Friday, April 12, 2013

Blogger 411

Some of my favorite ladies have posted this informative Q&A (Blair's Head Band, M is for Moxie), so I thought I'd jump on the bandwagon. I love learning more about other people, so of course I assume you want to know allll about me. Humor me, y'all.

1. The BasicsWho are you: I'm Sarah {waves}. Also known as Sassy to my family. Who knew a childhood speech impediment could lead to a lifelong nickname...
Where do you blog: Right here at Patience & Perfection
How did you pick your blog’s name:I need more patience and less perfection in my life, so why not combine the 2 into a place where I can strive for both?

2. Location, location, location
Where did you grow up: Atlanta, GA (sometimes called The ATL {ok}, Hotlanta {NOT OK}, the Dirrty Dirrty {questionable okayness})
Where do you live now: The ATL
Where would you live anywhere in the world: Either San Francisco or a small town in Tuscany.

3. Let’s talk beauty - what is your favorite or signature:
Lipstick: I've tried 20x to find one that I like. I think I'm a Fresh Sugar Berry or cherry chapstick girl for life. My lips are naturally pigmented so it's hard to find a color that doesn't look funky on top of my natural color.
Mascara: Cover Girl Lash Blast in the orange tube #devoted
Perfume: Narciso Rodriguez for Her, SJP Lovely, Gucci Premiere, Marchesa

4. Yummies - what is your favorite:
Cocktail: Anything with champagne
Dessert: Ice cream or anything that combines dark chocolate and mint.
Pizza Topping(s): Proscitto, mushrooms, spinach

5. I always have these three things in my refrigerator:
Un:  Wine {Le Duh}
Deux: Organic skim milk
Trois: berries of some sort

6. Get artsy - what is your favorite:
Movie: So hard to choose. Probably any Jane Austen adaptation. Also, not quality but Clueless, Mean Girls, and any James Bond movie.
Book: The Bible. Choose Joy. Pride & Prejudice.
TV Show: SCANDAL. Homeland. The Tudors. Revenge. The Voice.

7. Kid stuffs - three questions about your youth:
What did you want to Be when you grew up? I honestly had no idea. Probably a SAHM...{let's laugh about how far from a reality that is}
Who was your favorite teacher and why? I had a few art history teachers in college that I LOVED
What was your worst sickness/surgery/hospital visit as a kid? I was VERY lucky and never had anything too serious happen. Broke my ankle in 6 grade, wore the aircast for 6 weeks. No drama.

8. The Pretty Things - what is your:
Favorite color: Bluey-green minty aqua colors {so specific}
Favorite flower: Tulips, peonis, hydrangeas
Favorite artist (painter, photographer, etc.): Working with artists, this is a toughie! We'll go with my favorite classic artist, which would be Renoir.

9. Shop ‘Til You Drop
What’s one thing you buy the most often: I buy a LOT of striped shirts...
Do you prefer to shop online or in-store? Online
Imagine you open your own store - what would you sell? Clothes for tall people. Seriously. The proportions on clothes these day are made for wee Asian lasses, which I am not.

10. Be a Hater: what are three things you would like to go away?
Ein: The pollen - I don't think anywhere has it as bad as Atlanta.
Zwei: Anxiety
Drei: Ignorant, bigoted, judgmental people, especially those who hide behind a cloak of "Christianity" {vomit}

11. The Final Three (x Three)
I hand you a genie - what are your three wishes? World No. Ice cream and sweets with zero calories. A car that never needs work. A magic credit card that never needs to be paid off.
List 3 things you can see out of your window right now.There are no windows in here, only a lone skylight...From outside I can see lots of sad looking industrial buildings, a Persian carpet dealer, and a semi truck chilling on the street.
Who are three people, living or dead, you would invite over for dinner? Some funny ladies like Leslie Mann, Tina Fey, and Amy Poehler, some cool smart dudes like Mr. Obama, and some talented peoples like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! I'll be watching The Masters, as one does in the state of Georgia during this particular week in April.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

You Can't Shake Me

Lady loves - I am so sorry to have abandoned my wee bloggie for so long. Life, it be busy. And mine has been especially craaaazy of late.

