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#memyselfandi Current Obsession — OPI Nail Envy

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When I was young I used to bite my nails, really bite them, down to the quick- sometimes they would bleed! YUCK! Why did I do that?  My cousin and I both did, and one day my dad told us if we could let our nails grow to the ends of our fingers without biting them he would give us both $5.00! In the 80s, to a 9 year old, that was a fortune! 

Being the competitive Leo I am, it was on! A contest, I could do it! Well, not only did I get that $5, but I didn't bite my nails again, and became obsessed with having a good manicure. When I was about 15, I discovered Nail Envy, by OPI, and I've been using it ever-since.

Always on the mission to find the perfect polish to strengthen and beautify my natural nails, I've tried many products. I mean ALOT, and all different brands. I can say that I'm never as happy with another product, so I always go back to OPI Nail Envy. It's the only product I've found that not only helps my nails grow, it helps strengthen, helps with peeling, breaking, and just overall gives me beautiful nails. I will never stray again, this is one of the only products that I've found really does what it says it will.

Since I discovered this product over 20 years ago. The geniuses at OPI have developed several other formulas! 6 other formulas's to be exact!

Six unique Nail Envy Natural Nail Strengthener formulas strengthen with wheat protein and calcium while targeting specific nail needs with additional nourishment and encouragement. 
 

Visit http://pro.opi.com to purchase or learn more!

  • Original Maximum strength formula For nails in severe need of strengthening and repair.  
  • Dry & Brittle formula Helps prevent snaps and splits. Protects and maintains nail flexibility.
  • Sensitive & Peeling with Vitamin E and Kukui Nut Oil Soothes & protects nails against peeling.
  • Healthy Maintenance formula Renews and maintains strong, healthy nails.
  • Soft & Thin formula Fortifies soft, thin natural nails for strengthening and repair.
  • Matte formula Great for men or for those wanting a neutral, natural look.

 

Documentary Pick — It's Me, Hilary: The Man Who Drew Eloise

Documentary Pick, #memyselfandi, Lena Dunham, Illustration, Hilary KnightAmy MorelliComment
 image courtesy of HBO

image courtesy of HBO

  image courtesy of HBO

image courtesy of HBO

  image courtesy of  http://www.hilaryknight.com

image courtesy of http://www.hilaryknight.com

If you know me, you know I'm documentary obsessed. I even dream of traveling the U.S. in an RV and making a documentary in my retirement. (Stay tuned in 20+ years to see if that one materializes.)

As both a graphic digital and traditional artist myself, you can imagine, this documentary was heaven to me! Not only did I learn how Eloise came to life, in both text and imagery — I learned so much about the artist, Hilary Knight.

The Eloise book series was written by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight. One thing that struck me, was their creative process itself. It reminded me that all artists have a process, and sometimes it can be painful. Between the politics and the clashing egos of the creative team and the politics involved in publishing a book, this documentary had me intrigued from the first moments. This documentary was the brainchild of Lena Dunham, whose lifetime obsession with Eloise drove her to make this film. (You may also know Lena Dunham, from HBO series Girls, which is also one of my faves!)

I don't want to give to much away... do yourself a favor, watch this documentary for yourself.

HBO movie synopsis. 
Meet Hilary Knight in this portrait of the illustrator and artist whose whimsical life is rivaled only by Eloise--the iconic book character he brought to life. Executive produced by 'Girls' creators Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, this documentary short finds Knight looking back on his life as an artist and his indelible connection to the immensely popular Eloise books. Visit HBO to watch this great film!

Watch below to see, Lena Dunham discuss what led her to make this documentary.


 

Music — It’s so much more than just the soundtrack to our lives…

#memyselfandi, Blogging, Inspiration, Knowledge, Lifestyle, MusicAmy MorelliComment
 image courtesy of http://all-free-download.com

image courtesy of http://all-free-download.com

I know, I know the title of this blog is nothing new to anyone. But recently I've been engrossed in a few songs that I feel speak to my soul and the changes happening in my life. Which made me realize that music really is the consistent background to all of our lives. 

