Tuesday, November 30, 2010

{Quote of the Week.}

 week {hunderteins};
{via: playdates.}
But aren’t we crazy to throw ourselves into love again and again? After the sometimes literal horror film that is a breakup, aren’t we nuts to go back into it head (more like heart) first?
Kind of, but everything in life,  good or bad, requires risk.
-Anaïs Escobar
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

week 56.

 1.  i am smitten
with this photo. 
sweet tights, 
pretty dresses & tiny boots? 
that's a recipe
for adorable.

2.  i'm not sure if
this is a real
but nevertheless,
it is amazing. what
a beautiful poem.

3. did you hear?
the newest issue of rue is out.   
i'm slightly obsessed.
a boy at school saw me reading their newest issue
& said "that is the type of magazine i see you
working for someday." though that is merely a dream,
i have never been more flattered. 

4.  the selby did 
an amazing shoot
of andy & kate spade's 
brilliant home.
you can see the
beauty here.

5.  glitter & feathers 
& strapless- 
oh my! this 
wedding gown
is breathtaking.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

peaceful moments & full hearts.

 {via: swinging london.}
thanksgiving was wonderful. from the laughs shared with my big family to yummy dishes devoured, it was a blast.  today we are celebrating round two with my siblings who spent yesterday with their in-laws. (many pics to come.)

i miss my family who we weren't able to see this thanksgiving, but i am ecstatic about Christmas gatherings less than a month away! hooray!  

here's to a relaxing weekend filled with peaceful moments & full hearts.

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

& today I am thankful for the blessings in my life.

& know that i am so very

p.s. click for guaranteed giggles: this video is amazing.
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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

{Quote of the Week.}

week {einhundert};
 {via: the pulp girls.}
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Sunday, November 21, 2010

apologies for today's (lack of) sunday sweets.

{a sleepy patrick the poodle. 11/16/2010.}

dear friends-   

i hope your weekend was amazing!  mine was busy, busy & i find myself swamped in to-dos at the moment.  unfortuantely, i'm coming down with some sort of sickness that is causing some severe exhaustion.  because of this i wasn't able to compile a sunday sweets post for today.  : ( so sorry, Loves.  
but, you can check out the archive of sweets here. 

hugs & many apologies,

p.s. my nieces' had an alice in wonderland gala this weekend for their birthdays! it was epic.
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Thursday, November 18, 2010

sweetness for your friday.

i am in awe of these sweet photographs from the Kennedy Family Portraits, by Richard Avedon. my absolute favorites have to be the first set of Jackie with baby John.  too precious for words.

& happy weekend, friends!
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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

{holiday gift guides}: Shopbop.com.

Shopbop.com is definitely the place to find the perfect gift for your fashionista bff or your tres chic sister. their holiday gift guide is all kinds of fabulous. from your travel savy roommate to your tech lovin' sister-in-law, you're bound to find the perfect something for your fashionable friends.

to see fabulous galore:
click here 
or the click picture below.

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Monday, November 15, 2010

{Quote of the Week.}

week {neunundneunzig};

{via: flickr.}
If you’re feeling frightened about what comes next, don’t be. Embrace the uncertainty. Allow it to lead you places. Be brave as it challenges you to exercise both your heart and your mind as you create your own path towards happiness, don’t waste time with regret. Spin wildly into your next action. Enjoy the present, each moment, as it comes; because you’ll never get another one quite like it. And if you should ever look up and find yourself lost, simply take a breath and start over. Retrace your steps and go back to the purest place in your heart… where your hope lives. You’ll find your way again.”  -via.
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Sunday, November 14, 2010

week 55.

1. this is
why can't
every building
be covered
in colorful
polka dots? 

2. in my dreams,
this is my hair.
(& everyone dresses like
it's 1960s London.)

3. when i grow-up,
i want to buy
bouquets like
this beautiful one
every week from
the farmers


4. notes
like this
are always
the best.
homemade & sweet?

