Saturday, January 11, 2014

journalist attire.


It's fun to think about what I'll wear as a professional, dashing off to interviews and transcribing my notes while sipping a steaming cup of coffee. I know the road ahead is everything but glamorous, but one thing I can control is my wardrobe. Rather than wearing stuffy suits and carrying a uniform briefcase to work, I picture the wardrobe of a journalist as fun and quirky. A professional blazer is a staple, but why not add some polka dots? And wingtip oxfords are a must for comfort and functionality. These are a few pieces I pulled and hope to channel in my upcoming days attending meetings. While you're at it, read my past articles here.

Friday, January 10, 2014

travel keepsakes.

There's a bookstore downtown that sells the most precious postcards. I think I buy one every time I visit. In addition to that stack, I've collected many other postcards over the years. I've thought about hanging them or displaying them somehow, but for now, I have this simple travel keepsake box. Of course, I saw a Pinterest post and wanted to create my own version. The most difficult part was aligning the letters, and even after that they're still not perfect. The rest of the time was spent mixing colors and painting. Projects don't always have to be elaborate. I like to keep it simple.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

inspired by >> number one


Bright colors and nature might be a give away that I've been to a lot of beach towns these last few weeks. Southwestern print, stripes, and elbow patches catch my attention lately. I've been really inspired to create and write during my time off. Part of my time has been spent reading for hours, drinking chai tea, and guessing whether the fog will roll in over night or not. I'm appreciative of every little detail of each day. Look for my other inspired by posts in the coming weeks. What inspires you? xx Amelia

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

tiny sentiments.

Good things come in small envelopes, right? Indeed. I've been on a paper craze recently and was inspired by some tiny little cards in a store. I figured it would be more fun to make my own. Using coordinating papers and a similar style for each card, I made a set of four. I particularly liked the vintage yellows, blues and greens of this paper. These tiny cards, measuring approximately three by three, will be perfect to encourage and thank friends this next semester. 

adventures in the bay.

After living in a different state, I only now realize how fortunate I am to be from California. While the arctic outbreak is in full swing, I've been enjoying the sunshine in various destinations. I've traversed some of my favorite places in the north including Capitola, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Half Moon Bay. In each place, it's been so exciting to visit and remember all the great memories while making new ones. These are some of my favorite pictures from each trip. Again, I can't express enough how happy I am to be home.Comfortable, familiar, friendly, and known, but all part of the adventure nonetheless. xx Amelia

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

precious envelopes.

When you open the mailbox expecting a few bills, a hand-addressed letter becomes a special surprise. There is nothing better. I've appreciated every handwritten letter I've received. Something about reading a letter in someone else's true handwriting, imperfect but unique, is such a personal way to communicate. Stacks of scrapbook paper are left unused in my closet so I've made some pretty adorable envelopes to make up for scribbled notes on binder paper. I used a template from here, but there are tons of different styles. So get to it! Practice that handwriting and send off a heartfelt letter. xx Amelia

Friday, November 29, 2013

pretty things.

Darling, be daring
Rest is a beautiful thing. I have had time to appreciate the small things these last few days, like the still and quiet. Normally, I have no time to read a book for fun because I'm too busy catching up on reading textbooks. If I ever happen to pick up a fun read in the midst of a calmer week, I feel guilty still having more pressing items on my to-do list. But this weekend, I finished the novel The Last Summer (of You and Me). The writing was lovely and it calmed my soul to appreciate the delicate things of life. So take one day, even one hour, and be calm.