"We have only this moment sparkling in our hand like a star and melting like a snowflake." - Sir Francis Bacon
The countdown to my upcoming move has begun in earnest and I am trying to savor each moment I have in Seattle (if I could capture them in bottles I would..). This past friday my family through a birthday/going away party in the form of "A Nostalgic Beach Picnic" and I wanted to share with you all some of my favorite photos and memories from the evening.
Dapper Gents and Dashing Ladies you are invited to A Nostalgic Beach Picnic hosted by the Swaty family to wish Esther Maria a happy birthday and bon voyage!
At the height of summer, we will be making our way to the water’s edge in West Seattle, for a magical evening. What better way to celebrate dreams coming true than with good friends and great food. We encourage guests to bring banjos, harmonicas, castanats, tubas, accordians, and guitars for merrymaking. If you find yourself lacking, childhood has proven pots, pans, and spoons will do just as sufficiently.
A Few Details:
Guests are requested to bring their coziest beach blankets.
The party is at Lincoln Park
Dress and Comportment: Now, look here, proper attire is requested.
For dressing inspiration take a cue from Coco Chanel at the beach or Coney Island in the 20’s – straw hats, bow ties, cravats, suspenders, and lots of linen. Be creative on a dime, because we know many of us are working hard to make our dreams come true.
Gifts: Words are treasured. If you are considering a gift, cash for the adventure would help Esther comply with her luggage allowance and warm her belly with something other than Ramen in New York City.
Though there will be no fireflies to catch, memories are sure to abound…
Olive, apricot, and more, amazing breads from the Columbia City Bakery.
Selection of meats and cheeses
Savory Cream Puffs with bacon and herbs
Madeleines – dark chocolate with chips & lemon zest
German Apple Cake
Drink Bar: Guests created their own with fresh fruits, lemon balm, grenadine & lime syrups
Samara dear, seriously I don't think you could be any cuter!
Obviously they are up to no good :)
Sally girl you are about to be a big sister and I know you will do a marvelous job. Smooches!
I ordered these guys for decor... Just kidding, but they did make themselves quite at home along with an errant dog who came through trying to steal the meat and madeleines...
A little shout out to Stephen, a maestro party thrower himself, who made sure that the tea lights stayed lit throughout the course of the evening.. thank you :)
I will close this post with a photo of Erin. Isn't she just a beauty?
This was quite the evening to remember, and I am so thankful to everyone who attended and my family for throwing such a lovely party. You all made me feel incredibly special. I will hide the memories of this evening and your kinds words in my heart. This truly was the best Bon Voyage/Birthday a girl could hope for!
Ps- There were far too many photos to post.. Keep an eye on the Southern Nomad FB page and I promise to post an album or two in the next couple of days.
Last night, my Mom, bless her heart, had a plan to get my rear in gear. Seriously, I am not sure why, but I have been pretty paralyzed in regards to tackling my room and beginning the process of packing for New York. I mean the sheer amount of books that are in my room is quite enough to overwhelm almost anyone, not to mention the bags and bags of scarves I have not been able to make myself part with over the years.
All I can say is my Mom is a pro. Twelve years ago when I was moving from N. Little Rock, AR -> Seattle she took pity on me when she walked into my bedroom and I was staring blankly at my closet, overwhelmed and on the verge of tears. Though a lot and I mean A LOT has changed in the past 12 years...including the fact that I am now moving from Seattle -> New York (Brooklyn) there are some things which have remained the same, namely my inability to pack a room. A suitcase = no problemo, I'm a pro. A life altering packing of the room on the other hand, for those kind of situations sometimes it is best to just call in the expert, Mom.
So, last night when I arrived home there was dinner and a mimosa, then the work began in earnest.. almost...but not before Mom showed me a little inspiration from House Beautiful "Big Style In Small Spaces".
Inspired, I hit play on Mumford & Sons and clothes began to fly (no, not off my body). Mom patiently kept me company, adding addresses to my new address book (for the countless letters I plan to send). And now I have two suitcases packed, along with a very empty closet. I parted with quite a few scarves during the packing process and most likely when I am sitting on those suitcases in less than a month I might be removing a few more of those lovely scarves. But now I can proudly say that the packing has begun in earnest. Thank you Mom! I seriously don't know what I would do without you.
images: vintage suitcases & letters, brooklyn (unknown), decor shots - house beautiful (july/august 2012)
All The Little Things.. Matter.
