What I Wore // Weekend Edition 01

Guys, I am stepping out of my comfort zone and back in front of the camera for a new series of What I Wore // Weekend Edition. As a teenager and into my early 20's I was ALWAYS in front of the camera, booking modeling gigs and chasing the dream of becoming a Victoria's Secret / Express fashion model (with the hopes of still somehow being a graphic designer). Those dreams dissipated when college became more intense and more of a priority. I was faced with the realization that I needed to let go of modeling and focus on my graphic design career.

When college came to an end I started working full time in a corporate environment. I'm still working the 9-5 life and freelancing on the side (Hello Monday!), so I have to admit that my sense of fashion and style have been lacking. Working in a corporate environment I have to adhere to dress pants, dress shirts, and minimal makeup. Needless to say I live for those weekend date days/nights when I can actually dress up! :-)

So... I thought this would be a fun little series to push myself to get back in front of the camera, to learn more about photography and to also share with you all some of my bargain finds. I hope you all enjoy!

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Scarf: Target // Sweater: Target // Purse: Ooo la la Boutique (old, similar here and here) // Jeans: (old, similar) // Rain Boots: Target

Behind The Scenes: Hello Monday Design

Last week I was tagged in the "Tour Through Blogland" series. Not only do I get to share a little glimpse of Hello Monday behind the scenes but I also get to share a couple other creative business women that I admire. So here we go! :-)

Who nominated me?

Hannah is a talented designer who runs and operates Pommel Lane. She is well known for her beautiful hand lettered works of art and for snapping pics of her adorable pup Abe. She most recently opened up her print shop and has taken the leap of faith into entrepreneurship. Hannah and I connected via Pinterest and Instagram and I am so happy our paths crossed. She is a down to earth girl, who also loves an adventure!

What am I working on?

Right now I have a couple different projects going on. I'm working on a blog re-design for my good friend Laura. Awhile back I shared with you all the moodboard that was setting the tone for the project and now we're working on the blog layout. I'm really excited to be working on this project with Laura because we're incorporating watercolor into her design!

I'm also working on some Holiday graphics as well as a 2015 calendar. Earlier in the year I posted a Valentines Day February Calendar & Weekly Planner and there was so much interest in it. I decided that I would expand upon that idea again and offer a full monthly calendar with a weekly to-do list.

Other than that, I need to slow it down a bit, set new business goals for 2015 and start some wedding planning!

How does my work differ from others of its genre?

Whether it's a painting or a blog design, I want all my designs to be fun, creative and playful through the use of color and type. I enjoy keeping up with the latest design trends, but it's so important that I stay to true to myself as an artist, keeping things simple but yet playful, while still meeting the needs and expectations of my clients.

Why do I write/create what I do?

Ever since I was a little girl, I've always loved painting + design. I could spend hours upon hours sketching and doodling and never ever grow tired. As of recently I have re-tapped into that playful child-like state of mind and have found a way to incorporate my paintings/sketches back into my design work.

What keeps me growing and evolving is the happiness that my artwork brings to others. If I can make one person's day brighter by redesigning their logo or offering a freebie then I have succeeded! My clients/online friendships mean the world to me and it's the one thing that keeps me going.

How does your writing/creating process work?

Since moving into our new home, I have completely re-designed my office and have begun to do my work differently. I have two work stations (technically 3, if you count my easel!), an analog station and a digital station. I always start my work away from the computer (or in my favorite room, our seaside escape, enjoying a cup of coffee!).

This is where I sketch, doodle, play with words, paint and explore. Once I come up with some great ideas, I will pick and choose whats best, refine them if needed, and then I hop on over to the computer to digitize them.

I plan on detailing the design process a bit more in a future blog post, especially those that are curious about the logo/branding process, but for now this gives you a little glimpse at how the process starts.

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First up, I nominate Jessica over at Creative Index. Jessica is a dear friend of mine that I met in college. She is not only a beautiful person inside and out but she is also a fabulous designer and has an eye for fashion. She also has a gorgeous print shop with so many wonderful goodies to brighten up any home or office. If you follow her on instagram, you most definitely know her three favorite things are Bosco, Brandon and the beach!

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My next nomination is Kate Baird of Katelyn Brook Designs. Kate is a designer, developer and collaborator with a mission to help other female entrepreneurs develop their online reach through Wordpress websites. All of her work is clean, professional and chic. Kate has inspired me to collaborate with other designers/developers rather than trying to tackle it all. This girl is awesome at what she does, if you need a Wordpress website and have no idea where to even start, check her out!

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Danielle is the artist, designer and photographer behind the blog Pasadya. I have always been drawn to Danielle's blog because of her beautiful gesture like illustrations. Her work is simplistic, clean and sophisticated. She also designs logos and takes gorgeous candid photos of people and nature. You can purchase her work on etsy and on society6.

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Again, a big thank you to Hannah for nominating me to participate in this "Tour of Blogland" series. It's been fun!  Make sure you check out my nominee's blogs next Monday for their behind the scenes tours!

Freebie Friday // Fall in Love

I hate to admit this, but I think Fall is finally here. I wasn't ready to give up summer just yet, but with the leaves changing and waking up to cold crisp mornings, I've given in and accepted that it is indeed Fall.

Last Wednesday I launched my online shop and I am over joyed with the wonderful response to it. Thank you everyone for the kind words, you all had  me smiling from ear to ear!

AND... Since I'm in the lovey dovey mood (if you don't know why check out my last post) I thought I would share another desktop freebie with you all.  This download is actually derived from one of the Fall Bouquet prints that I launched in my new shop. I hope you enjoy! :-)

If you use any of the wallpapers, be sure to snap a pic and share with me on instagram!
Hashtag #hellomondayfreebies so I can see! :-) 

THE FINE PRINT: For personal use only. The usual terms apply - these freebies are just for you. Please do not distribute or sell as your own. If you are kind enough to blog about this freebie or pin any images, please link back to this post. Thank you! :)

I said YES!

Last Friday Evan and I took off for a mini vacation up in the Adirondacks to celebrate our 6 year anniversary. This was by the far the best trip we ever took together because he got down on one knee (on top of Bald Mountain) and asked me to marry him! It was romantic and perfect in every way. Here are a couple more photos from our trip, this is definitely one vacation I will never ever forget. :-)

6 Year Anniversary

Today Evan and I have been dating for 6 years. Where does time go? 6 years ago we were both in college trying to figure out life. We kind of knew who we were and where we wanted to go, but the thought of growing up (and old) scared the heck out of us. The only thing we were certain about was that we loved each other.

Here we are 6 years later, both working full time, chasing dreams, settling down in a new home and still happy crazy in love. I never ever thought I would find a love like this, it's something I always dreamed about. We have our fair share of disagreements and everyday isn't happy and cheerful, but I am so lucky and blessed to share life with this guy. Through every high and low, we're there for each other.

This weekend we are up in the Adirondacks celebrating. There is no other place I'd rather be than with him. :-)

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The image above can be found in my online shop!