Monday, August 25

clicks of note: you take all the time you need...

get your week off to a colorful start...
  • The past two weeks have been busy.  Now that my classroom is set up (almost) just the way I like it, I've learned all of my students' names, and my classroom routines are rolling right along, I'm hoping that my life will settle back into its easy routine.  This week, I'm teaming up with the amazing Rebecca and some other lovely ladies for a Back to School Giveaway over at Caravan Sonnet!

  • I fell in love with Oh Honey's "Lonely Neighbor" when it popped up on my YouTube suggestions - it's such a sweet song, the sound is very different from anything that's on the radio right now, and I love that the video features different kinds of couples.  I'm linking up with Musical Mondays at My So-Called Chaos.




Sunday, August 24

sunday social: Wahoo-wa!

Social Sunday

1. What are you most looking forward to about fall?

I'm excited about fall fashion colors, college football, cinnamon/caramel/pumpkin flavored everything, the Color Me Rad 5K, scarves, Trick-or-Treaters, vests, boots, concerts at our local venue, sweaters, tweed, tartan, and Thanksgiving, but I think if I'm going to be really honest, I am actually most looking forward to the return of my favorite television shows.  I am a shameless TV junkie and I need to know what happens next on The Mindy Project, Nashville, ParenthoodSleepy Hollow and my other faves like Agents of SHIELD.  I'm excited for the new drama Red Band Society, comics-based Gotham and Constantine, and John Mulaney's new sitcom.

2. What is your favorite sports team?

I'm not really a huge fan of any team sports (I'm more of an Olympics and So You Think You Can Dance girl), but my favorite team sport to watch in person is football.  My alma mater, UVa, isn't really known for our football team, but I love going to home games and sitting on the hill or in the student section, wearing my orange and blue, cheering for Cav Man's adventures, singing the Good Old Song, and watching the marching band perform.

3. If you could go back to college is there one thing you would change?

I would not have said yes to the first boy who asked me to be his girlfriend in college.  He was my best friend, and I wanted to have a boyfriend, but I ended up breaking his heart and we aren't friends anymore.  I really regret that I did not take time to think about whether we'd really be a good couple.   I also wish I hadn't given up after my first bad dance audition in college - it was for a lyrical dance company and I got intimidated by the other dancers and overwhelmed by the choreography.  I wish I'd kept trying out or that I'd found a local studio to dance with.

4. What was your favorite class you took in high school or college?

I really loved the class on teaching writing I took during my final semester of college with Jane Hansen.  She is the director of the Central Virginia Writing Project and teaches writing by modeling what a writing workshop can look like- the class reminded me why I love creative writing so much.  She worked with Donald Graves and actually invented the concept of the "author's chair."  My thesis advisor, Jamie (coauthor of Getting Started, for any teachers following along), was taking the class as well, and it felt very cool and important to be in class alongside a doctoral student I really looked up to.  Several other girls from my elementary education program were taking the class as well who weren't necessarily my best friends, but by the end of the semester they definitely were - by writing about our lives and spending so much time envisioning our ideal classrooms we'd gotten to know each other really well.

5. Reach into your purse what is the first thing you grab?

My phone!  Always with me because I prefer texting to e-mail and phone calls, and I need easy access to Instagram and Snapchat so I can make my friends smile during the day.

sunday simplicity: protect the spirit

"When disagreements come remember always
to protect the spirit of your union.
When you realize you’ve made a mistake,
take immediate steps to correct it.
Remember that the best relationship is one
in which your love for each other
exceeds your need for each other.
So love yourselves, love one another,
love all that is your life together and all else will follow.”

- "Instructions for Life in the New Millenium" by the Dali Lama

Wednesday, August 20

paper chase: music-inspired save the dates & invites

Previously, I've rounded up the prettiest watercolor wedding stationery, stylish mint invitations, and sports themed save-the-dates.  Today, I decided to scout some ideas for couples who love music, whether you're a fan of modern tunes or oldies are your thing.

Music Lovers invitation from LetterBoxInk on Etsy | Album cover save-the-date from ElloThere on Etsy via Hi-Fi Weddings

For couples who love oldies or classic rock, these record-theme invitations are adorable and fun.  I love the detailed packaging in the LetterBoxInk design, the concert poster inspired look of ElloThere's save-the-date, and these buttons from WeddingSaveTheDates are just plain fun.

1950's Record save-the-date buttons from WeddingSaveTheDates on Etsy

If vinyl's not your thing, there are plenty of boombox and casette tape inspired paper goods to go around.  If your courtship included an exchange of mixtapes, one of these designs might be perfect!

