A lot of people laugh when I say that I'm pushing myself to get out of my comfort zone fashion-wise; based on some of the wacky stuff I wear, they find it quite inconceivable that I have a "comfort zone." But I do. There are certain things I want to wear but am just scared to try--will it be too weird? Hats are one of those things--I have a bunch of lovely vintage ones, but haven't worn them. Yet. Friday was the day to get over that. I chose the simplest of them: a simple black net with bow in the back, and wore it with a very simple outfit to work.
I added the red lips to add to the vintage flair. Reception of the hat was mostly positive; a few teens couldn't fathom why I would wear such a thing, but everyone over twenty loved it. So my courage is bolstered, and hopefully I'll try this again soon.
The above awesome picture was taken by my husband after we got home from watching a movie at the dollar theater. I love it, despite my less-than-optimal pose, because of the lighting and the ghostly sort of leaves in the upper left side.
black tee: gap
white capris: Gabriel brothers
black flats: payless
bag: swapped for it
Let's suppose we have someone getting married on July 7th. It's their third one, so it will be small, and wearing white isn't required. This person would also be rather small (5' 5") and pretty petite (size 2/4), so she can wear most styles with ease. Her personal style would be less vintage, more Eva Longoria's character on Desparate Housewives. (The "not so vintage" bit is what's throwing me.) So we need to find her a wedding dress, ok? But here's the tricky part: two days before the wedding this bride is having a boob job, so she'll be a D plus swelling. We have to find a dress that will cover her bandages.
This is what I came up with (click on image for dress information):
Chic, modern, youthful without being too young. It's not black; it's navy with light blue. Are the colors too harsh, though? It does have light stretch, though, so it should fit swelling. Hmmm.
I love this one. The color would be dynamic on fair skin, and teamed with gold sandals and a simple gold cuff bracelet? Simply smashing. The neckline is fabulous, too.
I do love the laciness of this one. I'm afraid, though, that it might generate some of those nasty "married quickly because they had to" rumors.
I love these sleeves. Dramatic and awesome, and I love the whole vintage vibe here, which is totally updated by pairing it with nude heels. Weddingish, but very fresh, I think.
These last two are my favorites, but I have to give the edge on wearability to this one because of the length. (Rumor has it that Hypothtical Bride doesn't like to wear minis, although her legs are quite lovely.) The neckline is high enough, there are sleeves, it's a knit fabric...all the constraints are met, plus this dress is just gooorgeous. Very clean and lovely.
And this is the dress I would wear if I could wear anything in the world. Feminine, meets the requirements, and totally lovely.
So, what suggestions would you have for this hypothetical bride?
I used this recipe for the cupcake part, but added a teaspoon of nutmeg. Then for the frosting I mixed up a block of cream cheese plus another partial one, a glob of shortening, the zest and juice of one lemon, some vanilla, and about 2 or 3 cups of powdered sugar. Yumness.
I found these jeans at the thrift store and fell truly, madly, deeply in love. The wash! The high waist! The cropped ankles! Others might laugh at the fact that the top snap was above my belly-button; I loved them all the more.
vintage jeans: thrifted
white tank: thrifted
red belt: some department store
red sunglasses: wet seal
red shoes: ebay
- ballroom chairs. I want one of my own, in faded gold with a pale aqua seat.
- bookplates. Maybe if I ever sort my library?
- notecards made from vintage magazines. These are actually prints of vintage magazines; wouldn't making envelopes be a great use for those random old magazines you'll never actually frame?
Laughed really hard at the awesomeness that is Cary Grant.
Tried to solve my first rubik's cube. (I'm on the last layer!)
Made strawberry shortcake.
Started a nifty cool little quilted pencil case.
Didn't take enough pictures.
- CD wallet scrapbook. awesome idea for a quick and easy gift, especially if you include a mix CD.
- best online stores for designer fashion. I'd rather wear vintage, but it's still handy to have these.
- jobs you can do at home. I wasn't madly in love with any of these, but it might get the old noggin firing.
- party-planning resource. Aimed at kids parties, but honestly? Some brilliant ideas there.
