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friday's fancies #49: dress yourself.

nothing makes me happier than wearing black & navy together [well, except for wearing brown & black together, probably]. that's why i would happily don this navy frock with black tights, black shoes, & a black clutch. because that's just the way i roll.

this week's friday's fancies theme is dress yourself, so that's why i pulled together a collection of items that remind me of, well, me. navy is - by far - one of my favorite colors. my love of pearls dates back to my college days. t-strap shoes have a special place in my heart. studs? i'm in. the coming of cooler days makes me happy simply because it means i'm allowed to wear one of the coziest clothing items ever: tights. and sometimes a bolder lip is easier to pull off if it's in gloss form. that's why all the items below represent me. and i'd happily own any - or all - of them.

dress | earrings | clutch | shoes | lip gloss | tights
it's true: right now i'm unemployed. so when…

on home as a sanctuary.

thinking of home as a place of sanctuary, as a haven, isn't exactly a new idea, is it? 

still, i feel driven by that idea. i light candles. i try to keep things clean [as clean as a procrastinator can]. i arrange objects on our tables, knick-knacks from our lives that remind us of happy times, of memories. 

i put our tea kettle out on the stove top, even though i still haven't used it yet. i turn on specific lights when the sun starts to go down - the type of lights that make the room glow, rather than harsh lights beaming down from the ceiling. 

and though i do these things, i know we still have a ways to go before i walk through our front door & feel completely at ease. but, i think that this transition period is one i'll look back fondly on. the time we were building our home, making it really ours. filling it with our favorite things, alongside the things that are just requirements of our daily lives.

and don't even get me started on what it'll be like when we …

to listen to.

WHY AM I THE ONE | fun. LAST YEAR | best coast THIN LINE | honeyhoney HO HEY | the lumineers STARS (HOLD ON) | youngblood hawke RUNAWAYS | the killers THE KING AND ALL OF HIS MEN | wolf gang DON'T SAY OH WELL | grouplove GOLD | wake owl AT HOME | crystal fighters LET'S GO | matt & kim LLOYD, I'M READY TO BE HEARTBROKEN | camera obscura WHERE THE KIDS ARE | blondfire FOREST WHITAKER | bad books MICHICANT | bon iver FEARLESS | taylor swift COME OUT, COME OUT | i was totally destroying it PUT THE GUN DOWN | zz ward
what are you listening to? i'm about to add some christmas tunes to this list...

photo: wrightsville beach \ instagram

on living near the beach.

since moving to wilmington permanently nearly one month ago, i've been dreaming of heading to the beach, bundled up, with a warm drink to wrap my hands around. actually, i've been dreaming of it much longer than only one month, but finally, two days ago, it actually happened. 

we drove up, snagged a [hopefully legal] parking spot, & made our way out onto the cool, drafty sand. true, we only remained long enough to snap a couple photos & remark on the peaceful nature of the place, but it seemed to be an indication of what we have to look forward to in the coming months - the summer months. what will it be like to trek to the beach any day of the week? to lie out on the sand with a good book on a slow saturday morning?

that is something i cannot wait to find out.

until those warmer days, i guess we'll be occupying ourselves with tasks such as acquiring a parking pass [and continuing to get our house together]. but, it's something to look forward to, for sure.


around here lately.

our first few weeks together here in wilmington have consisted of lots of eating & arranging. job searching.  using the map app to drive around. mailing packages. writing. dreaming. thanksgiving, with its horrible, horrible  lemon pound cake that had to be thrown away. starbucks.
you know, all the essentials.

photos: instagram

the sunday currently, volume 10.

the start of the christmas season is always such an exciting time!  justin & i are planning to get our first christmas tree together soon.
today, though, we are grabbing starbucks & heading to the beach!

reading... or should i say, re-reading, twilight. i know, crazy right? the truth is, i genuinely enjoyed the books when i read them back in 2008. the movies majorly turned me off to the whole story [which made me sad]. but now, i am wanting to re-visit the books & see how i feel about them this time around. i have also decided on my next nook book, & i started it last night: les liasons dangereuses, by choderlos de laclos. yes, the book that provides the basis for the movie cruel intentions. i love that movie, & according to the reviews i read last night, the book is even better [big surprise]. i'm excited.  writing, writing, writing. in ink & paper journals, in planners, via blogger, & on notepads. as far as i'm concerned, there is little better than b…

a fragrance-frenzied wish list.

dior hypnotic poison | viktor & rolf flowerbomb | philosophy falling in love | tocca brigitte
to me, there is nothing like un-boxing a brand new perfume you've been gifted for christmas & immediately spraying it on your wrists, neck, & the scarf you're probably wearing. it's like an instant memory being made: from that point forward, every time you wear that scent, you're reminded of the christmas scene that was dancing before your eyes when you got your first big whiff of it. 
that's why i believe a fragrance is one of the best christmas gifts to give.
in the spirit of the christmas season now officially being in full swing, i decided to put together a little wish list of fragrances i'm craving. i tend to go for warm, sweet, musky, woodsy scents, & most of those pictured here fall somewhat in those categories. the only one shown here that i have not yet had the pleasure of dousing myself with, is the tocca selection. i once smelled it in an anthro…

friday's fancies #48: black friday, no shopping allowed.

i'm going to level with you here: i pretty much detest black friday shopping. and i've only done it once. 
it's something about the hoards of people going after the same items, the race to get it, the long lines you have to stand in at the check out... not being able to turn a corner without bumping into someone. to me, that just doesn't sound like a good time. 
here's where it gets interesting: that one time i went black friday shopping i mentioned above? it wasn't all that bad. [i'm starting to think i just hate the idea of this shopping phenomenon]. in fact, i got a nice polo button-down for a fraction of its original cost. but i did have to stand in line. for the dressing room. and to check out. 
here's where it gets even more interesting: justin & i may brave the crowds this year for some black friday shopping. at an outlet mall. i mean, seriously, what are we thinking? i'm choosing to believe that it'll be an experience & that we'…

thank you.

