Pantone dishes! As a former graphic design geek, I spent entirely too much time thinking about those lovely palettes. And now? I want a set. From Fishs Eddy.

mesmerizing me

the moleskinerie pool. It makes me wish I were an artistic person.


quick things

I should be editing video clips for church on Sunday or else color correcting the pictures I took tonight, but that's boring stuff. So here are a few good things.
- The new issue of Blueprint is out! I might have to pick up a copy. Love that cover skirt. Maybe made out of wool felt?
- Wool felt reminds me: I cleaned up at Joann's this weekend. All their clearance fabrics were another fifty percent off! I'll have to get some pictures for you. (There's this one little bird print...lovely.)
- Want to read. Must request from the library.
- Am thinking about switching my hair color. I'm currently a dark brunette (as you probably know) and I've been that color for oh, nearly two years now. I'm thinking maybe something more nuanced? Not as flat? Maybe lighter? I'm going to get it professionally done, so we can be flexible. Should I try a carmelly brown with lighter streaks? My sister just went red...should I copy her? Maybe an auburn? Send some ideas, people.
- On the subject of vanity: I read about the olive oil skin care regimin and I'm seriously tempted to try it. It seems quite logical, really. If I do try it, I'll make sure to let you know how it goes.
- Love the wide legs on these flares. And the inseam length. And the price. Sweetness!
- Hooray layered skirts!
- Am I the only person who's not estatic at the fact that Vera Wang is coming to Kohls? I hate Kohls. Their quality is...non-existent.
- The bad sweater guy is actually pretty funny.


the rest of my Friday thrifting

latest thrifted treasures
Clockwise from left:
gray knit sweater dress. I think this will look lovely worn with a black turtleneck underneath to show off the openwork and tall black boots for a vintage feel.
Red knit suit. (I wore the skirt yesterday.)
Black and gray mohair sweaters, tags still attached. The thrift store had seriously about twenty of each of these in various sizes.
Black wool jumper, knee-length. It's very straight-cut, so it feels a little mod. Very cool.
white retro-style mens sneakers. These are for me, not hubby! The brand name is "foot joy," which I've never heard of but simply love.
Total for all was $17, or something like that.

enough with the black and red already!

what's red and black and tired all over? I found this super-cool knit suit from the sixties when I was out thrifting on Friday, so I had to work at least the skirt into my outfit on Sunday. (Trust me: wearing both pieces in that color red would be overkill.) The whole outfit ended up being suprisingly comfortable, since it was mostly knit. I managed to look fresh and neat while still feeling almost like I was wearing pajamas. (Except for the shoes. Thirteen hours in those does get a bit tiring.)
black tailored jacket: Gap outlet
black ballet-neck t: gap
stretchy black belt: thrifted
red knit vintage skirt: thrifted
black prada knockoffs: Marshall's
black vintage purse: gift from mum (probably thrifted!)
pearls: department store clearance


what she wore on Wednesday

that's a penguin freeing another penguin from a block of ice. In case you can't tell This outfit started being planned around the shoes my sister gave me at Christmas, but it just wasn't working. Plus my hair was being evil. So at some point it morphed into being about the hat, which is highly controversial. It's been called mod squad, military, and an English riding cap. I don't care; I just like the fact that it's not Sarah Jessica Parker three years ago.
black cap: Charlotte Russe ($5)
Red and black flower pin on cap: removed from a different, thrifted hat ($.60?)
red tshirt: threadless ($10)
Gap denim jacket: thrifted ($8)
white Ralph Lauren capris: Gabriel brothers ($5)
Black ribbon through the belt loops: Walmart ($.75?)
black shoes: DSW ($10)
not having to fix my hair: priceless


ebay loveliness, the gray edition

Gray was all over the runways for this fall, and Ebay has plenty of vintage treasures to help incorporate it into your wardrobe.

Click on each picture for more information.


le delicious

Super-charming blog about fashion; very good if you're completely out of the loop. Also contains plenty of helpful tips on storage, care, and how to make your dollar stretch farther. It will be crawling onto my sidebar later tonight.

enough with the narcissism!

she came to the garden alone What someone else wore, for once. (Ok, so they're my clothes. That's beside the point.)This is my cousin, by the way.
Vintage orange silk dress: thrifted
Flat ankle-tie sandals: Gap ($2!)
white ribbon: fabric store
apricot rose: apology flowers (not mine)

how to tell I have serious apathy issues

I'm wearing:
-a tank top
-a half-buttoned shirt
The shirt is vintage and annoyingly loud, but still! This is a look that I espoused when I was fifteen! But I'm too tired and sad that my dear sister is leaving to care.


black and white and denim all over

black and white and denim all over I wanted to wear my new blouse today, but I also wanted to take advantage of the one day a week I get to wear jeans to work. This is the compromise. (Hair and makeup are pretty much gone, because it's the end of the day.)
Vintage puff-sleeved white eyelet blouse: ebay
black cobweb tank: gadzooks
straight leg men's jeans: gabriel Brothers
Black wedge-heeled sandals: thrifted
I didn't wear any necklaces--I didn't want to detract from the awesome neckline on the blouse.

am I nutty or is this actually cute?

