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April 5, 2013

Odds and Ends 4/5/13

Happy Friday, friends! I can't believe how fast the weeks are flying by this year. These Friday posts sneak up on me every week. Sometimes I feel like I have a lot to say, and sometimes I draw a bit of a blank. Since the birth of Pinterest, I feel like there has been an added pressure to make everything bloggers post new, fresh, and of course, over-the-top fantastic. I find myself wondering, Is this image pin-able? Is this idea pin-able? Does anyone else do that?! You can drive yourself crazy with those kind of questions. And then I try to remind myself that the reason I started blogging was to have a little space where I could share what I find inspiring with others...where I could connect with like-minded people who inspire me on a daily basis. Basically, a place where I can just be myself, let go and not care what everyone else thinks. Easier said that done, right? While some of the bigger blogs out there have contributors and a team of idea people, most of us are a one woman show. I'm constantly comparing what I create and blog about to what those other women are blogging about, even though I know I shouldn't. What can I say? I'm human. But comparison truly is the thief of joy, and I have to keep telling myself that. I gotta be me. I have been sticking to my new year's resolution though, and I'm glad. Even though I hate when I have a day where I just don't feel that inspired by anything to write a new post. And I gotta be honest, some of my not-so-inspired days stem from other things I wish I could be stronger about. I feel like I go through streaks where I do really well with it, and then I have a day where I just want to give in and be a little sad. When it comes down to it, though, this blog is such positive little escape for me, no matter what is going on in my real life. It's always here, waiting for me to write and create -- two of my most favorite things to do. I thank you guys for hanging in there with me! (And thank you for letting me vent a little from time-to-time, too.) 

The past week has been up and down for another reason as well -- our good friends and neighbors, Erin and Joel, are moving in just a few days, and we hate to see them go! They are such a fun couple to be around, and they will be missed. And Erin is the reason why I joined boot camp, which has turned into another bright spot in my life over the past year. Part of living in a college town means lots of adults work for the university or go to school there, which means a lot of people living in Athens aren't going to live here forever. We are going to send them off with a bang, though, by having a late-night dance party at Little Kings downtown. "Late-night dance party" are probably four of my favorite words in the English language. Whenever those four words have been suggested to me as possible weekend plans, I have never in my life thought about saying "no."

This weekend some of my pen and ink drawings will be on display at the My Athens show at the Bottleworks on Prince Avenue, so if any of you all out there are locals, please come by and check it out! It's a mostly Instagram-driven art show, which I think is such a cool idea. A couple of months ago the creators of the show started using the hash tag #myathens when any photo of Athens was posted to Instagram, and a couple of photos quickly multiplied into thousands! The best photos will be printed and sold to benefit Habitat for Humanity. I can't wait to see all of the photos hung up in the gallery! 

I hope you all have a great weekend, too. But before I leave...

A few things that caught my eye this week:

1.  Art by Oliver Jeffers

2.  Mod nails by Swell Maybe

3.  Geometric pin by Julie Moon (love the packaging, too!)

4. Printed silk top by Marni (the sale price would still make James croak) 

5.  Feather pumps by Reed Krakoff

6.  The prettiest spring dress covered in flower brooches (dress by Asos)

And a few other things worth sharing:

Bianca would never do this.

So bummed that Kinfolk Mag is coming to Athens and I won't be here!

My ovaries are aching over Bonlook's new line of sunnies for littles

Social Print Studio, part of Printstagram + a NM partner, has a new iPhone app! Check it out here.

This post both touched me and floored me -- because the author is a teen and so wise beyond her years.

+ another great , wise read, "I do not fear death," by Roger Ebert.

The fashions, the women, the Hamm, the plot twists -- MAD MEN IS (almost) BACK! 

...Who else will be watching? Are you attending a swinging 60's premiere party?

Have a great weekend!

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