Alexander McQueen at the Met

I absolutely can not wait to see Savage Beauty, the new Alexander McQueen exhibit at the Met.

Opening May 2nd and running through July 1st, it is a retrospective of more than two decades of McQueen’s work.  It will include pieces from his MA graduate collection from Central St Martins College of Art, couture pieces from his years as Givenchy’s creative director, as well as pieces from his namesake collection up to his final one, which was shown posthumously in Paris just a few weeks after his passing.

Yale is also printing what looks to be an amazing book based on the exhibit.

 

 

 

 

 

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Iowa Baby Eagles About to Hatch!

Awwwwwww.

This is pretty amazing!  Three baby bald eagles in Iowa are about to hatch (due today!), live on the web. The Raptor Resource Project in Iowa has set up two cameras perched 80 feet high in a cottonwood tree where the mother eagle has her nest.

I am absolutely glued to this video!!

(thanks to my sis-in-law for the heads up)

Details of Thakoon

WOW.  Thakoon’s new Fall 2011 collection has my eye popping.  The clothes are fun, colorful, and wearable, but what I really loved were the details!  Velvet booties, red and cobalt blue plaids (I swear this is the same fabric McQ used a few seasons back.. see my trench below), and not to mention the colorful knits wrapped in the models hair! Love.

On a side note, is this the same fabric as my Alexander McQueen trench?

Thakoon plaid

my McQ trench

images via Style

The Big Snow, 1967

It sounds crazy, but I kind of wish I wasn’t missing out on this giant blizzard that’s sacking my friends and family in Chicago.  Minus the complaints about shoveling their driveway, everyone sounds like they’re kind of enjoying it.. drinking coffee, playing scrabble, baking, and sitting by the fire reading a good book all sound like a great way to enjoy a record-making snowstorm like this.

Reminds me of a small booklet my mom once showed me called The Big Snow, which contained all sorts of amazing pictures from the Chicago Blizzard of 1967.  Here are some photos I scanned:

all images from Chicago Tribune

We Are Thankful

For these wonderful people, places, and things, for making this past year so memorable.  Thank you so much from the both of us.  We hope you all have a Happy (and safe) Thanksgiving!

xo,

K + W

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Busy Busy

Sorry we’ve been away!  We’ve had a whirlwind week made up of birthday dinners, drinks, work, and traveling (not to mention, some major computer problems.. grrr).   Regardless, here’s a little sampling of what we’ve been up to while we’ve been away:

I had fun painting luggage tags & wallets during events at Reed Krakoff

We had a quick 2 1/2 day trip to Georgia for Wes’ BFF’s wedding

Great food, sunsets, and beaches.. Hell yes.

Came home & spent some down time with this furry beast (yes, I’m referring to cat AND husband)

Happy Birthday, Kiersten!

Happy Birthday to the other 1/2 of THERSIC and to our older brother, Justin (yes, they’re 5 yrs apart, but share a birthday)!

Just make sure not to give her any ‘Play & Learn’ puzzles this year

Big Ol’ Wedding Post I: The Prep Work

Alright, I know our wedding was months ago, but I’ve just recently been able to sit down and sort through all the photos!  Thank you for the kind emails inquiring about it, that really meant a lot to us.

Since practically every aspect of our wedding was DIY, I wanted to start with a few details of the prepping that went into everything.  It took an army of amazing friends and family to make our super low-budget wedding into something truly lovely.

While Wes and I started with creating our Save-the-Dates, designing and leterpressing our own invites, and went bottle collecting here in Brooklyn, my amazing mother started collecting a ton of items here and there at flea markets across the Midwest (they’re the best!)

She started by snatching up vintage handkerchiefs (seriously, I don’t think there are any more left in the state of IL) that she later sewed together to form our table runners.  She then bought vintage farmhouse sheets that were patch-worked together to form our table cloths, and also scored great deals on old metal drink dispensers that we put our spiked summer drinks in.  Martha Stewart’s got nothing on me ol’ mom!

Wes then began to create the central light fixture that was to be hung at our indoor/outdoor reception space.  He ordered wires, sockets, bulbs and some sort of magical tool dip and went on to hand-make each of our 40 hanging lights one at a time!  While he was doing that, I made and packaged pins for our guests and letterpressed dollies for the top our treat boxes.

I headed home to Chicago about a month before our big day to work on some projects with my family.  While my dad, best friend, brother, and sister-in-law folded over 2,000 paper dollies, my  mom, sisters and I started to string them together to make hanging garlands.

My mom and I then went into her garden and picked all of her lavender which we hung to dry (later to be used in the church), and then picked about 100 of her roses, pulled the petals and laid them out on two  large screens for drying (which would later be used for our guests to toss).  I had already prestamped cardstock, so when they finally dried, we packaged them up.

We then packaged up everything and some of it was shipped off to Georgia while the rest was packed Tetris-style into my parent’s car. Continued here:

Big Ol’ Wedding Post II & Big Ol’ Wedding Post III


Images via Kelly Essenpreis Jason & Becca Walker, and Yours Truly

Don’t Forget to Vote Today!

Just a friendly reminder to get out to the polls today!

While We’ve Been Away

Pardon the delay in posting, we’ve been in Chicago for my brother’s Fall/Halloween inspired wedding, which was an amazing amount of fun!  Speaking of weddings, I know this is far overdue and apologies for the late-to-reply emails, but YES I will finally be posting some pictures from our August shindig this week.

Anyway, we’re back home and back to regular postings asap!   Below is our Halloween costume, with our friend Marc as the shower curtain.  Anyone know what movie it’s from?

Here’s a hint:

costume pic by Andrea McCulloch


Hollywood Audition, 1961

Black cats looking for their big break while auditioning for Tales of Terror.  That lady (and her eyebrows) 2nd shot down is amazing.

via LIFE archive

Hitchin’ Details Coming Soon

Sorry posts have been a bit slow lately, we’ve both been trying to make a conscious effort to get out of the house for a change (we can be hermits sometimes) and enjoy some of this Fall weather, when we’re not so busy working.

We do have a few exciting things we can share with you soon, including some photos + details from our August wedding in Georgia.  Here’s a tiny sneak peek, with much more to come!

Photos shot by our dear friends, Jason & Rebecca Walker

Happy Birthday, Jack

Jack Daniels, we’ve spent a lot of nights together.  You may be 160 years old, but I’m no ageist.  You’re still as youthful, warm, and intriguing now then you were back then.  Happy Birthday, you look as great as ever in your new digs.

Just Married!

Well, it’s official!!  These two love birds are finally married!  We had an absolutely incredible two weeks on Saint Simons Island, GA preparing for our little DIY affair and with lots of help from friends and family, we were able to pull off our perfect wedding.

The days before were incredibly hot & sweaty, filled with more than a few Jurassic Park bugs, and we ran into some major bumps in the road, but when it came down to it, I don’t think we would have had it any other way.  The love we felt that day for each other, our close family, and amazing friends was irreplaceable and will be remembered for a lifetime.  We are blessed!

We’re planning a big post of details coming up in the near future, but we need to first edit through a major amount of photos.  Our incredibly beautiful and talented friends, Jason & Rebecca Walker photographed the wonderful day of, and we are just dying to see the magic they worked.  Until then, thank you for the warm wishes now back to your regular scheduled programing!

photo courtesy of Carla Cox

Love, Sweat, and Tears: Wedding Invites Part I

The tears being tears of joy that we actually finished these babies!  We’ve received a few emails from friends & family asking us how we created our wedding invites, so we decided to do a little (and by little, I mean long) post on it.  Read on below:

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