Aloha Friday: Mainland Style

Here on the mainland, our Aloha Friday is mostly celebrated with the phrase “TGIF”. So in celebration of today, I’ve made a little animated .gif (which are all the rage with designers these days) to celebrate.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Aloha Friday: 2011 Superlatives

Happy Aloha Friday (actually from Hawaii, woo!).

2011 was a year of highs and lows and an emotional rollercoaster to say the least. I’m ready to bid it adieu and start fresh with 2012, but first I thought I’d offer a brief look back over the past year. I saw a similar post on another blog and thought I’d do my own design spin on it.

Best iPhone App: Tie between Instagram and Hipstamatic (you can tell I think this, as around 80% of my photos have been through these)

Best iPad App: Twitter. Never thought I’d “tweet”, but the amazingly clean and functional design of this twitter app literally turned me into a tweeter. Check it out.

Best New (to my collection) Typeface: Museo. Clean lines, modern flow, a nice little, versatile font.

Best New TV Show: Homeland. Hands down. Have you seen it?? I confess I love my CW guilty pleasures, but Homeland is a legitimately great show with staying power. And if Claire Danes doesn’t win an Emmy or Golden Globe, I’ll be shocked.

Best Memory: Our wedding. This was definitely the high point of my year and I’m so fortunate to have so many amazing memories from the entire week with all our friends and family.

Best Book: Steve Jobs bio. A whole post to come on this next week, but if you have some free time, pick up this book.

Best New Website: Pinterest. This site has alleviated my need for the countless amounts of “inspiration” folders I had cluttering my desktop.


Hope everyone has a nice New Year’s and a fabulous start to the New Year!


Happy Aloha Friday: Costumes of Halloweens Past

As it’s the weekend before Halloween, I thought I’d post some old pictures just for fun. It is Aloha Friday after all. Excuse the poor image quality, these are photographs of photographs. I’m rushing a bit to pack, work out, and hit the DMV before we head to Beaver Creek for the night. As I was born on Halloween, we’ve always been a big costume fan. There are only a few (sullen, not to be spoken about, whiny) teenage years where I missed out on dressing up. Here are a few favs from my younger years:

(yes, the clown is my mom and the dinosaur is my brother)

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Aloha Fall Friday

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’ve been enjoying this week immensely. Fall has left me in a perma-good mood and I can’t wait for football tomorrow! Today has been full of flowers (Whole Foods beauties and my new pots out front) and a sweet house guest (my brother and sister in law’s dog, Belle). Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Boomer Sooner!

Aloha Friday: La Jolla pics pt. 2

Happy Friday! It’s been a nice week out here in La Jolla. Here are a few more pics including a few from a “safari” at the Wild Animal Park here (which is AMAZING).

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Aloha Friday: An Oklahoma photographic experience

I spent last Thursday to Tuesday in Oklahoma (note: originally I typed Hawaii here, I wish and I clearly have Aloha Friday on the brain) and have just come up for air beneath my pile of work and errands. So I thought I’d share some pictures from my trip as parts were quite entertaining. When the weather is well into the hundreds (even without the heat index), you have to get a bit creative on how to occupy your time.

We did lots of antiquing:

Our purchases included these amazing plates (not the Sprinkles cupcake) and a perfume bottle (I’ve decided to start a collection):

Other activities included a jaunt to the Porter Peach Festival. Due to a bad crop this year, there were literally no peaches available for purchase, but we had some of the best peach cobbler I’ve ever eaten and got to witness this gem of a parade. The parade included  3 Porter Peach Festival Princesses of different ages (the youngest being the Peach Bud who sat out of the top of a truck waving her best light bulb screw wave), politicians vying for support (I’ve shown one below riding on a tractor), a tractor pull, and shiners galore on their small cars. We didn’t last too long, as the heat index was around 110, but it was an experience worth braving the heat.

We also went to a shopping event (that we’re a bit embarrassed by, as it was mostly a craft fair) at the Fair Grounds. If you’ve ever been to Tulsa, you’ll recognize the oil man.

But it wasn’t a total loss as I was able to find the CUTEST, softest little dress for my good friend Belinda’s soon-to-be born baby girl and have it monogrammed with her name.

We ended the trip with a visit to the Dust Bowl. Another good friend of mine, Bailey, is an architect in Tulsa and worked on this bar. It is truly a work of art from the name to the bowling pin door handles to the old school experience of keeping your own score by hand. As I’m an avid bowling fan (note: this does not mean I am any good), I have a feeling this will be a frequent stop on my visits home.

I returned to Denver with a new outlook on the “heat” here. It’s not hot if it’s not over 100 degrees with 100% humidity.

Not a lot going on for me this weekend, just relaxing. Anyone have any fun plans this weekend?

Aloha Friday: Our Wedding Preview

They’re heeere. After five and a half weeks of waiting, some patience, some temporarily lost patience, and two Fedex packages from Hawaii, our wedding pictures have finally arrived. Next week I’m going to do several posts on all the invitations and collateral (as there is a LOT), but before I leave for a float trip this weekend near Grand Junction, CO I wanted to post a few of my favorite portraits. Thanks to Toby Hoogs for all the amazing photography!

Can’t even wait to share more… Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!