Wednesday, August 31, 2011

To Sir with Love.

1960's Peter Pan Collar Dress (Thrifted, $1)
1960's Satin Rockabilly Tie (Ebay)
1994 Girl Scout Pin (DIY)
Cut Out White Flats (Thrifted)

My car got broken into last night!  Geez!  Never had that happen before.  Luckily, I didn't have anything worth money, so all they ended up taking was change (I think).  Everything was thrown around my car, and even though not much was taken, it still freaked me out a little.  I will never understand how someone can steal from another person.  Go steal something from Wal Mart.  Steal something from a giant money hungry corporation.  Not a person trying to get by like you. 

I'm loving my outfit today!  Reminded me of 'To Sir with Love' immediately.  I LOVE that movie.  Still.  So, the dress became mine the minute I saw the Peter Pan collar, something I constantly look for, but can never find!  The satin, black tie is from the shop, which isn't selling because it's too small for every man that tried it on...  so soon to become mine!  Muahahaha.

The girl scout patch is my personal patch from my stint in girl scouts.  I'm not going to lie, I hated girl scouts SO much.  I just couldn't do it.  BUT, oh how I love the patches!  I've made all of them into pins so that I can transfer them from outfit to outfit, and use them forever.  I'm in the process of posting them (and a crap load of other things) onto my personal Etsy, so I'll let you know when I do!  I've been a craft-o-holic lately guys.  It's all I do.  I'm really into felt, so I've been slaving away making coasters, garlands, framed collages, etc.  (also to be on Etsy soon!).  I've been thinking of putting a handmade corner in the shop for some time, and after talking to a friend, I think it's time to get it together, and try to sell my stuff!  Couldn't hurt, right? 

I'm starving!  That reminds me, you remember yesterday how I was all gung ho about not eating out, etc.?  Yesterday, Jimmy surprised me with takeout from the only (and my favorite) vegan restaurant in town.  He got me a chicken sandwich (the one thing I mentioned yesterday, lol), and a piece of pb chocolate cake.  How could I not accept that?  Haha.  It was delicioso. 

I'll leave you with some pictures of ol' Sidney.  Seriously, if you haven't seen the movie, watch it!!!  :)
See you tomorrow, ally.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011


1970's Hair yarn (Thrifted)
1970's Elephant Earrings (Heirloom)
1950's Baby Blue Blouse (Thrifted, $1)
1970's Peach Textured Trousers (Casablanca Vtg., $14?)

Whoa, look at that.  EE, BBB, TT or Peach Pants.  Weird, that doesn't happen often. 

Not to bring you down, but this year hasn't been the best for me.  BUT, with that in mind, it can only get better!  This coming month (well starting yesterday :), I'm holding myself to a daily standard of morning Do-In, lots of Tolle dvd's/cd's, no eating out!, and weekday workouts.  It's funny, I've found that I really enjoy quitting things/testing my will/forcing new habits.  Yeah, I was the total opposite 10 years ago.  Ah, how we change.  :).  Anyway, for the next 30 days I am totally focusing on my mental well being.  I'm putting up an impenetrable barrier around my usually too-sensitive-self, and building from the inside.  And for me, this includes awesome good fresh food (I have an affinity for vegan chicken fingers), and exercise. 

On the lighter side?  Check out my outfit friends!  Looks awesome in person (perhaps not as photogenic as I'd hoped).  Baby blue 50's blouse, which is uber-thin & soft, which I paired with my textured peach trousers.  As for the hair, I just went crazy with that hair yarn I love so much- twists & bows & knots.  In high school, I was a master at ridiculously big, colorful, flamboyant eye makeup, which was different every day.  These days, I keep the makeup to a minimum, but looking back, I'm so glad that I did it because I sure as hell wouldn't now!  Haha, nah, I just don't like the way it feels anymore really.  I can't believe I wore face powder/concealer (whatever you want to call it) for so long!  Eesh.  I guess that's what happens, you go long enough without something and you get to that point I guess :).  Getting off subject!  Just a pre-cursor to the BIG statement: I am wearing blue eyeshadow. 

After having a long talk, with a long time friend, I feel the need to tell you how great Eckhart Tolle's live (dvd/cd) shows are!  If you have read any of his books, and love them, or hate them, I encourage you to watch/listen to "Through the Open Door".  When you read the book, you really miss out on how funny he is- and he is REALLY funny.  Plus, it just feels a million times more effective when you're seeing his facial expressions, or hearing his inflections.  Anytime I am feeling a bit off/nervous or just pensive, I always feel so much better after listening/watching. 

I had a really great weekend!  Our friend Andy came back into town from Las Vegas, and we all had a grand time :).  Other than that, it was basically spent at a 2 day music festival that included one of Jimmy's bands, as well as 'Hot for Alice' (shameless plug for Alicia). 

I had so much to say earlier- then I get on the computer, forget all the "set" things, and start rambling about random things.  Maybe I should start making lists.  Hmm. 

