I have a ton of books at my desk at the agency. People come borrow my magazines, flip through my design books — but the most commented on book is always My Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen book, Influence. At the 3 agencies the book has traveled too, it always gets a stare and a “…is that an Olsen twin book on your desk?” Why yes, yes it is, and it is not only visually stunning, its chuck full of cool read worthy stuff too. In the book they document an array of awesome people who’ve influenced their work, careers and lives. Its super inspirational and interesting. I recommend anyone who loves beautiful things, art and inspiration to check it out. Influence
When I was in high school I worked at my towns local grocery store. I worked in multiple different departments while there, my favorite being the floral department. I quickly learned how to make arrangements for valentines day, corsages and boutonnieres for prom. My mom was always really into me doing that kind of work, but after I started college and my life started, I didn’t really think too much about it. For our wedding, it was mainly out of wanting to save money that I researched how to buy flowers wholesale – luckily we live relatively close to Manhattans flower district. I made 22 arrangements for our centerpieces, and though my sister-in-laws thought I was crazy (and I thought so too the day before our wedding as we are carrying 22 arrangements out of our 6th floor 1 bedroom apartment), but it was incredibly rewarding seeing them there on all of the tables the night of our wedding.
Then, when my sister-in-law got engaged, I convinced her that having me do her flowers was the right choice! ; ) Again, with the transportation issue out of our apartment building… and who knew that hydrangea’s were so finicky?… but the overall outcome was amazing! This time I made all of the bouquets, boutonnieres and centerpieces myself (with a lot of help from TJ and my family) but it was so fun! and so rewarding!
TJ actually caught the bug. He enjoyed it, and keeps telling me, “we should do this some day”.
I have to collect pictures from the wedding and the shots from our wedding to post. SO fun! I would 100% love to be able to create things like these for people someday. Thats the thing about flowers. They are naturally beautiful. What a dream it would be to always be surrounded with such beauty?
I don’t quite understand how its possible, whether it has something to do with the atmosphere or what it is, but after traveling to the Tuscan region in Italy, I have a deeper understanding of how light effected Renaissance art. Everywhere we went I kept exclaiming “I just can’t believe how amazing the light is here”. Talk about something you take for granted on a daily basis!
Light coming through the trees in the Gardens of Boboli
And obviously the light past my wine glass ; )
I can’t wait to explore the light in other parts of the world!
I haven’t posted for a looong time. I did get married, which is one good excuse. That and all of the work leading up to the wedding (both wedding work, and job work) and then the part where we literally ate our faces off in Italy for our honeymoon. This is it though, back to the blogging, and back to design and inspiration and all that fun stuff. I have a lot of good idea’s for posts coming up, so don’t worry the hiatus is over.
Now, back to the marriage theme. On Monday morning, as I was going through my Facebook feed, I noticed a couple posts that shared some article titled “Marriage isn’t for you”. I kind of did an internal eye roll and skimmed over the shared article. Just what I wanted to read one month post wedding day, about someone’s modern, negative perception on marriage. Then while I was getting ready for work this morning, they were talking about the post on the news! Again, I got fired up, and thought to myself, “I am going to read this article, and then pick it apart, because marriage is awesome.”
TJ and I have been together for over 7 years. It will be 8 in April. We’ve lived together for 2 years. Because we had been together for so long as it were, I really didn’t expect anything to change after our official “marriage”. But it did. I have had a greater sense of being for over the past month.
Thats why, when I read the title of this article “marriage isn’t for you” I got so annoyed. I thought of all the stories I’ve heard of couples getting married and then not long after one of the two decides that being single was “more fun” and signed up for divorice. So I looked the article up, and began reading.
I didn’t get too far in when I read this line: “Was I ready? Was I making the right choice? Was Kim the right person to marry? Would she make me happy?” And I said to myself, that’s your problem buddy, it’s not all about you.
Which is what the entire article is about. How marriage is about the other person. How you make them feel, what you do and how it effects them.
If you are reading this and feel as though all of the above is very obvious, you’re right it is. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be reminded time to time. If I am being completely honest with myself, I would say I can be an extremely selfish person (my sister might agree with me). And 9 times out of 10, if I look at all the relationships in my life (not only with my now husband, but with family and friends too) my selfishness is at the heart of any problems. After reading the post by Seth Smith, thats when it hit me. In my marriage I am feeling less selfish then I have ever in my life. I am so grateful for what we have, what we will have in the future. This is a state and a feeling that I want to maintain, and I am very grateful to that post for helping me realize it.
The post is very well written (obviously…) and I believe anyone who believes in love should take a read.
I found a new favorite illustrator today and wanted to share!
Cecilia Carlstedt not only has a great name, but I love everything about her illustration. The layering, the ink use and the simplicity of color. I especially love her own personal work.
I just needed to look up the definition of #TBT. I once had to ask someone what YOLO meant when they used it in a spoken sentence. (That person looked at me like I had 5 heads. You don’t know what YOLO means?!) Maybe my issues with social media stem from the fact that it is constantly making me feel old, or that so many people push aspects of it beyond their intended use.
For example, did you know this existed? I’m Out or #ImOut – (definition) This is basically a way of relaying the fact that a user thinks something is so insane, ridiculous or offensive that the person is done using Twitter or Instagram for the day. Obviously, this can be a literal signing off of the site, or just a way of saying that the thing in question has the person questioning his or her use of that social media site, though they may continue to stay logged in and engaging with the site.
I literally have no words for that.
There are of course a lot of things that I love about social media. While Facebook has lost 75% of its original luster (or maybe, it’s just the fact that I am long out of college) I do appreciate the newer things it has going for it. Everyone who knows me knows I pin a billion things to my Pinterest boards everyday and how often I Instagram. Probably most importantly I love what social media has done for the world of advertising and marketing (minus of course, the dreaded acronyms). It has transformed (and transformed and transformed…) the way everyone and everything communicates.
Annoying and fascinating at the same time. I should remember not to be bothered by my mother the next time she has no idea how to use the TV remote control. The fact is, by the time I have kids and they are grown up, they’ll be speaking in a totally foreign acronym based language. And I will never understand what they are saying.
Been SUPER busy lately — with work/ life/ friends… it’s been great but it gets tiring. I saw this on pinterest in the midst of it all, and was reminded that time flies and we need to make sure to enjoy every minute of every day. The saying made me feel calm… for about five minutes, but still!
Enjoy : )