that I will be speaking at Alt Summit this SUMMER! Going in January was one of the best experiences, and I am just over the moon excited to be going back in June. Some of the speakers were released yesterday, and boy are there some awesome and talented folks on there! I’ll be sharing more deets as they come, but for now, let me know if you’re going to Alt in June! Can’t wait to see ya there!!

For Mama

Mother's Day Cards
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 11 which is right around the corner! It’s not too early (or too late!) to snatch up a card for your lovely mama! Happy Mother’s Day to all the mother’s out there!

Cards: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Font Friday 5.3

Free Font | Typography | Font Friday
Happy Friday all! I’m looking forward to this busy weekend ahead, and hopefully will get some time to be outside! Surrounding yourself with positive people and good energy is one way to be happy! I love this versatile typeface, 5am Gender. The letters are very tall and narrow, but have a great amount of thickness, making it ideal for many uses! Enjoy!

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

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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!

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.]

 

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.

[Images via 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12