summertime cocktails

Happy weekend!! I say that very excitedly… for some reason the weeks feel incredibly long. Maybe because I’m doing more and being more active than I have in a long, long time? All I know is that when I go to sleep at night, I crash hard, which hasn’t always been the case.

I also wanted to share a bit of some work I’ve been doing outside of the blog lately, namely a campaign for Captain Morgan! They asked me to pick a few of their cocktail recipes to style and shoot for a new tropical flavored rum, coconut. Not sure I’ve shared this on the blog quite yet, but I’ve been wanting to get into styling for photoshoots more and more and this was just the perfect thing to dip my toe in! I had a blast rounding up props, brainstorming garnish ideas, and even shooting/editing the photos myself. I’m pretty pleased with the results and will be pinning the rest of the images, so be sure to keep an eye out!

In case you missed it, here’s what happened on the blog this week:

Plus, a few other new & noteworthy things:

photography & styling by Jojotastic for Captain Morgan

a lesson in layering with free people

It’s been such a flat-out awesome year for me professionally. This blog, started as a fun little side project so I could showcase some of my inspiration apart from my day job, has grown to be my full-time gig — something about which I am so insanely proud. To me, 2014 will be the year when I really embraced my goal to create more and more content that is unique to myself and that showcases things about which I am most passionate. So, yearbook style, here are my favorite posts of the year!

First up, a lesson in layering with Free People: I really enjoy doing style shoots, so this one combined that love with one of my favorite brands to shop. (photography by Ashley Batz.)

home tour: bed nookBefore I moved to California, I also shared a tour of my Philadelphia apartment. This home tour of my bed nook was by far a favorite of mine. (photography by Ashley Lynn Fry.)

Then there was the time my good friends drove my car across the country to me… (photography by Danfredo Photo + Film.)

#dasautogoeswest // cross-country road trip by Danfredo Photography

When it comes to sponsored posts, I was pretty lucky this year, too. A few of my favorites include being the Guest Creative Director for Ziploc again, natural pet tips with Beyond Natural Pet Food, and s’mores on the beach with Kohl’s. (photography by Nathan MichaelAshley Batz, and Kimberley Hasselbrink respectively.)

Flower Arrangements For Tables Of All Sizes - 3 quick and easy tips for making a Thanksgiving centerpiece #ziplocnatural pet tips for pets during the holidays #beyondpartnersbuild your own s'mores bar // #destinationsummer #kohlsI hope you all have a lovely New Year’s Eve tonight!

dip-dyed pillows from anthropologie

Are you ready for spring yet? I totally am. And with spring, a bit of a refresh for the home. These pillows I worked on at Anthropologie are a great way to bring an update to your home. Plus, they are pretty affordable, especially for silk! These dip-dyed pillows are made of a slubby silk/cotton blend and finished with a thick linen fabric on the back. Now the only trouble is picking your favorite…!

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Images via Anthropologie. See more of my designs here!

honeyed fleur duvet from Anthropologie //

Wow, it’s been a while since I shared my latest designs from Anthropologie! We’re past the gilded glamour and rick, dark colors of holiday and at a time when it makes sense to get a bit of a refresh in the home. That’s why I’m so excited to share the Honeyed Fleur duvet today. The colors are light and airy, the pattern is just floral enough for her, but not too feminine for him (for those of you who share a bedroom), and the embroidered edges on the shams are a great updated touch.

honeyed fleur duvet from Anthropologie //
My favorite color combination of this duvet is definitely the coral version. The combination of ivory and taupe speaks to my inner neutral lover, while the coral is a really fun way to get a smidgeon of color in the bedroom. What do you think of this duvet?

honeyed fleur duvet from Anthropologie //
honeyed fleur duvet from Anthropologie //
Images via Anthropologie. See more of my designs here!

Elephant Landing Giveaway //

I recently collaborated with Caroline and Jayden of Woodnote Photography on an exciting new project: Elephant Landing! Each pillow cover is unique and created by hand in remote villages of southeastern India.  The women who created these pillows are employed with fair wages, and 100% of the profits will be used to educate and employ more women in neighboring villages of India.

Elephant Landing Giveaway //
To learn more about this amazing project, check out this video:

Plus, today I’m giving away the Annie Pillow Cover, my favorite of the designs I did for Elephant Landing! To enter:

Elephant Landing Giveaway //
One winner will be chosen at random by Tuesday December 17, 2013 at 10:30 am EST. Winner will receive the Annie Pillow Cover. Retail value is $50. Good luck!

Elephant Landing Giveaway //
photos by Woodnote Photography.

brava mouse ornament from Anthropologie

Holiday trim at Anthropologie is so magical… and really the best time to be a designer! For months my desk would be covered in bits of lace and velvet, jars of glass beads and metallic sequins, loops of ribbon and yarn. Given all that I’ve designed, these Brava Mice Ornaments are by far my absolute favorite. I feel like they offer a sneak peek into what makes me tick as a designer: I love sweet details and charm and whimsy. I love making people smile with my ideas. And I love the opportunity to be plain old cheeky. After all, these are felt mice dressed up as ballerinas…

Plus, it’s sort of a big deal when your trim designs make it into the December catalog… but this time my designs are on the cover! Check out the entire catalog here.

brava mouse ornament from Anthropologie
brava mouse ornament from Anthropologie
brava mouse ornament from Anthropologie
brava mouse ornaments from Anthropologie
All three of the ballerinas together!

Images via Anthropologie. See more of my designs here!

table runner from Anthropologie

Lots to share of my latest designs for Anthropologie today, and a wide range, too! The Nomades tablelinens are pretty fun for the upcoming holidays. The quirky pom poms are the perfect little pop of color on a linen-colored cotton bamboo base. It’s available as a tablecloth, too!

tablecloth from Anthropologie

glass dairy bottles from Anthropologie
I also hand-lettered the text for these glass dairy bottles. Each bottle is topped with a silicone lid, making these guys perfect for mixing salad dressings, keeping extra simple syrup, or even storing almond milk.

Carousel Trinket Dishes from Anthropologie
These guys are some of my favorites of all time. I hand-painted the artwork and added a touch of gold to make these spinning top-inspired trinket dishes extra fancy.

Fern-Reflection Jewelry Stand from Anthropologie
Lastly, this is the Fern-Reflection Jewelry Stand. The wooden base includes a carved out dish, perfect for bangles, while you can drape long necklaces on the distressed glass.

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Images via Anthropologie. See more of my designs here!