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12/29/09

dreamy



I've been princess-cut lover since birth. This coat is amazing.

12/25/09

The prettiest twist




Been keeping my eyes out for some cute but simple hair inspiration lately. You know, things that look pretty but messy, and seem easy enough to do without much time. I'm not one to spend much time on my hair... or on anyone else's for that matter. Anyway, I like this style, above. Gotta figure it out.

(all photos from Vanessa Jackman)

Wear it

The other day I mentioned vintage shop Prance & Swagger, and I am now mentioning it again because I modeled some beautiful accessories for their shop! Some favorites...

1950s Sandalwood Beach Hat


Vintage Cognac Leather Opera Gloves (to DIE for - the leather is nearly edible).


Vintage Veiled Sunshine Polka Dot Hat


So yes, check it out for fun. Some serious inspiration for all you vintage lovers out there.

12/20/09

C'est impossible




Just when I think I am about to start being productive, the internet has to go and blow my freaking mind again. Look at this shop!!!! Can we all scream together now? Ahhhhhh, that's better. I would like to eat these photos, sleep in a pile of these clothes, and snuggle naked in the sunshine with this model. And eat baby coconuts while I'm at it. SWOON.

Shop: Ouma (on Etsy)
Photos: by Galaxie Andrews

Happy Solstice!




May your longest night be filled with rich darkness and fiery magic. Though it marks the first day of winter, it also marks the return of the longer days...and our beloved sun.

Image source

12/19/09

Fingerprints


We used to have one of these. It was amazing - a big and glossy presence in the living room. So shiny, practically begging to be licked. It was elegant and dignified in the best way - without pretension. The tiniest touch to the lacquer would leave a smudge, emphasizing even more its perfection. I was 16 when we had to sell it. My mom asked me if I wanted it, but I was just embarking on the first of many years of dorm-hopping and subsequent collegiate/nomadic living. Alas, it fit neither into my suitcase nor my mental framework.

It would now.

My suitcase is much bigger.

At 16, 5 years forward seems nearly impossible. An infeasible amount of time - real in some type of logic that one doesn't quite possess yet, and so it simply falls into the ether of the 16-year-old brain.

Now, 5 years forward seems remarkably soon. I know for certain that in 5 years I will not be able to believe that 5 years have passed; I will feel simultaneously old and wise and foolish and young; and I will have a lot of laundry that I should get around to doing.

***

Perhaps one day, I will find another one of these, and I will fingerprint its face, play Debussy on its keys, lie quietly beneath its chamber and feel small.

Prance and Swagger



My new fave!! Check it check it check it.

12/17/09

I heart you




I am getting more and more into the anatomical heart art. I like these pendants a lot. And oh snap! Locally made.

12/12/09

She thinks of everything

Zana Bayne of Garbage Dress is so radical. Look at what she made:


Leather wing boot straps. You can read her blog post about them here, and she also has an Etsy shop.

Of the straps, she says:

After night of debate, trial, error, and mass experimentation, I have completed the perfected prototype of what I now call the "Leather Wing Boot Strap". As with all of the accessories that I make, the boot straps are meant to enhance the shoes that you already own - changing the silhouette, and creating removable detail.

You should go look at her stuff. It's all pretty rad sauce, obvs.

12/9/09

Asher does photobooth





More scores


AND I found these pants at Buffalo Exchange for $12! I don't think they'd ever even been worn. I love them. You may be stylish, hipsters, but I will always love my super flares. Always always always.

Always the boots




Yay! Just scored these beauties for a very low price. Um, insluated cowboy boots with rubber traction soles??? HELLOOO!!!

How to make love when you're alone



That sounds like it's gonna be dirty, but it's not. As many of you know, it's very cold right now. In fact, it's been about 30 degrees for days now in Portland. VERY COLD. Thanks to my sheepskin carseat covers, lambskin/cashmere driving gloves, and down jacket, I am surviving.

