Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Its Times Like These...

I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel.
-Maya Angelou


At times like these, in a small town like mine, you all become family.
Whether you met him or not, you feel it.
You passed him on the street, you had drinks at the bar,
you watched from the sidelines of their crazy antics,
you have friends who were practically his family.

People will judge; do so quickly.
They will say tasteless hurtful things; without a second thought.
People will flock to be a part of all of this because they "knew" him.
Having set foot in the same town is not "knowing" him.

My heart goes out to those who truly did. To those that will forever hold him in their heart.
Your memories of him will bring strength in the days, weeks and years to come.
Those warm (many of them undoubtedly hilarious) memories
will continue to overpower the foolish insensitive negativity.

"...it's in the times of tragedy that you really realize who your real friends are."
Turn to those that love you; those that will always be there for you.
Don't forget to breathe.
And most importantly,  never miss the chance to tell those you love, just how much you do.

Monday, June 20, 2011

i always will

you only know what i want you to
i know everything you don't want me to
oh i don't love you but i always will
i always will


Musical Monday

love. love. love.


“You may not be her first, her last, or her only.
She loved before she may love again.
But if she loves you now, what else matters?
She’s not perfect – you aren’t either,
and the two of you may never be perfect together but if she can make you laugh,
cause you to think twice, and admit to being human and making mistakes,
hold onto her and give her the most you can.
She may not be thinking about you every second of the day,
but she will give you a part of her that she knows you can break – her heart.
So don’t hurt her, don’t change her,
don’t analyze and don’t expect more than she can give.
Smile when she makes you happy,
let her know when she makes you mad,
and miss her when she’s not there.”
-Bob Marley


Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Favorites

Another week down and the weekend is finally here!
This weekend my sister is coming home from Florida so I'm not traveling at all.
Weird. I know.

  • Margarita Lime Cupcakes
  • This (little) girl is only 15. Enough said.
  • Imagine the levels of productivity if my desk looked like this
  • How could anyone resist this adorable healthy desserts
  • My friend Kelly's a Stella & Dot rep. Browse this adorable jewelry and dont buy something. I dare you.
  • This girl, my bff, has an uncanny eye for style
Lastly, my favorite thing this Friday, is every person in this picture.
(minus the random guy in the hat in the background)
Sometimes the stress of working two jobs,
and attempting to have a personal life can get pretty out of hand.
These girls (and Matt), remind me what I love about my long days and late nights due to double shifts.
We're a tight knit family and I love it.


And suddenly,
it all makes sense


Wednesday, June 15, 2011


Then followed that beautiful season...Summer...
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.
-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Monday, June 13, 2011



Friday, June 10, 2011

Seeee Yaaaa

And I'm off again! I'm Chicago bound this weekend,
and can't wait to spend some time in the Windy City!
If you were around AL last summer, you already know that once the summer months hit,
I tend to hit the road as much as possible.
By plane, or train, or car; near or far, chances are I'm willing to go.

You would think that with all of my travelling I would be a pro at packing and unpacking.
I procrastinate and dont pack until the last possible minute,
and I hate unpacking with a burning passion.

Next week we'll talk more about where I've been and where I'm headed.
Have a great weekend!


Thursday, June 9, 2011


A few years back, my other half spent three months in Madrid studying abroad.
Throughout her travels she got me this lovely little jewelry dish.
[which happens to be featured on the banner of her blog]

And so was born my love/addiction for jewelry dishes and trinket trays.
I have far too many. I can think of seven off the top of my head.
What can I say? I'm a sucker for the things I love and a good deal.
Here are a few of my favorites from Etsy.

Be Happy. Be Loving. Be True.  Ring Bearer Bowl (TM) wedding or commitment ceremony dish - the original design by Paloma's Nest

Ring Holder,  Handmade Stoneware Pottery

Anthropologie just happens to be one of the best places to find such gems,
[aside from hand picked ones brought back from Europe]
especially because most of them are found hidden in the sale section for less than five bones!

And while were on the topic of Anthropologie, here are two of my current loves from there.
How cute would this be full of fresh fruit and berries on the kitchen table?

And this little guy. We go way back. I've had my eye on him since I found him in
my local Anthro months and months back. But at a nice price of $68, I'm waiting for him to go on sale.
Hopefully he doesn't find another home before then!



Wednesday, June 8, 2011


This photo and quote has been awfully thought provoking this Wednesday morning.
With the repetitiveness of day to day life, what does the bigger picture look like?

You  may have seen this post, and checked out some of the links to find this.
And because I own one of these:

I've set out to complete this work of art.
I'm no where near finished. Or even part way complete.
I want the overall picture (no pun intended) of this piece to include all sorts of snapshots.
(not to mention the film for this bad boy isn't cheap)

Hopefully by the time I move I'll have enough to fill a large frame
and have a beautiful statement piece to fill my living room wall.


"Sometimes", said Pooh,
"the smallest things take up the most room in your heart."

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


Monday, June 6, 2011


Dream as if you'll live forever,
live as if you'll die today.
-James Dean


New York, February 17th, 2010 (by The Gentleman Amateur)

Friday, June 3, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011


The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
-E.E. Cummings