Monthly Mood: What We're Loving This January

 

2019 is officially here!! If you’re a regular visitor around here, you may have noticed that our website got a little bit of a facelift for the new year — be sure to click around and check out the fun little accents and surprises, including a gorgeous batch of NEW CARDS that are here in time for Valentine’s Day. Read on to see what we’re most excited for this month — and if you’d like to be the first to know about launches, studio updates, and exclusive sales, simply sign up for our mailing list below!



 
amy zhang creative | january color palette

CURRENTLY CRUSHING ON —

A warm, inviting, up-and-at-‘em color palette! Is there anything quite as refreshing as the beginning of a new year? I’m usually a neutrals gal, but I’m really feeling these vibrant colors for January — I definitely wouldn’t mind beginning every morning this way!

CURRENTLY WORKING ON —

Finalizing my 2019 goals — It feels like I always have several dozen goals floating around in my head, and the start of 2019 has been no different. This week, I’m sitting down, writing them out, and giving myself actions steps as well!

amy zhang creative | setting 2019 goals

CURRENTLY READING —

The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair — One of my goals for 2019 is to read more non-fiction, and I am so excited to dive into this book! A history of color, pigments, dyes, and culture seems like THE perfect read for my tastes — and it definitely helps that the book itself is so beautifully designed!

CURRENTLY CRAVING —

All the soups and ramen, please! I’ve been looking up all sorts of warm and cozy Crockpot recipes on Pinterest, and I can’t wait to try them out — especially this Chicken Corn Chowder, or this Pork Ramen with Acorn Squash!  

amy zhang creative | girl with coffee illustration

CURRENTLY PLANNING —

30th birthday festivities! I’m not one for big birthday hooplas, but I think I’ve got a little party in me for the big three-oh ;) Current plans include coffee in bed, a little bday shopping, and then dinner and drinks at one of my favorite restaurants in town!

 

What are you most excited for this month?


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Monthly Mood: What We're Loving This December

 

Well, we’ve made it to December — it’s all hot cocoa, garlands, and gift wrap from here on out! We’ve got a big month ahead, including our final pop-up events and a couple of fun holiday trips. In the meantime, I’ll be in the studio, playing elf and packaging orders! If you’re still on the hunt for holiday cards, be sure to check out this season’s best sellers below:

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amy zhang creative | december color palette

CURRENTLY CRUSHING ON —

A cool-yet-cozy color palette — As much as I love the classic red-and-green pairing, I always find myself drawn towards non-traditional holiday color palettes. I especially love how pastel tones look next to earthy, natural greens!

CURRENTLY CRAVING —

Holiday flavors — I rarely stray from black coffee or the occasional almond milk latte — but the holidays are my favorite time to indulge in hot cocoa, a chai latte, and any other drink that’s best enjoyed by a cozy fire. (P.S. If you love a good cup of cheer, be sure to check out our holiday drink cards!) 

amy zhang creative | starbucks holiday cup illustration

CURRENTLY WEARING —

The perfect “ugly” Christmas sweater — Ugly sweaters are one of my favorite cheesy holiday traditions, and I found a new favorite for this year! I’ll pretty much be living in this bad boy from now until Christmas — and maybe for a little while after, too ;)

CURRENTLY SHOPPING FOR —

Gifts AND the perfect gift wrap — I don’t know about you, but I think pretty gift wrap is half the fun of giving presents! I’m feeling inspired this year to add some extra accents to my presents, like a cinnamon sticks or mini, personalized ornaments.  

amy zhang creative | palm trees illustration

CURRENTLY PLANNING —

Our weekend trip to LA — So excited for another short California trip this month! It’ll be right in the middle of our holiday event madness, but I’m thinking it’ll be a nice little vacation to prep me for the final push. Comment below if you have any suggestions for must-visit LA spots!

 

What are you most excited for this month?


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Monthly Mood: What We're Loving This November

 

Anyone else feeling festive already? I usually don’t join in ‘til a little later in the year, but all the designing and market prep I’ve been doing has me in the mood for all things holiday! I officially can’t wait for all the new holiday movies headed our way via Netflix and Hallmark, but for the time being, I’m rewatching some of my old favorites and enjoying fall while it’s still around. Read on to see what I’m loving for November — and remember, you can join the mailing list for more illustrated goodies straight to your inbox!



 
amy zhang creative | november color palette

CURRENTLY CRUSHING ON —

All these delicious, food-inspired colors! This palette makes me so happy — it’s both earthy and festive, and inspired by some of my favorite Thanksgiving flavors — especially my favorite cranberry scones!

CURRENTLY CRAVING —

All the Thanksgiving food! The color palette above might have tipped you off already, but Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, and it also happens to include some of my all time favorite foods — roasted turkey with gravy, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie (oh my!). Who’s with me?

