Category Archives: Hand Made

Sweaters Don’t Count

Sweater Pants & Shoes: Kohls | Shirt: H&M | Tank & Socks: Target

Sweater Pants & Shoes: Kohls | Shirt: H&M | Tank & Socks: Target

Not in a no-pattern environment, that is. Somehow my manager gave an okay to this sweater, although she makes weird comments about how trippy it is every time I wear it. As such, I make sure to keep it to a minimum. Don’t want no privileges revoked, yo’

Also, because I’m still a sneaky rebel, I love wearing these socks. Tiny tiny pop of red, but it’s okay. Socks don’t count either. God are you guys just as super bored of my work outfit posts as I am? I might just play dress up tomorrow before my shift or something. It’s getting a little ridiculous.

Marci 12-3-12 Books

I got this book the other day and have read almost all of it. Now I’m itching to hit up a craft store and a thrift store and start making these as Christmas gifts.

Marci 12-3-12 Shoes

A view of the craft mess that covers my art room carpet right now. It’s all part of the festivities, folks.

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For the Halloween Party

Kels and Kim know how to throw a good party. They also know who to go for when they need decorations, or who their friend is when they need two hours of prep for cookies. I don’t complain, because I’m That Girl for parties. You can read my small little DIY for some of the decor over here. You can take that same idea and cut skulls out of glitter paper, which I also did. And because the combination of glitter and skulls is just too mcuh for me this year, I also made little glitter 3-D skulls

$2 bag of skulls from Michaels | Mod Podge mixed with Glitter | paint until covered completely

I also wore clothes, which, ya know, is the real point of this blog.

Sweater: inherited from my sister | Long Sleeve: thrifted | Skirt: H&M | Tights: ?? | Shoes: Clarks | Mask: DIY

Okay so I didn’t actually wear the crow mask the whole time. I really just wore it for the photos, since it isn’t even my costume. I made my friend’s crow costume, though, and while she already had the wings I still had to deliver the mask. So um yeah I’m sneaking it into my outfit post!

I don’t have any photos of my beautifully carved pumpkin because I’ve been migraine-y-sick this whole weekend and didn’t feel in the pumpkin carving mood. I do have an adorable one of David, though! And since it is living on my balcony, that doesn’t really feel like cheating.

We decided it looks like Voldemort, if he grew out of someone’s thumb

What to Wear on Laundry Day

This is the post where I flash you guys. I’m sorry to say it, but it’s true. I haven’t done this to you in a long time, but yeah. I tried to not flash you guys, but if you wanted to see what to wear on laundry, if you’re me, then it would look like this

It’s that time of year where David doesn’t get home until after sunset, and I still haven’t figured out a good tripod backup in this apartment. One day (hopefully soon) I’ll break down and invest in a tripod,  but until then I usually jerryrig chairs and stepstools. I plan on utilizing all these unopened boxes soon. But on this particular day, I actually left my camera in his car. That sentence can only be followed with–even though I left both my memory cards at home. *Le sigh!

Jacket: REI | Shirt: H&M (originally a dress) | Sweater: Express | Skirt: Homemade | Tights: Buffalo Exchange

The thing about laundry day is, and I’ll try to do this without humblebragging because ew much, I have a lot of clothes. Enough so that laundry day doesn’t rely on any of my clothes running out, but rather knowing I have enough in the laundry pile to be a complete load of laundry. This means I don’t get to my B-List of clothing very often, but I thought about the things I don’t wear very often and this is what I came up with!

The things I skip over in my closet have a fairly repetitive ring to them–active wear, homemade clothing, and cheap tights. Also on the list but not in the photo because it wasn’t visible is awkward fits. I know I should get ride of my Express sweater, but I can’t. I love it. I want so badly to love it even though it’s the most awkward fitting thing I’ve ever owned. The skirt and shirt I skip because I made (/modified) them, and for some reason I just don’t. The skirt tends to wrinkle really easily, and in my mind it looks unfinished. I never got around to sewing a liner on the inside. The tights I bought at Buffalo Exchange, and it’s a lesson I need to never repeat. Their tights are always the lowest quality costume-y tights. It’s sad.

What’s really sad, though, isn’t my overabundance of clothes–it’s that this post coincided perfectly with me actually needing to do laundry. The tragedy? That hamper is still just as full as it was the day before I decided to do laundry. Sometimes I’m a pretty awful SAH

You should check out the other awesome ladies who are participating in the What to Wear series, though! And if you want to join us, you should definitely email Nicole: Gypsy in Jasper .

