Monday, October 27

clicks of note: in the midnight hour...

get your week off to a colorful start...





Sunday, October 26

Saturday, October 25

halloween costume ideas i'm considering

I love Halloween, but I feel like a major slacker this year with less than a week to go and no costume planned.  My lack of planning for the holiday stems from the same reason blog posts have been very light lately - between all of my responsibilities at work and Mr. Q starting a new job, we are swamped.  I'm grabbing the first thing in my closet to put on every day, we're eating a lot of takeout, and the extent of our fall decorating was putting mini pumpkins around the house.  Just this week, I had a department meeting, a planning committee meeting, a team activity, a standardized test examiner training, a team meeting, parent-teacher conferences, and a dance to chaperone, in addition to 120 essays and 60 web projects to grade.  Of course, I came down with a sinus infection halfway through the week and feel like I've been hit by a dump truck.  This weekend, I've decided to cheer myself up by getting my head into the Halloween mode.  These are the costume ideas I'm considering for our friends' bonfire party.

1. A witch - Hocus Pocus is my all time favorite Halloween themed movie and my current writing project is a fantasy spin on witchcraft allegations in my own family tree during the Civil War.  I'm loving anything "witchy" these days.  Can you believe that both of these beautiful costumes are from Wal-Mart?  And do you think I could talk Mr. Q into going as Billy Butcherson?

2. Stevie Nicks - This is probably a good time to tell you that I'm going to see Fleetwood Mac in March!  I would love to put my own spin on Stevie's signature bohemian look - some flowy pieces, lots of jewelry, a top hat with or without a feather plume, and of course, a tambourine.  My word of the year for 2014 is "gold," so dressing as the Gold Dust Woman is very appealing.

3. Wyldstyle - My favorite new thing this year has been The Lego Movie, and Wyldstyle would be a super easy costume to pull together with a black hoodie, pants, fabric paint and temporary hair dye or clip-in extensions.  If I go with this idea, I will be an Elizabeth Banks character for two Halloweens in a row.  EVERYTHING IS AWESOME!!!

4. Thor or Black Widow - My geekier readers have probably heard the news that Marvel has given the powers of Thor to a woman.  I already have a toy Mjolnir hammer and it would be fun to be the new Thor for Halloween.  I also love Black Widow and it would be a fairly easy costume - really, the belt and red hair are all that's needed to get the point across, but I'd add a SHIELD logo because I'm a nerd and an arrow necklace because I loved that detail in Winter Soldier.

5. Nyota Uhura - I love J.J. Abrams' take on Star Trek and I love Zoe Saldana.  Trek costumes are fairly easy to find at the big costume shops that pop up in empty strip malls this time of year, and I can totally rock go-go boots and a high ponytail.

6. Ghostbusters - Mr. Q lists Ghostbusters as one of his favorite movies, and with the recent announcement that the remake will feature an all-girl team I think this would be a fun (and comfy, because I would get the jumpsuit and not the "sexy" version) costume idea.

Which of these costume ideas should I go with?  Do you have plans to celebrate Halloween?  Feel free to share links to your favorite costume ideas, Pinterest boards, movies, songs, and photos that help you get excited about the holiday.

Monday, October 20

clicks of note: if you gave me a chance...

get your week off to a colorful start...
  • Ordinarily I don't feature Top 40 hits in this space, but "Rather Be" makes me smile every time I hear it - what a cheerful song and beat!  It reminds me of some of my favorite music from the 90's.  I'm linking up with My So-Called Chaos for Musical Mondays.




Thursday, October 16

my fall and winter bucket list

  • Donate summer clothes and streamline my cold-weather wardrobe
  • Go to one of my students' football games
  • Attend a wine and painting class at the local winery or Paint Nite
  • Movies to see: Wish I Was Here, Lucy, The Hundred-Foot Journey, What If, If I Stay, About Alex, This Is Where I Leave You
  • Books to read: Dragonfly in Amber, Where She Went, City of Heavenly Fire
  • Go biking on the Greenway with Mr. Q
  • Try some new activities at GO Fest (outdoor yoga class!)
  • Use my new YMCA membership (spin class!)
  • Make s'mores in the fire pit
  • Movies to see: The Good Lie, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Kingsman, The Best of Me
  • Books to read:  Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Atlantia, Yes Please
  • Learn to use my sewing machine
  • Have the art we've purchased framed and display it in our townhouse
  • Little home improvements: setting up the daybed frame in the guest room, installing a ceiling fan in the master bedroom
  • Participate in the Color Me Rad 5K with my coworkers
  • Movies to see: The Theory of Everything, Mockingjay Part 1
  • Books to read: The Bane Chronicles

What's on your to-do list for this fall and winter?  
What are you most looking forward to?

Linking Up With:

A Harvest of Blessing

Wednesday, October 15

Fall 2014 - Sangria and Gold

Now that we're solidly into fall, it's time to break out the bold, rich colors that remind us of comfort and luxury.  I'm really digging the combination of sangria and gold at the moment - so classic and sophisticated.

