color me monday: dandelion, peach, navy and grey

color me monday_dandelion, peach and navy

Hi friends, I hope you had a great weekend! We had shipped Eva off to my parents house in the middle of last week so that we could get some work done, and we were going through some serious baby withdraw by Saturday. After a quick stop at the new Calypso St Barth in Rittenhouse Square, we headed to the country to be with our girl. We had a nice time playing in the woods and my parents enormous garden. Sunday afternoon we headed back to the city to celebrate a dear friend’s birthday.

I have to be honest, this week’s color palette is a bit out of my comfort zone (I’ve mentioned my unease around the color yellow before), but I really like how it turned out. I knew the moment I saw that Roksanda gown that this was meant to be our color palette for the week. It’s fun to try something new, and find yourself delighted with the results, isn’t it?

To those of you who have already taken the time to fill out afl’s very first survey, thank you SO MUCH! My goal is for this blog to be constantly growing and improving, and your opinion is vital to making that happen. If you haven’t had the chance just yet but would still like to share your thoughts with me, you can fill out the survey here (it’s only 10 questions, should take you 5 minutes or less).

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the 52 project: week 28/52

the 52 project: week 28/52Last weekend when Sean’s parents were in town, we made a quick stop at Spruce Street Harbor Park. If you are in Philadelphia and haven’t been, I’d highly recommend a visit! It’s a “pop up” park for the summer, with lots of activities, food and drink. The day we were there the mood was super calm and relaxing. Eva’s favorite part was the hammock area. We each took a turn relaxing in the shade, and enjoying all that SSHP has to offer.

If you haven’t had the change just yet, please help me out by taking my first survey, in honor of afl’s second birthday. It’s only 10 questions, and should take less than 5 minutes. I hope that this space is constantly improving and evolving, and your feedback is greatly appreciated to make that happen!

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afl turns 2!


I’ll be honest you guys, I almost let this momentous occasion slip away. By now, blogging is so engrained. I feel like I’ve been doing it forever, and it’s a bit surprising to me that it’s only been two years. In the past two years I have learned and grown so much. Partly from my career as a designer, and partly because of this blog.
I am so proud of this space, and of everything I’ve accomplished as a result. It’s been a lot of hard work and learning, but I’m so happy to be doing it. I hope that someday, blogging may become my full time job. In the meantime, I’m happy to keep plugging away, and learning and growing with each post.
With this anniversary in mind, I could really use your help. I’ve put together my first survey, to get a sense of how I can improve afl. I’d really appreciate it if you could take the time to complete it for me, it should take about 5 minutes or less.
I thank you so much for your support and encouragement. There have been a few days along the way where I’ve felt discouraged, but your sweet comments and emails always help me to persevere. I’m excited for the future of this blog, and many more years of blogging to come! Thanks for sticking by me!

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change can be good

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I honestly can’t even believe I am typing this right now. I hate to admit it, but I’ve been feeling pretty fantastic lately. I believe the main reason (and the part that induces eye rolling) is my new morning exercise routine. I am not a morning person. I never have been, don’t think I ever will be. But, despite my better judgement, Sean and I have been getting up at 6:30 AM on weekdays to exercise. We’ve been using an online service called daily burn to complete a short workout in the morning, and a longer, more intense one in the evening. I thought that waking an hour earlier would leave me feeling exhausted, but it has had quite the opposite effect. I have more energy, better focus, and a sense of accomplishment every morning. It’s a great way to start the day, and I’m already seeing some results in my arms and abdominals. I’ve been really impressed with daily burn. So far, this is the only at-home workout I’ve tried that is as difficult as an in-person class. Is there something you’ve been meaning to do for yourself but haven’t?

PS: My body does not look like that chicks, and I can’t do that balance pose just yet, but soon enough my friends! Have a nice weekend!

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5 Minute DIYs: cork colorblock mouse pad

5 Minute DIYs: cork colorblock mouse pad from there! I’ve been meaning to start up this series for a while now, and today, I’m finally making it happen. I’ve done a lot of teensy projects around my studio to improve my workspace, and I’m planning to gradually share them with you in this series. First up is my cork mousepad! I love how this guy turned out, and I hope you do too. If you’re interested in making your own (for almost nothing) keep reading…

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the 52 project: week 27/52

eva_week27There’s nothing more classically American than sparklers and backyard BBQs on the 4th of July. We did both, and Eva loved it. You can actually see evidence of the burger on her shirt. If she ever complains about her life not being awesome, I will show her this picture.

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color me monday: lime, lavender and emerald

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Heeey guys, happy Monday! I hope you all had an awesome three day weekend, and are easing gently into a regular old work week (boo!). Sean’s parents came to visit, and we had a really nice time. Friday we went to the fourth of July parade, watched some world cup in the Piazza, and did burgers in our backyard for dinner. Saturday we finally made our way to Spruce Street Harbor Park, and then went hiking. Sunday was brunch at Talulah’s Garden and lots of shopping.

This week’s color palette is loosely inspired by a garden newbie that you can find on my instagram feed. I love the vibrance of the neon, but l think the introduction of the muted tones gives this palette depth and visual interest. I hope you have a great week!

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July sponsor spotlight and happy 4th!

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Hey friends, happy Friday and happy 4th! I’m just popping over to share this month’s sponsors with you. Today we’re talking about some of their favorite traditions or memories for Independence day. Our sponsors aren’t all American, and I’m eager for Christine and Tara to share their stories about Canada Day too! Hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating the fourth here in the good old US, or just preparing for the weekend if you’re hailing from elsewhere! You’ll find all of their answers after the jump…

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the 52 Project: Week 26/52

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Hey Friends! I mentioned our awesome day at the lake this past Saturday, so an Eva-at-the-lake portrait should come as no surprise! It was super exciting to see Eva go fishing with her daddy for the first time. They both really enjoyed it, and caught about 20 little sunnies and 1 decent sized bass. It was such a nice day, the kind I dream about in the depths of winter. I had such a hard time choosing just one that you’ll find a whole slew of photos after the jump!

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color me monday: indigo, lilac and turquoise

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Hey, hey, happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend and are feeling energized for this shortened holiday week! This morning has really slipped away from me. We had an amazing day at my cousin’s lake house on Saturday filled with swimming, water trampolining, fishing, laughing, and eating. Sunday was a little more low-key. We attended a birthday party for one of Eva’s school buddy in the morning, and spent the rest of the day relaxing and gardening.

This week’s color me monday: indigo, lilac and turquoise palette is very much inspired by the work of Diana Willard. I love a good work- in-progress shot, and there was one last week on her instagram that I couldn’t stop thinking about. I love how these colors are all rubbing elbows on the color wheel, but still feel very distinct and interesting. Have a great week!

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