Tuesday, October 25, 2011

On Girls

Being a mom of girls has it's benefits (and it's drawback but we like to focus on the positive around here!) Avery is a mini me - 110%! We are planning the re-decoration of her room and she spent some time looking through Elle Decor magazines. She found a vintage chandelier that she loved,  showed it to me and said "I love this chandelier, it would look great in my room. I don't know why these people have it hanging in their family room because it is too small for the room" I looked down to see a chandelier that was too small for the space. I had to laugh. It's crazy! What child knows that at age 8?  Granted she is my baby who not let me put her down for the first 10 months of her life - I mastered every task using just one hand-- even threw a baby shower for a friend with one arm.  She was my clinger for sure - so I guess she has picked up a few things along the way. She also asked for a pinterest account this weekend. And I thought "Why not?" I have never seen anything inappropriate on there and will monitor her boards-- so she's on pinterest! Funny! I had to tell her to get off Pinterest and come eat dinner before it got cold on Sunday night -- so funny. Here is one of her first pins - Hermes Scarves turned Vans by Robert Verdi. She is made of my blood, after all. She is also having a blast pinning hair styles.

You have to know in this house when one gets something, the other is sure to follow. Especially if it is the younger getting something first. Olivia is the typical older child in so many ways. She was born independent-- Walked at 10 months, hit the ground running on the first day of pre-school and asked me to just drop her off for her first day of First grade. She is always cool calm and collected - well, for the most part at least :)  So she is pinning too! Make-up tricks. Some of Olivias best friends have high school sister so they are often "up" on what the high school sect is dong. This is both good an bad - fortunately, the older girls are good role models-- but they have lots of stuff that younger girls want --   like make-up-- from Sephora!

Yes....Sephora! Olivia does not want "fake makeup" any longer- she wants the real deal!  And she would prefer it to come in a kit with instructions so she can practice.  I spent over an hour in Sephora with her and a friend on Sunday. It was fun, but a little crazy! They were the youngest girls in there for sure. I'm on the fence about this one....she will not under any circumstance be allowed to wear make up out of the house so I am trying to just liken it to playing dress up and leave it at that. What do you think....about make-up and 11 year olds?? Real make-up, even though it is just worn for fun. It's an interesting subject. All part of growing up with two girls.

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ps- If you have any great tips on dealing with girl drama - drama within her group of friends-- PLEASE send it my way!!  Thanks! (That's the drawback I am choosing not to talk about.)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Front Door Style

Polyvore and I are fighting - don't know why, but we are! I held tight all day yesterday hoping it would sort itself out (you know that "I'll give you some time to realize you are wrong" approach) but still no luck. So my pretty Front Door Decor polyvore shall not be - we are now well into Saturday and I'm officially cheating on polyvore-- with Pinterest of course!

I have talked quite a bit about my front door-- the color of pea soup, with the nails sticking out around it that have been there since our Christmas garland was taken down. I literally have had nothing at the front door since then. I threw a peacock feather wreath on it and called it a day. I had been contemplating painting it for quite some time and finally got around to it!  Yay! So here is my new front door. I wish i had a before to show you - but you know me and admitting to ugly parts of the house....lol. Best to just show the pretty "after" shots. ha!

I painted the door black, (there is one spot on there that I cannot seem to get to gloss for some reason-- I have NO idea why. Can you see it? I hate to point out the ugly but not sure what to do about it. I have already painting another coat on it...might have to try one more coat.)  added a chevron stripe curtain  and a really simple sisal rug - I'm thinking about stenciling an "h" on the rug. I decorated with an organic looking tall wooden vase with a fern and a modern piece of pottery (that is really meant for inside) and then a few pumpkins. It was a really simple and quick makeover. Painting the door was not as bad as I though it was going to be....the only issue I had was closing the door for the night after three coats of semi gloss paint, which I knew was not 110% dry.  I didn't want the edges to peel off as the door closed onto the seal...I surprised myself with an idea-- put Vaseline on the seal of the door jam so the door would not stick. It worked perfectly! I just wiped the Vaseline off the following day and let the paint completely cure. I love it!

