Thursday, March 31, 2011

WWD: Hello, Angels

I finally got my new supahflares back from the tailor and had a chance to give them a test run yesterday. I ain't even gonna lie - I was straight up channeling Farrah Fawcett-Majors in these bad boys.

It was all about the tucked-in Tucker for Target shirt, a thrifted Loft jacket, my Dany's, and some dope jewreys.
I mean, there is nothing more practical for hunting down criminals than 5 inch platforms, along with my trusty sidekick Pickles.
This is a good shot not only to see how skinny said flares are through the thigh, but also to see my super serious Immo get you sucka acting ability, as well as a near shot of Pickles' bunghole. He is ALWAYS trying to get that in a shot.
This shot would be WAY more effective if I had taken three photos of myself and photoshopped them into one. Too bad.
Is anyone other than me SICK of seeing the ever-present bananas on the mantle? Fugs sake.
This looks more like yoga and less like a 1970s Aaron Spelling publicity shot.
I really don't know what the hell this shot is about, but I like my jewreys in it.
SOMEONE needs a mani...
I think my work here is done. Luv, Jill Munroe.
Jacket: Loft via Goodwill
Shirt: Tucker for Target
Jeans: Gap
Shoes: You know the drill
Necklace: vintage via eBay
Earrings, bracelet, ring: F21
Geode slice ring: local boutique

Merci,
Shan

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

WWD: Toupee or Not Toupee?

Do you ever see someone with a wig on that is SO BAD you want to ask them, really, dude? Do you think you're fooling anyone? Toupee walked into my office Monday to see my boss (without an appointment), and came back yesterday (without an appointment), and my boss is a busy freakin guy, so natch he was gone both times.

I told Toupee he would be better off just making an appointment so he didn't have to keep popping in and I didn't have to keeping seeing his bad rug. 
Okay, maybe I didn't actually say that last bit, but I thought it fo shizzle. 
I mean, it was the kind of toupee that is SO bad you just can't look away from it, like a car wreck that you don't WANT to see but can't help rubbernecking just a little. The kind of toupee that is so bad that you're pretty sure they're eventually going to notice that you're not actually looking them in the eyes, but rather about 4 inches above their eyeline. 

Then again, Toupee was so busy looking "at my necklace" that perhaps he did not notice me throwing his mop the side-eye.

Ah, we were a pair, Toupee and me, back in the Halcyon days of youth approximately 12 hours ago.

Sadly, I scheduled his appointment with my boss for Thursday, when alas and alack, I will not be in the office. Job-share-partner? This bud's for you.
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Dress: ModCloth
Sweater: Boden, via garage sale
Tights: Target
Shoes: J Simp Dany
Necklace: Urban Outfitters
Earrings: F21
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Merci!
Shan

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

WWD: You Take The Good You Take The Bad


Sniffles, sneezes and snot aside, we had a great weekend. My homegirl Natty Lite came over and had a nice, relaxing dinner with The Hubs, The Trips and I (and by "relaxing" I mean "not at all"). Scarlett was snatching pieces of bread off her plate while Natty wasn't looking, the boys were both screaming "COCONUTS!" at the tops of their lungs - we don't know - it's a new thing..., and we had to listen to the "Buddy Elf song" - aka Pennies From Heaven - about 879 times. Then we settled down on the couch and watched Due Date AND I STAYED AWAKE FOR THE WHOLE THING. Hollaaaa!!! Can I just say that movie renewed and refreshed my crush on this guy?

Homina homina. Dude is hot, hilarious, and hot. The trifecta of H words. I think The Hubs may have a crush on him too now, cuz after Natty left I fell asleep on the couch and when I woke up the Hubs was watching Iron Man. I KNEW IT.

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It wasn't all sunshine and roses though this weekend. One craptastic thing that happened? Snow. AGAIN. It's almost APRIL for the love of the Heat Miser. Enough.

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Let's talk about sex, baby....errrr...another positive weekend note. Another good thing that happened this weekend? I figured out when the hell The Real Housewives of OC is on and set my DVR for the series recording. Now I can participate in a timely manner in this lady's heee-larious recaps. Thank the hebbins those Miami beyotches are almost over, cause they are taking up valuable space on my DVR. You know, for shows like The Hills, which I maaaay have just recently started watching (way to be current, Shan) because I am currently in the midst of a deep homesick longing for Laguna, so anything close to Laguna  scratches that itch, so to speak. Anyhoooo, back to Miami - was that season a throwaway or what? Is anyone even watching it besides me? SGM????? The one I can't stand the most? Cristy. Ugh. If she gives the camera one more "I'm so cute big giant toothy smile and head bobble" I will vom.

See what I mean?!! VOM.


