Nylon Magazine – March 2013 Issue


“Factory Girl Pink.” – Dani Stahl

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I’ve quit my job with aboslutely no plan for the future. Here’s why:

Right after getting my BA in writing arts I hit the road for grad school where I earned a MA in publications design. While I was still in grad school I got an amazing internship at an amazing ad agency. I’ll never forget the day I sent them my crazy email, subject line: If I don’t Intern For You I Might Die.

Almost three years later, I’ve experienced some incredible things, and have gotten the chance to go places most wouldn’t – for all of these things I am forever grateful to my colleagues and clients.

After staring at the sky for hours in Rittenhouse Square, and drunken chats with strangers on the benches of Frankford Hall, I’ve decided if I continue this career I’ve created for myself, I won’t be able to do everything I’ve ever wanted, and when I’m 87 and look back on my life, I need to have no regrets. So, in true MOXIEGUMPTION style, I’ve decided to take a ginormous risk and leave the advertising world to take some road trips and fall in love with whatever I want before I don’t have the chance.


So, what am I gonna do now?

I’m gonna find what makes me happy and do that.

Could be any of the following:

  • work at a magazine
  • be a barista for a minute to meet a hawt coffee-drinking stud
  • roadtrips
  • move to london
  • work at NastyGal
  • make collages like nobody’s bidness
  • see a lot of live shows
  • write a screenplay
  • take my little sisters to the pool
  • go on tour with a band
  • hike a mountain
  • open an etsy store

  • take a screenwriting class

  • learn about SEO

  • interview shadowscene, & Leila Baboi

  • work on a music video shoot

  • work on a magazine photoshoot

  • design a window display

  • read tons of books

I’ve always believed in being myself, never settling, and living life to the fullest. Back in May I took a Blogshop class to slap my creative self in the face. It was utterly inspiring to see Bri Emery (who is clearly a unique soul) work her style into something people want for themselves. She recently wrote a blog post about being age 27 – and I can’t wait to see where I am a year from now, but until then, I’ve got a little something to say to Bri Emery:


xoxoxoxo 4——->

The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”
– Steve Jobs

The greatest risk is risking nothing at all
– Leo Buscaglia

to be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human can fight and never stop fighting.
– e.e. cummings



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I <3 Washed Out‘s new jam + lyric video for “Don’t Give Up.” YouTube user trentEA tells the world (via video comment) what this song does to a person:

For a minute you remembered your ex but then you was like forget iiiiit!!!!

Ya, basically.

“Don’t Give Up” also inspired me to put a lil collage of stuff together (after the jump) based on single lines from the lyrics. All these photos are from WeHeartIt – I fucking love that website, she’s a beaut. Here goes:


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Along with Bri Emery’s heavenly DESIGNLOVEFEST blog, there’s another place I often inspiration for sharing my creativity through design. That place is A Beautiful Mess by Elsie Larson. Recently Miss Elsie Cake and her team created their very own app, which I was quick to purchase for $.99. It’s pretty cute to see how ecstatic the team is at how fast their app has become a success. In a previous post I let you all in on a little secret – I wasn’t sure if I wanted to start using text in my instagrams. However, after browsing through all the instagram photos captioned with #abeautifulmess I couldn’t help but become inspired.

So, what was I going to create?

I waited a few days until something felt really right. While looking through my “following’ list on instagram, I re-discovered a profile that I felt really hadn’t posted for a while and decided to investigate.

@ThisIsHowYouWinHerBack hadn’t posted in two months. It’s the “Boy meets girl. Boy and girl fall in love. Boy messes up. Boy cleans up the mess, realizes what he’s lost, what he’s gained, who he is, what he wants” account of an anonymous dude trying to win back his ex by putting up posters all around New York donning a quote they’d shared. I personally found this utterly romantic, (almost as lovely as DESIGNLOVEFEST’S FLOWER BOMB – #iDie) though much of the internet seems to find it utterly ridiculous <— eff them.


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I just spent the entire weekend with my idol, Bri Emery, in a beautiful space in Philly with a bunch of ladies who want everything that I want.

I remember the first time I literally StumbledUpon Bri Emery‘s blog of gold, D E S I G N L O V E F E S T. It was my first year of grad school (2009) and I was in the computer lab trying to find inspiration for last night’s project. I usually browsed blogs every day for inspiration, but on this day, I came across a mecca of color, fun, originality and style. Since that day, I’ve been following Bri’s journey from good designer to successful brand.

