Thursday, June 30, 2011

30 for 30: Outfit #6

I sort of slacked off today. Don't judge.

Shirt- JCrew, Skirt- American Apparel, Shoes- Charlotte Russe

This is my "I still feel sick and just want to wear something comfortable" outfit. And I only changed out of my pajamas because I absolutely had to leave the house, and I may or may not have even considered just wearing my pajamas out in public. 

Looking at the photos, I'm thinking that these stripes are not too slimming.... Maybe I should have paired them with some jeans or something that give me more of a figure. Lesson learned. That's what this whole thing is about, right? 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Sick Day.

Well, I haven't posted an outfit in a few days because I've been working pretty much every day. And my work outfit is not worthy of being on my blog.

And now, on my day off, I don't have an outfit because I've been in my pajamas all day sick at home. I mean, I'm glad that I have the day off so I can rest and recover quickly, but I'd MUCH rather be having fun with my friends on my day off instead of lying around at home.

At least my boss took away my Friday shift against my will, so I'm forced to have a day off.... and hopefully I'll at least leave my house at some point.

That's it for now. Sorry for the absolute lack of outfit posts.

I leave you with a picture of me having a good time with close friends, doing what I was hoping to do on my day off:

Sunday, June 26, 2011

30 for 30: Outfit #5

This one I call, "Mosquito Ambush"

 I felt really good in this outfit. This dress is my favorite color ever, and I felt so creative putting a tank-top over a dress, though I learned it from Kendi & Steph... which means I'm not at all creative but instead a copycat (or maybe a good learner?).

 dress & necklace- F21, shirt- TJMaxx, shoes- Target

And then we realized that we were being seriously ATTACKED BY FRICKIN' MOSQUITOES. It was awful, y'all. Seriously, they were everywhere. Thankfully we managed to snap my photos before we noticed them, but we could hardly stand still to take Steph's pics once we realized we were being attacked by them. It was crazy. And Steph did lots of funny things, like this: 

Thanks, mosquitoes. I thought nothing could get worse than cicadas, but you have proven me seriously wrong...

Oh, Fiero.

So, we have a couple cats... one that is completely normal and sweet, and another that is SO WEIRD. Fiero (the weird one) often makes us very angry by his morning routine of knocking things over in our bedroom, but then we spot him curled up asleep and our hearts are immediately warmed. Fiero is his sweetest when he's sound asleep, that's for sure. I mean, just look:

Then, as if it wasn't already cute enough, Nathan started giving him a belly rub while he napped. My cats love having their bellies rubbed, and I don't understand why... do they think they're dogs? Regardless, this is one of the cutest things I've ever seen. I love my little family.

Nathan wants me to inform everyone that he is definitely wearing clothes... pajama pants, to be exact. So DON'T FREAK OUT (like he did).

In other news, Nathan shaved his beard today. I love his beard, but I also think he looks super handsome without one. Let's face it, I always think he's handsome (cause he IS mainly, and also cause I'm in love with him).

Ahhh, life. These little moments make up for the times in my day when I have to deal with the world's worst customers/people ever.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

30 for 30: Outfit #4

An outfit for a rainy day:

shirt, shoes, & purse- Target, jeans- Gap, sweater- Macy's

 My 30 for 30 partner (and best friend) Stephanie!

My 30 picks!

Here are my official 30 pieces for the 30 for 30 challenge! For thirty days (27 to go), I'll be remixing these clothing items into new outfits! Wish me luck!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Life of a Wife

I'll take a quick break from my 30 for 30 updates to post a little bit about life in general.

Most people know my feminist stance on marriage. So hopefully everyone knows what I mean when I say I love being a wife-- I love being married to my best friend.

We've been doing a good job at utilizing our fully-equipped kitchen (thanks to the support of our generous friends and family). Just the other day I discovered my new favorite snack- baked kale chips! It's super easy to make. Basically, you just wash & tear apart the kale leaves (leave out the thick stems/veins), drizzle in olive oil, and bake until crispy! Add salt & pepper to taste (I add cayenne pepper to spice it up), and eat up! It's a delicious & healthy alternative to potato chips. Mmmm.

We've also been making a lot of hummus. Our first batch was roasted red pepper. This one was a spinach artichoke hummus.... Mmm!!! We love our new food processor for this exact reason.

I even got crafty with the hummus and made a pita pizza! Just a piece of pita topped with hummus, tomato, roasted red peppers, and a touch of parmesan cheese. I just popped it in the oven for a couple minutes to melt the cheese, and it was done! I ate it about as quickly as it took to make!

One of my favorite of our recent home projects has been this wall of old family photos. It is important to us to have a strong sense of family and tradition within our own new family, so we decided to honor those before us with a whole wall! We used a pretty assortment of frames for the photos and hung them somewhat randomly on the wall. My heart warms every time I look at the photo of my grandpop as a young boy, or my daddy as a kid sitting on his grandpa's lap.  

We're almost finished fixing up our apartment, and I couldn't be more happy with it. I LOVE our little home! Being a wife really is all it's cracked up to be, but only because I got to marry Nathan. I can't imagine life without him or with anyone else. I am so thankful every day when I wake up next to him.

30 for 30: Outfit #3

I came up with this little number for a night out with my husband! 

Shirt- TJ Maxx, Sweater- Target, Skirt- Uniqlo (in London), Shoes- Kohls

He wore some nice shoes for the occasion, which I accidentally took a picture of:

Yesterday we had the whole day off work together, so we spent the first half doing errands & the second half on a fun date! We ate dinner in the Gulch at Ru San's sushi, followed by wine & a movie (Miss Marple!... we love mysteries). It was a great little date with my husband. =) And I liked my outfit, too! 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

30 for 30: Outfit #2

everything but the belt- Target (is that embarrassing?!) 

