I’m New York City-born and internationally raised, but I now live in Raleigh, North Carolina. My Catholic faith is my greatest blessing–it informs and inspires me daily, both in my vocation as a wife and mother, and as a writer and creator. I believe in the gifts and graces that come from observing the liturgical year in simple, but meaningful, ways, and I count St. John Paul II and St. Zelie Martin among my best friends. The smell of peonies takes me right back to my wedding day. I’ve read a tattered, yard-sale-find copy of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn every summer since I was 13–my mom must have paid $2 for it, but it’s one of my most prized possessions. I go over my coffee shop budget almost every month, especially when my favorite spot is serving lavender almond milk lattes. I don’t believe in desserts that don’t have chocolate in them. I could watch Audrey Hepburn movies every weekend (and often do). My husband and I met in Austria and share a passion for European travel (his top destination is Ireland; mine is France). I don’t go to a wedding or to the ballet without layering on waterproof mascara. I love Sunday brunch and afternoon tea. I jump at every opportunity to get dressed up, especially since I became a mama and those days are made all the sweeter in their rarity.
Something Pretty has seen me through my transitions from a college student, to a wedding magazine editor, to the stay-at-home mama and freelance writer that I am grateful to be now. It’s also where I’ve shared my joy of becoming a wife to my study abroad sweetheart, our delight as we became parents, and all of the memories and adventures that have been part of my story so far.
I hit “publish” on my first blog post in December 2010 when I was a junior in college, pursuing my degree in magazine journalism. Dreams of writing for a wedding publication, enchantment at the world of blogging I had stumbled upon, and the newfound community that this small platform opened up had me hooked from the very first day. While it has undergone many a transformation since that first post, Something Pretty has been a special corner of the internet to me ever since.
A few of my favorite past blog posts:
From the bottom of my heart, thank you for being here!
Most of all, I strive daily to seek out whatever is lovely and to think upon those things (Philippians 4:8). My prayer is that Something Pretty may be one of them.
I was born in New York City, and my Big Apple beginnings are deeply rooted in my heart. I’d pick a city skyline over the beach or the mountains any day of the week.
My very first magazine feature? A poem I wrote won a contest in American Girl magazine and was published in their June/July 2002 issue.
My something blue on my wedding day was a few blue bonnets from my home state of Texas that my sister (illegally, shh!) picked on the side of the highway and smuggled up to North Carolina in a water bottle. I tucked them into the back of my bouquet.
I did ballet for over a decade, and still won’t let my mama get rid of the old pointe shoes stacked in the guest room closet at their house.
My favorite meal of the day is brunch. Does it even count as the weekend without at least one mid-morning mimosa at a downtown restaurant? P.S. If you’re headed to Raleigh, there’s a good chance you’ll spot my boys and I at Humble Pie or Coquette Brasserie on Sundays after church.