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Hello again!
It’s rather funny how when my sister is away at school, I seem to find myself with ample free time which translates to, in this case anyway, a few extra blog posts. =) I thought I’d give a quick update on the job situation that I currently find myself in.

I am currently the graphic designer (that’s really cool for me to say, guys) for a clothing company called BarreSocks here in southern California where I conceptualize and design graphics for our clothing, socks, social media, and website. Besides the fact that I’m getting officially PAID to be CREATIVE, it’s just a really, really fun job. I work with some really nice people doing fun designs for a company with positive message. Some shifts are happening within the company too, which essentially just means that we are growing and it’s super exciting. Also, I sometimes get to model which is a fun little addition.

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Since I’m still in school, BarreSocks is still only part time, which means that I have lots of time for homework, which is very important. You see, however, this quarter I only needed 2 courses, which left a good chunk of extra time in my schedule, which leads me to the other really exciting thing I’m getting to be a part of – I was chosen as the UCLAx Fall intern for the Getty Museum Design Studio. THE GETTY. I’m still having trouble grasping that I’m getting to do this, because in all honesty, I feel like a teeny tiny fish in an enormous, prestigious pond, so I’m just sticking to the ‘Dory’ strategy for now. It’s also accompanied by a crippling fear of failure, and anxiety that keeps me up for hours, but I just keep reminding myself that it’s worth it. It’s funny how you can be really excited about something and completely dread it at the same time. Oh, life.


Anyway, that’s where things are at right now, so it’s lookin’ pretty good. Only one more quarter to go until I’m done with my graphics program! Real adulthood, here I come! (in theory)





I realize it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here, but you see, it has been a very busy time. Lots of things have been going on since August, all of which I hope to cover in the near future, but for now, here’s what going on right this second.

Reading: After You by JoJo Moyes. I loved  Me Before You so I’m hoping this is just as good.


Watching: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. I’m on season 9 right now, and it just keeps getting better and better. My sister, our friend Christian, and I went to visit the exteriors of Paddy’s Pub earlier this month, and it was very exciting and only a little scary. TM8yN.gif


Listening To: Serial. I know I’m SO late to this party, but my commutes have gotten longer lately, so I needed something to keep my mind occupied in the car and this is just the ticket. I’m on season 1, episode 9 right now, and I’m addicted.

serialimage2.jpgLoving: The Peace Lily I bought for my nightstand. Her name is “Lila” (she was a showgirl), and she is getting pretty giant.


Inspired by:  Lizzie Darden. Her instagram is Pun-tastic and so pretty.

Looking Forward To: Halloween. Sam and I have a killer couples costume.



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I Can’t Even.

You know that thing when so many good things happen all at once that your body literally can’t contain the emotions that have been concocted from the experience? That’s what happened to me this weekend while attending The Little Mermaid Live in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl.

Sara Bareilles playing Ariel +
John Stamos conducting the orchestra with a wooden spoon +
Titus Burgess belting Under the Sea +
Alan Menken performing a medley of all of his songs including Little Shop +
Darren Criss playing guitar +
Fireworks synced up with the movie +
Jodi Benson (the original voice of Ariel) singing Part of Your World =

a crying mess.




Art Haul

Hello hello!!

Last month, my dad and I went to the Downtown Burbank Art Festival in, you guessed it, Burbank, and it was so much fun I knew I had to tell you all about it.

Basically, the organization who puts on the festival gathers dozens of local artists to show their work all up and down San Fernando Boulevard at their own little booths. It happens every year, but this was my first year going, which was a MUST because Liana Hee was going to be there. They also do this really fun thing where you collect sketches from all the artists and get entered into a raffle, but even if you don’t win, you have a page full of amazing sketches to keep! Man, it was so great.

The very first booth we went into belonged to a photographer named Guillermo Zuniga, and we loved his photos. I bought a cute photo of a lifeguard tower taken in Hermosa Beach, and my dad bought one of downtown LA, and after speaking with him a bit, we found out that my grandmother had purchased one of his first photos about 30 years ago. It was very exciting, and a REALLY good start to the day.

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I also got to meet the wonderful Liana, and I bought an adorable mermaid print of hers as well, and got to chat with her a bit about how she works and her new projects. She has a Mini-Mermie book available soon, too !! ahh!!! It’s just too cute.


This is the one I bought. Sigh… I’m in love with it.

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I also picked up an adorable print from an artist named Rachel McAlister based on Zootopia that, once I saw, I couldn’t live without. Now’s a good time to mention I spent way, way too much money at this event, but I don’t even care.

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Next, I came across a booth with two artists who went to school together, became great friends, and requested to share a booth. They even sketched their doodle at the same time. It was adorable. One of them, Jon Lau, had a class taught by one of my teachers, too, so that was a cool extra connection. He said he took a trip to Japan while in school, and the florals that he studied there changed his life and animation style completely. I bought a print of his of a bear surrounded by flowers, and just I love it.


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All in all, it was the most perfect day, and I can’t wait for next year. Better start saving for it now. 😉




Reading: Yes Please by Amy Poehler.


Watching: Just watched Season One of Veep. Dang that’s some funny stuff, man.


Listening To: Do you guys know what ASMR is? It’s a very, very weird thing that I enjoy very much.  If you’ve ever had that tingly feeling on the back of your head or shoulders when you hear certain  sounds or see certain movements, that’s ASMR. People create videos to induce this response, and I’ve been listening to those before bed to help me sleep lately. Have a look.
Are you creeped?

Loving: My cute new little nightstand. It’s just the absolute perfect size. Also, my new Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Nib pens. [See next prompt]

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Inspired by: Amanda Arneill, who uses the Tombow Fudenosuke Hard Nib pens, which, yes, is exactly why I bought them. Her hand-lettering is just gorgeous, so I’m trying to emulate it with the beautiful pens and play with the results in Illustrator.
[Holy crap look at those flourishes]

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Looking Forward To: More rain this weekend. Have you seen this website? Just in case you ever need some rainy sounds in your life.


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Last Year

Hey, so turns out I forgot to do my 2015 recap post at the end of last year, and instead of skipping it entirely, I thought better late than never (& in no particular order)…

  • I saw the New Year’s Day Rose Parade for the first time.
  • I went back to school for Graphic Design.
  • I got paid for my hand-lettering for the first time.
  • I left my job at Warner Bros.
  • I got a job teaching people how to paint.
  • I went on my first date with someone I met online.
  • I fell in love.
  • I went to Disney 8 times.
  • I got photobombed by Lea Thompson at the Back to the Future concert.
  • I visited 2 new states.
  • I turned 27 years old.






Reading: Just bought The Two of Us by Andy Jones. Excited to start reading it!


Watching: Season 3 of Broad City! Woop woop!


Listening To: The Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify is especially good this week. Check that out, dude.

Loving: My sugarpaper planner! I can’t stop staring at it and touching it and writing in it. Ugh I love it.


Inspired by: My InDesign class. We have new projects every week, and it’s very motivating to come up with new, creative ideas. I’m really enjoying it, and turns out, InDesign is super, super fun.

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Looking Forward To: My dearest Rachel coming to visit from Boston this upcoming week! Yahoo!



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