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“It makes a big difference in your life when you stay positive.” At least that’s what Ellen DeGeneres said in her book, and I totally agree. While it’s not always easy to look to the sunny side, if you make a big effort to keep smiling, it makes such a – for lack of a better word – positive impact on your life, both personal and professional. I partnered with Society6 recently to showcase some of their positive art and share some of my tips on staying positive, getting shit done, and remaining inspired. You can read the whole post here.

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Photos by Peyton Frank

Starting tomorrow, I’ll be participating in a three day online workshop centered around learning how to establish a calligraphy business. I am super pumped about this. One of the things I feel most passionate about when I teach is the fact that I believe anyone can not only do calligraphy, but also start a business to make yourself a little extra money. (Or even turn it into a full time gig). A variety of topics will be covered, including honing your style, monetizing your skills, and setting yourself up in business. Don’t hesitate to take the leap! Registration is open.

BEBEsm-9160Sometimes you need to create just for yourself. Do fun stuff. Be inspired. Some pals helped me out last week, and helped create some fun magic at the Blue Eye Brown Eye studio. Just because we wanted to. That Beyoncé vase is my favorite thing in life, by the way.

BEBEsm-9207We photographed a recent suite I just completed for a client, too, seen below.

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I was so inspired by this color palette we were playing with in the vignettes above. The bold black and white juxtaposed with all of those colors…I’m telling you, if I was planning a wedding today, I think it would look a lot like this.

Thanks to my talented pal, Abby Hubley, for the floral design, and Amanda Lackey for the photos.

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Last October, I traveled to LA for another round of classes with designlovefest. While always excited to visit LA, this trip was a little more special because my bestie, Anna, came along! Classes were held at the new designlovefest studio, which is totally beautiful, and Anna captured some lovely photos I wanted to share with you.

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Between classes, Anna and I found time for plenty of fun (perhaps too much fun), and some delicious food. Highlights include: out hotel (The Line), dinner at Bestia, cocktails at The Ace, a stroll down Abbot Kinney, and a night to remember at Break Room 86.

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All images by Anna Routh Photography

aprylann_tatefarm_103When I have the opportunity to collaborate with vendors that are not only so talented, but are also my friends, it’s such a special thing to watch their creativity unfold. Back in the fall, I participated in a shoot styled by Cakewalk Bake Shop at the new venue, Summerfield at Tate Farms. It was fun, inspiring, and magical to be on a working Texas farm. All photos are by Apryl Ann Photography, and you can see more on Green Wedding Shoes.

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