Wednesday, December 30, 2009


It's been snowy in Texas this "winter". Last week, just before Christmas eve, it was 75 degrees, the next day it was a huuuuuuuuuuuge snow storm.* What has gotten into the barometers!?
Image via modish.
*huge to Texas means ice and snow flurries. The flakes were pretty big, so naturally everyone FREAKS out and drives like a maniac. Correction: like a drunk maniac. Roads shut down, grandmas (thankfully) stop driving, accidents ensue, holiday plans jumble.

If I had a red bicycle..

I would purchase this bag to go with it, and ride around town looking utterly adorable, maybe even in a skirt.

The end.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Is it just me...

Or does she...
slightly resemble her...

How to Use What You've ...

Happy Holidays!!!! Everyone pumped and ready to be back to work? neither.

Let's keep pretending we're on vacation. At least until next week.

Ok thanks.

That's all.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Back to the Grind

Does anyone else feel like this today?

Grumpy, that is, not 100 years old. I came down with a nasty cold over the holidays so I'm not quite ready to face reality. I'd like to be tucked in bed wearing my new cardigan having a movie marathon on my new TV.
Since that is not going to happen, I'll just come to grips with the fact that it's another 2.5 day week before some days off to catch some zZZzzZZZzzzzZZzZzzZzZZZzzzzzs.....

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Wishing everyone a happy and safe holiday! I'm going to spend time with my family in town, including my 4 (+1 on the way) nephews, 2 sisters, 2 brothers in law (who can beat me up or tickle torture me easily), parents, and grandmother. For now, I leave you with this...

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


Silent monks style.

How to Use What You've Got: Part III

Continuing on with the previous two weeks' themes (here and here), we now move to dresses. I love wearing dresses (and skirts... to be discussed later) to work and to play. They are more feminine and more comfortable than pants, in my opinion. I like mixing unpredictable things together, like this green polka dot blouse from Zara and the burgundy H&M shift dress, or the cowl neck navy sweater dress from Club Monaco with the fake leather skin light blue wide belt from Forever 21... Accessorizing with Forever 21 is my favorite thing ever!

So... How to Wear a Dress?

1. Pick a dress, any dress. Lots of dresses come in A-Line, lots in Pencil. I lean towards pencil if it is a stiff cotton, because I look like a bell or a cupcake in A-Line.
2. Make sure the dress is a flattering length. That means in can be on the shorter side, or on the longer side, but nothing in between. This is worth the cost to the tailor, or bartering for favors with your mom.
3. Get crazy and mix the dress with an unexpected cardi, a blouse underneath, accessories from Forever 21, or even something handmade.
4. Pair with shoes. Boots, pumps, t straps, or flats. Heels tend to improve my posture, which also makes you appear more graceful.
5. Voila! You look great!

What do you think? Helpful?
Next week...skirts!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Sneak Peak...

This is what I did this weekend...

New Soul

I'm a new soul
I came to this strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit bout how to give and take.
But since I came here,
Felt the joy and the fear
Finding myself making every possible mistake
I'm a young soul
In this very strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit bout what is true and fake
But why all this hate?
Try to communicate
Finding trust and love is not always easy to make
This is a happy end'
Cause you don't understand
Everything you have done
Why's everything so wrong?
This is a happy end
Come and give me your hand
I'll take you far away
I'm a new soulI came to this strange world
Hoping I could learn a bit bout how to give and take.
But since I came here,
Felt the joy and the fear
Finding myself making every possible mistake
I'm a new soul... (la, la, la, la,...)
In this very strange world...
Every possible mistake
Possible mistake
Every possible mistake
Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes...
Take take take take take...
take a mistake
Take, take a mistake
Take, take a mistake(oh oh oh oh...)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Wish List

Sigh...the wish list. I know it's right before Christmas but my parents shop ahead so alas, these will remain on the list past December 25 :)
I loooove birds. This is soooo amazing!

