1. Illumination-(Day 195/365) “Growth”
Today I decided to play with typography on an image from a photo shoot my friend and I put on last weekend. We like getting inspired at dusk. Also, I’ve really been enjoying the words of darlingmagazine lately. It harbors some serious soul fuel about womanhood and growth in our lives.
“Framing failure as education removes the power it has to define your worth.”— Rosanna Tomiuk, Darling Magazine

Love, JS
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    Illumination-(Day 195/365) “Growth”

    Today I decided to play with typography on an image from a photo shoot my friend and I put on last weekend. We like getting inspired at dusk. Also, I’ve really been enjoying the words of darlingmagazine lately. It harbors some serious soul fuel about womanhood and growth in our lives.

    Framing failure as education removes the power it has to define your worth.”— Rosanna Tomiuk, Darling Magazine
    Love, JS
  2. Illumination- (Day 194/365) “Dazzle Me, Darling”
Sometimes we just have to spice up our lives and throw a little bit of dazzle into our wardrobe. After a chilly winter season, my friend Jamie has been looking for an opportunity to style herself in something happy and bright! Pictured above is Jamie featuring a sequin peplum top from RiffRaff (shopriffraff.com), skinny leopard print belt from Anthropologie and a pencil skirt she hunted down at a local thrift shop! There are so many great directions ( both professional and fun) to go with a pop of dazzle in your spring wardrobe. Play dress up today! Love, JS
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    Illumination- (Day 194/365) “Dazzle Me, Darling”

    Sometimes we just have to spice up our lives and throw a little bit of dazzle into our wardrobe. After a chilly winter season, my friend Jamie has been looking for an opportunity to style herself in something happy and bright! Pictured above is Jamie featuring a sequin peplum top from RiffRaff (shopriffraff.com), skinny leopard print belt from Anthropologie and a pencil skirt she hunted down at a local thrift shop! There are so many great directions ( both professional and fun) to go with a pop of dazzle in your spring wardrobe. Play dress up today! Love, JS

  3. Illumination- (Day- 193/365) “Coffee Power”
When I begin to think of all the beautiful women I aspire to be like, the one thing that they have in common is that they are humble and always put other’s thoughts and feelings before their own. Being humble is something that takes courage. I think we often associate being gentle and considerate with having low-self esteem, but it is, in fact, the opposite. A woman of courage carries herself with her head held high, but she is also quick to listen and she is strong enough to admit her faults. She is the type of woman who builds others up. This isn’t a characteristic that will be default for me when I wake up in the morning tomorrow, but it’ surely something to consider in my encounters with others in each day to come. Happy Monday! Love, JS
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    Illumination- (Day- 193/365) “Coffee Power”

    When I begin to think of all the beautiful women I aspire to be like, the one thing that they have in common is that they are humble and always put other’s thoughts and feelings before their own. Being humble is something that takes courage. I think we often associate being gentle and considerate with having low-self esteem, but it is, in fact, the opposite. A woman of courage carries herself with her head held high, but she is also quick to listen and she is strong enough to admit her faults. She is the type of woman who builds others up. This isn’t a characteristic that will be default for me when I wake up in the morning tomorrow, but it’ surely something to consider in my encounters with others in each day to come. Happy Monday! Love, JS

  4. Illumination-(Day 192/365) “Make it Count”
    I have been learning lately that keeping my daily goals as simple as possible is something that is truly valuable. What does it mean to be productive? Does it mean that you write an entire book in one day or that you sew an entire line of shirts? For much of my college career I have often believed that productivity and stress go hand-in-hand, and that if I am not stressed I must be doing something wrong. But, stress and productivity do not go together at all. In fact, we are the most productive if we plan simple daily goals for ourselves and allow time for a good afternoon nap, a walk outside, or a much needed yoga session. Allowing time for yourself is important. Sometimes it may seem as though life is a huge rat race and we must push our way to the finish line each day, but life is also very valuable and each moment we are blessed with must be appreciated. This is what I am teaching myself. Will you take more naps too? Love, JS
  5. Illumination-(Day 191/365) ” The World is Your Oyster, Baby”
Thought I would send a little freehand typography inspiration your way this morning! It’s always encouraging to remember that the world is full of opportunity, hope and way for you to grow!
Love, JS
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    Illumination-(Day 191/365) ” The World is Your Oyster, Baby”

    Thought I would send a little freehand typography inspiration your way this morning! It’s always encouraging to remember that the world is full of opportunity, hope and way for you to grow!

