Posts tagged ‘style’

July 8, 2013

Vote for Handsome Fred

Fred is officially campaigning to change his name from Dickhead Fred to Handsome Fred.  I like his style.

handsome fred

October 22, 2012

Birchbox Love

I am not very good at being a girly girl.  Terrible at it.  Yes, I wear dresses and 4” heels almost daily, but I don’t give a damn about products and potions.  They are so freaking boring and way too labor intensive.  However, I recognize that I am getting older and I should care about what I put on my face.  That is why I signed up for Birchbox.  This girl needs all the samples and tips she can get while making as little effort as possible!

Check out my first box that arrived this afternoon.  What a lovely Monday treat!

Viva la Juicy La Fleur | Juice Couture
A little too sweet for my taste and Fred sneezes as soon as he is within 3 feet of me.  Might be a good dog deterrent or even good in a smelly pinch?  Like if I forget to put on deodorant one day.

Lavender + Clary Sage Hair Powder | Lulu Organics
Haven’t used this yet, but I certainly need it.  Washing your hair M-TH is not a major priority when you work from home.

Pomegranate & Fig Lip Butter | Mox Botanicals
Wearing it now and I just made sure it was husband approved.  No stickiness or shiny residue left on my man.

Mary-Lou Manizer | theBalm cosmetics
Haven’t tried this yet, but it happens to be the perfect color for me.  That must be why Birchbox made me fill out that survey.  I will need some serious application practice and youtube consultation.

Hair Tie | twistband
Love!  I have been wanting one, but I have been too lazy to search for it.

Last but not least is the plastic bag in the photo.  I was a little confused when I first saw it; it is much too fancy for leftovers.  Then I read the card and realized it is for all my beauty products.  Of course it is!  It is way more sophisticated than the ratty Ziploc bags I use.  Someone is movin on up in the product world…one Birchbox sample at a time.

April 2, 2012

Renovation Update: Living Room Pics!

It has been awhile since I have mentioned our renovation.  That must mean we are all done, right?  I wish!  We are still very far from the end, but I have accepted that.  I even chuckled at myself when I read some of my renovation posts from last year.  I was so naive with such big dreams…

At least one room is done-ish and ready to show.  Ignore the paint trim lines where the wall meets the ceiling.  We still haven’t put up the crown.  The husband has convinced me that he can’t possibly do that until the garage is done.  We still need to finish the punch list too.  It never ends, but I love it.

If you need a good laugh, you too can have one while you read my old posts.  Or just take a peek at the photos of our living room.  You will see a few of my favorite things including the husband’s wheelbarrow chair he made and the original wood door.

Renovation and Cohabitation
Missing: Easy Button
Moving Day Panic


March 2, 2012

Gold Sunnies

I looked in the mirror this morning and thought “Damn, girl.  You have pulled together an adorable ensemble.”  I started mentally writing a blog post about all the pieces and how my $12 gold sunnies truly made the outfit.  I was so engrossed in my thoughts that I walked out the front door and didn’t shut it behind me.  Our shepherd puppy, Fred, sensed my lack of awareness and took the opportunity to bolt.

I snapped to reality and flew down the front steps behind him.  I even dropped a perfectly worn brown leather heel in my Cinderella moment.   Dickhead Fred dodged and weaved in his game of “chase.”  I sweated like a pig in my cozy velvet blazer.  I finally won when I tackled him as he was jumping off a retaining wall.  I then slowly picked myself and my 75 lb. puppy up off the ground.  At that moment, there was a group of teens walking to school and trying not to stare in our direction.  Pretty hard to do since I am pretty sure my now very dirty white sheath dress was almost around my waist.  I was a disheveled mess, and Fred was panting in delight.

At least I still have the best part of the outfit intact, my gold sunnies.

January 26, 2012

Ombre is Ugly

Ombre is Ugly

Ombre is ugly.  There.  I said it.  Hair, dresses, wall color (yes, I saw it on pinterest), it is all bad.  If I want trashy looking roots, I will just save money and skip my quarterly appointment at the salon.  Don’t pay for that when neglect gets you the same result.  Okay, okay.  I am being a little harsh.  I have seen variations of it that look decent and more like subtle highlights, but that is few and far between.

That is all.

November 17, 2011

The Perfect Pump

I have discovered the most illusive accessory every well-dressed woman is looking for.  The perfect nude pump at under $100.  Perfect 4” heel,  perfect 1” platform, perfect square toe that is not too square, perfect shade.  It is like finding the Mr Right of the shoe world.  Sure it is a piece of cake if you have $600 to drop on a pair of Brian Atwood beauties.  Well now I can have my cake and eat it too.  In fact, I am having two pieces of cake because I bought two pairs of the same shoe.  They are that tasty.  I also don’t want to be on a desperate hunt for nude pumps again when my pair starts to show a little wear.

