December 31, 2011

Bonne Année!!


Hairscarf- Stolen from Delaney
Cardigan- Target
Blouse- Thrifted
Skirt- Vintage, refashioned
Shoes- Target

There is exactly 30 minutes of 2011 left, and I have to say I am glad to see it go! This has been a tough year in many ways, and I think that this ended up seeping into my blog posts. But I am full of excitement and hope for this New Year! Time to clean the slate (and memorize an Opera in 5 days), and just be happy. Expect some changes around here! I'm excited to debute them!



This is my last outfit for 2011, and I quite like it! I thrifted this skirt in Corvallis, and had to take it apart to make it fit me. It was a fun refashion (I have another to show you later in the week), and I am thrilled with the result. The skirt itself is a beautiful thick wool (which I wore despite it being 81 today!) and I am fairly sure it's from Guatemala or Mexico. Mine originally was a bit longer and had a waistband with the same print that is at the hem, similar to this, but it was about three sizes too small so I took it up and made a new waistband. Very happy with it!!



Happy New Year to you and yours!
See you in 2012!

December 28, 2011


As I mentioned yesterday, I simply adored the movie Hugo. Everything about the film was fantastic, but I was particularly drawn to the beautiful colours and shapes of the 1920's costumes. I loved they way that things were mixed and matched and almost looked higglty-pigglty, but still completely worked. The mix of prints and colours were just fabulous! 1920's clothes generally look terrible on me, but I adore them and try to incorporate as much of it as I can into my wardrobe. Lately I've felt rather apathetic about clothing. Actually all year I have, but I think this film really pulled at my heartstrings (not just wardrobe wise!) and I am finally excited about clothing again! That and this certain Christmas gift

December 27, 2011

Crown of Braids

Excuse the messy bathroom! I need to do laundry!
Cardigan- Target
Top- Thrifted
Skirt- Made by me
Flats- Walmart of all places
Earrings and Brooch- Gift from Delaney
Bag- Anthro, gift from my parents.

Last night my family and I went to go see Hugo. They had all seen it before and were keen to see it again, however this was my first time. Good Lord I loved it! So beautiful! The cast was fantastic, the costuming brilliant, and just visually stunning! I absolutely adored it! It has me completely inspired for my winter wardrobe. But that is for another post. This is what I wore to go to the theatre. Simple, but comfy and cute.


I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas! Our day was really very lovely. Different than it was in years past, but very wonderful. My poor camera is out in the shop getting all fixed and shiny thanks to a very generous gift from my parents and should been back in my hands in two to four weeks! Yay! Until then I apologize for crappy phone pictures but I got a new spaceage phone!! I actually really hate cellphones. I have for years been of the phones are for calling in emergencies mindset, but now that I have joined the 21st Century I am quite a fan! I think I downloaded about 800 free music apps yesterday. I also found a pretty neat photo editing tool for free. It doesn't do much, but is still fun to play around with. I am very happy!


It's actually Navy and Tan! I love the keychain detail!


This outfit also features two other gifts. The bag is from my parents from Anthro. It was originally $200. It is all leather and a perfect neutral bag, which I desperately needed. The bag had been marked down to $99 recently and then was marked down to $50. Then when Anthro had their pre Christmas 50% off sale my mom and dad snatched it up for a mere $25! Crazy! And I adore it. I'm also wearing the earrings and brooch set Delaney made. Aren't they neato! She made them with some wire and a little hot glue! super clever and adorable!


I saw this tutorial for a braid crown (something I've been wanting to do for a very long time) and decided to give it a go last night. It came out pretty decent. Not as neat as I'd have liked it, but I will be doing this again for sure. Especially on those days when I haven't washed my hair! I can't believe that I go back in 9 days!! I'm both looking forward to it, and also dreading it. This is going to be a crazy busy term with the Opera (which, um, I haven't even touched...) and everything. But I am excited to see my friends again and to be back in the nice cold weather. Here's hoping the next 9 days don't fly by!

December 24, 2011

Christmas Scenes

Last night Grace and I were cuddled up in bed and she asked me to sing her a song we used to sing to her as a baby. She was a fussy babe and this particular song, which I changed to include her name, always calmed her down and lulled her to sleep. I sang the song and then started telling her about silly things she did as a baby and how basically little miss Gracie made all of us better. She smiled big and fell asleep curled up in my arms.



For the last two days Delaney, who didn't have any money for gifts this year, has been baking and making. She has made cakes, and cookies, and brownies, and other goodies and packaged them up prettily with each of our names on them. She's stressed her self out about getting them all done in time. She's panicked when her cookies were just a little more brown than they should have been. She's slapped the hand of anyone who tried to snack on some cookie dough. She wants everything absolutely perfect for her little gifts.



The other night Bri and Micheal, Chelsea and Delaney, Eric and Fraser, Grace and myself all sat around a table for a "quick game of Uno." Mini tantrums were thrown, hysterical laughter was heard, piles of cards were made for hands too small to hold them all (I may or may not be including myself in that.). Teams were established to gang up on certain people, loyalties were switched. Coffee was consumed, and groans of "when will this game be over!" were heard. And everyone left with a big smile on their face.



On Wednesday I met up with Bri and Micheal, Sarah and her boyfriend Cody, Charissa, Jessica, and Chelsea and we had our annual gift exchange. We ate delicious foods, and talked and talked and talked and talked.... We laughed to the point of tears, and gave gifts filled with love. We welcomed the newest member of our little group and marveled at how perfectly we all fit together. I came home and told my mom and dad about our night and silly things we said and did. My mom said, "you guys are so lucky. Not many people have what you all have, nor for as long as you guys have had it." She was right. Despite differences, distance, and years we've all stuck together and can come back and pick up just where we left off. We are incredibly lucky. 



Inappropriate conversations that make teenage boys blush, late night movie watching, froyo and gift exchanges, laughing 'til you can't breathe, lots of music, pretty lights, whirring of a sewing machine, pretty packages, not so pretty packages you're glad are just wrapped, sick puppy curled by the fire, new evil tortoise plotting in it's tank, 800 trips to Joanns, new pretty jammies. 



I started out this year full of hope for new adventures and awaiting new blessings. But sometimes the blessings that really matter, are the ones you've always had.


 I wish you all the Merriest of Christmases, filled with love and joy and laughter and peppermint or three.

December 20, 2011

Christmastime Is Here

Hello! Forgive my absence! I hope everyone's holiday season has been lovely thus far, mine has been incredibly wonderful. I promise to get my act together and keep up on the posts in the next few weeks, but now I am just enjoying my favourite time of the year.