Gotta love cashmere...I'd take any color of this cardi!
Anthropologie (except it got TERRIBLE reviews!?)

Anthropologie (daisies are my favorite flowers)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Holiday Dressing

Thank you, Nicole. I believe I will.

The Holiday Spirit

OK, admittedly I have taken quite a long time to get in the holiday spirit. Again, blaming it on endless shifts at JCrew with loads of Christmas music on repeat. I am working on it, though! Last night, baked scones for the first time with Corinne. And what else has helped put me in the festive spirit?

The Anthropologie holiday catalog. It's a small, square booklet of festivity and color. Who doesn't have a secret obsession!?
So, I thank you, Anthropologie, for helping put me in the holiday spirit. I have also limited my movie watching to holiday movies. (Bridget Jone's Diary, The Holiday, The Family Stone, White Christmas, Serendipity, and will be renting Four Christmases. We'll save Christmas Vacation for when I'm with my family) Maybe I'll try to listen to Christmas music on Pandora today...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Shetland Accountant

Yes, that is what my coworker Austin dubbed me. That puts me at looking more like this:
Than this:

(c) The Sartorialist
Sip, sighhhhhh........ lol.
I will point out that shetlands are considered quite intelligent and are a very strong breed. At least there are pros to the situation!

Hello, Brad.

You look so serious!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Accountant.

Let me ask you one question. WHAT accountant that you know looks like this girl!? I myself AM an accountant, and I have never seen or met such a one who fits the profile.
(c) The Sartorialist

My nephews.

Sorry but this is TOO HILARIOUS not to post!!! (I had to post a second time due to technical difficulties...)

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

How to Use What You've Got Part II.

Well, last week's How To was so popular, I thought I'd continue. Another obsession I have in my closet (I think there could be a few more of these posts...) is the cardi.

Cardigan (nickname cardi): a type of sweater (or jumper) that ties, buttons, or zips down the front, by contrast, a pullover does not open in the front, but forms a solid tube around the torso. The cardigan was named after James Brudenell, 7th Earl of Cardigan, a British military commander, following his service in the Crimean War. It is usually machine- or hand-knitted wool or cotton although cheaper ones may be partially acrylic. Cardigans are available for both genders.

Plain cardigans are nowadays often worn over shirts and inside suit jackets as a kind of less formal waistcoat that keeps neckties out of the way when the jacket has been removed.

Now I think I have a decent amount of cardigans. I have put away my summer/spring cardis to make room for the winter/fall cardis. I wear them a few times a week a few different ways.

Some simple steps when I'm shopping for a cardi:

1. Inventory your closet and decide what colors of cardis are most useful for you. I usually stick with greys, warm colors like burgundy, or stripe.
2. Have an even ratio between patterned/jazzy cardis and plain cardis.
3. Try the cardi on. Button it up, unbutton it (to make sure the buttons aren't impossible to get done and undone!), twist and turn. Make sure the fit and the material is good (and lasting!)
4. Decide whether or not it is a deal breaker if the cardi is dry clean only.
5. You have to love it to own it.

When I'm wearing a cardi:
1. I usually start with one of my American Apparel v neck tees. I gravitate to v neck cardigans too, which pair nicely with them.
2. Pick the bottoms (skirt, shorts, pants - wide or skinny, dress).
3. Button the cardi, partially button, or leave it open.
4. Accessorize: add a belt around the waist, some long necklaces, big earrings, whatever you like!
5. If you want to pull off the sexy librarian look (hahaha) add glasses.
Sorry I forgot to snap a shot of my cardis....I'll post some of JCrew's fabulous collection instead for now :D

Monday, December 14, 2009

White Christmas

So, last night my roommate and I were sitting on the couch (painting our nails, with the cat, in front of the fireplace------JUST KIDDING!) and I turned on the TV JUST IN TIME to see my favorite part of White Christmas. If you haven't seen this movie, go buy it now, or queue it on your netflix!


