New Orleans: French Quarter

Happy Friday, friends! Last week I went on a quick spring break trip to New Orleans with my family. I have never been to Louisiana before so I was especially excited to check off visiting a new state. Just 17 to go! Our first evening and first full day were both spent exploring the French Quarter. We stayed in a lovely Airbnb outside of the main hustle and bustle, and loved having a real home to come back to each night. I haven't had the opportunity to spend very much time in the South, and I really enjoyed experiencing the food and culture! 

Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter

Our first meal was at the Napoleon House. I tried my first Po' Boy there (which was delicious) and also really loved my Satsuma Pimm's Cup. Since it was St. Patrick's day we were able to see all the craziness on Bourbon Street before heading to Preservation Hall for a jazz performance. It was amazing. I definitely recommend getting tickets in advance so that you can have a seat, rather than standing in the back — it was one of the most memorable parts of our trip. (I even got a saxophone charm to add to my charm bracelet.) After that we headed back to the house to get some sleep. 

Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter

The next morning we got up and headed to get beignets. We originally planned on going to Cafe Du Monde, but the line was so long we headed to New Orleans Famous Beignets & Coffee instead (which in my opinion was just as delicious!). After that we walked all around Jackson Square, did some shopping, and then ate at the Oceana Grill for lunch. After a little more sight-seeing we then headed back to the house to rest before going on a ghost tour. Although a bit silly, I had a lot of fun listening to the stories. We loved exploring the French Quarter, it was the prefect introduction to New Orleans! 

Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter
Letters Are Lovely | New Orleans: French Quarter

Hallmark CLS Speaker: Gemma O'Brien

Today I received my invitation to Hallmark's Creative Leadership Symposium and I was especially excited to see that Gemma O'Brien (@mrseaves101 on Instagram) will be speaking! I have followed Gemma for a long time and her work is stunning. The whole lineup has not been announced yet, but based off of the few names we did learn I know it will be an amazing day. 

The theme for this year's event is "Explore What Else?" and I think each of the speakers will address this in their talk — I can't wait to report back after the actual event! For now, enjoy some of Gemma's beautiful work:



STL Adventures

Happy Monday! Today I'm sharing a few photos from the last few weekends Dale and I spent in St. Louis. As the warm weather continues we have spent lots of time in Forest Park, we spent an afternoon at the St. Louis Art Museum, and we have popped by one of my favorite stores, Flowers & Weeds, a few times. I was especially excited to find a plant for my new llama planter. Enjoy! 

Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
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Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures
Letters Are Lovely | STL Adventures

Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 Teachers

There are just a few days left of the Modern Calligraphy Summit 2.0 and I have loved watching all the videos that have gone live so far. I'm grateful I can go back and watch these at anytime — thought I have kept up with viewing the lessons I haven't yet had time to complete all the exercises myself. Below you will find links to each of the teachers' websites and Instagram accounts (click on their name for Instagram / photo for their website). I have been very inspired by the variety of styles and vast knowledge these ladies have shared, enjoy browsing through their work! 

Photography and Styling with
 Alissa Mazzenga and Aimee Mendez


Layouts and Lettering Styles with Molly Knabel

Poppy and Mint Design

Poppy and Mint Design


Invitation Design with
Karla Lim


Classic Copperplate with
Younghae Chung

Everything But Paper with
Lauren Saylor


Breaking the Rules with
Katherine Ross


Brush Calligraphy with
Sharisse DeLeon


Watercolor Illustration with
Jenna Rainey


25th Birthday Gratitude

Last Saturday I celebrated my 25th Birthday and I thought it might be fun to write down 25 things I am grateful for at this moment in time. Who knows, maybe this will become a yearly tradition! 

Letters Are Lovely | 25th Birthday Gratitude
  1. My husband, Dale. 
  2. Recent and future travels and the memories I have made with family. 
  3. Strong friendships. (Especially my college girlfriends!)
  4. Having family close by. 
  5. A creative job where I can explore & create. 
  6. My flexible work schedule. 
  7. Working out at Fusion Fitness. 
  8. Mentors and good friends at work. 
  9. My health. 
  10. Dale and I's first apartment, and the home it has become. 
  11. Otto (our cat), and my childhood kitties Annabelle and Bonnie. 
  12. Making time for reading. 
  13. Listening to podcasts on my commute. 
  14. Learning to love to cook. 
  15. Learning outside of work. (Like signing up for the Calligraphy Summit!)
  16. Memories made watching KU Basketball games with Dale and friends. 
  17. Photography.
  18. Generous parents. 
  19. My choice to use more natural beauty and home products. 
  20. The inspiration I gain from reading blogs. 
  21. My blog, and how it allows me to document my life. 
  22. Our friends in St. Louis.
  23. Meditation. 
  24. My sisters. 
  25. And again, Dale because we go on the most adventures together.