Today marks my second anniversary working for Pivot Design. My first job out of school was working for a Chicago Real Estate agency.
with two other designers.
in the basement.
Needless to say, the only direction I could’ve gone was up, and landing the job at Pivot was way, way up.
Two years later, I’m grateful for the people that I’ve met and the experience I’ve gained. I’ve been able to work on some really cool projects, including some of my favorites below. Not every day is a picnic, but more often than not I feel challenged and happy. Pretty soon, I’ll be happily working for Pivot in San Francisco and I’m so full of mixed emotions. It feels like so much more time has passed since I started in 2011 and I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Weingarten Save the Date, Smithsonian Institution
The Paris Opéra Ballet, Harris Theater
Ability Lab Mailer, The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
2012 Annual Report, University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center
Website Redesign, BioLife Plasma Services
it’s been almost two months since I’ve seen you, and I don’t even have a good reason. Well, that’s not entirely true …
Around the time that I fell off the face of the earth, I saw a post on one of my favorite daily reads that bad-mouthed blogs like mine a little bit. It basically said that blogs that don’t create unique content (blogs like this one that pull inspiration from all corners of the internet instead of scheduling photoshoots) aren’t valuable. It really shook my confidence and made me question whether I should continue to post/pin/care about the blogosphere.
So I took a break. A break that I thought could be permanent. A break from posting, reading, commenting—all things blog—and I missed it. I felt less inspired and more negative than ever. Then I realized …
I post what inspires me in the moment and what I love, and I work without an editorial calendar, which is not a bad thing. I’m not looking to monetize or gather sponsors, I just want an outlet where I can share my inspiration and put my own flavor on each post. This is how I express myself and it’s a community where I feel at home. So, why would I ever leave?
Long story, short—I’m back. And nothing is going to change. Same fun posts, same hot pink accents, with a brand new attitude.
I feel like all I do lately is tell people how much I wish I could be doing blank, or I can’t wait until blank—blank, of course, is code for moving to San Francisco to begin having daily adventures with the hubs. I’m a little bit sick of this waiting game already. I just want to live in the present and enjoy my life as it is right now.
You all are my witnesses, I’m going to do my best from now on to make the most of the time we have left in Chicago—with our friends, family and hopefully some good weather in the coming months. Because before I know it, it will be August and we’ll be gone.
This week, I realized that more of my free time is spent with my face buried in a laptop than actually looking at my husband. This is not ok. I’m going to be taking a little break this week to get in some quality time with the hubby. Good thing I’ve been lacking inspiration lately. Hopefully I’ll come back next week refreshed and ready to light this place on fire!
One thing that Jake and I both put at the top of our wedding priorities list was party pics. We love the editorial style that Miss Abbey Moore is so very good at, obviously, and wanted to capture our family and friends having a blast on our big day. I literally couldn’t have art directed this “photo shoot” any better than how it turned out. Abbey, you are the love of my life. Please follow me around forever. Thanks :)
My dad and I performing our version of the father-daughter dance :)
This is the infamous, ABBEY MOORE, photographer extraordinaire!
Q: Is Abbey a.) adorable b.) a genius c.) super cool or d.) all of the above?
A: d., duh. I love her.
My wedding day was the best day ever. Every bride must say that, but our wedding day really was amazing. It was entirely us, from the tiny ceremony, to the huge pink balloons, and the 90s pop music that blared out of the speakers. The day could not have been better. It might not have been everyone’s idea of a perfect wedding, but it definitely was ours.
As a woman, I had a few priorities surrounding the wedding — the dress, the venue — but as a designer, I had more than just priorities. I had a laundry list of goodies to create. Everyone offered to help, which is amazing I know, but I couldn’t delegate design tasks to anyone but myself. And as each project was ticked off the list, I felt more and more like our wedding would really feel like us. I’m so happy with how everything turned out and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you!
Since we got back from the holidays, I have done nothing but celebrate my laziness. I am so ready to get motivated and start working on projects, ready myself for the big move this summer and most importantly, stop being such a lump. It’s time to wake up, already!