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friday's fancies #5: crazy about boots.

friday's fancies #5: crazy about boots. by siddathornton featuring butterfly stud earrings

it's that time again, ladies & gents... it's friday! and that can only mean one thing, right? friday's fancies! and this week, i have a lovely new banner that {av} made for me, which makes this whole thing even more fun (thank you!). this week's theme is centered around one of my very favorite aspects of cooler weather fashion: boots. and after all the posts i've been writing lately about the cozy aspects of fall, i decided to go a bit edgier with this one. i put together a look that i think would work well for a night out on the town with my girl friends. 
i'm envisioning karaoke, martinis, giggling, & endless picture-taking.
i wanted the look to be fresh, fun, playful, & daring (i know - that's a lot for an outfit to live up to), so when i saw these suede side zip boots from topshop, i was completely sold. i am absolutely loving the bright blue color &a…

love lists: september.

september has been a month of slightly cooler louisiana temperatures. it's been a month of road trips, running outside, & quality time with a book. a month of time well-spent with family & justin. it's been a month i've really enjoyed, to tell you the truth... i love the crispness of the beginning of fall - the new beginnings. the thought of people buying school supplies, even if i didn't myself. the thought of boots & blankets & pumpkin spice being right around the corner. and the promise of thanksgiving & christmas & new years on the horizon.
here are a few things i have loved in the month of september.

1. MAC 'satin taupe' eye shadow. 2. 'last night at chateau marmont' by lauren weisberger. 3. carmex lip balm. 4. he's just not that into you, in movie version. 5. benefit 'my place or yours gina' perfume.  6. tokyo milk 'lotus sake' perfume. 7. trips to st. francisville. 8. new cooking endeavors. 9. rimmel london '…

recipe: asparagus tart.

i know. asparagus tart - it sounds like something i'd end up burning.
BUT i managed to make this between getting off work at 5:30 & making it to our potluck book club meeting at 7 - and on a monday, no less.. without burning it. and the finished product is pretty, edible (some have even said yummy), & different.
i'd venture to say that this recipe is extremely simple.
so, on wednesday night, i decided to make another one with my leftover puff pastry sheet & asparagus.
and yet, somehow i didn't manage to take one single solitary picture of the end result. so, my apologies, martha stewart, i'm going to have to use your photo (i hope she'll forgive me).

asparagus tart.
i found this recipe on pinterest. it's from martha stewart.
flour for work surface 1 sheet frozen puff pastry 2 cups shredded gruyere cheese (i substituted swiss) 1.5 pounds medium or thick asparagus 1 tablespoon olive oil salt and pepper
1. preheat oven to 400 degrees. 2. rol…

miscellany monday #3: a list of currents.

readingcatching fire, by suzanne collins. i was told i would be addicted to these books, but i had no idea the extent to which my nose would be glued to the pages. i picked this book up from target last night, & began reading around 8 p.m. i am now on page 139. and if i have any free time at work today, i will be reading.
writing this blog post? haha... how about i tell you what i should be writing? the answer to that question would be letters of intent & manuscripts for grad school. in fact, i really need to do some research on that today.
thinking about the future. and how bright it is. and how much i have to look forward to. a welcome change from the omg college is over & now i have nothing to look forward to mantra i've been carrying around on my shoulders lately.
smelling the new favorite perfume i picked up at grandmother's buttons in st. francisville. it's tokyo milk's lotus sake, & it's an obsession of mine at the moment. believe me…

fall favorites.

when joelle proposed that everyone write about their fall favorites, i couldn't resist. this is one of my favorite seasons, & there is so much that i love about it (even in addition to what you see here). everyone go link up - i LOVE seeing what everyone else loves about this crisp, exciting time of year... it's so inspiring. and cozy. and everything else good, really. she is also giving away some of her fall favorites, which is think is amazingly lovely. i don't usually write about giveaways on my blog, but there's no way i could overlook this one! trust me, it's worth checking out & entering.

