Friday, September 24, 2010

Weekend Wedding

This weekend my cousin is getting married at the beautiful Zenith Vineyard about an hour south of Portland. We have lots of family in town from Nebraska and Colorado, which is wonderful because we hardly ever get to see them.

I am loving that this time around it is not my wedding everyone is here for because I get to actually visit and relax.

I am also excited to wear my new dress. It is gray - a color that I am currently obsessed with - and I got it at Target for $29.99.

Target. Target gives me problems. I wrote about why here.

Anyway - I hope to have a lot of photos and wedding prettiness to share, but for now I am going to enjoy the time with my family.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Oh My

I was just talking on my cell phone while searching my desk for my cell phone thinking, oh crap - I left it at home.

This basically sums up September so far.

La dee da.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Fake Animal Heads. That's Right. I Said It.

Has anyone else noticed that fake taxidermy is everywhere? I have spotted them in malls, catalogs, boutiques - all over the place. While I am not a huge fan of real taxidermy, I find these to be somewhat charming, in a totally kitschy way.

Dan and I spotted this big boy recently and I thought he was great. I think if you had a home with really tall ceilings and the right kind of look, something like this could look really great.

What are your thoughts on this trend? Could you see one of these in your abode?

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Rainy Saturday

Today is rainy and gloomy. The bottom of my jeans are currently soaked from walking around downtown Portland. My hair looks a fright. As I type this I am watching fog float by the trees outside our balcony.

It is perfection.

I can honestly say that I am a true Oregonian in the sense that I love rainy days like this. It justifies relaxation and lazy weekends. It keeps this state ridiculously green and beautiful. And, it forces me to do things like get a pumpkin spice latte from Starbucks.

It isn't fall until I have a pumpkin spice latte. That is a fact, FYI.

In an hour or so Dan and I are off to see The Town. It currently has a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so I am super excited.

Weekends truly are the greatest thing in the world.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Skirts: I Need Them

I am in desperate need of some skirts. Fall skirts, to be specific. Badly.

In the summer on the weekends, I live in dresses. Shorts and I are not really friends, but summer dresses make me happy. However, I have realized that when it comes to the cooler seasons, I tend to resort to pants far too easily and that needs to change.

I blame this on my profession. As you know, I work for a film studio which frankly, does not lend itself well to fancy clothing. Studios are dirty, full of equipment and machinery and absolutely massive. I spend much of my days running back and forth and wearing heels to work is simply not conducive to what I do. My poor heels now sit in my closet, alone and waiting for the weekends when they get to shine.

But at the end of the day, I am still a girly girl and I want to wear skirts. Thankfully, boots are really in this season and I think I can do boots. They are substantial, practical and look cute with skirts. I can easily still do all of the running around that I usually do but still feel feminine. Yay! Bring on the skirts!!!

I really like this one from J.Crew. I see it with a white collared shirt tucked in and with a belt, tights and tall boots. It is professional and doable in my life.

I also really like this tweed skirt. I like that shirt as well, however I am not feeling the socks. Perhaps I am just not fashion-forward enough, but I think they look ridiculous. Anyway, this is another look that I think I could easily incorporate into my day.

Looks like I may have to make a trip to J.Crew. Sometimes things just need to happen.

How about you? Anything you are looking to incorporate more of into your wardrobe? Do tell...

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Country Eye Candy

Yesterday was all kinds of crazy. Work threw me some very unexpected curve balls and, while all is well, it left me mentally and physically tuckered OUT.

So what did I do? Went home, poured myself a glass of wine and spent some time on the Country Living website. It worked like a charm. And, because I love to share, here are a few images to feast your eyes upon.

I love the blue china. Okay - so I have never been attracted to blue. It just never got my attention in any real way but in the last few months, I have started noticing it and loving it. Suddenly I am craving blue around me. Not sure where that is coming from, but I am going to go with it.

How much would you love a wall of books? It is one of my home dreams - especially with the ladder. It is so movie set. I love.

I once had a friend say to me in college, "Joc - you are probably the only person I know who would go shopping and just come home with baskets." She was right. I adore them. I much prefer to store things in baskets rather than bulky plastic containers.

Here is another thing I have been into lately: oval mirrors. They remind me of turn of the century farmhouses and I just find the shape really appealing.

Last but not least, this lovely pic. I would LOVE to take a nap on that, under the tree. Growing up, we had a hammock in our backyard and I remember my Mom just letting us nap on it as much as we wanted in the summer. There is nothing like waking up, staring at the sky.

Today is already looking to be less hectic, which is promising for my sanity. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, September 13, 2010

We've Got Cows!

Did you ever see the movie Twister? Remember the famous line, "We've got cows!!!" as a tornado engulfs Bill Paxton's SUV, swirling a cow in the air?

Well, that is me today - and I am the cow, swirling in the air.

Work is insane, therefore this post is all I have to give today. Have a good day!!!


Jocelyn the Swirling Tornado Cow

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Sisterly "Advice"

My Brother and Me - Christmas 2009

Last night I cooked dinner for 11 family members as we celebrated Dan's birthday. I made lasagna, which turned out amazingly well, if I do say so myself. The weather outside was horrendous, making the comfort of warm Italian food that much more delightful.

After dinner we all sat around talking and my brother, who is 19 and wonderfully ingrained in the college mind-set, as one should be at that age, said this:

"It seems like all of the other generations have tried to make the world a better place, but it is my generation that will actually be able to do something about it."