    Love, JS

  6. Illumination- (Day 190/365) “Confetti Clutch”

    This week I had the opportunity to catch up on some of my personal design projects including this hand-panted clutch. I was inspired by the way a painting towel looks after you are done wiping away excess paint from all of your paint brushes. Sometimes, I think the painting towel looks just as beautiful as the painting! Plus, the confetti color scheme was a fun choice.

    Love, JS

  7. Illumination- (Day 189/365) “Floral Burst on Note Cards”
Recently, I have been experimenting more with my floral burst design and have been trying to incorporate the idea into new concepts. For this design, I illustrated a black and white floral burst on the front of stationary card stock. I’m in love with the fun quality of these little guys. Love, JS  
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    Illumination- (Day 189/365) “Floral Burst on Note Cards”

    Recently, I have been experimenting more with my floral burst design and have been trying to incorporate the idea into new concepts. For this design, I illustrated a black and white floral burst on the front of stationary card stock. I’m in love with the fun quality of these little guys. Love, JS  

  8. Illumination- (Day 188/365) “Snow Frolicking”

    We are never too old or adult to not frolic in the snow. For some reason this particular snow was different then the others this season. The snowflakes were amazing to look at if you focused your eyes in on it’s shape. All the geometric shapes within the snowflake were crystallized to sheer perfection.

    Side note: My snow frolicking only lasted about 5 minutes before we had no choice but to bolt back inside and drink hot tea. But, here’s to mini adventures. Love, JS

  9. Illumination- (Day 187/365) “Wine bottle Vases”
At our apartment we are firm believers in the movement of reducing, re-using, drinking wine, and recycling. I don’t know about you, but we tend to compile a crazy amount of wine bottles and more often then not, the empty bottles will sit on top of our kitchen cabinets for decorative purpose. Either that, or we will recycle them. But, they can be recycled as vases, too! I think that this gives a fun purpose to them and finds them much more lively. Love, JS
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    Illumination- (Day 187/365) “Wine bottle Vases”

    At our apartment we are firm believers in the movement of reducing, re-using, drinking wine, and recycling. I don’t know about you, but we tend to compile a crazy amount of wine bottles and more often then not, the empty bottles will sit on top of our kitchen cabinets for decorative purpose. Either that, or we will recycle them. But, they can be recycled as vases, too! I think that this gives a fun purpose to them and finds them much more lively. Love, JS

  10. Illumination-(Day 186/365) “Thoughts on Winter”

    Winter. This is a chilly, quiet season of the year in which it allows time for the tranquility and renewal of most living things. Animals hibernate,plants lay shriveled and dormant, people work or study in the comfort of their homes and go on enlightening intellectual binges (or so it seems). Winter puts those who are fortunate in a really great mental place during the cold months. But, what about those who feel like winter is a prison of some sort that they were unjustifiably doomed to?

    On my part, I have a kinesthetic way of going about most things and my emotions are charged depending on the amount of things I am seeing and touching. Since these two elements are closely tied (my senses and my emotions), the emptiness of winter makes inspiration challenging. I sort of feel like a fuse has gone out inside of me somewhere along the way. I also feel like I am really tired of putting on 18 sweatshirts over my well thought out clothing choices every time I leave the house. Heaven knows it took me forever to figure out what to wear! So, how does the creative person survive winter without vanishing in a slump? Or quitting life and getting 10 tattoos simply to feel a little bit of excitement reenter their lives?

