Archive | July, 2011

Six Years

29 Jul

Happy Anniversary, love.

It’s been a bit of a whirlwind week, but I guess that’s to be expected with a birthday and anniversary only 3 days apart.  Maybe next year I’ll line up a few guest posts since I’m so hit or miss this week!  I am working on a fun project this weekend with friends, and I’m excited to share that with you in the next couple weeks!  Other than that, I just wanted to tell you all that I love my husband.  And now I’m going to get really mushy.  Okay, not really.  Just a little.

John and I got married after graduating college at the age of 22 after dating for 5 years.  If you do the math, you’ll figure out we were high school sweethearts.  I like to give credit to 2 of our good friends, Shannon and Dmitri, for introducing us.  John recently told me that although they introduced us, it was because HE asked them to invite me to various events.  Hehe!  Guess he had a crush on little ‘ole oblivious me.    Fast forward to today, and I’m constantly reminded of all the wonderful ways that John complements me (and my crazy quirks)…for instance:

  • Before we got married, he was unaware that I am a silly dancer by myself around the house (yeah, kept that crazy to myself until he was stuck with me!).  Turns out this is okay with him, namely because he loves to crank up music and sing along.
  • I love to cook with a recipe.  John loves to cook without a recipe.  So I buy groceries for my recipes, and he peruses the leftovers to come up with new creations.
  • I am awful at games where you have to guess musical artists, song titles, etc.  John can sing the first line with just a few opening notes (it’s true–we play that game a lot).  Thus he keeps our musical selections up to date since I would never know who / what / where to start without spending a ridiculous amount of time on iTunes.  I always enjoy good tunes, and love that he takes care of it!
  • That goes for all electronics in the house as well.  Yes, I am an engineer, and appreciate technology.  However, I’m thankful he has the passion to build our computers, set up media PCs, and home servers.
  • I thought I was a “saver” until I met John.  Now I know better.  But it’s good to have both a saver and spender in a relationship to balance each other out!
  • John is calm.  All.the.time.  It’s still weird to me, since I can be a bit feisty (that’s the nice way of saying it, right?).  I love that he brings a calm, even tempered perspective to the relationship.
  • Most importantly, he is a man of God.  It’s evident in all that he does, and I am thankful that we can continue to pursue Christ together.

I love you, John.

Commence photo overload.

Taken right after the recessional before the rest of the wedding party arrived--so happy!

A family friend, Chris Wiers (Hedgehog Arts & Letters) made us car window decals!

And a few other details:

Handmade programs

{All photos by Wendy Clark Alexander or Dmitri Brown although owned by me}

Happy Birthday Twinsie!

26 Jul

So….today is my sister’s birthday!  (Incidentally, since we’re twins, it’s also my birthday.)  Happy, happy birthday, Alli!  I wanted to share a few pics from her wedding last year because she was such a beautiful bride!  AND, at the end of this year, she’ll also be a beautiful mother to a sweet baby girl!  Hope you enjoy your day, sis!  Love you!

P.S. We TOTALLY look like twins, right?

{All photos taken by Janelle Ashley Photography}

Scarf Swap: The Daily Fashionista

25 Jul

Last month, I came across a great post by Jessie at the Concrete Catwalk.  She organized a scarf swap among bloggers.  I happen to love, love, love scarves so I immediately signed up!  Jessie paired me up with Emily over at The Daily Fashionista, who has a great eye for all things vintage.  Emily sent me 2 amazing vintage scarves, and I thought I would share the first with you today.  It’s a large square cream silk scarf with blue feathers scattered on it.  I’m not sure how she read my mind…but I’ve been wanting something with feathers for awhile, and this is perfect!

{Target Jeans, Anthropologie Shirt, DSW Shoes}

Getting Dressed

22 Jul

{Target Jeans, Old Navy shirt-similar, LOFT blazer-similar, NY&Co Tank, Aldo belt, Gifted Necklace and Earrings}

Getting dressed is a process…and I thought I’d show you mine.  Summer is difficult for me because I really like layers.  So I forget that it is 100+ degrees outside and continue to wear what I want.  Case in point:

Step 1

Jeans sounds good today…oooh, haven’t worn this gray, flowy top in awhile AND it’s ironed.  Double bonus!  Hmmm, don’t feel like tucking this in though and now it looks too casual even for my ultra-casual job.

Step 2

 A belt. Perfect. Wait, this has the potential to bunch throughout the day.  No good.  What to add?

Step 3

Blazer.  Check.  Now it’s perfect.  This is why I love blazers so much!

What’s your go-to outfit finisher?  Mine is definitely a blazer or cardigan of sorts.

Oh, and I love Izzy.  Happy weekend!

Fashion Expansion: Pleats

21 Jul

You may remember that my summer wishlist included a pleated skirt.  I haven’t purchased it (yet), but I continue to be enamored by all things pleated.  I suppose it’s the girly-girl in me that swoons for flowy yet refined shapes.  So, for your enjoyment (and mine!), I thought I would give you some ideas on how to jump into this style…whether it be with allover pleats, or just a few tucks here and there.   Personally, I’ll probably stick to pleated skirts and dresses.  For those of us blessed with ample derrieres or hips, I’ve found that the pleated shorts have a tendency to draw attention to the area while flowy skirts or dresses will complement it.  How about you?  Have you jumped on the bandwagon, or are you sitting this one out?

