Freckles in April: February 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

Formspringing

 Q. What kind of camera do you use? Do you do post-processing or are these straight out of the camera? Your photos always turn out fabulous! :)

(This question came from Kimmie of Blue Paper Lanterns)

Why thank you! What a nice compliment.

There are 2 cameras at work here. The vast majority of my pictures are taken with my Canon Rebel XTi, which we bought in 2008 right before Stinky was born. It's not the world's best camera (sometimes my pictures randomly turn out fuzzy and I can't figure out why), but it works.

A couple pictures have been taken with Aaron's Canon 5D Mark ii (the posts entitled "Painting the Park Red" and "And it was all yellow" back in January feature photos from that camera). I much prefer the clarity and general awesomeness of the Mark 2 but it's not always available (Aaron's business partner takes it with him as a backup if he's doing a solo shoot, Aaron might be using it for something, etc). Plus I don't know how to use the Mark 2, which is obviously a bit of a problem if I'm my own photographer.

I do use Photoshop to make my photos a little prettier. If Aaron is behind the camera then they generally need fairly minimal touch-ups, if any. If I'm forced to use the remote and take my own pictures then they typically need a lot more help.

I dislike vignettes as a general rule but I almost always do a little midtone burning on the edges of my pictures. It draws the eye inward toward the subject and also helps a bit if anything is blown out. I usually do a little exposure and contrast adjustment as well.

30 for 30: Day 28

Wearing # 15, 23, 26   Watch from my sis, necklace from a little mall kiosk. Please ignore the awkward pose and my long monkey arms.
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Love this outfit. There's just something about navy paired with white that speaks to me. Although, it was a little weird wearing a dress under a skirt.


For the first time in YEARS I got to watch the entire Oscars shebang last night- red carpet and all! My mom and I are big time movie lovers. Or, at least, I used to be before I birthed two darling little time-sucks. I used to make a point of seeing as many of the nominees as possible but this year I had only seen like four. Sad. But I still really enjoyed it. I just love the magic and history of Hollywood!

And I have to talk about the gowns. Even if I wasn't a fashion blogger I'd still probably be writing about them today. A TRUE fashion blogger would have pictures but you have to pay to get them from the source and I feel guilty stealing them from people who actually did pay for them. You can view all the arrival and ceremony pictures over at Getty Images.
 

-The only dress I didn't really love was Cate Blanchett's. But, because she is Cate, she pulled it off anyway- armchair fashion critic opinions be darned!

-Lots of red. Loved it. Especially on Jennifer Lawrence. And Anne Hathaway.

-Gwyneth's hair and skin look fried but I loved her dress.

-The only person who could pull off the draping on Nicole Kidman's dress is Nicole Kidman.

-My mom and I couldn't stop talking about how much we love Reese Witherspoon. She is too darling for words. Also, does anyone else always expect her to be a lot more bubbly than she really is? I'm always surprised when she's not more Elle Woods in real life.

-SO many conservative gorgeous dresses! Annette Bening, Amy Adams, and Michelle Williams all rocked the sleeved dresses with higher necklines and lots of sparkle. Also, we love that Annette Bening is aging like a normal human being.

-I wanted to love Marisa Tomei's dress but it didn't fit her quite right. Wrong body type for a 1950's vintage dress, but isn't that what tailors are for?

-Halle Berry should never change her hair.

-Whoever has been dressing Natalie Portman deserves their own special award.

-Sparkly nude is the new safe choice. Gorgeous, but it's becoming like black for me.

-And, lastly, Anne Hathaway knocked it out of the park. Repeatedly. Bravo, Princess Mia.

AND! Where was Marion Cotillard? And Angelina Jolie?

I could keep talking but this already turned out 3 times longer than I meant it to. Did you watch? What were your favorites? And were you as nervous about Mila Kunis's dress as we were?

Sunday, February 27, 2011

30 for 30: Day 27

Wearing # 2, 20, 22 


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This has been The Week of Hot Dates.

Thursday night: Hot Date #1 to the temple

Including a stop at Nielsen's afterward for a hot fudge sundae and some fries.


Friday night: Hot Date #2 to Body Worlds and Cibo

This was my surprise date night for Aaron and it was probably the most perfect date night we've ever had. It deserves its own post.


Saturday: Hot Date #3 to the Japanese festival

Oh my. Let's stop for a moment and do a little word association. When you think "Japanese Festival," what do you think of? Sticky rice and kimonos, right? Maybe some teriyaki chicken and one of those dancing dragon thingies?

