Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Bullseye!

Missoni and Target have collaborated and created a 400-piece ‘must have’ line!  I’m not the first to mention it and certainly I won’t be the last!
If you asked me one of my favorite places to shop I would tell you Target.  Seriously, I can’t walk out of there without a few things I didn’t need.  Not to mention their special collections that I always can’t wait to see.   But, pairing with the iconic label, Missoni!  A brand I’ve lusted after but simply cannot afford.  I really am feeling like….I MUST HAVE IT ALL! 
The collection launches September 13th and it’s a Tuesday.  How is this going to work?  I fear if I wait until after work it will all be GONE!  Do I take the day off?  Order it all online?  Can I talk Lucinda, Katie, Amy and Cindy (I have no idea if they are even as excited as I am) to be one of those crazy people who will get in line with Starbucks and pound the door down? Girls, if you are in…we may need to devise a plan. 
Someone run to home goods and grab me that throw and glass bowl.  Someone else head to women’s and scoop it all up just in case and we’ll sort through it later.  The tights, sweaters, head scarves…OMG, THE BIKE – did you see it?  Good grief…even the file folders are adorable!
I have never waited in line before a store opened for anything…I’ve never even waited in line for concert tickets.  I never understood Black Friday or shopping all night or waiting in line at Best Buy for the new iPhone…I’m secretly like, really?  But, now I get it!  You want it! 
I’ve gone Missoni Mad. 
Here are some photos of my must haves.  I’ll report back on what I manage to snag up.  I’m hoping it isn’t all the rage here in Elkhart.  Could I be the only one lusting after it in this small town?  I can only hope…
The coveted bike! I think it's $399...can I swing this and get everything else I want? Must.start.saving!

I LOVE this!  $29.99! SOLD!

CUTE!

I'm getting some of these for my wardrobe room!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The weekends come and the weekends go...

Mine seem full of activity and loads of fun as I try to fill them with as much outdoor time in the sun as possible.

I’m still hanging onto the summer lifestyle as long as I can.  Which to me, means, outdoor festivals, lake time, friends and family…exactly how I spent my weekend. 

Friday night my plans changed so I decided to work on a charcoal DIY project to fill up some wall space.  I try not to feel temporary in my humble dwelling, but I can’t help it.  I refuse to invest in furniture or art to ‘fit’ where I am because I don’t plan to stay.  With that in mind, and a lot of empty wall, I flipped through a magazine to find inspiration.  I saw a picture of Angelina Jolie and her tattoos…you know the coordinates of where her babies were born?  Having lived a gypsy lifestyle and experienced my fair share of coordinates, I thought…that should cover up some wall.  I missed a couple but here is a ‘draft’ of a project in the works. 

In between errands, a hair appointment, finishing the first book of The Hunger Games (OMG – talk about page-turner – I can’t wait to start book two) etc. I met my sister, Lucinda, at the Taste of the Gardens in Elkhart.  Embarrassingly, I had no idea Elkhart had Botanical Gardens.  They are beautiful and the event was well done, in my opinion.  Art booths lined one side of the water and food/beer tents with bands on the other.  I ran into some friends which is always fun and yet, somehow missed my brother who said he was there at the same time. 

After the art festival I headed to Shavehead Lake.  It played host to Rail Jam 2011.  An interesting wake boarding home-made rail event where I stared wondering who held the liability and worried someone was about to lose a leg.  None of the participants seems concerned and thankfully, all went off without a hitch.  Seriously, a jet ski pulls a willing (mostly young guy) out of a man-made pool up onto a narrow wooden platform into the lake.  Yikes.  Anyway, it was perfect weather and so fun to hang out with friends and Mary, I LOVE your Yurt!  Thank you Cindy for including me! 


Sunday I went to see Earl and then onto Corey Lake.  A leisurely afternoon hanging on the boat cruising the lake; talking, laughing and getting sun!  Loved it, thanks Katie!  

What are your plans for Labor Day weekend?  I hope you are gathering with friends and family! 
 

Monday, August 29, 2011

I need your V O T E!!


As you know, I entered Lucky Magazine's Search for a New Lucky Lifestyle Contributor contest.  Apparently, the first few rounds of the competition are based on votes. 

I need you to support me and vote!  It looks like you are able to vote over the next ten days.  I have been able to vote once per day.  Please do the same!!

If you have a momemt please take a minute to follow the instructions below and vote on my most recent entry.  It quick, easy, and would mean the world to me!

http://contribute.luckymag.com/blog/my_go_to_beauty-134/be_who_you_are-375

Click on "vote."

