starting here... or 10 years ago

In June of 2004 I graduated with an BFA in Visual Communications from the most magical school in the world: the University of Delaware. I was a snowboard obsessed, tom-boy girly girl. I played with paint pens, stencil lettering, and watercolors. I loved the font "Cooper Black" and did 99% of my designing in Photoshop. A few weeks after graduation I started my first blog and created my first design alias... 

Twentyfree. What the heck is Twentyfree? Well my 22 year old self explains that here...

So 10 years have past since that little blog entry... and much much much has happened... but really little has changed. Now, 33 years old, my life is still perfect and I'm still right on track. When I was 23 and thought of the age 33, I thought I'd be married, with a kid, a house and a dog... but boy... WHAT was I thinking?! While I trust that will all still come... (maybe by the time I'm 43—sorry mom!) Right now I'm just here having a blast... loving the life I've created for myself. No worries! And the most exciting part of this whole story... is that I feel like the most amazing things... are still to come! I still have so much I want to do... so many more things I want to create.

I'm posting this note... mostly to myself... to remind me of what I've accomplished, but also what I've yet to accomplish. I'm posting this note to show the world that you can do anything you want, no matter how old or young you are. This is today... today and forward... today and onward! You are the creator of your own life and any dream you have, no matter how small, can come true... if you work your ass off of course!

So now, here we are... here I am... still somewhat of a tomboy girly girl... maybe now leaning a little more towards girly. But, hey! I can still shred around on my longboard... and winter is right around the corner so we'll see what happens when I strap that snowboard to my feet! I have moved past my love of Cooper Black to a tie between Archer and Gotham... but I'm still obsessed with water colors and hand lettering. I now equally love all members of my Adobe Creative Suite... with maybe an extra hug or two for InDesign. But above everything else, one thing has definitely remained the same, I am still just as madly in love with graphic design as I was 10 years ago. 

It's been a crazy, awesome, rad road so far... let's see what else is in store!!

For more of my 23 year old rantings, you can check out my very first blog, here.

a wedding, naturally.

The Pennsylvania countryside, wildflowers, hand lettered signs, mint green dip-dyed napkins, and goofing around with my grad school ladies... it just doesn't get much better than that! A few weeks ago I had the immense pleasure of attending the wedding of my dear friend Jessie and her Ezra. The ceremony was one of the cutest I've ever witnessed. Jessie and Ezra were married by both of their fathers, so everything was super personal and sweet.

The reception was absolute visual perfection. Jessie, a super talented graphic designer, did a beautiful job of adding her delicately feminine, yet playful style to everything you encountered. From the place settings, to the menu, to the napkins and wedding signs, everything was just pure and utter delight.


love and light: a bridal shower

This past weekend we threw an awesome bohemian and gypsy inspired bridal shower for my best girlfrand—the beautiful, Monica Ditzler. It was an absolutely perfect day full of sunshine, positive vibes, sweet decorations, gorgeous flowers, and delicious vegan food. We all love a good themed party, so of course all the girls decked out in their best gypsy threads. Every lady in attendance is so creative, talented, and unique—the love and inner beauty at this shower was overflowing!

Our host, Jeriana, invited a henna artist to give each guest and our bride-to-be a beautiful and unique henna tattoo. We chatted, ate, got tattooed, and oohed and aahed over all of Monica's sweet gifts. It was truly a lovely and magical day.

Party deets: Location: Patio in Brooklyn //  Flowers: Local Farmer's Market // Catering: Jessie Vukoson and Brendan Doyle // Doughnuts: Dunwell Doughnuts // Host & Decor: Jeriana SanJuan // Garland and Signage: Design Equals Love //  Henna Tattoos: Arva Attarwala