boutique love: catbird

In the last post,  I mentioned Catbird, a lovely little boutique in Brooklyn that carries some of the Bittersweets line.  Can’t pass over this place without including a few photos…

In the last post,  I mentioned Catbird, a lovely little boutique in Brooklyn that carries some of the Bittersweets line.  Can’t pass over this place without including a few photos of all its loveliness!  It has all sorts of funky, delicate, unexpected jewelry, along with other fun finds like cards, candles, and odds & ends for the home.

The first time we dropped my ring off there for Robin to change, Ryan said that my finger looked lonely without a ring on it, so he got me what he called an “In the Meantime” ring, with my initial on it:

(They’re actually called Catbird Alphabet Rings.)  And here are some other lovely little goodies from Catbird!  The seahorse ring is my fave — one of the girls told me that it was cast from actual seahorses — eep!   xoxo

engagement story, part ii

Let’s see…  When we left off, we were asking Robin about the possibility of changing the stone in my engagment ring.  She was absolutely wonderful about it, and soon we…

Let’s see…  When we left off, we were asking Robin about the possibility of changing the stone in my engagment ring.  She was absolutely wonderful about it, and soon we were picking up the new and improved ring in Brooklyn at a darling little boutique called Catbird, where some of the Bittersweets pieces are sold.  We opened the little box and saw the work that Robin had done, and while it was beautiful, we both knew that it still wasn’t quite right for us.  We were a little hearbroken, because we felt terrible about contacting Robin again, but we knew we had made a wrong decision using a colored stone.  And beyond that, I really missed my ring; I had worn it for maybe a week out of the month that we had been engaged.

So Ryan took matters into his own hands.  I left for California for a week, and gave Ryan my ring to be changed.  He called Robin, who, once again, was completely gracious and willing to work with us.  When I got back into town, Ryan and I were going to head to Brooklyn to pick up the ring for what we hoped would be the final time.  On the way there, he stopped me and informed me that not only did he already have the ring, he had also arranged for all of our friends to meet us for a little re-engagement party at one of our favorite restaurants, and that after the party, he had gotten us tickets to a Broadway show that I had been dying to see.  He pulled a little box out of his pocket.  He opened it, and I saw my ring, absolutely perfect.  He had decided to put a diamond in it, and it was the best decision ever.  It finally looked complete.

I was bursting!  Not only had I been totally bamboozled by my sneaky fiance, but now all of our best buddies were there to celebrate with us.  Amazing.

What’s the moral of the story?  First, don’t quit until it’s perfect.  Second, find a jeweler as amazing as Robin at Bittersweets who will work with you until you find your version of perfection.

And here it is!  Photography by my super-talented roommate, Nick Gaswirth, with a little assistance from a gala apple.  xoxo

engagement story, part i

So to understand our engagement stories, you’ll need a little bit of background info.  I had told Ryan that I didn’t want a traditional engagement ring – I wanted something…

So to understand our engagement stories, you’ll need a little bit of background info.  I had told Ryan that I didn’t want a traditional engagement ring – I wanted something delicate, a little funky, and a stone of a different color.  Being the darling guy that he is, he rolled all of those things into one, contacted Robin at Bittersweets, and came up with something pretty amazing.

He waited until we were in my hometown to do the deed, so we could be with my family.  We woke up early one morning and went for a walk to my favorite park, where he got down on one knee and popped the question.  I didn’t know what else to do, so I got right down on the ground with him and said yes!

The ring that Robin made was beautiful – the band and setting were cast from real twigs, so they look like very tiny branches.  And Ryan had chosen a citrine, because yellow is my favorite color.  He had chosen sight-unseen, so neither of us had seen the stone, and upon seeing it, we thought it might be a little too light.  So back to Robin we went, with a request to change the stone to a citrine that was a little more golden.

Before we get to the rest of the story (and there’s plenty!), here are a few other beauties from Bittersweets!  Tune in tomorrow for the next installment of our saga!  xoxo

up in the air

I’m on a flight. Again. And I have a few things to say. 1. I can’t sleep on planes. And it’s not because I can’t get comfortable. It’s because anytime…

I’m on a flight. Again. And I have a few things to say.

1. I can’t sleep on planes. And it’s not because I can’t get comfortable. It’s because anytime there’s even the slightest bump or bit of turbulence, I am absolutely positive that we’re in dire peril. This is a recent occurrence. I used to love to fly.

2. A pushy lady boarded late, saw that there was an insufficient amount of overhead storage space left, and immediately became incensed. She turned to a flight attendant and said, “I need SPACE.” …Honey, we all need space.

3. Club soda with lime is my new in-flight drink of choice.

4. I just spilled half a glass of club soda with lime down my front.

xoxo

what are we doing here?

I’m engaged.  And it’s lovely.  So lovely, in fact, that I’ve decided to chronicle all of the engagement doings – comings, goings, plannings, makings, bakings, sewings, shoppings – from now…

I’m engaged.  And it’s lovely.  So lovely, in fact, that I’ve decided to chronicle all of the engagement doings – comings, goings, plannings, makings, bakings, sewings, shoppings – from now until the wedding, which is about a year away.

My fiancé is Ryan, and he’s a beaut.  We live in New York City.  Ryan’s given me the ring of my dreams, TWO wonderful engagement stories (which we’ll delve into soon), and about a zillion reasons to smile.  We’re so happy it’s sick.

And beyond those basics, just know that I have about a ton of fun stuff up my sleeve for this little blog, so come on!  Let’s get lovely – lovely, indeed.  xoxo

rings on her fingers and bells on her toes

Soooo….  I’m engaged.  And it’s kind of awesome.  I’ve been hesitant to blog about it, because it seems kind of personal, and I’m a little bashful.  And while it seems…

Soooo….  I’m engaged.  And it’s kind of awesome.  I’ve been hesitant to blog about it, because it seems kind of personal, and I’m a little bashful.  And while it seems like I divulge a lot of personal information on my blog, if you read some backposts, you’ll realize that it’s not exactly information.  It’s more like…  opinion.  Or musings.  Or rantings.  But never really personal stuff.  So there you go.

However!  That having been said, my engagement has been a completely inspirational thing in my life!  I’ve been all over the internet and I’ve come across some really beautiful style, design, event, and do-it-yourself blogs that have totally blown my mind.  So I made the decision to chronicle our engagement in another blog, vis-a-vis all of the DIY projects that I’m planning to include in our wedding.  My hope is that even after the wedding, the blog will continue and I can keep posting projects and creative, inspirational-type stuff!

So long story short:  keep coming here to get into my head (all 14 of you that are subscribers…), and keep an eye out for a new blog if you’re interested in the rest of it!  Be assured that I’ll let you know when it’s up and running.

xoxo