Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Snapshots

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.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Salt Lake Comic Con '14

I love the Simon Pegg quote about being a geek/nerd:

“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.” 

It's so true. I may not be an optimistic Suzy Sunshine gal, but I'm never embarrassed to admit that I love "nerdy" stuff (or anything, really). Being passionate isn't something to be ashamed of ladies (and gents).

So, of course, I went to comic con this weekend.

I haven't been to comic con in years, not since I used to go to SDCC as a teenager, but when I heard that Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) was going to be at Salt Lake Comic Con this year, I knew I had to go. I even won a second ticket so the husband had no choice but to be my con date, much to his disappointment.

We joke that everyone assumes he's the nerd in our partnership, but it's totally me. By, like, a lot.

We went on Friday, the second day, and I was in a bit in a panic after reading about all the trouble that happened on opening day (3-6 hours in line just to get in the door!) because we weren't planning to leave until after the monkey got home from preschool. We were able to work it out and leave a bit earlier -- and whether we showed up at a great time, SLCC had worked out their issues, a big chunk of people registered on Thursday and were able to skip the registration line, or all of the above, but we spent less than 15 minutes in line. We even met R2-D2 right before walking in.

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The husband had two artist friends with booths, so we stopped by and picked up a few pieces from them and then wandered the floor for awhile, doing our best not to bite each others heads off -- we don't really handle crowds well. The whole point of this excursion was a photo op with Mr. Dreamy himself, John Barrowman, so we had a few hours to kill. In the meantime I got my photo taken with the Tardis, saw celebrities (Barbara Eden, Kevin Sorbo, Eric Roberts, Ernie Hudson, Charisma Carpenter, Eve Myles, etc etc.), ate crappy over-priced food, and admired all of the cosplay. 

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Eventually I popped over to the photo op area and had the good fortune to end up toward the front of the non-VIP line. John came out to address the crowd and tell us that there were 500 of us and he only had an hour so things were going to move quickly. There was talk of hugging and a joking(?) thumbs up to grabbing his butt when it was our turn. I told myself I was going to be cool and not do a big goofy grin, but when the time came, the goofy grin came out automatically. Oh well. He did tell me "Beautiful hair" -- always the charmer, even in the five seconds I had with him. Honestly, it all happened so fast, I don't even remember looking at him in the face. But man, you can tell he appreciates his fans. I do wish he had more time to give to each fan, but I get it. 

Overall I'm really bummed that I didn't have more time and energy to check out all of the amazing artists and see a few panels, we just couldn't handle the crowds any longer than we did. It was just way too stressful to properly enjoy. But I did get my photo with the Face of Boe, so mission accomplished, eh?

 John Barrowman

Monday, September 1, 2014

Vanity - 1940s(ish)

Very rarely do I venture out of my clothing comfort zone. After years of awkwardness, I locked onto a look that I feel is flattering to my body shape and that I appreciate for its vintage vibe (or, you know, it's actually vintage) -- basically I love it and I'm sticking with it for the foreseeable future. I'm not going back to bootcut jeans and giant sweatshirts purchased at PacSun. When you find something that works, you just go with it. It's the same reason I've been painting on cateyes for a solid decade.

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So when I do step a wee bit out of my comfort zone, it's kind of a big deal (but just for me because nobody else gives a shit, rightly so). Earlier this year I picked up a dress in a decidedly non-1950's style and it's beautiful, right? The print alone would have been enough to sucker me in.

As with most of my dresses, it's from eshakti (because I love me a good deal) and the only reason I felt comfortable enough to order it was because I could have it customized to my exact measurements. I've always been quite hippy and somewhat lacking in the chestal region (or if you want to be nice, "pear shaped"), so I've never been able to make the more slim fitting dresses work for my body. Thus my obsession with the fit and flare style of the 50s.

I was a bit nervous when the dress first arrived, but it fits like a glove, gliding over those child-bearing hips and giving me enough range of motion in the shoulder & arm area that I'm not having to constantly readjust throughout the day. So, you know, it's a winner.

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So what would you classify this as? Late 1930s/early 1940s? Although it does have a fair bit of pintucks and whatnot that may have been out of place in the war time years... (I've been really off my game when it comes to pinning down particular eras) but really, I suppose it doesn't have to fit into any one in particular era since it isn't actually vintage. Chronic over-thinker right here ladies and gents.

Anywho, this gem has been out of stock for ages, but they just released the same dress in a dark teal version that is calling my name. So some of you out there better snap it up so that I can live vicariously through you instead of draining my bank account a bit more.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Vanity - Pretty In Pink

The briefest look at this here blog or any of my social media accounts makes it pretty clear that I've got a thing for eshakti.  At last count, I have 25 pieces (mostly dresses, a few skirts, and a lone shirt).

So when they asked me if I'd be up to giving an honest review on one of their items, there was no hesitation on my part. None. Nada. Zero. Even the husband was on board because, let's be honest, it meant that I'd be paying for one less dress I was bound to buy anyhow.

I consider myself lucky that I fit into a standard eshakti size (as long as the hips are free, which almost all of my skirts/dresses are), because that is so very rarely the case with clothing brands. Normally, if it fits in the hips and/or waist, it's HUGE in the chestal region which just isn't going to work. So while I've found that there can be size fluctuations of a half inch or so either way, I'm always confident that when I order my usual size, it's going to fit right out of the box.

Now on to this particular dress: it's my usual silhouette (fit & flare), but pink and floral and super girly, which is most definitely not my typical style. I like to live dangerously (not really), so I added wee little cap sleeves and made it mid-calf length, but stuck with my standard size instead of messing with total customization. The end result? I love it!

The fabric is lined, but the whole thing feels light and airy, which makes it a perfect summer dress (although I know adding the right tights & sweater will make it autumn appropriate). My favorite bit has got to be the floral pattern -- it is has a vintage feel and is even more beautiful in person. I do wish this particular dress was a bit more snug in the waist, but a few trips through the dryer or a date with my sewing machine will be able to fix that right up.

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I threw my hair up into a crazy lady bun half way through shooting the photos because it just got too damn hot and muggy. It happens. Plus, wearing pink floral and a high bun kind of makes me feel like a chubby ballerina (in a good way). Overall it's all a bit feminine for me, which is fine occasionally, but I'll need to give some more thought on how to rough it up slash tone down the fluffiness a bit to make it a staple in my wardrobe.

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I do wish I had better photos to show of this gorgeous dress, but my camera lens has bit the bullet. It's been having issues focusing and I finally had the husband give it a once over only to discover a ribbon in it had broken. The husband was able to fix it after ordering a new part, but it broke yet again on it's second use (on our first day in Colorado), so I think it's safe to say that it's donzo. I'm sad to say that it looks like I'll have to suck it up and buy a new lens and who knows when I'll have the spare money for that.

So if you haven't already been won over by eshakti, now is the time to give it a go, as clothing is buy one, get one free until 8/27.

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*Unfortunately, it look like this particular dress is no longer in stock*

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Live Music - Jenny Lewis (part II)

Continuing on with the Jenny Lewis concert videos, I present three more gems in all their shaky glory:


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