Friday, April 29, 2011

Fashion Friday: Michelle Williams

I absolutely love the photos of Michelle Williams for Interview May 2011! Michelle was photographed by Mikael Jannson and wore retro inspired looks [Fendi, Nina Ricci and Prada] styled by Karl Templer.






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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wardrobe Wednesday: Easter Outfit

I got this dress a month ago with Easter in mind. I was excited to finally wear it on Sunday, but it was almost to cold for it. I ended up changing into jeans and a sweater when I got home from church. I can't wait until it gets warmer so I can remix it. I love how great the dress went with my shoes. I hadn't planned on wearing them, but they just seemed to fit together. I got the shoes a couple years ago and haven't worn them very often, but I love the fun colors!




Dress: Target
Cardigan: Ann Taylor Loft
Shoes: Alfani
Necklace: Gift

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Seen It, Heard It, Read It

Seen It

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Seasons 4-7


Heather and I finally finished watching Buffy! I think I liked how the series ended, but I'm still in mourning that it's over. I'm almost tempted to start watching it again. How silly am I?

Date Night


I had to watch this in two separate sittings because our Netflix disc was scratched and we had to get a replacement. I thought it was hilarious! My parents really enjoyed it too! I wanted to watch it again, but it got sent back before I could.

Beyond A Reasonable Doubt


This was a movie Netflix had suggested for me. I figured I'd give it a shot based on the actors and besides that, it sounded kind of interesting. I can't believe how anxious and intriguing it was! It kept me on the edge of my seat and had it's share of twists. I'd definitely recommend it. It's on instant Netflix if you want to check it out.

Morning Glory


This was a pretty well rounded movie. Not just another chick flick. It's a great story about someone who is doing their best to achieve their goals. It had a great cast! I love Rachel McAdams and Harrison Ford!

Heard It

Wicked Soundtrack


Surprise! You already knew this! Some of my favorite songs include: Popular, I'm Not That Girl, Defying Gravity, No Good Deed, For Good....so basically all of them!

Ray LaMontagne Station on Pandora


I love the Pandora app on my phone. I've been listening to this station while taking wonderful hot baths & reading. It's so relaxing!

Britney Spears: Femme Fatal


I got this cd from the library a couple weeks ago. It's addicting and catchy! I listened to it on repeat in my car while driving to and from work.

Tyrone & Elina: Different As Can Be



You know how there are some couples who are just like too cute? Meet Tyrone and Elina. They made this album together and it's great! There's a good mix of funny, sweet and serious songs. Elina sang with Tyrone when at his show last fall.

Read It

Extraordinary Faith by Sheila Walsh


I bought this book a couple months ago and got around to reading it this past week. It was everything I needed to hear. Sheila is honest, insightful and funny. She did a great job of bringing in Biblical references and relating them to her different stories.

Redemption by Karen Kingsbury


I've been wanting to read all of Karen Kingsbury's books and so I asked Heather where to start. She recommended the Redemption series. I finished the first book and have the other four on hold at the library. The series follows the Baxter family through trials and triumphs and ties in the relational teachings of Gary Smalley. I can't wait to read more!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Music Monday: Tyrone Wells & Jason Reeves

Coming Up

Can anyone else believe that April is almost over?!? I think it’s downright crazy! BUT I am extremely excited for the next couple of months. There are some amazing things that will be happening.


I’m going to see Wicked on May 15. In preparation for it, I’ve been listening to the soundtrack and now I have it ALL jumbled and stuck in my head. Oops! I’m so very excited to see if for a second time. The last time I saw it was at Pantages in Los Angeles with my girls back in 2008. This time we were lucky enough to get seats on the floor! No back row for this girl [yes, that happened last time]!


At the end of May Heather and I are going to see Tyrone Wells [see HERE]! I tweeted him last week and asked if he’ll need merch help. He said YES! I’m so excited to see him [for free] again!


