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the sunday currently, volume 3.

readingthe happiness project, by gretchen rubin. i hate that i haven't finished this book yet. i just haven't really been reading before bed at night, which is when most of my best reading is done. i plan to have this book done in the next couple of days, because i plan to blog about it this coming week. i'm trying to keep my reading rhythm up - once the stress of the wedding has passed, i think my mind will free up some space for more books. writing a humongous stack of thank you notes. my writing hand is so sore, & i still have like three notes left to do. but, really, i love writing thank you notes - it's like writing letters to all of my favorite people. listening to beach house on this rainy sunday. it is ridiculously relaxing. i also listened to them last night while on my thank you note writing bender. it was raining then too. really, it has rained constantly this weekend. i love it. i've also been listening to why am i the one, by fun. on my beachy bachel…

friday's fancies #43: these clothes melt stress.

this week's friday's fancies theme is oufit crush, but i just knew i had to create another autumn-centered look. see the first one here. see last year's looks here & here. by the way, i'm pretty sure these clothes melt stress. just looking at them has made me feel more like a human being than i did beforehand. the last few weeks before my wedding are seriously ripping me a new one [i know, classy]. but i think if i could actually put this outfit on, i'd feel a lot better about everything on my plate. and the plate of everyone around me.
dear next week, please be a little easier on me than this week was. i know you are the week before wedding week, but how about we pop a chill pill together & call it a day?
dear justin, can you believe it? only fifteen days until i'm mrs. christy. and only sixteen days until we're headed toward east coast bliss. AND only thirty-four days until we're finally living together in wilmington.
dear wilmington, did you hear …

love lists: september.

september has been a month of immense stress, what with the promise of this event on the quickly-approaching horizon. but that doesn't mean i haven't had time to rack up a list of things i've been loving in this autumn month...
1. sparkly, festive party dresses. i picked up two dresses from francesca's collections this month, one for my shower, & one for my rehearsal dinner. obviously, i can't post a photo of the rehearsal dinner one, but this post showcases the one i wore for the shower. there is absolutely nothing like wearing a sparkly, twirly, princess dress. i talked a little more about that here. 2. starbucks pumpkin spice lattes. honestly, no explanation is really needed, except that i love these things. i really do. 3. the autumn season. candy corn. the sparkly halloween wreath on our door. boots. 4. sinful colors nail polish in leap flog. may i present to you: the jade manicure. 5. spoiled nail polish in i don't drink cheap wine. because there is little bet…

thoughts after the shower.

i'm not certain, but i really don't think there's any feeling better than wearing a bright, sparkly, billowy dress to your wedding shower. as if you don't already feel special enough that day, the added bonus of feeling like the belle of the ball just pushes your excitement quotient over the edge. 

this past saturday, as i flitted from room to room, speaking to this guest & that, nibbling on petit fours, i realized: these are the pre-wedding moments i'll treasure. and with each shutter click, i stood tall in my purple suede stilettos, feeling proud of the festive outfit i pulled together the day before. 
i can't really adequately express my gratitude to kara, julianne, & jennifer - my hostesses - or my mom & dad - huge facilitators of this beautiful brunch - or the many, many folks who traveled - some for hours, others a single neighborhood block - to celebrate with me...
but as i lounged on the couch, post-party, sipping on one of the remaining mimosa…

a family shower, in photos.

tomorrow i'll be sharing thoughts on my wedding shower this past saturday, but today i'll be sharing a compendium of photos from the event. i greatly enjoyed this shower, & i think the photos will be all the proof you need to see an excellent time was had by all. like i said, thoughts coming tomorrow...

photos: family wedding shower \ iphone

the sunday currently, volume 2.

