Dec 31, 2011

A Look Back on 2011

I decided to have a look back over the outfits of 2011. Then, of course, I had to pick my favorites. So in no particular order, all right, mostly by month order...

Looking over the outfits was great as I had forgotten a couple of them. And I was able to see how much better the blog got over the year. That's exciting because I know it'll only keep getting better! So here's to a new year of fun and confidence with fashion! 

Dec 30, 2011

New Year's Ideas

Well I can't decide whether I want to go out for NYE or not. I'm leaning towards not. How depressing. But that doesn't mean I don't have some ideas for makeup and hair that I'd like to share! Gather some inspiration...
Picture through Pinterest via

Go on over to my Pinterest Hair and Makeup Ideas board. I haven't done most of them yet so let me know how it goes! Follow my boards if you want, too. I will be adding more, frequently. Because I can't help myself.

Dec 28, 2011

Christmas Warmth Adventure

 Turtleneck, Sweater, Heels-H&M
Pants-American Rag
Ring-Disneyland Capt. Jack Sparrow Ring
Nails-Miss Bossy Pants (Glee) by OPI for Sephora
Soundtrack-Extraordinary Merry Christmas by the Glee Cast

The Christmas season lasts a while for me. So I thought I'd share one of my favorite places to visit for Christmas. If you know me (or have been reading for a bit) you know that I love Disneyland. And Disneyland at Christmas is no exception. But the Disney California Hotel is hidden gem of Christmas cheer, warmth, and glorious decorations. I met up with Best Friend for drinks on a cold night and it was  loads of fun! I also LOVED this outfit too. It was cute without trying too hard. Loved it and kind of want to live in it permanently!! Thanks to Best Friend for being outfit photographer again.

Dec 27, 2011

Lacy Fireside Adventure

 Sweater-Gap (old)
Skirt-Express (old)
Necklace-Forever 21
Tights, Boots, Purse (below)-Target
Nail Polish-OPI Mermaid's Tears
Soundtrack- Christmas Lights by Coldplay

This is an old outfit I had forgotten to post. It's from the end of last month. My wonderful dog had just unexpectedly passed away and I was having a rough time of it. In true best friend fashion my best friend took me out for a night of relaxation, warmth, and drinks to cheer me up. We went after work so I threw this together after a long day on set. It was such a good night and we accomplished what we set out to do. I felt a bit better. How can you not with the warmth of that fireplace? I can feel it through the pictures!

Such a lovely night and very good drinks (that's a chocolate martini or as I call it: dessert) at The Bar at Culver City Hotel. I highly recommend it, the hotel, I guess the drink too. Not to mention the great history the hotel has since it's been open since 1924. Go to this site for a bit of history that include Charlie Chaplin, John Wayne, and the Wizard of Oz munchkins. Thanks Best Friend for a fantastic night and for being my outfit photographer!

Dec 26, 2011

Merry Christmas Music Monday!

Merry Christmas! Happy Holidays. This is from one of my favorite Christmas movies. I had no time for outfit pictures, sadly. I was literally making presents up until I had to leave for church and from there it was a whirlwind of activities...and loads of food and happy times with my fam! I hope your weekend was lovely. Here's to a wonderful last week of the year!

Dec 23, 2011

Food time!

No work and I'm still running around with so many things to do. But I thought I'd leave this for you as I run out the door and I haven't done a food post in oh so long. We all know that the holidays mean loads of good food. But what if you have to contribute and you want something different? Welcome to Brandied Pumpkin Soup! I made it for Thanksgiving but I'm a huge fan of pumpkin and I think it's perfect fall and winter. I'm still perfecting the recipe but the basic soup itself is so good! Not sure where I got this (it magically appeared in my recipes) and it's super simple to prepare.