During my time in South Africa, my cousin took me to a Tsonga shop near the Wine lands. Tsonga is a hand made leather (shoes & accessories) brand that began in South Africa, everything crafted by the Zulu women by hand. Tsonga created the program Thread of Hope to "empower and uplift a community of women in KwaZulu-Natal midlands in South Africa".

The Thread of Hope site tells their mission strait forwardly: to turn their abilities into real futures for their children. The women of Tsonga have their story (and dreams) told on the TOH site. I was touched by their story and wanted to support them.
I bought a pair of shoes and some small Elle wallets for gifts.

wearing my shoes while having "sundowners"
Elle wallets

**Some of their products are available online!

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Your Heart.

i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling) i fear
no fate (for you are my fate, my sweet) i want
no world (for beautiful you are my world, my true)
and it's you are whatever a moon has always meant
and whatever a sun will always sing is you

here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than the soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
-e e cummings

Friday, December 11, 2009


Wish I looked like this while gardening...

(image via the Sartorialist)

Which reminds me of...
Happy Friday!

Featuring: Style me for the Holiday Party! Brought to you by the A's of Fashion.

Once again, Anna and I collaborate to bring you a complete look, this time for the office holiday party! When putting this together we started from a dress I posted about in my How To a few weeks back. I love the classic Audrey look and the affordable price! From there we picked accessories and flair to complete the look.
Without further ado...

Dress from ModCloth, $67.99
Shoes Kenneth Cole Reaction, $79.00
Cape from ModCloth, $83.99
Bobby pins, Forever 21, $5.80
Bracelet, Forever 21, $10.80
Clutch, Etsy, $85.00

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wrap it Up.

So, over the last few holidays and occasions, I was the shit-show-of-a-daughter/sister/friend and came with unwrapped gifts. I KNOW, it seems very unlike me, but it happens sometimes. I don't know what excuse to give, so I won't. I'd rush in for the family birthday celebration of ______ and scrounge around at my mom's for wrapping paper/tape/scissors/tag...sigh. I decided it was time to GROW UP and GET IT TOGETHER. I did some brainstorming on what I wanted (no Santas) and had some great success!

First I went to the Container Store and bought about 8, they do not have the best bang for your buck, but the paper is so lovely! I bought tags, some ribbons, paper, and this perfect box to stow it all in under my bed!

Few days later, I went to a magical place, Hobby Lobby. They don't have the best website, but they have great wrapping! I picked up a roll or two, and some extra ribbon, to add to my underbed box.

This year I want to have my gifts wrapped up and under the tree. I think I can definitely make it happen since I just have one more thing to buy!

I also came across this great idea for reusable wrapping...perhaps next year?? Chewingthecud...interesting name, fabulous ideas!

And how about a way to re-use architectural plans? How creative!
Seen on Danny Seo's blog and Apartment Therapy.

Moved by a Commercial

Who knew a commercial could be so moving? Has everyone but me seen the Levi's commercial with Walt Whitman's poem "Pioneers o pioneers"??  It is really something... hmm...

Here's the powerful poem by WW:

  Come my tan-faced children,
Follow well in order, get your weapons ready,
Have you your pistols? have you your sharp-edged axes?
Pioneers! O pioneers!

For we cannot tarry here,
We must march my darlings, we must bear the brunt of danger,
We the youthful sinewy races, all the rest on us depend,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O you youths, Western youths,
So impatient, full of action, full of manly pride and friendship,
Plain I see you Western youths, see you tramping with the foremost,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Have the elder races halted?
Do they droop and end their lesson, wearied over there beyond the seas?
We take up the task eternal, and the burden and the lesson,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the past we leave behind,
We debouch upon a newer mightier world, varied world,
Fresh and strong the world we seize, world of labor and the march,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

We detachments steady throwing,
Down the edges, through the passes, up the mountains steep,
Conquering, holding, daring, venturing as we go the unknown ways,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

