So, I know that I am months behind the Spring RTW Fashion shows, but honestly, it's really hard for me to look forward to spring until after Christmas. (Good thing I don't work in retail.) Now that the season has ended, and Christmas decorations have found their home in plastic totes, I can look forward to the lovely patterns and colors of spring. Some of my favorite places to look?
Anna Sui for bold colors and fun patterns.
Richard Chai for interesting texture and color combinations.
Nanette Lepore for distinctly feminine silhouettes.
Marc Jacobs for, well, just being Marc Jacobs.
Now, if only the humid, rainy excuse for winter in Georgia would make way for sunny, spring days...
Between writing letters, sending thank-you notes and Christmas cards, and creating New Year's invitations, I have had stationary on the brain. I also made a resolution to write letters more frequently since my Christmas epistles gained such a positive reaction. Thus, I have been tooling around to find some unique, artful stationary. Here are a few of my favorites.
Pine cone and Alphabet from Set Editions. Although not typically my style, I am drawn the elegant minimalism of the stationary from Set Editions.
Owl and Merci from Hammerpress Not only do I adore Brady Vest's designs, the cards are environmentally sound. He also makes really great, unconventional wedding invitations....
Spring Trees, Quality Vintage, Artichoke, Flowering Trees from YeeHaw Industries. There are so many wonderful designs from YeeHaw, not to mention that their work is printed on post-consumer recycled paper!
Portrait, Famous Bicycle, and Rainy Day from Letterpress Delicacies. I love the fun, vintage-inspired designs printed on recycled paper. The critters are so cute, and the bicycle is reminiscent of France (two things that I absolutely adore)!
With nieces and nephews in the house, Christmas Eve typically involves sitting on the floor opening and putting together toys, playing with said toys, and running around the kitchen helping my mom prepare dinner. Thus, my holiday attire must be conducive to these types activities. (Pretty party dresses must be reserved for other occasions such as New Years... more about that later.) Here is a peek at what I wore for Christmas Eve with the family.
cardigans and heels, Target; cami, Ann Taylor Loft; jeans, Paige Denim; necklaces, Anthropologie; nail color, A Ruby for Rudolph by OPI
closer image of my new alphabet necklaces! see here.
I absolutely adore monograms when it comes to accessories and housewares (purses and clothing aside), so when I saw these necklaces in the Anthropologie catalog, I was in heaven. My friend Erin bought me the "A" for Christmas, and I ordered the other letters online since the store had sold out. The layering of the pieces can be a bit tricky as a couple of them are the same length, so if you want more than one, you may have to choose the same ones as I did. Also, if you are not interested in having your initials around your neck, choose letters that are meaningful to you... your mother's first name, the name of a spouse or significant other, children's names.
In addition to the necklaces, I also received a monogram soap dish and a wooden cutting board from two of my favorite people. I love that the cutting board comes with its own silver spreader! It will look wonderful in my kitchen hutch beside the great lettered mugs and dessert plates I found at Anthro on clearance!
mug and plate images courtesy of Anthropologie.com
I apologize for the slight lack of posts lately. Unfortunately, as I have relocated for the holidays, my internet access has been slightly limited (not to mention my time). However, I anticipate a few good posts in the near future, so you will not be disappointed, lovely readers.
Onto another favorite holiday frivolity, movies. This season is so wonderful because I actually have time away from medical books and science texts to turn my attentions to fiction and gushiness. Here are some of my personal holiday-themed picks.
Love Actually (I love love.)
A Charlie Brown Christmas (This one has a great soundtrack, too!)
Rudolph and The Island of Misfit Toys
Miracle on 34th Street (Classic)
So, here's to cuddling up with a warm blanket and hot cocoa to enjoy some Christmas cheer!
My lovely friend Jessie of The Lucky Stone, tagged me with an about you the other day. Let me just say that although we have never met in "real" life, I am absolutely certain that if we lived in the same city, Jessie and I would be great friends. Perhaps some day! Check out her blog and The Lucky Stone Vintage Etsy site for some really great things!
Now, onto the business of the tag...
10 years ago... I had recently turned 16 and was a sophomore in high school. I thought I was really something special because I could drive to school while most other sophomores were still 15. I worked at a local restaurant as a hostess, and my sister worked there as well as a waitress, so work was always a lot of fun. My brother got married a month after I turned sixteen, and I remember feeling so important to be sitting next to him at the rehearsal dinner.
