and the world spins madly on

December 26, 2009 at 9:15 pm (Uncategorized)

Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! Hope you had a nice day off for those who don’t!

My Christmas was very, very mellow. No family in town other than me and my parents, so we hung out and ate. We had kind of agreed on light-on-the-gifts this year – I dunno, it just seems like none of the adults I know actually need anything. I did send gifts to my young nephews, but for each of the adults I purchased a flock of chicks from Heifer International.

(Photo courtesy of

If you’ve never heard of them, please go to their website and check out what they do. They’re an amazing organization through which you can purchase an array of animals and resources from $20 to $1000 that are given to people in need. They can then use these animals and resources to supplement their own nutritional needs, but also can sell the surplus and continue to develop their resources to become self-sustaining.

(Photo courtesy of

I’ve donated to them for many years, and will continue to do so. This is the first year I’ve done so as gifts for other people, and I was afraid people would think I was being chintzy, but they all seemed to appreciate it and I was surprised that none of them had heard of the organization before. Anyway, their slogan is “Pass on the gift” and that’s what I’m doing in mentioning them here!

Well, of course my parents were too good to me, gift-wise, although they did stick to practical stuff that I’ve been wanting….namely, a steam mop! LOL, it cracks me up that this was my big wishlist item this year (I’ve gotten so domesticated) but it really was, and they found me a great one! About a year and half ago I renovated my house and replaced all the carpet with bamboo flooring. I hated carpet – seemed so dirty – but have found that wood floors can require a lot of work to keep clean as well. A lot of sweeping, vacuuming, and dry-mopping with a spray bottle of Bona wood protectant in hand. This fall, I found a vacuum that works a lot better for hard floors than the one I have, the Bissell Versus, and that eliminated a lot of the sweeping, but dry-mopping was still a chore and I never felt that it left the floors very clean. So today I fired up my new Eureka Enviro Steamer and I love it! Super easy to use, the cleaning pad is BLACK from all the dirt I picked up, and the floors are gleaming. I’m ridiculously excited.

In non-Christmas-floor-cleaning news, I did get to Target to check out the Rodarte collection. If I was 20 years old and skinny as a boy, I would have purchased a lot – very cute and up-to-the-minute stuff, but too bodycon and trendy for my age and size. I did get one skirt that I may or may not keep…

(Photo from

I’ve always loved navy and black together.

That’s a lot of boring stuff, sorry…but I’m done for tonight. Thanks for reading…some of you still are!

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why you so obsessed with me?

December 21, 2009 at 12:13 am (Uncategorized)


(Oh no, I didn’t just quote Mariah Carey…did I?)

I’m sorry I’ve been gone for SO long! Final projects for school kicked me mightily in the ass, and then I needed a little time to recoup and clean the house. But I’m back!

And, are you kidding meRodarte for Target premieres NOW?!? When I’m broke from buying gifts, etc?!? But, oh yes, I’ll be there. Will report back.

Let’s see, what do I have to report in all of my time away from blogging? I do have food pictures.

Thanksgiving – YUM!

I made a really good chicken enchilada casserole recently with a new recipe that I found here. It’s Weight Watchers friendly but I made it with fat free half & half instead of milk. Came out so yummy!

Right after I pulled it out of the oven and took a piece

That piece that I took

All mushed up so you can see the yummy-ness

And some little gorgeous things

From Maison de Peanut Leigh on etsy

Very DIY-able Moschino-inspired lace gloves with safety pins

And equally DIY-able, a studded beret

God, I want to DIY these amazing studded ballet flats from Net-A-Porter but I imagine they’d be out of style before I finished

And OMG if I had $500, I would SO buy these amazing earrings from Free People and would probably wear them every day for the rest of my life

I guess that’s all I have tonight. For those who have kept reading even as I disappear, thank you.

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it’s like my ipod’s stuck on replay, replay

November 18, 2009 at 1:28 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Ah, Tuesday night, the night I have designated for myself as no homework, cooking dinner, and watching the new Melrose Place. Such a great guilty pleasure. I loved the old one, and so expected to hate the new one, but they’ve done a great job of modernizing it while keeping the old vibe. I especially love the character of Ella (played by Katie Cassidy), she’s the new Amanda (Heather Locklear’s character in the old show). She has great style and makeup, too.

