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Asbury-Hall Wedding

this past weekend, i was proud and honored to be able to serve as the maid of honor at my best friend kat‘s wedding.

we’ve known each other since 1st grade and have been close friends since middle school – i’ve also grown very fond of her now-husband, wyatte, and am so happy for them both. i wish i could have gotten as many photos as i usually do, but thankfully, they had a much more qualified professional photographer on hand! i can’t say it would have been worth trading being able to really immerse myself in the day – from helping matron of honor joy get kat ready, scrambling to put out the expected little fires, making new and seeing old friends and signing as the happy couple’s witness on their marriage certificate. (oh, and also that part where i blubbered tearfully through my speech…)

wishing love and all the best to the new mr. + mrs. hall!

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my gift to the bride.

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the dress.

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pre-wedding imbibing…

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joy lending a hand…

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details, details…

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…and more details!

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maid of honor, bride and matron of honor…

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kat’s paternal grandmother proudly shows us her rhinestone tie necklace…

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kat and her mother hamming it up for the professional photographer…

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…x2.

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three generations…

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down to the final minutes… (the bride carried silk roses, the bridesmaids carried handmade feather fans).

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the bride’s cake…

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…and the groom’s dr.who themed cake!

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…and of course, photo-booth photos! (L-R: groom + groomsmen, wedding party, groom + bridesmaids.)

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kimbra (live).

(…always nice when artists sound the same or better live than recorded…)

pedicab extraordinaire.

in austin, tx and need some help getting to where you need to go?

if a pedicab can get you there, carrie scott can help you out. how can you say no with crafty and green (literally) business cards involved?

front...

and back.

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mt. hope revival.

what SXSW?

check out “mt. hope revival” on Flickr.

"olde time revival".

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charlie darwin, to ohio.

back from austin…

“charlie darwin” & “to ohio” by low anthem.

(thanks steve!)

upgrade!

woo-hoo!

just got everything set up and running with my new desktop! this is a totally new experience for me, having used only laptops since junior year of high school. now to just do some catching up...

while in austin, i bought yet another pair of minnetonkas. i cannot push these enough – durable, classic, and comfortable.

minnetonka madness.

also, jimmy just had a birthday – friends gathered for dinner in chinatown, where an impressive check-splitting took place.

john speedily displays our preferred method of payment.

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happy new year.

back & refreshed from austin, tx.

happy belated new year wishes all around, via my blackberry.

abandoned tiara on 6th street.

confetti puddles.

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back in bid-ness.

howdy doo-dee!

translation: “hello, how are you?” english; colloquial cartoonish southern-speak.

it’s been a while, and i apologize. as i stated before, my tri-city sweep was downgraded into an extended stay in austin, and an unexpected overnight layover in college station. thanks again to alex s., matt c., and jim for a) babysitting my couch, and b) letting me and jenga crash on it! (sorry again to jim’s uncle, who jenga greeted so warmly in the morning with growls…) of course, thanks also to andrew a., michelle, and jeff for keeping me company! finally, for those of you dying to know, david d. was not in austin, but i did meet up with him in college station, and he did love his shirt. sweet amateur success! sadly, i didn’t get to take clever photos as i had planned, but as usual, i did score some sweet…erm…swag (not a reference to flora).

my cup runneth over in retail luck lately – the post before last documented my being able to check off four potential pairs of shoes with the purchase of two, and this past weekend, i was able to check off several more wish list items in the same manner. recent purchase post: in austin, my biggest score was a brand-new-with-tags black lambskin a-line sheath dress. retail (a.k.a. what i did not pay): $150.00. i also landed a pair of barse sterling + turquoise earrings, and a smoky topaz sterling bracelet. back home in houston/sugar land, i nabbed two more sweet deals: 1) a vintage red silk dress with the most amazing pleated sleeves, and 2) my most recent ebay win, a native american sterling slave bracelet, with turquoise + coral accents. it just arrived today, and i was extremely pleased – i recently discovered slave bracelets, which are essentially a ring + bracelet combo, with chains connecting the two, usually with a decorative piece breaking up the chains in the middle. i’ve kept my eyes peeled on ebay for the last few months; these things run anywhere between $40.00 – $180.00 (not including shipping), depending on the size and intricacy. they are usually pricey due to the fact that most are handmade – obviously, one-of-a-kind pieces will run for more. of course, there are also peruvian slave bracelets, and gypsy slave bracelets – but the former are usually made of alpaca silver, which is lower-grade and lower-quality than standard 0.925 sterling, and the latter is also a cheaper, lighter-weight metal, and usually gold tone. in other words, if you are interested in getting your hands on one (pun!), i’d say the native american versions are more worth the coin.

