Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Purple rain

Top: J. Crew Factory | Tank: Eddie Bauer | Skirt: JCPenney | Wedges: Target | Band aid: Band-Aid

I have spent the last three weeks covered in lesions of various sizes. You can't see them because they are only on my torso. Every week they have seemed to get worse, more numerous, more flaky and itchy. Being the mild alarmist that I am (that we all are these days), I did a little Googling and OHMYGODIT'SBEDBUGS. I tore my bed apart, looking for the slightest sign of bed bugs, but nothing. I slept in the guest room last night after panicking and thinking I was being eaten alive, but after being unable to sleep, I finally retreated to my bed and fell asleep immediately. I went to the doctor this morning, ready to hear that I would die from being smothered by a giant bed bug, but GOOD NEWS! It isn't bed bugs! It is instead a "plain old infection" known as pityriasis rosea, an annoying but harmless viral infection of the skin that causes these suckers. Oddly enough, it generally occurs in young people from 10 to 35, so watch out, gang. It's coming for you, and there is literally nothing you can do but ride it out and put some antihistamine cream on it when it gets itchy. I might be wearing exclusively cotton for the next few weeks.

But, I mean. Still way better than bed bugs.

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Monday, April 29, 2013

Green is the colour that everyone sees all around me

Sweater: Anthropologie | Belt: Target | Skirt: JCPenney | Wedges: Target

I am very excited about Heidi and Marissa's Pantone-Inspired Spring Challenge! First of all, I love Pantone. Second, I love easy challenges (meaning I will not feel like pulling my own teeth by the end), and this totally fits the bill! I need something for a little inspiration. Not that I don't love SIA, but I feel like I'm stuck in a slight style rut, and I think this will help. It's also finals week, which is not helping my creative state. Whatever. We're getting this show on the road. You're welcome to join in too! Click the banner below to be taken to Heidi's blog, which will explain the mysteries of the world the challenge.

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Feeding the Ducks, by Mary Cassatt
Drypoint and aquatint, with monotype inking, on paper, 1895

Mary Cassatt was my first favourite artist (followed shortly thereafter by Picasso, and then all hell broke loose). I loved her art when I was a child. Impressionism in general was my first love, and Cassatt in particular was a superhero. But Mary Cassatt wasn't just an Impressionist; she also made a sizable contribution to the field that would become graphic arts by developing these drypoint and aquatint prints. This print, Feeding the Ducks, was one of those original prints. The prints stand as one of her most creative and unique contributions to the arts--this technique was something that hadn't been done before in the West, and she drew considerable attention for it.

Entries for Style Imitating Art will be due to Salazar by the evening of Monday, May (MAY!!) 6th. Enjoy this one, and email us if you have questions!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Meet my moles

Barrette: Target | Necklace: Target | Top: J.Crew Factory | Belt, worn inside out and backward: Target | Skirt: Target | Fishnets: Target | Heels: Urban Outfitters

Congratulations, you've just gotten up close and personal with some of the moles on my left arm! These moles are part of Orion's belt on my arm. I also have a kite, the Big Dipper, a cross, and the Gemini on my body somewhere, all in moles. I also have a large mole on my back that I call Betelgeuse.

Yeah, I had a lot of time on my hands as a kid.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Style Imitating Art: Pink Bow

It's time for Style Imitating Art! My favourite part of the week :) Pink Bow by Jeff Koons was this week's inspiration, and I heard from some of you that this one was tough because of the colours. Interesting! Take a look at how everyone fared.

First up is Jane of Flight Platform Living, whose pictures are crazy fun and kind of badass. Wind can be a good thing!

Next is Kezzie of KezzieAG. Her whole outfit is cute but I especially love the tiny bow belt!

Teddi wore pink and accessorized with gold! The belt is a great touch. (I guess I like belts today!)

Krista of This Mumma's Style is sharing the outfit she wore for the Vagina Monologues, which she co-directed! Epic.

Jen of Librarian for Life & Style says that she went subtle for this outfit, and it works so well! The tiny earrings she used as a brooch are such a nice touch.

Next is Juli of Fragments of My Clothing, who called this Koonsesque. I like it. Or is it Koonsian? Who cares, she looks great. Her clutch is adorable.

Rebekah of From the Mixed-Up Files... has the Skirt of the Week. That skirt is Gone with the Wind fabulous.

Pao of Project Minima is in the painting again! And she's wearing gold boots!

My cocreator, Salazar of 14 Shades of Grey, who says this one was tough, but I love that she chose to highlight the coral from the bow's reflection off the foil.

And me, of course. My full outfit post will be up...at some point. It's late, y'all, and I need a nap!

Thanks for participating, ladies! I know this one was hard but you all did an excellent job!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Go long

Bauble necklaces: JCPenney | Poodle necklace: J.Crew Factory | Dress: JCPenney | Belt: Target | Heels: Anthropologie

can't talk, too busy getting PUMPED UP for the NFL schedule release tonight

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Stop it

Top: J.Crew | Belt: Target | Skirt: Talbots | Wedges: Target | Lips: NARS Schiap

Oh hair, go home. You're drunk.

Friday, April 12, 2013


Pink Bow, Jeff Koons
Oil on canvas, 1995-1997

I've been trying to figure out how to angle in a piece of Jeff Koons' work for Style Imitating Art. He's an artist who works on grand scale (see Puppy and Tulips for examples), but it's admittedly difficult to interpret a giant puppy covered in flowers. So enter Pink Bow, Koons' 11 foot by nearly 9 foot painting of, yes, a pink bow. What else, right?

So send me your submissions by the evening of Monday, April 22nd. Have fun with this one! It's a fun painting :)

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Nothing to say

Top: JCPenney | Belt: Target | Skirt: Old Navy | Wedges: Payless | Lips: Revlon Moon Drops Lipstick Love That Pink

A dear friend suffered an immeasurable loss today, and instead of faking happiness, here are some quotes that accurately sum up how I feel.

Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.
Benjamin Franklin

Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end,
if not always in the way we expect.

J.K. Rowling, in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Tuesday, April 9, 2013


Dress: Gap | Wedges: DSW | Toes: butter London Teddy Girl

It was 80 today and the pollen cloud has been released over Cardiganland. My car is nearly the same colour as the yellow flowers on my dress. It sucks when the weather is so nice (it was 80 here today!) but I can't open my windows because my allergies will go wild. Life is truly unfair.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Who knows

Top: Target | Belt: Target | Skirt: Target | Heels: Urban Outfitters | Lips: NARS Schiap

You know what I love?

Yeah, me either.

Oh well!