And they even got crazy tonight and had Ella make out with another girl! In the old MP, they ended up cutting a proposed kissing scene between two openly gay guys because they decided people would freak out. It’s so annoying how people don’t mind two girls making out (typical guy response in my experience when this topic comes up: “ooh, can I watch??”) but two guys even having a kiss makes people freak out.

Okay, enough about Melrose Place. I don’t have any new original photos to offer (although I did find my camera!) because I’ve been so busy and wearing boring clothes, but I have some inspiration from other sites.

This is probably a bad idea for a permanent tattoo, but I think these are gorgeous pearl-and-chain fake tattoos from Chanel Spring/Summer 2010

From hey crazy

I don’t know, I’ve been wanting another tattoo for years and although I wouldn’t put permanent free advertising for Chanel on my body, I might take the idea of the chains, pearls, and birds somewhere. Filed away in my imagination.

I want this girl’s hair so much. I mean, I’d take her body and face, too, but I think the hair actually might be attainable, it’s similar to mine in many ways. I’d just have to take a little time to actually style mine. Filed in my little brain under Spend-More-Than-Five-Minutes-On-Your-Hair.

From le flassh

Everyone in the fashion blogosphere (can’t believe I just used that word) is going nuts over these Louise Goldin shoes for Topshop, and I guess I’m no exception…

From nitro:licious

And if I was gorgeous like Katie Shillingford, I’d totally do my hair like she has

From jak & jil

Finally, one last gorgeous thing: Kate Moss in this photo from Topshop

The girl has still got it. 🙂

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please, please, please, let me get what i want

November 12, 2009 at 1:04 am (Uncategorized)

I did something today that might change some things in my life – it’s nothing huge to most people, I suppose, but I hope it works out well for me. So, I’ve got my fingers crossed. Will update with more details if it works out…and I think (hope) it will!

I still haven’t been taking photos. I’ve been ridiculously busy with school.

So, I have fun photos of things I would love to own…most of which are not fashion or beauty related.

I want this SO MUCH – you can sync this wristwatch to your Blackberry using bluetooth and then check emails and the like from your watch…


I really want someday to have a Tumbleweed Tiny House. I’ve always felt that my 880 sq. ft. house is more than ample for me and could happily live in less, and I love these wee houses. I love that you can put them on wheels and therefore they are not required to have permits, so you can drive them all over the United States and park them on any RV lot…


How great are these Converse rain boots??


And I adore this collection of stationary from 16Sparrows


I love this bike, too, but at $700…eek!

workmans bike

I should have more updates soon. In the meantime, keep your fingers crossed for me that things go the way I want them to! I appreciate you all reading.

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but we cannot cling to the old dreams anymore

November 4, 2009 at 9:53 pm (Uncategorized)

I still don’t know where my camera is! So I have no new outfit photos. I must remedy this situation over the weekend when I clean my house.

I give you instead some inspiration pics. We will start with the amazing Kate Lanphear, Style Director at U.S. Vogue, who is so gorgeous and stylish to me.

kate lanphear fur sartorialist
from the satorialist

kate lanphear blazer 4purse
from 4purse

kate lanphear leather fashiongrunge
from fashion grunge

kate lanphear hair trendycrew
from trendy crew

kate lanphear hoodie blazer sartorialist
from The Sartorialist

kate lanphear plaid fashionchat.forumandco
from fashion chat

Holy amazing, I just love her androgynous and clean style. If my hair wasn’t unruly wavy, I would cut it like hers.

I think that’s all for tonight. I’m up to my ears in schoolwork and studying. Thanks for reading!

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everyone is beautiful at the ballet

October 28, 2009 at 8:56 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Been gone for a while, sorry! Busy with school, been wearing boring clothes or forgetting to take photos. In fact, I just looked around and don’t even know where my camera is. But I’ll get back on it, I promise – I’ve missed blogging. I’ll have some food pics soon, too – I’ve been cooking again lately, on an Asian kick foodwise ever since I bought a rice cooker.

