Saturday, October 30, 2010
So I was asked earlier this month to do an interview with Smashion.com for their Smashion Lounge. Head over to their website to check out my interview: Who is Pixie in Pumps? Smashion is a really cool site where you can sell clothes, shoes, and accessories. It's kinds like of like Etsy for the non-vintage... though you can sell vintage on there. And the Smashion Louge has a blog roll and articles that might be of interest to some of you readers.
So sadly I left my laptop at home and therefore I don't have access to photoshop this weekend so there wont really be another post till Monday. Right now I'm blogging from my parents' computer (hence the crappy quality on the image... I had to use paint.) with a sleepy seventeen month old in my lap.
Happy Halloween everyone! I hope you have a good weekend!
**I wasn't asked to talk about Smashion on my blog by anyone from Smashion, though I was encourage to share my interview.
EDIT: And I took a better screen cap of the interview page to replace the bitmap from paint from this weekend. yeahhhh...
Thursday, October 28, 2010
Happy Tinker Day, my lovely readers! What's Tinker Day you may ask? Only the best Holiday known to woman. Tinker Day is a Hollins tradition. It comes every October as a surprise. The student body is awakened at 6am by the seniors who run down the halls with pots and pans announcing Tinker Day has come! Everyone makes their way to the dining hall for Krispy Kreme doughnuts and at 8am clad in our kookiest costumes everyone gathers on front quad to hear the university president announce officially that it is Tinker Day and all classes are canceled for the day.
(Tinker Day 2007)
(Ashley and me on Tinker Day 2007 and 2006)
Then we hike from the campus to the top of Tinker Mountain were songs are sung on the Senior rock over looking the valley and then we hike a bit further before enjoying fried chicken, tinker cake and skits. It's pretty much the best holiday ever and even as an alumnae I celebrate with doughnuts and a day off if I can mange.
(Singing on Senior Rock - Tinker Day 2006)
It's not just a sissy hike either... let me tell ya. It's a few miles and at one point your nearly rock climbing to the top, but the view is worth it for sure! And of course the fried chicken and cake is a helpful incentive as well. And of course hiking off those 3 doughnuts you ate that morning. I circled the campus in the first picture to give you an idea of how far the hike is...
(The view from the top of the mountain - Tinker Day 2006)
So HAPPY TINKER DAY my lovely readers. Go get yourself a Krispy Kreme doughnut and celebrate with me in spirit!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
This Week's Fascination: Soft Curls
I love when my hair really cooperates and falls down my back in soft curls. And I wish It did so more often. I always have a little envy for the pretty soft curls of actresses and girls who take more time on their hair than I do.
all via weheartit.com
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
So these pictures were taken on one of the playgrounds at my elementary school. We had the BEST playgrounds. All wood and metal slides and tires. Endless imaginary scenarios were created on those playgrounds. Sadly very little of those amazing playgrounds are still standing at the school these days. They've all been replaced with bright tacky imagination-less plastic playgrounds. These few things are about all that are left. I don't know what the thinking was in removing the old stuff as wood and metal and tires certainly last longer than this plastic stuff and are just in general much more fun. I wouldn't want to be a child these days... honestly. (and the last picture is me being a goof. I loved climbing those things when I was little and I was surprised to find I still can... and with tights on no less! I'm pretty proud...)
I really love the way this outfit turned out. I never thought of this dress as a fall transition dress... I'm not sure why because it works so well for fall! The colors are perfect and its really basically a jumper which opens so many doors for putting things underneath it. I love how the black flutter sleeves of the top underneath work with the black waist band of the dress and the black tights. Love love love. I can't wait to see what else I can do with this dress.
And I know I know... I wear these boots and tights an awful lot lately... but sadly these tights are about to bite it. Any tip offs for places to find heart tights... I really need new ones! And what can I say... it's fall, I love boots... and I really love these boots. So you're probably just going to have to bear with me on that one! See it as an experiment in how many different ways I can style them!
Boots: Gianni Bini
Necklace: vintage, 1928 Jewelry, via mom's jewelry box
October, 23, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
So I have to say... this is twice that I have thought I need a shirt like blank and then a week later I get a package in the mail from my friend Jenny with exactly what I've been wanting. So basically I love when you clean out your closet Jenny. And speaking of cleaning out closets... as soon as I get the energy to sort through my closet and actually make the decisions required to let go of the clothes I am not wearing or that don't fit.. I will be doing something with them. I haven't decided yet what that will be, but I'll keep you guys posted in case you can benefit from said closet sorting.
The reason I've put it off for so long is two fold... one: Its going to take some serious decision making and work depending on what i decide to do with the clothes, and two: i have to figure out what to do with them. So we'll see. I've been toying with the idea of opening an etsy shop to sell vintage clothing, but I think you really have to be committed to maintaining an etsy store and not just open one without a plan of maintaining it for some time. And then there's a blog shop, but I dunno about that either... And then of course there's Smashion.com which is also an option. Any opinions or experiences that might help my decision?
Also the whole figuring out shipping part pretty much baffles me. Those of you who have sold online how do you know what to charge for shipping? I've read a lot of stuff from ebay and etsy, but everything seems to point to knowing how much things weigh... hmmm... help?
