Releasing Studio Website Design For Showit

**CONTEST CLOSED** My team and I at Go Live have a new website theme live in the shop called Studio. Studio is where minimalism meets style with clean structure and collage-like aesthetic. The methodical layout and text heading allow viewers to navigate the site effortlessly. Each page of the template is easily customizable and includes an EXCLUSIVE feature of beautifully custom handwritten headings that will attract those whimsical creatives. We've even included extra handwritten headings for all your website page needs. Overall, Studio is the "it" site for creativity and stellar style. Check out the live demo and purchase it here

So here's the scoop… I suggest customizing this design in one of three ways. 1 // Purchase and customize the design yourself (our designs over at Go Live are easy to edit and make your own - that's our whole goal). 2 // Hire us to customize it for you!  Drop us a line if you need help deciding! :)

In celebration of the new release we're giving away the website template to one lucky Pinner. Simply pin the graphic (below) straight from this website to your Pinterest account to be entered to win the Studio design theme! We'll be announcing the winner on: Thursday, August 31st 2017.

Side-swept Double Topsy-Bun For Medium Length Hair

As a creative entrepreneur I have my fair share of days filled with working the grind at home and then needing to quickly hop on a skype call. It's nice to look put together, and sometimes the messy top knot can feel overdone or even worse make me feel like I am still in my pajamas. So, in an attempt to look unique and put-together in a time crunch, I created what I’m calling the Sideswept Double Topsy-Bun. The best part? There are no pins needed for this look. Just two pony tail holders and hairspray. Let’s get started.

Easy up do for medium length hair

Viola!! This hair style STAYS!!!! I’ve even slept in it and it still looks great the next day with a little more of a tossed look. I can’t wait for you to try this!

If you tried it, I’d love to know.

Chalk Art Hack

I don’t know about you, but every time I see really cute chalkboard art in people’s homes or offices I always think "THAT'S SO CUTE! I could never write like that." Since I started relying on my computer and my iPhone for pretty much everything, my handwriting has gotten so bad. Because of that, I was a little nervous to agree to help my sister-in-law with some of their wedding decor plans last month. She loves the gold frame chalkboard look (which is adorable) so I set out to make it happen. As a designer, I told myself this CAN NOT look bad. LOL. So, I thought back to my old art class days where we learned a lot of different techniques for achieving certain looks. Hence today’s Chalk Art Hack. So, I’ll show you step by step how to achieve AWESOME looking chalkboard art that will have all your friends asking “did you write that??!” Here is goes…

What you need:
    •    chalkboard (framed or un framed)
    •    computer
    •    fonts you like
    •    printer
    •    regular printer paper
    •    pencil
    •    regular chalk or chalk pen 

chalk art hack by promise tangeman

Instructions:
00 - First, If you’re looking for a cute chalkboard gold frame like the one I have, It’s super easy to make. I just bought a gold frame that I liked and painted the clear glass with a couple of coats of chalkboard paint. Easy peasy! 
01 -  Find a font that you like on the computer and create a document with the words that you want to have written. The font that I used for this project is Adios.
02 - Print out the document on your home printer
03 - Take a pencil, flip the paper, go to the window and color in the letters on the back side of the paper. Make sure you press so that it’s dark. I like to follow the lines of the letters to make sure it’s neat and tidy.
04 - Flip the paper back over and put it on the chalkboard. Begin filling in the letters again with your pencil. Make sure you hold the paper in place so that it doesn’t move around. This will leave a graphite impression of the letters on the chalkboard.
05 - Make sure you can see the graphite outline on the chalkboard
06 - Take your chalk or chalk pen and draw over the graphite impression.

All done! What do you think? Think you’ll try this? My know how bad my handwriting is so they literally did ask me “did you write that?” haha “Yes! Technically yes!” LOL.

Summer Shorts

Every spring I struggle to find good shorts that aren’t too tight, too low, too short but are also somewhat stylish. I feel like I hit the jackpot this year when I checked out American Eagle. They had SOOO MANY styles, sizes, shapes, cuts and lengths. I think I tried on all of them and to my surprise, I loved almost everything I tried on. SHOCKER!! I have and love both the Midi style (here and here) and the Festival style (here and here). And to top it off....they're on SALE right now! I also think the festival shorts will look super cute with tights in the fall!

Look Like a Graphic Designer Using These 5 Free Fonts

One funny question that I get from my husband Brian every now and again is, “what’s a good basic font to use?” haha! I never know how to answer that question because there’s not just a few “good, basic” fonts. It all depends on what it’s for, who the audience is, what it’s communicating, what medium it will be on (print? web?) what size it will be shown at, and so many more specifics. It always drives him nuts when I can’t simply answer his question. 

I think what he’s really asking is, ‘what font will make it look like a professional designer created this?’ So, to satisfy his curiosity, I decided to put together a graphic with five free basic font options that are designer-esque. I also included a few different scenarios that you might use them for as well. I hope this is helpful. Hey Brian, be sure to bookmark this post for future reference. Click the links below for more information and to download the free fonts.

1. LORA   /   2. PLAYFAIR DISPLAY   /   3. OPEN SANS   /   4. MONTSERRAT   /   5. OSWALD

Look Like A Professional Designer With These 5 Free Fonts