Fall 2014 - Sangria & Gold

1. Old Navy satin boho blouse  2. Neutrogena MoistureSmooth Color Stick in "Soft Raspberry"  3. LOFT floral scarf  4. Old Navy pixie pants 
5. Zoya nail polish in "Aubrey" 6. Fossil "Preston" colorblock purse  7. Albeit lipstickin "Bordeaux" from Anthropologie  8. "Elsa" scalloped ballet flats from Payless

Which of these bold, classy pieces is your favorite?

Monday, October 13

clicks of note: who knows what we'll find...

get your week off to a colorful start...

  • Jason Mraz will always be one of my favorites.  Right now I'm loving "A World With You" from his new album Yes.  I'm linking up with My So-Called Chaos for Musical Mondays.





Sunday, October 12

the final sunday social: on blogging.

Today is Neely and Ashley's last Sunday Social, so I couldn't resist putting my own spin on their questions.  I can't wait to see what kind of link-up they come up with next!

Social Sunday

1. How did you come up with your blog name?
It got to the point where I wasn't a bride-to-be or a recent newlywed anymore, and I wanted a name that reflected the biggest thing I want women planning weddings to know - there is life after the wedding, and there's a lot more to celebrate.  Beyond the Aisle is about celebrating every day and learning to love life by adding as much color and style as possible.

2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I've been blogging in some form since I was in high school and I love how I can look back and see how my voice has changed as a writer.  I was very sarcastic when I was younger, and now I'm more serious and try to encourage my readers.

3. What is one thing you have discovered because of blogging and now can’t live without?
Instagram, for sure.  I remember seeing cool, retro-looking square photos on Bleubird's blog and I couldn't believe how easy it was to get the same look.

4. Facebook or Twitter? Why?
Facebook; most of my friends from high school and family members haven't gotten on the Twitter boat yet, and I love being able to see longer posts and photo albums.  Basically I use Facebook to stalk other people's babies.  In a non-creepy way.

5. If one celeb read your blog, who would you want it to be?
Zooey Deschanel.

6. What is something you want people to know about your blog?

When it looks like I'm slacking off on the blog, that's when I'm putting my heart into my family, my home, and my teaching.  I don't let myself feel guilty about not posting because if I'm not living my life I'm not going to have anything to post about!

sunday simplicity.

Monday, October 6

clicks of note: i hold your name up to the sky...

get your week off to a colorful start...
  • Sucré is French for "sugar," and is pretty much a perfect description of Stacy Dupree-King's voice. This song blends classical influences with house music in such a creative way. I'm linking up with Musical Mondays at My So-Called Chaos (come join us!).





Sunday, October 5

sunday simplicity.

"The king's son was always by her, and never ceased his 
compliments and kind speeches to her. All this was so far from 
being tiresome to her, and, indeed, she quite forgot what her 
godmother had told her. She thought that it was no later 
than eleven when she counted the clock striking twelve. 
She jumped up and fled, as nimble as a deer. The prince followed, 
but could not overtake her. She left behind one of her glass 
slippers, which the prince picked up most carefully." - Charles Perrault

Saturday, October 4

October Favorites

This month's favorites post is a day late, but I have a good excuse - I spent yesterday afternoon visiting a brand new baby!  My best friend Breeze is officially an aunt, and that means October is off to an amazing start already.  Today Mr. Q and I will be attending my college roomie's wedding, and the rest of this month's weekends are packed with apple orchard visits, outdoor festivals, a 5K, and other fall fun.

October Favorites

1. The used book fair - Roanoke's American Association of University Women chapter hosts a huge book fair every fall and winter and the selection gets better every year.  They always have a bag sale on the Sunday of the book fair, and I scored some just-like-new books for my classroom along with a few for myself.

2. Sugared Apple Yankee Candle - This candle has the perfect apple to vanilla ratio.  I've found myself lighting it every single evening when I get home from work as part of my fall routine.  It makes the townhouse feel so cozy!

3. Hocus Pocus - The best movie ever, filled with slightly inappropriate jokes that went over our heads when we were kids.  I will never get tired of this movie, Thackery Binx, or Bette Midler's performance of "I Put a Spell On You."

4. Sleepy Hollow - I am a wimp when it comes to scary movies and creepy TV shows.  Sleepy Hollow is perfect for me because it balances out the demons and monsters with U.S. history and procedural mystery-solving.

5. Fall gardening - Basically every fall consists of me walking into the garden center and going, "Give me all of your chrysanthemums, please."  In addition to their plethora of mums, our garden center had some pink flamingos painted to look like skeletons, and it was GENIUS.

6. Wine festivals - Mr. Q and I are actually planning some winery road trips this fall after enjoying ourselves immensely yet again at this year's wine festival at the lake.

7. Pumpkin Spice Oreos - These little babies are almost too sweet for their own good.  SO GOOD.