8 years ago... I was a senior in high school and had already decided upon Agnes Scott College for the next year. I applied early decision because I knew that ASC would be a great place for me to continue my education. My aunt went there for her undergrad, and it made my mom really happy for me to follow in those shoes. I also found and lost my first real love during my eighteenth year, and he is still a good friend of mine today. When I left for college in the fall, I met my very best friend and college roommate, Erin.
BFF Erin and I in our old apartment
6 years ago... My sophomore year in college, I was living with Erin in an apartment in Atlanta. I worked at Anthropologie and spent my days studying and discovering new music. It was during the years in our apartment that I really developed my love of music of all types. I also became involved with the dance program at Agnes Scott during this year, and the women that I met there will have a place in my heart forever. Times spent in the studio and onstage were some of my greatest college memories.
The 2005-2006 Studio Dance Theatre Company
2 years ago... I was 24 and working full-time at CVS in Atlanta while I applied to pharmacy school. I wanted desperately to get into UGA and had only applied there, so it took me twice to get in. Still, everything happens for a reason because during those two years, my relationship with K developed into the love that we have now. We'd been dating only a few months then, but part of me already knew that he was the one for me. He worked overnight and every other weekend, and I worked 8-4 with weekends off, so I would get up super early on Saturdays and make him breakfast. He would come over right after work around 6:30 am to pancakes with blueberry syrup, bacon, eggs, and decaf coffee. I'm still certain to this day that my culinary capabilities had something to do with him falling in love with me. :)
K and I on our first trip together skiing in NC February 2007
5 yummy things:
My mom's homemade sourdough bread
Fresh, homemade salsa
Pizza with artichokes, spinach, and black olives
Fruit tart with whip cream
Cheese, especially brie, gorgonzola, feta, and sharp cheddar (I had to agree on this one Jessie!)
5 places I would like to escape to:
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Anywhere in Greece
Squaw Valley, California
5 things I would never wear:
Pajamas in public (especially house shoes!)
A purse with a picture of my cat on it
Jeans with extensive holes under the back pockets
5 favorite tv shows:
What Not to Wear
5 things I enjoy doing:
Just about anything outside: running, camping, hiking, biking
Read (Mostly fiction. I get so bogged down by everything medicine-related that I love to escape into a good book.)
Decorate and redesign rooms
Cook and bake
5 favorite toys:
My kitten Cooper
iBook (and hopefully iPhone soon too!!)
Nintendo DS that I got for free! (Read about it here.)
My little Mini Cooper
My closet. I love to spend some down time putting outfits together!
I took a break from studying on Monday to do a bit of gift wrapping. Part of the reason that I love Christmas is giving gifts to the people that I love. Each year I try to do something a bit different with my wrapping without going too overboard. I just can't see spending a ton of money on paper, but I definitely want the gifts reflect the effort put into them. Also, I often try to use recycled papers or natural embellishments such as pine cones, cranberries, or pieces of old jewelry.
I have a total of four nieces and nephews, and I absolutely love watching them open their gifts! This year I chose a bright, vintage-inspired set of wrapping paper for their presents. I fashioned a bow out of crumpled strips of the same or coordinating paper, and I am quite pleased with the result. I have found that although they may appreciate the pretty packaging, children tend to enjoy ripping it open a bit more, so I like to keep their packages slightly simpler.
I love the paisley print the most! The snowflakes were picked out by my nephews, and the other pink paper by my niece.
I love the use of vintage linens in these two images from Martha Stewart. Napkins and tea towels work wonderfully for wrapping, especially when giving kitchen or home-oriented gifts. They are also really adorable for wrapping edible homemade goodies or wine bottles.
This is probably one of my top few favorites when it comes to wrapping. I used this idea last year, and it got great reviews! Instead of just using newspaper for your wrapping, find newspapers written in a foreign language, and then tie a coordinating bow around the middle. I used a french newspaper and solid color ribbons, and I loved the outcome. Martha Stewart suggests Japanese newsprint and a corresponding floral print ribbon, which looks great.
This is the paper that I will be using for my adult gifts this year. I love the simple elegance of the black and white and the use of cameos as embellishments. (I adore cameos in any setting.) I think I may also recycle some silver, sparkly broaches and charms to use as gift toppers as well. The wonderful thing about this paper? You can print it directly from the Martha Stewart website! Talk about convenience.