NEW! Customizable Blog & Website Templates in the Shop

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It has been a dream of mine to launch a blog design shop. Over the years, I’ve spent a good chunk of time searching for the perfect downloadable, DIY, customizable blog design template. One that had everything I needed and could be easily customized, without having to learn how to code or higher a developer.

I’ve found little to nothing that doesn’t look like a template or allows for easy customizations – little to nothing.

This brand new corner of The Blog Stop is dedicated to just that. To offer beautiful, modern and easily customizable blog design templates for the blogger who wants to stand out. For the blogger wanting to express their aesthetic & passions visually for their readers.

 

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HOW IT WORKS

Each template in the shop is completely downloadable, meaning you can purchase the design of your choice for instant download and get started!

These templates work with ProPhoto. ProPhoto is a WordPress theme platform that gives you complete customization control with zero coding required. You can just drag and drop new elements into your design, change the layout & upload your own images and graphics. Be sure to read more about ProPhoto on our FAQ page here.

 


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I’ll continue to design & add new templates to the shop regularly.

In addition, you can now book the Bombshell Blogger package which I’ll be chatting about more in the coming weeks.

Be sure to head over to the shop and check out all the new designs!

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Happy blogging!

xx,
Ariel

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The most Instagrammable day in Copenhagen

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Oh Copenhagen. My time with you was short but you were so beautiful.

As Levi and I traveled from Stockholm to Amsterdam, we stopped for one day to see the city of Copenhagen. I’m well aware that one day is not nearly enough time to experience a city, but in our eyes, it was better than nothing. Becuase our time was short, I tried to plan the day to perfection.

And it was!

We saw so many sights, drank good coffee, ate yummy food & took SO many pictures. I had more pictures from our one day in Copenhagen than our entire month in Sweden!

If your time in Copenhagen is short, these are the activities I would recommend for the prettiest, most photo-worthy trip! Because, pics or it didn’t happen, amiright?

 

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Botanical Garden

Gothersgade 128, 1123 København, Denmark

The Copenhagen Botanical Garden was at the top of my list! Those domed, glass greenhouse NEEDED to be photographed. Our admission also gave us access to the Butterfly room, which was a fun surprise experience. The Botanical Garden exceeded my expectations & I’m so glad I got to see it in our short time there. Absolutely breathtaking.

 

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Torvehallerne Market

Frederiksborggade 21, 1360 København, Denmark

Next stop – Torvehallerne Market! This is the perfect place to grab lunch & snap a few pics after sweating it out in the garden. The market is indoor (perfect for a sunny or raining day) and you can find rows of food, coffee & flower stalls all in one room. I chose steamed buns from Lele Street Kitchenhighly recommend.

 

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The Round Tower (Rundetaarn)

Købmagergade 52A, 1150 København, Denmark

The Round Tower is an old Copenhagen church at the center of the city. You can walk up the spiral ramp to the top to get a 360 view of the city. Be sure to pop into the church at the bottom level before or after you go up!

 

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Original Coffee

Østergade 52, 1100 København, Denmark
Located at the top of the Illum department store, head to Original Coffee for some rejuvenation and a beautiful view of the streets below.

 

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Nyhavn Street

Just a few minutes walk from Original Coffee, you’ll hit Copenhagen’s famous Nyhavn street. Here you can pose your heart out with the color rows of buildings along the canal.

A there you have it – the perfect, Instagrammable day in Copenhagen.

xx,
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Stockholm City Guide

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Stockholm was the first stop on our year-long trip around the world. We chose Stockholm because I have family living there and we thought it would make a smooth first location as we transitioned into this new lifestyle. It is also one of Europe’s northernmost countries and we decided we could work our way south from there.

From the minute we arrived, I knew I was in love. The colors in Stockholm are BEAUTIFUL. I was in complete heaven, surrounded by all the pinks, reds & browns. If I could choose a country to represent my visual aesthetic, it would be Stockholm.

We stayed in Stockholm for one month and were able to see & do so much during our stay.

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WHAT TO SEE & DO

Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan is Stockholm’s Old Town. Here you will find the iconic old buildings and streets that you picture when you think of Stockholm. This was by far one of my favorite places to explore & spend time. There are many beautiful doorways for photo-opts, shops & cute outdoor cafes. You can also find the world’s narrowest ally way or hop on a ghost tour of the neighborhood.

 

Sodermalm

Sodermalm is Stockholm’s trendy, hipster neighborhood. Here you’ll find quirky local boutiques, second-hand stores & the best food in the city. The buildings in this area aren’t nearly as beautiful as Gamla Stan, but I found myself heading to Sodermalm anytime I wanted a good meal or an exceptional cup of coffee.

 

Strandvagen

If you’re looking for a beautiful Stockholm photo-opt, head to Strandvagen street! This street is right on the water and houses rows and rows of beautiful apartments and homes. It’s also right on the water and you can take a stroll along the dock. You’ll get a nice view of the Grona Lund Amusement park and can treat yourself to a glass of wine at one of the many outdoor restaurants that line the waterfront.

 

Subway Art

This was one of my favorite things to explore in Stockholm! Many of the Metro (or subway) stations have really cool artwork displays. If you hop on the red or blue line, you’ll be delighted by the colorful stations to explore. My favorites included T-Centralen, Kungstradgarden, Morby Centrum & Brunkebergstunneln.

Fotografiska

The Fotografiska was by far my favorite museum in Stockholm. It’s right on the water and before you even walk through the doors, you’ll a beautiful view of the city. The museum itself showcases seasonal, rotating photography exhibits from photographers around the world. Each exhibit is presented with unique lighting, projections & music to compliment each photographers collection. When you step into an exhibit, you will enjoy a complete sensory experience while browsing some of the best photography work in the world. A must see in my opinion!

 

Modern Art Museum

The Modern Art Museum is a fun stop if you have time! It’s free (always a bonus) & you can see quite a few famous pieces from Andy Warhol, Picasso & Matise to name a few. For the price, it is a fun way to spend an hour or so of your time. It’s located on one of Stockholm’s many islands which we walked to from Stockholm City train station. It is a fun area to explore before or after your museum visit!

 

Vasa Museum

This was another top Stockholm museum for me. The Vasa Museum houses the famous Vasa ship from the 17th century. It sunk right outside Stockholm city and was resurrected from the water 300 years later. The ship is in almost perfect condition and is the most well-preserved ship from its era in the whole world. I would definitely recommend taking advantage of the free 30-minute guided tour to hear the exciting story of how & why the ship sank!

 

Rosendal Tradgard

Rosendal Tradgard is the place to go for beautiful flowers, rows of greenhouses, the most scenic cup of coffee & bees making fresh honey.

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WHERE TO FIKA

[ Fika ] a traditional Swedish afternoon coffee break.

Fabrique

Fabrique is home to some of the best pastries in Stockholm. And who doesn’t love drinking coffee from a green Acme mug? There are several locations throughout the city and you’ll probably find yourself making daily drop-ins.

 

Drop

Located in the hip Sodermalm neighborhood, Drop did not disappoint! They roast their own beans and Drop was one of the few places I could find cold brew in Stockholm. The coffee was great & the interior reminded me of an LA coffee shop.

 

Vete-Katten

Vete-Katten is a great place to go for a traditional Swedish fika! You’ll find delicious coffee & pastries and the perfect environment to rest after a long day of site-seeing.

 

Cafe Pascal

I loved this place! Cafe Pascal had great coffee, AMAZING sandwiches & a lovely ambiance. This is also where I had the best cinnamon bun in Stockholm.

 

Fotografiska

If you’re heading to the Fotografiska, make sure to hit up the cafe upstairs before you leave! You’ll find huge windows lining the walls, giving you a perfect view of the water and city skyline. Oh, and good food & drink.

 


WHERE TO EAT & DRINK

Greasy Spoon

Located in Sodermalm, Greasy Spoon was my favorite Stockholm brunch spot! The food was amazing & filling. I had bacon, whiskey pancakes that had to be the thickest, most delicious pancakes I’ve ever eaten.

