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Feature Friday: Oh Jessica Jessica

Happy Feature Friday!

meet-the-artist-2017This week we are featuring Jessica of Oh Jessica Jessica! She is an animator, character designer, illustrator and Etsy shop owner! Although she may be wearing many creative hats, all of her work is thoughtful in detail and meaning. Jessica hopes that all the characters she creates connect with people in some way. We love Jessica’s style and story, and if you’re on the search for some awesome pins or illustrations, look no further than Jessica’s shop!

 

Castle Logo: Tell us a few things about yourself!

meet-the-artist-2017: Hello! My name is Jessica Harris and I’m a Melbourne-based animation artist focused on narrative storytelling. I love bright colour, changing my hair style, and listening to songs on repeat. I live in a tiny one bedroom apartment with my partner, Adam, and right now my art studio is crammed into the corner of our lounge-room.

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Feature: Jo’s Handmade Friends

fullsizerenderFor the month of December we are extending our Feature Friday segment, where we highlight amazing creatives, so that you can meet some amazing makers in time for holiday shopping! We’re starting off the first Monday of December with Joanna of Jo’s Handmade Friends! Her toys are completely adorable and they give back! As you know, we LOVE businesses that use their talents to create positive change. 15% of profits from your cute Jo’s friend will help children battling serious illnesses. So awesome! Being big fans of stuffed animals ourselves (as Joanna mentions in her interview, we too cannot pass a cute plush toy without giving it a hug) we think the idea of having a handmade friend is such a special gift for kids and adults alike. We were really inspired by Joanna’s journey of starting her business and we hope you are too! Read on to see some of Joanna’s creations and to learn more about her story.

Castle Logo: Tell us a little bit of yourself.

isla_500x500-19720428_gddqur55: I am from Gdansk, a beautiful city in the North of Poland by the Baltic. I have lived in London for 13 years now. To most people it might seem crazy to move thousands of miles across Europe to a country where I didn’t speak the language or know anyone but I was young, in my twenties, and looking for a better, more inspiring sort of life.
I am very happy I made the move, I have a richer more interesting life with friends from all over the world and best of all I met my husband here in London, he is also Polish though and we got married back home in Poland last year. Currently I am lucky to live near Notting Hill Gate, across the street from the gate into Kensington Gardens which is where I go almost every day to get inspiration for my ‘friends’ and to enjoy the beautiful park. Thanks to my friend Diana, a very talented retired sculptor and potter who shares her beautiful house with me and my husband, I live in a very creative environment. I love Pilates and fitness, the park is great for a run, reading, photography, laughing, smiling faces and obviously I LOVE handmade.

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Feature Friday: Joanna Baker

Happy Feature Friday!

joanna-pic2This week we are featuring fashion illustrator, Joanna Baker! Joanna is a testament to taking the leap from the corporate world and becoming your own boss. Joanna took that initial risk and started her very own illustration business. Since then she has garnered recognition from some of the fashion industry’s top names and we can definitely see why. We love her illustration style in all its pretty details and chic accents! Read on to learn more about Joanna’s story.

Castle LogoTell us about yourself.

gold-signature: Hi, I’m Joanna! I currently live in Manhattan with my husband and our cat, Junebug. Originally from Maryland, we’ve lived in NYC for a little over eight years now. (Junebug is born and bred a New York City girl, though)

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Feature Friday: Janel Foo Glassworks

Happy Feature Friday! 

IMG_2286Today we’re featuring Janel Foo Glassworks. Janel’s stained glass pieces are so dreamy and we love her practical home pieces, like planters and trays! They’re sure to bring your interior decorating game to another level. In all, her passion for her work is evident in her pieces. Read on to learn more about Janel’s journey into glassworks!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

Screen Shot 2016-03-03 at 11.19.26 PM: I was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA. I went to college at San Francisco State where I studied fashion merchandising. I stayed in SF for about six years before I decided to move back to Southern California to Los Angeles to be closer to my family again. I missed my mom way too much! From there, I worked in the entertainment industry as a wardrobe stylist. I assisted the very talented stylist for the Jonas Brothers and Demi Lovato for a very crazy five years of my life which was one of the most exhausting and amazing opportunities/experiences of my life. I transitioned to working on styling commercials after that and while that was fun I started to want something else for myself. So now i’m here, still doing wardrobe styling here and there but mostly trying to focus on my glasswork because that’s what makes me happiest. A few random facts about me would be that I’m a crazy cat lady. I have two cats, Frankie and Mia. I’m completely obsessed with them. I play in two women’s recreational soccer leagues, I love bowling, korean bbq and cookie ice cream sandwiches are my favorite thing to eat, and I’m a germaphobe.

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Feature Friday: We Perceive

Happy Feature Friday!

Today we’re excited to feature our first blogger duo, Sydney and Kimberlin of We Perceive. We love that We Perceive is a bi-coastal blog and that they work together from opposite sides of the country! While Kimberlin is in Portland, Sydney is in NYC and their site gives readers a glimpse of life in these two amazing cities! Plus they make “adulting” look as fun as it should be. For more from these BFFs make sure to check out their Instagram, Facebook, and keep reading!

Castle Logo: We love that you’re a co-curated blog, just like us! Could you each tell us a little about yourselves?

IMG_6046 – KBG: From 9-5, Monday through Friday (and sometimes weekends), I work the ins and outs of social media at an amazing creative agency in the heart of the Industrial Pearl District. If I’m not in front of the computer screen, I’m out grabbing happy hour having a glass of wine and some delish food, romping around the city, or out exploring the natural beauty Oregon has to offer. I also love to get creative, whether it is painting, drawing, making DIY goods, or taking photos.