Brandied Pumpkin Soup

  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup chopped onion
  • ½ teaspoon each ground ginger and nutmeg
  • 3-½ cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 2 Tbsp. brandy
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Crouton Garnish

  • In saucepan, cook onion in melted butter until transparent Blend in spices and broth. Bring to a boil. Blend in pumpkin and half-and-half. Reduce heat. Stir occasionally until soup is hot. Stir in brandy. Season to taste. Garnish with croutons. Makes 2 about quarts.

Dec 20, 2011

Relaxed Shopping Adventure

Shirt/Jacket-American Eagle
Shirt, Leggings, Purse-H&M
Belt-gift (long time ago)
Headband-Forever 21
Nails-Rimmel in Gold Silk and Sally Hansen Shatter in Fuchsia Shock
Soundtrack-My awesome Pandora Christmas station that I'm slowly but surely honing into perfection. But specifically: Jingle Bells-Michael Buble with the Puppini Sisters

My title might lead you to think I meant Christmas shopping this week. But fooled you! It's from Black Friday weekend. I know, I know, ages ago. Technical difficulties. I say weekend because, yes, I wore this two days in a row. In my defense the second day was only half a day so it doesn't count, fully. I needed something comfortable, creative, and easy for me to try on clothes with. The best part, though, while shopping and trying to avoid this little girl around 10 and focus on my shopping, she looked up at me and out of nowhere tells me "I really like your shirt!" She gave me a huge smile and ran off. If that's not a one of the best seals of approval, I don't know what it is.

Dec 19, 2011

Christmas Music Monday

Last Monday before Christmas! Ah! This season makes me so happy! But I'm very behind on the shopping list. In fact that's what I'm off to do now. Had to start it out right with a wonderful Christmas tune, though. Last week I was driving to work and thought of this song and knew I had to share this classic. Then, like usual, I forgot. This happens to be my sister's favorite and she promptly told me to put this up and was then appalled that I could possibly forget. So here's to you, sis.

Judy Garland-Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Dec 17, 2011

Dec 16, 2011

Gift Ideas

We are getting so close to Christmas, it's exciting! And then, the realization, wait a minute, I haven't gotten even half way through the list of gifts to get. Oh panic! Wait, I don't panic, how silly! If you are like me, you like to give carefully thought out gifts that you know will be loved. This takes timing, research, and creativity. So how about a store that most people may not automatically think of (you know Target or Nordstrom or something like that)? How about Bass Pro Shops? They have so much for those outdoorsy types on your list and those who aren't. Added bonus, the wonderful decorations make it fun.
 A wonderful fireplace greeted me when I entered
 Real fish in there
He kind of looked like he was encouraging me to buy something.
There are clothes, shoes, food, fishing gear, so many options! And I may or may not have checked off a couple gifts off my list there.

Cowl Neck Sweater Dress
Plaid Flannel Shirt

Have fun!

Dec 14, 2011

Bright and Lacy Adventure

Sweater: LC by Lauren Conrad, Kohl's
Skirt: American Eagle
Tights: Target
Shoes: H&M

Right well this from a couple weeks ago, when it wasn't freezing. I may or may not think it's permanently freezing, right now, because I've been filming at night in 40 degree weather, sometimes 35. I can't seem to warm up (when I'm not in bed, oh glorious blankets!) and looking at this outfit makes me cold. But at the time it was fantastic. Warm but cooling in a breeze, against the lace. Wore this running errands and shopping I believe. Comfortable and bright!

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Dec 13, 2011

Gift Ideas

Fashion post is coming tomorrow. Be excited, I am! But I stumbled across this fantastic idea for a gift.

It is so cute and clever. I think I will be making this for some gifts. Can't say for who though because they might actually read this post. So it's our little secret. Follow this link Bird Nest Necklace on over to get a step by step. What do you think? Think you'll try it? Oh and while I make it for those I love might as well make one for myself I think. Since I'm at it...

Music Mond...Tuesday

On set all day so no Christmas music for Monday. Well, let's carry it into Tuesday.
And these guys are wonderful! As is their Christmas album.

