The days have been getting longer, the air gotten a lot warmer, the toes a little sunburnt, and we’re finally to that point where summer feels young, and a little carefree, amidst the rest of the chaos that surrounds our 9-5’s or other obligations. I just know that I haven’t been able to stop picking up magazines to read on the porch, or wanting to wake up earlier to enjoy the day outside before it gets crazy. I love how full of possibilities all summer days are. In light of that, it’s the perfect time of the year to envision your own bucket list; to pick up a new hobby, or to perfect an old one, to finally finish organizing your new businesses initiatives, to make time for yourself to just relax, etc Here are some of the things we’re looking forward to:
1. Listen to jazz at a sidewalk cafe
2. Go on a camping trip
3. Make fresh lemonade
4. Paint our nails a crazy color/pattern
5. Plan an outdoor movie night
6. Do yoga outside at sundown, or sunset
7. Start and finish a new TV series
8. Perfect a new business/hobby plan
9. Get published
10. Read a cheesy summer romance novel
11. Go to an outdoor concert
12. Visit the Farmer’s Market every saturday
13. Fly a kite
14. Have a bonfire and invite all your friends
15. Dance in the rain
I’ve already crossed out a couple. ;)
Adventures, big and small, deserve documentation. I love the memories I have from mini day trips, family vacations, and wild explorations. The printed 4×6 images decorate my office, my car, and live in pretty frames inside my house. I love reliving adventures long after the hot summer days are melted away.
So when you’re packing for your next adventure, don’t forget the gear it takes to capture all the excitement. When it comes to documenting memories, it doesn’t have to be fancy: your iPhone and a little ingenuity can go a long way. Below, I rounded up some of my favorite tools and apps for taking great photos while traveling.
1. Lumoid Road Trip – Lumoid sends you a package of the photography gear of your choice – you can choose from pre-made sets based on your needs (like the “Weekender” or “Wedding” package) or you can mix and match cameras and lenses for your own a la carte camera gear.
Use the camera or lenses as long as you need it, then ship it back when you’re done! It’s a nice way to use great gear without having to fork over big bucks.
2. iPhone 6 – Of course, it goes without saying: your iPhone should go with you! Clear out some storage space and get ready to snap some creative, and beautiful, images with your phone.
3. Over app – When you take those beautiful images, add gorgeous type with the Over app. This app is easy to use and features hand lettering by artists. You can tell people where you are, where you’re going, and why adventure matters with pre-made type or in your own words.
4. iMovie – When I see a beautiful brand video, sometimes I’m mouth-wide-open shocked when someone says “Oh yeah, I made it with my iPhone and iMovie.” Seriously, it’s too easy. Capture the spirit of your trip – like your hand out the window, the middle-of-the-desert pit stop, and that hole-in-the-wall diner breakfast. Add some fun music and you’ll have a video to love and share.
5. PostalPix – PostalPix is an app that lets you upload and order images directly from your Camera Roll or Instagram feed. I can be so lazy about printing, but nothing is more satisfying than holding that for real print in your hand.
What photography gear/apps can you not travel without? Tell us in the comments!
Image by Anais & Dax on Style Me Pretty
It’s been forever since we’ve done a client feature and we are excited to start sharing some of the work Team Spitfiregirl has been working on. We’ve got several great clients to share, and today we’re kicking things off with NYC-based event designer Cynthia Ross Events. Cynthia came to us after seeing the work we’d done with our client Erganic Design.
This project includes a renaming, fresh new logo and website (currently in production). Cynthia is vivacious, fun and creative and it’s been so much fun to rebrand her. Below is our inspiration board we created for her. Much more soon!
I spent the weekend in southern Oklahoma, attending graduation parties and family get-togethers. I’m usually on the Whole30 plan – a form of clean eating that excludes inflammatory foods like grains and dairy. This can make it hard to eat clean at summer celebrations: they’re usually loaded down with sweet tea and not-so-good-for-you potato salad.
Hearty meat-an-potato meals are my favorite, but incorporating them into a summer feast (in a healthy way!) can be challenging. Luckily, I found Vidya – a site that shares plant-based recipes and tips about eating well. Claire Ragozzino shares her summer potato salad recipe (below!) and some science behind why it’s good for you, body and soul. It’s an awesome alternative, so you won’t feel like you’re missing out this summer.
I love going to her site to read about seasonal eating, new recipes, juicing, and how the food you eat can change the way you feel. Check it out!
SUMMER POTATO SALAD WITH HOMEMADE WHOLE GRAIN MUSTARD
Whole Grain Mustard
1/4 cup yellow mustard seeds
1/4 cup black mustard seeds
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tsp raw honey
1 tsp Himalayan pink salt (or desired salt)
Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir well to incorporate the honey and salt. Allow mixture to sit for 1 hour. Pour into an airtight glass container, like a mason jar, and store in your fridge for fresh, preservative-free mustard on hand!
