June 12, 2016
SCENES FROM HOME

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Mixing the old with the new

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The lastest issue of Cherry Bombe

This weekend has made me wish I could magically slow the clock from ticking. Jared and I had an unplanned date night on Friday evening near his favorite part of town. We spent the latter part of Saturday watching The First Monday In May and indulging our appetites. Today has included reading my favorite New York Times’ column, watching his favorite show, and tidying our home.

This weekend has also included important conversations about this incredibly powerful letter and this morning’s devastating events. These conversations, in addition to many things, remind me to treasure and protect the moments described above. This poem has also come to mind:

Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky and want, more than all the world, your return. ― Mary Jean Irion

I hope as we start the week anew, we do so with kindness, compassion, and love. I hope our desire to better understand one another becomes more insatiable each and every day, too.

June 5, 2016
SATURDAY MORNING IN THE GARDEN

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Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. – Lao Tzu

The quote above resonates so much with me. Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Hear, hear.

On Saturday morning, I visited the garden of my Aunt Beth and Uncle Rob. The clouds had just emptied onto the green and lush bodies below, filling the garden with the perfect aroma: a combination of blossoming lilies, earth, and fresh water. Before we knew it, a couple hours had passed, and Aunt Beth was trimming lilies and hydrangeas to send home for Jared and me to enjoy. They made our weekend feel all the more beautiful.

I hope you had a lovely weekend, friends. Here’s to a new, less hurried week ahead.

May 16, 2016
ONE WEEK IN IRELAND

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We left for Ireland with one goal in mind: see as much of the country in one week as possible, and do so via a self-guided tour. Neither Jared nor I had ever been to Ireland. The trip had been on our minds for a few years before we finally decided to book our plane tickets, AirBNBs, and a rental car that would be driven on the left side of the roads. The roads, by the way, were typically not any wider than 20 feet or so. (Although, after reading this post, Jared said 20 feet sounded generous.) The fellow drivers were, however, very friendly.

We flew into Dublin where we spent the first two days of our trip. We then drove three hours west (and to the opposite side of Ireland) to Galway before heading to Dingle, Killarney, and Kildare. We did not make it to Northern Ireland this time around, but County Antrim specifically was highly recommended and looks as dreamy as could be.

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Our first morning in Dublin begged for a large cup of coffee and a walk through through St. Stephen’s Green and Trinity College.

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While at Trinity College, we saw The Long Hall and Book of Kells.

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Our view from Guinness Storehouse

We spent several hours walking through the city each day. Temple Bar is an incredibly lively area, full of colorful streets and rowdy pubs. We had our favorite meal in Dublin at The Winding Stair. (Thank you, Ashlae!) We also very much enjoyed Guinness StorehouseDublin Castle, and The Brazen Head.

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We took a train to Howth our last evening in Dublin. This was unplanned and spontaneously recommended by our dear friend, Lindsay. It took less than hour to buy our train tickets and arrive in the quaint and coastal town. It was so worth the hike up the seaside cliffs for the sunset views, as well.

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Galway was our second stop on our tour through Ireland. The town center is a maze of great pubs, restaurants, and shops. My favorite meals in Galway were at Loam and Ard Bia at Nimmos, two restaurants in the heart of the city.

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The Cliffs of Moher are about 1.5-hour drive from Galway. They are over 700 feet tall (these photos don’t do them justice!). We could walk right up to the edge of the cliffs; there was no railing or patrol. Leaning out to snap these shots nearly gave Jared a heart attack.

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Ashford Castle is a beautiful property with one of the most well maintained castles in Ireland. It is a full service hotel and spa with a beautiful golf course and grounds that are open to the public. Similar to Cliffs of Moher, it was an easy drive from Galway and so worth the visit.

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A vignette of Coffeewerk and Press

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Connemara National Park

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Kylemore Abbey

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Conor Pass, en route to Dingle

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From Galway we headed to Dingle, my favorite stop on our entire trip. It is the first place we’ll return to when we visit Ireland next. We stayed in an AirBNB on the street shown above and spent our time, from dawn until dusk, exploring the sites below.

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Coumeenole Beach

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Dunquin

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“Hey, bird!”

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A pitstop on the Dingle Peninsula

 

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Muckross House

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Hello, fairytale forest. 

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Gap of Dunloe and Killarney National Park

We traveled from Dingle to Killarney where we visited the Muckross House and Killarney National Park. In fact, we got lost for about two hours in Killarney National Park, and despite being “hangry“, it provided some of the most stunning views in all of Ireland.

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We spent the last portion of our trip in County Kerry. We spent an entire day driving the Ring of Kerry. We played JOHNNYSWIM’s Live at Rockwood Music Hall while winding through the tiny scenic roads, and at one point, I was so elated by the scenery that accompanied our soundtrack that I started whistling and clapping in the car; I couldn’t control euphoric myself.

