Sunday, May 22, 2016

Spring: My Life in Pictures

          My favorite season is upon us, and I can't seem to take enough pictures of the flowers and the beauty surrounding me. You can check out my instagram for more photographs taken by me. These were all taken in the Quinnipiac River Historic District except one where I noted. : _courtneyjuliet

 East Shore Park

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hope Walk for Huntington's Disease


             Sunday, May 15th - Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth, CT was cold that morning. My mom and I did registration for the Annual Hope Walk for Huntington's Disease as we both sipped our warm coffees and tried to warm up. I was inspired by learning my friend Jen's mom had Huntington's. I never heard of it, so after I met her I went home and looked it up. I was saddened upon reading what it was and how it's so often explained: As a mixture of ALS, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. It's a horrific yet not well known disease. Any awareness and donations is so needed because these lesser known diseases don't get a lot of funding. I realized my complaining about the cold was nothing compared to what people face. I quickly put on some more Hope t-shirts and kept working the booths.

           I was so proud to be part of it and to be Co-Chair of this event. I also was elated to have my mom, my fiance Freddie and his daughter Olivia, and one of my best friends Sarah and her mom Pat join us. There's something beautiful about being a small part in a large cause surrounded by your loved ones. It was a gorgeous walk in nature. I never been to Chatfield Hollow but absolutely recommend it for those who love hiking.

            I went to bed feeling happiness in my heart and hoping they will find a cure in my lifetime. Here's Tim Lammers from Fox 61's video on the event and a quick video about Huntington's Disease Hope Walk


Sunday, May 8, 2016

{Happy Mother's Day to My Queen, Melanie Irene }

Happy Mother's Day to all you fabulous mothers out there! My mother is resilient, funny, smart and brave. She beat the odds last year by surviving and thriving after two brain aneurysms. Any little piece of poetry I get from her and any green in my eyes is from her - along with my love of florals, white wicker, the magazine Victoria, flower crowns, long bohemian dresses, bookstores, New England downtowns with their antique stores and one of a kind boutiques, strange yet cute pocketbooks, Conan O'Brien and so much more. She is grace and strength and femininity and endless sweetness. A big heart in a little body. She is my momma and I love her.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

may 1st.

Although its raining now, I love the month of May for its aesthetic - cherry and apple blossoms blooming into bright blue skies. Those pinks and reds and whites remind me of beautiful dresses or the best sunsets. The tulips and daffodils that sprouted randomly in our yard get stronger and more vibrant. The weather is beautiful - not too hot, not too cold which is ever so important for this New England girl's sensibilities. I love how I can trade cardigans for sundresses and have more hours in a garden than behind a window. May, to me is a pretty, feminine month. I love that feeling that you made it through winter and are right on the edge of summer.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

{you will need other people}

A couple of months ago we were driving and he said "We aren't meant to do this life alone". I've heard this sentiment many times before whether it was quotes on pinterest or written in the pages of a book. But hearing someone you love saying it takes on a different, deeper level. "Yes", I said.
And I thought of this quote:

"You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips. Airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living breathing screaming invitation to believe better things."
 -Jamie Tworkowski

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

{a whimsical reflection}

           In the back is a vintage carousel. I remember going as a child and being enchanted by all the lights, the pretty jewelry box music and the painted horses. Christmas time there would be more white lights than usual and I'd be wearing a red dress and winter coat and usually someone dressed as Santa would be around greeting all the children. In summer I remember pink tulips and the sunlight warm on my skin. It always held a special place in my heart and head. I never got a glimpse at the dance floor empty until last week. It looked like it was ready for dancing and music and laughter. It would be a perfect place for a wedding, I think. Or to visit every now and then and soak in the beauty and nostalgia.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

A Tale of an April Wedding

         My boss Narineh and her husband Andy got married yesterday - April 23rd, 2016. It was raining in the morning but ended up being a beautiful Spring day for her ceremony. Her wedding took place at Waterview in Monroe. It's a gorgeous venue that overlooks a quiet lake. The days before her wedding, I saw her stressed: her dress didn't fit AND her computer crashed. But she bounced back with grace and positivity and her wedding was gorgeous. It's a great reminder: You can have rough days before the wedding but it seems like it'll all come together just right if you keep the faith.

{ Freddie and I just getting to the venue.}

{ Shameless selfie after getting dressed at work then scrambling to the wedding!}

All in all, it was a gorgeous wedding and I'm so happy for her and the love she found.