Fruits of Labor

October 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Once again, it’s been much longer between posts than intended.  Since approximately May, I’ve found myself getting busier and busier, leaving me less and less time for writing.

All the hard work of the last six months has paid off, though, and I discovered that reality when my first Etsy customer, Liz, contacted me with photos of her beautiful wedding day.  She and her seven lovely bridesmaids carried my original and mini Book Page Origami Bouquets down the aisle.  With one glimpse at the stunningly sophisticated photos, I knew I had to feature her here and bring my latest blogging hiatus to an end.  What a pleasure!

Photo by Derek Metzger:

And what a stylish group of gals!  I love the choice of a unified color scheme but varied styles when it comes to the bridal party.  These shades of blue set the white bouquets off perfectly, resulting in a clean and polished look with an air of absolute effortlessness.  So beautiful!

Photos by Derek Metzger:

I also love the fantastic personal touches Liz added to the bouquets, including the lace tied around the stems, a handful of special buds tucked in, and just a hint of color.

Photos by Derek Metzger:

It’s a great feeling to see the fruits of you labor, and I feel so honored that Liz chose to incorporate my bouquets into her gorgeously styled day.  Thank you Liz!  And a big thank you to her photographer, Derek Metzger, for the beautiful photography.

Let’s get one more look at the girls in action.

Photos by Derek Metzger:



Nothin’ quite like it

September 10, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s official decompression time: we’re home from the honeymoon, Brutus napping beside us after his raucous week at doggy day care.  The photos and videos posted by Must Luv Dogs would suggest he didn’t miss us at all!

Our wedding day is one week behind us, but we haven’t stopped talking about how great it was, for us and our guests alike.  We’re itching to see photos of all the moments our guests experienced that we did not (and to see a little bit of ourselves, if I’m being honest!).

It’s silly to write in too much detail without visuals, like watching a play at a school you don’t attend: all the inside references are lost on the masses and the audience just walks away mad.  Until the photos come, though, we have our very own cinemagraph to  stare at!  Cesar and I have seen lots of these around the web and have been fascinated by them.  We were thrilled that Photo Pink chose us for their first cinemagraph experiment and were beyond excited when our iPhones buzzed in San Francisco, notifying us that we could see the final product!  Check it out!



Style Envy: Weezer Style

July 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

I don’t know if I’m recalling this from a book, movie, or web quip, but somewhere in my head I’ve stored a snippet about a person thinking they had discovered a great new band upon hearing Weezer’s blue album and they were going to spread the news to the world, only to learn that the album had been around since ’94 and the band had a massive following already.  That was my experience, too, when I first heard that album a little over a decade ago.  Despite my wavering feelings about Weezer’s more recent albums, I tend to always ALWAYS love their videos.  And right now I am itching to learn the right way to do the hairstyle featured on this video’s leading lady.

Her whole look is stellar, but the hair is the key to it all.  With enough practice, I might be able to perfect it by the wedding!

20s-Tastic Part Two

July 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

I’m keeping the 20s inspiration going with some pieces I found from Anthropologie and ModCloth, the obvious choices for decade specific sartorial goods.  I would love to see a group of bridesmaids outfitted in one or all of the Anthropologie choices, while ModCloth has a few that could serve fun-loving brides and bridesmaids equally well.

via Anthropologie

via Anthropologie

via Anthropologie

via ModCloth

via ModCloth

via ModCloth

20s-Tastic Dresses

July 23, 2011 § Leave a comment

Maybe it’s my recent viewing of Midnight in Paris or all the coverage of this year’s Governor’s Island Jazz Age Lawn Party, but I have 20s sheaths on the brain today.  I love the spare lines of the silhouette juxtaposed with intricate beading, embroidery, or lace work.  And as a strong proponent of the short wedding dress, I love the idea of a 20s inspired, knee baring gown for one’s nuptials.  I love to visit The Antique Dress from time to time to see the real deal.  But there are plenty of contemporary options with an authentic flair on the market, too.  Here’s a quick round-up of the frocks I’ve found around the web, including a cute one from the amazing Elizabeth Dye.

