Friday, June 29, 2012

Fashionably chic sleep

Is it Friday already?? I have honestly never had a week speed by this quickly! I am flying solo this week as the kids are at their grandparents house enjoying a little time in the country. So where has the week gone?? I had high hopes of getting absolutely everything done on my to do list this week.....and I actually only have a few things cehcked off. And.I.mean.only.a.few. But ya' know what...I'm ok with that!Tuesday I leasurely spent the day downtown. Soaking in trim and beads and all sorts of deliciousness. Wednesday was my birthday and I decided to indulge myself a little. I spent the morning with a girlfriend (helping her sew curtains) and then the entire afternoon making jewelry for myself. Never do anything like that!


And yesterday.....well!! I must have been a bit sleep deprived because yesterday included a THREE HOUR nap! Which would make you think I woke up bright and early today ready to conquer the sewing list....but nope! I woke up at 9:40. Seriously.SLACKER! I'm sort of laughing at myself as now I think I am actually groggy from too much sleep. lol. A girl cannot win! Clearly I need to ge t a move on, that To Do list is not going to get any shorter as I sleep the day away. If you have a little time to lounge today - swing by they have a FANTASTIC sale section right now. Rachel Roy is one of my all time faves as well as Bar III. They both have a leasurly laid back vibe to them. No surprise, right??  Linking up with Blonde Episodes for Fashion Friday

Happy Stylish Friday!

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Get your crafting heels on!

Craft Wars premiers June 26th my lovely, chic, crafty, friends!! I was so excited to be asked to screen the premier episode and I must say....I was not disappointed! In each episode of CRAFT WARS, hosted and executive produced by Tori Spelling, three talented crafters are supplied with every crafting tool they could dream of, furnished by Michaels, the arts and crafts store, as well as some unexpected items. First, they'll face off in the Pop Craft challenge, where they must create one of the craft worlds most popular items in just one hour. Epised one is a BAG! Ha! Could have nailed that one to the wall!! Although I will say, one hour to make a bag is a challenge for anyone! The top two contestants then move on to the Master Craft Challenge for a chance to win the $10,000 prize. It's really a brilliant show. Have yourself a little sneek peek

The judges are fabulous! Chic, stylish and very knowledgable. Erica Domesek, style maven and author of the DIY book, PS I Made This, Stephen Brown, author and founder of the multi-million dollar gift wear company Glitterville Studios (let me tell you I am a sucker for a man with dark hair and blue eyes! He is adorbs!) and Jo Pearson author and creative expert for Michaels, she is the knowledge guru here! Tori Spelling is the host and is true to her usual sweet, fabulous, stylish self! The show was very fast moving! I couldn't actually believe it was over when it was! Time flew by when watching it and I found myself actually feeling a bit stressed for the contestants! I think that's the thing I liked most about the show....being able to really identify with the challenge as a crafter myself-- This show will appeal to the creative spirit in all of us and I am sure it's going to be a huge success.

CW judges with tori in pink dress

Episode One aires on TLC Tuesday June 26th. On my birthday eve! Make sure you tune's going to a fab show! Now I'm off to get my craft on! The kids are at their grandparents house for the week and I have a long list of needs and wants out of the week. Sewing today, downtown tomorrow, zipper pouches and beach bags for the shop, curtains and a gallery wall for the house, handmade jewelry and DIY candles for myself. And of course I'll be re-watching Craft Wars tomorrow night at 10/9C on TLC. Be sure to tune in and let me know what you thought; after all-- who doesn't love a pink dress, studded moto jacket, Donna Martin and getting your craft on all in one place! Make it chic! 

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Friday, June 22, 2012

Week end ramblings....

Just stopping in quickly at an hour that I feel like I should already be SOUND asleep! The girls and I are heading out EARLY tomorrow to San Francisco for the weekend. We are meeting up with my parents and a bunch of my girls - the ones I have known since I was 7. LOVE these gals. I'm excited. The kids are excited. One little one had a hard time falling asleep as she gets a nervous tummy before trips (just like her mama did when she was little!) One big one is just so excited she can't sleep so I'm up..waiting on the two of them to finally fade before hitting the hay myself. If I went to bed right this very minute, I would be dragging myself out of bed in 5 hours and 2 minutes....and I'm not even finished with this blog post yet! But not to dwell! I'm really looking forward to spending a few days in SF. Tomorrow afternoon Liv will be heading to the science center with her grandparents and Avery and I are hitting the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit at the deYoung. To be honest I'm a bit nervous about taking Avery there as Gaultier is a scosh racy....hopefully she'll just see it through her own eyes and not ask too many in depth questions.

