Monday, September 23, 2013

A few faves.

Quick study break!

Who made your best-dressed list from the Emmy's last night? If you said "basically no one", then you and I are in similar boats. I just don't think very many people brought it, which makes me sad. But there were a few that I loved, so let's see if you agree:

First up, and I know this is a controversial one: Anna Faris in Lhuillier.

Besides the fact that her hair looks like a really strange wig, I fully support this. I love that shade of yellow, especially as a transition color between summer and fall, and the drapery is killing it.

Next up, young'un Kiernan Shipka in Delpozo:

I absolutely ADORE this. I'm sad that the Fug Girls weren't totally on board, but I am not letting that sway me: I think it's divine. It's so fun and just...lovely. I want it as a painting for my dining room as well, and how many dresses can you say that about?

#3: Tina Fey in the rockstar of classy/sexy- Narcisco Rodriguez.

Maybe I'm biased because I have those same hips, but I think this is stellar. The color is rich and perfect, her hair and makeup look gorgeous, and come on: it's Tina Fey. It's hard for her to do wrong in my book.

Lastly, goddess Michelle Dockery in Prada.

I can't say enough good things about this. The two tone and the cut are über-modern, but the fullness of the skirt is so romantic. It's like the dress is a metaphor for her character on Downton, which I'm all for. Add in those shoes, clutch, and earrings, and I'm sold.

Et tu, reader? Any particular loves or hates of the night?

Friday, September 20, 2013


Oh my bejeezus, you guys. Joseph and I get married in FORTY-THREE DAYS! I can't even tell you how excited I am. I get: a life partner, an amazing party, a life partner, and a bunch of awesome dishes from our registry. Oh, and a life partner! Amazing, amiright?

I have so many people asking me how wedding planning is going, if I'm freaked out about any part of the actual wedding (not marriage) part, etc., and apparently I'm kind of a weirdo since I'm done with planning and very zen about the whole thing. I think in our current situation of being surrounded by pinterest, blogs (guilty), and just so much...stuff...that it's easy to constantly wonder if you need to change anything, worry that someone else has your same idea, and on and on. Obviously I want the wedding to be spectacular and gorgeous and hopefully a little unique, but as long as Joseph and the officiant are there, I'm thrilled.

NOW. That being said, I'm fortunate enough to get to have a big beautiful shindig, and I'm not saying that isn't absolutely awesome. I think part of why I AM so calm about the whole thing is that I have a really good idea of what pushes my happy buttons, so it was surprisingly easy for me to put my ideas into a cohesive whole.

So I don't know if anyone cares, but I thought I'd throw a few glimpses of my inspirations for the wedding into this post, especially since I wanted something trés autumnal, and I feel like the glorious rain we're getting in Austin right now is helping shepherd in the best season ever.

Inspiration #1 is, of course, the venue: my parents' weekend place in Bastrop:

It'll be mostly tented, although we are getting married in front of the pond in the open.

#2, wild and glam florals:

Sullivan Owen


Shut up, protea. You tha coolest.

#3: Dark & romantic & al fresco:

Also SMP

#4: just a hint of my all-time favorite homage to the 20s:


Bella Figura

and #s 5, 6, & 7:

Mr. Whiskey:

Il Signore e La Signora Red & White Wine:

And Señor Beer:

All of this plus some phenomenal musicians, hopefully cool-ish weather, and tons of friends and family? Only one word for it: yessssss.