wisteria...4.24.08 gratitudes

1. ran into frances in her adorable romper. she scored us free iced coffee from the cute boys at joe's coffee shop.

2. leticia brought me a fruit tart as a congratulations on my promotion and jaime gave us apricot and pistachio cookies.

3. the party truck with the pink hippo.

4. street artists and their palettes and brushes.

5. city community gardens.

6. the new domino came out.

7. went to zachary's smile with frances and found jersey pants and a dress that i've been looking for forever!!!!!!!!!! can't wait to get paid.

8. wandered into geminola, the lovely boutique on perry st that sells dreamy reworked vintage. i can't afford a single thing but i just drool. this is another place i want to go when i die...

9. saw a house being swallowed by wisteria. i haven't seen much of this plant and it makes me think of springtime and a game my mother and i used to play. we would be driving in the car and try and spot more wisteria than the other. whoever saw the most won. she always calls me on the phone and says, "wisteria". and that's how i know it is officially spring.


spring fever...4.23.08 gratitudes

1. the concrete jungle is awash with color!!!!!! winter is gone and the streets have exploded with flora and fauna. i can't even bring myself to use any other mode of transportation but my two feet.

2. found my new favorite fence in the city. heart.

3. my store has the sweetest neighbors. between the adorable lindsay, grace's nanny, bringing me shiny marc jacobs shoe and purse cookies to miss susie lopez inviting me to her son's peter pan-themed birthday party...i love where i work.

4. discovered where i want to go when i die, my version of heaven... Books of Wonder on 18th st between 5th and 6th ave. A bookstore entirely devoted to children's books, and what is attached to it...Cupcake Cafe!! Thank you Chelsea Cook for bringing me here.

5. haynes riley joined me on my day off and we walked around in the beautiful spring weather and ate cupcakes.

6. had breakfast with amy merrick and plotted our futures. hers is looking pretty bright if you haven't seen her shout out on Catherine Halley's blog "Scrappy Girl Decorates".
amy is such an inspiration and i wish i spent my days off pursuing my dreams as proactively as she does.

7. spoke to my big sister on the phone. i love when my sisters call me and speak to me like a friend. now that i'm older the age gap between me and my sisters doesn't seem as great of a divide. and that makes me so happy.

8. confirmed that i don't have to work on my birthday weekend. my mother(and best friend) is coming to stay with me and we are going to join my dear friend frances pezik for an excursion to new jersey for the big rummage sale. i love junking with my mom most of all!

9. wrote my loved ones postcards and letters. and i have lots of those.

10. eddie and i are going to see eachother in a few weeks for a beach vacation...much needed and much anticipated. i can't wait to go somewhere with him other than atlanta and new york. i miss my beloved. he is my only home.

11. chelsea cook tailored a vest of mine that was i've had in my closet but couldn't wear for a long time and i can't wait to wear it again! my word she is so talented. i get to fall asleep to her practicing her mandolin and wake up to her cooking some culinary treat for the day. i have the best wife ever!

12. my sweet manager made me third key at my store. its sort of assistant, assistant manager. and i sort of got it by default since i'm literally the last one in my store from the original hired team. everyone else left or moved to another store. but, i'm so excited for any sort of promotion. i want to make chris and bret proud. like the little engine that could. i love my company. this is where i've wanted to work my whole life.

13. the mouse in our house that fell from the cupboard and into a mini glass of water. chelsea and i collapsed in a fit of hysterical laughter onto the floor. what a new york experience!! we released this little cinderella mouse of a guy outside. and to quote chelsea,"lets let him out here, next to this restaurant so he can find food..." note to self, don't eat at the restaurant downstairs...

14. pete cooney and john gardner. just for being my boys.


spring awakening...4.12.08 gratitudes

1. warm weather that brings old friends out of hiding. i got haynes back from south america, corrie from the lower east side, and lauren and joshua from savannah.

2. walking on the streets of new york on my day off collecting my sweet friends at different points of the city like a band of gypsies.

3. breakfast with chelsea and haynes at 7A.

4. the union square farmers market on a friday.

5. corrie pellerin's amazing sparkly headband that she made me, her sweet magazine clipping, and the most perfect postcard of a little girl hand sewing, surrounded by her dolls.

6. the best customers a shopgirl could want...i had one brother/sister duo who were in the early 40s come in and paint my nails "poison blue" by Dior; grace's sweet mom alexis brought me tortilla soup; yolanta from la foccaccia brought us rosemary bread and cheese...the list goes on and on.

7. seeing the corner of w. 4th and bank bustling with people lounging at cafes and walking their dogs and taking their sweet babies to the park. it was a very bleak winter and the city has a heartbeat again.

