Friday, September 14, 2012

Exiting the Roommate Highway


I have been getting very sentimental as my last weeks of having roommates quickly pass by. It's strange to think that I've been pretty much living with friends for the past eight years of my life. I can hardly imagine what life will be like without having a co-comentator while watching dumb Bravo shows or not having someone there to tell me when my outfit is jacked. Don't get me wrong, I'm giddy thinking about starting the rest of my life with the man person, but it's bittersweet to think that I'll never quite have the same experiences with my best friends as I've had the past eight years. 

I've ended my roommate years in the best way possible and in my favorite living space ever. I haven't really shared any pictures of our house because I've never quite felt like it was "done". Pictures never hung, a hodge podge of accessories, draperies that were too long...but I ended up realizing that's what has made this house our home. The little imperfections that make you feel comfy and cozy in your space. As I leave my favorite home, I love that my very first roommate ever is taking my place and joining my last roommates ever. Don't you love when life comes full circle like that?

So, to all the sweet friends I've lived with, thank you for the amazing memories you've given me in addition to you friendships. I love you all so much. Please come visit me even if there is a stinky boy in the house...and we all know I would never talk that way about Watson.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A Walk Through Chicago


I recently spent my Labor Day laboring through the streets of Chicago. Except not really. I spent most of my time laboring through large cocktails and tacos and a whole bunch of mac and cheese. I was lucky I was able to actually go on a brief stroll through Lincoln Park in attempts to combat the lard that was settling in my body. 


I stumbled across this charming little street (local Chigoans? No clue...) and found lots of fun inspiration from the charming brownstones that make Chicago so swoon worthy. 


I thought the burst of color on these balconies was a fun hello on a particularly gloomy day.


Who doesn't love a little black window action? Me likes. Especially the arched windows and door.


I'm so jealous of people with big bay windows. Such a cozy area for a warm sitting area. Or a lush banquette would be a delightful option for an afternoon cat nap in the window.


 I would paint her. And she would say, "oh muh guuuh, thaaaaanks!"


This sister and brother combo were pretty adorbs. 


And then I came across this.


And got real personal and all up in their bushes.


Have you seen someone take so many pictures of boxwoods? I just love me a manicured hedge. Raawr.


I mean, who has a chevron boxwood garden?!


These people. With impeccable brownstone taste.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Will you be my Bridesmaid?


So, there's something you should know about me...I'm "that" girl. You know, "that" girl who is psycho with a glue gun and actually uses coupons to craft stores and may or may not have spent a week hand painting gifts for my little sister in my sorority. Definitely "that" girl tendencies. Therefore, it has always been obvious to me that I was going to be "that" bride.

More than anything, I love handmade gifts and don't think anything says "you're really important to me" than spending the time to make something with your creativity and your own hands. So, when it came to asking my favorite ladies to be part of my day, I knew I wanted to ask them in a special way.


I've loved the recipe boxes from Rifle Paper Co. for a long time now and wanted to treat my bridesmaids to a similar keepsake. I bought unfinished boxes from Michaels and used nails, chain, and other torture devices to beat the boxes up a bit. I then used a Minwax stain in Dark Walnut to accomplish the dark hue. I spent the next 18 years hand painting the outside of the boxes with Rifle-like florals and used a paint pen to script the girls' names.


On the inside, I came up with little cards asking each girl to be part of my day. I wanted a nod to our wedding location and since we're getting married in Georgia, I opted to use spanish moss as the box filler. All of the girls received little bottles of champagne in honor of Will and I getting engaged at Schramsberg and just generally because champagne makes the world go round. This sweet bridesmaid received a reed diffuser because she lives in Italy and I was worried of a mid-flight champagne combustion.


I also included a card with our wedding date and location, a little lookbook of my bridesmaid dress code of conduct (I told you I was "that" bride...), and finally a who's who of bridesmaids so everyone has a brief meet and greet for those that don't know each other.

My favorite thing from this entire process has been asking each sweet friend to be part of my very special day. I have incredibly emotional and hilarious memories from each girl, including one hysterically crying and convulsing and another asking if a butterfly was going to fly out of the box when she opened it. To be honest, I was kind of upset that I didn't think of the butterfly idea earlier, but, c'est la vie.

In the end, I'm so excited I was able to give a gift to my friends who are giving me the great gift of their support and love during this time in my life. More than anything, I'm glad I went through this little process and realized from start to finish these boxes took me a month. My DIY ambitions have been readjusted and my glue gun is taking a break.
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