Puh-LEEEZE tell me I don't look like the head bobble in that photo above. Or not. Whatever. 
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Good stuff? Free perfume! I have no idea why, but Elle sent me a bottle of Calyx perfume this weekend. No note with it, I don't know if it was a gift with subscription or what, but me likey. It has a nice initial burst of grapefruit, then settles immediately into something softer and more flowery. I couldn't stop smelling myself. Great scent for spring and summer. 


Bad? The Boyz in the Hood STILL REFUSE TO GO TO SLEEP when we put them in bed. As we speak I am listening to one of them whine incessantly upstairs. It is MADDENING, I tell you. They are almost three. Scarlett is SOOOOOO easy to put to bed. The boys? Not so much. If anyone else has experience dealing with this and has a successful solution (other than one that involves a box of wine - already tried that), I am dying to hear it.


Good? Self-tanner - IN MODERATION. I don't know why tanned flab looks so much better, but it do. It do indeed. Aaaaiiight, homeys, das alls I gots for now. I am going to go smack someone upside the head and then down another box of wine. KIDDING - geez! I do NOT smack my kids upside the head.
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Shirt: JCP, yeah you know me
Dress: Target
Boots: Frye
Rings: Rachel Roy, local boutique

Necklaces: Thrifted, gifted, F21
Earrings: F21

Bracelet: F21
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Merci!
Shannan

Monday, March 28, 2011

Bring It To My Mouf

Good Gawd almighty, we have three sick kids AGAIN this weekend. Seriously. This cold just keeps getting passed from one person to another. When I woke up Sunday morning listening to three little coughs and sniffly noses, I decided I was going to make a spicy ginger chili chicken soup for dinner. I do an el cheapo version of it when I'm sick with sinus stuff (courtesy of Ramen noodles, sliced ginger, and chili pepper flakes), and found this recipe to try with some left over roast chicken that was in the fridge. I didn't have any spinach, but did have arugula, so I used that instead.


It was pretty damn good. That plop of green on the top is a cilantro paste that kind of dissolves into the soup. I'm not cilantro's biggest fan, but in the words of SNL's knock-off of Miley Cyrus, it was "PRETTY COOL."


I added some rice noodles that were in the pantry too. The original recipe didn't call for them. You can just call me Chef Boobs DeLaTata. Or Top Chef. I'll answer to both.

Gobbled it up and had some left over chocolate cake for dessert. Yum. Here is the damage thus far...



The cake itself was delish - moist and dense and ultry-chocolatey. The frosting was also good - I had never made a buttercream frosting before - but I was expecting something intensely chocolate, and this wasn't it. Don't get me wrong - I still gorged myself on several pieces, but wanted something even more chocolate. Do you have a great chocolate frosting recipe? Link me if you do.

Merci!
Shan

Friday, March 25, 2011

Thanks A LOT

I came across this post on Emily's blog the other day, and cannot stop thinking about chocolate cake now, which means I'm going to have to make it this weekend.

I hope you're happy, Emily. You just kicked me right off the No Sugar Train. Well, actually the peanut butter M&Ms did yesterday, but we're not talking about peanut butter M&Ms, are we?
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Have a great weekend, ya'll!
Merci,
Shan

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Random Inspiration: Masks and Painted Faces



via the Most Beautiful Girl In All the Interwebs, Keiko Lynn




Elephants via the gorgeous BigBANGStudio - if you haven't been there, GO NOW

Happy Thursday, Yo.

Merci!
Shan

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Garsh, Shucks, Thank You!!!

Go here to see Miz Heidiluxe's D-ope version of my version of Olivia Palermo's maxi dress look. If you haven't read Heidiluxe - DO it. Girlfriend FUNNY.

Thank you, homegirl!

Merci,
Shan

WWD: Meet Milton Waddams

No, not this guy:


This guy:

For some reason lately, Gavin has taken to talking like Milton Waddams from Office Space. If you are one of the three people who HAVEN'T seen the movie, talking like Milton Waddams is done in a very low, quiet, mumbly muttery voice, repeating everything I say a split second after I say it. I don't know why Lil G has started doing this, but it provides me entertainment on a daily basis, so I totally encourage it (not really - yes I do....)