Dec 10, 2011

Christmas List

Christmas List
I finally put together a a list of some things I've been craving. My first time 
doing a Christmas list and my first time using Polyvore. I'm just knocking 
out a bunch of firsts, how productive of me.  My faves in the list are the shoes 
and the lovely green dress. Here's the thing, my parents asked for a list but 
they have always been good at picking things out for me. So I decided to do 
some styles I've been looking at too, just in case they find some amazing 
things. To top it off I'm listening to Christmas music as I write. Glorious!

Sorry for the recent absence. I've got outfits lined up but having technical 
difficulties uploading. Sooo, hopefully soon...

Dec 5, 2011

Christmas Musical Monday

Yay, Christmas season! I'm feeling extremely on top of it having already started my Christmas shopping. Pretty sure I won't feel like that soon...let's not think of that. So let's get in the spirit! This video is in the let's have fun and be casual while having some punch, which could be subtly spiked, you'll never know, Christmas spirit...
Bing Crosby & Frank Sinatra-Jingle Bells

Dec 1, 2011

Windy Devastation

Well, dear readers, I have power! No, not absolute power, electrical power. Since 2 this morning it's been gone. For those of you in California, you might have seen the news about wind storms, if you're not, well there have been massive windstorms! Winds were around 60 miles per hour (probably more) all night. Oh my goodness the plant life devastation! I even had to cancel work because it was too dangerous to drive and trees had fallen along my route. So that's all to say no fashion today! I spent the day trying to conserve the battery on phone and cleaning up outside. Found so many plants that were not from either the front or back yards. Whew! Batting down the hatches for another night of high speed winds and probably no power tomorrow. Yay!
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P.S. Of course this is how graceful I look in the wind! 

Nov 30, 2011

Giving Blood Adventure

Shirt: American Eagle
Skirt, Bracelets, Tights: H&M
Necklace: Modcloth
Shoes: c/o Best Friend
Nails: Mermaid's Tears by OPI
Bandage: Red Cross

This is from a couple weekends ago. I gave blood, obviously! I didn't plan the red, white, blue color palette but I like it. Fits in with the nautical theme. Here's the thing, when giving blood I have to strategically plan my sleeve length. This worked.
Now I know that giving blood is not for everyone but I think it has, well let's say a bit of a reputation. Loads of people I meet think it is absolutely torturous pain and horrible. I'm here to say, nope! Sure it stings a bit when going in but after that it is a breeze. (A weird don't move breeze because that would be bad). You can lay there and use Twitter or play Words with Friends and save lives all at the same time! What multitasking! Seems like a lot of effort but it's actually the opposite and is probably one of the simplest ways to save lives. Only don't tell people that. Just say I give blood and watch them get impressed. If you say I give blood but it's so easy it's almost the lazy way to help people they will not be impressed. So wear your bandage proudly and remember that the lack of blood is an excuse to eat more frequently.

Nov 28, 2011

Musical Monday

Ok, not going to lie, I'm excited I found this! I've always loved this song by Rooney. It's one of my faves but I had no clue there was a video. To top it off it's awesome plus it strays a bit from there 70's-ish vibe (ok, not that much) but it's funny. Enjoy!
Rooney-Are You Afraid

Nov 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you all have a wonderful, happy, and lovely food-filled day! I'm going to tackle a new recipe for Brandied Pumpkin Soup to add to an already scrumptious meal with my family. I'm so thankful for so many things (despite the recent sad times) but I especially wanted to express my thanks to you, dear readers. I know soon I'll get to know you more as comments come in, so for now, Thank You! Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to share my contributions to fashion (as different as they sometimes may be) and to share a little of my life with you! I wish you all happiness and warmth on this great day.

PS. I know most people think fall leaves, cornucopias, and turkey pictures but I'm a beach sort of girl. Doesn't my picture just oooze relaxation and happiness? Ahhhh...