Boombox save-the-dates from Chips and Salsa Designs

The Perfect Mix save-the-date from Zazzle

What about a save-the-date for a bohemian festival who loves attending festivals together?  This design from Wedfest includes a super vibrant color scheme.

Our Big Day save-the-date by Wedfest

Ticket-inspired save-the-dates are popular with sports fans and music fans alike.  If your heart belong in the '70s, these are for you.

Old School save-the-date from Hydraulic Graphix on Etsy

Vintage Concert Ticket save-the-date from CheerUpCherup on Etsy

I've also seen several gorgeous designs inspired by classic show prints used to advertise concerts.  Not just for music lovers, these save-the-dates would also be a perfect fit for designers who love typography.

Concert Poster save-the-date by Marit Hanson

Holly Would Press via Invitation Crush

Josh and Alyssa's save-the-date from Three Steps Ahead

Tuesday, August 19

Style: End Of Summer?

Last week was my students' first week of school - definitely a sign that summer is coming to a close here in the U.S.  I also kept seeing references to the approach of fall on blogs and in magazines, not to mention pumpkin-shaped planters full of chrysanthemums and bags of candy corn on display at the grocery store and bottles of Oktoberfest in the cooler at a weekend cookout.  It was all getting me a little verklempt - how can fall be coming when I haven't done everything on my summer bucket list? While it may feel like trick-or-treaters are coming, like, tomorrow, the first official day of fall isn't until September 23.  We still have more than a month of summer!  The best way to extend that relaxed, carefree summer feeling?  Pretty, light neutrals and metallics that will get you through Labor Day and into September.

Keep Calm & Summer On
1. Old Navy sequin tank  2. J. Crew ceramic jewelry tray  3. Toni and Guy metallic bobby pins from Target 4. LOFT gold pave link necklace
5. GAP rugby stripe dress  6. Essie "Urban Jungle" nail polish from Target  7. Old Navy pointed ballet flats  8. American Eagle shorts (Similar) 9. Old Navy flip-flops

Linking Up:
Manic Monday at More Pieces of Me and The Daily Express

Monday, August 18

clicks of note: in this life, we can see everything...

get your week off to a colorful start...
  • Saint Raymond's "Everything She Wants" popped up on my Pandora this week and I was instantly hooked on the catchy tune and slightly melancholy lyrics.  You may have also heard their song "Fall At Your Feet."  I'm linking up with Musical Mondays at My So-Called Chaos.




Sunday, August 17

sunday social

Social Sunday

1. One item you wish you could splurge on right now:

Does a puppy count as an item?  I'm 29, but instead of baby fever I really just want a fuzzy friend.  Mr. Q and I really want to wait until we get our own place to get a pet so it can have some room to run around and play outside, but I think a small dog would be perfectly happy in our townhouse :)

2. If you had an entire weekend of no plans what would you do?

Read blogs, read books, go shopping at the farmer's market or the mall, or go to the movies - I'm pretty easygoing on the weekends since I am so busy all week.  I really cherish the weekends that I get to spend time with my family, especially when I get to see my aunts, uncles, and cousins.

3. Next place you are visiting outside of your current city?

I don't really have any travels planned for this fall or winter, though I'd love to get up to D.C. to visit Bridesmaid Philly at some point.  I'll probably be visiting Richmond in March for my reading association's conference - it's been held there before and they put on a very nice, well-organized event, plus Richmond has lots of neat non-chain restaurants and shops to check out, especially in the area around Virginia Commonwealth University.  The most exciting travel on my horizon is our planned trip to London next summer!  We're saving our money to pull that one off.

4. Are you a neat freak or a clutterbug?

Both?  At school, my co-workers constantly comment on how organized my classroom is, but I explain that I *have* to have a lot of organization systems in place because otherwise it would constantly look like a disaster zone.  I have designated spots in my classroom for students to turn in work, for papers I need to turn in to the office, for papers I need to copy, for the next week's handouts, for my professional books, for my lesson plans, etc. Meanwhile, the cleanliness of my house is directly related to how soon I have company coming over and how busy Mr. Q and I are at work - with him starting a new job last week and me going back to school, the townhouse has gone from Pottery Barn catalogue quality to frat house in a very small timespan.

5. Favorite summer purchase?

Probably my J. Crew Factory pineapple tee - I really loved the pineapple print trend this summer, and a shirt covered with gold foil fruit was a little bit outside my comfort zone.  It's fun and makes me smile when I see it in my closet.

Although, we did buy a new car this summer, so I should probably say the Subaru Crosstrek... but I still think I like my pineapple shirt more :)