Design

19FIFTYTHREE: 53 Tri Bracelet Set

19FIFTYTHREE has given me a great opportunity to connect and collaborate with other artists and businesses. After contracting as a Graphic Designer for Aid Through Trade, I approached them with the idea of creating a set of their original Roll-Ons for 19FIFTYTHREE. We worked with three existing patterns and created a color-way that I feel perfectly represents my design aesthetic for this brand; gold, silver, and black. I consider these colors “my personal neutrals”.

Aid Through Trade has mastered the Set of 3 Roll-On set, but I decided I wanted a set of 4! We added in an extra bracelet with the addition of brass beads. This brought more depth and texture to the set and it was beautiful! Aid Through Trade is a fair trade company who works with women who are artisans from Nepal. Each bracelet is made with glass beads and handcrafted with love. I am grateful for the opportunity and look forward to the future of 19FIFTYTHREE collaborations!

 


SHOP BRACELETS


Sounds

Young the Giant

At the top of the year, I was introduced to Young the Giant via the Artists Den on PBS. After one song, I was hooked. My 2-year old daughter and I were in front of the t.v., dancing like we were at a live show. Since that day, I have been in love. What I love the most about them is how pure their sound and energy is. I hope you love them as much as I do:

Grrrl Inspiration

Magical Women: Two

In January, I decided to dedicate some blog space to visuals of women that inspire me.

I love Pinterest! One of my favorite boards on Pinterest is ‘Inspire Me Ladies’. I love supporting other women and gathering inspiration from them. I thought about all the ways I want to feel going into this new year. I want to feel like a boss; better yet, like a BAWSE! I want to feel joy, strong and like a beautiful betty! I want to continue loving myself and spreading love to everyone I come in contact with. So, inspire my ladies! Your loveliness shines through each photo and fills me with inspiration. Here go a few of my recent favs from the board:

 

Inspiration Life Sounds

Where’s Your Crown?

This is the question that Rapsody asks on her latest ‘Crown’ EP – “Where’s Your Crown?”.

Yesterday was the Women’s March and also Rapsody’s birthday. Fitting day to celebrate women as both Rapsody and the many women who marched believe in uplifting women around the globe. For me the Women’s March wasn’t as much about our new President as it was about women being fed up with how they are portrayed, spoken of, and treated. As American women, we have a lot of be grateful for and at the same time, we have a deeper issues to address. There is a such thing as rape culture and unfair pay. There is a such thing as shaming sexual women and victims alike and there is a such thing as pushing women down.

 

I am thankful for all of the men who lean in…

 

After having a baby, women’s issues became more apparent. Being that I work for myself, I was able to take off as much time as I needed before getting back to work. Unfortunately, not all of the women around me had the same luxury. I saw my friends as they struggled, physically and emotionally, to go back to work. It hurt my heart that any of my friends could lose their jobs due to needing time to care for their child and heal. I am thankful for all of the men who lean in, those who teach their daughters how to protect themselves, and those who encourage their mothers, sisters, wives, etc. to push and dream bigger than ever imagined.

 

I, personally, don’t care who you voted for…

 

Yes, as American women, we have a lot to be grateful for, and I am grateful. When those who physically, emotionally, and sexually assault us get a smack on the wrist, it shows we still have work to do. When it’s okay to joke about sexually assaulting women, we still have work to do.

I, personally, don’t care who you voted for, but I do care about how you treat your neighbor and those of different backgrounds than you. I do care about what you teach your children about those of a different background than you. I hope that you and I both wear our crowns everyday – loving one another and ourselves; lifting our heads high and uniting as human beings to further our great nation and world.

So, where’s your crown?

Sounds

Sounds: BØRNS

Before I fall asleep, I like to listen to music that makes me feel like I’m falling into a dream. Almost like Alice falling down the rabbit hole. Lately, BØRNS has been on that playlist. Taking a chance on my Spotify ‘Discover Weekly’ playlist, I found him there – and I’ve been listening ever since!

Thank you for all of the dreamy sounds!

Grrrl Inspiration

Magical Women: One

I love Pinterest! One of my favorite boards on Pinterest is ‘Inspire Me Ladies’. I love supporting other women and gathering inspiration from them. I thought about all the ways I want to feel going into this new year. I want to feel like a boss; better yet, like a BAWSE! I want to feel joy, strong and like a beautiful betty! I want to continue loving myself and spreading love to everyone I come in contact with. So, inspire my ladies! Your loveliness shines through each photo and fills me with inspiration. Here go a few of my recent favs from the board:

 

Life

Blogging for Foodie Annapolis

Last March, I started blogging for Foodie Annapolis. As a Principal Designer for the Symmetry Agency, this was a natural progression. Symmetry was responsible for developing the brand for the blog and we still work on creating and maintaining the content. Foodie Annapolis is one of three blogs produced by Visit Annapolis (Explorer Annapolis and Historian Annapolis are the other two). This has been a great experience! As a cocktail blogger, I have grown a sincere appreciation for the process and skill that goes behind our favorite cocktails.

One of my favorite posts was for Fox’s Den. As one of my favorite restaurants and bars with one of my favorite cocktail menus in town, this was an easy choice to cover. What made this experience stand out was how much we learned about the process behind creating a local bourbon fav, ‘For Fox Sake’.  Learning the process and history behind the drink  has become my favorite part of this blog coverage.

 

 

Keep up with all on my blogs and favorite cocktails around Annapolis & Anne Arundel County here: Darin Gilliam for Foodie Annapolis