Whether we know it or not, music guides us through life, it connects cultures, it motivates us, it's the universal language that all understand. Powerful melodies, harmonies and lyrics can flood you with memories of the special moments of your past, while narrating your present. It has even been know to shake creative block loose! (at least in my case)

One good thing about music, is when it hits you, you feel no pain.
— Bob Marley

We listen in joy & celebration, in sadness & remembrance...I'm even listening to my favorite tunes as I write now. Research suggests that music not only helps us cope with pain — it can also benefit our physical and mental health in numerous other ways. Various scientific studies have shown that music can relieve stress, alter brain wave speed, motivate you during workouts, treat depression, help in surgical recovery and so much more.  and so much more.  (source: http://greatist.com/happiness/unexpected-health-benefits-music) Be sure to read the source article for all the amazing benefits music provides both medically and motivationally. 

Here's to all the wonderful musicians out there connecting us through their amazing talent.

A Creative Life — Finding the Passion Again.

#memyselfandi, Blogging, Books, BrandingAmy Morelli1 Comment

This post is LOOOOONNNNNGGGG overdue! I know I've been not as active on social media lately as in the past. Well today it all gets explained! I've been going through some changes and transitions both personally and professionally. So here we are, the day I spill the beans. (it's really not that dramatic...but I am a Leo after all!)

Last year was a challenging year for me, not because it was the last year of my 30s, but because as I've grown and matured in my life, I was beginning to realize my life didn't fit anymore. What does that mean you ask? Yea- good question. It took me months to figure it out myself.

As I slowly approach 40, I found myself questioning...everything. How did I get here, what was the path, where did the time go...you know all those midlife questions. Now don't get me wrong, by no means do I feel that 40 is OLD, or my life if over. But I do find myself remembering things in my life, that I feel like were yesterday — then I realize — those memories from yesterday, were really 10, 15 even 20 years ago.  Where did all that time go? I don't feel old enough to have 20 year old friendships and stories. And I know this is laughable to all of you 20 years older than me..

I've had some friends turn 40- and loose it. I mean. . . LOOSE IT, implode their lives. Like, leave their families, cheat on their wives/husbands, leave their own birthday celebrations in "40 year old panic". And all this last year of being 39- I kept thinking, what is the big deal- who cares you are only as young as you feel, and blah blah blah.

And then, as I sit here enjoying the last few months of my 30s- I realize I did have my own way of "loosing it." And it began 6 months ago.  I began to feel uncomfortable in my own skin,  In my drive for success, I forgot who I was and what was really important in life.  I had abandoned and forgotten some of the things I loved about life, and about myself. It wasn't conscious, it wasn't deliberate, but it happened. Slowly, day by day, without me even realizing it, it became about acquiring stuff instead of living. Until suddenly, one day I suffocating. 

Then as I really started to evaluate myself and my life, and all the experiences that brought me here, then suddenly- just like that... CLARITY. (and let me just say this didn't happen on it's own - some wonderful friends, colleagues and mentors of my life dropped little seeds of wisdom and knowledge to me along the way.. which Is what led to the clarity...it takes a village people...we don't grown on our own, we pick up knowledge and experiences from those around us that push us closer to the sun.) Usually the signs are always there leading us in the right direction if we choose to see them. 

From this point on, I will longer waste energy and time on those who don't do the same for me. I will no longer let my life energy be sucked out by the "Takers" in life, I will no longer put "living" aside for work. I will live in balance and will enjoy life for what it is...a series of moments that are best experienced without expectation.

You may have seen my announcement earlier this year, that I would no longer be designing and producing stationery. Well, now I can tell you what I've been doing. And this will probably come as NO surprise to those who know me well. I have gone back to my roots of illustration and book layout and design.  Early in my career, I worked in publishing and loved it.  I never really made a decision to stop doing this, but slowly overtime my career and life choices led me away from it. 

As I started to feel restless in my life/business, opportunities arose for me to dip my foot back into the publishing world. And yes, I heard Angels singing.. HA! No seriously, the more I illustrate and design book covers and interiors, the more excited and passionate I become. One thing I've learned about having a business is it's a marathon, not a sprint. And all good runners know, sometimes you have to change course to win the race. And whatever you do, as long as you do it with joy, I considerate it winning!

