Life Thoughts

Mood Board | 01.

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While arriving in Colorado I've started working at 970 Design as the graphic design intern three days a week which is great. On the side I have also started working at The Bookworm, which is a bookstore in town, and literally one of the only bookstores I've seen that is in the high rockies. I love working at bookstores, and this one is adorable with a cute little cafe attached. What's not to love? I still work for Anelise at Anelise Salvo Design Co. and do my own freelance work on the side as well.

With that said, I really started thinking about the blog I have and really want to push it a bit more. While I think it's great that it's a  mod podge of things, I would really like to start having some consistent content and some curveballs. 

So today I'm going to try my best at starting that!

I've been reading How to Style Your Brand - such a wonderful book. And it's got me thinking about my own personal brand and while I love my own brand, I sit around and wonder whether or not it's effective. 

While I'm still in the initial stages of concepting some new ideas and thinking about where I want things to go, I decided I'd start making some moodboards for my week. Some may pertain to where I want this brand to go, and some for exercise sake. 

This one was created with my own style in mind. My Pinterest is a living example of my aesthetic, so I went there first and pulled some things for this mood board. I love neutrals, plants, the brown and black combo, and some pale pinks sometimes. It's always so hard to nail down your own brand though. One day you think you like one thing and the next you are thinking you need something else. 

So while I love this moodboard, I'm thinking that I will sit on this for awhile and make some new ones next week. 

For now enjoy! Rant about working / life / blog over.

Colorado Time

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So, I've picked up and moved to Colorado finally and what a crazy ride it has been. 

The month of May is a complete blur. Lots of packing, traveling, errands, and work. Last Friday my grandparents and I started heading out here from the St. Louis area. 15 hours later, and here I am!

I've never been to mountains like this and I was in complete awe. After passing up Denver we entered the mountain range, and it was the most beautiful drive I've ever seen. I was a snapchatting queen, I couldn't believe what I was seeing. 

About 2 hours later we arrived in Vail/Avon, where I'm living. The apartment that I'm living in is a 3-bedroom, a little small, but totally manageable. Some friends and my grandparents helped me moved in, and a couple days later I'm writing this post all settled. 

I've started to decorate a tad. Decorating has always been something I lurveeeee to do, but I never seem to have the money to make it exactly how I want. But I've realized that it doesn't have to all be decorated wall to wall right this minute. So I'm just going to save some pieces that work together and start moving room to room. I've got a small gallery wall going in the living room, and some knick knacks sitting around - it'll all come together eventually. 

I started my job at 970 Design this past Monday, and I'm loving it! The people there are great, the clients they work with are awesome, and I love the location. Yesterday me and one of the graphic designers went and did a small photoshoot for an event at a restaurant. It was a great way to dive in and just get into the swing of things. 

Hopefully now that I'm settled I can get going on some hikes and such :)

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Capstone Preview!

So I couldn't help but get together a sneak preview after a big critique day in class. More and more work is being produced as the semester goes on, and today we brought the majority of what  would be in the show. It's so cool to see how we have all progressed over the past 4 years. 

I've learned a lot from Capstone so far - I've learned what working your ass off every day feels like, I've learned how to manage my time effectively, I've learned how to make quicker design decisions, I've learned how to meet super tight deadlines (haha, a book made in 2.5 months, wutttt). I think there is such a huge jump in what a lot of us have accomplished in a class where we have more free reign as well. Clients and even professors can taint your work - and it's not as authentically you as it could be. 

Capstone has given us the chance to explore our full creative potential - which I think is great. As much work as this is, and how sometimes it can be exhausting, it's so rewarding. I think having something to show and physically share with people is a great pay off for all the work. Creating a visual language that is reflective of your style is sooo fun.

While the semester has been incredibly stressful, busy, and frustrating at many times - I think that I've learned a lot, and will keep learning up until the day of the show, which I'm happy for. 


Odesza Concert

Last Thursday I was lucky enough to head to Columbia, MO with two of my roommates to see Odesza in concert. Let me tell you, it was amazing. We had been planning to go to this concert since last semester so getting to finally go was great. 

Going to a concert, or just listening to some live music, is probably one of my top favorite things to do in life. Music is such a huge part of my life and I listen to it constantly - so whenever I get the chance to a new concert or even just to a small venue to listen to a group, I'm pumped. 

Odesza is an indie electronic duo that my pals and I have been listening to forever. Lately I feel like my music choices tend to lean towards this ambient electronica, and chillstep - just because I love the sampling and the mixing of sounds. It's fun, it's sometimes relaxing, and it is great music to work to. I can get lost in it. 

Anyway I have hardly any visuals from the concert because I was taking videos the ENTIRE time, BUT. Odesza can put a show. The lighting they used was perfect, and the videos that played behind them were so artfully made. It was so great to experience something like that. Just artists doing there thing and people enjoying it. 

Anyway - I had a blast - so I'm posting some of there songs on here. As well as a song one of there openers played that I'm OBSESSED with. If you like Sylvan Esso - you'll like this!

Enjoy!


Favorite Tunes this Week!

So here are the tunes this week that I'm obsessed with. Some are older songs - but there are some newbies too! Here they are from left to right and top to bottom:

1. Foreign Formula - Indian Summer
2. Could It Be, Dress, Play it Right - Sylvan Esso (this whole album is amazing - I'm obsessed)
3. Smug - Polica
4. 1998 - Chet Faker
5. Say My Name - ODESZA (which I see in concert in a week - too excited!)
6. Warm Foothills - Alt J
7. I Wanna Go - Summer Heart
8. When I'm Small - Phantogram 

Seriously though. Go listen to the Sylvan Esso album - they are too great. 

Hope you enjoy these picks!