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Phantogram: Fall in Love

April 11th, 2014

A couple weeks ago I was in the car, listening to the radio when this wonderful song came on DC101. Once I hit the next red light, I broke out my Shazam app and found that it was Phantogram, “Fall in Love”.  This song instantly made me feel good and has been on repeat since the day I discovered it while running errands! Enjoy + Happy Friday!

 



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Creating a Brand: Miss Vannette

April 10th, 2014

The goal is creating a brand is making sure that your message and what you stand for can be easily portrayed visually through consistent shapes, colors and fonts.

An important element of what I do as a Graphic Designer is create consistency for my clients. I have had the great pleasure of working with many talented creatives, bloggers and entrepreneurs in the past year. One of these people were Miss Vannette, Blogger, Philanthropist and Life Stylist. Together we worked towards creating a brand style that properly represented her and the services she offers. Her style is fun, crisp, strong and feminine. We moved forward creating a logo, business card and site customization that met all of those attributes.


See my work for Miss Vannette below.

Interested in Creating Your Brand?

VIEW MY SERVICES AND CONTACT ME HERE!


 

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Inspire Me: Erin Wasson

April 8th, 2014

I stumbled upon model/actress Erin Wasson in the Madewell catalog; one of my favorite print catalogs to date. I love how well her natural beauty is captured in the catalogs and how great of a fit she is for the Madewell brand. Her effortless boho style is fun, easy and refreshing and I love everything about it!

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Style: New Balance

April 3rd, 2014

So you all know that I love Converse (black on black preferably), but this doesn’t stop me from loving and admiring other shoe brands. Over the years, New Balance has been one of my favorite shoe brands. Anyone who grew up in the 90′s probably remembers when the Classic 574 New Balances were all the rage! I loved them then and I love them now.

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Since then, New Balance has released so many great shoe models! Their design and color palette is always on point and they have also had some great collaborations which are a great look for any brand. Create and collaborate! Below are a few of my favs!

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1. NB 996  / 2. NB 996  /  3. NB 574 Holiday 2012
4. NB 574  /  5. NB 420 Tomboy  / 6. NB x Herschel Supply Co

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Encourage Yourself

March 27th, 2014

 

“Sometimes the best person to encourage you is you”.

- Darin Michelle


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In stressful situations, this has been my mantra…”Encourage Yourself”. I have been blessed with a loving husband who is always reminding me to not give up and to constantly encourage myself. Being an Independent Worker is not always easy, in fact a lot of it is hard. A lot of the first years are figuring it out. I had an “ah-ha” moment last week. I was in a meeting with a client and realized that no matter what is going on and how stressed I get, there is nothing like being my own boss, making my own schedule and learning the hard lessons I’ve learned through the bad decisions I’ve made. This is called growth.

Don’t stop yourself from going through the hard times. Those hard times are what make you.

We learn so much from the stress. Most of the time, it’s what not to do next time or how not to handle something. Our greatest lessons can come from our greatest mistakes. When you feel down, tired, or just over it…Encourage Yourself! You may be the only person available at the time to do so.

Dream Big.

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Design: SENT Network

March 24th, 2014

I recently had the pleasure of working with SENT Network. “Sent Network equips church planters and leaders to reproduce gospel-centered disciples, churches, and planting networks so that God’s kingdom spreads to more neighborhoods, subcultures, and cities. We do this in partnership with local churches, so that, churches plant churches.”

This job was great on many levels. I was able to work with great people who had a clear vision of what their design needs were, while letting me take the creative lead and come up with a look for both their organization booklet and website.

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We took the opportunity to update their look with sepia toned photos and infographics. This was a way to create a dynamic piece that wasn’t too text heavy and gave important facts to its reader.

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For me, the pops of color and the great photo selection is what made this booklet such a successful piece.

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After the booklet was complete, we moved on to updating the website where we introduced design elements from the booklet into the pages of the site. This is an important step in creating a cohesive brand.

Your brand should properly carry throughout every element of your business or organization.

For the sidebar, we used complimentary colors to the teal and gold that we had already been using. By using similar tones in different colors, we created a more interesting page without straying too far away from the color branding we already created.

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Get to know more about SENT by visiting them at www.sentnetwork.org

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St. Vincent: Prince Johnny

March 22nd, 2014

I only recently discovered St. Vincent and already have a favorite song by them! Prince Johnny has been on my playlist on repeat for the last week. This is a beautifully written song that I can listen to over and over again. I love Annie Clarks voice and every melody in this song. Even though I’ve been listening to it non-stop, I think it’s still going to be the start to my Saturday morning playlist today. Brew some coffee, take a listen and enjoy!

Get to know St. Vincent a bit more by checking out the site!

 

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Style: Long Skirts

March 21st, 2014

I’m a sucker for a good long skirt teamed up with a t-shirt, a good fitted shirt or even a nice sweater! Spring is (kinda) here and I’m pretty sure I will be rocking a few good long skirts this season! Here are a few of my favorite looks for thee long skirts:

1. T-shirt + Skirt: for a t-shirt lover like myself, this is perfect. A way to dress up your tee and still be comfortable. I shall pair mine with all black chucks…of course!

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#2. Long Sleeve Fitted + Skirt: what is not to love about this look. This could forever be my “get cute” outfit. I love everything about it; accessories included. Stay comfortable, warm and look like a million-trillion bucks!!

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#3: Slinky Top + Skirt: so, realistically, this look may have to wait until after this baby is born! My current belly won’t fit in this. I love this look so much. It’s sexy and tasteful. The bra top is a perfect matchup if you’re going for that sleek doll look!

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#4. Knit Top + Skirt: I am all about a good pattern as you can see in my last style blog post and this is perfect! What do I like most about it? It’s fun and a great way to dress up any knit top you have.

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Patterns for Spring

March 19th, 2014

Here in Maryland we have gotten A LOT of snow this winter! Two days ago, on March 17th, we got about 6 inches of snow! On March 17th! Needless to say, I’m ready for Spring! For me spring is all about happy patterns. I’m a sucker for a good leopard or cheetah print and have fallen in love with floral patterns recently. This Spring, I plan on accessorizing with some awesome patterns that not only bring life to my outfit, but put a little pep in my step! Here are my fav patterns for Spring:

Want to see my other fav picks for Spring? Check out my Dress Me Up Pinterest board!

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