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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