things i love tuesday (or things i'd like to tell my 15 year old self)

last week, i picked into the wild nerd yonder. in the craziness of my last week of work i wasn't able to finish it. until yesterday.

its about a 15 year old girl, jessie. she sews skirts out of the wackiest novelty and holiday themed fabric she can find at the fabric store. she wants a different one for each day of the school year. she's unapologetically smart. she loves math, her older brother and audiobooks. the book begins during the summer before her sophomore year of high school. her best friends, char & bizza, are changing. everything seems to be changing and when jessie looks in the mirror she wonders why she isn't too. but really she is. she's growing up and realizing her friends suck a little and that possibly she deserves better. and so what if better is the band geeks who welcome her at their lunch table or the d & d nerd she sits next to in study hall.

i LOVED this book. i am not going to lie though. it made me a little sad for my 15 year old self. and then it made me think of andrea's magnificent list. and here we are...


thing things i'd like to tell my 15 year old self:

  1. she may seem fun. and so much cooler than you. and you will be awash with the glow of new friend crush for most of the school year but when it turns you won't know what hit you. and it will take years to recover. i'm not kidding.
  2. but sleepover at her house a few times. you could miss out on that magical kiss with her older brother otherwise.
  3. stay friends with sue though. she was awesome in every possible way.
  4. when your parents tell you that possibly you should wait another summer before getting a job, listen.
  5. go with shawn to lollapalooza. it was a great show and he shouldn't have missed it because of your dumb summer crush.
  6. speaking of that crush, he'll break your heart. but go ahead anyway. it was totally worth it.
  7. don't let shawn do all your math homework. its a bad plan and will cause years of anxiety dreams about having to retake algebra.
  8. on that note, don't do his english homework. reading huck finn never killed anyone.
  9. don't quit marching band. don't. you had fun. and you'll realize later in life that those are your people.
  10. also, don't stop doing tech for drama club. those are your people too.
  11. and just because you decided you didn't want to take honors everything anymore doesn't mean the other honors students aren't still your friends. they are. you'll realize it again in a couple of years but you missed out on some fun. i'm sure of it. and again, see 9 & 10.
  12. don't dye your hair black. purple, pink, green, blue - absolutely! black, NO.
  13. wear more pink. it'll make your mom happy.
  14. check in with your parents when you're going to be late. you worry them otherwise.
  15. your parents are a lot more awesome than you think.
  16. start calling dom dad. it'll make everyone happy.
  17. you're not fooling anyone with that whole "i'm going to the library" routine.
  18. also, possibly, cut school a little bit less. yes, you get good grades but still.
  19. step away from the bad boy. he may smell good, have extra long eyelashes and you know he kisses great but THEY ARE A HARD HABIT TO BREAK.
  20. when you get your learner's permit, just have grandpa take you out. he
    was the toughest of your driving teachers but learning to drive
    stick is important.
  21. pay more attention whenever lucy wants to show you how to do something. seriously.
  22. otherwise don't change a thing about your relationship with wally & lucy. you'll realize soon enough that you won the grandparent lottery.
  23. keep those sassy magazines.
  24. don't loan out that vintage dress. you'll never see it again. it was a dollar, perfect in every way and you'll long for it regularly.
  25. don't let those green chucks out of your sight. mom hates them and they will disappear one day.
  26. don't stop dancing.
  27. don't ever play dumb. boys who don't like smart girls are not the boys for you.
  28. shawn likes smart girls. i'm just sayin'.
  29. and you are most definitely not fat.
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photobooth friday


taken at amy's ice cream at 6th and lamar last friday. the machine was ancient and all wonky and had a handwritten sign inside that read, "be gentle, she's old than grandma." but she took pretty pictures. or maybe that's just ice cream bliss.

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eight days

i was browsing the artists for renegade and here's some i'm pretty excited to see:


Viva zapata
viva zapata bags

Decoder ring design
the decoder ring design concern

Squid ink
squid ink kollective


lilian asterfield

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smelly goodness


i spent about 12 years wearing chanel no. 5 every single day. i flirted with other perfumes but i always returned to it. i was devoted, faithful. i never liked the way any other perfume smelled on me and although i didn't particularly like the way chanel smelled in the bottle or on other people, it was perfect on me.

i ran out of chanel almost 2 years ago and never quite got around to replacing it. i've bounced from scent to scent ever since. my latest obsession is black pheonix alchemy lab. there are hundreds of scents and i want to try every single one. and the good news, they send a ton of samples with each order.

my current favorite is "i died for beauty" - its described on their website as "the Venusian splendor of ylang ylang and violet stirred by hyssop, frankincense and grave loam." its lovely.

sorry chanel, i think you've been replaced.

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pink + orange = bliss

i recently made a necklace. it was pink and orange and happy. then kateri made a pair of earrings to die for in the same color combo. then i started to notice it everywhere. and it makes me happy.


punch drunk love by pomlove


make history by leaves of glass



worth shift bouquet by lilly pulitzer



twist orange and pink clutch by yomo




camper twins



butterfly pillow by printed by hand


 pink grapefruit necklace by me

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most of the time i prefer measuring out ingredients, adding them one by one, and making my own baked goods. but then sometimes i like to go into fancy bakeries. i like to survey all the possibilities: cannolis, eclairs, coffee cakes, cookies, petit fours and cupcakes. and sometimes, sometimes i know there is only one choice. red velvet. 



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bed book & candle


i've finished gathering my portion of the tax paperwork. i've pulled together a substantial wholesale order. so, this may just be how i spend my time off from work this week. yoyos? what yoyos?


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good to be a girl

this morning i heard a teaser story for the first story of the new kitchen sisters series on npr, the hidden world of girls. i love the kitchen sisters. i'm kind of a story addict, and i'm a sucker for good storytelling. i've not heard anything they've done that i didn't love, or at least like a whole lot. 

i heard the first story, chicken pills, on my way home today and i have to say it was pretty great. i'm excited for the next story.

and happy birthday to my favorite girl, kate. she'll be five on wednesday. she's a rock star.


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more spring colours here!


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