via Net-a-Porter

Via Nieman Marcus

via Net-a-Porter


Paperwhite via The English Department

Via Antique Dress

Hair and Makeup

July 21, 2011 § 2 Comments

To brief you on what’s going on in my head: the wedding is exactly 45 days away, the New York air is hot soup, I haven’t had a haircut in nearly a year, and I can’t stop thinking about the possibilities for my wedding day hair and makeup.  Now I can definitely find something to spend money on any time I step into a Sephora, but I’ve never been much of a makeup wearer beyond a daily dusting of Bare Esentuals mineral foundation (mascara if I’m working, and eyeliner if I’m feeling adventurous).  As a redhead who spent my formative makeup years abiding by my Catholic school’s rules, I did not spend time figuring out what works with my skin and hair in the years when it was absolutely okay to go overboard with makeup experimentation.  I realize I can still get away with experimentation, but living in one of the world’s most stylish cities creates inner conflict for me: yes, outrageous makeup is a totally acceptable form of self expression, but the skill with which New York women execute their daily do is a little intimidating for near nudists like myself.  So the task of figuring out a look that will be forever preserved in our wedding photos has been on my mind a lot.

I have turned once again to the blogosphere for instructions, and I have found two blogs to be indispensable resources: Keiko Lynn’s blog and The Beauty Department.  Keiko Lynn is a Brooklyn designer who fills her blog with photos of whimsically styled outfits and, more importantly, hair and makeup tutorials.  She has tons of great ideas, my favorite of which is to use tape to create crisply bordered eye shadow.  It also works to achieve perfectly winged eyeliner.  Awesome.

The Beauty Department belongs to Loren Conrad and friends, which stirred up skepticism in me at first (I tend to be a little critical of MTV spawned personalities), but the ladies know what they are doing and they present their combined beauty knowledge in a well edited and searchable format.  Plus, they have lots of ideas for totally wedding appropriate hairstyles, similar to the dos that have been popping up all over the web in styled photos for product lines like  I’ve been an avid hair-player-wither since I’ve had hair to play with, so I refuse to pay someone else to do my updos, even on my wedding day.  And while it’s pretty easy for me to figure out styles like this topknot, I like seeing what products and tricks they use to get the style photo ready.

via The Beauty Department


A Non-Nuptial Post

July 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

This week I broke open my Artbin.  The one I transported from Colorado at some forgotten point in the last two years and moved from shelf to shelf, cracking the lid only once to retrieve my X-acto knife.  For the first in time five years, the first time since graduating from college, I opened the bin to paint.  With each year that I did not paint, I became more and more hesitant to do so, feeling self-conscious about the possibility of losing my tenuous abilities without practice.  As Cesar continues to remind me, though, lack of practice is not equivalent to loss of the basic skill.

Cesar has supported my every decision for the last two years that we have been together (with all the wedding planning, we both completely forgot to celebrate our two-year anniversary last week), including quitting a full-time job with benefits in order to take on freelance projects I would not otherwise have been able to accomplish.  He has been endlessly patient with my repeated bouts of career anxiety, the ones that have caused me to take on projects that I’m not so enthusiastic about, which only complicate and decrease the enjoyment of the projects I am enthusiastic about.  His constant advice is to stop worrying about working for the moment and take advantage of the free time I’ve created for myself by exploring the things I like to do.

I struggle to be honest with myself about my feelings toward the career path I’ve been following, but the truth is that I’ve been forcing myself to stick with something that I don’t fully enjoy because I’ve been equating a change in career with defeat and failure, and because I worry about letting down the people who have helped me get as far as I have.  Factor in economic and job market considerations, and yikes!  Career anxiety levels through the roof!  It has also taken me a couple years and many conversations with my mom, an HR wiz, to realize that my innate talents and my learned skill set are transferrable.  She has told me again and again that professionals in my age group will experience multiple career changes in their lifetime.

So getting back to the Artbin, I finally took a day to ignore my worries and spend some time getting reacquainted with my watercolors (and some white acrylic).

In addition to Cesar’s encouragement, I have been feeling very inspired by Stina Persson’s style, and I keep seeing her illustrations across the web.  I’ve been trying to figure out how she achieves the look, whether she masks off the negative space that ultimately becomes the human form prior to laying down the watercolors or if the watercolors come first and the figures are painted or printed on top.  Either way, the look is incredible.

I didn’t do any masking. I laid down the water first until it sat on top of the paper, then introduced the color and allowed it to disperse and flow with the water.  I’d never painted this way before and found it to be a lot of fun.

And fun was the goal, after all.  So while I’ll continue to send off online job applications, and welcome any job recommendations from New York friends who know of any openings (other than costuming, please), I’m going to paint more between now and the wedding and do my best to ease up on the self-induced anxiety.