Sunday, September 7, 2014

my thoughts exactly

"This living stuff is a lot. Too much, and not enough. Half empty, and half full."

-Diane Keaton

Life feels like drinking water from a fire hose these days. I'm sure I'm not the only one, fight the good fight friends.

Friday, August 22, 2014

minimalism movement

Photo from Bleubird duhhhh

Lately, it seems that all of a sudden we're asking the same questions and having the same conversations all at once. At least that's my observation from my little corner of the universe. The subject of minimalism seems to be finding its way into all of my conversations, blogs I follow, and websites I check. One by one it seems that we're all slowly opening our eyes and being woken up to the reality of the sheer amount of excess and crap in our lives. "I feel like I'm being swallowed by all the stuff around me," a friend told me recently over coffee. I'm not sure what it is that sparked this shift in the way we're all thinking (it may be so shallow as the trendiness of Scandinavian design, which is having a moment) but isn't it about time?

I've never thought of myself as a particularly frivolous person. I drive a crappy used car, my Dell is quite literally falling apart and minutes from blowing up, and I never buy things unless they're on sale. I suppose I never thought I struggled with excess because I always compared myself to people that had more than me. Then, the wake up call...

A couple months ago I moved out of my last college apartment. This move seemed more overwhelming than any of the others and I'll go ahead and credit that to the fact that I waited until the last minute and did most of it by myself with the help of my fiance. But still, there's something about the act of moving that's the equivalent to putting on the most in focus pair of glasses you've ever tried on. It's amazing the common sense that can come from the motivation of one less box to pack and unpack. All of a sudden, I found myself asking, "will I ever really wear this dress I bought on sale for when I lose those ten pounds?" and then for the first time answering honestly. I seem to finally be able to see the five thousand knick-knacks littering my desk for what they really are...a waste of space. I filled up bag after bag of things that seemed so worthy and important and brilliant when they were sitting in the Anthropologie sale room and dropped them off at the Goodwill. Each time I dropped off those bags I felt lighter and because of that feeling I knew something had to change.

Nick and I have been talking a lot about how we'll soon be coming together to create our own little family of two, our own family with its own culture and values. It's very exciting. We like the idea of starting this next chapter with minimalism in mind. We've been talking about how we want to spend our money and the importance of quality of quantity. It's so easy to be seduced by a good deal without asking, "do I really want this?" Or more importantly, "do I really need this?" There's something to be said for buying only what you truly need and then when you do, investing well in those things and keeping them for the long haul. Being wise and thoughtful about each purchase, I like it.

I filled up and dropped off some more bags at Goodwill (shoes this time...RIP) today and was thinking about how the whole purging part of this minimalism thing is actually the easy part...the fun part. It feels oh so good to free up space in your life physically, spiritually, and emotionally. It's liberating. After I've sorted through all the piles though, ahh yes that will be when the rubber meets the road. It's time to actually practice this minimalism I speak of. It will be time to stare a J. Crew sale in the face and then walk away. God help us. Not as warm and fuzzy as the purging part is the actual practice of it. I suspect phase two of this new journey to be...a struggle to say the very least.

Your thoughts on all this minimalism jazz? Have you been feeling the same way? Let's chat.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

honey of a thousand flowers

Perhaps one of my favorite things about the blogging world is the sense of community it creates. I've been following a lengthy list of blogs since my sophomore year of high school and as cheesy as it sounds, I feel like I've walked through so many different seasons of life with the blogs of the people I follow. I've watched as many have gotten married, had children, moved across the country, and grown a business. I feel deeply connected to these people in a way that's pretty weird. I mean good gosh, I practically went through puberty with Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes. I've especially loved seeing the people behind these blogs take risks with creative and business endeavors. It's exciting and so encouraging to watch it all grow and come together. 

I first stumbled upon Sarah Winward a few years ago while browsing the blog of Carissa Gallo, who at the time was fixing to help start up a little publication you may have heard of called Kinfolk(!!!). Sarah was breaking ground with her floral business (Honey of a Thousand Flowers) at the time and I was totally captivated by her style and couldn't wait to see what all she would do. Well, a few years passed and as I was seeking out floral inspiration the other day her name randomly came to me and irweurnewkfajasdi is she amazing! I'm blown away by how talented she is. Every wedding, styled shoot, event, etc. is an absolute dream to me, the perfect combination of natural and romantic. Enjoy and check out her blog y'all! 

Monday, June 30, 2014

summer sounds

Press shuffle and have a marg by the pool. Because you're worth itttt.

