Storytelling in 30 Photos ~ Day 21

Sunday, October 30, 2011 | | 0 comments
{Storytelling in 30 Photos}

21. a picture from last summer ~

Happy Halloween!

Friday, October 28, 2011 | | 2 comments
It's the Friday before Halloween, so of course this Friday Fashion Flashback post features one of my favorite halloween costumes of all time. Yesterday I asked my mom to send me any halloween picture she could find, I wanted to have a post for today and I couldn't find any halloween photos in my own stash. She found this one to send to me, I not only love the costume, I love the little note she wrote beside it. For once, I have a Friday Fashion Flashback post with some background information. I could never have speculated that my mom let me sleep in the costume after going trick-or-treating. What a great little tid bit of information about this outfit.

I love this costume for many reasons:
1. The costume is so simple. A gray sweat suit, ears, a little eye liner for the nose, and tennis shoes!
2. The costume is super comfortable! What is more comfortable that a sweat suit?
3. The costume is warm! I'm so over the skimpy little costumes people tend to wear. This is the end of October. You don't look cute in next to nothing, you look stupid. And you look cold.
4. The costume is adorable. Wouldn't you love a little kid trick-or-treating at your door in a costume like this? The little girl in that picture is the cutest. And I'm not just saying that because it is me.

On a side note, I love the caption my mom included. I'm assuming this is one of the many scrapbooks that my mom kept as I was growing up. I will look back on those scrap books forever and I'll be able to read about moments that I can't remember. I would never have remembered that I wore this costume to Kindercare, I would never have remembered trick-or-treating in it (although I would have assumed so) and I never would have remembered that I was allowed to sleep in it.

Thank you, mom. For recording my childhood so that I will be able to remember it for as long as I live. This is one of the greatest gifts you could give a child. (And you thought I should crop it out!) :)

Faculty Finery ~ What I Wore

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | | 3 comments

Shirt: Talbots
Jacket: Talbots
Jeans: The Limited
Belt: Target
Shoes: Cole Haan
Necklace: Tiffany and Co.



A Huxley Life: Birthday Edition

Monday, October 24, 2011 | | 0 comments
Hey everyone, Huxley here:

I'm writing this on the eve of Ashley's birthday.  How cool is that?  Ashley's birthday is tomorrow!  Anyway, I thought this was an appropriate time to reflect on why it is great to be a Hasty.

1) Food.  I get good dog food.  Scratch that, great dog food.  If you haven't heard of Fromm Dog Food, I highly suggest you switch over to Google and look them up when you're done reading this.  Also, I get some people food occasionally. ;)

2) Fun.  We have a lot of fun together - whether its ice cream, walking around the neighborhood, or running around the house, we always have a great time.

3) Appreciation.  It isn't always easy being a pup - occasionally your bladder gets the best of you, or you can't seem to communicate to your family that there are squirrels in the trees outside. Ashley and Eric make sure I know my efforts around the house are appreciated, even when I make a mistake.  That doesn't happen very often, mind you, but when it does, it is quickly forgiven, and followed with... 

4) Affection.  Ashley and Eric make sure I know I'm loved.  They make sure I'm taken care of when they have to be gone during the day, and do their best to include me in as many of their activities as they can.  They also make sure I have plenty of toys to destroy to keep me entertained.  You can really tell they care, and that's whats best.

So, we've established its good to be a Hasty.  How does this relate to Ashley's birthday?  Well, All of the things listed above wouldn't be part of my life if it wasn't for her.  Thanks, mom, for all you do for our family.  You'll be getting years of companionship and love in return!


Storytelling in 30 Photos ~ Day 20

Sunday, October 23, 2011 | | 0 comments
{Storytelling in 30 Photos}

20. a picture of a time in life i miss ~ my theory in life is to never wish for the past, I always enjoy the present most and look forward to the future. But with that being said, I miss my time with this crew. Don't mistake that statement for ever wanting to experience that time again, grad school was NOT the highlight of my life, I just happened to meet really fabulous people.


Birthday Suit

Friday, October 21, 2011 | | 1 comments

My birthday is on Monday!! So what better Friday Fashion Flashback to feature than the birhday suit! It is the most common outfit, is it not? We all have it in our wardrobes. :)

Gosh, how old do you think I am in this picture? A week? Maybe two? Just a few days? My dad used to really be into photography. He even had his own dark room, you know, back in the day when it was necessary to have a dark room to develop the film correctly. Now it is just cool, and a bit nostalgic, to have a dark room but completely unnecessary and ridiculously expensive. Who develops film anymore anyway? The greatest invention for amateur photographers was the digital camera. We can just snap snap snap and 1,000 pictures later we have a diamond in the rough.

So I have a feeling this picture is a product of my dad's photography years. There are countless pictures of me in makeshift photography sessions. The one that comes to mind is a picture of me around 4 or 5 years old, dressed in a fancy and frilly dress from England, painting my nails over a white table cloth with a basket of flowers next to me. I mean, only for the sake of my dad's photography would my mother let her 5 year old paint her nails over a white table cloth. I love that photo.

But back to this photo, I am clearly uncomfortable but I can just see my parents positioning me "just so" in order for my cute bald head to be in focus and my cute baby behind to be in view in the background. I imagine them laughing hysterically about how this photo will haunt me when I'm older. Little did they know that they would have a blogger for a daughter who posts these pictures for the whole world to see.