You will be redirected to a login page.  If you are already a member of Lucky online, enter your information.  If not, look under the section titled "new user" and click "register."  Its super simple, and don't worry, you won't be hit with a bunch of spam.

Once you register, go back to my entry and VOTE.  This time, the site will recognize you as an official Lucky user, and your vote will be officially recorded!  EASY!

I need your vote to get to the next round....please keep me in the game! 

PS: If you want to share this with friends and family or on your own blog, I would really appreciate it!

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Voting has started - please take a moment and vote for me!


I appreciate you for taking a minute of your time and voting for me.  I'll keep you posted as there are several stages of the contest!  Wish me luck! 

http://contribute.luckymag.com/blog/my_go_to_beauty-134/be_who_you_are-375

Be who YOU are!
08/24/2011
Coco Chanel said, “Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

I stand staring into the closet…one hand on my hip, the other on the door frame…mindless…just staring at all my stuff.  What do I feel like today?  Can’t we all just go naked?  But, really, what fun would that be?

Fashion is such a form of expression.  Just like Coco said, “You see it in the streets.”  And as the Lucky Helpful Hints state, “Great style can come from anywhere.”  I’m always noticing others and soaking in their personal style.  How they wear something…what they pair it with.  Almost always, I’m drawn to the person with confidence and a great smile.

Our lifestyle often dictates what we wear that day.  Where am I headed?  What do I have going on?  I have always believed, however, that confidence will carry whatever it is you choose to put on.

What is natural beauty?  We all hope to have it.  But to have it and simply enhance it…that is what is key to me.  Keeping the natural in beauty and still finding glamour and finding the beauty on the inside helps the beauty shine on the outside.

The transformation process is outlined and detailed differently for everyone, however, inherently defined the same.  Clothes, makeup, style, persona and we all add our own flare; but the basics are there.

I always begin with a clean slate.  My mother insisted we wash our face and moisturize; thank you mom.   I have never worn a lot of makeup.  I don’t like the way heavy makeup looks.  Quite frankly, overdone.   But, it is fun and getting dressed up for a night out and putting on eyeliner, mascara and bronzer really feel like I’ve changed my look although it’s still me…not my makeup you are noticing.  I wear Cover Girl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner, Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Blasting Mascara, NARS Bronzer in Laguna and Bonniebell LipLites in Cappacino.

Keep it simple, keep it fidget free and wear it with confidence.  We all have our go-to items we feel best in.  You know, your favorite jeans…your best LBD.

Add your flare and make it your own.  I like layering jewelry, scarves, a great handbag and depending on where I’m headed, a killer pair of heels or tall boots.  I also love having that wind-blown hair look which appears as if you did nothing to it but there really is an art to styling that look.  Sometimes, I’ll add a hat or knot my hair up off my face.

Some people think being stylish is expensive.  I am a glorified ‘bin-digger.’  The thrill of finding that awesome vintage label for next to nothing…man, what a feeling!  Then once you wear it and someone compliments you…you feel even more satisfied.  I do have those pieces I deemed worthy to ‘throw down’ the extra paycheck for…but I thought long and hard before I justified it.

Overall, the best outfit is the one you are most comfortable and confident in.  Natural is always a must in my book. Nothing too overdone or over-thought.  Keep your makeup light or just enhance one feature like your eyes or your lips but not both.  Nothing too flashy and nothing too revealing and absolutely…ALWAYS…you simply must complete the look with a smile and you can never go wrong.

Honestly, just be who YOU are and everything else should fall into place.

Naked…sweatpants…jeans and a tee-shirt…dresses…diamonds and pearls?

Hippie….bohemian…trend-setter…classy…high-fashion…or your fashion?

Barely there…natural…glam…sophisticated?

Thrift stores…consignment stores…outlets for steals or the mall for the latest trends…Barney’s…Neiman Marcus?

With fashion; the sky’s the limit.  What is beauty?  It is self expression… being yourself…being comfortable and confident in your own skin and the final touch…a big beautiful smile!

Friday, August 26, 2011

My Go-to Beauty Lifestyle Contributor Contest!


Voting begins tonight at midnight!  (Thanks for the reminder Vee!)

