Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Forever 21 Floral Dress
Old Navy Pom Pom trim scarf
New York & Co Down Town Split Dress
Old Navy Pink Scarf
Kohl's Apt. 9 Floral Dress
Target Merona wrap
Forever 21 Floral Dress
Target Merona Salmon Dress
Forever 21 Rosette Dress
J. Crew white halter dress
The Limited orange leopard print scarf
Kohl's Simply Vera salmon dress
Old Navy green shoulder tie dress
Fred Flare yellow scarf
You'll need glasses (learned the hard way - don't get super nice glasses that are really thin. They will crack in the oven when you try to bake them. I buy them at Dollar Tree, Wal-mart, or anywhere else with sturdy glassware. Avoid World Market), Vitrea or Porcelaine glass paint markers (found at craft stores and shown below), and cool fonts on your computer (like the kind found at Font Squirrel).
Just trace over the letters with the paint markers, and then add any other embellishments you want. I did polka dots because they were easy and I was tired. Also, a good tip to keep the paint from running before it dries is to turn the glasses upside down for a couple minutes, then rightside up again. If you want a cool design, print some clip art and trace it. Or wingdings. Whatever - the world is your oyster.
Let the paint dry for 24 hours, then bake the glasses in the oven for the time and temperature listed on the marker. Add a fluffy drink, crazy straw, and voila! Cute, personalized glasses that will impress your compadres.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
So, for instance, if your daily allotment is, say, $40, and you go to dinner and spend $20, then find a fantastic pair or shoes on sale for $38, then pop by the ice cream parlor on your way home and spend $5, you've gone over your daily allotment by $23. For some reason, this concept is MUCH easier for me to wrap my head around than a larger, monthly number. And we're getting into that time of year when it's more common to meet friends for a drink or dinner, or visit cute little shops during lunch because it's pretty outside, so, for me anyway, I have to be vigilant about watching the pennies. What about you? Any tips on sticking to your budget?
Monday, March 29, 2010
Try framing pieces of wallpaper. An easy way to do this is with half-round moulding, so you can make them any size you want:
Original source unknown, but this image is from Callie Grayson.
Something I tried in my dining room was wallpapering the inside of my bookshelves (OK, I used wrapping paper, but same idea).
from Country Living.
Friday, March 26, 2010
Try a ruffled top that will fill out your figure a little bit, or a bandeau top with gathers or folding. Prints, like the black and white one above, add interest as well. This is only a sample - great looking suits that maximize your assets are everywhere right now!
Pink ruffle top, $20.51
Navy ruffle bandeau, $36.50
Black, white, orange bandeau, $13.68
Red frilly top, $32.00
Yellow/black polka top, $17.99
Peachy-orange ruffle top, $16.50
Red frilly triangle top, $16.00
Yellow ruffled bandeau, $24.50
Next, for those of you who want a suit top that will give you a little more support if you're well-endowed, here are a few suggestions:
Halter tops are great because they offer the most support. But even suits with thinner straps can work if you find one with an underwire. I LOVE the asymmetrical black top above (even though you might have to fill in those weird tan lines with some self tanner later on). And even though I am of the school that everyone looks better (and tanner) in a black bathing suit, there are so many great, bright colors out there right now, like these neon corals, that would be fun to try.
Brown zebra halter, $48
Blue polka halter, $24.50
Poppy top, $49.50
Green strip halter, $17.99
Black bandeau w/ multi-colored straps, $45.90
Multi-colored polka halter, $46
Black bandeau with straps, $38
Red padded top, $20.00
Black halter, $46
Black asymmetric top, $23.43
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Since I was a toddler, I've been wearing two-piece suits, but sometimes those suits stick their sneaky little tongues out at me and say, "You haven't been doing your crunches, have you?" And that's when I think, "Hmm. Perhaps its time to embrace the one-piece." So here's a collection of one-piece suits that are every bit as good looking as they are figure flattering. And they're all under $50, which, frankly, is hard to find in a swim suit.
Green suit, $40
Black twist-front suit, $39
Pink-berry halter tie suit, $24.99
Grey jeweled suit, $27.99
Pink twist tankini, $42
Green tie-front suit, $39
Pink jeweled suit, $19.99
Purple cut-out suit, $37.61
Olive ring-front tankini, $21.99
Yellow ring suit, $38.50
Black ring halter, $16.99
Black twist front tankini, $19.99
Tomorrow we'll look at two different styles of two-pieces: those for gals who are smaller up top, and those for girls who, well, are a little more well-endowed.
