Category Archives: Artwork

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beginnings // curly girl design

A lovely reminder from Curly Girl Design that beginnings often start almost anywhere. Definitely reread that small text: “your story will have many chapters – maybe volumes. each a chance to begin.” I love the idea of approaching each day as though it’s a new beginning every single time.

Will most certainly be buying this print when it releases this month!

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Finding Your Wings

Another one from Curly Girl Design that I absolutely loved. Happy Monday!

guest post: true mane

Happy Wednesday! I’ve been obsessed with Leigh’s work for over two years {remember this post?}; she has an artistic talent that is like no other. She’s here to share about her favorite hair products – and I definitely think you’ll enjoy her recommendations! Thank you Leigh! xo

Hello Everyone!! Leigh here from Create. I am honored that Andi is having me why she is enjoying a wonderful trip to Paris!! Hope you have a magical time Andi !

Today’s post was actually inspired by a friend of mine that I have worked with a few times, Luccia Cafero and just adore, along with her amazing hair!! (Major hair envy!) She recently did a photoshoot with Christos Sewell called “Mane Attraction” ~ It’s all about emphasizing real natural hair with harmless beauty products. Hair is sometimes over looked and should never be underestimated.” Luccia.

Well I am just in awe that hair could be that amazing, so she must know what she is talking about. I on the other hand have a head of hair that is in recovery from years of coloring, flat irons and hot blow dryers where she let her hair just be (it is a hard thing) as this past year I have been really working on doing just that, letting it air dry more, growing out my color and giving it back the life it needs to be to be healthy again. The in between growing out and all that can be hard on confidence as I can say no matter how well I feel or how amazing an outfit can be, if I am having a bad hair day, it pretty much takes over.

But to share all of my favorite products that have helped me along the way made it less painful are below.

To start, I switch back and forth between Purology Hydrate for color treated hair and Redkin Color Extend for the basic washing, but like Luccia as far as after products go, I have found that leaving less in my hair while it air dries is the trick. I only use about 5 drops of Redkin’s Argan oil to keep the strands smooth but not sticky.

Also the best lesson learned is only washing my hair a few times a week to bring back the natural oils that my scalp produces.

But not always do I let it air dry so to protect it from the flat and thanks to my fabulous hair dresser Robyn for introducing to my hair, Chi 44 Iron Guard which helps with a layer of protection between my hair and the heat.

What about you, what are your tried and true products and habits to keep your hair healthy, your lessons learned with your hair and are you like me a person that has fought the natural given hair that you were born with?

Thank you Andi for having me and cannot wait to hear about your trip!! xo

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I’m kinda obsessed with everything Katie Evans illustrates. How adorable, right? 

Here’s her hello hello! design blog; she also illustrates for Matchbook in her spare time!




She's turning her life into something sacred.

These images are all quotes and words from the lovely poet Monique Duval. The images above read (in order):

  • “Every Friday night, they go out on the town. They wear strapless dresses to show off their tattoos, they fling their everyday cares out the window. They split a beer at the ice house. Their grandchildren wonder what the neighbors think.”
  • “‘Once you get over the fear, then it’s a cinch’ she said. And she leaped into a mountainous and unexplored region of her heart”
  • “She decided to free herself, dance in the wind, create a new language. And birds fluttered around her, writing “yes” in the sky”.
  • “That’s the way it is with dreams. They scratch at your door. You see them through the peep hole: a stray dream looking for a home. You think it might go away if you ignore it. Wrong. It’s still there when you open the door, smiling. Wagging its tail.”
  • “Today I had a conversation with my true self. She asked me why I had abandoned her, why I had ignored all her constant advice. And then she reminded me of all the things I had forgotten. And never once did she say ‘I told you so’”
  • “She’s turning her life into something sacred. Each breath, a new birth. Each moment, a new chance. She bows her head, gathers her dreams from a pure, deep stream and stretches her arms to the sky”.

I hope today you begin (or continue) to view your life as something sacred. Something wonderful, lovely, fantastic, one-of-a-kind and purposeful. Because your life IS and you ARE!  You can buy journals and notebooks with the quotes above here. Happy Monday, enjoy it! xo

I'm a wannabe photographer.

I’m a wannabe photographer. Seriously, I used to bring my point-and-shoot camera in my bag every day just in case I found something fun or interesting to document. Lately, my purse has been feeling a little lighter. Enter Instagram and other mobile photo apps, enabling me to shoot, edit and share photos directly from my mobile. They also allow casual shooters like me to edit or enhance an image. (Instagram, for example, offers fifteen different filters with names like “Hefe,” “Toaster” and my personal favorite, “X-Pro II.”