So I’ll post some pics of recent acquisitions and inspirations in the meantime. Remember my quest for a faux fur vest? Well the one I ordered from JC Penney arrived. It’s actually very pretty and very soft – but too big. It only comes in 2 sizes and I ordered the larger one because sometimes my, ahem, boobs get in the way of smaller sizes. So I went back to the website to order the smaller size…and the lighter colored one that I had wanted was sold out. Ordered the black instead, and it arrived today. It’s solid black, very soft and pretty, and the smaller fit looks a whole lot better.

jc penney black fur vest

Lesson learned, and keep this in mind for those who are looking for a faux fur vest this season: This is one item that cannot be oversized. In the too-large one, I looked like some fur-trapper from the 1700s. The fitted one is much better. I also like the black better than the lighter color – again, less fur-trapper in a canoe, more chic. Oddly, the website said it was open front but it has a few hook-and-eye closures, which is nice also.

Found some fun stuff on theFred Flare website recently. Finally, a pair of sequined leggings that are affordable and in stock!

sequined leggings

And I couldn’t resist a calculator watch…so 1980s computer nerd. I think I secretly wanted one of these in high school but ridiculed them on nerds to fit in. Well, no more!

calculator watch

Should come in handy when I get into my accounting and biostatistics classes, too, haha.

Things-I-want-and-can-afford: This sequined t-shirt

sequined t alloy

And these acid-washed (ZOMG I can’t believe I’m wanting acid-wash) skinny jeans

acid jeans alloy

Both from Alloy.

Okay, some gorgeous-things-I-can’t-afford: Isabel Marant boots via jak and jil

isabelmarantboots jak jill

And these photos were posted for the Chloe Sevigny shoes, but I’m in love with the studded leggings

sevignybootsspiked leggings jak jill
sevignyboots2spikeleggings jak jill

Via jak and jil

Holy amazing.

I’ll post again soon – thanks for reading, those who do. 🙂

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if you were here i’d only bleed you

October 17, 2009 at 8:59 am (Uncategorized)

Outfit of the day…a few days ago.

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Long-sleeved t-shirt with rhinestone buttons (thrifted), old-as-dirt skinny jeans from TJ Maxx, thrifted men’s vest, and these boots from forever21 last Spring


I liked it. Stopped by work to talk to my manager and a co-worker said “you look very rock & roll today” haha.

That’s all.

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every day for us something new

October 14, 2009 at 12:01 pm (Uncategorized)

Did a little cooking over the weekend. Threw together a random miso vegetable soup that came out really yummy. Miso, baby bok choy, carrots, ginger, nori seaweed, shirataki noodles, and sliced up fish cakes. Here it is cooking away…

soup big pot

And a nice bowl of soup for lunch

soup bowl

Outfit from yesterday

Sweater vest I got at Walmart last spring and hadn’t worn yet. Grey corduroy trousers also from last spring Walmart. White long-sleeved t-shirt, probably thrifted.

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BTW, those horrendously ugly black leather clogs that are always lurking in the background of my photos? Work shoes. Waitressing requires shoes that have non-slip soles and are comfy. But I do not wear them In Real Life.

Anyway, also wore this knuckle ring

antique knuckle ring

These chandelier earrings

chandelier earring

And these grey shoes that I got from Newport News a few years ago

grey heeled boots

…shoes that are cute, but entirely too tall to be tromping around campus as much as I did yesterday in them. 🙂

When I was browsing the JC Penney website the other night for my faux fur vest, I found a surprising number of cute, on-trend, well-priced items. Didn’t buy any, but thought I’d share a few pictures that appealed to me.

jcp leopard pants

jcp pleather jeans

jcp slouch pants

jcp patterned leggings

Those last leggings are available in three patterns and I kind of love them all:

animal print closeup
plaid print closeup
snake print closeup

And I liked aspects of both of these outfits from their “lookbook”

jcp outfit plaid

jcp outfit leather

May have to head over to the actual store and check out the quality!

Guess that’s it for today – thanks for reading.

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and there doesn’t seem a way to be redeemed

October 11, 2009 at 7:22 pm (Uncategorized)

Disappeared for a few days, sorry! Midterms kicked my ass pretty mightily. The midterm for my web-delivered class ended up at 22 pages, and another one took me two hours of solid writing. A little scared for finals now.

