Tuesday, July 31, 2012


I haven't done this in many a moon, but I am Totes McGoats sharing an e-mail with you in lieu (or in loo, if you're in Great Britain) of typing something, you know, ORIGINAL. I mean, I guess my email is original, but I think you catch my drift. So wivout further adieu (or adoo, if you're trying to rhyme with loo), here goes.

Soooo, Project Runway...did you watch it? What did you think?

Watched it. Unconventional week is probably my favey. I am always uh-mazed at what they come up with and this was no exception. 
Dammit if Pepe le Pew didn't make a cool checkerboard peplum dress. Pains me to say that. So many good ones, I thought.
Ven/Wen whatever is really clean and talented like Rami. He is good. 
The shark neckline dress was awesome. 
Grandma need to go.
BUT I am glad that Malibu Barbie is gone. Not that she doesn't look hella good for 48, but she I am pretty sure I don't think she is amazing as she thinks she is, like, fer sure. I know am forgetting some cool stuff. While not my fave in design, I really need Designer Spice to stay on there because she makes me laugh.

If you're new to Project Runway, or aren't familiar with the characters, this is Pepe le Pew (Ames and I like to come up with our own monikers for the PR characters, as you will see):

(Thanks Tom & Lorenzo for the screencap...)

I thought the Tiny Russian's dress was far and away the best. It actually looked like a dress (but maybe that's because I could see the muslin at the top). It was a cool challenge, but so many of them made their models look bigger than they were. Maybe not as much as the
macaroni dress, but still.

Totally agree about Ven and Shark Dress Girl. The Asian with the Q-Tip hurrdo had a cool idea up top, but then ruined it with the melting cotton candy. Yep, Grandma Candy Dots need. ta. GO. Get over yourself - you made an apron with a bustle that made her ass look HUGE. And Lantie.* Lantie, Lantie, Lantie. Girl should've gone home last week. The whole "But I didn't have TIIIIIMMMME" argument was el lame-o.

Oh, and also...was it just me or did Heidi seem PISSED at the very beginning of the show before she sent the designers back to the work room? Maybe they were filming this one around the time she and Seal broke up, because she did not seem happy to be there.

Tiny Russian? The raven haired movie villain guy? If so, totally forgot about that one. i gasped when it walked down the runway with the movement of those candies. 

 (SEE - I TOLD you it was awesome...)

Speaking of beef stroganoff, I am wearing gold skinnies today. Got em last weekend. I debated wearing pants since living in Kansas City has become akin to living on the surface of the sun, but figured I'd throw caution to the wind! Fly by the seat of my gold pants!

 (That is no lie - the temp gauge in my car yesterday read ONE HUNDRED FUCKING TWENTY ONE DEGREES. I'm surprised my pants didn't fuse to my skin. Seriously, Mother Nature, can we move on from this weather?????)

Sweet. Are you at work? I assume you took photos and also assume there is no good reason I have to wait to see them on the blog. 

....annnnnnd SCENE!!

This short dramatization has been brought to you courtesy of Wet Wipes, Bryer's Frozen Yogurt, and Tampax. Tampax, helping you relax when Mother Nature attacks your slacks...TAMPAX.

*We did not make this name up. I repeat, we did NOT make this name up.

Tee: Old Navy
Pants: The Garment District
Shoes: Vince Camuto
Necklace: Threadsence
Cuff: Charming Charlie's
Earrings: Standard Style Boutique


Monday, July 30, 2012

Weekend Snaps: Kids, Inc.

Here are some weekend snaps courtesy of my kids in the hood when they got ahold of the camera. I doctored em up a bit in PicMonkey. Enjoy...

Is that a head full of crazy curls or what? Girlfriend starts looking like Gene Wilder when she sleeps on it. Methinks this was a day that daddy didn't try to comb it out in the morning. Bless her heart...


Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Random (p)Inspirations

A few of my favey faves this week:


Source: myrevelment.com via Shannan on Pinterest

Summer Corn Cakes with tomato avocado salsa? Uh, bring it to my mouf!!


Listen, I need a chalkboard wall in my life just as much as the next guy. This one will do nicely.


Source: emilialua1.tumblr.com via Shannan on Pinterest

Not quite sure why I love this, but I do.

