Woodland Baby Shower

If you know me at all, you know I am a proud aunt to two beautiful blonde haired boys so I was over-the-moon excited for the arrival of my THIRD nephew, Brooks Scott, due in March. Being that my sister already has two boys, she insisted she only needed something small in lieu of a shower. We called it a “sprinkle,” but my mom and I just couldn’t help ourselves. We opted for a woodland-themed shower to celebrate our little deer’s arrival:


The cake was one of my absolute favorite parts of planning this shower. I saw the cutest cake on Pinterest (because of course I did) and had to recreate it. We made two small circle cakes using one box of french vanilla cake mix (plus a few special ingredients like mexican vanilla). We placed the first one upside down to give us a flat surface to work with and spread a layer of frosting before adding a raspberry filling over the top, making sure to avoid about an inch of the edges so it wouldn’t overflow. Then we placed the second layer on top. After that, we lathered it up in our homemade icing (whipped icing mix, cream cheese + whipped cream) and let it cool in the fridge over night. The day of, we placed our cute mama and baby deer (from Hobby Lobby) on top for a finishing touch.


Once again, Pinterest comes in handy here. I did a search for baby shower printables and stumbled upon these cuties. Hannah of We Lived Happily Ever After offers a variety of printables featuring these little critters and they’re exactly what made me choose this theme. My dad just so happened to have the perfect branch to recreate the banner she featured on her blog and I was so happy with the end-result. Even if you’re not that crafty, you can easily tackle this project with some scissors and tape. I’ve never been a big mason-jar fanatic, but they were perfectly fitting for the theme and looked great with the animals and paper straws I picked up at Target.


IMG_1126I’ve said it a few times already, but seriously, never underestimate the power of Pinterest. To make these adorable and delicious “acorns” we used Hershey’s Kisses, Nutter Butters, Reese’s Peanut Butter chips, and peanut butter for paste. That’s it. The easiest, most adorable recipe ever. For other woodland-themed foods, we used pretzel sticks for twigs and teddy grahams for little bears.

As our favors, we bagged up salted caramel and white cheddar popcorn with a sign reading, “She’s about to pop!”and added hand-signed thank you tags made by my friend and helper Shelly.

My one bright idea that didn’t come from Pinterest was the wooden plank I painted Brooks’ name on. My dad had a scrap fence post he thought I could use for the shower. I was so excited to create something with it. Maybe too excited. I was getting pretty confident about all these successful DIY projects I was doing and in my haste, I wrote “Brooks Scoott.” I tried washing it off, but ended up washing off the nice rustic color with it. I tried using the other side, but it was a little too rustic. I tried painting over it. Not quite the look I was going for. Just when I was ready to give up, my mom found an old plank in her backyard and after some dusting off and sawing, I had an even better plank than I started with. It even had a hole in the middle like it was meant to be used as a sign and this time, I made sure to spell his name right. I learned a little lesson in humility and patience that day to say the least.


I’m so happy I had the privilege of celebrating my sister and her third baby boy. I can’t wait to meet Brooks and shower him in love and affection! With babies and family, the more, the merrier.

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate this radiant woman!

Cohesive Branding on Instagram

If you follow me on Pinterest, you probably know I’m a sucker for cohesive branding. Whether you’re a blogger or an entrepreneur, consistency can go a long way in creating a loyal audience, and the best platform to showcase that brand is Instagram. The photo-sharing network is like a preview into your business, blog, etc. Often times, that’s how readers discover you. So how do you find the right aesthetic? A good first step is to figure out what you want your brand to represent and how you want your audience to feel.

To help inspire you, I want to showcase two awesome ladies who I think have truly mastered the art of a cohesive brand and know exactly how to show it off on Instagram. They both make nail polish (that you need to order immediately) but have two very different brands.


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Seriously, I am in awe. Founder Kitiya King has a routine pattern for posting. Is that not amazing or what? Nail lacquer > Image that is in line with the Mischo brand > Manicure > Quote > Repeat!! Okay, so you don’t have to be this perfect, but even if you rearranged all the pictures on her Instagram, the aesthetic of her posts would remain just as cohesive and that’s the takeaway from this. Her brand is for the modern woman who takes risks and lives boldly. She’s feminine, but not frail, and holds her head as high as her heels. It’s clear to see exactly how she wants you to feel when you wear her nail lacquer. How do you want your customer to feel when she wears your product or when she reads your blog? If you figure that out, the rest will come more easily.

