February 15, 2011


I know that I have to be the one-millionth person to comment or post about the new bridal line, BHLDN. And though I'm not entirely sure how to pronounce it yet (it's derived from the Dutch word "to keep"), I'm loving all the soft pretties they've put up for grabs. It's along the same price point as something you'd expect from the creators of Anthropologie, and for a girl like me who follows up a compliment on an article of clothing with how great a deal I got on it, BHLDN is a bit pricey. But if you're in the market for a sweet treasure for your wedding day, I would suggest spending a little extra moolah on something special that will last as a keepsake to pass down the line. No, money doesn't always equal quality, but I have to believe something from this line would get you your money's worth. How could something this beautiful not be worth it?

February 14, 2011

two hearts in the snow

This is about love, first and foremost. It's also about severe mercy. In Sheldon Vanauken's book A Severe Mercy, he speaks about love and the loss of it. Through his life's story he reveals the truth that love will be lost, one way or the other: either through falling out of love or death. Death, in his opinion, is the merciful way to lose love. With that being said, we go on, into the severe mercy of it all.

A little over a month ago, my world was rocked by the relatively sudden death of my most precious grandfather.

The details don't matter. What does matter is this: that he lived a long life, well lived and surrounded by those that he loved and that adored him in return. He left us with a legacy of loving your family well and intentionally, caring for your neighbor, giving to those that are in need and living a life full of integrity, loyalty and honor.
I'm not sure if it gets much better than that.

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That being said, his death was no easy pill to swallow. Selfishly, we miss him and wish he were still here with us. But we rest--we have to rest-- in knowing that his body is whole now; that he is living a new life of perfect eternity. How grateful I am for this.

I know that posting something so personal and so seemingly sad may seem like an odd choice for Valentine's Day. But I want to share the sweetest story of love and comfort that came from our time of brokenness.

It was this past January and it had been snowing for days upon days on end. Even for the mountains of East Tennessee, this was unusual. My grandmother, who embodies Spring, kept saying, "This would be so much easier if the sun would just come out... if it would just stop snowing." We all agreed; sometimes you just need a little sunshine.

On the morning of the funeral, the flakes continued to fall and the raw weather echoed our heart's condition. We arrived at the funeral home to have our last viewing before the casket was closed. While the rest of us were shuffling our feet and sniffling our noses, my sweet mother, who inherited her mother's essence of April and May, reached a crumbling point. She snuck off to the window of the funeral home to compose herself and pray for extraordinary strength and comfort. When she lifted her head, she opened her eyes to this: two hearts in the snow.

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She came racing into the room, exclaiming what she saw. We hurried to the window and stood in amazement of what we were looking at! In a time so heavy with grief, we were given the sweetest, most creative gift of compassion.

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:4

What makes this story even sweeter is the marriage that my grandparents had for more than 58 years. Over Christmas my grandparents were asked what the secret to such a long marriage was. My granny said, "Oh, well, we're friends!" My grandfather, without skipping a beat said, "We just love each other. We don't argue or fuss--we never have! We just love each other!" A few short weeks after this conversation, we stood around his casket before it was closed for the last time. My grandmother leaned into him and whispered, "See you later, Sweetheart."
Amen. Amen. Hallelujah.

So today, on this day that celebrates love, inspired by the Greatest Love of all, I say we challenge ourselves to be bold with our affection, strive to show glimmers of love to all, compassionate to those who are difficult to love and cherish our time with our nearest and dearest.


February 7, 2011

set design : the civil wars

This past week, I had the privilege of creating the set for my dear friends, The Civil War's CD release show here Nashville.

First off, if you haven't been around iTunes to see that they've topped the overall albums list at #1 since their release of "Barton Hollow" last week and taken a cue from that, do yourself a favor and go get it... like, now. I promise that their romantic harmonies and melodies (those are the right words, right...?) will make your heart melt and your body sway.

We took a cue from this chuppah over on Once Wed to create something delicate and dreamy. (The chuppah Joy created for Once Wed was made from vellum; this backdrop is constructed out of muslin, kraft paper, netting and 600ish pages of The Once and Future King stapled end to end. Sorry my-Sophomore-year-of-highschool-English-teacher.)

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And a big 'thanks' goes out to my man Tec for all the images. He shot all their promo pics for this album, too. Homeboy is just too good.

February 5, 2011

foxy lady : st. valentine's day

So this post was intended to encapsulate a night out with your man... but who am I kidding? The running joke is that I dress up more for a night out with my girls than I do for a date with my husband. Am I the only one?

So here's to feeling good, having fun and real love.

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1) Motel Marsha Sweetheart Dress (I really--like really--love this dress. I have no occasion to ever wear it, but if I did, boy-oh-boy....) // 2) Open Heart Ring // 3) House of Holland Bandanna Suspender Tight // 4) Kate Spade New York Glitter Emanuelle Clutch //5) RGB Nail Polish // 6) "Love You" Necklace // 7) Lancome in Absolute Rouge // 8) Dragon Heart Red and Gold Shoes

February 4, 2011

cutie pie : st. valentine's day

Though I don't think I've ever celebrated Valentine's Day in an ΓΌber romantic way (I'm more of an overhead-lights-on-while-eating, comfort food and sweatpants type of girl), I do love everything that comes along with Valentine's day: shiny things, delicate flowers, good-smellin' pretties, cards to those you love and lovin' on people that know you well.

With that being said, today and tomorrow I'll be sharing a couple different takes on February 14th. Today's board is perfect for a night out with the girls, a night in with your gent or for no reason at all. Hey--I'm not one to judge glitter and pretty things.

So here's to celebrating St. Valentine's Day with nothing more than love in our hearts--love for friends and family, love for community, love for each other.

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1) "Can We Shall We" by Rob Ryan via Lottie Loves // 2) Paper Heart Garland by Upon a Fold via Lottie Loves // 3) Hearts Tights // 4) Sparkling Magenta Nail Polish // 5) I Heart Umbrellas // 6) Floral Heart Ring // 7) Chocolate "I Love You" Hearts // 8) Heart Shoe Clips // 9) Big Heart Over-sized Sweatshirt (Can we talk about how great this image is? No, I'd never have the guts to wear those short-shorts and have dark eyebrows and light hair, but this homegirl is killin' me.)