September 27, 2012

A la-la-Lovely Guest Post & Giveaway!

I absolutely love discovering fellow graphic design lovers in blogland, which is why I'm so thrilled to introduce you to one of them today... Miss Rachel from lala Lists!

You might have noticed her pretty face chillin' on my sidebar this month, and today she's going to share a little insight on some the fonts she fancies. I know we all love a good font, but if you consider Comic Sans a good font, well then... we should probably fix that.

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Eh 'em... Rachel?

Hi pretty people! I hope everyone is having a fantabulous Friday! I am Rachel from lala Lists and I am here today to talk to y'all of one of my obsessions...

So if you read my blog, you might know that I can tend to have some rather strange obsessions, but here is one I don't talk of often (which is weird when you think about it, because I talk about ever-damn-thing else!): Typefaces. As a designer I tend to collect them like old people collect wrinkles, I have like 300. Typefaces - not wrinkles.
typographic self portrait… basically my name a whole bunch of times.

Such a big part of blogging is the look and header of your blog, typically made up of a few typefaces or fonts. Well I am not a teacher, nor will I ever be - I just don't have the patience. So I not here to give you a lesson about different types of typefaces/fonts and what they should be called and other educational crap like that. I am here to show you a couple of super duper pretty typefaces, and some super awesome places where you can get them for free!! Yes, free! Is there any better word the free? I don't think so. Free. Doesn't it just sound so loverly?

not gonna lie, this is me searching for fonts!

My two favorite places to get free fonts are Font Squirrel and The Lost Type Co-Op. They have such pretty high quality typefaces, and I basically love them all! So I have picked a few to share with you! (see links below to download)

And for those who aren't as cheap as me, these are from my favorite paid-for typeface sites: Veer. Everyone knows of MyFont, but I just like the selection that Veer offers so more - and they tend to be cheaper. Cheaper. Not as nice as free, but it's close!

I feel as though you all looked at that but didn't really read what I wrote. Take a moment, read my tale. It's true. In fact it happened earlier this month. Here's proof: The text convo I had with Shelly, my roommate about the whole incident.

But guys, don't think I am some psycho who wastes their life downloading fonts and forgetting how to pack like an adult.... here some pictures to prove that I am normal. Ya know, if normal is smiling with a flower in your hair or standing in trees, posing for photos that will obviously end up on a blog or as some profile picture.


So please stop by lala Lists! You will find all manner of non-sensicle madness. Some stories (such as the one above), me thinking thoughts, dreaming dreams, and styling boards… because we all know that I am too broke to style me, so I live vicariously though Polyvore. Or PVizzle as I refer to it… we share a special bond that PVizzle and me.

Oh, the magic of typefaces! Aren't they beautiful? 

With her typographic skills, Rachel creates Custom Blog Planners and is giving one away today along with a Medium Ad Space! Holla! I think it's about time I get me one of those blog planners... 

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Good luck, my dears... and have a LOVELY weekend!!

September 26, 2012

The Hole

Sometimes I have trouble coming up with content that will capture people's attention in this large online world we call the blogosphere. I get a little overwhelmed, and it's times like these when I feel like I'm not a very interesting person!

Style icons, vintage collectors, beauty pros, supermoms, fitness rockstars, cooking queens, wonder wifeys, artsy crafters, traveling wanderers, and everyone in between are sharing thousands of inspiring stories that are being published nonstop throughout the interwebs.

I'm not sure where I fit in here.

In real life...
I spend most weekends at home with my dogs.
Josh and I rarely go out on the town.
I don't own a fancy camera.
I rarely go shopping.
I don't travel often.
I barely cook.
I don't diet.
I do stay home on my little futon, watch TV series, and bust out designs.

And I do know one other thing I do quite well... Confessions.

So, I'm just gonna do my thing and get a little personal with what's been on my heart lately. The question is, are you ready for a large dose of #truth? Cuz I got some big news and it comes with a story if you're willing to read...

September 24, 2012

Designing Nikki Joy

Hey there friends! How was the weekend? I'm feeling refreshed and optimistic about the week ahead, especially because it's officially fall time... hallelujah!

One of the highlights of my weekend (besides finishing the first season of Boardwalk Empire - ahmazing!) was finishing up a new blog design over at Nikki Joy! I wanted to share the experience a little more graphically this time, so take a look at the design board below:

(...thank you Katelyn Brooke Designs for the lovely design board inspiration!)

I have to say I am so thrilled with the result - it feels simple, clean, creative, and colorful. My favorite part has to be her "About Me/Welcome" design. At first she wasn't 100% on the wording, so we worked together to come up with a dictionary-definition look, which I thought was so clever and different! 

I know her favorite part was the social media buttons. I accidentally included a Twitter button when she didn't have an account, and she loved them so much it inspired her to get one... YOU'RE WELCOME NIKKI! ;)

What do you guys think? Make sure to go see it in live mode and don't forget to follow her! 

Nikki, thank you for reaching out to me to design your blog - it was such a pleasure :)

September 21, 2012

KV's BIG Hair Tutorial!

You might have noticed I have a thing for BIG hair?

What can I say... I like big hair and I cannot lie. 

