Living in a new city can make you miss the little things you cherished back home. I’ll miss all the quaint, local shops I’ve come to love over the years (including Witherspoon Bread Company’s adorable hedgehog bread pictured above), but I also know this is just another opportunity to discover new places to love.
These orchids are from one of the last trips Lucas and I took together before our respective moves. We visited Duke Farms, a beautiful old estate in New Jersey that now serves as a model of local environmental stewardship. If you ever visit (and you should), make sure to bring a bike. It’s over 2,000 acres of rolling country filled with fountains, sculptures, greenhouses and nature trails.
Part of moving meant that I had to sort through
literal tons of clothing that I’ve hoarded over the years. Most were either garbage or donation ready, but every once in a while I would find hidden treasure, like these beige and mint polka dot/heart pumps that probably haven’t seen the light of day since sophomore year of high school.
I love that this move has given me opportunity to sort both literally and physically through my past and dream about my future.
When I first started this blog, I tried to do a 365 photo challenge. I dropped that somewhere along the way between writing my thesis and completing my senior year, but the motivation for writing remains the same. 2013 has been (and will continue to be) a huge year for me, my friends, my family, and my peers. I love using this blog as a way to reflect on these experiences and document the ways that my life is changing.
This past week was graduation, and now that I’ve gotten a couple days of rest and relaxation (seriously, between Beach Week, Reunions, and graduation, its been a non-stop party for over two weeks – and I am exhausted), I want to really reflect on what my education and experiences have meant to me.
I’ve met great people and made wonderful friends – and I’ll miss you all (even if I suck at keeping in touch). I’ll miss our dance parties, casual nights, manic energy, and utter exhaustion (and the hysteria that often accompanies it).
I don’t know if I’m in a place where I can really look back at everything accurately. I’m trusting that I’ll have many opportunities in the future to reflect (Princeton is nothing if not nostalgic).
In a few weeks I’ll move to Wisconsin to start my new job, and I’ll leave behind almost everything that’s familiar to me (including semi-temperate climates). It will be sad, but I’m also excited. I’ve lived in Princeton my entire life, and I think that this change represents an opportunity to really grow.
I hope that, as I change and grow, this blog will also change and grow. On a superficial level, I’ll have more access to things like kitchens and interior decorating, but I’ll also have to really think about the role that this plays in my life.
I’m treasuring these last few weeks I have before I join the “real world,” but I’m also (almost) ready to get going. For so long, I’ve avoided change and growth with paralyzing indecision. I want to change that – live with more purpose.
So, I guess what I’m saying is…let’s do this!
Two weekends ago was Princeton’s traditional spring concert party, also known as Lawnparties. It’s a fantastic day where girls break out their sundresses for the first time in a while and boys dress almost ludicrously preppy (or is that just Lucas? Actually, no, it’s not. It’s everyone). This year, we were lucky enough to have Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros as our main act, a band I’ve been desperate to see since freshmen year.
They did not disappoint. In fact, it may have been the best concert I’ve ever been to. I got to the stage about an hour early to make sure I had a good spot, which meant that I got to be in the second row for the entire performance! They opened with “40 Day Dream,” a personal favorite, and closed with “Om Nashi Me,” one of my favorite songs off of their first album. During “Home,” probably their best-known song, Alex, the lead singer for Edward Sharpe, asked audience members for stories they wanted to share. Lucas grabbed the mic and told everyone about how we had fallen in love to that song. I’m not going to lie, it brought a couple of tears to my eyes.
Anyway, as per usual, Lucas and I matched outfits. I made this dress from the New Look 6776 dress pattern (B, I think?). I really wanted to make something light and summery, so I chose the yellow polka dots and the uneven pink check patterned fabrics. I think they look like pink lemonade together. I made Lucas a matching bow tie out of the yellow fabric using the tutorial I made last week. He wore a checked pink shirt from Banana Republic and the new boat shoes-embroidered pink shorts I bought him from Brooks Brothers for his birthday.
If you want to see our outfits from last fall’s lawnparties, click here. We just discovered that the second photo is featured in our senior yearbook, so these outfits will be remembered for years to come!
I hope everyone’s having a good end of the semester!
I’ve now got a little over a month left until my thesis is due and a little over twenty out of eighty pages written. To say that I’m stressed out would be an understatement. Appreciating the beauty around me helps, though. These pictures were taken over Intersession, when I was trekking back from the library after struggling to progress on my thesis. I usually miss golden hour and the sunset, because I’m either studying, at work, or just not paying attention, but the orange glow is too beautiful to be ignored.
I’ve found that making small goals helps, with infinitesimal rewards along the way (typing this is a reward for writing a paragraph). I’ve also made a time table for progress, that puts me around ten pages a week until Spring Break, which will be super-crazy-crunch-time. At some point, I may just have to lock myself in one of Princeton’s many towers and not let myself out until my thesis is done.
I’m going to do my best not to turn into a hermit though, and keep writing on here and doing fun things. I have a rough plan for a dress I want to make, based on the Russian nesting dolls dress from Modcloth, the Asbury Park ice cream fabric, and a little seersucker. Maybe I’ll post my sketch of it here along with some fabric samples. I think I might let myself order the ice cream fabric once I finish my second chapter of my thesis as a treat.
Until then, I’ll keep dreaming about a post-thesis world in April, where every night I’ll stay up late talking, and every day I’ll work on whatever project I want, and I will be blissfully, blissfully happy. It’s hard not to daydream too much, but I know I’m less productive when I do so, and the less productive I am, the less likely I’ll have time to actually complete the projects I dream about.
Good luck to everyone else struggling with their (lack of) thesis!
I looked out the window and saw that, due to erratic New Jersey weather, a London-esque fog had settled over the street, cloaking all the eating clubs in an orange haze. It was beautiful. Moments like these are what being in college is really about – realizing the magic in the wee hours of the morning, in happy exhaustion, whether you’re alone doing work or having a late night chat with friends.
After a lengthy computer science project and yet another paper on pop culture and death, my Reading Period work came to an end. Excuse our appearance if we seem a little scroungy, Dean’s Date is always a messy affair. To combat the stress and in celebration of our second to last Dean’s Date, Lucas and I sported Princeton colors in preppy staples.
I love all of interesting details on Princeton’s campus. The first window is behind The Bendheim Center for Finance, and I would be willing to bet that very few people know about it since it’s so tucked away. It’s very picturesque in a stone cottage sort of way. It probably doesn’t hurt architecturally that Bendheim used to be an eating club. As for the ivy-colored wall, it’s so easy to pass by it and never notice it since it’s at the busy intersection of Washington and McCosh. I love the way the ivy triangulates — it reminds me of the Secret Garden in a way.
A quick welcome to all our potential readers out there! This is a flashback to our outfits from Lawnparties, Princeton’s fall concert. We promise we’re not this obnoxious all the time.
Lawnparties is an event that Princeton throws twice a year, where the University and each of the eating clubs books a band or performer and everyone dresses up in mockery of the stereotypical (and mostly non-existent) country club-loving, tennis racket-swinging Princeton student. Naturally, when we saw these matching (and heavily-discounted) pieces at Brooks Brothers over the summer, we couldn’t help but buy them.
On Lucas: shirt/Brooks Brothers; bow-tie/Ralph Lauren; suspenders/H&M
On Ginny: dress/Brooks Brothers; belt/Polo Ralph Lauren; necklace/J. Crew
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