Books from floor to ceiling. Complete with sliding ladder, of course.
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Monday, June 29, 2009
Slightly sacrilegious? Nah.
Today marks 90 days until Steve and I set sail on our 3rd Disney Cruise. We're addicts. Seriously. So this evening we'll choose our shore excursions and any special accommodations for the trip. It's been decided that we each get our choice of one excursion as birthday presents to each other (August & September birthdays).
All this talk of cruising with Mickey and Minnie gets me thinking...WWMW?
All I can think about is pretty dresses, heels, polka dots, bows and ribbons. All in nautical colors, of course. All of these cruise-worthy items are found at Modcloth.com.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Jessica hosted the event at her beautiful new apartment in Frogtown. Here's how it worked: Everyone was required to bring as least one item to exchange. Each item cost $3, OR $20 for an unlimited amount. There were some great treasures to be found. Elaina and I each left with a bag full.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I hope you get the idea anyway.
Justin Timberlake was there!?
No, no. This is my adorable husband, Mr. Choir Director, who pulled together his outfit with hardly any help from me. We might call this look "Geek Chic". I'm gaga over the short sleeve dress shirt and skinny tie! You rocked it, baby! :)
As for me, I'm all ruffles in a black skirt from Target (clearance, $7) and pink blouse from JC Penny (clearance, $8).
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
I was pleasantly surprised that they fit perfectly from heel to toe. And the arch support in this 4" heel is a dream come true! It was only the width across the toes that was too small. Shoe stretcher to the rescue!
I can't tell you how vital the stretcher is to my shoe wardrobe. At a mere $6.99 (Target), this baby has saved many-a-decent-shoe from the donation pile. Until yesterday, I've managed with only one stretcher and am finding it far more convenient having two.
They're available at Walmart, DSW and Target. I usually see them near the laces, insoles, polish, ect.
Do your feet a favor and invest in a nice shoe stretcher.
Monday, June 22, 2009
The women will have their turn July 9-12. They may not create as much hype and excitement as the men, but it has become just as much their sport.
Check out these lovely lasses in the early years of golf.
So very chic!
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I wore this dress for Easter 3 years ago and several times since then. It seems to fit differently after every wash. I think it used to be longer and the neckline was lower. The tissue cotton is so tissue-like that even finding a slip to go underneath is tricky. I thought I found a slip that was okay, then after work Steve told me it had been peaking out of the bottom of my dress all day. Nice. I had him take a scissors to it before I left for church.
Have I mentioned how much I love light, summer scarves? I do. I love them. I picked this one up at Urban Oufitters on my Las Vegas trip.
The boots are Madden Girl. Have you checked out the Madden Girl brand? I really like it. Good styles, good prices, and comfortable too.
The bag is from Old Navy. I can't find anything in it, but it's cute.
Kudos to fashion bloggers who take pictures of their outfits daily. It's no easy task to get a good shot! Your effort is noted and appreciated!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
It's so totally cute on Ms. Witherspoon here. I tried to duplicate this look a few years ago when I had longer hair, but it just didn't work for me.
As I was rummaging through my hat collection on Saturday, I came across a simple, off-white, crocheted beanie I had purchased a couple of summers ago. At the time, I tried, but just couldn't pull it off.
My hairstyle has changed since then. I've been growing it out and I have more prominent bangs. So I gave the beanie another chance.
I was able to maneuver my hair in such a way that the look was almost acceptable, but still a little...lifeless...boring. So I pinned on a sweet crocheted flower and viola! I can wear a beanie! I'm going to experiment more with flower size and placement, but I thought this was a decent attempt.
In my state of delight, I searched Etsy for crocheted beanies. The beautiful hats at Savannah Lane Designs caught my attention immediately and I'm so pleased to share a few of my favorites with you.
Aren't they so adorable?
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
"What color is sad?"
"What color is mad?"
"What color is scary?"
"What color is happy?"
Yep. She's one smart cookie.
Isn't yellow the happiest of happy colors? I love it. I do love all colors and have such a difficult time choosing a favorite, but for today, yellow it is. Yellow makes me feel light, fresh, warm, glowy, and happy indeed. It isn't what I'm wearing currently, but I'm already thinking about how to incorporate it into my outfit tomorrow.
Guess who else loves yellow? Jessica at Weardrobe. Participate in this Weardrobe contest for the opportunity to win a $50 gift card to Anthropologie!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Head on over to Clothed Much for a chance to win this lovely dress from Shabby Apple. I checked out Shabby Apple's site and blog and will be adding both to my favorites!
Be sure to check out their Fit to Flatter section where dresses have been selected for your specific body type! What a splendid idea!
When you purchase a Shabby Apple dress, you're also giving to less fortunate women and their families worldwide. You can read about their efforts here.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
A friend of mine was using Almay One Coat Nourishing Thickening Mascara. Her lashes were noticeably prettier.
It's been established that I am a very fickle customer. No loyalty, I tell ya, none. So of course I picked up the Almay brand instead of CG the last time I bought mascara. It's only been a few weeks, but I already have my list of pros and cons established.
