Los Angeles Part One

Last week my friend Laura and I headed to LA for a whirlwind few days! Today I am sharing a few photos from our first two days, which included lots of good food, time spent in traffic, and an Eric Clapton concert. We started our Tuesday morning with breakfast at Commissary, a beautiful restaurant on the roof of the Line Hotel. Next up we made a quick trip to The Last Bookstore before heading to Alchemy Works for some window shopping. When we noticed a Salt & Straw location right across the street we decided on ice cream for lunch and then headed to our reservation at The Broad. It was worth the wait to see Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirrored Room, and I absolutely loved the rest of the museum as well. After checking into our Venice Airbnb and relaxing for a bit we headed to our first dinner at Rossoblu (we recommend starting with the meatballs!). 

Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles

Day two was all about exploring Abbot Kinney. We went to breakfast at The Butcher's Daughter, another beautiful breakfast spot, and then spent the rest of the morning was spent wandering through all the shops. I was really excited to pop in Urbanic and Burro. We also made our way to the Venice canals and admired all the lovely homes! After a quick stop back to our Airbnb to get ready, we headed out to get sushi at Wabi which had some great happy hour specials. Laura and I ended up in Los Angeles because of the Eric Clapton concert so after dinner we hopped in an uber and went on to enjoy the show! 

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Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles
Letters Are Lovely | Los Angeles

Block Printing for #My5Days

Last Thursday I spent the last of #My5Days at a block printing workshop led by Marisol Ortega. She spent the morning teaching us how she uses block printing in her illustration and lettering work, and then we were let loose to create patterns and other lettering or illustration focused pieces. I loved the freedom of creating one small square and seeing the different ways it could be printed to create patterns. In the afternoon I played around with an illustrated letter "A." I would love to incorporate this technique into future lettering pieces! Thanks, Hallmark, for five days this year to explore and spend time making!

Letters Are Lovely | Block Printing for #My5Days
Letters Are Lovely | Block Printing for #My5Days

August Around The Web

Happy Wednesday, friends! This August was pretty work-focused as my team had a big deadline for Mother's Day cards and Dale spent his month on a time-consuming rotation in his last year of medical school. We enjoyed a few lazy weekends at home in St. Louis, and I was lucky to have a visit from my mom last week. Dale and I also traveled to Ohio for our friends' wedding, which was the perfect way to end the month!

This month was full of inspiration around the web – my favorite discovery was the work of Tom Abbiss Smith. I have been really inspired by his abstract collages, and this is one of my favorites. I would love to order one of his prints! Here are a few of my other favorite finds: 

Letters Are Lovely | August Around The Web: Artwork by Tom Abbiss Smith

Enjoy the last few weeks of Summer!


Cake Decorating for Think.Make.Share.

Today on Think.Make.Share. you can learn all about different ways to decorate cakes! I took Kelly and Bernard's workshop for one of #My5Days and as someone with very little experience in baking or frosting cakes I definitely learned a lot! This was the workshop that inspired me to bake a cake for our Fourth of July celebration, and I know I will be using my new skills for many parties and events in the future. Below you can see everyone's ombre-style cakes, as well as my petal cake and an action shot of me learning how to even out the layers. Head over to Think.Make.Share. for lots more inspiration!  

Letters Are Lovely | Cake Decorating for Think.Make.Share.
Letters Are Lovely | Cake Decorating for Think.Make.Share.
Letters Are Lovely | Cake Decorating for Think.Make.Share.