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week-end thoughts.

I feel like every Friday comes and I’m completely exhausted from a week that has literally knocked me sideways. I wake on Saturday mornings feeling as though every cell in my body has been pushed to its limit. Last week was all about work, work, work and this week I took the time off from work & the blog to enjoy the most precious gift in my life thus far – my nephew Emryk.

Being a freelancer affords me the opportunity to adjust my schedule in whatever way works for my life that week and is a far cry from my 8-5 life just 2 years ago. When I was in nursing everything felt very much the same day to day to day, and although at the time I hated it, I’m aware that there are days now where I kinda wish I still had the monotony and comfortable certainty of what each day would hold. Now days are NEVER the same and although I LOVE that most of the time I wonder if the unpredictability is what leaves me completely drained by the week’s end.

I absolutely love these letterpress statement posters by Ian Coyle. Ian printed a daily thought for 73 straight days and most of them resonate with me pretty immensely. Every week I find myself kinda reflecting on my own trains of thought (a little tough to avoid when you work alone 95% of the time) and this personal project with which Ian puts his own thoughts on paper is super inspiring.

Oh and just a heads up! The new blog is almost all done! Anticipating launching next week before I head to Dublin so keep your eyes peeled! Happy weekend friends!

photo cred: {field notes by ian coyle}

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hitch print shop.

I’m so excited for my buddy Megan! I met Megan via Twitter awhile back after following her amazing blog for many months and we became fast friends. I then had the pleasure of meeting Megan at ALT this past January and I fell even more obsessed with her amazing aesthetic and design abilities. Megan is also one of the founders of the fantabulous Blog Brunch – and the monthly Saturday brunches with Megan and the gals are ALWAYS something I look forward to!

I’m so proud of Megan, as today she is opening her Hitch Print Shop. I know?! Is there anything this girl can’t do?! You’ve gotta swing over to her new shop and snag some of the adorableness. I’m pretty sure that “be a lady” print is making it’s way to my mailbox pretty dang soon! Congrats Megan! So thrilled for YOU!

photo cred : {hitch print shop}

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something i’m working on.

Anytime I’m asked to contribute to an event or shoot as a designer or stylist, I start with an inspiration/mood board 1st. It really helps me to wrap my head around the overall concept of the shoot and helps me hone in on what the overarching story is. Inspiration can come from anywhere, and when I’m asked to participate on something that really excites me, I tend to have a brain that just won’t shut off – inspiration boards help me keep myself in check. Too many ideas can sometimes actually be a bad thing (at least for me) and boards always make me feel like I’ve got everything under control. They are also a great way to make sure you and your client are on the same page – bonus!

Today I’ll be chilling alongside the fab Julie Harmsen while we work some styling/photography magic for the gals over at Blog Brunch. I’m really, really stoked to be collaborating with the BB team as their mission of building a blogging community that is collaborative, inspirational and informative is something I truly believe in. If you haven’t brunched with us yet, head over here to find out more details! When’s the next brunch you ask? May 5th! Don’t miss it!

photo cred : {1, 6, 9, 12, 13 sunday suppers | 2, 8 the burning house | 5 via rikshaw design | 10 lotta agaton via jelanie blog |

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the alphabet.

This week is already off to one crazy busy start! With an amazing Kinfolk shoot yesterday (details to come!) and a fab styling opportunity for the Blog Brunch gals coming tomorrow, things don’t looks like they are slowing down anytime soon! Unfortunately what this means for the blog is one super slow week – my apologies!

Before I head out in the rain to round-up and source the last of the props for tomorrows shoot, I thought I’d leave you with a beautiful alphabet video sent along to me by my Aunt Sue. As evidenced in last week’s post, I’m a fanatic for unique fonts/type and this video just makes me grin from ear to ear – the french music doesn’t hurt either! I hope you enjoy!

Oh and BIG changes are about to happen around here – new blog coming SUPER soon! Stay tuned! Happy Wednesday friends!

video cred : {n9ve}

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inspired by : typography.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a birthday party, wedding, baby shower or dinner party – you’ve gotta somehow get your guests there. 1st step? Invitations.

One of the best parts of creating pretty paper details is finding the right type. Font is such a huge aspect of invitations and finding the right fit can at times be the most challenging part. The type can really set the tone for the entire shindig.

photo cred :  1 {baster} 2 3 5 6 {steve buffoni} 4 {behance} 6 {typography served} 7 {unknown}

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bow tie wednesday / 43.

I’m downright obsessed with the way Tommy Ton captures style details – bow ties included. These menswear looks from Europe have me rummaging through my closet for the perfect topcoat for this rainy day weather.

I’m endlessly inspired by fashion and these detail shots absolutely make me swoon. Those floral patterned gloves? The multi-colored buttons? A feather bow tie & a neon pink hat? Yes. Please!

photo cred: {tommy ton via style.com}

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frenchie macs.

As I gear up for my trip to Europe in early May I feel the butterflies in my tummy escaulating at the mere thought of getting back to Paris. It’s my favorite place in the entire world & 12 days of Parisian goodness is long overdue. I’m so excited to get back!

In looking at my pinterest page this week, I couldn’t help but notice my accumulation of french macarons reaching an all time high. I’m so drawn to the pretty colors and delicacy of this sweet pastry. Do you have a favorite pastry?! Where is your favorite place in the world to visit/be/relish?

photo cred: {via 12, 34}

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bow tie wednesday / 42.

