Noto Fashion Show

Friday, July 18, 2014


I've been meaning to write this post for quite some time (among many others) but wedding season has really pumped the breaks on my blogging schedule as of late through both my attendance and hand lettering work. *Currently typing with sore puffy fingers, riddled with late night X-Acto nicks and misfortunes.*


Moving on, last month I had the pleasure of attending Akron's 6th annual summer fashion show (remember this post?). The event is hosted by Akron's own NOTO boutique, a hidden gem located deep in the Orangerie mall. Downtown's rustic Trolley Barn was an all too appropriate choice for this summer's show theme, "Vintage Americana."




Women were adorned in bold shades of crimson and cobalt while local vendors sold bites, booze, and goods around the outskirts of the stage. Attendees were greeted with a complimentary signature "Notini," pictured to the right. My mother was my date and it was a perfect evening of big laughs, great food, and lovely lines all in support of beautiful Akron.


While my camera was on hand, my memory card managed to miss the trip. Aside from a few photos above I managed to snap with my iphone, all images are compliments of local Studio KMR Photography.

A Prehistoric Birthday Bash

Friday, July 11, 2014

Today I'm sharing a few little moments from a little party for a little man. This past weekend, Jaron's nephew turned the ripe age of one. In celebration of his new year, his mama thought it was only appropriate to throw it back a couple thousand centuries with a dinosaur-themed bash. Above is the invitation I created for the affair and below are a few snap shots of the wild guests on the prowl.


Ready to ride! The birthday boy basking in the glow of his brand new "motor" bike. Soon he'll be dino-soarin' through the jungle. (...yeah sorry about that last one.)

Cretaceous cutie...er, I mean she's terrifying! Don't get too close, you might lose a finger!


Just a taste to start, but then he just went for it with a carnivorous bite right out of the middle! Who has time for these spoons and things when you have a face? I respect his perseverance because by the end of the day, that cake was extinct!


Sippable Rocket Pops

Friday, July 4, 2014

As a kid, on hot summer afternoons, I would hound down the local ice cream truck with my eye on a prized Rocket Popsicle. Today I don't quite have the drive or incentive to hit the street all for a frozen treat, so when I discovered these AND realized I could make them alcoholic, see ya later Jingle Brothers. Here's my adaptation of an American classic...

Sippable Rocket Pops
  • 1/3 Cup Red Cranberry Juice
  • 1 Tbsp Grenadine
  • 1/2 Cup Sobe Coconut Water
  • 1/3 Cup Blue G2 Gatorade
  • 1 Oz Vodka
  • Ice
    You can really use any red, white, and blue beverages you want, the key to this recipe is sugar content. The higher the sugar content, the heavier the liquid. This is simply the concoction that has worked for me and tastes exactly like the popsicle! Feel free to trade out ingredients upon your preference just be sure to check the label before you pour.

    Pour the cranberry juice (32g of sugar) in first. Add about a tbsp of grenadine syrup just to add a bit more weight.

    The second key to layering this beverage is ice...copious amounts of ice. After you've added your "red" to the tumbler, fill the rest with as much ice as you can. Slowly pour the coconut water directly over the ice. You'll need a bit more "white" than your "red" and "blue" ingredients because seeing how the white is in the middle, a small layer will distribute into your "red" and "blue." This is also the time to add your shot of vodka if you see fit.


    Last but not least, the "blue." Top the tumbler off with your G2 Gatorade and there you have it, a patriotic punch with a touch of nostalgia. Add a few straws and watch the colors fuse together.


     Happy Fourth of July!

    The Little Things 3

    Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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    1. Remember when you were a kid and one of the major feats of sleepovers was seeing if you could stay up all night? We would pinch each other, sing songs, play truth or dare, do all we could to keep our puffy little eyes open until day break. Seems silly now but I have to say, this summer I have pulled just about as many all-nighters as I had in elementary school, and the satisfaction of seeing that sun peak over the horizon while knowing you spent the entire night in good company still tastes like sweet victory...and it's always nice to know you can still do it. I double-dog-dare you to try.

    2. Baseball season was just the excuse I was looking for to knock my vegetarian kick right outta the park. Dollar dogs will always trump eight dollar quinoa.

    3. Bonnaroo was a lot of things and I'll be honest with you, easy wasn't one of them. Camping has never been a bother to me but five days in the relentless Tennessee sun will quickly remind you of just how much of an inexperienced camper you really are. It was hot, dirty, and sleepless but amidst the chaos and confusion was an incredible sense of camaraderie. Everyone was so supportive and kind, it was almost surreal. It reminded you of how beautiful humanity, perfect strangers, can truly be.

    ...oh yeah, and Elton John and lots of light beer helped ease the blazing pain.

    4. Fun little collaboration in the works. Can't wait to share with you soon!

    5. My boyfriend and I have been dating for several years now yet have always been "too busy" to take vacations together. Road trips and weekend getaways would come about here and there, but never a few full straight days of basking in...well, nothing. No work, no obligations, no worries. This summer we're making a point to change that.

    6. I'm about to get weird with these antique postcards, and consequently, the blog may follow. Hold tight for changes.

    7. This summer I plan to go full-on tourist just about everywhere I go. I know, it's so cliche to visit all the pivotal landmarks in a city and hidden gems the locals love are so much more on trend, but can't I have both? I recently had the chance to visit The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. They really gave you a sense of where you came from and how far we have progressed as a nation, matters we tend to take for granted everyday. Now Lady Liberty won't just be some monument stamped on a postcard, she deeply means something to me.

