Font Freebies / 11


Font FreebiesI’ll cut right to the chase, friends: I miss blogging! I’ll be in and out here on Ciao Bella as I finish out the school year, but you can be sure that come summer vacation, I plan to blog and read the days away {not literally, of course, but one can dream!}.

Until then, however, I think a new edition of Font Freebies is in order. If you’re just popping into the blog, the feature is as the name suggests: I round up some of the fonts that have recently caught my eye, all for your downloading pleasure. There are plenty of good-looking typefaces to go around, but I, like any art and design fan, do have my favorites: Garden Gnome, because the name alone brings a smile to my face {not to mention its playful bounce!} and Steelworks, because I could spend all day experimenting with its added swashes. Have you used any creative fonts lately? How is May looking on your end? :)

Font Freebies 11Brandy Alexander / Texas Toast / The Cat’s Whiskers / White Larch / Garden Gnome / Steelworks

The title is in Back to Black.

Have a wonderful Tuesday!


Currently: May 2016


Long time no see, friends! Thank you for sticking around during my brief hiatus; it was much-needed in these past few weeks. While I’ve been having a blast, I can’t lie: I’ve missed writing in this little space and hearing what you’re up to. With that said, I’d thought I’d ease back into blogging with a “Currently” post – less as a way to focus solely on my life, but to encourage you to take a prompts for a spin as well! How is your May coming?

LemonadeListening: Beyonce’s Lemonade | Add me to the legions of Beyoncé fans who have played her instant hit album, Lemonade, on repeat ever since she released it in late April. From the catchy and powerful “Formation” to my personal favorite “Daddy Lessons,” each and every track demonstrates an incredible level of talent and expertise, not to mention sharp insight on a number of modern issues. The visual component is just as impressive, and just gushing about it has me tempted to listen to it all again. You’d have to be living under a rock not to have heard one of her new songs by now, so I’ll take this opportunity to ask: what’s your favorite song?

The CrucibleEnjoying: The end of AP tests | If you too were enrolled in AP courses this school year, you know that much of the spring is dominated by exam preparation. I’m delighted to say that I finished the second of my two tests last week, so I have a far easier school schedule until I finish up in June! In APUSH, we’ve just started our Model Senate project – I’ll take debates over practice essays any day – and in my AP Lang and Comp class, we’ve begun The Crucible, which made this theater and Tavi Gevinson fan happy. I just have one last round of standardized tests to endure {SAT subjects, anyone?} before I’m done with those pesky College Board multiple choice bubbles for junior year – cue the excitement.

Needing: To write my graduation speech | After a tech week like no other, I can turn my attention to things outside of the school auditorium, including my speeches for my school’s end of the year events! I’ve begun brainstorming, but work still remains: I need to polish them up and get them down on paper before Class Day and the official graduation in June. Fortunately, as the junior class president, I’ve been assured that I can keep it brief; in other words, nothing that I can’t get done in an afternoon with the Hamilton soundtrack on in the background.

Me and Earl and the Dying GirlWatching: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl | I mentioned it on Twitter, but it bears repeating: I waited far too long to watch the film adaptation of Jesse Andrews’ hilarious and heartwarming story Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and I’d encourage you not to make the same mistake! The charming indie film was released last summer to wide acclaim, thanks in part to the stellar performances of Thomas Mann as Greg and Olivia Cooke as Rachel. The style and structure of the movie was right up my alley, and better yet, it made me want to read the novel again. To the summer TBR list it goes!

Reading: Plenty of YA contemporary novels | I’ve been in a reading slump like no other since the beginning of the month, but I have hopes that I’m only a novel away from getting out of it! Fortunately, with so many library books awaiting me, I don’t think it’s a lack of good reads that’s the problem, but, rather, a lack of time. The books currently on my nightstand include novels When We Collided {I can’t wait to dive in to it tonight!}, The Unexpected Everything {no doubt I’ll be reading it in one sitting}, and Tim Federle’s The Great American Whatever {I’ve heard nothing but good things}. There’s nothing better than a new story from queens of YA Emery Lord and Morgan Matson to finish off a week right.

Footloose CrewMissing: Footloose | My school’s annual school musical {we did Footloose this year} was last week, and although we just finished it, I already miss my time at rehearsal! The show was, by and large, one of the most fun productions I’ve stage managed – and I’m so sad it’s come to a close. The cast was one talented and friendly bunch; the crew was such a hard-working and funny group {that’s us above!}; and tech week itself flew by, nine-hour rehearsals and all. We still await news from the judges that evaluated our show, but in the meantime, I’ll just look forward to my next stage managing gig :)

NeogenesisLoving: A-Z Visuals of Unusual Words | This creative take on language popped up in my Twitter feed earlier last week, and it was a clear case of love at first sight. The premise is as the title suggests: artists James and Michael Fitzgerald made visual depictions of strange words {examples include jettatura, noegenesis, and biblioclasm}. Perhaps I’m biased – I do love expanding my vocabulary and learning about words of all sorts – but I think it’s such a unique project and worth a look! It debuted ages ago, but then again, art this cool always deserves a shout-out.

Excited for: Prom | Finally, I’m so looking forward to my school’s prom this Saturday night! I know firsthand how hard our prom committee has worked to plan an excellent evening, and I have no doubt it will all pay off at our 1920s-themed dance. I’m not much of a dancer, but I know that the fun is in getting ready {I’ll be wearing this pretty dress!} and having a blast with your friends. Has your school hosted prom yet?

Have a terrific Tuesday!

May Hiatus

Hello friends!

May Hiatus{via}

Happy Saturday! What’s up for your weekend? I’m popping in to announce a small blogging break; between tech rehearsals and the SATs, I think a hiatus – however sad it makes me – is in order. I can’t wait to return with new posts on Monday, May 16, but if you want to chat before then, you can find me on TwitterGoodreads, or Pinterest, See you soon! :)