Monday, February 24, 2014

Five Days in Vermont

It’s been a long winter in New York City. After a tease of a beautifully mild weekend, this coming week promises one more foray into (and a hopefully a farewell to) the polar vortex. Given the cold days ahead, I thought I would revisit our New Year’s trip to Vermont. We drove up from New York on December 30th, skied for a few days at Okemo, rang in the New Year with burgers and Prosecco, and survived the first blizzard of 2014. Thank goodness for firewood and snow chains.

Click through for some more images from our trip to Vermont.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Christmas 2013 in Key West via VSCO Cam

If you follow my iPhone photography via Instagram or through my VSCO Grid, you’ve probably realized that I’m an unabashed fan of the VSCO Cam App. I love the app itself, and am just blown away by the amazingly talented photographers I’ve discovered through the VSCO Journal. VSCO has also been maintaining a curated VSCO Grid, and I was completely surprised and absolutely thrilled to receive an e-mail a few days ago informing me that one of my photos had been selected for the curated Grid (direct link to the photo: The image is from our Christmas trip to Key West, while we were waiting in line outside the Hemingway House.

Here is the original image.

Click through for a few other favorites from Key West (all processed using VSCO CAM).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Hello in 2014

How it January 21st already? I can’t quite believe that my last blog post was in November. December flew by in a haze of work and (sadly) sickness. We spent Christmas in beautiful, sunny, and warm Key West and then transitioned to snowy, cold (but also beautiful) Vermont to ring in the New Year. The former was pretty beneficial for my health, the latter not so much. Thankfully, I think I am almost 100 percent back health-wise.

I have a laundry list of items to tackle, at work, at home (my husband and I are attempting Apartment Therapy’s January Cure – although we’ve resigned ourselves to having a January/February Cure), and also creatively (a pile of photos to edit, our annual New Year’s letter to design, future blog posts...). At least my to-do lists have become more fun thanks to this Rifle Paper Co notepad my sister gave me as part of my Christmas gift. I’m hoping to really get back into the swing of things soon, and find my routine again.

Wishing you a happy (if very belated) 2014, and hopefully it won’t be quite so long before I’m back here again.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Remembering to Enjoy November 2013

This is one of my favorite times of year, but all too often I find myself succumbing to the whirlwind crush of work before Thanksgiving (also between Thanksgiving and Christmas) and forgetting to enjoy the things I love about this season. It can be difficult to carve out time when faced with a never-ending laundry list of to-do items, but in the past few weeks I’ve tried to do something each day to (in my own way) celebrate this time of year. It’s been small things, like taking the time to light a few candles when I get home, sitting with a hot cup of tea and a holiday related magazine for a few minutes (mostly salivating over Thanksgiving meal recipes), buying some fall-inspired flowers, and this past weekend making my first pumpkin date bread (recipe via Williams-Sonoma).

Monday, November 11, 2013

Dogear Press Projects: Invitations for a Train-Inspired Second Birthday Party

A few weeks ago we celebrated my nephew Bryan’s second birthday. Given Bryan’s love of trains, my sister-in-law Jess planned a fun train-inspired birthday party for her little man (you can see photos of the festivities over at The Eagle’s Nest).

I was excited when Jess asked if I would design an invitation for the birthday party, and thought I’d share some of the design process here. Below is the invitation that Jess and her husband Scott ultimately decided on.

You can see the first three options that I sent to Jess after the jump.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Dogear Press Projects: Minted’s Baby Shower Challenge

Another Minted contest... and this time I’m actually posting within the correct voting window. A few years ago, I wouldn’t have been particularly inspired to enter a baby shower challenge, but now so many of my friends have had children that imagining the details of a fun baby shower doesn’t seem so foreign to me. I was able to complete one entry for the On the Way! Baby Shower Challenge and thought it would be fun to think about some décor elements to go along with my invite. I especially love the DIY painted cups! Click here to vote (it should be open later this afternoon and runs through October 21st).

Image sources top to bottom: (1), (2), and (3).

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Dogear Press Projects: Minted’s Save the Date Challenge

* Update: Sorry for the misinformation... unfortunately voting closed on September 30th! Hopefully you'll still get some enjoyment from looking through some of the designs.

It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to enter the Minted Challenges – a crazy work schedule meant that one deadline after another slipped by. I was getting a bit sad about the lack of design time in my life, so I was happy to be able to enter Minted’s recent “Don’t Forget! Save the Date Challenge.” Sometimes I can over think a design, so this time around I forced myself to just go ahead and pull the trigger on a few different ideas I came up with. Below are two of my favorite entries... If you’re so inclined, you can vote here (FYI, you will need to have a Minted account) – there are some really lovely designs in the challenge.