A Little About Cyd

Jan 14

Looking back on 2012 and thinking about 2013 stretching before us, one of the things I’ve really missed in recent months is sharing a little bit more about the girl behind this here blog. (Uh, that’d be me.) I founded The Sweetest Occasion back in 2008 and since then, life has changed so much. For one, running the blog has now been my full-time gig for over 18 months. Sometimes it honestly still makes me shake my head in amazement. As your blog begins to grow and take on a life of it’s own, trust me when I say there are squeals of delight and cartwheels (yes, actual cartwheels) on a regular basis. But there is also a blurring of lines between your professional life and your personal one, something that can be interesting to navigate. As I was going through my divorce last year, I felt a need to protect what little bit of sanity I had left. Without even consciously realizing it, I kind of fell behind the curtain. I believe at the time it really was necessary, but I don’t like feeling that I’ve lost a bit of a connection with all of you, the friends (and I really do think of you as friends) who are here, reading every day, and making this dream of mine possible. So today I thought I would take a few moments to share a little bit about myself. A few quirky, random tidbits that you likely don’t know. Ready? Let’s do this!

About Cyd | The Sweetest Occasion

{My favorite things: Minted rose lip balm | owl mug | Pilot G2-05 pens (always black) | Michael Kors sunglasses | gold heart necklace | Linnea’s Lights candles.}


  • I hate socks. As in, really really hate them. I don’t know why, but I do. I would rather be barefoot all the time if I could. Even in winter, as soon as I get home I take off my boots and run around the house barefoot or in flip flops. It’s just a thing of mine. An odd one, admittedly.
  • I’m a vegetarian. In an effort for full disclosure, I should note that when eating out I often eat shellfish, which many people might say makes me a pescetarian, but on a day to day basis I am a vegetarian and have been for over three years. I haven’t eaten red meat in more than seven. I’m not preachy about it, it’s just the way I choose to live my life.
  • My favorite food is ice cream! Or preferably gelato, the legit kind you get in Florence. I visited Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in Dublin, Ohio this past summer and it was an absolutely amazing experience. The flavors are so delicious and the employees are just awesome.
  • I grew up in Watertown, New York which is nestled alongside Lake Ontario, just about 30 miles south of Canada. My summers were and still are spent at the family lakehouse or on the boat. And to this day I know no greater joy than summer at home on the lake.
  • I love love love coffee. A generous dose of cream, light on the sugar. The darker the better.
  • My black lab, Nina (often referred to as Ninerdog) has been with me since my senior year of college. She just turned 8 and has a ton of gray hair now, but she’s still my number one girl.
  • I went to college for architecture. A few weeks before beginning graduate school to pursue a Master of Architecture degree I realized that it was a career path that was going to prove a bit too conservative for me. (Architecture is by and large still a very old school industry.) So, I ran off and got a Master of Business Administration instead. That said, I am still crazy about architecture, which has fueled my love for travel since my first trip to Europe at the age of 15.
  • I have used the same pens, the black Pilot G-2 .05, for years. About 10 years to be precise. They are the only kind I buy and I hoard them, using each one until the ink runs out before grabbing another one from the desk. I just love the way they write!
  • I am incredibly lucky to have the largest, craziest family on earth. Including step siblings, I am one of six. I have seven nieces and nephews. I have nearly 30 cousins on my dad’s side alone and we were all raised next door to each other on what was once the old family farm. We are, at times, wild, but it’s the kind of wild that comes from a deeply rooted love of family that really defines who we are.
  • I am a book geek. I have stacks of books that I lug around with me every time I move. I grew up writing and reading like it was my job. I started writing my first (and long since defunct) blog back in the early 2000s before they were even called blogs. I still read every night before bed.

So, there you go! A bunch of randomness about me. I’d love if you’d leave a comment telling me something random about yourself! And if you have a blog, be sure to leave me a link so I can pop over and check it out and say hi. Thank you all for being here and for reading. You’re seriously the bee’s knees. xoxo

27 thoughts on “A Little About Cyd”

  1. Thanks for letting us know more about you, I love your blog by the way. I’m a coffee lover too- can’t live without actually. I have three boys and I’m back in school, my major is Occupational Therapy.

  2. Not that I don’t adore every single post on your blog Cyd, but this really has been one of my favourites to read – I just love knowing about the ‘real’ person behind the words and pictures I visit so regularly. Your blog has been my first stop for several years now and the inspiration I feel every time I visit is overwhelming.

    Your colour palettes are my absolute favourites, they have been such a great help when picking out colours for my new home, so for that I very much thank you.

    I have been online for a year and a half now and really aspire to be just as inspirational to others and successful as you have been in these past few years. Keep up the sensational work, and more posts like this would be welcomed by all of your readers (incuding me), I’m sure!

  3. I hang on your every word and I’m so excited for new projects to post and color boards and all things glittery. In fact, my blog wants to be like yours when it grows up :). But it’s always encouraging to hear that you are just like me, a nice reminder there is a person behind the blog and we all struggle to balance our lives.

