Friday, April 25, 2014

Illustrated Save the Dates for Meghan + Nate

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Creating memorable, custom work for friends, family, and clients is my favorite part of being a designer. Even if I am super busy, I tend to take them on anyway because they're so rewarding and fun for me to do.

One of my favorite couples ever is getting married this fall and I was thrilled to illustrate them for their Save the Dates. I'll be doing their invitations as well, so this was a great warm-up for the fun that lies ahead!

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We did a simple postcard layout and incorporated casual hand lettering to play off the whimsy of the illustration. We upped the elegance by typesetting Mrs. Eaves in small caps (my favorite). Kudos to Meghan and Nate for having exquisite taste, and for being awesome to draw!

If you have a project to discuss, shoot me an email at novak.rachael@gmail.com.

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Crushing On: Floral Prints

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I don't consider myself to be a super girly girl, but there's something about the charm of florals that bring out my uber-feminine side. They can actually be quite versatile and they don't have to be sticky sweet, as Tory Burch proves with her newest arrivals (which include this shift dress sitting at #1). I was  recently shopping for black ankle-strap sandals when I discovered this floral version, and now I'm completely distracted and have obviously forgotten about the black ones (or maybe I just need both). 

What puts you in the mood for spring? Floral prints definitely do it for me. And that bikini might actually convince me to rock a high-waisted bottom this summer...


Monday, April 7, 2014

Recipe: Homemade Oatmeal Creme Pies


Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies appeared many times at the apex of my childhood. Before moms cared about nutrition (or, before MY mom cared about nutrition) I used to get one of these bad boys in my lunch for "dessert" almost every day. And I wonder where my sweet tooth came from...

It's been years since I had one and the craving hit me while grocery shopping this week. I resisted buying a box and instead found this recipe to make my own. These were actually very easy to make and have all of the soft, chewy goodness of the original. I followed the recipe exactly and was sure to slightly underbake the cookies to keep them really soft. Head over to Cooking Classy to find out how to make them yourself!

Do you have a childhood snack you just can't resist?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Tribe Home Opener! Here We Go!

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It's been about five months since the Indians played in the Wild Card game (last October!) but that night hardly feels so distant. Spring training came and went and now the Indians are coming back to play on our home turf. The playoff vibes last season were electric and I think everyone is cautiously optimistic for another exciting year. Being downtown the night of the Wild Card game with so many fans (and non-fans there to catch the buzz...I don't blame them) was something I won't ever forget. 

Winter has no choice but to pack its bags and hit the road. It's baseball season...it's TRIBE season...now let's eat our weight in hot dogs and drink some beer!

I'm off to the game today – if you are too, stay safe, say hi if you see me, and have a great weekend!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Still Life Lately


Happy April, everyone! I seriously can't believe how fast this year is going.

Lately I've been busy working on new projects and getting new products ready for springtime, but I've tried to make time to stop and smell the roses (or, in this case, tulips). Some snaps from life lately...

The J.Crew spring style guide is killing it – I wasn't crazy about their clothes the last few seasons but I'm really loving what's out now.

I scored these Sam Edelman boots at Nordstrom Rack on crazy sale, after lusting after them for years. Sometimes things are just meant to be! I'm also really pumped about adding these crazy cool mirrored Ray Bans into my rotation.

I had a few days home alone this week, and took the opportunity to finally page through this book and eat cookies for dinner. Ooooooooops. It's pure eye candy. Kate Spade is such a young, but iconic brand and it was fascinating to see how their aesthetic has evolved over the last twenty years. The book is also a graphic designer's dream – lots of great photography and bold color.

 Doing some brush lettering for a project...I love painting letters because things are so accidental. It can be frustrating at first, but once you learn to give up control, you get those "happy accidents" that all designers seek to have. But you can't seek too hard, or they won't happen! That's the conundrum.

What have you guys been loving lately?