Once she teamed up with her photographer BFF Angela Kohler of angela+ithyle to put on Blogshops all over the world, that was it. I stalked the site in hopes to find a Philly date where I could meet my idol and learn everything there is to learn about blogging. Finally, the day came. I screamed in my office and instantly purchased my spot. After counting down for a few months, I woke up on a Saturday and it was time to cab it to Kensington. I arrived a few minutes late, got lost in the building and freaked out, worried I’d be the last one there, that the class would start without me, that Bri would think I was some kind of psychopath. When I got to the door, I stopped, took a deep breath – preparing myself to have my life changed. Then, I opened the door:

#BlogshopPhilly Angela taking blogshop student headshots under the gorgeous hanging poufs by BHLDN.

#BlogshopPhilly My desk area with ampersand design studio and bkr gifts from Bri!

#BlogshopPhilly #blogshopphilly selfie for you all.

#BlogshopPhilly More gifts from the blogshop crew – pretty strips bandages and a branch+cotton notepad. I absolutely loved that moment when I instagrammed this notebook and branch+cotton tagged me with #branchandcottongirl

#BlogshopPhilly All our gifts (like these cute floral paper straws) from Bri & Angela came in this wonderful champagne maptote.

#BlogshopPhilly My very own blogshop branded jump drive!

Whoever is here reading this, I can’t wait for you to follow me on my journey from okay blog, to inspirational blog. I can’t wait to start putting my #blogshopphilly skills to use. The first order of business is taking better photos – stay tuned.

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When it comes to instagram, I think there are 2 kinds of users, I’m going to call them Theme Twerkers and Non-Theme Twerkers

These are the instagram users whose images as a whole convey a certain aesthetic via tone, theme, and voice whether they realize it or not. They use an internal style guideline (again whether they realize it or not) which helps their brain decide what to take a picture of, how to crop it and what filters to use. It’s the inner art director in all of us working hard to paint the picture we want to portray. The great thing about THEME TWERKERS is that we all strive for the same thing; consistency. As with any creative output, we can be inspired by each other, and work hard at recreating themes that inspire us, but we’ll never create the same art as anyone else. Instagram is based on your surroundings – and no one else’s, around what you think is a good photo – and not what someone else thinks. From creative process to materials and subjects, each of our themes is individual. It’s what you do with what you got that counts.

These are the people who’s instagram accounts have absolutely no theme, and who’s pictures basically look like what would happen if a drunk baby had a camera.


I know I am utterly ridiculous when it comes to instagram, A THEME TWERKER WHO BE GETTIN’ REALLY REALLY LOW. My friends relentlessly make fun of my process and the fact that I even have a process (if you’re curious about that, tweet me, otherwise I won’t waste your time ;)), but if you’re a THEME TWERKER like me, then you might understand (eeeek).

A lot of people decide not to have an instagram because they think there’s nothing to take pictures of. To those people I channel my inner Ferris Bueller when I say

Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

One could argue the fact that I’m missing life while I’m taking so long to instagram it, but at least I saw something worth the effort.  I love taking pictures of stuff (outfit photos aside) – of things just as they are – moments people may other wise walk all over. Somebody’s gotta save those moments and I wanna be that girl.

The most awkward part of instagram is when someone is switcihing between types of images – I am probably going to be going through this soon, so stick around to see what happens.







  • TEXT OVER IMAGES: I would love to use text over images, but I have never done that, so I’m torn on whether or not I should start now
  • RECTANGULARLY CROPPED PHOTOS: I completely just made up a word. I can’t say I like the fact that instagram’s images are square. Sometimes it’s super annoying, but since that’s the format, I don’t like to mess with it. Although I think YeahRentals does a really good job of mixing squares and rectangles
  • B&W: I hardly ever use black and white, I just don’t prefer it. When I do use it, I don’t use it again for a long time
  • FOOD: I don’t post food just because it’s there. I save food pics for really cool food
  • PICSTITCH: Picstitch has been a really good way for me to get around the instagram square situation when I’d rather use an rectangle
  • BORDERS: I really dislike borders. The only time I’ll use them is when I use PicStitch, and actually I use PicJointer
  • OTHER PEOPLE’S ART: I don’t like instagramming other people’s art. There are some exceptions, like if it’s in a magazine, on a billboard, or painted on a building. If I see a cool poster, or painting hanging in someone’s apartment, I won’t instagram it

So now you know I’m a really big nerd, and I’ll see you all at Barcade.

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