I rarely get personal on my blog because, frankly, this isn't my personal blog. Sure, I mention birthdays and weekend plans, but prefer to keep my feelings to myself. Something about the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving and the spirit of the holidays made me emotional this morning - it must've been the leftover glow from yesterday's festivities.
The sweet potatoes burnt, we ran out of fried onions for the green bean casserole, the cornbread came out lopsided and the apples for my "custom" store-bought boxed stuffing were chopped too large. We were all in pajamas with our hair tied back in ponytails that had seen better days. We discussed topics that we often discuss at the dinner table - when we actually dine together, that is. We spent a better part of the evening after dinner assembling a bathroom cabinet that had been sitting in its box for the past six months and watching Oprah reruns on the TV while I finished a last-minute editing job that I took on this week.
I guess that's the beauty of not stressing over minute details that can distract you from appreciating the true beauty of the holidays. You can look back and smile about everything that went not-as-planned and appreciate the effort that it took to make everything so perfect. Perfect for us. Perfect in our eyes and in our swollen bellies. We ate until we were ready to burst and even saved room for the sweet potato pie (after a four hour break). But, I think this Thanksgiving helped us understand the team mentality our family has had to embrace over the last few years to be able to make it work. To be able to make laughs happen; to be able to make memories happen; to be able to make us happen. Our way may not work for you, and I'm not really sure if it works for us, but when the memory of trying makes me feel fuzzy inside, I would trade anything to bottle it up and take a swig from it once in a while. Happy Thanksgiving.
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
My love for Etsy is no secret and, every once in a while, I find an Etsy store that I am truly impressed by. Today's pick is a line called Leilanni Land whose collection is full of unique pieces that exude high fashion and have an avant garde spirit. The pieces are priced at retail rates, but they are custom pieces that you won't find anywhere else. You can view her entire collection here.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Spending a majority of my life reading and writing has made me a book lover to say the least. As a kid, I would stay up until the wee hours of the morning finding out what came next in the most recent Babysitter's Club book under the glow of my nightlight. As a teenager, I filled pages of my notebooks with short stories that I came up with on the fly. And, as an adult, I made a career out of writing about the things that I love. Books were my friends when I didn't really have many and I feel like they deserve a special place in every person's home. I die over these well-designed bookshelves that are decorative yet practical storage spaces for your fine-lettered friends.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
I can't believe how badly I've neglected my daily blogging duties :(. My life hasn't been as hectic as you might think, but I have so many projects to complete and events to attend that I haven't kept up with what's been going on in the world around me. This weekend was filled with amazing moments ranging from weddings to birthdays. But, when Monday rolls around and makes me feel like I have everything under control...Tuesday reminds me that I don't. Maybe next week...
Friday, November 5, 2010
There's nothing more romantic than a figure in the mist or a stolen moment captured by the camera's lens. "My work is about creating fantasy," says photographer Deborah Anderson. "One must feel confident and loving of oneself to make the fantasy look and feel like reality." Each print is sensual and seduces you visually. Deborah Anderson's prints are featured today on One Kings Lane and are absolutely breathtaking!
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
It's finally here and I want everything! The entire Lanvin for H&M collection! I love-love-love how cohesive the entire collection is, from the ruffled one-shoulder dresses (these could be straight off of Alber Elbaz's line sheet) to the voluminous silhouettes. This might be my favorite H&M collaboration yet and I will definitely be standing in line on November 20 to get my picks! The line also includes accessories like shoes, jewelry and belts/sunglasses to create the ultimate off-the-runway look. Another treat: model Irina Lazareanu strikes her signature serious poses in the lookbook! Lanvin also included menswear in this collection (not pictured) for fine dressing fellows. Check it out!
Monday, November 1, 2010
You know how older women insist that life starts at 40, when they truly believe that their pre-adulthood has culminated and they have embarked on a newfound experience unique to the fourth decade of life? I feel that way today at 25, that I am emotionally, spiritually and mentally mature in a way that I didn't feel yesterday. I know exactly what I want out of life. My birthday wish is that I stick to my goals and build bridges along the way, never forgetting to stay true to myself and be selfish once in a while. Also, world peace.