Tuesday, December 16, 2008

um... yeah....

so that red sofa lives with me now....

well, to be more precise - the red sofa belongs to me, but lives with ellie because i can't possibly fit another sofa in my tiny apartment.

it was still there... and ON SALE.. so i got it for next to nothing.....

i have a problem.
anyone know of a good "compulsive furniture buyers anonymous" meeting i can attend asap?

Sunday, December 14, 2008

we'll see....

i really truly never bought stuff online until recently and now i'm addicted. getting packages is so amazingly fun! 
i ordered these boots (in ivory) from victoria's secret and they will either add a totally mod note to some of my dresses which will look uber cool and daring or they will look utterly ridiculous and i will send them right back... 

new stuff (parenthesis)

here are some photos we took at the abandoned mansion across the street. i'm wearing my new sweater coat (thrifted for $10) over a dress i made (but you can't see here), electric blue tights (which makes me fond for THIS - i heart debbie gibson!), and F21 shoes and hairbows (look! my hair is kinda growing out!), and i'm carrying my new picnic purse (thrifted for $3- it is a bit more carry-able and not as large as my other one).

don't know if this place has some weird energy or if it's p's photo skills at work, but all of the pics are blurry and there's one that looks like i'm surrounded by a haze (or that we have an effect on the camera - and we DON'T) - weird!
we are about to curl up on the couch to watch amelie! hope your week and weekend were wonderful - i'm going to try to post again before next saturday so stay tuned!

this one was at the entrance to a weird basement entrance at the back of the house that's creepy - no filter on the camera.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

the one that got away... maybe.

i freaked yesterday when i found this sofa at the thrift for just $75. i was ready to load it up and take it home immediately except it wouldn't fit in my car and the store was closing soon.
i was determined and my mind was a fury of thoughts... and then i really sat on it and inspected it and it turns out the "guts" of the sofa were falling out from underneath like 10 fat kids had jumped on it and ruined it.
so i left it...
and now i want it.
despite the fact that i have a sofa... and another in storage...
i want it.
it's totally possible it's still there. i mean it was late on saturday and they were closed today so if i went early monday it could still be there....
i wonder how much getting the guts put back in would really cost. more or less than getting the one in my living room re-upholstered?
hmmmm... if you have advice feel free to comment.

electric granny land

the title of this post is how p has taken to describing my me and my style... something to do with the allusion to electric lady land studios, the time i electrocuted myself with a thrift store lamp and lost feeling in my pointer finger, my general thriftiness, and love for handmade and vintage things....

so for your viewing pleasure, and to further prove he's right on the money with the above description, i now reveal the granny vest i purchased for $3.50 and am currently having a strange love affair with. (you either love it or hate it... i can see both sides.)

but let me tell you, i'm not the only one who loves this thing - i was paraded around hancock fabrics by an employee who wanted everyone who worked there to admire it as well! they all had such sad faces when i admitted i didn't make it myself that i'm tempted to lie from here on out and say i did!
i didn't get quite the same reception when i later wore it to saks... guess it's not posh enough... snobs, they don't know how much fun they're missing!

(oh, and last night i actually wore something almost "rocker-ish" and i didn't take a pic - S at modern guilt would've been so proud! i'll try to re-wear it and provide photographic proof that i can wear more than granny looks soon!)

Saturday, December 6, 2008

aw geez! thanks!


i just received this award from miss M over at thrift candy
i feel so special!


terrible how it's gotten to be a once-a-week (saturday) post kind of a thingy around these parts but i'm going on the idea that:
1) somethin's better than nothin'
2) "A" is for effort
3) it's better late than never

i returned the coat from jcrew - it just didn't WOW me and for that price i really needed it to in order to justify the purchase, you know? in return though, i stopped by anthro yesterday and found this beaut on sale for just $70:

and since i've been wearing it i've recieved about 30 compliments! it's not very warm at all but it's almost constructed like a dress and has the loveliest details... 

the orange stitching goes great with my vintage orange gloves :)

this is a look a wore last weekend but neglected to photograph. we had a baby shower/brunch to attend at 11am and as i am tearing through my closet trying to put together something to wear at 10:45am p looked at me in complete desperation and confusion and said "can't you just wear an outfit that you've worn before and liked?!".... well, i guess i can. 

i thrifted this top months and months ago and never wore it until last weekend - i love it's fluttery sleeves and bow tie. 

after the shower we went to a craft bazaar which was a bit of a let-down for me personally seeing as how i was looking for a few gifts and most of the items were more expensive and not something i'd easily pick out for someone who isn't me.... thus i bought myself the following presents:
these chandeliers are super heavy but SO worth it!
now i'm in a funk because i really need to stop the spending (especially on myself) but all i want to do right now is go to the thrift! what to do? what to do?

details of outfit from above:
knit hat - H&M
vintage top - thrifted
mini - gap (had it for about 5 yrs and was 9 bucks!)
tights - thrifted (but new not used - ew.)
boots - gift from ellie (thrifted)
ring - F21
if i were to guesstimate the outfit total i would say = $25
can you tell i'm trying to justify going shopping again?!

