Rainy Day Must-Haves

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Lido Marina Village:

Josh and I have been loving the new Lido Marina Village and have found some new shops we can’t get enough of and excited to discover many more! Lido Village Books is where I purchased the design antho/ogy magazine! Their outdoor magazine selection and their quaint shop is magical with so many book gems. But before we can make our way to the book shop we usually stop at Honor Coffee Roasters. Honor has the best design and decor I’ve seen, nothing like gold, marble and wood for days! Their cortado there is my favorite and pairs well with a vegan chocolate & sea salt donut from The Caffeinated Kitchen! Lastly, I’m excited for my first pair of glasses to arrive,  the last time I wore glasses I was in high school! I love how easy it is to order from Warby Parker and can’t wait to debut my new specs!

Coffee + Breakfast: 

First thing I do in the morning is brewing myself some coffee and make breakfast. Nothing better on a rainy day or sunny day for that matter then a cup of freshly brewed coffee and some quiet time to read and write. I’m not usually a breakfast person (just coffee in the morning) but once I got pregnant I had to start eating in the morning. I’ve tried to stay healthy over the last 7 months so I had to start making something simple, quick, and easy. I usually have a half a cup of greek yogurt, blueberries, a dash of cinnamon, and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. It’s also a good snack in lieu of ice cream or candy. Gotta find those little ways to cheat the sweets cravings!

I hope to share more soon of some inspiring places to go, home decor, and lifestyle inspiration!

 

 

 

Beauty Inspiration

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Okay so I’m not very good at picking out skin products, I don’t have the kind of skin where I can wash it once a day or with just generic face wash. I have oily skin one second and dry skin the next so you can see my dilemma and terror when I’m out shopping and see a zillion different products! The only solution that has worked for me over the last 10 years of my life is that I found a faithful esthetician! Lucky for me she is my good friend Kristyn Smith esthetician and owner of Smith & Brit Boutique and Spa in NYC.

For my birthday I received a package in the mail with some hand picked beauty products from Kristyn and Kelsey that include Native Atlas* Daily Complexion Active Ionic Cleansing Bar and the Clarifying Face Oil, Moon Juice Beauty Dust Packet, and “Un” Cover-up by RMS Beauty. I LOVE all of these products and feel with my hormonal baby induced moods and skin break outs anything helps! I love having friends that know what you need before you even do and besides who doesn’t LOVE to get stuff in the mail!

If you are looking for an esthetician that can give you advice on your skin, or would like to look into facial treatments, brow waxing, and you live in NYC then need to hit up Smith & Brit!

Lastly, another fun way to try different beauty products is subscribing to Birchbox a monthly makeup and skincare box for women that is tailored to your own beauty style and needs or you can choose a subscription for men that is just for men.

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Hair: Kelsey Hughes

Makeup: Kristyn Smith (Smith & Brit)

Venue: Lombardi House 

 

 

Nesting Part 1

 

I’m only 22 weeks and 2 days into my pregnancy, and I currently have 17 weeks and 5 days to go! So far, the nesting urge has officially started. I’ve cleaned out my closet, dresser and moved my husband’s office into another part of our apartment to start the prep on the baby’s soon-to-be room. Any advice from those mommas out there on what’s important during these last few months before the baby comes are welcome!

Evelyn Marie will be arriving around April 22, and we couldn’t be more excited. The moment we found out it was a girl, I felt like I fell in love with her even more than I already had. I think it’s because she finally had a name, a personality, and I finally started to feel her moving around more and more. Even though I haven’t seen her, I pretty much think she is the cutest thing in the entire world.

It’s in these moments that I realize she is already a living human growing every day. I know there are many circumstances where women choose to terminate a pregnancy, and some women aren’t educated at all on what is happening with that tiny life before they choose to abort. A lot of women think it’s a non-living thing inside, but at approximately day 22 of gestation, there is a heart beat.

I love how God reminds us how we are already known before we are formed in our mother’s womb, and how each one of us are fearfully and wonderfully made!