So I quit my old job. And started a new job. And it was a terrifying but exciting experience. This was my first time leaving a job that I LOVED for a job that I thought I *might* love MORE. And so far it's been great! 

I have re-entered the world of hospitality oriented corporate art consulting, which in laymen's terms means I'm picking out art for hotels. Guest rooms, conference rooms, lobbies, what have you. Projects range from a Holiday Inn Express in Chicago to a snazzy La Jolla resort. Next time you're staying at a hotel, look at the art and think of meeeeee. Somebody has to pick it out. 

I worked at a similar firm just after college, so while it's not a totally new ballgame for me, I've had to completely reverse my mindset after working in a gallery for the past 3 years. Obviously with hotels we're dealing mostly with reproductions and not with originals {The rare public space project with a big budget is what dreams are made of.}. Before, I was all "Noooo, don't reproduce, it will devalue your original body of work, yadda yadda." Now, while I would never want an artist to compromise their integrity in any way, I recognize that selectively reproducing work can benefit the artist in the long run. Think about famous artists that everyone has heard of and most likely has a poster of their work somewhere in their house- Picasso, Warhol, Monet, etc.. Their work has impacted far more people, long after their death, because reproductions are easily available to the general public. If you want your name to live on, you need to get your art out there for the masses. {off soapbox}

My life has done a complete 180. Not only am I no longer working around the corner {literally}, but I'm working Big Girl Hours {9-6} and trying to juggle workouts, social commitments, and the #1 stressor, the dog. I brought her with me to the gallery just about everyday, which was awesome. New Job lets me bring her as well, but sometimes I have lunch plans/after work plans/etc.. and since my office doesn't have a door...I don't really know where to leave her. In a pinch {on a warm day} I left her in the car last week, but obviously that's not going to work all the time. 

So I'm interviewing a dog walker on Wednesday. I feel like the ultimate yuppie just writing that. But Sophie doesn't enjoy daycare {ppsshh, so common. See also: she thinks she's a person not a dog and refuses to play}, so the in-home option is the best one for us. Plus, Mimi has VERY graciously offered to keep her Sunday night - Tuesday night {Grandparent Day Camp!}, which means I'm only coordinating 3 days vs. 5. This is why you live close to your parents - I'm seeing the merit of this and I don't even have real kids yet. 

To completely finish this post that is All About Me {!}, I'll also be getting to travel some with New Job First stop? VEGAS in May! Someone pinch me. And it's my birthday week to boot!

I'll leave you with a picture of the gorgeous flowers my parents sent me on Valentine's Day. I'm a lucky girl. 

2013, you're off to a great start!

P.S. - Let's talk about how freaking excited I am that LAM is back in Atlanta and back to blogging. Y'all, check out her blog: Trivially Significant. Her life is pretty baller, and she tells a funny tale. :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Welcome, 2013!

Happy New Year! 
A new year, a fresh start (in whatever sense you need it to be)....lots to celebrate! I'm not a big fan of waiting till the new year to make a resolution to change something (do it when you think it!), but I do enjoy looking forward and reflecting on what I want to do different/better/the same this year.

It's hard to believe it's been a year since my sweet grandfather passed away. His 90th birthday was on Sunday, December 30th so my parents and I went to visit his grave at the Georgia National Cemetery. I don't know the name of the organization that lays these beautiful wreaths on all of the graves, but to whoever you are, thank you! I know it brings my mom comfort to know that the area around his grave is receiving constant attention.

We added some red roses since he was a Christmastime baby. As sad as it was that he passed away right after his birthday, I love that we now have the tradition of going to visit him for his birthday/New Years/anniversary of his death. Happy things mixed in with the sad.
I had not seen my grandmother's inscription since it was finished, so that was a nice treat. Her information is on the backside of the headstone (and they're buried (cremated remains) on top of one another). Together forever.

For once I had FUN New Year's plans! Is NYE not the most over-hyped, under-performing holiday ever?! I went to the Chick-fil-A Bowl with my roommate and some of our small group friends. Ashleigh's work hosts a big cocktail reception before the game every year, as a thank you to their clients, and I was happy to hook my wagon onto that party train.

