May 31, 2011

60's Adventures

Pants: American Eagle (gift)
Shirt: small boutique (no longer exists)
Shoes: American Eagle
Sunglasses: H&M

My day was filled with shopping research for my sister's graduation (fun!) and errands (not so much fun) and lunch with my good friend (more fun!). The last time I wore this shirt my mom called me Jackie O. Loved it! I thought I'd recreate this look but go more 60's with the hair. Not going to lie I had fun with it.  And I definitely felt like spring time throughout the day.
This week is going to see sewing updates, Disneyland happiness, and more outfits. I'm hoping to make loads of progress on the sewing. I figured I'd use posting on the blog to keep me sly!

May 30, 2011

Happy Memorial Day!

Happy Memorial Day dear readers! A heartfelt thank you to all service men and women past and present who protect our country! Much love to you all. Couldn't find a good performance of this song by the Andrews Sisters but I love this song so pictures will have to do.

May 27, 2011

Sewing Adventures

Summer is almost here and I'm feeling it will be a dress heavy summer. That, of course, makes me happy. Looking put together while putting minimal effort in getting ready, plus staying cool, sounds like my game plan. Shhhh it's my secret really. Everyone needs to think I put effort in when I'm really just comfortable and cool, haha.

Yes, I scored at a Joanne's sale! When patterns are $2 how could I resist? I might be adding more this weekend after the antique fair. But as much as I love those vintage patterns, I'm not going to lie, I'm a little apprehensive about adjusting sizing and making alterations. I'm still new at this.
My first dress project is from the Retro '60. That cute little yellow number, only mine will be blue. Simple blue as I'm not ready to conquer big patterned fabric. Sewing is fun and completely conquerable... just baby steps everyone.

May 26, 2011

Pirates Adventures

Shirt: Target
Pants: American Eagle
Boots: Target
Purse: H&M

Pirates!!!! Love!!! Saw the movie this weekend with Best Friend. Took a lot of finagling of schedules to make it happen but pirates are worth it. Did you guess that I love pirates? Yes, I realize that the Goonies shirt is a different sort of pirate movie but close enough. I needed to feel a bit pirate-like. I completely forgot to wear my actual pirate ring, ah well. The boots and jeggings helped the pirate look. Now off to go start sewing. Yes, I'm making a dress! More on that later.

May 25, 2011

Cannes Fun

 I like this, just your normal flattering dress and then oh flowers!
 This is just fun. Long but not heavy so you feel like you can swirl around in it.
 Like the cut of this dress.
 While I normally think what Tilda Swinton wears is outrageously interesting, this is beautiful and stunning!
 Firstly, one needs to be in good shape as this dress hides nothing. Secondly, I feel like she was just poured out of an expensive champagne bottle. But when is that ever a bad thing?
I'd like to wear this, I don't know where, but how can I pass up this different-from-all-angles dress? It might be my love of stripes too. Some might say it looks a candy cane. My response? And that's bad because why?

Fascinated by this dress! While a bit cumbersome to move around in, it is a stunner! So detailed but the sheer fabric contrasts it so you find yourself staring. Can't help it.

May 24, 2011

Weekend Antique Adventures

Shirt: H&M
Hat, Belt, & Sunglasses: H&M
Skirt: gift
Shoes: Jessica Simpson

Just a casual outfit of relaxed comfort. Spent the day antique shopping with no real intention of buying anything. It was more for inspiration and ideas. And as always I found such interesting things...

 A hair and nail dryer! All within a cute case. I would imagine it to be quite loud.
 Beautiful old hand carved cabinet.
 While I know wheelchairs are not fascinating to everyone, I'm always amazed at the old the wood ones! Maybe it's such a novelty since most anything you see now is metal and can do many computerized things to help out, back then it was simple with embellishments of hides or furs.
Mmmm at this point I wanted a malt or a shake. That may or may not have been aided by the fact that I was hungry. Even though I did not buy anything I did find some vintage sewing patterns!! I was so tempted to buy them then and there but one kind store owner said he has a whole box of patterns he will pull out for me! So after the collector's fair next weekend I'm expecting to come home with more patterns than I'll know what to do with! 

May 23, 2011

You Can't Take It With You

Watched a fabulous movie by director Frank Capra. Done in 1938 with Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, Lionel Barrymore, and a whole assortment of other great actors, this film is a classic and must see!

The fashion ranges from expensive to average day dresses but it all blends so seamlessly together to help create the stark differences between 2 families. One family lives their lives by their whims, dreams, and decidedly good natured spirits while the other is the driven by success family. The film follows what shenanigans are bound to happen when two people meet and fall in love. Jimmy Stewart as usual is wonderful with a quiet amusement at all the events around him. Jean Arthur portrayed her torn between love and logic character perfectly. I wouldn't mind wearing her polka dot evening gown for a day or night, it just had ethereal quality of movement in the film. I found myself laughing out loud to so many parts in this movie, especially in the part where a cute kitten is used as a paperweight (only in the kindest way of course). Curious? Yes, you should watch it!

May 20, 2011

Norton Simon Museum Adventures

The Norton Simon day was weeks ago but better late than never, right?

Tank Top-American Eagle
Shoes-American Eagle

Gorgeous day outside for a walk in the gardens after admiring art...

 I just happened to resemble the Degas "Little Dancer" sculpture.
 Young Girl Writing a Love Letter by Pietro Antonio Rotari (1755)
Theresa, Countess Kinsky by Marie-Louise-Elisabeth Vigee-Lebron (1793)

These are 2 of my favorite paintings at the Norton Simon, with the Countess being a favorite of mine since I was little. I've always been fascinated by the entire painting: clothes, landscape, and her beauty. The Young Girl one understatedly (I think I made that word up) beautiful  and also makes me want to write using a quill.
I absolutely LOVE this skirt. So soft and of course I'm always swinging a little bit to see the skirt swirling around me. Wonderful outfit pictures courtesy of my good friend Meghan! Thanks! I'm glad I managed to capture all the pollen on the little lake. My eyes were extremely puffy that day due to the allergies-I've-never-had-and-therefore-drive-me-crazy-season. We followed the museum with a tea house! Over 300 teas and fresh hot scones and jam! Fantastic day.

May 18, 2011

The Wonderful Madeline Kahn

I was reminded today of how much I always love watching Madeline Kahn's work!
I'm Tired from Blazing Saddles. Amazing voice and brilliant comedic skills! I can never get enough...
This was one of my favorite Sesame Street skits when I was little. And that was before I knew anything about her, obviously.
And this song is just funny. Found it while I was getting distracted by YouTube and their clips of the brilliant Madeline Kahn. Not that I'm a professional singer or anything but she is definitely inspiring to me. Enjoy!

May 5, 2011

Sunset Adventures

Sweater: LC by Lauren Conrad, Kohl's
Jeans: American Eagle
Ring: Modcloth
Necklace: H&M
Shoes: LC by Lauren Conrad, Kohl's

These were taken at around 3 in the morning, which is why I'm laughing hysterically in half in them. This outfit was for going out on Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. I was originally planning on a black skirt but an unexpectedly cool night made me run for my pants. I was feeling sort of dark girly rocker with the skirt but the strong winds made me grateful for jeans! Thank goodness I'm all about flexibility. AND with the dark colors it made my bright nails stand out more! And that just makes me happy.