(my grandma, early 60's)

The elephant earrings belonged to my grandma, which I adore!  I'm so thankful to have little things to be reminded of her.  I love, love, love the above picture of her.  There are 4 (my mom has 2, and I have 2), and they are all round, with gilded edging, and housed in turquoise hand painted frames. 


Friday, August 26, 2011


Mothman T-Shirt DIY'd into Tank (Point Pleasant, WV $12?)
1970's Bellbottoms (Ebay)
Sea Foam Tennies
1 Sad, dead skateboard.

Ah, casual days.  Finally found my mothman shirt!  Hooray!  Jimmy's grandparents still live there, in Point Pleasant (awesome, huh?).  So, when we were there, we hit all the tourist shops/museums/etc.  There is also a giant bronze-y mothman statue in the middle of their "downtown".  I loved the movie, and it seriously scared me the first time I saw it (which doesn't happen too often).  Anyway, Jimmy's parents grew up in the area and remember the bridge falling/losing classmates/etc.  It was a creepy little town after dark! 
(If you aren't familiar, a movie was made about Point Pleasant, WV called "Mothman Prophecies".)

A friend with an awesome garden gave a bushel of lettuces & herbs last night while we were at their bonfire.  Unfortunately, I accidentally added the mint into my savory lunch salad.  Not.  Good.  Bleh. 

And here is my sad little skateboard, RIP.  It was given to me in middle school by the person who taught me- and it's the only one I've ever owned.  Sadly, it is beyond it's time, and must be retired.  Skateboards are EXPENSIVE people!  If I could get one for $50, I would be fine with spending that amount, but $120?  Dang.  I know it isn't a ton of money, but just enough to have to save up for.  So, if you are reading this and have one that you don't use anymore/don't want, send me a message!  I'll meet up with you, or will pay shipping!  :)

Ahhh- best morning ever.  I opened an email from my library, and "Bossypants" is being held for me!  Happy day!  I've been waiting about 2 months for it to be available, so, needless to say, I'm pumped :).  It's Tina Fay's new book, and I'm sure it will be worth the wait :).  Yesterday, I decided to check out some RTW 2012 F/W, and thought I'd share some of my favorites with ya.  ally.

(Vivienne Westwood- that fabric is amazing)

(Comme Des Garcon- the top pic is my favorite look of the season.)

(Erin Fetherston- Only look I enjoyed- she generally bores me.  But like this one alot!)

(awesome, awesome skirt)
(Jeremy Scott-the last five)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Tennis Match.

1970's Navy & White Poly Dress (Thrifted, $1)
1970's Navy Belt (Thrifted, $ .50)
White Canvas Flats ($4)

The minute I put on this outfit, it became a favorite.  So comfortable, but still feels like it looks put together. 

Sometimes I have to remember that when you put yourself out there, you're going to get something back: good or bad.  See you tomorrow, ally. 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


1970's Cotton blend Fabric
Halter & Skirt:  Made By Me
1970's Bass Sandals (Thrifted)

Hey!  I finally elongated that halter top I told you about a few weeks ago..  and I think it worked out great!  This fabric belonged to my friend Lindsay's grandma; which she gave me, along with a pile of equally cool 60's/70's prints.  I love a thick/stiff cotton; it's easier to sew, and doesn't wrinkle every time you move an inch :). 

As for top (before I made it longer), I used a pdf found on etsy :

It's only 5 bucks, and and an easy piece to get done in one night (although, it did take me quite a bit longer than 4 hours the first time).  She has a blog as well, and just released a $5 vintage inspired bathing suit pdf.  Be sure to check it out! 

I watched the 90's 'Lolita' this morning (thus the braided do).  God, Dominique Swains' wardrobe is amazing in that movie!  Oh yeah, last night we watched 'Cracks', which stars Eva Green.  It takes place in an all girls boarding school- with Eva being the cool, well traveled, younger teacher that the girls idolize.  It's a dark thriller of sorts; I enjoyed it, but it isn't a movie I would watch again.  If you have netflix, I would recommend it :). 

So, 'coincidence' was the word of the day for me yesterday.  We had a small earthquake while I was at work, and I was SO excited to tell Jimmy when I got home.  Fast forward 8 hours.  Right before the next 'Northern Exposure' episode started, I paused the show and finally, excitedly told him about the earthquake, followed by random weird coincidences that happened to me during the day.  After the stories, I un-paused the show, and about a minute into it, there was an earthquake (on the show), haha.  Then, the rest of the show was about one of the main characters coincidences.  Weird right?  What great timing!  I love when I have days like that!  It feels like everything has already happened, and we're just living through it again (<-- haha, requires more time to talk about than I have right now).  :)

Alright people, my Vietnamese addiction has taken on a life of its own.  Seriously, I ate there 3 times last week, and that was holding back.  :).  Geez!  I can't believe I forgot- you remember the 'playing hookie' post about a week ago?  While we were getting Vietnamese, 'Man vs. Food' was there at the outside table reviewing the restaurant.  Haha, we walked by like 4 times- and saw a camera crew in the distance hanging out (they were taking a break from filming), and didn't put it together.  Although, I don't watch the show, it was still cool :).