Entries Tagged as 'inspiration'

communal coffee.

Posted on: Monday, November 27, 2017

Communal Coffee | San Diego | Ann-Marie Loves

Whenever I’m traveling, one of my favorite things to do is to check out the cool coffee shops in the area. I went to college in San Diego and have been back many times since but had yet to make it to the uber-cute, uber-Instagrammable Communal Coffee until my last visit in October. While my mom took Briar to the zoo to see her cousins (thanks Mom!), I strapped Landon onto my back and we explored this gem in North Park.

Communal Coffee | San Diego | Ann-Marie Loves

From the moment I walked in, I was in love. It was like a Pinterest dream come to life! Read More >

my favorite youtube channels.

Posted on: Thursday, March 23, 2017

Favorite YouTube Channels | Ann-Marie Loves

I’ve become quite the YouTube watcher over the past several months. It’s perfect for my short attention span AND the small chunks of “free time” I get while nursing Landon on the couch. I’ll admit that most of the videos I’ve seen lately are about politics (ughhhhh), but when I’m searching for a little inspiration, here’s where I go:

HOMEWORKS. Brace yourself for a little fangirl-ing. I’ve been obsessed with Claire Zinnecker’s Instagram feed for years so when I discovered that she had a series of interior styling / DIY videos? Well, I nearly lost my mind aaaaaaand then proceeded to watch each video 4,000 times. I feel like she is my style soul sister…she just gets it. Oh, and another random sidenote: we share the same birthday right down to the same year…how crazy is that?!

HEYCLAIRE. Amy (who has an amazing channel of her own!) turned me on to Claire and I was an instant fan. Her videos are gorgeous. TBH, I don’t really watch for the makeup or hair products as much as I watch for the impeccable design of her videos. If you really want to see the heart she puts into her work, watch this one.

HOT FOR FOOD. I’m not much for eating meat these days so I love watching vegetarian + vegan shows so I can come up with all kinds of meal ideas. I really enjoy Lauren’s videos because they’re so well done and her dialogue feels very natural and conversational (something I gravitate towards!).

LAURA MILLER. I found Laura through her show, Raw Vegan, Not Gross, on the Tastemade app on our AppleTV and never looked back. I loooove Laura Miller. She is quirky and beautiful and talented and I adore everything she does. She recently put out a series called Talking In Circles about real life issues that introverts face and it is SO GOOD.

SABRINA SOTO. Technically this isn’t a YouTube channel, but Sabrina Soto hosts a weekly Facebook Live and I adore it! Not only is she a great designer but she’s super relatable and charmingly candid. I randomly caught one of her live feeds while Briar was napping and Landon was nursing and all of a sudden I find myself tuning in each week!

What channels do you love?

craft a life you love.

Posted on: Friday, January 13, 2017

Craft a Life You Love by Amy Tangerine | Ann-Marie Loves

This past summer, Amy casually mentioned to me that she was writing the book she had been wanting to pen for years. I was thrilled for her, of course. She has so much inspiration and wisdom to share, it would be a shame if she didn’t write a book ASAP! Then this past November, she told me that her book was finished and she was ready to publish it. I was blown away at how fast she was able to bring her dream to life! But then again, I wasn’t surprised at all. When Amy sets out to do something, she does it, and she does it BIG.

Enter: Craft A Life You Love.

Craft a Life You Love by Amy Tangerine | Ann-Marie Loves

Amy Tangerine is not only an amazing artist whom I’ve admired for years, but she has also been an incredible mentor to me. After I moved back from Utah, I began working for Amy a few days a week and never once has it actually felt like “work.” Instead, she’s given me an invaluable opportunity to hone all of my creative skills, including everything from scrapbooking and graphic design to photography and writing. Each time I show up for work, I never know what the day has in store, but I can always count on walking away having learned something new.

Craft a Life You Love by Amy Tangerine | Ann-Marie Loves

One of my favorite things about Amy is that she actually practices what she preaches. Girl walks the walk and talks the talk. I mean, she keeps a set of watercolors in her purse for those pockets of free time in her day where creativity can be squeezed in…if that isn’t dedication to her craft, then I don’t know what is! I can’t think of anyone more qualified to dispense advice on creative living than Amy.

Craft a Life You Love by Amy Tangerine | Ann-Marie Loves

One of my favorite things about this book is that it meets you right where you are. You don’t need to be a professional creative with a huge following to relate to the stories and advice that Amy shares. Craft A Life You Love is simply a guidebook for infusing your life with more joy and fulfillment through the process of creativity.