Urban Deli/Takpark

There are a few Urban Deli locations in Stockholm, but we visited the one in Sodermalm. You’ll find a fresh menu filled with seasonal options. We also ended up visiting their location in the city for their Takpark rooftop bar. This one had SUCH a chill vibe and was the perfect place to hang out with friends as the sun set.

Cavabaren

Cavabaren was a recommendation from one of my IG followers and I’m so glad I went! Levi and I chose this place for our anniversary & enjoyed a bottle of cava and Spanish tapas. There were so many delicious things on the menu and I wish I could have tried them all!

Tak

Tak is another rooftop bar located pretty close to Stockholm City station. We were in Sweden during the World Cup and went here to watch the Sweden vs. England game. It’s a little on the spendy side, but a fun splurge if you want to spend a posh evening in the city.

Skroten

Located on Djurgarden (home to many Stockholm museums), Skroten is a little lunch spot off the beaten path. If you’re in the area seeing the Vasa Museum, Skansen or Rosendal Tradgard, be sure to stop in for lunch or a fika. Go early! They ran out of some of the lunch specials by the time we arrived.

Bun Bun

Another Djurgarden fave! Bun Bun is a food truck parked right outside the Nordic Museum. Specializing in Banh Mi, you can grab a sandwich and enjoy it in one of Djurgarden’s many beautiful parks!

19 Glas

19 Glas is a Gamla Stan bar we stumbled upon our last night in Stockholm. It felt like a right-of-passage to sip a beer in the Old Town, but many bars in this area are crowded and feel touristy. If you’re looking for a quiet, local spot to sit outside with a Swedish brew, 19 Glas is your spot!

Kvarnen

Kvarnen is a fun place for a traditional Swedish meal! You can order items like reindeer & Swedish meatballs. I also loved the interior and it was a lovely embodiment of hearty Swedish cuisine.


 

I loved everything about Stockholm – the colors, the people, the architecture. Definitely hope to go back one day.

On to Copenhagen!

xx,
Ariel

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Sweden Inspired Desktop Downloads

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During our time in Sweden, I’ve been so inspired by the traditional and modern designs around me. It feels like everywhere I look, I’m delighted by the artistic elements of this country. Many homes are decorated with beautiful patterns and wallpapers while shops and restaurants hold unique modern elements. I love it all!

I’ve created a handful of free downloadable desktop background for your tablet & phone. These were all inspired by the art & design I’ve experienced while here in Sweden.

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How to pack for long-term travel

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In a few days, Levi & I will be beginning our year-long journey around the world. We have been preparing for months now, making sure we’ve thought through every little detail, including how to pack.

How in the world do you pack for long-term travel like that? Trust me, I’ve thought long and hard about it.

Here are some important things to think about…

COLOR

Packing clothes within a similar color palette is more important than you would think. We are planning on documenting our entire trip through photos, videos & blog posts, and it’s important for us to stay branded across all the content we are creating. I also want to be able to wear the pieces I’m packing with virtually any other piece I’m bringing. When everything is in the same color palette, it makes it easy to create more outfits with fewer items.

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SEASON

The next thing you need to think about is the weather and seasons you’ll be traveling in. Levi and I will be moving east and plan to be in most of the countries were visiting during their warmer seasons. This eliminates the need for warmer, bulkier items like heavy coats and boots. If you are planning on visiting colder countries, choose outerwear that is versatile and can be worn with almost all the pieces your packing.

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ITEM TYPE

Start by making a list of all the items you would normally reach for in your closet. Are you a denim person? Do you wear mostly dresses? Just because your traveling, doesn’t mean your clothing preferences will change. Pack more of what you would normally grab from your closet at home. I like wearing dresses. They are comfortable and easy to throw on as a complete outfit. So I’m planning on taking more dresses than pants.

Ready to see what I’m taking?

