I have discovered a problem I didn’t know I had. Going on vacation makes me want to shop more. I have visions of great outfits, amazing jewelry, and the bags…oh the bags. It can probably be blamed on the fact that I have started to think of life in photographic snapshots so the vision of a flowy skirt blowing in the breeze while on a cliff overlooking the sea while wearing super cool jewelry and holding an awesome bag, I mean that can totally happen, right? With Turkey quickly approaching, I thought I would share what has tempted me most recently, i.e. my vacation wish list. However, I will say that what is actually going into my bag will be a lot what I currently own and love quite a bit. From my amazing lightweight colorblock scarf from scarf shop, perfect for darting in and out of locations that require head-coverings, a few pairs of well loved (and broken in) sandals care of Aldo, Rainbow & Madewell, a plethora of skirts below my knee, and of course my camera and a lot of camera cards to go with it.
Do you know 31 Bits?
I always love finding out about new shops, etsy vendors, and pretty much any place I can encourage people to spend their money. I especially love shops that give back in some shape or form. So meet 31 Bits (per their website).
Kallie Dovel, traveled to Uganda in the summer of 2007, getting a first- hand look at life in Northern Uganda. While she was there, she met women making paper beads but who lacked a plan to market and sell them. After spending time in their homes and hearing their stories, Kallie knew there had to be a way to give opportunities to her new friends. She brought a box of jewelry back to the U.S., and spent the next year finishing her degree and dreaming up the concept of a development organization. She brought a few friends on board and her ideas quickly evolved into 31 Bits. The girls traveled back to Uganda in August 2008, and selected six women to begin buying jewelry from on a monthly basis. Since then, we have grown to 99 women; each with a unique story of suffering that has been overcome with joy and liberation.
Pretty jewelry, unique, good cause. I don’t think it gets much better than that.
Find 31 Bits online at 31bits.com
Not everyone wants the standard in the way of wedding rings. So when I saw these posts on Style Me Pretty and Grey Likes Weddings, it got me to thinking…how can people change their ring style to fit their personality?
What is your dream ring? Diamond? No Diamond? Solitaire, multiple stones or band?
When I see little girls running around I often find myself jealous of a number of things, the singing, the dancing, and mostly the princess/ballerina skirts. Twelve years of classical ballet training and my love of tulle skirts is still living within me. So when I found Ouma by Monique Martinez-Sandoval I may have squealed in delight. I also contemplated where I can wear one to.
I think I need a summer wedding to attend, yep, I think that could do it…or just move to a trendier city that wouldn’t judge the adult in tulle.
Find Ouma online at: www.etsy.com/shop/ouma
Apparently I took 10 days off from the creative world. I am not sure how it happened, I can’t promise that it won’t happen again, but I can say I will try very hard to make sure it doesn’t. I mean, what is life without a daily creative inspiration.
Currently, I am on a mission to make my wardrobe a little more hip and a little less cardigan-filled. (You know there is a problem when your closet has more cardigans than shirts. I’m a little ashamed). I am attending the LA Feet First Session and I’m a little concerned that my clothing choices aren’t going to mesh with the ultra awesome group of people who will be there.
But I’ve realized that I am lacking knowledge of where to look. And when I say I’m looking for something a little more trendy, I mean up-to-date, modern and amazing like the photo above. Not skinny jeans, I can’t rock those. I have started on browsing Piperlime and Modcloth for options, but does anyone have any good recommendations?
I love great etsy finds. I especially love the effort it takes me to not buy everything that I discover (I would be a poor broke girl if I did that). Currently, it is taking all of my willpower to not order the California Pendant necklace from Brooke Arin. Translation: “I am trying to decide when I can buy the awesome California Pendant, ooooo, look, rings.” Yes, I may have a tiny problem, but in keeping with the blog theme…they could make great bridesmaid gifts.
Do you have any great Etsy finds that you are just dying to share? Just leave a comment below.
Today I decided to buy a purse. A lovely, lovely clutch.
A wonderful, navy Lauren Merkin clutch. It’s beautiful, and it’s super on sale. Which is to say, it doesn’t violate my no buying expensive purses rule. Plus, it’s a wonderful start to my thanksgiving break.
Marvel at it’s brilliance. Cause it’s going to look great in my hand. :)
Let me take a brief moment and describe the hotness that is me at the immediate moment.
Dance tonight: black leggings to the knee, lavender shorts (that may be kinda short), a black tank top, a navy blue college sweatshirt, and a pair of brown birkenstocks.
Like the hotness was overwhelming, so overwhelming that is may transform me into someone people want to date. Okay, I take that back, I’m not looking for a miracle in my hot new outfit.
So I love random quizzes, and with that said everyone and their best-friend and their best-friend’s mom have been doing the quizzes on facebook (quizzes and the 5 things posts). It’s clogging up my newsfeed, I mean, I’m sorry to say, I can care less about the how white your are, what 5 types or dogs you wished you owned, or what state your personality says you should live in. Really, I think your current location is all I need.
However, I caved today (but not on facebook, so ha). In an effort to have a mindless at work moment I took the quiz on which fashion designer are you/reflects you. And world, I have two words for you:
Apparently I’m very sophisticated and sexy. This is about the high point of my day. I mean, for an all-round designer…Dior was totally the best on the list (even above Chanel, gasp). I mean it could only get better if he was paired with Christian Louboutin. To bad I can’t afford it, but a girl can dream. Oh yes she can.
First off, with no relevance to the rest of this post: BTWITIAILWY is the best 11 letter acronym. A friend had it up in a facebook message and I sat on my couch yesterday trying to figure it out. Thanks to google and in case you were wondering it means “By The Way I Think I Am In Love With You.” I love text massage acronyms.
Yay 11 letter acronyms…especially ones that only three people figured out (and two out of the three also figured out why I love it, sometimes the obvious answer is in fact the right answer).
But on to the real subject at hand…fashion in the government.
I have worked in what is referred to by many as “Hollywood for Ugly People,” and while I often agree there has been an increased level of attractiveness into the Nation’s Capital as of late. So when Elle Magazine did a spread on female White House staffers dress, I was psyched. In the post, titled Capital Cool, seven member of the new administration are given a new workplace fashion.
First awesome thing…no nylons/pantyhose.
First annoying bit. I worked in an Executive government office as an intern. It was an all female staff. No one wore hose, I really do mean no one. It was awesome. So it’s not a new thing for women to rebel against hose, and are we shocked I mean they are only the most uncomfortable things ever. But needless to say, I will say that I am thrilled that people are doing their best to overcome the nylon industry.
And yes, I agree with a lot of the commenters, a lot of the suggest items just wouldn’t fly in the political scene. I mean an evening dress for day wear…not okay, and jeans in the White House, also really not cool. But the number of people complaining about heels, I mean seriously heels are an active choice. And while sometimes I wear three inch heels for attention, but normally it’s to elevate myself from 5’4′ to a height that maybe commands a little more attention and respect. (And for all those who complained about commuting in stillettos there is a simple solution, it’s called commuting shoes…buy a pair).