Well, you would be almost right.

You should also be thinking "blue hair!" (also: pink, gray, purple, etc.)


And, perhaps this, which actually wasn't all that weird compared to just about everything else:

Don't forget the giant scythes (there were quite a few) (and please note the black and white checkerboard hair on the guy next to her):


 And, of course, scantily clad amazonian women in fur legwarmers with tails being led around on leashes by their short boyfriends:

Yes, I was too scared to blatantly take pictures of anyone, which is why all my pics are from the back or side. I'm a wimp.

As it turns out, the Japanese Festival is a magnet for anime lovers/recreators/...special people. It was crazy. It was also extremely crowded, which was a bit of a drag. I was terrified of losing Stinky in the crowd. Fortunately, the costumed people put some serious fear in him and he clung to my leg most of the time. I can't really blame him. There was one guy walking around in a bright red robe and a long white wig with a huge scythe and white contacts and horns. I was a little nervous about that one.




We did get some yummy gyoza and mochiko chicken for lunch and a huge li hing/guava/strawberry shave ice. We also met up with some lovely friends, which is always a treat. I'm kind of hoping next year they move to a bigger venue so we can enjoy it a little more!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

30 for 30: Day 26

Wearing # 20, 21, 25
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Sadly, this was the best photo of the bunch. Sometimes you've got it, and sometimes you've got food in your teeth and you really have to pee.


On the one hand, I'm totally ready to be done with 30 for 30. On the other hand, I was just looking through my items and thinking, "Hey! I didn't put that shirt with that skirt! And I need to try putting that with that! And did I ever even wear that one?"

But mostly I really am ready to be done. I know we're technically not supposed to shop during 30 for 30 but my mom and I made an outlets run last week and I found a pair of gray denim skinnies, which I have been wanting for.ev.er. And now they're just taunting me from my closet. It pains me.

Almost there!

Friday, February 25, 2011

30 for 30: Day 25

Wearing # 11, 14, 15, 23   Thrifted belt

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I cheated a little bit. I wore this outfit twice (to an event on Saturday and then to church on Sunday) but the weather didn't cooperate WHILE I was wearing it (rainy and really windy both times). So I put it back on yesterday just for pictures. Try to imagine it WITH makeup and hair done.


Aaron said this outfit made me look like a grown-up. It's nice to be 25 and finally look like an adult.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Whole Foods FAQ



I've gotten a lot of questions about whole foods in the past and I want to start addressing them, especially since we're trying to get back into the swing of things.

We really love eating this way. During our 3 month experiment I dropped weight like it was going out of style. I slept better and had more energy. I rarely got headaches and my hair and skin looked the best they have in years.

We did a hardcore version of whole foods eating for three months from the beginning of September until Thanksgiving. We fell off the wagon pretty bad between our cruise and the holidays and are slowly getting our groove back. I'm currently trying to find a happy balance that combines whole foods, a little convenience, a happy budget, and the occasional white sugar laden cookie.



So here are some of the questions I've been asked:


Q. What are your "rules?"

A. We didn't really come up with specific rules except for following Michael Pollans general "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." mantra. If you haven't read the book, when he says "Eat food" he's talking about REAL food, not "edible food-like substances." We try to eat things that are as close to their natural form as possible. Things that grew from the ground or things that ate things that grew from the ground. Nothing processed. Organic as much as possible. If it comes prepackaged (like cheese) check the ingredient list. Everything should be pronounceable and recognizable and there should be no more than 5 ingredients.


Q. How religious are you about following your rules?

A. When we first talked about it we allowed ourselves one "re-tox" day a month when we could eat whatever we wanted. Unfortunately, it ended up being a little more frequent than that, especially when we got invited to dinner. We were not going to be like, "Um, I can't eat that, sorry." when someone offered us frozen ravioli. So when we're home we are pretty good. When we're out, it depends. But if I know dinner is going to be a bust I try to be really good about breakfast and lunch and then limit portion sizes at dinner. Especially after we decided this needed to be a permanent change we had to figure out how to be a bit more flexible.


Q. Do you hold your kids to the rules?

A. As much as possible. As long as we sit down and eat together Stinky will usually eat whatever we're eating. I'm pretty lucky- he's always had a fairly open mind when it comes to vegetables. The area I run into trouble with is snacks. Three is a very snacky age and many of his favorite snacks aren't what I want him eating. I do make exception for graham crackers. For Stinky, life without graham crackers is a life not worth living. Otherwise, there are lots of good whole food snacks I keep on hand. Raisins are always good (and portable if you buy the little boxes) and he loves apples. He's learned to crack open his own pistachios (a big-time family fav). I let him slide a lot more than I let myself but mostly he's on the wagon with us.


