Saturday, April 30, 2011

Today's Special: Belted Floral Dress + Teal Cardigan

I look out the window and it looks Springy but as soon as I step outside I am met with a gush of icy cold wind. Brrrrrrr! I reeeeeeeally don't wanna have to change out of my soft and billowy dress. I love how I feel in this super feminine floral number and the way it moves with me. Dammnit, I'm going keep this dress on and find a way to make it work! I decide to add a pop of color in the form of one teal cardigan and - Huzzah! - all better. Now off to walk and sway and twirl and swirl and enjoy the world!






Flower, Mother Nature
Dress, Vintage
Cardigan, H&M
Belt, Vintage (from my Grandma's collection)
Shoes, Sway (clothing boutique in Alameda, Berkeley and Concord, CA)

A special thanks to Mikie Lee Prasad for taking pictures.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Mutha F*ckin Sparkle Party. (part 1)

Last night I got glittered out for the insanely kick ass  Mutha F*ckin Sparkle Party and it was awesome! It was just what I needed - glitter, insanity, solid beats, good company and a dance floor. I decided to create my own blinged out attire. Got myself some white hot pants with rainbow colored pinstripes, a white tube top, nude fishnets, white leg warmers and just glitterfied the hell out of all those pieces of clothing. FUN!!!

A little noise to get you in the mood: German Sparkle Party (on repeat!)



Fairy dusticles!


Before.



Sparklified!

Um, excuse me but your booty is glittery.

Glitterfied chesticles.

The whole shebang.

With Amanda, at the Mutha F*ckin Sparkle Party!

Waiting on more blinged out pictures from my good friend, Erica Bowman. 

In the meantime... here are some party shots from official photographer, Luiza Leite.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Today's Special: Coral Dress + Brown Wedges

Spring is in the air...finally! Although I've said this on and off the past few weeks, I really feel like it's here to stay this time (at least I hope it does). You know what that means, right? It's time to  rock bright colors! 

So here's the deal, Coral lipstick is hot right now, but I don't have the balls or desire to do that to my face. Instead, I use the color itself as inspiration for my outfit today. How's about a bold coral colored dress with 3-inch brown wedges? Yes, please!





Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship?

About to check out Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship? Would post my outfit, but it's a mash up of two outfits I've already worn this week. Ha! Maybe if I've had a few to drink tonight I will when I come home (odds of happening: high). 


UPDATE:
Not a high quality shot, but it certainly captures the mood of one pooped out lady at the end of the night.




Vanity Sizing

Came across this article today that was published in the New York times this past Sunday: 



The hubby,and I have debated about women's sizing versus men's sizing. He doesn't get why women's clothing isn't clearly labeled like guy's clothing. Um, babes, it's because women are insanely complicated creatures. In all honesty, I do wish they would label women's clothing using inches. But even if they did, would they eventually end up ballooning those sizes as well? All for the sake of our egos? 


Sometimes I wonder what it would've been like to have been part of the decades before my time. You know, when ready to wear clothing wasn't at an all time high. When what size you wore wasn't an issue. When Marilyn Monroe, a sexy size 14, was (although technically she still is) the ultimate sex symbol. When people still sewed and altered their own clothing to suit their needs. When everything was tailored to fit your body, not the other way around. 


Perhaps one day, this fantastical body scanning, size assessing machine will magically appear in the Bay Area to help me figure out which store is best at stroking my ego. Or may be this is the sign I've been waiting for to break out the sewing machine that my mom bought me five years ago that has yet to be opened. But for now, I suppose I can pretend that part of the fun of shopping is trying on a multitude of clothes to find The One that fits (because we all know women love hunting for The One). 


From the New Yorker

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mommy Brain


Backup Computer + Clean Toilet =


Today's Special: Pale Pink Mesh Top + Lace Blazer + Dark Jeans

If you ever find me in jeans it's because:


1) I just rolled out of bed 
2) I don't feel like concocting some adventurous outfit 
3) it's cold 
4) legs are cactus like
4) I'm late 
5) all of the above

That being said, I still do love me some jean wearin' time. Today's denim outfit is brought to you by category number five - oh yeah!