Nov 23, 2011

Festive Adventure

Sweater: American Eagle
Leggings & T-shirt: H&M
Boots: Target
Necklace: JewelMint
Nails: Mermaid Tears by OPI
Soundtrack: I'm Gonna Make It Better by She & Him

This was for the very fun Disneyland Late Night Holiday Party. Since this happened last week, before anything depressing happened, it was too early for me to fully immerse myself in Christmas. I have to make a conscious effort to enjoy Thanksgiving before giving in to Christmas spirit. I'm totally all for being thankful. So as a compromise I went with a festive red. Loads of fun, the party I mean, but the sweater is a comfortable fun I guess too. Also love my new boots! Ok, ok, they are newer. All set for Thanksgiving everyone? And to my readers abroad...well, there are going to be some good sales from U.S. retailers this weekend online. Just a little helpful holiday tip!

Nov 22, 2011

Dainty Hiking Adventure

 It was a party so I started being silly about posing.

Dress, Bracelet, Ring, Shoes: H&M
Tights: Target
Nails: Shopping Frenzy by Sephora OPI and Inc Splatter by Sally Hansen
Soundtrack: Stereo Hearts- Gym Class Heroes with Adam Levine

This wonderful dress was for a good friend's birthday party. Ok, actually I got it for holiday season parties but couldn't resist starting off with the party. I love the ballet feel and I've always wanted to wear this color but never find things I like. Not anymore! While the shoes and not the typical choice, I wanted to toughen the dress up a bit. Plus they are incredibly comfortable.

This was extremely well planned on my part as it was quite the long night. And when you 1) accidentally cut your hand while helping clean-yes I commonly do unexpected klutzy things, but in my defense, the broken glass was well hidden by layers of trash-and 2) there are no bandaids and then your sleeping arrangement is unexpectedly changed and you have to invent a bandage to last through the night and then find a new place to sleep, your shoes are the last thing you want to worry about. Thankfully I must be part vampire because that deep cut on my hand completely healed within a couple of days with no sign of what happened. Fun night!

PS. Thanks to Best Friend for being photographer!

Nov 21, 2011

Music Monday

Thanks, dear readers, for bearing with my silence last week. It's been a bit rough. I didn't feel too energetic or motivated to do much and last week felt like the longest ever. Losing a family pet is never easy but with Thanksgiving coming I'm going to try to see the good things. I am a lot more prone to tears then normal. It's a bit annoying, actually. So on to a new week! I was watching the MLS Soccer championship, rooting for the Galaxy, and one of the players with the last name of Keane made me think of a group I love. So for a lovely, if a bit haunting, song:
Keane-Crystal Ball

Nov 16, 2011

Sad Adventures

Well I was planning on posting yesterday but had a super long 15 hour day on set so that was a no go. I found out this morning that my dog passed away while I was at work yesterday. I went from having so much fun and being happy yesterday to really sad today. So please excuse me, dear readers, for a pause for today on posting. I can definitely say this is not a fashion day and my red, puffy eyes do not want to do anything. Hope you guys have a better day than I'm having...

Nov 14, 2011

Musical Monday

Dear readers I'm so super excited! I'm headed off to a holiday party at Disneyland! What a way to start the week. And now for some music
Marina and the Diamonds-Radioactive

Nov 9, 2011

Last Light Fall Adventure

Shirt, Tights, Belt, Sunglasses, Bracelets: H&M
Shorts & Shoes: American Eagle
Necklace: Forever 21
Nail Polish: Mint Candy Apple and Black Onyx
Soundtrack: Cry Me Out by Pixie Lott

So this outfit is leftover from when it was lighter fall weather. The kind where I would feel a bit warm during the day but needed some warmth for when it got chilly. Unsure how these got lost in the shuffle but I happened to like it a lot. The tights are so unexpected! Not to mention that I could run around all day on set fixing people's costumes, setting background actors, calling out directions, and occasionally lifting heavy equipment (hey a girl's gotta get a work in somewhere). Would I be wearing this now? Yeah right, I'm freezing. I switched the wardrobe over to winter and brought out all my sweaters. Lovely! Just put flannel sheets on my bed and a couple blankets. Think I'm cold at all?