Friday, October 31, 2014

Minnesota Loves Mocs

It's true.  Minnesotans LOVE moccasins.

In my imagination, this is how it all went down in the year 1858:

Settler #1: "Hey, let's turn this frozen territory into a state.  We'll give it an Indian (they meant 'Native American') name to soften the blow that we're taking over their land..."

Settler #2: "How about 'Minnesota'?"

Settler #1:  "Perfect.  The Dakota-Sioux Indians are gonna love that."  (Again, they meant 'Native American'.)

Settler #3:  "Have you guys noticed their shoes?  They're fashionable AND functional.  I believe they call them 'moccasins'.  We should take those too."

All:  "Excellent."




150+ years later, we're still crazy about moccasins.  I'm grateful.  Our most popular home-grown brand is Minnetonka Moccasin.  I own their bootie style and slipper moc.   Sometime in the near future, I'd like to acquire a colorful, cota moccasin from Itasca Leathergoods.  But if this winter is anything like last year, a light layer of deerskin isn't going to cut it.  I'll have to go all out Mukluk, preferably accented with fur or Aztec fabric.

Teeny Bee Boutique carries Minnemocs.  Seriously, the cutest moccasins for babies.   What's to stop me from trying them on a Pug?  Nothin'.  'Cept I'd have to buy 2 pair per dog.


Thank you, Native Minnesotans.   Your footwear is awesome.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Double Bonus

Hat: J. Crew,  Denim: Levi's,  Sweater: Hot Mama
Jacket: Chaser & Pants: Dex via Sisu,  Booties: Target

One of the many bonuses of working for a small boutique is getting to see some of the product in advance.  At Sisu, we occasionally have vendor reps stop by to show us their upcoming lines.  The Chaser rep came in July and I fell instantly in love with this suede moto jacket.  Scheduled for fall delivery, I determined to save up for what would typically be beyond my budget.

It finally arrived earlier this month and as saving intentions go, I wasn't as prepared as I'd hoped to be.  My boss, Heidi, handed me the jacket along with a receipt, telling me it was paid for.  HUH?  My darling husband had snuck in and made payment arrangements with her weeks prior.  Call it a belated birthday present, but it felt like a wonderfully random surprise.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Emotionally Upgraded

Hat: Express,  Shirt: Target,  Belt & Boots: J.Crew.com,  Shorts: JCP
Pugs: Oliver & Daisy

Want to hear about my first-world drama that transpired on Tuesday?  I vented to my husband and later to a friend (minus the cuss words).  I'm over it now, but perhaps you can relate.

I play 2 games on my phone.  ONLY 2.
1) Scramble with Friends when I'm in the mood for a little competition.
2) Sudoku when I'm feeling less social but my brain needs exercise.

I'm to the point in Scramble where I'm not consistently embarrassed by my score.  It was time to connect to Facebook, maybe challenge a few real-life friends.  So I did.  Or, I thought I did but it seemed glitchy.  Did some internet searching on how to fix the problems but couldn't find any helpful answers - go figure.  As a last resort, I deleted the app intending to re-upload it and try again.  But when I went back to the app store, Scramble was no where to be found.

Ok.  Fine.  Whatever.  Clearly, I did something wrong, or so I thought.  I asked Siri, forgetting how good-for-nothing she is.  Again, my bad.  I said, "Siri, download Scramble with Friends."  She replied, "I would, but your phone is not upgraded."

Ah ha!  I was sure I had found my answer.  Of course, I didn't have enough space for iOS 8.1.  I didn't really WANT 8.1.  But Siri said so.  I deleted anything and everything possible to make more room.  Finally, I was cleared for upgrade take off.  How.  Effing.  Exciting.

3 HOURS LATER.

There was no warning.  No one told me that I would be phoneless - dead to the world - for 3 whole hours of my waking life.  When 8.2 comes around, I will take my phone to the Apple store and have them babysit their ridiculous upgrade while I shop.  It will feel like revenge.

FINALLY, I was back on the grid.  Confident that I could return to my game, I called upon Siri.  "Siri, download Scramble with Friends."

"Accessing the App Store..." she replied.

It wasn't there.  I lost my cool.  Not because the game was THAT important - my trusty Sudoku remained intact, after all.  But because 3 hours and a load of inconveniences later, I still didn't have what I wanted.  When I invest, I expect a return.

Scramble on Facebook had the answer.  Due to problems with iOS, they had removed the game from the App Store until the issues could be worked out.  OH.  DEAR.  LORD.