Craft a Life You Love by Amy Tangerine | Ann-Marie Loves

Before Craft A Life You Love went to print, Amy had me read the entire book from cover to cover to look for any grammatical errors and inconsistencies. Needless to say, I was thrilled to take on that job! With Landon sleeping in my arms, I was able to dive deep into an inspiring book without interruption…I can’t remember the last time I was afforded such a luxury! Now that I have my own copy of the book, I turn to it when I need a little boost. It’s like always having Amy’s kind and encouraging self at the ready!

Craft a Life You Love by Amy Tangerine | Ann-Marie Loves

Craft a Life You Love by Amy Tangerine | Ann-Marie Loves

I honestly cannot recommend this book enough. Go get your copy today!

workspace wednesday | share your voice.

Posted on: Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Share Your Voice | Ann-Marie Loves

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of sharing your voice, even when the market seems like it can’t accommodate one more person. I have fallen into the trap of “there’s no more room for me, so I’ll just sit on the sidelines and watch others shine” way too many times to count. I’ve convinced myself that this world has enough bloggers / photographers / Instagrammers / designers / podcasters already, so why would anyone care about my point of view? When I type it all out like that, it makes me feel sad! I would never ever tell a friend that there’s not enough room for her at the table, so why would I treat myself that way?

But after a recent workout class, I had a radical change in perspective…

Here’s what happened: Zumba is my favorite workout and it has been for a few years now. There are three teachers at my gym who are amazing in their own unique ways, but there’s one in particular who is INCREDIBLE. He’s the type of teacher who fills a class every single time. In fact, I have to get to the gym a half hour before each class just so I can reserve my spot! He’s one of those teachers who makes a challenging workout feel like play…I smile and laugh the whole entire sweaty hour. During his class on Monday, I couldn’t help but think, “I am SO GLAD he is sharing his gift with us!” He could easily dismiss the idea of teaching since there are so many other people out there doing the exact same thing as him. He could talk himself out of getting in front of the class for fear that people may not like his style (and the truth is, some people don’t!). He could come up with a million and one reasons to stay home and avoid the hassle of creating a workout routine, finding the right music to dance to, and then memorizing it all so that others can follow along. But the thing is, he doesn’t. He shows up, day after day, week after week, and brings so much light and joy to his loyal students. His innate knack for motivating others to work hard while having a great time is CONTAGIOUS.

The moral of the story? THERE IS ALWAYS ROOM FOR YOU. Even though your point of view may not align with every single person on the planet (nor should it!), it will absolutely align with some people. So please, share your voice! The world needs to hear from you.

P.S. I just listened to Elise’s latest podcast episode and I loved her guest Caroline Burkle’s quote: “Your strengths can benefit someone else’s strengths.” Perfect.

i heart anthology magazine.

Posted on: Thursday, July 31, 2014

Anthology Magazine | via Ann-Marie Loves

Earlier this year, I treated myself to a subscription to my favorite print magazine, Anthology. Previously, I had always purchased the publication at Anthro, but I finally decided that receiving a copy in the mail would make reading it extra special. Turns out, I was right. My first copy arrived on Monday and I am in love.

Anthology Magazine | via Ann-Marie Loves

Like I mentioned in this episode of Elise Gets Crafty, freelancing has definite benefits, including being able to write off inspiring reads as research materials when tax season rolls around. And let me tell you, I definitely turn to this publication time and time again for creative and business inspiration!

Anthology Magazine | via Ann-Marie Loves

It’s magazines like this one that make me grateful for print, especially since my growing collection of back issues makes for a fun visual display on my living room bench. Paper, you guys. My love knows no end.

Last Day for July 2014 Stamps! | annmarielovespaper.bigcartel.com

P.S. A friendly reminder that today is the LAST DAY to purchase any of my July 2014 rubber stamps! They will be gone by midnight :)

workspace wednesday | another #GIRLBOSS quote.

Posted on: Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Quote from #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso | Print by Ann-Marie Espinoza

Another #GIRLBOSS nugget of wisdom for you today!

As I lay in bed last night dying from the summer heat (a portable A/C unit in our bedroom can’t come fast enough!), I powered through more of this awesome book and found myself making mental notes of all the little gems that are sprinkled throughout each chapter. SO MANY GEMS. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I want to do, who I want to be, and where I want to take my career post-baby and this particular quote totally struck a chord with me.

