cowboy culture

Cowboy dictionary: Badman: also known as an outlaw or desperado. Bandana: a humble piece of cloth. Paisly-print red fabric is more functional than just as a wardrobe accessory. Bandoleer: a belt fitted with loops for carrying cartridges. If you’re a soldier, wear it across your chest. Bars: toothless gap between the horse’s teeth where you […]

prepster

 Definition of a prepster: Really a chimera of two existing groups, the prepster is someone most likely raised in the suburbs and very preppy, that moves to a very hipster centered city (Brooklyn, Portland, Austin), and due to scene exposure adopts certain hipster trends whilst retaining the preppy spirit. Specific examples are skinny jeans with […]

the ugly ducking

It would be very sad, were I to relate all the misery and privations which the poor little duckling endured during the hard winter; but when it had passed, he found himself lying one morning in a moor, amongst the rushes. He felt the warm sun shining, and heard the lark singing, and saw that […]

the black tulip

The Black Tulip is one of my favorite books by Alexandre Dumas. Action, adventure, intrigue, romance, and tulips!?! Tell me more!  The city of Haarlem, Netherlands has set a prize of 100,000 guilders (a lot of money back then!) to the person who can grow a black tulip, sparking competition between the country’s best gardeners to win the […]

the secret garden

The Secret Garden was what Mary called it when she was thinking of it. She liked the name, and she liked still more the feeling that when its beautiful old walls shut her in no one knew where she was. It seemed almost like being shut out of the world in some fairy place. The […]

apples

Where to find apples: on trees, orchards, teachers desks, grocery stores, in pies, and in tarts. On computers, iphones, ipods, and ipads. Gwyneth Paltrow’s daughter’s birth certificate. Bad apples: the one Snow White ate and the one Eve ate. Use apples to: compare to oranges, compute, discover gravity, eat, bob for on Halloween, and keep […]

in the forest

Out of the mid-wood’s twilight Into the meadow’s dawn, Ivory limbed and brown-eyed, Flashes my Faun! He skips through the copses singing, And his shadow dances along, And I know not which I should follow, Shadow or song! O Hunter, snare me his shadow! O Nightingale, catch me his strain! Else moonstruck with music and […]

baby’s breath

Gypsophilia, or baby’s breath as it is known in the United States and Canada, is a genus of about 100 different flowering plants that love to grow in chalk rich soils, which is why its name literally means ‘lover of chalk.’ Darling baby’s breath wedding invitations available at Minted. photo credits: escort cards, cottage, cake, […]

the antiquarian post

“The Antiquarian Post acts as a visual journal for Antiquaria creators Emma James and Bailey Amon. Always on a quest for visual perfection and a well-curated life, each issue explores their current inspirations and obsessions.” – Needless to say, the gorgeous eye candy in each issues now has me hooked. photo credits

the little mermaid

 Now that she knew where he lived, she spent many an evening and many a night on the water near the palace. She would swim much nearer the shore than any of the others ventured to do; indeed once she went quite up the narrow channel under the marble balcony, which threw a broad shadow […]

tropical elegance

White is a sacred and pure color.  It’s the color of angles and gods, as the color reflects that which is sacred and pure.   It is also the color of doctors, nurses, and others in the health profession, as well as cleanliness. In fact, the Japanese refer to nurses as “Angels in White”. White can […]

define whimsical

whimsical (adjective) whimsy (noun) whimsicality (noun) whimsically (adverb) Playfully quaint or fanciful, espcially in an appealing and amusing way. Things that are whimsical: pinwheels, porcelain figurines, kites, gyroscopes, tulle, music boxes, root beer floats, puddle jumping, garden gnomes, snow globes, lightning bugs, and daisy chains. *** This whimsical real wedding was featured on Green Weddings […]

an ode to y’all

Y’all: contraction for ‘you all.’ Plural. “I am proud to be from the South – where tea is sweet and accents are sweeter; summer starts in April, front porches are wide and words are long, mac and cheese is a vegetable, and pecan pie is a staple. Y’all is the only proper pronoun; chicken is fried […]

hunger games

When he wispers “You love me, real or not real?” I say, “Real.” “I wish I could freeze this moment, right here, right now, and live in it forever.” “Here your dreams are sweet and tomorrow brings them true, here is the place where I love you.” “Remember, were madly in love, so its ok […]

water for elephants

Water for Elephants the book, or Water for Elephants the movie… book or movie…to book or to movie. That is the question.  Either way, retro railroad cars are completely awesome. Blue Tulip Design has loads of ‘old timey’ stationary and custom designs, perfect for any type of ‘old spice’ wedding. I just bought some thank you […]

all that is gold

All that is gold does glitter! I am about to nerd out on y’all in a major way… the original phrase, ‘all that is gold does not glitter,’ is the title of a poem written by J.R.R. Tolkien for The Lord of the Rings. All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who […]