Fun fact: Kitiya not only has a degree in chemistry, but is also a licensed Cosmetologist, Manicurist, Esthetician and Makeup Artist. She created her very own nail lacquer formula that is free of 5 common toxins found in most nail polishes.

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They might be in the same business, but as you can see, Pretty Please has a vastly different look from Mischo. This just goes to show the endless possibilities of branding. Founder Sara Alter is like a blonde Zooey Deschanel and it totally shows. The Pretty Please Instagram is full of bright colors and fun nail art. When I look at their page, I feel happy and crafty, which is fitting considering half the fun of their nail polish is being able to name it yourself! Yes, you can seriously name your own nail polish. I know, it’s the perfect bridesmaid gift. But back to brand talk! Pretty Please nail polish is for the carefree, girly-girl who never stopped playing dress up and experimenting with eyeshadow. She’s always stopping to smell the roses and isn’t afraid to rock a bright fuchsia lip. Like Mischo, it’s clear to see what kind of woman wears Pretty Please and that’s because of cohesive branding.

Fun fact: the first website to post about Pretty Please was Martha Stewart Weddings. If Martha approves, so do I.

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#MondayMuse: designlovefest

bri_zps7fa51341For the first installment of Hand of Kate’s #MondayMuse series, I will be featuring the insanely talented Bri Emery of designlovefest. Bri is an art director, all-star blogger, and curator of all things pretty. She has been featured in Elle Décor, HGTV, Lucky Magazine, and Martha Stewart Weddings to name a few and hosts Blogshop, a workshop for bloggers wanting to learn photoshop (that was a lot of ‘shops’). Oh, and not to mention, she worked on the set design for Meghan Trainor’s music video for Lips Are Movin’

One of my favorite things about designlovefest is the freebies. You can find pages and pages of downloadable wallpapers for your desktop and there’s a style for everyone’s tastes. Designers don’t have to make anything for free and for someone as busy as Bri, it’s so generous of her to give her readers something special at no cost.


Besides being a source of graphic design inspiration, designlovefest also provides DIY tutorials, recipes, interior design and more. Bri doesn’t tie herself down to one niche which is something I can relate to. I feel a calling to so many different interests and hope to pursue all of them. There’s something for everyone on designlovefest so whatever inspiration you’re searching for, you’re bound to find it with Bri.

Portrait by Jesse Chamberlin. Graphics by Bri Emery.

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#TBT: Fashion PR Confidential

On this fine Thursday, I’m throwin’ it back to my time at Fashion PR Confidential in 2013. What’s that you ask? Only the greatest ever workshop for aspiring public relations professionals. Founded by Danika Daly of Danika Daly PR who co-teaches with Crosby Noricks of PR Couture, #fashionprcon is a two-day intensive workshop unlocking all the secrets of fashion PR from press releases to event conception. Add some inspiring guest speakers and envy-worthy goodie bags, and you have every fashion PR girl drooling.

This is a page I designed from the Fashion PR Confidential workbook.

I had interned with Danika Daly PR a year before and was thrilled when she asked me to help design the workbook for the inaugural workshop in New York City. That year, Alexis Rodriguez, Executive Director of Public Relations for Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and the voice behind The PR Closet, and Samantha Lim, Features & Branded Content Director of StyleCaster, were our guest speakers and talked about everything from pitching to personal branding. Being able to speak with professionals about your dream job face-to-face is way better than any Q&A on Twitter. Besides, we’re all just looking for an excuse to visit NY and LA anyway, right?

It is truly such an invaluable experience every PR student interested in fashion should attend. While I firmly believe in getting a higher-education, there are some things you can’t learn in a classroom. Fashion PR is such a huge industry, yet there aren’t many university-based programs specifically tailored to it. That’s why this workshop is so important for students who wish to break into the business. But students aren’t the only ones who would benefit from it. Whether you’re a blogger, a designer, or looking to start your own PR firm, #fashionprcon has something to offer. So go on now, check it out and get lost daydreaming in the #fashionprcon hashtag on instagram.

