Happiness is…

hydrangeas spring flowers

It’s been a relaxing few weeks for me, and I’m loving soaking in all of the goodness that summer has to offer. Hydrangeas are blooming all over my neighborhood and putting me in such a good mood. I think they’re such gorgeous flowers.

grilled vegetables

We’ve been having a couple cookouts, and while I love burgers and ribs, I can’t get enough of grilled veggies (these ones were prepared by Lucas’ mom) – they’re so bright and delicious.

orange creamsicle cocktail

With my birthday approaching, I’ve been test driving some potential cocktails to serve. This one is super simple and tastes exactly like an orange creamsicle. Just mix one part whipped vodka (or vanilla – but I love exotic flavors) with two parts San Pellegrino aranciata. It’s light, sweet, and nostalgically delicious.

What’re you excited for this summer?

Cheers,

Ginny

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Lawnparties

Princeton Lawnparties bow tie

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.

Edward Sharpe Lawnparties

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.

Edward Sharpe Lawnparties

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.

Princeton Lawnparties Bow tie

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!

– Ginny


Novelty Prints

novelty prints fashion
Right around the beginning of springtime I start falling head over heels for novelty prints – the zanier the better. I think it’s my body’s way of dealing with the frigid temperatures and perpetual darkness. I’ve gotten pretty stir-crazy recently from pretending to work on my thesis and starting up school again, so I can’t help but dream of when I have the time to execute some of my schemes. I’m planning on printing and painting my own material sometime soon, but until then, I just browse the internet, looking at all the pretty prints that stores are stocking.

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{Modcloth’s Bing Your Praises dress, Flamingo For It dress, Yes You Candy dress, and Regatta Love It dress.}

Once it gets warmer, I plan on breaking out some of my novelty print pieces (I’ve got a couple fruit and map patterned crop tops hiding away until the sun comes out permanently). Until then, I can dream about bright patterns and colors – and plan some DIYs. I want to do at least two novelty print projects:

  1. Print my own design onto a (probably) pre-made, thrifted dress (see A Beautiful Mess’s project for inspiration). I’m thinking I might do multicolored fruit stamps of pears and apples or lemons and limes.
  2. Create a feminine, vintage-inspired dress using novelty prints (like the blue Russian nesting dolls dress from Eva Franco for Modcloth, above). Beth Louche’s StashModernFabric Etsy shop has a lot of cute novelty cotton prints, which I would love to make something out of, including the kukla collection if I wanted to recreate the Eva Franco dress, this bicycle print, and this “Asbury Park” ice cream print.

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What about you, have you fallen hard for novelty prints?

– Ginny