Monday, May 17, 2010

Heart list, wedding attire accessories edition

Okay, so our wedding's already happened. I did not wear any of these accessories. But I put this post together in a moment of pre-wedding accessory obsession. (It was the capelet that set me off.) And I still think they're fun, so I'm posting them! (I will post some wedding photos when we have them!)

PS: I'm totally stealing this idea from the sublime Mrs. French over at Bliss and from You Are My Fave's "Spotted and hearted" feature, so I hope they will forgive me.

I heart this feather capelet. If we were having a different type of wedding I would SO wear it with my dress. The fabulosity would be epic. I wish I had a life where this would ever be otherwise appropriate to wear. You know, like when a magazine comes to photograph me on my dream farm in New Zealand and I go swanning around in a print dress and feather capelet, as if this is always how I look whilst feeding the animals.
Can I justify buying it for dress-up time with the unborn chica? Maybe just have it displayed on a dress form?

I hear these shoes. (They also come in orange and pink and black & white.) They might be exactly the sass I need under my dress. Not sure I'd ever wear them again, though.

And I also love these shoes. I hear you saying that high heels are not practical for a six-months-pregnant gal to walk on grass and gravel and the like. But know what? I don't care. It's my wedding and I'll wear fabulous shoes if I want to (and bring flats.)

Speaking of which, maybe these would fit the bill for practical-yet-still-fabulous? I would definitely wear those again. (That's pretty much the color I had hoped my dress would be. Oh, well. white will be fine.)


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

New postings!

Coming soon! I have been um, really distracted the last few weeks. What with the wedding and all. BUT... I have about 40 (no, really-- 40) blog posts all lined up and ready to go. Sorry for the technical issues with the lining up pictures and texts in some previous posts-- I'm still figuring out how to format this stuff.
Now, as soon as I can get over the worries about what my random collection of posts will look like to other people (too consumerist? shallow? flaky? self-absorbed?), we'll be off and running!

Friday, April 23, 2010


I love all the inspiration and beauty I get online. Working in a very text-oriented, black-and-white-print job, beautiful blogs are necessary eye candy for me. BUT, I think the authoe of tehis Jezebel post hits the nail on the head when she talks about the sometimes pernicious effect of the "populist" ethos of these blogs-- as if you, too could have a life this beautiful, if only you applied yourself a bit more. And doesn't that turn "attainable" into another form of "aspirational"? How, then, are these blogs any different than Martha Stewart or Dwell or any other Aspirational Lifestyle media? I think they're not. Which is fine. Aspiration has its place. People want some fantasy and escapism in their lives. But, as I reminded myself upon opening Martha's May issue this morning, let's remember that all such media is created to present an image. And an image is never the full story, so let's not look at the aspects of our lives that aren't "blog-worthy" and feel we don't measure up, okay?

Jezebel: The New Decornographers: Bloggers With Beautiful Craftsy Lives

Here are my some of my crafty/lifestyle "inspiration" sites:
Young House Love
Design Sponge
Heart of Light
Ink on My Fingers
Oh Happy Day
Not Martha

Happy Friday!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Ummm, no thanks.

Inspired by Joslyne's post this morning about her no-ass swimsuit woes, and by the fact that it's supposed to be in the 80s (80s!) here this weekend to hang by the river, I started thinking about my own swimsuit situation, which falls on the opposite end of the spectrum. While I won't go into great detail about the changes pregnancy has wrought on my entire body, suffice it to say that I do not think any swimsuits from previous years will fit the 6-9 months-pregnant me. I am rather more... rotund around all kinds of parts these days. Some days I am more okay with that than others, so I need a swimsuit that will embrace that and make me feel like a sassy mama, not a freakish cetacean-woman. So, frugal little shopper that I am, I went over to see what Target had to offer me.

You guys, this isn't helping. That suit is hideous. In fact, pretty much everything in the Target maternity swimwear line sucks. First of all, most of it is straight black, and what prints there are are mostly BAD (see left). And they're all tankinis. Not sassy. This is seriously the best one:
Doesn't really scream "fun in the sun!", does it?

