*Note... I forgot the number 6- I am sleep deprived. Oops :)
I have been feeling drawn to these geometric prints lately, in just about everything from dishes to bedding to art. It is probably because I am seeking order to help me sort through all the changes coming in the next few weeks of my life (haha, or at least that's what my art psychology professor from college would lead me to believe). I have even been looking for tribal prints in my jewelry and other accessories. In the past I have always gone for abstract and free flowing prints, and I still love those, but I can't get enough geometry. What can you not get enough of this spring? Are you feeling pulled towards anything unexpected?
*Note... I forgot the number 6- I am sleep deprived. Oops :)
Kidney Stones. Again. I can say with good confidence that this will be my last bout of them while in law school, and I am glad. Other than that though, it has been a great week with me realizing I only have a week before finals start. (Yikes!) But that also means that there are only about 14 days until I am out of school for good. Shocking. I have my formal tonight for school, and have borrowed a beautiful dress and clutch... though I still haven't decided how to do my hair. I have been vibe-ing with the 60's glam look lately-- everything from fashion to beauty-- so maybe something like that. What are you up to this weekend? Have you had a great week?
Some marvelous things:
I enjoy making pro/con lists
Because who doesn't need a hug now and then
For the home brewer in all of us... I can see myself using it for more than just beer
And now I want an iPad
This water bottle is sleek
Cupcakes for 2... or 1
I have always been teased for my boats
For my upcoming trip to Paris, I want to pack this (ecru/black) in these (the stylist series)
I must be a mermaid...
I love this idea by Postcard Poets that allows you to give (either to yourself or to someone else) the gift of new poetry to your mailbox. Yes, your actual mailbox! It works simply. First you pick your style of poet-- Comic, Romantic, Existential, or Dreamer. I think for me it would be a hard choice... but I would probably go with the dreamer because I like poetry that takes me away from life and lets my mind be free with it's cadence. Then, all you do is pick whether you want 2, 4, or 12 poems in a month and wait for the "small doses of serendipity" to arrive. I love the idea of getting unexpected poetry in the mail, whether it is something from an established poet that I have heard before or something brand new. What do you think, would you send this as a gift or keep it for yourself?
I have been having a serious chocolate craving the past few days, and since I'm not worried about looking pretty in a light colored fitted satin dress anymore-- I indulged. I was surprised at how easy this chiffon cake is to make, with the hardest part being remembering to only use four of the egg yolks, not six. (Call it the sleep deprivation I am suffering from that caused me to mess that up at first). This cake is perfect with the hot tea I have been drinking plenty of lately because of it's rosewater frosting, which I must warn you to make sure not to be heavy handed in your use of the rosewater, as it is very bold and can be overwhelming.... and no one wants to feel like they are eating a bouquet, no matter how much they like flowers. My favorite part of this cake is that it is fluffy and very chocolate-y, definitely hit the spot for my late night study sessions.
When I first saw this "I sleep with books" print, I became enthralled with reading more of these funny words. Then, I realized that wasn't the first one of the Joy of Ex foundations products that I had seen. I am heading into finals season and I need a few things that make me smile, which is just what Sally Beerworth intended when she opened up her shop about a year ago. The foundation uses part of it's profits to help those in need. I think I can relate to all of these favorites of mine especially these next few weeks. I also really like the handwritten wobbly feel of the font because I feel it makes it seem more like something I would already be thinking. Which ones are your favorite?
So it's finally the weekend of "the big show" and I hardly have hard time for anything this week, let alone helping the bride with last minute details. I don't know how she has managed running around like she has without turning into a bride-zilla. Through countless showers, she has remained calm and a pleasure to be around. She is going to be a beautiful bride and the wedding is going to be splendid. I can't wait to see it all unfold in the next 48 hours. Other great things have been happening this week that have kept me occupied like: seeing my Carebear after over a year and getting to hug her neck, realizing I only have 3 weeks left of my formal education, and getting a letter/cd in the mail from a lovely leprechaun. What are you doing this weekend? How was your week?
Some wedding things:
My wedding (no, I am not getting married anytime soon, I just like to look) pinboard, including my dream dress
Cute and interesting dresses
I don't know if I like these or these invites better
Thoughts on tears at weddings
I think lavender fields would make a lovely locations
Light and airy wedding day makeup-- because I hate an unrecognizable bride
Would you have a wedding at home like this one?
A very unusual proposal
Some hand puppets for when you are bored at the reception
A unique gift for people you care about
Still my some of my favorite wedding videos
....And now for something completely different
So last weekend was the shower thrown by us bridesmaids, and, I believe, it was a success. I completely failed as a blogger when I forgot to take pictures, but I wanted to at least share our menu (Watermelon Salad, Baked Southwest Eggrolls, and Mini-Neopolitan Cakes) with you guys since it was such a hit. I tried to make sure that I was keeping things on the healthy end of the spectrum, since half of the attendees are going to be in light colored silk satin on Saturday. (Yikes!) I am so looking forward to the wedding, and the madness is starting with the out of town guests starting to arrive. The shower was out at a lovely ranch style house in the country that we decorated with wildflowers, a couple of hand-painted table markers, and a collection of white frames. We played a version of "The Newlywed Game" that I called "The Almost-Wed Game" and opened gifts... though we all couldn't wait to finish opening presents and get in the hot tub for girl talk.
I was searching around the other day for bandeau/high-waisted pencil skirts matching sets(that I have decided I need), when I found this lovely new collection. I don't know if I am more impressed with the bold and playful patterns, or with the website. Honestly, I spent quiet a lot of time geeking out over the website before I ever started looking at the clothes. Krystalrae has been in the industry since 2004 working for some pretty big names, like Derek Lam, Tracy Reese, and Nicole Miller, but as far as I can tell this is her first collection. It is great knitwear that they describe on the website as being for "that rare woman who has the confidence to stand out, pioneer trends, and is never one to follow." And starting today you can shop select pieces in the collection.
A couple of weeks ago while I was in Chicago, I went to the Shedd Aquarium because they were having a Jellyfish exhibit and I have been fascinated with them since watching a documentary on them over a year ago. It was one of those movies that haunts you, and makes you terrified that the world is ending thanks to these little guys. I like that they scare me. While I was watching them in the water in their effortless and flowy way, I immediately starting thinking about how they could be translated into fashion. They have bright colors, ruffles, fringe, texture, and movement which are all the things that designers talk about inspiring them; so why haven't I heard of a jellyfish storyboard for fashion? (Have you?) I went ahead and drew up a couple of ideas that came to mind while looking back at my photographs, now if I old could make time to create them.
I can't believe how fast time is flying these days. I guess I should have listened to my parents when they said this would happen. My best friend is getting married next weekend, and this weekend will be filled with the last shower (thank goodness!) and a girl's slumber party. I am excited for this weekend, and to get the wedding over with, though I am not quite sure I am ready for her to be getting married. My new-to-me vintage hat is going to get some wear over the next few weeks, as it is one of the more exciting additions to my wardrobe in a long time. What would you wear it with? What are you doing this weekend?
Some enchanting things:
a video for anyone with an original idea
wedding photography can be terrible; this isn't (via Miss Moss)
Can you believe people didn't know the Titanic was real?
33 disapproving animals for when you get to feeling too big for your britches
An interesting DIY project for your screen door-- cross-stitching
Get to know the ridiculously photogenic guy a little bit with this interview
How do you feel about grapefruit in your guac?
A neat watch... especially for those who workout