April 25, 2012

traditional vietnamese wedding

Don't you love this gold wedding dress? Well here is a little history on the dress...
The gown I am wearing is called “Ao Dai.”  They are the traditional gowns women wear in Vietnam (where my parents are originally from).  Many young women wear these gowns on a day to day basis say to school or something, however it is very plain, all white and no hat.

What I wore is the traditional gown that brides wear when they get married, however what makes it more “wedding like” is the choice of fabic, and the hat.  Typically brides wear a flashier brighter color to signify happiness and good fortune as they step into the next stage of their life as a married woman.  And also to let everyone know “hey I’m the bride!” Only brides wear the matching hat.  The hat is not worn on a regular basis since it is only meant for a bride’s wedding day.

 {via oncewed}

April 24, 2012

week in pictures

{josh thinks he needs this...ha}

{tool world @ lowes}

{spanking new espresso machine, in the new store}
{josh mowing our lawn for the first time}

{our welcome mat}

{good friends came over & we walked to the ice cream shop}

April 23, 2012

Lemonade Stand

I found this cute story on Cup of Jo, about kids in New York & their lemonade stands - To read the article click here.

April 17, 2012

quick hello

what have i been working on you say, well for starters opening a brand new Heine Brothers. here are a few snapshots of the works thus far. i'm knee deep in organizing (which i love) and we are planning on opening thursday, which means tomorrow is going to be CRAZY! wish me luck :^)

April 6, 2012

happy friday

{aiden hops on to see how long he can hold on, while rowan evaluates the situation}

{well he is on and holding on to his juice, it's a good start}

{gaining height, he is almost standing up now}

{uh oh, he is slipping - but juice is still in hand!}

{it's getting a bit hairy, how much longer will he hold?}

{and he is down!}

April 5, 2012

little people rooms

super sweet illustrations for children by French home decor company, Mimi Lou...

{via Oh Joy}

April 4, 2012

week in pictures

{eloise voluntarily hopped into this cage, below is her bed cute, eh?}

{cherokee park trail run}

 {how cool is this - found it in whole foods parking lot}

 {my bed}

{heine brothers' new airstream for traveling coffee}

{school project of a model of heine bros}

April 3, 2012

falling in love

Back in 1958, John Steinbeck, author of East of Eden, The Grapes of Wrath, and Of Mice and Men, got a letter from his teenage son Thom, in which Thom confessed that he had fallen desperately in love with a girl named Susan at his boarding school.

Steinbeck wrote this wise and wonderful letter back to him the same day...

New York
November 10, 1958
Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning. I will answer it from my point of view and of course Elaine will from hers.

First -- if you are in love -- that's a good thing -- that's about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don't let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second -- There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you -- of kindness and consideration and respect -- not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn't know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply -- of course it isn't puppy love.

But I don't think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it -- and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone -- there is no possible harm in saying so -- only you must remember that some people are very shy and sometimes the saying must take that shyness into consideration.

Girls have a way of knowing or feeling what you feel, but they usually like to hear it also.

It sometimes happens that what you feel is not returned for one reason or another -- but that does not make your feeling less valuable and good.

Lastly, I know your feeling because I have it and I'm glad you have it.

We will be glad to meet Susan. She will be very welcome. But Elaine will make all such arrangements because that is her province and she will be very glad to. She knows about love too and maybe she can give you more help than I can.

And don't worry about losing. If it is right, it happens -- The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.


{via Cup of Jo}

round 3

hopefully i'll be here again soon, my favorite spot: outside at the park on a beautiful afternoon running the trails. 

i'll be laying around most of the week but i have some great posts that are scheduled to come out during the week so stay tuned, i hope you enjoy! 
xo jean

April 2, 2012

secret playroom

who wouldn't have loved to have this in their bedroom growing up? not only is it a climbing wall but you climb to a secret room that is all your own. maybe josh and i can find space for this in our new home :^)

{via Dwell}

i also love this peaceful cabin located in the city that never sleeps, new york.

 for more pictures of this cabin in Brooklyn, click here.

{via airnbn}