Now the dilemma is what to put on the door. I have looked high and low for a wreath that I love and they are just not out there. I'm resigned to the fact that I am just not a wreath person. There is ONE that I have found that I love....but i need to make it...so maybe at Christmas :) so--- for now I am thinking I'll just put a door knocker on there and that's all. After all....why do I have to have a wreath?? I DON'T! Epiphany, ha?? So I am now on the hunt for a door knocker..my top picks are this fox, an vintage owl or hunting around ebay and etsy for something like this - which I lurve!

Source: flickr.com via Simone on Pinterest

I also really like the idea of a small number plaque and a knocker - just not a crab knocker.

Source: flickr.com via Simone on Pinterest

The other problem with this is that our house number has 5 digits in it so if I were going to use a number, should I just use a random one...like 4 since there are 4 of us?? Or just any random number I find on a vintage metal tag?  What do you think?  I'm also on the hunt for a new simple, sleek outdoor light but have not had much time to peruse for that yet.

What sort of door knocker do you think I should get? Or do you have any other suggestions for me? What is on your front door?

Happy Stylish Saturday! And nannynanny booboo to polyvore!
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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Inspiration Workshop No. 19 - Favorite Accessories

This weeks Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop is {Favorite Accessories} I don't need much help in this area! I am a firm believer that the accessories make the outfit. I would much rather walk out of the house with no make up on than no jewelry!

I have two go-to staples in my accessories file. Ok, maybe really three- three things I will not walk out of the house without. Number one, a clutch- Clutches in particular give a pop of polish and chic to every outfit. Even if the clutch is still very casual in feel, the premise of a little handbag certainly adds a touch of glam to any outfit. Number two is a necklace - if you are going dainty then layer a few of them. Big bold and vintage is my favorite look. And number three is bracelets - again love the layered look if you are not going to wear something chunky. One is never enough unless it is big. I also really won't leave the house without concealer and mascara and flowery perfume. Do those count as accessories? Oh and good shoes. Oooookayyyy, do I have a problem here? lol. I'm an accessories freak!

What are your favorite accessories? Any favorite shops to find them at? head on over to Gussy Sews for more accessories inspiration.
Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!
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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

What I Wore Wednesday

I'm having a little party for myself as I actually got to photo two outfits from this week so I can participate in What I Wore Wednesday over at The Pleated Poppy. It's such a great concept and although I am not one that ever needs an excuse to pick the kids up from school in heels, I'll take it, ya know!

Look number one -- this was mid day after I had made a trip to the gym then to the flea market in sweats.  A little advice - don't go the the flea market in the outfit below unless you want to pay top dollar. Always wear something a little schleppy...and no fancy shoes!

Top: Forever21
Layering tank: Gap
Shorts: Joie
Necklace: Vintage - scored at the flea market that morning! {It's my new fave necklace}
Shoes (although you cannot see them) were brown platform sandals by Sam Edelman.

And today- the weatherman said it was going to be 78 so I opted for jeans - Ha! It was 85 when I went to pick the kiddos up. Fortunately I spent the entire day in the studio so had no idea until I stepped out the door at 2:45 that I was overdressed.

White Tee- Gap
Black lace bralette -Gap Body (gotta add a little femme touch to the more masculine shoes)
Jeans- 7 for all Man Kind -- Josefina skinny boyfriend jeans
Necklace- Vintage

This is a pretty basic outfit for me but the vintage necklace gives it a little punch--  and most of it is just there to support the shoes (business shoes for a day at the office, you know)..and the new bag....carpet bag style!  I'll share more of that another day. ;)

Join in WIWW over at the Pleated Poppy -- because everyone needs a reason to dress it up a bit from time to time! Now I'm motivated to photograph all my outfits (or at least the ones that count!) so come back next week to see what I wore for the week - girls night on Friday so I'll be sure to take pics before I head out.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011


The false impression that cooler weather is here has brought all the great vendors back to the flea market. I only made it half way through today before I was out of money. I picked up a few things for myself and quite a few things to offer all of you on bags as well! Yay! Can you get over the pink earrings?? Yes, hey are GIANT earrings with pink suede and loads of vintage rhinestones. I'm in love with them...would make a fab ring or bracelet.