in other news, i was unable to attend the summer-fest music festival going on in houston today and tomorrow – tickets are supposedly upwards of $20+/day now; should-woulda-coulda. damn. next year, next year. have fun without me, bryan, jim, and jaci (via twitter)

news that trumps all though, is that of my FINALLY receiving geena “the truth/honest abe” sisomphou’s long-awaited postcard from france. i felt more cultured the moment it was in my trembling hands. geen: it’s hanging on my wall! now all that’s left is to get yourself back here to the states…

short of wide, open spaces? come to texas! (but leave your silly city things...)

short of wide, open spaces? come to texas! (but leave your silly city things...)

my native american sterling slave bracelet.

my native american sterling slave bracelet.

vintage red silk dress - pleated sleeve detail.

vintage red silk dress - pleated sleeve detail.

greetings from mademoiselle geena!

greetings from mademoiselle geena!

don’t spray paint indoors.

now i’ve got a killer headache.

but it was worth it! i was commissioned by my friend david d. to make a shirt for him – he gave me basic parameters, and left the rest up to me. rules of the game: baby blue shirt, stencil/graffiti style featuring a boombox, simple, not too much color but not just black either. so after sketching, outlining, and the painstaking cutting of the stencil (a little over an hour, give or take) with an Exacto knife, and finally spraying down paint, this is the end product. to be completely honest, this is the first stenciled shirt i’ve made… all the other DIY’s i’ve done have been with a needle and thread/sewing machine. i made one small mistake, and hopefully he won’t mind (if he knows what’s good for him) – but i should have covered the entire shirt to prevent the paint from misting over the edge of my stencil… in any case, i’m pretty pleased with the outcome. it can only get better from here. hopefully, i can get a photo of him wearing it to add to this post when i give it to him in austin this weekend. i do have to find another workshop space though – i used to have a garage, then a harry potter-esque hall closet/sewing room. i’m figuratively feeling the effects of the lack of an atelier, if you will. ugh.

david, meet your shirt.

david, meet your shirt.

fur fights “brr’s”…

…though it doesn’t really get too many chances here in Texas!

hallelujah! el fin of my summer classes! i will be rushing to finish up some DIY’s i’ve been dying to get to – and get two of them to the boys who commissioned them. (david & jimmy, thanks for being so patient!) hopefully i don’t screw up and i can post them on here for your viewing pleasure. speaking of viewing pleasure, here’s a quick recent purchase post: about a week ago, i snagged a great vintage genuine fur stole from the 1940-50’s! it’s a gorgeous mahogany, with dark brown stripes. it’s very glossy, but i’m afraid the original owner boxed it up – which my readers know from my “i.love.vintage.” post is a fur care no-no. alas – i’ll have to send it to a fur cleaner to have it cleaned and hopefully have some of the “fluffiness” restored. it’s due to the flatness that i can’t tell for sure if it’s mink or muskrat fur… diagnosis to be made later. other recent purchases included a pair of vintage skinny black suede pants, and a dead stock (new but discontinued) sterling star cut-out ring, with a diamond chip in the center. i’ll definitely be thrifting up a storm on my little road trip through college station & austin – apparently everyone i was hoping to see in college station and san antonio are headed to austin this weekend as well, so i’ve changed plans and will be in austin for most of the weekend.

p.s., readers: surprise! i know you stop by and visit, because wordpress has a “stats” page. it tells me how many people have stopped by to take a look-see, and what pages/posts were read. i love that you come here, but it seems you all need encouragement to drop a line! just in case you thought you needed a wordpress account to post a comment – you don’t. i’d love to hear from any of you, and get opinions on fashion posts, or even questions about the topics i’ve written about. as long as everyone is agreeable or disagrees politely, come one, come all.

vintage fur stole - front. the collar extends down the front to serve as pockets!

vintage fur stole - front. the collar extends down the front to serve as pockets!

vintage fur stole - back

vintage fur stole - back