My immediate reaction was to giggle because I too remember having thoughts like that at his age. College has a way of opening up your mind, stuffing it with ideas, and leaving you armed and ready to take on the world.

"Yeah, that's just something college students say, Conor, but it's not really true," I said through my laughter.

Then I paused.

How. Jaded. Am. I? What has happened to me in the 6 years since I graduated from college? I am 28 years old and already declaring the total inability of future generations to make things better?

I think it stems from the fact that when I was 19, I thought that Anarchists were cool, my parents were the most annoying people in the world and that the drinking age should be 18. I no longer give any of those sentiments the time of day and I guess just applied my own opinion of myself at that age to my brother. Not fair, my dear brother. My apologies.

There is something so special about that idyllic time in a person's life/education. Feeling empowered with knowledge and will is not something a stupid older sister should take away or criticize.

And so, Conor, don't listen to what I said before. Stew and steep amongst the freshly educated around you. Bathe in the promise of what you can achieve. Live in your moment and, if you have some spare time, remind your sister that she needs a reality check.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A Coastal Weekend

I had a lovely weekend and I hope that you all can say the same. Dan and I headed to the Oregon coast for his birthday and it was fantastic. The weather was incredible, which is not something you can really count on at our beaches, so we felt very thankful.

Due to the fact that I was having a lot of fun, I hardly took any photos. Sometimes I do that. The camera will be with me, but I just forget to actually take it out of it's case. La dee da.

To summarize the weekend, I will make a list of what we did because I love lists and they help me feel organized and on top of things.

This weekend we:

- Took naps on the beach each day. This was wonderful. It was warm and breezy and we had no idea what time it was.

- Checked out antique shops. Always enjoyable. Well, for me anyway :)

- Saw an Elk the size of a truck. Not even kidding. He stared at us for about 30 seconds before continuing on his way.

- Went kayaking on a little estuary near the ocean. I found this to be an extremely relaxing way to spend an afternoon.

- Biked into town and explored some of the area where we were staying. It was a challenging ride (darn hills) but felt great.

- Had a seriously incredible dinner at the Nehalem River Inn. If you are ever near the coastal town of Manzanita and feel like treating yourself - eat there. We both had one of the best steaks of our lives and a glass of Pinot Noir that I am actually still dreaming about.

- Made a campfire on the beach. One of the things I love about our beaches is that at night, there are campfires for miles, all along the water's edge. We had a big 'ol fire going and just laid on a blanket, watching shooting stars. I saw 5 of them.

It was truly a wonderful weekend, and as is the case with all good things, it was over far too quickly. I hope you all had a nice weekend and I would love to hear what you did!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

My night

As I type this I am laying on my bed with my beloved MacBook. I am listening to old Dixie Chicks songs and just finished wrapping birthday gifts for my hubby. Dan is in the other room watching something on TV, but I know not what. Probably something to do with cars. In fact, most likely.

The sheets and duvet cover on my bed are white with a cream floral design. I want a bright, patterned duvet, but I just have not come across the right one. It is also hard for me to stray from neutral bedding. I don't know why. I think maybe neutrals relax me? I have to try something new soon though, otherwise I am ripe for a design rut. This is the truth.

Dan and I are packing tonight to go away for the weekend. We rented a little place near the coast and I am really excited. There is nothing in the world I love more than time with him. People often ask us if we get sick of each other since we are not only married, but work together as well. The truth is that after almost 4 years of working together, I cannot imagine it any other way. Being able to share my dream of working in film with this incredible man makes me feel beyond lucky.

I feel content. My life is good. We had to work late tonight and were so exhausted afterwards neither of us could be bothered to cook anything so we opted for pizza by the slice and a Corona each. I am not a big beer drinker, but it tastes so delicious with a slice of pizza.

Alright - I need to go pack now, but before I do, I want to leave you with a video of one of my favorite Dixie Chicks songs ever. When I am feeling stressed, I love to listen to it. Enjoy.

Up At The Cabin

A few weekends ago, Dan and I decided to head up to my Dad's cabin which is located near Mt. St. Helens.

We are so fortunate to have the cabin available to us. There is no cell phone service or internet connection. The cabin forces you to relax by the lack of modern distractions. I love it there.

Usually when we visit in the summer, we spend most of our time in the lake but it was a bit chilly for that. We decided instead to go exploring around the area, checking out some new places. The further you go into the forest, the tinier and less paved the roads become. We had a map with us so we felt confident in just seeing where the roads took us.

After awhile we came upon this vast field filled with huckleberry bushes. We decided to get out and pick some berries. If you've never had one, a huckleberry is like a smaller, less sweet blueberry. It takes a long time to pick enough to do anything with, but they are very yummy. I ended up making a blueberry and huckleberry crumble with mine and it was delish!

This was the view from the huckleberry fields. I had one of those moments up there where I felt really thankful that I live where I do. It is stunning.

I think Maddie liked it too. This is one of the best pictures I have ever taken of her. That is so perfectly her face and everything that I love about her.

On our way back to the cabin, we stopped at this view point. There she is: Mt. St. Helens. Breathtaking. Believe it or not, I have actually hiked to the top of that there mountain. I did it when I was about 14 or 15 and it was the hardest thing I have ever done, physically.

This guy was checking out the view too. What is it about big dogs - they never seem to realize just how big they are!

It was really fun to have a different kind of day up at the cabin. We can't wait until it starts to snow up there. They close some of the roads and you have to snow shoe in. I have never gone snow-shoeing and am excited to try.

Have a good one everybody!
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