Monday, January 5, 2015

To a New Year

Happy 2015, everyone! Did you know this is a the year Marty McFly visited in Back to the Future 2? Can anyone say hover boards?! I'm excited for this new year and looking forward to all the new opportunities, changes, and more! 2014 was great, and I expect this one to be even better. While I'm not one to stick to my resolutions, I do always try to make a few to see if I can stick to them. I did succeed with my 'drink more water' goal - so let's see if any of these will work out!

I heard that the more specific, passionate, and fewer goals you have, the more likely you are to complete them: 

Eat a veggie or fruit with every meal: I always say I'll "be healthier" but it's hard to stick to something to completely vague. This is simple, and will at least make it easier for me to get my daily dose of greens!

Try new things: A few years ago, Sarah and I would take one day over the weekend to visit a new bookstore, coffee shop, or museum as a way to better learn about our city. I loved doing this, and it was a great way to relax and have fun! I'd really like to get back into doing this. 

Make time for myself and others: Life gets so busy, that sometimes I leave myself and loved ones by the wayside. I want to be better about setting aside time to forget about school, work, or the like for at least a little bit each day. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Rainy Winter Day

It seems mother nature is having a personality crisis at the moment - well here in Minneapolis at least. Rather than buckets of snow and ice like we usually get this time of year it's been overcast, foggy, and even raining!

I'm starting my finals today - I can't believe how quickly the last four months have gone. In celebration of a great {yet trying semester} my girlfriends and I are having 'skillet night' {everything we eat is to made in a cast iron skillet} and drinks tonight. Very much looking forward to it!

Enjoy the unseasonably mild weather :) 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Hi There

Hi there. Can you believe it's December? I feel like I just was lamenting that it was already November, and then voila, it was over! What's up in your life?

This time of year has become crazy right now as final project due dates creep closer, holiday shopping is in order, and the overall whooshing of everyone else! Sarah and I have been trying to take metal breaks to keep us sane - yesterday we went window shopping, this weekend we're hitting up the museum, and we've even been trying to get back into working's so hard to get motivated in this cold weather! 

Hoping you all are enjoying the first few days of December with lots of holiday tunes and warm radiator cups of tea :) 

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Have a Relaxing {Thanksgiving} Weekend!

What are you plans for Thanksgiving? We go to our family friends' house every year - we usually bring the desserts, so this year we're trying this Heath Toffee Cheesecake. Here in the Midwest we're currently living in a snow globe - seriously, I wish you could see how sleepily the snow is falling - and while I'm loving this white blanketed beauty, part of me is wishing for warmer summer days....can anyone say California weather? 

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your friends, family, and anyone else you spend it with! 

Photo by Sarah Carlson - Instagram 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Portrait of a Wookie - and Other Supernatural Stars

It seems that supernatural themes are dominating the screens, bookshelves, and now even the art world. Photographer Sacha Goldberger has mixed the fantastic and the fanciful in his new series, "Super Flamands" in which he has reimagined our favorite superheroes and Star Wars characters through the scope of 16th century portraiture. 

Chewbacca wearing a ruff is my favorite :)

More fun photos over on The Guardian

Monday, November 24, 2014

OBJCTS: Jewelry of the Future

Any jewelry website that reads "A collaboration between man and robot..." is a good one to me. OBJCTS, a New York based company, creates 3D printed unisex jewelry in simple, geometric shapes. The beauty of the 3D printing process for is that their rings come in various finishes and sizes (between 4 and 10). If the variety, beauty, and pure technological genius of this isn't cool enough for you, then may I point you in the direction of the picture below....

Yep! OBJCTS has a ring that double as beautiful accessory and bottle opener. Wear this to your next gathering and you'll be the star of the evening - who doesn't love a person who can simply open beer bottles with their fashion statements? 

Monday, November 17, 2014


Greetings! You may all have thought that I dropped off the face of the earth these last two weeks - and to be honest during those three mind blowing hours of watching Matthew McConaughey talk beautiful gibberish in space I almost forgot I was still on planet earth. I digress, I'm not in space with a hunky astronaut turned farmer turned astronaut; rather I'm still in Minneapolis soaking up all of the glittery snowy goodness that surrounds me. I've also been working on school projects, and since I know you wake up every morning wondering what I'm up to, I thought I'd grace you with my recent design work! Read more below...

This project was definitely not one I thought I would enjoy, and while at times I was close to sitting in a corner eating my hair, I was extremely pleased with the outcome. The project client was General Mills (yes yes, the cereal geniuses) and the goal was to create an open office environment for them. Take a look at the renderings here!

Check out the rest of this project and even more of my design work at my ever trusty portfolio