We primeval forests felling,
We the rivers stemming, vexing we and piercing deep the mines within,
We the surface broad surveying, we the virgin soil upheaving,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Colorado men are we,
From the peaks gigantic, from the great sierras and the high plateaus,
From the mine and from the gully, from the hunting trail we come,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

From Nebraska, from Arkansas,
Central inland race are we, from Missouri, with the continental
blood intervein’d,
All the hands of comrades clasping, all the Southern, all the Northern,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O resistless restless race!
O beloved race in all! O my breast aches with tender love for all!
O I mourn and yet exult, I am rapt with love for all,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Raise the mighty mother mistress,
Waving high the delicate mistress, over all the starry mistress,
(bend your heads all,)
Raise the fang’d and warlike mistress, stern, impassive, weapon’d mistress,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

See my children, resolute children,
By those swarms upon our rear we must never yield or falter,
Ages back in ghostly millions frowning there behind us urging,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

On and on the compact ranks,
With accessions ever waiting, with the places of the dead quickly fill’d,
Through the battle, through defeat, moving yet and never stopping,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O to die advancing on!
Are there some of us to droop and die? has the hour come?
Then upon the march we fittest die, soon and sure the gap is fill’d.
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the pulses of the world,
Falling in they beat for us, with the Western movement beat,
Holding single or together, steady moving to the front, all for us,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Life’s involv’d and varied pageants,
All the forms and shows, all the workmen at their work,
All the seamen and the landsmen, all the masters with their slaves,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

All the hapless silent lovers,
All the prisoners in the prisons, all the righteous and the wicked,
All the joyous, all the sorrowing, all the living, all the dying,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

I too with my soul and body,
We, a curious trio, picking, wandering on our way,
Through these shores amid the shadows, with the apparitions pressing,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Lo, the darting bowling orb!
Lo, the brother orbs around, all the clustering suns and planets,
All the dazzling days, all the mystic nights with dreams,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

These are of us, they are with us,
All for primal needed work, while the followers there in embryo wait behind,
We to-day’s procession heading, we the route for travel clearing,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

O you daughters of the West!
O you young and elder daughters! O you mothers and you wives!
Never must you be divided, in our ranks you move united,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Minstrels latent on the prairies!
(Shrouded bards of other lands, you may rest, you have done your work,)
Soon I hear you coming warbling, soon you rise and tramp amid us,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Not for delectations sweet,
Not the cushion and the slipper, not the peaceful and the studious,
Not the riches safe and palling, not for us the tame enjoyment,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Do the feasters gluttonous feast?
Do the corpulent sleepers sleep? have they lock’d and bolted doors?
Still be ours the diet hard, and the blanket on the ground,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Has the night descended?
Was the road of late so toilsome? did we stop discouraged nodding
on our way?
Yet a passing hour I yield you in your tracks to pause oblivious,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Till with sound of trumpet,
Far, far off the daybreak call–hark! how loud and clear I hear it wind,
Swift! to the head of the army!–swift! spring to your places,
Pioneers! O pioneers!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I like shiny buttons.

These are the buttons on my cardi:
And these are the buttons on my ears:
I seem to (ACCIDENTALLY) wear them simultaneously every time!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

How to Use What You've Got.

My cousin Cindy has urged me to write about using what you've got in your wardrobe. The important thing is to start with staples in your wardrobe, and move on to fun/trendy pieces. I think the most important thing is to find a "basic" that you love, stock up on it, and rotate it through different looks.

Here are the mental steps I followed in finding my "staple basic":

1. Pic a tee, any tee (short sleeve, long sleeve, three quarter sleeve!)
2. Pic a neck shape (I chose v-neck)
3. Grab your favorite colors
4. Work them in to your wardrobe (under sweaters, paired with cardigans, under a vest, alone with jeans!)
5. Watch for them to go on sale to get more (I haven't had much luck with this!)

