Friday, September 30, 2011

It's so hot out here...

but you can't .... well do what the song advises.  So instead I do what I can: keep cool.  Air conditioning and pools are my friend... now sadly pools are all closed and thus I just enjoy the indoors for now ;P

Recycled Fashion

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

The awesomeness and not so awesomeness

I love when I find a cute dress for super cheap or in this case free!  And I love my necklace, my Father #2.  The great thing about dresses is also the worst thing about dresses: you can just throw them on.  Why that's a negative is there is a lot less diversity.  You can only wear it so many ways it, which is great for throwing it on but no so great for minimalism.  I'm personally a fan of dresses but I try and keep my dresses to less then 10 so I have more room in my closet for diversity in skirts and other bottoms.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Tough... or at least I try

Yet another rule broken... or rules.  Pattern on pattern and casual and dressy!  Whose to say that I should not wear pattern on pattern!  I like stripes... not as much as polka dots but still.  I really love this skirt but I don't often have the chance to wear something that dressy so I don't listen to "What not to wear" save for when they say own what you wear... I'll do that.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Whiffing like crazy

Thrifting like crazy and that's how we like it!  (why, yes there is a mouse in my pocket ;)  Got this shirt this from a great local shop.  But my favorite piece from this outfit is actually the necklace.  My one and only father in law came back from his last tour in Afghanistan with two great necklaces for me.  This one and then an azul lapiz one.  It's a great bright and unique.  This was another one of those days when I wanted to look cute but have the ease and comfort of laying around the house.  

Bright and funky me needed to take a whiff of my dainty flower 

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Before and today

Switch up on a fall back.  I love this skirt.  It is fun, cute, feminine but casual.  I have worn it before many a time and have featured it before.  But not this way... I love how deserve a few items can be with just a few changes.  Before and today. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

I'm wild... like a Puma

Breaking zoo crazy!  I picked this shirt up this past week and knew I would want to pair it with my brown skirt... and then decided that I wanted to wear my favorite summer shoes while it was still summer.  I broke the cardinal rule: I wore two animal prints in one out fit!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Climbing casual

I've talked about "stand by outfits" before, you know what I am talking about, those outfits that are you default the ones that you feel pretty in and you keep going back to. Well this is one of those.  My favorite part of this outfit is the necklace, my sister gave it to me and if only for that it is precious.  Plus it is casual enough you can tree climb!  

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Date night

My dear sister just got engaged and she loves it when Chris makes her his steak and edemomby so when she got engaged we knew just how to congratulate them... not to leave you in suspense... that's just what we did ;P  This is my dainty, slightly fancy but also casual stating "congrats to my only sister and her big news"  but not overly grabbing the attention of her big day... Yes, my outfit did say all these things, it told me 

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Bright, hot and enjoying summer's end

Breaking rules:

Wearing a casual shirt that doesn't quite match the color or style of the skirt then you throw in a bold belt and funky do and I am all set for the day!

How'd you do this week?

Sweet Serendipity

Friday, September 9, 2011

Guest Post: Making Make up fun and easy

On many occasions I have referenced my skills... or lack there of when it comes to make up.  Luckily for me I have a friend who is very talented when it comes to make up in fact she is forging her way into making by it!  So I decided to ask her a some questions.  10 questions to be exact.  So here goes:

So, tell us about yourself.
             Well, My name is Hannah.  I’m a 23 year old, sometimes college student, married to an amazing man. I am finishing up an Associates degree and looking for a good esthetology program so I can be certified to do facials, skin care and what I love doing the most…makeup!  I Love all kinds of makeup but I focus on special event makeup. I do anything from weddings to costume parties. I’m also available for private consultations, which means I can help women figure out what kind of makeup is best for them and how to get the look that they want. 

What is it about make up you like?
            Remember playing dress up as a little girl? You can be a princess or a pirate, or anything you want all you have to do is pick the outfit. I still feel like I’m playing dress up whenever I do makeup. There are endless possibilities, and all you have to do to is pick one. I guess I’ve always had a flair for the dramatic, but I love the ability to change my look completely every day. I try to never do the exact same look twice.  I love the creativity involved in doing makeup and the fun. I still get giddy over a new shade of lipstick, hehe. 

Why do you like make-up enough to want to do this for a living?
            Simply put: because it’s fun! And who doesn’t want a job that’s fun?

Do you have a favorite feature (nose, eyes, lips) you like to accent?

            That usually depends on the person and the look you’re trying to achieve. However, as a generalization, I have found that most women like to play up their eyes. A person’s eyes are so unique and expressive; an easy way to communicate a look is to draw attention to the eyes.

 How can a reader know what is best for them? 
            Doing a little research is always good, there are lots of resources to help women figure out what colors will complement their skin tone and eyes best. After that, experiment! One of my favorite things about makeup is that is will wash right off. If you don’t like something, you can try again. I would recommend taking a Saturday afternoon and sitting down with your entire makeup stash. Pretend you’re a little girl playing dress up, and have fun. Try things you wouldn’t normally try. It’s a great way to find what works and what doesn’t. You might even surprise yourself with some amazing new looks.

  What challenge would you like to throw to the readers?
            I hear women say things like “Oh I love that look but I could never pull it off” or “That looks so cute on her but I’d be afraid to try it.” My challenge is, take a chance. Try a look that you love but have always been to shy to try.  I really believe that anyone can pull off whatever they like. All you need is confidence and a little creativity. You can tailor a look to fit you. For instance, if you love the smoky eye look but it’s just too dark for you, try going with browns or grays instead of black. Just don’t rule something you like out because you think you can’t pull it off. Go for it!

