Strawberry cake, a birthday party with family, red roses, gifts from Charleston, a visit from TJ, coffee with a lifelong friend, Chez Fon Fon for dinner, and a brand new Addison Story dress: all of those things were part of the day that rang in my 21st year!
PLAY // Heaven by Bitter:Sweet
I know I am about to have a good time if it involves a night out with this fine lady at Chez Fon Fon, and last week was no exception! Our hour long wait paled in comparison to the decadent meal of fresh ingredients and one of my favorite desserts in town: chocolate caramel-nut tart. Frank Stitt is a genius. Oh yeah, and the conversation wasn’t too bad either… We stayed at our table for hours and I’m sure that the waiter (and the people waiting) wanted to kick us out long before we said our final adieus.
I also love how they often play James Brown remixes at Chez…
I heart Birmingham. And summer. Which I think I’ve made pretty obvious by now. Well, I’m off to Nashville for the weekend to celebrate TJ’s birthday and attend a wedding!
Easter “bag-skets” (mom attached that old family photo of three to mine, and made up the term “bag-sket”), dark chocolate Cadbury eggs, Sunday church, family love, a new vintage dress, linen pants, yard photos, iced coffee, a full late lunch, pound cake with strawberries and whip, a drive in the country, a venture to Oneonta, and a long road back to Tennessee… just a glimpse of my Easter!
Thank goodness we can place our faith in a risen Lord, and not something that has passed.
PLAY // “Be Set Free,” by one of my most favorite musicians, Josh Garrels.
Weekends are never long enough, are they?
Once again, I encountered a beautiful vase of flowers waiting for me on my counter when I arrived home. This time they were orange sherbet colored roses that my mom bought for fifty cents. At home, we ate well (Primavera, Continental Bakery, Surin, Chez Lu Lu, Flip Burger, and as my mom says: “Chez Ott”), celebrated much (Easter!), walked (on scenic Red Mountain, winding around English Village, passing the glass house), read often (a novel, “Four Spirits” for class… about Birmingham), shopped a bit, and traveled to Oneonta. My dad gave my car a makeover and we went to the “Library in the Forest.”
Prepare thyself for the cutest child in the world playing jazz… my my my.
Until the end of this semester, I will fantasize about my upcoming trip to High Hamptons, one of my favorite places ever. And to make this Monday a decent one, I’m sipping a Chai latte and listening to Ray Charles! Thank you, TJ Hester for treatin’ me so nice and buying me drinks.
Bellewether is a new(er) store to the Birmingham area, and I am so pleased they opened in one of my favorite parts of town (English Village)! The shop is very quirky, complete with random pieces collected from all over the world, coffee books galore, not your ordinary home goods, note cards (loooove), the most interesting furniture, simple bedding, and a section dedicated to fine scents, amongst other fascinating items. It is one of those stores that you seek to visit on special days…one you think about often, and one that keeps you inspired and always interested. I will continually go back just out of curiosity to see what new found items are being sold. Bellewether is just effortlessly cool, and that’s that! Go see for yourself, and maybe get a macaroon from Continental Bakery across the street after you do!
PLAY: “High Road” by Broken Bells
I hope you all have a very happy Monday, and your weekend was lovely! Be on the look out for photos from the shoot I did on Saturday with a conglomeration of ladies in a historic home, dating back to the Civil War! It was my very first fashion shoot predominately captured on film. I just know that each image will be like a little Christmas present!! Ahhhh, the joy of taking a break from digital.
Isn’t Ming Tay just the loveliest? She is so beautiful and she has such a great style that is entirely Ming Tay. This particular night, a Nando Jones dress met Topshop shoes, and the two paired wonderfully. Although the focus was entirely on the Nando portion. Vintage is just so good (of course I am saying that because I just came back from Louisville with a renewed sense of vintage self, whatever that means) and I love seeing it on Ming.