    I can’t sleep in socks. No matter how cold my feet may be, I can’t sleep in them.

    I started my major in architecture too! I wanted to be an artist but my dad told me only dead artists make money. Graphic design was out of the question because that was for boys lived in their mom’s basement :) So architecture it was…and harder than I thought so I ended up switching my major to mathematics. I came right back to graphic design years later, because I’m back in school for it.

  4. I totally feel you on the socks/barefeet and the pens! They say particularity is a sign of genius, so I think we can be excused :) Thanks for sharing!

  5. I loved this Cyd! I loved being able to kind of see more of who you are. How interesting that you studied Architecture in school, I would have never guessed. That’s really cool, it definitely would make traveling so much more interesting.

    I struggle with the same kind of balance between sharing things on your blog and wanting privacy. My blog’s not a form of income by any means so I most definitely wouldn’t have much pressure as you but still, I never know how much to share and as a result end up sharing nothing at all. Oh well, my life is crazy enough as it is so that’s probably a good thing. :)

    Keep these posts coming! I’ve loved learning more about you.

  6. I’ve been following your blog for years and have been struggling keeping up my own. My last post on mine was last January. I am a full time photographer and have an almost 3 year-old keeping me on my feet. When reading your post, I thought to myself, “Awww..we like a lot of the same things!” Needless to say you are a cool gal and I <3 your posts!

  7. It was great to get to know more about the person behind the blogging:) My favrotie things are the first Spring flowers that pop up and the smell of fresh grown herbs after a warm rainshower. Pet peeve, someone not putting the toilet paper back the way I had it. Silly, but it somehow messes with my OCDness :) Wait, is that a word? Anyways have a great week and look forward to your next posts!!

  8. Great Post Cyd! I always love knowing who is behind the scenes. There are only a few blogs I ready DAILY, but yours is always on my list. Thanks for sharing. Hope 2013 is a good year for you!

  9. So interesting that you went to architecture school! I too, am trained as an architect and that must be why every time you post something I immediately LOVE it. Same eye, same style. Its fun to know more about you :)

  10. Thank you for sharing. I love your blog!! It has become part of my morning coffee start the day ritual and has inspired me in so many ways, maybe even to start my own blog some day. ;)

  11. I’ve been reading your blog for awhile now but can’t seem to remember the last time I commented (sad face). Anyway, I love that you’re starting to write a little more about yourself–I love getting to know the bloggers behind my fave blogs!

    And I agree, Pilot pens are the best! I love how they’re so consistent and black is definitely the best!

    It took a long time for me to think of a random fact, but here goes: I am learning how to ballroom dance right now! I’m in college (studying to become a teacher) and my sister recommended I take this class. I thought I would be super awkward since I’m kind of a klutz, but it’s turning out to be a ton of fun!

    I look forward to getting to know you better! :)

  12. I have been enjoying your blog for awhile now so it was fabulous to learn a little more about you – You look as classy and beautiful as I always pictured you. This is one classy blog – love it!!

  13. Lovely to meet you Cyd! Recently stumbling upon your blog has brought sweet rewards, I love the cozy aesthetic appeal of your blog and look forward to reading each post.

    I’m with you on the coffee – the darker the better. But I cannot turn down a steaming mug of hot tea either. There’s definitely something to be said about a piping hot mug of sunshine :)

    Random fact: I am obsessed with fuzzy socks. While barefoot is my “shoe” of choice, nothing beats fuzzy socks while I sleep and on cold days (only at home of course, ha!).

  14. Great post, Cyd! Love learning more about you! =) While I’m the complete opposite on the coffee front (Can’t drink the stuff at all, I have a slight caffeine allergy!) I also have a huge family (one of five, 5 nieces/nephews so far) and it is the best. Can’t imagine life any other way!

    And re: Ami above, I totally agree about the microwave thing. Drives. Me. Crazy.

  15. This should definitely be a common theme! I love getting a little more insight on the brains behind one of my favorite blogs :)

    I’m pretty random in the fact that I absolutely cannot sleep without the sound of a fan going. It definitely makes traveling more interesting when I pull a portable fan out of my suitcase but hey, girl’s gotta sleep somehow!

  16. Lovely post- it is always nice to know who is writing the blog! You always have great ideas and a lovely aesthetic. Thank you.

    I’m quirky in that I don’t like pants! They don’t look good on me so I’m most often in skirts and dresses!

  17. I love this post! Let’s see… something about me. I cannot stand when people open the microwave and get their food out before the timer runs and don’t hit clear. So then, when you walk by the microwave, it says something like 0:03 instead of the time. You = socks, me = microwave. I’m thinking I win the weird contest?

  18. Cyd– thank you so much for sharing! You and The Sweetest Occasion were my number one inspiration and idol when I started reading blogs years ago and began my own in 2011. You create the most beautiful projects and project the most amazing lifestyle. Thank you for all you do!

  19. This is the cutest post ever. I think as a blogger, we are just made to love coffee :) But seriously, I really enjoyed this post, can’t wait to read more.

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