24 June 2010

Things I Love Thursday - June 24, 2010

The first day of summer was Monday and I'm heading to North Carolina tomorrow. What better way to celebrate than a Things I Love Thursday inspired by celebrating the things I equate with warm weather, beaches, and sunshine!

  • I find it incredibly hard to maintain good looking skin and a nice glow when I'm at the beach. (I burn so easily!) That is why I love this tutorial by Kandee Johnson on how to look fabulous at the beach. I'm definitely going to try this!

  • Katy Perry. She's so cute and sassy. I love that she's engaged to Russell Brand. And mostly I love how catchy "California Girls" is. It might possibly be on loop my entire way to the ocean!

  • Ice cream sandwiches: I plan to make these at least 3 times while we're at the beach house. Yum!

  • Gala Darling's list of 50 Things To Do Before Summer Ends.

  • "A positive attitude may not solve all your problems,but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort."—Herm Albright

  • Feelin' happy? Calm? Sunny days? This is internet radio based on your mood. First thing I heard? "Don't Worry, I'm Yours" Jason Mraz remixed with Bobby McFerrin. Instant love!

  • It's Thursday! Tomorrow's the start of a beautiful weekend. What do you love?

    23 June 2010

    Wedding Inspiration Board

    With a little under a year till the wedding we have really started to put together ideas and details. The first thing Nick and I really focused on was the venue for the ceremony and reception and the photographer.

    We really got lucky and found some really beautiful locations that represented our interests and taste. Our reception venue is an amazing location that is downtown Canton, Ohio but sends you back in time and to another place. I was also super excited to find out that Genevieve Nisly was available the day of our wedding and booked her immediately.

    Our inspiration was vintage and romantic, Chicago School architecture, soft flowers and succulents, ornate frames, ivory and pearls. Photography, specialty drinks, dancing, cookies and candy. We really are going for something simple but elegant. Formal but not stuffy.

    {Photos from Geneieve Nisly, Monumental Designs, Castle Argyle Apartments, Chicago Building, Style Me Pretty}

    21 June 2010

    Entertainment Review (TV) - Work of Art: The Next Great Artist

    At the direction of my cousin, Jake, I spent last evening watching Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. If you haven't heard about the show, it is a reality program that is similar to Project Runway. 14 artists competing against each other in timed challenges, one winner an episode, and one poor sap that gets sent packing.

    (If you are at all interested you can watch the episodes here.)

    After watching the first two episodes I'm not too sure how I feel about it. My cousin's complaint was that, "it is not what art is about." And while I understand his issue, there is a part of me who is incredibly excited to see artists finally getting some much needed mainstream attention. I also don't find the competitive nature of the show to be too far off from some of the real-life competitions for commissions that have been held throughout time. Granted Ghiberti was never asked to create a postapocolyptic-humanoid-toasteroven-corpse in a post-modern response to consumerism, but one can make some connections (albeit stretched) to similar competitive endeavors.

    Anyways, I suppose that my major concern is just this... while there seems to be some serious talents amongst the group, right now it's just plain boring. And the bullshit and drama isn't even the bad kind of reality television people are drawn to watch because it is just so BAD. Pull out some of the mediocre characters, and lose some of the annoying critics and perhaps I'll be back.