Saturday, February 27, 2010

what makes me happy...

{picture from here}

the picture above.
(though i have no idea what is going on, i love it)
this song by don mclean. (click here)
goldfish crackers. (just enough flavor, just the right amount of salt)
"the blonde princess" (from the nebulous kingdom)
this water-garden floral bathing suit. (j.crew)
john 14:18. (such a beautiful verse of scripture)
nunny. (you make me smile)
no make-up. (lately i've been skipping the whole make up thing, love it)
pink and purple sunsets. (like tonight)
kneaders chocolate chip cookies. (the best)
that laugh. (the one that warms your heart)
the countdown. (yes, one month from now)
clean baseboards. (ocd)
&
you darling.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

take a stroll down alice lane.

i am very pleased and delighted to announce the arrival of
the
alice lane blog...

if you like design, fashion and beautiful things
you must take a dive into the creative world of alice lane.
of course i am a little biased,
(being that this is where i spend most of my days)
but take my word for it,
alice lane is a place of magic & inspiration.

follow the blog for fantastic give-aways, show n' tells, and
designer favorites.

take a stroll down alice lane...

the lovely days of spring.

j.crew never fails at making me crave spring weather.
and here are three reasons why...

1. the boyfriend style, baggy t-shirt with classic denim.
2. the merino double-breasted cardigan.
3. the poplin wednesday skirt in a burnt sienna.
so lovely.
and so charming.

some frozen yogurt and red grapes.

{picture from here}

it's been a lovely week.
not only was i fortunate enough to discover
red mango's new (sadly, limited time only) cocoa bean frozen yogurt....
(and i'm not really a yogurt fan, but this delightful flavor has
overtaken my thoughts and dreams)
,
but i also discovered that the random bruises
appearing on my legs were a symptom of slight iron deficiency...
hence, i've begun to increase my intake of iron-rich foods.
it seems to be helping.
to my great delight, i was also informed that america
will be performing in utah again this july!
and i am most definitely going to be in attendance...
this week i was able to hang out with old friends that
i've missed dearly.
and new friends that share my love of thrift store shopping,
nordstrom rack and diet coke.
this week i've been obsessed with yummy red grapes,
lunchables (you know- with the meat, cheese and crackers),
and making fun of megan fox.
(i don't know why, but i've thrown out a lot of megan jokes this week)
this week, i love you...just like always.
yes, nunny. i really do.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

....nine years later.

i love this picture. (click to see larger)
here you see katie, sarah, and i when we were in the 7th grade.
weren't we cute?

well, here we are. nine years later.

{sarah, katie, me}
we had a fun little girls night out.

{sarah and the indian}
the evening began with some delightful mexican food
at los hermanos.
i love these ladies. we always have a good time.
and i love being around katie, because she always
laughs my jokes...

then the next stop, pilates class.

turns out we were a little early, so we snapped some pictures.

aren't we cute? it brings me so much joy that even after
nine years we are able to get together and be the friends
we always were.

our lives are all at different crossroads.
we have our own, unique stories to tell...
our various worries and wonders.
but as i look back and think about the past nine years,
i just smile.

Friday, February 12, 2010

a reason for celebration.


i'll be the first to tell you, i'm not a fan of valentines day.
however...
i am a fan of love. and i do feel that it is probably one of the most
worthwhile causes for celebration.

so, with that in mind...what do you love?
who do you love?
why, why do we love?

in the words of neil young, 'long ago in the book of old,
before the chapter where dreams unfold,
a battle raged on the open page. love was a winner there
overcoming hate. like a little girl who couldn't wait.'

love to me, is what keeps the pages turning.
...
a beautiful hymn on a sunday morning.
falling asleep with your hand next to his.
a chat over a diet coke with your best girlfriend.
hand-writing letters in the breakfast nook...
falling for him, so hard that you're weak at the knees.
being part of someone else's dream.
turning just in time to see him give you that smile.
realizing that you have the power to run another mile.
thrift store shopping with your designer friends.
listening to black star off of 'the bends'...
wearing an outfit that works out just right.
watching for shooting stars on a summer night.
knowing one day you'll have a gold ring on your finger.
symbolizing his love for you, for all time. forever.

i guess, its knowing that it's okay to be a romantic...
that celebrating love is really a beautiful tradition.