They are my go to shoe for everything.  Literally everything.  Keep in mind that I wear heels like most people wear sneakers.  Paired with a chic sheath on Tuesday and then jeans and a fedora on Thursday.  They even made an appearance at the driving range on Friday when I forgot my golf shoes.  Like I said, they are perfect.

August 12, 2011

How to Make a Beer Shirt Office Appropriate

We all do it.  Occasionally we toe the line of office appropriate apparel.  I just do it more than most.  I am a rebel that way.  The man can’t keep me down!  I have a few beer shirts I have been trying to circulate into my business casual wardrobe, which I have now renamed eclectic business casual.  I created a few tips so you too can wear your favorite questionable T more often.

  1. It is best to test the waters on casual Friday.  Pair the T with jeans.  Make sure the jeans are in good condition so as to not create unnecessary attention to everything else you are wearing.
  2. Select a beer T that has a graphic print rather than a blatant logo. Unless your coworkers are as cool as you, they won’t know that your chest is emblazoned with Stone gargoyle.
  3. Now add a pair of heels.  You are not going to a BBQ, so flip flops are unacceptable.
  4. Accessorize! My preferred statement piece is a giant cocktail ring.  Pick your poison.
  5. Most office spaces are cold.  This is a perfect opportunity to wear a cardigan to dress it up.  You can also button up if the boss makes an expected appearance.
  6. Lastly, by all means, make sure it is a good beer!


May 25, 2011

Orange Aviators

I was on a hunt for sunglasses when the fiancé walked in wearing a pair of orange aviators that looked ridiculous on him and great on me.  I kept my last pair of expensive (meaning not purchased at Target) glasses for over a year.  Then I left them in my car when I traded it in.  My eyes suffered for 3 long months as I scoured ebay and deal sites for the perfect pair by Tom Ford or Kate Spade.  I can’t justify spending over $100 on something I treat like a piece of poo.  I was also craving something trendy and couldn’t swallow the hefty price tag for a fad I will despise in a matter of minutes.  That’s why I promptly made his gas-station purchased, orange aviators mine.  I am now a recovered sunglasses snob and member of the SSA.  I might even run for office next election.

Don’t you think the plastic orange is even hotter when you factor in the $8 receipt?  I also like to think they are character defining.  It is most definitely a statement of confidence.  My pose in the car is also quite the statement.  It reminds me of a myspace profile pic c. 2003.

Deuces and smooches,

April 29, 2011

Confession Friday

It is Confession Friday!  Here it goes.  I had no interest in the royal family until last week.  Then I chose to record the royal wedding on 3 different channels.  The 3rd was an impulse record as I was running out the door this morning.  I can’t believe I almost forgot about E!  I can’t miss anything.  I caught the kiss and a few highlights on the news to satisfy curiosity until I can torture the poor fiancé this evening with non-stop DVR playbacks.  What do I think of the event so far?

  • I think Kate’s dress is a little boring.  She got upstaged by her sister.  Okay, maybe “upstaged” is a little strong, but sis looked amazing in her form fitting, cowl neck gown.  Kate’s constant ear to ear grin made up for it.
  • Dear Victoria Beckham…I don’t love the moo moo.  I get that you are pregnant, but you aren’t going to a funeral.  And show off that bump instead of hiding it.
  • For some reason I feel the need to wear a hat today.
  • Thank GOD there was a second kiss.  The first attempt made a little concerned about the wedding night activities.

I expect that the Browning-Sanford wedding will get the same coverage…no?

March 15, 2011

I bought a MOM car…the shame

I bought a mom car.  No…I am not pregnant and the fiancé and I do not have plans for a child in the near future.  Watch this will be my curse…uh blessing…to get a giant bump before the big day.

One day I shamefully admitted to my friend Duncan that Bridget (my BMW) was gone.  He is a lover of speed and German styling just like me.  When I told him why, his bout of giggles made me realize just how silly the story is.

I traded in my beloved 2 door BMW for an SUV, aka mom car, because my dog couldn’t fit in my car.   Okay there were other reasons too, but this reason makes the best story.  If the fiancé and I took Lucy with us, he had to ride in the backseat.  Lucy is much too large to fit in the back.  Don’t even think about her giant ass squishing through the tiny opening to get to the backseat.  That means the dog got shotgun.  And oh boy wasn’t she proud.  The fiance was a very patient man, but enough was enough.  It was time to get a car our little family could ride in comfortably.  I also needed a car that didn’t cost me $200 for an oil change.  Goodbye BMW and hello Nissan Murano!  I am looking forward to your upcoming $24.99 oil change.

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