Top Knot Sundays
To put it simply: I’ve been struggling with my blog since the wedding.
Kind of in an existential who am I? kind of way. But also in a practical way. What do I write about?
It’s a weird thing to be a blogger, especially because it’s expected that your family and friends (and employers/coworkers) will read what you put out there, so it’s no longer an emo free-for-all or a secret space on the WWW to say whatever you want. But I love to write, and even more so, I love to share.
But I’ve been struggling to find a name. Something I can grow with. Something that doesn’t limit me to just write saccharine tales of my (rarely) glamorous life as an American living (~ loving n laughing ~) in London with my British husband. But also something that doesn’t limit me to write about any one thing; be it fashion, tech, or pop culture. I don’t have a particular slant that makes me a “this” blogger or a “that” blogger, and I feel that my bad handwriting from a young age and lack of domestic skills keep me on the fringes of being able to label myself as a ubiquitous “lifestyle blogger.”
Last night, as I was falling asleep, I thought of the name Top Knot Sundays. I don’t know why, exactly, but it stuck with me. I even woke up enough to make a note in my phone. And I thought, yeah. That’s the feeling I’ve been looking for, something a tiny bit unkempt and cosy. Honest, but not blatant or overt. It reminds me of the amazing coffee dates I used to have with girl friends at college. We would sit with our lattes and just spill everything—what was going on in our personal lives, what we thought about pop culture and current events…catching up and helping each other with problems big and small just by venting and listening in turn. There’s no better cure for that uneasy, overwhelmed-by-life feeling than what I just described. So, Top Knot Sundays is my best attempt to bottle and revel in that feeling (albeit virtually, in blog form, usually without caffeine).
I aspire to be a lot of things, but I’m the kind of girl who loves cosy Sundays at home: reading, watching films and (endless amounts of) TV, and writing about everything that matters to me. I’m crap at doing makeup and hair, and I don’t have any tips for how to make your home look more festive for the holidays, but I am a young, ambitious woman with stories and opinions and “musings” that I want to share. And it’s mostly just for me, but if I can contribute to or even spark some type of dialogue on topics that are important (or totally mundane and everyday), it’s worth it.
Plus, I’m usually blogging with my big, curly hair in a messy top knot…typically on a Sunday. So there’s that.
Wedding Pictures Are Up!
I have finally done it! It only took erm…all day, but nevermind that! For your viewing pleasure, scroll down or click:
My Wedding Pt. I: Makeup, Mimosas, & (Brides)Maids Getting Ready
For my bridesmaids, I knew I wanted to give them something meaningful and symbolic but more importantly, useful. I absolutely love OPI’s Dutch Tulips, it’s always been my favorite red nail polish, and I happened to be wearing it when James and I got engaged.
Ever since then, it’s been my little good luck charm/confidence booster, so naturally I wanted my best girls to have a little nail varnish magic too. I’ll have fond memories of being up until 1 am the night before my wedding, writing each of my bridesmaids a card (and hastily preparing the tags!) while my maid of honor polished up her speech.
It meant the world to me to have my five bridesmaids and my mom with me in the morning. It was actually so peaceful. I leisurely got ready while we all drank mimosas and listened to Mariah Carey. It was perfect, and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of women to be by my side on such a big day!
Click below to see me all gussied up!