Dresses

1 – ModCloth ($49.99)

2 – ASOS ($32.75 – sale)

3 – Piperlime ($29.97 – sale)

4 – Kohl’s ($37.50 – sale)

Skirts:

1 – Urban Outfitters ($49)

2 – JCrew ($59.50 – sale)

3 – Forever 21 ($14.80)

4 – ASOS ($86.20)

Shorts

1 – Gap ($15.99 – sale)

2 – Alloy ($23.90 – sale)

3 – Old Navy ($15.00 – sale)

4 – Forever 21 ($11.00 – sale)

Fredericksburg

18 Jul

What do you get when you take 7 girls, add in a 3-day weekend, shopping, wine tastings, and pool time?  Another great girls’ weekend!  Just got back this afternoon, sleepy but relaxed.  Here’s a quick photo recap.  Enjoy!

Oh, and I bought one of those convertible skirt / dresses.  It’s made of vintage Indian silk!   The fabrics are above, and you can be sure I’ll be styling it soon!  I just need to watch the DVD in slow motion to figure out how to tie the thing.  Tee-hee!

Bloggers Do It Better: Maxi Skirts

14 Jul

Confession.  A couple years ago I thought this whole maxi dress / skirt phenomenon was ridiculous.  People saw them as a way to dress up while wearing what feels like pajamas.  I thought they still looked like they were wearing pajamas.  I ended up picking up a couple on sale at Target, but I saw them as likely beach coverups and casual weekend wear.  And then I started reading fashion blogs.  I saw how they could be re-mixed into something that could stay chic while being comfortable.  I was excited for this Bloggers Do It Better so I could try it for myself.  It was fun, but Texas needs to stop being a thousand degrees because a long cotton skirt is HOT.  I may just need to look for a lighter version in my next maxi dress.  P.S. I like maxi dresses because they can be worn as both a dress and a skirt.  Nothing like versatility!  Go ahead and check out Pretty, Shiny, Sparkly for some more ideas!

{Maxi: Target, Top: Anthropologie, Wedges: Target, Necklace: F21, Belt: Aldo}

Buttercream

13 Jul

When I saw this month’s Everybody, Everywear challenge to wear yellow, I admit that I almost didn’t participate.  Yellow happens to be the color I wear the least.  Yeesh…besides a Lance Armstrong running tshirt and shorts and a mustard colored sweater, the only yellow I own happens to be an accessory.  Lucky for me, this was just the push I needed to switch out my purse to this lovely buttercream selection.  I bought this purse following the defense and submission of my thesis in graduate school (which meant I could graduate!!), so it represents a huge achievement and transition into “real” life.  And I love it.  This is my kind of yellow–creamy, calming, yet cheery.  Plus, you can’t go wrong with Coach leather.  It’s a classic purse with a splash of color.

Yellow | Everybody, Everywear

Mockup: Bedazzled.

12 Jul

I tried something new this weekend to add a little more sparkle in my life.  Inspired by Emily’s post on Mermaid Nails, I’ve been experimenting with glitter.  I started with a really light champagne colored glitter, which instantaneously disappeared as I put on a clear top coat.  Disappointed but not willing to give up all my hard work, I layered on some silver.  It ended up a little too “bling” for my taste, but it’s a start!  I think I may invest in some Martha Stewart glitter–I used a cheap solid color version, but I like the mixed color / silver versions better.  I have a light blue polish that I think would look great with a complimentary blue or purple sparkle, so I think that will be my next attempt!  What do you think?  Is this something you would try?

{Essie Made to Honor}

Weekend Project: DIY Threaded Necklace

9 Jul

So guess what?  Over 4th of July weekend, I did ANOTHER do-it-yourself project.  I know–I was surprised too!  This time, I roped my friend Jennifer (yeah, I like to be friends with people who have the same name as me) into doing the project with me.  And yet again, I found it on Pinterest.  Here’s what I was going for (roughly):

{Tatertots and Jello}

How cute, right?  I keep seeing those little rosettes everywhere, so I was excited to try to make one!  Turns out they are really easy!  Want to see how ours turned out?

Soooo, what do you think?  Do you like it?  I love how it turned out!  The tutorial had great directions, although I do want to share a few thoughts for those of us who aren’t so crafty to help you avoid some of the things we did wrong!

Lessons learned:

-It’s supposed to take 15 minutes.  If you’re anything like me, block out a couple hours.

-Doing it with a friend is perfect!  We were able to pick out 3 types of beads and split them so we had great variety at a lower cost!

-Normal thread would work better than clear beading thread.  Although the clear beading thread disappears, it’s more like plastic–so when you tie knots and cut off the ends, it leave little pokey ends.

-One of our bead selections has what I would call a “metal cage” around the bead.  Looks super cool…but the metal is getting snagged on things.  Maybe stick to smooth beads?

-The tutorial suggests making the thread twice as long as the necklace.  I suggest 4 times as long….don’t know what I was doing with all that thread but I ran out and had to start a new thread (which meant more pokey plastic ends).

-Don’t have leftover scrap fabric for the rosette?  Me either (I would have to sew to have that, right?)  Just cut up a bandanna and use that!

And because I couldn’t resist wearing it to work the next day, you get some outfit pictures too!  Hope you’re having a great weekend!

{Jeans: Target-similar, Shirt: Old Navy-similar, Sweater: LOFT-similar, Sunnies: Random Ski Shop in CO, Earrings: Kohl’s, Necklace: Self made}