Wednesday, September 29, 2010

wednesday update, and other randomness.

  • Yes, I'm still alive, and still off facebook.
  • I applied for graduation today (!)
  • My sister-in-law gave us some cookies yesterday. They just happen to be my MOST FAVORITE kind, soft ginger. I'm eating some now.
  • Today I went to cook a frozen burrito. two were stuck together (really stuck) so I had to cook and eat both.
  • BLTs minus the B and the L are hamazing, especially with salt and pepper and fresh mozarella.
  • Dear TV: please stop making so many shows that I like. I just don't have the time.
  • I really want to go to grad school. Ideally to Columbia (the school, not the country).
  • Haagen-Dazs makes chocolate sorbet. It is fat free, though you'd never guess to taste it.
  • A and I are going to Argentina in November. It is going to be fantastic.
  • I have done a few posts on my other blogs, just so you know, here and here.
  • I went to the U of U game with A and our bro-in-law (they bought season tickets). We saw a lot of men wearing red dresses. It was weird.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


I'm unplugging myself.

I just can't get everything done. My house is a mess, the garden is a jungle, and I feel like I'm on the brink of failure at school doing everything at the last possible minute. I hate that.

That got me thinking about how much time I spend checking google reader, facebook, all the private blogs, and everything else that occupies my internet time. I don't know how much time that is, but I think it is a lot. I would rather spend that time being more productive.

So. I'm deactivating my FB account for awhile, just to see how it goes. And I'm going to figure out how to shut down google reader too. I may also be a bit absent from writing on this blog. This will just be a trial, to see how it goes. If it works well, I may continue it through the semester.

Don't worry! I'll be back. And I'll still check my email, so PLEASE, if you have any important news, please send me a message, or you could even call me (gasp!).

It's not you, it's me.

Monday, September 13, 2010

t-shirt project.

My cousin has this awesome blog. It tells stories, and features t-shirts from all over. Today one of mine is featured, so go check it out!

zucchini me


I used up part of a giant zucchini* last night and made some cupcakes. I used this recipe from Martha, it only has 1/3 cup oil, while most others I found had 1 cup oil and 1 cup butter!

I didn't want to frost them, so I added a cup of chocolate chips to the batter. They are pretty good! I still think I would sub some applesauce next time, they seemed a little oily! Also, it would be wise to use cupcake papers, as directed. I didn't have any, and the "crust" seemed to get pretty brown. I love having little treats like this to take in my lunch, a sweet serving of vegetables and protein!

*If you use a giant zucchini, make sure to remove the big yucky seeds before shredding!

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Remember this post? Well, I ordered boots online. Two pairs. I'll be telling you about one of them here.

Blowfish Willis, in Cognac:

Comfortable, really cute, and plastic. That last thing was the kicker for me, in my decision to return the boots. I thought they would be leather, silly me. Anyway, I found some just like them in leather for just a bit more, and they are on the way. I posted pictures and more info about the boots on my shop site,

Here's a sneak picture, but check out the link above for more!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Happy Birthday BFF!

My BFF from high school, Trisha, had a birthday on Tuesday. We celebrated today.

First, we went to Whole Foods for yummy sandwiches and chips (I know it is a grocery store, but I LOVE their deli stuff). Then we were supposed to go to Mini's Cupcakes, but guess what? It closes at six. Then we tried Les Madeleines, but it was closed too! So we reverted to Bellissimo Gelato, my standard favorite, where we chatted and enjoyed pistachio/kiwi and tiramisu/reeses peanut butter gelato. And I got to hold Trisha's adorable baby boy, and he smiled at me. All in all, a very nice outing. We'll have to take a rain check on the cupcakes.

(Trisha took pictures, I'll have to have her send them to me and I'll share!)

Happy Birthday to Trisha!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Dress design for Shabby Apple dresses.

Dress design for Shabby Apple dresses.

Shabby Apple is having a dress design contest, so I thought I'd try my hand at some sketching. I used the free download from Fashionary for my figures, and now I'm feeling tempted to buy a Fashionary notebook!