Photos by @danikadalypr and @prcouture

Tomorrow Magazine

My third project for Media Design was to create a cover, contents, and four-page feature spread for a mock magazine. We were allowed to use any pictures, but I chose my own so I could use the project in my portfolio. I chose to do an entertainment magazine about up-and-coming artists. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and I just happened to have a lot of great pictures of my talented friend Kariana. Kari is a singer from Houston with a powerful voice and an even more powerful message. Kari, who has dealt with bipolar, anxiety, and depression, has started a new organization, “Healing Through Music and Arts” to raise awareness of mental illnesses and promote the use of arts to cope and heal. I was so inspired by this that I wanted it to be a focal point in the magazine, rather than just talk about her talent.



If you haven’t already noticed a pattern, I love simple design. I believe the cleaner, the better. Design shouldn’t take away from the content, it should frame it. For the cover, I decided to stick with one headline rather than filling the page with text. I chose a clean font for the header to go with the futuristic and sleek vibe of “Tomorrow.” I wanted to reflect that same look on my contents page, but went with a darker background for a cooler, nightlife aesthetic. While the blurbs might be exaggerated for the purpose of the magazine, the lovely ladies on my contents page are in-fact talented. You can check out Aleshia bust a move in this awesome dance performance, read up on Haley’s personal-style blog Space City Style, and get lost in Shelly’s travel instagram.

For the feature spread, I used large photos because, come on, Kari is gorgeous. But I also wanted to keep everything very simple so as not to take away from the message. I went with a large font size for the opening page and used a play on words of “The sound of music.” On the last page, I used a clean serif font and white background so the page focuses solely on the text. I paralleled it with a close-up of Kari to reflect the rawness of the story. As you can see, I used filler text for the article, but when making a mock-layout, it’s important to know what your article would be about. Content dictates design, not the other way around. Design, however, is crucial to bringing an article to life.

Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check out all the lovely ladies featured in Tomorrow!

DesignInspo App

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It wasn’t easy, but I finally let go of Magenta. In case you haven’t noticed, I love pink. I had made this app pink at first, but in the end, I wanted my app to be accessible to all genders and tastes so I went with my childhood favorite- blue, which is popular among social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, WordPress, etc.) so I think it works.

The app is like Pinterest for design. Why not just use Pinterest? Because it seems to be best for recipes or fashion inspiration, but is lacking in proper design inspiration. If you’re a design nerd like me, you could spend hours looking at logos and movie posters and concert flyers. And if you’ve searched Pinterest or even Google, sometimes your search just falls flat and all you find are generic templates and cheesy designs made by mom bloggers (no offense).

On DesignInspo, you can search by categories such as patterns (shown above) or packaging or logos. Designers can build profiles and upload their own work. Not only does DesignInspo serve as inspiration, but it’s also a great spotlight for designers trying to get their name out there and network with like-minded professionals. Whatever your intent is, DesignInspo has the best graphic work out there so you don’t have to sift through pages of google results or cheesy Pinterest pins to find something that inspires you.

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For my Fashion Promotions class, we are working on a project over sustainability. We had to create a sustainable product, come up with a brand, and design a logo. For the first assignment, I found an old dress and created a crop top and high-waisted skater skirt. For the second assignment, I named our brand Restitch and designed this logo:


I chose green for obvious reasons: it’s symbolic of recycling. However, I stuck with a lighter shade so as to keep a more delicate aesthetic that matches the other components of the logo. I decided to use a hanger because it’s a simple and clean and is easily associated with clothing. But to add that needed extra touch, I went in and added leaves to the hanger. This merges the two concepts of fashion and sustainability and relays the brand we wanted to represent. To add to that delicate aesthetic, I used a thin, handwritten font that also represents the handmade aspect of our clothing.

Logos are one of the more creative things I get to design because it requires a knack for symbolism. Anybody can make a logo out of fonts and basic shapes and it might look good, but it won’t be memorable. I love looking at a logo and thinking, “I wish I had thought of that!” And that’s what happens when your logo truly represents its brand. Here are some logos I think mastered the symbolism: