Remembering

New York

It’s hard for me to fully grasp that today marks twelve years since that fateful day that changed so much for we Americans. I remember exactly where I was that morning, a freshman in college, barely two weeks into the semester, driving to campus in my old beat up Ford Escort. It was like any other day. But then, in an instant, it wasn’t. It was like no day we had ever known. Suddenly the world seemed to shift, permanently altered in ways we couldn’t even understand at the time. More than a decade later I recognize how very true and real that turned out to be. I look at today’s generation of children and it shocks me to think that they’ve never known a world without war. They’ve never known a time where adults haven’t been talking along the peripheral of their little kid worlds about Iraq, Afghanistan and now Syria. Especially in our community, which houses one of the most prominent Army Infantry divisions in the country, we see a constant ebb and flow of soldiers and their families, coming and going. Most come back. Far too many do not. Every day they still feel the impact of what was lost on that day. Thinking back on 9/11 I continue to have a whole bunch of emotions that get tangled up together. Enough to write a book about, but I’ll spare you that much. Fear, anger, grief. But also, and most prevailingly, pride, hope and love. So today I choose to remember, but I also choose to be hopeful. I hope some day the kids of today do know a world without war, but I also hope that they continue to pledge to never forget.

To all of our fallen heroes and those still fighting for us today, thank you. To everyone lost on that day, to everyone who still feels that loss, my heart is with you.

[Photo from The Fresh Exchange.]

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Get Inspired: Oh Joy’s Studio

Have you guys seen Oh Joy’s new studio? Of course you have. It’s about everywhere at the moment. Which I actually kind of love because I’m obsessed with her space. The natural light, white walls, painted floors, exposed brick and punchy bursts of color just make me happy. I honestly can say that it is a space where I would be thrilled to work each day. Considering I’m currently feeling ready to ramp things up and start finishing up my plans for my own office (also seen here – yikes!), I’ve been experiencing a bit of an obsession with beautifully designed offices and studios at the moment. Which is why today you can bounce on over to Babble where I’m sharing 10 gorgeous offices and studios that have me feeling inspired. Because working should be fun, don’t you think?

Oh Joy Studio Tour

Oh Joy Studio Tour Oh Joy Studio Tour

Oh Joy Studio Tour Oh Joy Studio Tour

Yup. I just can’t get enough of this studio. While my own little office is just a small 12×12 room in our apartment that serves double duty as a bedroom, I’m excited to to bring some of this same bright and happy cheer into the space. Stay tuned!

[Photos by Zeke Ruelas | Design + styling by Emily Henderson and Samantha Gluck.]

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The Weekly Dozen vol. 5

Um, has anyone noticed how poorly I’m doing at my own self-imposed photography challenge lately? Yeah, yeah. I know. Not that I haven’t been taking loads of photos, that much I have covered. But taking the time to edit and post them apparently has proven an entirely separate challenge. Ah well. Today I’m here to share a handful of photos from our recent camping trip a couple weekends ago. We had such an amazing time! The gist of the trip included about a dozen boats making the voyage out to Grindstone Island, 40 or more people, huge bonfires, lots of sunshine, swimming and fishing, cooking breakfast on the dock each morning, playing horseshoes and generally just soaking up summer for all it’s worth. We weren’t home for twenty four hours before we were all chattering and scheming for next year. I’m already ready to go again!

Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion

Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion

Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion

Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion

Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion

Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion

Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion

Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion

Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion

Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion Canoe Point - The Sweetest Occasion

Truthfully by mid-day on the second day of our trip, the camera got stowed away and didn’t come out again. Sometimes you’re just having too much fun to worry about documenting it! That said, I shared more photos on Instagram while we were playing the days away. Pop on over and search the hashtag #canoept2013 for more!

[Photos by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion.]

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Color Palette: Ruby + Vine

Good morning, friends! I know it’s been a couple of weeks since our last color palette, which is definitely not the usual around here. I’m blaming two back-to-back jam-packed long weekends for that one. But no worries, we’re back on the color palette wagon and today I’m drawing inspiration from the perfect shade of classic red lipstick. As summer starts to meld into fall I always find myself crazy for a red lip. Bonus, I love this gorgeous shade of ruby paired with soft shades of vine and celadon green. Proof that red and green can feel perfectly at home together even outside of the holidays. Speaking of, they’ll be here before we know it, but we’ll save that chatter for another day. I have a feeling we’ll be slinging tinsel before we know it. Happy Monday!

