Thursday, April 30, 2009

birthday celebration.

Source: we heart it

Tomorrow is Guy's 28th birthday and we're taking the day off to celebrate on the beach. We're heading down to Seabrook Island for a little rest and relaxation. All I can think about is sitting at the beach with the one I love....with a mimosa in one hand and Twilight in the other. Bliss.....

i imagine my grandmother using one of these.

I love these with a passion. GetReadySetGo is a fabulous little Etsy shop that "upcycles" old, vintage touristers and makes them your own with funky little art. I want all three of these! I imagine using them in Europe, taking the train somewhere fabulous. Wearing a beret. Sigh...

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

clearly anthropolgie doesn't know we're in a recession

I love Anthropologie. Any time I travel I hit it up since we don't have it in Charleston. My recent San Francisco trip was no different. Unfortunately, and yet expectedly, it was ridiculously expensive. I went straight to the sale rack and found two great dresses and a sweater but still shelled out some serious cash.
While I was happy with my purchases, I was coveting this:
I love this. I do not, however, love it enough to pay $248 dollars. Seriously? SERIOUSLY? For that price it better get me a raise at my job, teach me to dance, and cook me dinner.
If anyone sees anything close to this (and obviously more reasonable) - please let me know!

you were right; i was wrong.

Dear (almost) Every Woman I Know,

You were right. Twilight is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It's not too fanciful (which I may have said), it isn't just for tweens (clearly by all the soccer moms I've seen reading it) and I was missing out on something special (which I may have said the opposite during a heated discussion on books worthy of my time). I can't put it down. I read 300 pages in one sitting. I have 150 pages to go and I don't want it to end. I've already convinced Guy that he HAS to watch the movie with me immediately when I'm done with book.
So there. I'm offically on the bandwagon and admittedly sad that I'm so late to the party. Actually makes me question my Harry Potter boycott of '07 and '08.


Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I feel like this. But not nearly as cute. I've been at a three day conference which has been great but has drained all of my energy. And it isn't over.
I'm home tomorrow... Home Sweet Home. San Francisco has treated me well but there's no place like home.

i might pass out from excitement.

Holy cats this is amazing. This will be Guy's and my third year attending and the line up this year crushes the last two years - which were FABULOUS in their own right. Oh my gosh Oh my gosh Oh my gosh.
Dave Matthews alone is a draw for me but Pearl Jam, Ben Harper, The Dead Winter (Jack White's new band - amazing), and Kings of Leon (your sex is on fire!). W-H-O-A. See you in Austin boys.

Monday, April 27, 2009

wish i was wearing flowers in my hair

because I'm in San Francisco! Here for work but enjoying much more than just the conference I'm attending. I'm going to do my best with keeping up on my blogging but if you don't hear from me... that's why!

drumroll please.....

Here is my beautiful package from Beth Cyr that I won through Down and Out Chic. How lovely is this! The earrings are to die for and I couldn't be happier. Beth even included a silver shining cloth in the package - how thoughtful! Please check out her website and support this amazing artist!

a perfect backdrop for a wedding.

My beautiful friend Leslie and her amazing husband Jeff (!) got married this past Saturday night and it couldn't have been a more lovely evening. Just check out the skyline in Charleston in these photos. Are we lucky or what?
I have stylish (and beautiful!) friends.

She was the most beautiful bride.

Love this picture. How fortunate we all were to see this couple off and start their lives together. I love you Leslie and Jeff!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

nothing will keep me from dave.

Guy and I decided it would be fun to drive to Charlotte yesterday to see Dave Matthews Band. We both love going to concerts, love DMB, and it was our anniversary for heaven's sake. So we get on the road, early enough to avoid rush hour traffic, and make it to Charlotte in record time.
We see this the minute we hit our exit.
And sit in it for TWO HOURS.
Now, if you know me, you know I hate being late. My blood boils, cholestrol rises, etc. Knowing that not only had we lost our two hour window to get there early and tailgate but that we might miss Dave's first few songs.... I was livid.
Guy knew this. Guy was frightened. Guy locked the doors so I couldn't get out and run. (which I would have done btw)
Fortunately the traffic (eventually) subsided. Apparently there was a bad accident that we never came across, which blew the electricity in the area, which meant no stop lights. It was chaos. Reminded me of Bonnaroo '02 actually.

