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Wanderlust Revisited

Torchy's Tacos, Austin, TX

The weather this winter has been pretty mild so far, but it certainly has been dark and gloomy for a few days. With 5:00pm sunsets and 20 degree temperatures, it’s hard for me to keep from reminiscing about my time in sunny Austin just a few short months ago. I previously promised to share a few more photos from my Austin adventure so I thought I’d share those sunny times with you today in hopes of brightening up your day.

Uncommon Objects, Austin, TX
Gordough's Donuts, Austin, TX
Granny's Pie + Fat Elvis

I am quite literally start drool over here just remember how incredible those donuts from Gordough’s Donuts were. Where else can you get a donut with  caramel, pecans, graham crackers, and bananas? Seriously, if there is another place, I need to know about it ASAP!

Succulents, Austin, TX
Cacti, Austin, TX
Easy Tiger, Austin, TX

I’m definitely missing that warm sunny and the beauty of all of the cacti and succulents around town.

And as much as I loved Austin, there were definitely some fun times had in San Antonio for the day Aaron and I were there. I’m not sure if this is always the case, but when we went to Austin, we actually flew in and out of San Antonio for about $100 less (per ticket) than we would have if have flown directly to Austin. If you’re ever looking to fly to Austin and plan on rent a car, I definitely recommend researching this as an option!

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Blue Star—San Antonio, TX

Sigh. Texas, I miss you…or at the very least your sunny disposition. Even just shuffling through these photos and thrown me in a fit of wanderlust yet again. I don’t know where my travels will take me next, but I’m already excited for the new places I’ll discover!

For a few more photos of this little adventure of mine, check out my Flickr!

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Design WORK: Baby Shower Invitations

It’s been a while since I’ve shared any of my design work on here (aside from the Jelly Legs stuff that has consumed my life as late), so I figured I’d share these gems with you! If you follow me on Instagram, you may even recognize these from when I posted this cryptic teaser photo.

I was approached by a friend to create a baby shower invite for her due to the lack of fun, modern options currently available. I immediately knew that this project was going to be one that I could really have some fun with.

Of course, nothing says “PARTY!” like candy and party horns, so I knew I had to set up a photoshoot to capture the mood of these youthful invitations.

Baby Boy Shower Invitation
Baby Boy Shower Invitation
Gender Neutral Baby Shower Invitation
Baby Girl Shower Invitation

Upon completion, she recommended that I sell it on Etsy to provide a great option for people looking for a bold and playful invitation. With her blessing, I made a few other versions and did just that.

If you want to see more photos of these bad boys, head on over to my website and take a peek!

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Austin Adventures + Beautiful Design

Austin Adventures

ONE | blue bell cookie dough ice cream

TWO | beer, chips + queso from torchy’s

THREE | granny’s pie donut from gordough’s donuts

FOUR | austin beerworks pint from their brewery

Hi y'all! I’ve just returned from my incredible Austin adventures with Aaron! Words cannot express how much fun we had exploring all of the lovely shops, beautiful hiking destinations, and all of the insanely delicious food (duh). I took so many photos during my trip, and I’m excited to share those with you once I have time to go through them all. In the meantime, I’ve put together a little Instagram round up of some of our favorite moments.

Austin Adventures
Austin Adventures

ONE | easy tiger menu

TWO | misc. letterpress type from uncommon goods

THREE | obligatory cacti photo

FOUR | canoeing on lake lady bird

In addition to all of the fun activities, I felt so refreshed and inspired by all of the beautiful design hiding in every nook and cranny of Austin (Seriously, take a look at any of the links I provided for the images and you can immediately get a sense of what I’m talking about). This feeling very closely mirrored my experience in Denver last year (and so many of my trips prior to that too, actually). There were so many beautiful brands and printed materials that I had a hard time trying to not bring them all home with me in one way or another!

Traveling and exploring new-to-me territory has always proved to be my greatest source of inspiration rivaled only by invigorating design events with other fun creatives (like last week’s Design Like Mad event). I am so thankful for this fall because it has been provided such a wealth of inspiration already and it’s only October. Check back soon for a more detailed update about my trip with tons of photos!

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Chicago Bluesfest 2014

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When I was just a toddler, my parents and I have gone to the Chicago Bluesfest together. Even though there were a few years when I couldn’t make it, my parents usually still went. This year, my parents were the ones who already had plans, but I was still determined to go. Luckily, my friend Kaylin (who had never been to Bluesfest!) was going so I was able to join up with her and some other friends for a day fun in the sun.

Chicago Bluesfest 2014

The music was spot-on, the weather was perfect, and the company was second to none. The crowd was as lively as ever, and like always, added one more element of entertainment. Public transit offered additional amusement on the way home. Packs of glittery concert-goers from Spring Awakening stumbled into the street, slurring their words and trying to keep each other upright about as successfully as a tipi in a tornado.

Chicago Bluesfest 2014

After spending a day outside listening to good music, I found myself getting excited for other music festivals that I’ll be attending this summer like Pitchfork and Summerfest. Oh summer, how lovely you are!

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Gray Days & Taco Times

Lake Michigan, Milwaukee, WI

This weekend I spontaneously decided that I wanted to spend some more time with my camera (which hasn’t been getting very much love lately). Despite the gloomy weather Saturday morning, I made the effort to get out there anyway and snap a few shots.