I appreciate you for taking a minute of your time and voting for me.  I'll keep you posted as there are several stages of the contest!  Wish me luck! 

http://contribute.luckymag.com/blog/my_go_to_beauty-134/be_who_you_are-375

Be who YOU are!
08/24/2011
Coco Chanel said, “Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

I stand staring into the closet…one hand on my hip, the other on the door frame…mindless…just staring at all my stuff.  What do I feel like today?  Can’t we all just go naked?  But, really, what fun would that be?

Fashion is such a form of expression.  Just like Coco said, “You see it in the streets.”  And as the Lucky Helpful Hints state, “Great style can come from anywhere.”  I’m always noticing others and soaking in their personal style.  How they wear something…what they pair it with.  Almost always, I’m drawn to the person with confidence and a great smile.

Our lifestyle often dictates what we wear that day.  Where am I headed?  What do I have going on?  I have always believed, however, that confidence will carry whatever it is you choose to put on.

What is natural beauty?  We all hope to have it.  But to have it and simply enhance it…that is what is key to me.  Keeping the natural in beauty and still finding glamour and finding the beauty on the inside helps the beauty shine on the outside.

The transformation process is outlined and detailed differently for everyone, however, inherently defined the same.  Clothes, makeup, style, persona and we all add our own flare; but the basics are there.

I always begin with a clean slate.  My mother insisted we wash our face and moisturize; thank you mom.   I have never worn a lot of makeup.  I don’t like the way heavy makeup looks.  Quite frankly, overdone.   But, it is fun and getting dressed up for a night out and putting on eyeliner, mascara and bronzer really feel like I’ve changed my look although it’s still me…not my makeup you are noticing.  I wear Cover Girl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner, Cover Girl Lash Blast Volume Blasting Mascara, NARS Bronzer in Laguna and Bonniebell LipLites in Cappacino.

Keep it simple, keep it fidget free and wear it with confidence.  We all have our go-to items we feel best in.  You know, your favorite jeans…your best LBD.

Add your flare and make it your own.  I like layering jewelry, scarves, a great handbag and depending on where I’m headed, a killer pair of heels or tall boots.  I also love having that wind-blown hair look which appears as if you did nothing to it but there really is an art to styling that look.  Sometimes, I’ll add a hat or knot my hair up off my face.

Some people think being stylish is expensive.  I am a glorified ‘bin-digger.’  The thrill of finding that awesome vintage label for next to nothing…man, what a feeling!  Then once you wear it and someone compliments you…you feel even more satisfied.  I do have those pieces I deemed worthy to ‘throw down’ the extra paycheck for…but I thought long and hard before I justified it.

Overall, the best outfit is the one you are most comfortable and confident in.  Natural is always a must in my book. Nothing too overdone or over-thought.  Keep your makeup light or just enhance one feature like your eyes or your lips but not both.  Nothing too flashy and nothing too revealing and absolutely…ALWAYS…you simply must complete the look with a smile and you can never go wrong.

Honestly, just be who YOU are and everything else should fall into place.

Naked…sweatpants…jeans and a tee-shirt…dresses…diamonds and pearls?

Hippie….bohemian…trend-setter…classy…high-fashion…or your fashion?

Barely there…natural…glam…sophisticated?

Thrift stores…consignment stores…outlets for steals or the mall for the latest trends…Barney’s…Neiman Marcus?

With fashion; the sky’s the limit.  What is beauty?  It is self expression… being yourself…being comfortable and confident in your own skin and the final touch…a big beautiful smile!

I love you because...

Dad, I love you because
You encouraged me to write and think for myself
You saved all the letters I ever wrote to you and I cried rereading every single one of them wondering why, yet completely touched
Your strength
Your independence
Your constant thirst for knowledge
Your insistence on teaching Vanessa and I how to change the oil in our car and how to change a tire even though at the time we weren’t interested
Your openness on letting us assist you making wine (Chateau Ramey), beer and champagne and teaching us all of the techniques along the way
I love how you took tons of pictures of us growing up and one of our favorite family things to do was and still continues to be, watch the slide journey together and laugh and remember
Your love of experimenting in the kitchen and teaching us gourmet meals
Your love for entertaining and sharing your love for cooking, music, wine, etc with your friends
Teaching us how to be resourceful
Your love for being outdoors
Your wisdom
Your honesty
Your intelligence
Your optimism
Your courage in the face of adversity
How you gave up things you wanted for our benefit
The way you have inspired all of us to try and learn new things
How great you were at fixing things and if you didn’t know how you found out how to do it
How you always wore a cool hat or fedora…I loved your style
How I came to find out you had maintained all of your childhood friendships
How much you loved your mother and would do anything for her
Please don’t consider this list complete.  There are so many things I love about my dad…I couldn’t possibly list all of the reasons here. 
Oh me…I miss you…
My dad is on the right in the plaid blazer and he is with his best friend Houston Newton and Margaret who I had the pleasure of meeting and they told me wonderful stories of their time shared with my dad. 

