Friday, January 15, 2010


I'm fleeing for the weekend. Headed to Austin to spend time with my sisters and nephews and brothers in law. I'm so lucky!

Currently I'm trying to resist the urge to shop the JCrew sale...currently in my cart:

this would be cute over a long sleeve tee...
I might already own this in grey...shhhh.

have you SEEN a hotter pair of grey pumps?!
a basic, but a great color!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


This is so tragic.

Here are some ways to help:



Donate $10 to the Red Cross’s earthquake relief efforts by texting “HAITI” to 90999 (you’ll see the charge on your next cell phone bill).

I'm giving you a second chance so MAKE IT WORK!

Alright, Project Runway, do not disappoint me another season. I was highly underwhelmed last season so I expect to be OVERwhelmed this season to make up for it :)

Brittany reminded me to set my DVR--which I did--so I'm ready to be wowed by what used to be my favorite show on television. Now that I've had a bit of a crafting thumb myself, I'm even more eager than usual to watch.

Season 7 on Lifetime premiers tonight at 10/9c.

On Lifetime's site you can already check out one of these 16 designer's portfolios!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

How can I make this on my own...

Since I've been making headbands I have this need to handmake any accessory that I like. This is what goes through my head:

Oooohh I like this. (Grabs it, turns it over, twists it, peaks at the seems)
How should I make this?
Can I make it for less than it's selling for here?
Hmmm....(goes home to test)

Now I want to see how I can make something like this, and definitely more affordable. It arrived via my DailyCandy blast today.

Isn't it fabulous?? The other question I ask myself would anyone want this?

Hide and Seek//Whatcha Say

where are we?
what the hell is going on?
the dust has only just begun to form
crop circles in the carpet
sinking feeling

spin me round again
and rub my eyes,
this can't be happening
when busy streets a mess with people
would stop to hold their heads heavy

hide and seek
trains and sewing machines
all those years
they were here first

oily marks appear on walls
where pleasure moments hung before the takeover,
the sweeping insensitivity of this still life

hide and seektrains and sewing machines (oh, you won't catch me around here)
blood and tears (hearts)
they were here first

Mmmm whatcha say,
Mmm that you only meant well?
well of course you did
Mmmm whatcha say,
Mmmm that it's all for the best?
of course it is

Mmmm whatcha say?
Mmmm that it's just what we need
you decided this
whatcha say?
Mmmm what did she say?

ransom notes keep falling out your mouth
mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut outs
speak no feeling no I don't believe you
you don't care a bit, you don't care a bit

(hide and seek)
ransom notes keep falling out your mouth
mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut outs

(hide and seek)
speak no feeling no i don't believe you
you don't care a bit,
you don't care a (you don't care a) bit

(hide and seek)
oh no, you don't care a bit
oh no, you don't care a bit

(hide and seek)
oh no, you don't care a bit
you don't care a bit
you don't care a bit

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How to Layer

My sister suggested I do a post on layering. I don't know when I started doing it, but it seems like most times I never wear all one color or all one fabric or all one style. I like to mix and match pieces, creating new outfits from old ones, and I rarely repeat mixes. This was such a foreign concept to my mom that she started having me over to "re-match" her clothes for her. She calls what I come up with "combinations" when responding to compliments from friends. Really, it's an easy way to spice up your wardrobe without having to shop (now you're listening aren't you...).

1. Separate any sets---that means suits (pants and skirts from jackets) and twin sweater sets (wear them separate as a vest and a cardigan).
2. Organize your closet by color. That way you can have a better visual of your wardrobe.
3. Organize your belts. Mine are in the Elfa drawer divider like I described here.
4. Organize your tanks/shells. Make sure you have basic tops that will work with a patterned outfit like solid black, white, brown, grey..
5. Decide what your favorite bottoms are to wear. I have a couple pencil skirts and a couple pairs of pants and a couple dresses that I love any day. I would lay all those out on my floor.
6. Pick your favorite tops. These could be blouses, tees, or knits.
7. Match them up with an "unexpected" bottom. This could even mean navy with black..or brown with black..or black, grey, and navy together! Or throw in some color...
8. Add a cardigan, vest, or jacket (or 2 out of 3). Layering is all about multiple pieces. You can turn a basic tee into an accent color by adding a cardigan with a belt over it. You can play down a silk ruffle top with a more casual cardigan.
9. Don't stick to your original matches. After a while I go back to my mom's and re-shuffle her clothes because she'll get stuck on one or two favorite "combinations". Don't get stuck! Make this a starting point to future closet creativity!
10. Pair with shoes---boots, pumps, booties, wedges (which will be big for Spring/Summer), flats. Put on textured tights to add to the outfit if it seems safe.

You probably guessed I'd post pictures from JCrew and Anthropologie as examples. They are pros at mixing unexpected mediums and coming out with fantastic results.

Did you notice all that is going on here? An oxford over a tee, only one button fastened, chunky necklace, classic blazer, jean shorts. So many textures and yet it works!
One of my favorites. The look of the skirt downplays the sequin top. The cardigan softens the rugged booties!
Hello! A safari-like jacket with a silk skirt? Can we say random and cool combination? Paired with wedges, it is probably an unexpectedly comfortable outfit.
I love the delicate silk top/soft cardigan/jewelry with chino shorts!
To be honest, I don't know if I'll ever get on the tie-for-girls wagon, but the fact that she has a gingham button down, classic cardigan, shorts, tie AND jewelry on should give her some kind of award.
She has a soft tee, a girly blouse, cropped trousers, heels, and textured jewelry. Love the look!
Dress, lacy shell peaking out underneath, long soft sweater, long necklace to go with the length of the sweater, and interesting flats!

Uhhh, hello texture! The bow tie skirt with a blouse and multi-colored, textured cardigan AND green textured tights. If that's not creative layering I don't know what is.

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Monday, January 11, 2010

To-Do list...

I love "to-do" lists, however I hate when I leave the hardest tasks for the end. I really want to launch my etsy shop but I have some loose ends...

1) Finish business cards
2) Order shipping supplies
3) Order labels
4) List inventory


I'll probably add three more things before the day's over. Maybe after I actually do it, I can make a "How to" about it!?

*photo taken by my cousin, THE Julie Wilhite.
**sneak peak of one headbands..

Oh, ps, tomorrow's "How to" is on how to layer your clothes. This was suggested by my fabulous sister Virginia who says I'm the queen of layering. I think I should be tied for queen with my roommate.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Love Like a Sunset

Here comes, a visible horizon.
Right where it starts and ends.
Oh, and then we start the end.
Here comes, a visible illusion.
Oh, where it starts and ends.
You're like a sunset
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