We’re in the midsts of Valentine’s Day planning for next year at work, and this is one Valentine’s Day color palette I’ve fallen in love with. It’s traditionally lovey with the pinks and reds, but that pop of light teal is what really sets it apart. Mix in a dark neutral that has notes of the teal, and you have yourself a not too traditional, but on point palette for the season. But really, I’d use it year round. I feel like I’m practically bleeding that icy pink lately! hah. I’d love to see how this translates to a quirky dinner party, or even in Valentine’s Day decorations around the home.
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Pale pink and emerald is a color palette I can certainly support — even more as the holidays approach. A subtle play on the classics perhaps? Pale pink has been all over my brain lately. My bedroom rug is a darker shade of the icy pink variety, and this print combines the love for this shade with my favorite simple cocktail. Green has long been my favorite hue, and when this new affection for pink came into the mix, they created quite the perfect pair in my mind. I can’t stop pinning variations of these two colors mixed. With these subdued shades, they pay homage to the preppy pink and green of the past with a nice modern flair.
I think I found my holiday card palette. Are you into pale pink and emerald, or will you leave these shades for the spring?
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Whew you guys! Last night I just turned over the files for my biggest freelance project to date, and I treated myself with homemade s’mores. The project will be going live by the end of the year, and I’ll be thrilled to share what has been going on. I’ve even been hiding the what’s what of the project from my family, so that’s been something!
As a second treat, I’m heading home to Pennsylvania for a retreat on the lake. My parents are on the farm in South Dakota, so I’ll have the place to myself and be able to just chill out for a second. This project has taken up the majority of my free-time for the past month or so, and I’m itching to get at my to-do list. The car is packed with my laundry basket, my inbox is ready to get tackled, and my Dave Ramsey DVD’s are ready to go. Since I started working full-time I’ve been meaning to seriously sit down and figure out a financial plan for my future. I’m hoping I can figure out a system that I can actually keep up with. I tried writing down in categories in a binder every. single. purchase. that I made when I started grad school, and that went out the window about a month in. After that month, I felt guilt for letting it all slide, but I could have gone about the whole thing a lot differently. The keyword for the next couple months in my life is balance. Instead of feeling like everything around me needs to be perfect, I’m switching to figuring out how everything around me can be balanced. It’s a leap for me to think that way, but it’s a much needed shift I’m trying to integrate into a lot of my behaviors. Yay for prioritization and not feeling guilty for letting certain things slide!
Happy weekend friends!
PS: Sorry for bringing up personal finance on a Friday! I’m gross, I know.
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In high school I took my first painting class my sophomore year. During that class, I filled up a sketchbook (or two) of watercolor samples, strokes from different paintbrushes, and learned how important it was to practice and classify the different tools and techniques you use in a particular set of skills. I still have yet to manage this with calligraphy, but it’s definitely on my someday-list! I love looking back to this sketchbook to see not only how far I’ve come as an artist, but also to look back at how those fundamentals in practice and color theory really trained me as an artist before I ever knew that graphic design existed. When I saw these vintage color studies, I immediately thought back to this class and how much I miss working with color in a tangible way. Just check out the tonal quality of these colors. I’m pretty into it. Also, picking tones from physical practice is something that you just really can’t emulate in the digital environment. Add more water to a color, or drop a home-mixed black right in; that’s just all sorts of crazy when you’re used to one-click attainment. I don’t know if I’m ready to bust out my old watercolors—and I’d be really surprised if they were actually useable and not completely dried up at this point—but these are helping me reevaluate how I got about picking colors. Annnnnd I really miss painting. Just putting that out there.
How do you go about picking colors? Do you usually find inspiration online, or do you look to things physically to figure that out? While I don’t think I’ll be losing my online research anytime soon, it’s always nice to look to alternative routes, right?
Sidenote, that calligraphy is killer.
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Officially prepping for fall around here, and this of color palette is something that keeps popping up around this season. It’s striking, it’s moody, and yet is still incorporates brights and a bit of pastel. Fall, you’re crazy! Navy mixed with these fun hues is something I can’t get enough of right now. It could also be mixed with almost any sort of bright/pastel combo and do no wrong. Into it to say the least.
Another navy thing I’m digging: are these pants appropriate for work do you think? There’s something about wearing dress pants that are so close to sweatpants that makes me really excited. Anyone else?
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Weird thought, but wouldn’t it be cool if it rained in these hues?
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Color studies were kind of made for moments like this. Perfect for a time when you need a little creative exploration, but quick enough to not get in the way of what you really need to focus on.
Heading off to set up my thesis visual in a couple hours!
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This was just calling for a color study, no? That pop of yellow is pretty much perfection.
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Oh hey, look at you there purple bananas. Also, I want to eat just about everything else on this table too.
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