but now, back to the good stuff.
when the weather starts to turn cool, one of my favorite feelings in the whole world is pulling on some freakishlytall boots over my tights. i firmly believe that one of the very best things about this time of year is how comfy the clothes are allowed to be. the tops i've included above are enough to make me want to run out &…

friday's fancies #4: the cozy side of fall.

friday's fancies #4: the cozy side of fall. by siddathornton featuring a bateau neck dress

this fall, i am dreaming of tights, boots, sweater dresses,
& big, chunky, pink sapphire rings.*

*if you are too, go link up with {long distance loving}.

yes, the rumors are true: i am the biggest twenty-five-year-old dork in america (t swift recap).

we stood there, cameras at the ready.
i swayed back & forth in my feather dress & cowboy ankle boots.
we took a million pictures, while we meshed with the anxiously waiting crowd.
and then, it began.
and i barely took any pictures, because i just wanted to focus on enjoying everything & taking it all in - on really being present. i did manage to tear my eyes away from the stage long enough to send a few frantic text messages (for example: taylor grabbed my hand. i'm not kidding.)* but they required repeated effort, being blocked by the massive onslaught of social media crammed into one small place.
i'll be the first to admit, i get star-struck pretty easily (hi, luke wilson). so, of course, the simple fact that i am in the same room with taylor swift, & i am watching her sing songs & talk in real life, really got the best of me.
the music was reverberating all around us, & - in true concert fashion - i could feel the excitement of the music coursing through …
thoughts to come later.
(photo: iphone)

a little dash of accountability for your monday.

lately, love is home's joelle has been posting about keeping herself accountable through sharing her weekly goals. it has inspired me to post a weekly to-do on here as well -- hopefully to keep me accountable & make crossing things off even more satisfying.
and in keeping with this entry's 'to-do list' theme, i thought i'd do an update on my 25 things list. i'm pleased to say i've made a bit of headway: and because these lists are quite miscellaneous in nature, i'm linking up with lowercase letters - go show her some love!

starbucks sunday: on accomplishment.

let's talk about one of my favorite feelings.
it's the feeling that happens after you've accomplished something.
something you've been dreading & anticipating at the same time.
something that's been weighing on you mentally. and probably emotionally.
something you've prepared for.
something you've worried over.
something that marks a new beginning in your life.
yes, that feeling is the one.
and today, i am thankful - ever so thankful - for that feeling.


but let's be totally honest here: the feeling of sipping on a
tall, nonfat, no whip pumpkin spice latte
is also an amazing feeling.

a list of lovely things.

mollie jean is lovely too.

you know how i love my lists.
you know how i love my lovely things.
joining the two seemed appropriate.
1. justin passed his boards. after what felt like weeks upon weeks of waiting (in truth it was only 3 days), justin woke to the news that he had officially passed his physician assistant certifying board exam. what does this mean? well - it means that now he can begin looking for a job! in fact, i've been told that is on the agenda for next week: job hunting & applying for state licenses. this is extremely exciting & what we've all been waiting for. i am so proud of him, & i know that he is extremely excited to begin working & putting that education & his skills to use!
2. i think i may have chosen my career path. more on this to come. by the time you're reading this, i will have taken my GRE, which is, of course, the first step to all of this madness. justin & i have been doing a lot of research on graduate programs, & ju…

friday's fancies #3: game day chic.

friday's fanicies # 3 - game day chic. by siddathornton
when i learned the theme of this week's friday's fancies - gameday chic - the wheels started turning in my head over whether i'd feature my alma mater, louisiana tech, or one of my other two favorites - louisiana state university or university of florida. since a trip to ruston sounds just short of fabulous to me at this moment, i decided to go with the bulldogs! our colors are red, white, and blue, but in an effort to seem a little less fourth of july, i decided to go a little more neutral. clearly i'm living in a dream world, because in the real world, my feet would scorn me for the jimmy choo choice. everything else you see here exudes comfort & relaxation to me - something i value in a good football tailgate/viewing session. go bulldogs!

go check everyone else out at {long distance loving}!