Nicole: Gypsy in Jasper
Adriana: Horses of Ares
Sondra: Abhaya Yoga

Amanda: Salvaged Strawberry
Lisa: lala faux bois

What’s Your Superhero Look Like?

Thursdays are the day my mom, sister and I attempt to get together for crafting (and by crafting, I mean “art journaling” like this blogger). We’ve successfully managed to do this two out of the three times we’ve planned for it, which seems to be a good trend. I’m a total dork who takes the whole idea way too far, and so of course this past Thursday I showed up with an established prompt for the night, as well as some words and phrases I printed out for inspiration. I love my family, and I love how much they totally got into the whole thing. My mom and my sister both took the prompt and ran with it in completely opposite directions from each other, and from me. It was awesome!

What does your superhero look like?

I wasn’t too serious about it, and just had fun with the magazines we were cutting up. Have I told you guys that’s one of my favorite faux-arty-thing to do? It’s true. I love buying magazines and then cutting them up into itty bitty pieces without even considering reading them. I mean, I read the titles, but just to see if I want to use part of it for a project. My collection is stored in an old card box and has spilled way out into a big jar and several baggies.

Oh, also, I wore clothes. I’m getting back into my rhythm with clothes. I liked this particular ensemble a bit, although I’m still iffy about adding in the gray tights. Those shoes, though! Look at my shoes! Would you like to know how much they cost me? I’m not one for the bragging and money talk, no not at all, but they were $6 at Target. Massive clearance. It was exciting.

Shirt: Romy | Dress: Macys | Tights: gift | Shoes: Target | Necklace: Thrifted

What kinds of things do you like to do with your families? Any good suggestions for next week’s prompt?

Sequins: Short Shorts

I live in shorts. They’ve always been one of my go-to items, since I’m not into pants and I don’t always want to sit lady-like in my skirts and dresses. I’ve heard from folks of all ranges of sizes who admit they’re self-conscious about wearing shorts. Since we’ve been on the theme of happy, postive self-image, I’ll say one thing I’m happy about are my legs. My legs are so good at doing tons of things, like walking to work and biking all over town. They’ve had a lot to recover from, like arthritis in my toes, three consecutive years of twisted ankles and blown-out knee, and the resulting weakness and necessary physical therapy.

My legs have survived all of that, though, and still let me do some pretty awesome things. My favorite, as mentioned before, being biking my butt all over town. These are legs that deserved to be shown off in all their glory, so when the weather warmed up enough to ditch the tights, better believe that happened.

Shorts: Sojourner/ Shirt: Thrifted Banana Rpublic/ Shoes: Hiltons/ Bag: H&M/ Fox Pin: handmade

We’ve finally been having some beautiful weather in the Northwest, so a jaunt to the ocean-front park was definitely high on my list of things to do. We packed a picnic, if you include water, iced chocolate coffee, raspberries and grapes, David’s guitar, my sketchbooks, and a couple books to read as a picnic!

Slight picnic-related sidenote? That beautiful quilt you see was made by Monsieur’s mom. She makes amazing quilts and he’s the recipient of an abdunant amount. She made this one specially for him, and it’s outer space themed. I love it, which is why it’s our go-to pinic quilt. When I took some photos of him playing with the intention of sending them to his mom, though, and I asked him if it’d be okay for her to see the quilt in the background, he paused.

“Maybe we can just crop that out”

So, Mrs Monsieur’s-Mom, on the off chance that you see this blog–first, please tell me. I’d like to know, and secondly, I hope you’re not mad that we used the quilt for a picnic quilt. We chose it out of love.

So there you have it. A mostly-typical Saturday with my favorite fella. Also, we got a couple really sweet comments about Stripes’ and I’s online friendship. And I never really thought of it the way it was mentioned, but I like that we can be a positive role model for a healthy female friendship. I know a lot of women (myself included) struggle with female friendships. Granted, I just struggle with friendships in general because I’m an extreme introvert, but I get that maintaining female friendships is a legit hard thing to do. I’m glad that it’s easy for Stripes and I, as well as with my other beautiful, wonderful close friends out there–my sister, Plaid, and Lace (the one getting married in September), among other lovely ladies.  With that said, though,

GET YOUR ASS BACK TO THIS SIDE OF THE COUNTRY, STRIPES.