 


 

Tops

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BOTTOMS

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DRESSES & JUMPSUITS

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JACKETS

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SHOES

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ACCESSORIES

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I do want to note that I am taking a few of some of the items listed above (like slip dresses & graphic tees). They are items I wear the most regularly and can easily swap out for a whole new outfit. I’m also taking a few basic sweatshirts and cardigans to layer with.

Once you have all your items, make a list of the outfits you can create. You can also take pictures of yourself in each outfit for a quick reference guide.

Happy traveling!

xx,
Ariel

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Things I Like

Honesty hour.

One of the greatest things I’ve struggled with as a designer is establishing a clear style. I see so many things I like and it all can kind of get muddled together in the things I create.

As an exercise in self-realization, I decided to list all the things I really, truly like. Not because someone else likes them, but because I am inspired by and drawn to them. If you are a creative, I’d highly encourage you to do the same. It can be a simple, but profound exercise in finding your creative voice and putting together a puzzle of pieces that uniquely belong to you.

 


 

1. A WELL-COMPOSED PHOTO

I could spend hours (and I do) dreaming up shoot concepts, staging the perfect flat lay or curating my Pinterest boards. I am so inspired by a creatively composed photo that thinks outside of the box.

 


 

2. WORKING ON MY OWN SCHEDULE

In the last year or so, I’ve realized that this is a non-negotiable. I will work as hard as I need to for as long as I need to in order to build a life that allows me freedom over my time & schedule.

 


 

3. BEING ORGANIZED

Strangely enough, staying organized greatly boosts my creative process. If there’s discourse in my life (whether it’s the space I’m working in or the icons on my desktop) it’s harder for me to do good work.

 


 

4. SEEING NEW PLACES

I think seeing new places is the ultimate source of inspiration for me. Exploring landscapes, cultures, architecture and having new experiences brings me LIFE. It is my favorite mental place to create from.

 


 

5. LISTENING TO PEOPLE’S STORIES

There is nothing like the rush of coming away from a rich conversation over coffee, am I right? I am filled with so much energy when I hear someone’s story and the greatness God has placed on their life.

 


 

6. FASHION TRENDS

This seems like a superficial like. But when I really sit down to think about what motivates and inspires me, fashion and style are some of them. Fashion largely inspires my designs and I really enjoy integrating the essence of styles I like into the brands I create. You can learn a lot about a person from the way they dress and it’s part of my process when discovering styles my clients like.

7. GOOD DESIGN

This is kind of a no-brainer. But I spend HOURS pouring over magazines & print ads when I’m in need of some inspiration. I love seeing what creative ways other designers communicate their messages. Good design is also what attracts me to most of the products I buy. All I can say is, branding is everything. And I appreciate companies that sell me on an experience with their beautiful design.

 


 

8. MINIMAL TEXT

It is constantly my mission to eliminate text. The less text you have in a design, the more you can play with it and enhance the design’s personality.

 


 

9. CREATIVE TYPOGRAPHY

Recently, I’ve really loved experimenting with different kinds of typography. So much can be implied by the typography style. This is an area of design I focus on and continue to spend time learning about and crafting my skill.

 


 

10. TEXTURE

I love texture. Texture in the fabrics I wear, texture in the textiles I use in my home, texture in the pieces I design. Texture adds so much dimension and I’m obsessed.

 


 

11. SHADOWS

This is a newer discovery, but essential nonetheless. And when I say shadows, I primarily mean in photography. It’s been such an inspiring element to play with in my shoots and I love the subtle detail they add.

 


 

12. DREAMING TOO BIG

Ok, this is something I’ve always known about myself. I’ve got big dreams. And I really believe I can acheive them. I will work my butt off for however long it takes to grab that giant dream and watch it come to life before my eyes. And I strongly suggest you do the same.

 


 

If you’ve struggled at all with comparison, I’d highly recommend this little exercise. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of imitating the people around you and forgetting the things that make you YOU. Write these things down and refer back to them when you’re feeling lost in your creative pursuits. And ADD to the list as you grow! The world needs YOU. It already has everyone else.

xx,
Ariel

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