Saturday, December 12, 2009

Your Heart.

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling) i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
-e e cummings

Friday, December 11, 2009


Wish I looked like this while gardening...

(image via the Sartorialist)

Which reminds me of...
Happy Friday!

Featuring: Style me for the Holiday Party! Brought to you by the A's of Fashion.

Once again, Anna and I collaborate to bring you a complete look, this time for the office holiday party! When putting this together we started from a dress I posted about in my How To a few weeks back. I love the classic Audrey look and the affordable price! From there we picked accessories and flair to complete the look.
Without further ado...

Dress from ModCloth, $67.99
Shoes Kenneth Cole Reaction, $79.00
Cape from ModCloth, $83.99
Bobby pins, Forever 21, $5.80
Bracelet, Forever 21, $10.80
Clutch, Etsy, $85.00

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wrap it Up.

So, over the last few holidays and occasions, I was the shit-show-of-a-daughter/sister/friend and came with unwrapped gifts. I KNOW, it seems very unlike me, but it happens sometimes. I don't know what excuse to give, so I won't. I'd rush in for the family birthday celebration of ______ and scrounge around at my mom's for wrapping paper/tape/scissors/tag...sigh. I decided it was time to GROW UP and GET IT TOGETHER. I did some brainstorming on what I wanted (no Santas) and had some great success!

First I went to the Container Store and bought about 8, they do not have the best bang for your buck, but the paper is so lovely! I bought tags, some ribbons, paper, and this perfect box to stow it all in under my bed!

Few days later, I went to a magical place, Hobby Lobby. They don't have the best website, but they have great wrapping! I picked up a roll or two, and some extra ribbon, to add to my underbed box.

This year I want to have my gifts wrapped up and under the tree. I think I can definitely make it happen since I just have one more thing to buy!

I also came across this great idea for reusable wrapping...perhaps next year?? Chewingthecud...interesting name, fabulous ideas!

And how about a way to re-use architectural plans? How creative!
Seen on Danny Seo's blog and Apartment Therapy.

Moved by a Commercial

Who knew a commercial could be so moving? Has everyone but me seen the Levi's commercial with Walt Whitman's poem "Pioneers o pioneers"??  It is really something... hmm...

Here's the powerful poem by WW:

  Come my tan-faced children,
Follow well in order, get your weapons ready,
Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes?
Pioneers! O pioneers!

For we cannot tarry here,
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
We the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O you youths, Western youths,
So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride and friendship,
Plain I see you Western youths, see you tramping with the foremost,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Have the elder races halted?
Do they droop and end their lesson, wearied over there beyond the seas?
We take up the task eternal, and the burden and the lesson,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the past we leave behind,
We debouch upon a newer mightier world, varied world,
Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

We detachments steady throwing,
Down the edges, through the passes, up the mountains steep,
Conquering, holding, daring, venturing as we go the unknown ways,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

We primeval forests felling,
We the rivers stemming, vexing we and piercing deep the mines within,
We the surface broad surveying, we the virgin soil upheaving,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Colorado men are we,
From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high plateaus,
From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

From Nebraska, from Arkansas,
Central inland race are we, from Missouri, with the continental
blood intervein’d,
All the hands of comrades clasping, all the Southern, all the Northern,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O resistless restless race!
O beloved race in all! O my breast aches with tender love for all!
O I mourn and yet exult, I am rapt with love for all,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Raise the mighty mother mistress,
Waving high the delicate mistress, over all the starry mistress,
(bend your heads all,)
Raise the fang’d and warlike mistress, stern, impassive, weapon’d mistress,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

See my children, resolute children,
By those swarms upon our rear we must never yield or falter,
Ages back in ghostly millions frowning there behind us urging,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

On and on the compact ranks,
With accessions ever waiting, with the places of the dead quickly fill’d,
Through the battle, through defeat, moving yet and never stopping,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O to die advancing on!
Are there some of us to droop and die? has the hour come?
Then upon the march we fittest die, soon and sure the gap is fill’d.
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the pulses of the world,
Falling in they beat for us, with the Western movement beat,
Holding single or together, steady moving to the front, all for us,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Life’s involv’d and varied pageants,
All the forms and shows, all the workmen at their work,
All the seamen and the landsmen, all the masters with their slaves,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the hapless silent lovers,
All the prisoners in the prisons, all the righteous and the wicked,
All the joyous, all the sorrowing, all the living, all the dying,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

I too with my soul and body,
We, a curious trio, picking, wandering on our way,
Through these shores amid the shadows, with the apparitions pressing,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Lo, the darting bowling orb!
Lo, the brother orbs around, all the clustering suns and planets,
All the dazzling days, all the mystic nights with dreams,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

These are of us, they are with us,
All for primal needed work, while the followers there in embryo wait behind,
We to-day’s procession heading, we the route for travel clearing,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O you daughters of the West!
O you young and elder daughters! O you mothers and you wives!
Never must you be divided, in our ranks you move united,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Minstrels latent on the prairies!
(Shrouded bards of other lands, you may rest, you have done your work,)
Soon I hear you coming warbling, soon you rise and tramp amid us,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Not for delectations sweet,
Not the cushion and the slipper, not the peaceful and the studious,
Not the riches safe and palling, not for us the tame enjoyment,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Do the feasters gluttonous feast?
Do the corpulent sleepers sleep? have they lock’d and bolted doors?
Still be ours the diet hard, and the blanket on the ground,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Has the night descended?
Was the road of late so toilsome? did we stop discouraged nodding
on our way?
Yet a passing hour I yield you in your tracks to pause oblivious,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Till with sound of trumpet,
Far, far off the daybreak call–hark! how loud and clear I hear it wind,
Swift! to the head of the army!–swift! spring to your places,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I like shiny buttons.

These are the buttons on my cardi:
And these are the buttons on my ears:
I seem to (ACCIDENTALLY) wear them simultaneously every time!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How to Use What You've Got.

My cousin Cindy has urged me to write about using what you've got in your wardrobe. The important thing is to start with staples in your wardrobe, and move on to fun/trendy pieces. I think the most important thing is to find a "basic" that you love, stock up on it, and rotate it through different looks.

Here are the mental steps I followed in finding my "staple basic":

1. Pic a tee, any tee (short sleeve, long sleeve, three quarter sleeve!)
2. Pic a neck shape (I chose v-neck)
3. Grab your favorite colors
4. Work them in to your wardrobe (under sweaters, paired with cardigans, under a vest, alone with jeans!)
5. Watch for them to go on sale to get more (I haven't had much luck with this!)

Here are mine:

I am wearing my light grey one today, so it is not included in the picture. These tees are from American Apparel. They wash well (I hang mine to dry) and last a long time! I think this is the one I have, but I know they have a multitude in the store. I'll double check :)

Anyways, the point is, I wear these ALL the freakin' time. And most times someone is asking me about an outfit I'm wearing, it's one of these tees!

What are your tricks to make the most out of your wardrobe?

P.S...due to comments...I think I'll continue on this post next week with another staple I can't live without..

Monday, December 7, 2009

India Collection

Check out this line of OPI polish titled "the India Collection" for the rich and beautiful colors found in India. The Black Cherry Chutney and Keys to my Karma look fantastic...maybe it's also because I'm in dire need of a manicure... :)


Well hello, Monday. SOOOO glad to see you sooooo soon....

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