Ruby and Vine Color Palette | The Sweetest Occasion

[Photos, from top: Freutcake | Jemma Keech Photography | Kallie Brynn Photography from Entouriste.]

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Get Inspired: 5 Sites I’m Currently Loving

Hey, friends! Sorry for the belated post today. I’m fresh home from a whirlwind business trip to Atlanta and am just settling in at my computer to get back in the groove. While on my flight back this morning I was thinking a lot about the great conversations that took place during this quick little trip and following the bunny trails of my mind as I do, it got me thinking about the sites and blogs that inspire me deeply and personally. I have referenced a few of these before, but I thought I’d take a quick moment to share a handful of sites I’m really loving these days. I hope they’ll inspire you, too, in some little or big way.

Clementine Daily

Newly launched Clementine Daily actually just burst onto the scene yesterday. The latest project from crazy talented Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind, I’m already in love with the mix of real life inspiration for women. We’re talking advice columns, daily inspirational quotes, recipes, fashion tips, beauty insight and more. I’m already a big fan and can’t wait to see what’s next!

The Fresh Exchange

Here’s the deal. I’ve been reading The Fresh Exchange for a long while now, practically since the beginning. But Megan’s insight, inspiration and words just keep on getting better and better. She and her husband partner on their newly launched design business Wild Measure and on the blog, sharing amazing insight on life, business and those beautiful moments we all long for and cherish. Like lazy days on the lake. (Which you already know are my favorite.) Every image is a vacation for the mind and soul, making The Fresh Exchange one of my absolute favorite reads.

a-beautiful-mess

I have a feeling a lot of you are already fans of A Beautiful Mess. If you’re not, I hope you’ll become one! Penned by sisters Emma and Elsie, these ladies inspire me both professionally and personally. Professionally because of their seemingly boundless creativity and passion for what they do. Personally because they infuse their lives with beauty and style in a way that seems accessible and totally unfussy. In my head, I could meet these gals and we could talk for hours over cocktails and some kind of quilting project like long last friends. Not that I sew, you already know that. Just saying.

Kendi Everyday

Truth be told, I don’t follow many fashion blogs. Well, make that none. With the exception of Kendi Everyday. If I had to put my finger on exactly what it is I love about this blog, it’s Kendi’s approachable sense of humor in addition to her spot-on style that feels so relatable to me. I’m a girl who loves me some fashion, but sometimes it seems like work. (Is that the curse of being a work-from-home blogger? Maybe!) Fun work, but work nonetheless. Kendi makes even jeans look crazy fashionable and inspires me to think outside the yoga pants for casual days of running errands. Kendi is to fashion blogs as the perfect red lipstick is to your self esteem. (I just made that up, but it sounds good, right?)

How Sweet It Is

In full disclosure, I’m pretty sure I link to How Sweet It Is nearly daily in some capacity. Ok, ok, it’s at least weekly. But the thing is, I’m adore Jessica’s blog. Her recipes make me drool, her photography is pitch perfect, her writing makes me laugh and the girl appears to be just as obsessed with things like ice cream, sprinkles and goat cheese as I am. (Odd combination, I know, but all things I l.o.v.e.) If there’s one food blog you’re going to follow, it should be this one.

Of course, there are so many many blogs I read, visit and follow faithfully. Dozens upon dozens upon dozens if I am being perfectly honest with you. But these five have me feeling particularly inspired at the moment. Whether it’s to up the ante on the business front, to bake up a delicious looking pie or go hunting for the perfect little dress for a fall picnic date, they have me thinking outside of the box while simultaneously wanting to slow down and soak in all the beauty of this wild life we’re all living. I hope you enjoy and if you have a site you’re loving these days please share! I’m always up for new reads.

[Photos, from top: Ken Loechner | Mike Gilger | A Beautiful Mess | Kendi Everyday | How Sweet It Is.]

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