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Bucktown & BBQ

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This weekend I went to the Bucktown Arts Fest with Aaron, and it was absolutely wonderful. The weather was gorgeous, the art was beautiful, and the food and drink were refreshing. What more could you ask for?

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I love trying new food, so I was eager to try ćevapčići for the first time (shown above). I must say, I enjoyed this new-to-me food! While I love a good cheeseburger, it’s always fun to try new foods. I especially enjoy it at festivals where it’s easy to try small portions at a reasonable price.

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While at the fest, I also picked up two of these amazing Chicago letterpress cards from Paper Parasol Press (one for me and one for my mom). If you have a chance, definitely check those folks out. They were very sweet and have so many awesome prints. I also picked up the cutest Earth Cadets’ tote, but I didn’t have time to snag a photo.

Later in the evening we gathered with old friends for the sacred Final Fantasy draft and had a blast! It’s always good to catch up with friends you don’t get to see as often as you’d like.

Sunday was spent enjoying some delicious BBQ meats with friends, and I couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up this amazing weekend. Additional photos can be found here.

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As it Stands

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LISTEN.

I have been listening to a lot of Streetlight Manifesto lately, including their newest album Hands that Thieve. Unbeknownst to many, I spent the majority of my high school days obsessing over ska music and playing in my ska band, Two for Flinching. Two of my best friends (and former band-mates) asked me if I’d be interested in seeing Streetlight Manifesto for their Beginning of the End tour since we used to cover quite a few of their songs. I, of course, said yes and have spent much of my week familiarizing myself with their newest album.


LOVE.

This week I discovered the cutest paper boutique, Monogram Paper & Gifts. This store just screamed my name, and I honestly had a hard time not buying everything in sight! In fact, I bought even more than what is shown above, but for the sake of not ruining surprises for people I couldn’t show everything. From lovely stationery to adorable and quirky gifts, this store was absolutely wonderful! I am absolutely loving my new America the Beautiful Field Notes too.

LAUGH.

For whatever reason, I cannot get enough of these “Ryan Gosling Won’t Eat His Cereal” GIFs. I suppose I should come clean and mention that I’m an absolute sucker for goofy GIFs. Though I can’t explain why, I definitely got a huge kick out of these silly images.

LIVE.

After spending the morning and afternoon working on a new project for a client, I am really looking forward to spending some time with my two amazing friends mentioned earlier, Dan and Zak (as shown in the photo from left to right: Dan, myself, Zak). We grew up together, and while our group of friends has all split up (geographically speaking, this is), we make a diligent effort to get together for long weekends when we can to catch up and love life. I am really looking forward to spending some time with these crazy kids and seeing a band we were all obsessed with during our young and reckless high school days.

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[Explore] More.

Click Less. ________ More.

After work, I decided to go for a drive. Maybe it’s my midwestern upbringing or perhaps it’s something I got used to since my parents both grew up in the city and liked experiencing the country scenery on summer days, but there is something beautifully appealing about driving just because it’s nice outside. Driving just to see blurring landscape while singing your favorite songs in the car.

I ended up at a county park I’d never been to, wearing clothes not suited for hiking. I spent 45 minutes exploring this new-to-me scenery. Not for exercise. Not to take photos (though I did snag the one above with my iPhone). Not to kill time. I did it because it was a beautiful day. I did it because I like being outside. I felt the spongy earth through the soles of the fabric flats I wore to work as my hair, which I refused to put up, danced in the wind. It was spontaneous, lovely, and so different from my other more technologically-based hobbies.

While I always make a point to do something I love each day, it occurred to me that I need to make a more conscious effort to spend less time in front the computer and more time exploring, experiencing, and expanding my ever-growing list of things I love.

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Frank Turner Concert

When I found out Frank Turner was coming to Milwaukee, I knew in that moment that I had no choice but to go. The concert last night was so lovely in a way that I have not experienced at any other concert thanks to Frank Turner.

Frank Turner. Turner Ballroom, Milwaukee.

The concert started with an acoustic opening set from Beans On Toast which was colorful to say the least. From forgetting the words to most of his own songs to stopping the crowd from clapping along because it inhibited his ability to play the song correctly, the crowd was left laughing with their heads cocked in confusion.

Beans on Toast & Architects. Turner Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Next up was Architects (the US band). I had never heard these guys before, but their songs punched you in the face with hard-hitting guitar, moving basslines, and raw vocals in a way that left you asking for more.

The Turner Ballroom is quite a large venue yet Frank made it feel like an intimate coffee house show where he shared stories of travels and sang his heart out with the voice we’d all grown to love.

From the heart wrenching songs that gave us goosebumps to the songs where we passionately screamed in an overwhelming unison, Frank Turner captured our attention and hearts in a way that left everyone feeling as if he was an old friend of ours.

