Small Things

Time seems to be flying by really fast over this summer. I barely have over 30 days before classes begin again. Not long ago it seemed like school was ages away. I have been enjoying the company of friends a lot and I am blessed to be able to see so many over the break. I remember in undergrad the city of Oxford would become very deserted and all my friends were usually out-of-state. I am becoming more adventurous on my own though: Ft. Greene Farmer’s Market, Bars, Festivals, finding the best cheap dive restaurants and much more.

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{I cannot wait to wear this vintage homemade dress in the fall. <3}

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{I went through my art supplies this past week. My bujo friend Kay is receiving about 15 lbs worth of watercolors, pencils, acrylic paints, watercolor paper and assorted pastels. }

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{My favorite photo of a photo from Texas. My Grandma Kay’s parents doing what they did best.}

Pocket Calendar Notebook Reveal

This pocket Cahier notebook houses my schedule for specific aspects of my life on a convenient monthly planner I created myself. With a quick look I can tell what I am doing in very specific areas of my day-to-day activities. This is convenient for me so I do not have to pull out my large bujo every time I want to add something to my schedule. It is also good for habit building. As the name suggests, this fits easily into my pocket and the outer pockets of my backpack allowing me to quickly check and update it regularly. I sometimes store it with my pocket notebook for easy access.

Update 7.18.17- I kept up with it really well in the beginning of June, but once I started filling my time  with life it became harder to keep track of. It is really convenient for me to see all of my posts for L & L in once calendar with no competing distractions so I might consider keeping one for just my L & L posts. I am toying with the idea of scrapping the pocket calendar altogether and turning this into a bullet list of to-dos for each season. Reason being: I am tired of writing every event twice. I am also  tired of rewriting my task list over and over again in my current format in my large bujo. I would rather write it once (I am considering a Yearly To-Do at the front of the Bujo for long term goals) and then write it under the day in my bujo that the task was completed. Paired with my pocket notebook I would be unstoppable, unless I lost it then I would be totally crippled. Ideas to think about.

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Texas, Summer 2017

Here are some photos I took during my trip in Texas.

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Backroad behind my grandmother’s ranch.

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Hopkins County Courthouse, Square and Veterans Memorial.

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Here are some photos I took of amazing photos from my Grandma Kay’s house.

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Wedding in Mexico, 1949. All the bridesmaids arrived a week before and sewed all their dresses in one day.

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My grandmother (left), her parents, and her older sister. My great-aunt Char loved to ride horses and was still wearing her riding boots.

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My dad and uncle john sporting some weird facial hair and silly faces in Europe circa early 1980s. FullSizeRender 116FullSizeRender 112FullSizeRender 96

Portrait from the Hopkins County? Hospital. They had the Medical Director’s portraits on the wall and gave my grandmother my grandfather’s portrait.

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Find of the Week: Pom-Pom and Tassel Key Chain

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One of the first things I wanted to do after moving in to my new apartment was get a nice keychain for my keys. I kind of stumbled upon this one on Etsy recently after checking out some vintage inspired Votes For Women Tees. It is bright, fun, playful and absolutely perfect for the summer season.  Besides looking very stylish in my purse and backpack, it has helped ensure that I won’t forget my keys. When I first moved into Bed-Stuy I removed all of the old keys from my ring (I truly believe one key was from lock diary from 7th grade) and started leaving the ring behind locking me out more than once since I was not used to how small and lightweight they had become. Now I have no excuse to leave them behind on accident.

 

DIY Inspiration Board

What You’ll Need:

  • Cork Board
  • Acrylic/Wood/Fancy Push Pins
  • Assorted Pictures/Trinkets/ Art you don’t plan to frame/etc.

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  1.  Remove everything from the cork board. You need to start clean.

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2. Add the most meaningful larger pieces to the board. Use the Rule of 3 for the first placement (place at least 3 items in a triangle-like pattern).

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3. Fill in some of the negative space with the additional large to medium size images you have. It does not have to be balanced. Feel free to play around and move these new pieces about. Do not move the original pieces from step 2.

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4. Add personal photos. Feel free to overlap with some of the images from steps 2 or 3.

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5. Add in the smallest elements. In this step you will be looking for balance. I have enamel pins without frogs in the back, earrings with no mate, product tags I really liked, small worthless charms and broken jewelry, notes from friends and from class.

My inspiration board hangs over my desk and I usually start from scratch re-styling it every year. To create an inspiration board for an event use the images, words, phrases and colors you desire. If you don’t plan to restyle the board, invest in some foam board and glue instead of tacks and cork.

