Thursday, August 26, 2010


i am flattered and honored that casee marie of the girl who stole the eiffel tower passed the "versatile blogger award" on to me this week.  this is my very first award, which makes it doubly special! 

the rules: share 7 things about yourself, then pass the award on to 7 other lovely bloggers.  and here we go:

{1} i absolutely love sending snail mail.

a stream of birthday, christmas, halloween, valentine's, thank yous, and just because cards go out my door each year.  i tend to think it's more fun to send than to receive (although receiving snail mail is wonderful too, especially when unexpected!).

{2} my favorite holiday is halloween.
my family has always been big into halloween, i grew-up hosting an annual halloween party, and i absolutely love to dress-up and take over the persona of whatever character i chose that year.  combine that with my love of fantasy and magic (ie: harry potter, twilight, eastwick), crisp fall weather, and apple cider, and there's no escaping a bit of a halloween-obsession.  i have a feeling october will be a very fun month for me on this here little blog!

*disclaimer: i tend to get a bit obsessed with holidays in general, i love them all, really, but halloween takes the top spot (with christmas coming in 2nd!)

{3} i grew up dancing, and can never seem to completely stop.

despite moving on to cheerleading, track, and cross country after middle school, i returned to dance in college and helped found my school's dance company.  since moving to chicago, i have sought out dance classes at different studios whenever i get the dancing itch.  i'm also a member of the joffrey ballet's auxiliary board for young professionals, which fulfills the need for dance in my life and keeps me inspired in many ways.  i was never the best dancer in my class, but something always brings me back to it.

{4} i love me some college football.

i realize it's pretty hard not to when you go to notre dame.  the new season is a little over a week away... very excited for the return of football saturdays!

{5} i love red wine 

 sharing a glass (or 2!) with friends is definitely a favorite past time.  

{6} traveling and seeing new places is very important to me, but i need to be home just as much

so i always need a combination of the two in my life.

{7} i can find a lot of positives in the winter months. 
don't get me wrong, of course chicago winters are too long, but the cozy feeling of sipping tea under a blanket in front of a fire?  doesn't exist in summer!  plus soups and chili and stews and fuzzy socks and watching fresh snow fall.  these are reasons why i don't think i could ever live in a place (for an extended period of time, at least), that didn't have a change in seasons.  i also tend to get more personal projects done in winter - being stuck inside makes me productive!

and it looks like that'll do it!  i am now passing on the versatile blogger award to:

be sure to check these lovely blogs out!  thank you again to casee marie (and definitely take a look at the girl who stole the eiffel tower, i keep being amazed at how many things we have in common!)

xo. di.

*image 1 pinterest via skippy design's etsy shop, image 2& 3 via pottery barn, image 4 pinterest via weheartit, image 5, image 6 pinterest via wit + delight, image 7 pinterest via miles of style, image 8 pinterest via room for dessert


  1. Congrats on your award Diane and thanks for passing it along! It was fun reading your seven things. I already knew #1 because my sister is always telling be about the cute cards she gets from you! I saw your sweet little moving announcement when I was there a couple of weeks ago. And I am with you on #5 & 6!

  2. oh thank you so much Diane, you are so sweet!! Thank you and congrats!! xoxo

  3. Congratulations on the new award Diane! I loved reading this post and getting to know you some more! And thanks sooo much for passing this lovely award on to me! I'm so delighted that you like my blog and enjoy reading it...Thanks a ton dearie!

    xo, Persis.

  4. Thanks so much Diane! Lovely to find out more about you!x

  5. thanks for the lovely comments, everyone! i'm glad you liked the post :)

  6. Such a lovely list! We really do have so much in common. How fun!

    I remember loving Halloween when I was younger, but I haven't dressed up or gone to any parties in years. I'm certainly whimsical so I ought to be celebrating it a bit more than I do. Maybe I'll have to change that this year. And I've probably mentioned before that my sister is a ballerina? She's with a company in western Michigan now, but she used to take classes in Chicago when we lived there. We saw Joffrey's Nutcracker once, it was such a lovely experience. It's so nice to see someone else who appreciates dance! Ballet especially seems to be such an overlooked art.

    And I completely echo your sentiments about winter! I love to watch the snow fall (though shoveling it, not so much) and to curl up with a blanket and a book. And Christmas! Yay!

  7. thanks again for selecting me, casee marie! it was super fun. glad you enjoyed my post :)


thanks so much for the note! i love reading your comments. xo. di.

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