Finally, our roadtrip is officially on! Heather and I bought our one-way tickets to Savannah last week. We’ll be flying out on Monday, May 30th and then leaving Savannah bright and early on Friday, June 3. This is our plan for stops on the drive back:

Friday, June 3: Nashville, TN
Saturday, June 4: Springfield, MO
Sunday, June 5: Lexington, NE
Monday, June 6: Salt Lake City, UT
Tuesday, June 7: Boise, ID


Unfortunately, Heather and I won’t continue on to Seattle with Jenny. We’re trying to be good girls and save our money. Plus, I felt horrible asking for almost two full weeks off work. In the interest of saving money, we’re asking our friends [IRL and online] if they’d be willing to let us crash for a night. It’s still far out and plans still feel like they’re up in the air a little. We definitely don’t have a place to stay in Salt Lake, so if you know of anyone please leave a comment. We’ll be self-sufficient as far as food, we just may need to use the shower.

Our roadtrip kind of reminds me of a book I read a couple years ago called, The Kindness of Strangers by Mike McIntyre. His story is very different than ours, as he hitchhikes across America with NO money, only accepting the “kindness of strangers.” I hope that we’re able to meet some of our online friends in real life, as well as meeting some kind strangers.

Last but certainly not least; Heather and I are going to see The Civil Wars at The Egyptian at the end of June. Tickets went on sale Saturday morning and Heather called as soon as the box office opened because the website hadn’t been working. She was the first person to call and the girl asked her where we wanted to sit, so we’ll be in the very front row! As excited as I am, Heather is WAYYY more excited! As I write this, she just turned on their cd in the next room. My only hope (well, besides meeting them) is that the venue will let me take photos!


Do you have any fun plans coming up? I’d love to hear what you’re excited about in the coming months!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

He Is Risen!

He is Risen indeed! I hope everyone has a nice day with their family and/or friends. Maybe this year your Easter isn't very traditional, but it doesn't matter. As long as you remember what this day is truly about and that is the resurrection of our Savior. Two years ago when I was living in California I wasn't able to come home for Easter. The girls and I went to church together, had lunch at Baja Fresh and ended up at the beach. It was bizarre, but beautiful. We were together and were still able to celebrate our Savior.


I thought I'd share one of my favorite Easter hymns with you. It reminds me of Easter when I was a little girl. Besides singing it in church, Heather and I would always watch a movie at my Grandma's called Nanny and Isaiah: Easter Today, Easter Forever and the little puppets sang it at the end of the movie.


Jesus Christ is risen today, Alleluia!
Our triumphant holy day, Alleluia!
Who did once upon the cross, Alleluia!
Suffer to redeem our loss. Alleluia!
Hymns of praise then let us sing, Alleluia!
Unto Christ, our heavenly king, Alleluia!
Who endured the cross and grave, Alleluia!
Sinners to redeem and save. Alleluia!
But the pains which he endured, Alleluia!
Our salvation have procured; Alleluia!
Now above the sky he’s king, Alleluia!
Where the angels ever sing. Alleluia!
Sing we to our God above, Alleluia!
Praise eternal as his love; Alleluia!
Praise him, all you heavenly host, Alleluia!
Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Alleluia!

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Saturday, April 23, 2011

Ignite Boise

You may have seen Heather's post about Ignite HERE. Please forgive any duplicity.

I had heard Matt Pipkin mention Ignite Boise on twitter about a month ago. I’m sad that I missed his presentation at Ignite 5! I investigated to find out more about it.


5 minutes, 20 slides, What Would You Say?

Ignite Boise brings together an inspiring and unexpected blend of thinkers from business, art, technology, government and academia. All with ideas. And all willing to share them.

Still not sure what it is? Here is a little more info about it:

WHAT IT IS:
Ignite Boise is a 3 hour-ish idea feeding frenzy that brings together artists, geeks, entrepreneurs, academics, government officials, and others to share their ideas in fast-paced, bite-sized presentations. It’s a great opportunity to meet smart, interesting people (if we do say so ourselves) and maybe even learn something.