'carve out your heart for keeps in an old oak tree
and hold me for goodbyes and whispered lullabyes.'

-the smashing pumpkins

Monday, February 8, 2010

oz.

{picture from here}

what's important is what we choose to do from this point on.

cause it's true...
"oz never did give nothing to the tin man, that he didn't,
didn't already have." -america, tin man

such a fabulous song. click here to listen.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

a little pink bike.

i remember learning how to ride a bike...

it was a new experience for me, in many ways. in fact, it is one of the first memories i have of actually feeling frustrated. training wheels were just not cool anymore, and i was ready to be hip on two wheels like my friends. in my mind, riding a bike without training wheels seemed simple...just start peddling and go. but when it actually came down to it i found that there was a small, minor detail that hadn't crossed my mind: balance. i wanted so badly to take off down the rough asphalt road, not a care in the world on my little pink bike, but every time i tried i'd find myself falling helplessly to the ground.

as badly as i wanted to do it on my own, i couldn't. i needed help, someone to teach me...to make sure i didn't keep falling and hurting myself. my dad, being the good man that he is, had the brilliant idea of wrapping a towel around my stomach and then holding the two ends in his hands. this way, if i started falling over he could pull the towel in the needed direction, preventing me from losing control.

after many hours of frustration and help from my kind father...i learned how to ride a bike on my own.

today i was thinking about my twenty-one years. the things i've successfully learned, and the things i still struggle with. i do know one thing for certain about myself: i always try to do it myself. and just like the story of my little pink bike...i fall and it sometimes hurts. in fact, my whole life is quite similar to that small experience. i try to do it on my own, but the fact of the matter is...i always need the help of my Heavenly Father.

today i was reminded of a scripture that has always meant a great deal to me...

"I, the Lord, am bound when ye do what I say; but when ye do not what I say, ye have no promise." -D&C 82:10

he doesn't want to see us fall. if i do my part he will do his....kind of like learning to ride a bike...

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

why do you let me stay here?



i can't help but delight in the charming ways of
zooey deschanel and joseph gordon levitt...

i really enjoy this.

the fruit stripe day.

life is full of colorful moments. some of those moments are so vibrantly orange or sunshiney yellow that you could swear you hear the beatles singing ob-la-di, ob la da as you walk down the city streets. other moments are more charcoal grey...deep sea blue...or midnight black. these are the moments when you feel so lost and so alone that you hear no music at all. but here is part to be remembered: moments come quickly and are gone before you know it. this applies to both the good and the bad.

kind of like a piece of fruit stripe gum. remember, when you were a kid and fruit stripe gum was the best? well, i bought some today- only $.88 at walmart. i slipped a piece in my mouth on my way out to the car. it was delightful! pretty much as great as i remembered it being. unfortunately, the flavor was almost completely gone by the time i actually reached my car. it was so tasty, but came and went much too quickly....hmmm....kind of like a perfect first kiss at the end of life is beautiful. or an afternoon at sunset beach on a magically sunny day....an hour of running through the rain, barefoot in the streets. or a roadtrip through the desert, listening to neil young. a sporadic dance party with your younger sister. or the clean smell of his face next to yours in the morning time. whatever it is...it is there. blink. it is gone.

so, what do we learn from this? just like a piece of cherry fruit stripe...enjoy it while the flavor is there. and don't worry, the beautiful moments in life will never end. times get hard, unbareable at times...but there is always another sunshiney moment just around the corner...or just sitting in your purse waiting for you to take another piece of....

perhaps i'll try the orange this time.

thanks nunny.

Monday, February 1, 2010

strength.

on days like these when i'm overwhelmed and lost
i just need to remember...
"but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint" -isaiah 40:31

goodnight.