life lately


observant nomad | life lately 05

observant nomad | life lately 05

observant nomad | life lately 05

observant nomad | life lately 05

Here are three snippets into my life lately…

01 This summer has flown by quickly, but I’ve luckily managed to get out into the world a little bit.  This gorgeous pink drink above is from when I met up with a friend for happy hour at a new taco joint, and sampled their spicy hibiscus margarita. Delicious! Some friends and I also got to partake in the annual Denver Film Society Summer Scream at Lakeside amusement park – which was a blast. I’ve managed to hit up some new hot spots in Denver, get outside for golfing (almost every weekend) and even get a few camping trips in. Summer…check.

02 Making my first capsule wardrobe has taken more time and planning than I thought. In Colorado, fall can range from 80 degree sunny days to a full on snow storm, so layers are key. The whole capsule thing is very new to me so I struggled a bit with trying to find a good balance of weather clothes within the 37 item limit. But one of my favorite pieces I decided on, were these cute Steve Madden leopard slip-ons I found at Nordstrom Rack. Yay for leopard! So far I’m liking being able to throw outfits together very quickly in the morning and the mix-and-match concept.

03 For some reason I’ve been a little conflicted lately about being a creative and getting paid for all my creative work. Don’t get me wrong, getting paid for something you like to do is a blessing and I am so lucky to be able to do so, but I also miss the simpler days of being creative for my-own-creative-sake. More learning, more risk, and less rules. So I decided to sign up for a local pottery class, just to get in there and get messy and make mistakes. So far I am really loving it and still excited about it. Can’t wait to learn all about glazes and throwing techniques.

if you’d like to see more of my life as it happens, follow me @observantnomad


fall favorites


observant nomad | fall favorites
Right now it’s dreary, raining, and cold outside and I’m loving it. I enjoy the cold misty mornings as much as the temperate sunny days of fall. So in preparation for the upcoming season, I’ve been planning my fall capsule wardrobe, following some of Unfancy‘s methods and strategies. Since my last post about re-visiting the wardrobe project, I’ve made a lot of progress and have almost completely finished my fall wardrobe.

I landed on about 38 pieces for fall ranging from t-shirts, to sweaters, skirts to boyfriend jeans. But instead of going in-depth into the full wardrobe I thought I’d show you some of my fall favorites for now.

Every woman needs her perfect leather jacket. And I love this no-lapel look and the nice quilting details. I also diy distressed an old pair of baggy j. crew jeans into my version of a boyfriend jean. If you don’t want to bother, I like this pair from rag & bone. Graphic tops are such an easy way to feel cool – I like this NY suede pullover from Madewell.

I’m also gonna be riding the military and sporty style wave this season. With my much-loved graphic nike sweater and this satin baseball cap, I’ll be channeling my inner tomboy. I also just bought these trusa military boots from aldo. They’re the perfect mix of casual look with a tall heel, and they feel both masculine and feminine.


Oasis Sophie Faux Leather Biker Jacket via ASOS | Satin Baseball Cap by H&M | NY Suede Pullover by Madewell | Zipper Faux-Leather Tote by Forever 21 | Open-Knit Tassel Scarf in Burgundy by Forever 21 | Trusa Military Boots by ALDO | Rag & Bone Boyfriend Jean via Revolve


progress : ever ours


observant nomad | progress ever ours logos

I have some exciting logo work to share with you today. Not only is this for a client who is an amazing floral and event planner, but it’s also the first project I’ve completed with Rowan Made, working under Breanna Rose.

It has been such a great experience working for Rowan Made. I love being able to get another pair of creative eyes on everything, which always adds more in-depth thinking behind the concepts.

These are some of a few logos that were my favorite. We ended up with a variation of something you see up here with an iconic element in the final logo. Can’t wait to share with you what it looks like!

Check out the moodboard for more background on the work.


Want to see more design work as it happens? follow along on dribbble @observantnomad


be your own idol


observant nomad | be your own idol

Have you guys read the book #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso? Sophia does an amazing job of boiling down her experiences into condense chapters and lessons that are not only smart and powerful but also inspiring as heck.

And while it’s a pretty quick read, it’s taken me a little while longer than expected to finish. Mostly because as I’ve been reading, I’ve been writing down my favorite quotes, and then going back and journaling a bit about what those words mean to me. It’s like my own mini-bookclub. This quote was one of my favorites:

The energy you’ll spend focusing on someone else’s life
is better spent working on your own.
Be your own idol.

When Sophia was the most successful was when she didn’t waste energy caring or worrying about what other people were doing. She focused on what she wanted her business, goals, and personal dream life to be like – and followed that.

We all need to be reminded from time and time that every success story is unique. And they often veil a long personal journey through self-reflection and hard realizations about what is right for that individual’s life.

So instead of looking up to the versions of “success” that other people have achieved, ask yourself: what inspiring version of yourself do you want to be? Then stride, leap, and fly towards that. Wave that freak flag #girlboss.

observant nomad | be your own idol

Like this quote too? I made a free & fancy desktop wallpaper download for you.

sunglass image by filippa k sunwear via nouvelle


hello, autumn


observant nomad | hello autumn

With Labor Day weekend coming to a close, it’s the official non-official ending of summer. Which means autumn is about to grace us with its lovely, cool, presence.

And I personally can’t wait. I love the colder air, changing foliage, all the holidays and the tasty foods that come with it. Here are some other moments I’m looking forward to this upcoming season:

cool air | sweater weather | wool socks | pies: pumpkin, apple, and more | hot mugs of coffee | fall decor | squash dishes | hayrides | the pumpkin patch | costumes | halloween parties | baking | cozy nights at home | apple cider | cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves | oversized sweaters | apple picking | autumn candles | thanksgiving | reading a lot more |
fall hiking | changing leaves | boots + scarves |  autumn cocktails


Are you’re interested in more autumn inspiration? follow my autumn pinterest board
river in autumn by laura dempsey / deep-dish pumpkin meringue pie via martha stewart / reading in bed by eyeswideopened / ghost family from hidden tensions by von pariah / autumn squash and pumpkins via forty-six at grace / cozy asymmetric-hem sweater by zara