What I Wore // Working At The Coffee Shop

I thought it’d be fun to tell y’all my history with PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, my favorite coffee of all time! It was founded with a single shop in 1978 and has spread throughout the Greater New Orleans area, then the Southeast and has even made it to other parts of the United States including California.

My grade school was only a few blocks away from the original location on Maple Street, so in 7th and 8th grade we used to walk there after school and hang out in their courtyard. Then in high school my best friend lived next door to a PJ’s which we frequented at least once, sometimes twice a day. I don’t even want to know how much money I spent there during those four years! Now I’m back in the Maple Street area and their iced coffees are still my absolute favorite coffee, ever, anywhere! Not to mention their amazing spinach and feta croissants and a granita when I really want to treat myself!

Most days I make coffee at home to save money but I get cravings for their yummy coffee all the time and I usually give in… hey, I deserve it! I also love to go and work from their courtyard every once in a while when the weather is nice. Crazy how constant some things in life can be! And just excuse my bitchy resting face in the third photo.

Ciera Holzenthal with MacBook Pro at Coffee Shop

Ciera Holzenthal with MacBook Pro at Coffee Shop Courtyard

Graphic Designer with MacBook Pro and Coffee In Courtyard

Striped Dress, Brown Leather Purse and Coffee

Ciera Holzenthal with MacBook Pro and Coffee

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Photos by Hannah Colclazier

Radiant Orchid For Spring

Now that it’s officially Spring (yay!) I feel like I can finally embrace Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid! Described by Pantone as  “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.” Truthfully, I wasn’t really sold on the color, but after creating this round-up, I’m converted and I want everything here! Especially that iPhone case that looks like a camera, whoa!

Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid Roundup

Hunter Boots / Bobbi Brown Lip Gloss / Cashmere Sweater / iPhone Case / Proenza Schouler Satchel (Suede+Leather) / Michael Kors Watch / Pantone Cup / Lavender Violet Lip Pencil / Converse / Initial Keychain / Pumps / And a few more favorites:

My Favorite Maps of the United States

I hope y’all had a fun St. Patrick’s Day! I didn’t do anything special yesterday but I did go to a parade on Saturday. This one house has an amazing party every year, you can see a few photos on my Instagram. So onto today’s post! As a graphic designer, I have always been drawn to maps. I have a few in my home office and I even made a travel map of my own to highlight my travels. If you are not into DIY, I’m sharing some of my favorite posters of the U.S. over on Printaholic today including this gorgeous hand-drawn typographic one by Old English Co

Hand Drawn Typographic United States Map Print by Old English Co

And in other news, I’ve selected the winner for the Printstagram contact cards, head over to see if it was you!

Showcase Font by Latinotype [Friday Favorites]

Showcase, the new typeface of Daniel Hernandez and Paula Nazal is a handmade font composed of four styles: script, sans, slab, sans mini plus a set of ornaments and dingbats. Showcase is very easy to use and the styles are designed to mix well and work together in perfect harmony. The underlying theme is handwriting: all styles look as if they have been carefully hand-drawn with a monolinear round pen. The result is a versatile and easy-to-use family that allows great versatility for magazine design, menus, labels, brochure titles and so much more. And great news, there is an amazing introductory discount of 80% off until April 12, 2014!

Showcase Font by Latinotype

Type samples from MyFonts.com. Affiliate links used.

Creative Events I’d Like To Attend

Creative Events I'd Like To Attend

There are so many awesome creative events across the country it’s unbelievable! I see people recapping them on their blogs and I hear about them on Twitter but I always seem to be late to the game on the ones I want to attend. So in an attempt to organize the ones I want to attend, I decided to start a list (surprise, surprise) organized by month. There is no way I’ll be able to attend them all this year, probably only one or two, but here is my wish list:

Alt SLC Summer

Alt Summit just announced a second flagship conference and I want to be there! I attended Alt SLC in January 2013 and it was such an amazing time that I’d love to experience again. I’m thinking about applying to be a speaker, but so nervous!

