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I can’t quite put my finger on it, but today was totally bleurgh. I didn’t even know what that word meant until I looked it up on Urban Dictionary, which says kids these days use it to “express total disgust at something,” so I am going with it. If I can’t be a merry ray of Monday sunshine, I figure I might as well keep tabs on the vernacular of today’s youth.

To assuage today’s case of the grumps, I decided to quit work a bit early to indulge in some calligraphy practice. If you follow me on the Instagrams, you’ll know I am newly obsessed with my Laura Hooper calligraphy starter kit and have been working on my skills. Tonight, I laid on my dirty apartment floor, brought out the pen + nibs and wrote the first things that came to mind : over it and fuck that shit. #NSFW #sorrynotsorry

Let me tell you, calligraphy practice can be very therapeutic. I’m already feeling better, although that may have something to do with the blood orange sorbet I’m currently eating.

Either way, I’ll take it.

4 comments   //   hand-lettering, typography


Apparently, 2014 is the year of closet minimalism. Since I posted about my minimal wardrobe quest, I’ve heard from / seen / read / pinned / discovered countless others who are also looking to reduce their closets to a high-quality, functional and trés cute wardrobe. I believe owning less stuff is a good thing, so I am totally jazzed about this trend ( and hope it sticks around ).

After getting rid of more than half my clothes, I’ve been slowly rebuilding my wardrobe this year with the help of a few key sources: Wide Eyed LeglessInto Mind + Unfancy. While I’ve been far from perfect, these blogs, along with a hefty dose of self-analyzation, have been helping me create a wardrobe that feels like ME. It began with defining what I wear ( besides yoga pants + my “chos before hoes” t-shirt ), what my clothing needs are + what my personal style is.

Doing this, however, is much harder than just talking about it. That’s why I started the process by breaking it down into the three steps that my minimalist fashion gurus all agreed upon :

01.     CULL

This is the hardest part. Don’t think too hard about it or overthink it. Just get rid of anything that doesn’t fit, is damaged / stained or you haven’t worn in six months. Trust me, you won’t miss it.


Take a look at what’s left in your closet. Chances are, patterns have emerged that will give you insight into your personal style. For me, I found myself with a collection of denim, stripes, dresses and tees in mostly neutral colors along with pops of mustard yellow + red. It helped me realize that my style is casual, slightly graphic and simple….with a bit of quirk.


The beginning of any wardrobe requires a basic set of essentials that will pair with most other pieces in your wardrobe. This part takes a little research. After scouring Pinterest and one-too-many “Dress Like A French Woman” guides, I channeled my inner Tim Gunn and began with the basics. Luckily, I already had a few LBDs, a good spring / winter coat, pants + shoes. What I lacked were sweaters, tops + dresses—both casual and dressy. In addition, I needed statement accessories that would bring my wardrobe together, including a signature lip color ( because the French women say so ) + gold jewelry.

So that’s what I’ve been working on lately, my friends. And so far…so good. I’ve nailed down that sig lip color—a cheap yet long-lasting matte orangey-red from Tarjay—as well as a few new sweaters, a striped dress + a credit card that desperately needs to be paid.

skinnies  /  tee  /  scarf  /  top  /  flats  /  dress  /  chambray  /  jeans  /  lip  /  sweater  /  boots

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Last fall, one of my teachers ( slash mentor + friend ) asked me to be a part of a project her freelance collective had been hired to design. Little did I know how much I would learn over the next six months and how much I would come to realize that the occasional beer really helps when you’re working on big, complicated + transformative design work.

That project is the Impact Initiative, Madison College’s Academic Plan for 2014 – 2017.

If there’s one thing you take away from this post, it’s this : the world is changing…and fast. It has huge implications and potential for positive transformation within our academic institutions, and this report reflects how Madison College ( our area’s technical school ) needs to adapt its programming in order to face these imminent changes. Did you know the majority of people in higher education are women? That HALF of all nurses will be at retirement age by 2020? That roughly 60% of jobs that will exist 10 years from now haven’t been invented yet? These are big things.

Luckily, our problem as designers was not to solve these issues ( whew! ), but rather to highlight how Madison College is responding to them through a 100+ page report, posters and a super slick responsive website. In an age where, sadly, reading is become less important as attention spans wither, we chose to design heavily with infographics. Even if people don’t read the full report, they will be able to understand the story through eye-catching illustrations, graphs and graphics.

With just four of us on the team, we worked crazy hard to finish this for its March launch. As a student, it was such an incredible learning experience—from project management to delegation to design to working with the client to learning about website design to experiencing first hand how a big project like this all comes together. It was a tough six months, but oh so worth it.

And I do highly encourage you to download the report as well as visit the website. No pressure, but a quick five-minute look won’t hurt you. Because no matter who you are out there, our future workforce is changing and the results will affect all of us.

Okay, I just realized that sounded really doomsday-ish, but it’s not. There are exciting things happening in this crazy world, so best to keep in the know. Then when all else fails, beer.

0 comments   //   design