Saturday we'll be spending the day doing the usual SF things, along with visiting Sarah Seven-- a fab dress boutique....the stairs in her shop are photo'd above.....I mean seriously!! Who WOULDN'T want to go there???  I need a white, cream or khaki dress for a wedding in Key West in September and am hoping to find one there. You should swing on by online. Her dresses are beyond! Chic and romantic. 

Sunday evening the kiddos head up to my parents place while I return a silent home. What in the world am I going to do with myself without having to answer to "mooooooooooom" 6128 times a day?? I shall enjoy....for a few days and then I will think it is a bit too quiet and start going a little stir crazy. Or maybe not. I have a few fun outings planned with friends. I have a girlfriend who shares my birthday - we are both going to be 29 on Wednesday, yes, that's right. 29. We're planning a day on the West side one day next week to celebrate ourselves! YAY! Monday I'll be heading downtown without having to rush home to pick the kids up by that will be a blast and MUCH more leisurely than usual. Time will fly by and stand still at the same time. Should be an interesting week. Of course I have big sewing plans too....and some DIY projects..... thinking about doing a little stair rehab after the inspiration above! ha ha, kidding.

And do you know that Craft Wars is premiering on June 26th? It's not just craft - It's WAR! Love it! You can check it out on Tori's website here....  It is party worthy....I mean without kiddos here, maybe I should have some friends over to craft and have wine while we watch it. I was able to screen the premier episode and LOVED it! I do think Tori Spelling and I are secretly BFF's...only she doesn't know it....yet :)

Could this post be anymore rambling?? I am clearly ready for bed! And it's officially {Stylish} Friday and I officially have to be up in less.than.5.hours. SO I think I shall go. I will leave you with a little peek into my early Birthday present to myself.

Members only

That would a be a TDF leather moto jacket....c/o Members Only.  That's right! Bringing back the old school. Follow me on Instagram this weekend to see what outfits I'm sporting around the city by the bay.

Linking up with Fashion Friday at Blonde Episodes.

Happy Stylish Friday.

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Make it. Wear it.

The crafting and sewing industry is taking off...I guess I should say HAS taken off! I am so happy to see that DIY and handmade have gone chic! I think there is something really amazing about wearing handmade one of a kind pieces...and mix a little vintage in there and you'll find me doing the happy dance in the mirror! The girls love my happy dance!

This week I have been sporting handmade or vintage belts paired with simple outfits. Seven for all Man Kind jeans, a white tee and a Gardenhouse belt...the shoes are from Kohl's - Vera Wang. They are adorbs but the stitching along the back rubbed horribly. They will need a little tweaking to be comfy but for $23 who can complain??!!


Gardenhouse belt,  denim shirt (Target boys section! I have no shame when it comes to affordable and fashionable!!) neon Old Navy shorts.  Can you tell I love these shorts?? They are worn weekly! And they were $15! Paired with a pricey PRIZED coveted Givenchy necklace - of course!! Keepin' mixed up and real!

And yesterday, A vintage gold fish scale belt, vintage Givenchy necklace -- do you see a pattern here??)COH flares, a navy and white tank from F21 and my new fave shoes. Leopard.everyday! lol. If you would like a similar belt, they are in the shop This outfit was for a trip to the salon...I went a bit ombre!


It's a HUGE step for me as I am a total chicken when it comes to changing my hair. It's subtle but perfect!

I absolutely LOVE it! If you follow me on Instagram, you've already seen these pics. If you don't follow me, head on over and get on board! It's the crazy train.

Making my usual Wednesday rounds! Linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I wore Wednesday.

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Daddy's day....

How was your weekend and your Father's Day my lovelies? We had a fab one! Today was beyond enjoyable.

OK this..

Now carry on reading (does that sound bossy??  Oh and by the way...this is a bit longer post that usual) We made daddy-o breakfast, showered him with prezzies, the girls helped him wash his car and then we spent the afternoon at our health club, chatting with friends and goofing off in the pool. I was so happy that some of our friends were there-- a couple that I absolutely adore hanging out with. Genuinely kind and positive people are a rare breed it seems sometimes! I have a lot of friends who are either divorced or just flat out unhappy in their marriages and I think that stinks! I ADORE Brian.... Slightly obsessed actually! {I have been since we met when I was 19!} So it is always refreshing to hang out with another couple who like each other as much as Brian and I like each other! (By no means am I saying that all my friends are negative or in bad marriages - really just like 50%-- which still does kind of suck! lol) Anyway, Erica and Eduardo are fabulous parents and just an all around great couple. Today we were talking about how we met our spouses and when we got married. They were married at about the same age as us within a year of meeting. Brian and I were married at 23 and 24. We had been together for 4 years. We talked about whether we thought our kids would get married at younger age. I said yes. Brian said probably not because he thinks the dynamic of marriage is changing. I can see that...BUT I know I am the wife and mom I am because of the example my parents led. They met when they were 16!! And have been married for ever!! 45 years or something INSANE like that! And they still adore each other!! They are so tolerant and understanding of each other. So dad {and mom} on Fathers Day - THANK YOU for being such a great example!  And Brian, thank you for being such an amazing father, a great example to our gorgeous girls, an attentive hubby who is always willing to listen and think and accept and advise.  There is no one in this world I would rather share my life with.