Gettin jiggy with it.
Pardon me for the uber cool '99 phrase. It's retro, right?


Phew, mid-air and tatas are in place.
Time is still on my side...for now.


Shoulder lovin.


Yellow Headband, borrowed from my daughter, Daisy
Pale Pink Mesh Top, Vintage
Lace Blazer, Modcloth
Jeans, Gap
Brown Work Boots, some store in NYC (my memory is fleeting - sorry!)

A special thanks to Mikie Lee Prasad for taking pictures.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Me Love Long Ones.

I'm obsessed with long dresses. Body Hugging. Flowy. Crocheted. Knitted. Cotton. Printed. Plain. Colorful. Monotone. Floral. Me Love Long Ones. 


Over at this corner, coming in at 5'9, weighing (none of your goddamn business) is the amazonian woman, MsLadyCakes! 


At my height, the one thing I am picky about (with every right to be!) is the length of the maxi dresses. I require the bottom of the dress, at the very least, to hit below my ankles. If it's longer than that - well, shoot, even better! I'm all for (literally) trippin over the excessively long.

Lucky me, I just got these two sexy dresses from Modcloth Maxi Heaven.






Have you ever seen a sexier covered up back? I think not. On top of that, the neckline is super flattering - and if you're daring enough, it has enough support to give the ladies some freedom to dance. Southampton, here I come!








Can I just say I feel like one hot mama in this?! I put this dress on, sans the cropped floral lace overlay, and was transformed into a young lady, as my mother would say. Wait a second, can I still say that?! I'm married and have a beautiful sweet baby girl, so hmmm... appropriate term may be old lady? Nevertheless, as Shania Twain best puts it, 'I feel like a woman!' in this gorgeous insanely long gown. If I had it my way, I'd never ever take it off. Ever. Throw in the lace top, and it gives the dress a little more of a modest vintage feel. Either way, I've got two awesome outfits in one. 


Now only if the Bay Area weather would cooperate I'd be in business, struttin' around in my two new fave beauties.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Tonight's Special: Purple Flannel + Gray Shorts + Purple Boots

Checkin' out some local flavor tonight at Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, CA. Apparently my hubby and his bro are a teeny tiny bit jealous that I get to go see Two Gallants this fine eve, and they don't. Ha. Sorry boys, but one of my besties, Brigid, got me my ticket to the sold out show. A big thank you to the OG firecrotch.

Part rockstar, part groupie, Two Gallants and away I go...







Update: Great intense show! It was like watching Doogie Howser M.D. and Animal from the Muppets get together and make some beautiful music. Thank you two Gallants. 
Opening band, Pancho San was alright in that indie movie cool type of way. But it was the second opening band Kacey Johansing, that had me mesmerized. As my friend so succintly put it, I was musically stoned.

A special thanks to Mikie Lee Prasad for taking pictures.

Thank You, Come Again Cookies.

As a thank you present to our dinner guests, I put together homemade chocolate chip oatmeal cookies in jars to seal the deal of bestest hostest in the whole widest worldest award. Not only do these cookies guarantee repeat dinner guests, people will be begging for an invitation to the next soiree. Well lucky you, I'm in a sharing mood today so I present to you the too good to be true recipe. Boo ya!


Yields 3 1/2 dozen cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter, brown sugar, and white sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs one at a time, then stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt; stir into the creamed mixture until just blended. Mix in the quick oats and chocolate chips. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake for 12 minutes in the preheated oven. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.





Gather ingredients.



Put it all together and whaddya got?



The best mutha bakin' cookies.



Reduce, reuse, recyle: cleaned out candle jars. 



Dress 'em up and they're good to go.


Thank you,
Come Again.




Saturday, April 23, 2011

Today's Special: Flowy Cream Top + Royal Blue Makeshift Maxi Skirt

Royal blue strapless smocked maxi dress you are in dire need of change. *POOF* You are now an awesome maxi skirt! 
Turquoise necklace meet flower power necklace. Wha?! Love at first site? Wha?! You're off to elope?! Wowzas!
Husband, I know it's hard, but you must learn to restrain yourself from the booty. 