So if you haven't gotten bored yet with the rhetoric, here's the meat and potatoes of it.  After a decline in my stationery business due to sites such as etsy, and the like. And the fact that I just didn't feel the love and passion that once I felt for events- so I decided to turn things upside down! To transition from stationery to focus more on my branding division 2u Creative and move into illustration and publishing work.

Let this be a lesson to us all, you can have a mid--life freak out, without being destructive to your life. LOL :)

Check out below some of the work I've been doing lately below, and stay tuned I will soon be offering templates and custom book cover and interior design for authors, as well as packages of everything they need to promote and sell their book. I've been working on illustrations for children's k-5 English and Science Books, as well as interior design an layout of the books, you can see some of both of that work below!

In addition to the change in direction my design career will take, I will also be blogging on a regular basis and it will no longer be about events and stationery. It will be about life in general, my experiences, my struggles and yes...sometimes my polarizing opinions! Everything I'm interested in (reading, cooking, gardening), as well the uncomfortable things in life that push us forward (politics, philosophy, etc).

Follow me, Read me, and join me on all the moments that make up life.


Obsessions - February — #memyselfandi

#memyselfandi, ObsessionsAmy MorelliComment

1: Monogram Necklace mynamenecklace.com  |  2: Monogram Decanter shop.nordstrom.com   |   3: Monogram Cuff Bracelets marleylilly.com   |   4: Monogram Shoulder Bag  personalizedfrommetoyou.com  |  5: Monogram China graciousstyle.com  |   6: Monogram Watch amazon.com

For some reason this month I am OBESSESED with Monograms! In the Stationery and Event side of my business I am always creating custom Monograms for couples to uniquely show their personalities. I recently ordered a full set of Bar Glasses (Wine, Rocks and Water) for a couple with the Monogram I created on them. I was so pleased with the end result, that the Monogram Obsession began! I hope you enjoy my February Obsessions!

When Design and Function Meet — Living Small!

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Image Courtesy of Macy Miller

If you are a loyal reader of my blog, then you know I love it when GOOD design and Function meet! I used to teach at an art school and one thing I used to tell my students, there is nothing worse, then design for design sake. In my book, Design should have a purpose, a reason and a function. 

Lately there has a been a trend of what I call "living small".  Do you ever wonder, have we as a society become captives to STUFF? I think the short answer is (emphatically) YES! The more "modern and advanced" society becomes — the bigger the consumerism motto is drilled into us by influencing societal ideals. We now live in a society where the majority of people work like dogs to obtain things. 

This fact first hit me this past holiday season, when talking with friends I mentioned that I spent all day replacing and testing fuses and bulbs in my christmas tree lights. A friend then said, they are so cheap these days that I don't even bother with it anymore, I throw them out and just buy new ones.  This surprised me, as this friend I've know for over 15 years, and they have always been pretty serious about recycling and living green. I thought, WOW what a statement on the state of society, that the norm has become "Just throw it away and buy a new one." Especially when I hear it come from someone who has always been pretty socially responsible.

Apparently I'm not the only one who is feeling like a slave to my stuff. There is a recent growing trend of Living Small. And not only do I think this is amazing, I really love those who are executing this trend with Style. Here are just a few tiny spaces that have made me swoon! This first one below has to be my favorite!!

This ordinary garage transformed into a TINY DREAM!!!!! But I won't lie... I would love the treehouse below as well!

Above Images Courtesy of worldinsidepictures.com  He Didn’t Have Money To Buy An Apartment and He Bought A Garage, to read this full story click here.

Image Courtesy of Nicole Wolf

Image Courtesy of www.ecolifemagazine.com

Above Images Courtesy of bohtlingk.  “De Markies” (The Awning) was an entry in the “Temporary Living” competition 1985 and was conceived as a mobile home. On the road, it measures 2.00 m by 4.50 m, and once it has arrived at its destination its floorspace can be increased threefold in a matter of seconds. “De Markies” was awarded the Public Prize at the Rotterdam Design Prize 1996.


