October 1, 2015

Weekend Warrior

I don't need to dress up much on the daily. In fact, I've developed quite the love affair with the politely termed "athleisure." But, on the weekends, when I'm with my husband, I like to take an extra step towards dressing up. The littlest change can make a difference. Not only with my style, but with my mood too.

September 30, 2015

Wednesday Whim - Vanessa Mckeown

 all images via Vanessa Mckeown

In a moment of fortuitous timing, I came across Vanessa Mckeown's Instagram and immediately became attracted to her colorful and whimsical imagery. 

She uses unexpected items together to transform them into everyday objects - showcasing her wit and humor. Balloons into fruit. Candy into vegetables. Paper into party food. The items are unusually paired and simple, but surprisingly successful. 

I can't wait to see more from her. You can track her down on her website or on her IG.

September 28, 2015

She Posts

A post! She's alive.

OK, so I suppose I don't need to be so dramatic. But, my sudden and sharp departure from blogging was somewhat (un)planned. When I explained in this post that I wanted to appreciate the moments around me, I didn't realize how much that meant. 

Being a multi-tasker all my life, I figured I could tackle the mommy moments, the blogging moments and the personal moments that my new life brought. However, I discovered I was trying too hard. I was trying too hard to keep up. To feel normal. To feel like my "old self." And to learn to be a new mom. 

So without much ado, I took on the most important part of the equation. Me. 

Perhaps this goes without saying, but not focusing on myself first meant I couldn't do anything else well. At all. I couldn't be a great mother if I was distracted. I couldn't be a good blogger if I was feeling badly. And I certainly couldn't be a good wife if I was mad all the time.

So, I took some real time. I haven't yet gone back to my 9-5 and I am just starting to re-focus on my blog. It's been one of the most challenging journeys, but it's also been incredible. 

In an effort to be authentic (as bloggers would say), I'll post in further detail what all this really means, but for now, I want to keep this energy up.

And to be clear, simply because I'm posting again doesn't mean I'm suddenly "fine" and everything that I felt before just went away. However, I'm in a much better state of mind. And I'm dying to get back to the groove of things. 

In the world of blogging and social media, things move fast. I'll still try to maintain as many new posts as possible, but I'm not going to kill myself if I don't really keep up. My goal is to remain true. For you and for me. 

Thanks for keeping up with this ol' blogger. Keep followin' along if you please!

August 6, 2015


Hearts in San Francisco - Union Square

It's funny how memories sneak up on you. This photo above was a rare moment in Union Square. Barely a soul in the normally bustling area. I was leaving the doctor's office and took a quick snap with my iPhone 3G. You can tell due to the blurry focus of the photo. It's a moment in time I recall so vividly despite how short and seemingly banal the moment was.

I came across the photo as I was perusing old photos on my computer. Loads of them. Mostly unorganized. I kept thinking how I meant to get them into proper folders so I could sort through them with ease. Suddenly, I gasped, "where are half of the 2013 photos?" To my horror, about half of the photos from my 2013 year were gone. Poof. Missing. Just like that. I have no idea where the photos went. They were on a separate hard drive. Did a folder somehow just get deleted? I can barely recall what photos are missing. Several outfit posts, sure. But, those don't break my heart as much as the personal photos I won't get back. Heartbroken really isn't enough to describe the sadness I feel. But, there is nothing I can do about it. They are just gone.

This incident led me to think about my past and present. Since B has been in my life, I've snapped a photo of him daily. He changes every single day. It's hardly detectable when I see him everyday, but when I scroll through my photos, I am overwhelmed at how much he has changed...and me along with him. Change is happening everyday of my life. Three months into motherhood and I feel like a different person. The person I was in 2013 with half of the year in photos 
missing is not the same person I am now in 2015. It's all sounds so symbolic doesn't it?

I may not have all memories saved through photos, but that doesn't make the experiences any less special. Words will have to paint a vivid picture of the past. When Brandon is old enough, I can tell him all about certain adventures and ideals I had. Perhaps he can carry through what I couldn't.

I bring all this up now as I'm feeling quite nostalgic as of late. I see so much potential with Brandon and his future and I become overwhelmed with how much anticipation I have for him. The excitement I once felt when I was a kid - knowing there were many adventures in my future - is something he'll feel when he's old enough. I only hope to instill in him guidelines that he can refer to in order to make the right choices for his life. 

I knew becoming a parent would change me but I never realized how much it could change my outlook on life and the different perspective I have on things. Life is bigger than me and my everyday worries. Life is short. Although I mourn the loss of the past (photos), I have so many more memories to make. And maybe I'll capture those memories digitally, but if I don't then that's OK, too.

August 5, 2015

Wednesday Whim - Pantone Matching

 all images via Inka Mathew via Co.Design

Most of you know about the wonderful world that is Pantone swatches, but not many of us actually use it. Enter graphic designer, Inka Mathew. Although she uses Pantone swatches for her profession, she also uses the swatches in a new way where she precisely matches everyday items to corresponding colors. In her 2-year old series, Tiny PMS Match, she has found matches to common objects 95% of the time, for a total of approximately 145 colorful compositions. Not surprisingly, she has caught the interest of the masses and she will be releasing a book in Spring 2016 filled with never-before-seen Pantone matches.

Inka Mathew states she picks items with meaning to her and something that she wants to remember. Her method is very straightforward. She uses her iPhone to snap photos and Snapseed to edit (without altering color values). This project has made her more aware of colors and how huge the range is. She is reminded that "Pantone is not the 'God' of colors and there are times (she) can't find a match." But, for all the other matches she does make, she clearly does a good job of showcasing the breadth of Pantone.


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