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Blarney Castle

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Our view atop Blarney Castle

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Rock of Cashel

We spent our last full day in Ireland visiting Blarney Castle and the Rock of Cashel. We were tempted to spend it back in Dingle, but we kept our one goal in mind: see as much of the country in one week as possible. We were excited to feel like we were living in a Game of Thrones episode for a few hours, too.

We cannot wait for our next trip to Ireland. Northern Ireland, Kinsale, and Dingle will no doubt be on our itinerary.

April 5, 2016
AN EVENING AT MADEWELL

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Nashville friends! I will be at Madewell tomorrow evening with Moriah Murrell, and we would love for you to join us! We are excited to chat about our favorite Madewell looks, our go-to spots in Nashville, and more! There will also be cookies and champagne. Hooray! We hope to see you, talk with you, and hang out while eating sugary treats.

Details are below!

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4:00PM – 7:00PM 

Madewell | The Mall at Green Hills

2126 Abbott Martin Road, Nashville, TN 37215 

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We hope to see you there!

I am wearing the Cruiser Straight Crop Jeans, Pagoda Crop Shirt, Joshua Tree Jean Jacket, and Warren Sandal

March 18, 2016
PACKING FOR IRELAND

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Jared and I are approximately 30,000 feet above the earth, bound for Ireland, by way of New York City. He is currently sound asleep, and he’s hopefully dreaming of a scenario in which we are sitting in a quiet pub in Killarney when Dropkick Murphys show up and sing I’m Shipping Up To Boston as we toast to the Irish.

I currently happen to be the opposite of sound asleep. I’m listening to Annie by Johnnyswim and scheming to convince Jared to rush to Jack’s Wife Freda on Carmine Street during our layover in the city. Though, there may be no convincing the man who plans everything as inexpensively and efficiently as possible. A trip to Jack’s Wife Freda is, in his book, neither inexpensive nor efficient, so it seems Maya’s Grain Bowl and Rosewater Waffle may have to wait a while longer.

The man described above also happens to be the brains of our upcoming operation: a self-guided tour of Ireland. Although the chances of eating that colorful bowl of vegetables this afternoon are low, I’m convinced the deficit will soon be filled with traditional Irish food and my first pint of Guinness upon landing in Dublin. We’ll explore Dublin for two days before driving west to Galway. We’ll then spend the next week driving from one city to another, and we plan to stop at Ireland’s rowdiest pubs along the way.

I tried darn hard to pack as light as possible. The two items above are the Suzi Boot by Elizabeth Suzann and Handmade Masculine Coat by Zara. I plan to have these items on repeat all week! 

February 22, 2016
OUR LIVING ROOM + DINING ROOM + KITCHEN

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We moved from Boston to Nashville in June of 2014. While Boston will always hold a special place in my metaphorical heart, I feel we came to Nashville for reasons that were originally unbeknownst to us. For instance, if you would have told me in June of 2014 I would be working at Elizabeth Suzann, I most likely would have gazed back at you in bewilderment–not because it was a silly idea, but rather because I felt trapped, emotionally and academically, in my then current field.

But let’s not get too off track here. I want to soon discuss my transition from one field to another (that I would argue aren’t so different), but I’m not quite done processing that transition myself. For now, let’s focus on what preceded my first day at Elizabeth Suzann. Let’s focus on how Jared and I created the space we return to after spending most days elsewhere. Let’s focus on our home, a space that feels personal, warm, and perfectly cozy for Jared, Jones, Albert, and me.

We moved into a building that was originally a factory that produced canvas bags. It was important to us to work with its inherent bones – brick walls, large wooden beams, bright and exposed pipes, and mismatched wooden floors. We took our time learning our favorite arrangement. We took a year and half to be exact. We slowly added color and even more slowly created niches for meaningful pieces we’ve each collected. Decorating our home was an evolution in a sense; one corner influenced the next corner and so on.

Below I have shared a few of those corners. Each photo was taken in our largest room, a room that triples as our living room, dining room, and kitchen.

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A treasure from Embu, Kenya + a few of our favorite books

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A bench in good company

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Ceramics from friends

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Artwork + books + a daily reminder

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An air plant + a treasure from Mumbai, India

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A tipsy from our favorite NYC shop + good vibes

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Albert

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The Sartorialist: X + fun coasters

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Incense, Apartamento, The Kinfolk Home, and a deck of cards

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A golden heart

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Aloe in our favorite planter from Wilder 

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Our home bar + map of Boston

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A succulent from our favorite nursery in town

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Protea

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A yummy snack + white chairs + our favorite West Elm dining table and dining bench

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Our favorite olive oil by ILĀ

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Exposed cutlery

Thank you, Lauren, for taking these photos!