Saturday, July 31, 2010

California Dreaming on Such a Summer's Day

My Mother Sent a Silk, Floral, Dress and Decided to Remove the Zipper and Pair it with a New Necklace.

The light was perfect and may never be this perfect again.

What I  Wore:

Shoes- Minnetonka Moccasins
Dress- No label floral silk dress with additional ribbon ties to keep the parts from showing.

Necklace- New creation from my Native Collection (available on Etsy at Kitsch August 10th)


Birthday Gifts Outfit Post!

The Hubby Hooked Me Up With Some Lovely Gifts-Happy Birthday To Me! Yay!

A lovely sailor outfit worn near a canon at the park near sunset! The new sunnies and sandals are awesome and I love this look with a navy blue, boys' blazer.

I love the new sailor shirt and the bullet necklace. The other necklace and the earrings are a gift I made for my mother for her Birthday. It is  from the Patricia Baker Collection and there are three others that will be offered in Etsy store after August 10th.

Reversable Necklace for mom and my new bullet casing necklace with a quartz in it. I love it! You can get yours her at this Etsy site (dinosaurtoes)! The Patricia Baker collection of reversible necklaces and glass, hand beaded earrings will be available August 10th at Kitsch on Etsy!

Love the back lighting, courtesy of the hubby's photography skills.

 This is the zoomed in focus of the two new necklaces. The Patrica Baker Collection I've begun making and my mom gets the first one which is named after her. The bullet was made by dinosaurtoes (see link above). 

Simplicity as the sun goes down!
New Eschuche, Rose Gold, headphones, gifted to me by the hubby! I am so in ove with them and the Vers Ipod case!

Great location and beautiful light at sunset.
I love Long Beach! There are numerous places to chase light and take lovely photos!

What I wore:
Shoes- Pink from Anthropologie (sold out)

Pants- Express clearance, altered to be more taper legged (sold out)

Shirt- Brass Band Tank Anthropolgie
Blazer- Thrifted Boys Jacket from Dillards

Sunnies- Black leather and green and white fabric Anthropologie (sold out)

Necklaces- Patricia Baker Collection, Dinosaurtoes Bullet
Earrings- Patricia Baker Collection (Soon to be in the Kitsch Etsy store)

Headphones- Escuche Rose Gold from 80's Purple 

Iphone case- Vers from Design Public
Handbag- Banana Republic (2 years old sold out)

Handkerchief- Vintage and thrifted


Friday, July 30, 2010

Capri Reinvention

Ugly Pants Made Into Cute Shorts

Before Front Capris 

The backside
In Progress (notice how I saved the cuffs)
Gathering on a loose stitch

First side sewn after matching up the seams. Pinning the right sides together is very important before sewing.

The final product/the front
The back/final product!

New short bloomer type shorts!

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Inspirational Interiors

Perusing Other Peoples' Homes

The beams and the casters, oh my. I love this dining area and this loft.

I was browsing the Style-Files blog and fell in love with the furniture in this post.
I think this chair is teak, but I love the form. I bet it as just as functional and comfortable as its delightful shape.

Even dorm dwellers or studio tenants can make their space livable. I think this is enchanting.

Happy 30th Birthday to Me

Aging Gracefully (gulp) I Hope!

Making a wish so all my dreams come true for the coming year.

My favorite pastime besides making things is to sing.

I'm opening  such lovely gifts. I have amazing friends. 

This one was a teeny tiny canvas of a squirrel eating an acorn, gifted by Christina. 

Yes, I am I classy broad. Sapporo straight out of the bottle. At least, I drank champagne and Rose out of plastic cups at the beach bonfire dinner and at my Birthday dinner at home.

Holy drunken friends and I. Look at my right eye. I am winking or squinting. Hilarity!

Billie Holiday is my favorite. "Go Bless The Child" is my signature tune!

Anna singing, "I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas" makes me giggle because god only knows what eight animals she wants to add to her arc for Chanukah.

Janis Joplin had to be done by the end of the evening because my voice was wrecked and perfect for screaming, "Me and Bobby Mcgee".