Combat the Gain from the Superbowl Splurge — Guest Blog by Jennifer McKinney

Fitness, Wellness, #memyselfandi, RecipeAmy MorelliComment
  image courtesy of Jennifer Hughes 

image courtesy of Jennifer Hughes 

 

Jennifer has been training me and guiding me in my nutrition choices for years. She used to be my most amazing assistant ever! She currently runs her own personal training business.  I have some digestive issues related to stress, so Jennifer got me hooked on this smoothie about a year ago. And after the Superbowl consummation of JUNK, I know I'll be having smoothies the next few days! Low in calories, and perfectly delicious — this smoothie keeps things running smoothly (if you know what I mean!) I hope you enjoy it as much as I!   —AM

 

  I am proud to say that I designed Jennifer's business brand! View it here in  our Brand Gallery.

I am proud to say that I designed Jennifer's business brand! View it here in our Brand Gallery.

The New Year is in full swing and for most of us, more than just our stockings were stuffed over this past holiday season! Extra helpings, decadent desserts, fancy cocktail parties, and less time to exercise is the perfect recipe for a little Gain in the New Year. How do you keep from bulking up with all of the fun treats this time of year tends to bring? 

The answer is balance. If you foresee indulgence in your future, create balance by having light, yet filling meals to help combat the extra calories. Smoothies for breakfast, salads for lunch, and fish with veggies for dinner. Below is a great smoothie recipe that will fuel you for your day, but save room for other goodies. 

  image courtesy of freefoodphotos.com

image courtesy of freefoodphotos.com

Even Better:

For your convenience, smoothie packets with the above ingredients (all except the water) can be assembled ahead of time and then whipped up in a matter of minutes for a fast and filling meal!

Greek Yogurt “Ice Cubes” are made by simply spooning about a tablespoon of greek yogurt into ice cube trays (sprinkle with chia seeds for an extra boost) and then allowing to freeze for about an hour. 

Keep this Berry Banana Smoothie recipe around for more than just the New Year. Its also a great way to say healthy and regular!

SOURCE: for recipe nutrients http://fnic.nal.usda.gov

Berry Banana Smoothie:

    ▪    1 cup frozen strawberries

    ▪    1/4 cup frozen blueberries

    ▪    1/2 frozen banana

    ▪    Handful of spinach

    ▪    3 frozen vanilla greek yogurt "ice cubes"  
         sprinkled with chia seeds **see below

    ▪    1/2 - 1 cup of water or coconut water

This satisfying low calorie smoothie provide protein, antioxidants, dietary fiber, iron, and probiotics resulting in a filling breakfast that helps to fight disease and aids in digestion. 

 

  image courtesy of Jennifer McKinney

image courtesy of Jennifer McKinney


Obsessions - January — #memyselfandi

#memyselfandi, ObsessionsAmy MorelliComment

1: Burts Bees Eye Cream [Retails for $11.99]   |   2: EOS Organic Smooth Sphere - Pomegranate [Retails for $14.99]   |   3: Citrus for the Skin  |   4: Freeman Anti-Stress Dead Seas Mineral Mask  [Retails for $6.69]    |  5: Cucumber Water for Hydration  |   6:  Weleda Skin Food [Retails $13.59  |   7:  Yogi Bedtime Tea [Retails $5.61]

MY OBSESSIONS . . . all under $15

1.  Burts Bees Eye Cream [Retails for $11.99]
As I get older, not getting a full 8 hours of sleep, really shows. And mostly is shows all over my face.. Hello Dark Circles! This great eye cream, helps make those dark circle no more. Bring on the late nights!

2EOS Organic Smooth Sphere - Pomegranate [Retails for $14.99]
There is nothing I love more than smooth lips.. both my own and other (LOL) . . . This lip treatment is not only amazing, it comes in many flavors! I keep one in my desk, nightstand and purse — ready for kissing anywhere I am. (Wink!)

3Citrus, Citrus, Citrus. 
I am lucky enough to have a client who is a dermatologist, and yes. She has the most amazing skin. This tip is from her. Every other night before bed rub fresh citrus on your skin. It's a natural brightener, will help fade dark spots and even can keep acne at bay. Bring on the Lemon!

4Freeman Anti-Stress Dead Seas Mineral Mask  [Retails for $6.69]
I wear my emotions on my face! Everyone says so — you can tell how I feel by the look on my face. Well, I'd rather those wrinkles not set in! So this anti-stress mask is my GO TO! It's also great to keep my skin free and clear of blackheads! 

