{Wardrobe} Wednesday: That Dress.


You asked.
I answered.
It was a lucky asos find that I got on sale.
Might I suggest that you size up a few sizes if you choose to order this little number. It is a SNUG fit. I had to send my first one back, and was super lucky to find this in the mailbox the very day of the wedding! I was just about to head out and find something else to wear, but that Mr. Postman didn't fail me, and for that I will be his forever postal buddy-friend.

The Breakdown:
Hair: {My} Side-Braid
Watchband: J.Crew on sale
Sunnies & Necklace: Forever21
Dress: Asos
Undershirt: DownEast Basics
Cardi: Vintage
Belt: Thrifted
Heels: Seycelles (old)



a lovely weekend.
a needed weekend.
i'm ready for another weekend.
no really, is it friday yet?
let's all send good thoughts out into the universe, so we can each not only survive the stresses of the coming week, but conquer them as well! 
then we can get on to more important things like staying up way too late watching movies, laying in bed reading, bowling the worst game of your life and having way too much fun doing it, rediscovering the beauty of your downtown, and/or eating delicious meals at your in-laws.
important stuff like that.

NOW CLOSED: two silhouettes on the shade--a giveaway!


My new friend Ashley from the blog Tea for Two contacted me about a giveaway for you, my lovely readers!
One lucky winner will receive a custom silhouette of you and your lover, best friend, sister, pet, whatever you'd like...

All you need to do is be a google public follower of i believe in unicorns. 
Then tell me which color you'd choose from the 6 available colors in her etsy shop here.
For extra entries:
1. share this giveaway on twitter/google+/facebook/blog
2. follow her blog
3. add her shop to your favorites on etsy

Good luck and happy weekend!
original winner never contacted me, so the new winner is...

a reception.


there was the scent of orange blossoms in the air.
there was a pretty adorable toast.
one even more adorable flapper girl.
two of the most amazing photographers.
some great live music from friends and family.
a performance by the groom.
plenty of guests.
a very well dressed man, if i do say so myself.
and a very happy new husband and wife.

my mama taught me...


this wedding was a DIY wedding, because my mom taught us we could create anything we could imagine, and we've pretty much always believed that. 
afterall, we're each pretty closely related to one pretty fantastic Creature
Leisel put me in charge of all the chalkboard art
the sister-in-laws made all the delicious bruschetta and salads
Leisel collected glassware from thrift stores and sale racks for months
the flowers were ordered wholesale, succulents found at home depot, and the random greenery was collected from abandoned alleyways. the giant chalkboard was a large piece of backer-board sprayed with chalkboard paint.
tables were rented and decorated by leisel and i.
the fabric banner was made by leisel from walmart sheets and rope, furniture was thrifted.
many family members and friends worked on the baby-jar chandeliers that were hung from a 200 year old tree.
the cake was made by a talented friend of ours, mrs. samantha.

and both of leisel's dresses were made by my mother the week of the wedding. this one from a tablecloth, turned curtains, turned heavenly wedding dress. ya, she's pretty amazing, that women.

a wedding.


When you're really good as a kid, eat all your vegetables, and make really, really good choices in the friends department, you get super lucky and your sister falls in love with one your four best guy friends from high school. 
the other three who could keep you laughing for days.
At first, this worries you--what if she dumps him and then your friend circle is tainted? But then you remember your sister's smarter than that, because you only had really awesome friends, and she knows better than to let go of something really, really amazing, and hand-picked by you. 
So after two years of courtship, he pops the question and she {finally} says yes, and you get to help plan the most beautiful and exciting wedding for two of your most favorite people in the world. 
And then that magical day comes when one your very best friends becomes your brother-in-law, and somehow you knew that was where he belonged all along.
my siblings
my niece, ruby june
my handsome dad
 So kids, what I'm trying to say is, choose your friends wisely, and don't forget to eat your veggies.

Out at Sea.


Well folks, the wedding went splendidly. Everything looked perfect. The couple has never been happier and it was such a pleasure to witness. A week full of running errands, hanging out with old fiends, endless last minute craft projects and a whole lot of love, has left me more than exhausted. So I'm off on a week long adventure that involves dolphins, sandals, and a few islands.
Have a great week!

a little giftbox DIY


and then there was that one time that you needed to wrap a bunch of cute lingerie for your sister who was getting married that week, but you didn't have any wrapping paper, just some old gift boxes from Christmas, so you grabbed some Sharpies and you doodled away, and then you were really proud of yourself. and that time was today.
my big sister is getting married this week! to one of my very best friends from high school, so ya, i'm pretty excited. 

eleven things.


There are six rules:
1. Post these rules.
2. Post 11 random things about yourself.
3. Answer the questions set for you in the original post.