Also really want to share this with all of you......Target has mylar chandeliers in silver and black for FIVE DOLLARS! In the Halloween section - I picked up four this weekend.  (I did look for them online so I could post a link but I could not find them)  Not sure what I'm going to do with them but my imagination is running wild....we do have two birthdays coming up in the next two months along with a possibly hosting a baby shower...

Any ideas?? 

Happy Tuesday!
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Friday, October 14, 2011

boho soho

New cardis are in the shop and I am loving not only how soft and delish they are to wear but also the versatility of them. I can see them going so many different ways....very 70's boho...
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Or downtown chic paired with a pencil skirt and blouse.
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I absolutely LOVE the idea of wearing this with a pencil skirt and power blue gingham shirt.....if only it we're going to be 90 degrees here today..
Hope you have a fabulous weekend. Cardi's are in the shop. Pick one up for your mini me as well! Happy Stylish Friday!!

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Inspiration Workshop No. 19 - Red

Red is not just a color, it's an attitude.

Red makes a statement.

Red tells it like it is.
Head on over to Gussy Sews for more Red inspiration.
Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Halloween Decor

Are you a big Halloween fan? I am not. At all. At least not when it comes to decor. The girls always have great costumes and loads of fun trick-or-treating with friends but I am honestly not big into decorating for any holiday other than Christmas. I don't do too much seasonal stuff around the house- maybe change out a throw blanket, a few pillows and a tablecloth but I'm not one to fill the house with twigs and fall leaves. Is that strange? Am I the only person you know who doesn't decorate for fall? Maybe I should start...... 
The usual Halloween shenanigans around here entail carving pumpkins the day before (In my defense--it's still usually so hot that our pumpkins are filled with fruit flies within a day-- they cave in on about day three) throwing around a few glittery, feathery decorations at the front door and hanging a few paper lanterns in the trees-- We live on a cul-de-sac that has only 6 houses and most of them are not home on Halloween so we don't get many trick or treaters so I sort of think, "who am I doing this for anyway??"  Until this year when the girls started grumbling about it. Sooo, I have decided to cave and let them decorate. At first I thought I would just take them to Target and let them go to town with fake spider webs but alas, I just can't do it! So I've been trailing around pinterest (surprised??I know!!) looking for chic, beautiful Halloween inspiration.

I really wanted to do skeletons like this--

 I think it's funny and sort of creepy at the same time-- and i thought the skeletons would look cute if we put some fabric flowers on them (because who doesn't love a flower brooch, right?) But someone poo-poo'd that idea....not mentioning any names, Olivia.  ;)   So it's now back to the drawing board--  I think maybe combining the bats from this

and the pumpkins from the image above might just do the trick....now to just figure out how to work in the fake spider web stuff that the girls are so obsessed with and we're good to go!  What are your Halloween Decor plans??

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Monday, October 10, 2011


Fourteen years ago today, I married the one man in the word I still cannot live without.

Happy Anniversary to my guy - who loves deeply and leads by example. He is a good man. I couldn't ask for more.
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Thursday, October 6, 2011

Inspiration Workshop No. 18 - Fall

This weeks Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop prompt is {Fall} Fall is officially here in SoCal! I could not be happier! Yesterday it rained all day. ALL day! It was lovely. I pulled out my boots and a big sweater and hunkered down in the studio. It was fabulous! I always get re-energized with a change of seasons and even though our fall tends to be mild, you can still feel a bite in the air in the mornings and I LOVE that!

We are heading up to NorCal for a few days to pick up the kiddos who have been spending time with family. It's grape picking time so I am really looking forward to spending some time outside helping neighbors and taking some photos. I just finished up mother daughter tops and can't wait to share them with you! Very versatile. You'll love.