Q. What about Baby 2? Do you buy organic baby food?


A. Actually, thanks to Baby 2's repeated and vehement rejection of all purees, we're doing baby-led weaning with him. Basically, since he was six months old he has gotten big people food cut in such a way that he can grip it and gnaw on it. He loves avocado, apples, pears, broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, you name it. If we're eating it then he wants it. And if we give it to him he usually loves it. So he's easy (and cheap, thankfully. Organic baby food is pricey). He's probably the most adventurous eater out of all of us these days.


Q. Do you spend all your time cooking?


A. If whole foods had a dark, seedy underbelly then this would be it. Our favorite enchilada recipe takes me every bit of 3 hours from scratch. It takes me about 30 minutes to make tortillas. Ravioli takes an afternoon. But don't let this scare you off! Because we weren't really veggie eaters back in September we started off with these kinds of recipes where the vegetables were chopped small and hidden. But as our tastes adapted I've been able to start going with simpler meals where the vegetables are just vegetables instead of part of a big production that allowed us to pretend they weren't there. Plus, it's always easy to just bake some chicken and throw together a salad and there are definitely nights when we do that.

The nice thing is that those ridiculously time consuming meals tend to freeze really well. I'll make a double batch of enchiladas which feeds us for 4 meals. We'll have one that night and I'll freeze the other three. The whole wheat pasta recipe I use for ravioli is incredibly filling so we'll end up eating like 3 or 4 apiece at dinner and I'll have 25 left to freeze. So you might put in a ton of time one day but have a bunch of meals to show for it.

But yes, to be honest, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen these days.



Q. What if I hate whole wheat?


A. So does Aaron. Or so he thought. Did you know there are different types of wheat? For some reason, hard red wheat is the "whole wheat" of choice. It's the brown, spiky feeling wheat flour you find in most whole wheat flour bags. It has its place but we much prefer softer white wheat. The baking results are much closer to what you get with all purpose flour. Look for white whole wheat flour (King Arthur carries it) or you can grind your own (which is my new favorite thing. Tortillas made with fresh ground white wheat are to die for). It really does make a difference. Things that come out dense and barely edible with red whole wheat flour are infinitely better when made with white whole wheat flour.


Q. Yes, but what do you eat?


A. Breakfast is usually pancakes, oatmeal (regular or steel cut), or whole wheat toast with organic peanut butter (I love Costco's) and some seasonal fruit. Snacks are apples, grapes, pistachios, raisins, string cheese, or Triscuits (bless their little 3 ingredient whole food friendly hearts). My go-to lunch is a peanut butter sandwich on whole wheat bread with string cheese and an apple but there are also usually leftovers in the fridge. We do quesadillas and tacos a lot (great places to stick veggies). For dinner I try to plan around and include as many vegetables as I can. If we eat meat I try to view it as a side dish in terms of portion size. If a recipe calls for meat I almost always halve the amount and double the veggies.



Q. What has this done to your grocery budget? Isn't eating organic super pricey?


A. Ahhh, the golden question. I'll be doing a separate post on this because it's a long answer.






Any questions? Clarifications? Etc.?

30 for 30: Day 24

Wearing # 7, 8, 19, 21

This was a whole lot of pattern mixing for me. Gingham with stripes with plaid! I was feeling adventurous. It ended up being kind of bulky from the layers and it turned out kind of masculine (especially since I forgot to put on makeup) but I liked it. I might try it with a skirt (and some mascara) next time.




By the way, thank you so much for all your wonderful comments on my Formspring post on Monday! It really made my week. You guys are awesome.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

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Seven Things

The adorable Kimmie of Blue Paper Lanterns tagged me back in December and I, for some reason, didn't see it until last week.

I think it's supposed to be seven secrets but my secrets are just too shocking for the world*, so here are seven random things about me:


1. I love scripture smilies. They make me feel like God has a sense of humor.




2. I love throwing nice dinner parties. If I have time, I'll bust out the white tablecloth, the carafes, the stemmed glassware, the whole shebang.