*starting next week, the sunday currently post will go live at 12:00 p.m. central time, every sunday. this will give everyone a chance to prepare their posts & link up accordingly!*
readingthe happiness project, by gretchen rubin... & identifying with it immensely. when i was reading it a couple of nights ago, i highlighted a few whole pages in a row. i feel like i'm learning quite a lot from mrs. rubin - & i'm excited about it. writingblog posts about the wedding shower that happened yesterday. i had such a great time! i can't wait to put my experience & thoughts down into words. listeningto birds chirping as i sit on the porch, pumpkin spice latte in hand. something i've been doing this year while i sip on PSLs is to picture a big, creamy slice of pumpkin pie - with crumbly crust & a big dollop of whipped cream on the top - & pretend like that's what i'm eating. it works. it's lovely. thinkingi couldn't be more ready for the weddin…

wishes for this weekend.

to be filled with easy joy. to have a lovely time at my shower. to have beautiful, curly hair. to consume many sweet confections. to experience crisp, cool weather. to take many, many photos. festive fall finds | the sunday currently | food + music | where we belong | 26: an update

photo: afternoon run \ instagram

26: the september review.

i've made quite a few goals for my twenty-sixth year here on earth [see them here], & i think it's important to keep track of my progress, to ensure i accomplish as many of those items as possible.
first, let's start off with the failure-of-sorts. one of my goals was to write, every single day, even if it was just one word. and well, i'm a little unsure if i've really accomplished this. when i made that goal, i intended to write in an ink-and-paper journal - that is to say, on paper. that is to say, blogging wasn't going to count. if i counted blogging, i'd have almost every day covered, but not all of them. furthermore, i write in an ink-and-paper planner every day, sometimes recording events of the day, sometimes just recording lists. if writing in the planner counts, then i'm covered. but really, i want to amp up my actual journaling skills. so i'm going to take this mini-failure & use it as inspiration, a renewed push to achieve.
a great m…

a critique: where we belong, by emily giffin.

'"i'll be right back," conrad said, leaving the radio and air-conditioning on. relieved that i didn't have to buy the test myself, i slouched down in my seat, switching the stations, wondering what last song i'd hear before i got the bad news confirmed. tlc was singing 'waterfalls' when he returned with a plastic bag and a somber expression.' - pg. 82
well, ladies & gentlemen, emily giffin has done it again.

time & time again, she wins me over with her heartfelt, wrenching, gripping prose that i would even venture to label 'suspenseful.' last summer, i was caught up in the drama of ellen & leo while reading tearing through love the one you're with, & then the tumultuous unfolding of events in heart of the matter, while venturing through south carolina & georgia with justin. and really, who can forget something borrowed & something blue? long story short: i have yet to be disappointed by an emily giffin novel.
so it…

the food + the music.

two fridays ago, my mom & i went for a tasting at nottoway. not only was the food delicious,
but the four-hour drive to & from afforded us some quality music-listening time. my favorite things to taste were the creamy corn & shrimp bisque & the garlic mashed potatoes. oh, & the tortellini, too. people have been telling me that we won't have time to eat at our reception, but i sure do hope that isn't true.
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here is a collection of my favorite songs from that day.
freedom at 21 [jack white] the king & all of his men [wolf gang] itchin' on a photograph [grouplove] i've got friends [manchester orchestra] i will wait [mumford & sons] shake it out [florence & the machine] spiralling [keane] take a walk [passion pit] work [jimmy eat world]
listen on grooveshark here.

photos: iphone

the sunday currently, volume 1.

here's something that makes me happy:
i have been getting a lot of response on my 'currently' posts, as well as people letting me know that they have been doing their own lists. for those reasons, i've decided to write a 'currently' post of my own each sunday, & then include a place for y'all to link up your posts if you'd like. i've thought about making these posts an every-sunday thing in the past, & when ashley mentioned that she may do that, i decided i would too. thank you all so much for your positive comments & encouragement. readingthe happiness project, by gretchen rubin. yes, that's right - that means that i pretty much speed-read where we belong, by emily giffin. and i loved it! critique cache post coming soon on that. writing a million addresses on a million invitations. ok, maybe not quite that many, but it certainly felt like it as my hand cramped up this afternoon. listening to frasier, on dvd. the ultimate in comforting t…

friday's fancies #42: festive fall finds.

sweater | shirt | mug | scarf | boots | loafers | bag | ring

can i pretty please have all of these items? the cozy cable knit sweater conjures thoughts of bonfires & halloween candy. the slouchy shirt, thoughts of saturdays curled up on the couch, reading my favorite book. i'd happily sip sweet caffeine confections out of this edgar allan poe nevermore mug. some think cold-weather clothes are frumpy, but i think this festive scarf could convince them otherwise. the season of falling leaves absolutely wouldn't be complete without a good, solid, go-to boot... & i'll take this selection in every color. and for a bit more polish, throwing on these glittery loafers would do the trick. the big bag of my dreams would sit perfectly on my arm, complementing the warm colors of fall,
with a touch of navy & eggplant. and that ring... that whimsical, nostalgic ring.

what are you dreaming of this fall?

share your finds here.