Creative South

Creative South exposes creative and marketing professionals, business people, and students to key speakers on the subject of branding and design in the digital era. I’ve been trying to find more events in the South since it cuts down on travel cost for me and this one seems awesome!

Design Ranch

Design Ranch isn’t one of those slide-and-lecture “big conferences,” it’s about putting down your mouse, getting your hands dirty and reviving your creative spirit. They want attendees to head home with a fire in their belly and a fresh take on design that can only be achieved by unplugging and gettin’ a little dirty. I don’t know too much about this one but it seems really cool and it’s in the South, so that’s a plus! 

How Design Live

HOW Design Live is the biggest annual gathering of creative professionals, anywhere. I have been wanting to attend HOW for years now, it’ll happen one day!

Weapons of Mass Creation Fest

Weapons of Mass Creation is a young grassroots movement to inspire and enable the creative mind. They believe that good things happen when ideas and talents are shared within the community. This mentality manifests itself in the lifestyle of a Weapon of Mass Creation. A person who defies the hand they’re dealt and makes stuff happen. 

Designer Vaca

Designer Vaca is a gathering of female graphic and web designers from all over the country to dream, relax, collaborate, share experiences, and learn from each other. This intimate environment has a relaxed anti-conference feel creating space for amazing connections and beautiful relationships to take place. So bummed I didn’t go to this last year, but I had just returned home from Palm Springs and couldn’t justify the travel costs at the time.

The Yellow Conference

The Yellow Conference is a brand new event created by Joanna Waterfall. It’s a gathering for creative women who desire to ignite passion and bring goodness to the world through everyday living.

Circles

Circles is a creative conference where designers can learn from world-changing thinkers and innovators for the creative community. I attended Circles 2013 and this is another one I’d love to attend again. 

Maiedae Mixer

Maiedae Mixer is another Southern event that looks like SO much fun! This is a “Get Fancy, Get Connected” (as they like to call it) networking event for bloggers.

Do you have any events on your wish list? Do you have an event you’ve attended that you recommend?

If you can’t make it to any of these big events, you can always find smaller meet-ups in your area… and if you don’t have any around, start your own

Photo by Brooke Dennis for Alt Summit

Moodboard: Bold + Beautiful

I had the opportunity to work on a really cool rebrand a few months ago. They wanted the new identity to have dimension and be full of energy. This mood board was created to represent the bold, beautiful, current and fabulous woman behind the brand! It’s still in the process of being implemented but I hope to share the full project soon! 

Bold and Beautiful Moodboard by Ciera Design

Bri Emery / Interior / Letter A / Nicola / Fan / The Girls With Glasses

The Harder You Work The Luckier You Get – Desktop and iPhone Wallpaper Freebie

As I mentioned yesterday, March is kinda kicking my butt already. It’s a little late, but here is this months freebie. I love this quote and thought it worked perfectly for March because of St. Patrick’s day and this photo I took of the clovers makes me excited for Spring to arrive! Hope you enjoy and if you use any of my desktop designs, I’d love to see photos, just tag me on Instagram or send me an email! 

Desktop Background Ciera Design for WhimseyBox March

This design is now available for free as a desktop and iphone wallpaper over on the Whimseybox blogWhimseybox is the original subscription for DIY and craft lovers. Each month WhimseyBox sends subscribers a box full of craft projects along with a project idea. If you sign up through this link, you’ll get $5 off!

Printstagram Contact Cards + A Giveaway

With getting sick, trying to enjoy Mardi Gras and entertaining our of town guests, I took a little unexpected blogging break, sorry about that! But I’m back today with an awesome giveaway! Y’all know I love finding uses for my Instagram photos right? Well I just discovered Printstagram and they have tons of cool products including calendars, t-shirts, buttons, mini books and contact cards, which is what I got! You can easily create unique business cards by using any of your Instagram photos. Add text to their templates or upload your own image for the back. I decided to keep it simple and use their template with my Instagram name on the back of my cards.