3. After Stinky's rather traumatic pregnancy and delivery I said I would have one more kid just so he wouldn't be an only child. I couldn't imagine going through all that again. Baby 2's delivery was so much better that I was sitting in recovery going, "When I can do this again??"

Blissfully hanging out in epidural land

4. I've never really felt like my name fits me. My middle name is Nicole, which feels a little more like me, but still not quite there. In junior high I thought I might be an Andie (don't know where that came from) but I still haven't decided what my name should really be. Is that weird? Does anyone else feel like that?

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5.You know how, for some people, it's not a meal if it doesn't include meat? For me, it isn't a meal if it doesn't include cheese.

My favorite 2 pack of fresh mozzarella from Costco. Bulk buying is the only way I can afford my cheese habit.


6. I love thrifting and I have pretty darn good luck. I usually find whatever I'm looking for plus some extra treasures. It helps that our new house is down the street from what might be the greatest Goodwill ever.

My latest find. They have a slight wedge heel and say "Ipanema" inside. Who could resist?


7. My greatest wish is to write a really awesome book and contribute something good (beside my children) to the world.

I'm supposed to tag 7 people but I have no idea who reads this blog on a regular basis (beside my sister. And maybe my mom) so, in the event that you are feeling uninspired and need some blog fodder then I am tagging YOU.


*Either that or I couldn't come up with 7 secrets I hadn't already shared with the world through my various blogging endeavors. I'm kind of an open book over here.

30 for 30: Day 23

Wearing # 4, 12, 17, 21

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I know. Yawn.

But today was the kind of day when I didn't have time for a shower, much less putting any kind of thought into my clothing. It was gogogo from the moment we woke up. On the plus side, we now have food in the house and I was able to run like a million errands. On the downside, boring outfit, cruddy midday picture, and questionable personal hygiene. Oh, and exhaustion.

I'll do better tomorrow. Probably. At the very least I can promise you a shower.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

30 for 30: Day 22

Wearing # 1, 11, 23, 29
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I think the last time I did 30 for 30 I was already struggling at this point and unsure of how on earth I was going to pull together 8 more outfits. This time around has been SO much easier. I don't know if it's because I'm better at remixing or I picked better items or maybe both. All I know is that I'm 22 days in and still looking at my items and seeing possibilities instead of staring longingly at the rest of my closet.


Darn heels sink into the grass every. single. time. They're like my own personal lawn aerators.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Formspringing

The question:

Why do you blog about you're clothing? Do you consider yourself fashionable? Cause you kind of aren't. Sorry.

My answer:

You guys have no idea how excited I was to get this question. My very first troll!! In all my years of blogging (coming up on 4.5 total) I have NEVER gotten anything even approaching a mean comment. I feel so legitimate right now.

The troll, while mean and in need of a your/you're refresher, still asks two legitimate questions that are worth addressing.

Let me start by saying that I didn't set out to become a fashion blogger. I was shooting for a continuation of my old blog, which was mostly mildly entertaining jibber jabber. But, after my 2 month hiatus, I was having a heck of a time finding my groove again. I saw Kendi's 30 for 30 challenge and dove in. My body changed a lot with Baby 2 and I needed the closet help. The challenge, with its accompanying blogging, was so eye-opening for me that I decided to stick with this fashion blogging stuff.

I really and truly do not consider myself fashionable. I think the fashion blogosphere consists of two types of people: those who inspire and those who are inspired. I count myself firmly in the latter category and people like Syd, Kristine, and Kendi in the former.

But girls who get fashion like they do are few and far between. I think girls like me are much more common- girls with a budget who want to feel pulled together and pretty and maybe need a little help to get there.

There's definitely an element of selfishness at work here too. This fashion blogging thing forces me to think about what I wear, about what I make room for in my closet. I've become much more discerning and have cleared out a lot of junk since I did the first 30 for 30. I feel like my style is evolving and I like the way it's going. It's a really fun process. There have been hits and misses and there will be lots more hits and misses but I really am just kind of enjoying myself.


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30 for 30: Day 21

Wearing # 12, 14, 21, 30

Can I just give a shout out to laser hair removal? I'm 4 treatments in (out of 6) and I pretty much don't have to think about shaving my legs anymore. If I want to wear a skirt I just throw it on and go. It used to be like, "I'd love to wear this today but I don't have time to shave. Jeans it is." Not anymore, my friends.

That was the best. Groupon. ever.