Source: bloodandchampagne.com via Shannan on Pinterest

Isn't it Shark Week? I loves me a good shark toof necklace.

Source: etsy.com via Shannan on Pinterest


Monday, July 23, 2012

Um, YUM. Sweet Potato Quesedilla

ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! New favorite recipe below...

I made this Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesedilla with Swiss Chard Pesto for my sis over the weekend, and hoooooly moooooly was it nom nom nom.

Filled with black beans, sweet potatoes roasted in cumin, chipotle chile pepper, queso fresco, cheddar, and covered in swiss chard pesto, it was a party in my mouf. The only thing I will change when I make it again, because I WILL make it again, is to use a little less of the chipotle chile pepper. The recipe actually calls for chipotle chile powder, but I only found the pepper, which is spicier, I think. Almost TOO spicy, but once you get everything together, it cut the spice a bit, especially adding in a side of avocados. 

And bitch, please - don't even get me started on that pesto. Made with swiss chard, which I had never used before and was waaaayyy too bitter to eat on its own (in my opinion), but mixing it with the cilantro, garlic, lime, and pumpkin seeds? Was BRILLIANT. 

Do yourself a flavor and make up a skillet. You can send me a thank you gift later.

Happy Monday, yo!

Friday, July 20, 2012

Dark Horse

I'll give you three guesses, and the first two don't count...what's different about me. I'm not totally happy with the new hurr color, and I don't mind telling ya. I took a photo in of what I wanted, and this, folks, ain't it.

It's not that this is bad, and in fact, I've been this color before, but when I'm paying $100+ for something, I want what I want. This was more like what I showed my hairdresser:

Not quite what I got, huh? So now, after several months of not feeling totally satisfied with my stylist, I'm in the position of breaking up with her. Have you ever broken up with your hurr-dresser? I'm HOPING to get a consultation with my cousin's stylist, though I read on her website that she is not accepting new clients. Eeek.

Maybe she'll take pity and at least sit down with me for a consultation. I feel almost like I'm going to a job interview or an audition. Trying to find a new stylist is NOT my favorite thing. I will be the first to admit I'm picky about my hair, and I'm willing to pay more for it, but if I don't feel like I'm getting the value for that money, I'll take it elsewhere.

Soooo, any tips for a sistah going in to beg someone completely new to fix their hurr? I'm all ears...

Top: Wal Mart
Jeans: Old Navy
Shoes: Target
Necklace, Ring Bracelets: F21


Thursday, July 19, 2012

DOME-o Arigato

What part of the brain houses all of the useless information and trivia and song lyrics that we haven't heard in 15 years, but when the song comes on, can sing word-for-word? Cuz it is AWESOME.

A rocket scientist I'm not. Neurosurgeon? Hells no. But give me an obscure song lyric and I can probably sing it back to you like I heard it yesterday.

It's a gift, really.

And speaking of nothing, how cheesily AMAZING is the Styx video for Mr. Roboto? Special effects suck, the costumes are Buck Rogers in the 25th Century rejects, but it still ROCKS, cuz Dennis DeYoung and Tommy Shaw are the SHIT.

Don't take my word for it though. Check it with your own damn peepers.

Jumpsuit: Inc., Macy's
Belt: Thrifted
Shoes: Target
Bracelet, Necklace: F21
Ring: The Garment District


Tuesday, July 17, 2012

REO Speedwagon

Oh. Mah. GAH. When we were out on our Adult Night Out this weekend (a weekend that was waaaay less porn than that reads) we stumbled upon the Best. Store. EVER. in the Power & Light district: The Garment District. It's a co-op of eleven (according to their website) different boutiques all in one convenient location. And the prices? Uh, DOPE.

I walked in and immediately found two rock band tees (REO Speedwagon - duh, and another one that I can't remember at this particular moment in time) marked down to $10 each. Done and done.

And the jurreys? Puh-leeze. Don't even get me started. I got the Biggest Damn Ring ever created - a Moroccan style dome ring, which you will see in another post. Patience, grasshoppahs...

Anyhoozle, there was a veritable buttload of adorable dresses, neon accessories, shoes, and jurreys...LAWD the jurreys...did I mention already they have a TON of cute jurreys??? No? Well, they do, so HMMMMPFH.