P.S. It may seem as though all I do these days is read. Not so! I spend plenty of time on Instagram too ;)

workspace wednesday | #GIRLBOSS

Posted on: Wednesday, June 18, 2014

#GIRLBOSS | via Ann-Marie Loves

The other night before I climbed into bed, I decided that I didn’t want to read another book on babies. I didn’t want to read another chapter on sleep training. I didn’t want to read about French parenting styles vs. American parenting styles. (At least for one night.) Instead, I wanted something completely different.

Thus, I bought #GIRLBOSS on my Kindle and devoured as much of it as possible before my eyes couldn’t stay open any longer. It’s so fascinating! I’ve seen a bunch of ‘grams with people raving about the book recently, I figured I might as well jump on the bandwagon too. There are so many nuggets of wisdom sprinkled throughout, but one of my most favorite quotes is:

#GIRLBOSS | via Ann-Marie Loves

BOOM. Love that.

instagram faves | mama bear edition.

Posted on: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

If I’m not catching up on what fruit my baby is this week (she’s a pineapple) or reading Great with Child, then I am MOST CERTAINLY spending my last few minutes of each evening feverishly scrolling through Instagram in search of inspiring moms to follow. Clearly I have a one-track mind these days ;)

Here are some of my favorite feeds that make me so excited to have a little person of my own:

My Favorite Moms on Instagram | Ann-Marie Loves

From left to right, top to bottom:

1. @bebeandprince | 2. @angelahardison | 3. @evablack_ | 4. @melissabomba | 5. @houseinhabit | 6. @tori__hendrix | 7. @joanneschuck | 8. @whitneyjohnson | 9. @karlaquiz



Posted on: Friday, May 30, 2014

Art by Lisa Congdon | via Ann-Marie Loves

lllustration by Lisa Congdon

Even though I work from home and Mondays and Fridays are virtually the same thing, Friday is definitely my favorite day of the week. I love the last minute rush to get projects completed before John picks me up from my walk on his way home and we discuss our weekend plans (or even better, our lack thereof). With just a few short weeks to go before a certain someone makes her debut, I’m savoring every last moment that I have with my husband all to myself ;)

Here are links to fun things that caught my attention this past week:

– My friend Eva’s gorgeous family + nursery on 100 Layer Cakelet.

– Jess Lively’s interview with Victoria Smith on the latest episode of The Lively Show.

This Ron Swanson quote which perfectly sums up the way I feel 99% of the time.

– An impossibly cute dream catcher tutorial.

– A Paper Party! Can this be the theme of all of my birthdays from here on out?

– The adorable video promo for what I imagine to be an adorable book! (So many kids’ crafts books that I want!)

– This round-up of bunny love. (P.S. Have you seen this site before? Incredible!)

– Oh Joy’s beautifully colorful recount of her trip to London.

– These pastel wedding bouquets! They couldn’t be more opposite than the arrangements I chose, but SO STUNNING.

Happy Friday! Have a wonderful weekend!

workspace wednesday | inspired by everything.

Posted on: Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Workspace Wednesday | Inspired by Everything | Ann-Marie Loves

Lately I’ve been bursting at the seams with inspiration + ideas. I’m inspired by:

– My BFF’s new Silver Lake apartment (oh, how I wish she had a blog…she’s a DIY queen!).
– Thrifting for cutting boards to hang in aforementioned BFF’s kitchen. I love thrifting for other people!
Instagram! Somedays it’s just scroll, scroll, scroll without anything grabbing my attention, but recently, it’s been taking me an hour to get from the top to the bottom because I have to stare at every single photo for a solid minute! (And then screenshot it, of course.)
– Jordan Ferney’s thoughts on decorating, via Cup of Jo.
– Everything on my Little Ones board.
This quote, which totally speaks to my unnecessarily competitive self.
– And many other things!

Workspace Wednesday | Inspired by Everything | Ann-Marie Loves

Setting up shop on my parents’ dining room table.

I spent Easter weekend at home with my parents and of course, brought all the usual suspects: pajamas, my hair brush, and a giant bag of thrifted yarn + my loom. (You know, the essentials.) In the short time I was there, I managed to bust out three new woven wall hangings (and it don’t stop…), several yarn tassels, and a couple of tutorials to work into my blog post queue! I’m a big believer in acting on your creative impulses whenever possible. If something is inspiring you, drop everything and follow your muse! There’s so much to be said about what can be accomplished in a very short amount of time when you’re genuinely thrilled to work on a project.

And when it comes to crafting / thrifting / ‘gramming / pinning / photographing / and just about any other creative endeavor, the thrill is most certainly genuine.

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