Friday, July 30, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
It was literally like swimming against the current trying to keep myself out of the store. Cash is getting a little tight these days, so I've tried to convince myself that my current wardrobe will suffice for the remainder of the summer ("tried" being the operative word), but I'm a total junkie when it comes to shopping, and to quote Edward Cullen, Anthro is my particular brand of heroin.
So, I caved. However, I tried to rationalize my spending by purchasing something that I considered to be totally practical and left with a slightly pricey, but totally flattering, pair of khaki capris. To further rationalize my purchase, I've devised several ways in which to wear them and have come up with outfits for the following scenarios:
First off- the khakis:
Khakis at Work:
Striped Nell Tank, $48
ModCloth "Full Style Ahead" Cropped Blazer, $62
Paloma Barcelo Espadrille Flats, $180
Kate Spade Summerville Jenkins Bag, $445
Floral Rhinestone Posts, $14
ModCloth "Through the Wire" retro headband, $16.99
Marc by Marc Jacobs Dreamy Logo Clutch, $358
Gold Metal Chain Link Bracelet, $37.95
Dara Ettinger Jill Ring, $155
Pour La Victoire Tarissa Sandals, $201.60
Stella Dot Mocha Disk Necklace, $89
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
So, you can understand why I did a quiet little happy dance in my cube this morning when I spotted this incredible musty replica from H&M.
Not sure of the price, but I have a very good feeling that it's less than $300. Ladies, it's just a matter of time.
Sunday, July 25, 2010
I've been really over my nine-to-five these days.... I was just tempted to add something cynical along the lines of, "but who isn't," and then I thought for a moment about those lucky people out there who actually love what they do. While I am not one of those people, I can still dream that maybe one day, I can be, and in the meantime, perhaps the addition of some fun new work staples might give me reason to keep showing up.
I'm kind of loving the return of the pleated trouser and the cropped version is a nice summer solution. Will they make me look bloated? Possibly- but I managed to find a few pairs that were such steals, I just might be able to risk it.
1. Gracia Stretch Trouser, $69
2.Charlotte Russe Pleated Cropped Trouser, $29
3. Need Supply Cropped Trouser Pant, $52
4. GAP Cropped Slouchy trouser pants (my faves), $59.50
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
As further evidence of the peculiarity of my child's passion, I was unable to find any Snake party decor- anywhere. I thought, surely with the world wide web being as large as it is, some wierdo out there would be manufacturing boa constrictor cake plates and python printed goody bags. I was wrong.
I couldn't disappoint my little man, so it was time for me to get crafty, and ladies, I am a good many things, but I honestly cannot include crafting among my arsenal of personal talents. That said, I have to say that I was rather proud with the end results. I don't think M-Stew will be calling me anytime soon, but I'll share with you my recipe for a successful snake party.
Although I didn't have much luck with actual snake goods, I thought a jungle theme would suffice as a starting point. I swooped up some tropical, leafy print table cloths and plates to start. Now, the real crafting began. I stumbled upon this cool DIY on how to make jungle vines out of paper bags and enlisted the hubs for a night of brown bag makeovers. Throw in some super cheap jungle leaves found at Oriental trading Company and tah-dah:
After some consideration, I decided to throw some other reptiles in the mix, so our little frog friend made the cut (even though he's technically an amphibian- woops). I was particularly fond of him though:
The next element required no crafting on my part, just a little bit of research and some frayed nerves. After a few positive reviews from the Berkeley Parent's Network (surely these granola hippies knew about positive influences?), I dialed up "Desert Dave" to see if he was available to bring his posse of creepy crawlies to the party. After sending a check for the entire amount (Desert Dave ain't cheap) in the mail to a guy whose name was NOT Desert Dave, I started to get a little anxious. Deeper digging and a closer look at said reviews revealed a bad review on Yelp when Desert Dave did NOT SHOW and that the reviews I was previously looking at were actually from several years ago!! I started envisioning the scene from Parenthood when the anxiety riddled seven year-old loses his sh*t because Cowboy Dan doesn't show. What will I do?? Perhaps ship the hubs off to Petco for a few garter snakes and a turtle and hope for a lenient return policy? So, naturally, I begin stalking Dave, who half of the time, sound as if he has just fallen off of a barstool somewhere. I tell myself I'm just being paranoid. I call morning of to ensure "Dave" is en route and "Dave" answers in a voice that indicates heavy Bloody Mary consumption at 9:30 AM. It is now revealed that Sebastian, Desert Dave's assistant, will be coming in his place. I try not to panic, and find solace in the fact that someone who speaks intelligibly is on his way with reptiles to entertain my 4 year olds. He may not be named Desert Dave, but as long as he's wearing a freaking Safari hat and some khaki shorts, I know the little dudes won't be the wiser.
