color me Monday: mint, fuchsia, sable and orange

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Hi friends, happy Monday! I had a great weekend, and I hope you did too! Mine was spent with my two favorite people and no one else. Sean, Eva and I had a busy Saturday running (fun) errands in  nearly every corner of Philadelphia. We stopped by Rittenhouse farmers market and fabric row, had bahn mi for lunch, and then visited with my Bubbie in West Philly. Sunday we ventured about an hour outside of the city to partake in our annual apple picking trip. It’s fun to see Eva enjoy this event more and more each year. Her enthusiasm resulted in 40 lbs of apples, almost exclusively picked by her. I am not kidding, I think I picked 3 the entire time we were there.

After spending so much time in the crisp fall air over the weekend, I was feeling inspired to create a really bright palette, infused with a touch of elegance. I realized recently that I’ve done ALMOST A HUNDRED of these color me monday palettes. Can you even believe it?! Have  a nice week!

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desktop decor: foiled leaf rubbings!

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Hello Friday friends! My sincerest apologies for how long it’s been since I’ve done a desktop decor post. I hope this one makes up for lost time. I’ve been wanting to incorporate more hand-done techniques into my work, both on the blog and off. I think this desktop wallpaper fulfills that desire (at least for today). Yesterday, Eva and I went out on a “leaf walk.” We visited our neighborhood park, collected the loveliest shapes and colors, and then brought them home to make leaf rubbings. Do you remember doing that as a kid? After our craft project was done, I collected up the best ones to make you this wallpaper today (I may have added a little graphic design magic once I got them to the studio).  So, you can think of this desktop wallpaper as a mother/daughter project! Hope you like it! Download this one, of a teal and silver version after the jump…

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An at home manicure worth your time

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Hey guys! If you know me well, then you will know that 90% of the time my nail polish looks pretty chipped, worn, and battered. Between gardening, playing with my kiddo and just living my life, regular nail polish only looks good for approximately 12 – 24 hours. I occasionally ( a few times a year) get a gel manicure which tends to hold up for about 10 days…never the 3 weeks they promise at the salon. With my less than stellar home manicure track record, I’m here today to tell you about a new products that I LOVE, Sally Hanson miracle gel! You can buy it at pretty much any pharmacy, and you will need both the top coat (black bottle) and the color coat. The price for each is very comparable to any decent nail polish at about $10 a pop. There’s no uv light required, and it lasts (EVEN ON ME) for at least a week, probably 2 if you’re more careful with your nails. So far I have purchased grey matters, winestock, and birthday suit. You can see all the available colors here.

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color me monday: steel, amber and emerald

color me monday: steel, amber and emerald from there, happy Monday! I hope your weekend was lovely. Saturday was a super lazy one for me. I don’t think I even left the house, or changed out of my pajamas (which felt fantastic). Sunday was the much anticipated baby shower for my brother and sister-in-law. My mama and aunt really outdid themselves with mountains of food, games, and decor which featured baby toes and clothes that had belonged to my brother nearly 30 years ago! It was a co-ed style shower which I personally always prefer. But, I’m pretty unconventional when it comes to these things…our baby shower took place at a bowling alley!

This week’s color palette is legit autumn. I’m starting to pull my sweaters out of storage, and noticing that this color story is pretty common in my fall wardrobe (along with black and white). Have a nice week!

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best sandwich, cutest bakery

back in the day bakery
As you may know, a few weeks ago Sean and I took a lil’ road trip to Savannah, GA. It’s where we went to college together, where we fell in love, where we had our first home together, and where we shared our first jabon buerre sandwich. I am only a little bit kidding when I tell you that I would have made the 12 hour drive for that sandwich alone. It’s that good, truly. On our last day in Savannah, we drove to Back In The Day Bakery to relive the magic. Not only do they make delicious sandwiches, red velvet cupcakes, crusty bread and lavender shortbread cookie icing confections, the bakery itself is breathtakingly adorable. Have a look around, and if you’re ever in Savannah, GO THERE (you can thank me then)!

