Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Finally, Finally, Finally! I get to FINALLY cross off number two from my * Goal List *.

2. Get daycare taken care of and get a job

In a whirlwind yesterday I managed to get daycare picked and registered for the kids in order for my first day at Bridal Warehouse this morning. =) I'll be honest, I was totally scared about putting my babies in daycare and even broke down crying about it last night because you just never know if you've chosen the right one or not. It's just a leap of faith and a chance you have to take though. The kids really seemed to have enjoyed themselves when I picked them up this evening and even said they wanted to stay. I guess I couldnt ask for more than that right now.

As for my day, I was really anxious and excited to get in there and get started. Anyone who knows even the littlest bit about me know that a bridal shop is PERFECT for me. It'll be a while before I'm on my own on the floor, but I got to shadow a couple of the ladies today and still help clients pick and try on dresses. It will also give me a little practice in learning to do some altering on the dresses or tuxes...helping with number 12 on my list a bit.

There's a few more things I'd like to have work out- some small things, some pretty dear to me- but I'm hoping things continue to pan out and fall into place.


Thursday, June 14, 2012

My DIY Bird Cage Fascinator

Having an affinity for almost anything vintage, head ware is something that went by the way side long ago. You look back at the women of the past and it was their hats, their fascinators that made their outfits complete and polished...and lets say it...totally fabulous! These days, yes they're making a little bit of a come back but lets be honest; it really depends on where you live and who you are. Where I live, its definitely not something you see people wearing and you'd most likely get hit with good shock or bad shock. I know you aren't supposed to care what others think of you, but come on. Who wants to be the "town freak", especially when it causes people to accuse you of trying too hard and being pretentious. (Yes, you did detect a hint of bitterness there.) But anyway! Moving on!

I decided I just had to make a little bird cage fascinator for myself. I saw other feathers when I made my * DIY Feather Headband * and then at the fabric store I saw they actually had the bird cage material. The two totally clicked and I just had to put them together. I was so anxious to see how it even would turn out I didn't even do step by step pictures. You will follow the same instructions as on the feather headband except you will want to replace the elastic head band with an alligator clip. It'll take a little while to get the bird cage adjusted exactly how you want it so be patient, play around with it. =)

Once you have your bird cage set, carefully apply hot glue to the felt attached the the feathers. While holding it in place, quickly cover the remaining area with hot glue and cover with a second piece of felt. To attach the clip, I applied a slip strip of glue to the back of the clip and pressed it onto the felt. Then with the clip open, I took a small strip of felt and glued it to the inside of the back of the clip and carefully let it dry. 

That's all! Super easy for a simple little bird cage fascinator. Now....I need some place to wear it! I've got a couple little ideas, so keep your fingers crossed that I'll get to do them and I'll post pictures asap if I do!!

Happy Creating!


Monday, June 11, 2012

Simple Yumminess!

Corned Beef can be an easy and simple dinner option, so definitely don't forget about it! I made some just the other day, and I was looking forward to what I was going to do with the left overs even before it was done cooking in the crock pot.

 A super simple sandwich of strips of Corned Beef, slices of provolone cheese, a little Lawry's Garlic Salt and a good hoagie bun. Toss it all under a broiler for just three or four minutes. To keep your top bun from getting a little well done like mine did that time, try leaving it out for a minute or two while the beef warms and the cheese melts and browns slightly then toss it in. And if it still ends up toasting more than you like, it's easy to take a butter knife and gently scrape off the darker areas.

Super duper easy! AND if you have gluten free bread or hot dog buns, this can work for you! Just keep in mind that when buying prepackaged Corned Beef from the grocery store that has the spice packet included, the cut of the meat will determine your cost. (Aside from the weight.) There is flat cut and point cut. Point cut is often cheaper. When you put it in your crock pot, put it fat side up so the fat will melt and trickle down and flavor the meat. Then all you do is cover it water and add the spice packet and turn on the pot! The cooking instructions on the package I got said 2-3 hours cook time...I prefer mine much longer, easily pulling apart in the pot. A good six hours or even overnight. Leftovers are easily stored in the fridge. =)

Happy Eatin'!


Friday, June 8, 2012

Style is this Morning's Coffee

Since a certain someone sent me sweet texts to wake up to...and for a rare occasion they woke me up...I am up for the day a few hours earlier. BUT this gives me a chance before the kids get up to write a post I've been thinkin' about the last day or two. =)

I thought I'd share some of my favorite sites; mostly adorable clothes, but there's some others in there too. Some I've shopped often, and some totally brand new to me!

* Modcloth *
Anyone who has read my blog knows I have a little love affair with Modcloth. I love their selection of clothes (of course) and their shoes range from super classic to almost Lady Gaga wild. There's a hundred dresses I could write about, but it's * this little dude * that has gone in and out of stock and slipped through my fingers twice!


