January 2013 Sneak Peek #2


Happy Friday to you! I wanted to share another addition to the January 2013 release.

When I was in college, the design program I was in was really intense. It was a rigorous first year and a half of 'bootcamp' like basics classes that all led up to a 'review' process. The 'review' was a jury of your teachers and the A&D faculty who took a look at your 3 semesters of work and decided whether or not you should be allowed to continue in the program. Like, at all. It is a very stressful and nerve wrecking time. You put your work up, wait all day (some of us may have done some, ahem, 'liquid' waiting...)and then go back in to decide your fate. The day I went into mine, I will never forget. When they told me that I didn't pass, it was as if the whole world had stopped. I had worked so hard, and so long, and at the time, felt like this was the one thing I was good at. I was devastated. Crushed. Lost. I ran all the way back to my dorm room in the snow and just cried in the dark.

My college sweetheart, who was and is one of the best men I know, got wind of my terrible news. He ran from his apartment to my dorm room (there is a lot of running in this story...it was Kansas...it was big, and we didn't have cars...) he opened the door to my room, saw me curled up in a ball and not knowing what else to do just came over and with his whole body, laid right on top of me. Not in an inappropriate way, but in an all-encompassing way. A protective way, He wanted to just soak up all of what was hurting me and take it away.

That move has stayed with me for the rest of my life. At the time, though I appreciated it, and needed it, it seemed odd to me. Throughout the course of my life since then, I have grown to understand that feeling. The feeling of wanting so badly to take away all of what is hurting someone you love, that you just want to cover them like a blanket. Sometimes there are not words to describe that want, only an act.

Sadly, It is often not appropriate to lay on top of your friends and loved ones, so I have tried to encompass that feeling in this card. I know it falls short, but hopefully not by too much.

This one is for the moments when there is just nothing more to say. All you can do is be there for your people when they need you and let them know that you are there. This goes out to a few of my own people who have gone through/are going through things that I wish they didn't have to. My heart is with your heart.


P.S. I did eventually get into and finish the Vis. Com. Program at KU. It was hard to get into and hard to get out of, but I did it. I'd like to think they'd be proud.....with the appropriate amount of chagrin. ;)

By Leigh 11.30.2012 – 10:32 am


January 2013 Sneak Peek!


Good morning! I am taking a tiny break from studio time to share the first new addition to the Curly Girl fleet for 2013!

This one makes me really really happy as it reminds me of some of the greatest moments in my life and has a lightness to it that I love.

When I was in high school, every time I did a play or musical, opening night my mom would give me a starfish to mark the special occasion. They made me feel special and recognized and like we had a little collection of commemoration between us. I still have them (they are in my bathroom now) and even though to the average user of my bathroom they look like ocean-inspired decor, when I look at them I see my 'star moments' and always think of my mom. She made me fee like I was standing there sparkling, just for a minute.

My intent was to make a 'celebration of you" card, that was perfect for giving to someone having a really sparkly moment, whether it be a birthday, or shower or graduation, opening night or something big like a wedding, I like to think that it works for all of those. Hopefully you will have many many sparkly occasions to use this one in the coming years.


By Leigh 11.29.2012 – 11:17 am


A sparkly bev to start off your sparkly holidays!

The Dish

OH! You guys! I have so much to share with you and so much on my plate that I have not had a single moment to do so! Endlessly sorry!

I am in studio this week up against a really tight deadline (like so tight I should be in there cutting and pasting and doodling right now!) but I wanted to take a moment and say hello, wish you all a happy belated Thanksgiving. Tell you that I am oh so thankful for all of you and share with you this little sparkly glass of perfection that I recently served at my Friends Thanksgiving.

It is a cocktail that was invented by one of my favorite restaurants in Atlanta. I had it for the first time there this summer over a long, really delightful dinner with friends and colleagues. I did a little digging and found that they had shared the recipe with the local newspaper, and so now, I can share it with my party guests, and of course, you.

It is perfect for anytime, in the summer I would drink it like a lady in a champagne flute, but around the holidays, it is just the right thing on the rocks in your favorite vintage low-ball glass (which you obviously have...).

Later this week, I will fill you in on a bunch of stuff, some sneak peeks (yay!) and then get ready for gift-guides!


Kentucky 75 (from JCT Kitchen, Atlanta)

You will need:

Fresh lemon juice

Honey syrup (equal parts honey and hot water, stir to dissolve) We love Savannah Bee Honey

Wild Turkey American Honey (it's worth finding this exact brand... the others are not as good)

Prosecco or sparkling wine

A cocktail shaker

Lemon twists


In a cocktail shaker, combine 1oz Wild Turkey American Honey, 1/2oz lemon juice, 1/2 ounce honey syrup with ice. Shake well.

Strain into a champagne flute. Top with prosecco. or serve on the rocks in a low-ball glass. Finish with a twist of lemon.


Toast to good friends, healthy families, and all the good to come!


By Leigh 11.28.2012 – 12:36 pm


Costume Party ~ A style board

Style File

I love costume jewelry. A lot. In fact, the girls at work have begun to mock my accessorizing. "WHAT!? Leigh is wearing a statement necklace!? (feigning shock, and trying to hide their bemusement). I love the brights the bolds the sparkly the shocking. The old the new the cheap and the expensive. I dare say, even the gaudy. My love knows no bounds.


