From Detroit with Love

Walking through Detroit can at times feel like moving through a time machine. The streets are lined with art deco and hand painted shop signs, the architecture feels like being in a midcentury movie. Whenever I tell people how much I enjoy traveling to Detroit, I'm often met with rolling eyes or confused expressions. Detroit is not without its problems, but past the abandoned buildings and stretches of destruction there lies so much potential to rebuild. Small businesses are popping up in this city, which is very encouraging to see. Optimism and opportunity are a necessary, powerful combination. It's easy to feel optimistic in a place with less obvious problems; it's much harder to look past all that to find optimism amongst what is seemingly a grim situation. When I look at Detroit, I cannot help but see potential, and feel inspired by a community of people who refuse to give up on this city.

These are some of the images I captured while I was there over Christmas vacation. I wish I had taken more, but it was quite the whirlwind trip. Every day was gorgeous until the day I left, when a blizzard came in, but it's always fun to photograph those, too.

Color Study / 5

This promotional poster for TWA captures the energy and excitement of New York City perfectly. I want a giant poster of this on my wall, and now I am also remembering how much I miss that beloved city. It is one of my first loves in this world.

Posting is a little light this week as I'm working on a deadline and going on a mini vacation, but I've got lots in store for you next week when life is (sort of) back to normal.

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Girls' Weekend

This past weekend I decided to escape the NATO craziness happening in Chicago, and hopped on a train to Michigan to hang with my favorite ladyfriends. It was one of those perfect relaxing weekends: making breakfast burritos together, hanging on the beach, antique shopping, eating seafood on the water and reminiscing about college days. Oh, and dancing. There's always dancing. It really got me pumped for the rest of summer. Despite the fact that we all live in different cities now, it's comforting to know that I still have two incredible, smart women in my life to keep me grounded. I couldn't ask for better friends.

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New Prints in the Shop

Woohoo! It's been a while since I've been able to add some new cards to the shop, but today I had the chance to add some photographic prints. I'm hard at work on some prints I'm really excited about, and without revealing too much, all I'll reveal is that they involve hand-rendered type. Hope you guys enjoy, I'll be adding lots of new stuff in the next few weeks! Oh, and don't forget it's 10% off for the next week!