Thursday, August 25, 2011

When was the last time you...

Did a summersault
Smiled at a stranger
Ate dessert first
Laughed so hard you cried
Called a friend to tell them you thought of them

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

You miss every shot you don't take...

I’m about to enter a contest.  A magazine is looking for a Lifestyle Contributor and I figured…what the heck.  The submittal was to get out your camera and capture your natural beauty – your everyday look for work, family and just hanging out.  Then show your glamorous side and write about the best ways to make the transformation through hair, makeup and your outfit.

In the past, I would have thought that I would love to enter but then I would have let the thought go.  I ask myself however, what do I have to lose by entering?  Nothing.  If I get to contribute to the magazine…awesome.  If I don’t, well, you miss every shot you don’t take. 

Part of this contest requires outside votes.  I know…ugh…but, yes, I am asking you to take a minute and vote for me. I mean, if you feel I am worthy of the vote. 

I was allowed four photos which I used three from my When Harry Met Sally blog and I took some early this am I tossed in for a more laid-back look. 

Here is a sneak peak from this mornings DIY photo shoot.  Voting begins in 2 dayz!  I’ll be reminding you!

Btw, there are 5 stages to this contest and this is stage 2.  I’ll keep you posted. 

Hi Charlie Martin...I had to entice her out from under there with treats...

Doesn't really show the outfit...CM still under love seat and yes, my hair is a horrible brown...it will be fixed on Saturday!

I think I ended up using this one even though CM is still sort of in the picture.  It's not great...but the tripod and my camera focusing when I put it farther away...well, I'm still working out these issues and I am on a deadline...jeesh...I haven't even won yet.


I tried different boots...added a sweater...CM left to eat her treats but there were spots and I just didn't like it...

I’ll reveal it all tomorrow…stay tuned.  Thanks for your support!


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I love you because…

Why do I like you…why do I love you? 

Lately, I feel the constant reminder that life is short.  What does that mean exactly because sometimes I just don’t understand?  I’ve lived 40 years and in the rear view mirror it seems like some things were a long time ago.  And then, some things, like yesterday, flew right by.  Perspective…or is time really disappearing quickly these days?  

I sit and wonder…have I said what I need to say to whom I need to say it to…have I lived my best life…am I being true to myself?  Am I on track to finish my bucket list?  Have I put everything I want to do on it…most likely; no.

All weekend I have been reminding myself to call so-and-so, write that note to what’s-her-name, go see you-know-who…do these things, get them done and don’t forget because I want them to know I was thinking of them. 

Last week a tragic accident happened on Corey Lake in Michigan. It’s a horrible story and it gave me chills when I heard it.  Without telling the tale in detail, a ten year old girl was killed while tubing the lake by her mother.  Sadly, it is so devastating of a story... the how it happened and all of the details are simply too much to recount. You can Google it if you want to…visit http://www.woodtv.com/.

But, the reason I even mention it, is that the waitress who waited on the family the night before told a touching story about them.    She overheard them going around the table telling each other what they loved about them.   I am so grateful they had that memory to keep with them of what their sister loved in them.  It’s making me cry to even think about this loss and that moment and ugh…how even today…how they must be feeling. 

Because of that story…because of this blog and my outlet I’ve created for myself…I am going to take advantage of it. Moving forward, on Friday’s, I am going to dedicate it to a friend or a family member or someone I might be thinking about and write down things I love about them.  Or, maybe, something they did for me that touched me…I don’t know…I just want to make sure that people that mean something to me know how I feel…even if it’s just a few words or a story to share.

In fact, if anyone would like to write about someone in their life I would be happy to share it and post your love.

I hope my friends and family know how I feel, but let’s be honest…do we tell them enough?  Here is my chance…
I love you ALL because…you have supported me by reading my blog and encouraging me whether you know it or not just by ‘liking’ my FB page or following me.  Thank you for the comments and the time some of you have made to tell me what you think, you have no idea what it means to me.  

When you do something you aren’t always certain of and take a chance…when people that mean something to you tell you…it moves you along…has made me smile and made me thankful. 

