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Monday, August 30, 2010

hay guys

i love this blog, but tumblr is so much easier! i can love both, though :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

this weekend

I am trying to soak up my last few days of summer in style :) This weekend, I went to see my favorite comedian, Patton Oswalt, live in Atlanta with my wonderful boyfriend.
My camera sucks, but there's Patton!
We walked around Little Five Points for a few hours before the show, and ate at this amazing little Mexican restaurant. I also picked up a few cute things at Junkman's Daughter!
Then, this afternoon, I went to brunch at Bluewater with my mom and Jason. We are trying a different brunch location around town each week. This week I had Grand Marnier french toast with brunch potatoes, yum!
Then I went to see Eat, Pray, Love with my mom and some of her friends. I really liked it! I saw this Harry Potter poster on the way out, and freaked out a little bit. I CAN'T WAIT!
Next week is my first week of aesthetic/cosmetic school. I am a little nervous, but also very excited :) I'll post an update after my first day!

Kisses and Cupcakes,

Sunday, August 15, 2010

great big update post

I have done SO many exciting things in the past month! I took an impromptu trip to New Orleans with my boyfriend and two of our friends. It was beautiful, and the food was amazing, but I could never live there. It is the hottest, most humid place I've ever been in my life. And if you don't have lots of money, you can't do much!
Like I said though, just gorgeous.
I have been trying to get into modeling lately, and I am blessed with not only an extremely talented photographer for a boyfriend, but also friends that are amazing as well! I did a bridal shoot with my friends Kate and Scott, and a pinup type shoot with Jason. I also did a shoot with my friend Chloe, and one for my friend Mikey's clothing line, exeCUTE.
I was also lucky enough to meet and talk to Robert Pattinson when he was in town filming his latest movie, Water for Elephants. He was so nice and gracious, and talked to my friends and I for about ten minutes. I didn't know it would be such a big deal, but my story and picture was featured on the news and the front page of the paper! Wow.
Rob fist pumping :)
This is some of the crew for the movie. We hung out with these guys all night. They were so cool! Now I have friends in LA :)

I have been trying to cook at home as much as possible, to learn more and save money. I found my grandmother's old classic cookbooks, and have been trying to re-create some of her best recipes. I also like to just make things up sometimes, like this spicy chicken and chickpea soup.
I love to bake my own pita chips to go with hummus
This is my grandmother's recipe coconut cake. It tasted just like hers, I was so pleased!
This is a simple watermelon granita I made, just because I had way too much melon!
This is really just about how I feel right now, I've never been so happy!
It is amazing what you can get through in your life if you have the right people around. I am a very lucky girl.

Kisses and Cupcakes,

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Etsy Shop

I finally have my Etsy shop up and running! I am starting makeup/aesthetics school on the 28th, and I will hardly have time to work, so I am hoping I can manage to at least make a bit of money online. I will be posting tons of clothing, and much more jewelry soon. Here's my brand new shop, littledarlingvintage :)

Monday, August 2, 2010


Do you ever feel like you are being completely irrational and over reacting to something, yet just can't stop yourself from doing it anyway? Or on the other hand, think you might be following an instinct, and you'd be stupid and naive not to act on it? Human beings are odd creatures.

Chris' birthday was this past week. I have been emotionally unstable the entire week, and it's starting to get on my nerves. I'd like to feel normal, please and thank you. Maybe these images I've been saving will cheer me up :)

I need this tattoo to be on me!

Kisses and Cupcakes, Jess

Friday, May 21, 2010

getting back to myself

I haven't posted pictures of my outfits in months, but I finally took some pictures the other day. Check out my lookbook! :)

Kisses and Cupcakes,

Thursday, May 13, 2010

My hiatus is over.. I think

I haven't posted much lately, because my life has changed so much. I am going to try to get back into posting regularly I hope. I'll start out by posting some images that I've found recently that have cheered me up or pulled on my heartstrings.

My ridiculous friends. They make me laugh sometimes when I feel like I've forgotten how. They stand up for me when I can't do it myself. They remind me I'm not a horrible person even when there is so much hate coming at me I don't know what to do. Thanks, girls. (Not just these two, either. You all know who you are and I love each and every one of you.)

I think this is a beautiful piece of art. It's the seven deadly sins illustrated by these amazing 70s style girls.
Starbuck and Apollo. They were meant to be together no matter what anyone else says. Have I mentioned how much I frakking love Battlestar Galactica?

Just pure and simple, beautiful love. I am a big fan of vintage kissing pictures.
There is a rainbow at the end of all the sadness :)

Kisses and Cupcakes,

Thursday, April 22, 2010

This One's For You

I'll always miss you. 
Goodbye My Lover- James Blunt
Did I disappoint you or let you down? Should I be feeling guilty or let the judges frown? 'Cause I saw the end before we'd begun Yes I saw you were blinded and I knew I had won 
So I took what's mine by eternal right Took your soul out into the night It may be over but it won't stop there I am here for you if you'd only care 
You touched my heart you touched my soul You changed my life and all my goals And love is blind and that I knew when My heart was blinded by you I've kissed your lips and held your head Shared your dreams and shared your bed I know you well, I know your smell I've been addicted to you
Goodbye my lover Goodbye my friend You have been the one You have been the one for me
Goodbye my lover Goodbye my friend You have been the one You have been the one for me
I am a dreamer and when I wake You can't break my spirit - it's my dreams you take And as you move on, remember me Remember us and all we used to be 
I've seen you cry, I've seen you smile I've watched you sleeping for a while I'd be the father of your child I'd spend a lifetime with you
I know your fears and you know mine We've had our doubts but now we're fine And I love you, I swear that's true I cannot live without you
Goodbye my lover Goodbye my friend You have been the one You have been the one for me 
Goodbye my lover Goodbye my friend You have been the one You have been the one for me 
And I still hold your hand in mine In mine when I'm asleep And I will bear my soul in time When I'm kneeling at your feet

