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friday's fancies #35 + friday's letters.

friday's fancies #35: beachy chic. by siddathornton featuring essie nail polish

with two beach-front bachelorette parties on the horizon [one of them being my own!], this week's dream outfit would be a perfect addition to my summer-time wardrobe. how chic is this 50s-esque swimsuit? i haven't worn a one-piece since i was a little kid, but i'd gladly try out the style if this suit was in my arsenal. while reading laura's blog the other day, i had the pleasure of discovering these beautiful, whimsical prada baroque shades. i think they give an additional nod toward the vintage feel of this look. this bright yellow, flowy, over-sized helmut lang string tank would be perfect to throw on when heading to & from my spot in the sand. bright red manicured toes would really pop against these classic valentino flip flops. as for sun protection, you'll always find a nice sunscreen in my beach bag. the floppy hat adds both style & protection - bonus! this little col…

kara in paris: the grand mosque + saint eustache.

in recent days, i've taken to firing up facebook in the early afternoon & checking out the photos my sister has uploaded, chronicling her adventures in paris that day. the photo above was captured at the grand mosque, where there is beautiful mosaic tiling. yesterday, she featured some breathtaking photos of saint eustache, which have me jonesing for a paris trip of my own, if only to tour this beautiful church.
a note from kara about saint eustache:
'there were hardly any people in there. when we went to notre dame, it was practically wall-to-wall people. the fact that saint eustache is so beautiful (even more beautiful in my opinion than notre dame) and it was practically empty in there was astounding. i enjoyed it because i got to admire it in peace and quiet without people pushing past me. it's definitely a place that everyone should go.'
i find that the sheer size of saint eustache is amazing. as my mom pointed out regarding the photo above, 'the people loo…

getting wedding ready: hair care edition.

since our wedding is getting closer & closer by the day (the countdown is now almost in the double digits - 108 days & counting!), i have started a little series called getting wedding ready, in an effort to both encourage myself to take the best care of myself possible, as well as to motivate others to step up their beauty routines. because let's face it: you just plain feel better when you're taking better care of yourself. 
last week we discussed skin care, & this week, it's hair care! 
first things first, it's of utmost importance to have a shampoo + conditioner combo that works well with your hair type. i have tried a great many different shampoos & conditioners, & i always find that pantene works best with my hair type. honestly, this pantene duo is not what's currently in my shower, but i'm hoping to go pick them up soon. 
i'm a big fan of aussie hair products. not only are they inexpensive, but i find them to be extremely effect…

eating-a-late-breakfast currents.

today's post brought to you over a late breakfast of nutella toast & black coffee.
ok, that's a lie. i scarfed down the toast while my computer was loading. but i am still drinking the coffee. and it was a very, very late breakfast. reading the final pages of dracula. y'all, this book has restored my faith in classics. and you can read more about it in july's critique cache anchor post, coming next week.  writing out lists of posts for this week, as well as a miles-long to-do list. did you happen to know that i am the world's worst procrastinator? well, i am. listening to the hum of the air conditioner. and wondering why that hum isn't replaced with some tunes. thinking i'm really enjoying the blogging rhythm i've fallen into as of late. i finally feel like my blog is expressing my personality... know what i mean? sometimes it's hard to put yourself down on paper internet. smelling a freshly-brewed cup of coffee. is there any better scent in the worl…

friday's fancies #34 + friday's letters.

friday's fancies #34: meet me at the (color) block party. by siddathornton featuring shoulder handbags

ok, so first things first.
obviously, i wouldn't wear this to a legit summer time BBQ jeans-and-a-t-shirt block party.
where would i wear this? well, on a night out with the girls, of course! and that's exactly what i'm craving at the moment. this diane von furstenberg tamika color block stretch crepe dress, perfectly paired with these miu miu peep toes, would no doubt be a hit for a nice sit-down dinner, followed by drinks at at a dimly-lit wine bar [and who knows - maybe some karaoke later into the night...]. it seems i've gone a bit off the deep end, deciding a night out also warrants not one, not two, not three, but a grand total of four chanel products. but can you really blame me? who doesn't ache to own a classic chanel quilted shoulder bag? and just imagine how luxurious that creamy eye shadow, lip stick, & nail polish is bound to feel upon applica…

kara in paris + my random european wish list.