 LSU vs Clemson
#GeauxTigers #SEC
Yellow bubble necklace came in handy to help me cheer on LSU! How funny to have 2 teams playing each other who are both the Tigers and both have purple as a team color.

We left the game a little early - I know, I know, such fair weather fans. But we were sure LSU was going to win {false}.We needed some time to throw on a few sequins and get jazzed up for the midnight festivities!

(I finally downloaded Picfx and have been having a little too much fun with the photo editing...)

So here we are. The holidays are over. We're all back to work. Life goes on.

My New Years Day looked a lot like this...
My Pure Barre studio is offering a New Year's challenge: 21 classes in 31 days and, if you do it, you get 50% off your next package purchase. Um, that's a LOT of monies, and I can't say no to a challenge {wee bit competitive} {only with myself} so I signed up. That's, like, 5 classes a week. Ouch. Wish me luck!

My first day of work in 2013 started with this: coffee, a snuggly robe, and Jesus Calling. I read most of it last year and really enjoyed using it as a daily devotional, so I'm starting over again this year. Reading God's word with repetition is the only thing that really helps it stick in my mind. 

 What I'm wearing today. Some happy yellow since it's a grey day here in Atlanta.

I'm not making any big resolutions this year. I want to focus more on my state of mind rather than big lifestyle changes.

-Find happiness every day, from within. Happiness from external sources is fleeting.
-Thankfulness : An attitude of gratitude will take you where you want to go.
-Put extra effort into growing the friendships that I already have, instead of focusing on new making new ones.
-Shop less, save more #Duh
-Patience : Have more of it.
-Faith : Have more of it. God knows what He's doing.
-Send more cards by snail mail.
-Tell the people in my life how much I love/appreciate them.

What are you focusing on this year? Last year, I dedicated 2012 to being my year of FAITH. This year, I'm making 2013 all about not fearing the FUTURE. 
This is the verse that I am clinging to this year.
I'm excited to see where life takes me, and thank you for coming along on the ride with me!


Friday, December 28, 2012

Merry merry to all!

As expected, my world has been a little topsy turvy this fall. Lots of changes, mostly good, but even good things can be somewhat painful, oui?

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday season with family and friends, whatever you celebrate! This year we spent Christmas with my dad's family in Charleston, which was  a lot of fun! Normally we do Christmas Eve with my mom's family, Christmas Day at home, and then head to Charleston afterwards. It's a rare treat for Mimi and I have to have 5 (!!!) whole days in the Holy City when it's virtually tourist free. Normally we can barely drag my dad over for 40 hours on a weekend, so I was counting my blessings this year.

Of course a quick jaunt to beach at the Isle of Palms was necessary. Had to make everyone back at home ooze with jealousy. Mimi and I are so thoughtful like that. 

I'm such a cheese.

I got my decorations up early and my tree up late. So it goes. I was home sick ALL of last week with the flu (like the legit flu, sniffle sniffle) and managed to throw the tree up in a fever induced haze.

I remember seeing this picture a few years ago and thinking "One day I will totally deck out my house in white, aqua, and silver for Christmas," and you know what, I kind of did that this year. La Maison be looking snazzy (because of course all my decorations are still up. DUH). The beauty of a fake tree: it can act like a giant nightlight as long as you want it to and it doesn't die.

Here's a small sampling of what I did this year!

 My dining room. The ornaments are peacock themed - next year I want to do an entire peacock themed tree! I've been hoarding rolls of peacock ribbon for the last 4 years, and I'm dying to use feathers for a tree topper.

Ornament wreath hung over my kitchen sink. 
After it fell twice (Command hooks no likey tile), I moved it to the dining room. I made 8 (yes, 8) of these last year in the anxiety firestorm I experienced during holidays + major townhouse renovations + Mimi having major surgery Dec. 22. So thankful I kept 1 for myself! I gave all of the others as gifts (You're welcome to anyone who received one). 