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” -Jeremiah 1:5

“I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.” -Psalm 139:14

I can’t wait to share more on how the baby process is going for Josh and I! We are so looking forward to Evelyn’s arrival! I’m sure you’ll be seeing more posts on baby gear, decor and life!

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STAY GOLDEN.

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Some of you may know that I’ve made some prints in the past and took a break, while I focused on some branding and marketing jobs. Now that I am going to have some more free time, I would like to put my efforts into what I love, by creating more prints, design, life style and other inspiration. Here I’ll be apprising everyone in what I’m currently working on. I’ve set a personal goal to publish something once a week or more and keep this updated and consistent.

I think it’s important for all people to focus on their passions and areas of their lives they find joy and fulfillment in. Over the years, I’ve had periods of time where I felt like I was working hard on my day-to-day job, others and the busy-ness of life. In those moments, the things we do to inspire us personally may suffer unintentionally. I find that those personal achievements benefit us in more ways than one. When we make time for those passions, it’s therapeutic, inspiring and validating. Whatever your passion may be, try and carve out some time to do something for yourself. Trust me, your day-to-day job, family life and creative life will thank you!

Keep an eye out for my updated online store and exciting things ahead!

 

 

Synced Culture, Social Media, and Out of My Comfort Zone!

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Awhile back I met Leo from Synced Culture,”A place where people are passionate about spiritual growth and dreaming up ways to create and explore unique avenues that share the love of Christ.” We discussed social media and our message we share to our community: “The love of Christ.” We also discussed how and why these two items are very important. 

Why is social media important in today’s culture?

Social media is really important to me since my week, including my job, is tasked with doing social media and marketing for Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa  and calvarychapel.com. I often discover how social media is the wave of the future for business and church growth. Back in the day, print was the most powerful way to market your business, and in some instances still is, but now the main and most efficient way to get your brand seen is through social media and word of mouth. You want to create a message, a lifestyle and a brand. Synced Culture allows those who have a passion for Jesus to connect via social media and share their testimonies and the gospel message through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and the web!

The message we share with our community is the additional key component to Synced Culture. Why is this important? As I said above, social media is the most powerful way to reach people. According to estimates, the number of worldwide social media users reached 1.96 billion and is expected to grow to some 2.5 billion by 2018. Those are pretty huge numbers and the exact reason why we need to use it.  I’ve had numerous people, who don’t currently follow me on social media, tell me they’ve seen my Synced Culture posts by having different users share it on their platforms. The more people who share means that their followers will see the post and so on and so on, so that means that many more social users have the potential of hearing that message, encouraging word, and inspiration just shared.

Isaiah 55:11

so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;

it shall not return to me empty,

but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,

and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

Do something out of your comfort zone

I was asked if I would be interested in doing “Women Crushing It Wednesday, ” which is a broadcast with live Biblical teachings by women around the world who are crushing it for the kingdom. I was pretty nervous about it but felt like the Lord was telling me I had to get out of my comfort zone and do it, so I did. It’s not easy for me to speak in front of people, more often than not, it comes off really awkward, but I know I have some things I want to share with others. I stepped out in faith and did what God was prompting me to do.

I encourage you today to do something that makes you step outside your comfort zone. You never know whom it might encourage or inspire!

Here I talk about “IDENTITY”

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Here I talk about how “THANKFULNESS CREATES JOY” 

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RISEN! Easter 2016

This is one of my favorite stage designs I’ve done for Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa for Easter 2016! Our theme this year was “Risen”, our graphic designer created something that would reflect the theme!  I love how he used bright colors and the brush strokes to create the branding for this event that was incorporated into banners, event cards, balloons and our recap video! We have a pretty amazing and talented team!

I usually start the design process by stopping by pinterest and start pinning things I feel inspired by and from there I start creating a sketch of what I want the stage to look like. Then with the help of the wood shop team we work on how the design it and the design is then brought to life! Obviously there are numerous planning meetings and times of trial and error but in the end the design always comes together! I LOVE the way this one came together!

Looking forward to next Easter!

 

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Easter 2016 Recap from Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa on Vimeo.

 

Here are some images of the last two years designs.

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