Hop on over to Gussy Sews for more fall inspiration.
Gussy Sews Inspiration Workshop!
Happy fabulous Fall!!
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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

What I will Wear.

Happy Wednesday everyone! I've officially decided to commence "One of a Kind Wednesday" posts. They were fun for summer and you can be sure you'll always find loads of one of a kind goodness here on Brooch the Subject but I am sort of over them as well as I would really like to participate in WIWW over at The Pleated Poppy. I have numerous times posted photos of what I am wearing on the Gardenhouse facebook page and I'm always amazed at how interested everyone is in that! lol. So I think this would be fun for everyone and will of course be fun for me to push my outfit boundaries.  Of course I was planning on something fun and cute for today and I wake up to RAIN!! Wow! Haven't seen rain in forever! So I feel like wearing sweats all day- it's 7:30 am and I'm on the couch with a blanket.   Brian and I were in San Diego over the weekend. We had an amazing time just hanging out. Did a 6 mile bike ride around Coronado Island and decided we are going to retire there - tomorrow. lol. I had some really great outfits this weekend but can you believe I didn't take a single photo? So I got nada.  Instead, I will share with you two things I am madly in lurrrve with right now--

Dying to make this wreath!!  A wreath that I actually love?? It's amazing as I am not a wreath fan. And yes, those are just gold thumbtacks. Brill!

And this print from Cozamia. Just ordered it. Can't wait to re-do my gallery wall. This will absolutely be making it up there.

And this week I will be sure to take some photos of the outfits I am wearing - and next Wednesday, look for the start of What I Wore Wednesdays.

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Sunday, October 2, 2011

Entertain Me - Tapas

Entertaining has always been a large part of my life. Growing up my parents were always entertaining. They were involved in a group that we still loving call "The Gourmet Group" Once a month the Kings, The Smiths, The Bivettos and The Hopkinsons would get together at one couples house for dinner. The host would pick a theme, set the menu and then assign recipes. Each person would come with a prepared dish, wine was involved and they all had a fabulous time! The gourmet group turned into our extended family. Some of my best childhood memories are with all of them-- renting big beach houses and lake houses in the summer, always great food and great times!  And it has gotten better and better over the years. The parties now include all of us...the "kids" who now all have kids.  Fortunately, all of our moms have all passed the cooking and entertaining skill on to us, along with a love of entertaining. Our move to Southern California took us away from our gourmet group so we decided to start one down here. Four families-- three who love to cook-- one who is a shoe in for a fruit plate and anything store bought-- but they are good company-- hopefully Cindy will think about starting to cook at some point;) -- once a month we decided on a theme and get together for a night of friends and fabulous food. Last weekends theme was Tapas.

The food was amazing, the company perfect! I thought it would be nice to share with you the recipes that Brian and I made for the night. They were all very easy and super delish! We made Brochetas de Ternera {Spanish Beef Kabobs} recipe found here. Seriously TDF! The drizzle sauce is scrumptious! Ajillo Mushrooms--  Garlic Mushrooms-- Need I say more about that one?? Garlic. Mushrooms. Yum! Here's the recipe. And Piquillo Pepper stuffed with shrimp salad. Another winner! We could not find piquillo peppers and were in a time crunch so we just bought the small red yellow and orange peppers,  grilled them, and used those instead.  My suggestion on this is strain the shrimp before adding the mayo and add the mayo one tablespoon at a time to taste. I think the recipe calls for too much mayo and ended up only adding about half of what it calls for. Everything was delish!! And there are so many great tapas recipes that it was honestly hard to choose which one to make.

Are you entertaining this weekend? We went to friends last night for dinner and a movie. Watched Bridesmaid which I actually didn't think was as funny as everyone made it out to be. Still entertaining, just not fall on the floor funny like I was expecting. maybe next weekend I'll share the recipes I made last night. I was in charge of desserts. Happy Saturday!
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ps....revisiting this post. Did not even realize it was Sunday, not Saturday until i was just on fb and saw a football post. HA! Kids are on fall break, shiped off to my family up north and B is taking a few days off so it really seems like Saturday! lol.