SPV: We are each living this crazy, wonderful adult life that looks way different from the other’s and way different from the life we lived growing up in the same state. On the day to day, I work my butt off in media and drink wine at awesome bars with the amazing friends I have made in NYC.

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Feature Friday: Poet Nash Consing

Happy Feature Friday!

IMG_20150224_190638Today we’re featuring our first poet ever, (!!!) Nash Consing! We love to share different talents with you guys and think you’ll love what Nash writes. His poems, although short, have so much emotion packed into them! You can see more of his writing on Instagram where you’ll get lost reading all of his amazing stuff. On top of that, we love how he handwrites his poetry to give it that authentic vibe. Keep reading to hear about Nash’s creative background and get a peek at his very own poems. He also has a book out that’s a compilation of his work which you can find here!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself and how you got your start in poetry.

Screen Shot 2015-12-03 at 8.09.53 PM: My name is Nash Consing. I am sixteen years old and a junior in high school. I live in North Carolina, but my parents are from the Philippines. Things I do include being a drum major and marching band playing the saxophone on a regular basis, along with listening to various types of music, mostly rap and alternative rock.

I think the reason I started writing poetry is how you would expect a fifteen year old boy beginning to write poetry. There was a girl I liked, and unfortunately she was going to move away from my city at the end of the year. At this point I had never really openly expressed my emotions from the romantic side of my heart to anyone, But I followed this account on Instagram, @emolabs, and he wrote these super short and sweet romance poems and photographed them with beautiful sceneries in the background, and it seemed that even the vague ones seemed to had impacted my heart in an unexplainable way. And so then, with two weeks left in the school year, I decided that I would write a notebook full of poems like @emolabs did on his Instagram account. I didn’t do it in time, so then I just made an Instagram account and eventually she saw them.

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Feature Friday: Baker Vickie Liu

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We absolutely love today’s feature with the amazing baker, Vickie Liu. We can’t get enough of her creative, adorable, and often funny cookies amongst other treats! She gives cookies such personality and her Instagram filled with cookie characters and shapes is sure to keep you looking and “wowing” for hours! We talked to her to find out more about how she found her baking talent as well as how she creates epic baked goods and a picture perfect Instagram feed.

Castle Logo: Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got your start in baking.
vickie: Baking has been an interest of mine since high school, but back then I just made (un-appetizing looking) cupcakes for friends or family when I had the chance! After graduating university from courses I wasn’t passionate about and no full time job –  I decided not to do my Masters in Architecture, and instead rekindled my love for baking and have been addicted ever since.
I’m currently working a part time job unrelated to my field of study, and baking part time. This includes taking custom orders, working with small businesses and brands, collaborating with other creatives, guest blogging and a little bit of styling.

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Feature Friday: MO&PEA

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This week we’re featuring knitwear, accessory and graphic designer Laura Elisabeth! If you’ve ever found yourself looking for a warm, chunky and stylish scarf look no further than MO&PEA. Her Etsy store is filled with comfy goodness. She also does custom orders. How often do you get to request a knitwear dream you see in your head to a designer who’ll make it for you! To hear more about Laura’s creative journey read on!

Castle Logo: Tell us a little about yourself.

iusb_760x100.16949994_a5gq: My name is Laura Elisabeth. I create knitwear accessories and home decor. I’m also a Web and Graphic Designer and student. I currently live in CT with my boyfriend and our cat, Matcha. When I’m not crafting, I love to read, drink tea, or play Animal Crossing.

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Feature Friday: Halloween Makeup Q&A with Hannah Concannon of The Dress Up Box

Happy Feature Friday – Halloween Edition!

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.24.34 PMThis week we were lucky enough to have TWO makeup experts give us Halloween tips and tricks before the big day! Although getting the perfect costume is important, making sure your makeup enhances that look can tie the whole thing together. If you want to transform your face this Halloween but need to know how to do it, Hannah Concannon of The Dress Up Box has you covered! On her Instagram and website she features a Face of the Day, a new creative look done by Hannah on her own face! We love checking out her pages to find out what she’s doing next! She has a lot of experience and great recommendations for products you can use at home, so keep reading to get some ideas and make sure to also check out Part I with Erin Scott Beauty! And Happy (almost) Halloween!

Castle Logo: We love that you do a Face of the Day. What are some of your favorite looks you’ve done so far ?

DressUpBox_Banner_060914_331: This is definitely a tough one. My favorites change all the time, but at the moment here are the ones I keep coming back to:  The Moon, The Blue Fade, The rainbow swirls, and, of course, Darth Maul.

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Feature Friday: Halloween Makeup Q&A with Erin Scott Beauty

Happy Feature Friday – Halloween Edition!

Screen Shot 2015-10-27 at 8.58.50 pmThis week we’re showcasing TWO amazing people who answered some of our own questions as well as some of the questions you guys sent us regarding Halloween makeup. First up, we have Erin Scott of Erin Scott Beauty. Not only does she have great tips and trends for this Halloween, but she gives tons of makeup tutorials through her YouTube Channel year round! After Halloween is over and you need some makeup inspo, be sure to head to her page! You can also find her on Instagram and Twitter to see all of the looks she has done so far. If you still don’t know what you’re going to be this year, keep reading for some ideas from Erin Scott Beauty and make sure to also check out Part II with Hannah Concannon of The Dress Up Box.

Castle Logo: What are you being for Halloween?

Screen Shot 2015-10-28 at 4.31.00 PM: I’m planning on doing my Half Skull, Half Glam Makeup look which I featured on my YouTube channel.

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