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Thursday, October 23, 2014


Hey guys! I've been kept busy for ages, and oh man, have I been wanting to share how pretty Austin is in the midst of it all!

Take this mooring, for example. You can start your day before the sun rises and spend an hour or two exploring before hampering down to work. You're likely to see gorgeous sights! Here were a few of the views from this morning:
I leaned out the balcony and snapped the quiet view of the city...both Austin and I were waking up together for once! 
I went around the corner of our apartment and took photos of a pretty unwilling subject at a coffee shop (i.e. husband), but also took shots of the calm sky and lake, which were much more agreeable subjects, if you were wondering.
I took shots of another subject at the coffee shop (our dear friend who is also new to Austin--freshly transplanted from sunny Florida), and I caught the dynamic views of the lake as the sun was quickly rising (i.e. I was GALLOPING to get the photos)...
...and I saw vibrant bursts of pink along with swaying palm trees in the warm light. :) 

I tell friends (old and new) that my heart is breaking from loving Austin too much. Is this normal?? 

Friday, October 10, 2014


Hello, and happy Friday! It's been a while yet again, hasn't it? As I was lying in bed last night, I thought how much I've missed our Friday Art + Story posts, and I decided to remedy the situation in the tangled sheets then and there.

So here you are, with the newest addition to the Art + Story bunch!

This particular illustration makes me laugh because a) it's supposed to be me, and b) that's probably what I look like when I have loads of exciting work ahead of me (minus the twitching right eye).

This one's titled In A Good Way, and I love to pair it with Les Yeux Ouverts by Emilie-Claire Barlow.
I sleepily rubbed my eyes, staring into the glowing screen filled with the illustrated artwork, calling out to be edited. The sun wasn't out quite yet, but I knew it would peek over the buildings any minute now.

"This is huge deal," I consoled myself as the sun began creeping in through the windows a few moment later.  It was my first, real, all-night since college. In my post-college career, I had experienced the ultimate spoilage of blissful sleep for years on end, working in the daylight.

But what to do when you're faced with overflowing sketchbook paper, pencils and paintbrushes strewn over your work surface, explosions of watercolor, and tight deadlines?

You work through it, yo!! Somehow I had come to cling to this new mantra for the past month, all the while avoiding a strangled inner meltdown.

Suddenly, stress had become the anti-enemy after I had finally greeted her with a warm embrace and "how-do-you-do." HA!! I welcome you. We can share this blanket, sip some tea, listen to lulling French songs, and relaaaax. You're allowed in my space, but I'm referring to you as the good kind of stress.


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Here's to hoping you're experiencing stress in a good way, too! Happy weekend, pretties. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


So apparently, today marks the first official day of fall! You know how much I adore my summertime; this calls for a look back on the happy summer of 2014. :) 
I started my days with chocolate, delicious breads, fresh fruit, and tea--one of the best ways to begin your workload, right? 
I explored gorgeous Austin constantly. These two pictures are from a little peninsula called Redbud Park and the cool waters of Barton Springs, one of which is walking distance from our apartment! 
Many of the explorations were performed with the puppy. She's always ecstatic to come anywhere with us, fortunately. The two photos above are from Barton Springs again. 
The sweet husband of mine cooked deliciousness and brought it to me in bed. I wholeheartedly admit that I'm a spoiled sloth. 
We enjoyed slashing around with the adorable littles in the pool, spending time with family, and working late into the night on crazy fun projects
I'd say that's a wrap! Summer, you were grand this year. 
Now, onward to fall! You guys ready for this??

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Looong time no see (or talk, I should say)! We've been rumbling around over here the past two weeks, dealing with little things as small as making lemon meringue pies with about four ingredients to the bigger issues like finding out that our sweet baby Boston has glaucoma.

Despite sounding like a Depressing Danie from the previous sentence, this warrior princess of ours is doing SO well--we were told that she might completely lose her sight, but she remains unfazed and in super high spirits, and her right eye (which was blind when we checked yesterday) seems to be improving. Only time (and medicine) will tell. In the case that this sweetie does go blind, we already have an amazing dog in the family named Seigo who went blind a few years ago and has shown us just how well she's been able to adapt to her new phase in life. Seigo is a country dog at heart, and it makes me so happy to see her still racing across the gigantic front lawn, as free as ever. Sometimes we even forget that she's blind!

Before I go off on a winding tangent, I'd like to point out how much we can learn from our pets (or maybe I should say "members of the family," as they are definitely considered in ours). These strong little beings are faced with pain and life-changing situations, yet they bound forward, finding all the happiness along the way despite their obstacles.