It cracks me up the most when I am singing to the boys at night. Since Scarlett has her own room, The Hubs and I split up, and when he puts Scarlett to bed (the easy job, I can assure you), I rock the boys and sing a few songs to them. I may be singing Three Little Birds, but Gavin is Miltoning along with me.
No, not singing. What he is doing with his voice isn't moving it up and down in tune with the melody. It is MILTONING. His mumbly muttery voice. I PRAY that at least one of my kids gets the singing gene. Mama needs a new mansion in Brentwood.
Now if Gavin starts saying, "I believe you have my stapler," well, then we might have a problem.
Speaking of Mrs. Butterworth's syrup (I don't know about you, but I could strait up drink it outta the bottle), we were at the park last night, and I couldn't help but notice how like a singles bar it is there.
You had the creepy guy following you watching from the perimeter (aka the 3-year old hanging on the monkey bars until you notice that he has a look of terror on his face because he can't get down and his mother IS IN THE CAR, so you help him down and he starts crying and hugs you until his mom gets OUT OF THE CAR and comes over to help - but does SHE hug him? No. He keeps hugging YOU. WHAT UP WITH THAT? Who leaves their 3 year old to play by himself? And what 3 year old would rather hug a stranger than his own mom)?
So from then on creepy guy (aka Batman, because that is what he tells you his name is when you ask him) follows you around the park - which is fine because he is a sweetie pie, and his mom has gone back TO THE CAR because I guess she can't, you know, play with her kid, or at the very least make sure he is safe, but Batman hangs with you and your kids and asks you to adopt him (not really), but he does ask you to push him on the swing, which you can't do because you're already watching your OWN three kids who are not near the swings, but still, you feel bad about it, because even Batman needs a push on the swing now and then.
And later, you're near the monkey bars when a girl swings over and says (no lie), "So, do you come here often?" and then, "Do you live around here?", and then you expect her to offer to buy you a white wine spritzer, or at the very least a package of M&Ms from the vending machine (oh by the way, your OWN kids refer to this park as "The Num Num Park," because that's what they call M&Ms), and they know the machine is always there. Sigh. 
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But back to Victoria (my new friend from the monkey bars), she tells me she is there by herself (she is 9) and that she walked there by herself and has three sisters and a brother, and she just needs a little SPACE, you know. A little time to herself where she can THINK (not really). She asks if the boys are twins, and I say no, they are triplets, and point out Scarlett, and she says, but are they twin triplets? Because the boys are identical, and I tell her the boys ARE identical and obviously Scarlett is not since she is a girl, and she nods knowingly, which is more than some adults who have actually asked me, "oh, they're two boys and a girl? they come in that combination?" But Victoria is jaded. She is a wise 9 year old. And she IS hopeful that we will run into her again there. And she likes Scarlett's shoes. And she is wearing some pretty dope shoes herself (hot pink glittery Chuck's), so I know she is a cool chick.
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At that point, I tell Victoria it is time to get the Three Live Crew home and ready for beddy, so we exchange business cards and promise to meet up again for drinks sometime (that white wine spritzer for me, a juice box for her), and we load up the truck and move to Beverly. Wait, that is a different story altogether.
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Shirt: Quicksilver
Jeans: Hudson, via clothing swap
Shoes: Vince Camuto
Necklaces: F21 and thrifted
Ring: Charming Charlie's
Earrings: F21
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Merci!
Shan

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Etsy Schmetsy: Taste test

Okay, normally on a Tuesday I would be posting a Women's Wear Daily outfit post, but a) I HATED my outfit today after I took photos. Looking in the mirror? Didn't look so bad, but in photos? I looked like a giant blueberry. Violet Beauregarde, anyone? I'll describe it for you - electric blue maxi with studded neckline, with a leopard print cardi over it - sounds cute, right? In photos - not so much. I decided to belt said cardi, which made it better, but then b) BAM - my camera died. It's like the gods are conspiring against my sharing this particular outfit.

Guess it's a good thing I wrote up the following post this weekend. Twas going to post it this Thursday, but due to my wardrobe and camera malfunctions, you get it today.

Have you heard of the Etsy Taste Test? No? Came across it through the rabbit hole this weekend and spent waaaay too much time there, but dang if it isn't fun!  Here are some of the results that came up for me....

 Full body skeleton with top hat vintage print by DreameryStudio - Because skeletons in top hats? Why not?!

 Rural Oak Bowl by holzfurhaus - I love the texture and lines of this so much it hurts

 Sepia print by JCStilesArt - I can't help it - I still love horse art

 Vintage 1960s glossy black square purse - mituvintage - Mad Men purse? Check. Jon Hamm carrying it for me? Check check.

 Fire on the Mountain Ring by opalwing - This ring is like autumn in your hand...

 The Man Mustache Mug by retrogalusa - Just glanced at some of the rest of the items in her shop - it's all vintage hand-painted fun stuff like this. Can't wait to go back and peruse some more.

Adorkable t shirt by signaturetshirts...uh, HELLOOOOO - "adorkable musings on frivolous things????"

Black and grey lumberjack beard stocking cap by Taraduff - because who DOESN'T want to look like a lumberjack when they're oot and aboot? This this is frigging AWESOME. What is it with me and the men's facial hair items? Weird.

Get thee hence and figure your OWN damn taste out. Come ON - all the cool kids are doing it. You're the ONLY ONE who isn't.
Merci!
Shannan