With Arms Outstretched - Rilo Kiley
Heart it Races-As Played By Dr.Dog - Architecture in Helsinki
Go Outside - Cults
Youth - Beach Fossils
Boyfriend - Best Coast
When I'm With You - Best Coast
Boat Behind - Kings of Convenience
Afternoon - Youth Lagoon
Window View - Beach Fossils
Dukes Up - Modest Mouse
They Don't Know You (Like I know You) - The Library is on Fire
Most Wanted - Cults
Energy - The Apples in Stereo
Naomi - Neutral Milk Hotel
New Theory - Washed Out
Varsity - Smith Westerns
Lilac - Blue Hawaii
Summerlong - Xylos
Life on Mars? - Seu Jorge
If You Didn't See Me - Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Cut Your Hair - Pavement
Friends of Pete - The Rentals
The Oogum Boogum Song - LA Sound Machine
My Girls - Animal Collective
Walk in the Park - Beach House
Beach Comber - Real Estate
Green Aisles- Real Estate

Sunday, June 29, 2014

I think I would if I could

paris elopment

paris elopment by jennawats featuring a shift dress

Ever since I was little I've always loved the idea of eloping. Something about running off with your other half simply too in love to wait for a date or cake or the whole wedding experience is incredibly sweet and romantic to me. In addition to that, you dodge the stress of traditional wedding planning. If I could elope I think I would but since Debs and Ed are footing the bill on this one I have to play by their rules. This is how I would do it though: Paris in the spring wearing a blush stella mccartney shift dress with yellow lace lips on it (this is SO me) and a sweet little swiss dot veil. Afterwards we would have wine and pasteries at a little cafe and call it good.
The end.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

eNgAgEmEnT PiCtUrEs

How excited are you to look at pictures of my significant other and I gazing into each others eyes? Very excited I'm sure. Before we get started let's talk about the vision (I always have a vision) I had for these pictures.
  • First, I wanted us to look natural and happy. Like many other people my age, I took senior pictures my last year of high school. Like ALL other people my age, I regret them and am horribly embarrassed by them now. Good thing there's a billboard size picture of me glaring at the camera framed on our stairwell! Instead of seeing it as an opportunity for my parents to have some nice photos of me from that time of my life I saw it as my modeling debut. I don't wanna talk about it. So when it came time to take the engagement pictures I wanted to stay away from anything that felt too serious or forced.Just say no.
  • I wanted the photos to makes sense in regards to our personalities and interests. I've seen mucho amounts of BEAUTIFUL engagement pictures taken in fields and the woods. It's the perfect outdoorsy backdrop for stunning photos, except we're not really outdoorsy (although I tried to be for years). To put things into perspective, Nick once asked on a hike if there was a Sonic at the lookout point. Ok, you believe me now. So when talking to our photographer about possible locations we decided on the Bishop Arts District in Dallas. It's a hip and charming little area filled with local restaurants and great store fronts. I love that this was the backdrop for our photos because it's reflective of us as a couple. 
  • We've all seen those couples pictures that look ummm...a little too steamy and a little too intense. Like, should this be on the cover of one of those romance novels they sell at the grocery store? I don't want grandma to see such a picture on the save-the-date and neither does she. Let's keep things as light and un-awkward for all parties involved.
With all of this in mind, I went on a search to find someone to take said engagement pictures. I'm not sure if calling it a "search," is really accurate though because it took about two seconds seeing as I've known for months I wanted Sara and Rocky to take our pictures. Not only are they super talented but they really and truly care about their clients and that shows through in their work. Spending time with Rocky while taking our engagements felt more like an outing with a friend than a photo session. And as many of you might know, the learning curve while planning a wedding is huge, seeing as you've never done it before. Rocky and Sara have been here the whole way though, providing us with advice on vendors for everything from DJ's to florists. I can't recommend them highly enough. 

worth mentioning: latte, not milk. 

Side note: Nick and I laughed together after we got the pictures back about how Facebook leads you to believe everyone is abnormally attractive and somehow you missed the boat. Here's the truth though, Rocky took about 500 pictures of us and of those 500 sent us 100. Of those 100 there's about 10 where I don't have a double chin and the wind isn't blowing Nick's hair in such a way that reveals he's going to be bald by like, tomorrow. Those are the 10 we put on Facebook.

So whenever you're looking through people's engagement pictures on Facebook please know this: we're all pretty average looking human beings doing the best we can. As you were.