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My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality // Oscar Wilde

Tag: happy

// 2014, let’s do this.

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Of course I could make 1 million resolutions to be a better human–to drink less, to design more, to make my own clothing, to eat healthier, to go jogging (literally my least favorite activity), to read more than 75 books, to spend less money on things I don’t need….but I think I would like to take this year a lot like I did 2012. I am just making resolutions that will make me happier, make me smarter, and don’t have astringent guidelines. Because everyone knows that I would only eat healthy and exercise until approximately March before I broke into a McDonald’s and feasted on fifteen cheeseburgers.

Dear 2014, let’s be content. Let’s dance when we want and let’s eat more cheese than should be allowed and let’s have wine with friends (both old and new) and let’s read things that are great and also those that aren’t. Let’s have coffee and work on perfecting the at-home cappuccino and let’s enjoy every step of the grueling process of building a portfolio. And let’s visit new places full of new memories. Let’s just do it all and remember to help others when we can, and as much as possible. Let’s own up to the bad TV shows we are so fond of and let’s laugh at ourselves more than we laugh at others.

2014, I think I’m ready. To be an adult, to grow, to learn, and to be content.

 

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// Kelsey & Jacob.

DSC_0047 DSC_0056 DSC_0062 DSC_0073 DSC_0087 DSC_0088 DSC_0094 DSC_0122 DSC_0130 DSC_0190 DSC_0229 DSC_0237 DSC_0286 DSC_0307 DSC_0340 DSC_0364 DSC_0366 DSC_0372 DSC_0374 DSC_0379 DSC_0414 DSC_0438 DSC_0441 DSC_0447 DSC_0459 DSC_0469 DSC_0487 DSC_0489 DSC_0500 DSC_0502 DSC_0503This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to be the Maid of Honor, hair dresser, general nerve-calmer, blubbering mess, and makeup artist in my older sister’s wedding.

The night before, I had ever intention of telling the people who do not know Kelsey and Jacob very well my take on how they met and how their relationship has grown over the past five years. Of course, the tears took over, and I mostly rambled about coffee shops.

So here, for all of you, is what I saw of Kelsey and Jacob, before they dated, before they engaged, and now, before they were husband and wife–

I had a difficult time trying to decide what to say about Kelsey and Jacob. Part of me wanted to focus on my relationship with Kelsey, through the arguments over emptying the dishwasher, the hide-and-seek games that usually left us lost in the woods, the games we played that involved being too harsh on our Barbies and ended with “SURGERY! DOCTOR, WE MUST RE-ATTACH THE HEAD!” 

But I really had a hard time coming up with what to say about our adult lives that would be separate from Jacob. I remember when they first met–Kelsey rushed home and read out loud (mostly crying from laughter) the emails between she and a new customer at work. They were full of references and witty remarks, and Kelsey could not wait to respond.

And from that moment on, Jacob was a part of everything we did. He became just as much my friend as Kelsey’s. He would pick me up when I had a bad day and drive for hours. We would pick up coffee (which he apparently didn’t even like, but my sister and I have always loved), we would watch tv and look through magazines for hours, and we would talk about Kelsey. He was not shy about telling me that he knew he and Kelsey would be together some day. He knew that first day five years ago, and he’s known it all along.

Kelsey has always been my best friend. And over the years, Jacob has become one of my best friends. And I do not think that I could have let her go if that were not the case.

These are just the behind-the-scenes photos and the ones I took before the ceremony began. The photographer’s photos haven’t been posted yet, but I can’t wait to see them! If you have any questions about what products we used, let me know!

// happy.

I’ve been meaning to write a post for the past week becauase I was so excited to get to visit the boy my boyfriend best friend for his graduation this past weekend. But you know, there are some things that don’t have words. This is one of them. So happy.

Here are a few moments (when I actually remembered both my camera and my battery). It should be noted that Texas is really, really, really hot. I went through a bottle of sunscreen and still returned to the East Coast with more freckles. DSC_0008 DSC_0062 DSC_0067 DSC_0070 DSC_0081 DSC_0094 DSC_0101 DSC_0106 DSC_0113DSC_0116

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SO LET’S DANCE IT OUT, Y’ALL.

Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba / Sithi uhm ingonyama / final weekend with Chuck.

7375.6 milesFrom the US to Namibia.

150 photos. Taken over the course of the weekend.

27 months. Length of typical Peace Corps tour.

60 days. Amount of time we’ve been nearly inseparable this summer.

72 hours. Longest weekend spent–counting down the hours until departure.

10 hugs. Number of hugs counted in the duration of the weekend.

shots. Who knew you could turn The Lion King into a drinking game?

years. Length of friendship (thus far).

4:30 am. Ungodly hour we headed to the airport.

3 luggage bags. That, when combined, weighed more than I do.

immeasurable– . Number of times I will accidentally call her phone, forgetting that email is probably more efficient.

Follow her tour here.

Once upon a time, there were resolutions. And there still are.

Remember that time I made a really long list of NYE resolutions? I think it’s time for some accountability–this is where I am, four months later. How is everyone else doing? I would love an update from all of you (I’ve seen where Allison is, so follow suit!).

Number 1:

For my first resolution, I have watched

I probably have a ton more to add, but these are the only ones I can think of for now.

Number 2:

Onward to resolution number two! Okay, so I have truthfully only made two things for this (click on the photos for the original chef’s posts!). I haven’t had time to cook at home, unfortunately. I have been eating at Amsterdam an ungodly amount of time, due to its proximity to Gnu’s Room and Faunhouse. Chipotle has been frequented, as well. Otherwise, I have some work to do. I did organize my bookmarks very well, so hopefully there will be more recipes made soon!

Number 3:

I think I’ve been a little bit more social this semester? I frequent the $1 Taco Tuesday at a local bar, have gone to a few local shows (and will be at the upcoming Boogie, if any of you would like to come, as well!), and made something for the student fashion show. It would be easier if I were taking fewer classes. There’s still more than half of the year to complete this! I’m not worried.

Number 4:

I am not a cent closer to buying a gaming system, nor having a television to play games on. Let’s skip this one for now. Maybe when I work more this summer?

Number 5:

New music searching has gone oh-so well! Here are my finds, so far. You’ve seen some of them on my Ninesday posts!

Number 6:

Where am I on my quest for NYC this coming NYE? Well…I’m paying for Bonnaroo, first.

Number 7: 

And, finally, getting back in touch with myself. It’s a long process. Apparently, I like lots of things I forgot about. And I want to do things that I’ve been ignoring for the last two years. I’ve read so many books thus far! And I’ve started writing again. I’ve met some new people that are so uplifting and encouraging–I do love them. It’s nice. Things are going well. As overwhelmed as I have been, and as frustrated as I have gotten–it is well.

Ninesday.

9. This NY street style photo has me wanting blue hair.

8. I love this video. A whole whole lot. Killer headdress.

7. Dear Mineralia, I love you & your beautiful natural beauties. I am seriously having a geode-obsessed moment, you guys.

6. The benefits of being weird, thanks to Emily Alice Walsh.

5. I’m uber excited to see Allison so that I can mimic the Tiny Pocket Tank she made. ISN’T SHE SO QT?!

4. Corrine Plain & Simple referred me to Arcade Fire’s “The Wilderness Downtown” interactive video. DO IT. It is so beautiful. This is my postcard to myself when I was young–

“You are unique.”

3. Let’s do a rewind to Eryn as a little girl–growing up in the 90s.

I had a whole lot of stretchy pants. Who needs denim when you can wear super comfortable cotton/spandex (it’s acceptable for girls under 10, I’d say)?! A large portion of my garments for my lower half were printed. Floral, stripes, polka dots…I’m pretty excited this  trend is coming back. I get to be a little girl again!

NOTE: I’ll stick to more substantial fabric than the spandex of leggings. There’s something about having pockets on the back of my pants that is kind of a necessity for me.

2. I’m still Madewell obsessed. I shamelessly copied this outfit last week. Click on the photo for “French Lessons” and be as effortlessly chic as Caroline de Maigret. Oh, AND, there’s a free playlist download.

1. Can you guys believe it is MARCH?! As in, the third month of the year?! WHERE HAS THE TIME GONE? Probably into the black hole known as the AU library. I’m a permanent fixture.