5Stay Hydrated with Cucumber Water. 
Who doesn't love the amazing cucumber water served on those rare spa days? This is one, you don't have to leave at the spa! Slice some cucumbers put them in a glass pitcher of water, give it time to infuse and Voila! Nothing more refreshing. (And I'm convinced that Hydration keeps you young!) A great shortcut is  dicing cucumbers into cubes and freezing them. Now you have cucumber ice cubes, to drop right in your water!

6Weleda Skin Food [Retails $13.59
I know, I know... Summer's months away. But that doesn't mean you can't start getting those tootsies in shape! I have cracked heels :( and have looked for years for a way in between pedicures to combat this problem. Well, Weleda Skin Food is it! Each night before bed I use this robust cream on my heels! It works like a dream, and I even give my elbows a little love to!

7 Yogi Bedtime Tea [Retails $5.61]
Not to get too personal, but I have suffered since I was 35 with pre-menopause issues. This runs in my family and there are more "female issues" to count. I must say — you can throw all of this at me! I'll take it and cope fine.. But the one thing I JUST CAN'T deal with is interrupted sleep! I spent about 6 years suffering from awful night sweats, to the point that I sometimes would have to move to my guest room, as the sheets were soaked! This last obsession has SAVED ME! All natural and full of medicinal herbs- 2 cups of this tea before bed... and that's right NO MORE NIGHT SWEATS! I'm sure everyone has different results, but for me this tea has worked like a dream.

Want to try one of the above products? Journal your results and please share with us! I would love to hear about what you are currently obsessed with!


Feed Your Mind — A Creative Life Book Club — #memyselfandi

#memyselfandi, Books, Television ShowsAmy MorelliComment

image by Amy Morelli

There are things in life that bring absolute joy! For some of us it’s cooking, for others it’s running, for me… it’s reading. Reading has brought me countless hours of escape from the world, changing my perspective and even making me smarter. Those that read have higher GPA’s, higher intelligence, and more general knowledge than those that don’t. In Anne E. Cunningham’s paper What Reading Does for the Mind (pdf version), she found that reading, in general, makes you smarter, and it keeps you sharp as you age.  Other benefits are: reading reduces stress, improves analytical thinking, improves memory, and increases vocabulary knowledge just to name a few.

A lot of my girlfriends are also avid readers, and we all have been in an unofficial book club for years. Over the years we share books and insights on our favorite “must reads”, and some of us are such book nerds that we’ve even found ourselves at the same bookstore at the same time, completely unplanned! (Robyn Dixon, this is you!)  I bet you know where I’m headed with this. It only makes sense that I share my thoughts and views not he current books I am reading. Starting in 2015, I will share with you, my favorite books— as well as my girlfriends recommendations, reviews and even discussion on the books I'm reading!  

The first set of books I’m going to write about is the Outlander series, by Diana Gabaldon. I have read the entire 8 book series and I must tell you, everyone is a page turner! Mainly set in Scotland, these books offer a joyous escape of time traveling excitement that span hundreds of years in various global locations! From the moment I found these books, I always hoped a TV show could be made from them. Last year, those hopes became a reality. The Starz Network created an original tv series centered around these books. (Watch the trailer above.) The first season aired in August 2014, and new episodes will air in early 2015. Recently, it also won a People's Choice Award!

Join me this year, as I re-read the books and write on both the books and television series. So far, Starz has done an amazing job, and the first eight episodes followed book one pretty accurately! I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next, and am hopeful the show honors the integrity and life of the story that Diana Gabaldon intended. 

  image courtesy of  JB HI FI

image courtesy of JB HI FI

The Outlander Book Series Can be Found here at Amazon. and great news, they just announced Outlander Season One, Part One goes on sale March 3rd. You can preorder it here.

If you have a book you’d like to share, or are reading the Outlander books and want to share your thoughts email me, or comment!


