Saturday, September 5, 2015

Labor Day Sale

Retro Reproduction Brooches - grimmricksen

Remember how I said that working with resin was a little addicting? Well, it's true -- as evidenced by my now massive personal collection (20+), my messy kitchen work station, my depleted bank account, and my large stash of resin pieces in various states of completion.

My etsy shop (and my own personal collection) is bursting at the seams with my handmade retro reproduction (fakelite, if you will) brooches and earrings -- with a handful that are perfect for the Autumn/Halloween season we all love.

If you're looking to expand your collection of novelty brooches (or start one), head over to the shop and use the code 'LABORDAY10' for 10% off your order.

*Coupon code details:  Expires midnight September 7th. Good for 10% off your total order with a $10 minimum purchase

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Vanity - The Ella Dress

Purple is not one of my colors. The truth of this statement can be seen quite clearly in my color coordinated closet, where you will find it half filled with black, but only two purple items: a cardigan and a sleeveless button-up, both a deep plum.

Oddly enough (for a person who doesn't typically like overly girly stuff), I love vintage looking floral patterns. So when Pinup Girl Clothing had a 30% off flash sale on floral prints earlier this week, I was torn between the purple/red Maria dress (of which I already own the blue/green version) and the Mary Blair Ella dresses -- and all around surprised that I was considering two different dresses that were primarily purple.

After much back and forth,I decided to go with the Lavender colorway because it gave me the ability to pair it with a wider range of colors that I hoped when tone down the lavender (red, green, pink, purple, white, and black) -- and it was slightly farther out of my comfort zone than I usually venture. I also decided to go with the 2XL instead of my usual XL, even though I knew it would be too big, with the intention of altering it myself once it arrived. For some background: I had snagged the yellow rose print Ella a few months ago when it was an online yard sale item, but alas, the XL was just a hair too snug (cue some tiny violins). It's still taunting me every time I look at my closet -- awaiting a swap for a 2XL or for me to loose a little weight -- neither scenario is particularly likely.

Pinup Girl Clothing Mary Blair Ella Dress - grimmricksen Pinup Girl Clothing Ella Dress - grimmricksenPinup Girl Clothing Mary Blair Ella Dress - grimmricksen

Monday, June 15, 2015

Insta Recap

Instagram Collage - March 2015
1.My kid is cooler than I am  //  2. Family time  //  3. Stained glass at a local studio. So beautiful!  //  4. Bringin' the turban back  //  5. Feminist propaganda hanging in my office  //  6. My kid is still cooler than I am  //  7. I did an inventory of my zippers because I'm dorky like that  //  8. Marriage and stuff  //  9. The beautiful PUG Maria dress  //  10. I chopped off over 8 inches of my hair  //  11. Tackling the mending pile  //  12. Planting all the pretty things

If you want to stay up to date (and not be months behind in my shenanigans -- these are all from March!) or are simply interested in seeing me at the height of my vanity, pop on over and follow me on Instagram.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

DIY - How To Make (Retro Style) Resin Jewelry

How To Make Retro Style Resin Jewelry by grimmricksen

I'm by no means an expert (novice comes to mind), but I thought I'd write a little about my experience making resin jewelry for myself. I wont be able to tell you how to get all of those little bubbles out of your pieces (because I fill mine with glitter & pigment, so I don't need mine to be crystal clear), or which resin is best (I've only used EasyCast), or a million other questions, so take everything I say with a grain of salt. And if you're interested in making your own resin jewelry, there are a ton of resources out there on the web, so start researching (Resin Obsession is a great place to start)!

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Vanity - Pink Haired Matador?

You may or may not have noticed, but the blog got a little facelift this week, using the same basic layout, but new graphics and a slightly streamlined look. The last change was over a year ago, so it was a long time coming! It's not perfect, but it makes me happy when I look at it, so there you go.

I went with my standard color palette of gray, white, and chartreuse (or "baby poop green" according to the husband)... Which just so happens to be our wedding colors (we'll be celebrating six years in a few weeks), the color scheme to our home decor (if you add in aqua), and the colors of my favorite pieces in my closet. You can see why I call it my "standard".

Oh, and I dyed my hair pink five weeks ago.

Now with that safely out of the way...

Pinup Girl Clothing Matador Skirt & Deadly Dames Voodoo Vixen Top - grimmricksen

I originally posted about this skirt when I first got it, back in 2013 (it was my first Pinup Girl Clothing purchase) and this entirely work inappropriate top popped up last summer, but I've been unable to seamlessly work either piece into my regular wardrobe rotation.

If I'm being honest, I usually just wear the Voodoo Vixen top around the house when I want to feel like a badass, who could seduce you into divulging state secrets and then stab you in the liver.... or you know, when I want to feel pretty. We live in an extremely conservative community (city, county, state, etc) and I just feel like it's a bit more adventurous than I can handle most of the time. Plus, I basically only go to work & the store, so not a lot of opportunities to pull this one of f the closet. It's sole foray into the outside world was to a Jenny Lewis concert last summer and I felt like a badass AND a harlot. I think I've lived in Utah too long...

PUG Matador Skirt
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