8. the weird japanese restaurant on st. marks that mikey meyers took chelsea, lauren, and joshua to...we didn't actually eat the food but thoroughly enjoyed that they give you free shots of sugar to spin into cotton candy instead of after dinner mints!!!

9. seeing all of my friends wearing the army surplus shorts from darling on my lady friends...absolutely hysterical on the boys at work!

10. lost my promise ring that i wore on one of my necklaces that eddie gave me years ago...and then found it on the sidewalk on my way back from dinner. such a good omen.

11. pinkberry just opened up in the east village. i'm in such trouble!

12. how much i look forward to work everyday. i love my coworker and my sweet managers and my darling clients and my three favorite ladies at the little marc store. we have a good time on our little island.

13. walking home at night and being absolutely mesmerized by the streets lined with powder white cherry blossoms. i am convinced they exploded all at once while i was sleeping.

14. walking to work with my chelsea, pete, or amy. they always seem to notice new details and nuances on our path that i manage to overlook.

15. amy merrick on the sartorialist. well deserved and a lovely photo by scott. my recreation really pales in comparison...

16. eddie's lawyerly responses defending me on a silly gossip website. i love him and i am so glad he is mine. people say our eyes sparkle when we are together, and i think that might be an understatement...

17. working overtime and loving every minute!


you can take the girl out of the south, but...

you can never take the south out of the girl.

sometimes you just need to go where your heart is and be reminded of all the things to be thankful for. this weekend was quite the homecoming...

1. my dad picked me up wearing a tux (he just got back from a work function) and my mom was in the car. when i came home she showed me all of her thrift store finds she has been collecting for me and eddie. and she made the best chocolate chip cookies which i ate promptly.

2. ed brought me back to athens after stopping at star provisions so i could get coffee and vanilla soft serve ice cream with sea salt and olive oil.

3. met all of ed's sweet law school friends, it was so nice to finally meet all of the people he talks about so fondly. i love the company he keeps.

4. eddie humored me while we thrift shopped. it has been soooo long since i have found stores that had vintage clothing at thrift store prices. i couldn't believe the amount of treasures i unearthed for such steals. i cleaned up!!!!!!!!

5. dinner at last resort...praline chicken and grits...god i love the south. so dang good.

6. the GIRL TALK concert at the Georgia Theater. amazing amazing amazing. best show i have been to...hands down. ed and i danced the whole time at warp speed. we were full body soaked with sweat when we left and could hardly move.

7. seeing spring in full bloom. it was balmy weather and the town was bursting with cherry blossoms, dandelions, daffodils, forsythia, and magnolias. have i mentioned i love the south????

8. ed pointed out all of the R.E.M album monuments like a certain sweet old bridge and slightly overrun steeple.

9. the colorful houses in athens. and managing to snap a photo of a cat on a hot tin roof!

10. my sweet family all together under one roof (plus eddie) celebrating my oldest sister's 40th birthday and watching the davidson/kansas basketball game. for a family full of girly girls and one man we sure can holler at a t.v. when the game got tense!

11. 40 pretty balloons and lisa's orange race medal.

12. seeing my future in-laws, i can't believe i will finally get to call them that!! his dad is so funny and his mom is just all i could ever want in a mother-in-law.

13. looking at the stellings' wedding albums with his family and laughing a lot!

14. realizing that ed designed my ring after his mother's engagement ring. i never noticed before and its that more special to me now.

15. visiting serenbe with ed and my dad, the two most important men in my life. its a sprawling self-sustaining farm/community near palmetto georgia where ed and i are going to get married!!!! its so lush and beautiful and it looks like a scene out of the movie Big Fish. horses, goats, chickens, ponds, hay rides, oh my! and a bakery and a general store to boot!

16. had dinner with rankin and travis, my favorite couple to go on a double date with. that is one couple that is just as attractive now as they were in 10th grade. those children are going to have some hot genes!

17. came home to see my roomates had cleaned the apartment and decorated my bedroom with paper heart garlands and hand written love posters. i love my roomates so much. i keep looking up at my room and smiling from ear to ear!

18. found mail from some of the most special people to me laraine, nikki, and amy merrick. i love hearing from laraine and nikki. nikki got into the savannah arts academy (not that i ever was worried for a second!). i'm so proud of nikki and i know she and her mom think good thoughts for me, chelsea, and pete. i can just feel it.

19. amy merrick's sweet letter made me wish i was working today so i could run up and hug her. she, chelsea, ed, pete, and my family have been my support system when times have been hard. new york winters can be brutal, but it is almost behind us...

20.. i am grateful for that when you feel like all hope is gone, life has a way of bringing goodness to you if you just believe... and if you have dear people thinking good thoughts for you all at once. it was like they willed a miracle to me and i will be forever grateful. its all uphill from now on.