 

1 month!

one month. thirty days. that is all that's standing in between us & our wedding day. yes, that is justin wearing my sunglasses. yes, that is justin circa 2006, on the way to a florida game in gainesville. i was looking back through some of our old photos last night, contemplating our relationship, how far we've come since we met at eighteen. it's hard to fathom that nearly eight years have passed since this all began - since i turned the corner at the fraternity house & introduced myself. just reflecting on all of that - you know, the important stuff - made me realize how trivial all the last minute details of wedding planning really are. so, rather than record the list of what's left to do here today, i just want to stew in the moment - to let myself simply feel the excitement. because now we're just thirty days away. photo: justin, circa 2006 \ point & shoot

critique cache september: graceling, by kristin cashore.

it's not that i didn't like graceling - really, that's not it at all. but it did take me entirely too long to read.
and you know, maybe i was just going through a literary dry spell, because those happen.
every time i picked graceling up, though, i was sucked into the story... for a little while. i think it may have to do with kristin cashore's writing style - i'd be hooked, reading about a thrilling situation, or getting worked up over katsa & po's relationship, & then she'd just... switch gears. i know that's a tactic many authors employ, & sometimes i don't mind it [or even notice it], but in graceling, i found it a bit frustrating, like it disjointed the story.
in a similar vein, when not reading graceling, i didn't miss it... didn't yearn for it. and to me, being lonesome for a book is the gauge by which i measure my affection for it.
so graceling... i liked you, but i didn't love you*.
memorable moments:
'a torch on the…

i remember.

words can't really describe the kind of sadness i feel on a day like today. it is a wistful kind, making me yearn for simpler days, days free from fear. it is a kind that makes my heart hurt for those lost, & for those left behind.
but with that sadness, comes thankfulness. thankfulness to be alive, to be safe, to be free. and with that thankfulness, the urge to love fiercely.
i will always remember. and that memory will push me to be thankful for every day. every breath.

photo: southport, north carolina \ iphone

thoughts after the tasting.

I'M ONE lucky girl: between friends' weddings, bachelorette parties, & now a tasting for the food at our reception, i have been traveling up & down the great state of louisiana like crazy. and, you know, i am insanely busy. and there are times that i get overwhelmed. but when i take a deep breath & really think about it, i know that i'll always look back on this time of twelve-mile-long to-do lists both fondly & nostalgically.
this past friday, my mom & i jumped in the car, hit the interstate, & traveled once again down to south louisiana, exiting i-10 right before going over the big bridge into baton rouge. my dad couldn't make it - our air conditioner broke the night before, & the animals couldn't be left alone in an increasingly warm house.
we left early, knowing there was an lsu home game that weekend, knowing the probability of traffic. but that day, it was clear skies & clear roads to match. and when we arrived early, we decided…

to begin the week.

starbucks sunday: pumpkin spice currents.

today - starbucks sunday - has been a day of early church. of nail polish purchases. of neighborhood runs. of pumpkin spice lattes. of taking two puppies for a walk in the autumn-infused air. of reading on the porch & putting off laundry. ----- readingwhere we belong, by emily giffin. and in reading it, i successfully put off doing laundry for at least 45 minutes today. writing cover letters. i have to find a job in wilmington. listening to alt nation with my mom on our mini-road trip friday was blissful. i love the killers' new song. thinking it's time to slow down & calm down. smelling fall-time in the air. it's the first day it's felt cool outside & i have dreams of sweaters & tights swirling in my head now. wishing things would just go back to normal. hoping this week will be better than last week. i am in need of some low-stress productivity. wearing work out clothes, which is awesome, because that means i've worked out today. loving the walk i went on w…