Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Museum Day - Part 2

Here is the window from which I took most of those photos I showed you yesterday -

The museum has a great children's play area where my girls sketched a fruit bowl...

...while I took photos of people outside.

There is a fabulous graphic purse in the next photo -

And for a full "Rear Window" effect, here is one window to window -

When my kids finished drawing, we headed to the lobby for a drink -

... and I spotted this girl in a cute dress -

Then we headed outside for a little relaxation -

The whole museum is artistic - the architecture, the grounds, the surrounding buildings.  It's just a pleasant place to hang out.

Even the elevators are cool -

Now that we are members, we will definitely be back soon.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Street Photography at the Museum

Last week, I took my daughters to the High Museum of Atlanta to see the Henri Cartier-Bresson photography exhibit. 

I told them to "go stand by that sign".  They took me quite literally. 

Once again, I cannot show you pictures of the actual exhibit, but I can inspire you with it.  Henri Cartier-Bresson was one of the first "street photographers".  He not only was an artistic photojournalist during periods of great change (WWII, Communist takeover of China, Gandhi's funeral), but also captured amazing portraits of significant individuals such as Coco Chanel, Henri Matisse, and Truman Capote.

I usually talk to people before I take their picture, but in honor of the Henri Cartier-Bresson, I took some candid photos of people at and around the museum.  Many of them were taken through a window, so I felt very "Rear Window" about the whole process.

Cute wedges.

I really like her whole outfit.  If you look closely, you can see how she accessorized with a multi-colored headband (which I don't see very often) and red sunglasses -

I love it that I got caught on this one -

And almost got caught on this one -

I really like her black tennis shoes.  I am going to add those to my list of comfy shoes to try.

I like the simplicity of the navy dress and the suede tote bag.  I have been considering buying a wide brimmed hat for the summer, because I really hate to wear sunscreen on my face.  Do you think I could pull this off?

Come back tomorrow to see a few more shots...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

God spoke to me this morning

This morning I started dwelling on devastating events that could - but probably will never - happen in my life.  I decided to read a book to make myself feel better.  I randomly picked up a book my mom gave me called How to Grow a Young Music Lover.  Reading about the benefits of music made me feel like playing the piano (which I rarely do anymore).  I opened the hymnal to a random page and started playing and singing these words -

Thy bountiful care what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air; it shines in the light;
It streams from the hills; it descends to the plain;
And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In thee do we trust, nor find thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend!

I teared up as I felt like God was telling me through these words to stop thinking about my (potential) problems and to start hanging onto him.  He was telling me that he knows that I think I can't get through certain things in life.  But no matter what happens, he will take care of me.  Then, I heard a voice in my head say, "You are going to sing this in church today."  I laughed to myself.  Now that would be a confirmation.

So, when I saw those same words appear on the screen at church and sang those same words again, my eyes filled with tears.  With so many people in the room that had come to hear from God, it was amazing to know that he had taken the time to talk to me.   

If I can only remember this tomorrow, and the next day, and the next day...

Friday, May 27, 2011

The best colors are found in nature

We found these eggs in our yard last week -

Aren't they the most beautiful color ever?!   I have a slight color obsession.  I could stare at these all day.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Summer style


Charlotte Russe top

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

When I saw this woman in Dillard's, I immediately noticed her striped leggings (which she purchased in Seoul, South Korea) -

While I was talking to her, I noticed her toe nail polish -

Monday, May 23, 2011

Simple white t-shirt

The other day, I was shopping for a simple white t-shirt.  What I found was either too see-through or too expensive for a plain t-shirt.  Then, I remembered that my husband had some extra t-shirts laying around -

The best thing about starting with an existing t-shirt is that the edges are already finished.  I cut around the neckline to feminize it a bit.  By holding the shirt by the sleeve, I cut the sleeves off retaining the finished edge on the shoulder.  I could have stopped there, but I wanted a more fitted look.  So, I cut some fabric out of the sides and then sewed them up again.  And, voila -

Saturday, May 21, 2011


Here is an outfit I won't be able to wear much longer due to the sweat-inducing humidity that is on it's way to Atlanta.  But for now, I am enjoying our cool Spring mornings -

Francesca necklace, The Limited top, Gap jeans, Aldo shoes


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Atlantic Station Style - Part 2

One reason I really like shooting "street style" is that I get to find out where the stylish girls shop.  This girl told me that she bought her jacket at K-la. 

They only stock a few of each item, so you can really be unique.  Once I give my bank account a break from my last shopping spree, I'm going to hit this place.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Let's talk politics

I never intended to discuss any political figures on my blog.  However, last night I found myself sitting directly across a table from the Mayor of Atlanta enjoying the Chef's Tasting Menu at Bluepointe in Buckhead.  My husband's boss had purchased a "Dinner with the Mayor" from the silent auction at the Policeman's Ball and graciously asked us to join him.  

Let's get down to business.  This is what I wore -

And here is a picture of me with the Mayor -

Mayor Reed comes across as calm, cool, and collected.  Yet I am fascinated by the sheer energy it must take to maintain his 14 hour work days of meeting after meeting, event after event.  Before he came to dinner with us, he had already attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for a small store and spent hours with a group of executives giving a speech and answering questions.  Then he had one more meeting to attend after dinner.  Unfortunately his girlfriend could not join us last night.  She was worn out from hosting Michelle Obama, who had been in town the previous day to raise money for the President's next campaign.  I asked him if he ever gets to take a vacation.  He said that he does not, but he tries to take every Sunday off to go to church and rest.  I'm a big fan of that.

Breaking news from the Mayor.  You heard it here first (unless you read it about it months ago in the AJC) - Atlanta is getting a streetcar!  I knew there had been discussion about it for years, but I didn't know it is really going to happen.  My daughter will be very excited.  Evidently streetcars have historically been more than just a fun addition to a city.  They tend to help revitalize areas economically.  Good for downtown Atlanta.

He has a lot of plans to help grow Atlanta's economy including working with the airport to make Atlanta a logistics hub.  He is pushing for more freight to come into the Atlanta airport during the wee hours of night, which will bring in a lot of new jobs.  He also wants to obtain funding from the President to build a train from Atlanta to Savannah, so you can get to Savannah in an hour.  I really wanted to ask him some fashion and shopping questions, but the conversation never got that light.  He was on point all the time. 

After tonight, I'm officially naming my husband as my Blog Manager, because he continues to take my blog to places I never thought it would go (evening gown design, Las Vegas, a dating service, lunch hot spots, and now dinner with the Mayor).  In a few weeks, we are going to the best place yet...

Friday, May 13, 2011

Looking for wedges

This week I was looking for some wedges to round out my summer wardrobe.  I intended to buy something like this -

Black leather with cork wedges

or these -

More Twelfth St. By Cynthia Vincent...
Twelfth St. By Cynthia Vincent at ShopStyle

or these -

More Audrey Brooke...
Audrey Brooke at ShopStyle

But I then I was walking through the mall and saw a very chic lady wearing all black leather wedges.  I was going to ask her where she got her shoes (and if I could take her picture), but she was in the middle of an intense conversation.  I remembered I had seen similar shoes at Aldo, so I headed there and immediately purchased these -

Aldo shoes

My wardrobe is much more "city" than "country", so these wedges fit in perfectly.  I have since noticed similar shoes (at a slightly cheaper price) available in several colors at Dillard's, Zappos, Piperlime, everywhere, etc. -

More Dolce Vita...
Dolce Vita at ShopStyle

Now I feel updated for the summer.