4. Create 11 new questions and tag people to answer them.

5. Go to their blog and tell them you've tagged them.

6. No saying, "If you are reading this, you're tagged."
11 Random Things About Me:
1. I studied for two weeks in high school in an effort to learn how to whistle. Yes, i said studied. I checked out multiple books on it, went to several websites, watched innumerable amounts of youtube videos, asked friends and family members, and hear i sit, 23 years old, and I still can not whistle a single note. 
2. I can't get myself to eat either end of a banana. only the middle. I never have, and I never will. I have no idea where this phobia stems from, but it runs deep. 
3. My goal is to be a student all my life. I was obsessed with all my classes (except research methods) in college and I can't wait to sign up for a few classes at the community college next semester. It's just my hobby I guess.
4. I'm a hemophobe. That means I pass out when I see blood.
5. I thoroughly enjoy popping zits. Like, it's disgusting how much pleasure it brings me.
6. I've kissed 4 boys in my life. My forth, last, and favorite was Marcus.
7. I think marriage is the bee's knees.
8. My left foot is a half size bigger than my right. It's the bane of my existence.
9. I have no temperature regulation.
10. I never have and have no plans to read/watch the Twilight series.
11. I'm highly superstitious. Especially with things like fortune cookies and the proper way to drink a jones soda for best fortune.
11 Questions from BusyBeeLauren:

1. If you had to wear skirts for the rest of your life, or jeans for the rest of your life, which would you choose?
Aye, yi, yi! You're killing me, Smalls. I would never have to make this choice, but I'm going to say skirts, because in Arizona in the summer, skirts are the only way I survive, and you can always pair skirts with tights when it's cold outside. Plus it's easy to dress up a skirt and wear it casually. I'd hate to show up at a wedding in jeans, ya know?
2. What was your favorite PBS kids show growing up?
Bill Nye the Science Guy. duh. 
3. Who is cooler? Zack Morris or Cory Matthews?
I was basically enraged when i read this question. like, honestly--how in the world am i supposed to make this choice. Lar, if i didn't love you, i'd hate you for this question. I had a major, and i mean major, crush on Zack Morris--probably my first love. How could i not with that perfect 90s hair that has always made me weak in the knees?! But Cory is the sweetest, and in the end, sweetness always wins for me, even when faced with blonde-haired-boy-dreamboat, Zack. So Cory Matthews it is.
4. What is your least favorite smell in the world?
It's a toss-up between petrichor (the smell that happens right before and right after it rains on dry earth), I love both the smell and the etymology of the word. It comes from Petra, which is Greek from stone or rock (remember Peter means rock?), and Ichor, which is the liquid that runs through the veins of gods. Pretty great, right? I had a word obsession in high school...i think it's showing. The other sent I love is Marcus, when he sprays on the Red Lacoste I bought him. HEAVEN!...err, wait, i just re-read this question and realized it was supposed to be least favorite...oops. Probably onions on someone's or my own breath.
5. What's the worst injury you have ever had?
There were only two people in high school that I really and truly did not like. at the time i would even go so far as to say i hated them. now that i think about it, i probably didn't really hate them, but back then it felt like it. one of those two people was flirting with my boyfriend while on a group date, and in her flirtatious story-telling, she somehow kicked her leg out, and in the process, kicked my big toe nail completely backwards. I, of course, didn't want any of her sympathy, so i walked away from the circle without her even knowing what happened and cried in the car the rest of the night. Half because of my painful toe, and half because i thought she was a terrible person. Hahah, i forgot all about that story until now.
6. What book have you read more than once?
The Book of Mormon and The Harry Potter Series.
7. What do you take the most photos of?
Shapes/colors. I'm obsessed with shapes in nature and architecture. I notice them everywhere and when they're really cool, i stop and take pictures.
8. What is the first perfume you ever purchased/wore?
I've been lucky and have pretty much always got my perfume as gifts, but I think I might have bought GAP Dream in the 90s. Remember that stuff? That smell will always remind me of Abercrombie bags and Jewel (the singer), in other words, that scent will always remind me of my sister, Leisel.
9. What is your ideal date?
Something that involves nice weather, beautiful surroundings, good music, and the opportunity to be silly, fun, and creative. Cuddling is nice too...
10. Tell me your favorite thing about the state you live in.
Arizona sunsets. I've always appreciated our beautiful skies, but it wasn't until I moved away for a few years, that I realized we REALLY and truly do have the most beautiful sunsets in the world. I've seen them in Ireland, Mexico, Honduras, Hawaii, countless states in the US and Arizona wins. Sorry folks.
11. Most frequented website?
Either Blogger or twitter.
11 New Questions for the Tagged:
1. Who was your first famous crush?
personally, i've always had a thing for foxes...
2. How old were you when you had your first kiss?
3. Was it good or bad?
4. Where's the best place you've ever visited?
5. If you could have the starring role in any musical what would it be?
6. As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
7. What's your favorite quality in a boyfriend/husband?
8. Most embarrassing moment?
9. Which power ranger did/do you want to be?
10. Given the choice between finding a vintage, thrifted gem or a big-time designer deal, which would you prefer? 
11. How'd your parents come up with your name?

© i believe in unicorns. Maira Gall.