What I really wanted to post about, though, is a warm drink. Oregon winters are remarkably grey and wet, and I've come to realize that one of the things that gets me through them is tea. A nice, hot cup of tea. It's like magic. A cup of tea is one of the most amazing things - it's terribly cheap to make, and so easy. Making a cup of tea is like suddenly building a tiny fire in one's heart. It doesn't just warm your hands and throat - it can actually make you feel love. And this is the most stunning, priceless aspect of a cup of tea.

Several years ago, I dated a handsome british man who drank only one kind of tea. At first, I thought it odd and boring. Until I tried it, and a whole new kind of tea magic was unleashed.

PG Tips, if you don't know, is the best tea ever (at least that I, a humble American tea drinker, have found). You can buy it in large boxes, filled with heaps of unwrapped teabags. This particular way of packaging seems much more logical and satisfying. Enough of the 15 individually wrapped bags with Ghandi quotes on them. Give me mountains of pure, strong black tea, and give it to me simply.

I also want to tell you about my "chocolate tea", a silly invention that I love. Well truthfully it's not that silly, and undoubtedly it was invented many worlds ago. But I am drinking it now, and the cold ache in my core has vanished. Here's what I do - it is a delightful substitute for hot chocolate (which is more often than not too milky and sweet):

In a mug, pour two heaping tablespoons of your favorite chocolate powder (unsweetened). Boil water in the kettle, and fill the cup (nearly) with boiling water. Stir the chocolate in, and sweeten with agave (or sugar, if you like). Top it off with a splash of half & half or heavy cream, just to soften and fuse all the ingredients.

And there you go. Chocolate tea.

And remember, even on the coldest, lonliest days, a cup of tea will truly warm your heart. There is much magic in warm water - baths, hot water bottles, tea, etc. To have such magic at our fingertips and faucets is a delightful blessing.

12/6/09

End of an era



So many leaves turning. The beloved Tiger Shop will be closing on December 31. Sad sad sad. The good news is everything will be on sale until then, so stop by House of Vintage and dig through for discounts!

11/30/09

Maiden Rapture Vintage CLOSING SALE






Hey vintage lovers - Maiden Rapture Vintage is closing its virtual doors, so you should head over there to scoop up some seriously discounted goods.

The most amazing thing happened to me this weekend...


...I found out about Rancho Deluxe! This gem is actually filled with gems, costume jewelry, elephant figurines, vintage copper toasters, antique dresses, books, teacups, and anything else your heart desires. I was happily swimming in literal piles of crystals and rhinestones, like the most amazing-ever Grandma's jewelry box.


Like buried treasure, it is generally locked. Unlike buried treasure, it opens to the public on Saturdays only (hooray). I can't quite describe the thrill of places like these. Yes, it's not for everyone, but it certainly is for me. The prices are completely reasonable, and there is undoubtedly something for everyone... check it out for your holiday shopping! There is no website, and alas, no photos on the web, and I forgot my camera when I went - but no matter - leaves more up to your imagination. So fabulous! (Thanks, Heather!!!).

11/18/09

Will you wear découpage, jenny jenkins?

So I "reconstructed" some shoes the other night. Viva la collage 4-EVR! I took these leopard wedges I've had for a while:


And I collaged them, essentially. Cut some things out of a magazine and out of a découpage book I have, and I glued them on with a simple glue stick. As you can see, I also taped around the seam between shoe and wedge:




After I began collaging, I realize I wouldn't be able to cover the whole heel in cut outs. So I opted to paint the bare areas with magenta acrylic paint:


It took a few coats, but I got it covered. I then painted 3 layers of Mod Podge on top of it to cement everything down and give it a nice sheen. Finally, I sprayed the heels with acrylic to seal everything in and make it smell really good (HA! go outside for that part). And here they are- vast improvement, no?