CoverGirl Fantastic Lash Mascara
- small, rounded brush
- washes off easily
- clumps easily
- smudges easily
Almay One Coat Nourishing Thickening Mascara
- minimal smudging
- doesn't wash off easily
- thick, straight brush
- 'one coat' does not suffice
So I must decide what I expect from a mascara...
- last all day
- lengthen and thicken
- be justifiably affordable
It should not:
- clump or smudge
- be 'waterproof' if it isn't
- be a chore to apply
Do you have a mascara that does all these things for you? Speak up, by all means.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
My local thrift store is huge. It encompasses a retail space previously occupied by JC Penny's. I love it in all it's vast enormity. Every Monday is Customer Appreciation Day when all items are 25% off the marked price. If I went regularly, my closet would explode. After a long hiatus, I went on Monday.
Instead of finding the normally, randomly priced items, I was shocked to find abnormally, overpriced items. A skirt from Old Navy, looks gently worn, is marked at $9.99. Next to it is a skirt from Banana Republic marked $19.99. I check the shoe selection. The ones I'm interested in range in price from $14.99 - $24.99. A pro-shopper like myself can get these items brand new at the regular store for less than what the thrift is offering. That's just not right. Oh, what has happened to my ultimate thrifty resource?
It took a while, but I did finally come across some merchandise that I felt was worth the marked price - minus 25% of course. I picked up 2 vintage dresses early on, but by the time I was ready to check out, I just wasn't feelin' 'em. Here's what I ended up with, to the sum of $20:
Pencil Skirt: Old Navy Outlet
Blazer: Unknown Brand
I walked away happy, but concerned about the future of thrifting. Recycled clothing is definitely trendy right now, and that's totally cool. But I do hope that prices stay reasonable. Otherwise, who's really benefiting here?
Tell me, fellow thrifters, have you noticed increased prices at your local bargain bin? What about increased popularity? Does your community seem to be embracing the second-hand stores the way mine is?
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Cardigan: Old Navy, $11
Dress: Rampage via Macy's, $24
Heels: BCBG via Marshalls, $15
As I wore this ensemble, it became clear to me that I would very much like to wear dresses and cardigans with heels every day for the rest of my life! That's just how good I felt.
Was it the most attractive, most flattering thing I've ever worn? Nope. But something about it made me feel all good things: pretty, feminine, sweet, while being plenty professional enough for work too. I was comfortable from the time I dressed at 6:30am, during work, through choir practice, until I arrived home at 9pm.
I have an hourglass shape, so dresses with a defined waistline are the ones for me. I much prefer an A-line skirt, but some straighter cuts work too. Even though V-neck cardigans are said to minimize a chest (yes please), I gravitate to crew-necks instead. As for heels...I like 'em tall. With dresses I like a round or peep toe. See the pickiness?
An added bonus...the husband likes dresses a lot. Handsy, is a good way to put it. (Scrubs reference). TMI? Sorry...
Monday, June 8, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
I received a voicemail from my mommy-in-law yesterday afternoon saying there was a great garage sale by her house that had a lot of cute shoes in my size! I went straight there after work and boy-oh-boy, was she right! Rows of name brand heels still in their original boxes! I think the seller was getting rid of many of them because they were quite painful. I tried on every shoe and finally settled on these comfy Kenzie's for $3.
I also browsed the jewelry table and found this fun apple necklace for $1. I must find a little treasure to put inside. Do let me know if you have any ideas.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I've acquired a long list of fashion icons from days gone by whose lives and styles I'd like to investigate. Some are quite well-known, some not so much. I might even throw in an iconic fictional character every now and then, just for fun. I intend to feature at least one person every month.
Some of the individuals I'm drawn to have humble beginnings, while others were born to fame and fortune. But they all have a few traits in common (the P's): passion, perseverance, panache, and often had major problems.
I'm going to kick off this new series with one you might be familiar with if knowledgable about the rebels of the early 20th century. Nancy Cunard. Check out that jewelry. Check out that eyeliner.
Her home was an English Castle, but a life of wealth was not the destiny of rebelious Nancy Cunard. Born heiress to the Cunard shipping fortune, Nancy loathed what her family's class represented and instead dedicated her life to civil rights and anti-fascist movements.She was a poet, publisher, translator, journalist and self-described anarchist. But she didn't just fight for the oppressed in her writings. She established shelters for concentration camp survivors, walked alongside refugees, and braved battlefronts in hopes that the world would see the injustices taking place and do something about it.
Despite all her goodwill, Nancy could not escape her own demons. Much of her life was spent fighting lonelines, insecurity and poor heath. Alchoholism magnified an underlying mental illness that ultimately landed her in an institution in 1960. She died poor, starving, and alone in Paris in 1963.
I doubt Nancy considered herself in a fashionable way. It's just simply who she was. Apparently, one can be a superstar humanitarian, a journalistic artist, be clinically insane, AND wear bangles like THAT.
Good to know.