 5. be still 
my heart!
because of 
this: yes, i do
believe in
Love at first

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

that sky is how i Love you.

{via: flickr.}

i couldn't resist this sweet find... i think it is a picture of a page from a book? if you know, i would be so very grateful for your help! (update: thanks kelsey for the poets name!  after some searching i found out it is from Joseph Pintauro's A Box of Sun: Summer.)
& happy, happy friday, to You! (woohoo!)

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new series... {holiday gift guides}: Kate Spade.

the {holiday gift guide} series consists of gift guides i've found around the interwebs & absolutely fancied. gift ideas for your Loved ones for all of the wonderful holidays you may celebrate! 

kate spade never fails to tickle my fancy.  
the newest addition to her GENIUS website 
is this glorious gift guide: 

to view the treasure 
click here 
or the click picture below.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

“And if strength was born from heartbreak...

 then mountains I could move."

 [grandma Allen & me circa 1989.]
dearest grandma Allen,
i think of you everyday. i miss you everyday. i send my Love to you everyday. 
but you already know that, right?  because most days, i know that you are checking in on me... watching over us one by one.  last week i caught a whiff of your perfume... it took me back to every hug i have ever given you & they replayed in my head all at once.  i closed my eyes & felt so loved.

i always see you in my dreams.  you always let me know that you are ok & that you love me.  they are the best dreams, vivid & so real.  i think it's our way of communicating.

i try & make you proud, grandma.  i think you would be.  i have started standing up for myself, grandma.  sometimes i feel like you & Jesus are high-fiving whenever i stick up for what i believe in & not being a doormat.  you are such an inspiration, grandma. you were such a smart, sassy, confident woman & your life was focused on Love. your Love has impacted our lives more than you could ever imagine.  our family is truly built on a foundation of Love, one you laid for us.

we miss you like crazy, but we send Love to you & one another every single day.
nothing is the same since the day you had to leave. all of our hearts feel pangs of missing you each day- but our hearts are filled with your Love & the wonderful memories you left with us.
its hard without you, grandma. but, i know you are here.
you would have Loved Christopher's wedding.  it was just like a good ole fashioned Allen wedding.  eating, dancing, Loving the night away.

you'd be thrilled, grandma, we are all loving & living. because we know we will see you again & it will be better than any Allen event in the past...(though that is totally hard to believe.) ; )

I miss & Love you so much,
your Annie.
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Tuesday, November 9, 2010

foreign films Love.

[via: tumblr.]
i have a serious Love for foreign movies. 
especially movies with spunky actresses & romantic story lines. 
recently i happened upon photos of the beautiful Anna Karina & decided i must watch her films!
french films circa 1960s? Yes, please!  (but she grew up in Denmark!) how cute does this scene look? 

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Monday, November 8, 2010

{Quote of the Week.}

week {achtundneunzig};

{via: flickr.}
Being vulnerable doesn’t have to be threatening. Just have the courage to be sincere, open and honest. This opens the door to deeper communication all around. It creates self-empowerment and the kind of connections with others we all want in life. Speaking from the heart frees us from the secrets that burden us. These secrets are what make us sick or fearful. Speaking truth helps you get clarity on your real heart directives. 
-Sara Paddison.
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Sunday, November 7, 2010

sunday sweet 3.

a memo for You, darlings: my sister & her hubby both happen to work the same weekend once a month, so i keep watch over their babes while they work.  seeing as how they live an hour away i just stay the weekend at their house.  so... this really stinks due to the fact i can't get a moment for the internet or my sunday sweets!  
so, i decided to do one sunday sweet on these weekends, & make them extra sweet. ; )
[julia (2), carolyn(3), nathan(4), noah(1), natalie(2). fall 2008.]
this picture is two years old.  these little babes have already grown up so much since this day. heaps & bounds... as much as i love watching them grow, i wish i could turn back time & snuggle them up like the first day i met them.  even as an aunt i feel like time is flying by far too quickly... i can't imagine how fast it goes when they are your own children.