10 small red potatoes, quartered
2 ½ tbsp whole grain mustard
2 ½ tbsp red wine vinegar
½ cup olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup chopped dill
½ cup chopped parsley
1 tsp Himalayan pink salt (or desired salt)
fresh cracked pepper
In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil and cook the quartered potatoes on medium-high for 15-20 minutes, or until soft. Drain the hot water and rinse with cool water. Transfer to a large bowl. In a separate small bowl, combine all the dressing ingredients and whisk together with a fork. Pour the dressing over the potatoes and toss until well combined.
Images: Claire Ragozzino of Vidya
I’ve always been a die-hard music fan. But I guess that’s so generic, right? Everybody can love music. However, I think only the fanatics go to such lengths as to attend music festivals. So.. then I guess I’m a farce, because I’ve never actually attended any, but have had every good intention, and intention is what counts right? Throughout my undergrad years I’ve searched the internet, gathered reviews and made the discernments for you, so that if you’re feeling adventurous at any time this summer you can just pack up and go! My favorites are…
Dates: May 29-31
Lineup: Foster The People, Imagine Dragons, No Doubt, Young The Giant, Snoop Dog, etc
Dates: June 5-7
Lineup: Florence & The Machine, Drake, The Black Keys, Lana Del Rey, Bjork, Ryan Adams, etc
Dates: June 11-14
Lineup: Mumford &Sons, Hozier, Flume, Kendrick Lamar, Billy Joel, Florence & The Machine, Deadmau5,etc
Dates: July 31- August 2
Lineup: Paul McCartney, Metallica,The Weeknd, Alt-J, Of Monsters And Men, Banks, First Aid Kit, Tame Impala, etc.
Dates: May 22-25
Lineup: Modest Mouse, Kendrick Lamar, The Decemberists, Jose Gonzalez, Of Monters And Men, Lana Del Rey, etc
Dates: August 7-9
Lineup: Elton John, Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Mumford & Sons, The Black Keys, D’Angelo, Wilco, etc
Dates: June 24-28 & June 30-July 5
Lineup: Kings Of Leon, Linkin Park, Ed Sheeran, The Flaming Lips, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, etc
Dates: June 18-21
Lineup: The Killers, Foster The People, Zedd, Bastille, Kozier, Kid Cudi, Kinds of Leon, Awolnation, etc
Which of these will you attending?
Chances are, you’re having and rainy and dreary spring. Us, too. The weather has had me feeling down, so we wanted to brighten up with some really cool things happening in the creative world: people using their art to make life better for others. Being creative isn’t just about making things pretty – it’s about helping others see the world in a better, more beautiful way. We rounded up some links to inspire you, and remind you there’s still kindness in the world.
Mark Bustos is a talented stylist at a swanky salon in New York City. His creative service passion? Giving the homeless free haircuts. Every Sunday, his only day off from work, he walks the city in search of anyone who would appreciate a trim. In this video, Bustos talks about how life changing a hair cut can be.
Are Street Pianos in your city? They’re given to urban areas all around the world, to help natives and tourists take ownership of the awesome place they’re in. The pianos say “Play Me, I’m Yours” and people are encouraged to decorate the piano in whatever way they think represents the city. Every piano has a blog for the public to upload and share content. Check out some of the videos here.
Below is a video from San Fernando Family Rescue Mission Makeover. Blogger, TV host, designer and Heidi’s all around creative girl crush, Emily Henderson is using her skills as an interior designer to help homeless families feel cozy and safe in the renovated mission.
If you’re anything like Team Spitfiregirl, you’re as creative as you are kind. So check out these videos, get inspired, and see how you can use your art to create some #randomactsofawesome
Nothing seems harder to talk about, and around, than the serious illness of someone you love. Like most people, I’ve had personal experiences with cancer and chronic illness. According to the American Cancer Society, there will be an estimated 1,658,370 new cancer cases diagnosed and 589,430 cancer deaths in the US this year alone. We all will, likely, become acquainted with this really sucky disease.
Comments about cancer, chronic illness, or lost pregnancies- be it on social media or in person at the hospital – can range from flippant to fake, or even downright ignorant and rude. People often mean well, but have a hard time communicating their feelings in a scary and uncertain situation. Lucky for us and our beloved coworkers, mothers, fathers, siblings, and family members, there is a new line on empathy cards to say everything we ever wanted to say to someone experiencing an awful illness or medical event. These cards express tough times in a way that resonates with patients in a joyful and humorous way.
Emily McDowell created a line of empathy cards based on her experience as a cancer patient, and they are as lovely and heartfelt as any card you’ve ever read before. She created the card that didn’t exist, but we all desperately needed: something full of love, joy, humor, and most of all, honesty.
Thanks for being so rad, Emily.