Monday, February 17, 2014

Lunch at Local, Overton Square with Amanda Hill

The midtown location of Local Gastropub can be considered one of the pioneer restaurants in the recent revival of Overton Square. The two-story building on the corner of Cooper and Madison was renovated from once a very inward functioning bar to a beautifully designed restaurant and lounge with engaging views to the new bustle of the theater arts district.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Good Morning with Nourishe Pancakes

The first box of Batch Memphis had the theme "Good Morning Memphis" stocked with breakfast items made locally. One of those local items was from one of my clients Nourishe - a box of their healthy pancake and waffle mix. I love that they were included in such a cool concept. I only designed the logo and label for the mix but I did get to photograph their pancakes. Here a just a few of those images. It's a shame I didn't have time to eat them afterwards.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

being better

Quotes like these are tiny bites of inspiration. Really quick jolts that speak to my heart's intent but finding true and lasting inspiration is hard, because life is truly hard. It's a constant battle, and I'm starting to understand it's a battle for everyone. We all share feelings of heartache, guilt, stress, insecurity, self-loathing, and as a friend recently put it, we just have to learn to manage our emotions. In our conversation, it also seemed clearer that those who inspire us fight their battle gracefully.

It's an ideal I wish for myself, and I sometimes forget that, like everything good and right, it will be hard. I tend to beat myself up over not immediately being that way, and I turn out to be the only person that stands in the way of my own happiness. Every day I have to work on becoming better than the day before.

And in the midst of all these hardships and obstacles I sometimes create for myself, there are people who love me - my family, friends, Atticus who is the sweetest kid I know, and my love Dirk who places my happiness above his. I've been blessed with enormous opportunities. I have so many good things in my life it's crazy, but moments good or bad I'm most grateful I have people who want to share it with me. 


I have never been as open before on the blog. I'm clinching in nervousness. It's quite a detour from the text I intended for this photo. It was more like architecture will always be part of my passion and please pray for me as I take my last few exams this year to finally be a licensed architect. By the way, I can't stop looking at those stairs and seeing it as a perfect spot to photograph someone for a style session!

Friday, December 27, 2013

Looking into the new year with bleu

Having only tried the lunch menu at bleu restaurant, one of the things for the new year that I'm looking forward to is exploring their dinner offerings, particularly since they've introduced a new executive chef. With Chef Kevin Rains, the restaurant's reputation of premier fine dining continues. 

The perfect opportunity for this first try is bleu's four course New Year's Eve dinner and celebration to ring in the new year. Just reading the chef-inspired menu here might convince you. Items such as the Maryland-style lump crab crakes (shown in this set), European quail, chicken breast wrapped in prosciutto ham with sweet corn cream sauce, and chocolate ├ęclair profiteroles are hard to pass up.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013


I'm not going to lie. I'm struggling to feel merry at the moment mostly because Atticus isn't with me on Christmas, but I am absolutely not trying to dampen your spirits nor am I soliciting for commiseration. I truly wish you all the merriest of moments with those you love whether or not it's on Christmas day.

Thanks to my dear friend Melissa Sweazy for capturing this genuine moment with my sisters from earlier this year.  A reminder of how much laughter consoles.
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