Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Like a Procrastinator Loves Cake

Coat and Shorts- Forever 21, Blouse- Thrifted, Tights- American Apparel, Wedges- Urban Outfitters

This coat I bought three years ago is probably my best Forever21 purchase to date.  It instantly dresses up any outfit, and the velvety texture means random people like to pet it a lot (both a good and bad thing).  

I've recently been collecting these kind of buttery smooth cream colored blouses.  (Buttery smooth cream might sound more like cake than clothes... Maybe that's because I'm craving sugar!)  The blouse is 100% silk and feels amazing.  Quick post, I've been procrastinating on this 8 page paper for a while now (thinking about cake instead!). 

Google image search "cake" at your own risk!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Repo Mission

Pleather Jacket- Rainbow, T-shirt- Bf's, Pants- Thrifted, Boots- Steve Madden

These are my genie pants and another case of being attracted to shiny objects. (I mean, come on, who wouldn't want a pair of blue metallic pajama pants?)  I pinned them at the ankle to make them easier to tuck into boots. The pictures make them look more wrinkly than they actually are.

So a couple of weeks ago, in my frenzied shopping spree, I ended up ordering some items online from Urban Outfitters.  They're usually very good about delivering within 2-3 days max, so you can imagine I became a little concerned when a month and an additional order later I still hadn't received my goodies. Hmmm. Looked online and realized I had sent both orders to an address I lived at two years ago. (Sometimes automatic checkout is your enemy!

Gulp! My clothes were being held hostage! I immediately flashed back to my previous living situation.  I would consider myself pretty easy going, but for some reason, the girl who owned that house and I did not get along. Maybe it was the various broken appliances that she claimed worked fine (When you put your clothes in the dryer, they're not supposed to get wetter). Or maybe it was her passive aggressive Martin Lutheresque list of 95 grievances typed up and slid under all our doors one night (she then pretended like nothing was wrong).  Maybe it was our facebook status war (the only time I've been moved to any type of aggression, ever). Either way, I was a little reluctant on how to handle the situation. 

Should I bring a baseball bat? Or backup? As I pulled up to the old house, I wondered if she even lived there anymore.  Would someone answer the door wearing my red pumps?  Would they pretend I was mistaken so they could keep the free clothes? (it's like a stork dumping a newborn baby on your doorstep, afterall!)  I peered into the window and saw a white board covered with calculus equations (Hmm, not like her, none of us were very studious that year).  Rang the doorbell. No answer. (They knew it was me!) Knocked. No answer (Darn it, I'll never get these shoes). Knocked again. Footsteps. (Eek pretend like you weren't just staring through the window!)

A nerdy looking guy answered the door...

Guy: (Looking puzzled at my genie pants like he just got up from a nap) Can I, uh, help you?

Me: So I accidentally had some packages delivered here?

Guy: Oh. You're the one. Let me grab them. (2 seconds later) Here you go...

Me: (Wow that was easy) Thanks bye!

Don't know why I even stressed out about it, the girl was away at grad school! So in the end, my precious packages were safe and sound, and I changed my delivery address online. Not that I'm planning on doing more shopping anytime soon ;)

Sunday, November 28, 2010

DIY: Turban Headband

Some women just have the innate ability to take a scarf, play with it for 30 seconds, and voilà! They turn it into the perfect retro-glamour turban.  I, however, am not one of those effortlessly chic women. (I am the girl who attempted to paint my nails last night with the end result looking like i dipped each finger in the entire bottle of polish.) Thus, after spending countless hours on youtube trying out head wrap tutorials, I ended up with a hair tangled hot mess à la Amy Winehouse.

I decided to move to plan b: The turban headband.  This is a nice compromise for those of you who are either scarf-wrapping challenged like me, or aren't ready to fully commit to the turban.  I didn't see any I liked in stores, plus I felt guilty spending money on something that is very simple to make. On to today's DIY!