Big Eyes — A MUST SEE #memyselfandi

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image and synopsis courtesy of bigeyesfilm.com

 

Official Movie Synopsis:

Big Eyes tells the outrageous true story of one of the most epic art frauds in history. In the 1960s, painter Walter Keane (played by Christoph Waltz) had reached success beyond belief, revolutionizing the commercialization of popular art with enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The bizarre and shocking truth would eventually be discovered: Walter’s works were actually created by his wife Margaret (played by Amy Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a colossal lie that had fooled the entire world

I had the great pleasure of experiencing the movie BIG EYES this past week. As an artist myself, the story fascinated me. As a woman, it saddened me. Margaret Keane’s life is a story of struggle, oppression and domestic abuse.  She had to endure years of silence and anguish as her narcissistic husband rose to fame and fortune on her talents. A con man, with charm to spare, Walter Keane was able to convince her to go along with the largest Art Fraud in history. Together they convinced the world that he was the creator of hundreds of her Big Eyed painting of children. 

There was a time in our country not long ago, that a divorced woman couldn’t support herself, even more so for a divorced woman with children. “Women are meant for the home” I think the phrase was. Thank goodness we don’t live in those times anymore. You can see in this movie, how women sometimes had to compromise themselves, their talent and even their morals just to survive in the male dominated society of the time. Walter started telling people he was the creator of these painting, and with intimidation from him and no strong sense of herself Margaret went along. 

image courtesy of the Keane Gallery

“Back then, women kind of went along with their husbands, didn’t rock the boat. He finally wore me down,” Margaret says. “While we were fighting this out at home, the paintings were just flying off the walls. Posters were selling. It was unbelievable. It snowballed overnight. I kept getting in deeper and deeper. I didn’t know how I could get out of it. I lost all respect for him and myself, and lived in a nightmare.”  
— MARGARET KEANE

She had lived this way for more than 15 years, when in 1986 she convinced a Honolulu jury that she was actually the painter of the Big Eyes. She was awarded $4 million, when the federal judge hearing her suit against her ex-husband ordered them both to produce a painting in the courtroom. Margaret whipped up a classic big-eyed “Keane” in 54 minutes; Walter refused, citing a sore shoulder. “I never saw a cent of it,” Margaret Keane says with a laugh. “But I won.” (quotes source: sfgate.com)

Creative spirit in abundance at 87, Keane lives with her daughter Jane in Napa and continues to express her view of the world through art. You can see her work at the Keane Eyes Gallery in San Francisco. or visit her website www.keane-eyes.com. Where you can purchase prints and view her latest work. Thank you Margaret Keane for standing up for what is right, in turn showing the world WOMEN artists can make a living with their talent. (She also showed us that WOMEN ARE WARRIORS, and can dig deep and always find the strength to tackle anything!) This movie about one of the largest art frauds in history is a MUST SEE!

To learn more about the movie visit: bigeyesfilm.com

For a little fun, they even have a selfie generator! Upload your selfie and get your own Big Eye Portrait! Here's mine!


ONE LOVE: A Wedding for Everyone!

#memyselfandi, Branding, ONE LOVE: Workshop, Media CoverageAmy MorelliComment

ALL IMAGES ABOVE COURTESY OF KATHY THOMAS PHOTOGRAPHY    |  BOTTOM CENTER IMAGE OF KATHY COURTESY OF LEAH LANGLEY    |  IMAGES FROM ONE LOVE WORKSHOP 11-03-14


If you live in Florida or have been watching the news, you know that Florida made Same Sex Marriage legal on January 6th, 2015! YAY FLORIDA!  I am proud to say I have always been a supporter of #Equality!  Working in the Event Industry I am connected with vendors and couples from all walks of life, and I'm here to tell you PEOPLE ARE PEOPLE. In my opinion, the thing that separates us in society is how we treat each other — not who we are or who we love. It's whether or not we are there for each other as humans. This is what builds character. This is what makes us open to love and new life experiences. 

This past November I was asked to participate and sponsor ONE LOVE: a wedding for everyone, presented by Kathy Thomas of Kathy Thomas Photography.  Of course, I jumped at the chance! It was a great opportunity to work with some amazing vendors and to connect with vendors I had yet had the pleasure of working with — all while showing my support for the LGBTQ community.

A two-day experience at the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, the workshop featured Bernadette Smith of the Gay Wedding Institute, as well as a styled shoot and education on same sex weddings, SEO and marketing language. The brain child of  Kathy Thomas, ONE LOVE: a wedding for everyone was a huge success, photography from the workshop will be used in the marketing materials of the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, and the workshop itself got a mention on the Channel 6 News! (watch here)

I loved working on this project! It was great working with Kathy creating the Branding and Stationery for take away's and the styled location shoots! She is a formidable force in the event industry and her vision oozed sophistication! 