Source: via Buena on Pinterest

 Daddy's be good to your daughters...

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Friday, June 15, 2012


Happy Stylish Friday my lovelies! Here's a glimpse of what I've been making.


Which is also something I"ll be wearing today. To accent a plain Jane maxi dress.


While dreaming about a tropical getaway...Key West is just around the corner for us :) Can hardly wait!
More belts...wide belts will be in the shop one the sun comes out enough to get good pics. {June gloom is upon us and doesn't burn off until noon-ish.} These belts are perfect to wear a little higher at the empire waistline on a dress. Or with a button down denim shirt at the natural waist paired with a bright pair of shorts......hmmm...maybe I'll go that route today :)

Linking up again this week. Casual Friday at Two Thirthy-five Designs.

I am LOVING all the new blogs I'm finding so I hope you swing by these places and find inspiration !

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012


This week has been a whirlwind so far! I spent the first two days prepping for class parties for both girls and then this morning dashed between the two classes to make it all happen. Fortunately I had some great co-moms and volunteers and everything went super well. The kids had a blast and we are officially on SUMMER VACATION!!

So would you like to know what I was wearing while dashing around town and school? Monday-- coral colored jeans, black tank, statement necklace (from here with the added bonus of my fave vintage brooch), Kate Spade cuff, San Edelman wedges and a Gardenhouse clutch to round it all out.
Yesterday I opted for brights!! Fluorescent greenish shorts, bright green sweater, leopard heels, Stella and Dot ring, vintage bracelet and La Mer I the only person that would call this monochromatic?? Ha ha ha. And am I also the only person who hates the way her hands look in pics?? They look so old!


Today...I ran around all morning in heels....bad idea. But they certainly looked cute with these jeans. No photo. The first time I slowed sown enough to stop and take a pic I was this top and little black bottoms. (Yes, very expensive jeans and very inexpensive bathing suit top all in one day!  That's how to work a wardrobe!!)


I warned you I'd be working on my tan a lot ;)

Tomorrow I'm planning on spending most of the day in the studio. Thicker belts are on the horizon...and zipper pouches to follow...sparkly ones :) I'll also be spending a little time researching new fabrics over the next week or two. Lots of fun on the summer horizon! Linking up with the usual suspects at The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday. You really should head that way and check it out. I cannot tell you how many new blogs I have found and love from this link-up.

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tan in two

How was your weekend??? It's Monday...almost officially Tuesday. I really wanted to post last night, but see...I went to bed at 9PM!!!! That's right!! 9PM! IN BED! I'm not sure what hit me (maybe an entire weekend spent in the sun) but I woke up this morning ready to conquer the world! So what exactly as it that exhausted me so this weekend? Well like I said, many hours spent outside. Saturday both of the girls had a Girl Scout function at the beach. It turned out to be a seriously enjoyable which may have lead to a bit of over exposure in the sun and the realization that my legs actually CAN get tan! Now I'm on a mission to have perfectly tan legs in two weeks. That's right. Hold me to it...and if you see me blogging less....well.... I'm sorry...I'm busy working on my tan! Ha!


I also spent a little time on Friday evening working on more upcycled sweat shorts. This might become a habit...brace yourselves for an intervention. I just can't help myself!! Sweat shorts that each of us secretly pine to wear chic'd up enough to pair with just.about.anything. Fancy heels included. Believe me these are worthy! That vintage jacquard ribbon was made for Chanel in the 70's. Oh yeah!

Belts are finally in the shop. And did I mention that there are official 1 1/2 more days until summer vacation?? Can I get a Hell Yeah!?!?

Since I am in the blog hop mood lately, I'm copying my new BF over at Becasue Shanna Says So and linking up with these lovelies!

Bring on summer!!
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Friday, June 8, 2012

Hot pink style

This week has been quite a juggle! The end of the school year always means a dash of chaos for this mom who always feels the need to volunteer myself for everything...including planning end of year parties for BOTH girls classes.  I am irritated with myself for not going to the gym even once this week but at least by this time next week all the school chaos will be finished! Amidst all the chaos I was able to spent a bit of time in the studio making belts...