What you need:
-A piece of stretchy fabric/clothing you don't mind cutting up (I like the look of stretch velvet)
-Sewing machine or needle and thread
-1 pin
-Optional: Iron
-20 minutes

STEP 1: 
Using the spread of your thumb to index finger as a measure, cut straight across the bottom of your shirt/blouse. (if using a piece of fabric, cut a piece long enough to wrap around your head twice)  When you cut off the bottom, you will be left with a loop of fabric.

This is a shirt I got for $4 at the thrift store.  The best part is there's still enough fabric left to make a bandeau top or just use as a crop top

Cut the loop open so you have one long rectangular piece of fabric.

Lie your rectangle flat and fold it in half lengthwise so that the "good" side of the fabric is facing inwards.  Optional: Iron the folded piece of fabric flat (I chose to do this because the ends of stretch velvet tends to curl up)
By the way, It's okay if your ends don't meet up perfectly. Remember, I'm from the school of quick and dirty sewing! It will all look good in the end.

Sew the sides together lengthwise. You should now have one long tube of fabric. (I'm not sure what else to call it so it will hereinafter be referred to as the "fabric tube")

Use your fingers to turn the fabric tube inside out.  

Starting from the back of your head, wrap the fabric tube across, up, over, and towards the back.

Starting from the back
Pull the ends across
 towards the back of your head
Pinch the ends behind your head with with your fingers

STEP 8: 
Keep the ends pinched as you pull the fabric tube off your head. Pin the ends together where you had them pinched.

STEP 9: 
Sew the ends of fabric tube together where you pinned them (width-wise) and cut off excess fabric. You will now have a loop.

STEP 10:
Take the ends you just sewed together and touch them to the part of the fabric tube that was at the back of your head. Sew these parts together width-wise. (If your fabric tube wrap came undone, re-wrap it using the technique in Step 6)

You should now have 4 layers of fabric sewn together.

Cut off any extra threads and you're done!

Dress- Thrifted, Tights- American Apparrel, Shoes- Rainbow, Jewelry- Laila Rowe and Forever21

Friday, November 26, 2010

Four Eyes

(Best breakfast parfait I've ever had--from the Raritan Inn)

Dress and Tights- Forever21, Boots- Steve Madden from Loehman's, Glasses- Bvlgari

I usually bring out this dress around the holidays, nothing particularly ground breaking about it, but it's a fail-safe for Christmas parties.  

Picked out these glasses with the help of the amazing Monica at Visionary Ophthalmology, my dad's office.  Up until this point I've been a slave to my contact lenses, and my dad convinced me if I didn't put on glasses every now and then, big ugly red blood vessels would take over my eyes and I would go blind! (probably a little bit of an exaggeration, but it did the trick)  I don't know why  I didn't take advantage of this sooner! Another accessory to obsess over :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanks for the Cheese!

Jacket-Rainbow, Dress- Cloud Nine, Boots- Steve Madden from Loehman's

Today, I am thankful for...

1. Feta Cheese-- My Mom's family is Greek so we ate a LOT of it today. Never did something that smells like feet taste so good!

2. Surviving the car ride to New Jersey this morning without my mom getting pulled over for driving 10 miles below the speed limit. 
(Totally didn't realize there were bullet holes in the sign until I uploaded it, they can represent my pent up passenger-seat rage)

3. The victorian decor of the room at the bed and breakfast I'm staying in.  You know your room's legit when it has an iron grate coal stove.

4. 'Arry Paw-tuh Movies-- Just saw the Deathly Hallows Pt 1 with family this evening. Haven't read the book, had no clue what was going on, but still amazing!
Love Hermione's dress!

5. Jeffrey Campbell-- whoever this great shoemaker is, my closet is forever changed.

6. On a more serious note- I'm thankful for having to return a turkey that was too big in yesterday's post--- How many families around the world would like to share this same "problem?"

7. Family, friends, and even the bf ;)
(via awkardfamilyphotos.com)

8. 24 hour fine dining
Last Night at Tastee Diner, or rather, this morning

Hope you all had a fabulous thanksgiving!

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