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fav fonts: calligraphy font roundup

fav fonts: calligraphy font roundup
Whew, happy hump day! I feel like this post requires a bit of explanation. Some of you may be thinking wait, didn’t this chick just host a calligraphy brunch? Isn’t she all about calligraphy done by hand? And, the answer is yes. BUT, I also think there’s a time and place for calligraphy fonts.

There’s a lot of value in seeing the various styles of others as you are learning calligraphy on your own. You might see certain characters or elements that you’d like to emulate in your own style. For those of you who aren’t ready or interested in hand-done calligraphy, these fonts give you that look, without all the hands-on time.

I try to include some free fonts in these round-ups, but that just wasn’t possible this time. It makes sense to me that these wouldn’t be available for free. There’s a lot of work that goes into creating a calligraphy style, and there’s absolutely no room for mistakes in the kerning of a calligraphy font. Let me know which ones you like, and if you have suggestions for future font roundups, leave it in the comments section!

Cantoni | Bombshell | Carolyna | Jaques & Gilles | Alana | Horizontes Script | Ondise | The Carpenter | Adorn Pomander | Azalea Smooth

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color me monday: sage, plum, navy and buttermilk


Hey guys! I hope you had a nice weekend. Mine actually isn’t quite over yet. Sean and I drove up to Manhattan yesterday for a dear college friend’s wedding. It’s nice to be out and about in the big apple, witnessing the wedding joy of our old pal, and starting the week off slow for a change.

I’ll be honest, this is one of my favorite color palettes I’ve done in a while. I can’t exactly explain why, but it feels just right to me. It hits hues all along the color wheel, and just feels perfectly balanced, unique and seasonally appropriate to me. Have a lovely week!

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color me monday: coral, amethyst and indigo

color me monday_coral, amethyst and indigo

Happy Monday! I hope you had a nice weekend. Mine was pretty low key, which was just what our family needed. We’ve been so busy with work, travel and entertaining the past few weekends and it was nice to not have any real commitments. We did things like make soup, cut the grass, have tamales as a family, and explore nature over at Bartram’s Gardens. I’m heading back into this busy week feeling pretty recharged for once.

This week’s color palette feels pretty darn fall to me, with some deep jewel tones. I like the addition of the brighter pinks and blues to make this color combination feel full, interesting, and not too serious. Have a lovely week!

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striking Fashion Illustration by Leigh Viner

striking Fashion Illustration by Leigh Viner at

Hey Friends, happy Friday! Sorry for the late post. I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather this week, but when I cam across these gawgeous fashion illustrations on etsy, I just had to share. The artist behind all this loveliness is named Leigh Viner. She refuses to settle on a specific type of art. She works as an illustrator, photographer and designer from Denver, Colorado. I’m really into her work, especially the more abstract fashion illustrations! Have a great weekend and check out more of Leigh’s work after the jump!

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A great success! Photos from our Philly Calligraphy brunch…


Photos from our Philly Calligraphy brunch

Hi friends! Now that I’m settled back into life after our vacation last week, I wanted to share some images from the grand event that went on before we skipped town! It went really well. As an intense perfectionist, that’s something I rarely say, but this time I can proudly! Christie did a bang up job of teaching the class, which I was lucky enough to experience on the first day. I already knew about her calligraphy talents, but I was also so impressed with the way she taught the class! As a student, I felt like she did a great job of instilling her love and enthusiasm for calligraphy. The food was delicious, the decor looked great, and I think everyone had a blast!

A special thanks goes out to Maggpie Vintage Rentals for providing the furniture that gave our space that adorable vintage touch it needed, Hedgerow General for seriously upping the cute factor of our goodie bags, and Peach Plum Pear Photo for capturing photographic evidence of all the fun (she does weddings too, y’all)! Last but certainly not least, thanks SO MUCH to all the lovely ladies who came out for the event! This event was the first of it’s kind, but I’m planning to make workshops (calligraphy focused and others) a regular part of cleanline studio’s offerings. If you are interested in being added to the mailing list about future events, please let me know in the comments section! Check out a whole bunch of photos after the jump…

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