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

Gorgeous.

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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you know i can’t sleep, i can’t stop my brain

October 1, 2009 at 11:08 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Couple of recent outfits –

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Old satin top from Target, skinnies from TJ Maxx, and 2-year-old riding boots from JC Penney that I really love

brown riding boots

Sitting atop my new NetFlix DVDs that I won’t have a chance to watch for at least a week due to looming midterms. Anyway, they are leather, nice quality, and have held up well…for about $70. Fashion and quality are not only for the rich.

Yesterday I felt like getting a little girly

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Oldish thrifted ruffly banded hem top with a thrifted cute skirt and ruffled t-straps from Payless last fall. Close-ups, posted in the spring but I have new readers now…

blue-skirt-with-black-lace
patent-ruffle-t-straps

I made a vat of chicken vegetable soup on Sunday that was not uber-homemade – utilized chicken from a grocery store roasted chicken, some frozen vegetables (but some fresh as well), canned white beans, barley I cooked myself, and the addition of powdered mashed potatoes as a thickener – it came out well. It’s nice to have something to reheat and eat when I get home at night. Even if it isn’t as perfectly “from-scratch” as I like it to be, it’s better than Taco Bell.

Gorgeous-things-I-can’t-afford file…but possibly also Gorgeous-things-I-can-afford:

ruffle pearl ballet flats
from Nordstom. About $100. Interestingly, someone told me that she is having these shoes replicated by this custom shoemaker on Etsy.com for $30. I am going to investigate that, as I have been wearing ballet slippers a lot lately and these are adorable.

I guess that’s it for tonight!

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all that glitters

September 26, 2009 at 9:34 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Did some thrifting today…I hadn’t been going to Savers, the “thrift department store” much lately because I feel like their clothes tend to be kind of boring and a little overpriced for second-hand, but I stopped by there today and am glad I did. I’ve been looking all over for a couple of months for a sequined jacket of some kind and haven’t found the right one at the right price. But I found it today at Savers! I love the shape, the color (sequins are silver, not black like it looks in the pic), it was my size, in practically mint condition, and $7.00! This picture isn’t great because I took it at night, I’ll take a better one tomorrow along with the other pieces I bought today, but here’s an idea of what it looks like…

sequin jacket

I LOVE it! The cut is perfect, it even has a little mesh in the shoulders that gives it the slightly prominent shoulder look that is so right for the moment without being over-the-top Dynasty shoulderpads. I just have to replace the single large snap that fastens in the front and it’s good to go!

It was in the section with all the Halloween costumes, LOL. Should I be concerned that I’m buying clothes to wear every day that others classify as a costume? 😛 Actually, though, Halloween IS a great time in retail for a lot of things I love: black nail polish and lipstick, crazy fake lashes, and I love skulls, skeletons, pumpkins, black cats, creepy trees…it’s not only my favorite holiday, it’s a lot of my favorite year-round loves.

Went shopping at Target yesterday with a friend and bought (in the dollar bins) the cutest little flashlight…it has these little filters that you put over the light

halloween flashlight

So when you shine it, you get this!

halloween flashlight cat

So cute! Why do I need this? No idea. I also bought this great mask at the grocery store the other day – I often dress up as a black cat for Halloween but usually just use black makeup to paint on a nose and whiskers…but I couldn’t resist this for $5.00.

cat mask

Not sure if the picture shows that it is velvet-like with feathers and black rhinestones and silver cord around the eyes…so fabulous. I’m having a hard time not buying TONS more stuff, especially all the cool skull stuff. Must. Use. Restraint.

I bought a garter belt at Walmart today – I’m not actually trying to do some sexy thing with this, I just have sort of skinny legs and thigh high stockings never stay up on me, so I wanted something to keep them in place. The one I found is cute, though, it’s styled like a mini (very mini) skirt instead of the traditional style

garter belt

For $10.00, that’ll work.

