we’re off!

taking a week off!

Hey guys, we’re off! By the time you’re reading this post, I’ll be on my way to Savannah, GA! Sean and I are taking our first vacation together since our honeymoon, and I am SO excited! We’ll be stopping off in Maryland for our dear friends’ wedding tonight, and then continuing on to Savannah. It’s where we met, and haven’t visited since we graduated from college about 7 years ago! I’m so excited to see what’s new, revisit our favorite places and fill our bellies with some lovely Southern cookin! I’m signing off until next Friday! Have a great weekend and week!

Image by Heather Young

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the 52 Project: Week 34/52

the 52 Project: Week 34/52

It’s been a week of changes. As I type this, Eva is participating in her first day at her new school. We’ve been there a few times this week for various meetings and introductions, but this is the first time I haven’t been right there with her. Yesterday was her first ballet class. She’s been asking to do ballet ever since we saw the Nutcracker last December, and now we’ve finally takien the plunge. She loved her first class and I’m (not so secretly) adoring the way she looks in her little tutu!

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funky chunky necklaces by floti

funky chunky necklaces by flotiHey guys! I recently discovered this super cool shop on etsy called floti that I wanted to share with you. They’re based in Athens, and create these whimsical, slightly bizarre necklaces out of clay (and sometimes painted). To me they look like a very modern interpretation of a sea creature. I’m especially fond of the ones that include a bit of terra cotta color, and the “smile” design shown above. I love the idea of accessorizing jeans and a t-shirt with a piece like these. Aren’t they fun? See more after the jump…

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color me monday: burnt umber, periwinkle and seaglass


color me monday: burnt umber, periwinkle and seaglassWhew! Hello, Monday! This past weekend was awesome and exhausting! I’m SO excited about how our Philly Calligraphy Brunch workshop series went! I was nervous, like seriously nervous about how it would all come together. It was a lot of work, but it went tremendously well. I’m already starting to plan the next event in my head, and I’m feeling really excited to teach Philly residents a wide range of new creative skills (and also learn them myself)! If you’re interested in being added to the mailing list, please let me know in the comments section!

So, back to the colors! This week’s palette was inspired by the beautiful sea glass bottles that Christie brought for the class, in addition to that top left image. To me this feels cool, graphic, and autumn appropriate. Hope you have a great week!

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Fall Fashion Giveaway with yellow bird + yellow beard


I’m not entirely ready to admit that fall is coming. It was a sweaty 93 degrees yesterday without any cool weather in sight. Although I’d be happy for summer to stay forever, I am excited to pull some favorite fall items out of storage and perhaps add a few pieces to my closet. If you’re in the mood to do a little seasonal shopping too, I’ve got just the thing for you! I’ve partnered with Janee of Yellow Bird, Yellow Beard for an awesome giveaway! We (along with a slew of other talented bloggers) are giving away a gift card for $450 to the clothier of your choice (provided they offer gift cards)! That’s right, regardless of where you are in the world, YOU could win this giveaway and really spruce up your fall wardrobe!

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the 52 project: week 33/52

the 52 project: week 33/52

This is Eva’s last week of half-day preschool. I have such mixed emotions about this change. Shes so much bigger, more capable, more independent, and more social than she was when we started her half-day program. She’s gotten a lot of good out of it, and we will miss seeing the kids, parents and teachers several times a week whom we’ve come to know as friends. I have been talking with her a lot about the new school. I ask her on a regular basis what she’s worried about, and what makes her feel excited. It’s hard to know how she’ll react to all the changes of next week, but for now, we’re enjoying one last week of the routine that’s grown so comfortable and familiar.

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Philly creatives feature on fleurishing

FLEURISHINGHey guys! With all the giveaway excitement yesterday, I neglected to tell you about another exciting thing that happened! I’m featured on fleurishing as part of a series called philly creatives. For those of you who aren’t familiar with fleurishing, you’re in for a treat! It’s written by Susan Hitchinson, a Philadelphia-based interior designer, francophile, mama, and fellow redhead. She has fantastic taste and her blogs is one of my absolute favorites, which is why I am so honored to be included in this series. Check out the article right here!

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the 52 project: week 32/52

the 52 project: week 32/52 from www.blog.cleanlinestudio.comRemember yesterday when I talked about soaking up every last bit of summer? Here’s evidence of Eva doing just that. The weather was not especially cooperative, but we decided to embrace our last chance to go to the beach, as a family, in summer 2014.

I’m sharing a few more photos of the trip (sans family) on steller.

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color me monday: rose, emerald and cocoa

color me monday_rose, emerald, and cocoa

Happy Monday! I’m still recovering a bit from all the loveliness of my weekend. Both Friday and Sunday evening were spent sipping cocktails and enjoying the outdoors with friends. I feel like we’re at the time of year when everyone’s doing a mad dash to enjoy nature. In keeping with that theme, we took a family trip to Island Beach State Park on Saturday. The weather was not fantastic, but we went anyway. We had a nice picnic on the beach, did a little sand castle work, and waded on the bay side in search of clams (unsuccessfully, 4 year olds aren’t very patient).

This week, I fell in love with the colors in this aerial photograph by David Maisel. His work is really interesting, and I think the tones speak perfectly for this not quite summer not quite fall time of year. Have a nice week, friends!

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