Truth be told, I was really nervous about this outfit. I don't wear color very often, so this skirt & belt combo was a bit out of my comfort zone. The belt (super fun, huh?) used to be my grandma's, and this was my first time finding an outfit in which to incorporate it! 
I've been nervous about this challenge, but today gave me a bit more confidence. 
Any thoughts on this outfit? Please share! 

More to come (28, to be exact)...

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

30 for 30: Outfit #1

Today Stephanie and I started our 30-for-30 adventure! Here's the deal: we chose 30 clothing pieces to wear for 30 days, reusing pieces to create new outfits. The whole point is to learn how to better utilize the clothes that we already own. Today we picked out our 30 pieces (which I'll post later) and wore the first of thirty outfits!

Shirt: JCrew, Skirt: Target, Shoes: Target

Fiero tried really hard to get in on the action.

Stay tuned for the other 29 outfits! Hopefully I can learn how to put together outfits with the clothes I have. My main goal is to learn to be a bit more resourceful with my closet and end up feeling more comfortable and confident in my clothes.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Dryden home

Our apartment is finally a home!! We've put a lot of work into turning it from a dumpy little apartment into the perfect little first-home for us newlyweds. Here are a few pictures:

First, the dining room (notice all the "thank you" cards sitting on the table... we've been hard at work on those). And, I BUILT that cabinet all by myself, with power tools & all. Super wife. 
My favorite part of the dining nook is probably the blue wall. It perfectly matches the upholstery on our dining chairs (which I reupholstered all by myself, also with power tools). 
I love this room/nook.

Next, and quite possibly my favorite room *aside from the bedroom* is our adorable little living room! we bought that big 37" flat screen HDTV and a BlueRay player that streams NetFlix. It was a great purchase, and we've already gotten tons of use out of it. 
Though I don't love decorating with the color red, our two red couches are very comfy and actually make the room feel cozy and homey. I'm very pleased with this room, and it has a great view into our little balcony garden. =)

Next up, Nathan's office. This room used to be my bedroom when I lived here with sweet Caroline last year. Now we are using this extra bedroom as office space, since Nathan will have lots of reading & writing to do in these next two years of his Masters program at Vanderbilt. 
One of my favorite things about this room is the chair in the corner (it's kind of hard to see in this picture). It used to be a very outdated chair, blue with pink polka-dots, complete with ruffles around the bottom. Well, we cut off the ruffles and found a perfect stretchy slipcover to put over it, and it seriously looks like a completely different piece of furniture. It's hard to believe that it used to be an eyesore... now it's one of the best assets in that room! 
Another highlight of the office is the dart board hanging on the back wall. I got it for Nathan for Christmas this year, and he's finally able to start using it. It really makes the office a cool, classy, intellectual space... perfect for Nathan. Now he can take breaks from writing philosophical and theological papers to shoot a few darts while sipping on bourbon and smoking a cigar (the last two are probably false, but I like the imagery).

And the last photo I have of the apartment is our wonderful kitchen. Seriously, I love our kitchen. Now, it's definitely not a "dream kitchen" (that would be the kitchen at Nathan's parents'-- ahem, MY in-laws-- house. Amish-built cabinets? yes please), but its the best kitchen I've seen in any apartment of this size. The only thing it's lacking in is countertop space, but we've found ways to make-do. 
My favorite thing about the kitchen is this little shelf. Nathan used to have it next to his desk at his old apartment, and then he had the brilliant idea to use it to hang pots! It currently serves as our pot rack, fruit basket hanger, cat-food storage, cookbook shelf, recycling center, and miscellaneous storage. I love it.

It is so amazing to finally be settled in with my husband. There are, of course, still a few last things to do (like finish writing those thank-you notes!), but the bulk of the work is done!

Our next projects are to hang shelves to decorate the blue wall in the dining nook and, my personal favorite, our hallway of family photos. On the main hallway, we're going to start a family ancestry wall. We've got a lot of great old photos framed and ready to be hung, and I'm excited to get it started! This is my favorite of Nathan's photo contributions. It's an old photo of 4 generations of Dryden men (he's the youngest one in the photo, obviously). It's such a great photo, and I'm excited to have it hanging in our home.

That's all for now. I'll be posting again soon with some of my recent cooking adventures!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Life as a Dryden

We did it!!!Nathan & I got married on June 3, 2011
It was positively the greatest day of my life, and I am SO happy to finally be a Dryden.

We went on a lovely honeymoon in Seaside, Florida for a whole week!
Here are the highlights:

We had our own 1-bedroom cottage on the gulf.

Our view was amazing.

The balcony had an awesome hammock.

The patio downstairs had a HOT TUB! It was awesome.

We enjoyed a lot of time out on the beach together. We *almost* got tan.

Our awesome little set-up.

Yep, we're "the Drydens"

The beach at Seaside was absolutely beautiful.

We got to pamper ourselves and go out to dinner every night.

And of course, we have awesome wedding rings.

And yesterday I legally became "Rebecca Dryden"!!!!

It's been so amazing getting settled in to our life together. We ran a billion chores yesterday to get everything legally settled. I got my new social security card, a new ID, titles/registrations (complete with Davidson Co. license plates!), and we joined our bank account!
We've been busy getting the apartment turned into the home, which has been seriously tiring but rewarding.

I am so happy to be really living life as a married couple.
I love Nathan more than I can even comprehend, and I'm thrilled to share life with him.
We know it's going to be extremely challenging, but we're ready to put in the hard work.

The story is just beginning....