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Consider the Process, Not the Results

Consider the Process, Not the Results

Earlier this week, I attended my son's college orientation. During one of the presentations on the student Honor Code, the presenter said, "Encourage your student to consider the process, not the results." As a designer, I, like so many of us, get caught up in the finished product that I don't always take time to enjoy the design or production process. In fact, Dr. Margaret Paul suggests that getting caught up in the end result may lead to a rut. "If you find yourself stuck or blocked in your life in any area, look inside to see if your focus is on the...

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Keep Calm and Carry-On

Travel Essentials

Keep Calm and Carry-On

"I get ideas about what's essential when packing my suitcase." - Diane von Furstenberg Last summer, my son embarked on a two week trip to Scotland with his favorite teacher and the amazing non-profit group, Classroom Worldwide. During the final trip meeting, the teacher said, "no checked bags". What? Two weeks overseas with a carry-on only?  At the end of my son's trip, we met him overseas and tried to follow suit by packing light (although we did check in bags). Planning for that trip and packing my carry-on is where the idea for my clutch wallets, totes, and wristlets was...

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Sincerely, Me

Musings

Sincerely, Me

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of seeing the Tony Award winning Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway. I loved it and highly recommend it.  At its core, Dear Evan Hansen is about connecting with each other in what appears to me to be a seemingly disconnected world. These days we all have a million different ways to connect with each other whether via a cell phone or online. However in my opinion, facetime is no substitute for face-to-face time. As a parent of two teenagers, I struggle to find ways to get my kids off their screens and connect with...

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Dear Mom

Musings

Dear Mom

“We form inside our mother’s womb, far from her arms but right beneath her heart.” Patti Davis, The Lives Our Mother’s Leave Us Over the last ten years, I have had the pleasure of meeting a number of fabulous artists. The one common thread amongst them all is that they all credit their mothers for inspiring their creativity. I am no exception. So, this week, in honor of my mom's birthday next Monday, I dedicate my blog to her. I have to say my creative gene came solely from my mother. As a kid, she empowered me to try, while giving me the permission...

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Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Lookbook

Fashion Diaries

Behind the Scenes: The Making of a Lookbook

Ever notice how some Instagram photos look so candid and effortless? Well, I'm here to tell you that that fabulous candid pic most likely took days, if not weeks to put together. Having worked on a Lookbook for the past month, I have a newfound respect for photo stylists. Whether you're taking pictures of your kids or a shooting for a style blog, here are some tips to make your next photo shoot a success. 1. Put Together a Mood Board For me, the first step in putting together this Style Book was to create a mood board. I thought about what...

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