Here are mine:

I am wearing my light grey one today, so it is not included in the picture. These tees are from American Apparel. They wash well (I hang mine to dry) and last a long time! I think this is the one I have, but I know they have a multitude in the store. I'll double check :)

Anyways, the point is, I wear these ALL the freakin' time. And most times someone is asking me about an outfit I'm wearing, it's one of these tees!

What are your tricks to make the most out of your wardrobe?

P.S...due to comments...I think I'll continue on this post next week with another staple I can't live without..

Monday, December 7, 2009

India Collection

Check out this line of OPI polish titled "the India Collection" for the rich and beautiful colors found in India. The Black Cherry Chutney and Keys to my Karma look fantastic...maybe it's also because I'm in dire need of a manicure... :)


Well hello, Monday. SOOOO glad to see you sooooo soon....


Friday, December 4, 2009

Taking the plunge.

I'm going to do it. I'm going "crafting" this weekend...going to shop for some goodies at local antique and fabric stores and get crackin'. I'd like to make headwear and necklaces...this is a huge dream of mine. Any suggestions for a girl getting started?

Here are some necklaces/collars I'm inspired by:

Thursday, December 3, 2009


So, I think I've realized why I'm not a fan of Christmas carols. All those years working at JCrew and listening to carols upon carols all through December essentially killed me....But yesterday I was volunteering at the food bank and my favorite Christmas song came on!!!!

It goes a little something like this...
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
Don't want a doll, no dinky Tinker Toy
I want a hippopotamus to play with and enjoy
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
I don't think Santa Claus will mind, do you?
He won't have to use our dirty chimney flue
Just bring him through the front door,
that's the easy thing to do
I can see me now on Christmas morning,
creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy and what surprise
when I open up my eyes
to see a hippo hero standing there
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles, no rhinoceroses
I only like hippopotamuses
And hippopotamuses like me too
(Short Music Interlude)
Mom says the hippo would eat me up, but then
Teacher says a hippo is a vegeterian
(Short Music Interlude)
There's lots of room for him in our two-car garage
I'd feed him there and wash him there and give him his massage
I can see me now on Christmas morning,
creeping down the stairs
Oh what joy and what surprise when I open up my eyes
to see a hippo hero standing there
I want a hippopotamus for Christmas
Only a hippopotamus will do
No crocodiles or rhinoceroseses
I only like hippopotamuseses
And hippopotamuses like me too!
What's your favorite carol?

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Ironic, I would say.

Ironic that I just got back from my first (but not last) trip to South Africa and there is now a film coming out this December called Invictus about Nelson Mandela and rugby uniting the country post apartheid. I am intrigued...especially with Matt Damon playing rugby and Morgan Freeman playing Mandela.

I'm sure I'll be missing S Africa while watching this...sniff sniff.

Playing the Sartorialist

While I was in Africa, Julie and I stopped DEAD IN OUR TRACKS when we saw this guy. She convinced me to go up to him and request a photo. I did have to tip him, since he was performing an act of some sort. How else do you explain Michael Jackson-like attire?

shot by me in Capetown, SA

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

How to get back to work.

So I've been on vacation for nearly 2 weeks. Must.Adjust.Back.To.Real.Life.
(Camps Bay, in Capetown, South Africa. This is what I woke up to...)

Here are the steps I'm going to take...but PLEASE post some advice asap if you have any!!!

1. Come home with clean clothes (I did!)
2. Put yourself to bed (I went to sleep at 9:30!!!)
3. Wake up with a good attitude, shower, and get ready for work
4. Get coffee
5. Play good tunes (I chose Phoenix to lift my spirits...I left the 80 degree temps in Camps Bay and came home to 45...)
6. Get through work emails in a calm and collective fashion (started with 90, now am at 42.)
7. Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.
8. Plan on leaving work at a decent hour.
9. Get to bed early AGAIN.

Any advice???? I know this isn't the BEST how to, but I have a good one for next week :)
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