Oh hey y’all. (If I knew how to read my analytics report, I could probably refer to all 12 of you by name)
If you follow me on Instagram — and I’m guessing you do because how on earth would you ever find this site otherwise! I’m illiterate in SEO — you’ve probably heard that I’m trying to rebrand Design Squeeze. Or just brand, because let’s face it, I never really got around to that in the first place.
So, my friend Chelsea got me this orchid as a housewarming gift when we became homeowners in August. It “died” shortly after but I kept adding ice cubes to it every Saturday at 9am like my life depended on it. Thanks, iPhone alarm.
It sat naked and bare for months. MONTHS! I seriously thought I killed it. I kill a lot of plants so I wasn’t surprised. I’m like a plant serial killer. I took out a whole garden once.
So, before I tell you about this crazy future revealing egg crate, let me give you some background information and set the scene a bit.
I came in to work today to find myself with NOTHING to do. It is the week before Christmas, after all and my boss doesn’t seem to understand that no one needs a graphic designer this week. No one. And even if they do, I have NO motivation to be one this close to the holidays. It is painfully quiet. I had to put on my headphones just to drown out my stomach growling. Well fine, I would prefer to be off but you can pay me to browse Pinterest and plan my future remodel until 5pm if you insist.
As some of you may know, Matt and I became homeowners this past August and we haven’t shut up about remodeling since. It’s all we talk we about. So, any down time I have at work gets spent looking at inspiration and catching up on my favorite blogs.
It’s that time of the year! We get to buy stuff for ourselves others! I decided to pretend I was only buying for myself and make a holiday gift guide that doubles as my personal wish list. If you are shopping for anyone remotely like me, you’ll be good to go. So basically, anyone who enjoys pretty things.
And the best part of all is that I’m a pretty cheap date. The items range from $29-$250. Of course, the highest price is for that gorgeous Juniper Briggs framed print. Worth it. It’s art, you guys, get some culture.
The second most expensive is the Gaia Roundie purse, also worth the pennies. My best friend bought me one last year for my birthday and I still love it. I’m ready to swap it out for a different pattern, though and there are so many to choose from. And its for a good cause blah blah blah. Just do it.
The rest are pretty self explanatory. I literally have NO use for the serving spoons but I have to have them. That’s a good gift. And I would LIVE in that peach hat from Friday at 5pm til Monday morning. Those teeny tiny ring holders make me wanna scream! They’re so damn cute I can’t even stand it. Also, I am officially taking up ceramics.
My best friend JUST got married in a beautiful bohemian wedding. Gosh it was like only yesterday. I mean, March 19th is pretty much April, which really just flew into May and then did June even happen this year? And July barely started, so I’m right on track to post about her wedding. I’m surprised it didn’t take me longer, actually.
I’m like such a good friend.
But let’s stop gushing about me. This post is all about Ali’s BOHO BASH of a wedding. It was obviously the most beautiful wedding I’ve ever been to. Not just because she’s my bestie. The girl has great taste.
She also has great connections. Amongst her talented group of gal pals is a graphic designer & calligrapher extraordinaire (ME! Haha I come first because this is MY blog), an insanely talented interior designer PLUS another soon-to-be-interior-designer, an aspiring wedding planner & cake boss, AND one of the bridesmaids hooked us all up with a professional stylist!
It was on point. Have a peek:
The wedding took place at the Phoenix Zoo, which was such a fun venue. The reception area overlooked the giant giraffe exhibit, so the view was incredible, we could pretend we were all on safari and it felt super VIP to be drinking at the zoo after hours.
Now whenever I return to the giraffes, I get flashbacks of drunken dancing with some of the best people I know. That’s what everyone should leave a wedding with. Forget favors. I want memories!
Just kidding. Her favors were actually really awesome. And I love presents. I don’t have a picture of them but she chose mexican tiles with beautiful patterns and we tied hand painted place cards to each.
The decor was primarily DIY-which was awesome. We went thrifting starting the year before and found all kinds of gem colored glasses & vases and vintage books with beautiful covers. There was lots of lace detail as well and baby’s breath-which is one of my all-time favorite flowers.
It really was such a beautiful, bohemian wedding. It all just came together perfectly.
Ok now I’m back in full wedding fever mode…eeeeek!
Photographer: Katie Rounds of Round Lens Photography -All photos were taken by Round Lens with the exception of the invitations.
Stylist: Risa Kostis of Ristyle Consulting – seriously the sweetest person you will ever meet. Call her.
Happy Monday, Everybunny! Hope y’all had a great Easter yesterday. I spent the morning celebrating with my nephew, Rex. So yea, it was the BEST.
But then I woke up today with the WORST case of Monday Blues. Ugh. I love design and being a graphic designer is a pretty cool gig. BUT I don’t love a 30 minute commute that results in sitting in this open room, surrounded by people, staring at my computer screen for 8 hours a day with a total of ZERO privacy and very bad posture.
Ok, the posture is my fault. But having no privacy ALL DAY makes the introvert in me wanna crawl into a ball and hide. I feel like a lil kid who closes his eyes and thinks no one can see him. Maybe if I slouch enough, people will think I’m not there!
Buuuuuuuut, I am there. I’m always there. And I’ve realized over the past 2 years of doing this 9-5 life, that being a designer is not enough for me. I have to be a designer of things that make me happy. Things that I’m passionate about. At a place that makes me feel inspired.