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Tuesday, October 18

She Buys Seychelles

My favorite shoes in the world are Seychelles. I bought my first pair from My Favorite Shoes in Oxford, Miss. in 2003, and I have been a big fan of the brand ever since. They walk that fine line between vintage and modern, and they last forever. I have worn this pair to death, and they are still hanging in there.
Funny enough, Seychelles is based in El Segundo, which is right down the street from Manhattan Beach. Go figure.
Anyway, in honor of my 28th Birthday this Thursday, I decided to buy myself some Seychelles presents...two pairs (I had to make up for the fact I didn't buy any when I was in L.A. earlier this month. I almost always buy a pair of Seychelles when I'm there. It has become a tradition of sorts). I probably should have bought this sensible brown color, but instead I went for the tan, which is always harder to match up with tights.
I just love tan.
With the second pair, I did buy the sensible black instead of the lovely sea foam. I really wanted that sea foam color, but I just couldn't justify it -- It's way too hard to match with tights, which means I wouldn't be able to get enough mileage out of the shoes during the cold months.
Pretty though, aren't they? :)
The details are incredible. Check out the flowers on the inside of the shoes! Ahh.

Monday, October 17

Let There Be (Vintage) Light!

Tonight I hung my grandma's vintage chandelier in its temporary home, and for some reason, that inspired me to get on Ebay and look at other pretty chandeliers from that era...
They are super expensive, so I feel really fortunate to have inherited one.

Wednesday, October 5

Remembering Steve Jobs

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Monday, October 3

Home

I'm back in Memphis after several emotionally draining days. I have two diary posts that I will edit and share soon, but in the meantime, I wanted to share a few photos for posterity...

The sun sinking into the Pacific on my last day in California...

Roses from my grandma's garden. I've photographed them in April, July and October of this year, and they've been amazing every time.

And me looking a little worse for wear in my childhood bedroom, right before I said goodbye.

Friday, September 30

I'm still here

The trip from Memphis to Orange County was one I'd been dreading, but I'm still in one piece and not feeling like a deranged person (which is a miracle considering I got up at 3:30 this morning). My heart hurts because the home I have loved since birth is no longer ours. I had my first baths in the kitchen sink. Literally every memory I have involves that house in some way. And although I never actually lived there, it feels like home to me. At the same time, I know this needs to happen. My family needs closure and stability, two things that have been missing since my grandma was diagnosed in July 2003. My mom needs to live her life and make her own dreams. It's time to let go. On September 10, my grandma would have celebrated her 78th birthday. I spent the day working at an event that ran much longer than we originally expected. As a result, I was given a day off. That day is today. It's funny how life works, isn't it? In closing, I wanted to share a poem by Annie J. Flint that the pastor of our new church included in today's daily email. It seemed very appropriate somehow. God hath not promised skies always blue Flower strewn pathways, all our lives through; God hath not promised sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, peace without pain. But God hath promised strength for the day, Rest for the labour, light for the way, Grace for the trials, help from above, Unfailing kindness, undying love. - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Location:Los Angeles, California

Friday, September 16

Lately...

Sorry it's been so quiet around here these past few weeks. A lot has been going on in my world, and I just haven't felt the desire to sit down and write about it. Now that September is half over (!), I figured it might be a good time to step forward and say hello. In two weeks, I'll be flying to California to help my mom pack the remaining pieces of my grandma's home into boxes, and we'll watch as 35 years worth of memories are loaded on a truck for Mississippi. Then on Monday, we'll turn the keys over to the new owners, and we'll fly back to Memphis. I've been struggling with this because in many ways, this home is my last link to childhood. I have thousands of memories there, both good and bad, and a huge part of me doesn't want to let that go. At the same time, I realize that it's time. This is a good thing. But it still hurts. A lot. Jonathan and I have dreamt up a wonderful anniversary trip to give us something to look forward to in the coming months, as we deal with one emotional roller coaster after another. Let me put it this way -- the house is only the tip of the iceberg. We have a lot going on in our world right now. I'm not sure if planning a trip is the best way to deal with life, but it's my solution. Let's hope it's a decent one.

Monday, August 29

Fall 2011 Style: Yellow, Gray and Blue

Yellow, Blue and Gray: Fall 2011

Banana Republic long day dress $150 - bananarepublic.gap.com

Marc by Marc Jacobs silk sleeveless blouse £220 - matchesfashion.com

Bow blouse $118 - anthropologie.com

Ruffle shirt $58 - anthropologie.com

J Crew sheer t shirt $35 - net-a-porter.com

Banana Republic long sleeve tee $35 - bananarepublic.gap.com

Ruffle pea coat $148 - anthropologie.com

J Crew long skirt $120 - jcrew.com

Polka dot tight $18 - anthropologie.com

Leather high heels $138 - anthropologie.com

Leather shoes $98 - anthropologie.com

Marc by marc jacobs handbag $400 - net-a-porter.com

J Crew leather handbag $325 - net-a-porter.com

J Crew antique bracelet $58 - jcrew.com

J Crew crystal bracelet $45 - jcrew.com

Chunky ring £37 - kabiri.co.uk

Miss Selfridge locket necklace £10 - missselfridge.com

Banana Republic polka dot scarve $40 - bananarepublic.gap.com

I've always been fascinated by the people who can stick to a clothing shopping list every season. If I were that type of person, this is what I'd buy for fall. Unfortunately, I'm much more of an impulse buyer, so to counteract that, I have been staying far, far away from my favorite stores. My wallet thanks me.

What are you wishing for this fall? Do you make a shopping list, or are you an impulse buyer?

P.S. It actually felt a little bit like fall tonight. Yippee!

Yellow, Blue and Gray: Fall 2011

Yellow, Blue and Gray: Fall 2011

Banana Republic long day dress
$150 - bananarepublic.gap.com

Bow blouse
$118 - anthropologie.com

Ruffle shirt
$58 - anthropologie.com

J Crew sheer t shirt
$35 - net-a-porter.com

Banana Republic long sleeve tee
$35 - bananarepublic.gap.com

Ruffle pea coat
$148 - anthropologie.com

J Crew long skirt
$120 - jcrew.com

Polka dot tight
$18 - anthropologie.com

Leather high heels
$138 - anthropologie.com

Leather shoes
$98 - anthropologie.com

Marc by marc jacobs handbag
$400 - net-a-porter.com

J Crew leather handbag
$325 - net-a-porter.com

Chunky ring
£37 - kabiri.co.uk

Miss Selfridge locket necklace
£10 - missselfridge.com

Banana Republic polka dot scarve
$40 - bananarepublic.gap.com