#BEINTENTIONAL

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If you haven’t already heard me say this, here it is: Sandra of Raincoast Creative Salon has the best newsletter ever. I’m intrigued and inspired by it every time, how does she do it?! It’s called the Creativity Newsletter and you need it in your life.

Anyhoo, in April’s newsletter Sandra wrote about Social Media Hangovers and how it’s all just tooooo much sometimes. It’s impossible to take everything in. AMEN SISTA!

Can you relate? I know I can. Over the past few months I’ve noticed myself pulling back from social media. A part of me even feels bad for doing so! I mean, as a blogger and designer shouldn’t I love sharing and commenting and soaking in all the inspirational goodness out there?! All day every day?!

Well yes. But no. In moderation.

In my business, I’ve definitely seen the benefits of social media and I’m tremendously grateful. But as with everything in life – you have to figure out what works best for you and your creative mojo. And sometimes it’s not good for my creativity and I need to take a media-cation.

So I’m joining Sandra and vowing to use social media with purpose; to think of it as a tool NOT a requirement; and – most importantly – I vow to release this pressure to post that has been bugging me lately.

Do you ever feel that way? Overwhelmed by social media, yet pressured to do so for your business? Social media is such a bully ;)

Image: Roksanda Ilincic via Harper’s Bazaar

ART CRUSH: JENNY ODELL

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Oh guys, Jenny Odell had me at 125 Swimming Pools.

Jenny’s series of satellite prints show a collection of things – swimming pools, trains, ponds – cut out from Google Satellite View. While they’re all pretty uh-mazing (see the whole series here!), these two jumped out at me.

I think it’s because I’m already dreaming of summer and would like very much to swim in 125 swimming pools and ride down 10 different water slide configurations… et tu?

125 Swimming Pools | 10 Waterslide Configurations

See more of Jenny’s work on 20×200 and her website!

TASTY TYPE 02

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Oh, I’m loving these fonts right now. Especially bombshell pro. Seems like calligraphy is all the rage right now! As it should be, it’s beeeyoootiful. So for someone who lacks calligraphy training (me), this font is a dream.

ALSO, I just found a recipe for Rosemary Sloe Gin Fizz and I can’t wait to try it. Apparently sloe gin is not gin at all. It comes from little fruits called sloes, a relative of the plum. Did I just blow your mind or what? Let’s try it for brunch this weekend, k?

This post is dedicated to everyone who gets as excited as I do to try new drinks and new fonts :)

Enjoy, friends!

ROSEMARY // Bombshell Pro via MyFonts

GIN FIZZ // Didot via MyFonts

Check out the first Tasty Type post here!

Graphic by artsocial.

INS AND OUTS OF EVENT PLANNING

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Workshops. Par-tays. Eat Drink Create events (woot woot!). They’re all so much fun. I’ve received a few emails asking about event planning tips. What works? What doesn’t work? While I’ve done a few Eat Drink Create events, I don’t consider myself an expert. Not at all. BUT I wanted to share a few things that have helped me turn our EDC ideas into full blown celebrations… cuz if I can do it, so can YOU.

01 TEAM UP. It really helps having another person on board. I couldn’t do any of these events without Lexy. Her skillz, expertise, and brilliant ideas are invaluable.

So gather your peeps. If there’s an aspect of the event you’re not 100% confident about, like decor or styling the tables, find someone who loves decor and styling. Delegating can save you time and save your sanity.

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02 TIME, TIME, AND MORE TIME. Give yourself plenty of time to plan, fo sho. When working with sponsors and vendors, you have to give them enough time to plan and carry out your requests. Like making 75 mini cupcakes (I’m still dreaming about those Happy Cakes cupcakes from the holiday EDC!). Plus some folks might say no. And that’s okay. Why? Because you’ve given yourself enough time to contact other awesome folks.

We usually give ourselves a solid 2 months. Make a list of everything that needs to get done and then each day do a few things on that list. It may seem (IT IS) overwhelming at first, but it all comes together, I promise.

03 GET A PHOTOGRAPHER. Very important. I always think I’ll have plenty of time to take photos. Nope. Never do. With setting up and then, ya know, actually talking with our guests, there’s really no time to take photos. I barely get a few instagrams in! So having a photographer there is crucial. If you really wanna take things up a notch?? Get yourself a videographer. You won’t regret it.

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04 DON’T BE AFRAID TO ASK. I’m always so grateful for the positive response from the local community when planning EDC. I’ve found that local stores and restaurants want to help! They want to be involved! So don’t be afraid to ask that local bakery if they’d be willing to donate cookies. Or your favorite shop if you could host your party at their awesome store. Chances are, they’ll be interested.

This goes for online asks, too. Reach out to that amazing etsy shop or online store. It’s always worth asking. I mean, for our first event ban.do donated pom pom flowers for everyone!! What the what, I’m still excited about that one. So ask, k?

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05 THE DETAILS. Food, drinks, decor, goodie bags, music, activities. These are the little things that really make an event come alive. The details are my favorite part. They shape the whole experience. AND as a blogger, it’s what you’ll share and what you hope others will talk about and share, too… and take instagrams of :)

Needless to say the details are important. Think about them, plan them with care, think outside the box. Oh and HAVE FUN. Cuz that’s the whole point, right?

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So tell me… do you plan events? Do you want to? What are some of your event planning secrets? I’d love to hear from you!

Check out more photos + videos from all of our Eat Drink Create events!

Photos by Kate Donaldson Photography.