Ahh. Sweet relief. We made it into the show in time, saw all of Dave's show, and were happy again. (They were AMAZING, as always.)

One of the random shots from the night. Guy is clearly not buying whatever I was selling at the moment.

It was a great night (after the traffic debacle) and I wouldn't have wished any other way to celebrate our two years together.

Friday, April 24, 2009

dear guy.

Happy 2nd Anniversary.
photo circa 2007
I promise to keep pretending to care about the Yankees and Tiger Woods if you promise to keep kissing my hand.
I love you. xo

Thursday, April 23, 2009

can't get enough...

...of Aziz Ansari!
He's ridiculously funny. Steals the spotlight on every show he's on (currently on Parks & Recreation on NBC). Hilarious live. If you don't know him - you should.

established 1981

i had dinner at my folks tonight. i was catching up with my dad and he reminded me he's scanned most of our photos so we have a digital copy. I ran, not walked, to my purse to get my hard drive (yes, I carry it with me everywhere) and immediately started downloading. Here are some of my favorites.
The first photo is a vivid memory of mine. My dad use to hang from this thing to stretch his back and I would love to run in and try to squeeze under him.
I appear to be rocking a baby mullet as well.
we moved around a lot when i was young but we always found our way back to the beach.

My brothers and I. I think this was in North Carolina. Loving the knee high socks and Garfield comforter.

Probably one of my top five favorite pictures. North Carolina, my brother and I, dancing. Does it get any better?

I have many more to share but I'll spread them over many posts. They're too special to let more than a few shine at once.


this feels like a perfect sentiment as i rebound from my less than stellar day yesterday...

Make up your mind to be happy—even when you don’t have money, even when you don’t have a clear complexion, even when you don’t have the Nobel Prize. Some of the happiest people I know have none of these things the world insists are necessary for satisfaction and joy. Why are they happy? I suppose it is because they don’t listen very well. Or they listen too well—to the things their hearts tell them. They glory in the beauty of the earth. They glory in the rivers and the canyons and the call of the meadowlark. They glory in the love of their families, the stumbling steps of a toddler, the wise and tender smile of the elderly. They glory in honest labor. They glory in the scriptures. They glory in the presence of the Holy Ghost. One thing I know for certain: the time we have here goes by far too quickly. Don’t waste any more time sitting on the bench watching life pass you by.elder joseph b. wirthlin
found at m.estelle
p.s. - Guy and I didn't run. He convinced me to drink a beer and eat his homecooking instead.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

