That Certain Je Ne Sais Quoi

Laure de Sagazan - 2014 Collection

About a year ago, when I was in the throws of my long and arduous wedding dress search (seeking non-poofy, non-traditional-but-not-too-non-traditional, vintage-looking dress for less than $1,000), I came across the incredibly beautiful and oh-so-French designs of Laure de Sagazan. So enamored, I briefly considered budgeting a trip to France just to set foot in one of these things. But, like much of my grand do-it-yourself wedding schemes, I soon realized that idea was probably unrealistic. So instead, I’ve vowed to encourage every other woman I meet (or blog to) to buy one instead. Call it a public service.

If you don’t think the dresses themselves are beautiful and French enough, check out Laure’s Facebook page where she posts pictures of the gorgeous women who wear them to their equally gorgeous weddings.

Laure de Sagazan - 2014 Collection

Laure de Sagazan - 2014 Collection

Laure de Sagazan - 2014 Collection

Laure de Sagazan - 2014 Collection

[Photos via Laure de Sagazan]

P.S. The dress I did find was the perfect fit with a little alteration to the lining and a show stealer for just $500!

Short Reads

I READ It's A Passion Print - ParadaCreations on Etsy

When looking for a new book, I sometimes unfairly pass over the short story collections. Don’t get me wrong; I love a good short story, I just often forget just how enjoyable they can be. And like a slow song is sometimes the hardest to play, I often feel that a short story must be the hardest to write. Probably because I have trouble even writing short blog posts. (Case in point.)

That’s one of the many reasons why I absolutely love this idea from publisher Harper Perennial called Fifty-Two Stories. It’s an online collection of user-submitted short stories inspired by a preselected theme. (This year’s theme is ASK.) Harper Perennial selects one story to publish on the website each week and archives the lot. The current archives go all the way back to January 2009, so I have a lot to catch up on.

Fifty-Two Stories is definitely going on my must-read list. Maybe I’ll even be inspired to submit my own short story if I can stand to let go of 1,000 words or so.

{Photo via ParadaCreations on Etsy}

Bread for Breakfast

Breakfast Loaf - Haute Box blog

Even though I’m in love with yummy, decadent breakfasts, there’s something to be said for occasional simplicity.  In fact one of my favorite breakfasts was at a hostel in Greece, where the meal was just a simple platter of breads, jams and spreadable cheese (along with the mandatory serving of coffee). This simple “good for you breakfast loaf” recipe seems like just the thing for those minimalist days.

Of course, it would also make a killer BLT.

{Photo and recipe via Haute Box blog}


{Have A Happy Thursday}

What are you guys up to this weekend? I’m going to see our very own Kim and some other friends on Friday night, then dropping my sister off on Saturday morning at LAX for her trip to Cancun (yes, I’m jealous!) and following that up with nothing but laziness :)

I hope you guys have a great weekend and until next week, here are some fun reads and links to enjoy:

{photo by le love}