Archive: July, 2011

feeling good

It feels so good to be home! I’m officially moved and enjoying the sights of the city! So excuse my absence as I enjoy a little down time and the posts will soon follow. :)

Connecting the dots & the big move

There are some very big changes happening today and in next few weeks for me. It is my last day with The Limited, and as of Monday, I’ll be a new resident of Philadelphia. I’m nervous, excited, hopeful and eager for the change and I’ve been searching for the words to express how I’ve been feeling and what inspired the move.

While having lunch with my friend Deron Husak and chatting about the changes ahead of me, he mentioned Steve Jobs’ commencement speech to Stanford in 2005. I immediately searched for the video as I got back to my desk and found that not only were my feelings recognized and relatable but they were put into the powerful words I couldn’t seem to find.

So in the words of Steve Jobs, I leave you with some of the feelings I’ve had and what brings me to my big move to the East Coast:

Follow your heart even when it leads you off the well-worn path. You’ve got to find what you love. Do what you believe is great work and if you haven’t found it yet, keep looking and don’t settle. Follow your curiosity and intuition and let it lead.

Happy Friday and may your curiosity and intuition lead you to the things you love.

Indie iPhone Cases

I’m always on the hunt for a good iPhone case. Indie Cases fills my need for change offering 4 different iPhone covers each week by different artists. The cases are only offered for a limited time, however, so you have to jump on them when you can! What a great idea (and affordable, too!).

via design crush

Krystle & Ryan are getting married!

One of my college roomates and closest friends, Krystle, is getting married tomorrow! I love her and her fiancé, Ryan, so much, and I couldn’t be happier for them and the amazing journey ahead of them. It’s going to be a fun, fun weekend.

Amy of C Studios took these engagement shots and I just love them. She will be photographing the wedding as well and I can’t wait to see the final product. Cheers to new beginnings and a great weekend ahead. Happy Friday!

How to stand above the rest: Mickey Drexler

JCrew’s CEO, Mickey Drexler was interviewed by Refinery29 about the new Madewell store opening in San Francisco and in it, I found such inspiration and great tid-bits, I thought I’d share them.

“There will always be competition in this world. Someone is always going to watch what you’re doing. And as long as you were there first, you were there dominantly, and with the best style and quality, then you’re going to win and the followers will always be behind the leaders. You’re always going to be copied if you’re a leader.”

“I think the key to success is vision that adjusts on the way, but doesn’t at all falter. It’s about not compromising and following your gut to a certain degree, based on knowledge, instinct, etc. And not listening to the naysayers.”

“You have to build a good team and know who’s good and not good and you have to keep raising the bar on your life. For me it’s always, ‘I have to get up and do a little better today and go to work to learn.”

Take 10 minutes and read the full article on Refinery29 and I’m sure you won’t regret it!

CSCA: Get Miggy With It

CSCA was proud to host Mig Reyes as our June speaker and with a little dance music, a little plaid flair, and help from Ten Buck Tony, Columbus was left mesmerized and inspired by the craft and wit of the designer from Threadless.

Here are some of my favorite take-aways from the night:

• Don’t wait for the brief, make what you want. Personal projects propel future paid projects and help you love your craft.

• We all come from crap. We’ve made something and thought it was the best thing to sliced bread and we now realize that it wasn’t. Keep going and your skills will develop more and more to discern what’s good and bad. That’s the only way to get better.

Networking Friendship is where it’s at. Stop the bull and just be nice. And don’t try to be profound on Twitter. No one likes that.

• Inspiration fades; don’t let it be your driving force. Just start creating.

and finally, Tequila followed by pineapple juice is delicious.

I left feeling invigorated to finish the projects I’ve been putting off and also to do some quick 15 minute excercises to sharpen my design skills and learn some new things in the process. Thanks for the long-term inspiration, Mig, and keep up the great work!

Lovely Type: Yes, Please!

I’ll take swirly script type any day. Just beautiful!

via cubicle refugee

Let’s Eat: Raw Tacos from My New Roots

My New Roots has been one of my favorite food inspiration blogs to find fresh recipes that are so delicious, you forget how healthy they really are! I made these Raw Tacos with my friend Kelly yesterday and I just had to share because they were definitely worth the effort! They’re filled with cumin and chipotle pepper walnuts, a cashew sour cream (hands down the best part of the tacos) and a vegetable medley that’s crisp and summery. A perfect light, healthy dish for these hot July days.

photo via my new roots

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