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spotify friday



spotify genre icons
Well, I’m actually sincerely excited that it’s Friday today cause I have the weekend off and will be in Texas for my girl friend’s bridal shower. Hooray! So I’ve used Spotify for a while now [and should probably have a paid account cause the Chick-Fil-A ads are killin’ me], but besides loving the ability to share + customize playlists and listen to almost anything, I have to say there are a few design features that I love about the app like the genre icons you can find in the ‘browse’ section. Well done, Spotify! Though two features I hope they roll out is a mini-player for the app and a way to skip or “thumbs down” ads you’re sick of.

Alrighty, on to your links for the weekend:

+ This quinoa salad with sugar snap peas has been a hit in our apartment.

+ 23 full-sized struggles for all the other petite ladies out there. This is real talk, you guys.

+ The life of working freelance and of working in the wedding industry makes this Buzzfeed article so true. The GIFs are hilarious!

+ You’re getting old produces stats based on your (or a friends’) date of birth. It goes through your history and besides the fact that it makes you feel old, it’s pretty informative and intriguing.

+ DC locals: check out this map of farmers markets in the area!

Have a lovely Friday, everyone!

weekend round-up



Ferme A Papier / Summer ShoesFriday! Friday! And so much to still be done…here’s to pressing on for anyone with lots of work to do this weekend. I fell in love with Cat Seto’s Ferme À Papier line in the flesh at the National Stationery Show this year – pictured above is her Summer Shoes art print! As customary, here are a few goodies for you:

+ I’m a fan of Seth Godin – I love his outlook on business, his books, and this 10 question AMA session he had with Skillshare.

+ A peek at the Paper Party I helped out with last week hosted by Nole of Oh So Beautiful Paper – I used a helium tank for the first time! What a fun time with so many paper nerds like myself. (:

+ I love this couples’ story on FastCompany and how they planned their wedding for less than $10,000 in such a creative way utilizing technology. Though I’m surrounded [and love] all my friends + co-workers in the wedding field, I really love what these two did.

+ My friend + fellow blogger went to The Hive blog conference in Copenhagen and shared what she learned about being your own advocate. I could use a lesson or two in that.

+ The UT 2014 commencement speech by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven is well worth the listen. Goosebumps.

weekend favorites



Holly Heider Chapple Flowers / Vicki Grafton Photography
Happy May! I’m done with all the April showers and welcome the warm weather though this weekend I’m traveling to an unlikely setting…VEGAS. The last time I went was probably in elementary school and I don’t remember anything except a really awful picture of me with my childhood friends in matching yellow GAP shirts with a star on it. I wish I could show you. It’s terrible. And one of the lovely girl friends in said photo is getting hitched later this summer as well [she’s stop #6 in my summer travel map].

Anyway, I digress. I’ll be in Vegas with my best girls and guys for a semi-joint bachelor(ette) doing various Vegas-y things as you can imagine, but here are some awesome links to kick off your weekend:

+ Stressed? Here are 3 ways to stop being so stressed out.

+ I am all sorts of stoked about Lindsay Letters’ new line of Just Love prints.

+ This man’s adorable reaction to finding out he’s going to be a grandpa!

+ 25 things that people with Type A personalities do and I’m pretty sure I fulfill at least 20 of those. Snagged that one from my girl Sharon.

+ 36 maps that will make you see the world differently.

+ Because everyone needs to see tiny hamsters eating tiny burritos…adorable.

+ And of course if you haven’t seen the Jimmy Fallon lip sync battle with Emma Stone you’re missing out.

Have a great weekend! And just in case you were wondering, what happens in Vegas will probably stay in Vegas. (;


[ me holding an arrangement by Holly Chapple Flowers, photo by Vicki Grafton ]

wanderlust / travel essentials



My calendar looks pretty daunting right now in all of it’s color coded glory, but there are lots of things to be excited about [mostly weddings and all the related events] and a lot of traveling ahead of me starting in two weeks. This summer is gonna be p-a-c-k-e-d [pun only partially intended], so here’s where I’m headed and some of my travel essentials.

1 / Las Vegas means shows, buffets, and day clubs for a semi-joint bachelor(ette). I have a feeling we’re going to need some Help Remedies which I’ve found at Bed, Bath & Beyond. Let’s see if I can survive that weekend to participate in all the others, hah!

2 / New York City – this will be my third time at the National Stationery Show [woohoo!], but I seriously can’t go any place now without some wet wipes. They beat hand sanitizer and pack flat so they can slip right into your clutch or small crossbody. My favorite ones are the ones with witty sayings from Blue Q.

3 / Cayman Islands – my first destination wedding! I always travel with one of these Flight 001 laundry bags. They conceal odors and are small + washable, perfect for your undies. Thank goodness for barre classes keeping me in shape for this!

4 / Texas, you’re home. I can’t wait to go back for my best friends’ wedding. I’ve been using the Trader Joe’s Vitamin E oil in replacement of body lotion after showers and it’s worked like a charm through the harsh winter. It comes in little bottles so they’re airport security safe – what a relief.

5 / Charlottesville – so perfect for a vineyard wedding! These Baggu duck bags have been my best travel companion for weekend trips. It fits my laptop, changes of clothes, and makeup bag so easily. I just sling it on my shoulder and go.

6 / LA – oh, it has been too long and I’m glad to be going back for wedding #4. My favorite crossbody purchase has hands down been the Cuyana saddle bag which sadly is no longer listed on their website [for now at least]. And you can bet it fits a pack of those wet wipes.

What are some things you can’t travel without? I’m that girl browsing the travel size section of drugstores and Bed, Bath & Beyond, so I’m always looking for something new. But seriously, there is absolutely no coincidence why my Twitter handle is @iamtravelsize – just sayin’.

weekend round-up



photo by olenyka
Oh, I’m so thankful it has felt like Spring this week. I’m in dire need of Vitamin D and warmer weather and I super hope that the cherry blossoms come out in the next 2 weeks! Planning on getting some good rest this weekend, doing some Spring cleaning, and exploring a few fun things in DC! Here are some links for your weekend:

+ I was really excited when I heard about this teen’s science fair project showing that the government could save millions by changing the standard typeface to Garamond, but then FastCompany burst his bubble and got technical with it to show it’s not really true after all.

+ What say you? Is it the end of trends?

+ This portrait project highlighting ethnic diversity matching skin tones to Pantones is genius and wonderful.

David Letterman is retiring [so sad] next year but here’s a video refresher to keep your spirits up.

+ I’m all about these 10 surprising ways to transform your creative thinking.

+ A funny but pretty accurate map of the United States of Bros.

+ This piece by my friend, Sharon, about growing your character through your day job.

+ Love Kristen Bell singing “Do You Wanna Build A Snowman” from Frozen live and this a cappella cover of Usher – There Goes My Baby.

Cheers, y’all!
Also, my comments are back! Thank goodness.

[ photo by olenyka via Instagram ]

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