Monday, December 1, 2008

surreal saturday

it was oddly foggy and cold and wet... it was an awesome day for comfy menswear, lunch with ellie, a quick thrift run and a walk through the park... our usual saturday!

what i wore:

i cannot stop wearing these shoes - well worth the $30!

what i bought:

i love the old ones with the vanity mirror inside!

changed into these for the walk:

ah, nature:

trees like traffic lights!

when you're with me, you must pose with a giant leaf covering your face.

my turn!

my "penelope"-inspired shot. 
(it was a pretty cute movie! it's worth it to drool over james mc avoy for 2 hrs. anyway!)
outfit details:
knit hat - H&M
plaid scarf - thrifted
ivory bouse - thrifted
sweater - jcrew
cropped trousers - thrifted
studded heels - newport news
oxfords - thrifted

Friday, November 28, 2008

too bad, so sad!

i have a deep and unmovable love for natalia vodianova. i am really happy being me... but if i just had to pick someone else to be i would chose her.

that being said, i saw photos of her wearing this crazy be-jeweled headband and hanging with karl lagerfeld and i wanted to:
A) be her
B) wear crazy jewels all over my head too!

so i promptly went out and hot glued big rhinestones to my black headband!

too bad it didn't make me look like her though.... tis probably for the best considering i would never get anything done because i would be too busy staring in the mirror all the time if i had that face and those legs!

(ack! roots!)

i also glued a bunch of vintage buttons to a brown headband and i really like that one too.

she works hard for her money

so hard for it honey...

i don't know what got into me but i thought i'd confess publicly that i bought 
(it's cuter on the model than on the mannequin- so click the link)

and that i really, really hope it's worth what i spent on it! it was on sale but still more than i probably needed to spend....cross your fingers it is utterly fantastic in person and on my body! cause if it's not, it's going right back!

thanksgiving's awesomeness

yesterday was wonderful and easy and memorable... the only thing i'd change was that i wish p and i'd had jet packs on to fly from one family celebration to another while getting to enjoy the most beautiful day you can imagine. seriously, it's 2008! where are the jet-packs?! the "future" looks nothing like it's supposed too! 
but i guess that's ok cause if the future did look like they predicted on the jetsons and such then i'd have taken a pill for nourishment yesterday instead of stuffing my face with the best non-turkey foods ever! yum! 

sorry for the inane details that are about to follow but i want to record my awesome childless, easy life for the record books cause lately i've been having obsessive thoughts about how i might be able to one day turn the "record room" into a nursery if need be. i dont' know what's happening in my own head anymore but i've even browsed through children's fabric over at purlsoho. don't you think that it would be an adorable nursery with either of these two fabrics to go with my orange walls?!

ok - i need to stop. p's probably going to read this and have some sort of freak out breakdown :)

we slept in yesterday and were complete and total bums for half the day - sitting on the sofa in our pj's, eating cereal, browsing the net, and watching tv - perfection for a day off of work. then we finally got dressed and went down to the park with our "baby" (the pup) and saw the bestest thing ever.... a HUGE pile of mulch in the middle of the park! i know it sounds crazy but it was like christmas day for our dog. she's a digger by nature and this thing was like her/our playground! she had SO much fun running up and down it and burying her face in it and digging and growling - i tried to capture it in some pics but you really just had to be there to see her go nuts! we laughed and smiled and took great joy in seeing her have the time of her life.

then we came back and got dressed to go to the family celebration at his mom's... where the power was mysteriously out! the whole city was without power! but luckily everything was cooked and they just had to warm things and make gravy and such... so they used the grill and the fireplace!  how resourceful!

(i would post pics of the family but i try not to put photos of people up without their permission/knowledge - they are a good looking bunch though!) there were more people there this year and everyone got more than enough to eat and everything tasted just like it had come out of the oven - nice and toasty! we all got to eat by candlelight and since there wasn't a tv on after the meal to distract everyone we all actually sat around and talked and laughed and had a really good time! i wish the power would go out every year :)

we came back home to take care of the dog and then we headed right back out to meet his cousins at the movies... but as usual we were late... and they were inside waiting for us... and by the time we got all the way out there the movie was sold out - bummer! 
instead, we rented miss pettigrew lives for a day and came home to curl up on the couch with hot tea. i thought the movie was super cute and was amazing to look at the pre-WWII fashions - i highly recommend it! there is a great scene with a lingerie fashion show and for the first 20 minutes of the movie amy adams' character runs around in the greatest peach silk robe with marabou feathered sleeves:
(after staring at amy adams for 2 hours i think i want to go back to red hair after i grow it out again - shhh, don't tell my hair guy!)

and in short, i immediately went on an internet search for vintage inspired, classy, non-whoreish lingerie like i saw in the movie... after much ick, i found these two things at victoria's secret and have put them on my christmas wish list:

plus, the set design is TO DIE FOR! i want to live in this film! (click this link to read more about the movie and to see pics of the "divine set".)
i also rented penelope to watch today while poor patrick is at work and i'm at home sewing. 

i hope everyone had a lovely thanksgiving!