THE GOAL:
Bringing together embers of big ideas to spark a blaze of creativity in Boise’s business and creative community –leaving attendees more educated and just as importantly, more inspired.

HOW IT WORKS:
Presenters each get five minutes and 20 slides (automatically rotating every 15 seconds) to talk on a topic of their choice. Everyone is invited to participate, though due to the limitations of space and time, only a handful will be selected to present at each event.

COST:
Zero. Zip. Nada. Ignite Boise is brought to you by a group of volunteers and sponsors.


Like it says, tickets are free. They released a bunch of advanced tickets Monday, March 28 at 9am and by noon or 1pm they were all gone. I was lucky enough to snag two (of course I was going to drag Heather along to this). But just because all the advanced tickets were gone didn’t mean it was sold out. You could arrive at the door and be let in at 6:30 pm instead of 6 pm.

Heather and I arrived downtown right at 6 pm. We walked right in and were some of the few lucky ones who got free shirts. Hello new pj shirt. Anyway, we got great seats. That's the back of us in the lower right corner.

[Photo by Boise Weekly]

You would think waiting an hour for an event to start would be boring, but up on the big screen they had Tweetdeck opened searching for #IB6 or #IgniteBoise6. It was fun to see everyone’s tweets and Boise got their first swarm badge on foursquare that night. Probably the only time that will ever happen. I had to go out of Idaho to get mine. haha!

After going to this event I realized this is why Boise is ranked in the top 20 social networked cities in the United States. See article HERE.

So even after reading the website, I still wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. I had read what some of the speakers would be talking about, so I was excited to see how it would play out.

That would be me and Heather grabbing our free shirts.

There were some great speakers. My favorites included:
Kelli Ryder'sStop Shop: She went a year without shopping. One of my favorite lines from her presentation was [in reference to Miley Cyrus and clogs]: “Girlfriend was river dancing all over town.”

Bri Clark's I’m good at poor, it’s prosperity that got me: She spoke about her experiences with both prosperity and poverty, as well as choosing priorities in her life.


Travis Porter's No I’m @travisporter: He became the victim of online identity confusion. His presentation was hilarious and he ended it by asking for advice as to what his next steps should be. #whatshouldtravydo


It was a great night! I thought it was funny to see so many of my Boise twitter friends there that I had never met before. Unfortunately, 1: Heather and I were sitting in the very middle so it was difficult to get in and out and 2: I’m a big chicken, so we didn’t actually talk to anyone.

Afterward, Heather and I went over to The Matador (hello butternut squash quesadilla!) and talked about how much fun the event was. What would you talk about for 5 minutes? I’ve been asking myself that question ever since and I still don’t have an answer. What about you? If you were given the chance to talk about anything you wanted, what would it be? Is there an event like this in your city?

I hope that I’m around for Ignite Boise 7 on October 20, 2011! Who knows? Maybe by then I’ll think of something to talk about.

Monday, April 18, 2011

pinterest

Heather invited me to join Pinterest this afternoon. For those who don't know what it is, it's a "virtual pinboard." You can collect things you love and "follow" other people. Right now my boards include: Thrifting and Crafts and DIY, Photography Favs, Hair, Spaces and Places, and Fashion and Style. I'm sure I'll be adding a few more as I get into it. I think it'll be a fun place to keep various inspirations organized! I have a few invites left if you'd like one. Just let me know. I'm HERE if you want to follow me! Happy pinning!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

looking back

I was inspired by Heather's post on Monday. Three years ago this month change was stirring in my heart and would soon be working it's way into my life. On April 6, 2008 I posted a blog on my LJ that included an excerpt from Donald Miller's book Through Painted Deserts. This is what it said:

"It's a living book, this life; it folds out in a million settings, cast with a billion beautiful characters, and it is almost over for you. It doesn't matter how old you are; it is coming to a close quickly, and soon the credits will roll and all your friends will fold out of your funeral and drive back to their homes in cold and still and silence. And they will make a fire and pour some wine and think about how you once were....and feel a kind of sickness at the idea you never again will be.