    8. The few post-college years are an extremely strange transitional period that (before Girls of course) no one really seemed to acknowledge. Friends move, relationships get "real," and career goals shift. All these extreme changes can be exciting but frustrating. Instead of resenting others for these shifts, embrace the time you do share together and hold tight to the friendships that truly matter. I spent this past weekend visiting my former college roommates in NYC. Though we live in different cities and states now, it's nice to know when together, we're still those free-spirited freshmen that met nearly seven years ago at Kent State University. 

    Hope you have a great short week and be sure to take time to slow down and appreciate the little things.

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    Summer To-Do List

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014

    With the Summer Solstice last Saturday, I thought it was only appropriate to share a few simple things I'll be aspiring to do these next few months...

    1. Paint. Just for Me.
    Some of you may remember when I had a "Just My Type" column on this blog (readers would suggest quotes, lyrics, or names which I would illustrate and post in return). Unfortunately, as more and more lettering freelance poured in, I rarely found the time or energy to fill requests, and jobs slowly took the place of that series. What I've noticed without the column, is I truly miss just creating for me (and you obviously) but moreover, without the pressure of a client or art director. There's something truly fulfilling about drawing what feels right and expressive to you and not taking the time to dwell on how it may be received by others.

    2. Beach Time to Unwind
    After a winter like this last one, all mid-westerners deserve a little sun and sand. Ey! And don't you dare check that email.

    3. Eat Local & Learn to Cook
    I recently signed up for Fresh Fork Market, a foods subscription service of local produce, pasture raised meats and artisan cheese from farms around the area. It supports a cause I'm truly passionate about while eliminating grocery shopping almost entirely...but it's a lot...and what is kohlrabi again? I have a lot of culinary catching up to do if I want to keep up with these deliveries.

    4. Yoga or Meditation
    Alright, I'll be honest for a moment. I'm not a big yoga person...at least I wasn't. It's been so long since my last class, I'm not even sure where I stand on the topic anymore. Slowing down is a real issue for me, as I'm sure many of you other creative minds. Our thoughts are in a million places, our to-do lists are ever-growing, and here they want me to "clear my mind, focus on my breathing all while standing on my what?!" That was my yoga stream of consciousness in high school and college, but now I think it could be nice if someone forced me to pump the brakes instead of "go, go, GO."

    5. Read
    Actual books. I've said it once, I'll say it again...and probably again...and maybe one more time before it actually happens.

    6. Cedar Point
    Football and roller coasters, the few things Ohio does and does well. It's been a friendly tradition for years and I'm not stopping now! No Max Air this year though. Woof.

    7. Get My Health in Order
    Teeth. Tummy. Eyes. Mind.

    8. Dance
    While art and design has always been my first love, I was a dance minor in college. Since, I haven't really had too much opportunity to express myself in that creative form. If there is anything I have learned in my later years, it's when you find a means of physical activity you actually enjoy, don't ever let it go. This summer I plan to fit at least a few classes into my schedule or even find an available studio space all to myself. Any suggestions?

    9. Find my Faith
    Similar to many 20-somethings, I grew up with the church but no longer attend. I'm not really sure where I stand on this matter, I'm not really sure what I believe, but I would like to find out.

    10. Open Shop
    I have a few things in the works and I can't wait to share them with all of you. Surprises in store soon.

    Those are just a few cues I would like to hit this summer. I'll let you know how it goes and I would love to hear some of your aspirations! Tomorrow I'll be leaving for a few days in NYC so once again, no Friday post (try not to cry I know it's hard). Have a perfect rest of the week and I will see you next Wednesday!

    Kali & JD

    Friday, June 20, 2014

    Apologies for the silence on the blog this week but I'm still recuperating from an all but silent trip this past weekend. Bonnaroo took a little more out of me than I had anticipated. But this weekend, it's back to the daily grind, and I thought I would start by sharing simple little table numbers and lettering I created for a destination wedding a few weeks ago. 

    The bride was looking for something sophisticated and classic yet bold enough for people to read in the dimly lit reception hall. The table numbers were written on soft, speckle-tone recycled paper. The frame will hold a photo of the newlyweds and all attendees are invited to write their words of wisdom and encouragement to the couple around the matting. Congratulations Kali and JD and hope you had a perfect wedding on the shores of Destin, Florida!

    Mixtape 6

    Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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    This Wednesday's playlist commends just a small portion of the artists I'll be striving to see at the music festival this weekend with the exception of the headliners of course and some guy everyone keeps talking about, Elton something? ;) Anyway, this is a select few of my personal picks, check out the official 2014 Bonnaroo playlist right here and I will talk to you guys next Wednesday!

    1. Shuffle A Dream // Little Dragon
    2. We Are Explorers // Cut Copy
    3. 1901 // Phoenix
    4. Latch // Disclosure
    5. Out Of My League // Fitz and The Tantrums
    6. R U Mine? // Arctic Monkeys
    7. Sixteen Saltines // Jack White
    8. Ways To Go // Grouplove
    9. Short Skirt / Long Jacket // Cake
    10. Diane Young // Vampire Weekend
    11. Young Blood // The Naked And Famous
    12. Riptide // Vance Joy
    13. Chasin' Echoes // The Lonely Biscuits
    14. The Mother We Share // CHVRCHES
    15. The High Road // Broken Bells

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