Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Sea Fever


I must go down to the seas again, to the lonely sea and the sky,
And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by,
And the wheel’s kick and the wind’s song and the white sail’s shaking,
And a gray mist on the sea’s face, and a gray dawn breaking.

~ John Masefield


I finally dipped my toes into the atlantic ocean this week. It had been my plan to go to the beach first thing after finishing cosmetology school, but one thing led to another, and it was almost a month before I got down to beautiful Newport. My sister and were able to enjoy the sunshine as well as a ferocious breeze.... I also read a bit more of Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (which is a masterpiece), gossiped with a mermaid, drove around spying on the mansions, and walked along the cliffs. It was wonderous.


This isn't what I wore to the beach, but it was a nautically inspired Sunday afternoon getup.
  • Cream Blouse by PETE & GRETA - gift from my aunt
  • Striped Skirt - used to be a dress, refashioned by me
  • Belt - thrifted
  • Red Shoes by SM NEW YORK - thrifted
  • Necklace - gift from a friend from the Dominican Republic
  • Gold Hoop Earrings - handmade by Kathy Snyder
  • Star Bracelet - hand-me-down
If you're an east or west coaster, have you been to the ocean yet? And if you live far away from the sea, how do you survive? Tell me your secrets.

-Amanda

Photos by Lydia Flynn

Monday, June 23, 2014

Just a note to say...

... I GRADUATED! (Among other things.)

Click over to FlyGirl to hear more about what I've been up to the past month, and what's coming up. Hopefully I'll be in blogland more often. Thank you, as always, for following along.

-Amanda xo

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Happy Birthday, Audrey


I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. 
I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. 
I believe that tomorrow is another day, and I believe in miracles.


People, even more than things, have to be restored, 
renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; 
never throw out anyone.


Elegance is the only beauty that never fades.


The beauty of a woman is seen in her eyes, 
because that is the doorway to her heart, the place where love resides.

Happy Birthday to one of the most beautiful, wise, and giving women to grace the screen. 
Audrey, I love you muchly.

-Amanda

Thursday, April 24, 2014

American (Easter Sunday) Gothic


My little brother and I shared a room back when I was about 11. He was 3. Fourteen years later he beats me in the height department... even when I've got my 5" heels on.

He used to tag along with me and my sisters when we'd play with cousins, build forts, and have adventures. Now I tag along when he and his friends play basketball, or go to the movies.

He used to be a pain in the butt. Sometimes he still is. But the fact that we can have (fairly) intelligent conversations nowadays makes living in the same house easier.

I used to be able to beat him up. Even though he's taller than me now, I am obviously still capable of causing him pain... or else why would he have obediently agreed to get an Easter Sunday picture with me?

Little brothers are cool. ;)


What I'm Wearing:
  • Maxi dress by apostrophe - thrifted 
  • Cardigan by New York and Company - hand-me-down
  • Shoes by Fioni Night - thrifted
  • Necklace - made by a friend from a piece of home dec trim
  • Earrings from Dayspring - gift from a friend


We had a wonderful Easter Sunday with family and lots of food (I may have made the much lauded buffalo chicken dip... yum). Everyone was well behaved, the kids enjoyed hunting eggs with the cousins, and one sister ended up in the emergency room. It's not a real family holiday without a trip to the hospital.

(FYI, she's doing fine. 8+ stitches, but she's a trouper.)

So thankful to be able to spend the day with my family and reflect on all the wonderful things He has blessed me with... and that He is alive. It's worth celebrating every day.

-Amanda

Photos by Lydia Flynn