Enter-To-Win-Printstagram-Calling-Cards

Printstagram Calling Cards

Printstagram Calling Cards

Printstagram Calling Cards

Printstagram Calling Cards

So what about the giveaway, right? Well you guys have the chance to enter to win a set of contact cards for your self! Enter using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway open worldwide, winner will be chosen at random.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck!! Have any questions? Feel free to contact meIf you are in a reader click out to access the Rafflecopter entry form.Please note that your entry will be removed if you do not complete it correctly. received contact cards as compensation for this post however all opinions are my own.

That’s A Wrap: February

Mardi Gras is in full swing and I have friends arriving tomorrow, so things are a bit crazy right now. Nothing much happens during Mardi Gras time in New Orleans except for parades, eating and drinking, it’s kind of like a vacation for the whole city! But luckily February was productive for me! Zander and I threw a pizza party for my mom’s birthday. I hosted an art market and met some lovely creative ladies. I added a bunch of stuff to my shop my closet account on Instagram and lot’s of great stuff happened in the studio and on the blog:

Ciera Design Blog Posts February

on the blogThe Made In Mind Social February Meet-up and Art Market
For Bloggers: WordPress Plugins
Snapshots of my Desk
Black Wardrobe Basics
Baking A King Cake
February Wallpaper Freebie + A Favorite Font
The Font Feast Presents Crepes with Nutella & Strawberries
Blogging With Intention

in the studioI wrapped up my first ever packaging design and it was so fun! I can’t wait to share and hope to work on more packaging soon! I added a new invitation design to my Etsy shop that’s perfect for a bachelorette party or  birthday. I have some availability coming up so get in touch if you have any design needs!

elsewhere- My Salvation Mountain photos were featured on Palm Springs Style
- Thanks to Stephanie for mentioning me in her Top 5 Tips & Resources to Prettify Your Blog post!
Ombre Cluster Necklace DIY featured on Un-complicate
Best Memories Are Handmade desktop design feature on Megan Snider’s blog
- Make Time To Create desktop design featured on Brit + Co. and Ella Dice
- February’s desktop wallpaper freebie available for download on Whimseybox!
- Red Hot Valentine DIY featured on Style Motivation and Buzz Feed
- Thanks to Brit + Co.Masterfully Me and Paper Crave for featuring my Valentine’s Printable.

from-the-archivesFrom the St. Patrick’s Day Archives
These Are A Few Of My Favorite Green Things
Three Green Mojito Recipe

The Font Feast Presents Crepes with Nutella & Strawberries

Nutella Strawberry Crepes Recipe

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! Luckily, my husband is a pro at breakfast-making. Fluffy buttermilk pancakes, crisp, golden waffles, savory scrambled eggs, hearty biscuits and gravy–you name it, he can make it. One of my favorite things that he makes for us is crepes! Crepes filled with apples and cinnamon and butter, crepes filled with lemon and powdered sugar, crepes filled with homemade berry jam. And the creme de la creme of crepes, at least at our house, crepes filled with Nutella, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream. They’re really easy to make, but they seem so fancy and indulgent, and are so delicious! They make even regular weekend breakfasts an event to remember!

The font I chose to go with our fancy French crepes is called Little Lord Fontleroy, and the moment I saw it, I knew it was the perfect French-inspired font for this month’s post. It’s just beautiful! 

Crepes with Nutella & Strawberries

Crepes with Nutella & Strawberries inspired by Little Lord Fontleroy

2 eggs
1 1/2 cups whole milk
1 Tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
a splash of vanilla
1 cup flour
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon sugar
nutella
strawberries
whipped cream
powdered sugar

In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, oil, salt, and vanilla. Add flour and cinnamon sugar and whisk until smooth. Spray a crepe pan or large nonstick skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto the center of the pan and gently swirl the pan to spread the batter out into a thin circle. Allow to cook until golden on the bottom. Using a large spatula, turn the crepe over and continue to cook until golden on both sides. Stack finished crepes on a large plate until ready to serve. Fill crepes with Nutella, strawberries, and whipped cream before serving, and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes about 12 crepes.