Small Things

Coming back from a much needed vacation almost deserves a day of recovery from just the vacation. Today I flew back to NYC with FDR in tow leaving behind family and friends in both Florida and Texas. Despite being a vacation it was really jam-packed. Two days were spent in airports with a cat carrier, 2 days were spent in a Honda Van on a highway, 2 days were in an isolated town in Texas with no internet and poor phone signal, and the remaining 3 days were spent in Florida drinking, kayaking, pooling, eating, and having 3 cavities filled. Despite the wind being taken out of me, I am very grateful I was able to spend time with my grandmother who is in her mid-90s and my old brother before he is stationed in the middle-east for 9 months. Both were very solemn good-byes, a custom I become very socially awkward around.

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{Close-up of a completed Jane Austen coloring page}

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{The recipe book is filling up. So glad I get to cut out photos from the Blue Apron recipes as reference.}

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{I wear these socks when I want to feel empowered to get a job done! }

Find of the Week: Recipe Book

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While my mother was visiting me in April I took her to a store where I knew we would both get in trouble, PaperSource. While there I found a gorgeous recipe book that enabled one to fill in their favorite recipes. Unlike traditional books where you write on recipe cards and then insert them into clear enclosures, this book offered two full pages dedicated to archiving just one recipe. The nail was driven further home only when I found out the little book with the gorgeous design that reminded me of Italian Limonchello was Kate Spade. It will not be a chore for me to transfer my favorite Blue Apron Recipes into this book as well as some tried-and-true family favorites. To accompany the recipe book, I bought a complimentary colored Moleskine that I could write and paste cooking techniques in.

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Two Years Since Undergrad

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Two years ago, I had just graduated from Ole Miss. I had accepted a position with the Mississippi Teacher Corps and I was excited to start my two-year graduate school journey into teaching. My boyfriend and I moved into our first apartment together. We had four amazing cats. I was so hopeful and desperate to start my adult life.

I left the program after 7 months. I took an eight month hiatus from school, the longest time I had ever not been a full-time student. I was unable to find consistent work for that period because no one wanted to hire someone full-time that was planning to move to NY by the end of the year or I did not have the right experience.

Looking back: I should have accepted a part-time job at Square Books instead of Insomnia Cookies. I could have become a non-degree seeking student at Ole Miss and taken a couple classes that spring/summer. I could have spent my time creating art, reading, and making my heart full. I don’t regret the decisions I made because they have made me who I am today. I do look on them as learning experiences that will continue to help me develop throughout my adult life. I am sad that I chose to spend so much time feel sorry for myself and allowing others to make me feel small.

I attempted to write young adult, but I am not in that category anymore. I have not been in a while. I am in my mid-20s. This year I am 25. In five years I will be 30. Wow.

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I have two amazing cats. I am meeting amazing people from all different walks of life and I hope to keep in touch with them after three years or if I were to ever leave the area. I wear less makeup, and contacts are usually reserved for sports. I don’t buy cheap things just because they are cheap. I have placed less emphasis on things and more emphasis on people and experiences. I have one living grandparent left, and I am not sure if she will make it to my graduation but I am hopeful. I cherish every moment with my family and friends, just in case. I write letters to people when they least expect it and try to be as thoughtful as possible. I am slowly making amends with people I feel I have wronged in the past- if you are one of those (you might not even feel that way) a letter  and apology is headed your way. I am not in the dating game. I am focusing on me. I want to experience the world more by myself, as an individual.

Small Things

If you are reading this then I am not in New York, but in a car somewhere between Niceville Florida and Sulphur Springs Texas. This upcoming week should be a blast for me, but leading up to it has kind of been emotionally exhausting. I worked four days this week with the hope of making just enough money so I wouldn’t be strapped when I returned from my trip. I met with two wonderful women who would like me to produce documentaries surrounding stories they shared (and I found thanks to Craigslist), and had a meeting with an aspiring Musical producer. To say the least, I am glad I have an unlimited Metrocard because I was running around everywhere this week.

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{I just learned this week that Kawaii means cute in Japanese. I’m dying over these felt taxidermy heads.}

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{Watched a breathtaking sunset in Green Pointe. }

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{Had a lovely dinner and evening with this lady at the same Green Pointe locale. }

Find of the Week: Market Tote

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One thing that I have been constantly looking for since moving to New York this past August was a sturdy, functional and stylish market tote. I did not want an oversized basket, but I was also afraid a freebie cotton one would not last for long. I fell in love with the two-tone neutral blocking of this Cotton and Jute bag I saw on amazon. I took a risk on it and it paid off. To my surprise in the mail came two totes! I should really read the labels better, but in my defense at the time the title did not start with “Pack of 2”. I ended up sending one to my mother since she often is in need of another catch-all bag. I am very pleased with how this is holding up. Even cleaning it following leakage from a lunch pail has been breeze. Perfect shades for my spring, summer and fall wardrobes, and for winter I might keep it out against the black for some color. I am disappointed and pleased to say others in my area have found the same find worthwhile. Every Saturday at the farmer’s market I see 2-5 moms lugging one around full of fresh finds.