Awhile back, I worked with 1913 on branding their new restaurant. Being a foodie myself, it was one of those projects where I didn’t even have to think twice about coming on board. Italian + European cuisine?? YES PLEASE. So when everything wrapped up, I decided to take on a few build-out pieces ( menu + business cards ) myself, simply because I loved the brand and thought it would be a good portfolio expansion piece. Contrary to what some may think, it’s okay to share fictitious work with others, as long as you let them know. By doing so, you are showcasing the kind of work you WANT to do. So that’s exactly what I did.
It ended up taking me a week or two ( when I found the extra time ) to complete these pieces and I’m so happy with the results and absolutely pumped to share them in my portfolio. I’m obsessed with working on food related projects ( go figure ) … so I found this to be the perfect side project. Plus, a local printer near our house lets me print out extremely small quantities of whatever I’m working on, so I spent under $15 to make this all happen. Score! And of course, a big thank you to 1913 for being such an inspiring client. I absolutely can’t wait try some of your dishes next time I’m in Chicago. And if any of your are in that area … definitely look them up! The food looks amazing.
Today’s free wallpaper is a little bit different than normal, simply because I’m only offering it in mobile format. I wanted to transform this quote I worked on a few weeks back and share it with you all, but quickly realized that the composition was best suited as a vertical only. SO, that means our trusty ipads and iphones are the winners this time around! I hope you understand. ;) The phrase, though, is something that I genuinely identify with ( and hope other do too ) as I venture off into a handful of new opportunities. Sometimes the right direction truly does feel disorienting, but in a new + exciting way. Feel free to download the wallpaper below. It’s LARGE so that it stays crisp on retina display. Enjoy!
ONE During another rough winter day ( snow + cold ), I took this photo from the warm comforts of our home. We’ve been making progress + adding lots of new little treasures, so everything is starting to feel like it’s coming together. At least a little bit.
TWO I have literally been eyeing these nightstands ( and matching dresser – not pictured ) from West Elm for over a year now. I have always like their modern take on a classic Mid-Century look … and finally decided to take the plunge. But as luck has it, they have this entire line ON SALE ( for a really great deal ) this week. I bought it last week, woops.
THREE Back in college, Michael and I used to make coconut curry + naan bread ALL the time with our friends. It was our go to hangout meal on a Saturday night. Crazy party people, right!? Ha. So last week on a ( very ) cold weeknight, we decided to bring it back into the mix again. Here is the recipe for our favorite naan bread. Extra sugar. And definitely use garlic. I’ll take 10 pieces.
FOUR I’ve been living in this new Zara Top for a few weeks now. You can dress it up or dress it down easily … but either way, I honestly don’t think I’ve owned a shirt that’s made me feel THIS confident. Seriously. It has a great fit, while being 100% comfortable no matter what. Pretty sure I’m about to add a few more colors into my shopping cart!
FIVE To expand on the above, my wardrobe makeover has slowly been making progress! I received Cuyana’s Leather Saddle Bag in the mail last week and am so excited to start using it. I’ve always been a fan of over the shoulder purse, and this one is absolutely beautiful. My kind of leather.
SIX My latest obsession has been juicing for lunch. As much as I want to challenge myself and do three continuos days of pure juicing, I’m not sure that I would enjoy it – no matter the benefits. So instead, I’ve been enjoying it once a day. I’ve been experimenting a lot, but my favorite mix so far is : banana, mango, pineapple, a few peach slices, honey, spinach, protein powder, and coconut milk.
Up here in good old Minnesota, we’re in our THIRD polar vortex. And I’m not here to talk about the weather, but maybe to get a little sympathy. ;) I swear, I’m about ready to drive south on 35 and see what happens. But if I wait patiently enough, we’ll be heading down to New Orleans shortly. Thanks for all your tips about things to see / do there, by the way! I truly appreciate it. But back to today! I’ve curated a little cluster of items I’ve been lusting after, all of which remind me of warmth : both in the literal sense, but also in appearance + tone, too. I’m ready to get warm over here! Please?
I first saw Madelynn pop up over on The Everygirl for a tour of her apartment when I realized she was another talented local to Minneapolis! Lately, she’s been killing it with her Perfect Wardrobe series as well as a lovely feature over on Cuyana. Her eye for style is impeccable. Seriously though, this lady has a lot of good things going on. For this creative diary entry, she was to focus on one single work day and answer a few simple questions about the good, the bad, and the inspiring. This is what happened, truthfully.
WHAT IS THE FIRST THING THAT YOU DID THIS MORNING : This morning was very leisurely. I woke up, watered my plants, took out the dog, made some coffee and then relaxed a bit and answered some emails. It was so great – I don’t often get mornings like this one.
DESCRIBE ONE CHALLENGE THAT YOU FACED : Lately I have been thinking lots about all the content and images I style and curate for Wide Eyed Legless and making sure that it all stays true to the aesthetic of the brand. Trust me, its a lot harder and more time consuming than it sounds!
DESCRIBE ONE ACCOMPLISHMENT : I wrote the remaining two posts for the Perfect Wardrobe Series I have been doing on the blog. It feels so great to finish something that you’ve worked so hard on.
DESCRIBE ONE THING YOU LEARNED : I am a huge extrovert and people person, I am also a perfectionist and have to constantly be busy- but some days I just feel like staying in and being a little bit of a hermit … Im slowly starting to accept this and allow myself to have days where I don’t feel the need to constantly be around people or accomplish things on the ‘to do’ list.
WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DID FOR WORK : Talked with my dear friend Hannah of Another Feather about shooting a look book for her new line coming out this spring! I cannot wait to get my hands on her new pieces. They are divine!
AND JUST FOR FUN, DID YOU EAT ANYTHING TASTY : I had some locally made paw paw ice cream. Paw paw is like the perfect cross between a banana and a mango. It is so great and makes the perfect afternoon treat!
desk photo by canary grey