Delish ribbon, chic buckles and even a few with vintage baubles on them.

Today's entertainment

I could see them paired with hot pink pants, a chic white tee--tucked in to show a peep of the belt-- nude bag and nude shoes.


Pink! by simonehowell featuring a pin brooch

Belts will be in the shop shortly....

 Hitting the blog hop much fun! I cannot tell you how many new blogs I have found from What I wore Wednesday as well as both of the links below.
Casual Friday link up at Two Thirty-Five Designs and Fashion Friday on Blonde Episodes.

Happy Stylish Friday!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012


I am still not showered today...hello 10:30! You sort of snuck up on me today! My overachiever had an awards assembly at school this morning so I was out the door rather quickly. If I were showered and dressed in what I wanted to wear today AND had taken a few minutes to take some photos - this is what I WOULD be wearing.

maxi dress WIWW

Yesterday I SCORED a navy Max Azria maxi dress (as shown above in black) at TJMaxx for $29.00 on clearance. It's TDF! The fabric is a soft ribbed knit and is super comfy and the back has an added wedge panel so it almost has a train...but not. Best, most flattering shape...even though it's not one to be worn if you are planning on having a burrito for lunch, it is still very flattering. After shopping, I threw it on again because I knew it would have to be belted (It's VERY long) to see what belts would work with it and I LOVED my studded pink leather belt along with all of the vintage fish scale belts in have in the shop -the metallic belts dresses it up so much that I would honestly wear this to a wedding. Gotta' love a versatile piece!

So there you have it...what I would be wearing if i were not running just a skosh behind schedule today! Fun stuff coming to the shop at the end of the week so stay tuned.

Linking up with The Pleated Poppy as yooozsh. (how would you spell the shortened version of "usual?"

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Monday, June 4, 2012

A productive loungy weekend

Happy Monday Gorgeous! I woke up thinking "One more after today" That's right, just one more Monday until summer vacay! We were in full on summer mode this weekend with friend here until late, even last night on a school night. It just feels like summer vacation already. I was inspired to make a few loungy outfits for the girls this weekend. I absolutely love how they turned out. Shorts fashioned from Daily Candy fabric from Spoonflower along with a sweet comfy flowy top.


Really quick and easy to make. For the shorts I just used a simplicity pants pattern and shortened as needed. I will say one thing about pants patterns. Hold them up to your child once cut out as many of them have too much fabric in the front - I had to adjust the waist band to be lower or Avery would have ended up with her pants three inches above her belly button! I do love the result.


Love the pink shorts (Art Gallery fabrics) and the contrast neon bow top. So fun! Avery said she would like a set for every night of the week and of course her sis wants the same. I had better get a move on. Clearly still no chance to make my curtains yet. Thinking about having someone else do them....THAT would be nice!

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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Picnic perfect!

It's a bit cooler here today which has me thinking it's a perfect day for a picnic. Here are a few tips and fun ideas for you to make the perfect picnic chic experience for yourself and your friends.

1. Start with a cute basket - I like an open top basket so things can be piled in.

2. Set the scene with a cute throw blanket and a few pillows. I love the Chevron Blanket DIY found here-- Drop cloth chic!

4. Stick with a simple theme, like fruit, cheese and small sammies.

5. Pack food into mason jars, they are very sturdy. Mason Jar salads and cakes are always a huge hit! Fab how to found here..

6. Don't forget the cocktails.. Love these Champagne Elderflower ones. Easily served in mason jars too!

What are your weekend plans? We'll be swimming, sewing, picnicking and simply relaxing.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Summer totes

One would think that I only carry Gardenhouse bags, right? I could be my best advertising. I do carry them. often. very often. But I also like to have my staple go to bag for when I am on the run and need to be out the door quickly. I am currently on the look out for a chic summer leather tote. {Could be because I have been making some super chic zipper pouches that would be perfect to wrangle all things lost in the bottomless pit of a big bag- they will be hitting the shop next week.} A few that I am coveting...

Summer totes

All lighter in color, and all rather boxy and stiff. I have just come to the realization that I do not like a slouchy bag. At all. Funny the things we learn about ourselves. Deep, I know. On that same level, I'm newly obsessed with painting my nails AND lipstick. I have no idea what has gotten in to me! Must be some crazy Pinterest influence! lol. The lipstick above is one of my new faves. Just sheer enough to be applied on the go, without a mirror.

On the blog hop again! Linking up with Blonde Episodes Fashion Friday

Happy Stylish Friday, my lovelies!

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