Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Boy Pug vs Girl Pug

This is how our little family pack operates:  

I am the giver of breakfast.  I am a pillow.  I am the booger wiper and ear wax extractor.  I am the merciless squisher of squishy things.   I am the mama.

Steve is the alpha.

Sometimes, Daisy thinks she is the alpha and tries to assert her self-appointed authority over everyone.  Her cuteness goes a long way, but Steve ultimately wins.  And when he does, she plays it off like, whatever, I didn't really give a f*** anyway, just making sure you were paying attention.  She is happy to cuddle and be held like a baby, but only on her terms.  At home, Daisy is sassy, independent, and unapologetic.  At the park, she barks at other dogs then quickly retreats when she finally gets their attention.  

Oliver submits to everyone except me.  He's sweet and tender-hearted, but also very hyper.  I don't like disciplining him, no matter how annoying his compulsive licking is.  I can't bare to break his sweet spirit.  Poor baby is both bullied and adored by his little sister.  Ollie is substantially taller, leaner, and faster than Daisy, but he'll let her take him down in a play fight (momentarily, at least).  All he wants in life is love, attention, approval, and reward in the form of anything edible.

Who shall be squished first?

Daisy's slower, so easier to catch.

Ollie is too busy for me, so I force my love upon him.

Tall and fit
Short and stout
Digs in blankets
Digs in dirt
Gives hard kisses
Gives soft kisses
Hears everything
Smells everything
Cries like a TonTon
Snorts like a pig
Runs like the wind
Easily winded
Responds to TV
Responds to Ollie responding to TV
Grandma’s Favorite
Everyone else’s favorite 

***Disclaimer: Steve and I love our Pugs equally, depending on the day.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Shop Local + Online = Shoptiques

Don't we wish there was a way to shop all of our favorite local boutiques online?  So many small businesses can't afford the time or money it takes to operate an online shop as well as a storefront.  They rely entirely on foot traffic.  Sometimes, the feet can't get there.  Shoptiques is the solution for both the shopper and the business.  The site collaborates with local boutiques around the world to make their merchandise available to online shoppers.  Shop by the neighborhood of your choice (start with Minnesota if you like) or explore the whole site knowing that your purchase will support small businesses.  Of course, Sisu is my #1 shop suggestion.  Here are a few of my favorite sale items:

Chaser Silk Jumpsuit,  Sanctuary Blogger Skirt (that is really the name)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Going Somewhere

Cardi: Target hand-me-down,  Shirt & Shorts: H&M,  Boots: Coconuts via DSW

Ho hum.  What exactly am I doing with this blog?  This is the question I've asked myself for a few years now.  I love that it's here.  I think about it everyday - post or no post.  I have no intention of shutting it down.  It's become a strange extension of me - like a neglected child, waiting for my attention.  When I first stopped posting consistently, I felt guilty.  This mental image of style blogger Jenga, my piece wiggling it's way out of the stack.  The dream of becoming a foundational piece in the game was never going to happen.

I am not a fashion blogger.  There, I said it.  I am a blogger who has an interest in fashion, among many other interests.  You know all those blogging how-to's that say there should be a clear focus?  I'm going to ignore all that.  Because the fact is, my life is not very focused.  I like it that way.  And this is about me, right?  Yes.  Shopping and fashion will always be my go-to, but I'm not going to allow myself to feel weird if I want to share something different.  Such as...

The Pugs that run my life and take over my Instagram feed.  Heaven help me that I should want to talk about them more, but I totally do.  I want to obsess over Ollie's pawsiness and Daisy's snorts.  I want to post dog park reviews in their own words.  Ollie will say things like, "Everything is Awesome!".  Daisy will be all, "I kept up with Ollie the whole time, even though I couldn't breath!".

My paid work revolves around two local boutiques.  Teeny Bee recently raised funds to open a play space downstairs - the Bloom Room.  Think baby play dates, music class, yoga, and art.  It's the happiest little place in the Twin Cities.  Then there's Sisu - the thing that keeps me fashionably afloat.  We have some events and endeavors coming up that I'm so excited about - hello, fall fashion!  The success of these small businesses is important to me, so I will plug them whenever I can.

I hope to travel more in the coming months/year, but I also love exploring home.  Minnesota is full of things to do and see.  I want to do and see all of it.  Steve and I will be adventuring in the Boundary Waters next week!   We're hard core like that.

I'm grateful to be surrounded by some seriously talented friends.  People who pursue their passions - music, writing, photography, film making, designing, and all other forms of creativity.  It all has a place here, in my little cyber space called Spoils of Wear, even if it isn't wearable, but just because I say so.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Fashionable Minnesota Events

Mark your calendars!  There are lots of fashionable events coming up in the Twin Cities that you do not want to miss.  I'm sad to be opting out of several due to travel plans, but I will surely be present where I can.  And if you have nothing to wear to these fabulous parties, come see me at Sisu so I can live/dress vicariously through your outfit.

F21 Red Grand Opening 
When: Saturday, July 12 (tomorrow!) - starts at 10am
Where: The Shoppes at Arbor Lakes, Maple Grove

Macy's Glamorama 2014 - Fashion Rocks
When: Friday, August 1 - 8pm
Where: State Theater - 805 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis

ICONS: Film, Fashion, Rock 'n' Roll
When: Saturday, August 9 - 8pm
Where: secret, Twin Cities location announced to ticket holders 1 week before the event

Wild Ruffle Pop-Up Market
When:  Sunday, August 24 from 4-8pm
Where: Main Avenue, downtown Prior Lake

Minnesota Fashion Week
When: Friday, September 12th - 19th
Where: various events/locations

Angel and Divas Fashion Show
When: Thursday, September 18 - 6-10pm
Where: A'BULAE - 255 East 6th Street, St. Paul

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

FMSC Sports Fan

Hat: JCP,  Necklace: Sisu,  Shirt: FMSC Marketplace
Skirt: H&M,  Shoes: Kohl's

At least once a year, I organize a volunteer session at Feed My Starving Children's packing facility in Eagan, MN.  I always buy a shirt from the Marketplace (shirt = 65 meals) and have already gotten some use out of this baseball tee.

I'm all aboard the sporty trend.  "Sporty Chic" is what we're calling it.  It all started with the resurgence of the Snedge Weaker Wedge Sneaker.  This look is accomplished by juxtaposing traditional sportswear with dressier items.  Go shopping in your man-friend's closet, throw on some bling, and you're good to go.  Easy, cheap, comfortable, fun - sums up my life in fashion.

Even though I don't consistently play or follow any sport, I do enjoy trying.  Golf (clarification: "ball golf" - not to be confused with Disc Golf), is my favorite sport.  As a kid, I played 3 years of softball and 1 year of soccer.  I was never on a winning team.  It's ok though - learning how to lose builds character.  I used to think that's just what people said to make losers feel better, but as an adult I realize it's actually true.  Go team!