Remember when I first told you about how "Dreams Come True", letting you all in on the fact that I would be moving to New York in August? Can you believe that the move is now a little less than a month away? Well I am excited to share that "all the little things" have slowly and magnificently begun to come together. But let's be honest and not gloss things over, there has definitely been some worrying along the way.. there was that post about my class schedule... followed by the one when I received my schedule, which by the way is a pretty darn amazing and flexible for the job I hope to find VERY soon.
And now I am bubbling over with excitement to share with you that I officially have a Brooklyn address. I will be living in Sunset Park near the Greenwood Cemetary (reminds me of the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery, and I can't wait to have a picnic in it). My roomie is an actress and a total sweetheart. Did I mention that she has tons of books? Honestly, I am so incredibly thankful for how things are working out. This dream of moving to New York has been twelve, did you hear me TWELVE years in the making. It can be hard to hold onto a dream for that long, there are a lot of Highs and lows...but this dream is turning into a REALITY and well there is just nothing that quite compares to that.
I have been a bit of a teary mess that last couple of days because the reality of everything seems to be hitting me all at once. It will be bittersweet to say goodbye to Seattle and all of the people whom I love so dearly. Each of you have left an indelible mark on my life and I will take you with me wherever I go. I want you to know what you all have invested in me, I promise to share with those I come across. I will not hoard the treasures. Wherever my feet tread I want to edify the lives of those I touch, loving through my words. May we not take a single moment for granted but see each person as they truly are, calling out to that which is sometimes buried in the depths of their hearts. Everyone has dreams, sometimes they just need to be dusted off a little.
"And how could we endure to live and let time pass if we were always crying for one day or one year to come back - if we did not know that every day in a life fills the whole life with expectation and memory and that these are that day." - Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis
typography: Brooklyn Artist Scott Albrecht
And these are just a small percent of the lists.. What would you make lists for if you were moving to a new city? Would you create an inspirational soundtrack for the move :)
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My Brooklyn list just keeps growing.. I spent part of this morning going through my Moleskine with sticky notes.. must create a plan for tackling all of this amazingness! My most recent discovery is Modern Anthology a half creative studio, half retail store specializing in original design, “one story at a time.”
Modern Anthology’s creative studio is a home to architects, filmmakers, interior designers, graphic and product designers with a common passion for story-telling through experiential design.
I am a big fan of Rifle Paper Co. and they just posted some new treats in their online store.
Aren't these just darling? I think their cards are perfect for brightening anyone's day, I mean who wouldn't be smitten with "Wellies"..
Ps- You can save 15% off their 'Featured' section with code 'NOTE15' at checkout now through July 24.
I thought that perhaps you would like an update on my upcoming move to New York?
So here is the scoop. I have several emails in to The King's College for direction on setting my Fall class schedule (perhaps it is because of their recent move to Wall Street but I seem to have fallen a bit through the cracks....). Once my schedule is set then I will dig into securing a part-time job, and all the while I am looking into housing. My dream is to live somewhere in Brooklyn and I recently heard word about a potential apartment with four other girls in Park Slope, which sounds like it could be a fun adventure. I feel a little like I have been holding my breath that everything is going to come together in time. Have I mentioned how scary this all is? Some days it's the paralyzing kind of scary and on others it's just plain exhilarating..
While waiting for all of the other details to knit together, I have begun working on a packing list. As you can see, it's the most awesome packing list ever... Perhaps not super practical but I see it more as packing a "comfort emergency kit" of sorts. The rolling pin is vital for making my favorite southern comfort food "chicken and dumplings, minus the chicken". The books are some of those that have helped to launch this journey and will hopefully be key in re-invisioning me whenever I inevitably find myself wondering "why the heck am I here". My "first piece of art", a lovely fashion sketch, purchased earlier this year from Katy Smail, a illustrator living in New York. Featherbed to keep me cozy during the chilly New York winter and so on...
I'm also working on a New York playlist to feed my inspiration. Do you have a song to contribute?
new york typography: dana tanamachi
Lovely iPhoneography by Brooklyn based photographer Nicole Franzen, using the VSCO app.
What is your favorite iPhone camera app?