Oh, and one more thing. They have a bar in the middle of the store. Yup, you read that right, a bar. So on the off chance that I ever take the hubby there again (HA!) he can saddle up and order a brewski, instead of walking in and immediately claiming, "Ugh - a wave of tiredness just came over me..." and acting like he's going to swoon. Sheesh - SOME PEOPLE.

Jacket: Costa Blanca, Macy's
Tee: The Garment District
Pants: Zara
Shoes: Vince Camuto
Earrings: Giftie


Monday, July 16, 2012

FRONCHE Fries, FRONCHE Dressing, FRONCHE Toast...

I feel so Frenchie French in this French Connection dress that I scored for $19 at TJ Maxx last week. I have already worn it like, eleventy-five times. Okay, scratch that. I've worn it three times already, BUT STILL. I love it.

Wore it out with my sis, cousin and hubby Saturday night to the fancy schmancy theater (aka the new Alamo Drafthouse in the KC Power & Light district), where we saw Ted with Marky Mark.

First of all, that movie? Was HILARIOUS.

And secondly? I see no reason, EVER, to go to another theater. Why? When we can purchase adult beverages and relax in modern day barkaloungers?

And thirdly? We had The. Best. Meal. EVER after the movie. I can't believe I have never been to Cafe Trio, but it was da BOMB. Every single meal that each of us had was deeeee-lish. I had the lamb lollipops with a side of grilled brussel sprouts, carrot puree (I know, it sounds gross but it was NOM NOMS, espesh with the ginger in it). Tom had rainbow trout with roasted potatoes, my sis had scallops in a Frangelico sauce (GUH), and my cousin had pistachio-encrusted tilapia with a smokey raspberry chutney. 

Awwwww YEAH, baby.

Cafe Trio? We WILL be back. Oh yes, we WILL.

Dress: French Connection
Shoes: Steve Madden
Bracelets: Old Navy
Earrings: World Market


Friday, July 13, 2012

Random (p)Inspirations: Pins O The Week

Hey kids, let's browse some of my favey pins o the week, ummm-kay?

A seed-beaded VW???? Effing awesome.

I loves me a good collection, and this one is utter perfection, from the UP to the feather to the photos to that horn turned bracelet stand, to the glass bell jar with gold skeleton head???? The is crazy bananas, and not in the Tom Cruise way.

I need that gold skeleton cuff in my life like, NOW.

Perfect for cross-stitching on a pillow for your grandma.


Check out that wallpaper. It. Is. Dope.


Did someone say zentastic?

Have a fantastic weekend, yo, and if you live in my neck of the woods, stay cool.


Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Admitting It Is The First Step

Ya'll, I have a problem. It's an obsession really. A compulsion I cannot control.

You see, I can't stay off the internets each day, checking on the status of the Katie Holmes/Tom Cruise/Scientology debacle. Before Split (B.S., if you will....), I could not have cared less about Katie Holmes (she was NEVER Kate Holmes to me). But now?

Girlfriend is like...a badass mothafucka. For reals. We've got some serious Not Without My Daughter shit all up in da house. But seriously? When did Tom Cruise turn plum frigging crazy? Nutty as a pet coon, as my dad might say...I mean. I grew up in the 80s. I watched him in The Outsiders (but we all know Tommy Howell was the REAL hunk in that movie). Loved T.C. in Top Gun. Hell, even in Mission Impossible. But then? He because couch-jumping certifiable. That was the moment for me. Gross, just gross.

I never bought the Katie/Tom union for one second. I thought she was a Stepford Wife just like everyone else did. Who knew she would turn out to be a friggin Ninja? The original Real Housewife of The Jedi Warrior.

So everyday I hop on and do my Katie search, just to see what's what. And you know what? I am ashamed to admit I was a little disappointed they settled so quickly. Is he really that compliant, or does she REALLLLLLY have some dirt on him he doesn't want out? Methinks it's the latter.

Puh-leeeeze tell me I'm not the only one obsessed with this. And more importantly, where are you getting the best scoopage? Inquiring minds want to know.

Tank: Wal Fart
Jeans, Shoes: Target
Necklace: Threadsence
Bracelet: Charming Charlie's