Here are a few brands utilizing Instagram:

Fashion/Retail: Burberry, Oscar de la Renta, Kate Spade, Bergdorf Goodman, Marc Jacobs

Food/Drink: PepsiMax*, Pizza Hut, Ben & Jerry’s*, Charity Water

Tech/Media: Cool Hunting, Foodspotting, PopEater, Yelp

Sports: NY Knicks, Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Pittsburgh Steelers

Last week, I wrote a post for my company’s website titled “Friday Five: Ways for Brands to Best Utilize Mobile Photo” – and the above text can be found within the article. You can access the full Edelman Digital Friday Five post here. and make sure to connect with me on Instagram (andi91210) as well! I’d love to see your Instagram photos too! Do you use mobile photo apps? What do you like or dislike about sites like Instagram, Camera+, PicPlz, etc.? Enjoy your Friday – thanks for reading! xo

I’m a wannabe photographer.

I’m a wannabe photographer. Seriously, I used to bring my point-and-shoot camera in my bag every day just in case I found something fun or interesting to document. Lately, my purse has been feeling a little lighter. Enter Instagram and other mobile photo apps, enabling me to shoot, edit and share photos directly from my mobile. They also allow casual shooters like me to edit or enhance an image. (Instagram, for example, offers fifteen different filters with names like “Hefe,” “Toaster” and my personal favorite, “X-Pro II.”

Here are a few brands utilizing Instagram:

Fashion/Retail: Burberry, Oscar de la Renta, Kate Spade, Bergdorf Goodman, Marc Jacobs

Food/Drink: PepsiMax*, Pizza Hut, Ben & Jerry’s*, Charity Water

Tech/Media: Cool Hunting, Foodspotting, PopEater, Yelp

Sports: NY Knicks, Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Pittsburgh Steelers

Last week, I wrote a post for my company’s website titled “Friday Five: Ways for Brands to Best Utilize Mobile Photo” – and the above text can be found within the article. You can access the full Edelman Digital Friday Five post here. and make sure to connect with me on Instagram (andi91210) as well! I’d love to see your Instagram photos too! Do you use mobile photo apps? What do you like or dislike about sites like Instagram, Camera+, PicPlz, etc.? Enjoy your Friday – thanks for reading! xo

One wild and precious life.

>>> What are you going to do with your one wild and precious life? This line from a Mary Oliver’s poem is on my mind {again} but is reminding me to escape the routine, to-do lists, stress, confusion. Instead, we should be risking and at the same time embracing our wild and very, very precious life! Life is too short and precious to be ruled by what we wear, what our job title is, who knows us, who wants to date us, how we are “going to get ahead.” What would life be like if we embraced our childhood joy and mindset today, as adults?

I‘ve shared my friend Lisa’s photography before and every new photo she posts always amazes me. I believe that many people can take photos, but it takes true talent to really capture that small moment in time in one image. These photographers allow you to look at an image and actually feel what is going on in the picture. It’s like you’re there. The above photos make me feel that way – and remind me to feel just as joyous, carefree and fearless even in my adult years. Look at the little girls in Lisa’s photos – they could care less if their pink dresses are soaked or dirty. They are caught up in the sheer fun of dancing in the sand and water.  As a child, I was fearless. As I child, I didn’t care what I wore or who knew this or that about my life. As a child, I thought I was going to be a teacher, astronaut, fashion designer, vet, jockey, doctor, lawyer and about 45 other professions. As I child, I felt indestructible – in the best way possible. My childhood life was ruled by wonder and bewilderment – instead of fear and monotony. I challenge you to think, feel and act that way now – whether you are 22, 42, 92 or any other age. Rekindle that childhood wonder.

 

As you kick off the weekend {early}, enjoy more beauty on Lisa’s TumblrFlickr and her portfolio. Thanks to Lisa for reminding me just how wildly wonderful and precious life actually is…right now. xoxo

May you be filled with light

>>>Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend! Mine was spent with a cold picnic dinner at the shore, a roadtrip to Carmel, Monterey and Santa Cruz in search for sunshine and exploring SF all day Sunday with my two beautiful visitors. Pure happiness. Today I wanted to share with you Lori Portka‘s artwork. I am absolutely obsessed and want to purchase her art for my apartment, but also to send cards to friends. Her goal? Spreading happiness through art. Make sure to visit her Etsy shop and her fascinating portfolio. What art have you noticed lately that inspires you and make you feel happy? Please share! Enjoy your day queens, xoxo!

A new challenge awaits:

>>>So inspired by my friend Lisa’s photography skills! Her photos above are reminding me what an adventure life really is and just how many places, people and things there are to explore. I’m also reminded just how thankful I am to be surrounded by beauty all day. Lisa’s pictures capture each moment of beauty so perfectly! Check out Lisa’s Tumblr here & her INSANELY talented photos on her Flickr as well! Have an inspired day, xo!