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Summer Movie Color Palettes

There is just something so “summer” about slipping into a dark movie theater with a cold soda after a day in the sun. For a few hours at least, we can escape the heat and lose ourselves in a whole new world. (See what I did there?)

We took inspiration from this summer’s hottest releases and created color palettes that are getting us excited to play and experiment with some colorful new designs.

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Aladdin! Yesssss! All those jewel-tones. SNL’s Nasim Pedrad as Jasmine’s best friend? Here for it.

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Love a good coming-of-age story. Almost as much as the blues and yellows in this palette.

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Safari vibes, all day, all night!

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There were so many great costumes to choose from in Rocketman, but we love this scene-stealing fiery number.

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Bo Peep is looking gooooooood! And her color palette has us dreaming of ice cream and key lime pie.

here's to you, ladies...

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A special shoutout to our fellow female business owners, entrepreneurs, adventurers and cube dwellers today and the rest of Women History Month! What kind of mood are you in right now? Motivated? Dejected? Surrounded by business pals? Feeling like you are in this thing all alone?

However you find yourself today, we’re glad for you and the work you do. The world we live in is brighter and more vibrant because of it. Keep putting your smart and thoughtful works out there. We need them.

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In the spirit of womanhood, a few fun links from around the web:

2019’s Best & Worst States for Women. Where do you live?

We don’t know about you, but we want to dream crazier.

If things feel off-course, you need to listen to this.

A collection of beauty that inspires.

Just the right color to brighten your work day.

Giving back.

Wishing we could check out this collection.

A badass woman.

Put In The Hours

Your "future self" is probably living on a private island sipping mimosas on a Wednesday morning. Our "future selves" are filming a documentary of the world's most breathtaking camping spots. These dreams won't become reality though unless our "present selves" put in the long, hard hours.

Malcolm knows this...

Elizabeth knows this...

Ira knows this..

So keep working hard on your craft. Remember, there's a sandy beach and a cabana boy/girl waiting for you at the finish line.

 

 

5 Instagram Accounts We're Totally Loving

1. Caroline, the designer behind Made Vibrant, has an Instagram feed just as fun and colorful as her website. We love her bold splashes of paint, funky patterns and inspiring quotes. 

@ckelso

2. We kind of really like Minnesota. So much so that we can't get enough of Capture Minnesota's stunning feed. Never have the Stone Arch Bridge or Ice Caves looked this good.

@captureminnesota

3. Javier Perez is a genius with simple line drawings and everyday objects. The results are whimsical mini pieces of art.

@cintascotch

4. Two girls like us who like to travel the world? Sounds like a definite follow! We don't mind being transported to exotic locales through Sarah and Jahnel's adventures, even if it's on our phones on our lunch break.

@two_excited

5. Okay, so we may be biased because we know John, but Dodge Creative's feed is not only filled with gorgeous photography but also deep words of encouragement and inspiration.

@dodge_creative

Beating the Winter Blahs...

When February hits in Minnesota, the winter blues come knocking. With the lack of sunshine and fresh air, sometimes work can start to feel stale. Here’s some ideas for staying inspired on those cold and dreary days:

  1. When the sun is shining, take advantage of it and go for a walk! Nothing energizes us more that finding a new state park and exploring it for a couple of hours in an afternoon. The air might be brisk and chilly, but it puts a spark back into our step and helps clear the cabin-fever cobwebs.

  2. Switch things up by finding some new music through Music-Map. We love using this simple site to discover new artists that have similar sounds to our regulars. A new beat in your ears is often all you need to get moving again.

  3. Wander through your local fabric store or library. For us, holding physical products in our hands helps us feel more connected to the designs themselves. A visit to the fabric store yields us pattern inspiration we can use in future products, and the library is chock-full of design goodness - from books on architecture, design, watercolor, photography, hey, sometimes we just like to look at the book covers themselves.

  4. Get into the Oscar hype! Research which movies are garnering Oscar buzz and go watch them! Take note of the storytelling, the cinematography, the costumes and the character development. Sometimes seeing the creativity of others expressed through their craft translates into inspiration in your own work.

  5. Finally, light some candles and take a bath - relax under the hot water and bubbles and let your mind just be. With so many things happening around all of us everyday, it’s important to find a time and space to be present to our thoughts without distractions. And often, when we do have time to space out, good ideas will creep in.