Bali with Hacker Paradise

As you may have seen on one of my social media accounts, I am currently living in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia through a co-working program called Hacker Paradise.

I will be posting pictures of my month-long adventure here…I invite you to follow along!

View from my room - Bali

I look forward to sharing my experience with you. ☆★★

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branding identity psd mock-ups

One of my current freelance projects involves developing the brand identity for a client. Whenever I pitch a new identity, there is a round of PSD mockups I use to display my direction and ideas, and I wanted to share them with you today. And the best news is…they are all free. That’s right…$FREE.99! Here you go…


Stationary Items

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file downloads with custom botton

On all of my free download posts, you will notice a little “download” graphic underneath with a hand-drawn arrow. It looks like this:

Download Button

I am going to show you how to add this to your WordPress site, using your own custom image in the download button!

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how to setup a wordpress blog

I use WordPress to run this blog, building off of the Responsive theme and customizing it down to the very last pixel, all myself. Its so much fun – and I’d love to share more of how I did it with you. Here are the steps:  Read more ›

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something new

I go back-and-forth with myself about which of my many interests I should focus on and feature through this site. Up to this point, I have placed an emphasis on design, fashion and my life in Charlotte. What you may or may or not know, is that I am an absolute geek and am also very interested in technology, web/blog development and self-improvement. I am going to take a shot at featuring more about these interests on August Every Month. I feel as if these topics are more useful and would prove to be more interesting and beneficial to my target readers..I hope you like this new direction!

AEM leaf

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which browser should i use?

There are many web browsers out there..many of which are outdated yet so many people still use them because they don’t understand how much better the browsing experience could be if they just updated or switched!  The four main browsers are Internet Explorer (the default for PCs), Safari (the default for Macs), Firefox and Chrome. I could get into the details of the pros and cons of each browser, but I am going to skip that because I feel so strongly about one of them…


In my opinion, Chrome outperforms its competitors in all arenas – interface design, speed and functionality. While the other three are improving quickly, Chrome continues to outweigh overall. I will say that I have not used Internet Explorer in quite some time, and that Firefox does offer some features that Chrome does not, but as I mentioned, overall Chrome is better for my daily browsing activities. Here are some of the reasons I love Chrome:  Read more ›

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free download | desktop background || 2

I came across this quote by Walt Whitman the other week and it became an immediate favorite. And of course I had to turn it into a desktop background…

AEM We Were Together

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Tonight, I am hosting my first guests through Airbnb. If you’ve never heard of it…..

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone.

I travel for either work or play most weekends and often during the week, so I wanted to rent my place out for a little extra income while I am away. It has forced me to finish decorating the place (it has been 6 months since I moved in, after all!) and keep the place clean so that not much work has to go into preparing and cleaning the apartment for guests every weekend. The only thing I am concerned about is people stealing my personal belongings…it is definitely a practice in trust!

Living Room

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free download | desktop background || 1

So I absolutely love posting desktop calendar backgrounds – its actually one of my favorite posts on August Every Month. Unfortunately, its getting too difficult to keep up with it every single month. As an alternative, I am going to lose the “calendar” aspect of the backgrounds and just post backgrounds that I design that I would love to share, at any time of the month!

Desktop Background 1

I am starting out with a very simple one inspired by this “frontdrop” by Michelle Edgemont for my favorite blogger Bri at D E S I G N L O V E F E S T. I hope you enjoy!

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stroll through the queen city

Everyday, my beau and I take a walk through my neighborhood, sometimes switching it up by taking a stroll through the Queen City. Today we chose to walk during rush hour because we wanted to feel the energy of the hustle and bustle of everyone heading home for the evening. Here are some shots I captured during our stroll…






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Samantha August

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