I'm a reasonable person.  Called the husband.  Blew some steam.  Let it go.  The game came back eventually.  No big deal.  I wish I could downgrade, because 8.1 is terrible.  It takes forever to load anything and it still doesn't play nice with Scramble.

I question whether I'm cut out for this technology thing.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Catch the Wind

Well, shoot.  I've been sitting on this post for roughly 20 days.  I had a long, mushy story spanning 20+ years of love for this guy, his family, and their music.  I just couldn't get it written in a way that was acceptable to me.  Time is running out on this Kickstarter and I wanted to share it with you.

Nate Sabin has influenced a few artists you might recognize - Sara Groves, Jason Gray, Staci Frenes,  Sara Renner, Christopher Lawrence...the list goes on.  Now I feel really strongly that it's his turn.  I'm honored to be a part of Catch the Wind Ministries and am determined to see this music get out.

You can learn all about it in this video (my genius husband at Hungry Pug Studios made it = shameless plug) and click the title link to be directed to the Kickstarter page where you can also read the story behind the project. If you feel led, make a pledge.  You will not be sorry.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Will Work for Clothes

Necklace: Hot Mama,  Shirt: Macy's,  Pants: Nordstrom (thanks, Adreanna!)
Shoes: Ross in Atlanta,  Bracelet: Sisu

A friend recruited me to help her shop for engagement picture outfits.  Um, YES!  When I realized that her budget would be more than enough (bargain shopping being my specialty), I teased about the cost of my styling services.  Of course, I would never charge a friend to shop with me.

We both found success in Nordstrom's Junior department, of all places.  As I waited my turn to pay for these plaid pants, she snagged them out of my hand and bought them for me.  Super unnecessary, but the gesture admittedly warmed my heart.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Dynamite

Top: H&M, Skirt: Vintage, thrifted,  Clutch & Shoes: DSW

I'm in a zone, ya'll.  A get it done sort of zone.  My pastor said over the weekend, "Some mountains are for speaking to, others are for climbing."  I'm totally going to make a meme out of that.  Since I'm not bold enough (yet) to speak to a mountain or patient enough to climb one, I'd like to add, "Others are for being dynamited."  Dynamited doesn't sound like a real word to me.  It is though, I checked.

When I feel myself slipping back into lazy mode, it's helpful to slip on a pair of stilettos and pretend I'm kicking complacency in the face.  Try it sometime, it's fun.  Also, funny and slightly dangerous.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Flourish by Staci Frenes

Staci Frenes is coming out with a book, 'Flourish'.  I've followed Staci's music over the last few years and have enjoyed her company over a several cups of coffee.  She truly lives a creative life.  How appropriate that she would write a book about cultivating the creativity that resides in each of us.  I'm ready to learn.  


Find Staci on Facebook, iTunes, and www.stacifrenes.com.

Monday, September 29, 2014

On Again, Off Again

Jumpsuit: Bobi, Vest: Big Star, Jewelry, & Hat: Wooden Ships (borrowed) from Sisu
Hoodie: Aero outlet,  Booties: DV Dolce Vita

Remember as a kid, gearing up to play outside in the winter?

Your snow pant bibs go underneath the insulated coat that has not one, but two layered zippers.  Your is scarf tucked perfectly into the collar of your coat.  A hat is placed beneath your jacket hood that has been securely tied assuring cold air cannot reach your ears.  Gloves go on first under your jacket cuffs, leaving room for mittens that go over both glove and cuff so when snow gets stuck in the fabric crevices at your wrists skin will hopefully remain dry.

No matter how many times you go to the bathroom beforehand, as soon as you are tucked and layered to moms satisfaction, you have to go AGAIN.  And this time, it's for real.

It's like wearing this jumpsuit.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Monday, September 22, 2014

I Blame Doctor Who

Necklace: Sisu,  Shirt: JCP, Skirt: H&M via Clothes Mentor,  Shoes: DSW

Remember when I used to dress up?  Or at least had something on besides a t-shirt and jeans?  Other than Sundays, I've become a bit of a summer schlump.  I blame Normcore - best fashion trend ever.  I blame a perpetually messy closet.  I blame the extra morning minutes better spent snuggling pugs or canoodling the husband.  I blame the easiness of summer.  I blame Doctor Who - for post title reasons only.

As legit as those excuses are, it's time to reclaim my outfitting.  It's fun and makes me feel good, so I'm simply going to have to make time for it.  Fall is here - the best season for clothes.  I've not slacked in my consumer squirreliness, storing up last year's clearance treasures for the inevitable cool-down.  There is stuff to wear.  It must be worn and documented for proof.