Tuesday, January 31, 2012


When we're together, we do what old friends do: we talk about the past we share and fill each other in on the daily present we no longer share. These [women's] faces hold oceans of memories for me, stories no one else would ever believe. They're like adolescent time capsules, lives lived long ago, and they're also sounding boards and fellow travelers in similar phases of life.

Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet

Monday, January 30, 2012

Music Monday: The Civil Wars

So, duh. Every Monday should be a Civil Wars Music Monday! Check out what is coming February 1st. I am so excited! :)

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rivers and Roads

I saw this on Rebecca's blog earlier and about DIED. My love for The Head and the Heart runs deep and this song is one of my favorites. Which is why I posted another performance of it here, but you have to see this one as well. So lovely.



Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Happy Birthday Jenny!

My dearest Jenny,

Today you are 27. That's still mid-twenties, right? I think Miranda would agree.

I'm not sure where I begin. God knew what He was doing when He placed us on the same dorm floor nearly eight years ago. Can you believe it's been that long?! Thinking back on our friendship, more than anything else, I just feel so blessed to know you. You have brought so much laughter and adventure into my life.

We were just little freshman nerds when we met and we have come such a long way, even going so far as to moving to a different state together. Our time in California is some of my fondest memories. In California we took risks, we were broken down, we grew up and most of all we had a ridiculous amount of fun. Everything adventurous, right?

There is so much I could say to you. I could quote Grey Gardens or perhaps sing "You Haven't Seen the Last of Me" in my Cher voice. But what I really want to say is "thank you for being a friend!" Lol! Okay, seriously though, I love you so much and I am so blessed to be able to call you my best friend. Let's be friends forever, okay?

I hope you have the happiest of birthdays and that this next year exceeds your expectations! I love you millions!

Triplets forever.

Jenny & NYE

How is January almost over?! That's just crazy talk! I figured it was about time..ahem...to post pictures from when Jenny was here and our New Years Eve. Jenny flew in on Friday and we had a fun few days together. For New Years we got all fancied up, spent some time at our aunt and uncle's house, took silly pictures, went out to The Matador, then got home in time for more pictures and drinks before midnight.

Jessica. Heather. James. Jenny. Ashlee.
This is our "we found a baby" face. (Poor James.)

I don't remember what this face was, but obvi it was a good one.

Then we started posing with inanimate objects.

All dressed up. (Notice my Red Velvet dress?)

Photobooth fun. A must.

On Monday we had breakfast with Eric before he went back to school.

Monday was for exploring Freak Alley, The Record Exchange, a muscle man, chips, gummy bears and Burlesque.

Until next time or as Cher would say, "You haven't seen the last of me."

Monday, January 23, 2012

Music Monday: Taylor Swift & The Civil Wars

Omygosh you guys! I about DIED when I heard that The Civil Wars and Taylor Swift did a song together for The Hunger Games Soundtrack. You know how much I LOOOOVEE each of them, but TOGETHER?! There song Safe and Sound it so lovely! Since they released it I have been listening to it probably 8-10 times a day. If I could marry a song, it would probably be this one.

Below is a video of song. The Civil Wars were performing at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and Taylor surprised the audience by performing with them. I heard about all over twitter and lucky for me I found this video of it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

P.S. See HERE for my post about Taylor in Vogue.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Fashion Friday Icon: Taylor Swift

When I saw Taylor Swift on the cover of Vogue for February I was stoked. I absolutely adore Miss Swift. Not only is Taylor a fashion icon of mine, she's also an all-round lovely lady.

Taylor is a remarkable musician and artist with a fabulous style and she also has a sureness of herself, a confidence in who she is and what she wants. Taylor is a role model in the truest sense; she understands that as a public figure she has a responsibility to her fans and she does not take that lightly. 

I am drawn to her grace, whimsy and transparency. In all the interviews I've seen and read Taylor comes across as authentic and genuine; traits that are rare these days. She seems like the kind of girl who would make the perfect best friend; she draws you in and you just can't help but like her. 

Call me cheesy, but listening to Taylor's music makes me feel like I'm reading my own diary. She shares the deepest parts of her self, being completely vulnerable and allows us to identify feelings we weren't sure how to express. She's relate-able and honest.

I think I'm going to have to add on to my bucket list: attend a Taylor Swift concert and meet Taylor Swift. How rad would that be?!

"I don't ever want to be that person whose self-image overtakes who they are," says Swift. 

After reading the article about Taylor I want to:
1. Embrace my awkward and who I am
2. Stop caring what people think of me
3. Conduct myself with grace
4. Live in the present, but plan and dream for the future
5. Be kind and friendly

Best of 2011: Blogs

I love finding new blogs, especially when they are about things I'm interested in or written by people I can relate to. Last year was a great year for blogging. I challenged myself in my own blogging, grew my readership and discovered some awesome blogs. Below are 11 blogs that I started reading in 2011. What blogs are you reading?

1. Amanda Leigh Tyson

2. Coleman's in Love

3. Frills For Thrills

4. Leopard and Lavender

5. She Said

6. Life. Wedding. Nonsense.

7. These Mountains Are Mine

8. The Clothes Horse

9. Strawberry Moth

10. Seychelles Footwear

11. The Beauty Department

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Best of 2011: Movies

Hi lovelies! I'm back for another day of the "best of 2011"! Today let's talk about movies. Last year I saw boatloads of movies, many released in 2011, but many prior to that.

You may notice that a few of them are movies based on books, many of which are on my Best of 2011: Books post. I'm not one of those people that freaks out about books being turned into movies, worrying if it will be up to snuff. (Who says snuff?! Apparently me.) For the most part I can separate the book and movie and I try to appreciate each as it's own. I can see the merit in each. They are never going to be able to include ALL the details written in books into a 2 hour movie, it's just not going to happen. Enough of that, let's get to my list of movies.

What did you think were the best movies of 2011? What movies are you dying to see? Is anything good coming out soon? Are you the type of person who has to see a movie when it's first released or do you typically wait for them to come out on DVD?

1. The Help
2. Harry Potter 7.2

3. Wild Target
4. Tangled

5. What If

6. Soul Surfer
7. Bridesmaids

8. Never Let Me Go
9. Catfish

10. The King's Speech

11. 127 Hours