Jul 22, 2015

on journaling // chavalah

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She may have looked normal on the outside, but once you had seen her handwriting you knew she was deliciously complicated inside.
// Jeffrey Eugenides //
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Chavalah {ha-vah-lah or chava for short} 
chava is the youngest daughter of the milkman teyve, the protagonist, in the iconic play fiddler on the roof. this summer journal's name is inspired by the character who acted out one of my favorite characters in the story + my lovely friend who played sweet chavalah's part. :) 

every night, the windows are flung open to allow the delicious night air in, and i snatch from my shelf my summer journal. i wonder if i could someday write anything as extraordinary as a melody that the crickets sing. odd to think five years ago, i couldn't quite grasp the concept of documenting one's life in a journal — and now, it would be unthinkable to slip into bed without so much as a glance at my shelf lined with them. chava is already half way full with meandering thoughts on love, life, and those little adventures that make summers so unforgettable. 
also, i'm thrilled and quite honored that some of my journalistic work + a bit on why i journal has been featured on the lovely new website that emphasizes the community in the blogger world. 
won't you be a dear and check it out? 
listening to // roo panes "home from home" + the delicious thunderstorms that have been coming through. 
postscript // what are your favorite pens? 

Jul 16, 2015

i like you a latte // lavender lattes

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if you know me, you know i'm a lavender addict. i mean, since harvesting and drying it at a young age, i have lived up to my nickname of "the lavender girl." one of the best things we ever did when we landscaped our backyard {when i was like five?} was plant a lavendula grosso bush.

as much as i adore the scent {that makes me dream of adventuring in France}, i have always been a bit hesitant when working with culinary lavender. because of its strong, pungent aroma, using too much in recipes can result in a rather soapy, perfume-y taste. trust me, lavender cupcakes didn't turn out too well {got carried away by my lavender frenzy}. but when i saw this recipe for lavender lattes on pinterest, i knew i had to try my hand at it. i was delighted to discover that lavender syrup is ridiculously easy to make {it's fantastic in homemade lemonade too} and the lavender-ness can be adjusted to your liking.

our town's annual lavender festival was this past weekend. while everyone's spending $5 on lavender lemonades, i was content perusing the booths with my mason jar filled with this sweet coffee lavender loveliness. :) 

starbucks, i love ya, but i'd take a homemade lavender latte any day. 
xx || the lavender girl

Jul 12, 2015

an anthology from the things left unsaid.

"I want to write a novel about Silence . . . the things people don't say." virginia woolf
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i. I'm always drawing parallels 
between all the things I'm not 
and all the things you are.
darling, i’m a paradox, 
more in love with the idea of love than being in love
i'm a hurricane,
with a trail of shipwrecks left in my wake 
and you're metaphors that I can't seem to draw out. 

ii. i kept that text you sent me at fourth of july
and i was tempted to text you on new years
just to let you know i was thinking of you 
(and all of the things that might have been). 

iii. people have always told me that 
your heart is where your mind lingers 
during the 5 o’ clock dinner-making 
or the 2 o’ clock morning insomnia attacks. 
i never believed them until  
you started wandering into my dreams. 

iv. i like how we were awkward words toppling ungracefully 
one over the other.
you reminded me that real life didn’t always taste of poetry 
rather it was glances sifting crowded places, 
clutching, grasping onto familiar faces 
blunt remarks and mumbled “i’m sorry’s” 
learning. always learning. 
and feeling the moment's weight of being 
completely and incandescently happy.

v. darling, i'm at the crossroads
of heart and logic.
don't you realize
you're giving me reasons to smile,
you're giving a wanderer a reason to stop running,
you're giving a sojourner a reason to stay? 
i'm beginning to see you in my future
and that's the most dangerous thing of them all. 

vi. i’m learning to be patient with myself. 
because i strive to be lionhearted but 
most of my attempts end with a tangled mess 
of emotions and wondering where that leaves us. 

vii. 11 months. 
i saw you for the first time in eleven months:
you were taller. i was older. you were surer. 
i was bolder. 
when i left eleven months prior, 
i had convinced myself that we were all in love
with people we shouldn't be. and leave it at that.
when i saw you, i remember dancing our impossibles
and twirling our improbables.  
i guess i never stopped, long after the music had. 

viii. i keep chasing people away because i can never accept 
that we were meant to be happy. 
and maybe i blame it on my wandering heart, 
i'm always restless, and too flighty to be understood. 
there are stories on the tip of my tongue that i haven’t lived out yet, 
so for now, i'm taking too many naps
to keep sleep at bay for those midnight epiphanies. 
i leave cups half full of coffee and tea around the house, 
and my parents say i’m absent-minded. 
(but i think it's only because i’m thinking of you). 

a graveyard of my meandering, incoherent thoughts
on the ones i have loved.