As if the experience hadn’t already been completely wonderful, he wrapped up the set by calling a young boy to the stage to sing the chorus of Photosynthesis with him (shown in the image above).

It was a miraculous show, and if you’re Frank Turner fan, I summon you to make EVERY effort possible to go see him live. Seriously. Print this blog and show it to your boss. I’m sure he or she will understand.

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Weekend Recap

Madison Farmers Market Moodboard


As I mentioned in my previous post, I spent the weekend with my dear friend Emily. After a night of catching up over homemade pizzas, we woke up early on Saturday morning for a day in Madison to check out their Farmers’ Market. The sun was shining, the weather was superb, and purchases were bountiful! As we scoped out all of the amazing booths, we snacked on some delicious hot and spicy cheesy bread from Stella’s Bakery (be sure to check out their website while you’re at it - it’s beautifully designed!).

The purchase I was most excited about however, is the Farmers’ Market print shown above from ZIP-DANG. Emily, being the sweetheart she is, bought me the local beer ZIP-DANG print as a belated birthday present, and I couldn’t be more ecstatic. These new prints will find a happy new home…in my home? Yeah. Exactly.

After much shopping and laughter, we parted ways as I drove to Milwaukee to spend the night with another friend I haven’t seen in eons. We stayed up until the wee hours of the morning telling stories, laughing until we cried, and playing the Battlestar Galactica board game and Phase 10.

With the excitement of Friday and Saturday, I had a leisurely Sunday consisting of some much needed relaxation and a nice long bike ride.

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Until next time, Colorado

Until Next Time

I cannot believe how quickly my time in Colorado flew by or how madly I fell in love with that beautiful state! I’ve been to quite a few mountainous destinations in travels’ past, yet no matter how many times I encounter mountains, I am always awestruck by their powerful presence. Having grown up in the flatland Chicago suburbs, I have always marveled over the allure of the mountains. Hell, I still occasionally find myself giddy over the rolling hills of Wisconsin for goodness sake. So as you might have guessed, I had an incredible time exploring these new places, and I cannot wait to return.

Ace Eat Serve. Denver, Colorado.

On top of the amazing natural scenery, Denver was full of so much well-done design at every turn that I couldn’t help but smile (and snag a few pieces for myself to bring home!). Whether I was walking down the street looking at the logos of local stores or reading restaurant menus, I was always greeted with clean, thoughtful design. Talk about a refreshing vacation!

Beautiful designs from around Colorado

What’s not to love? I did my best to take quite a few photos on the this journey, so be on the look out for a follow up post within the next week with even more from this excursion!

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Take Me Out

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I hope everyone had an amazing Memorial Day weekend! I was fortunate enough to visit my old stomping grounds and spend time with family and old friends. There was much grilling out, catching up, and smiles all around. And, of course, there was some much needed Arrested Development watching too.

My wonderful weekend carried over into Tuesday when my friends told me they had an extra ticket to the Brewer’s game. Needless to say, it was an amazing evening full of lots of screaming, clapping, and delicious ballpark treats.

In just a few days I’ll be heading to the beautiful Denver, Colorado for some fun, sun, and adventure, and my crazy, exciting June will continue.
In the meantime, I’ll be in a suitcase-packing, errand-running frenzy while listening to some sweet jams. Then once I’m back, I’ll be starting work on an exciting new client project. What an excellent start to summer!

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Life in the Bike Lane

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This moodboard is the first of many developments of my latest personal project. For months, I have been itching to start a zine called Life in the Bike Lane but up until recently it didn’t seem plausible due to time constraints. This moodboard is meant to emulate the type of aesthetic I envision for Life in the Bike Lane which will focus on road, fixed gear, and cruiser bicycles, their riders, and the cyclist culture.

Be on the lookout for updates about this fun development! In the meantime, dust the cobwebs off your bike and hit the streets while the sun is still shining!

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It's Summertime

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As I stood in line this weekend waiting for my butterscotch sundae at Leon’s Custard, I realized that it’s finally summertime around here. The weather here has been just beautiful lately, and I’m very excited for a season of sunny bike rides, smokey BBQs, creamy custard, and vacations galore!

Since these last few weeks have been a blur, I’ll give a quick recap of things going on in my life:

  • I presented the keynote presentation at the annual Wisconsin Learning Assistance Network conference.
  • I completed my thesis and graduated with my Masters in Education with an emphasis in Adult and Continuing Education.
  • I’ve been picking up new design projects left and right (more on this later).
  • I started planning my summer vacation to (drumroll)…Denver, CO!

The start of 2013 was a bit hectic, but I’m very excited for the upcoming months. I have some very fun projects that I’ve been working on, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of summer has in store for me!

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