Anyone who is into the pin up type style knows her some Bettie Page. 40's hair and wiggle skirts, a nod to when a woman was practically the "ultimate" woman? What's not to love?! You get to sorta get into a fantasy, play dress up. Mixing and matching your modern style with these retro classics are super easy and very in. (Thank you Mad Men!!) And I just have to say.... how cute is * THIS * ??    

If there was even a place I could wear that, I so would! But oh my goodness would my girls look too cute in the mini version!

I believe I found Unique-Vintage before I found Modcloth a few years back. They have a wide variety of vintage style clothes and accessories but they also have special occasion dresses such as for prom or pageants.

           * These * Black crochet shorts are an adorable alternative to a bathing suit cover up!  
Yes, it's a furniture and home decor store, but it is one of my favorite stores ever! I've even crossed Kyle over into a Z Gallerie lover as well =) I have never sat on a chair or couch in there that I didn't totally melt into and want to take a nap. Their decor...chic and yet I can still find a lot of it to be adorable, if that even makes any sense. There's a slight humor to some of their product.

We have discussed * this * rhino head a zillion times and I think we're pretty determined to have it in our home!

This site to me comes across as a go between or middle of the road of Modcloth versus Bettie Page. You get subtle hints of both while instilling its own quiet, modest appeal. I definitely cant wait to get something from here! =)
Shop Refined Retro

 (Most of the sites now have the zoom already on the product picture, so I had to steal their banner to show the dress I dig =/ oops!) * Here * is the dress itself. I have a dress with a similar textured pattern which is probably why I'm so drawn to this one.
I found this vintage and contemporary jewelry shop a year ago and about went nuts. I have pretty much never seen such one of a kind pieces, both new and old. The vintage pieces almost look contemporary and are just so stunning. I only wish they weren't so pricey! But they are high quality pieces and could make any plain T-shirt look fab.
                                             VINTAGE CRYSTAL & BALL CLASP NECKLACE

* This * piece is super simple, I know, but it's one of the ones I've coveted since I found it. I enjoy the outlandish, big pieces, but I am always much more likely to go with something clean and simple.
Ok, I totally admit it. I have spent HOURS on this site attempting to pick out my perfect fantasy engagement ring! Kyle has had his fair share of "Oh honey, look at this one, isn't it amazing?!" =) I just look at the rings on here and think how they just don't make things how they used to. The beautiful craftsmanship and attention to detail with things like filigree...yeah. Amazing. (Luckily its making a come back!)

* This * is just an example of some of the beautiful antique jewelry Fay Cullen has to offer.
Going along with the theme of engagement, Ruffled blog is a beautiful wedding blog. You get to see photos from weddings to draw inspiration from, as well as check out DIY tutorials for things to do for or at your wedding. There isn't much you can't find on this site! There's a link to help you find vendors, they offer their own shop now, and even give you the option to "recycle" your wedding. I mean, what ARE you going to do with all those wedding specific decorations?? Send them off to another will-be-bride and help her out on her big day.

               * Here *  is just a quick example of the pictures and ideas you can look through!
Electric Frenchie has a more boho feel to their clothes and accessories. I am new to this site as well, but there are quite a few things that look very promising. =)

(Yup...my being technologically challenged has struck again and I couldn't get a picture of the dress to post. I'll figure it out, promise!)

* This * dress really caught my eye. I don't exactly have anywhere to wear a cocktail dress, but the beading is so pretty and clever giving the illusion of a drop waist.

* Spool No. 72 *
When the page first loaded to 72, I instantly knew I'd love it. I think it's the simplicity of their look, even just slightly rustic maybe? i genuinely cant wait to order something from this site!

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Yet again, I pick something simple, but * this * dress made me think, "oh my gah! I MUST wear this on 4th of July!" I simply must.

* Shabby Apple *
This site is a bit more well known, especially having been featured in magazines and the like. What draws me in the most is their photography. I could scan through and just enjoy the pictures themselves...and totally forget that I'm supposed to be looking at the dress or the shoes. But it doesn't distract from the product either. The tipping point is that they offer maternity and kids clothes. Pretty much every momma wants her kids to look presh and every pregnant woman out there still wants to feel and look great.
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It is totally in part to the platinum blonde and the beehive...but I'm very drawn to the * Twin Palms * Collection.

I hope you enjoy these shops as much as I do!!


Thursday, June 7, 2012

Dizzy Relief

I hope it isn't thought to be tacky...but the most emotionally daunting of my *Goal List* is finally crossed off. There doesn't have to be much else said about it:

8. Finalize divorce

I feel like that dark cloud is no longer hovering over me. =)

On a totally different note, I received my first bikini bottom (since I was in high school) today, and I am actually pleased with how I look in it! A pool is soon to be in my future! I am going to be much more comfortable and confident in *this* than a regular bottom, especially after having children. I love having that retro feel and look while still having some modesty =)

Still hoping for ONE more bit of good news today..so keep your fingers crossed that I get to cross one more thing off my list!