The 52 Project: Week 13/52

The 52 Project: Week 13/52 from “A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014″

This was basically the only moment that Eva held still on Easter Sunday. We had a great time dying easter eggs, playing with cousins, egg hunting, and enjoying some warm weather. We’ll be in Oklahoma for the rest of the week, but it’s already going by so quickly!

spring shopping wish list

spring fashion trends: a wish list from I finally did our taxes on Monday, and we’re getting a modest refund (YAY)! Keeping close track of my expenses from 2013 and that old child tax credit really paid off. So now with a little bonus coin in my pocket, I need to go shopping, right? (Dear husband: if you are reading this, I’m just kidding, mostly). I’d love to look as easy, casual, and put together as the imaginary chick above. I have always wanted a bomber-style leatherjacket, and I love the idea of a bronzer that will even work for my freaky-pale complexion. What’s on your spring wish list, and what are you craving from mine?

Have the happiest of weekends, and happy easter (to those of you who celebrate)!
I’ll be reporting live from Oklahoma next week. I plan to stick to my usual blogging schedule,but we’ll see what the week brings….

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Group Giveaway: Win a $600 Visa Gift card!

Group Giveaway: Win a $600 Visa Gift card! from Hey guys, I’ve got another great giveaway for you today. This time around, things will be a little different. This giveaway is coming to you from a whole group of talented bloggers. We’ve all teamed up to bring you a totally awesome prize of $600 CASH MONEY (in the form of a visa gift card). This giveaway was organized by my friend, Janee, of Yellow Bird Yellow Beard. We’re celebrating her 27th birthday, so happiest of birthdays to Janee! Info and entree widget after the jump…

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the 52 project: week 12/52

the 52 project: week 12/52 from “A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014″

If you follow me on instagram, you may have already seen this photo last week. I just adore this shot of Eva. The vivid colors, the wild hair, the scuffed little shoes….this is an authentic, springtime moment. We’ve been spending A LOT of time at our local park since the weather’s turned warm, sometimes as many as two or three visits a day. I feel so lucky to have this gem of a park less than 5 minutes from our home. The graffiti (or grafeebie if you ask Eva), I’m significantly less enthused about.

color me monday: amaranthine and coral

color me monday: amaranthine and coral from

Well, good morning! I hope you had a beautiful weekend, I did. Saturday was my darling husband’s 30th birthday, so we spent the past three days celebrating Sean. On Friday night we went out to a nice dinner, and saw the Grand Hotel Budapest (our first grownup movie in theater since Eva was born). Saturday was spent outside playing in the woods at my parent’s house, and Sunday we went to the Philadelphia Farm and Food Festival. Experiencing all the local cuisine and libations was a treat, and gave us both a renewed sense of excitement about our city.

This was one of those color palettes that just came together seamlessly. I love how it feels cheerful and spring focused, yet a little more elegant than your typical easter pastels. Hope you have a great week!

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desktop decor: shiny new spring wallpaper!


free spring desktop wallpaper from

Hey guys, happy Friday! I don’t know about you, but I am whole-heartedly looking forward to this weekend. Tomorrow is my darling husband’s thirtieth birthday! I’m excited top spent the entire weekend celebrating all things Sean! It’s been a while since I designed a desktop wallpaper for you guys, so today I’m sharing TWO shiny new options for the spring season! Enjoy and please share! Both options and the free download, after the jump!

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the 52 project: week 11/52

the 52 project: week 11/52 from “A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week in 2014″

I love that Eva loves the place where I grew up. My parents still live there; on a 40 acre farm, an hour north of Philadelphia. It’s where we go to escape city life every now and then, and Eva seems completely in her element there. In this moment, I was chasing her down the road, between the barn and the house. It’s perfectly safe because less than a dozen cars drive by on any given day. City kids just need the chance to run free at times. I’m glad Green Lane provides that open space for all of us to play outdoors and unwind.

color me monday: sage and peachy neutral

color me monday: sage and peachy neutral from Hey Guys, I hope you had a nice weekend. I spent mine playing outside, and busily preparing for BIG photo shoot that’s happening today! I’ll be launching a new website in the coming weeks, and these images of me working in my studio will be included. I’ve been working on this behind the scenes for a few months, and I’m eager to share the transformation you!

I’ve really been enjoying observations of nature this past week or so. I love this early spring time of year, when the colors of the outdoors are sleepily coming back to us. I can’t think of a more perfect or appropriate palette than this color me monday: sage and peachy neutral. I think it’s super sophisticated, and ideal for anything from your wedding palette to your next design project. Have a happy Monday!

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friday flower mandalas by windsome hollow

flower mandalas by windsome hollow on flower mandalas by windsome hollow on flower mandalas by windsome hollow on TGIF! This week felt especially long to me, as a post-vacation week so often does. The most exciting thing is happening though! When I left Philadelphia last week, it was definitely still winter. When I returned on Monday, SPRING was in the air! We’ve spent a lot of time outside this week, and observed many examples of nature coming back to life.

I’m tempted to grab a few spring blooms, and try my hand at creating flower mandalas like these by Katy of windsome hollow. I love how these are arranged in a mostly symmetrical way, but they don’t feel fussed over or neurotically perfect. It’s so interesting to see all the parts of a flower arranged two dimensionally, like pieces of a puzzle. Have a beautiful weekend, my friends!

The 52 Project: Week 10/52

the 52 project: week 10/52 from “A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014″

Okay, I’m getting back on the 52 project horse. I’m currently 4 weeks behind (ugh), and hoping to catch up in the next week or so. To be honest, I’m still struggling to make friends with my big girl camera. I had the ISO cranked up on last week’s shoot, and unfortunately didn’t get any sharp shots I’m happy with.

This past week, I wasn’t in the same place as my girl, making it impossible to capture her portrait. I snapped this one on my phone tonight, and I think it perfectly sums up the moment. As you can see, pretty much all the other children had gone home for dinner and bedtime. This is Eva, protesting firmly, and deciding how far she wants to push. She can be such a brazen little thing, luckily she’s also very cute and charming.