Funny how times change. Now my mom is the one taking all the photos (another blogger in the family.) Although, I'm always pleasantly surprised when on rare occasion my dad picks up the camera and takes a brilliant photograph. I forget how talented he is. I think now that he is retired he should take up photography again. He was a brilliant principal but now it is time to let his creative genius run free. So for my birthday, Dad, I'd like you take up photography as a serious hobby again. And from you, Mom, besides the adorable shoes you sent me, I'd just like to see you, because I miss you like crazy.

Teacher Threads ~ What I Wore

Wednesday, October 19, 2011 | | 2 comments

Tank Top: J. Crew
Cardigan: Old Navy
Pants: Express
Shoes: Cole Haan
Necklace: Tiffany and Co.



A Hasty Life, shared.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 | | 0 comments

Dear Blog Friends,
Can you believe it is already mid-October? It is time to start thinking about holiday cards and end-of-year cards, whichever you prefer! Speaking of the end of the year, what a year it has been for the Hasty family! Last year...

  • We were living in Missouri
  • Eric was working full-time for a bank
  • I was drowning in dissertation research
  • I was recovering from surgery
  • We were a family of two

Now, we are living in the lovely Bloomington, Indiana! Eric is attending Indiana University and loving every minute of being a full-time student. I am happy to have my dissertation completed and PhD at the end of my name. I'm working full-time (for the first time!) and loving it. I am excited to be living my dream. My Crohn's Disease has been in remission for a full year and I've had little to no symptoms since my surgery! But, most importantly, we are now a family of three! We welcomed our sweet puppy, Huxley, into the Hasty family back in May. He has been the joy of our lives ever since. Eric and I are thrilled to be puppy-parents!

As you reflect on the past year, think about the cards you want to send. Eric and I are in constant debate over the importance of US mail. I think the value of a card sent through the mail can not be replicated through email or text message. This is the time of year to show those you love a little exra thought by sending a lovely card; signed, sealed, and delivered. I've been excited to work with Pear Tree Greetings for almost a year now, since hosting my card exchange. I encourage you to check out their website! I designed the customized card you see above. The card not only reflects our new lives (pictures of us on IU campus, images of our adoration for our little Huxley) it also illustrates our unique style as a couple: Eric's modernity and my tradition. The card feaures modern holiday colors but the nostalgia of vintage Christmas lights.

We hope your year has been as wonderful as ours! We can't wait to see all the lovely cards come to us in the mail. :) We stole a fabulous idea from my mom and starting hanging the cards we receive in the mail on a little Christmas tree. This way we can celebrate the holidays with our friends from around the world. We happily share this idea with you and encourage you to showcase the cards you receive in innovative ways!

The Hasty Family

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Costume Society of America: Cedar Falls, Iowa

Monday, October 17, 2011 | | 0 comments
Waiting at the Minneapolis airport with 5 others headed to Waterloo, IA

The cutest historic hotel ever: The Blackhawk in Cedar Falls, IA

When I arrived my friends were waiting for me in the bar with lovely drinks. It was a great welcome!

We grabbed coffee at this adorable coffee shop: A Cup of Joe

We had a few minutes to explore the historic downtown in Cedar Falls, IA

Iowa has a fair trade store!

We loved the art deco chandeliers on the University of Northern Iowa's campus!

Yes, I did do a little work while I was there. This is me presenting on World War II wedding apparel.

Storytelling in 30 Photos ~ Day 19

Sunday, October 16, 2011 | | 0 comments
{Storytelling in 30 Photos}

19. a picture of a person who is always there ~ One person. One dog. Always there.

Favorite Fall Memories

Friday, October 14, 2011 | | 1 comments

This pose cracks me up. I'm snuggling up with a pumpkin witch! I'm wearing a purple t-shirt with pink and white cuffs. There is some sort of image on the front. Maybe a Fall scene? Or one of the Disney Princesses? I've paired it with a matching pink skirt, pink socks, and white ballet flats. Not the most appropriate outfit for a Fall picture, but it was very "me." I've said it once, and I'll say it again, I was the girliest of the girly girls.

I believe this picture was taken at Wilson's Garden Center. My family always loved to go there to pick out our pumpkins for Fall decorating and Halloween pumpkin carvings. I made a list last week of my favorite things about October (which is really a list of things I love about Fall) but family traditions trumps them all. What I miss most about establishing a life in a new state are the little traditions established when I was a child that I was able to continue through to last year.

Another tradition I'm missing this year is the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival. My mom and I used to go together every year. There were a ton of pumpkins to choose from, craft vendors to peruse through, and lots and lots of food. We always enjoyed bringing the puppies so they could sniff around, say hello to all the people, and gets lots of attention. I'm also missing Mizzou football. As much as I'm enjoying blogging about IU football, it just isn't the same! My parents have had season tickets to MU football for as long as I can remember. I miss going to the games with them!

Who knew that I would miss shopping for pumpkins at a particular place? Sure, Eric and I purchased pumpkins in our new hometown, but somehow it just wasn't the same. We haven't found THAT place with the charm of Wilson's. We need to find a cute pumpkin patch with lots of children and employees that dress up in costume. We are beginning to establish new traditions but I'm definitely feeling that nostalgia for "old times."

University Uniform ~ What I Wore

Wednesday, October 12, 2011 | | 4 comments

Necklace: Tiffany and Co.
Tank Top: Envy (local store)
Shirt: Ralph Lauren
Cardigan: J. Crew
Skirt: J. Crew
Tights: Gap
Shoes: Cole Haan
Best Accessory Ever: Huxley



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