The style of the 1950s was both sophisticated and simplistic. Strong lines and structured designs were all made a little softer by simplicity - which easily translates into the formality of a wedding, but the casualness of an outdoor party. Here are some retro-inspired pretties that are perfect for a summertime wedding. Break out the tea length dresses and bow ties!
So, this is what happens when you work on projects at 5 AM without being properly caffeinated: You make stupid, STUPID mistakes. Ugh. The text, which is composed of lines from various NYC themed songs, should have read “NO SLEEP TIL BKLYN” but no. No, I cut out BYKLN - and glued it down - and proceeded to finish the project all before seeing the typo. Being an extremely high strung and meticulous Virgo, this kind of STUPID stuff kills me. How did I miss it?! Did I do this piece blind folded?! Anyway - it is presently a clearance item in the shop if you don’t sweat the small stuff. Or maybe you’re from Brooklyn and you like the irony.
I am a school teacher, so I know how much students (and teachers!) look forward to the freedom of summer days. I am also painfully aware of how much time many kids spend watching t.v., playing on their cell phone, updating their statuses and fitting in as many video games as the days allow. It scares me to think about how much time they spend staring at a screen. I am afraid we will fully realize the implications of all that stationary, mindlessly entertained time in the near future. (*I apologize to my future children, because you might not see a t.v. until you are 12.)
I am a huge supporter of the notion of free play - the kind of creative, self-guided entertainment and exploration that can only come from unrestricted imagination. My parents raised me and my brother that way. We lived next to a field and a small patch of woods, so the fort building opportunities were endless. I spent my entire summer in those forts, reading books, playing hide and seek, making “cookies” from mud, catching and cataloging bugs, putting on spontaneous talent shows, selling painted rocks to my neighbors (entrepreneur!) Etc. Etc. Etc. My parents never had to entertain us - they simply said, “Go outside.” We listened and did not come back until we were filthy and tired, ushered indoors by the street lights (unless we had a killer game of night hide and seek going on.) It was a beautiful childhood, because we designed it to be exactly the way we pictured it in our imaginations. I approach my adult life in the same way - what an incredible gift my parents gave me.
Keep that in mind for yourself and your children - unplug and let yourself be free. Dig in the dirt. Have a race. Climb a tree. Sit quietly and listen to all that nature has to say. It is a right for children to experience the world through their imaginations. We shouldn’t insult them by assuming screens and flashing lights offer them more than their chosen adventures and explorations. (**Suggested Reading: Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv**)
You were most definitely nervous when you lined up at the start this morning, but I’m sure you did fine! Regardless of the outcome, you were prepared. The thousands (literally, thousands) of miles you logged for this race were not wasted; you learned a lot about yourself this past year. You learned that you are a crazy hard worker. You learned that you are extremely committed to the things that matter to you. You learned that you can change yourself for the better through diligent effort. You convinced people around you that they can also improve themselves. This all occurred in preparation for one event that most people have never even heard of. Regardless of the outcome, you had a pretty amazing year because of the race. Success!
I think you’re the coolest, fastest, smartest chick this side of the Mississippi.
Love, You - Yesterday
UPDATE: The race went pretty well - here is the (slightly mean) article about it. I will work on being “impressive” for next year’s race - God knows I won’t be publicly humiliated twice.
I love being able to turn off the computer, turn off the phone and take to the woods for a while every summer. When you’re camping, you have no choice but to be present in every moment. Whether you’re fishing, making s’mores or singing songs around a fire, a few days in the wild will do your soul some good. Be sure to accessorize accordingly.
The arrival of summer means it is time for outdoor weddings! Here are some lacey Etsy finds that would compliment any outdoor ceremony and celebration.
Memories fade like a thief in the night…
via GORILLA vs. BEAR
We are quickly approaching Father’s Day - the time of year when you need to celebrate your pops for all the rad things he did for you: “Dad, thanks for teaching me how to pee in the woods” or maybe, “Thanks for the time you gave me permission to hit that jerk down the block.” Here are some vintage finds that will say thank you in a very hip way, because dads are the coolest. Happy, happy Father’s Day!!
Today is the official start of summer for me, since I am a teacher and I am now on summer break - AMEN! Here are some soft, summery finds to kick off this two month party…err, two month recovery period. To the beach…