Did y’all watch the Golden Globes last night? My mom, aunt, and I watched it; our favorite thing to do is text each other commentary the entire time. Best or worst dressed, who should have won, whose speech was the best. I think my favorite part of this year’s awards was the choice of host – Tina Fey and Amy Poehler were hilarious. Here are my picks for this year’s best dressed.
Anne Hathaway in Chanel Couture
I actually hated this dress when I first saw Anne on the red carpet. But the more I’ve looked at it, the more I love it. It fits her perfectly and is just the kind of understated elegance I love. And her hair! I love her hair. Maybe I’m biased since I just saw Les Mis and she is such a moving Fantine in it.Lucy Liu in Carolina Herrera
I’m guessing that Lucy Liu will end up on some people’s worst dressed list. But I loved this gown. The print is old world, the gown is ultra femme. I think the look could have gone the other way if Liu had done her hair in curls or had worn too much makeup. But she pulled it together perfectly – that fishtail braid, simple makeup. She’s stunning.Jennifer Lawrence in Dior
This gown is gorgeous. I love the color, love the drama in the full skirt, love the fitted bodice. Beautiful.Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen
Oh, Nicole. She is usually among my favorites. This photo hardly does the dress justice. On screen, this black gown was a show-stopper. The simple silhouette paired with the intricate fabric work on the bodice and the gold hardware is perfection.Jennifer Garner in Vivienne Westwood
Again, I don’t think this photo does this gown justice. Also, Jennifer’s makeup was beautiful. Very soft and feminine. Loved this look.
Who were your favorites? What about least favorites?
Our good friend, Sam Bush, and his band, The Hill and Wood, recently released their first music video, and it is, simply put, beautiful. The ethereal way it’s shot, the pastoral setting, and the early-century costumes are (to me) reminiscent of Atonement, which I loved. It’s straight out of a dream. Congratulations, Hill and Wood!
The HIll And Wood — The Call from Ryan De Franco on Vimeo.
Last week we celebrated our first anniversary. On my wedding day, as my bridesmaids can attest, I cried all morning. I was just so overwhelmed – by my love for Michael, by my utter disbelief that he had chosen me, by the gratitude I felt toward my beautiful parents, and by the joy that came with knowing that God had come close. I held my sisters’ hands, smiling and laughing, and cried, I talked on the phone with a bridesmaid who was living in Africa and unable to be at the wedding and cried, I prayed and I cried. I was a mess! I pulled it together for my makeup to be done and by the time I walked down the aisle, my tears had ceased and I was ready.
A year later, I’m the same. A year of marriage has only deepened the roots of those feelings; I have only become more saturated with gratitude; I have only become more keenly aware of the grace that permeates my life. I don’t deserve this humble, incredibly handsome, hilarious man and the life we are building together each day. The small moments are the best: waking up to his whispering “Good morning, cute girl.” or jogging around our neighborhood, talking about our days or discovering the totally weird things we each do. Having a partner: It’s a gift I don’t take for granted. I remember being told over and over before we got married that I needed to know how hard marriage is. And I know that to be true. Any time you deal with a whole person and all their imperfections, life is going to be hard, raw, and real. But what I wish people had emphasized was the deep-seated joy. Not just happiness but joy, the kind that grows from shared experiences, selfless moments, and the times where you see God more clearly at work because you see yourself being shaped by your marriage. It’s a sweet thing.
Y’all, today I feel totally energized on life. So many things – both personal and professional – have been coming together beautifully. I’m feeling blessed.
I just got back from a whirlwind of a week – I styled a wedding at the Colonnade Club and then caught a 6am flight to Chicago where I styled an elopement photoshoot with Lora Elaine. I am bursting – bursting! – with all the amazing details and vendors we got to work with. I wish I could share it all now… But you’ll have to wait until it’s published. Eric Kelley photographed, and can I just take a moment and say that I am so so excited to see the images (film images!) – the few that I saw via digital shots and polaroids (see above) were too gorgeous for words. I feel really proud of the way our vision came together. I loved working with Lora. It is a real joy to work with people who inspire me to be better – and not just creatively. Lora inspires me to be a better woman. It was our first shoot working solely together, and I pray it isn’t our last. She’s a gem, that one.
Also, did I mention my fam lives outside Chicago? So I was gifted with a couple of relaxed days gardening and sharing coffee with my parents and sisters, both of whom came home from college to see me! The only thing missing was my man. Maybe next time.
These past two months have given me so much confidence in my styling and creative direction aspirations. I’ve gotten to do some really fun projects and style some pretty rad events, and all I can say is: Yes! I want more of this! So if you have any styling needs or know someone I should know, I’d be so grateful if you reached out. Collaboration is awesome.
Have a sweet weekend, y’all. This week has flown by. We are about to launch our first class in the prison system where my case studies will be taught, I’ve booked two trips, and I actually worked out three times! Unfortunately I didn’t get to the laundry or to reorganizing my home office. Ah, oh well. Looking forward to planting some seeds in our garden and seeing friends this weekend. Some weekend links:
Finally updated my ‘About’ section.
Have you discovered The Everygirl yet? I like what these Chicago bloggers are doing for young, career-driven women.
Do you love the arts? Are you in (or close to) Charlottesville? You should attend this. I’m designing decor for the secret dinner Saturday night!
Tried this on at the store. Completely obsessed. My love for long skirts will never go away.
An incubator for social entrepreneurs? This is so cool.
Today is my mom’s birthday. So in honor of her, a post.
In my dreams, we live next door to each other, somewhere in the woods with a lakefront view (and the lake would always be cold and refreshing, our favorite). I think you know where I’m talking about. Every morning, we rise with the sun and meet up on your deck. I bring the coffee and you provide the ambling garden setting in full bloom. Have I mentioned it’s always summer? It is. But not too hot; we know you hate that. We prop our feet up and listen to the water rise and fall. We talk about Dad and Michael, about our prayers and what we should make for dinner that night. Mostly, we dream. It’s our favorite thing to do. We ramble on about big ideas and what we’d be doing if we weren’t doing what we are. Me: a writer in France. You: a chef and sommelier in France (I convince you to move to France with me). We plant gardens and read literature and eat only the most decadent foods. You teach me the names of flowers and we take lots of long walks. We fuel each other’s inspirations and leave the practicals
for later for our husbands. Satisfied with the new lives ahead of us, we don our bathing suits and head for the rocky shore. The water’s like ice, but when has that ever stopped us?
Sound good? I’ll meet you there.
Happy birthday to the person I am most like in the world (and the person I hope I am most like in the world).
I can’t believe it’s already Thursday. Some weeks, I feel so all over the place and my brain kind of turns to mush. Whenever I have weeks like this, it always puts me into organize-overdrive. Like, clean everything. And make lots of lists. Problem is, I should probably just have regular habits of organization and cleaning in my normal routine. And just like that, another list is born: Habits I Need to Form. Y’all, I think I need a nap.
Do you have any special methods of organization?
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Friends and Followers!
I’ve decided to get a bit more serious about this here blog and what it may come to be, so from now on you can find me here: http://malloryjoyce.com! I’m pretty excited about beginning something new and look forward to sharing more in the coming months.
Thank you for your continued reading, interest, and genuine support. I’m always encouraged by you.
And now, onwards!
i love a girl with some great freckles. partly because, well, i have them. like everyone else, i’ve fallen in love with all that is Mad Men, including the trend of 60′s-inspired women’s fashions – but i’m so thankful we girls don’t have to cover those beloved freckles anymore!