Monday, April 19, 2010

Windy Braid

Friday was a day of errands, appointments and experimenting in self-photography. Every now and then Kev and I skip a weekend seeing each other. We're skipping this weekend because Kev's coming back up next weekend for my birthday celebration! The travel gets to you sometimes, so we skip.
My Dad's Birthday was Friday! Happy Birthday Dad. I went out to dinner with my Mom and Dad for Thai food. We talked about business and life. I cried at dinner. In a packed restaurant. In front of my parents. It's so not like me, but it was work related and I said I wouldn't get into work here, so I won't. 
I can say that it was a necessary cry though. Completely unexpected but necessary. The personal part of the cry was that it's so hard to be long distance and I don't really share those thoughts with my parents, and I was on Friday. It was really comforting to have them be so supportive of my relationship with Kevin. No one can really understand the hows and whys of our relationship, and alot of times Kev and I are lost of them too.
The facts are that we've been dating about 3 and a half years. The first 8 months was our senior year of college. Then long distance. Then back together for the 5 months I lived in DC. And long distance ever since. The majority of the time we've been dating we've lived around 300 miles apart. 
I've never actually written out these facts. I don't like to think about them. I don't like to think about the fact that we're long distance at all. Who would want to think about it, dwell on it, obsess over it? I don't. 
I am just trying to fill in people on this person that I talk about all the time. About the person that is such a huge part of my life even though he lives in DC and I live in NYC. And I'm trying to rationalize, to myself mostly, why I had a completely out of nowhere, emotional, very public cry in a Thai food restaurant at 8 o'clock on a Friday night. 
I wasn't thinking this post would go this way, but sometimes things just flow, like surprise crying in public.
I had an idea Friday morning. A lightening bolt of an idea. I'm going to braid my scarf. I'm going to braid three scarves together and create a whole new scarf. Insert Excitement! I can't remember the stream of thoughts that brought me to this final one, but I'm sure it was pure brilliance.
I really like how it turned out. If/when I do it again I have a particular floral embroidered scarf that I'm going to include. It's kind of stiff to wear and I think that if I braid it in with softer scarves it will feel much nicer around my neck.
If anyone decides to do this please tell me! I'd love to see what you come up, or your variations on it and share some links between you and here.
Taking these pictures gave me so much respect for those who takes their own photos. Usually I just stand around and talk and laugh with Kev and he clicks away. When I was doing it by myself there was soo much more going on. I don't have a tripod or a remote, so I had to prop the camera up on something, set the 10 second timer and run away, then pose, or make myself laugh, or laugh at myself, or block sand from flying in my eyes. 
I drove down to the ocean, which is 7 minutes from my parents house/where I grew up, to take these. And some are at the bay beach at the end of the street where my parents house is. It was so windy at both beaches. In most of my pictures I'm Cousin It. I had to lighten up these photos quite a bit. The cloud cover was thick, but I think the photos came out much darker than the actual colors. 
Scarves: Gap, NYC Street Vendor, My Moms
Gap Chambray Shirt, Madewell Tshirt, Madewell Belt, Anthropologie Leggings, 
Zodiac Boots from Capricious Traveler
Vintage Wooden Necklace from Capricious Traveler

So that's my braided scarf sob story. 
On a note about Lua, I took her to the vet Friday and he said that she was the dog equivalent of an American Gladiator. She is one strong 90 pound puppy. I'm really proud of her because he also said that it's amazing to see the turnaround from a sick shelter dog to being so healthy!

p.s. Please ignore alot of the design elements going on here. I was googling how to edit the HTML all weekend and there's still things/everything that needs tweaking and changing, ie. getting a third column. I'm convinced people that know how to do that are magicians. 


Candid Phobic said...

Hi, I just came across your blog and I'm glad I did. I like your outfit here, braided scarf that's a neat idea.

P.S. Lua is adorable! I'm following! :-)

SarahAnn said...

Cuuuute braided scarf. We will catch up today for sure.

Holli said...

Ooh...I love the scarf idea, may have to try that myself! I'm really enjoying your blog. Great pic! Hang in there :)

Gracey Loo, Money Smart Fashion said...

love the scarf idea:) i may have to try that myself.

back to top