March 31, 2011

It was wild, and there were flowers.

One thing I really love about Texas is the wildflowers. 

In the dead of summer, when you step into a parked vehicle that has been broiling on the asphalt and sit down only to be scalded by your leather seat, and when you then accidentally grab the metal part of the seat belt and immediately shriek in pain as if you had wrapped your hand around a frying pan right out of the oven, it is helpful to remember how beautiful it is here in the spring. 

The wildflowers almost make up for our sweltering summers. Almost. 

Today my mom and I visited the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center here in Austin, and as a new photographer, I was in heaven. Wildflower season is almost at it’s peak, and the photo opportunities were bountiful.  It is times like these when I consider starting a separate photo blog where it would be more appropriate to post all three hundred and eleven of the the pictures I snapped.  Or at least a third of that.  Or maybe like fifty.

Anyway. Here’s a small sampling.  If you live in Austin, now is the time to check this place out!

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Isn’t my Mommy cute?

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Only in TX do you find a longhorn skull in a flower garden…

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Ascending the tower to view the grounds from up high…

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Ha ha ha ha ha…

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Oops.  Think I might’ve gotten a little carried away on the pictures.  But in my defense, I really DID exercise restraint. I wasn’t kidding when I said there were 311 of ‘em.

Happy Thursday evening everyone!

March 30, 2011

She Love Me, She Loves Me Not…

Want to read about some things I love and some things I love… not?

Head on over to Michaela Noelle’s lovely little blog where I’m guest posting this fine Wednesday.

Michaela NoelleAnd then say hello to Michaela, too.  She is a budding interior designer in Seattle, and quite possibly the cutest and sweetest little thing you’ll ever meet. 

Go there.

March 29, 2011

Step Away from the Easter Bunny… {a spring decorating idea}

I’m not a huge fan of Easter decorations.  To each her own, and I don’t judge those who put them out, but I personally feel that Easter decorations tend towards being a little obnoxious, especially in large doses. 

Just my opinion; please don’t hatemail me over this. 

However, I AM a fan of tasteful birds and eggs and the occasional bunny, or any other item that lends itself well to Spring.

I married a hunter, and so my decor choices are somewhat limited.  I once dreamed of a classy, traditional-modern home with whites and neutrals and splashes of aqua blue and chandeliers dripping with crystals and… well, you get the picture.  But it’s kind of hard to go with that theme when you have to work around a giant frickin’ caribou head and multiple other horned creatures judging you from all main living spaces.

*Sigh*

But I think I’ve done well, considering what I’ve had to work with.  My home is no where near complete when it comes to decorating, but I’ve worked hard to maintain that air of class while keeping within a sort of organic, nature-y theme.  For lack of better terms. 

All this to say that spring decor fits nicely within the style of our home.  I call it Classy-Rustic-Pottery-Barnesque. 

Just kidding, I don’t really call it that. I actually JUST made that up.

But I wanted to share a fun spring decorating tip with you, along with some pictures from around my home. 

The tip? BIRDSEED.

Why is it awesome? Because it’s cheap, and you probably already have stuff around your house that you can display the birdseed on/in.

Here are a few ways I used birdseed to spruce things up.  The candy picture is unrelated, but it is kind of a big deal in my life right now.  

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 Remember these birds from Christmas?

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So, take that for what it’s worth.  Get creative with it. You’re welcome. :)

Happy Tuesday, my friends!

March 28, 2011

Good morning beautifuls. (or afternoon. or evening. whenever.)

I’ve got a little treat in store for you today.  Since last Monday, when I opened up the bloggity for sponsors, I’ve had some really cool kids sign on.  You know, since all the cool kids are doing it.

I’d like to announce my first round of sponsors this morning, and I sincerely hope you’ll check them out!  Each and every one is unique and wonderful, and I could not be more proud to place their ads on my page.

Want to sponsor Story of My Life?  Email me at jenni.storyoml@gmail.com for stats and pricing info! 

Check ‘em out:

(all photos send you on your way to the link!)

Rosy + Tart {blog}

Rosy + Tart is a fabulous little fashion/food/lifestyle blog, and Julie {the blogger behind the blog}, is HUH-larious. Her “shoe porn” and recipe posts are always my favorites. Yummmmy (both the shoes, and the food).

Julie just added Google Friend Connect for all of us Blogger people, so we must repay her kindness with some follow-love.  Mmmkay?

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Alexandra Rose {etsy shop}

This pretty lady’s Etsy shop is stuffed with adorable little handmade goodies you simple MUST go investigate.  She sells totes, wallets, checkbook covers, coasters, and the most adorable burp cloths YOU WILL EVER SEE. Like, seriously.  These burp cloths made me want to have a baby ASAP. So I can burp it...

Hahahahaha.  I crack me up.  But really.  Go check out her shop. It’s the sweetest little thing.

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Kristie Colon Was Here {blog}

Kristie is one amazing chick, and I am so happy to have “met” her through her wonderful blog. 

Here’s what I need you to do.  Go to her site.  Read her “About Me” page.  Develop a small girl crush on her.  Follow that up by stalking her archives.  Repeat as desired.

No, but seriously.  Kristie and her blog are going places.  Get on board while the gettin’s good.