My hubby and my bestie, Zulma, refusing to sing Karaoke while listening to surprising ly talented singers. The Ojhah Lounge in Little Tokyo is pretty private and you can sing a lot of songs if you're a hardcore karaoker like myself and there's a two drink minimum to encourage liquid courage. 

 This was a very classy establishment. They (the whole lounge) even sang "Happy Birthday" to me in harmony. 

Then, the owner brought out a delightful creampuff dessert with Happy Birthday written neatly on the plate in chocolate fudge! I was impressed. 

Cort receives 5 gold stars for the planning and execution of the best 30th Birthday this kitschy girl could ever wish for.

Nothing holds a candle to these Birthday experiences. My husband planed a Japanese themed night of sushi and Karaoke and a beach Bonfire! And why should the last 29 Birthdays hold up to that? They are simply long lost memories of drunken debauchery and slummy, scuzzy bars. I best not forget the all night D.J. sets with glow in the dark wrist bands. Te he! My 20's are over, baby, and it is high time I grow up. 

The beach bonfire was so fun. We had beer bratwursts, actually boiled in beer in a saucepan over the fires, and then roasted on hangers over the flames. I made an olive and caper, whole grain, cold pasta salad with tomatoes and basil. It was very zesty from the lemon, red wine dressing. The hubby made s'mores over the fire and they were delicious. I ate one for breakfast the day after to continue the celebration. The rose was wonderful and some great friends brought me a delicious coconut Popsicle that I ate out of a cup while drinking a warm green tea Latte that another wonderful friend gifted to me (they also gave me a silk scarf that will be posted in an outfit post very soon).

I hated saying goodbye to our friends and family from Utah, but everyone had to go back home to their actual lives! The people at this gathering were such a surprise for this Lioness (I'm a Leo) that I was twitterpated all night long!

 Next year, I must go to Disneyland to do ensure I've reserved a bit of immaturity to continue making mistakes in coming years and to learn and grow. I'll sneak a flask in under my skirt (sarcasm)

Ok, all kidding aside, I feel reflective and grounded. I think turning thirty forces one to look back and set new goals. I am accomplishing all of mine and it feels so great to be me right now. Thank you Cort for being my tandem team member. You balance me out and we are like yin and yang, functioning harmoniously. I look forward to our trip up the coast beginning Saturday. There are numerous posts to come soon! Get excited!
I love you.
xo, The Chief

Friday, July 23, 2010

1940s Champagne Party: even if the boys ain't home the girls can still play

Toasting to a Long Day

What We Wore
Tally: Guess shoes, Urban Outfitters lace tights, Reinvented vintage dress with a screen printed french horn on the back, her own bandanna, and two versions of my Ice jewels collection draped around her neck.
Lars: Target booties, fettish store fishnet thigh highs, Black silk and chifon A.B.S. dress, thrifted red belt and my Ode to Botanical necklace.
Me: Nine West kitten pumps, faux nude and lavender fishnets (Urban Outfitters), BCBG Max Azria silk Dress, thrifted gloves, thrifted lace short sleeved jacket, headband with feathers and French ribbons made by yours truly, and my Buttons and Baubles bib necklace.

Sound Track:


Feminism 1940s Revival: when the men are at war & women work

Dress Up With Tally and Lars: a photo story

The girls are shirking responsibilities and I am urging them to get back to work. One problem, I am a terrible boss and I'm ready to go home to play too. Naughty little boss lady and worker bees, supporting the war movement. Sometimes, girls just want to have fun even if it's on the clock.


What We Wore 
Tally-Auto mechanic outfit with gray Toms and a black scarf.

Lars-Auto mechanic outfit with red Toms and a red Toms.

Me-Vintage tapestry purse, Cole Haan oxfords, American Apparel socks, thrifted high wasted wool pants (Pendleton), White thrifted button down shirt, Ben Sherman tie, Red Italian suspenders, my own jeweled design aptly named Botanicals.

Sound Track: Frankie Lymon "Goody Goody"