collaboration

WIP

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Things have been pretty quiet around here lately, but I have a good excuse! There are some exciting projects in the works, including some fun stuff for Pinch and two different collaborations that I’ve been concentrating most of my time on these days. They are all pushing me in exciting new directions and I look forward to sharing with you soon!

Above are a few snapshots of a work-in-progress project that I’m working on with a good design friend, Jack Muldowney. We’re coming up with some big ideas for a local spot that we’re both really passionate about. Working with another designer right here in Chicago has been a great experience so far. Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck or complacent when you’re the only one looking at your designs, but having another person to bounce ideas off of and share work with has definitely pushed us to create a better end product. It’s also fun to get out of the apartment for a nice change of scenery. We have a few of our favorite coffee shops on rotation, including La Colombe, Dollop & Heritage Bicycles.

More to come, I promise!

DOWN TO BUSINESS : COLLABORATION

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One thing I’ve learned over the past year is the importance of collaboration. It’s made my work better, given me the ability to meet and connect with so many talented people and forced me to look at my ideas in a new light and get feedback that I normally wouldn’t pursue.

One of the most exciting and beneficial things about collaborating is the idea of joining forces with someone else that possibly has a different skill set than you do. For example, I’m currently working on 2 collaborative projects; one of them involves a conceptual design and one involves writing and sharing information. I will be the first to admit that my writing skills are NOT superb, but I happen to be working with someone who is a great conversational writer. Her ability to flawlessly write and my ability to bring new knowledge to the table = a very strong relationship. The design collaboration is a project that I’m working on with a super talented designer that brings a whole new skill set and perspective to the project that I couldn’t necessarily do on my own.

A great way to start brainstorming on ideas for collaborating is to think about something you’d like to do that maybe you can’t achieve on your own. Are you a stylist who would love to do a concept photo shoot but don’t have the equipment? Find a great photographer who is looking for some more styling work in their portfolio and talk to them about your ideas! I was just at Blogshop this weekend which was filled with photographers, stylists, bloggers, boutique owners, etc. Think about all of the amazing work that can come from joining forces with other creative people that share your same passions. It might not be a paid project but it could potentially lead to your next dream job (not to mention it’s fun!).

Bubble designed by Piotrek Chuchla of the Noun Project

03 / FESTIVE FACE OFF

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Today Shaunna and I are here with our last edition of Festive Face Off, it’s been a great run! Today we are showing you some fun ideas for a New Years Eve bash. It’s all about sparkles and sequins for this affair, and if it’s at someone’s house I also have a flashy hostess gift for you to wow the guests with.

Hop on over to A Style Moment to see what Shaunna has put together!

Dress: Madewell / Clutch: Clare Vivier / Hair Clip: Ban.do / Necklace: Fresh Tangerine / Shoes: Piperlime / Hostess Gift: LEIF

FESTIVE FACE OFF

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I’m so excited to introduce this new mini series to you! Shaunna (from the fabulous blog A Style Moment) and I have teamed up for a little festive face off. For the next few weeks we will be putting together some of our favorite pieces that are perfect for different holiday occasions. I will have my outfit pick here and Shaunna will be showing off her outfit pick over on her blog. You can check it out here!

I thought this punchy red dress would be perfect for a holiday cocktail party. I decided to pair it with some fun black and gold accessories and a punch of evergreen nail polish. Depending on the weather you could easily throw in some cute black tights and a fun blazer as well. These festive gold coasters make the perfect hostess gift to go along with your outfit!

Dress: Asos / Clutch: Gorjana / Earrings: JCrew / Nail Polish: Essie / Bobbi Pins: Ban.do / Shoes: Kate Spade / Coasters: Sugar Paper LA

Ban.do has a special treat for you! Use code FEELPRETTY for 20% this bobbi set and anything else you want site wide! Maybe a sparkly gift for someone special?

WRITE & WRAP ROUND 2

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Happy Friday!

Today we are featuring the holiday card that I designed and Rashi’s inspired gift wrap! We both went the snowflake route without even knowing! It’s nice to see how our different styles portray the same theme. Hop on over to Rashi’s blog to see her holiday gift wrap and download my card!