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Bouffe e Bambini {blog}

Oh, Bouffe e Bambini, how I heart you!  This is a blog by the sweetest little lady you will ever meet. Hanna has a couple of presh little ones (Milton and Ginger - how cute are those names???) that frequently make an appearance on the blog, alongside fabulous recipes and all-handmade giveaways.

Hanna and her sweet blog just radiate kindness and joy, and I hope you’ll go make friends with her! 

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20 Best Twenty {website}

20 Best Twenty is an up and coming new website that showcases exactly what it’s name suggests: the 20 best of twenty categories.

Here’s the deal: twenty categories.  Twenty featured “sellers” or products within each category. Awesome exposure for independent designers, shop owners, freelancers, bloggers, and photographers. And for the consumer (you and me, folks), 20 Best Twenty offers the best of the best, all in one place, for your browsing pleasure.  They find all the great stuff, and you just get to benefit from it.

Win-win. 

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Ready, set, GO CHECK OUT ALL THESE AWESOME PEEPS!!!

March 27, 2011

This post is so lame I can’t even think of a title.

It was a weekend.  Not terrible, not great. 

And I’m ashamed to say that all I really have to show for this weekend are a few crappy pictures of my mai tai from Saturday night – the same (one three-quarters of a) mai tai that had me crawling pitifully into bed upon our arrival home from dinner at 7:30 PM (did I mention this was Saturday night?). 

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We had rented a Red Box movie for after dinner Saturday, and when Matthew came to find me after finishing up an email in his office, there I was: still in my little pink dress and fast asleep under the covers. 

I seriously cannot drink, people.  It just makes me tired.  I have never been to that place where people seem to have fun while intoxicated. In fact, I’ve never even BEEN intoxicated.  After one or two drinks, I just can’t get past the incredible urge to be asleep as soon as possible.

I AM SO FUN.

Anyway.  It is also very pollen-y here in Austin.  There is yellow crap all over EVERYTING.  The silence in my home is punctuated by my occasional sneezes and sniffles, and there are little yellow paw prints dotting the floor by the back door. 

ALSO, the bugs are back.  The horrible, enormous, everything’s-bigger-in-Texas bugs.  Especially the crane flies.  I DO NOT CARE THAT THEY ARE PERFECTLY HARMLESS.  They scare the shiznit out of me, and there are millions of them.  They find their way into my house and fly around in that frightful way that only crane flies can, and they terrorize me and haunt my dreams at night. I am not even exaggerating.

I just Googled “crane fly” to find an image for you, and I threw up in my mouth a little bit.  So if you don’t know what a crane fly is and want to see a picture, you’ll have to Google it yourself.  That bug does not belong on my blog.  

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I just read this post back to myself, and it sounds all disgruntled and angry.  I’m really not either; I promise. I’m just rambling, and too lazy to write anything awesome.  I’ll save all the awesome for tomorrow morning (oooh, cliffhanger).

And just to end on a positive note, here you go.  You’re welcome. (please watch it. you will die.)

March 26, 2011

Tunes.

Here are a few more of my faves, past and present.  Some have special meaning to me, like “Say When” by The Fray.  It, and the rest of The Fray’s latest cd, is pretty much the soundtrack of falling in love with my hubby. 

*awwwww*

And I really melt over “The Story” by Brandi Carlile.  Gives me goosebumps every time.

What are YOUR very favorite songs? What should I be listening to right now?  I’d love to hear your suggestions.

Peace.

(gangsta style.) 

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March 24, 2011

Ramblings on Age and Beauty. (RIP Elizabeth)

Aging terrifies me. 

I know that it’s a part of life, and wrinkles are a sign of life well lived and blah blah blah, but all those reassurances are kind of lost on me.  Aging and the passage of time still worries the crap out of me.  Why does everything have to deteriorate and… die? 

I was genuinely sad to hear of Elizabeth Taylor’s passing yesterday.  I sifted through some hauntingly beautiful images of her, and I might have shed a tear or two.

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The thing is, Elizabeth didn’t really age all that gracefully. Maybe she was just eccentric, but to an outsider looking in, it would seem she clung desperately to the beauty of her youth ‘til the day she died, and I sometimes wonder how much of her identity she drew from the woman she no longer really was. Not that she ever stopped being Elizabeth Taylor or an icon, but as we age, we grow… different. Just a thought.  I don’t claim to know a thing about her, and I’m referring only to her outward appearance.  She seemed to be a really wonderful person and humanitarian, regardless.

I think we have to continuously reinvent ourselves in this life.  We should learn from the person we once were, but never let that person fully define us. 

A few months back I told my mom that I don’t feel my age – that I have a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that I’m 24 already when it seems like just yesterday I was still a teenager.  Then my mom told me that she doesn’t feel her age either, but a combination of all the ages she’s ever been.  I thought that was interesting. 

I guess I just want to age gracefully.  There will probably be many moments of crisis when I find a new age spot or a new wrinkle or when my neck skin starts getting all loose and I end up needing that saggy-chin-skin surgery (have you seen that commercial?!), but most importantly, I want to be beautiful, in the most appropriate way, regardless of my age.  And I don’t just mean physical beauty.  Age will rob us all of that, so we really should make sure there’s some substance beneath it all.  Yes?

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Sorry for the randomness of this post.  I’m just thinkin’ out loud.

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