I've been asked a few times how I get my hair so enormous "voluminous" and thought it was about time I did a little video tutorial explaining my routine. I show how I typically wear it down, style my bangs, as well as how I do my easy twist-in-a-clip-up-do.

I didn't really go into detail about the prep stages, so I thought I would let you in on those first...

Here are my weapons of choice...

(apologies for making you see the gross condition of my teasing comb)
1. I start with clean, towel dried hair.
2. Then I apply a little John Frieda to the ends.
3. I rub in a big golf-ball size glob of volumizing mousse to the roots.
4. Then I begin blowdrying, focusing on the roots. 
5. After it's about 80-90% dry, I roll 1-2 inch sections into big velcro rollers all over my head. 
6. After I do my makeup and my hair has time to dry and cool down, I take them out and brush through.

At that point there's already some volume going on, but, it's not enough - I need an extra boost. So I begin my teasing/styling routine that you'll see in the video.

(Beware... I was lazy and didn't do my makeup, so don't be scared, that's just what I really look like.
Oh, and I'm not sure why I said "kinda" 19 separate times... ah well. Too late now.)

It's definitely going to be tangled at the end of the day, so either brush through really slowly starting at the ends, or they come out really well in the shower when I wash it and brush through while it's conditioning.

So, you now know my big hair secrets... what are yours?

September 20, 2012

Sweet September Giveaway!

Get your Pumpkin Spice and Salted Caramel Mocha Latt├ęs ready...
(you're going to need the energy)
 because I have a super sweet giveaway lined up with 
10 bloggy prizes for 10 lucky winners!

Be sure to check out each of these fine ladies' blogs and shops, 
and don't forget to pay attention to those discount codes! 

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September 17, 2012

Me Myself & I... Round 3!

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Today marks the third round of our monthly Me Myself & I link up! I'm thoroughly enjoying blabbering random facts about myself. How 'bout you?

When you're feeling down, what do you do to pick yourself up?
I guess I kind of wallow in it... I'll listen to music, eat junk, watch movies, be lazy, 
maybe have a good cry, and wait for it to pass!

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 If you had to live in a different time period which would you prefer?
I would totally want to be a hippie in the 60's..."Make love, not war!"

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What is the most creative Halloween costume you've ever worn?
Probably when Josh and I dressed up as Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf:

Five weird things about you we wouldn't know without being told?
I frequently have intense sneezing sprees, 10 or more at a time, usually after eating/drinking quickly. Me and my husband make a variety of really weird sounds at each other, kind of like shouting different versions of "meh" as a conversation (I should record it sometime for your listening pleasure). When walking to my car alone at night, I always carry my car key like a shank knife. I've used Nelly as a weight lift for arm exercise. Sometimes I'll talk in an English accent for no reason in particular. 

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What would you tell your 16-year-old self?
I would tell her to get to know more people and stay away from cliques, be more protective
of your heart and reputation, focus more on getting a college scholarship,
and burn that fugly denim jacket and pants set... #yuck
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Ready to link up #MMI style?

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Here's to tacos, hippies, costumes, weirdness, and fugly denim jackets! 

What's your angle?

image by Camisa15 via Logopond
I find whenever I'm designing a logo, business card, or blog design, sometimes I will prod and fiddle for an hour before I remember the rotate tool. I'm always pleasantly surprised that a single tilt can make all the difference, and can bring a design from boring to brilliant.

I'm not the only one inspired... check out how many ways an angle can change your perspective:

image by Andy Gilmore via Designspiration

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image by Renewal Design Build via Georgiana Design

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September 13, 2012

A Change Will Do You Good

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Why is change so terrifying?
For fear of the unknown, I suppose.

I know it's what held me back from going back to school for so long.
Doubt sinks in and for a while you stop believing in yourself.

But, when we are pushed far enough,
 and opportunity is staring at us in the eye,
change is inevitable. 

After finishing school last month,
I'm seeing how my life has changed and I'm learning that change is good.
It's the only thing standing in the way of our evolution.

Why would anyone want to stay a caterpillar,
when you could become a butterfly?

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I see a lot of people in the blogosphere making big changes,
a new engagement, first time moms, people with fitness and weight loss goals -
that change is usually the inspiration for why they blog.

So, with the seasons changing this month, I was curious to know more about the changes some of my sponsors were making for the good and how it has affected their life. 

Take it away ladies...

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"Back in April I began a "lifestyle makeover" in which I gained self control over my obvious health issues. Up to this point, I've lost 40 lbs., and have recently kick-started the makeover for a round two. I'm open & honest about my progress (or lack thereof), and have an ultimate goal of maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle that is practical for me. I have a July, 2013 goal (when my wedding will be!!!) and hope to continue to make some big strides in the right direction!"

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"The change I have decided to make is to not buy as many clothes (it is a hard one but I am determined to stick to it!), and when I do buy new clothes I have made a rule that I have to remove something from my closet to take it's place!"

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"Last year I made the best career change of my life. I went from teaching math to teaching fashion. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed teaching math but there is nothing more fulfilling than being able to share your one true passion with others. I was given the opportunity to do what I love on a daily basis and introduce my students to the world of fashion. This was a life changing opportunity that I could not be more grateful for."

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"Well, I moved off to college for starters! I'm trying to manage my time wisely and get involved at college as well!"

What life changes have made you evolve?