Speaking of Groupon, I got a really awesome one last week that I'm going to use as a secret surprise date activity with Aaron on Friday. We don't get to go on dates alone very often (Baby 2 came with us for Japanese food last week. It's a little harder to feel the love when you're trying to save your yakisoba from grabby 10 month old hands) so I'm really really excited.

Plus, it's pretty relaxing to go to public places when you don't have to worry about keeping small people from touching things or running into traffic or stuff like that. Going to the grocery store alone these days is akin to getting a foot rub. I can only imagine what I'm going to feel like after dinner AND a special activity without kids. That's practically a spa day right there.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

30 for 30: Day 20

Wearing # 8, 11, 17, 21
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I loved this outfit. Comfortable? Check. Stripes? Check. A little sparkle? Check.Win/win/win as far as I'm concerned.


Plus it was wonderfully overcast with the promise of rain. Cool, but not cold. February might officially be my favorite month around here.

My goal for this week is to figure out some kind of work out plan. I'm one of those people who actually likes working out as long as I can find the stinking motivation to do it. Lately I am seriously lacking in motivation and I'm starting to feel kind of gross. I have lots of good options too...I have a jogging stroller and I like to run. I have a community gym nearby with yoga, pilates, zumba, rock climbing, kickboxing, etc. Seriously, what is my problem?

I think I might be lazy.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

30 for 30: Day 19

Wearing # 2, 6, 20, 28   thrifted belt
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AGH! A new location in my backyard! The world is turning upside down! Cats and dogs living together! Mass hysteria!


Ah, that's better. Good old slanty tree back there. Also, the white trash neighbors were out in full force this afternoon. As near as I can figure, there are 2-4 Southern (they drawl) sisters (one might be a mom?) who like to call each other bad names and talk about Facebook drama. Someone was rather traumatically unfriended this week, from the sound of it. And one girl accused another of not being appropriately girly in her clothing choices. Yelling ensued.


And, for kicks, a shoe shot.

PS do any of you have Toms? How on earth do you keep those suckers clean? I really should have chosen a darker color because as soon as I THINK about wearing them outside they get dirt smudges. I keep an old toothbrush in my bathroom specifically for the scrubbing of the Toms. It's ironic, given the Toms image, that they are my most high maintenance shoes.


PPS Happy 20th birthday to my brother!! He's that handsome son of a gun on the right. He's currently serving a mission for our church in southern Mexico and eating a lot of tortillas and loving life. I miss him a lot.


And ya, he's kind of sitting on that other elder's lap. Boys are weird.

Friday, February 18, 2011

30 for 30: Day 18

Wearing # 7, 15, 21



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I wore this to the pediatrician's office bright and early this morning. I was the only mom not wearing jeans or pajama pants and I was one of the very few wearing makeup. I'm not exaggerating when I tell you that I got weird looks. I think I violated some kind of unspoken mom code by being dressed in a skirt and made up at 8 am. In my defense, Baby 2 woke up at 5:30 and Stinky woke up at 6, so I had a LOT of time to put on mascara.

I've decided the length of this skirt does not work with flats. Heels only for this baby from here on out. The camera does not fudge the truth quite like the mirror does.


Last night I finally watched Remember Me (Edward and Claire!)(holy crap I miss LOST so much). I saw the previews back in the day and thought, "I've seen 60 seconds of this movie and way prefer R. Pat in this trailer over his horrible wooden acting in a movie that shall not be named because I refuse to acknowledge that I have seen it and/or own a copy that is hidden in my underwear drawer so Aaron can't make fun of me for owning it.

Anyway, have you seen it? Because, as it turns out, it is horribly and heartbreakingly sad. I went into it completely unawares. I was thinking it was some romantic drama and the main characters get together and then the movie just kept going. And then I was totally blindsided and ended up sitting on the couch sobbing into one of Baby 2's blankets. WHY did no one tell me?? Some friends you lot are. Those kinds of movies need to come with warning labels.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Formspringing

The question:

You mentioned that you had to shut your previous blog down for privacy reasons. I'm curious! Care to share?

My answer:

When you searched on Kayla (lastname) the first result was my blog and the second was our home address. There's this stupid company that feels the need to post homeowner addresses and, since my name is kind of unique, it popped up as the second search result. I fought with them long and hard over taking it down but they refused since our address was public record. Unfortunately, they have every right to post your name and home address all over the internet if you own your home.

If you live in a major metropolitan area then odds are good they've posted your address too. If you have a more common name then it's probably buried under 20 pages of search results. If you're a lucky uncommoner like me then it might show up right at the top. Creeeepy.