Anyways, moving on from Ming and Nando… coming back to Tennessee is so bittersweet. The opportunity to be able to dive back into Hartland is such a blessing and planning photo shoots with Kristi McMurray is always a blast, but I can’t help but wish to be back in Birmingham or Louisville! Coming down from the high of break is not so nice, but such as life, you know? It is just that Spring Break was really delicious. I got to dine with dearest Aubrey at Chez Fon Fon, get afternoon coffee with the fabulous Emily Davis, spend days with my mother, watch snow fall on Rebekah and Ben’s wedding day (WHICH WAS A GORGEOUS EVENT), eat Moroccan food at my favorite Louisville restaurant, and run around town with Mr. TJ. I also got to visit Sojourn, where TJ will be working this summer! I am so very proud of him, because it is such an honor to intern there. God has been so good to us!
So… that was break in a nutshell. A very small and wonderful nutshell.
And now finally, I present to you Lykke Li live on the moon! Enjoy. (And look out for a review of her music on the C&C website!)
Home again home again!
When I arrived, I went upstairs and found a massive stack of magazines (including Elle UK), macaroons from Continental Bakery, fresh flowers, a bag of ‘Tall, Dark, and Handsome” coffee, and the arbor outside my window covered in yellow confederate jasmine.
THANK. YOU. MOTHER.
PLAY: “Blue Skies” from Noah and the Whale’s album, The First Days of Spring…
Being at home is such a relief from being away at school. I can’t wait to go to Louisville on Wednesday, though!
Happy Spring Break, dears!
I absolutely adore this grocery store/market/cafe…in part because they play the greatest jazz music. It is one of my favorite places in Birmingham. When I think of home I think of V. Richards. So many happy memories there mix themselves into one great ideal: cherry bon bons, spring days, Magic City Blend coffee, time with dear friends, breakfasts, and extra long conversations.
I miss Birmingham!
TUNES: “Rome” by Phoenix. I love this band so muchhhhh.
I have never met anyone like Emily before. When we crossed paths a few years ago, I was dying to be her friend! She may be the most fabulous person I know. Actually yes, she definitely is. Emily has a wardrobe to kill for packed with vintage gems. She claims she owes it all to her mother’s hand-me-downs. I asked how her mother had such incredible things…she responded, “You have a great life in the 70s!!” Of course. But seriously, everything about her is vintage. She loves rock and funk, and is a music connoisseur. To me she is so inspiring. I hope you feel the same! Maybe after this you will pull out your gowns and baubles and loaf* around your house. Immediately after our shoot I went to Zoe’s and bought $10 Ralph Lauren high wasted jeans and a wildly colored gown. Long live vintage!
P.s. I’ve gone from Florence to Florida! After helping out in Florence for three days, I am now in Florida to see family. Today consisted of: a delicious Americano from a gelato store, the most wearable Zara skirt, and gawking at everything in the Kate Spade store. It was the most fun thing. Give me everything in there. Then I could really have a blast of a Valentine’s party. Everything was red!! They will be featuring a different color every month!
Happy Friday, ladies and gentlemen!
*THIS is the stuff I’m telling you to loaf around to…
“The Bomb” by Bitter::Sweet
Taking a break from Cairo….Here are some photos from my time with Anna the other day! Miss Bodenhammer is a talented photographer, a super kind individual, and loves her some Urban Outfitters! Our time together was phenomenal-it consisted of lunching at Chez Lu Lu, rummaging through her closet full of the cutest dresses ever, choosing from my many lip colors, and zooming from store front to store front. Enjoy!
Anna, you rock. Thank you classic Birmingham store fronts (Highlands Bar & Grill, Renaissance Records, Reed Books, and Zoe’s Consignment & Vintage) for letting us use your facades! Everyone should visit ALL of those places.
P.s. I could listen to this song over and over (Basic Space Pariah Remix, by the XX) and it is the most adorable video, but the saddest French film!! I love watching her dance around.
P.s.s. Guess what? I am going to Florence for a few days to provide some extra hands during a week long shoot…for Billy Reid’s Spring 11 collection!