Even worse, though? are THESE:
Yes. Swim skirts and swim SHORTS. Target, I'm pregnant, not disfigured. Is it too much to ask for swimwear that accentuates and celebrates the curviness, rather than hiding it away in the matte black fabric of shame? Where's the sassiness? Where's the retro-glam that flatters curvy women?

Maybe that mojo only exists in the regular swim section? Maybe, just maybe, can I mix and match pieces from the regular swimwear in larger sizes?

Um, no. I know this SAYS it's for women and all, Target, but I'm gonna need a little more coverage than that. Well, more like twice that much fabric.

Sigh. What to do? I'm caught between a tankini and a skimpy place. Send help soon!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Like I need another hole in the head...

is how much I need another bag. But, mmmmmm... striped bags.
I feel ya, sister.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Painted murals

One idea I've been mulling over for a long time is the idea of creating a painted mural instead of a traditional headboard in our bedroom. It's an odd space and a traditional headboard (besides being expensive, hard-to-find, and impractical for a California King size bed we don't plan to keep for more than 5 more years), just won't fit with the window. The murals I like all seem to be trees. The big ones are made easier with a projector to trace the image onto a wall, but if you're truly gifted, you could probably freehand it, too. Here are some that I love:
Cherry blossom mural from Young House Love

One of several awesome birch tree murals in a nursery (also love the branch and birds mobile here!)

Birch trees in a grownup bedroom! From Design Sponge.

Fantastic 3-D tree & birdhouse mural from Ohdeeoh

Lovely simple tree mural, also from Ohdeeoh

This gorgeous mural would be insanity to create, but maybe in a "forever" house?

This simple tree mural allegedly only took 4 hours to make, and there's a tutorial on free-handing it!

Lovely, simple line-drawing murals from Australian artist Jane Reiseger. These are lovely and charming and whimsical, but look simple enough that even I might be able to handle doing it! A good reminder that a mural doesn't have to be complicated to make an impact. More of her murals at Ohdeeoh.

I know murals can sometimes be worse than wallpaper borders on the tackiness scale. A badly -done mural can totally ruin a good space. What do you think? Is it worth it to take a risk with some paint?

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Stuff and Sensibility

Last night we watched Michael Moore's new movie, "Capitalism: A Love Story",* which could be the subject of a whole other post, but DH and I were discussing it this morning (mostly the points where we felt the movie came up short), and touched on the pervasive feeling of "not enough" in our society/culture. How often do we hear people express contentmen with what they have and a lack of desire for more, better, newer, different? Appreciating what you have, knowing that you are enough and have enough, living simply rather than in pursuit of material gain-- these are goals I and I think many others of our generation share.

Oh, but it's hard to swim against the tide of wanting, of STUFF. It's so hard to train yourself out of the impulse to acquire when faced with beautiful things. But I also know that STUFF takes up physical and mental space, requires upkeep, and ties one down in a variety of ways, not to mention the environmental impacts of each person's consumption of physical goods. I try to find peace with this by a) only buying items that are necessary and useful and b) saving up all my "wants" for gift requests. Not a perfect system, but a start, perhaps. Anyone else want to talk about how they balance this in their own life? (Image from The Benchmark Institute)

(*Yes, I know the comma is supposed to go inside the quotes in American English, but I personally believe the Brits have it right in this instance, and since it's my blog, I'm going to follow the punctuation rules as I see fit. :P)

Aaaand while you ponder, here are a few of the pretty, spring-y things on my "want" list lately:

This gorgeous ruffled pie dish. (from The Kitchn)

Pretty much anything and everything from the new Liberty of London collection at Target, but especially this dress.

This print, for our bedroom (only $25!). It's just right. First Mother's Day present, anyone? (Spotted courtesy of The Lil Bee)

Happy spring!
your Material Girl