Thursday, September 30, 2010
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
A little more pattern mix-master Jay up in here for your Wednesday.
Belt: Who knows? It ode.
Skirt: JcPenney. THE Penney.
Shoes with teeny ruffled leather trim: DSW (Steve Madden)
Per Shans, here is my childhood story: One day in Mrs. Bailey's 1st grade class we were blessed with a new student. A really, really cute new kid that I immediately decided was going to be my new boyfriend. Short, dusty blonde hair, blue eyes, Garanimals. You name it. The total package.
So, you can imagine, I was both excited and nervous when asked to stand up and lead the pledge of allegiance that day. It was my time to shine and impress my future husband.
It was as I was walking up to lead the pledge that Mrs. Bailey introduced the class to our new student, "Erica."
Stupid 70's short haircuts. I shake my fist at you! We really could have been something, Erica. Sniff.
Labels: women's wear daily
You may recall this dress that I have been drooling over that was custom made for The Glamourai by Josie Natori. She even auctioned it off for charity, but alas, I don't have that much bank to spend on a dress. Thus began my search for a dress similar in silhouette that was easier on the wallet.
Lucky for me, I came across this little number from etsy seller JolieJuliette:
Needless to say, had I been wearing then my Glamourai Samourai costume of today, I could've TOTALLY taken them. Just out of curiosity - which shoe options are your faves? And even MORE curiouser - what is YOUR humiliating story of adolescence? Share. This is a safe place.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
The person who can name that quote will win a BRAND NEW CHRYSLER CORDOVAAAAAH! So I'm feeling very Out Of Africa in an S&M club today, in my new old thrifted Ann Taylor Loft dress. Yep, just read in the paper yesterday that a local Goodwill revamped and reopened this weekend, so I stopped by on my lunch hour yesterday and picked up this dress, another dress, and a Led Zeppelin tee. ROCK OUT WITH YOUR C@#K OUT! But what the hell does any of this have to do with your foot, Shannan? You're probably asking yourselves.
Well, I'll tell you. A week or so ago, I was putting some stuff up on my mantle and there were some teeeny tiny pieces of mercury glass that had broken off of some weird mercury glass ball thingies that I have, and one fell on the floor and I stepped on it. It has been in my foot since then, and LORD HAVE MERCY it has been killing me. Okay, maybe not really KILLING me, but it is very annoying.
I'm the first to admit I have tough feet. Like, when I get a pedicure, well, those ladies earn their money for the day. When they use the pumice, the room is thick with white clouds of feet dust. I marvel at people who have baby soft feet, as if they've never walked a day in their life without shoes, but then, I don't wear shoes unless I absolutely have to. I mean, when I'm in the house, I see no good reason why I should wear shoes. I'm getting off track here. Let's get back to me. Oh, wait - we WERE talking about me. Let's get back to my pain and suffering.
Monday, September 27, 2010
I'm sitting here eating my new favorite breakfast (maple and brown sugar oatmeal with mascarpone cheese - um, YUM) and reflecting on life with a smile. I know, I know, it's Monday morning, you say, but this weekend I had a quiet moment to myself while the babies were all in bed, The Hubs was on his weekly jaunt to Home Depot, and it just struck me how blessed I am. I have a beautiful family, great friends, and a home that we love. I feel like the counselor I have been seeing is really helping - making me more aware of things, helping me to remain present in the moment. I know life can change on a dime and kick you in the crotch, but for now, I thought I'd list some of the things I'm thankful for.
1. My family: This weekend I got to spend a lot of time with my girl Scarlett by ourselves, and it was precious. I painted our toenails and fingernails, we colored on the floor together, she hung out with me while I prepared dinner, we got to snuggle, and I heard her COUNT TO NINE all by herself for the first time. I had no idea she could. I know. I've already contacted Mensa. She was very much a mommy's girl this weekend, which is a change because all the kids always want daddy daddy DADDY! Two times during the weekend I raised my voice to her: once because at dinner she was kicking her chair back and tipped it over - (thank God Tom was right next to her and caught it), and it scared me when it happened, so I said something like, "Scarlett! Be careful! Stop kicking that chair back from the table!" and when I did, her bottom lip stuck out and quivered, and her eyes filled immediately with tears, and it broke my heart. Then later, she was pulling on my earring too hard and pulled it out, and I said, "Scarlett - don't pull mommy's earring out!" and the same thing happened again. Both times she let me hold her and soothe her and apologize to her, and I felt terrible. But the thing is - she let me, and she forgave me immediately, and as adults, that is an extremely valuable lesson - especially for me, who tends to hold grudges when I get angry with someone who has hurt me. To forgive without hesitation.
2. Date night! Yep, mom and dad offered to watch the kids and The Hubs and I ACTUALLY WENT TO A MOVIE - The Town. Uhhhh, homina homina Jon Hamm. And I have to say it, homina homina Ben Affleck, who is not my favorite actor, but when he has a great role, he kicks ass.
3. Oatmeal with mascarpone cheese, and peanut butter m&ms, and pumpkin lasagna.
8. Cooler temps - YAY FALL!!!!
9. The scale. I seem to be making baby steps in the right direction. Don't know how, in light of number three above, but my weigh in day is each Monday, and it's down from last week. Yay!
Oh Etro, you had me at deep 70s vee and kimono sleeves. I don't know why I have never really been cognizant of Etro until I saw Cate Blanchett in this dress recently:
but after that, it was all over for me. I would take home every single one of these pieces, a mishmash of their collections from Fall 2009 through Spring 2011. I don't know why I haven't seen more of them on the red carpet, but Hollywood, STEP IT UP.
Okay, I realize this piece isn't a red carpet look, but that open-shouldered blouse and print shorts are like a big stick of buttah.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Oooooh, I think KNOCK IT OFF might have to become a new feature here at MBB...
One of the looks I am most digging for fall is the military-inspired theme. I was playing around the other day with my new OTK boots and an older jacket I got from Vicky's Secret several years ago, to recreate the following look from the Burberry Fall 2010 show. I will actually wear it with either regular black leggings or my black "liquid" leggings, but I'm pretty happy with it. Whaddaya fink?