So I saw this in an ad in InStyle. The very fact that I'm reading aforesaid magazine will tell you just how bored I am. (I finished my data entry for the day, I finished my book, and I read that newest Vogue yesterday.) So anyway, in the ad they styled it with a wide belt, and it looked really cute, so I looked it up on the Saks website.
Now, I know I like the style. Wide, collarbone-baring neckline? Check. Slim skirt? Check. Nipped-in waist? Check. It even has those two bonuses--pockets and a kick pleat! (Despite years of forced jerry-rigging of the latter, I still love their retro coyness.) But what I'm not sure about is the fabric. It's plaid cotton flannel. Like my dad's old workshirts. I haven't decided if this is a daringly ironic combination of vintage and grunge, or simply an over-tailored nightgown. Maybe I'd better sleep on it and decide what I think when I'm not so overcome with ennui.

pick of the day

This tiny chandelier is the perfect size to tuck into a bathroom or bedroom, and for $46 it adds lots of glamour for a relatively small price tag. At Lowes.

fun reading

Home Sweet Hollywood is the journal of a couple who relocated from Oklahoma to LA and are now acclimating to the land of the beautiful. I actually met Lauryl some years ago, when we worked in Singapore together on a ministry trip. I doubt she remembers me, and as a matter of fact I hope she doesn't, since at that time I was the epitome of dorky conservatism. Anyway, make sure you look at her floral portfolio as well as their wedding pictures--she designed that dress! That's just awesome.

a good thing

Everyone needs an umbrella, but this one is decidedly more charming than most.
At Cath Kidston. Was $48, now $35.


linkage I've recently discovered

  • Fashion Nation. She reviews trends and ideas. Quite fun.
  • Pet the Pretty Things. Lovely blog reviewing products, music, and movies, all from a girl's perspective. (via Alissa)
  • Wardrobe Refashion. This one is a challenge to refrain from purchasing any clothing for a month, instead refashioning what you have. You know, I wonder what would happen if I tried to go without clothes/shoes/purse shopping for a whole entire month. I think I might go batty.
  • My Wardrobe Today. One girl's daily fashion choices. Not as much innovation as I usually link to, but hey! She's photographing and posting daily. Which puts her ahead of me.
  • Speaking of innovation, bits and bobbins has a use for granny circles that I actually like! (And yes, that includes every single time I've seen them used by Angela Keslar.)


check it out!

I've added a new link over in the sidebar under "for the home." I'm not sure how accurate that is, since satinbox also sells jewelry, accessories, and gifty things. Some lovely, moderately priced things over there. Definitely worth a click.


that which I should, I do not

In other words, I should be working on the latest church newsletter. But instead, I'm looking at lovely inspirational pictures in Passionate Patchwork and listening to a splendid mix CD from Bekah. Much more rewarding, I assure you.

I think I might want

Shoes from Target, dress from Banana Republic.

peaches and cream pie

peach pie I made two of these last Thursday night for the teen activity, and they went over quite well. I was happy, because they're seriously some of the easiest pies I've ever made, and I can't wait to try making them with other types of fruit. I made mine with frozen The pie ends up tasting like you're eating it with milk or vanilla ice cream-yummy! From the recipe book "pie."

Peaches and Cream Pie
1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell (I used storebought. *shock*)
1 16 oz bag frozen peaches
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 400.
Arrange frozen peaches in pie shell. (Or you can just dump them in like I did.) Mix together the cream, confectioner's sugar, and vanilla. Pour over peaches. Bake for 30 minutes. Sprinkle brown sugar over pie. Reduce oven heat to 350 and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until bubbly. Filling with look runny, but will thicken as it cools.
Let cool 4 hours or overnight.


good to know

Threadless is having a $10 back-to-school sale. Stock up now!


wish list this fall

These are all the lovely things I want to acquire for this fall/winter season. You'll notice many of them are basics, and that's because I get a few pieces I love and wear them out.