my sister is in paris, france! i am extremely jealous of her, but also extremely excited. luckily, she has been able to upload some photos to facebook, so i thought i would share some of them here. while she's there, i plan to share little updates here & there about what she's doing & where she's going. above she can be viewed jet-laggedly posing in front of the fontaine de saint michel. not only is this kara's first trip overseas, it was also her first experience flying. ever. she describes the jet lag as follows:
'hopefully i will feel normal again soon & not like  some monster who feels like they're constantly swaying.'
from what she told me, it sounds like she has quite the picturesque paris experience mapped out. i can't wait to write more about her adventures, & of course, share her photos [and let the jealousy continue].

that's right. when my sister asked me what i wanted her to pick up  for me while she was off galavanting in p…

getting wedding ready: skin care edition.

with my wedding date closing in at warp speed (115 days & counting!), i've kicked my beauty routines up into over-drive. i thought i'd feature a little series in the coming weeks, titled getting wedding ready. not only will this documentation coerce me to keep the good habits up, but perhaps everyone would benefit in being reminded to take a little bit of extra special care of ourselves, whether nuptials are in your near future or not. [goodness knows, i always need a reminder!]
with that intro out of the way, it's time to dive in to this week's theme: skin care.
the arsenal:

as you may have gathered from the above depiction, there are certain products i use in the morning, certain products i use at night, & then a little gathering of products i use either/or.
now, let's start with the early risers. these products only come out in the a.m. i use my neutrogena oil free acne wash pink grapefruit cream cleanser every morning when i wake up. why? because it smells ab…

thoughts on my first-ever wedding shower.

one of the most exciting parts of all the pre-wedding festivities - i think -  is the gathering of so many of your loved ones.  it's such a surreal, overwhelming feeling to have  those people together, all in one place. 
one of the best opportunities for such a phenomenon? a wedding shower, of course! one of my oldest friends laura, & her mother, put together an amazing kitchen shower for me the first weekend of june. not only did they open up their gorgeous home to me, but they decorated it just so, with yellow detailing, sunflowers, & antique tea cups. i couldn't have dreamed of more. 
i'll close with some advice for future brides:
- have someone make a bouquet out of all your gift ribbons, like this one mrs. wendy made for me. - prepare for the awkwardness of opening gifts in front of a room full of people. - embrace the awkwardness, & feel free to squeal in excitement over dish towels. - have someone help you make sure not to break any ribbons while opening gifts (i&#…

justin's adventureland critique.

in the spirit of my new link up, critique cache, justin wanted to do a critique of his own, of a movie we watched the other night. it was not the first viewing of this film for either of us, but i think justin has some really interesting & entertaining observations.
a reminder about critique cache: the anchor post for each month's critique cache will go up on the first wednesday of each month. the link-up will remain open throughout the month & will close the day before the next month's anchor post goes up - this gives you (and me) all month to link up about what we've been reading/listening to/watching/etc. 
-- Adventureland (2009) Director: Greg Mottola Adventureland is a comedy set in 1987 in the image of the director, Greg Mottola.  Mottola uses reflective events and characters from his own experiences of a summer job at an amusement park in Long Island, in 1985.  The movie is centered around the main character, James Brennan (Jessie Eisenberg), a recent college gra…

happy father's day!

to a dad with excellent taste in music. to a dad with an award-winning sense of humor. to a dad who is endlessly supportive. to a dad who loves unconditionally. to a dad who is a role model & someone to look up to.
thank you for all you do for me!

photo: circa 1981/2 \ sowell archives