- fabric flower tutorial. have I linked this before? I think I might have. Anyway, it's good.
- the awesomeness that is Martha shows us how to make giganumous tissue pompoms. love it.
- super-rad stencils. These would be great to use on tshirts.
All these are currently on sale on Ebay and are, as of this typing, under $10. Click pictures to go to the auctions.
I paid $7.50 for this dress last week (it was 50% off at the thrift store!) and that's ridiculously high for me, but it was just so fab. It fits almost perfectly, and looks amazing with my super-mod white shades.
green tank: thrifted
green sandals: gap clearance
Images from beadforlife.org
Beadforlife.org is an online store selling necklaces, bracelets, and loose beads created from recycled paper by women in Uganda. These simple, beautiful pieces provide an opportunity for impoverished women to provide for their families. Besides being pretty, they're reasonably priced, so check them out.
- attention design fiends: tord boontje giveaway.
- feeling the need to bake one of these. Any maybe make some cinnamon ice cream to go with it?
- crafty fiction to inspire the childrens
- best. decoupage. ever. (I'm loving the "pattern drawings" idea.)
- don't forget: the last day of submissions for the DIY contest is tomorrow, so get your entries in!
Shirtdresses are always classic; this one has a really interesting seaming detail on the back.
Super-adorable (and tiny) party dress from the fifties.
This white lace wiggle dress (size 8) is just gorgeous.
And the crowning glory: a vintage wedding gown. This is the sort of thing I was looking for when I got married; sadly, I couldn't find anything, and ended up with non-vintage. I'm still tempted to buy this, and would if I could think of anyone it would fit.
Click pictures to go to auctions.
Plaid tablecloth + Frye boots + huge sunglasses + gold chains should equal scariness. Instead, it's just fab and I wish I could get away with it. Image is from dans Paris, which is Paris street fashion and it's absolutely fabulous. Check it out.
I've been meaning to blog about the whole "duct tape prom dress" thing, but kept forgetting, until an email arrived informing me that my second cousin is one of the finalists. See the tall skinny guy on the left? That's him. Both outfits were made by his date, Adrienne. Random facts: sewing the outfits involved oiling the needle every time it went through the duct tape "fabric." Also: her dress weighs twenty-seven pounds.
Anyway, Z&A are currently in second places; if they win there is scholarship money involved for both of them. Check out all the awesome creativity, and vote for someone, even if they're not related to me. Those kids have invested a ton of effort, and I, for one, am seriously impressed.
Lemon and ginger. Both recipes from "Perfect Scoop. I love them both, but the ginger a little more; it's creamier. The lemon was very simple, though: you combine lemon juice, zest, sugar, and half-and-half in a blender, chill it, and then churn it. Seriously easy.
I can't wait to start on the sorbets!
images from Easy Living Magazine
I love the superbright colors and easy, relaxed shapes of these summer frocks. Both styles would be ubersimple to make, since they rely on the fabric for impact. (But please: if you're going to make a dress out of chiffon, do us all a favor and line it!)
I've ben looking forward to the coffee ice cream; it's my favorite. I wasn't disappointed in this batch, even though I had to add a little instant coffee to kick up the flavor. I think that was my fault for using beans that weren't super fresh.
Good news! My copy of the cookbook I've been making all of these out of, Perfect Scoop, came today, so the library can have theirs back. Further good news: I've mixed up two more flavors (super lemon and fresh ginger) and they're only waiting on le husband to come so they can be frozen. (The freezing part is his job.)
- cool article on seeking out everyday inspiration. There are some fabulous links, as well as good ideas.
- the above led me, in a roundabout way, to these totes. Oilcloth and roomy, they look like they would make awesome beach bags or a cute diaper bag. Stuff it with baby stuff for your next command appearance at a baby shower. (Does anyone ever want to go to those things, wether for babies or weddings? I didn't even want to go to MINE!)
- also: an apron group on flickr. I'm so going to use this for inspiration. (Have I mentioned that aprons are the ultimate "instant gratification" sewing project? They're done quickly, they fit almost anyone, and you can never have too many.)