  • grey skirt
  • brown vest
  • black pencil skirt
  • black turtleneck sweater, preferably wool and very trim so it can be worn under stuff
  • grey sweater
  • brown boots with round toes and chunky heels (they're not perfect, but they'll work)
  • full black skirt - pleated, gathered, or circle
  • cool legwear of the tights/knee socks variety
  • legwarmers?
  • wristwarmer things - doesn't matter what color
  • long sleeved tees in navy, white, grey, and blue
  • black or grey shift dress.
  • wide legged high waisted pants, black, grey, or white
  • leopard shoes

Looks like I'd better get to work.


things that I like today


lovely linkage

  • Agathe over at stylebytes is currently running a fall roundup. If you want a quick overview of trends for this fall, or just some ideas of how to make your look a little fresher, check it out.
  • Similarly, Elle is showing the a to z of fall fashion.
  • Dress a Day has posted another installment in the secret lives of dresses. These are lovely, well-written, and make you wonder about what stories your closet could tell.
  • Finally, Budget Diva has found these reallyreally cute shoes. They have ankle ties! And they're patent! Unfortunately, they don't come in my size. But don't let that stop you.


in lieu of my own creativity

May I present someone elses'? Since I've been too sunburned/boring/lazy to do outfit photos lately, I'm sharing some of my favorites from the wardrobe_remix group on flickr. These are some of the shots that I've saved for inspiration.


cute shoes from Target clearance

On the left: navy corduroy laceless sneakers. Navy is big this fall, and I can see wearing these with khakis and a white shirt or a pleated skirt and punk hoodie. Either way, it's going to be comfortable. And did I mention they're under $7?
On the right: purple driving mocs. Purple is also big this fall, but I don't have much of it in my wardrobe. I can so see wearing these with gray slacks and a black turtleneck. For $13.49, I think they're worth a try. (Also available in a bunch of other colors.)

my kind of food blog

Simple, tasty recipies and lovely photographs. Check out pinch my salt.


dancing to her own beat

I survived camping! And I assured my husband I will even try it again. The only icky sovenier I have is the raccoon-eyes sunburn currently making my love for JackieO glasses look like a very foolish thing. Don't worry, I didn't buy any tacky thingummys to bring back; I did, however, make my husband go with me to hunt down the town's library sale, at which I scored a lovely illustrated sewing book from the fifties (for a dollar!). I also visited a yarn shop for the very first time, and am quite proud that I didn't buy a single thing, not even the silk yarn on sale for $5 a skein.
All that to say, I've composed a most lovely summer playlist for enjoying these last few weeks of summer. I call it "hot summer days." (The sequel, "hotter summer nights" may or may not be posted at a later time.) Every song on this list makes me love summer, and most of them make me want to get up and dance. Some older, some newer, some overplayed, some girl power, but all fun.
Taste The Summer:Duran Duran
Hey Mama :Black Eyed Peas
Young And Proud:Ace Of Base
Mustang Sally:Los Lobos
Fett's Vett:MC Chris
You Make Me Feel Like Dancing:Leo Sayer
Just a Girl:No Doubt
1985 :Bowling For Soup
All She Wants To Do Is Dance:Don Henley
One Girl Revolution:Superchick
(Oh) Pretty Woman:Van Halen
Kokomo:The Beach Boys
Walkin' On The Sun:Smash Mouth
Happy Day:Tae Sah Jah
Trains to Brazil:Guillemots
Roses Are Red:Aqua
Baby Wants A Diamond Ring:Squirrel Nut Zippers
Us:Regina Spektor
Maps:Yeah Yeah Yeahs


blueprint magazine

Since I'm going to be gone until late Saturday night, swimming, sunning, reading, and cooking over an open fire (!) I leave you with refined loveliness by way of some of the spreads of the earlier mentioned Blueprint magazine. Click the image to see a larger version. I left them big enough that you should be able to read the text.
lovely fonts
lovely fonts
beautiful cards
beautiful cards
instant purses
instant purses
simple dresses
simple dresses
nice house
nice house

what I'm taking on vacation

5 swimsuits
5 dresses
1 pair of jeans
1 long-sleeved tshirt
1 sweatshirt
1 pair of shorts
a couple of tank tops
2 pairs of flip flops
1 pair of espadrilles
1 pair of sneakers (for hiking on the dunes)
1 ipod
1 camera
about 17 books (give or take a few)

What I'm not taking:
anything with high heels
anything that requires me to "suck in" to wear it
anything requiring specific underwear. Baggy is the name of the game!

I would just like to take this opportunity to publicize the fact that my husband is taking more shoes than I. I think I've created a monster. This is the sort of monster, however, with which I will most happily live.

thrifty happiness

latest thrifted treasures My Friday shopping trip was most profitable, yielding several gems. Here are a few of my favorites.
Clockwise from upper left:
Five balls of 75% mohair, 25% wool in this lovely creamy color. $1.50
Black Nine West wedge-heeled sandals, barely worn. $2
This was my splurge: orange silk fifties-era dress lined with orange taffeta. Very full-skirted with simple sleeveless top. $5. (The waist is so tiny I can't zip it; fortunately when they altered it in they didn't clip the seams, so I'll be able to let it back out.)
2 of the 4 pairs of men's dress shoes I found for dear hubby, also barely worn. $2 per pair