"My goal is to help educate my community by fostering an environment that continues education, growth and support, so we can be experts in the wedding community. I am a believer in equality — I created my company in support of love and marriage and couldn't be happier that Florida has legalized it for all couples."   — KATHY THOMAS

Job well done! I know she poured her heart and soul into this workshop, and it was evident by the amazing experience she created! Jealous? :)  Experience it yourself with this great trailer by Key Moment Films.

Let's not forget Lisa Stoner of E-Events, she designed the styled shoots at the Ritz Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. A beautiful modern classic ballroom set, (complete with the ladies from Our DJ Rocks!) and an elegant outdoor farm experience at Whisper Creek Farm. Thank you Lisa, for always creating amazing environments to showcase my stationery! (I kid, I kid...it's not just about the stationery!) Tipping my hat to Raining Roses  and the Chalk Shop as well for creating her amazing vision! 

Drink in the beauty of both locations below!

For a full list of participants and sponsors of the workshop, scroll down to the end of this post. You will also find galleries for both locations below! (Photography courtesy of Kathy Thomas Photography)

For more information on our event stationery or brand development visit our site!
#memyselfandi #acreativelife

The 2u Collection, our Custom Stationery line contributed stationery designs, table numbers, brand design of the workshop as well as contributing a little photo styling of the sets with Lisa!

Photo Galleries by Kathy Thomas Photography

I know that something this wonderful takes the work of many. Below are these amazing vendors! And the good news they are all supporters of #Equality!!

List of participants and sponsors of the workshop

Venue:
The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes (and all their partner Marriott's)

Entertainment:
Our DJ Rocks (Kristin Hubbard)

Favors & Treats:
Florida Candy Buffets (Farida Wazir)

Planners & Designers:
E Events (Lisa Stoner)

Floral:
Raining Roses Productions (Jesus Rodriguez)

Stationery & Paperie:
2u Collection (Amy Morelli)

Lifestyle Design, Graphics, Illustration, Branding & Marketing:
2u Creative (Amy Morelli)

Photographers:
Kathy Thomas Photography (Kathy Thomas - Orlando & NYC)
Brandi Image Photography (Brandi Morris St. Pete)
Stephanie Dishman Photography (Stephanie Dishman - Orlando)
Rudy & Marta Photography (Rudy Montilla- Orlando)
Nick Edmundson Imaging (Nick Edmundson - Ohio available for travel)
Emily Millay Photography (Emily Cunningham - Ohio available for travel)
Jordan Weiland Photography (Jordan Weildan - Lakeland)
Banter Booth (photo booth Jason Weildan - Lakeland)

Video:
Key Moment Films (Mary Angelini)

Hair and Makeup:
Kristy's Artistry Design Team (Kristy Alonzo)


A Creative Life. . .#memyselfandi

#memyselfandi, LifestyleAmy MorelliComment

If you follow me on social media, you know that design infiltrates every aspect of my life, and it's not just my love for paper and stationery that inspire me. So I've decided as of today, my blog will become a little bit more like a lifestyle blog!  If you don't follow me, be sure to start! You won't want to miss what's to come!

If you missed it over the holidays, my partners (Lisa Stoner & Robyn Dixon) and I launched a full lifestyle blog: Me Actually! I developed the Brand, logo, design of blog, etc. And will continue to contribute content from the artist perspective as well as Creative Direct all of our activity as we grow. 

Me Actually is the categorical online resource for men and women alike to reference independently or together the art of living abundantly. You'l find everything from gardening and fashion tips to movie reviews and recipes,  I invite you to learn more about all three of us, check out our first post! (And of course all the posts from December!) To find my contributions to Me Actually search for #memyselfandi.

Because of my partnership with Me Actually, I have decided to cover some of the same topics here on my own blog. After all, my artist perspective and design style is who I am, I invite you to follow me both here and at Me Actually. You'll learn all kinds of things about #memyselfandi! 

And don't forget to check out my partners Lisa Stoner & Robyn Dixon, they are two of my closest friends, as well as strong women! There is something for everyone at Me Actually! Be sure to follow me at the links below!