1. my fiance is here for a whole week and i'm so lucky to have picked him out in 8th grade.

2. the cute customers who come in our store, like the girl with silhouette shoes.

3. i mixed a whole slew of colors in miniature dixie cups to use on my illustrations.

4. i finally made it to ABC carpet and home at 19th and broadway, and fell in love! i had the best time wandering the floors with eddie, and marveling at the artistic vignettes displayed throughout the store. i think the baby section was my favorite with the gorgeous mobiles designed by sam simon. sea shells, fabric flowers, metallic thread and ribbon. and strings of lights. magical.

5. simone shubuck came in with her sweet baby boy, marlon, and her kind husband. i was so shocked and delighted to see her in the store. how often can a person say they met their favorite artist and held their baby?

6. explored the american folk art museum on 53rd between 5th and 6th avenue! i saw my first henry darger watercolor in person!!!!!! i loves me some henry darger and i found a book of his work at the museum shop. there is an adorable exhibit of carousel horses right now.

7. went to sugar sweet sunshine with eddie and ate pistachio cupcakes and drank black coffee.


girl of my dreams...gratitudes 3.5.08

1. Lula, my absolute favorite magazine in the whole wide world is now available. issue 6. it is worth the $15! This magazine makes me swoon, drool, dance, and dream. If there is any magazine I could contribute to, this is it. It is a celebration of all things feminine, romantic, whimsical, and nostalgic. heavy sigh.

2. My favorite client Danielle Schmidt invited me and Chelsea to a gallery party at the New Museum on Bowery. It was a fantastic collage exhibit called "Unmonumental". Chelsea and I fell in love with the 3rd floor which was like a fantasy land. Artist Elliot Hundley is one of my new favorites. Chelsea and I ooh-d and ahh-d over his textile sculptures. Please go to this exhibit if you can!

3. I finally bought some baby's breath sprigs for my milk bottles in my room. I think it is one of the sweetest plants in the world.

4. Pete went to the Louis Vuitton sample sale and bought me an oversized grey velvet bow headband...he knows me so well. i love him so much.

5. Bought milinery supplies with chelsea at Tinsel Trading Company in the garment district. the darling flowers, ribbon, and sequins look like candy! We even scored a skein of vintage, petite black sequins. they look like a twisted bundle of glittery hair.

6. I wore Amy Merrick's gold sequin dress and doused Chelsea and my eyes with gold glitter. We debated whether or not german glass glitter would cut your eyes? I want to buy some off of ebay, but she tells me I will hurt myself...she's probably right.

7. Had brunch at 7A with Chelsea, Mollie, and Amy. We had the Jared Leto look-alike waiter. I love my girls. Really, how am I so lucky to have such good, kind, talented friends? Ask anyone, my menagerie of female friends is like a force to be reckoned with. and they are stationed in almost every major city!

8. Went to Birdbath Bakery on 1st ave between 1st and 2nd Ave with Amy and Chelsea and I got a Farmer's Lemonade which is so fantastic-it tastes like liquid lemon ice cream.

9. Went to New York Central Art Supply on 11th st and 3rd ave.
it is the sweetest mom and pop art supply shop and makes you feel like you're not in a big city. the sweet owner will spin tall tales about paintbrushes that were used to seal violin wood with varnish and brushes that they found in a manicure store. who doesn't love a fable when trying to buy a paintbrush?

10. Arranged my black and white photos of women and children from the 1920s on my corkboard in front of my bed. they radiate this energy that makes me smile whenever i look up at them.

11. Spoke to my love on the phone. he will be here in a few days and i can't wait to have him back in my arms again. Danielle and her boyfriend Thadeus were very congratulatory upon hearing the good news which always touches me when other people show sincere happiness for another.

12. Rita Konig, a heroine to so many girls, blogged about my blog. I discovered her blog by way of Amy Merrick, who has been a fan of Rita for years. She is so lovely and clever and I hope she knows how many young ladies look up to her. Her blog is fantastic please bookmark it if you haven't already!



1. wore my new little marc dress.

2. picked up some of my drycleaning.

3. went to blackbird parlour with franny, phil, amy, chelsea, and mollie.

4. found a new book, the history of the palette-a book on the history of color, broken down by specific types.

5. spent the night with amy merrick, a true inspiration to girls everywhere. we listened to records and talked about our futures...and boys.

6. amy gave me a fantastic gb pink jacket and let me borrow her gold sparkly dress.

7. ate breakfast at st. helens. gorgonzola and figs on focaccia. three americanos. butternut squash cupcake with cream cheese icing.

8. bought records for eddie and me. one day we will get to listen to them while reading in bed. sigh. i love him so!