this weekend, while i watched the three amigos, natalie, nathan & noah, we went on an adventure out to pizza in the city.  as we drove this song came on & it made me tear up.  i told them it was a song for them & they just nodded off to sleep while they listened- they know their aunt anna is super sappy.

having my oldest niece, Carolyn, turn six today also makes this song tug at my heartstrings that much more.
Never Grow Up
Taylor Swift

Your little hand's wrapped around my finger
And it's so quiet in the world tonight
Your little eyelids flutter cause you're dreaming
So I tuck you in, turn on your favorite night light
To you everything's funny, you got nothing to regret
I'd give all I have, honey
If you could stay like that

Oh darling, don't you ever grow up

Don't you ever grow up, just stay this little
Oh darling, don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up, it could stay this simple
I won't let nobody hurt you, won't let no one break your heart
And no one will desert you
Just try to never grow up, never grow up

You're in the car on the way to the movies

And you're mortified your mom's dropping you off
At 14 there's just so much you can't do
And you can't wait to move out someday and call your own shots
But don't make her drop you off around the block
Remember that she's getting older too
And don't lose the way that you dance around in your pj's getting ready for school

Oh darling, don't you ever grow up

Don't you ever grow up, just stay this little
Oh darling, don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up, it could stay this simple
No one's ever burned you, nothing's ever left you scarred
And even though you want to, just try to never grow up

Take pictures in your mind of your childhood room

Memorize what it sounded like when your dad gets home
Remember the footsteps, remember the words said
And all your little brother's favorite songs
I just realized everything I have is someday gonna be gone

So here I am in my new apartment

In a big city, they just dropped me off
It's so much colder that I thought it would be
So I tuck myself in and turn my night light on

Wish I'd never grown up

I wish I'd never grown up

Oh I don't wanna grow up, wish I'd never grown up

I could still be little
Oh I don't wanna grow up, wish I'd never grown up
It could still be simple
Oh darling, don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up, just stay this little
Oh darling, don't you ever grow up
Don't you ever grow up, it could stay this simple
Won't let nobody hurt you
Won't let no one break your heart
And even though you want to, please try to never grow up
Oh, don't you ever grow up
Oh, never grow up, just never grow up

 Happy Birthday Carebear!
[me & carolyn. 2005.]

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Friday, November 5, 2010

Love in Autumn.

{via: flickr.}
Love in Autumn
by  sara teasdale

 I sought among the drifting leaves, 
The golden leaves that once were green,
To see if Love were hiding there
And peeping out between.

For thro' the silver showers of May
And thro' the summer's heavy heat,
In vain I sought his golden head
And light, fast-flying feet.

Perhaps when all the world is bare
And cruel winter holds the land,
The Love that finds no place to hide
Will run and catch my hand.

I shall not care to have him then,
I shall be bitter and a-cold --
It grows too late for frolicking
When all the world is old.

Then little hiding Love, come forth,
Come forth before the autumn goes,
And let us seek thro' ruined paths
The garden's last red rose.

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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Liz + Nick = True Love.

this past August, my best friend Liz married the Love of her life Nick.  the wedding was amazing & it was such wonderful honor to be apart of their special day.here are a few of many beautiful moments from the day.
[Liz on her way to walk down the aisle.]
[Nick before seeing his beautiful bride.]

[giggles galore after the photographer asked me how Liz & I met & i said Craigslist.]
[outside of KU's Allen Fieldhouse with Phog AllenRock Chalk Jayhawk, baby!]
[taking a break full of laughs before the reception.]

Dearest Liz & Nick ,
Congratulations again on your beautiful marriage.  I Love the amount of Love you have for each other & how much of an inspiration you are to everyone.  You are a gorgeous reminder of True Love & how very real it is. 
Thank you so much for inviting me to share in your wonderful day. with so much Love, Anna

p.s. the photography was done by shutterhappy studios. 
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