This is my kind of party!
I made heart hats for my nieces. This idea was inspired by these adorable heart socks from Erica at Caught on a Whim. Check out her fantastic blog at Caught on a Whim. She’s got so many great things there.
I set out to make the socks but couldn’t find any good socks! So I made hats instead. I bought simple hats, 1 piece of red felt. I already had embroidery thread. I had only planned to sew the hearts on but once I was done, decided to add initials. They were very easy and fun! Thanks for the inspiration Erica.
- A Tale of Two Hats (beautythatmoves.typepad.com)
Check out this cute idea from Erica at Caught on a Whim. Love it!
- Valentines Crafts, Kids Valentines Crafts (potterybarnkids.com)
- Handmade Valentines for Kids (corissanelsonart.com)
- “Be Mine” (and Junk) – XoXo Valentine’s Throw Pillow Tutorial (alittleclaireification.com)
I just found artist Twinkie Chan and she is too cool! She is adorable and colorful and fun. I like how she has taken something like crocheting that may seem dated and antiquated and made it so upbeat and current. Her crocheting is not your Mama’s crocheting!
Twinkie Chan is a San Francisco based crochet designer who creates fun, food-themed accessories. Her unique work has been featured online, in print, on television, and in art shows. Her book, “Twinkie Chan’s Crochet Goodies for Fashion Foodies: 20 Yummy Treats To Wear” is available on Amazon. She also has an Etsy shop.
Twinkie’s latest project is her clothing and accessories line “Yummy You! by Twinkie Chan” which she launched to make her signature pieces more accessible and affordable. Good luck Twinkie!
I don’t often give fashion advice because fashion is not my strength. I have my style and I like it but sometimes it doesn’t work. But that doesn’t mean I can’t share a fashion tip, right?
So here it is: Instead of choosing an outfit and then accessorizing. Start with one item, preferably one with a distinctive flavor and build the outfit around it.
I have a wide pink bracelet that I love. I got it at the Los Angeles gift shop of the French hotel chain, Sofitel. I wore black and white to show off the pink and I liked it.
Choosing an outfit this way seems more creative and inspiring. Doesn’t it?
- Makin’ Statements (ipreferheels.com)
- A Style of My Own: NABJ-IUB Fashion Blogger Daion Morton (thegrapevineiub.com)
- Whitney’s Guide To Winter Dressing (hills2city.wordpress.com)
When I was yard-saling in West Virginia, I bought a tote bag for $2. It is a creamy goldish iridescent bag and I love it! I started carrying it today and it made me think about bags in general. We humans do like to carry things don’t we? My husband loves bags: wallets, briefcases, backpacks, suitcases. You name it – he loves it. I used to be a backpack person – no purse. Now that I’ve watched What Not To Wear and am trying to be more ladylike, the backpack is a thing of the past. Now it’s my purse. I am not, however, someone who will change my purse everyday to match an outfit. 1) I’m trying to get away from matchy-matchy. 2) I just can’t bring myself to go to all that trouble every day. Call me lazy. I have a two bag limit rule. More than two bags, I look like a bag lady. So it’s my purse and a tote these days. I swear. The littlest things make me happy! And as Martha says, that’s a good thing!
This post is a feature on the store Juicy Couture. Always wanting to try new things, let’s explore. I saw a cute pink bag on my favorite fashionista’s desk today and asked her where it was from. She told me it was Juicy. I vaguely remember them selling jeans and she confirmed and added that they have cute tracksuits.
And indeed they do, but this store is not for the big girls (and not really for the old girls either). Their XL is a size 14! And XL is the largest size. Not fair! But I really didn’t need to spend $100 on a tracksuit. I don’t run THAT much. Ha ha!
What I usually do when I find myself at a store that does not cater to us big girls, I look at the accessories. Juicy has cute flip flops and totes, but this is clearly not the store for me. Great name though! And great shopping bags.
You either like them or you don’t. I am a full-fledged polka dot person. They make me smile because they are bouncy, happy, peppy and bright. Where did they come from? Although polka dots seem to be named after the polka dance, there doesn’t appear to be any further connection between the two. In fact, polka dots were popular in yet another dance – the flamenco. Polka dots are very playful which is probably why I like them.
I think I am going to write a children’s book about polka dots. Something like Josie likes Dots. But it will have to wait until I finish my other children’s book about pies. So much to do – so little time.
If you want to cheer up yourself and the world, adorn yourself with some polka dots. You can start out small, say a scarf or shoes. Or you can go all out and wear a bright yellow dress with big red polks dots!
OK, I’m not really a fashionista. But I’m on my way. The old me didn’t wear any make-up, never cut her hair, wore birkenstocks and hippie dresses. The new me watches “What Not To Wear,” does mini-makeovers on herself, shops, and reads Vogue magazine. The old me would have been appalled and embarassed. The new me is happy about my new style! Now that doesn’t mean that I don’t bring a lot of the old me into the present. I still like my clothes and shoes to be comfortable. But they fit now! I actually try things on before I buy them.
Isn’t evolution great? You never quite know who you are going to be next year. We can change. And I am having fun learning how to to be a new me. I still don’t want to come off as fake or uncomfortable in my own skin. But there is something to be said about caring about one’s appearance and projecting a confident and more put-together look. I’ve been reading a lot of blogs about Christian women looking frumpy. I definitely have frumpy tendencies. It’s hard not to when you are trying to be modest and not too flashy. But you can be modest and non-frumpy and I think that’s what I’m going for. However, this is a slow process. Somethmes I wear a frumpy long skirt with a stylish blouse and sweater. But I’m getting there!
Don’t iron your clothes until you try them on. I don’t know how many times I’ve wasted precious morning time picking out an outfit, ironing it, and then putting it on to find that it just doesn’t look right due to fit, or not quite the right look. Clothes look different on the hanger and things that look like they will go together may not. So save yourself time and try it on! Then, when you’ve made your final selection, iron away. Or if you are lucky most pieces came from the dry cleaners and are already ironed! This morning, I must have tried on 5 jackets and sweaters until one worked. Hope this helped!