Every night for MONTHS I went to bed terrified that some creepy person would see me and my kids on my blog and decide to come for a visit. I finally decided it wasn't worth the fear and loss of sleep and shut down my blog.

Since then we have sold that house and moved across the city. I sleep much better at night. I'm sure someone could still find us if they REALLY wanted to but they would at least have to work at it.



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30 for 30: Day 17

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Wearing # 20, 27  Thrifted belt, Grocery store sunglasses to cover up the fact that I'm still not feeling 100% yet and still not wearing any makeup

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I don't normally take pictures at high noon but that's all we had time for today before Aaron had to go to meetings and other important things.

One of these days I'm going to hem this shirt up a couple inches. That way it will feel more "tunic" and less "dress over pants" (ew).

I might be rubbing our sunshine in your face a little bit.

The weather this week is beyond gorgeous, by the way. Fortunately, me and Baby 2 are FINALLY feeling a little better. Good thing too because the cabin fever was getting a little ridiculous around here.

And if you can hear the words "cabin fever" and not immediately start singing this song and forming a conga line then you, my friend, need some more muppet in your life.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Wednesday Want

I had something completely different scheduled to post as my Wednesday Want today and I know everyone and their mother and sister and bff is posting about this but there's a reason for that.

Have you SEEN the BHLDN line??



I want every single stinking thing. Sure, I've already been there done that with the wedding thing but I'm sure I could find some use for all those gorgeous gowns. And shoes. And everything else. I'd look gorgeous while vacuuming in that pleated number up there on the top right (the model is even demonstrating).



Also, I've noticed a few people getting on board the Wednesday Want train and I figured, hey, why not make it a partay?

If you do a Wednesday want on your own blog, share it with the rest of us! Add your link below.


30 for 30: Day 16

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Wearing # 12, 18, 24. And yes, I was dancing. I need to take posing classes or something.


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I think one of the best things about having a pair of red pants is that they can never be dull. This outfit with jeans? Classic but rather boring. This outfit with my Gap red skinnies? It's got a little extra something special. Perfect for a sick day.

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No makeup= sunglasses

Baby 2, being the generous soul he is, shared his cold with me. We make a lovely little raspy, coughing pair. But, I'd like to point out, I still got dressed. That is devotion, people. Last time I did 30 for 30 it lasted almost 6 weeks instead of 30 days and I'm determined to not let that happen this time.

So, come hell, high water, illness, sunshine or rain, I will be putting clothes on and blogging about it. Amen.

Grocery store sunglasses and YW pendant that I'm pretty sure I have never actually worn before but suddenly decided was pretty

What do you do to make yourself feel better on sick days? The red pants help but I'm open to suggestions.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Before and After: T-shirt Re-do and Pant Skinnification*

*I made that word up

I was going through my closet this week with an eye toward purging some stuff when I realized that a few things could be salvaged with just a few stitches.

Before

When I was pregnant with Baby 2 I bought some Fruit of the Loom v-necks. They're pretty much the same as the Hanes ones but a smidge bigger to accommodate my larger...everything. They were great for my 2nd trimester but now they're too big and a little stretched out.

These American Eagle khakis fit perfectly through the hips, bum and thighs but flare a bit too much below the knee so I never wear them.

Enter the sewing machine.



I took the shirt in on each side and shortened the sleeves. Rather than hemming the sleeves (hemming knits is not a skill I've mastered) I trimmed the old hem and stitched it back on. I love that it still looks a little raw.



I was inspired by super talented Lizzie of Cotton and Curls and her tutorial on how to take in pants. I just took a couple inches out of the inside hem to make them a bit skinnier and I like them so much more now.

30 for 30: Day 15

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Wearing # 4, 17, 24, 30   Thrifted belt
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Baby 2 normally sleeps in my craft room which makes sewing projects really hard to do. He sleeps a LOT and his waking hours aren't exactly the best time for doing anything but keeping him from eating carpet fuzzies or destroying Stinky's train tracks.

This week, though, we moved him into the office for a few nights which means my craft room was suddenly open during nap time. So I finally got around the fixing the skirt that is item #30. And I promptly wore it as a shirt.






A small request: 
 I googled myself yesterday and found that pretty much all my friends and family are still linked to my old blog. Which I totally get. I mean, how often do you really update your links? It's kind of a pain. But if you wouldn't mind, please take a second right now and change the link? Make sure to remove my last name if you used it. Thank you!!
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