Cheers to a new year and 2013!
2012 had some major highs for me and also a few lows, but overall, it gets put into the "good year" category. I'm excited to see what the future holds! And I'm going to try to be a better blogger this year. Hopefully life will give me some interesting things to write about. If not, too bad, you'll be stuck listening to me drone on anyway. :)

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Of Dogs, Decorations, and Dots

Most exciting news of the year: my parents got a new dog!! Our sweet Tia passed away 6 months ago {sniffle}, and they were finally ready to get Miss Dottie a friend. And wow, did they ever luck out!

Meet Duke
 {Go Blue Devils! Ahem.}

I had no idea they were planning to get a new dog right now, but last Sunday my mom texted me, "Want to go look at dogs at the Humane Society?" Um, is the Pope Catholic?! OF COURSE I DO.

My track record at the Humane Society is not good: I went one time, and I have one dog that came from that visit. Y'all do the math. But I figured if I was going with someone else to pick out a dog, my little heart could handle it as long as we left with one of those cuties in our car. To set the scene, I'm at brunch with friends at The Flying Biscuit on West Paces. Mimi rolls up in the farm truck with my brother and Dottie the Jack Russell in tow. We looked like the Clampetts. Awesome.
Duke is around 2 and some kind of lab/hound mix. He's a very pretty, sweet boy, and not aggressive at all. {Of course Sophie started a fight with him within 2 minutes of meeting him. Alpha female much? Totally not his fault.} He loves all people and dogs - Tia was so abused before we got her that she was scared of anything and everything. Kind of weird to have a "normal" dog....He loves to play ball and run around outside, and thus far, doesn't seem inclined to run AWAY which is #winning when you live on a big piece of property. His owner turned him in to the ASPCA because he was "too noisy", aka cried all day because he was locked up while the owner was at work. Ugh. 

 I have major MAJAH beef with people who treat animals like disposable objects. In our family, they are like family and keepers for LIFE unless something awful happens like a biting incident. Off soapbox.

Big dogs come with BIG stuff. It's been awhile since we had one, yowza.

Onto the pretties.

New H&M leather jacket that I anticipate wearing All The Time this fall. Still rocking the pink lips occasionally, need to find a good red for fall.

J Crew silk dot blouse that I scored on major sale online. $22. Boom. Done. In my closet.

My daily wrist wear {see how I tried not to say "arm party?}

A sampling of some of the mercury glass I picked up for my living room. Thank you, Marshalls.

So why am I finally getting around to finishing my living room? My mantle was bare and needed some love, as did my coffee table - and I noticed this because I've spent 13 hours in there the past 2 weeks watching Season 1 of Homeland. OBSESSED would be the understatement of the year. I am eating, breathing, dreaming Carrie and Brody. I'm almost caught up with Season 2 which will be a Sad Day because then I have to wait till Sunday nights like a normal person. Boo.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

My Best Friend's Wedding

I got back late Sunday night after a wonderful, whirlwind wedding weekend in San Francisco. My BFF married her Mister of 6 years, and the whole affair couldn't have been more beautiful. She spent 15 months planning the weekend down to the last detail, and it really showed (you should have seen her typed out time lines. I was so honored to stand by her side as she said "I do" - I feel like we had been dreaming of this day for 10 years!

Friday started off with  a blowout at Dry Bar (San Francisco's lack of humidity and my curly hair do not play nice together.). One of her mom's friends hosted a mani/pedi party, complete with goodie bags and mimosas. Then it was onto the bridal luncheon, hosted by more sweet friends of the Mother of the Bride. I'm not exaggerating when I say that people literally fought over the opportunity to host showers and parties for her - they are one loved couple!

Each place setting had an adorable Lilly Pulitzer tumbler with our name tags tied to the straw. One of the hostesses is from Chattanooga originally - Dirty South, represent!

We jetted home for a quick siesta before we had to meet at Grace Cathedral for the rehearsal. I stayed with a fellow bridesmaid and her husband, which made the weekend so much more enjoyable. Plus her husband acted as our taxi - even better. :) I also had my first experience with Uber Cab, which we just got in Atlanta. AMAZING. Download the app ASAP if you have it in your city!

I snapped this picture of the bride & groom at the Rehearsal Dinner. They did a little mini photo shoot outside with their photographers. Can't wait to see the professional pictures!