justin, thank you for the encouragement to dream big.  for endless hours of brainstorming on what i should do with my life.  for pushing me to pursue bigger & better things.  for being hilarious.
family, thank you for our wedding.  for giving me a job.  for unconditional love, which is the best kind.
friends, thank you for phone calls.  for heytell conversations.  for random & meaningful photo text messages.  for standing in my wedding. 
for loving me.
bloggers, thank you for words of wisdom.  for inspiration.  for tiny peeks into your life.  for comfort, commiseration, hope.  for friendship.
this year, justin & i will be celebrating a quaint thanksgiving in our home, alone. we are cooking up a big feast, which is sure to feed us for days after the main event. and considering this is the first time for either of us to cook on this scale, i'm sure there will be a story or two to come out of this adventure...

see last year's thank you notes here.

what's in my makeup bag + video.

as i discussed in this week's volume of the sunday currently, last week i was experiencing some major bloggers' block. for that reason, one afternoon, i plopped down in front of my laptop & was struck with the sudden inspiration to revive my beauty-video-making. 
for those of you who don't know, i am a huge proponent of the youtube beauty community. i watch beauty videos during my workouts, in the evenings, in the mornings while getting ready... long story short, i watch them a lot. 
and since i put out a monthly love list, i had started incorporating a video into my posts. however, when i went back home to shreveport to finish planning my wedding, i had to leave my macbook with justin in north carolina, causing the videos to take a seat on the back-burner. but now... they're back!

e.l.f. eye shadow palette in netural. wet-n-wild color icon palette in sparkle til morning. benefit 10 powder. mac mineralized skin finish natural in medium. urban decay all nighter long-lastin…

wilmington snapshot: hugh macrae park.

today - in a burst of newfound productivity - i got up early, had a cup of coffee, & set out to visit hugh macrae park [one of the things on my wilmington before-the-end-of-the-year bucket list!] i've been thinking about this park
& the jogs i would take there for months now.
when justin was interviewing for jobs here,
i would drive around & try to orient myself.
as i drove down oleander, i would always spy
little snippets of a walking trail, framed by pine trees,
& i would think to myself... 'there's my park.'
and now it quite officially is. i'm looking forward to many-a-jog there,
as well as many photos taken of the beautiful, serene surroundings.

photos: hugh macrae park \ iphone

the sunday currently, volume 9.

well, to say this week was not a good one for writing & blogging for me, would be an understatement. i really hate when i have weeks [or months] like that - where i feel almost no inspiration whatsoever - but i'd be lying if i said it never happens. usually, i try to at least put something out there, even when i'm not feeling it. but this time, i decided i'd rather put up nothing at all, rather than, well, half-assing it. i'm already feeling better about the coming week, already writing things down, scribbling away on ink & paper. and i'm happy about that.
what do you do when you experience writers' block? bloggers' block? 
please share your tips on getting re-inspired.
reading[you're not going to believe this, but...] still the happiness project
writinga business plan. yes, you heard right. more on this in the coming weeks.
listeningto sporadic rain & cars zooming down the road. i hope it rains all day.
thinkingthat i am so grateful that diane …

our wedding in photos: a prelude.

with today marking our one month anniversary of marriage, i wanted to share some photos from our wedding weekend. i've grappled with how to write about our wedding here on the blog, since i know just how many pictures, details, & memories i have to sift through & try to categorize in some fashion. 
since i have a seemingly endless supply of talented friends & family, there were photos upon photos taken with iphones, DSLRs, etc. and on top of all of that, shana & brit from shana burke photography were there to professionally capture some great images. with this overwhelming number of images came a lot of stress, trying to decide which images to share on my blog, which to keep private, etc. so i've decided to just share them as i see fit, with no real rhyme or reason. the photos in this post today are taken by me, my mom, my dad, or my sister. after shana gives me the disc with all the photos she & brit took, i plan to create a big ole wedding photos post, inc…

a little piece of elliott smith.

justin & i were watching the texas a&m/alabama game while i was making this graphic. justin said, 'doesn't blue mean sad? why would you want to paint tomorrow sad?' it's funny, because i've always thought of 'paint tomorrow blue' as signifying hope, or beauty. kind of like painting a fresh canvas for the next day. but i can't ignore justin's question, because it makes sense. elliott smith is one of my all-time favorite artists, & he had a very tumultuous life. maybe he was painting tomorrow sad. are you an elliott fan? what do you think he meant?

photo: cross lake in shreveport, louisiana \ iphone quote: from in the lost & found [honky bach] \ elliott smith

the sunday currently, volume 8.

readingnot one thing! i haven't even picked up my nook since i've arrived here in wilmington - & when i did last night, the battery was dead. now i'm on a mission to find the charger. because i must [absolutely must] finish the happiness project this week. i'm writing it on my to-do list, which means it will be done. writingnot nearly enough. i found a little ink-and-paper journal that i had started not too long ago, to simply record my daily feelings. i think maybe i'll get back into that this week. it provides a lot of insight into myself. listeningto cars zoom by. we have a corner apartment on a busy road, so sometimes there is a lot of noise. i don't mind, though, because i absolutely love our apartment. thinkingthat my new lease on life is going to be a lot more productive. and satisfying. and happiness-producing. maybe one day i'll write about the epiphany i had. but for right now, i'm just stewing in its new-ness. smellingfreshly-brewed pumpkin s…