Well, surprise! Sebastian did not show up looking like Steve Irwin, but rather, Steve Irwin's Goth nephew- complete with greasy black hair and Doc Martens.
Fortunately for me, Max was muuuch more concerned about Sebastian's little friends than he was with Sebastian's likely possession of a Hot Topic frequent shopper card, and I do have to say, Sebastian was a totally nice guy. I guess you can't judge a reptile keeper by his cover.
Friday, July 16, 2010
Lately, though, I've been inspired by several sources to get my retro on. Regardless of my frequent fashion wanderings, I somehow always seem to find my way back to my personal favorite look- which is uber-feminine and full of lady-like dresses and blouses, voluminous skirts and girly prints. I've always suspected that I might come back in another life, a bolder version of myself and go all-out Rock-a-billy- but in the meantime, I'll aim for some occasional looks like these:
I'm also loving the retro vibe of the blouses floral dresses from British line Nadinoo:
Naomi of Rock Star Diaries, rockin' a retro inspired skirt from Anthro that I may possibly need to own.
Don't you think?
Thursday, July 15, 2010
And you know what, for the very lovely price, I would, and probably will, do it all again.
Special thanks to my favorite photog and Haute Mama of the Month, Linds, of Lindsey Stafford Photography for the pics above!
And on a very random side-note- does anyone feel like their face has completely changed since they've had kids? I swear mine grew like 4 inches in length (as evidenced by the first photo above). What's up with that?
Monday, July 12, 2010
Another trend that hasn't made it's way to my closet yet is the maxi dress- but Yumi might take care of that situation as well with this lovely ditty:
And, while we're at it:
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Despite a Catholic upbringing, I've never considered myself a very religious person. It's not that I don't want to be. In fact, I've always been envious of truly devout people- people that feel certain that something better awaits them after this life. I baptised my boys, not just for the sake of tradition, but in the hopes that they might be comforted by a faith of their own some day. Catholic or not- it just seemed like a good way to start them on that path.
Although I still struggle with my beliefs, there was an instance in my life that keeps a certain window open in my mind to the possibility of God. It could have been just chance that we got pregnant without trying just three months after our wedding(considering my age and my child-bearing hips), but at a time in my life that would have otherwise been plagued with sadness and illness and loss, God sent me a beautiful angel.
He came home from the hospital 3 years and 363 days ago today, on the very same day that my dad came home from a stay of over 30 days in the hospital. We laid him on his adjustable, hospital-issued bed, just under the nook of my father's arm and they would nap that way for hours, both slowly adjusting to the world around them.
My dad grew stronger for a good while; they both learned to walk (my dad for the 2nd time) and he held his first grandchild, swam with him and read with him about trucks and more trucks, and let him claw the hairs from his infamously well-groomed beard with his surprisingly strong little clenchers, while my dad just laughed his big old laugh.
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Miss Tia is currently plotting a big move to a new pad and because I live in a house full of boys that would feel their masculinity threatened by so much neon pink and chartreuse, I am taking the opportunity to play decorator and help Tia get her new life off to a fresh start with the help of a cool pad. I've taken a stab at the living room with some affordable pieces that I felt were fun, bright, modern and feminine, just like their future owner. Fill in the blanks with lots of cool flea market loot and it's move-in ready.
Indigo Ikat slipper chair, $328 Urban Outfitters
Jasper Slipcover Sofa, $399, Room and Board.com
Martha Stewart Scalloped Mirror, $199
Sheepskin Rug, $199, Room and Board.com
Ikea Maskros Chandelier, $90
LOVE pillow, $45, Fabricadabra.com
Pink Ikat Pillow Cover, $40
Jonathan Adler Chevron pillow, $175 (splurge- but the inspiration for the whole room)
Madeline Weinrib Cotton Navy Chevron Rug
CB2 Lucite Peekabo Coffee table, $249 (look closely!)
West Elm Parsons Console, $299
Pair of Vintage Murano lamps, probably very expensive :)
Ikea Vejmon Side Table, $99
Turquoise Foo dogs, Hopeful flea market find :)
Rothko Print (Tia's fave), $8.80
Praia Piquinia Beach Print, $50 20x200.com
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
I will, however, still occasionally splurge on something a little more "hip" for my boys, and then do my darnedest to convince them it's awesome enough to choose over the dump truck shirt. I just spotted these super cute, retro-inspired tees by Mini Rotation and couldn't help but snatch them up for my dudes:
Hot Dog Hi-Five Tee, $28
And, oh yeah, I also pretended to purchase this for my imaginary daughter:
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Despite all of this, birds in the abstract, have always been much more appealing to me than the reality. Ironically, I've got quite a bevvy of bird goodies- bird jewels, bird figurines, and I'm always on the lookout for additional bird loot to add to my collection. Here are just a few of the latest bird items on my wish list: