Giveaway time with pen and peplum

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Hey guys, happy hump day! It’s been a little while since we’ve done a giveaway around here, so when Miranti of pen and peplum asked if I’d like to participate in her birthday giveaway, I jumped at the chance. Miranti is a friend, occasional sponsor, blogger, designer, and all around awesome woman. I’m very very excited to partner with her to give away one Wacom Tablet! If you are a designer or artist, this little tablet is a real game changer. I use mine often for illustrator hand lettering and drawing in Photoshop. This giveaway is also an opportunity to meet some of my favorite bloggers out there. We’ve all teamed up to bring you this giveaway, so please be sure to check out their blogs as well. If you’re interested in entering, you’ll find the details and entree widget after the jump…

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color me monday: radiant orchid and muted teal

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Hello darlings, I hope you had a nice weekend! Ours was pretty low key. We attended a birthday party on Saturday for one of my most favorite people and oldest friends in the world (love yah, Kimmy). Sunday was spent mostly at home cooking, cleaning, and gardening. It was nice to have a weekend without a ton of things scheduled. It feels like we’ve been so busy this summer, and we needed a little time to just chill around the house.

When it comes to all things trendy, I’m often a late adopter or straight up hater. I have to admit that this was the case with patone’s color of the year radiant orchid. It took this image of contemporary frieside chairs by Fransesco Rota to really win me over. It’s not that I ever disliked the color, I just found it a little meh, ordinary. Pair it with this cool, muted teal, and I find myself doing a completely 180. Have a lovely week!

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Lessons learned: identifying problem clients

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Hi there, happy Friday! Today I want to talk about a clients, rather potential clients, and how to know when things aren’t going to work out. When you get that initial inquiry from a potential client, it usually feels pretty exciting. You’re eager to hear about their project, and psyched to work out an agreement with them. If you’re a new freelancer or are going through a dry patch, you may be anxious to get started. I caution you to step back, take a deep breath, and follow your usual protocol. I never do work for a client before a contract is signed, and a deposit check is in my bank account. Any good, professional client will respect your policies, and follow through in a timely manner. Below is a list of warning signs that a client may be difficult, or one that you shouldn’t proceed with at all…

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A new fashion find: COS

A new fashion find: COS

Have you guys heard of COS? I hadn’t until last week. They are a swedish company that’s been around since 2007 and are owned by the same corporation as H&M. I love how simple and easy their pieces are, and their seasonal color palettes are just perfection. I was shocked to learn that as well as looking super high end fashionable, these pieces are also affordable! They have some great options for the dudes, and some really cute stuff for the littles as well. Which pieces are your favorites? See a bunch more after the jump!

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the 52 project: week 29/52

the 52 project: week 29/52

I’ve mentioned before how special my childhood home is to my own little family. Whenever we need a break from city life, my parents farm is just an hour away. It’s a respite we’ve been grateful to have on many occasions, this past weekend included. Sean loves my parents property for all of it’s hunting and foraging possibilities. It was heart-warming to see Eva join him for some berry picking on Sunday. Far more went in her little belly than her bucket, but we had a nice time being together and enjoying the outdoors nevertheless.

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color me monday: dandelion, peach, navy and grey

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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 it 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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