 

amy zhang creative | thanksgiving turkey illustration

CURRENTLY SHOPPING FOR —

Cozy pajamas — I can never say no to comfy pajamas, and I especially love a matching set! This lounge set is pretty much a dream Christmas morning outfit for this neutrals-obsessed gal :)

 

CURRENTLY READING —

The fall issue of Magnolia Journal, because, let’s be honest — I’m obsessed with everything Joanna Gaines does. I definitely read every issue of the Magnolia Journal multiple times throughout each season, and I’ve been revisiting fall 2018 recently as I wait for the next issue!  

amy zhang creative | denver botanic gardens illustration

CURRENTLY PLANNING —

Holiday markets! We’ll be at a couple big holiday markets around Denver this month (the Junior League Holiday Mart and the Botanic Gardens Winter Market), and I couldn’t be more excited! Looking forward to the festive shopping and spending time around other local makers!

 

What are you most excited for this month?


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Monthly Mood: What We're Loving This October

 

I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of yummy baked goods this time of year — ‘tis the season for pumpkin everything! Besides eating all the pumpkin scones in sight, I’ve got big plans this month to take advantage of my favorites season, like visiting a pumpkin patch, adding some fall accents to our home decor, and adding a few cool-weather staples into my wardrobe. Read on to see what I’m loving for October — and be sure to sign up for the mailing list for more illustrated goodies!

 



 
amy zhang creative | october color palette

CURRENTLY CRUSHING ON —

More warm and cozy hues! I think our October colors celebrate fall even more than last month’s — I especially love how much they remind of the colors we’re seeing with the leaves starting to change. Throw in a cloudy, stormy blue for some drama, and you’ve got a perfect fall palette!

CURRENTLY CRAVING —

All the pie! I’m not a big dessert person in general (aside from my undying love for donuts), but I do love a good slice of apple pie this time year. I’m constantly on the hunt for the perfect recipe, so if you’ve got a good one, please feel free to send it my way!

 

amy zhang creative | apple pie illustration

CURRENTLY SHOPPING FOR —

The perfect pair of ankle boots. I’m a creature of habit and pretty much live in my ankle boots year-round, which means I usually need to invest in a new pair by the time fall rolls around. I’m loving this pair from Target — the chunky heel and laser cut details are so cute!

 

CURRENTLY READING —

Have you read WorkParty yet? I’m officially obsessed with this book, which is by the founder of Create & Cultivate, Jaclyn Johnson. It’s filled with inspiration from successful boss ladies, practical advice for building a business, and empowering messages for women in the workplace. 

 

amy zhang creative | san diego travel illustration

CURRENTLY PLANNING —

Our trip to San Diego! We’ll be there next weekend, so I’m officially in full research mode. Old Town San Diego, Balboa Park, and the San Diego Museum of Man are already on the list, but I’m still working on my list of the yummiest tacos, cutest coffee shops, and best local shops. We’ll be trying to fit some beach time in as well, of course!

 

What are you most excited for this month?

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Monthly Mood: What We're Loving This September

 

In honor of a brand new season, I’m introducing a few new series to the blog! The first of these is the Monthly Mood series, a compilation of things I’m loving, what I’m reading and listening to, what I’m excited for, etc. at the beginning of each new month. I’ve loved putting together a fun little to-do list each month for my mailing list, and this blog series is my way of expanding on that. Plus, I love any excuse to create more cute illustrations :) If you’d like access to the monthly to-do list, be sure to sign up for the mailing list below! And without further ado — here’s what I’m loving for September!

 



 
amy zhang creative | september color palette

CURRENTLY CRUSHING ON —

I’m all about warm, cozy colors as soon as September rolls around — even if fall doesn't officially start until the 22nd! This month’s color palette was inspired by some of my favorite fall treats AND the earthy-yet-vibrant tones that come with the change in season.

 

 

CURRENTLY READING —

I can’t quite remember how I found out about Rachel Hollis and her latest book, but I am SO glad that I did! Girl Wash Your Face is hilarious, heartfelt, and truly a kick in the pants for me to start reframing the way I think about who and how I am as a woman/human. I highly recommend it, and can’t wait for her next book, Girl, Stop Apologizing!

 

CURRENTLY LOVING —

I started ordering the monthly Target Beauty Box a couple months ago, and I am officially obsessed!! I know there are tons of awesome subscription and beauty boxes out there, but here are a few things I love about this one in particular: (1) it’s SUPER affordable — just $7 a month, plus free shipping, (2) there’s a mix of sample sizes and full-sized products, and (3) if you find something you love, you can usually get 15% off box items later that month!

 

CURRENTLY CRAVING —

All things with cinnamon! It’s around the time of year that I start ordering chai lattes for my work day fuel, but I love just about anything that’s topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon :)

 

 

amy zhang creative | chai latte cinnamon illustration
amy zhang creative | fall apple picking illustration

CURRENTLY PLANNING —

A trip to an apple orchard! My hometown is surround by farms and orchards where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables, and now I love finding places like that in the Denver area. I’m thinking we’ll head to the Ya Ya Farm & Orchard — in addition to apple-picking, they offer up fresh apple cider and donuts, too!

 

What are you looking forward to this month?? Leave a comment below to share your fall faves!

 

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