Monday, August 22, 2011

If nothing ever changed…there would be no butterfliez - anonymous

I drove to Michigan on Saturday morning.  I was sipping on my iced latte, listening to Adele and my mind was wandering off.  I took a different route than I normally do.  Well, I guess I will admit…a little embarrassingly; for some reason I started to get on the toll way and snapped out of my fog to get back on track to turn right when I should have gone left. It wasn’t that going right was the wrong way; I just never go that way.  

I cruised down the road and turned right onto 12 and there it was…the little cemetery where my stepdad Earl and his loyal dog Lady were buried over 18 years ago.  I couldn’t believe it.  I pulled over.  I hadn’t realized it was this close to my apartment.  I hadn’t been there in…sadly, almost 15 years, but I had thought of him just the other day.    

At first I felt sad I hadn’t been back since I returned to Elkhart and I also felt somewhat guilty.   Earl, it’s me…I surprise myself as I said it out loud.

My stepdad passed away my senior year of college – November 11, 1992.
 
I wanted to get out of the car but I didn’t think I had time.  There wasn’t anyone there but it didn’t feel empty.  It didn’t feel sad.  I found myself wondering…what lead me here?  Whatever it was…I was happy about it.  I know I’ve passed it before but it’s a quaint, tiny little cemetery.  If you were looking the other way or if your mind was wandering off…you could miss it…like I must have done several times before.

I promised Earl I would come back this next weekend.  I plan to bring some flowers and sit awhile with him and Lady. 

It’s easy to get in ruts.  Finding yourself following a routine for the comfort in the mundane.  What happened to taking the road less traveled?  I’ve always thought I was a master at change…remember, I’m the rolling stone that collects no moss. The first to jump when a new opportunity comes my way.  Yet, here I am reminded that I was going down the same path…taking the same turns and ignoring the butterfliez…the birdz...the beez and all that was there to see. 

Thank you to whatever made me turn right instead of left.  Thank you to whatever made me look left and realize where I was.  Thank you to Katie for having me up to the lake…otherwise, I still wouldn’t have discovered it. 

I can’t wait until Saturday.  I’m going to grab my coffee, a beautiful bouquet and go sit a spell next to my friend and tell him what I’ve been up to. 

I’m looking forward to sitting awhile and remembering his lake house on Cloverdale he shared with me, the walks we would take together when I came home to visit from school and how when I left he would hand me some gas money and a Symphony chocolate bar for the road and tell me not to wait too long before I came back…
Uinta Mountain Range, Park City, Utah.  Vee and Craig were always taking me on cool hikes...on random trails to discover new things.  Isn't it beautiful?

Me...hiking down that trail...discovering and enjoying...

Friday, August 19, 2011

What on earth can I do with this charcoal stuff?

Nothing helps creative thinking then when you don’t have or want to spend a lot of money. 

I seem to be in constant pursuit to find unique, different, vintage-esque objects, art, etc for my place and I am currently all wrapped up in charcoal sketches.
 
I was ditzin’ around last weekend and came across a charcoal DIY kit. I’m the first to admit I’m kind of cheap.  Not with everything, but if I think I can find it somewhere else at a better price or if I can make it myself, I’ll pass on it.  It’s not a trait I necessarily love about myself but I can’t seem to shake it. I do love bin-digging and hunting for an awesome deal and I can’t imagine losing this activity even if I could shop regularly at Barney’s or Neiman’s.  Anyway, I was like, hmmm…wonder if I can make something myself with this?  The kit was only $3.00!  So I bought it. 

As you may have experienced, sometimes when creating something, the hardest part is to begin.  I sat there with all of my tools wondering what to sketch?

I decided on birds. 

I’ve come to find out…charcoal is pretty messy…but I don’t mind making a mess.  You can use it to your advantage and get little smudges that enhance your piece.

Charcoal is kind of soft…a little bit crumbly and I love that it seems like a great medium to free flow ideas and kind of looks like ‘the beginning’ of a piece even when it's finished.  Do  you know what I mean? 

You can do so much with it.  You can use an eraser and obtain subtle greys and you can make big, expressive lines or really fine lines.  I like the opportunity it provides. 

My friend Megan's mom did this and gave it to me in exchange for fixing some jewelry.  I love it and I'm gonna try my hand at a nude sketch this weekend. 

This is one of my pieces.

I got the idea here and tried to recreate it.

