winter @ new england noir

November 7, 2009

Winter is the dead time, when Persephone is stashed away below the Earth and her mother weeps ice onto the land. I want to go shopping, and come back wrapped in black cashmere and silk/cotton blends with dashes of peacock blue.

 

winter @ new england noir

I am feeling dolman sleeves, subtle sequins (I mentioned that, I believe), black everywhere. I’ve always loved sparkly jewelry with a hard edge–I am, at heart, still a riot grrl– and this season’s return to grunge suits my ex-goth tastes to a T. Only this time around, I imagine it differently– full skirts with a tongue-in-cheek 50’s flair, fishnets, happy platforms in saturated hues, & bling stacked to the elbow.

Halloween brought a unique opportunity to buy some makeup I wouldn’t normally look at–I skipped the Halloween aisle entirely and went straight for the Maybelline, with a retro (for me) result. I wore bright blue eyeshadow in an intense, painted on manner for periods of my adolescence, and this time, I didn’t ring my eyes like a psychedelic raccoon. The result was great, & I plan on incorporating the bright cerulean into my “evenings out” makeup routine. The false eyelashes too— who says Halloween is for kids?

Is it odd…

November 5, 2009

 

buttons

Via Audrey Hepburn Complex & BleuBird Vintage

That I…

  • Don’t let my foods touch each other on my plate, but I love sauce of all kinds?
  • Collect vintage buttons, but never sew on the ones that fall off my clothing?
  • Have a glass wig stand named Lucy?
  • Call my house “the Bungalow”, even though it’s clearly nothing like a bungalow?
  • Cannot focus on work while at home?
  • Clean the kitchen obsessively before cooking anything, even grilled cheese?
  • Live for cold nights, movies, hot cocoa, and my husband?
  • Still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up? (Besides fabulous and paaaaid, that is.)
  • Enjoy nothing more than sitting in the sunshine with a good book and a cup of joe?
  • Curse like a sailor in my personal life, but don’t even allow the kids to say “shut up” in my classroom?
  • Imagine everything covered in glitter and rhinestones and sequins?
  • Find it hard to change, even when I can see the changes that would make me happier & more fulfilled?
  • Can read more fluently in my second language now that I’ve stopped doing it everyday, than when it was my LIFE as an undergrad?
  • The first thing I do in the morning is crack my neck and back?
  • Could read East of Eden over and over?
  • Am far more fearless than I seem?

 

Nope, totally normal. Thanks, Kelly. I really enjoy your blog. :)

 

 

The Wedding Post (Finally!)

October 28, 2009

Saturday, September 12th was not a sunny day. Nay, it was, in fact, pouring.

Even though the weather didn’t cooperate, everything came off beautifully & we couldn’t have asked for a more lovely day.  Our wedding was small, with only 60 guests, the great majority of whom were family. Adam and I had decided when we first got engaged that we wanted a small reception & family-only bridal party, to rely on local vendors & talented acquaintances and family for the wedding must-haves, and to be as eco-conscious as we could. It was a lot to consider, but all in all, we met our goals and then some.

Awhile back, I posted some of the decorations we wanted to make for the reception. Yes, I said make, and although many members of my family thought I was nuts (a new job, and a HANDMADE wedding? Oookay, Catherine) everyone was super-supportive and helpful. My mom is awesome, but she’s not in the least crafty– one of my favorite things about my handmade wedding was getting to share my love of making things with my mom. Even if she’s not a crafter, she’s always encouraged me to do my own thing– and she’s worn every puffy-paint t-shirt and ziti necklace I’ve ever made her like it was Chanel and Tiffany. (Love you, Mama!) Anyyyway, here are the results:

Our take on the fresh flower & bird garland, via OnceWed.

Antique books as centerpieces, again from OnceWed.

Terrarium party favors, from Design*Sponge. We loved the idea of giving a growing favor at our wedding.

And, of course, obligatory glamourshots, because this was honestly and truly the best day of our lives.

let's hear it for the boys! (L-R: Matt, Zach, Adam, Sean, Sam)

My best girl (& our Justice for the Day) Meggie & me

bird's nest cupcakes

our rings

our beautiful handmade arch (which is now going to be the entrance to our garden)

Flowers! My favorite part.

When the photographer is a friend, you end up with the best & most personal pictures imaginable. Thank you, Steph!

Now, go on over to Steph’s website and book her for your wedding, too!

No promises, but… I’m back.

October 25, 2009

I need to make time for this blog, because I enjoy it & also because I need an outlet for my geekery. The thing is, my new job is a lot of work. A lot. Like, I’ve never worked this much in my life a lot. And that’s good in many ways, we all love a good challenge. But it also means I’ve got to do some major restructuring of my time, which is proving difficult. We shall see. For now, I’ll let it lie, and try to take advantage of the changes in the most positive way I can.

The day has come

September 12, 2009
photo by stephanie stevens

photo by stephanie stevens

Adam and I are getting married today.  Not really feeling sleep coming on anytime soon, so I thought I’d update for the first time in forever. Hi. I’m getting married in a few hours. :)