Amor Psyche rhinestone top
€169 -

Miss Selfridge denim skinny jeans
£38 -

Jimmy Choo p…

fall reads.

the constant princess (philippa gregory) last night at chateau marmont (lauren weisberger) the hunger games (suzanne collins) catching fire (suzanne collins) mockingjay (suzanne collins)
after these books have been completed, there are a couple of books* i have - embarrassingly enough - begun yet not finished, which i vow to finish in the remainder of the month of november.
then, it will be on to the winter list!
*the facebook effect, by david kirkpatrick & the girl who kicked the hornet's nest, by stieg larsson.
[photo: toma<3s]


in honor of september 11, i would like to share something i wrote in 2002,
one year after the attacks on our beloved country.
america changing
america is a country that i feel people look up to. the united states is known for being advanced in many areas, and for being a just, peaceful land full of opportunity. this country is known for strength, endurance, bravery, and control. in most cases, other nations look up to us and seek our guidance and assistance in times of need. on september 11, 2001, an act of hate inflicted upon the country that i call home occurred, perhaps shifting this outlook.
it was just an ordinary day: a part of the monotony of a school week. on this tuesday morning in fall, my mom, trey, and i were on our way to cmhs, where trey and i were sophomores. as usual, the radio was on with the news of the morning. we were all fairly quiet, since it was nearing 8:30 a.m., and we were still tired. all of a sudden, my mom turned up the radio. i couldn't believe w…

untitled enlightenment.

the other evening, justin & i were on a walk at betty virginia park, & these words found their way out of my mouth:
i don't like being mortal.
there are so many things i want to do in my life: so many careers i want to pursue - so many activities i want to be involved in - so many books i want to read. and often the sensation creeps up on me that i just don't have enough time on earth to do it all.
our walk was a long, satisfying one, as was our talk.
and as much as i'd love to say it was decided that we'd pursue all of our different dreams, we were more realistic in that moment.
we knew the best route was to pick one thing & put everything into it.
and i'm happy to say, that is exactly what i'm doing.
(photo: from south carolina; point & shoot)

cheesecake in the making with lindsey & katie.

on a wednesday night, lindsey, katie, & i gathered in the kitchen to cook up a sweet treat for our coworker's birthday. the requested confection? strawberry cheesecake.

technology mavens that we are, a strawberry cheesecake recipe tutorial was retrieved from youtube, which katie is so arduously consulting in the photo above (please do not let my appearance as a serene housewife who bakes cheesecakes every other day fool you - i'm no expert in the kitchen. i'm still learning).
i thought i'd share this recipe, both to benefit anyone in search of a cheesecake recipe, & to keep it in 'my files' in case i ever get a hankering for the fluffy, creamy goodness that is cheesecake (ha - if? more like when i allow myself to succumb to said craving).
strawberry cheesecake.
ingredients for the crust:
1 cup crushed graham crackers 3 tbsp. sugar (we used sugar & brown sugar) 3 tbsp. butter or margarine, melted (be sure to let it soften naturally first - we just straight u…

a summer spent with stieg larsson & emily giffin.

in order of enjoyment.
love the one you're with, by emily giffin.
by far the best of all giffin's reads, love the one you're with is introspective & touching. the narrator runs into an old flame exactly one year after her marriage to 'the good guy.' chaos ensues. i was on the edge of my seat in anticipation & suspense for almost the entire novel. by the end, i was itching to see which path ellen would end up taking.
the girl who played with fire, by stieg larsson.
and this was, by far, the best of the larsson trilogy. it was fast-paced throughout almost its entirety; there were only a few slow spots of endless investigational jargon. other than that, i'd say, top notch... & what i was expecting out of the entire series.
heart of the matter, by emily giffin.
i have to admit this one ranks high because it was my travel book when i trekked to the carolinas this summer. don't get me wrong - i love all of the giffin book because, well, i just love them - b…