The RD was held at a really cool event space in the Mission, a part of San Francisco that's not as familiar to me. All of the wedding festivities were centered around Nob Hill, and the bride lives in the Marina/Cow Hollow area, so that's pretty much the extent of my SF knowledge.
I gave a toast and did not cry. Snaps for Sarah. The same cannot be said for the wedding day...

And suddenly, it was Saturday. THE DAY. We all arrived at the Huntington Hotel at 9am on the dot to start the beautification process (4pm wedding start time necessitated an early morning). My day-old Dry Bar hair was thrown into an up do in 5 minutes flat #winning, and the make-up artist worked her magic on all of us.

Right after we all cried our make-up off after the bride saw her dad for the first time.
And so began the theme of the day....#tears

How stunning is she?! Monique, you make a damn pretty wedding dress. 
(I'd like to borrow the jeweled belt for my own wedding. Sisterhood of the Traveling Belt..?)
 Before we knew it, it was time to head across the street to the church (convenient) to take pictures. They decided to do a first look so we could head straight to the cocktail hour after the ceremony.
Of course I have no pictures of anything because I was, um, IN the wedding, but trust me when I say it was gorgeous. Grace Cathedral was modeled after Notre Dame in yeah. 
The ceremony lasted about 30 minutes and was a lovely, traditional affair. I made it down the aisle with a smile on my face, but as soon as the organist started playing the bridal march, Canon in D, I totally lost it. Ugly weepy crying. And I am so not a crier but I was just so...emotional all weekend. Filled with so much love and happiness for the couple (Cheesey, yes. True, yes.).
After the ceremony we immediately hopped onto the rented cable car and took a tour around the block. It should be noted that while sunny it was COLD, and the open air car was...chilly. Good thing we received pashminas as part of our bridesmaid's gift. :) A string quartet greeted us as we entered the cocktail hour. Her flowers were all inspired by the floral arrangements in the Georges V lobby in Paris - very clean and architectural.
Escort card table

I have very few reception pictures because 1. I was busy and 2. The private club where the reception was held has a very very strict "no photography" policy. Purple was her accent color, and she wove it throughout the reception in a subtle, elegant way.
Flowers on the head table

They had an amazing 80s cover band that really made the reception. And custom monogrammed Wayfarers so we could all rock out in style (the groom's idea, of course!). Every single person was out on the dance floor - a sign of a fun wedding in my book.
The next day there was a brunch hosted by the parents of one of the other bridesmaids. It was so nice to have a chance to spend time with the couple before they left for their honeymoon - 2 weeks in Bora Bora, color me jealous. :)

And now I'm home. Still glowing from the weekend and desperately missing my BFF who I normally talk to 5x a day. For serious. But I know she's having a great time on vacation, and I can't wait to hear all about it when she gets back!

That was my last out-of-town wedding for the year. BOOM. 1 more local shindig in November and I'm done for 2012.


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Another Nashville wedding

Hello! Hope you had a fabulous Labor Day weekend! I had an absolute blast in Nashville celebrating the nuptials of Whitney and Alex. It was an elegant, Southern affair - exactly what the bride envisioned - and we didn't let a little rain get us down.

Started off the weekend with the rehearsal dinner at Giovanni's (merci to the groom's parents!)
 Our sorority family, still intact after all these years. The gorgeous bride is in the strapless dress.

The wedding took place at Belle Meade Plantation, which really set the tone for the evening. Due to some unfortunate rain showers the day of the wedding, the ceremony was moved into a tent. Whitney has never looked more lovely!

Her decor involved a plethora of garden roses, burlap, crystal chandeliers, and votive candles. So pretty!

Loved the monogram on the dance floor!

First dance

 My sorority Lil Sis, Taylor. So glad she lives in Atlanta!

My wifey, who will become a real wife in less than 3 weeks. Cannot wait to celebrate in San Fran so soon!

The highlights of the wedding were the delicious Southern BBQ good, our friend Kyle singing "Sweet Caroline" (standard fare at any Vandy wedding), and the bride and groom doing the Jewish "chair dance" - I will refrain from posting pictures but Whitney's face was priceless. I would be freaking out!