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Happy New Year

Hi all! This year has brought a ton of changes…all good, but changes none the less. I got married, I moved (still in LA, not to worry!), I started a new job. That’s a lot of BIG things to happen. 2015 has been a wonderful year, and I’m so excited to send out my new years card for the first time as a married woman.

 

Shutterfly New Year
This year we used Shutterfly to make our FIRST card as a new couple. Shutterfly has SO many options, and we chose to go with a 1 photo option with…GOLD FOIL. I love foil, and adding it to our holiday card creates a festive touch.
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I selected envelope liners that matched the colors and playfulness of the card, and love the added surprise the recipient gets upon opening the envelope.
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I hopped on over to the post office and found these adorable snowflake stamps that compliment the winter vibes and colors of our card.
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Here’s to wishing you and yours a happy holiday season and new year, and to a very healthy and wonderful new year! Be sure to check out Shutterfly for all of their adorable card options, for the holidays, new years and beyond.
[Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Shutterfly. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Happy Holidays!]

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.
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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!

Attitude of Gratitude

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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.]
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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.
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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. 
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Letting the sender know how much the gift meant in a note shows your gratitude.
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Although it may seem obvious, you should always start your note with “Dear ______”, rather than just jumping right in.
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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.
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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.
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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!
Hostess Entertainer Gift
1. ILLUME Candle
2. Cocktail Napkins
3. The Social Type Matchboxes
4. Black, White + Gold Coasters
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Gold Ice Bucket
6. Champagne Gummy Bears

graphic designer gift guide
1. Ampersand cheese + crackers board
2. Pantone mug + to go thermos
3. Well designed temporary tattoos
4. Typographic coasters
5. Mac + iPad sleeves
6. Moleskine journal

Friendsgiving

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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!
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[Photos by Yael Nov Photography]

Perfectly Personal™ Holiday Cards

Tis the season for sending cheer! It is no secret that I love stationery, greeting cards and sending mail. This year, I told my family I would handle our annual holiday card to alleviate some stress and ensure it came out just right. We have used a variety of sites in the past to customize our cards, but this year I decided to use Shutterfly. Not only do they have a wide range of beautiful card options, the design + ordering process is so easy. It’s only the beginning of November and I can cross off holiday cards from my to do list. Check out what I chose for our annual holiday card this year.
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Deciding which card was the hardest part of the whole process. Shutterfly has SO many adorable designs in a variety of formats, you’re sure to find something for your Perfectly Personal™ Holiday Cards. For me, this option, a single photo on the front, and a smaller photo on the back was exactly what I was looking for (shout out to our family pet, Lucy the Poodle, who makes a sassy appearance on the back).
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In addition to having an awesome selection of cards, you can create an entire stationery suite, with custom return address labels and personalized postage as well as holiday party invitations and stickers. It really is a one stop shop for all your holiday card needs, and can be customized to fit your needs.
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The typography selection that Shutterfly provides is top notch, and allows you to create a consistent and beautiful suite. For me, the overarching theme I wanted for my suite was a hand written font complimented with a sans serif typeface. I also wanted to bring in gold and silver to both the holiday card + party invitation.
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I’m so excited to send out my holiday cards and party invitations this year. Still trying to decide what to do for your holiday cards? Check out Shutterfly’s impressive selection, and create your custom suite.

[This post was sponsored by Shutterfly. All opinions + images are my own.]

Font Friday 6.0

Happy Fourth of July! Enjoy some BBQ, fireworks and our freedom. Hope you all have a great three day weekend, with lots of outdoor time + picnics.
From Rain to Shine Font Friday
Alexis is a great slab font that is reminiscent of the western days. It is great for headlines, posters, or any large scale type. I would not recommend using it for body copy as it has such a LARGE personality and will be difficult to read. You can download Alexis from here. Enjoy!

[I do not own this font, please be sure to check all licenses from the creator before using.]

Color My World 1.4

In honor of the 4th of July, a patriotic inspired color palette!
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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 4.5

Happy Valentine’s Day, and happy Friday to all! I hope you have a great weekend, whatever your plans may hold! It’s supposed to be nice here in LA this weekend, so I’m hoping to get some much needed outside time! Valentine's Day Free Script Font

I love the playfulness of this script font, Motion Picture. It is versatile, and works well in medium to large sizes. Enjoy!