I’m definitely not going to be the next Picasso but I have had a lot of fun ‘being an artist’ and trying something new and discovering a fun, easy way to get some art on my walls. 

What new things are you trying these dayz?

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Living in the round.

I currently rent an apartment but have been looking for a lake or river house to buy.  With the repressed economy and all the places on the market, you would think I could find something I want.  The more I dream about it however, the more my ideal place changes. 
A few years ago I went on vacation to Treebones Resort.  A yurt vacation, overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the Big Sur coast in California.  A unique experience with breathtaking views, amazing hikes and we were literally surrounded by nature.  Not to mention it was so much fun.  Visit http://www.treebonesresort.com/ for more information. 
Maybe you are wondering…what is a yurt?  I think it is an incredibly cool circular tent.  But, the literal definition describes it as a modern adaptation of ancient shelters originally used by nomads.  I think you know where I am going with this, don’t you?  I am now imagining how cool it might be to just buy some land on a lake and put my own yurt on it.  They come in all sizes.  I am also thinking I could start with one and add to it.  I could even turn one into a wardrobe room! 


 I am loving the idea…and you know this girl loves to dream.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A haphazard list...all about me

There is nothing specific...no pattern or objective…no aim, no real direction...no rules...just completely random things about me I thought I’d share…
Here is a random picture of me to go along with my random list...
1.    I prefer cupcakes on my birthday over a cake
2.    I am dying to go to Africa
3.    I am extremely ticklish
4.    My favorite food is Sushi but a good steak and a glass of red wine is a close second
5.    I have moved around a lot since college.  Indianapolis, Chicago, San Diego, Las Vegas, San Francisco including Marin County, Park City, Laguna Beach, back to PC and now back to Indiana.  This rolling stone collects no moss.
6.    I wish I had a deeper voice…kind of Demi Moore-ish
7.    I think the Golden Gate Bridge and the Palace of Fine Art should be considered as two of the Wonders of the World.
8.    I love when people do the ‘little things’
9.    I put myself through college on a swimming scholarship and I have no idea how I made it to all of those morning practices
10. I’m a hopeless romantic.  However, if someone does something romantic for me I turn five shades of red, get really quiet and feel embarrassed but then relish on it for dayz
11. I absolutely love music and can’t believe my iPod died three months ago and I still haven’t replaced it
12. I feel blessed that I am a twin because she is my best friend and I can’t imagine life without her
13. The first concert I ever went to was Billy Joel with my college bestie, Marta
14. I like to go to really nice restaurants and eat at the bar
15. I always shorten words, for example, grocery = ‘groc’
16. I would like to own a loft in Chicago whether I live there full time or not
17. I don’t tell my family and friends I love them enough.  I hope they know.
18. I cry easily and I am overly-emotional.  A trait I dislike about myself
19. I think it’s interesting when people see me and think it’s Vee
20. I need the sun…
21. I never wore makeup in high school or college and now I feel like I can’t leave the house without it
22. Growing up we spent Christmas Eve at my sister Lucinda’s house.  It was one of my favorite parts of Christmas!
23. I am most proud of having started and continued ‘Generations’ with my family for over 15 years
24. I love dessert and would prefer it over any meal any day of the week
25. I have had a weird aversion to eggs and mushrooms this past year…for some reason they completely gross me out.

What are some random things about you? I’d love to know.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Bell bottom blues...

I had a different post planned for today but I abandoned it when I saw a friend’s status on FB that said bell bottoms weren’t a good idea the first time around and that they are a horrible flashback…wondering what the heck they were thinking.  What??!! Boo! I totally dig bell bottoms, flared jeans, that whole bohemian, hippie, gypsy-vibe look.  I do. 

I was born in the early 1970s and I wish I could have been in my 20s then.  Woodstock just happened…Women’s liberation…the Civil Rights Movement…AND, the bell bottom, clog wearing, printed t-shirt, track suit wearing, flowers in your hair fashion trends! I have all of that in my wardrobe.

Actually, Webster says, the origins of bell bottoms are uncertain and some believe they came about from the U.S. Navy.  Wherever it came from, I like the care-free swing of bell bottoms and I just like the look in general.  I find it flattering.  Some people don’t.  Maybe, like the status this morning…they feel they are out-of-style and can’t imagine them poking their head back in?