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

How Things Change

I haven't written a blog in quite a while for many reasons. My life has changed drastically in the past month. A break up turned into a horrible tragedy, and the world lost one of its most beautiful souls. I can't say much about it due to his family, but he is very missed by many people. I wish so badly that things would have turned out differently and I could have been best friends with this amazing boy instead of losing him. Heaven has gained one smart, funny, "burger" angel after our loss.
I am now fully moved into my condo, and am so thankful to have one of my very best friends in the world as my roommate. I honestly don't know what I would have done without her here with me through this time in my life. I am so, so thankful to my friends. Each and every one of them has helped me more than they can imagine, and because of them I am able to not blame myself and continue on with my life. My wonderful, supportive family has also been here with me, and I am so happy for that. I also am fortunate enough to have been seeing someone who completely understands my pain, and is so unbelievably patient. He listens to me cry, and talk about how much I miss the boy I lost. I cannot believe how lucky I am sometimes to have someone so willing to put up with the intense emotions and stress of this. He was with me the day I found out, and has been with me ever since.
I will always love and miss my sweet boy that is now gone. I so badly wish I could have mourned properly and attended the funeral, and had closure. I wasn't given that opportunity, so I am considering the idea of having a memorial for him, the way he would have wanted to be remembered. Not a day goes by where I don't feel the immense loss his death has caused, but all I can do is live my life and be strong.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010


I checked some items off my looking-forward-to list! I attended the Oscars party with my friend Kalyn in frivolous Lady Gaga inspired costumes, bought some JPG items from Target, went to Jaz's birthday, dressed up for the premiere of Alice in Wonderland, and saw Muse live!
Kalyn and I with teased hair and sassy outfits for the Oscars party.
The "Golden Girls Eating Cheesecake" picture at Twinsie's birthday. Kalyn's face is amazing.
All the pictures were messed up, and this is the only decent one! But they look great at least :)
My Alice costume (through the looking glass, get it? ha)
Me and Jaz all dressed up and I assume looking into Wonderland.
Alice and the Queen of Hearts
The best live show I've ever seen, Muse.
Me and Jamie at Muse!

I LOVE my friends!!!

Kisses and Cupcakes,

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Oh, how I love to cook

I cook dinner at least once a week, and bake even more than that. However, I can NEVER remember to photograph the food I make! Almost nothing makes me happier than cooking/baking for people I love, and them really enjoying it. I had a few of my wonderful girlfriends over for the finale of The Bachelor (worst choice in Bachelor history, by the way) and I made dinner for everyone. I had fried spaghetti balls for appetizers, and homemade pizzas for dinner. We were in such a rush to watch the show, that the only thing I got to photograph was dessert, a chocolate-almond torte.
I used oranges and an almond windmill cookie as a garnish as a nod to the flavors in the torte
I had to go over the top with the torte pictures since I had none of my other dishes! :) Hopefully I'll remember next time.
Kisses and Cupcakes,

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Ah, the condo again. Seems like all I blog about anymore! I am probably the only one who cares, but what the heck :) Well, my mom and I went and worked on it again today, and managed to completely finish my room, and most of the closet. My boyfriend and I put together the last of the shelves, and hung my painting I bought for the living room. It looks awesome! I can't wait to get my couch in there to pull it all together. I posted my inspiration picture for the living room before, so I decided to do a post about all my inspirations for each room in the house.
This is what my poor dining room looked like when everything was first moved in. Since then, I bought some cute candles, vases, and place mats but it's nowhere near finished. I'd like to do a black and white wallpaper on one wall in the dining room, and black chair covers. My accent colors in here will be purple and green.
These are the place mats I got at Target for $1 apiece! I also got one purple and one green Woodwick candle to match.
This is a picture I snapped in a magazine that I just fell in love with. I adore the bright colors and the unexpected pop of orange. So I made my bedroom turquoise (there's a picture of it in the last blog) and painted my closet orange.
It's not finished, obviously, but it has the same effect (I hope!).
This is the color scheme I want for my bedroom. Is this not the most fabulous tent ever?! I want my wedding to look like that, by the way. But for now I'll settle for my room.
I wish I could find my actual inspiration picture for my bathroom, but this will have to do. This one is waaaaaaaaaay better and more complicated than I could do! In the Domino decorating book, there is a small bathroom painted with a trompe l'oeil effect so it looks like a circus tent. It's much simpler, just straight lines, and black & white. It's the coolest bathroom idea I've ever seen! I hope I can pull it off.
Aw, poor little boring bathroom :(
For my hallway, I'd like to paint it black and leave the trim white. It looks so elegant. I love this picture, but I'm sure my hall won't be nearly as fancy :) I wish! My boyfriend takes manual pictures and develops them in a dark room, so a black hall will showcase his work beautifully.
Looks like it needs some love, doesn't it?
The crowning jewel. My closet room/dressing room. This picture of Miley Cyrus' closet is so perfect, I can't even begin to describe. It's my dream closet! I don't like her that much, sadly. She has nice taste in closets, though! I am going to paint mine that same shade of pink, and maybe even put up chandelier decals. I am also looking for a good ottoman and a large mirror to put in there.
It just looks so plain with all the grey! Also, good heavens I have a lot of clothes. Maybe too many. Naaaaaah.
Any ideas or suggestions, friends? I'm open to them all!

Kisses and Cupcakes,