9. watched three movies, one new and two childhood classics. national velvet, robin hood(disney) and mary poppins. i love the way little girls dress. nothing is more enchanting than big bows in the hair, at the neck, tied in the back; pintucked bibs with button plackets; peter pan collars; tights; and rosy cheeks.

10. haynes riley came over and hung out with me and the roomies.

11. designed/sketched with pete.

12. chelsea mended haynes' pants while we watched robin hood.

13. found old photos of women and their children from the 1920s, my favoritest decade.

14. went to moon river chattel.

15. walked in the rain with amy.

16. finally backed up my music and photos onto my external hardrive.

17. wore my rescued velvet bow. i love it so much and it has such a funny story after its tragic accident...

18. was up late enough to hear the rainstorm at night. i love a rainy night.


let the good times roll...2.29.08 gratitudes

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1. breakfast at cafe cluny with amy, chelsea, and pete. so many pitchers of cream and syrup. double order of crispy bacon.

2. diesel, the english french bulldog for eddie.

3. the moving blankets that looked like a bundle of quilts.

4. the moving dollies stacked like sculpture, unloaded from a truck.

5. photo shoots with the crew of west 4th and bank!!!!!!!!!

6. chelsea's sparkly cardigan and suspenders.

7. the stickers and collage sheets from the ink pad.

8. haylie bird flew into town to my surprise! i love when this girl comes to the city and i wish i could keep her here forever.

9. peanut butter cookies and coffee from birdbath.

10. my sequined headband came in the mail!

11. went shopping with chelsea, amy, haylie, frances, and pete after work...

12. its a leap year!


west village darlings...2.28.08 gratitudes

1. my jar of good thoughts.

2. my new sequined hat came from ebay. another gem to add to my collection.

3. the book unearthed by amy merrick "the keys to happiness" came from ebay yesterday. such a funny book!

4. amy and frances in their red attire. i should have photographed them. they looked like heroines in a story.

5. sid vicious, my favorite frenchie came in for 3 visits!

6. amazing grace, my favorite 6 year old darling came in and showed us her pink guitar and photos from the bonpoint fashion show.

7. some of the sequined bags came in for spring and i had to put all 3 out on the floor. our store can never have too much shiny.

8. ate mozzerella sticks and blondies with kieran and james in a very peculiar pub(like a preppy NYU bar).

9. captured james's silhouette on the wall(sort of...)

10. eddie's team won their softball game.

11. finally captured a person carrying balloons. i always see people carrying ballons on the corner of w. 4th and bank and i chased them down like paparazzi.

12. very late at night i ordered my new french cold cream embryolisse. it has a lovely smell and makes my skin feel so soft.

13. worked out yesterday for the first time in a looooooooooong time.

14. got a new dress from little marc that is the perfect GB color. drop waisted, frilly, with a racerback. way to go amy merrick for scounting out that darling number for me...and you'll get money in two weeks ;)

15. ate two cupcakes for dinner.


spring cleaning(almost)...gratitudes 2.27.08

1. slept late.

2. went to the farmers market with chelsea. bought fresh goat cheese, edible flowers, and mesculin greens.

3. had a pretzel croissant, coffee, and farmer's lemonade for breakfast.

4. ate pretty edible flowers(impatiens) for lunch.

5. ran into anderson currie at strand bookstore! such a sweet boy...and pretty easy on the eyes.

6. love you eddie ;)

7. had my trial teeth cleaning and yulia checked my teeth! they feel squeaky clean and free of coffee stains. now i have to make sure to floss at night.

8. went to trader joe's for the first time in a loooooong time and bought groceries to make healthy salads.

9. chelsea's outfit. my favorite coat of hers and a big ole bow on her head.

10. cleaned my room and washed dishes while wearing silver eyeshadow, red lipstick, and loads of glitter. i felt like a woodland nymph.

11. put away my clothes from yesterday and did laundry.

12. organized my bazillion purses/bags. consolidated to my purse and gym bag.

13. put all my spare change in a piggy bank.

14. came up with more ideas for the wedding. sparklers( thank you corrie pellerin) and releasing butterflies(t hank you country living). it's going to be magical.

15. hung out with corrie my love yesterday, for the first time in a long time. it was so nice to catch up and lament the long new york winter.

16. found out one of my best friend's from high school, jessica, got into sotheby's and is moving to nyc very soon.

17. caught up on my correspondence.

18. talked to the love of my life. he's been working out and it's inspiring me to start hitting the gym again. and he's going to be here in 10 days!!!!!

19. went with chelsea to pick out her new cute running shoes.

20. chelsea brought me back an apple cider doughnut.

21. worked on business card design.

22. alyson fox asked me for feedback on her works-in-progress. sort of surreal. never in a million years would i have ever thought that i would correspond with my favorite artists. i can't believe the ladies i look up to are so lovely...i'm blown away.