Welcome Home Evelyn!

April 18, 2017 seemed like a normal day just four days from my due date I was ready for Evelyn to arrive! I deep cleaned the house and Josh and I went for a long walk around Balboa Island to see if we could get things moving along. I knew I wasn’t gonna have her early because everyone made sure they told me it wouldn’t happen since it was my first baby. We got home from our walk around 8:30pm, I filled out my birth plan paper work for the hospital and went to bed.

I was super worried about laboring at home and specifically remember praying before I went to bed that my water would break so I wouldn’t have to labor at home. Since she was my first baby most people said my water wouldn’t break and I would most definitely labor at home but I prayed anyways.

12am rolls around and for some reason I popped out of bed and stood up, right then my water breaks! I tell Josh my water had broken, he is startled and then goes back to sleep, I tell him again and he pops out of bed and proceeds to run around the house in a panic! He hadn’t packed his clothes but being a videographer he had already packed his camera gear to document the events!

We left for the hospital around 12:30am, once we arrive we were admitted and from there I labored for 10 hours before having an epidural. After receiving the epidural it was smooth sailing, and around 4:45pm I started pushing. This part of the labor was not painful but very tiring, I don’t think I’ve ever been so tired in my life but it was worth it, at 7:15pm Evelyn arrived April 19, 2017, she was 8 pounds!

It’s been 1 month since she was welcomed into this home and it’s been an adventure since! Each day she does something new and it’s magical to see her discover new things!

She is our greatest adventure!

Praying for her every day that she would use her gifts for the Lord and love Him all the days of her life.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 1:5

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Pantone Color of the Year 2017

greeneryLove the new Pantone color of the year, GREENERY and the the additional color pairings!

“Nature’s neutral, PANTONE Greenery is a versatile “trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations. As displayed in the 10 palettes below, Greenery is paired with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, metallics and even the enduring presence of PANTONE Color of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz and Serenity. These palettes easily cross over fashion, beauty, product and graphic design applications.” Pantone

Last year we featured ROSE QUARTZ & SERENITY PANTONE and saw these colors featured everywhere from mermaid hair, wedding color palettes to favorite summer sunnies and more! We can’t wait to see where we see this color!

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This week I’ve been collaborating with the most amazing inspiring team at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa! We have been brain storming Easter 2017 stage and graphic design and can’t wait to launch all of the ideas! I’ll miss working with such a great team! You can see what we have created for Easter 2014-2016 here!

See THE INSPIRATION DEN’S favorite pinterest picks for the Pantone color of the year here, we LOVE greenery!

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!