Sunday, October 19, 2014

Vanity - The Gray Lady

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As soon as this dress was posted to eshakti, I knew it had to be mine. I usually wait for a good sale, but I just went for it on this one because I was scared it would sell out and never come back in stock (which is a valid concern, because you never know with eshakti). Well, I'm glad a jumped on it because the dress is stunning in person: such a beautiful pattern, my favorite colors, and a classic silhouette. It even came with a matching fabric belt, but I felt like the black belt helped break up the pattern a little bit. I went for my usual size, but the chest region turned out more snug than usual which results in that not so flattering button gap you see in all of the photos. I think I can solve the issue my hand stitching in some hook and eyes in between the buttons, so keep your fingers crossed for me.

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Shirtdress - eshakti
Belt - super old, similar here
Shoes - Target
Glasses - Ray-Ban

This is a pretty standard work look for me... really a pretty standard every day outfit as well. If I'm hanging out at home, I'm probably in paint splattered black yoga pants and some ill-fitting shirt, but if I'm going to be seen by anyone other than my husband and kid, I usually try a bit harder to look presentable.

Presentable usually means a dress or skirt & shirt combo, which I know sounds kinda of fancy, but it really isn't. The older (and fatter) I get, the more I dislike pants, so dresses are really a comfort issue as much as a style issue. At this point, if my work gave the thumbs up to yoga pants, I'd have a new work uniform -- but that's going to happen, so I'm just going to stick with my vintage(ish) dresses.

Can I just say that I'm really looking forward to my senior years when I can be that old lady with bright orange hair who only ever wears muu-muus? It's going to be great.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Halloween Printable

I created this little printable back in 2012, but it's still one of my my favorite Halloween pieces. Cheap/free Halloween decor + Disney reference? Pretty great. In fact, I have it framed and centered on my mantle this year.

Free Halloween Printable

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Free Halloween Printable
 Free (for personal use) 5x7 Halloween print.
Download the PDF file here.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Halloween Decor 2014

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I normally go all out on decorating for Halloween, but I've sort of half-assed it this year... as you can tell from my mediocre living room decor. I may try and do a bit more this weekend, but I wouldn't hold my breath.

Faux Fangs print - Steam Crow 
Alice Cooper print - Kyle Wiggins
The Bride print - Stephanie Buscema

Do you decorate for Halloween?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Feeding the Soul - Sewing

October 4, 2014

I spent this weekend being selfish and irresponsible. What's new you say? har har har

In spite of the English paper that is due on Tuesday today, the design projects piling up for my other class (I may be a week behind schedule), and the truly massive amount of work that needs to be done around the house... I ignored all of it and instead did something 100% for me: I made myself a skirt. Boom.

It wasn't the quick project I had in my mind when I started, but it was exactly what I needed. I needed to do something not directly related to work, school, family, home... survival stuff. I needed to force myself to do something with my sparse "free" time other than nap. I needed to do something that makes ME happy. I needed to do something that makes ME feel fulfilled. I needed to feed my soul and nothing does it for me like creating something with my own two hands.

The skirt isn't particularly new territory for me: it's a high-waisted, tea length black skirt that is super full -- seriously, it took about four yards -- and gathered at the waist with a lapped zipper at center aback (and a hook and eye for good measure). I used Simplicity 1459 as a starting point and drafted my own waistband and added pockets(!!) -- It's not quite a circle skirt and not quite a dirndl. So basically the perfect black skirt. I've been searching ages for just the right skirt, but always came up short when it came to finding one in my price range. So I finally took things into my own hands and I couldn't be more pleased... unless of course it could repeal all cat hair. That would be swell.*
And I don't know about you, but I always seem to have a musical theme to help me get through my sewing project, which forever links that item with the music. The theme for this skirt? Wanda Jackson et al. I popped on the Wanda Jackson Pandora station and got to work, making note of particularly awesome/inspiring songs along the way.

So yes, I'll be suffering some (a lot?) this week playing catch up on my real life responsibilities, but it was worth it.

What feeds your soul? 

*Edited to add a crappy IG photo of the skirt. I hope to share some decent photos of said magical skirt in the near future, but I'm afraid my new camera lens broke and has to be sent back for repair, so I'm out one fancy camera for a little while.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014


I take a lot of photos. Like, A LOT of photos.

I like to document our life and I enjoy the art of photography (although I'm not "Photographer" in the true artistic sense of the word), so I think it makes sense that I often lug my camera around with me and force my family into focus more often than any of them would like.

Sometimes the photos I capture can be easily grouped and shared in a blog post or in some other social media forum as a set and/or part of a story. However, they're often just random snapshots of my days: a new flower that has bloomed in our yard, a particularly lovely group of clouds, my cat stretching out on the rug, a new craft project, a good hair day, my husband giving me the middle finger for taking his photo, and so forth and so on.

But, by far, my favorite subject is my son. That poor kid has grown to loathe the camera -- just like his father. It's gotten to the point that I have to beg/bribe him to stand still, "Just let Mommy take three photos and you can go. Just three!" -- it works about 50% of the time.

I take dozens of shots from different angles and slightly different moments of my kid doing something totally mundane, yet adorable to me. Yes, it's important to capture the big stuff, but it's just as important to capture the real every day stuff like playing with blocks, lightsaber battles, the joy of swinging on the swingset, lounging on the sofa with Dad watching cartoons, etc. These photos are precious to me, but I understand that the world doesn't want or need to see 22 photos of my son playing in the sandbox. I get it.Those are for me.

So in the spirit of sharing more than the big events, the special outings, the fancy outfits (oh the clothes!), here are a few random bits from the last few months:

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Monday, September 8, 2014

Insta Recap

Instagram Recap
1. Easter labels  /  2. Red Velvet  /  3. Monkey & Mom  /  4. We like eachother sometimes  5. Plaid eshakti  /  6. Spring flowers  /  7. Hide & Seek  /  8. Work event  /  9. Miss Butters  /  10. Eggplant might be my favorite color at the moment  /  11. Blinded by the light  /  12. May the Force Be With You

Insta Recap

1. Robot Devil  /  2. Adding to the gnarmy  /  3. Monkey time  /  4. Garden planning  /  5. Cat scratch fever  /  6. Garden cats  /  7. Wig time  /  8. The best car sticker I've ever seen  /  9. stripes  /  10. "I will destroy you!"  /  11. They see me rollin'...  /  12. Trip to the Natural History Museum

If you want to stay up to date or are simply interested in seeing me at the height of my vanity, pop on over and follow me on Instagram.
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