This is something of a timeless trend, like leopard, plaid, the ballet flat and the shift dress, they will always be in style if worn correctly. Fortunately for me, we are currently in a trend of 'bold, bohemian and bright' and that means that there are no rules! Here are some of my favorites (and a hint for Santa, if he is reading...) that I have found recently.

1.) Show off cuff ~ Lenora Dame

2.) Cocktail Ring by Wendy Mink available at Marmalade (617-484-0093)

3.) Fuchsia Bubble Necklace ~ Marmalade

4.)Pop Stone Stud Earring ~ Banana Republic

5.)Crystal Color Earrings ~ J.Crew

6.)Flower Lattice Necklace ~ J.Crew (AHEM, Santa....)

7.)Tortoise Shell Stretch Bracelet ~ Ann Taylor Loft

8.)Vintage Blue Topaz Earrings ~ Laura James Jewelry

9.)Emerald Ring ~ Laura James Jewelry

10.)Lemon Zest Necklace ~ Anthropologie

11.)Chain Bracelet with Brooch ~ Zara

12.)Boho Necklace ~ Marmalade (617-484-0093)

13.)Point Embroidery Bracelet ~ Anthropologie

What are your favorites!??


We also have a couple of winners from the 10K Facebook Giveaway! Thank you all for sharing so much love!

Sexy Random Number Generator picked comment #32 from Lexi:

And I had not choice but to choose chose Alli Hanson as the creativity winner for being such a super fan (and obviously a valued member of a large clan) that she got nearly everyone she knows to comment, post on FB, or tweet on her behalf. I am almost surprised they didn't send a carrier pigeon. Alli, you are well-loved, and now you have $50 to spend on our website!

Congratulations to the winners! Thanks to ALL who shouted out! We will be in touch to get you your $50 Curly Girl Design Gift Certificates



By Leigh 11.12.2012 – 8:57 pm

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Milestone Giveaway!

The Biz

You like us! You really really like us!

A couple of days ago Curly Girl Design reached 10,000 'likes' on Facebook and we got pretty excited about it! Look, I even took a picture:

I am a weirdo about numbers sometimes. I like to try and get the gas pump to perfect .00s and have been known to take a photo of the mileage of my car when it hits and interesting number. Nerdy stuff, I know. But this milestone is a little different. Facebook has been profound in how we have been able to community build around Curly Girl and since community building is one of our core values here, that's a really big deal to have a community that now includes over 10,000 people. We like to refer to you casually as "Curly Girl Nation"...hope you don't mind.

I think there is power in numbers and power in community, especially when the community all shares something positive in common. In this case, we get to be that 'positive' and we are very very grateful.

So, to celebrate, I am doing a giveaway!!

I will be giving away TWO $50.00 Curly Girl Gift Cards!

All you have to do to enter is SHOUT IT OUT! Share your love for CGD in anyway you want, but in a way that will encourage other people in your sphere of influence to find us too. Link to it, photograph it, post it or point us to it in some way in the comment you leave on this post and that will count as your entry. If you shout out in more than one way, leave two comments with two separate links. All links/posts must be dated today or later, they must work and be active, and if you have multiple entries, they must be different.

I will be choosing one winner at random and one for creativity! So get out there and SING IT! I know some of you will do some really clever stuff! Winner will be chosen on Sunday November 11th at 10am EST.

Thanks for your support and for following along....this is really what it's all about for us!


By Leigh 11.08.2012 – 9:50 am


2013 Sneak Peek


Hi all! I wanted to thank you for all of your recent feedback on our new little sub-line "Just Our Type". Many of you loved it, and for some of you, it was not up your alley. I knew that would be the case, and I am glad you were so forthcoming an honest with your feedback. Except for the woman that used the word "hate" in her comment, I wish she had come up with a more eloquent way to be honest. But, hey, if I were a delicate flower I wouldn't be in this business.

The main purpose of this new line is to reach a new audience and broaden the use of my words and art, so in a way, introducing it first to a group who is loyal (and I LOVE LOVE LOVE that...it made all warm and fuzzy inside to hear how much you love CGD originals) to an existing style is a moot point. But I wanted to see what you thought, because you are my people. And we always want to share our best stuff with our people. So thank you! I will take your suggestions seriously, and will see what we can do in the way of pricing etc.

It is in this same spirit that I bring you the other part of 2013's Just Our Type release. The chalkboard series is near and dear to my heart because it really had me flexing my typography muscles! Inspired by the recent trend of chalkboard art and the sheer temporary-ness of it all, I hand drew each of these on little chalkboards.

I loved the idea of making something temporary and turning it into something more permanent. Also, love the application of these as greeting cards and wall art. We will be making them available as both (probably frameable posters at first). I, personally, can't wait to put one up in my house! And, that is actually rare for me to want to put my own work up in my home.

There will be 12 total to begin with, and they will release in January 2013. Just to be clear, these are in no way replacing a new release of classic Curly Girl...I begin 6 new Curly Girl designs here in a couple of days...so there will be LOTS more fun stuff coming. I just wanted to share this new little venture with you. Hopefully you will love it, and find a way to share it with some folks you love! Thanks again for being out there!

I'd love to know what you think!


By Leigh 11.02.2012 – 9:54 am

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