FIND YOURSELF

As an extrovert, I generally prefer spending time with others, yet I’ve always simultaneously relished the excitement of getting out and doing things on my own. There’s something so liberating about shutting your phone off and living in the moment, in your moment, to do whatever you please. These moments always leave me bright-eyed and creatively charged, so I was happy to spend some time in thick fog capturing these moments for the hell of it.

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For the full effect, put on The Crane Wife by The Decemberists, which made for the perfect soundtrack as I walked for miles along the lake. I spent the rest of the day sipping coffee and doing a bit of reading and oogling over Marc Wagner’s latest zine, Mostly Cats & Monsters. I love his crazy, street-art-esque style and really enjoyed this little gem! Definitely check him out!

Bel Air, Milwaukee

Sunday was much sunnier, so Aaron and I decided to get out and get some delicious taco’s from the oh-so-amazing Bel Air. Mmmm.

Fuel Cafe, Milwaukee

After lunch, we decided to grab some coffee and hang out a bit before heading home. All in all, it was a fun and relaxing weekend which was just what I needed. Now it’s time to tackle another week! Let’s do this!

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Apple Picking - A Fall Must

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Growing up, my family always made a point to go apple picking every year. It started when I was only 6 months old, and it continues on today. For me, apple picking signifies the start of fall and quite frankly, it’s probably my favorite part of it (though pumpkin goodies are a close second).

This year, rather than going to my orchard of choice, I instead headed to Elegant Farmer with Emily who had NEVER BEEN APPLE PICKING BEFORE. Having learned that little fact, it was of utmost importance to me to get her to an orchard ASAP!

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We had an absolute blast picking apples, eating delicious food, and enjoying the crispest (say that ten times fast) apple cider ever. Though this was my first time picking apples at Elegant Farmer, I’m no stranger to their renowned bakery! They have, hands-down, the best apple pie in the world (and the Wall Street Journal agrees!), so of course we loaded up on pies and other apple treats to take home with us.

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The rest of the weekend was spent baking apple crisp and catching up on some client work. There’s nothing like taking a break from pixel pushing to enjoy a piece of apple crisp, just like my mom always makes. Okay, in all fairness, it wasn’t just like hers, but that’s because she puts way more love in hers whereas mine is made with…intense, glutinous apple lust. I didn’t even have a chance to take a photo before gobbling it up! I guess I’ll just have to make another one! Ha!

Between this and this previous post, I’m beginning to think I’m a bit of an apple addict!

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Bucktown & BBQ

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This weekend I went to the Bucktown Arts Fest with Aaron, and it was absolutely wonderful. The weather was gorgeous, the art was beautiful, and the food and drink were refreshing. What more could you ask for?

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I love trying new food, so I was eager to try ćevapčići for the first time (shown above). I must say, I enjoyed this new-to-me food! While I love a good cheeseburger, it’s always fun to try new foods. I especially enjoy it at festivals where it’s easy to try small portions at a reasonable price.

Chicago

While at the fest, I also picked up two of these amazing Chicago letterpress cards from Paper Parasol Press (one for me and one for my mom). If you have a chance, definitely check those folks out. They were very sweet and have so many awesome prints. I also picked up the cutest Earth Cadets’ tote, but I didn’t have time to snag a photo.

Later in the evening we gathered with old friends for the sacred Final Fantasy draft and had a blast! It’s always good to catch up with friends you don’t get to see as often as you’d like.

Sunday was spent enjoying some delicious BBQ meats with friends, and I couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up this amazing weekend. Additional photos can be found here.

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[Explore] More.

Click Less. ________ More.

After work, I decided to go for a drive. Maybe it’s my midwestern upbringing or perhaps it’s something I got used to since my parents both grew up in the city and liked experiencing the country scenery on summer days, but there is something beautifully appealing about driving just because it’s nice outside. Driving just to see blurring landscape while singing your favorite songs in the car.

I ended up at a county park I’d never been to, wearing clothes not suited for hiking. I spent 45 minutes exploring this new-to-me scenery. Not for exercise. Not to take photos (though I did snag the one above with my iPhone). Not to kill time. I did it because it was a beautiful day. I did it because I like being outside. I felt the spongy earth through the soles of the fabric flats I wore to work as my hair, which I refused to put up, danced in the wind. It was spontaneous, lovely, and so different from my other more technologically-based hobbies.

While I always make a point to do something I love each day, it occurred to me that I need to make a more conscious effort to spend less time in front the computer and more time exploring, experiencing, and expanding my ever-growing list of things I love.

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Until next time, Colorado

Until Next Time

I cannot believe how quickly my time in Colorado flew by or how madly I fell in love with that beautiful state! I’ve been to quite a few mountainous destinations in travels’ past, yet no matter how many times I encounter mountains, I am always awestruck by their powerful presence. Having grown up in the flatland Chicago suburbs, I have always marveled over the allure of the mountains. Hell, I still occasionally find myself giddy over the rolling hills of Wisconsin for goodness sake. So as you might have guessed, I had an incredible time exploring these new places, and I cannot wait to return.

Ace Eat Serve. Denver, Colorado.

On top of the amazing natural scenery, Denver was full of so much well-done design at every turn that I couldn’t help but smile (and snag a few pieces for myself to bring home!). Whether I was walking down the street looking at the logos of local stores or reading restaurant menus, I was always greeted with clean, thoughtful design. Talk about a refreshing vacation!

Beautiful designs from around Colorado

What’s not to love? I did my best to take quite a few photos on the this journey, so be on the look out for a follow up post within the next week with even more from this excursion!

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