Introducing: Ink + Mortar Design Co.

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I’m so proud to announce the launch of Ink + Mortar Design Co., my boutique web + design studio in Philadelphia. I have started a blog to showcase my work as I work on my own site, so hop over and check it out!

Remnants will stay as a catalog of my work, ideas and articles, and I’ll be posting new content and work on the Ink + Mortar site from now on. I hope you’ll continue to follow! :)

an exciting new venture

I start a very exciting new venture today. Friday was my last day at Anthropologie and I’ve left to pursue my dream of opening a design studio.

I’ve known since I left college that I would love to start a boutique design firm, working for clients I was passionate about and growing my business and love of design, and today is that day. I’m so excited, nervous and thrilled to get this opportunity and although I’ve said goodbye to Anthro, I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to follow this dream.

As you have probably seen, I’ve dropped off a bit in my blog, tweets, facebook and emails simply because I’ve been working two full-time jobs! I can’t wait to share all the work I’ve put my heart and soul in and to launch a new site soon.

To my clients, family and friends: thanks for all your love and support over the last few months and for help making my dream a reality.

Cheers to new beginnings!

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slice of life / 5

I’ve been enjoying the summer of Philly already and have stayed busy these last few weeks. Scott and I have been to some great festivals (there seems to be one every weekend here!), I went to Headhouse Market for the first time, attended the Philly Night Market, with a food truck extravaganza and delicious pulled pork tacos. I’ve also said goodbye to one of the best bosses I could have asked for, Sara Green, and her boyfriend cooked us the most amazing cherry and juneberry pie on her last day. We then both attended Philly Startup Weekend Health and met new friends, clients and I think I’m still recovering from the lack of sleep! ( I also love this poster that was up in the venue, Venturef0rth, by Division of Labor. )

It’s been such a good summer and there’s much more to come. I’m looking forward to the next two months full of new adventures.

video // Ted Leonhardt: Fit In, Stand Out, Stand Apart

This Creative Mornings Seattle talk really has me creatively caffeinated this Monday morning. Great information about standing up for your experience and your brand by Ted Leonhardt.

Philly Startup Weekend Recap

After 54 hours with some of the most talented, motivated people in Philadelphia, I feel like a new woman. When my friend Melissa recommended I attend Startup Weekend Philadelphia, I took her word for it, since her own experience had changed her life completely. I knew I had to give it a shot. I couldn’t comprehend where all this magic that she talked about could come from. And now I know.

For those that are unfamiliar, Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skillsets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them.”

left: designed and photographed by Melissa Morris Ivone  |  right: the mecca of great ideas

It was phenomenal. When do you get the chance to put everything aside and focus on one project for 54 hours? When do you meet the most diverse group of careers, ages, races, idea-makers and personalities (well, they’re actually all pretty awesome) that you normally would never work with? When do you have coaches that are way more intelligent than you are, available to help you? When do you have delicious food and beverage brought to you so that you can keep working? Answer: at Philly Startup Weekend. So here’s how it went down:

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a must read: You, Inc.

I love traveling for the simple reason that I actually take time to read a good book. I have collected so many over the last few years but never find the time to sit and enjoy one of them. On my trip to Houston last week, I took a book that came highly recommended by a fabulous client of mine and I just had to share it.

Since I didn’t have a pen on me, I decided to start marking the pages I wanted to come back to.
The folds will tell you what a great book this is.

You, Inc. surpassed any of my expectations. It’s not just about selling yourself in a non-cheesy way; it covers every aspect of being a good business person that you can imagine. All while being motivating and heartfelt. I feel so connected to the authors because of the warmly written chapters about a world where we work hard, treat others like gold and come out on top. It was such a good read, I couldn’t recommend it any more!

follow Seth Godin

Follow Seth Godin. Sign up for his emails, even if you read just one a week. Read his blog. Follow him on twitter. Why? Here’s what I received in my inbox this morning:

Don’t expect applause

Accept applause, sure, please do.

But when you expect applause, when you do your work in order (and because of) applause, you have sold yourself short. That’s because your work is depending on something out of your control. You have given away part of your art. If your work is filled with the hope and longing for applause, it’s no longer your work–the dependence on approval has corrupted it, turned it into a process where you are striving for ever more approval.

Who decides if your work is good? When you are at your best, you do. If the work doesn’t deliver on its purpose, if the pot you made leaks or the hammer your forged breaks, then you should learn to make a better one. But we don’t blame the nail for breaking the hammer or the water for leaking from the pot. They are part of the system, just as the market embracing your product is part of marketing.

“Here, here it is, it’s finished.”

If it’s finished, the applause, the thanks, the gratitude are something else. Something extra and not part of what you created. To play a beautiful song for two people or a thousand is the same song, and the amount of thanks you receive isn’t part of that song.

So follow him. He brings you back to reality, authenticity and the love of your craft.
Hop over to his site and spend hours immersed in great thought.

It’s finally here: Philly Startup Weekend!

I’m so excited to participate in the Philadelphia Startup Weekend starting tonight and it’s sure to be a pretty crazy ride. I hope to take lots of pictures, lots of notes and show you the outcome of 3 long days of work, next week. Hopefully my team will come out with the winning idea!

What is Startup Weekend you ask? Here’s a little glimpse:

russell + hazel / templates for wedding to-dos

While in search for some sort of organizational binder for my wedding, I came across Russell + Hazel’s free printable Wedding organizational sheets on their website.

I have never been so happy and relieved that I didn’t have to shell out $30+ on a pastel pink binder with a bride on it just to get some organizational help. Instead I spent the money on one of Russel + Hazel’s gorgeous binders. Money well spent! These printouts have helped me so much in the chaotic planning and so I thought I’d share. Enjoy!

jumping back in

I just got back from a lovely week in Texas with some of my girlfriends and I’m still getting my bearings as I jump back into a work week. As I get my life back together, please enjoy a little music from Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers.

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