I’m a big believer that chicks can pull off bow ties just as well as any fella out there and Blaire of Atlantic – Pacific is the perfect example. If you haven’t come across her blog yet, you are in for quite the fashion treat. I love the idea of bow ties any day of the week, cause keeping them tucked in a drawer and just as an event wear seems like a waste of a pretty amazing accessory, right?

Happy Wednesday friends!

 photo cred: {atlantic – pacific}

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inspired by : patterns.

I’m pretty sure my infatuation with patterns started when I was little and would take trips to the fabric store with my mom. As she scrolled the aisles looking to be inspired for her latest craft or home project, I’d run my hands across all the soft fabrics in total awe of the beautiful patterns.

At the time I had no idea where my life might lead or how truly inspired I’d become by the simple sighting of a pretty pattern, but I’m always on the hunt for the perfect art-to-material to add to some aspect of my life.  The paper to wrap a gift for a friend ; a new dishtowel for the kitchen ; a bright summer maxi dress ; or even now potential fabrics for reupholstering scout. goods – there is nothing better than a perfectly eclectic pattern. Patterns are so crazy inspiring  and these by Ashley Goldberg are certainly some of the cutest I’ve seen. What inspires you?

art cred: {ashley goldberg via flickr}

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happy spring!

Happy 1st day of spring! I’m so excited that it’s is finally here! I took Bailie on a walk this past weekend (believe me – that barely ever happens with my lazy pup) and I couldn’t help but notice all the flowers popping up all over our neighborhood. They are such a friendly & joyous reminder that warm weather is on its way too!

These antique botanical illustrations are so so pretty and I just love the intricacy and detail of them. I’m really tempted to nab one of these to hang somewhere in our home. Wouldn’t they be perfect mixed among a gallery wall? I think the ones in the 1st row are my favorites.

illustration cred: {via panteek}

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inspired by : book graphics.

As I gear up for a big editorial photoshoot this week, I’m reflecting a bit on how inspired I’ve been by bold patterns/shapes/colors & minimalist design and type lately. These book graphics are not incredibly intricate yet they just pull me into them. I’m completely infatuated and could stare at them for hours!

 I’m pumped to be bringing a little of that minimal simplicity into my upcoming shoot this week, with a lot of the design elements that I would typically go crazy with being kept intentionally simple & clean to really allow for the beauty of each element to just speak for itself. Can’t wait to show off what I’ve been working on along with some amazing vendors here in Seattle.

Hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!

photo cred: {Montague Projects}

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pic me a palette : birds eye view.

photo cred: {via riazzoli}

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friday find : sneak peek.

The past week has been full of some really fun and exciting collaborations many of which (I can only imagine and hope!) are just the tip of the iceberg for what’s to come!

I got the opportunity to collaborate with the fab and hilariously witty duo that is Laurel McConnell Photography and Barbie Hull Photography for a rad photo shoot (theme is a secret….ssshhh!) for the upcoming Get Hitched Give Hope event this coming fall. I’m telling you folks, you DON’T want to miss this event this year. It’s gonna be BIG! I’ll definitely be sharing more info about this fabulous night of giving back in the months to come.

I also participated in my 1st Trophy Cupcakes tasting this week – providing some of my mismatched china and some fun chairs and props to give the couples something fun to look at/eat off of while they nibbled on Trophy yumminess. Nevermind that I also got to bring home a few leftovers to enjoy with my hubs. Cherry on top of a great week!

I’m also in the midst of prepping for an upcoming shoot with Seattle Met Bride & Groom Mag (uh yes…I’m wigging out just a little! Sooooo pumped!!!) and a revamp/redirection of my blog. Lot’s and LOTS of changes are gonna be going on around here in the coming months and I can only imagine that my Europe trip (May 10th – June 19th) will inspire me to also make some exciting changes on the biz front. PLUS I’m REALLY hoping to come home with some new loot to add to my ever-growing scout. collection of course!

Here’s a few things around the web that I found inspiring (or at the very least entertaining!) this week:

– adorable web & graphic design by this local lady

this coconut cream pie. seriously – you’ve gotta try it!

– minus the crappy acting i’m kinda obsessed with this show right now.

– i CANNOT get enough of this gal’s blog and amazing creative talents here.

– honored to be hanging out here.

– my fav wedding of the week here. part one here.

– way tooooo excited for these people. seriously i’m SO excited for them.

– slamming deal here if this sorta thing is your cup of tea.

I’m also sharing a little sneak peek this week of some pics snapped by this crazy-talented gal of my recent collaboration with Trophy Cupcakes. I’ve already shared a few instagram shots of my design/styling of Trophy’s windows and store details this past January, but professional pics by Julie are so MUCH better! More pics coming next week!

Happy weekend friends!

xoxo! *JB

photo cred: {julie harmsen photography}

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inspired by : wall art.

Working from home is great, but one of the downsides definitely has to be the constant ability to stare at my surroundings ALL DAY LONG. I tend to get bored with my home decor pretty quickly & working from a home office for the past year has made this boredom reach an all time high.

I would LOVE to really mix things up with some pretty wallpaper – my living room could definitely use some pizazz and these wallpaper designs by Anthro would be a welcome substitute to the horrendous buttercup color that currently covers our walls. What do you think about wallpaper? Yay or nay?

photo cred: {anthropologie}

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toast.

This branding makes me hungry. Loving the simplicity of the design YET it’s super captivating and bold at the same time. Are you ever drawn to buying a food product just cause the packaging is pretty? Guilty.

photo cred: {toast}

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