Why do you think looking beautiful is important?
            I’m really glad you asked that! I never want a woman who talks to me or reads my blog to come away feeling like she needs to wear makeup to be beautiful. I don’t want to sound all Disney princess, but I really do believe that everyone is beautiful in their own way. I myself don’t even wear makeup every day. I think makeup should be a fun way to express yourself, not a means to hide yourself. I’ll spare you my soap box on the way media puts pressure on women to look a certain way, we all see it, I’m sure. But I will say this, whenever I really take the time to look at the women and girls around me, my family, friends, people I pass at the mall, I’m always amazed at how completely unique beautiful they all are. I love that uniqueness and I think makeup should be used to highlight that, not as a way to conform to some arbitrary standard of beauty.

Who are people you look to for inspiration?
            I find inspiration in all sorts of places, a pretty print on a dress, techno dance music, a beautiful painting…you get the idea. But people are the best inspiration. I love to watch makeup artists who have been in the industry for a while do their thing. They make things I’m still mastering look easy! I also love to see what “normal” people are wearing. I’m always curious to see what people are trying and how trends trickle down from the industry big wigs to girls in the mall. I’m not sure if that answers your question exactly….I guess I look at everyone for inspiration cause you never know where you might find it. (:

What are some common beauty mistakes?
            I think the beauty mistake I see the most often is foundation that doesn’t match. If your shoulders and arms are pale and your face is super tan….it doesn’t look natural!! This seems like a really obvious thing, but it really is important. If your foundation doesn’t look natural, it makes even the most skillfully applied makeup look fake. Two things to keep in mind when looking for the right foundation: 1) Get a second opinion. It might look perfect to you, but ask a friend who will tell you the truth. If your face looks orange, you want to know Before you go out, right? 2) Remember that you skin tone changes when you spend a lot of time in the sun. I normally wear a liquid foundation in one color during the winter and fall and gradually change over to a powder foundation in a darker color during the spring and summer. You want your face to match the rest of you. So when your legs aren’t tan any more, you face shouldn’t be either.

What is the most important beauty advice that you can give to women?
            Be yourself! Seriously, all cheesy feel good stuff aside, you will always look the best and feel the best when you are comfortable with yourself. Have you ever noticed that every woman looks beautiful on her wedding day? It’s not just the fancy dress. It’s the happiness that she just can’t keep inside. When you are happy and confident it shows! Wear the makeup that makes you feel like you and rock it.

You want to hear and see more of my friend then check her out here

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

"happy cherries" ?

Happy cherries that's what this dress makes me think... not like it makes sense but none the less it is what comes to mind.  Do you ever want something to just work?  I do, so often... and a lot of the time it is my hair.  I want it to do or be something it just can't... which is something that happens all too often!

Do you ever get one of those feelings... like crazy rip you hair out insane?

Monday, September 5, 2011

Bana-na-na-na-na -Naaaa *banjo

So I love fall, winter and pretty much anything that is cold so it allows me my whole other wardrobe filled with amazing things like pants (I refuse to wear them in the summer), boots, sweaters... amazing.  So today I was craving fall so much, and in my mind fall and "ho-downs" (what this really is or why it is called that I don't know) are synonymous and so I broke out my hillbilly-ish-yet-still-cute-ish outfit I could pull together.

Again dressing to where I wish I were I where... only this time it is in time (like Carmen Sandiego) 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Personal Thrifting

So I mentioned in passing in a tweet that I met up with my dear sister in law to go a-thrifting.   Rambling Heather has the problem of seeing style she likes but doesn't know how to make it her own: ie the problem everybody has ;P

So we decided to meet and do personal shopping "Crinkle style"/ cheap.  Unfortunately near my house there are only 3 consignment shops, 1 really expensive (I'm sorry but I won't pay $15 for a used shirt) and 2 Goodwills.  So we went to the two good wills and to Target (their clearance section can be a great place to find cheap tops!)

 Step one at a Goodwill: must walk around and enjoy all the random things you can find, like lit reindeer in end of summer, walls and walls of books and VHS's (because if you listen to the Beeper King "technology is cyclical").
 In the process of finding all the weird and off the wall stuff you can find really cool stuff.  I found this pretty cook end table that needed refinishing but they wanted $25 for it, sorry, not worth it, but then again I am super cheap as cheap can be.

 Yet another one of those things that cause you to stop and tilt your head.  This dress??? was in the woman's dress section.  Rambling Heather and I had a nice long discussion about whether this was a woman's dress and if so who might be able to fit in it.  My guess: pygmy with a love a deep V-necks

I both love and hate the way Goodwill organizes their clothes.  It's great when I am looking for a certain color pair of pants or top... not so great when I want to just browse in my size.  Either way it is such a hopeful sight to me, rows and rows of endless possibilities 

It was too great, when going from one Goodwill to the next I felt like I was a kid again at my old CPU playing Oregon Trail... 

only no one died of Gout this time...

Nothing so fun as low prices... well to a super tight wad: me

Rambling Heather loading up on her new found treasures!

Once we finished with the 2 Goodwills we were off to Target and there end of summer clearance!  We walked away with a nice light short sleeved sweater with eyelet details for a whopping 3.24!  All in a day in the life with Personal shopping with Crinkle!

You'll notice that each time I mention Rambling Heather, save for this time, there is a link attached but what you might not have noticed is that they are all different links.  My exorbitantly talented sister in law keeps three blogs, on top of everything else but I will let you learn about her from well... her ;P