Saturday, December 10, 2011

A Night Of Mushrooms

We are not photogenic people, its just a fact.

Picture over load, I know. But really, its not what you think.
I'm not doing 'shrooms you guys, really.
Last night was rather adventuresome, and had it been a low budget indie film, I have no doubt it would have wound up with  me and my love running off into the night to go see an underground show and passionately make out under some Christmas lights. But y'know, in actual life, we went to an art exhibit of "EXTREME MUSHROOM GROWING" (I kid you not) with my brother and parents and rode an old and decorated installation piece carnival ride. It was an experience to be had. The artist is actually Jimmy O'Neal, does beautiful work, some of my favorite and happens to be a friend of the family, so it was well worth it.
It was actually a beautiful night, albeit freeze-your-little-toes-off-cold (thats how we do in Western North Carolina), and just hanging around with people I adore was perfect.
Also, on a completely different note, how crazy is it that there is fifteen days until Christmas? *So* crazy! Fingers crossed all the shopping gets done.
Much love,
Enjoy your Saturday, we're decorating the tree,

Monday, December 5, 2011

The Nutcracker: Backstage

Hey there lovelies, I thought I'd stop by and leave you with some glorious pictures from the show I did over the weekend. This is one of my favorite performances we do, the darker original version of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King. Did I mention there was a sausage seduction dance? Oh yes, its true. It was a beautiful show and I had so much fun doing it. Hope you enjoy the pictures. Now I'm off to lie down and sip some bubbly (cough cough gingerale), because the flu seems to have invited itself into my home. Sigh. Have a good week you guys.                                                                                 
Have a love week you guys,

Hey Hi Hello

Hello lovelies, thanks for the patience, I've been down with the flu. But hopefully I will be posting a slew of pretty pictures I took backstage at the Nutcracker show ACDT put on this weekend.
Much love,

Sunday, November 6, 2011

10 Things Making Me Happy

Ten things that are making me happy this night, while I am up thinking about my week. I hope that everyone's Sunday went well and that you're in bed, soaking up luxuriously heat underneath heavy blankets this eve. Goodnight all.
1. This woman and her beautiful blog. 
2. These socks. I love them.
3. A spot a' tea.
4. This jewelry display. I want one.
5. This print. I want one. How can I get one...
6. This recipe. Dying to try it.

7. This friend. He's the best.
8. This mini film. I love Miss Lola, she's gorgeous and incredibly creative to boot.
9. This album. I Thought I Saw Your Face Today is my favorite.
  10. Getting my baby fixed this week! Yes!

Images via violet bella blog,, my personal facebook,, joy the baker blog, free people website,
alexandra grecco blog, and frozenshinigami blog

Sunfilled Days

            The other week, Hazel and Forrest and I took to the park to catch the last bit of warm summer weather. (Sidenote: No, Forrest and I aren't back together. And Hazel was playing photographer, which is why there are no shots of my beautiful friend.) I hope you enjoy the pictures, more adventure updates to come later.
            On another note, I want to talk about two things: clean cells and busy-ness.
I'm thinking of going on a cleanse. I know it sounds like fad, but I assure you, its not to drop weight or any other ridiculous reason. I have fairly clear skin, I'm fine with the curves that I have, and I am considering it more because I know beautiful people who expound the benefits of it than anyone else. Like, Miss Lola York, a gorgeous dancer and wonderful friend of mine. Go check out her blog, she's awesome. But I also don't think I am going to pay anyone to tell me how to detox (although Lola recommended, which is how she started), because I can gather information of my own and tailor the process to my body. However, if you have any suggestions or recommendations, or burning questions about it, please leave a comment. We'll see how it goes.
             The other thing I wanted to talk about what busy-ness. And balance as well. I am the type of person who really needs to be busy to feel happy and fulfilled. Without a consistently full schedule, I start to feel aimless and unfocused and sometimes useless, which are never good feelings. But at the same time, I feel like as I gain momentum in my own crazy world, making plans with friends and family and family friends and performances I'm going to be in and taking more and more dance classes and attempting to squeeze in volunteering and school and responsibilities and babysitting and blogging, I am draining myself. My creative energy flows best when I am both happy and therefore busy, but taking time for myself as well. I need to find a balance, and I think I'm going to challenge myself to take one day off a week, just one day where I am not doing things for other people, only making my space more beautiful for myself and resting. Rest is always good.
Hahaha, I hope you enjoyed my rambles it was nice and therapeutic to talk about the things I've had on my mind.
             One more thing- I think I'm going to start trying to update the blog once a week. I love writing on here, its both an incredible release and a fun community I hope to be a part of, but sometimes I get so caught up, I neglect it. C'est la vie. Anywho, if any of the little people out there who have stumbled on my baby blog and you have a question or a topic you'd like to see a blog post about, shoot me an email:
Have a good day my darlings, enjoy your Sunday.
Love, Maren

Big smile, just for you guys

Friday, October 28, 2011


Prepare yourself, cause this is a bit of a picture overload. I couldn't stop myself, my mouse just took over. Its cool though, cause they're all awesome.
LEAF was so good this year. I don't even know how to explain it. In a word, it was glorious glorious sleep deprivation. I stumbled into the campsite at four in the morning every morning (don't stop till the music ends right?), and I woke up EARLY every day in the snuggle-down-in-your-sleeping-bag cold air. I sustained myself on crepes, goldfish, hot dogs, funnel cakes and juice boxes for three days. I danced till my feet blistered and then I danced till they calloused. I had my first table-dancing experience (contra dancing on a table to a gypsy band is such a magical experience I can't even begin to describe it). I could feel the life and the energy and the music flowing through everyone, and my face hurt from smiling the whole weekend.
I know someday, I'm going to be all grown up, a baby on my hip, living out a dream that is currently tucked away, just a seed, but right now it is SO GOOD to be young.
The best part is, it doesn't even stop. Tomorrow I am dancing early in the morning, and then I believe I am doing a horror photoshoot (Halloween is on Monday), and sewing up my costume and then adjourning to sweet Hazel's for the night. And Sunday is of course, going to be full of cuddling and baking. Cause what else would you do with a pair of teenage girls on the Sunday before All Hallow's Eve?
I must retire now, enjoy the pictures, courtesy of Farside Films, Darby Cox Photography and a good friend, Sadie Stephens.
Your beautiful, smile.