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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: sister

// Kelsey & Jacob.

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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!

// petit fours & bridal bliss.

Heather Dasher, a family friend, hosted the most beautiful bridal shower for my older sister earlier this week. I was in charge of the games, so of course we made wedding dresses. Out of toilet paper. Project Runway, anyone?

Much to our dismay, the bride did not win the game! It was a tough call, but my mom’s team took the cake!
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// care package heaven.

Amidst all of the hustle & bustle, the missed trains, the late-night taxis, and the rooftop laughs, I got TWO care packages this week! Can you believe that?! TWO.

Up first, the lovely Allison’s gift. She is a handmade/thrift/yard sale junkie, so her box was filled with one-of-a-kind finds. Four individual servings of oatmeal from a Nashville shop (because I have been complaining about running out of the door too quickly in the mornings), four mini oat snacks (perfect for my trip tomorrow), an adorable tote she wove and printed herself, a little pouch (also woven herself!) that will be doubling as my clutch this weekend, an oversized denim tote found at a yard sale, a new notebook to fill with my adventures, photos of people I don’t know to add to my collection, and finally, a piece of polka dot paper. Because she knew I would be photographing my present. And she wanted to have a part in the styling, of course.

Allison always knows just what I need. My package arrived just before I leave for TX tomorrow, when I was in the midst of some sort of meltdown, mostly caused by the NYC heat wave this week. What did I do to deserve such great friends? This is my third care package, my twelfth piece of mail, and I’m drowning in knick-knacks I’ve been collecting but can’t afford to send to people.

DSC_0005 DSC_0007 DSC_0008 DSC_0012In my second package, I had little gifts picked out from my mom and sister. Bath salts and toys, a rain coat that is actually waterproof (it’s been a monsoon up here), my dear boyfriend jeans that I’ve been missing so much, a set of sandwich coasters because who doesn’t need sandwich-shaped coasters?,  an owl-shaped pin cushion, and a book lamp. Tucked away in the bottom of the box was a little note. Which made me realize just how much I miss my family, despite the busy days and never-ending evenings.

DSC_0015I haven’t mentioned how work has been as of late! It’s been busyContinuing the endless process of archiving materials at Isaac Mizrahi, managing social media at Gabriela Moya, researching prominent fashion companies’ use of social media and making comparisons, helping to update some sales info at Wendy Brandes on weekends, and coming up with new ways to grow the business with Stacy Lomman after-hours. Whew.

Oh yeah, I’m also job hunting. Like a grown-up. So if you know of anyone who might want to pay me to be awesome, you just let me know.

 

 

A great weekend, spent.

This weekend has been so enjoyable–my older sister, my mom, and my grandmother all came to visit! They got in around dinner time on Friday, and we spent our first evening eating sandwiches and watching Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Downton Abbey.

We also looked at hundreds, possibly thousands, of photos of teacup animals. I WANT A TEACUP SMOOSH-FACE KITTY. I am prepared to spend my meager life savings on one. Here are some links to the BEST websites, for those of you that are also interested in becoming a miniature cat lady.

Dollface Persian Kittens

Sweetheart Kittens & Cattery Boutique

Mini Purrs

My sister was also intrigued by this Miniature Schnauzer website.

The afternoon was spent apartment-hunting and shopping. By dinner time, we were all exhausted and ordered-in Chinese. We are now finishing the night off with Fried Green Tomatoes and Jane Eyre.

Evelyn Couch: Hey! I was waiting for that spot! 
Girl #1: Face it, lady, we’re younger and faster! 
[Evelyn rear-ends the other car six times
Girl #1: What are you doing
Girl #2: Are you crazy
Evelyn Couch: Face it, girls, I’m older and I have more insurance.

Rochester: I offer you my hand, my heart. Jane, I ask you to pass through life at my side. You are my equal and my likeness. Will you marry me? 
Jane Eyre: Are you mocking me? 
Rochester: You doubt me. 
Jane Eyre: Entirely. 

What a lovely weekend it has been–only to be followed by a mountain of homework.

2012 is coming, and I’m not quite ready yet.

Hello readers! It has been a while. A long, long while. I once said that I was going to start posting more frequently once classes slowed down. But, as they often do, my life picked up just as my studying dropped off.

My first semester at Auburn is over! A lot has happened since. Here is the past year in countdown, along with the first semester at Auburn.

January 2011:

I was pretty certain I would be a vegetarian and exercise daily. I had a trainer for the month. Then decided I didn’t really need either of those things, which is what generally happens to those New Years’ resolutions.

February 2011:

I turned 21! The event was well-chronicled by my close friends–I had my first drink (Long Island Iced Tea, courtesy of Ian) at midnight, and have tried many other since. Why, yes. That is Tim Kasher in the last photo! (SWOON)

March 2011:

Allison and I participated in a fashion show!

May 2011:

CHICAGO. TATTOO. SHOPPING. Don’t ask me whatever happened to the photos. I haven’t a clue. But I do have a few from my phone! [Note: FRONT ROW, LYKKI LI]

June 2011

The anniversary of my blog and I. What a journey it has been.

August-November 2011:

I moved to Auburn and got a job at a coffee shop! Jennifer and I spent a lot of time making our apartment extra adorable, also. I learned to like appreciate football, with the help of a visit from Miss Kelsey.

I made some great new friends and was an impressive Lady Gaga and later Holly Golightly for Halloween, if I do say so myself. I went to Atlanta for a day of thrifting, Greek food-eating, coffee-drinking, and vintage digging. Allison moved to Nashville while I’ve been in Auburn, and we have visited each other. Which has been very lovely.

December 2011:

So much has changed this year! The boy and I have parted ways, which I will not be sharing the details of. I have taken off the entire month of December from work and have been fully enjoying what I like to refer to as “curmudgeon” time. Kelsey has followed suit–she, Grace, and I got sushi pajamas for Christmas, and we have hardly left them since. Buffs has returned to being a lil’ lap doggie. I have missed the wiener schnitzel so so so much.

And that’s my year! Expect a post dedicated to New Year’s Eve. I have big plans.