This is my "final draft" and the most accurate portrayal of what I imagined.
Click on the images for a larger view!
Here you can see the progression of my design, from the first sketch (which is horrible! so don't look too closely), to the pencil drawing, to the four color versions. Notice my upside-down darts? I can never remember which way they go!
I see the last dress as the final version. Putting the length just to the knee gives this timeless style more of an updated look, while maintaining modesty. The skirt on the blue dress (notice the Betty Draper hair?) is just a bit too long, I think. I included all the drawings not only for your entertainment, but to show the different color options.

So let me tell you about my dress, and my inspiration for it. The dress is simple, a boat-neck, gathered skirt to the knee, elbow-length sleeves, and pretty bow. I wanted to design something timeless, yet definitely inspired by the classic style of the late 1950s and early 1960s; in short, the sort of dress you always look for when thrift shopping.

I can't get enough of stripes lately. I chose vertical stripes for most of the dress (because everyone knows they are the most flattering) with horizontal stripes on the sash for contrast. This sash is detachable, and can be worn with the bow in the front, either centered or off to one side, or in the back, or not at all! The sash is also pre-tied in a pretty bow with a clasp to fasten it on.

I see this dress as being offered in multiple colors, each bright and playful like the yellow, pink, light green, and blue pictured. I can see the wearer of this dress enjoying cotton candy at the state fair, or spending a day at the park on a cool spring day. Like the color, the fabric of the dress should be light, perhaps a cotton blend (for stretch and comfort), and while I originally imagined a wider stripe, I can see this in a pastel seersucker as well. A fancy version could be in raw silk or taffeta.

I took a lot of inspiration from the much-admired TV icon Betty Draper. I'm sure you've all seen a few posts about the fashion inspiration this Mad Men housewife invokes, but it is simply because she is amazingly well dressed. Betty often wears full skirts and bold prints. I sometimes get a vibe of innocence by some of her outfits in cut and color, which I definitely wanted to channel in this dress. Here are some pictures of what I'm talking about:


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There was a specific dress in season one that I either cannot find pictures of or am not remembering correctly, but it was pink and white striped, and fantastic. That was the starting point for me, and my design went on from there.

Part of the whimsicality of this dress can also be attributed to the show Pushing Daisies, where the once-dead Charlotte Charles always dresses in vivid colors and vintage-inspired outfits.


So that's my story! If my design makes it to the final 15, I'll make sure to remind you all to go and vote! Then we can all buy this dress next spring and be matchers.

Now what should it be called? Is it against the rules to call it Betty?


Have you all watched this yet? Makes it look like it must be pretty fun to be part of the Glee cast. I know I want to be part of it! Plus, season two starts THIS MONTH and I am quite excited. Who is with me?

Saturday, September 4, 2010

put a ring on it.

I posted a craft project over on hipster thrifters. Go check it out!


We beast-sat last weekend while A's parents were out.

My favorite part is going on walks. I think that was Rugby's favorite part too.

Rugby (the beast) does not like to hold still much.

Sometimes he barks at the camera.

This was his chosen resting place during the day. On A's backpack, amidst all our shoes by the front door. He would sleep there till we got home, so he could be right there to greet us the moment we walked in. So silly!

sing to us, mr. mayer.

For our anniversary, we went to the Owl City/John Mayer concert. My work had a table there, so for a few hours labor, we got to see the concert for free! There are definitely perks to working for a non-profit.

I didn't even know that Owl City was opening, but I LOVE them, so I was pleasantly surprised. A has even created a "Fireflies" ringtone for me.

So, don't hate me, but I've never loved John Mayer. There have always been songs I've liked, but I have been known to hit the skip button on Pandora on occasion. Well, this concert has totally changed my opinion. I have a whole new appreciation for Mr. Mayer. It was a great concert.

Because I was there early for set up, I got to see John rehearse! That is him, on stage, behind me.

We didn't have actual tickets, so we just floated around in the seated area.

Owl City!

The handsome hubs. He shaved off his civil war beard just for the occasion.

I was real excited.

Happy Anniversary to us!
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