Rachel Zoe presented her collection of accessories on QVC today and I DVR-ed it. Watching now – pretty sure she’s wearing the LV tribute pumps but they could be Louboutin. God knows I have never seen either IRL, just on fashion blogs. Regardless, her shoes are gorgeous and I think she’s gorgeous and adorable. Her collection of accessories is nice, too – cute stuff at good prices. Unfortunately, everything I wanted is already sold out – I was at work today when the show aired.

I had my hair cut and colored this week and my stylist and I were talking about Rachel Zoe’s show and how much we love it. I said, “I LOVE her hair and need to figure out how to make mine look like that” and he was like, “oh, you can have it: extensions.” Haha. I said, “I suspect that’s far too high-maintenance for someone like me who only comes in to the salon every four months” and he was like, “WAY too high-maintenance for you.” Anyway, I got ballsy and had him cut me some long bangs (haven’t had any bangs in years and years) and I love the way they look. They irritated me the first few days but I think I’m getting used to them now.

So this Rachel Zoe thing on QVC reminded me that I want a faux fur vest. They did a preview of her collection about a month ago and showed her faux fur vest then – I had been thinking that I wanted black but then I saw her faux red fox one and it got me thinking. Of course, it sold out before I could decide. It looks like it sold out again today, but this is it:

rz red fox vest

I started thinking that a lighter color might be nice to wear with all of my black clothing and have some contrast, but I wasn’t sure if it would look good with light hair. Then Jane of Sea of Shoes posted some pics of herself in a blonde mink with her light hair and it looked so gorgeous (of course she is so gorgeous, too, but still)…

seaofshoes red fox

…and that sold me on the lighter color.

So I started looking around online tonight and just ordered this one, which looks lovely on this light-haired model…

JC Penney faux fur vest

From JC Penney, of all places. It’s back-ordered until November, so I will have to report later about whether it’s nice or not, but I like the way it looks on the site. My favorite riding boots are from JC Penney and are great quality, so hopefully this will not disappoint.

Things I wore this week:

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My fav corduroy trousers from Walmart last year, a really old mock-turtleneck sleeveless top under a cute fringed-hem jacket that I got at Target last fall and had not worn yet – I love it. Close-up of the fringey/collar bit

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Another day I wore my newish plaid tunic from Urban Outfitters with ancient skinny jeans and some slouchy boots that I got from I-have-no-idea-where. It was super comfy and I thought I looked kind of cute but then later in the day decided maybe not so cute. Regardless, for your entertainment, here is a picture

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Cat is keeping on keeping on, weather has turned so doors and windows can be open again, I have my health and all of my needs met – all is right with the world. 🙂 Thanks for reading.

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so i ran faster but it caught me here

October 3, 2009 at 11:54 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

I’ve been playing around making shoe jewelry like the awesome stuff on litter sf – cut up some studded bracelets from Wet Seal and attached them to chains from the craft store. I need to add more chain that will go underneath the shoes for high-heels, but I decided to wear what I had tonight with flats. Love them! I walked a decent bit and they stayed in place, weren’t irritating…good test run.

shoe jewelry flats

Speaking of litter sf, look at this amazing ish they’ve come up with…

litter sf necklace front
litter sf necklace side
litter sf necklace back


Some fun stuff I’ve acquired lately…I already gloated about the silver sequined jacket but here’s a daytime pic

sequin jacket day

Other things thrifted that day…this brown velvet vest. It has a lot of buttons and I didn’t feel like doing them all up for the photo – it’s double-breasted

brown velvet vest front

I love the very long satin sash that ties in the back into a big bow

brown velvet vest back

Also found a cute long-sleeved henley t-shirt that has shiny things for buttons and metallic trim…it didn’t photograph well

sparkle henley detail

And I found an interesting dress at Walmart a few days ago – it has lots of layers, is linen, and was $9! I plan to wear it as a jumper of sorts, over a long-sleeved black t-shirt, because my arms are fat. Anyway, here it is wrinkled and on the hanger…front

linen walmart dress front

…and back

linen walmart dress back

Ok, gorgeous-things-I-can-afford for once

lulus navy hoodie dress front
lulus navy hoodie dress back
from lulus

queens grommet ankle heels
from Queens Wardrobe

I guess that’s it for tonight – I’m up to my ears in schoolwork.

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