Clearly I harness all sorts of magical powers.



Um...booty shot.
Whoa! Why ya gotta take booty pictures, Mikie?!
Ahhh... that's much better. At least I look somewhat graceful and composed. :)
Legal marriage of two necklaces.


Cream Top, H&M
Royal Blue Maxi 'Skirt', Vintage (aka unknown but has been in my closet forever)


Necklaces
Top Strands, by Erica Bowman.
Bottom Half, custom ordered through Zafirenia


A special thanks to Mikie Lee Prasad for taking pictures. You're the best! :)

Friday, April 22, 2011

The Housewife Apron.

Recently, my friend Bernadette (thank you so much Berna!) invited me to join her Etsy Circle of Friends. Amongst her faves she listed Boojiboo, a store featuring vintage inspired aprons. I've been looking for a couple years now and thank goodness, this is clearly THE store to go to. I swear every single apron is cuteness to the max! You really can't go wrong with any one of them. 

As a fun little game, I decided to ask my amazing musician husband, Mikie Lee Prasad, to pick out an apron he'd think I'd like and buy it for me as a surprise. Okay, so maybe it isn't that much of a surprise when I ask him for a surprise, but hey, at least the print / style he choose wowed me! ;) 

This past week the package arrived at our home before he was back from work and YAY! I loved what he picked out. A black and white polka dot delight with pink trimmings. 

From the patterns of cloth, to the cut and finish, I feel like an half Asian Betty Draper whenever I put this over any outfit. Some of you girls will probably hate me for saying this, but I don't care - these adorable aprons make me wanna cook, clean and look hot for said hubby. Bring on the dishes! Bring on the laundry! Bring on the dirty toilets! Okay so maaaaaaaybeeee I'm exaggerating for effect. Obviously that was said in state of overjoyed excitement. How's about bring on the dinner party? Ah, yes, that's much better. That's what I really meant to say. ;)



Black & White Polka Dots with Pink Trim Apron, Boojiboo 


Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies - oh yeah!

Cookin' up some stanky goodness!





Thursday, April 21, 2011

Today's Special: Striped Top + Pleated Gray Skirt

For the most part, I tend to go matchy matchy with my outfits. If I'm rockin blue and / or gray - I generally stick to black shoes and silver jewelry. Booooorrrrriiiiinnnngg - I know, I know. So this time I thought to myself, what can I do to funk up my look a little. Something out of my typical color palette ... AHA! Let's do the opposite - brown wedges and a large gold chunky chain. Wait a second - let's add one more pop of color - a multi-strand piece of jewelry featuring a metallic teal-ish flower. For my hair, I decided to leave it as is when I first tied it back to wash my hair this morning (Lazy? Yes. Cute? Yes! Clearly a winning combo in my book). And last but not least, a little pink glitter liner just because I can. 



Lemonhead anyone?



Lights, camera, necklaces!


Lemonhead face still going strong...


Whiz zee jacket.


Making zee love to zee camera!


Flower, Mother Nature
Striped Top, H&M
Gray Pleated Skirt, Modcloth
Jacket, Levi's
Brown Wedges, Sway (stores in Alameda, Berkeley and Concord, California)
Chunky Gold Necklace, from my grandma's collection
Multi-Strand Necklace, custom ordered from Zafirenia


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

French Braided Hair Wreath.

Now that my hair is nice and long I've been having a lot of fun with different styles. If you're hair is styled in any way at all, it often seems like you've put thought in taking care of your appearance. Five minutes tops is all you need for this French braided hair wreath. The quick and easy 'do is ideal for lazy girls like me!


Start with a side french braid...


...continuing the braid around your head...


and finish off by securing the ends with bobby pins.

Don't worry about wispy pieces hanging out - imperfections add character. At least that's what my dad always says, and gosh darn it, I believe him! ;)

No matter what you wear, this 'do will dress up your whole look!


PS - Looky what I found yesterday:



Two gals at a Parisian Fashion Show, as captured by Vanessa Jackman
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