everyday is Earth day

so i got home, cracked a beer (see previous post), and realized I didn't blog about it being Earth Day. Weird. I'm a total nut about being green, recycling, not being wasteful, etc etc. So here is my over due but still relevant post. First, let me hit you up with some statistics. If these aren't shocking & disturbing, you've got issues. I'm just saying...
Americans use 100 billion plastic bags per year
That's 300/person
Only 1% get recycled
That's 99% in a landfill
Daunting right? It doesn't have to be. San Francisco became the first city in the United States to ban plastic bags at grocery stores. While we can't all be San Fran (although I wish we could!), we can make a difference. Do you use plastic bags? Do you ever think about why you use them? Could you at least switch to paper? Or make the "big" leap to reuseable bags? If you take time to think about it... I think you'll rethink why you use plastic. It's so simple to say "paper please" or to simply bring you're own.
Let me hit you up with this one...
On average, each person adds four and a half pounds of garbage to our landfills/day
Americans waste 43 tons of food/day
So what can you do to change this? Glad you asked. You can:
- start using reusable bags immediately
- stop buying bottled water (my own personal pet peeve)
- stop buying over packaged items (do you really need your goldfish cracker in individual snack packs?)
- recycle
- and so much more....
Stepping off my soapbox but I urge you to take today or tomorrow to really think about your carbon footprint. Even changing one thing can make a large difference. To give you ideas - here's what I started doing since January:
1. I take my parents recycling weekly to my house so I can recycle theirs with mine. (they don't have pick up where they live)
2. I noticed my boss loves drinking her water out of bottles so I asked her to just leave them on her desk and I recycle them for her.
3. Guy and I have started gardening so we don't have to buy so many vegetables and herbs... this means less packaging... which equals less money(!)
4. I've started using a reuseable snack bag because I'm constantly munching and realized I was wasting 1-2 snack plastic bags a day (eek!!)
Next on the list.... composting!! (can I get a HEYYYYYY-----OOOOOOOO)
Happy Earth Day all! xo

sums my wednesday up

don't you sometimes feel like telling someone this:

It's been a rough go of it today. Counting down the hours. And as a true sign of affection, Guy offered to run with me after work because he knows that's how I let off steam best. And he isn't a runner. At all. Now that's true love.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

lady luck, i owe you one

I'm a winner!

Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh, Oh my gosh! How gorgeous are these little beauties?! Adorable blogger Christina, from Down and Out Chic, had a drawing last week for these unbelieveably beautiful pair of earrings by Beth Cyr (check her etsy shop out immediately - amazingly talented!) and I actually won. I NEVER WIN.

Crazy thing. I started blogging because I needed a creative outlet. I never thought it would turn into this community of friends. I'm surrounded by kind, talented, amazing people that inspire me everyday. So thank you Beth and Christina - and the hundreds of others of you that have become part of my daily life.

apparently mother nature believes in karma too

Did you hear about this?! Thousands of dolphins blocked a pirate ship from taking over a Chinese vessel.

Monday, April 20, 2009

haunting and beautifully written

some days i become obsessed with a song. today it's this song.
I remember thinking
I'll go on forever only knowing
I'll see you again
But I knowThe touch of you is hard to remember
But like that touch I know no other
And for sure we have danced
In the risk of each other
Would you like to dance
Around the world with me
I'll be falling all about my own thing
And I know you're the heaviest weight
When you're not here that's hung
Around my head
And your lips burn wild
Thrown from the face of a child
And in your eyes
The seeing of the greatest view
Do what you will, always
Walk where you like, your steps
Do as you please, I'll back you up
I remember thinking
Sometimes we walk
Sometimes we run away
But I know
No matter how fast we are running
Somehow we keep
Somehow we keep up with each other
I'll be falling all about my own thing
And I know you're the heaviest weight
When you're not here that's hung
Around my head
And your lips burn wild
Thrown from the face of a child
And in your eyes
The seeing of the greatest view
Do what you will, always
Walk where you like, your steps
Do as you please, I'll back you up

support a nonprofit by shopping?! i'm there!

Little known fact to some readers is that I work with nonprofit organizations on a daily basis so it's my J-O-B to surf their sites and see what they're doing well and not so well. So imagine my delight when I stumble across these little beauties on the Metropolitan Museum of Art's website. The jewelry is unreal beautiful.
I'm currently trying to think of an excuse to spend $275 for the first necklace pictured above. If I cut out Starbucks Chai Lattes for 68 days I could purchase it. Or if I cut down on my TJ Maxx weekly runs I could purchase it after a month or so.
Hmmmm.... I'm determined to make this work. Stay tuned.....