- I found some lovely fabric on the dollar rack at WalMart today; it's white with tiny stripes in all the colors of the rainbow. I bought *gulp* five yards. I'm thinking maybe something like this or else a classic strapless dress with circle skirt. Maybe with a self belt? Also: I bought a Built by Wendy pattern today. I love the gray knit version, but am thinking that maybe gathering under my (very ample) bum might not be the most flattering? Mental note: am not built for hipster fashion. Figure is much better suited to vintage lines.
- after reading this, I suddenly want to start embroidering pillowcases. And sheets. and maybe underwear?
- ooooo! A DIY contest where you win copies of Blueprint and Adorn. Deadline is June 20th, so think quickly. Kat, I think your refashioned undies might work in this instance?
- I'm not a shawl person, but I love this shrug. Sounds like a great excuse to buy a super-luxe yarn. And how awesome would this be for adding that little something extra to an outfit? See also: good present for expectant/nursing mummies: adds warmth around the shoulders for those midnight feedings without getting in the way.
- how gorgeous is this?
Brotherinlaw1 turned 23 (I think) yesterday. We celebrated his birthday Sunday night, with much popping of balloons and wearing of hats. (Not birthday hats, just hats in general. Because we're weird that way.)
For his cake, I made an icecream cake and was able to try the next recipe on my list from Perfect Scoop: strawberry sour cream. It was quite delicious, although a little icy, but that was my fault because I put in too many strawberries. The bottom layer is the classic chocolate that we've been making constantly for the past couple of weeks. Everyone looooved that bit.
Specifics on the cake: I poured the freshly-churned ice cream into foil-lined cake pans, then put them in the freezer to set. A quart or so filled each pan quite nicely. The filling is crushed oreos, and the frosting is sweetened whipped cream. Be sure to take the cake out of the freezer and stick it in the fridge about an hour before you plan to cut it, because it got rather hard.
- Ideas for packing lunches. I don't know about you, but I run through my creativity on lunches pretty fast, and this week ate baby carrots and a twinkie for lunch one day. (And we wonder why I struggle with my weight???)
- I'm afraid that if I dressed to match my fridge it would be called "Boring Midwest." (Can I steal the dress of "Country Store"?)
- one ikea wardrobe, three different looks. I want the pink one!
- want to see this; it sounds as though it could be an interesting commentary on abortion.
- balloon hats around the world. Love. this. project. (And the pictures are amaaaazing.)
- I don't even know what the text says; I'm too busy staring at the pictures. Those pink and yellow outfits are lovely!
Ok, so I'll stop for now. Anyone going to see "Ocean's 13" this weekend? And did I mention that "Miss Potter" is currently showing in our dollar theater, but I haven't been able to go yet? Le sigh.
Edited to add: I just went back and re-read her profile. She DOESN'T have two little girls...she has two little boys. Not sure how I made that mistake, but she now officially has way more pink polka-dots than she'll ever need. I feel like the world's largest dork.
Also, are these shoes not adorable? I'm kind of on the fence--they're almost stripper-esqe, but I keep imagining them with black tights and a white mini...so, so cute. Image from Zappos, but they're currently on sale at endless.
This is oatmeal raisin, again from David Lebovitz's "Perfect Scoop." Seriously incredibly delicious. Now I can't decide what flavor I want to try next: fresh ginger, cinnamon, black pepper, or strawberry sourcream. Suggestions?
Saturday was the last bag day I'll ever attend at the library book sale. I ran over during my lunch break, and limited myself to just one bag because I'm moving, so I have to limit myself somewhere. In that bag were some lovely pieces, though, including this old, battered, but still readable copy of pinnochio. My favorite has to be the book from the forties that contains standards of perfection for fowl. Strange and technical, yes. But also filled with all these awesome full-page plates illustrating the different breeds of chicken, and they're each drawn to look strangely royal. My stepmum collects chickens, so I was thinking about framing up a bunch of them for her, but the chickens are suprisingly beautiful, so I'm going to have a hard time parting with them.