Shirt: Charlotte Russe, via Jenny
Jeggings: Jessica Simpson
Belt: Ruche, via giveaway
Boots: Gianni Bini
October 22, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
I love with outfits just sort of fall together. I was just trying to get dressed to go to the office for a bit and I haven't worn this dress in awhile plus the fabric is thick so it would work for the cooler temperatures. Then I wanted tights to keep my legs warm and I just adore the color of these Rubine tights from We Love Colors. And I'm on a major boot kick lately so naturally my favorite boots got added which mean that I need a little brown somewhere else to balance them out and this belt was perfect. Then I looked in the mirror and I've got to say... this is one of my favorite outfits in a long time!
The weather cannot figure out what season it is it seems. It's wreaking havoc on my sinuses! I thought this morning that it was going to be cooler, hence the thicker fabric dress and tights... but as it turned out it was pretty much the perfect temperature. So I was ok with the dress and tights, but I didn't have to wear a jacket as I was expecting to. It was a nice day, but my poor sinuses were feeling the inconsistencies in the weather.
Dress: Liz Claiborne
Tights: Welovecolors.com, in Rubine
Boots: Gianni Bini
Ring: Vintage, from Eagle's Wings (Buchanan, VA)
October 19, 2010
Dress || Belt || Boots || Tights
Thursday, October 21, 2010
This past weekend I went to a pumpkin patch with my family. We took my two nieces on a hay ride and then to pick out a pumpkin. The hay ride was ridiculously long, but Caroline seemed to enjoy it. Caitlin slept through everything, but that's pretty much par for the course with a three week old. And we joked about how the pumpkin patch was more like a field of orange M&Ms... because all of the pumpkins were so tiny. I guess that's what you get when you have such a dry summer. It was still a lot of fun.
Oh and my straight hair is so weird to me. And it's weird how it looks SO red when it's straight. I guess the curls sort of mask the intensity of the red in my hair, but then when I straighten it looks incredibly red. I was kind of surprised. Near the end of senior year of college I wore my hair straight a lot and before that I would straighten it so I could curl it with a curling iron. It always took so much time! It really wasn't until recently that I started wearing it in its naturally curly state. Mostly out of laziness at first, but I like it that way now, especially since it's getting so long.
Sweater: Lilly Pulitzer
Tights: Simply Vera, from Khols
Boots: Gianni Bini, from Dillards
Ring: Vintage, from Eagle's Wings (Buchanan, VA)
Sunglasses: Elizabeth Arden, from Lense Crafters
October 16, 2010
*Photos taken by my aunt.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Today, people across the country will wear purple in honor of the LGBTQ boys who committed suicide in recent weeks due to homophobic abuse. RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh, Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase, Asher Brown and Billy Lucas.
I'm rockin' my purple today to show my support for the LQBTQ community.
When I was seventeen I met the girl that changed life as I knew it forever. I doubt that when I first met her I had any inkling of the impact she would have on my life. I wrote in my journal the night after I met her "I never thought I'd be attracted to a girl at all. I never want to admit that. Cause I would never want like a relationship with a girl." Here I am seven years later, and I guess you could say I'm bisexual, though I prefer to say that I love people. I don't want to limit my options for falling in love. And in my eyes love knows no gender.
I felt dirty, ashamed, scared at first, but I was lucky enough to be blessed with friends and family that were supportive and understood. While not everyone took it so well, I didn't actually lose any friends over my sexuality and I was never bullied. I, however, was incredibly lucky. So many people are not blessed with the support system that I had and countless others are bullied ruthlessly. That's why it is so important for allies of the LGBTQ community to show their support in any way they can. As a LGBTQ youth you never know who you can trust, especially when you are grappling with those first feelings and insecurities about who you are.
Wearing purple today my seem like a small show of support, but the truth of the matter is that you can never know who you are affecting through this simple visual queue. A co-worker, a student in your classes, a stranger on the street, may be grappling with their sexuality or identity and may be feeling alone. Identifying yourself as an ally shows them, whether they choose to approach you or not, that you support them and they are not alone.
If you're blogging your purple today and showing your support for the LGBTQ community, feel free to add your link below.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Man so I have been trying to figure out what I've been doing wrong as far as painting my fingernails for awhile. I would always paint them and then by the noon the next day all the paint would have chipped off. I painted them Wednesday night and that's exactly what happened. So then Thursday night I decided to try again. This time I cleaned them with nail polish remover first and then used a different base coat from the last time... painted them as I had before and holy crap two days later and I haven't even chipped a nail. I'm so excited about this! Oh the tiny things in life!
I am also in love with this new ring. I bought it at my favorite antique shop, Eagle's Wings. It was all tarnished when I bought it, but after I cleaned it with my metal polish it SHINES! I love the shape of it and it actually fits my tiny little fingers. haha. I'm serious my fingers are tiny. I actually wear a size 4 on my left hand ring finger and even my thumb is only like a 6 or something. It's really hard to find modern rings that fit me. That's part of why I love searching for antique/vintage jewelry. It seems like people had smaller fingers back then or something. I never fail to find vintage rings that fit me.
Tights: Leg Avenue, Funkypair.com
Necklace: Vintage, from Eagle's Wings (Buchanan, VA)
Rings: Bar Harbor Goldsmith and Vintage, from Eagle's Wings
Nail polish: OPI Ink from OPI
October 15, 2010