Posts Tagged ‘style’

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?

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!

Things I Love Thursday

August 13, 2009

...emily... via flickr

...emily... via flickr

  • Stretching and trying to love moving around. Not being particularly flexible or athletic means that when I put my mind to moving with meaning I feel quite different than normal.  Stretching makes me feel taller, more graceful… Two things I am not. In the past, I’ve used this, maybe today I’ll boot up the XBox and give it a go.
  • Getting things done! As of this week, with four days left until I start my new job, wedding planning is 85% done. What’s left, you ask? Stringing the name banner onto some pretty ribbon, building my cake stands, making the favors, and printing off the program/menu.
  • Being so busy I can’t really use the internet. No, really, sometimes being unplugged for awhile is a good thing.
  • Neko Case! The concert was incredible, getting a speeding ticket aside. Burlington is gorgeous, definitely worth the 3 hour ride. And Neko sounded even better than on her albums– she rocked it, and looked hot while she did it.

meggie n me

  • Hanging out with my Meggie! She’s awesome & thoughtful, and when I have 800 appointments around the home-area for the wedding, she always makes herself available to come along & be supportive. I had a wedding dress fitting yesterday, the last thing I have to run around for in a while, and she met me there with hugs & jokes, which was great for taking my mind off the fact that I was sweating. Attractive! Then we got dinner at El Mariachi on the Taunton Green, and it was delicious. We decided next time, we’re going to watch Interview With the Vampire, because she hasn’t seen it. (What?!)
  • Getting called out on my non-bloggingness. Alicia told me recently that my blog was “sorely outdated”, and she is right. Sorry, Leesh. I am rectifying the situation as we speak.
  • The Furminator. Seriously, if you have animals, buy one. But if you can, definitely use it outside! The video in the link is NOT an exaggeration. I could have filled a pillow with all the fur that came off Radar! I’m hoping this save’s Adam’s allergies some.
  • Poetry workshop with Amanda. She’s taking the workshop in Boston with Lucie Brock-Broido, and has become incredibly intuitive with her edits. I’ve got a few things in the works at the moment, perhaps I will share some of them when I hear more from the other end of things. Amanda, thank you for all that help, it was innnnnvaluable.
  • Seeing the girls I used to nanny for. It was soul food, I love them.

See also: The Most Serene Republic; tomato-lime soup from the Moosewood Cookbook; cheddar cheese and brie; dirty chai; the koi pond around the corner; Radar following me on a walk; home organization; repotting plants; hoping for homegrown tomatoes; learning new recipes; FINDING MY CAMERA; wedding shoes; a blooming rose plant; productivity; making some jewelry, finally; reading; The Kennedy family mystique; the feeling that somewhere, someone can see things coming together; New Moon in Leo, for confidence & being articulate; 11:11.

Hahahahaha

July 31, 2009

miss pinga via flickr

miss pinga via flickr

This is why I love this girl:

me: we grew up in such a weird era. i wish my parents had gotten the internet sooner
K: I’m glad mine didn’t.let me have an actual life
K: and read actual books
me:i still read books, but i did weird i-think-i-am-cool things like buy poetry by kathleen hanna
K: hey, we were awesome for our age. totally rockin
me: yeah, pretty much
K: kids these days, they have hot topic
K: we had to be weird from scratch

The eyes have it.

July 23, 2009

beverleybuttercup via flickr

beverleybuttercup via flickr

I don’t know where I’d ever wear a tree drawn on my face, but this photo makes me wish I did. (via)