If you want to try something like this, here are my lessons learned:

  1. I hadn't planned on painting them initially, but were I to do this again, I might try to actually spray paint the heels white to give myself a better working base. That way I would only have had to do one paint of acrylic. This time I had to do about three, and because I was painting after I glued stuff down, this increased my chances for error - painting on edges of the collage, etc.
  2. Use masking tape to block of the shoe. I used Scotch tape because it was all I had, but it's an inferior blocking tape.
  3. Think it out before hand. This is a step I consistently leave out of my craft projects.
  4. Get a good paintbrush for the paint and the Mod Podge. It makes a difference.
I think that's about it, or at least all I can think of for now. I'm pretty happy with them, especially for a first try. It's an excellent way to spice up an item that you like, but often overlook.

11/16/09

Augusten Burroughs



I recently discovered the world of Augusten Burroughs, and I am enthralled. Yesterday alone (well, including 3 hours of today - 12-3 am) I read Magical Thinking and Running with Scissors. Dry I read on the way to Maui with Soph. I can't wait to read the rest of them... one of them is on my bedside table and the other ones are in my queue at the library.



As some of you may know, much of his material is utterly horrifying. But that's why we like it. That, and his brilliant writing, and the fact that he has survived to tell the tales. Nothing gets me like a horrifying, well-written memoir.

I will leave you with this bit, taken from the title story in Magical Thinking (which was funnier than the other 2, although all books so far have made me laugh and cry):

Perhaps my supernatural abilities come from my solid spiritual beliefs. I believe in the baby Jesus. And I believe he is handsome and lives in the sky with his pet cow. I believe that it is essential the cow like you. And if you pet the cow with your mind, it will lick your hand and give you cash. But if you make the cow angry, it will turn away from you, forget you exist, and your life will turn into shambles. I believe that as long as the cow likes you, you can get what you want.

In order to keep in the cow's favor, you need to "let go and let God," meaning, you can't obsess about controlling every little thing. You have to let things unfold naturally and not try to chance things you cannot change. On the other hand, I believe that if you've made the cow happy by living this way, you're allowed to ask for favors.

I tell people my theory, and they think I am either kidding or insane. But think this as they may, I have cow saliva on my hands, and many of them do not.

- Augusten Burroughs, Magical Thinking, p. 241

11/13/09

Quote of the day

"There are risks and costs to a program of action. But they are far less than the long-range risks and costs of comfortable inaction."

-JFK

Winter is for roasting


Success! Inspired by my recent purchase, I am determined to cook more good food. Last night I cooked a couple things, and made up this chicken dish as an experiment. It's delightfully simple and delicious! I'm writing it here primarily so that I don't forget. Here's what I did:

Placed 2 chicken drumsticks in a Pyrex round 8" pan, in a thick layer of olive oil. I cut up several fingerling potatoes (yum) and placed them around the chicken. I also peeled and diced one apple and added it to the potatoes, along with a few cloves of garlic.

Then I poured more olive oil all over everything and added lots of sea salt. I was very generous with both items. Finally, I drizzled the drumsticks with a bit of balsamic vinegar and a squeeze of fresh lemon.

I roasted it at 350 uncovered for...hmmmm....probably about 45 minutes, and then covered it with tinfoil and left it in there for about 20 more or so. It was delicious! I wish I had taken a picture, but it was devoured quickly.

11/12/09

Did you say my name?

Okay, I admit it. I want boots like this. I'm not sure WHICH ones, but ideally they would be very expensive and very high. And very comfortable. And it would be awesome. Right? Yes Mary Kate or Ashley- I dig your style. Pictures of you are undoubtedly the créme de la créme of celebrity voyeurism culture.

From here:


These are wicked. I think I want these ones. (From here):

Stella McCartney killers - look at that heel!


I'd prefer a true wedge heel, but I suppose if I had to get these Louboutins, I would:


And really, these are pretty AMAZING. I found them on accident and they took me quite by surprise (here):


I suppose now I light a candle and call in St. Emelda.