Some of My Recent Instagram Posts

Holding on to summer...


A morning bike ride by the ocean.

Here on Design Fixation I like to stick to, well, design... but my Instagram feed is filled with more personal things like beautiful flowers on my morning walks with Charlie and memorable moments with friends. And of course some behind-the-scenes glimpses of my work too. So if you wanna see what I did last Saturday, click here.

Also - what is your favorite Instagram account that you follow? Mine has to be Laura Hooper's... calligraphy as far as the eye can see! Feel free to share yours in the comments section below.

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{Thirsty Thursday} The Cherry Smooch + A Free Printable

Last weekend I shared some highlights from the lipstick themed bachelorette party I recently helped organize in Newport for my friend Christi... and as promised, here is some more information on the signature cocktail called the Cherry Smooch. Here's what you'll need for one serving:

- 2 ounces of Grey Goose Cherry Noir Vodka
- 1 ounce of Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
- 1 ounce of black cherry juice
- 2 ounces of ginger ale
- 1/2 ounce of fresh squeezed lemon juice

Combine all ingredients except the ginger ale in a shaker and mix vigorously with ice. Pour into a mason jar over ice and top with ginger ale. If you're making this for a crowd, multiply the amounts by 20 and mix inside of a large drink dispenser or punch bowl.

I added these chalkboard labels to the mason jars so everyone could write their names on their drink (thanks to Megan for that!), and I also put washi tape around the top of each in lieu of a garnish for a pop of color.

I also added a sign to the top of the mason jar drink dispenser with a list of ingredients. If you'd like to download the free printable shown above, head over here.

These were a hit at the party... I hope you enjoy them too!

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{Typeface Tuesday} Type Tattoos

Dan Rhatigan on type...Type on Dan Rhatigan from Grey London on Vimeo.

I ran across this video about designer Dan Rhatigan's type tattoos, and thought it was pretty interesting. Don't worry, it's only a minute and a half long. My favorite is the Krispy Kreme logo....

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Lipstick Themed Bachelorette Party + A Free Printable

Above are the favors... lipstick of course! I wrapped 
them in pink tissue paper and clear cellophane, and added 

We also had a makeshift photo booth. The backdrop 
was made of strips of paper streamers attached to the wall
 using blue painter's tape, and we set up my camera on 
a tripod with the timer on a 5 second delay. Easy peasy.

I made a bunch of these tissue paper pom poms using this tutorial.

A custom banner was another personal touch.

The signature cocktail for the night was called the 
Cherry Smooch... stop by Design Fixation this Thursday 
for the recipe and to download the free printable label.

Everyone kissed a piece of white paper and signed their 
name underneath... and then we framed it and gave it to the 
bride-to-be as a keepsake [sorry about the poor lighting].

Last weekend I helped host my friend's bachelorette party in Newport, RI. I wanted to keep it classy, and also do something somewhat original... so I went with a lipstick theme, using pops of magenta along with dark blue (their wedding color). Above are a few decor ideas I wanted to share with you in case you're interested in hosting your own lipstick themed party!

And don't forget to stop by again this Thursday, when I'll share the recipe for the Cherry Smooch drink as well as the free downloadable signature cocktail sign.

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Colorful Party Ideas

Sources: 1 /// 2 /// 3 /// 4 /// 5

There's something so fun about a clever party idea... and I've run across quite a few lately in my travels through the internet. Above are my favorite colorful entertaining ideas for your next fĂȘte. To find out how to make your own tassel garland and tissue paper pom poms, click on source links 1 and 2 respectively.

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{Typeface Tuesday} A Free Ampersand Font

Imagine my delight when I stumbled upon an entire font devoted to ampersands. I fell in love with the quirky hand drawn feel immediately, and was even more excited to find out that it was free. And the only thing I like more than a good font is a free one. So of course I had to pass it on to you!

Head over here and scroll down to find the free download.

Need even more ampersands? Click here to check out my top ten favorites.

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A Farm Wedding

A few weeks ago I photographed a beautiful wedding at Smolak Farms in North Andover, Massachusetts. The bride and groom chose a bright color palette, which made for the perfect complement to the lush green plant life on the farm. Above are a few of my favorite moments of the day.

If you'd like more information about my wedding and event photography services, head over here.

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5 Fabulous DIY Projects For Your Home

Make one of these brick vases using this tutorial over at Say Yes.

Capiz shell hanging lights aren't cheap - unless you 
make one yourself! Check out the tutorial here.

Aren't these faux cacti adorable? In case you can't tell, 
This is a great project for the kids!

I'm in love with this natural wooden sunburst 
mirror. Check out the tutorial here.

And this geometric string piece would 
look great on the bookshelf, or even on 
your front door. Here's the tutorial.

Above are a few of my favorite DIY projects that have been floating around the internet these days. Isn't that light fixture amazing?

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Help Me Win A Design Challenge!

I don't often enter online contests, because there's just so much competition. But then I ran across Minted.com's art print challenge. And I had an idea for a design. And I created it. And entered. And voting has begun! So now I'm asking all of you, my lovely readers, to take 30 seconds and rate my design a 5 to help me win. Voting only goes until September 9th at 10am so don't dilly dally!

Just click right here to cast your vote. Thanks a million, guys... you're the best!

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{Typeface Tuesday} Another Free Font

It's that time of the week again... Typeface Tuesday! Today I have another free one that I found for you - it's called St. Marie, and it's available for download over at Font Squirrel. I'm loving slab serifs lately, so this delicate one is right up my alley. In fact, I just downloaded it myself.

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