It’s boring without you.

Sequins: I Placed A Bird Upon It

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m assuming everyone knows the reference in my blog title, so yeah… I went there. But, in all honesty, it’s true! I’ve been adding my favorite new little accessory to just about every outfit I have.

I wrote more about how I actually made it on my other blog, should you be curious. I’m planning something big with that, so you know, watch out for that.

This is possibly the most “boring” outfit I’ve put together, but that really shows how often I’m predisposed to overdoing it. This outfit is comfortable, fun and (let’s keep this on the down-low, eh?) SUPER busty. Like oh-my-goodness-maybe-not-work-appropriate-but-only-because-I’m-a-prude-kind of busty. Also, the more I stare at this picture, the more I’m like “Time for a haircut, mmm?” It’s getting a little mop-top-y. Ugh. I mean, if you can’t spike it up in a fabulous bird-of-paradise-kind of way, then what’s the point of short hair, I’d like to ask?

(How many more overly-hyphenated-types of descriptions do you think I can fit in this post? Getting too crowded with those yet? No? Good! Moving on!)

And I’ll just put this out there, but I have (had?) no intention of being a “thrifty” blogger. I never really intended to go the “and everything I’m wearing is,  like, totally for sure real thrifted”. But, um, everything I’m wearing–except the tights!– is thrifted. They were some suh-weet finds, let me tell you. Oh, wait, no–my sweater is something that was lifted from my sister’s closet eons ago. And then I made my pin myself. But the jacket, dress, and shoes are thrift store deals.

I used to work at a shop where the dress code was black and white. For a while, it included gray as well, and let me tell you–I think I kind of blew the manager’s mind with vibrant and crazy looking I could make black and white look. It was a fun game to play, and that’s definitely the source of inspiration I was pulling from this morning with my mix-and-match polka dot theme going on.

The more it gets warmer and drier, the more ecstatic I am about these polka dot shoes. Like, oh man, guys. They’re kind of the bee’s knees. They’re completely useless for when it’s wet outside since they’re made of fabric, but holy crap. They’re comfortable, they’re adorable, and they go with almost everything I own. It was a match made in heaven.

I have to say, this is one of my favorite faces to make. Is that weird, to have a favorite face? Also, and what potentially makes this even weirder, is this is only my favorite face when I have short hair. I’m much less likely to make it when my hair is long. But if you know me in real life, you’ll recognize this face. It screams I’M BORED SLASH ANTSY OH MY GOD LETS GO RIDE PONIES OR EAT SNOWCONES.

It’s also the face I make when Stripes has taken more close up shots than I’m feeling comfortable with. Moment of truth? I don’t enjoy having my photos taken. I know it’s weird to start a fashion blog up and say that, but I’m super self conscious. About, like, everything. I think recording my outfits is a good and fun way to help me push past it, and having a great bestie (Stripes) to do it with makes it even better. Which is to say, this face, at this particular moment, is saying OH MY GOD LET THIS MOMENT BE OVER SOON

And I’ve managed to showcase my abilities to write not one but TWO entire paragraphs about a face. And now I want a snowcone…

Sequins: Change My Eyes To Match The Color Of My Hair?

Okay, I’ve tried to find the clip everywhere but with no luck. Anyone remember what that line is from?

When Dorothy gets her makeover after entering the Emerald City, there’s a part where the woman look at Dorothy and trill “We can even change the color of your eyes to match the color of your hair!” and she sings it back to them, confused but excited.

The scene stuck with me, what can I say? It always mildly freaked me out to think of them changing her eye color. In retrospect, they probably meant eyeshadow, but still. Creepy…

Anyway, that’s what popped in my head when I achieved my milder (and much less permanent) version:

I changed my clothes to match the colors of my nails!

I had fun playing with my nails, and I wanted my outfit to match. I really had no clue if I had all the color components, but as it turns out–I do! It was a moment of ultimate triumph. Also, you can see the details of my nails on my other blog, over here.

Sweater: Thrifted/ Belt: H&M/ Shire: Element/ Skirt: Handmade by Me/ Tights: Macy’s (gift)/ Shoes: Seychelles

Also, I think this outfit proves I’m finally (finally!) getting into my spring time groove.