I'm usually not very vocal about my stance on religion (oftentimes because others manage to spread hate through religion rather than love), but I do believe that God is in control. I can't become proud and forget to give my worries away to Him, because ultimately, it's not my choice who stays on this earth, who leaves, and what happens to us during this journey.

On the note of spreading love and being grateful, here's more of the photo shoot from the insanely loving family I had promised to share a super long time ago! Better late than never, huh?
The reason I say that this family is so loving is because of the way they communicate and interact with one another; the moment I stepped through the front door, Diana was going through a stressful situation that would make most girls weep, but she stayed calm with the kids, put on a smile, and showed genuine love--which obviously shows through the photos.  
In this particular photo, Diana was explaining to her tiny daughter why "Mommy was upset." Isn't it crazy how the most frustrating moments can portray your genuine personality? I'm incredibly impressed with people who stay kind throughout difficult times. 

I know when I get super stressed and upset, I'm not entirely fun to be around. I have a long way to go, but maybe one day I'll get there!
Sean, Diana's husband, shares a similar personality. You should have seen the kids light up when he walked in the back door after arriving home from work!
During the shoot, all of these happy moments filled the span of less than an hour: chocolate sharing, tiny bodies lifted in the air...
...rolling around on coffee tables, laugh-out-loud moments...
...elated black sock displays...
...gummy smiles, bear hugs, conga line dancing...
...dancing on chairs, loving embraces, and kids freely being allowed to be kids. 
This is definitely one family filled with love! If you want to see some extra adorable outtakes, head over to Pasadya's Facebook page. :) 

Hope you guys have been enjoying the past two weeks! :)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


Hi guys! I'm behind on the times, once again. Hopefully you'll excuse me--I was galloping around with family in town again for the week (this time, the husband's family came to say hello). During that time, we giggled with a baby, bellowed with a toddler, swam late into the night like kids, held our ground on the swaying Congress Bridge at Bat Fest with the rest of the crowd singing to Blue October, and baked some pretty awful sugar cookies (that was my doing).

On top of it all, I got to spend quality college-caliber nights with this pretty mama of two, who also happens to be my sister-in-law:
This is Jessica, a talented nurse-turned-entrepreneur, who is especially gifted at acting, singing, and pretty much melting children's awestruck hearts.

When Jessica contacted me earlier this year to see if I would be interested in designing her brand, I was honored. There was no way I could've said no to this project. 

'I was thinking of naming it Fancyful Fairytale Parties…it's kind of a mouthful," Jessica laughed through the phone line as she was telling me about her business name. "I was hoping for something magical…maybe spelled a different way than the original spelling. Maybe we could have a beautiful swoop in the 'y'?"

Here's what we came up with:
Magical, indeed! You should have seen our Pinterest boards filled with pixie dust, little princesses in puffy dresses, beautifully aged turquoise doors, and fanciful tea parties. 

Jessica puts it perfectly as to what Fancyful is all about: 

"Facncyful specializes in stylish, high-quality, whimsical party experiences, including princess visits and portable vintage tea parties in the Little Rock [Arkansas] area. We delight in bringing you polished and professional performers to make your little lady's special day as magical as possible!"
Jessica and her budding business exemplify the creation of beautiful moments in a child's life. I love how Fancyful's mission nods at the following thought:

"I am fully convinced that we humans need beauty in order to live rich and fulfilling lives. People grow and flourish when they are able to respond to the beauty around them and create their own forms of beauty."

                                                                                                                -Emilie Barnes

As a designer, I'm humbled to be able to work with some of the hardest working entrepreneurs I can think of. It's not every day that you get to be part of something that a child is bound to look back on and be able to remember even when they become an adult. 

As a matter of fact, I remember a tea party that my sister had when we were tiny girls (she was turning 8 or 9, and I was a year and a half younger). Our group of girls were dressed in fluffy hats, poofy dresses, short heels, and fake pearls, and we were treated to a tea party on the second story of an old building in downtown Abilene. I was absolutely crazy about the party, as all the other little girls were. I can only imagine how much I would have clamored if a fairytale princess were to enter the scene!
Photo by Julia Patterson | Branding by Pasadya

I rest my case, as you can see my already previously beautiful sister-in-law transformed into a live snow queen. 

Now if only you could hear her sing!

Be sure to check out Fancyful's website and brand new Facebook page--give it a like if you love what you see! :) 

Quote on Beauty by Emilie Barnes
Snow Queen photo by Julia Patterson
Model & Business Owner: Jessica Selby
Branding: Pasadya
All other photography: Pasadya
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