This image came out of a strong desire to do some lettering late one night. I’ve been spending a lot of time over the last few months lettering in my daily sketches. I decided on the word ‘Chicago’ for no particular reason. But I soon realized that cities – no matter how long we spend in them – symbolize different phases in our lives, they hold stories from the best and worst parts of our lives, and they may change the way we think about the world.
So I’m curious: what city holds an important story from your life? If you share a short, meaningful story about it I will letter that city. I’d love to hear a story that had a significant impact in your life; it doesn’t have to be long or elaborate, just meaningful to you. I cannot wait to hear your stories!
Chicago was the first city I moved to after graduating from college. As I’ve navigated through all the craziness a young twentysomething must wade through, the thing that remains a constant comfort in this city for me is the architecture. I often find myself getting lost in the small details of these buildings. You can truly find beautiful architecture anywhere in this city; there is potential for a pleasant surprise around every corner. It reminds me to stay hopeful, to stay the course, because you just never know.
I’ve been getting really into cooking lately, and experimenting with recipes. It’s also turned into a lot of photographic experiments as well. I’m still getting the hang of styling and lighting various surfaces, but it’s been a ton of delicious fun. These avocado deviled eggs are great to make in batches and have a few for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack. These have become an instant favorite of mine, not only because of my longtime love affair with avocados, but also because you can modify this recipe to your heart’s content. You can mix in your favorite ingredients or rock out with some spices. Or you can just follow this recipe below. If you find a combo that you love, please feel free to share your findings in the comments. Enjoy!
6 eggs, hard boiled
1 slice of lemon
1 clove of garlic
a pinch of sea salt
a pinch of cayenne pepper
After you’ve peeled your hard boiled eggs, slice them in half and keep half of the yolks. The rest you can toss. Set aside the egg white halves.
Slice up the avocado, garlic and squeeze the lemon slice into a bowl along the the egg yolks. Toss the spices on top, and mash ‘em all up!
Take the mixture by the spoonful and fill the halves of the eggs, and enjoy! So simple, and of course delicious.
I’ve been really working on creating fresh color palettes – I tend to use a lot of similar warm, bright palettes but it feels good to break away from it. Or at least try to. In college, one of my design professors would always tell us to “Avoid default” and there are so many different ways to interpret that advice. Over the next few weeks, that means color palettes for me. Especially since I’ve been missing painting dearly and might bring it back into my life soon, along with lettering. These Ruined Polaroids by William Miller have really helped in my journey to collect new color palettes.
It has been quite a while hasn’t it? In all honesty I needed some time to evaluate where I wanted this blog to go, and just my business in general. It has been so exciting and empowering to have full control of the direction of my career as I venture into freelance life, but it is also quite overwhelming at times. There have been so many decisions I did not anticipate needing to contemplate. But despite the stress and occasional panic (ok, more than occasional), it is still the best adventure I’ve ever chosen.
As part of my business soul-searching, I traveled out west for the first time ever, exploring Los Angeles with a friend who used to live there. Being in California felt dreamy and inspiring and unlocked my mind, which had been feeling cloudy for a few months. I always find it fascinating how refreshed your mind feels from being in an unfamiliar place. The designer in me swooned at all of the gorgeous type found on signage, while the photographer in me went wild over the landscapes and golden sunlight.
I was surprised at how hard I fell in love with this city – with all of the beautiful plants, the architecture, the art, the ocean, the mountains – it’s hard to walk away feeling anything but a little romantic and daydreamy.
To be honest with you, winter is so not my thing, but I do revel in the photographic opportunities it presents.
Photos from my Instagram – you can follow me @highfivesforeveryone.
With all of the recent transitions I’ve been going through lately with my career as well as my personal life, I am forever grateful for all the incredible amount of love and support that is present in my life. I hope you all can say the same – Happy Valentine’s Day. Let’s celebrate love in all of its forms, today and always.