The gorgeous-things-I-can’t-afford file for tonight…this “black apartment” – totally not my home style (as much as I love black for clothing, I don’t want to live in a super-black environment) but it’s really fabulous

black apartment library
black apartment shoe wall

More photos of it here.

Things-I-can-afford, these harness boots from Target that are leather and on sale for $39.99 this week

target harness boots

They look good in person, too, I saw them yesterday. I can’t decide if I need them or not, as I have a very similar pair of boots without the strap/buckle thing.

DIY ideas…

studded skirt
pic from freez

And look at this awesome DIY, from a belt to bondage anklets.

Before
belt to anklet before

After
belt to anklet after
via clutch22

I die.

That’s it for tonight. Thanks for reading.

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when the days get shorter and the nights get long

September 24, 2009 at 12:39 am (Uncategorized) (, , , , , )

Today’s outfit…pretty simple

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Norma Kamali for Walmart cargos, Old Navy blouse, Forever 21 jacket, Old Navy ballet flats.

Onto gorgeous-things-I-can’t-afford – Patrik Rzepski has put out an amazing collection for Spring/Summer 2010. He’s 20 years old! I just LOVE these looks…

rzepski chain vest
rzepski dress stockings
rzepski satin trousers

Other things – this image seems to be on every fashion blog today and I can see why…she just looks so damn good and I wish I was ballsy enough to wear a huge white t-shirt with leggings

teeshirt as dress garance dore
I lifted it from Garance Dore

In things-I-can-afford, I had completely forgotten about thefifteendollarstore.com until today – I think I’m going to get these

15$ cross sneakers

Cat is doing well, weather has turned into what we call “fall” in the desert which = not disgustingly hot anymore. These are good things.

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and then one day you find ten years have got behind you

September 21, 2009 at 11:23 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , )

Brief absence from blogging, sorry. Been busy and agonizing over my adorable aging cat. She’s actually unbelievably strong in spirit – every time I think she’s starting to show signs of wanting to let go, she rebounds. I know the end is probably near, but for today she’s happy and comfortable.

Even though it’s still hot here, I decided to just pretend that it was fall today. Wore my new Urban Outfitters plaid tunic with old Shape fx leggings and old Payless boots…the tunic is super soft and comfy.

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I was wearing a necklace that I sort of “made” a few months ago…years ago someone gave me this cute little flowery heart pendant that you’re supposed to put a photo in, like of your wedding or baby or whatever. Well, I don’t have wedding or baby or whatever, so I thought it would be funny to put something unexpected. I love skulls, and I love silhouettes, so I found some images online and printed them and here is the result. Oh, it’s double-sided. Today I wore this side out…

framed skull pendant black

Here’s the reverse side…

framed skull pendant 2

Foodwise (yes, this did start as a food blog!) I have been severely slacking on cooking lately. I’m actually on a total sandwich kick, due mostly to the fact that FINALLY, after seeing these on other food blogs for months, my city has decided to get sandwich thins in all the supermarkets! They’re SO good. I like sandwiches but never liked too much bread – sandwich thins are just perfect, you get whole grains and enough bread to be yummy but really the flavors of the contents are the focus. I tried Oroweat first and they were good, but actually the EarthGrains version is much, much better. So I’ve been basically living in the past week on turkey sandwiches and fried egg sandwiches….yum. But I need to cook something, soon.

I have a few pictures for DIY ideas…

chain shoulder dress velvet snow
via Velvet Snow

I need to get some cone studs for these looks…those jeans
cone stud distressed skinnies

…that bag
cone stud purse jak and jill

I have the spikes for this look but am not sure I’m ballsy enough to pull it off

spikey jak and jil
Last three images via jak & jil

I know that everyone and their mother is blogging about the Christopher Kane for Topshop line (inexplicably, I am getting an error message when I try to access Topshop’s site right now so I can’t link) but these leggings are pretty much a WIN when it comes to DIY

studded leggings christopher kane topshop

And in the things-I-can-afford file, I love these ballet flats from Payless

payless buckle flats

Thank you for reading.

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