    I  definitely do not know how to change the circumstances of winter (as much as I wish I could tell God to “turn up the heat” and to “let my tiny succulent plant live”), but I do know that I can endure it and find new ways to look for inspiration. I just have to try harder to find it. I have to seek out holes of the universe that stimulate my mind and spirit. Coffee shops always seem to be a good place for a quick mental spark, keeping journals, finding new music, writing about stuff, attempting to cook things, and talking to lots of people. Emphasis on people, because the creative person certainly can’t live through winter without at least somebody to laugh with. Also, observing nature and taking note of the captivating things that happen on our earth. Despite the cold, getting outside can give one a sharper mind.

    So, yes, winter is a perfect time for some of us and no so great for others. But, regardless we all have to keep our eyes open in order to prevent falling into the nasty pitfalls of negativity. And creative folks who hate cabin fever, I suppose we should try really hard to find a little light in our hibernation caves, because before we know it spring will be here and our inner dance parties can once again resume . Love, JS

  11. Illumination- (Day 185/365) “Party Hardy”

    I must say, my birthday this year was truly a success. Every birthday is special in it’s own way and never ceases to remind us of how many wonderful people care about us. On another note,I decided to to have some fun on my birthday morning by creating this cute little balloon illustration. When real balloons are not in the picture, you can always draw some, right? Love, JS

  12. Illumination-(Day 184/365) “The Little Basket”

    I really enjoy things that are so small, yet that have so much to offer in their texture and design. Whether it be in a photograph, in a room within the home, or in a office, I am a firm believer that the simple details matter. Today, I photographed the weaved basket above because it is one of my favorite “simple details” right now.  The basket was a handmade treasure that my grandfather picked up in Africa while he was practicing medicine there years ago. It looks very sweet sitting alone on a white table. Love, JS

  13. Illumination-(Day 183/365) “Aquarius Month”
Excited to say that it is officially Aquarius month! Being an Aquarius is quite a roller coaster, however I’m excited that I can have a sign known for promoting dramatic & positive change. Every sign is unique and its fun to embrace the wildly special traits you possess. Some people take astrology more seriously than others, but regardless it is simply interesting and fun to look at our individual personalities and motives through this quirky, starry perspective. We were all born so highly unique! Happy Birthday, Aquarians! Love, JS
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    Illumination-(Day 183/365) “Aquarius Month”

    Excited to say that it is officially Aquarius month! Being an Aquarius is quite a roller coaster, however I’m excited that I can have a sign known for promoting dramatic & positive change. Every sign is unique and its fun to embrace the wildly special traits you possess. Some people take astrology more seriously than others, but regardless it is simply interesting and fun to look at our individual personalities and motives through this quirky, starry perspective. We were all born so highly unique! Happy Birthday, Aquarians! Love, JS

  14. Illumination-(Day 182/365) “Getting Crafty”

    This weekend some friends and i were in the mood for a low key night which consisted of music, food, and crafting some early Valentines. We collaborated in our ideas to create some clever cards and fun designs. Some of our cards even ended up having some really strange jokes inside of them, but it was all in the name of love. We found that card making is a great girls night activity, so closer to February I may do a post entirely on card making parties. But, for now allow me to simply showcase our creative night and my handful of glitter. Love, JS

  15. Illumination-(Day 181/365) “A Quick Glance Back”
Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to fly to Philadelphia and interview for a summer internship position with Anthropologie. For my interview I wanted to put together a portfolio presentation that exhibited my love for finding beauty in all things, especially here on the blog. For this post, i wanted to lay out some prints of the various projects I’ve grown through in previous months. The above are some of the photos I took with me to Philly. Thanks so much to all who have been watching the illumination journey thus far. Love, JS
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    Illumination-(Day 181/365) “A Quick Glance Back”

    Recently, I had the incredible opportunity to fly to Philadelphia and interview for a summer internship position with Anthropologie. For my interview I wanted to put together a portfolio presentation that exhibited my love for finding beauty in all things, especially here on the blog. For this post, i wanted to lay out some prints of the various projects I’ve grown through in previous months. The above are some of the photos I took with me to Philly. Thanks so much to all who have been watching the illumination journey thus far. Love, JS