But, I think fashion is more than just the way you dress.  It’s really like a historic overview of an era.  Some era’s, I can’t seem to let go.  I love the self-expression it allows…whether you are all about comfort or making a statement or even prevailing a custom.   Fashion affects everyone’s life…even if you aren’t a self-proclaimed ‘fashionista.’  I also absolutely adore John Travolta and he worn bell bottoms!  Yes, he did!!  Luckily, every morning we all get to decide what it is we want to wear.  No bell bottom blues here…they actually…ring my bell! 

Here are a couple of pictures (I did not take) of cool bell bottom looks I like...and I tossed one in of Johnny with a pair of pants with a slight flare...and an uber awesome poster from Woodstock - wonder if I can get my hands on a print of this for my wardrobe room?  KEWL!   
Are you only wearing skinny jeans these dayz…or will you rock some bell bottoms with me?

Monday, August 15, 2011

Hey, bag lady!

As the cooler weather approaches I guess it's time to readjust the wardrobe...and the bags I carry.  Yea, I'm one of those people.  I think I got it from my mom.  She was always changing her purse to 'go with' her outfit.  We used to make fun of her when she would run out of time (most likely from trying to get five kids out the door)and would just jam her current purse inside of the new one.  I'm totally laughing to myself right now thinking of, 'purse inside of a purse.'  So not funny to anyone else but I am sure my sisters are rolling on the floor laughing about the memory.  Also, because I've caught all three of them doing it! Admitedly, I may also be guilty.
I'm actually getting a little excited about the return of my big sweaters, jeans and my fall handbags. I love fall clothes but personally I’m all about the big bags!  For me, the bigger the better.  I’m always surprised by people who can just carry a clutch as their ‘day’ bag.  It’s not that I think life is full of emergencies and what if I’m without…but where do they put their stuff?  You know;  chapstick, cell phone, car keys, etc.  Maybe I just like the look…in fact, I may not even have that much in there sometimes.   However, I typically have a notebook (for ideas and lists), other little bags inside the big bag which might hold – lotion, dental floss, small mirror, emery board, tide stick, variety of nude lip glosses, hair ties, hair clips, jewelry I took off at the gym and forgot to remove, some sniffs.  Also, mail, camera, phone, etc. etc.  Just stuff.  Although I’m a big fan of a hobo type carry-all, I’ve got all kinds of handbags to choose from.  I find it interesting all the names a handbag can be referred to:
A pocketbook, typically a smaller type bag used for evening
A purse, an everyday bag
A carry-all, a larger bag used to ‘catch all’ in my opinion
Shoulder bag, a bag ranging in sizes slung over the shoulder
Clutch , a small bag, typically for evening and usually comes without a handle
Satchel, a soft-sided case usually of leather, used to carry papers or books; usually has a handle and often has a strap
Duffle bag, a large bag usually used for travel or sports
Tote, a medium to large bag with two straps
Messenger bag, a bag with a long strap to be worn across the body
Sling bag, a bag with a long strap (similar to a messenger bag), yet smaller
Laptop purse, a medium to large bag that contains a padded interior compartment or sleeve for protecting a laptop computer.
Cosmetic bag, to hold cosmetics
Camera bag, to carry photographic equipment

Here are some of my go to bags for fall.
This is made by Cynthia Rowley.  It looks big and it's somehow even bigger when you open it up. Stuff gets lost but I love it.  I bought it on a whim at Bloomingdale's on a lunch hour in San Francisco way back when. 
An eggplant colored Tano bag.  Another bag I bought on a whim in San Francisco at a boutique in the Marina District.  I can usually find this bag in Vee's closet. 
I am a sucker for anthing hand-stictched.  This is a favorite by Lucky Brand.
This feels a little bit rock n' roll and the lining is a bright pink!  It's a Betsy Johnson number and I have a matching clutch that is perfect for a night out on the town.

Like I said, the bigger the better!  I love the teal green color.  Kind of unexpected.  I bought this at Sundance.

There you have it.  Some of my bag bliss.  I’m always on the hunt to add to my collection and typically like to start out a new season with a new bag.  I have yet to find the perfect fall bag.  I did hear the Olsen twins are launching a new handbag line through, The Row.  Prices range from…sit down for this…$4,700 - $39,000.  Justifiable?  Not for me.   
What are you carrying this fall?  Is it a handbag…or is it more like luggage?



Friday, August 12, 2011

F L A S H M O B?

I’m totally infatuated…seriously; I must get involved in one of these!  And, I am not a dancer…at all…but doesn’t it look like so much fun?  I can completely picture myself throwing my hands in the air, spinning around, smiling and laughing the entire time!  And how great if you can pull off the ‘surprise’…sooo KEWL! 