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
As you may know, Meryl Streep's character in "The Devil Wears Prada" was loosly based on Wintour, or "The Ice Queen" as she is known. And the similarities between the two movies are apparent, even down to some of the actual shots. Wintour is cold and unapproachable, quickly decides what's in, what's out, and micromanages the magazine to the point of exhaustion. She's hard on her employees, because she expects perfection. As Vogue's Publisher, Tom Florio says in the film, "I don't find her to be accessible to people she doesn't need to be accessible to." However, there's something about her I find fascinating.
The ying to Wintour's yang is Vogue Creative Director Grace Coddington, a former model who, for 20 years, has been behind the scenes at the magazine. Coddington's battle to get her favorite photos into the issue is truly interesting to watch, especially when her choices are overridden by Wintour.
I really loved the movie. Even if, like me, you've never put on a piece of couture (but long to), if you love Vogue, magazines in general, photography, powerful women, models, Andre Leon Tally, publishing or documentaries in general, put "The September Issue" on your "to rent" list.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
My red (this one's purple) polka dot bandau top bathing suit from Tar-zjay.
Cute new bright yellow linen roll-sleeve dress from Old Navy.
Red statement necklace - goes with everything!
Fancy going out shoes.
Green Old Navy Swim Suit cover/dress.
Big orange beach bag to tote all my junk.
iPod, complete with happy beachy music for porch sittin', beach layin' and car drivin'.
Chick Lit. Love Jennifer Weiner.
Ray-Ban Aviators. Always classic, always Maverick.
Galvanized AU beer bucket with liner. Who wants to walk back and forth to the fridge?
Rainbow flippies. This might be my last summer with mine. 10 years (literally), and they're still holding up, though.
Laptop. NOT for work. For downloading songs IMUSTHAVERIGHTNOW.
Brand new Canon PowerShot SX20, for capturing compromising photos and rendering my friends unable to run for public office.
The entire Jimmy Buffett catalog. It's not a beach weekend without "Last Mango in Paris."
I'll be gone until Sunday, but dry your eyes - I've set up lots of fun bloggy goodness to keep you company while I'm away. Toodles!
Monday, March 22, 2010
Express Wide Stretch Belt, $44.50
Fred Flare Snakeskin Sunglasses, $11
Apt. 9 Snakeskin Belt, $24
Zigi Girl Sandal, $29.62
Torrid Green Snakeskin Bracelet, $7.62
Urban Outfitters Snakeskin Cuff, $12.99
Aldo Snakeskin Clutch - sold out. Sad.
BKE Snakeskin Wallet, $8
Naughty Monkey Bambi Flat, sold out. Sad.
BKE Snakeskin Shoe, $31.60
Torrid Snakeskin Vienna Heel, $39
The Limited Snakeskin bag, temporarily sold out
Express Snakeskin Ballet Flats, $17.70
Friday, March 19, 2010
Remember those Guatamalan belts we wore with our Duck Heads back in the day? I think they look much cuter around a dog's neck. The Trendy Puppy has these for $24.
If you're trying to go green, Spoiled Sweet Pets has collars and leashes (for $19) made out of bamboo, a renewable resource. I love the lime green.
If your dog is super fratty, he could pop THIS collar from Vineyard Vines for $28.
So go get your best friend a new collar, and maybe a liver treat or two. And if you don't have a pup to lavish delightful accessories upon, go visit your local Humane Society. There are lots of great dogs in need of loving homes.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
While I don't like ACTUAL birds, bird motifs are A-OK in my book. I like the orange-y red in this one. And I want to put this pillow on this amazing settee:
Zebra is weird, because it either looks incredibly chic or completely cheap. When you see it glaring at you from the Wal-Mart shelf, it might not seem like anything special (even with the bead work). But picture it away from the Wal-Mart fake flowers, tires and blenders, in a fabulous room like this. You'd never know it was from Wally World:
I love love love this lattice work pillow (even though I didn't get a good shot of it). The green is fun and not quite neon. I could see this pillow working in this room as a cool contrast to the wallpaper:
So, perhaps it's time to give the Evil Empire of Wal-Mart another glance. Could they be taking a tip from Target on cool home decor?
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
1/2 lb. fettuccine, uncooked
1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
1-1/4 cups fat-free reduced-sodium chicken broth
4 tsp. flour
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz.) Cream Cheese, cubed (I use the kind with 1/3 less fat)
3 Tbsp. Parmesan Cheese
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. pepper
Cook the pasta. Duh.
Drain your pasta, and mix your chicken and alfredo sauce together.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
...a 3-pack of Baja Bob's sugar free sour apple martini mix. Mix with vodka and lime juice for a great green cocktail.
...an Irish music mix. Have some friends over and blast some traditional Irish tunes. No U2 here!
...a knowledge of who St. Patrick was and why he has a day dedicated to green beer and wild shenanigans. Check out The History Channel for some cool historical information.