Friday, February 20, 2015

Vanity - Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day Decor

Let's start off with one of those cliche statements: I don't really like Valentine's Day.

Surprised? I doubt it. I love to decorate for just about every holiday, but Valentine's Day and Easter just aren't my favorites. I think it has to do with the colors: I'm not a fan of red, pink, purple, pastels... they just don't do it for me. It's hard to get excited about decorating, but I did manage to whip up a quick banner using ribbon and washi tape I had on hand and a bunch of vintage valentines I printed out last year and glued to cardstock. And that's it -- that was the extent of my Valentine's Day decor.

Oh and if you couldn't already guess, I'm not a mushy lovey dovey gal. I'm not bitter about it or anything (or whatever other labels are lobbed at those of us females who aren't keen on the "day of love"), it just isn't my thing. I'd rather express my appreciation and love throughout the year on random days where it isn't expected... without all of the hearts, roses, glitter, blah blah blah. Want to make me swoon? Do the dishes or grab some gerber daisies from the grocery store. Boom -- done.

Now with all of that aside, I'm really not one to pass dressing up when given a theme. So I threw on this entirely-out-of-my-comfort-zone, but oh so comfortable floral dress and snapped a few shots with the sorta Valentine the kid made at school.

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Slightly fitted, stretchy, velvet (which I swore up and done I would never wear), red... not exactly my style hallmarks, but I'm glad I took the risk and bought it. It was easy enough to take the style risk because I bought it from eshakti and was able to customize the length, sleeves, and measurements to fit my pear shape. Eshakti for the win (yet again)!

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dress - eshakti  /  belt - old  /  heels -Pink Studio (old)  /  glasses - Ray-ban

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Words of Wisdom

Beauty High

Can you tell that I've got the itch to make some changes? 

Hair cut... hair color... both? This gal is hankering for a change. I don't think I can step away from red/orange (10+ years is a pretty legit commitment), so it'll be about changing the shade, getting a cut, or adding some fun color into the mix (as the blue is almost entirely gone now). 

I'm currently undecided and continually broke, so this will have to be an at-home affair, as per usual. Thoughts?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Christmas Week Recap - Part II

We had our first (and only, as of February) real snow storm of the season start early on x-mas morning, so we all woke up to a White Christmas. My Mom has been talking about wanting a White Christmas my whole life and I was finally able to give her one, so that was kind of swell.

Snow angels were made, our first snowman was built, much fresh snow was consumed (by the kid and myself),  and much staring at the beauty of it all was done by all..

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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Christmas Week Recap - Part I

I'm six weeks late with this, but just go with it.

My parents & little brother came out to spend Christmas with us in Utah for the first time this last year and I was more than a little excited about it. Since I moved in 2008 we've been switching off  us going to California or staying in Utah minus all of my family, so this was wonderful and new for us. I had to beg, plead, and maybe guilt -- but by some miracle (or animal sacrifice) my Dad was able to get the 24th and 25th off for (what I think is) the first time in my entire life.

They arrived on the 23rd, much coffee was consumed, a few games played, many movies watched, fewer than usual fights occurred, and all was right with my world for a few days.

We kept the adult giving light this year (although Santa did bring the husband and I the elusive Alternate Universe Zoidberg to add to our collection -- score!), but as you can see by the below photos, the monkey was spoiled rotten.

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Monday, January 5, 2015

Insta Recap

I've never been much of a summer gal (I run really hot & am pretty uncomfortable the whole season), but seeing all of these photos from July and August kind of make me miss those long summer days. This temporary insanity is almost entirely due to my love of BBQs with food from our garden and how much I know the kid loves playing outside, running amok and causing trouble. Oh and our quick family trip to Colorado wasn't half bad either.

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1. Original pressing of Billion Dollar Babies on vinyl  /  2. Backyard camping  /  3. Big curly hair is probably my favorite hair  /  4. Buy all the vintage repro patterns!  /  5. Black & White PUG  /  6. Another piece of the Futurama puzzle  /  7. Swimming shennanigans  /  8. Fun with fireworks  /  9. New eshakti dress  10.  Jenny Lewis Live  /  11. Voodoo Vixen  /  12. Jenny Lewis - As good as ever

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1. Coffee & pincurls  /  2. Momma's little makeup helper  /  3. Waiting for Grandma at the airport  /  4. Seersucker is the perfect summer fabric  /  5. Baby blue steel  /  6. Homegrown grapes  /  7. Jenny Lewis - The Voyager on vinyl  /  8. My first visit to Colorado  /  9. View from our Colorado patio  /  10. Beautiful scenery in eastern Utah  /  11. Super Duper Alice Cooper on DVD  /  12.Pretty in eshakti pastel
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Thursday, January 1, 2015

Vanity - My Favorite Work Appropriate Dress

Vanity - 1940s Green

That title kind of makes it sound like my closet is full of super risque pieces, but that is definitely not the case. I dress like a librarian and not the "sexy" kind. I have very few pieces that can't be worn to the office (I'm looking at you Voodoo Vixen top) -- I need 95% of my wardrobe to be relatively conservative because I don't go many other places besides work and the grocery store. Party time, excellent to be sure.

I already own this eshakti dress in a mustard print, so when they released it in a few solid colors, I rightly predicated that another one was in my future. As a redhead I tend to snatch up everything green (it's my favorite color as well, so it's an easy choice), so of course when the time came, I ordered the peacock green version.

Just like I did with the print version, I had this one customized to my measurements and I couldn't be more pleased. I added a bit more ease this time around which makes it a little more comfortable to sit around in all day at work, but a half inch (which they don't offer) all around would have done it, as the extra inch is just a bit too much ease. I figure a few more trips through the dryer should rectify the situation, so I'm not concerned. Better to be a little too big, than a little too small, eh?

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Puff sleeve sash waist crepe dress - $79.95

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