Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Minnie Mouse Nora made an ornery pumpkin.
My pumpkin didn't exactly turn out as planned. They rarely ever do. I had big plans to make this fat-faced alley cat three-dimensional. The original design had big, beady eyes and ears that stuck out...but it just couldn't happen in an hour's time. Oh well, the kids seemed to like this version.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
I wanted these guys waaayyy back here. I'm really into the color combo on these in particular. Of course they'd walk into my life at such a great price when I'm on a shopping ban. If they're still available in a few weeks, I might have to adopt them.
These are super fun. The last thing I need is another pair of brown heels, but they still tempt me.
I like these too. I like the chunky-cuteness of them and their preppy wear-to-work-ability.
Monday, October 26, 2009
I love it even more since I finally wore it to church on Sunday. Maybe I was afraid it would be very tight and restrictive and uncomfortable. It wasn't. My church is really casual, and sometimes it's hard to motivate myself to dress up for it. Is that sad? Whatever. I felt like dressing up this Sunday because I was freshly blonde. A trip to the salon will do that for me...make me want to dress up.
Hmm. Now I'm craving a cupcake. Maybe this was a bad idea...
Dress: JC Penny
Friday, October 23, 2009
This is Brian. He's playing the role of Junior Executive. So cute, right?
I'm sort of obsessed with this blouse. Picked up this white one and another in black at Old Navy (or Old Navy Outlet?) a while back and they are perfect layering pieces. I think they were each $4(?) Elaina picked up this gorgeous dress form at TJ Maxx housewares department. Sooo perfect. We used it as a prop this week.
These shoes...oh how they pain me. But my philosophy is, if my pants are too long, I buy taller shoes! Well, these are 4 1/2 glorious inches. And I was feeling every millimeter of them by the time I got home last night.
Blouse: Old Navy (Outlet?)
Blazer: Vintage, thrifted
Trousers: Banana Republic Outlet
Shoes: Guess via endless.com, also seen here
Thursday, October 22, 2009
My tendency is to find pieces that work well together and then always wear those items that same way. How lame and unimaginative is that? My intention is to change that tendency. If I can make several different outfits using the same item...well then, perhaps that's a few less items I might otherwise be inclined to buy. Thus saving. Thus affording all of the other things I wish to have/do. Travel being a big part of that. And Christmas is coming up...the timing is right.
This simple, floral, Target dress was in the loot I brought home from Goodwill Outlet. Here is how I wore it in August. This definitely would have been stored away for the winter by now if not for my new found desire to remix and make my wardrobe go further. How easy to simply throw on a sweater, tights and booties and have a perfectly appropriate cold-weather outfit. Hello. Why didn't I think of that before?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
And it came to pass that I was 8 and it was the dead of winter and I specifically remember warning my mom about what I wanted to wear to school one day. I came out of my room wearing tight, acid-washed denim shorts (the cuffs rolled up to display a floral pattern) and white tights. I can't imagine what shoes I chose to go with that ensemble, but I'm sure it was all the rage.
I started wearing shorts with tights again around age 25. I guess some things come to pass only to come back around. Also entirely true of fashion. That post will have to be written at some other time.
Soon it would come to pass in 8th grade that my jeans HAD to have patches or rips or some destroyed feature. I HAD to wear an over-sized flannel shirt, and I HAD wear Doc. Marten look-alikes (because there was no affording the real thing). So basically, when I was an itty bitty size 2, all I wore were things that covered up my little bod. The grunge look stole my best body years from me. What a horrible trend.
Several seasons ago the ONLY casual dresses I could find were sack dresses. In a few special circumstances I was able to ignore that this silhouette does zip for my body type. I admit, I indulged in a few (they're uber comfy). I took the inquisitive [is she pregnant?] looks well, I think. Then thankfully, this shapeless trend came to pass.
There have been numerous other passing phases: hoodie phase, denim phase, ugly shoe phase, over-use of accessories phase, polyester phase...
Lately, I'm really into dresses of the short variety. I haven't owned a long skirt/dress in eons. I dig wide-leg trousers but prefer my jeans skinny. I love vintage now more than ever and have put somewhat of a kibosh on following trendy-trends (know what I mean?). I suppose now I'm in a wear what I want not what everyone else is wearing phase. It's my favorite phase so far.
Monday, October 19, 2009
She can't NOT be silly.
Another thing that makes St. Paul fun...the Peanuts. As in Charlie, Lucy, Linus, Snoopy, Woodstock...they're everywhere. Our little homage to the late, great Charles Schulz. He was a Minnesota native, dontchaknow.
Left-Right: Schroeder, Elaina, and Lucy
Ahh...it's days like these that make me so happy that I live here. The feeling only comes around a few days a year. Mostly, I'm just cold and bitter about it. :)
Friday, October 16, 2009
My husband is working on an online commercial for work. It takes place in a women's clothing store. The plot begins with a green dress and ends with a red dress. To make the set look more like a store, they needed posters of a woman in the dresses. Hello, that's me.
I am in no way modelesce (is that a word?). I'm short and curvy. My hair hasn't seen the stylist since July and I have a tooth that needs repair. The green dress, even with a slimmer underneath, hugged my every curve. It especially drew attention to a little lower abdomen trouble I've had since childhood. I sucked it in till I was gasping for air.
So with no hard feelings whatsoever, I permitted Steve to make any and all necessary 'adjustments' in Photoshop. The green dress results are in. Years from now I'll take this picture into a plastic surgeon and say, "Make me look like her."
Eyes: Bigger and un-bloodshot
Body: 15lbs thinner
Height: 3" taller
Dress: from Target.com
Those women you see in magazines, the celebrities that appear so flawless...don't let 'em fool you...it's all fake. I'm quite sure they have all the lumps and bumps and 'flaws', same as you and me. They'll just never let you see the 'before' picture. Ha.
I'll post the red dress pictures when they're ready.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Ms. Pillsbury loves her classic, vintage style of colorful cardigans and tweedy skirts with darling matching accessories such as sweater clips, broaches, and pearls. Most outfits come complete with clear, plastic gloves to keep off germs...don't let it bother you.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
In the meantime, BF Elaina and I have been on the hunt for mannequin heads - to serve several purposes, but mainly for displaying headbands. Last week, as I was in the checkout line at Savers, I came across two huge bins of these:
Our first official stop was S.A. Harris in Brooklyn Park - a warehouse piled floor to ceiling with discount fabric. Quite overwhelming, but an overall good experience. Elaina found some great fabric for making purses and tutus.
Next we went to Savers to purchase more heads, then on to JoAnn Fabrics for everything else. By the time we finally got back to Elaina's house I couldn't wait to start decoupaging! Later, friends Katie, Keely and Debbie joined us and decoupaged heads as well - it was so much fun!
Roxy...by Keely. Pheobe...by Deb & Katie.
Here are some pictures of Elaina's enviable sewing room. Isn't it just the cutest crafty space ever!
Tutu also seen here.
Debbie = Crafter-Extraordinaire.
Minnesota readers: Items will be featured at the Oakwood Bazaar, November 6 & 7. Click here for more information. You won't want to miss it!