So soon you will be in that part of the book where you are holding the bulk of the pages in your left hand, and only a thin wisp of the story in your right. You will know by the page count, not by the narrative, that the Author is wrapping things up. You begin to mourn its ending, and want to pace yourself slowly toward its closure, knowing the last lines will speak of something beautiful, of the end of something long and earned, and you hope the thing closes out like last breaths, like whispers about how much and who the characters have come to love, and how authentic the sentiments feel when they have earned a hundred pages of qualification.

And so my prayer is that your story will have involved some leaving and some coming home, some summer and some winter, some roses blooming out like children in a play. My hope is your story will be about changing, about getting something beautiful born inside of you, about learning to love a woman or a man, about learning to love a child, about moving yourself around water, around mountains, around friends, about learning to love others more than we love ourselves, about learning oneness as a way of understanding God. We get one story, you and I, and one story alone. God has established the elements, the setting and the climax and the resolution. It would be a crime not to venture out, wouldn't it?

It might be time for you to go. It might be time to change, to shine out.

I want to repeat one word for you:

Leave.

Roll the word around on your tongue for a bit. It is a beautiful word, isn't it? So strong and forceful, the way you have always wanted to be. And you will not be alone. You have never been alone. Don't worry. Everything will still be here when you get back. It is you who will have changed."

Little did I know that about a week after that Heather would find out her internship placement and Jenny and I would decide to move to California with her. Actually, I announced it officially on my LJ 3 years ago TODAY. My life changed so much when I moved to California and it's changed so much since then. Here are a couple pictures from April 2008.

Easter weekend fun with the girls.

Making dinner with Valerie for our friends. The night Heather called me with her placement.

Hike with Megan and Aimee at the end of April 2008.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wardrobe Wednesday

I changed into this outfit after I got home from work yesterday. Please forgive the wrinkled pants. It was the first time I've worn them. I bought them on sale for $8 at Forever21 last fall. I wasn't sure how to wear them....like wearing pants is hard or something...I'm just a nerd. Anyway, I really like them with my new top and Dany platforms! It's a great outfit for a spring day.




Top: Forever21
Pants: Forever21
Platforms: Jessica Simpson Dany Platforms
Bracelet: borrowed from Heather
Ring: Forever21
Necklace: Mo' Funk Designs

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

5 Things I Love

1. Holga 35mm Camera from Urban Outfitters



100 speed film
400 speed film
800 speed film

Last Saturday night Heather took the family out to The Matador. We stopped at Urban Outfitters afterwards where Heather bought a new record player and I got this sweet baby! I've started playing with it a little and I'm so excited! I can't wait to get my film developed! This camera is going to be great at helping me get a little more creative with my photography.

2. New Old Vinyl



While Heather bought a couple newer records when she got her record player, we stopped at the thrift store just to see if they had any goodies. We found these and it turned out everything was half off! We're slowly collecting some fun records. Our dad had a HUGE record collection from his days as a deejay, but sadly he sold EVERYTHING when we were in college. Half of the records we have right now are some that he use to have. Needless to say, we're pretty sad about it.

3. Fake Glasses


I took a page out of Miss Sydney's book and got some cute faux glasses. I love them so much. I had a girl ask me where I got my glasses from and I very quietly said, "The Icing." Haha.

4. Kat Von D True Romance Eyeshadow Palette - True Love from Sephora



If you can imagine, I've never owned an eyeshadow palette before. I was in Sephora with Heather restocking some of my Urban Decay necessities. We wandered over to the Kat Von D area and fell in love with this palette. I've had so much fun playing with it in the last two weeks!

5. Rings





So who doesn't know I love rings? They're my favorite accessory by far! These are some of my newer ones. The plain silver, magnolia flower and the spotted gold are all from Premier Jewelry. The black and silver ring is from the Forever21 giveaway I won. The two seashell rings were gifts for Heather and me from Jenny's Spring Break in Hilton Head.