Last night I ventured out with Katie and Cindy to see, ‘Friends with Benefits.’  Have you seen the previews or perhaps you've seen the movie?  It’s an American romantic comedy film directed by Will Gluck, starring Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis.  Total chick flick, but if you are a fan of Justin Timberlake you can just get lost in him.  The movie is totally predictable but it was fun and it got me totally inspired about flash mobs.  I know…really?  How much work are they?  I can only imagine having produced events.  Trying to get all of these people to show up at the same time; a feat in and of itself.  Then, to dedicate a month to learning the moves, the timing and then pulling it off?  OMG, but seriously, how awesome?

Katie mentioned that her sister, Melinda, recently went to a party where the girls secretly had been planning a flash mob.  They pulled it off. I have to talk to Melinda about the details this weekend while I’m at the lake.  (I’m totally getting excited inside about throwing a party simply so I can coordinate a flash mob.)  Who wants to come?

In case you aren’t quite sure what a flash mob is…it’s an event that starts with one person and you reach a critical mass.  You capture people’s attention and you motivate them.  I’m totally motivated!

I’m all about using ‘flash mobs’ in other ways too.  Like this blog.  Writing about the FEED Project, Warby Parker, TOMS (still yet to blog about), WeWOOD…see what I’m saying?  Making people aware of an idea and they get on board and then there is a domino effect.  It’s not dancing, but conceptually, similar?

Oprah did a flash mob with The Black Eyed Peas.  http://youtu.be/CttB6FmMgT4

Auh-mazing!  Man, oh man…I would have loved to have been there!  Not only do I love the BEP’s, it just looks like so much frickin’ fun!

It’s settled, I’m doing one.  In fact, I convinced Katie and Cindy to practice some moves that I caught on video (I'm so bummed because I can't get them to load - grrr!) but I'll include a few of the pictures I got.
The hair whip. The video of this is hilarious...I'm sorry I can't get it to upload.  I wonder if the people behind us might have been thinking a flash mob was about to start?  
The hand jive.  Again, all on video.  Soooo bummed! 

Honestly, I think we are all so excited about the potential of creating a flash mob, that we will most likely start planning it this weekend.  Seriously, with Katie’s background in Shades of Blue and her love for Glee, I’m committing her to choreographing the whole thing! 

I'm planning a future flash mob this weekend...what are you gonna do?




Thursday, August 11, 2011

No butterfliez...no beez...

Well…I’ve felt this coming for a couple of weeks now...but I could feel myself denying that it would happen this soon…in fact, this morning.  A cool 58 degrees when I stepped outside.  At first, it felt nice and I caught myself smiling a little.  But, am I really ready to let go of summer…it’s not a choice is it? 

Autumn, one of the four natural divisions of the year.  Each season has its own characteristic weather and lasts approximately three months.  I wish I could add two of winter’s months to summer and one of spring’s to fall.  Honestly, I do love the change of seasons.  It’s a chance to stir up the wardrobe, engage in different outdoor sports and provides a great segway to start new life chapters. 

Like I said, I've felt this coming...everyone on Facebook was preparing me for fall.  Pictures of my friend’s kids on their first day back to school, shopping for supplies and new clothes, and the boo hoo’s the pool days are over.  Yep, the easy, sunny days of summer…slipping by…all too fast.  All is not lost though.  Fall is a close second to summer as a favorite season of mine.  The changing of the leaves, the cool, crisp air, the big sweaters, mugs of tea, the smell of burning leaves…I could go on.  But, you’ve been through it, you know. 

Oh the sad reality of the few things that are going to be ending…no more flowers, no fresh fruit, no shade from the bright sunshine…and see ya next summer butterfliez and bumblebeez…see ya next summer.   

It’s bittersweet.

Last night I tried my hand at another DIY ‘first signs of fall’ photo shoot.  You can trust me on this one…it didn’t go well.  I abandoned the project.
I did take these the other day and decided...just because I felt like I needed to include a picture, I decided to offer these out of desperation...
My half summer half fall outfit.  (I realize this isn't a great picture and you can hardly see the outfit...I said desperation...remember?)  A tank dress from three dot in a taupe color, thunderbird necklace from Low Luv with other random silver jewelry piled on (you can't see) and black bootie moccasins from Minnetonka. 

I launched myself through the air and landed on the bed here...keeping my bird-like spirit alive and getting fired up for Autumn!

Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.  ~George Eliot