March 27, 2014

celestine fabros : fernaly


A little over a year ago, I stumbled upon Java Aficionado, a Philadelphia-based blog by barista Celestine Fabros. I couldn’t turn away from this girl’s style: sophisticated but sweet, refined but still real. I loved her photos, her logo, and her overall tone. But over time, I watched Celestine’s brand grow into something more, something slightly stronger with a new name. Her blog eventually became known as Fernaly, but never lost it’s true aesthetic. From the coffee industry to polka dotted flats, Celestine knows exactly what she wants in life and seems to be a natural at communicating visually. Lucky for us, her ideas are oh so pretty to look at :

“I am a barista in Philadelphia and love it because I am passionate about the specialty coffee industry.

I am inspired by a mixture of symmetry and nature.

To me, design means inspired art.

The one creative tool/resource I couldn’t live without is my notebook. It might seem old fashioned and given today’s technology but I still jot down and draw plans every time inspiration strikes. I never leave my apartment without it!

If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to Hawaii. Teal waters, white sand and coconut trees.. that’s paradise!

Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Lana del Rey. I don’t think I can ever tire of her voice.

If I had to leave you with one bit of advice, in regards to living a creative life, it would be to see the beauty in what surrounds you – everyday. It’s there, you just have to find it. After all, we create our own rainbows right?

Her choice in fashion, photography, interior design – it all has this cohesiveness that makes me feel like I’ve known Celestine for years. But while I had always seen her work as clear and consistent, she admits to struggling with defining her personal style in these two posts (1 and 2). Funny how we perceive ourselves, huh?

Thanks so much, Celestine! Now get back to making those gorgeous lattes and taking even more delicious photos of them!

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  • Sarah Wheeler

    I love this because I love Celestine and Fernaly! Such a lovely, inspiring lady, and I’m so glad you picked her mind a bit and shared it with the world. :)

    • Celestine is so easy to love! Thanks for stopping by :)

  • Oh my gosh… super sweet! Thank you so so much for thinking of me, Stacy!

  • This is such a super-cool post, Stacy! I’m such a big fan of both your space and Celestine’s that it was so great to see you both share one! Love the way you put it together and how it felt less like an interview and more like an introduction – it was really refreshing!

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