Sunday, April 19, 2009

home sweet home

Guy and I made it home safely and although we're happy to be home I still wish I was with this adorable twosome. Some highlights from the weekend:
- Making it to Omaha 30 minutes early - unheard of for the airline industry
- See B-boy run, talk, and shriek over balls, zebras, horses, and trucks
- Going to the zoo on a lovely spring day when it was suppose to be rainy and cold
- Two words. Dairy Queen. We don't have DQ in Charleston so we thoroughly enjoyed our blizzards.
- Playing PIG with my brother and Guy... and losing three times.
- Having L tell me she loves me and wishes I lived with her. I teared up.
There are so many other moments but I'll keep this short as I'm sleepy and have many other things to accomplish tonight. Hope you all had as good a weekend as I had!

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

leaving on a jet plane!

To Omaha, NE to see these cuties. Can you blame me for not blogging when I get to spend 4 days with them?! I know it's a little early to wish you happy weekend but HAPPY WEEKEND! Hope you make it through the week and enjoy a little rest and relaxation. xo

i have talented friends.

I'm loving my friend Collins' jewelry and wishing I could buy it all! Since I can't - I'm letting you know of her beautiful work. Many different styles and stones. They make lovely little gifts although I've given more to myself than anyone else! Visit her Etsy shop here.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009


sometimes i think i'm an overly reflective individual. i fear i think too much about the past and not enough about where i am or where i'm going. part of what draws me back in time is music. music has always been important to me and i can immediately attach a moment or memory to a song. for the most part i love this... like when a certain smell takes you into your past or you see someone across a busy street and think you know them... but when you look back it wasn't them at all.
so, thinking more about this, i thought i would share just a few songs and what they remind me of. first up is DMB - Before These Crowded Streets album. without fail, anytime i hear a song off this album, i'm taken back to my 10th grade orchestra trip to Europe. i think i bought the CD right before we left so it was the soundtrack of that week. happy memory indeed.
ah bone thugs n harmony. how i miss you. senior year of high school i use to go to my boyfriends house with my best friend and we'd jump on his trampoline, listen to bone thugs and have a lovely little time. i was more of a dave matthews, ben harper type of girl but i can honestly say i grew to love this album and i have many happy memories of being young and free.

i'm surprised how many people don't know dispatch. i've had a love for them for a long time and a few of their songs remind me of my sweet friend bryan. Particularly two coins and flying horses. bryan is a free spirit who opened me to many things in my late teens and early twenties. i hear people say that someone has an old soul... bryan is one of those people. anyone would be lucky to have him in their life. i know i am.

and we're back to dave. you'll quickly find that from a young age, thanks to my older brother's cd collection, that i developed a true love for dave matthews. where are you going reminds me of a hard time in my life... where i had just graduated college, ended a 5 year relationship, and moved across the country by myself to start a new. it was the most difficult yet rewarding time in my life.

one of my favorite memories of my dad is dancing on his feet. it was my favorite thing to do. i would beg every night to step on his slippered feet and dance in the kitchen. and he let me every time. we would dance to many things, often times his singing, but georgia on my mind is the song that can bring this lovely memory back in an instant.

and finally.... crash into me. i know what you're thinking. who doesn't have a memory to this song. it was like the anthem of the mid 90's right? but it was my song with my first love... yup... that same 5 year relationship and i don't think there will be a day that i don't think of him when i hear it. this isn't a bad thing but it's a constant reminder of who we were and better yet who i became from that relationship.
i joke that i have the worst memory... and often i do.. but i realize that music allows me to remember things and go back in time like i would never be able to do otherwise. and for that i am thankful.
so i ask you, dear readers, do you have a memory, emotion, or moment tied to a song?

Three Belts - Oh My!

Loving this look. I'm on the hunt for these skinny belts. I love the play on texture and color. I have plenty of summer dresses calling out for this.
And am I crazy or is this the girl from The City? Allie the pouty model? Yes?

Monday, April 13, 2009

i can't get on board.

I'm just not okay with this. I can't even type what these are without blushing. I'm all for the environment and 10-4 on reduce, reuse, recycle - but this is taking it too far.
If this is you're thing, check here.