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New York I love you, but you’re bringing me down

There are currently 50 more days until April 1. For me, that is the start of Spring and I can’t freakin’ wait. March is always a big trick. It’s still cold. I’ve been struggling lately with some winter blues and I’m ready to get out of this funk and into some sunshine. 

Every winter I always tell myself “next year you’re going on a warm vacation at the end of January or early February or both” and every year I forget to plan, work gets in the way, or I wait too long. That happened again this year and I swear it will not happen in 2015. Winter in the city is pretty gross and it’s bringing me down. There are those few magical moments when the snow is falling softly and but most of the time it’s harsh. Bone chilling cold, dirty snow, frozen sidewalks, runny noses, downed trains and bad attitudes. When I brought up my winter struggle to my mom she suggested turning all the lights on in my apartment. Thanks mom, but I have a better idea.

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My solve for the moment is bring in some life to the apartment. Lots and lots of greens. This past weekend I had a shoot with my friend Luke for one of my freelance clients. It was such a good “pick me up” project. We were photographing beautiful flowers and lush greens all day. It felt like spring. When we were done I gave some to Luke and Jessica for their help and have placed the rest around my apartment. I just want to sit in my living room and look at them all day. I’m currently a very happy girl. 

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Snow Day

Last night we had some beautiful snow fall. This morning Penny and I went out early before any of it was plowed and dirty. She did not like it one bit. She cried like a baby and ran back inside. I snapped these from our apartment last night and this morning. 

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Holiday!



I can’t believe how quickly Christmas snuck up on us. I did some decorating but I felt a little worn out so I didn’t get to finish everything. This was our first Christmas with Penny and she was pretty good about the tree up until this past week. She would tear off branches and leave them around the house. Pine needles everywhere. It’s hard to tell in the photo below but the bottom half is completely mangled. Thanks P. 

We are in Salt Lake City for the holidays visiting with my husband’s brothers and sister. It snowed right before we came and looks so beautiful on the mountains. Fresh, untouched snow is not what we’re used to. It gets so dirty so fast in the city that I never get to play in it. Penny has been a little snow bunny prancing around the backyard. I can’t wait to have a backyard one day. Hope everyone is having a lovely holiday with their nearest and dearest!!

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Our Annual Pie Party!

Two weekends ago John and I had our annual holiday party. We’ve always made it into a sugar feast having them themed as a pie or cookie party. Everyone bakes or buys their best and then there is a contest for best tasting, most creative, and best presentation. This year we stuck with the pie theme again. The first year everyone brought the tradition sweet ones and one guy made a Shepherds pie that everyone devoured (and won most creative). This year people stepped it up a notch. We had pizza pies, key lime pies, pumpkin cheesecake, chicken pot pie and a pie chart cake! It’s always fun to see whatever everyone makes. At the end everyone fills out their ballot, tallies are counted, and prizes are awarded. We also provide to-go boxes for everyone to take some home but we’re always left with so. much. pie. But we are not complaining. I’ve had pie every day (at least once) for about a week.

Here is the before and after (the only photos I took).

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Creative Identity Crisis

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Over the summer I had a small creative identity crisis. I no long wanted to brand myself as hello hello design. When I came up with the name in 2009 it was on a whim and stemmed from a joke I always told: Q: What did the two headed monster say? A: Hello hello. I explained more in this post on designlovefest. At the time hello wasn’t a trendy thing and now everyone and their mom is poppin’ it in front of their name. There is also another designer out there with my name and adds hello to her lingo and it has been confusing to clients in the past. So I’ve dropped it all together.

New domain, new email, new branding to come. I’m excited for a clean slate. Badabing. Badaboom. 

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Penny & Santa

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Penny met Santa and she did not like it. The local pet store owner dresses up as Santa every year and people bring their pets for the photo op. It’s super cheesey and I’m into it.